Thursday, 16 February 2012

Star Wars in 3D

Last night I went to see Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace 3D at Cineworld.  Everyone knows TPM was a huge disappointment, but it's still Star Wars and I thought the addition of 3D was a good enough excuse to go and watch it again.  The podracing and final lightsaber battle were the best scenes for 3D, but as the film wasn't originally designed with 3D in mind there weren't that many moments when it was used effectively.  I'd rather watch a film in 3D than not in 3D though.  The most enjoyable moments of the film are still those that look forward to the future of the saga, such as Obi-Wan meeting Anakin for the first time.  Qui-Gon is also a great character.  But some things like the accents of the Neimoidians, Jar Jar and the wooden script make you wonder what Lucas was thinking when he made this.

The whole experience reminded me of when I went to see Episode III at the same cinema.  I went to the midnight showing with some friends, then went back later on the same day with some other friends and we took our lightsabers.  It also reminded me of when I went to see The Empire Strikes Back: Special Edition in 1997.  That was a re-release of the original and the way I first got into Star Wars.  I'm sure these 3D re-releases will introduce a whole new generation to Star Wars in the same way.

I'll probably give Episode II and III a miss, but I look forward to seeing IV, V and VI in 3D.

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Saturday, 11 February 2012


After finding my Game Boy Advance SP and all the games I started playing Pokémon Gold. I chose 'CONTINUE' when the game loaded and found myself in the middle of a game that I half remember. I remember all the Pokémon in my team but I don't remember how I got to where I was and how much of the game I'd completed. After playing it again I still think Pokémon is one the greatest games ever made, and I even found my N64 and Pokémon Stadium 2 so I might load my team up onto that and have a go. 

We only just got internet at the new house today (I've been using an Orange USB dongle to check emails, but it's too slow to do much else) so I've been filling my time with things that don't require an online connection, like video games, DVDs and books. I've been reading Roger Ebert's autobiography, Life Itself and in it he describes growing up in the 50s and 60s and how simple and slow-paced life was back then. Without the internet I've actually enjoyed leading a slow-paced life myself, and I've made the decision not to waste that much time on the internet like I used to.

Uni started up again this week. We got straight back into things on Monday by learning how TV news works. We were given a quick explanation, then we all had a go at working the camera and sound, controlling the autocue and presenting. It was enjoyable and quite different to radio news as, unlike radio, you have someone in your ear telling you to speed up, slow down or smile. 

On Tuesday a guy called Paul Kerley came from the BBC to talk to us about audio slideshows. I went in to the lecture not knowing whether it would be useful or not, but as Paul showed us some of his work and explained how slideshows are unique to the web and exist somewhere in-between radio and TV, I came to see their function. Making an audio slideshow involves a bit more than just choosing some photos and music, and we've got to make one as part of our assessment this year. That should be fun. Here's one example of Paul's work for the BBC.

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Saturday, 4 February 2012

Moving house

So we finally moved into our new house on Wednesday.

Me, my bro and my sister actually moved out of our dad's on January 27th, but we couldn't move into the new place for four days, so we took all our stuff to our mum's one bedroom flat. It was comical how cramped it was.  There were mattresses, boxes and bin bags everywhere and it looked like a hoarder lived there.  There was just enough room for my brother to sleep on the sofa, but I went and stayed at my aunty's place. My sister stayed at her boyfriend's.

After moving all the stuff to my mum's on the 27th I went to Manchester in the evening to see TNA at the MEN Arena.  I wrote a review of the show for a wrestling blog and you can find that here.  It was great, even if we did spend a lot of time on the road both there and back.

Staying at my aunty's was good. She's one of those people who cooks a lot, so I ate some great meals there.  Then February 1st came around and we moved all the stuff from my mum's flat to the new house.  Other than looking on Google Street View, neither me or my sister had actually seen the house until we turned up to move all our stuff in - my brother and mum had done most of the house searching.  It's a three-bedroom place with a dining room, and I have the dining room as a bedroom.  It's quite spacious.  Although I forgot how much stuff I have. When I went to and came back from Japan I had very little with me, but through this move I've been reunited with a lot of stuff that I'd left at both my dad's and mum's houses.  A lot of it isn't worth getting out the boxes, so I've just shoved the boxes in a corner along with my drum kit, which I haven't unpacked either.  I toyed with the idea of selling my drum kit, but I figured I wouldn't get much money for it so it'd be better to hang on to it.  I don't think I'll be setting it up here. I will be practicing with my band, but we can do that at a practice studio in town.

I'm working quite a bit over this weekend and then I'm back at uni on Monday.  Signups for Forge Radio are on Monday as well, so I should be starting up with Gamewave again soon.

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