Greedy Geek

August 6, 2008

A few weeks ahead of the new season starting here in the UK, I’ve got hold of* the first 4 episodes of Stargate Atlantis.

I got them on Sunday and had already watched them all by the time I went to bed last night. How greedy am I? Now I’m all sad that they’re gone. Oh, why couldn’t I have rationed myself to one per week, and just been happy that I was weeks ahead of the UK? Oh no, not this greedy geek!

I discovered this morning that the upcoming Stargate Continuum movie was available ahead of its mid-August DVD release.

So of course, I had to get* it. The sensible thing to do now would be to save it, maybe for the weekend. That would be good, except of course, shortly after I’ve posted this and been and brought a beer, I’ll be watching that Lion roar and the credits start rolling. Greedy geek!

I’ll never learn!

*Don’t ask me how, I’m not sure it’s even legal to mention downloading anything these days!

Movies and motives, hidden or not.

April 28, 2008

On last weeks flight to Cyprus we were treated to the movie Enchanted. I didn’t watch it all, I only managed a few minutes and switched off around the bit where the animals are helping clean the apartment. I couldn’t stand to watch any more, even though I have always had an eye for Patrick Dempsey, going way back to seeing him on VHS in Catholic Boys aka Heaven Help Us. This may also have been the first movie I saw Andrew McCarthy in, unless I saw St. Elmos Fire first, whatever, I had the biggest crush on them both!

Come to mention Andrew McCarthy (I did didn’t I) I’m still surprised that The Sight wasn’t picked up for a full series.

Eeerrrmmm, so, where was I?

Oh yes, on the return flight we had the pleasure of watching August Rush which I have to say was very nice little movie.

It took a few minutes to figure out a few things, “is that him grown up?”, “no its still him now”, “is that his Mum?”, “no, at least I dont think so, hang on, maybe it is.”, “Who did he used to be?”, “Oh, urm, give me a minute, oh its the boy from Willy Wonka.” After that it’s all magical moments whenever the boy is playing an instrument, the guitar stuff is particularly good.

So, blah blah blah, it’s a nice movie and amongst the cast it features Jonathan Rhys Meyers.

Can I just say his name again?

Jonathan Rhys Meyers.

Can I also say thanks for reading the whole of this post? It almost makes it legit that I was really just looking far a reason to post this.

(Warning : Gratuitous boy tit ahead, look away now!)

Yeah I know this is taken from the The Tudors which I haven’t watched yet, but he doesn’t get his tits out during August Rush 🙂

Thanks again 🙂

Long tall glasses

January 30, 2008

I must try harder to post something of substance very soon, just been very busy of late. Until such time as I get my arse in gear, please be enjoying this film.

How pleased am I now, that for all these years, Paul always brought a pack of plastic drinking cups on holiday with us.

Enjoy 🙂

About last night.

January 23, 2008

Heath Ledger died last night, we saw it on the news just before going to bed.

How sad that every news bulletin so far has only mentioned his role as a gay cowboy.

Me and Paul both liked his films and we both were equally shocked to hear the news, I’m sure he’ll be missed by many.

I especially liked how he and I both had Heath in our names 🙂

In a statement issued today, I said “Obviously, my thoughts are with his family at this sad time.”

Secrets, Lies and no more video-tapes.

December 8, 2007

I’m feeling pretty relieved this afternoon, after a week of sneaking around I can finally come clean.

I’ve been hiding something from Paul all week. In fact I’ve been dreading him catching me out, I’ve almost tripped myself up a couple of times.

Ok, Ok,I’ll stop being so sensationalist!

Paul has been wanting Sky+ for a couple of months, they had been doing a £50 deal but we missed it and they put it back up to £150. I said we could have it after Christmas when they were sure to reduce it again.

In fact, I was planning to order in secret despite the cost and make it an extra Christmas gift for Paul this year.  As it turned out I ordered it online last week and they had knocked £50 off so that wasn’t too bad.

Paul’s Mum almost blew it last Sunday when she started talking about Sky+, luckily she figured out my frantic “finger on lips” gesture and dropped it. I later explained to her what I was planning!

Paul brought it up a few more times this week, each time it was advertised on TV, each time I was able to keep a straight face and say “We said next year some time didn’t we?”

The closest call came when we got home on Friday and the Sky fitter had left a message on the machine, rather helpfully, he was letting us know he would be here around 07:45 Saturday morning.  

I managed to talk over the message and pretend it was just the Sky call centre making a sales call. The final scary moment came at 21:30 when our conscientious Sky fitter called again to confirm his visit.

“Yes, I got your message, tomorrow morning is great, see you then” I hurriedly answered.

 I said to Paul , “Oh, them Sky people, trying to sell us the movie channel for Christmas, they don’t give up do they!”

I had set the alarm for 7:20 and got up, waking Paul in the progress. I told him to go back to sleep and went downstairs to get ready for the Sky engineer. When I saw him pulling up in his van, went back upstairs and woke Paul.

“Quick Paul, look out the window, Santa is here” I said. 

“Huh?” Paul replied

“He’s bringing your presents early! Go and look” I persisted.

Reaching the window, Paul gasped “That’s not Santa, that’s Bart Simpson” spotting the brightly decorated Sky van.

“Happy Christmas, babe” say I.

“Aaaww, thanks” Says Paul.

Once it was all fitted and working and the engineer had left, Paul turned to me and said, “Does this mean we have got a squariel?” He’s stuck in the 80’s that boy! 

So all the lies and deceptions are over and everything is back to normal. well almost normal, except that now when I get back from holidays, I’ll still have the “opportunity” to watch whichever reality show I would have otherwise missed. 

I guess that’s the price we pay for progress 🙂

Random Mutterings #001

September 29, 2007

Where have I been?? Not blogging thats for sure, but fear not, here is my return 🙂

Earlier today we went to Lidl and let me tell you, I’ve now officially seen it all! We were half way round the aisles, just next to the flapjacks and fairy cakes, where we were amazed to see two men on the floor hugging. No wait, they’re not hugging they’re fighting! Really! Rolling around on the floor, they’re both about 50 or even 60, but sure enough fighting, one on top of the other giving it fists.

Also, I’ve just been treated to a new Kate Moss advert, you know the ones where she turns to camera and says “Get the London look” I wonder if the advertiser realise that this makes me think “The London Look? Does she mean drug addled bitch? Keep it!”

I’ve had a pain in my left shoulder/neck for a couple of days. I think I slept funny and have trapped a nerve. I’m a little bit worried that since I woke up this morning I’m also experiencing numbness/pins and needles in 3 fingers on that side.

I’m interested to see that Smoking drivers risk prosecution. this is not just because I dont smoke any more, back when I did I never smoked and drived because I thought it wasnt safe.

Gwen Stefani on Ant & Dec, 6/10 not very good, perhaps she is jet-lagged.

Oh yes, while in LIDL I spotted this lady on a packet of ham


What the heck has she got on her head? This is “Black Forest Ham” so maybe this is forest garb, perhaps she is smuggling apples out of the forest??

I was sure I would win Euromillions this week (as I have since it started) but didnt.

I’m still harvesting tomatoes and (thank you so much Carol Klein but you’re wrong!) not nearly ready to stop!

I finally watched Spiderman 3, lets just say I’m hoping they turn this trilogy into a quadrilogy!

OMG OMG did I mention I downloaded and watched the first epidode of the second series of Heroes? OMG OMG OMG Your gonna love it!! 🙂

So, eerrrr, that’s my return to blogging, did you miss me?

When I’m Cleaning Windows.

September 22, 2007

Computers are meant to make life easier, but somehow it doesn’t always work out that way.

Take my desktop machine for example, a couple of weeks ago it started being quite annoying. Firstly some programs refused to load, any attempt to open them would cause a blue screen error that shut the PC down completely. The programs seem quite innocuous and unconnected, a webcam thingy, a video editing thing and a Sega Megadrive emulator. There may be a connection in the way they all access some video hardware or something but I’m just guessing.

Anyway, a few days later and Quicktime movies stop working and similar crashes occur when you try. Actually that video connection seems stronger now. I’ve tried the System Restore feature of Windows but it wont go back very far, probably due to the drive letter and partition changes I made a few days before.

At this stage I’m beginning to think that a clean install of Windows may be in order. The problem with this is that the drive that Windows is installed on is more than half full of various movies, music and other downloaded detritus.

The machine actually has 4 200gb hard drives installed and they are all getting close to full! Where did all that stuff come from? Actually, that’s a rhetorical question since I know exactly where it came form. There are 2 of us using the machine and both download lots of “Art” films from the Internet, I’m also a voracious gatherer of tunes, so really 700gb isn’t a lot really 🙂

Whatever the reason, the fact is its going to take some fancy juggling to get everything off the C: drive before I can restore Windows.

Can you believe that I actually woke up at 4am one morning last week and spent an hour thinking about this? That’s right! I was on holiday thousands of miles away from the machine and I woke up and couldn’t sleep until I had a plan.

What a geek!

So, I have a plan and now just need the time to do the juggling, to back up the most important stuff and then go for it. Afterwards of course I’ll need to re-install all the programs I use, Nero, Winamp, etc etc. So that’s going to be my Sunday I suppose.

In theory, I should still have access to the Internet through the Laptop, since the router will remain connected independent of the desktop machine. Well that’s the theory anyway, If I disappear for a few days that will be why. However, given the frequency of my blog posts recently you may not even notice.

Fingers crossed.

Post Of The Week

July 1, 2007

I spend a fair amount of my online time surfing around on Flickr, which I’m sure you know, is a photo sharing community thingy. One of the great things is that there is a Flickr group for almost anything you can think of. You want pictures of one-legged dogs? How about yellow flowers? People upload there photos and tag them with keywords (which are also searchable) and add them to groups or pools. Its quite addictive and you can lose whole hours linking from one photo to the next.

Now, I’m a member a group called Sheffield and I enjoy seeing other peoples photos of the city, I’ve contibuted a few of my own too. The group has a blog and organises a “Post of the Week” thingy, with volunteers choosing their fave photos and little text about why they caught their eye.

You probably guessed the point of this post by now, but I put my name down to have a go and have just had the result published here

Thats 🙂

Pop along and see what you think…..

Cruise news and other nonsense.

June 26, 2007

In other news, Germany has banned filming at its military sites if Tom Cruise is involved.

“Cruise, also one of the film’s producers, is a member of the Church of Scientology which the German government does not recognise as a church. Berlin says it masquerades as a religion to make money, a charge Scientology leaders reject.”

Gotta love those Germans, just say what you mean!

Let me quote it again

“masquerades as a religion to make money”

The words of the German government, not mine 🙂

Tom should still be ok for a gig, and shouldnt’t starve anytime soon. I hear that he is now qualified to preside over “Marriages” in the “church” of scientology.

What I dont get about scientology is this. If all the top dudes have these super mind powers and can do “things” then why dont we have any proof? All it would take is for the head guy at the highest level to show the power of enlightenment and the whole world will convert overnight.

But, it hasnt happened yet.

I wonder why??

Playing around on Bebo

June 20, 2007

Playing around on this Interweb Bebo thingy
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To be fair to Paul, he didnt know the webcam was recording. But then that’s always the best way I find 🙂