Thursday, July 23, 2015

Bonding With Bond

Recently I have had a lot of time on my hands in the evenings. After crowdsourcing for data there were quite a few movies to watch.

The Hobbit trilogy was visually stunning, but plot-wise boring. Guardians of the Galaxy was fun, as was Spy. Glorious Basterds was odd, as was Edge of Tomorrow. Surprisingly for me, as they are such behemoths, were Bond films, Casino Royale and Quantum of Solace, specifically.

And now there is another in the pipeline:

With 5 million views in the last 2 days I think there might be a few others out there who are looking forward to it as well!



Thursday, July 16, 2015

The Man From U.N.C.L.E. Comes in From The Cold!

Being a child of the '70's I remember the original Man From UNCLE. It was a bit staid after watching my real uncle in 'The Spy Who Came In From The Cold' but the truth is, that era really was very interesting, and chilling.

When there really was an obvious threat of nuclear attack the world's superpowers were definitely professional, determined and capable and that is what made UNCLE such a believable story. Today? I don't think the urgency or desperation can be understood as well.

Fast cars, loud guns and action sequences are always going to be hits at the box offices so I guess we'll hear good things about the film.

Personally? I like the chic aspect to the chaps from UNCLE - very James Bond...

Oh, and the original had Ducky from NCIS in it - always a crowd pleaser!



Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Furry Parodies of TV Shows

The Children's Television Workshop are really on the cutting edge of popular shows. Sit down, call the kids in to watch - and enjoy:

Game of Thrones

House of Cards

Star Wars



Whilst The Cats Away

The family is out of town for a few weeks, so I get to watch what I want on TV.

I've finished the Hobbit trilogy, this season of Deadliest Catch and Gold Rush and am now going to Netflix to watch a few documentaries.

Whilst on Netflix I'll be watching my beloved Longmire. It truly is an epic TV show. Epic scenery, epic storylines and just blinking epic!

So epic is Longmire that after it was cancelled by A&E that Netflix picked it up. Thats a whole other story though!

Another TV show I will be looking out for is new, and is Heroes Reborn, here's a sneak peek;

It looks very 'interesting' to say the least.

The future looks good - for my tv viewing at least!



Monday, July 13, 2015

Nothing New Under The Sun

You know how you always wanted to play chess with really, really big pieces? Well the Russians got there first.

Yes, they used real soldiers too.



Thanks to Vintage Everyday

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

New Tech & Hi-Tech

There is a lot of new technology out there, and a few awesome ways of being part of the new hi-tech wave.

Personally I am proud to wear my Kickstarter based Pebble Watch, and at home I have a Sensibo set Ruche Shelving and AllBe1 tags for my kids' school bags (and my car keys!).

Some projects I find very interesting are AllBe1, Sensibo and Zolo on Indiegogo.

AllBe1 - RFID tags that look like keywing fobs so you can surreptitiously track different items.

Sensibo - start your air con remotely. 20 minutes from home my kids tell me to start the air con. And yes, it is the peak of summer here so it is awesome.

Zolo - tough cases for the phone. Simple, sleek and effective.

And theres more!

On Kickstarter there seems to be a much wider range of products, from board games to 3D Printing printers. Persoanlly? I find Phree, Pebble Watch (mark II) and the utterly awesome Ruche Shelving to be ones to follow.




Monday, July 6, 2015

Newcomers in Music

Much has been made of the new music scene emerging in the USA today; there is too much pornography in the videos, too much swearing in the lyrics and,basically, 'kids today...'.

Personally I think it is awesome that no-one pays attention to what the old fuddy-duddys say! On the other hand, I like my swearing to be limited and based on thumbs and hammers meeting, not an every day occurrence!

Here is Kaya Stewart's single, Try It Out:

Greg Holden's Boys In The Street

Awesome, eh?