Thursday, 15 November 2012

Metal Shifters - Film

Metal Shifter / Iron Invaders

Best. Movie. Tag live. Ever.

Tuesday, 13 November 2012

Pretentious Hypocrites - "Ghoti"

"The same people who love to explain that "fish" can be spelled as "ghoti" are the same people who lose their sh*t completely when they see "could" written as "cud"."
~ Dave

Monday, 12 November 2012

'The Hunger Games' - An Unintentional Liveblogging

will be watching "The Hunger Games" this evening. Expectations for the film are low, so the bar it has to clear may as well just be left on the ground.

hmmm. we'll see.
7 November at 18:26

It's actually alright.
7 November at 18:26

7 November at 18:26

Well there you have it Dave. The two opinions. One is clearly right. The other is paulas. ;) The games themselves start well. Everything before and after...hmmmmmmm
7 November at 18:28

hmmmmm yourself.
7 November at 18:29

Think Battle Royale for American tweens and you'll have an idea of what's coming. Having said that, it's not as bad as it could've been.
7 November at 18:36

Tuesday, 6 November 2012

HALO 4 Release Day

GAMESTOP had 'HALO 4' but the guy behind the counter still chose to tell me that I should have pre-ordered it, and that a copy which was already opened and stored in a grubby sleeve behind the counter was the best I could hope for since I hadn't pre-ordered it. It cost €60, and he assured me that I'd be back to pick it up but couldn't guarantee that the game would still be there when I returned.

HMV had many copies of 'HALO 4', still in the wrapping, & were more than happy to sell it to me for €45 with zero additional bother.

End result: I'm writing this while the the multiplayer servers find me a 'Capture the Flag' match. Thanks, HMV!

Thursday, 1 November 2012

Disney acquires the sh*t out of Lucasfilm

Disney have bought Lucasfilm. I don't understand the broad strokes of how the payment breaks down but what I do understand is this: Disney now owns the rights to make a 'Star Wars 7', and Disney now owns the rights to the Star Wars Universe and can do with it as they please.
In some capacity George Lucas will still stay on as a creative consultant, which makes sense since he has been with the Star Wars Universe since day one, steering things seems to make sense canonically. What he won't be doing is writing or directing the future movies, and this is the most important part of the whole deal for me.

Friday, 19 October 2012

SkyFall / Looper / The Road to Perdition

[Spoilers for 'Looper' & 'Road to Perdition' to follow]

Part of me still expects the first scene of "SkyFall" to be the last scene of "The Road to Perdition" (without the voiceover) then a close up shot of the kids face dissolving to Daniel Craigs face with a subtitle of "30 years later".

Tuesday, 16 October 2012

'XCOM: Enemy Unknown' - Overview

By now people who know me will be aware that "X COM: Enemy Unknown" has consumed a decent portion of my free time.
But, 'why?' I imagine them asking. 'What is it about this game that has taken a hold of him?'

Well, there's a surprising amount going on in this game, at a pace that welcomes both new players and fans of the franchise.
But planning missions, executing strategy, upgrading my base, setting out my fleet, deploying satellite and equipping my soldiers have all been secondary (tertiary, quaternary, quinary, senary and septenary) to renaming the soldiers assigned to your squad.
Stalwart men & women, one and all, who have all chosen to defend their countries and planet, are given a name befitting of someone with whom not to f**k. This act of renaming, among new recruits, is often referred to as the "opening indignity".
Currently on my X COM task force there are:

Tuesday, 9 October 2012

I broke a knuckle and had a cast on for the last month...

... the day that it was removed (today) my girlfriend came out with this:

"How's it feel to have the cast off? I'm gonna start calling you HANDS Duo now. You know, like HANDS Solo but now you have two hands... Wait, how did I not think of Hands Solo before now?! I could have been calling you that for the last month!"

Sunday, 22 July 2012

MAN OF STEEL (Superman) Trailer

Hopefully this can't be any worse than 'Superman Returns', or 'Superman IV: The Quest For Peace' or 'Superman III'; what I'm saying is: This film has a very low bar to clear to be considered "good", let's see if it f**ks that up...

Thursday, 19 July 2012

Friday, 22 June 2012

TAKEN 2 - Trailer

If they were going to name sequels, I kind of wanted 'Taken' to follow the "Look Who's Talking" route of film names.

First film: "TAKEN"
Second: "TAKEN TOO"
Third: "Look Who's TAKEN Now!"

It would have been perfect!

The 'Die Hard' route would also be a way to go:
TAKEN with a Vengeance
Live Free or TAKEN

Monday, 18 June 2012

Baseless But Potentially incontrovertible Fact Of The Day:

Baseless But Potentially incontrovertible Fact Of The Day:
"When reading Oscar Wilde quotes everyone uses Stephen Fry's voice in their head."

Sunday, 17 June 2012

Nissan Juke / Batman

Dear Batman,
Over the years you've owned different Batmobiles, Batcopter, Batwing, Batcycle, Batpod and other Bat themed vehicles; why are you now advertising the Nissan Juke?

I would be much more willing to put down money on a Batmobile than I would for a Nissan with your likeness on the ad.

Your Sincerely,
- Your first customer for a working version of the Batmobile from Batman: The Animated Series

Tuesday, 5 June 2012

GAME OF THRONES: Season 2 Ending

I haven't seen the last few episodes of GAME OF THRONES so please don't spoil the ending for me.

I did, however, have a dream about how it ended.

In it Arya Stark was fleeing Tywin Lannister's keep when she picks up a large rock to use as self defense, "You'll need more than that to defeat us!" a voice says. She looks up to see a gang of scissors advancing on her.
"Now give us the rest of that hair, BOY!" the lead scissors yells.
"Noooo!" Arya yells, swinging the rock, "Not my hair!" before she starts toppling the scissors with the rock. A scissors grabs her from behind and she struggles, the scene fades from a rain sodden woods to the sunbleached courtyard of Kings Landing at the end of season 1.
"You're a boy now!" yells the man cutting Arya's hair as they head towards the exit.
Suddenly there's a loud yell from the crowd, they turn, Ned Stark is standing tall as the executioner stands with a chest full of arrows. "Hurts, doesn't in?" yells Ned, as the entire crowd reveals itself to be disguised soldiers from Winterfell.
"When I play the Game of Thrones, I play for keeps!" he yells as his broadsword gets thrown to him, and he starts hacking at enemy soldiers.
"But how?!" Cersei screamed.
"If I can fight a war, I can can d*mn well take a castle in peace time!" Ned says then points at Joffrey, "Uncle-Father Jamie can't help you now!"
"And I don't have to get a haircut!" Arya yells. Everyone freezes and looks at her. Suddenly they all throw their heads back, laugh, everything was going to be aaaaaalright!

HALO 4: Quick Note

The first HALO 4 footage has emerged from E3:

And the main thing that struck me is that the new bad guys (4:43 onwards) look remarkably like LEGO 'Bionicle'.

That was a crossover I wasn't expecting...

Sunday, 3 June 2012

PROMETHEUS: My lingering problems...

First & Final Warning, nothing but spoilers ahead, I'm presuming people have seen the movie before they read this. This isn't intended as a review:

We walked out of the cinema into the somewhat cold night air.
"What'd you think?" I asked.
"Yeah, I liked it."
"Oh, yeah, no, it was a good movie." I responded. Some elements of the movie bothered me though, but I didn't want to be the first to say something bad about it. There was a lot to get through if we went down that road.
I eased into the problems with the obvious: "You know what I kinda didn't like? That this was ever billed as an 'Alien' prequel. I would have liked it if it just happened in the same universe and maybe, at that point at the end, you realize 'Ooooh, is this actually supposed to take place before Alien?'"
"Yeah, it definitely didn't feel like an 'Alien' movie."

Wednesday, 23 May 2012

Icelandic Facts

A friend of mine has gone to Iceland as part of a Forestry course. Apparently somewhere beneath the noxious ash clouds they have forests, however since the only aerial photographs of Iceland were taken during the "ash cloud crisis" there's no material evidence of forests, only anecdotal evidence.
Anyway, I decided to research some facts about Iceland before writing him an e-mail. Here are the facts I thought interesting enough to share.

Icelandic Fact #3:
"Iceland's national bird is the cat."

Due to the variety of birds in Iceland, no single bird could be decided upon, and a cat (the next highest predator in the food-chain) was picked.

Monday, 21 May 2012

Venn Diagram

.... Wait- sh*t!

Thursday, 12 April 2012

My Incomplete (& ever-expanding) List of Words/ Short Phrases That I Hate

When talking to people there are a few single words or short phrases that will completely ruin conversations for me.
Whatever about people's opinions and world views, I will argue a point and carry on even if I strongly disagree with them; but the following are some examples of words which, if seriously used in conversation, tend to make me roll my eyes & grit my teeth while I wait for the next opportunity to end the conversation & leave.

Chillax - Definitely a strong contender for one of my most hated of all non-words.

Totes - As a contraction for "totally", if this is a reference to the gambling booths then I suppose that's ok.

Langer(ed) - When said by anyone from Dublin.

Langer(ed) - When said by anyone from Cork.

Cute hoor - When said by anyone under 50. Actually, even when it's said by anyone over 50, but I'm more forgiving if I ever have to talk to that person again.

Morto - As a contraction for "mortified".

"Mix It Up" - Unless in reference to actively mixing something. If it's "I know I usually sit here and you sit there but I thought we'd mix it up!" then we have a problem and I'll be taking neither seat.

Baloobas - Drunk. Just no.

Epic - In relation to every meal, night out, photograph, joke...

Noms - Because "food", "meals", "snacks" aren't specific enough.

Nom nom nom/ Nomming - As a reference to "eating".

Gargle - For drinking alcohol.

Scoops - This coupled with the hand gesture of lifting a drink of tipping it rapidly back & forth at your face pretty much ensure that - if I'm your only option - you'll be drinking alone.

"One More Tune!" - I'm not sure what's worse, a crowd chanting this at the end of a gig, or those scattered people in pubs at closing time who chant this at the DJ.

Tuesday, 14 February 2012

"Romance Is Dead Awards 2012"

A lot of contenders today for the Valentine's Day "Romance is Dead Awards 2012."
My personal favourite is me (granted I'm biased) with: "You're lucky it's too late in the day to find another girlfriend..."

A close second is my friend Chris with his post: "Best Valentines day ever! [Girlfriend] in bed all day passed out from a bad flu and I'm left to put my feet up, throw on the xbox, and ignore all the Valentine's guff. Result!"
When pressed about if it was all day he replied: "Not all day. I did other romance-free things as well. Still the best Valentine's day ever - not single but all the benefits of it!"

In the spirit of the day, I'll leave you with this:

Monday, 6 February 2012

Wednesday, 1 February 2012

Security Call From AiB [follow-up to my LEGO Millenium Falcon purchase...]

[.. and a prelude to my new PC purchase]

I got a security call about some recent transactions on my credit card, when I explained to the lady that one payment was for a new PC, she understood. When I proudly stated that the other payment was "for my Lego Millenium Falcon, it's awesome!" the line went very quiet....

Monday, 23 January 2012

Empire/ Jameson Done in 60 Seconds: War Horse Production Blog

So, on a whim I decided to enter the Jameson/ Empire Done in 60 Second competition.

My entry can be viewed at:

And I would sincerely appreciate any and all support! And especially any 'Likes' or votes that can be thrown my way.

LEGO Millenium Falcon

Some things never get old. LEGO will always be top of the list of things that I'll never get tired of.
But, growing older, I get less of a chance to play with this stuff or even assemble it (which is where most of the fun happens)
Anyway, to assemble the Millenium Falcon you get 6 labelled bags of parts, well, really about 10, but they're labelled at being numbers 1 to 6 and you open and assembled them in that order according to the instructions and - Shut up at make with the LEGO!!!

After Bag 1.

After Bag 2.

After Bag 3.

Wednesday, 18 January 2012

War Horse: The Final Avenger

I cannot believe that no-one else stuck around until after the end credits of WAR HORSE to see Nick Fury show up and recruit him for The Avengers.
That movie's gonna be awesome!

Tuesday, 10 January 2012

NetFlix Ireland

So, NetFlix became available in Ireland today and- like the fiend I am- I signed up almost immediately. That process was relatively simple.
I tried signing up on my PS3, but it would only let me register my e-mail address and name, when I put in my credit card info it kept telling me there was an error with the system and the screen reset. So, I put in my credit card info again. Same error message.
So, I immediately went to the PC site, I logged in with the e-mail address I registered and there waiting was my credit card info (in ****************9999 format) waiting to be confirmed. With one click of a button, it was complete and I was free to log in to my PS3 account.

Far from the trendsetting service in the USA, the service is very limited over here. The selection of movies isn't very expansive and the availability of TV series is even far behind what's already available on DVD here, let alone what's showing on tv.
But, I'll have a better look at it when I get a chance, the main thing I was curious about was HOW I would view it. An application appeared on my PS3 & XBox 360 so, I immediately had to compare them.
Separately I logged in to each, browsed the selection, found 'Drive Angry' (first movie I randomly selected) and clicked 'play'.