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October, 2009

  1. I haven’t watched a DVD in six months. Thanks, Netflix? – Ars Technica

    October 15, 2009 by Daniel

    I haven’t watched a DVD in six months. Thanks, Netflix? – Ars Technica.

    I’ve been a member of Love Film since I was at uni, I probably signed up in about 2004 and it was great, I used to watch a different film before I even got up for the day and maybe another one later. They had deals on and it was pretty cheap.

    But last month I found out that the laser in my PS3 had gone, how long it’d been like that I don’t know. I just don’t use it for reading discs all that often. I can stream stuff on BT Vision or playback from it’s DVR, watch stuff off a USB stick on the playstation. Who needs DVD’s anymore? I also found out about Steady IPTV which allows me to stream all my favorite TV channels.

  2. How Useful Would You Be?

    October 14, 2009 by Daniel

    Technology Quiz

    There is a Twilight Zone episode where a businessman makes a pact with the Devil, which allows him to go back in time so that he can capitalize off of his knowledge about the future. It turns out though that the businessman’s knowledge about the future is all superficial and thus he is unable to jump start any technological advancements by traveling back in time. This would likely be the plight of most contemporary humans if they were sent back in time. While we rely greatly on technology, most of us don’t know much about how it actually works and where the materials to make it come from.
    If you were to travel 2000 years into the past, how useful would you be in jumpstarting technological advancements? This 10 question quiz will help you figure out your technological usefulness. If you do poorly on the quiz, as most people likely will, then just let that inspire you to study up more on how things work and where raw materials come from.

    Yay, I did OK.


  3. Saturday in Manchester

    October 13, 2009 by Daniel

    Sometimes Manchester makes me laugh. It’s been quite a month for the city really, or it would seem so from the outside. They it feels for me here is the city just gets on with it. It’s difficult to tell what the voice of Manchester is sometimes, I think the even those with their ears closest to the ground don’t know what the city thinks.
    The big events this month have all been concerned with external factors, things Manchester isn’t all that interested in.

    Tory Party Conference:
    I was fascinated by it for all it’s politicking and manoeuvring for the general election next year but I don’t think Manchester was, apart from a tiny section being cordoned off – a section that most people don’t use anyways – the Midland Hotel and the G-Mex. The MEN was loving the Champagne stuff which was starting to irritate me, if people want to drink let them. It’s their party of the year. Just last week I was reading about an MEN leaving do where they’d had the Grapes at capacity nearly all day – what no news to write about that day? Couldn’t just have a pint at the end of the day?

    UAF & EDL Protest:
    I wasn’t there so I don’t know, but it seemed to me pretty well confined to Piccadilly Gardens and yes it would have disrupted some shops but I think most of the shopping carried on regardless – it was nothing like what the Glasweigans felt upset about their TV screen failing last summer but I think there that something like that would have happened regardless the amount of alcohol I saw being consumed.
    With the protests I thought that the reporting was as bad as those involved, all trying to hype it up. If you want to protest of course you can and I’m glad that Manchester really just ignored the whole thing.

    So the council did a consultation and found that the people didn’t really want a city wide mayor, but then the MEN did a survey and found that they did? How does that work? It’s like the congestion charge again, the for groups trying to convince everybody that the majority thought it was a good idea. OK then we’ll have a vote – oh right yeah it’s a massive NO, thanks but actually we like to drive around here, we pay enough for the privilege as it is. (imho by all means close off deansgate or something like that).

    < /rant>

    I forgot to mention, went out on Saturday for Helen’s birthday and had a great time and found a new favourite bar (Mojo). Sunday was a write-off.

  4. Up

    October 13, 2009 by Daniel


    Not sure 3D is worth it, but beautifully done and SQUIRREL! a lovely story.

    “Up is a wonderful film, with characters who are as believable as any characters can be who spend much of their time floating above the rain forests of Venezuela,” writes Roger Ebert in the Chicago Sun-Times. “They have tempers, problems and obsessions. They are cute and goofy, but they aren’t cute in the treacly way of little cartoon animals. They’re cute in the human way of the animation master Hayao Miyazaki. Two of the three central characters are cranky old men, which is a wonder in this youth-obsessed era.”

    “This movie is remarkable for a brilliant montage sequence at the very beginning, sketching out Carl’s early married life with childhood sweetheart Elie,” writes Peter Bradshaw. “It is a masterclass in narrative exposition, and the moments explaining their childlessness will bring a lump to your throat. This is a terrific film with hints of Conan Doyle’s The Lost World and Albert Lamorisse’s Red Balloon.”

  5. Bookmarks for October 8th through October 13th

    October 13, 2009 by Daniel

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  6. Royal Mail: Union votes for strike

    October 9, 2009 by Daniel

    Argos and eBay ready to desert Royal Mail as union votes for strike |
    UK news |
    The Guardian

    It’s a mess this Royal Mail stuff isn’t it? I mean fair enough the workers are fed up they’ve been pushed to hard for too little money and so are rightly fed up and want to strike. Have a look at this from a Postie.
    But this threat has affected their business so much more widely – for a service that is struggling as it is with the decline of the written letter to give retailers a glimpse of unreliability is being returned by them taking away their internet deliveries.

    It’ll get much worse before it’ll get better. Can the Royal Mail even survive for many more years?


    Lord Mandelson on the prospect of a postal strike a moment ago:

    “A national postal strike defies logic. It would be a suicidal act – turning more hard pressed consumers and businesses away from using mail.

  7. Radiohead to record NEW ALBUM this winter | Radiohead At Ease

    October 8, 2009 by Daniel

    Radiohead to record NEW ALBUM this winter | Radiohead At Ease.

    We were misquoted,” claimed O’Brien of Yorke’s comments, loudly adding, “WE WILL BE MAKING AN ALBUM!” Although he said the band hadn’t decided how it would be released, he said the album would come out on vinyl and CD whether it first arrived as a download or not.

    “We love the artwork; that’s really important, the physicality,” he explanied. “And we all like vinyl. That’s not going to go away. I still like CDs as well. I got the Speech Debelle CD the other day – I nearly downloaded it from iTunes but I thought, ‘No. I want the physical thing.’”

    Well thank fuck for that.

  8. Table Tennis Trick Shots

    October 8, 2009 by Daniel

  9. Bang Goes The Theory

    October 7, 2009 by Daniel

    Have quite enjoyed this series, I was a big fan of Tomorrows World growing up and I miss having regular science shows on the BBC so I was glad to see this commissioned.

    OK some of it’s a bit cheesy, they’ve tried to present it in a ‘modern’ way by having scripted ‘chats’ about the items which can make it seem a bit Blue Peter-y. And the guy Dallas – hmm bit drippy.

  10. Bookmarks for September 30th through October 7th

    October 7, 2009 by Daniel

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