24 December 2010
22 December 2010
Yesterday I accused Iceman (think cartoon of The Amazing Spiderman) of being captured on CCTV trying to steal so icicles. Well, having returned to the site today they have increased in size proving Iceman was clearly adding to the icicles rather than trying to swipe them! Bobby Drake, I apologise! In other news, I think the idea of winter-madness is clearly proposterous...
21 December 2010
Two simple questions: If your CCTV camera is covered in ice, who are you expecting to capture on video other than Spidey's friend Bobby Drake (aka Iceman)? Secondly, do you really need CCTV to protect those large icicles? Sure they are impressive but...
19 December 2010
16 December 2010
Weather update: it's started snowing in the centre of Edinburgh, albeit very lightly. Is this going to be the once-in-a-generation blizzrds they are predicting? Heresay figures suggest that it will get down to a few degress above absolute zero, however with wind chill it will feel like 10 degress below absolute zero (thanks to P5ychofox for verifying that this is theortetically possible and a doubly funny gag from Futurama). Ah well, let it snow, let it snow, let it snow!
15 December 2010
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8 December 2010
6 December 2010
During your Birthday Week you are like a child again: get to choose what happens, where you go, what you eat and when it all takes places. You are not a dictator but treated like a prince or princess for that time. If you fancy something then why not, it's your Birthday Week. A normal Birthday Week lasts 5 days, although it could on rare occasions be as long as 6 or as little as 4. It starts 2-3 days before the big day and runs 1-2 days afterwards. This can vary depending on what milestone it is and when exactly it is in the year (if it clashes with anything else).
If your birthday lands on a Monday then probably it would run from the Friday before through to the Tuesday (just one day after). By then you should have had more than enough time celebrating and turning into your next year. A Tuesday birthday could plausible start on the Friday and run to the Wednesday. Wednesdays are interesting as you would start on the Monday and then run through to the following Saturday, although in this case you are celebrating more after the event. Thursdays would probably do similar, although start on the Tuesday and Fridays most likely start back on the Wednesday and run through to Sunday. Weekend birthdays usually start on a Thursday and end on the Monday, again depending on how important the year is.
1 December 2010
November has now past, or Movember for those people raising awareness / money for Prostate Cancer, or rather against it... (or Snovember for fans of my last post). That should mean, thankfully, moustaches are now socially unacceptable again with the following key exceptions (and only one of them is actually real):
* Jamie Hyneman
* Captian Leland Stottlemeyer
* Esteban Colberto
Any further suggestions to add to the list, such as your strange Aunt Bettie (gives you a tangible reason to not enjoy visiting her), or an old girlfriend (acceptable so no-one else wants her)...
28 November 2010
13 November 2010
6 November 2010
When you don't like cucumber but love gin, an important question to ask your tender is what do you recommend serving it with. Hopefully the answer will come back lime rathern than cucumber but I certainly don't expect the answer 'red apple'. Behold Carunn, a new from a small distillery in Speyside. It tastes very floral and the soft acidity from the apple complemnts it wonderfully, where lime would drown out then flavours and fragrence, where it would just taste like watered down Bombay. It's my second favourite Scottish gin, after Blackwoods of course...
9 October 2010
Thankfully, LCI Projects, the brilliant team behind the event, have posted a single angle and edited video for you to relive my experiences.
29 September 2010
[Cue cheap gags about how low I've sunk...]
16 September 2010
14 September 2010
11 September 2010
And it was in Thailand. Very enjoyable and the menthol run was very pleasant although I did think at times the young lady might break me! Peter Jonhanson deserves some credit for helping me find 'just' a massage parlor (okay it was in the hotel).
8 September 2010
So, here I am, on holiday with my close male friend, just the two of us, on a "no carb left behind" diet (especially alcohol), in the romantic destination of a small island within Thailand, and I've just had jewellery bought for me (a necklace and a braclet). Does that make me gay? I'm pretty sure half the guests think we are... If only my room wasn't also understand my friend's name so I have to write his name and sign my name when ordering things by myself :-(
30 August 2010
47 shows, 3 misses, 2 no entries and 1 walk out (in the first category) and I'm done. Lots ofn reviews to be written up for use by Googlers over the rest of the year (as these shows are either World Premieres or European Premiere). I met and spoke to Sa mmy J, Celia Pacquola, Alan Cumming, Phill Jupitus and post-win, Russell Kane who were all lovely. Also saw Clive Anderson and Jo Brand plus numerous other performers. This is the first, and last year, I have seen every nominee. Sadly some of them are just not to my taste nor of award quality. But the sad news is of course that it's all over for another 48 weeks and 1 day...
28 August 2010
A violent crime happened in the middle of the day today as a young tourist from New Zealand was shockingly gagged and mugged in broad daylight. The young man, nothing more than a boy called , is at the end of his three week stay in Edinburgh and is missing a statue and valuable title that is rightfully his. It is believed that the crime was organised by Nica Burns who is well known in Edinburgh circles and it is understood that an inoccent third party, Londoner Roisin Conaty, is currently in possesion of the 'stolen' property, although it is being stressed she doesn't deserve any blame. People are being advised to keep their eyes open to try to see The Boy With Tape On His Face and spread the word about his un-just loss.
So the winner's have been announced. Once again we are in a position wheren the Best Comedy Show award does not go to the best comedy show, but rather the Most Consistent Performer, much liken when Rhod Gilbert lost out to David O'Doherty. Russell Kane has won despite both Greg Davies's and Bo Burnham's shows being significantly better than his, in fact the non-nominated Kevin Eldon possibly had a better show too (although Russel's was better than Sarah Millican, don't know about Josie's yet). Interesting fact about Russel Kane's show this year: I had to give away my ticket because of his big finale, although I did get to re-book.
Best Newcomer is Roisin Conaty and I'm seeingn her in a few hours (not personally though, just in her show!). She will have to be awe-inspiring to have justifiably beaten The Boy With Tape On His Face. Bo Burnham gets the Panel Prize and should have really been runner up in the main award, if there was such a position. Another year of lowest common demoninator decisions for the shortlist and most consencious building show for the awards.
25 August 2010
12 August 2010
10 August 2010
9 August 2010
8 August 2010
7 August 2010
6 August 2010
But this review is just about Sammy J and I have to start it by summarising a conversation I was very lucky enough to have with the show's star the next night. The whole content of this show is true. You will find it hard to believe but I have it from the source that everything (well, with one obvious exception) is real. With this in mind Sammy takes us along on a musical and stand-up journey from his teenage years, to his future death, back to falling in love, being a performer in Adelaide and previous years in Edinburgh. Breaking out from two years of character driven story telling Sammy performs with a confidence and smoothness that acknowledges his physical limitations ("Sammy ain't a fighter") whilst looking very sharp in his trendy suit. The hour flies by as Sammy effortlessly delivers his well-paced disparate sets. Thoroughly enjoyable, light-hearted relief from a real talent doing his third different style of show in as many years. 8 out of 10, aka 4 stars and a certain re-booking for next year (which rumours have it means Ricketts Lane comes to the UK!).
Along the way we have insights back into Celia's shameful childhood and the relationship she has with her mother. It's not all personal discover as there are some very good jokes and concepts in there, especially a cleaning joke that seemed to not get the credit or time it deserved (but that might be a cultural thing). Her merging between video, props and music is very smooth and seamless, just like her lights & clicking trick from last year. The show builds to a climax for Celia to genuinely stand up on her own two feet, even beyond the scope of the stage, and achieve something that seemed totally impossible at the beginning of the show. The audience really loved it and left elated and feeling so positive, in fact I defy anyone to leave the show not feeling uplifted (cue inevitable comparisons with Adam Hills and quite rightly so). A thoroughly enjoyable hour from such a likeable person, 8 out of 10, aka 4 stars and I will be back to see Celia again next year!
She performs her characters with relative proficiency and wraps up the last 15 mins with callbacks and closure to earlier stories but by this point the audience just didn't seem to care. It took 10 mins for me to start looking at my watch and wondering why I had gone to see another humourless show like Nick Mohammed, whilst someone left after the second scene (about 20 minutes in, which is about the same time I stayed for Nick Mohammed's show two years ago). Was there anything of any note in her show? Sadly not. If you are interested in seeing someone do an average job of pretending to be characters that are slightly exaggerated and follow stories peppered with silly statements in lieu of jokes, then I'm sure you can pick from many others in the same category as Sophie. 6 out of 10, aka 2 stars, which is sadly the same disappointing start to this year's Fringe as last year!
5 August 2010
31 July 2010
The second method was actually posted before Bin4ry rooted the phone and works off a security exploit by (I believe) a Czech guru called nadlabak. His rooting system is a bit easier as it works on all versions but can easily be fixed in the next software update so I'm using it until Bin4ry's version works for my firmware. His exploit (referred to as Exploid) can be seen on his website.
Bye bye RoadSync, RollerCoaster, Peggle, Notes and TimeScape (although rather than removing the last two I renamed the apps from *.apk to *.bak just in case...)!
24 July 2010
I think the European Parliament should re-align the calendar (created in Europe) so that today be the longest day of the year. 24/7 makes far more sense than 21/6 (or 22, whatever it is). True it wouldn't make sense to to Americans with their messed up date system but tough. of course it would work either for Asia and their superior International date format and the ISO standard but you can't please everyone...
On a slightly related note I love the gag from Two and a Half Men when Jake comments that his mother and her husband are arguing 31. Explaining that he looked perplexed and said "31. Y'know, 24 and 7... Geez and you say that I need to work harder at math'.
23 July 2010
22 July 2010
Unlike Markies... I guess they've been looking at last year's Hallowe'en pictures...
15 July 2010
14 July 2010
Double-Wicking - verb (only used in Present Perfect Continuous tense)
To burn the candle at both ends, e.g. I've been double-wicking a lot recently
In a moment of creativity it came to me and I now submit it to the ages as my first official* word. Believe it or not but I'm hot on your heels Colbert...
* = Well, my first public word. Like most people there are dozens of words I've created or altered in a unique language known only to me and my (at the time) better half. You know if anyone ever actually makes a physical, hand-stitched version of 'Your Language' to English dictionary then they should probably be crowned the Most Romantic Man Alive... Excellent, I now have a title to my collection and another thing to chase Colbert with!
12 July 2010
Su *bufanda* demostró que era un rojo; Torres, Torres!
11 July 2010
8 July 2010
3 July 2010
1 July 2010
29 June 2010
However, in delaying writing about this there was a slightly missed opportunity, out by about one week.
The promotional offer ends on the 20th June, if only they had of extended it by an extra week and it would have been as psychic as the damn German octopus...!
22 June 2010
20 June 2010
18 June 2010
13 June 2010
12 June 2010
UPDATED: It seems they have restored some camera feeds for the mid-point of the half (as the ITV HD logo returned) but the whole game is still not in full HD in England, only in Scotland! Furthermore the second half is being broadcast only in standard definition.
8 June 2010
5 June 2010
30 May 2010
29 May 2010
That said, they do have a long way to go before they hit the "heights" of Ann Summer's. Take a look at their 'red hot sale' advert on the main shopping street in Edinburgh a couple of years ago and tell me if that is too far... I assume that the official line is that it is a match bursting into flames.
28 May 2010
27 May 2010
26 May 2010
25 May 2010
18 May 2010
14 May 2010
"Head on car crash." It was my answer to the question "If David Chou was a vegetable what type of vegetable they would be?"
The sooner Bookface gets a 'dislike' button the better...
13 May 2010
12 May 2010
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27 April 2010
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15 April 2010
|Transcendental Meditation logo, TM.org|
13 April 2010
UPDATE: I sent this through to Steve Bennett at Chortle.co.uk to see if it made would be interesting for his WTF (Weekly Trivia File) and it made the cut! A link would have been nice but that's not why I sent it in, just happy to share!
11 April 2010
10 April 2010
8 April 2010
|Dictionary definition of a hypocrite|
6 April 2010
3 April 2010
This ad is now going out on the same 11 digital billboards as the Labour one, so there will be 22 images of Dave Cameron as the most loved person on TV. I'd already asked the question how badly the Labour Party wants to lose this election but this is pure suicide! Mark my previously written words, there will be no hung parliament, Cameron will win with a decent majority (and that's not my political preference, my ideal would be a Lib Dem - Conservative alliance to bring in real change, just calling it as it will be).
2 April 2010
Is it just me or are the similarities a bit too coincidental? Just as the brains behind the Demon Eyes campaign return, the brains behind the 'other' Demon Eyes campaign returns to a sector he was very successful in eight years ago. It might not be 'New IT Guy' any more but single women should be warned to keep their hearts safe... ;-)
1 April 2010
However there is an interesting point about the final two "news sources". Yes, everyone is simply re-printing the "quotes" directly from Marca, but The Telegraph have lost a lot of staff in recent times and according to Private Eye, they run agency copy for sports pieces and (have previously) attribute imaginary names to the piece. This story is apparently written by 'Telegraph Staff' and end with "Benitez has not forgiven Riera, worried about his World Cup chances, for so publicly trying to manufacture a move at a crucial time of the season by misrepresenting his relationship with him". That sounds awfully like the way ESPN's 'Soccernet Staff' concluded their piece which was "The Reds boss has not forgiven Riera, worried about his World Cup chances, for so publicly trying to manufacture a move at a crucial time of the season by misrepresenting his relationship with him". It seems The Telegraph are not the only ones using agency copy and publishing it as pieces 'written' by their 'staff'.