Category Archives: News

The Colony (2013)

So everything is frozen solid and there’s this colony, and then there’s this other colony, and then there are GRIM measures to be taken, and, and, and… ridiculous and awful, post-apocalyptic nonsense. Why are Bill Paxton and Lawrence Fishburne in … Continue reading

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Clear History (2013)

Larry David of Curb My Enthusiasm and Seinfeld stars in this comedy about shareholding employee of a high-tech startup who is fired and loses his stake; shortly before the company’s portfolio skyrockets. Larry David is funny in this, but a … Continue reading

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Byzantium (2012)

Vampire mum and daughter hide out in decaying seaside resort (okay, it’s Hastings), in Neil Jordan‘s bloody and brilliant vampire-flick. Everything a horror movie about vampires should be: bloody, spooky, sexy, seedy, sleazy, otherworldly etc… except in one rather annoying … Continue reading

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Beastly (2011)

This is a modern, urban re-telling of La Belle et la Bête, AKA Beauty and the Beast. Not bad fare for a vid night. And I’m going to say it. I liked Mary-Kate Olsen in this. A lot. Although she … Continue reading

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After Earth (2013)

Warrior father, and son, are stranded on dangerous future Earth and are stalked by a deadly alien predator. Stars Will and Jaden Smith. Before seeing this I thought that I would be the first to jump on the, yet another, … Continue reading

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TechieTalk: Dog and Bone: #Ubuntu #Edge Dead + Developing Apps for #FirefoxOS #Smartphones

And… (several months later) we’re back… The Independent Daily where this column originally appeared may have gone bust, but TechieTalk lives!* So the Ubuntu smartphone kickstarter failed to reach its target of $32 million dollars. Big whoop. Don’t get me … Continue reading

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YouTube Trawl: Jeffrey Bernard is Unwell #Journalism #Reporters #Hacks

Remember this old gem? I don’t recollect whether I saw this at the theatre, on the TV or on video, but what a great play:

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Looking Back at The Fury and The Medusa Touch (1978) #SciFi #Horror #Thriller

I just tweeted a YouTube trailer of the The Medusa Touch (1978), based on a novel by the late Peter Van Greenaway, only to discover that another of my favourites was also released that year. It was the year that … Continue reading

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#Programmers and #Coders: Any UK #Devs bought a #ZTE Open (#FirefoxOS) from eBay yet? Views?

I’m currently writing an article and would like to know how your development experience with the new device goes… p.s. I installed the Firefox OS Simulator earlier today myself. It looks sparse, but clean and simple.

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My Journalistic Hate List @NUJofficial @journalism @BBC @Guardian

Things… …and some I’m also guilty of committing: Articles with “Why You Should…” in the title. Articles with “N Reasons Why You Should…” in the title. Any “Top N Things” type listicle articles. (GUILTY!) Statistically unprovable rating schemes with “N … Continue reading

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#Comic #Book #Review: Grant Morrision's and Philip Bond's Vimanarama

In this SciFi/Fantasy comedy the father of our lackadaisical hero, Ali, owns a corner-shop in Bradford. One day some shelves collapse on Ali’s hard-working brother Omar and a huge hole appears… The hole imprisons something very nasty indeed that inevitably … Continue reading

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#TV #Review: Breaking Bad, Season 5, Part II, Episode 9, It's The Final Countdown… Oh No!

Thus commences the beginning of the end of AMC’s brilliant show. In the first episode of the grande finale we see a long Star Trek themed dialogue about subjects only a Trekkie (like me) would get. This indicates, quite clearly, … Continue reading

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YouTube Trawl: The Gorgon (1964) #Hammer

Hammer Films’ The Gorgon (1964), starring Christopher Lee and Peter Cushing. Filmed at Bray Studios in Berkshire, UK:

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What Better Way To Celebrate YouTube's Geek Week Than With Alestorm. Yo, Ho, Ho (& Mwah Ha)

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#SciFi, #Horror, #Fantasy: "…send us a story if you think you can mix up some pulpy goodness…" #UK, #Canada & #Mauritius

I’m busy writing and not getting paid right now, in case anyone has any weird ideas of how I’m profiting from Star Adventurer Magazine (I AM NOT). So dust off your cynic’s hat and send us a story if you … Continue reading

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Stallman Sings

Here’s one reason to forgive Stallman for unleashing the evil that is Emacs on the universe. Recorded quite a few years ago is his slightly satirical version of Guantanamera, sung by The Great Bearded One himself. (Much nerdly respect for … Continue reading

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#Noir #Movie #Review: Psychopathy and Sociopathy, Part 2: The Killer Inside Me (2010)

The Killer Inside Me (2010) is about small town deputy who is an all-round good-guy and Southern Gentleman hiding a secret. Well, actually not that much of a secret, given the title of the movie. In the film we see … Continue reading

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#Horror #Movie #Review: Psychopathy and Sociopathy, Part 1: American Mary (2013)

Back in the Jurassic Era, when I was sitting A’Level English Literature, I wrote an essay about how psychopathic and sociopathic behaviour, as displayed by Shakespeare’s dramatic interpretation of Richard the III, can be an appealing trait in lead characters. … Continue reading

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Tomorrowland Live Video Feed of #Dance #Music Festival in #Belgium

Tomorrowland (?) live feed: You can also watch on YouTube and at the Tomorrowland website.

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Varis the Musical Assassin: Spotted In Toy Store

About a month ago I saw this figure in Toy Barnhaus and realised that I had found the PlayMobil embodiment of the protagonist from my short story The Black Tower. Albeit, in a stolen uniform and ironically waving a standard. I … Continue reading

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Old Skool Ain't So Cool: The World's End #SciFi #Movie #Review

Gary King (Simon Pegg) is a man-boy who never grew out of being the coolest kid in school. Unfortunately, that time was WAY back, and now Gary is a bit of a loser. In order to bring some meaning to … Continue reading

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#SciFi #Movie: #Review Pacific Rim (It's Good, It's Very, Very Good)

I saw Pacific Rim today and I must have liked it too, because I couldn’t stop talking about afterwards. The premise is simple. Humanity creates and pilots giant warrior robots to fight giant alien monsters. A tribute to Japanese kids … Continue reading

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Upcoming #Space #Movies Better Than Moon (2009)? Gravity (2013) and Europa Report (2013) (#Trailers + UK Release Dates)

Moon (2009) was good, but hardly as original as the critics made out. In my view, it only shone because of Sam Rockwell’s outstanding performance. Also, it was more dream-like fantasy than real science fiction. So I am hoping that … Continue reading

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#UK #SciFi #Comedy #Romance #Movie #Trailer: About Time (2013)

This is a first. It is the first time I’ve used a tag called ‘#Romance’. Still I did see The Time Traveller’s Wife (2009) by myself, which is either sad or embarrassing, depending on your point of view. About Time … Continue reading

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Insanely Funny Kung Fu Movie Death Scene

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Flying Bicycle Kickstarter!

Source: Laughing Squid

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Big Nerdy Blockbusters Coming Your Way Soon: Thor: The Dark World & Kickass 2 (Restricted) #Trailers

Thor: The Dark World, UK release: 30 October 2013 Kickass 2, UK release: 16 August 2013

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Goddamn, it's ELECTRO!!! The Amazing Spiderman 2 (2014) #Trailer

Teaser trailer with Jamie Foxx playing Maz Dillon, AKA Electro!

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#RPG #Games: Try Solo Dungeons and Dragons

Try solo Dungeons and Dragons over at http://dnd.chromesphere.com/index.htm. The website is very basic, but the games themselves are very easy to start playing within about 60 seconds (even for complete novices like me). No wonder I never seem to have … Continue reading

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#SciFi #Movie #Trailers: Snowpiercer (2013)

The Host (2006) director, Joon-ho Bong’s Snowpiercer (2013), coming soon. Choo, choooooooo!

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Want Me To #Review Something? #Movies, #TV, #ComicBooks, #Games, #Gadgets etc…

Want me to review something? Then get in touch! Here’s what I can currently handle: SciFi/Fantasy/Horror movies (first UK press screening) and TV shows (pilot only on region unlocked DVD). Superhero/supervillain SciFi/Fantasy/Horror English language comic books (hard copy of first … Continue reading

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Get Stark Randomness and Grime At Bodily Wobbling The Lumpy Hearse

…near enough!

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#TV: Sherlock, Series 3

And more humbug, as we’re not seeing a return of Sherlock until at least October!

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#TV: Under the Dome (2013)

This adaptation of Stephen King’s novel of the same title is doing well over in the US and garnering good ratings for CBS. However, we won’t be getting it in the UK until Autumn! Humbug.

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#Movie #Review: The Corporation (2003)

I haven’t seen this movie in a good number of years, but since we seem to be going through a spate of political film reviews, I thought I’d just mention one of the best. I was actually invited to see … Continue reading

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#Movie #Review: The Company You Keep (2012)

In this drama, Robert Redford is an ex-Weather Underground activist on the run from the FBI.  This movie seems like a nostalgic tribute to American radicals from the 1970s. That isn’t necessarily a bad thing, but I found the film … Continue reading

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#Movie #Review: Battle in Seattle (2007)

Emotive, informative and angry docu-drama based on the 1999 WTO conference and the associated demonstrations in Seattle. I watched the movie this morning on BBC iPlayer (available for a few more days). Is it any good? Yes; it was one … Continue reading

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#Movie #Review: The Spiderwick Chronicles (2008)

This time you get two opinions of the movie: Roy: Good CGI and fun characters. I particularly liked the main character’s scary sister with the sword. A mild distraction and okay for the whole family. Should keep the younger children … Continue reading

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#Movie #Review: Jack The Giant Slayer (2013)

Despite the poor ratings and getting generally panned by the critics, this isn’t actually a bad movie. I am sure that the younger children will like this, though there are some frightening bits. The story is a retelling of Jack … Continue reading

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#Movie #Review: Total Recall (2012)

I said I would not see this movie, but I did in the end, so help me god, I did. Yes, it is as awful as I thought it would be. A pointless remake, with no redeeming qualities whatsoever. Absolutely … Continue reading

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#Movie #Review: Beautiful Creatures (2013)

I’m not giving much away, from things you would have already seen in the trailer by telling you that Lena is a teenager who will soon undergo a transformation that will determine whether she becomes a good or evil witch. … Continue reading

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#TV #Review: The Triangle (2005)

This is TV mini-series from a few years ago, produced by the company formerly known as the SciFi Channel (now SyFy). As the title suggests, the plot is centered around the Bermuda Triangle. Sam Neill plays a shipping magnate who hires … Continue reading

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#TV #Review: The Sarah Jane Adventures (2007-2011)

I came to The Sarah Jane Adventures rather late in the game and well after the death of the wonderful Elizabeth Sladen in 2011. In my view, this is an utterly brilliant series that more faithfully captures the original spirit … Continue reading

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#Movie #Review: Despicable Me 2 (2013)

I took my mother to see this movie at my local cinema yesterday. Our favourite reformed supervillain and single father of three is now going straight developing a line of fruit jams and preserves. His sedate, boring, suburban life is … Continue reading

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#TV #Review: Defiance (2013)

This is a new dual-mode entertainment franchise of both a video game and a TV series. The premise is that there was a huge space battle when a horde variegated alien species arrived on Earth. Both civilisation and the ecosystem … Continue reading

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#Movie #Review: Batman: The Dark Knight Returns (2012-2013)

And so it goes… as I continue to review everything I have watched over the last few weeks… Batman: The Dark Knight Returns (Parts 1 & 2) are a pair of animated movies from Warner based on Frank Miller’s seminal … Continue reading

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#TV #Review: Luther (2013 Series 3)

The improbably tall David Bowie fan and the UK’s answer to Dirty Harry, Luther (Idris Elba) is back for a third series. This hit cop drama concerns the investigations of Detective Chief Inspector John Luther, the key man in the … Continue reading

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#TV #Review: Dexter (2013 Season 8)

Our beloved police blood-spatter analyst/serial-killer is back. This season, Debs has discovered Dexter’s dirty little secret and it has sent her loopy.  The particular incident that sent her barking at the moon involved the death of LaGuerta. Captain LaGuerta was a … Continue reading

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#Movie #Review: Iron Man 3 (2013)

The latest in the on-going saga of Tony Stark: US-patriot, one-man US-foreign policy and US president-elect. Okay, I made that last bit up. I think. Ben Kinglsey’s Mandarin is fun and it’s actually an okay superhero film. I especially liked … Continue reading

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#TV #Review: The Newsroom (2012 Season 1)

Aaron Sorkin is undeniably a brilliant writer, but this show seems a lot like his previous big show, The West Wing, only set in a TV newsroom. Often the dialogue is far too clever for its own good and draws … Continue reading

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#Movie #Review: Stoker (2013)

Rich, bored teenager, from rich, bored family is liberated from apathy by mysterious, psycho uncle who arrives shortly after her father’s death. The film is not quite as disturbing as it purports to be except for one particular scene, (hint: … Continue reading

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#Movie #Review: Shot Through The Heart (1998)

One-time Yugoslavian Olympic rifle-team buddies, one a Bosnian, the other a Serb, cross bullets in the Bosnian War. I watched this BBC/HBO production years ago and can vouch for its excellence. All the more-so, given that I was in the … Continue reading

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#Movie #Review: Predators (2010)

The latest installation of the Predator franchise takes the movie back to it’s roots. A bunch of toughies find themselves dumped in a weird hunters’ game-reserve. Rambunctious fun, let down by Lawrence Fishburne’s kill-crazy Crusoe, put in just to explain … Continue reading

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#Movie #Review: Plunkett & Macleane (1999)

Jonny Lee Miller is Captain James Macleane and Robert Carlyle is highwayman Will Plunkett. The first a broke louche, the second a, sick-of-class, commoner gathering together a fortune so that he can start anew in the America.  They team up … Continue reading

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#Movie #Review: My Name Is Khan (2010)

Brilliant young Muslim with Aspergers goes on a quest to tell the US president that he is not a terrorist in the wake of a terrible tragedy that occurs to his family in vengeful, post-911 America. I didn’t watch this … Continue reading

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#Movie #Review: Spring Breakers (2012)

And here we have my rant of the week. This movie is about an obnoxious bimbo quartet who, strapped for cash for their Spring break plans, stage a violent robbery. Once down in Florida, they fall under the spell of … Continue reading

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Slammed, #neRRRdcast, Upcoming #Screen #Reviews

I’m totally slammed with a zillion things right now.  I was going to my writers’ circle tonight (right about now in fact), but that plan has gone right up the spout.  There was also going to be a new neRRRcast … Continue reading

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News from the Man-Cave: #BSFA, #DoctorWho, Judge Mathur, #Writers' Workshops and Links

Busy day as usual, just a quick post.  Postie brought a few BSFA (British Science Fiction Association) mags this morning: I tried sticking my new press pass in my Doctor Who UNIT wallet that I recently won, but it kept … Continue reading

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Press Pass Activated! (#UK #Journalism)

Busy, busy day today.  So busy, in fact, that I almost forgot to commemorate a particularly important event.  Today I received my press-pass!!! Ta da! I’m now an accredited freelance journalist.  A bona fide member of the British press. Given my … Continue reading

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#TV: Doctor Who's Next Doctor?

Rory Kinnear, 35, the Ladbroke’s favourite, but he doesn’t half look a tad normal for long-lived, alien anarchist… Maybe he’s a red herring? And more Victoriana? (Errr… Edwardiana?) If they are going to go that way, go steampunk!

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Swashbuckling Kung Fu #TV #Nostalgia #UK

Remember sitting in comfortable pyjamas, fuelling yourself with sugary breakfast cereal and stretching Saturday mornings to midday watching shows like these? Nothing much has changed. };-> The Flashing Blade Dick Turpin The Water Margin (my favourite of these three themes, … Continue reading

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.tek: Get the URL Address of One of Your Tweets

Click on the time-stamp (positioned top right of your Tweet) and copy the URL in the address bar of your browser. Source

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.tek: SuperVillainy Tips: Skip To A Specific Start Time of a #YouTube Video (@chezemonstre)

Want to create a link to a specific part of a YouTube video? Get the full hyperlink to your YouTube video and add this to it: #t=*m*s For example, to skip the first 30 seconds of this video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OhQ6iySFv7g Just … Continue reading

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Bruce Willis

The debate as to whether Bruce Willis is a decent actor is an ongoing fight debate between me and my dad. (NB/ My position is that he can). Here’s a little interview after Bonfire of the Vanities was released back … Continue reading

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The Zero Theorem: Interviews, Trailers Etc… From Around The Web (#SciFi #Movie)

Terry Gilliam: Making of: The trailer: via Reddit, via some mirror somewhere in the digiverse.

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A #Hell and #Damnation Filled Good Morning To All The #PunyHumans Out There! #VillainyPrevails #Rock #Metal

Admittedly, it’s a bit of a stretch (a 14,000 visitors sized stretch), but my visitor count this morning gives me the excuse for a little vintage Maiden to wake you people up.  (Not that there even needs to be an … Continue reading

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.tek Technobilge: #Apple, #iOS, #iPhone5s and Reebok Classics

With the iPhone 5s on its way, here’s a list of things that I think are still wrong with the iPhone, based on about a year-and-a-half of heavy iPhone 4s usage: The old metal edges were pointlessly slippery, but at … Continue reading

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Nick Fury: Agent of SHIELD (1998)

I DO remember seeing this and thinking that the Hoff made a fairly credible Nick Fury (oh, just shut up).

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Justice League of America (1997)

I would have totally watched this show that was never picked up, but get a load of that Flash… hahahahahahaha!

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Lynda Carter's Wonder Woman

I’ve been humming this tune for the last hour… help!

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Wonder Woman Fan Film Trailer

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Its Show Time Folks!

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.tek: Privacy Concerns? Try Tor Mail #technology

In the light of various governments flexing their collective muscle, you might wish to consider using Tor Mail.  Tor Mail is an alternative mail service for those requiring greater confidence that their e-mails are not being traced.  Wikipedia: “Tor Mail … Continue reading

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.tek: Get Rid of Horrible New Gmail Inbox Tabs #technology

Go to Settings/Inbox and deselect all categories apart from primary (which is greyed out anyway). Google! Leave my Gmail alone!  (And let’s not even talk about privacy!)

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Nightwing #TV Show: Grayson: Earth One #ComicBooks

Here is the Nightwing short: The production team are currently looking for funding to make the show happen.

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Video Teasers for Upcoming: Battle of the Planets / Gatchaman / G-Force / Super Science Ninja Team Live Action Reboot #SciFi #UK

Whatever the hell they are going to call it, the movie will be released on Saturday, August the 24th 2013 in Japan. As you can see, possibly the most unique supervillain of all time, Berg/Zoltar of Spectra, will return! Mwah … Continue reading

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Biting Elbows: The Whole Story

This went viral two months ago and I only just noticed it this morning! Oh well, better late than never. FPS forever! The Stampede (Prequel): Bad MoFo:

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NEW #STORIES at Star Adventurer Magazine of #SciFi, #Fantasy, #Horror and #Pulp

We have just published another two pieces of fantastic fiction over at Star Adventurer Magazine: Claws and Skyscraper Glass by Brock T.I. Penner (Science Fiction) Lollipop by Roy Mathur (Horror) I wrote Lollipop with these songs swirling around in my … Continue reading

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.tek: WWDC 2013 Videos #Apple

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Normal Services Resumed: Reviews for: A Good Day to Die Hard, Dark Skies, No One Lives, Rebellion in Next neRRRdcast

Subscribe via iTunes or RSS/Bookmark New podcast coming soon with reviews for: A Good Day to Die Hard, Dark Skies, No One Lives, Rebellion etc…

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There Ought To Be A Law…

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All I'm Doing Today Is Writing

After the stress and frustrations of the last few days/weeks/months, not helped one iota by these nincompoops, all I’m doing today is writing. Star Adventurer Magazine should be updated by tomorrow morning. Bye for now.

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.tek Technobilge: PRISM + TPB Blocked Again, Sort of, In The UK

That whole PRISM fiasco: what a joke!  Let’s face it, no entity, be it government, corporation, individual, whatever actually needs need permission to spy on anyone in the first place, I mean it’s called spying.  They just need to get … Continue reading

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Game of Thrones, Season 3 Finale

And that’s it until next year! I think that HBO should have ended the season last week with that bloody and enormously powerful episode.  Can I possibly be the only one thinking that?  I think they just chickened out and … Continue reading

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Star Adventure Magazine is Now Fiction Only!

We moved all the non-fiction stuff, like reviews and trailers back to this blog as it didn’t seem to fit in with SAM’s the pulp fiction mag format. Do you get feeling that SAM‘s constantly in beta? Hey! We’re learning here- … Continue reading

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New Trailer: Riddick

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PlayMobil and Ninjas!

Leaving the house can be hazardous with all that gorgeous loot out there ready to spirit cash away from the nerdly credit card.

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The Latest Great Gatsby #Movie #Trailers

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Trailers: Fast and Furious 6, The World's End, Captain Philips, Space Pirate Captain Harlock (Cars, Aliens and Pirates!)

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Facebook Chat Protocol Changes Bugger Up Chat Clients

If you use a third party chat client (I use the excellent Miranda IM to connect with ALL my chat services), you may have found that Facebook chat has suddenly stopped working.  Just head over to this link and check … Continue reading

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Update: Star Adventurer Magazine, neRRRdcast, Writing

Star Adventurer Magazine updates are on the way, both in the form of some minor tweaks to the site and new, pants-wettingly exciting stories.  Subscribe now! You can also expect a new neRRRcast in a few days. Huzzah! Now I … Continue reading

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Iain Banks

I, along with many other fans, was stunned by the death of Iain Banks last night.  I have enjoyed both his science fiction and non-genre fiction (if you can call it that) for years. He leaves a black-hole sized gap … Continue reading

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Writing Submissions for Star Adventurer Magazine: Proofread Several Times Please

I’m addressing this post to myself as well as those thinking of submitting to Star Adventurer Magazine, so please do not be offended. I proofread and re-edited my last short-story, The Black Tower, for the final time and posted it … Continue reading

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BacdaBLEEEEEEPup!

I rushed out yesterday after re-coding a bit of my personal webpage.  What I didn’t know is that I had deleted the lower half of the page with some kind of moronic flick of the careless finger.  Not only that, … Continue reading

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New Nerdy Media Empire Reaching Warp Speed: Star Adventurer, neRRRcast etc… #SciFi, #Fantasy, #Horror, #UK

Pardon the egotistical title of this post, but if I’m not going to blow my own trumpet, I doubt anyone else will either. You can now: Read our fantastic new genre magazine Star Adventurer. Listen to the neRRRcast here or … Continue reading

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Batten Down the Hatches: It's Writing Time!

Okay, I’ve slept, done the laundry, washing up and shopping, messed about with LinkedIn (thanks all 175 contacts), checked my email and fiddled with my social media.  Now The Captain is battening down the hatches and hiding away from the … Continue reading

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Captain's Log, Stardate… Eh… Dunno…: Upcoming Podcast, Short-Story Submissions, Extreme Bizziness

I was going to be all clever and put in a “real” stardate using one of the many online calculators put up by trekkies.  But the only commonality between them is that they all come out with wildly varying dates.  … Continue reading

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I've Gone LinkedIn Crazy

I’m pretty sure it won’t get me far, but I’ve gone potty on LinkedIn for the past couple of days.  So if you are sitting there, scratching your head, wondering why some bloke you’ve never heard of is trying to … Continue reading

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Spring Cleaning Chez Roy's

Mind you…

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.tek: Commander Chris Hadfield on board the International Space Station

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Star Adventurer Magazine: Please Read the Guidelines!

I cannot emphasise more strongly that prospective authors need to closely read the submission guidelines here. Granted, they have been in a state of flux, because we are tweaking things, and you may have been caught out by changes.  However, … Continue reading

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3, 2, 1… Star Adventuer Magazine is GO!

A second story has been published… It took a while, but we ARE getting there! A big thanks to all the authors who got in touch with us, and also for all the support we have received generally! Lurid, Trashy, Glorious … Continue reading

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Star Adventurer Magazine: Update

We are still attempting to get this sucker off the ground, but have relaxed the rules. Now authors retain FULL copyright of their work and the word counts are going to be a little looser. On the other hand: no … Continue reading

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Rules/Terms and Conditions for Submitting Work to Star Adventurer Magazine

Please see revised rules. Thanks

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My Morning Coffee

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Group Photograph: Our Writing Circle

Don’t we look industrious, and that’s Cafe Elvira, not Vampira (unfortunately).

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BBC iPlayer #TV Movie #Review: Once (2007)

One of the reasons I don’t watch tear-jerkers is that I so easily succumb to them. While I can withstand the rigours of quite the nastiest horror films in existence, movies with a high emotional content reduce me to a … Continue reading

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#SciFi #Movie #Review With Some Spoilers: The Host

I judge a movie largely by the quality of the story, and if we leave out the chick-flickiness aspect of this film, what we are left with is a highly original plot. Yes, it’s sort of Invasion of the Body-Snatchers, … Continue reading

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No-Spoiler #SciFi #Movie #Review: Star Trek: Into Darkness

I have just returned home from the Star Trek/Star Trek: Into Darkness double-bill at Cineworld in Crawley. The atmosphere was electric and both the staff and movie-goers were wonderfully enthusiastic. There was a raffle (that I did NOT win. Grrr) … Continue reading

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13,000 Visitors to this Blog!

See title! };->  Thanks for dropping by.

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.tek: Doom 3 BFG Installation Problems on Windows + Cube FPS Joy + Apple Firmware Updates #Gaming #Technology

I finally got my hands on Doom 3 BFG this afternoon, but ran into some common problems after the installation: First, the dreaded “xinput1_3.dll…” missing error. Then the “Application Error: Unable to launch…” Solution: Update Direct X because, even if … Continue reading

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YouTube Trawl: Power to the People! #UK #TV: Citizen Smith

I loved this show, I had a beret (donated to dad- scroll past clip) and mum used to call me Foxie.  (I also once tried to start a drunken revolution in Majorca while wearing the beret and shouting something horrible … Continue reading

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#Sick, #StarTrek: ID, Guy Hair, #Journalism, iBoneHead, #WordPress Keyboard Map

Sick: I managed to acquire some nasty bug after a fellow London Tube passenger managed to cough directly into my mouth.  Public Transport: what can I say? Star Trek: ID: I have stocked up on Red Bull and caffeinated Lemsip … Continue reading

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More Family Deaths

My uncle, Rubyshankar Mathur 1927-2013 (below right sitting with my father to the left), died about a week ago. An ex-discipline sergeant in the army, ex-headmaster, ex-peanut farmer (in that order), I remember my uncle particularly well because we both … Continue reading

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.tek(nomagery) Tip for #Podcasting Using #Skype

I used Skype for the most recent neRRRdcast and the results have been a bit variable.  The main problems are that sometimes the voices merge or are mistimed, cued, whatever.  I’m not sure if this is a problem with 3rd … Continue reading

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.tek: Woe, Woe and Thrice Woe: Installing Windows on a Late 2012 Model Mac Mini With Boot Camp #tech #apple

Apple hardware running as it was meant to: with DOS(Box)! Norton Commander: …AND Gabriel Knight: I bought the cheapest Mac Mini from PC World a few days ago to replace my horribly underpowered, top-of-the-range HP NetBook.  And (shock-horror), the thing … Continue reading

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#SciFi #Movie #Review: #Oblivion

I liked it; of course it was derivative, I’m not sure what isn’t any more. The easily detected SF visual vocabulary can be seen in the Hal/BSG/Terminator red machine eyes, the echoes of Beneath the Planet of the Apes and, … Continue reading

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Roy's Rollup: Da Vinci's Demons, Orphan Black, FiloFraud, Dirt Revisited

Da Vinci’s Demons: I’m just starting to watch this new series from trash-meister Starz, responsible for such epics as Spartacrud. This one, I’m pleased to say, doesn’t entirely suck. I liked the general look, the story had me intrigued, the … Continue reading

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.tek: I Ditched FiloFax Today!

I have been a FiloFax Personal owner since around the age of the dinosaurs. Over the years I have had brief and unsuccessful flirtations with various other paper digital and  organisers. I was a rabid Palm user, but they kept … Continue reading

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Writing for Star Adventurer Magazine: "people wouldn't know pulp from a gaping, bloody .50 cal hole in their heads."

Despite an initial lack of response to my call for submissions, some short stories are starting to trickle in. Unfortunately most people wouldn’t know pulp from a gaping, bloody .50 cal hole in their heads.* Pulp, Hard-boiled, 70s-style Hammer Horror, … Continue reading

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Game of Thrones Season 3, Episodes 2 & 3, Wreck It Ralph, Skyfall, Doctor Who, Series 7, Part 2, Episode 3, Cold War

Game of Thrones Season 3, Episode 2 & 3: Mostly nothing happens, but with a lot of important-sounding talking. Still, strangely quite engaging. Oh, Theon’s useless, traitorous skin is saved in Episode 3, which also ends with slime-bag Jaime getting … Continue reading

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@GameOfThrones @HBO #GOT #Fantasy #Jobs*: Game of Thrones, Good Old Blighty, Unrealistic Expectations of a Ukulele Playing Rock Star

Game of Thrones: One of the young shop assistants in Waterstones book shop was humming the theme of GOT today as I browsed, so guess what’s on the playlist tonight? Good Old Blighty: Apart from that, just tootling along; no … Continue reading

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Update: #Website, #Blog, Star Adventurer Magazine, #Writing, #Podcast

Website and Blog: I updated my home webpage and wasted far too much time learning about the Google Font API, before deciding they mostly looked nasty, giving up and returning to CSS-thinned Times New Roman. Also, as you can see, … Continue reading

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#Writing, #Writers Circles, Software and 12,000 Visitors!

Writing: I lost momentum on my main writing project, a detective novel, due to laziness. Now, coming back to it after months, I have found an appalling mess of jumbled chapters and a mobius spaghetti of half-a-dozen plotlines. You should … Continue reading

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Dear Demented Diary: Bye For Now.

The moment I say that I’m going to finish all my fiction writing projects, I manage to find ways of procrastinating, that may seem worthy, but are just avoiding the terrible, universe-consuming vortex of the blank word processor screen. Somewhat … Continue reading

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Old-Fashioned #Pulp #SciFi, #Fantasy and #Horror #Fiction #Magazine Seeking Submissions. Please Re-Tweet

As you have no doubt realised by now, I am attempting to start a good, old-fashioned pulp SciFi, Fantasy and Horror magazine. If you are interesting in contributing short stories or cover art, please visit this page.

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Doctor Who The Rings of Akhaten: More Nostalgia

I already mentioned in the podcast that I didn’t care for this particular episode, but I did feel a touch of nostalgia when they played Ghost Town by the Specials.  And how about Clara’s dad’s Harrington jacket and the Doctor’s … Continue reading

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.tek: My Disgraceful Workspace

The title speaks for itself: Yes, Italian today. };-> And you can see the new monitor dwarfing the NetBook beside it.

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.tek: Amazon Lockers Appearing Everywhere

While window shopping yesterday, I noticed that Amazon lockers had appeared at Staples (County Oak Retail Park, Crawley). So this morning I tried to order something. No luck, I couldn’t see what the problem was as I hadn’t ordered anything … Continue reading

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What a Week: #Hollyoaks, #Cult Pubs, Cheap Laserjets, The Wolverine #Trailer, #Podcast Imminent

What a tiring last couple of weeks it’s been. I finally recovered from two weeks of un-easily earned IT work up in a rather affluent part of the North (Chester, you know, where Hollyoaks is set, but not actually filmed, … Continue reading

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Work Sucks! Watch #Vimeo #SciFi #Movies Instead: C, Motherland, R'Ha, Seed

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#Horror #Movie #Trailers: The Conjuring

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#SciFi #TV and #Game: Defiance (2013) Watch the First 14 Minutes of the Show

So, yeah Defiance the video game/TV show is out today, well at least the game by Trion anyway. In fact, I saw it sitting on the shelf in Game yesterday, although it was officially released even before that on April … Continue reading

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#SciFi: Hey, Banks! Keep Writing! (#IainMBanks)

The unpleasant recent news about writer Iain (M.) Banks got me thinking that, although I don’t consider myself a fan, I have read an awful lot of his books. Also, it is quite astonishing that I have found it difficult … Continue reading

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#Horror-#Comedy Movie #Review: Frankenweenie (2012) (#Family #Animation)

Frankenweenie (2012) is Tim Burton’s comedy-horror themed family animation. It is a tribute to early classics like Frankenstein (1931), Bride of Frankenstein (1935) and famous movie monsters like Godzilla, Mothra, King Kong and even the Gremlins. In the movie, a … Continue reading

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#SciFi #TV SyFy's Blake's Seven Reboot: No Straight Answer

Here’s the reply I received regarding an enquiry I made into SyFy’s Blake’s Seven reboot: Hi Roy Many thanks for your email and apologies for the delay in our replay. This project is in development with Syfy in the US. … Continue reading

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#SciFi #TV #Review Doctor Who (2013) Series 7, Part 2, Episode 1 (Some Spoilers)

Doctor Who: Born To Be Tweedy Series 7 Part 2, The Bells of Saint John: I enjoyed the Doctor’s return. Great pace, fairly zeitgeisty plot, vintage Triumph motorcycle fitted with ANTI-GRAVITY! The writers are still doing that old, lazy deus … Continue reading

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#Horror #TV Review: The Walking Dead (2013) Season 3 Finale (Lots of Spoilers)

Although last week saw the rather unpleasant outlaw biker Merle going walker briefly before getting stomped by his tearful brother Darryl (if ever blood was thinner than water…), in the season finale, David “The Gore-venator” Morrissey finally… DID NOT BUY … Continue reading

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#Fantasy #TV #Review: Game of Thrones (2013), Season 3, Episode 1 (Some Spoliers)

Giants, dragons, magical creatures and a more sonorous theme. Things are definitely coming to the boil in this new season. I mean giants, come on! GIANTS! That bit blew me away. Over the sea in Astapor, Daenerys “Stormborn” Targaryen (the … Continue reading

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#SciFi #TV #Review: Orphan Black (2013) Episode 1 (Some Spoilers)

The poster above is a bit of a giveaway, so you already have more than a vague inkling about what the show is about right from the beginning. But what sets this apart is that the “good” guys are low-life … Continue reading

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#Thriller/#Historical #Drama #TV #Review: Laybyrinth (2012) (Some Spoilers)

An archaeological volunteer, killing time in France while waiting to find out about an inheritance, finds a ring that sends her mind spiraling through time and becoming entangled in the life of a woman living in the Middle-Ages. This sounds … Continue reading

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TechieTalk: Independent Daily, #Mauritius Dead + TechieTalk: #iOS Irritations & #Blackberry Buggerups

TechieTalk and the Independent Daily, Mauritius: Dead This blog post was going to be a printed article for Monday’s TechieTalk column, in the Independent Daily, Mauritius. Unfortunately my newspaper folded, a statement that is sadly not only an awful, clichéd … Continue reading

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.tek: Easter Egg Gift Sets: Toxic Transfer from Melamine Dinnerware

If, like me, you have received an Easter Egg gift set containing melamine products this weekend, please bear in mind the toxicity of melamine and the possible risks of ingestion. A recent study reported in the LA Times mentions that … Continue reading

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Happy Easter Everyone!

I hoped you enjoyed your chocolate eggs. I just scoffed mine right down. Now I’m going to hide under the tent I made by draping the Quilt of Questing over the Sofa of Plotting and watch The Hitch Hiker’s Guide … Continue reading

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#TV #Fantasy: Ready for Game of Thrones Season 3? Here's What You Need

GOT returns today (or tomorrow night at 9pm on Sky Atlantic HD in the UK), are you ready? Catch up with this summary of the story so far. Make yourself a Game of Thrones style coat of arms here, (see … Continue reading

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#TV #Review: David Bowie and the Story of Ziggy Stardust

You can still watch this here if you are quick as it will be online for a couple of days. After watching this, it is difficult to judge whether there is anything left to know about Bowie, other than the number … Continue reading

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#SciFi #Movie #Review: Earthling (2011)

Earthling (2011): A woman comes to realise that she is not human, but part of a community of extra-terrestrial’s living on earth. There are echoes of Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1978) and Alien (1979), but it has it’s own … Continue reading

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Happy Holi!

Photograph showing The Bachchan in Sholay (1975) Happy Holi! My mum emailed to remind me that today is the Hindu festival of Holi. Holi is the holiday commemorating the sparing of Prahlad (see Wiki or Beeb) and is, basically, the … Continue reading

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.tek Technobilge: 3D, Mac OS X, Beats Branding, Hot PCs, Hotel Thermostats

3D: Remember the other dumb trends that seems to have started with a wedge of lime in your beer bottle and then Apple sticking an “i” in front of everything? (Imagine a time when you will be able to step … Continue reading

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.tek: #Programming Nostalgia: Funny Forth

Okay, so only a few devs are still coding Forth, but I remember Leo Brodie’s excellent book and the fun cartoons inside, like this one: They probably still have a few copies in Simon Fraser University (Burnaby, BC, Canada), which … Continue reading

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