Hello welcome, new readers and old. My first for 2016 and I thought I would start off the year with a look at the entertainment media. Yesterday I went to watch the new Star Wars, viewing it rather late compared to most people, that was because I wasn’t in the slightest way bothered about seeing it. To be honest, I didn’t want them to make a new one as I didn’t see the point, with how the last of the original left the story, but I went and it was good, I did enjoy it. It was the same story as Jedi returns but it was pretty good. John Boyega as Fin being the only character I enjoyed and he was one of the main reasons I thought it was good, without his character I think it would have been a bit dull, although the special effects were excellent, as you would expect, so overall Star Wars was ok, not terrible – OK but yet it is the biggest film ever and has grossed 3billion already. I can understand why Star Wars is huge, the hype, the merchandise, the amount of Star Wars games and ships that I have played on or with throughout my child hood, like most other people, stands as testimony to it being part of our lives. But who is this new Star Wars aimed at and is this the final death-knell for the drive to get any new epic adventure ever being produced – or are we locked in the world of remakes?
My thinking on this is simple. Film-making, in particular, only bets on a sure thing, due to the huge cost in making a film. J. J. Abrams has made a career out of ‘sure’ things. I think the next epic may be over looked because publishers on all fronts have retreated behind this – banking only on a sure thing so few take risks as they used to. So what does that mean for the creative arts? Well, if you are like me and crave new and exciting things you might be a bit screwed, to put a finer point on it. As it looks like we are just going to have re-boot after re-boot thrown in our faces for some time ahead. This is a problem going forward, especially for my generation, as we will not be able to shape the next set era with our ideas and dreams because we are just re-using the same stuff that our parents and grandparents watched, thirty-odd years ago. I just wish the industry, on all levels, would be a bit more creative, and be willing to take risks. Luckily I wasn’t that fussed about Star Wars in the first place, so it wasn’t too upsetting driving home – it was OK, and I expected it to be just that. We have two more to swallow down. I do hope John Boyega’s Fin gets a hell of a lot more lines in the next one as it is good to see a new character emerging. Anyway, this is just a pre amble to my weekly thoughts. I am back in the swing of things now, took a little break as I have been working hard on a few projects after Christmas so that is why I have not been able to do this for a while. But back on track now so see you next week and, as always have a good week!
Hello, this Tuesday I thought I would talk about the new Samsung TV, some of you may have read or seen things about this new TV that may be listening to your conversations for the purpose of marketing.
Is it an invasion of personal space, of our liberties? Quite possibly, it is up to you to decide. Some may say they have nothing to hide and it doesn’t matter, some of you maybe a little troubled, but in fact this is not a new thing. Continue reading Tech Tuesday # 7 10th February, 2015
Hello everyone to ‘The Week!’. For new readers this is a segment where I write about things that have taken my fancy this week, usually news based but sometimes not depending on what my opinions are of said topic, and what’s on my mind when I sit down to write this. So, this week I thought I would stay away from Ukraine, as I’ve already talked about that situation a fair amount (for those interested, have a look at some of the old weeks in the top bar of the site) instead I will be focusing on isis once more. There is a definite theme that I’ve noticed with the news skipping between Syria Central Africa and Ukraine, with all three regions gripped in troublesome wars, so what isis up to now!
Continue reading The week #12 8th February, 2015
Right well then there are really two things to talk about this week, as I see it, snapchat and developer/ game players. So let’s jump in to a bit of tech, I do use that term loosely – again I live on a hill so slowest internet ever!) Snapchat the app – that is mainly used to sent people intimate images. Come on; let’s not kid around here – that’s what it is used for. People say to me ”Oh, I only use it to see my friends stupid faces” are lying. Then Snapchat decided to get rid of the best friends feature on it – that sneak little feature that apparently most modern relationships are built on.
Continue reading Tech Tuesday #6 3rd February, 2015
Hello guys, our newest Minecraft video is out aswell, check it out here >>> http://bit.ly/1yLycl9 after you read Tech Tuesday of course. this Tuesday I’m going to talk about hacking and its effect. This is quite a timely article with the ‘apparent’ attack by Lizard squad, that bunch of idiots who decided to take down Xbox and Playstation over Christmas. First we need to look at hacking.
Continue reading #5 Tech Tuesday and on top of that a new minecraft video
Hello everyone, sorry I’m a bit late getting this out today but it has been a very long day today! I will not bore you with my personal life, instead I will talk about the social media beast that we are all part of in some way. I’ve covered viral in the past, people going viral and all that, now I’m going to turn my attention to the tweeter monster lurking on most people phones, an app that allows everyone one of us to announce whatever is on our mind to a sea of humanity. A perfect example of this is the recent Rupert Murdoch tweet, after the attacks in Paris were seen as insensitive and anti Islamic even if the overall message was that the Muslim community should work together to deter radicalisation was a fair a point, a point Britain’s own waste of space Prime Minister has talked about this week. My point being, with this example, is that now the world is at the tip off everyone’s fingers – in quite a personal way as a tweet is such small messages – and in a few words you can’t really get across what your point is.
Continue reading Tech Tuesday #4 20th January, 2015
Hello everybody and welcome to another edition of ‘The Week’. After last week’s horrific scenes I’ve been thinking more about religion and my attention was also drawn with Rupert Murdoch’s tweets early in the week but that’s something I’ll delve into on Tuesday with my tech stuff. Today I’m going to talk more about religion and the after affects of the terrorist attacks last week. The first thing that’s jumped out at me is the anti Semitic voice that came via the media to the point that even the home secretary of the United Kingdom (where I live) has waded in. I think the media are making too much of the fact that the third gun man, during last week’s horror, ended up in a kosher supermarket. He may have intended to attack a Jewish business but from what I have read, it looks more to me that this guy had no plan and just ended up inside a supermarket – not that particular market.
Continue reading The week #9 18th January, 2015
Hello again. For this instalment of Tech Tuesday I have assumed most of you are watching and listening to the grape vine as the tech show goes on in Las Vegas, so I thought I would give a swift overview of the show so far and my take on it, I will probably go into more detail next week.
Continue reading Tech Tuesday #2, 6th January, 2015
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