Why blog?

October 26, 2009

I’ve always looked on blogging as a personal record for myself of what I’ve been doing, ‘reviews’ are more reminders of places I’ve eaten, movies, books, etc.  to remind myself as much as anything else.  It is also nice to share the odd and quirky things that you find in life or online.

I’ve user various ‘rules’ to blog such as trying to blog once a day, trying not to blog for a month, doing a weekly summary of good things and bad things from that week (might do that again it was very cathartic).  Anyway, one thing I’ve always been slightly confused about is how any of it is of interest to anyone – if it is I am very pleased but I think if I started to think about writing for an ‘audience’ it would change how I approached a post.

So a few weeks ago I was surprised to get an email from an author offering me a copy of his book to review.  There was an outline of the book and a link to a web site with a sample chapter and it did look like a book I would enjoy.  It also looked legitimate rather than a scam so I gave him my address to post the book to.

It arrived today.

I do hope it is good, as I would feel very guilty about getting a freebie and then having to give it a bad review.


DeepRiver web site

October 19, 2009

After many months of neglect I have finally managed to redesign the Deep River web pages.  These now reflect much more what we do with DeepRiver, rather than selling video, photos, DVD’s, etc. we are better placed to actually go along to a church or event and run the visuals for them or train them how to integrate visuals into what they do.

Deep River web page

Also, just wrote up a little about how we used an overhead camera at St Silas this weekend on my “Christian Visualist” blog.


Action Movie wish list… The Expendables

October 16, 2009

If you could choose the cast of an Action Movie how would it compare to the cast list for ‘The Expendables‘ due for release next year?

stallone

Sylvester Stallone

statham

Jason Statham

jet-li

Jet Li

dolph

Dolph Lundgren

Mickey Rourke

Mickey Rourke

Bruce Willis

Bruce Willis

Arnold Schwarzenegger

Arnold Schwarzenegger

Eric Roberts

Eric Roberts

OK, so a lot of them are past their prime, and no doubt some will be cameo roles but still this is some line up!  It would have been good to see Bruce Lee or Patrick Swayze around for this sort of thing and I hope it is a decent film so they don’t just make fools of themselves.


Book: The Stupidest Angel

October 15, 2009

I recently read “Lamb: The Gospel According to Biff, Christ’s Childhood Pal” and found it a very good and extremely funny read.  So I picked up The Stupidest Angel also by Christopher Moore, and just finished it.

stupidest-angelThis story is set in a small town in California on the lead up to Christmas, where the angel Rasiel is sent to earth to grant a Christmas Miracle.   Meanwhile someone (accidentally) kills a man in a Santa costume, she wants to call the police but is persuaded by a passer to hide the body beside an old graveyard, mainly so that he can get to know her better and doesn’t have to spend Christmas alone.

The local sheriff runs over Rasiel – who gets up and walks away since he is an angel – this drives the sheriff to his pot smoking habit.  Meanwhile the sheriff’s wife is off her meds, which isn’t generally a good thing because she tends to take on her former B-Movie character of “The Warrior Babe of the Outland” and wonder around with a broad sword.

It turns out that a small boy also saw Santa getting killed so thinks that Christmas will be somewhat a let down and Rasiel asks this boy what he wants for his Christmas Miracle.  This is how the angel Rasiel ends up standing over the grave carrying out a miracle to raise the dead… this is a little bit careless because, as mentioned, santa is burried beside a graveyard and the raising of the dead miracle isn’t restricted to just the one body.

That’s why the annual Christmas party in the church hall is interrupted by the sudden appearance of zombies hungry for brain, and the Warrior Babe of the Outland and a slightly stoned sheriff.

OK, so I’ve given away a fair amount of the plot here, but the book is more about the journey than the plot.  There are a lot of characters in this book, and I found it hard to keep up with who was who a lot of the time, but the characters are all well written and the plot moves along at a good pace.

I think this is a little more for fans of the author who have read more of his material than I have because according to a short explanation of what other books various characters appeared in before.  I didn’t like it as much as LAMB, but it was an entertaining read.


The West Wing – completed

October 4, 2009

I’ve watched all seven seasons of The West Wing in around eight weeks.  Not particularly deliberately, I tended to watch a disk at a time (4 episodes) and a few times much more but not necessarily every night or even going out of my way to watch it.  The program is simply and brilliantly addictive.

From just about the pilot episode they got it right.  The casting, set, acting, production, camera work and above all the writing is amazing. The pace and sheer amount of plot in each episode makes it compelling to watch – the trademark “walk & talk” shots particularly involving Josh, Sam or Donna are always fun and speaking of fun there is so much slapstick humour woven into a show – which somehow works along side very serious subjects.

I am really glad that I didn’t discover this TV gem while it was being broadcast however, for the simple reason that the end of each season is such a clifhanger that I really enjoyed being able to play the opening of the next straight away.

However, in my humble opinion, the show goes downhill around seasons 6 and 7.  These shows are still very compelling television but for some reason by then there are no more jokes, a lot of the action is no longer in The West Wing but out on the campaign trail and the cast are scattered all over the place.  It is still very enjoyable but not in the same league as the earlier seasons.

Anyway, if you are like I was a few months ago and people keep going on and on about how good The West Wing is and you can’t see what could possibly be that good about what is after all just a TV show.  Trust me – it is worth getting hold of, it is worth watching and you will get something out of it (even if that is just a vague idea of how US Politics might work).

PS, can I get seasons 1 and 2 back some time I want to start again.


Barack Obama seems to be frozen

October 2, 2009

130 photos with exactly the same smile – his hand position hardly changes either.


book: men who stare at goats

October 1, 2009

men who stare at goats by Jon Ronson (who’s name has three ‘on’ s?!?)

I saw this trailer for a film coming out soon:

and it looked so good that I thought I would pick up the book since I had seen it in Biblocafe (the title had kind of stuck in my head).

Well – I’m not going into it too much but all I would say is don’t.  The book is rubbish and the key thing about the film seems to be ‘inspired by…’  it is a true story – the US military have messed around with psychic powers, mind bending experiments, subliminal messages, etc.  but the book really doesn’t present the evidence or investigation in a very easy to follow narrative structure – rather a loosely connected series of stories that jump back and forth in time and it isn’t always clear who is involved. Don’t read the book but I still think the movie has promise.