This Is It Review & Michael Jackson

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Michael Jackson in This Is It

Opening Date: 28th October (UK & US)
Running Time: 111 minutes
Certification: 15 (UK), PG-13 (US)
Rating: ★★★★.5 / ★★★★★
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With all the hype surrounding Michael Jackson’s death and the ensuing furore over whether his doctor, Conrad Murray, is guilty of causing his untimely demise, it was hard to know what to expect from AEG‘s This Is It, the music documentary about Jackson’s last days, pieced together from rehearsals and behind-the-scenes footage originally meant for the DVD of his 02 Arena concert tour.

As a big Michael Jackson fan myself, I expected to feel very sad while watching the documentary, particularly after reading reports and the fan campaign “This Is Not It”, which claimed that Michael Jackson had been reduced to mere skin and bones in the last days of his life and was being forced by AEG to keep rehearsing. And despite knowing that film was almost certainly AEG’s new money-making vehicle to try to re-coup their losses from the 02 Arena tour, I had to see it. Read More… »

StreetView vs. Phorm – which is worse?

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I’ve waited a while to blog about this topic because I wanted to make sure that I got all my facts straight and got a good idea what was being said in the media, but I think it’s time – Google’s StreetView vs. Phorm – which is worse?

Google’s StreetView
In case you haven’t heard about it yet, Google launched a new service in the U.K. about 3 weeks ago. I know this concept isn’t entirely new, and it’s been going on for quite a while in New Zealand and Australia and America, but I guess it brings it home to you when it’s actually in an area where you, personally are.

StreetView gives people a complete 360-degree virtual tour of major cities in England, including every major street and all the buildings on it, using a camera Read More… »

“There’s a zombie on your lawn…”

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Okay, this is just sooooo cute that it deserves a post at 1am in the morning. PopCap Games have an awesome application on Facebook hosting Bejewelled Blitz competitions (which in itself is a fabulous idea, as you can compete with all your friends), and they’re now highlighting a new game they want to launch, “Plants vs. Zombies”. Doesn’t sound like much of a fight there, but to me the true genius lies in the way they’re launching the game. They’ve put up this incredibly cute music video trailer that plays automatically once the application loads (which is new technology for Facebook in itself!), and everyone needs to watch it below, now! Read More… »

Fox Writer fired for condoning download of leaked Wolverine film

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This piece of news REALLY needs to be filed under a new blog category I am going to create right now called, “How f***ing stupid are you?!”

THE DEAL: A man – Roger Friedman – works hard as a writer, works his way up the journalistic ladder and eventually gets a cushy job as a regular gossip columnist on Fox news website’s 411 section for 10 years – a job, by the way, that I would KILL to have. And then you know what he does? He downloads the leaked version of X-Men Origins: Wolverine (which is, by the way, a Twentieth Century Fox film), reviews it, and in his review he condones the illegal downloading of the film! Read More… »

Blythe Autumn Photoshoot now on Flickr

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I know, it’s been absolutely AGES since I updated my Flickr feed, so I thought I’d get out some of the 500+ photos I have yet to edit and work on getting my Blythe Autumn Collection online.

I shot this in Rochester, Kent, while visiting my cousins. I’d completely forgotten that their garden has some really lovely fixtures that are just perfect for Blythe dolls :D It was very cold, my jeans got soaked, and their dog Toby kept barking at me because he wanted me to throw his ball to him, so he got really frustrated that I was ignoring him for my dolls. :P However, I think it was worth it, given the results! Read More… »

Knowing – Movie Review

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Opening Date: 25th March (UK), 20th March (US)
Running Time: 121 minutes
Certification: 15 (UK), PG-13 (US)
Cast: Nicolas Cage, Rose Byrne, Chandler Canterbury
Rating: ★★★.5 / ★★★★★

When I was a child, I used to watch a lot of the popular long-running sci-fi series Outer Limits on TV. In one episode, entitled “The Message“, aired in 1995, a young woman is given a new sophisticated hearing aid to improve her hearing. Unfortunately all she hears are strange sounds, combined with nightmares and searing pains in her head, and a compulsion to write out a strange binary code. Everyone else thinks she’s going mad, but a former astrophysicist-turned-janitor takes pity on her and feeds the code into his computer. He realises that the code translates into a giant pictorial message from aliens sending out a distress call across the light years because their planet is going to collide with the sun soon. So the janitor uses a laser he still has access to in his old lab, shoots a beam and saves the aliens, with the young woman’s help. Read More… »

Counterfeit Money – How’s It Made?

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The idea of counterfeit money has always seemed an abstract concept to me, something that criminals do and films portray, but that doesn’t really filter down into the daily lives of regular people. I’d never, ever seen one before in my 23 years, even though I’ve used currency in at least 11 countries. But then today, I came across my very first counterfeit coin – a £1 coin, with the Queen on one side and a bridge on the other, and it’s definitely a fake.

Look at the Queen’s head below. Nope, there’s nothing wrong with your eyesight – the Queen’s face has a double-outline. The bridge on the other side also has a double-outline, and on the rim of the coin, there are no words inscribed. Read More… »