The Flipping Dead is a short film by Josh Kump with some dead, fast and agile zombies. Frankly, if the zombies in the inevitable zombie apocalypse are anything like these, we don’t stand a chance.
I’ve just learned that Ray Harryhausen has died. He was 92. It is reported here on the BBC.
Ray Harryhausen was a hero of mine. Not simply someone I admired but a big influence on me. From the books I read, movies I watch, in fact, my tastes generally; so much of it was down to Ray and his film work.
From an early age, I’ve loved movies. From fun escapist capers to true works of art, I’ve be captivated by the movie and during my formative years I watched Jason and the Argonauts. I was transfixed. The fantastical adventure truly brought to life by Ray’s stop motion work on such creatures as the seven-headed Hydra and of course the battle with the risen skeletons. This then gave me a thirst for more of his work such as Clash of the Titans and Mysterious Island but also for other fantasy movies, while not involving Ray, most definitely influenced by him.
From this early influence of Ray’s work, my love of movies was cemented and more importantly my tastes were truly changed and I had a new appreciation of the fantasy story which later developed and for which I am truly grateful as this was a large factor in forming my sense of imagination. One of my few traits I am truly proud of.
A gauge of the impact of Ray’s work on me is the effect it still has. I am a perfectionist (pain in the neck, some would say!) when it comes to my audio/visual set-up; making sure the blu-ray is being displayed at its optimum and the colour is all as it should. I am also a nerd when it comes to the technical aspects and I like to read about the newest development in film-making such as the quest to artificially render water more realistically (I told you I was a nerd). Despite these elements and my hunger for more and more realistic fantasy, watching Ray’s stop-motion creatures still achieves something, computer rendering never will. What that is, is the magic that Ray Harryhausen brought to audiences and changed movies forever.
Here is a very brief video of the abdication of Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands and Willem-Alexander becoming the Netherlands first king since 1890. This video shows the Dutch style and culture succinctly and the tone that the Dutch monarchy has set. Pop over to see Willem-Alexander’s investiture on the BBC.
It seemed to be standard issue only a few years ago. A USB drive in on your keychain or in your laptop bag carrying those all-important files back and forward between computers, most likely work and home. With the advent of the cloud and increasing storage quotas, the necessity for transferring these files in a physical medium has been dwindling.
I have been a user of Dropbox and Google Drive since their launches, especially impressed with their ease of integration in my file management on my main computer. The free 3GB and 5GB from them, respectively, was plenty for my needs but needed careful management. The final piece that gave me the push to go totally ‘cloud’ for my shared and mobile files was an offer from Box, through Lifehacker, for a free 50GB (now expired, sorry).
Now, all I have on my USB drive is portable apps (from Portableapps.com) that allow me to run the apps I want on machines that don’t have them; notably, Chrome, Skype and GIMP Portable. With my devices, iPhone, iPad and computers all accessing these cloud storage solutions and the ever increasing access points to the Internet, I haven’t noticed any shortcoming over a USB drive at all, and am only reaping benefits.
Now this the gentlemanly way to welcome visitors. From Thabto.
Today is technically the last day of my festive holiday before going back to work on Monday. Within minutes of getting behind my desk, opening up the ever frustrating and slightly out-dated email system and looking towards my next cup of coffee, the whole holiday will be a faded memory.
This Christmas was actually quite fantastic for me, contrary to those that called me ‘Scrooge’ might think. However, I would be surprised that after stuffing yourselves on Christmas Day, opening those gifts with the fake smile and sitting complaining about the dismal television scheduling, if you didn’t wonder what all the fuss was about. Since late September the fiscally aware retailers have been pumping us up to orgasmic proportions this year, aided by the festive regulars such as X-Factor and Dr Who teasers, although I wonder if it was all just a bit of an anti-climax.
But without a moment to ponder the religious or social significance, I took a reluctant shopping trip to find aisles being cleared down en masse without even the obligatory ’Everything Half Price!’ temptation for us to say to our friends we should buy all our gifts this year in the sales. But alas no, this preparation is for reason and another religious hijacking by the heathen retailers.
Everybody knows that I am real Christmas loving jolly chap. *cough* Anyway, just as I seem to have gotten over the local Welsh term of “trimming” meaning decorating, and its potential other meaning (snigger), along comes this guide to spreading the festive spirit to the smallest room.
If you really want to read more, including a reindeer passing you toilet paper, you can visit Interior Design Tips. My festive jollies will continue with the ritualistic watching of a classic heartwarming story about a man at the end of the line – Bad Santa.
Instagram is rolling out web profiles to compliment its mobile photo sharing app.
Mine has only just gone live and you can check yours at instagram.com/your-username or you can see a notification within the app. What stands out is the resemblance to Facebook profiles, which is not all that surprising since Instagram was bought by the social network juggernaut for a gazillion bucks in September. It will be interesting to see if this is an indication of any future integration between the two networks now they are both under the same roof.
Below is a screen shot of my profile, or you can see it live at instagram.com/scott_k