So far so good

Having a good xmas break so far, enjoying a life of over-indulgence and lots of tv. Cant remember a time when I done this little and ate this much, but hey – in two weeks time I’ll be back at the day job with a long road ahead of me to the next holiday, so I may as well enjoy it while it lasts.

Christmas day went really well – we got up pretty late, got washed and dressed, and I even phoned my mum before we got around to opening presents. This was a bit of a mistake, actually, as I had to call her back later on to thank her for the varioous gifts she got me. I find it amazing each year how generous my mum can be – she seems to be able to eek out a variety of presents that are pretty cool, but consist of stuff I would never think of getting for other people. We’re talking a kettle and toaster with happy faces here, with fridge magnet games along for the ride. Knowing how her mind works I think it’s hilarious how she’ll be in some shop, in August, spot something weird and think “that’ll make a trendy christmas present for Robert and Fliss!”

I got some cool stuff from Fliss too, including the 411 Video Magazine tenth anniversary dvd which comes on four disks and has a decent booklet. Add to that a hot chicks of Hollyoaks calendar and I was pretty pleased with my haul.

Even more impressive was that the small, mysterious box turned out to contain a shiny silver ring – making an honest man out of me after all this time. Sadly the ring is a little on the small side, so we’re going to get it changed today, hopefully – I’ll stick up a picture as soon as I can.

In the mean time, I have more eating to do… ;o)

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A hotdog for breakfast

Yesterday morning I went to see The Return of the King as an xmas treat from work. While it was odd being in a cinema munching on a hotdog and popcorn before 11am, the movie was awesome, and the perfect way to round off the trilogy.Who knows how you hold together a project on the scale of one of those movies, let alone three – Peter Jackson has a kind of genius that George Lucas and the Wachowski brothers can only dream of.

I have never read the books, nor been remotely interested in the whole Tolkien universe before I seen the first movie. So I think it speaks volumes for the way in which the elaborate story has been presented on the silver screen that not only was I looking forward to the third instalment, but I re-watched the second movie just a couple of weeks ago to prepare me for the finale.

Sure, the movie isn’t perfect, and I suspect that if 80% of the scenes involving hobbit sobbing were removed then the movie would have been an hour smaller. But if you go looking for flaws you can find them in any movie, so it seems a shame to nit-pick a monumental achievment such as the LotoR Trilogy.

Just like early morning hotdogs and popcorn, The Return of the King is highly recommended.

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Winamp 5

The latest version of Winamp has just been released, and it’s very very good. I quite fancy the Pro version, but for some reason it’s not available at the time of typing. The basic free version has virtually every feature you could hope for, though – I just like to spare a few notes to support this kind of development. Well recommended.

Update : I manged to pick up the Pro version of Winamp the following day, and it had already been upgraded to version 5.1 with a few teething problems mended for good measure. A steal at $14.99.

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