Sunday, May 31, 2009

Had a fantastic few days with the kids. Maybe i will keep them after all.

Saturday, May 30, 2009

Friday, May 29, 2009

This week's music

So here are my Last.fm stats for this week (and as it's the end of a month, here are the top tracks too).

Artists

1. The Beatles
2. R.E.M.
3. Scissor Sisters
3. Foo Fighters
5. Howard Shore
6. Soundgarden
6. Pixies
8. Coldplay
8. At the Drive-In
8. Interpol

Thursday, May 28, 2009

Monday, May 25, 2009

Sunday, May 24, 2009

Wonder how kerry feels about her nephew putting her pants in the bin.

Saturday, May 23, 2009

The boys saying how much they love Grandma & Grandad - one of few things to bring a tear to my eye.

Friday, May 22, 2009

This week's music

So here are my Last.fm stats for this week (and as it's the end of a month, here are the top tracks too).

Artists

1. The Beatles
2. R.E.M.
3. Helmet
4. The Strokes
4. The Smashing Pumpkins
6. Snow Patrol
6. Scissor Sisters
8. At the Drive-In
8. Jeff Buckley
10. Foo Fighters

Top Tracks

1. Snow Patrol - Open Your Eyes
1. The Beatles - Tell Me What You See
1. The Smashing Pumpkins - The Beginning Is the End Is the
4. Tool - Third Eye
4. The Strokes - Reptilia
4. Red Hot Chilli Peppers - On Mercury
4. Pearl Jam - Go
4. Helmet - Beautiful Love
4. R.E.M. - Sitting Still
4. R.E.M. - Talk About the Passion
Fix You (Live) on LeftRightLeftRightLeft. Wow!

Thursday, May 21, 2009

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

I'm in love with my new iGrado headphones. Especially cos they're free.

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

RT @daxboy: If you get an email from the Department of Health telling you not to eat tinned pork because of #swineflu, please ignore it. It's just Spam.

Monday, May 18, 2009

Despite my better judgement, I'm really starting to like DragonForce.

Sunday, May 17, 2009

Friday, May 15, 2009

This week's music

So here are my Last.fm stats for this week

Artists

1. The Beatles
2. R.E.M.
3. Soundgarden
4. Pearl Jam
5. Queens of the Stone Age
5. Scissor Sisters
7. Smashing Pumpkins
8. Helmet
9. Nirvana
9. BBC Radio 4

Thursday, May 14, 2009

Tired and my meeting hasn't even started yet. Thanks for the 4am wake up call ;)

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Reach for the Sky MoFo

So after having an HD-Ready TV for three years and after resisting the temptation for all that time, we finally got Sky HD installed yesterday. There was a huge delay in getting it installed, apparently due to high demand.

So far, I'm very impressed - particularly with Channel 4's output. But I do have a couple of gripes:

  1. Audio setup is a bit of a pain when transmitting video to the TV through HDMI and audio to the A/V Amp through the optical output. It's not that it's complicated, just that the difference in the amount of time the two take to decode their signals mean that you have to fiddle to get it synced properly. And anyone who's ever looked too closely at syncing on tv will know that no matter how hard you try, it never seems quite right after you've looked at it too much.
  2. Sky doesn't seem keen to transmit aspect ratio info via HDMI. I'm not someone who likes to stretch what I'm watching to 16:9 but rather I like to watch TV in it's native format. Unfortunately, if you decide to set the box to send it's picture as 1080i (the highest my tv can support - it's three years old remember) and therefore upscale normal tv everything is fixed at 1080i - and therefore stretched if it was 4:3 or letterbox. If you set it to auto-detect, then SD broadcasts look really nasty when shown alongside HD. Some channels overcome this nicely (Sci-Fi HD, FX HD, even Sky 1 and Channel 4 HD) by putting their own side-bars down each side but the less technically oriented (or maybe savvy) channels just transmit as is and let the box deal with it. Which is crap, frankly and means you're caught between two compromises. I've stuck with upscaling everything to 1080i and living with a few peoples' heads looking a bit fat.
  3. The BBC seems to be uncharacteristically reluctant to embrace HD. This is really odd as they're a technology friendly company. Just look at their websites, their kids on-line games, the interactive tv facilities and the iPlayer. So why have they only got one HD channel? They're really missing a trick as they have done some lovely HD shows in the past. But scouring the BBC HD for HD versions of their SD output is a ball-ache. Maybe they're just waiting for FreeSat HD to take off.
I'm sure some of these niggles are just teething troubles. Some of it will just take some getting used to. Some might get sorted out with new firmware. Some of it could just be a question of waiting for the other broadcasters to fall into line.

None of it detracts from the fact that HD is really what your telly was meant to do. For a TV geek like me it's just what I've been waiting for.

Monday, May 11, 2009

So in sky world, between three and five means quarter past five. I get it now.
Grrrr Sky installer. I'm guessing "between 3 and 5" means "5".

Sunday, May 10, 2009

Is still feeling ever so not well. Last time my throat felt like this i still smoked.

Saturday, May 09, 2009

Returned from Goole feeling like a zombie. Maybe they spelled it incorrectly.

Friday, May 08, 2009

This Week's Music

So here are my Last.fm stats for this week

Artists

1. The Beatles
2. R.E.M.
3. Pixies
4. The Smashing Pumpkins
5. The The
6. Foo Fighters
7. Scissor Sisters
8. Soundgarden
9. Pearl Jam
10. Goldfrapp
Ok, think i've got the beating of this swine flu now... Ok, cold then.

Wednesday, May 06, 2009

Tuesday, May 05, 2009

Sunday, May 03, 2009

Friday, May 01, 2009

This week's music

So here are my Last.fm stats for this week

Artists

1. The Beatles
2. R.E.M.
3. Pixies
4. Pearl Jam
5. The Smashing Pumpkins
6. Soundgarden
7. Queens of the Stone Age
8. Foo Fighters
9. Helmet
10. The The
Just won a pair of iGrado headphones. Lucky, lucky me!

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