Trailer for 'The Sarah Connor Chronicles' online →

My girlfriend has a little lady-boner for Sarah Connor in Terminator 2. It's where she gets her hard-ass attitude from. Except I can't imagine she'll be too thrilled about this - it's a TV show based around the life of Sarah Connor between T2 (where she was awesome and kick-ass) and T3 (where she was dead). Full of embarrassing throwbacks to the movies, including "Come with me if you want to live".

More clips here.

Danger: Diabolik →

danger_diabolik.jpg Danger: Diabolik could be the greatest movie I've ever seen. Click on the image above to check out more stills from the film and tell me if you don't wanna see it immediately. Is it a spy movie with a lot of kissing? Or a softcore porno with a really good plot? Either way, it's features one of my favourite actors, Terry Thomas, so it's okay by me.

And what's more, it's directed by Mario Bava and filmed in Dino Di Laurentiis' Roma studios, so it counts as part of my Italian cultural learning! Bonus!

Point - Counterpoint →

Point: Wearing helmets 'more dangerous'

Cyclists who wear protective helmets are more likely to be knocked down by passing vehicles, new research from Bath University suggests.

The study found drivers tend to pass closer when overtaking cyclists wearing helmets than those who are bare-headed.

Counterpoint: Helmet saves cyclist after truck runs over his head at Milwaukee intersection

The truck wasn't going to stop, Lipscomb said, so he slammed on his brakes, flipping his bike and landing in the street.

A moment later the truck rolled over his head.

"I didn't see it coming, but I sure felt it roll over my head," he told The Capital Times newspaper. "It feels really strange to have a truck run over your head."

'zombieattack' on Twitter →

A zombie attack documented, one message at a time. Like Orson Welles' War of the Worlds, only nerdier.

Hello, I’m a Mac. →

Macbook signed by Mitchell & Webb David Mitchell and Robert Webb (PC and Mac in the UK adverts) were in Dublin promoting their new film, "Magicians". After the screening, they were taking photos with people and signing autographs. So, naturally, I asked them to sign my Macbook.

Guide Books →

I'm fast becoming an expert on guide books to Rome. So far, my favourite is "City Secrets: Rome". I like it because it lists the things to see and places to eat followed by a short anecdote by someone who knows the place well, and explains why they recommend it in real, human terms.

For example, this is what Virginia L. Bush says about the Colosseum:

"A new visitor to Rome should go first to the Colosseum. Since it is said that Rome will stand as long as the Colosseum stands, and the world will last as long as Rome stands, it would be good to check first that everything is in order with the universe"

Roman Holiday →

The quiet trend 'round these parts is set to continue because I'm heading off tomorrow for a few days in Rome. This isn't actually a holiday though. More of a reccy. It's basically an opportunity to check out a couple of apartments, get a feel for the place, see if it's the kind of place we can see ourselves living for the next few years.

I'm sure you'll be able to follow the progress on Flickr.

Kaspersky Lab discovers the first virus for iPod →

Needs Linux installed on your iPod, and also needs you to run the exectuable manually. Is it technically still a virus when you have to jump through a bunch of hoops to run it yourself? Kaspersky spent ACTUAL money researching this thing? boggle

Saving for a rainy, snowy, haily, sleety day →

Rainy day coins

Taking advantage of the rotten weather on Sunday, myself and H. decided to count and bag my jar of rainy-day coins. We stuck Clerks 2 on in the background and got counting. Three hours later, we were finished.

All along, we'd been taking guesses. Started with EUR160, which we thought was a little high. Boy, were we wrong.

At the end, we had €530.56, $40.69, £8.08, and 4,524 Hungarian forints.

That PlayStation 3 is looking mighty tempting now.

Ticket for Danny Boyle's Sunshine up for grabs! →

Remember when I said that the IFF's showing of Danny Boyle's "Sunshine" got cancelled? Well, what I forgot to mention was that, to make up for the last-minute cancellation of the film we'd paid to see, the organisers gave us free tickets to a special preview showing, a week before the film is released here.

Well, as luck would have it, I'm not going to be able to attend and rather than let my ticket go to waste, I'm offering it up for the first person to comment here. It's a ticket for ONE person only, but that's not going to stop you seeing such a kick-ass movie, is it?

Sunshine (imdb details)

Thursday, 29th March @ 7pm

Cineworld, Parnell Street.

Apple Store to open in Rome →

Shit. How does one declare bankruptcy in Italian? I have a feeling I may be needing to know this soon.

Life on Mars →

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Alright you ding-a-lings, listen up.

Life on Mars has easily been my favourite British TV show of the last 10 years, even beating the terrific return of Doctor Who. We're halfway through the second and final series, and I don't think there's any sign of it slowing down. Remember that awesome Camberwick Green inspired promo for the second series? (if not, here's a quick refresher). Want more? Well, according to Heat magazine* a portion of the next episode of Life on Mars will be done in this same style.

If you haven't already been hooked by this incredible show, the first series is available in your favourite shops and on your favourite internets. You should really check it out. You owe it to yourself.

  • Yeah, I read Heat magazine. Big whoop, wanna fight about it?

Movie Idea →

So here's what I'm thinking. I'm thinking huge, nature-vs-man kind of thing. Kind of like Dante's Peak or Them!, but dealing with a more topical issue: Global Warming. After all, global warming won Al Gore an Oscar. And his film was shit. No special effects or nothing (unless you consider PowerPoint a special effect). Here's the pitch:

Quiet, sleepy town in middle America. Far from the problems of the big city. None of the worries of modern life. But the long fingers of global warming are creeping towards them and they suddenly find themselves overrun by a swarm of killer bees.

Except global warming has dealt them a double-whammy, and they realise they're dealing with the next evolution of killer bees.

Killer bees ON FIRE.

This needs to be made. Someone get me E. W. Swackhamer on the phone.

Why you shouldn't use MyBlogLog →

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Tom Raftery unwittingly gives us a perfect demonstration of why you shouldn't use MyBlogLog.

Sure, MyBlogLog is a great idea and all, but there's always going to be someone out there who will exploit it as a way to display a pair of tits, or a huge fuckin' dong, or worse on someone else's blog.

Is Batman actually a Superhero? →

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I was speaking to someone earlier about superpowers - how all childhood conversations about "what superpower would you like to have" were ruined by the one asshole who had to say "everything" - when our conversation drifted towards Batman. When I was growing up, you either liked Superman or Batman (just like you were either a Whizz-kid or a Chipite). And so the Superman-followers would want Superman's powers and the Batman-followers would say they would like Batman's superpowers.

But what the hell are Batman's superpowers?

He can't fly. He can't run faster than a speeding bullet. He can't slice people open with Adamantium claws. So what does he have? Well, he's got a neat car and a lot of nifty gadgets. And he's pretty athletic, I guess. But these aren't super-powers. With enough money, anyone can have these.

And is this a good message for our kids? That being fabulously wealthy is a superpower?

(For more pictures of Joker's boners, check out redshirt.co.uk)

Cars 2-Disc Blu-Ray coming →

Well, it was bound to happen eventually, I just wasn't expecting it so soon. According to an article on thedigitalbits.com, Disney will be releasing Cars on Blu-Ray in June. And because of the amount of extra content and the ridiculously high resolution of the movie on the disc, they're going to be releasing it as a 2-disc (dual layer) Blu-Ray package.

Just to put this into perspective here, a standard DVD (such as the single-disc DVD of cars that came out last year) holds 9GB of data. A dual-layer Blu-Ray disc holds 50GB of data. And they're using two of them!

For demonstration purposes, here's what you can expect the difference in quality to look like:

Cars on Blu-Ray

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Cars on Standard-Def DVD

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Now if only they had given the Incredibles as a 2-disc Blu-Ray release. Then I might be actually tempted to buy a Blu-Ray player.