So the nice lady at Sky informed that they were currently working on a software upgrade but alas she couldn’t give me a timescale for when it would be released. It’s currently being tested.

Ohh I’m sorry, how rude of me, let me recap a previous post to aid your clarification.

[RECAP] Sky+ screwed up some recordings. I was most annoyed. [/RECAP]

Anyway, caught a repeat of 24 tonight – I KNEW she was a bad egg, and what’s with this Paul guy, a red herring perhaps? Methinks so – and Huff is repeated tomorrow night. I had to turn to the internet for Desperate Housewives, but thankfully the joy that is TV Torrents has offered up the BitTorrent goodies. Azureus will be working hard tonight.

Luckily I didn’t have much on the box, only the aforementioned Nói Albinói, so after copying that to DVD I didn’t mind reformatting the entire system and starting from scratch. Until this software update arrives I’ll be very careful to check the recordings.

Right, off to Scottish Blogs I go to announce a new feature. Busy busy busy.


I think I’ve done this before, will try and dig out the previous results.

I Am 45% Left Brained, 55% Right Brained

The left side of your brain controls verbal ability, attention to detail, and reasoning.
Left brained people are good at communication and persuading others.
If you’re left brained, you are likely good at math and logic.
Your left brain prefers dogs, reading, and quiet.

The right side of your brain is all about creativity and flexibility.
Daring and intuitive, right brained people see the world in their unique way.
If you’re right brained, you likely have a talent for creative writing and art.
Your right brain prefers day dreaming, philosophy, and sports.

Via Chasing Daisy


My predictions first, correct answers in bold:

  • Best Film – Million Dollar Baby; Winner – Million Dollar Baby
  • Best Director – Martin Scorcese; Winner – Clint Eastwood
  • Best Actor – Jamie Foxx; Winner – Jamie Foxx
  • Best Actress – Hilary Swank; Winner – Hilary Swank
  • Best Supporting Actor – Morgan Freeman; Winner – Morgan Freeman
  • Best Supporting Actress – Cate Blanchett; Winner – Cate Blanchett
  • Best Cinematography – The Aviator; Winner – The Aviator

6 out of 7 ain’t bad! See the full list of winners.

Also glad to hear that Eternal Sunshine of a Spotless Mind won Best Original Screenplay, it was one of my favourite movies of last year.
More Oscar info from the BBC.

P.S. I’ve discovered another one of those ‘typing things’, you know, words that you always type incorrectly depending on the order you are typing them in the latest being “Million Dollary Baby”. Doesn’t have quite the same ring to it, does it.

P.P.S. No spotted the obvious mistake the. It’s Jamie Foxx, not Ray Foxx as I had previously. I must stop posting before I’ve had my morning coffee. I knew my Mum would spot it though…

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Having checked it turns out my Sky+ box is the Amstrad model. This is a bad thing.

Tonight it was set to record 24 and Huff (at the same time) and the repeat of Desperate Housewives as the previous recording was coming up as FAILED.

I decided to start watching 24 about twenty minutes after it started so I could whizz through the adverts (is it just me or was it sooo much better when it was advert free on BBC2, the constant breaks seem to lose the pace, don’t know how the Americans can stand it, but then I guess they are used to it). Sky+ wouldn’t let me start watching 24 and given the previous problems I thought I’d leave it until later and decided to read another chapter of my current book instead – Snow Falling on Cedars (which is a very descriptive book, very VERY… it’s perfect for falling asleep with).

When later rolled around I went to the Sky+ Planner to be told that 24 had CLASHED, despite the box not prompting me at any time and it being tuned to Sky One (which was where 24 was being broadcast), the repeat of Desperate Housewives had FAILED as had Huff. I can catch a repeat of 24 but not of Desperate Housewives, nor Huff (which isn’t repeated at all).

Thankfully it did manage to record Nói Albinói on Friday night, so I’ll make sure I copy that off the infernal machine before it gets changed. Someone at Sky customer services is NOT going to have a good morning.

And they wonder why we download so much TV these days.


So Chelsea have won their first trophy. I have to admit to taking a shine to their manager, he may be arrogant but there always seems to be a wee twinkle in his eye. If nothing else he’s a tad more exciting than Arsene Wenger. The king of ranting will always be Sir Alex though, who can forget his rant just after his Aberdeen side had WON the Scottish Cup when he said he was disgusted at the way his team had played. Barking, obviously.

Enough of football. Let’s talk about the rugby. Scotland scraped a win against Italy, Wales destroyed France in a fantastic second half and I didn’t see Ireland beating England.

Indulge me for a minute will you – “Ireland beating England”. Ohh that feels good.

Anyhoo, more awards tonight and, as is tradition, my wife will be watching the Oscar ceremony. If Jamie Foxx and Hilary Swank don’t win the best actor and actress awards, respectively, then something is seriously wrong. As for the other awards, I’d have to say Million Dollar Baby should sneak Best Picture, but Martin Scorcese should nip the Best Director award from Clint Eastwood. Cate Blanchett MUST win for her turn as Katherine Hepburn but I’m not sure about Best Supporting Actor. I’d like to see Morgan Freeman get it as I he is very rarely bad in any movie I’ve seen him in but having not seen Closer I can’t comment on the Clive Owens performance.

I’d also expect the Cinematography award to go to The Aviator – if you’ve seen it you probably noticed how the film slowly developed more and more vivid colour matching the progression of the film industry at that time. It was quite subtle but very effective – bit like the muted tones of Saving Private Ryan, or the green tones used in The Matrix trilogy.

Of course as is usual I’ve not even had the opportunity to see some of the nominated movies in the cinema yet so it’s always a bit odd to try and make these kind of predicitions. Of course we shouldn’t forget the fact that this is all one big love-in for the Hollywood set – I wonder if Imelda Staunton will enjoy it?

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Was that Lee Evans sketch the funniest thing you’ve seen for ages?

Tears of laughter, streaming down my face.