Tag: <span>DVD</span>

Having recorded the TV Series of Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy recently, and burned it onto DVD, I’d now like to make a copy of that DVD to give to a friend.

How do I do this easily? DVD Shrink?


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Lyle “tagged” me – what is with that anyway, so very American is it not? “Tag you’re it” I played TIG when I was a child, tee eye gee TIG! – so you get the joy of another meme. I have a love hate relationship with this. Love them cause the good ones can be quite interesting, hate them because they make me think..

The total number of DVDs, videos, and films I own.
Videos is around the 300 mark I think. DVDs (checks list) are at 112, although not all of them are bought – the joys of having a DVD recorder and Sky Movies!

The last film I bought.
Was… hmmm well I recently bought three for Louise’s birthday but I won’t count those… which would make the last film I bought… er… gosh I don’t recall it’s been so long. The Pianist? Honestly don’t remember, hardly buy any these days.

The last film I watched.
Revenge of the Sith – although if I don’t post this until later it’ll be Sin City. Ohh no that’s a lie, watched About Schmidt during the week.

My favourite five films of all time, ever.
Impossible and daft this kind of thing, a top 10 or 20 would be far more representative.

  1. The Shawshank Redemption
  2. Rear Window
  3. Pulp Fiction
  4. Sleuth
  5. The Usual Suspects

Just missing off that list are Memento, Eternal Sunshine of a Spotless Mind, The Godfather, 12 Angry Men, North by Northwest, The Third Man, Fight Club, American Beauty, The Maltese Falcon, Casablanca, African Queen… etc etc…

Tag (tig!!) three people and have them blog this.
pixeldiva – to see which movies are best “to knit to”.
Hydragenic – to see if Forrest Gump really IS his favourite movie.
diamond geezer – because you just know he’ll do something clever with this.


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Being on holiday has it’s advantages. I can get up at 8.30 am, watch the penultimate episode of Huff, then ponder what to do with the rest of my day. Outside it’s murky grey and a sheen of drizzle is coating everything.

So I’ll be writing up a list of “recorded” DVDs (did I mention that I’ve now got a DVD recorder? It’s great, can record movies on Sky+ then dump them to DVD), cracking on with the HaloScan Wiki as there is a bit of a stooshy going on in the forums there (partly because I lost my rage a bit at continued sarcastic comments… yeah I know.. me getting annoyed at SOMEONE ELSE being sarcastic, who’da thunk it?), and I guess I’d better push on with the design for that other site for that new venture that I’m deliberately being cagey about to make it seem mysterious when really it isn’t.

Or I might read a book.

Or .. ?? Hmmm dunno.

In other personal news – this IS a fascinating post, isn’t it – having split open the wound on my back after I got my mole removed, the wound scabbed over. It’s been there for weeks, until this morning. It’s gone. The scab that is, not the wound. The scab was about the size of my thumbnail and quite thick, but I can’t find hide nor hair of it…

But then I did dream that I was eating sultanas last night…

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Jamie Oliver. Love him or loathe him he has to be applauded for his current stance and activity surrounding school dinners.

Firstly I think he is a genuine guy, and even if his “cheeky charm” and “mockney” attributes put you off, if you’ve seen any of his recent series (I only saw a couple of episodes) or his last series where he took some challenging students (for want of a better term) through a chef’s course (which I followed avidly) you can’t argue that he does think he can make a difference and is passionate about what he does. For that I applaud him.

On the flipside, the cynic in me will agree with you if you state that he does get some very good publicity from these ventures (any publicity is good publicity after all) and that it is certainly a factor, but again I think he realises that he can use his celebrity status in a positive way but to do that he needs to remain a celebrity. Mind you, Sir Jamie Oliver? Not quite yet I don’t think.

However there is something that sticks in my throat, particularly concerning his recent series. Namely how out of touch our government appears to be with such simple matters. As I said elsewhere:

So the current fad is for the diet of children, that’s all well and good, but I hope it forces home a stronger point.

Parents are responsible for their children.

Simple really yet so many believe that it’s not their job to educate “that’s why they get sent to school”. Until those types of parents are held accountable for their childrens actions and education the system will continue to fail and we’ll have to rely on ‘celebrities’ to highlight these basic basic things.

Don’t get me wrong I think Mr.Oliver has done a good thing (and look at all that publicity for him as well! /cynic) but it’s a sad state of affairs when it’s NOT at the forefront of the affairs of state to worry about the future of our country.

So, bravo Jamie Oliver for raising the profile of this issue. But I do wonder if it is too late, how many generations ago should this parental malaise have been tackled? Are we into the second or third generation of the uneducated, globalised masses, and can I fit in any more grand generalisations (which apparently is my word of the month)? I don’t think it’s too late just yet, but the longer we leave it the harder it will be.

I have to say I’m surprised that this hasn’t been fully latched onto by the political parties. Seeing as how there is an, unconfirmed, election coming soon, this kind of populist topic should be a pretty easy sell, at least I would have thought so.

This then leads me to start pondering on the future of politics and how it won’t be long until the topics of debate are generated from daytime TV (or are they already?), and how you’ll be able to phone-in to win a copy of “The Great Debates: The House of Commons discusses Burberry caps” on DVD by answering the following question:

Is the Prime Minister: A) a human being. B) a lump of coal? Calls cost £5 per second, please ensure you know how to use the phone before picking it up.

Actually, that question might be a bit too hard.

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I’ve been working back through this sites archives and have to admit that I don’t know why I bother listing the first year or so of blogging. Sure there are some longer bits that aren’t too bad (for the standards I was setting back then at least), but mostly I lapse into minimalist statements of my mood. For example, here’s what I was saying four years ago today:

Miserable, depressed, confused and thoroughly hacked off with life. OK, not quite yet but it is heading that way. Relaxing weekend went wrong on Saturday night and have spent whole of Sunday trying to relax and forget it, but can’t.

Not a particularly enjoyable or interesting read, and to think I used to wonder why no-one visited.

It does strike me that, for the large part, the bulk of my posts are almost entirely governed by my mood. Granted that “mood” (that is completely the wrong term for it but bear with me) has been fairly extreme in the past – it’s the reason this website exists after all – these days it’s as settled as most with only occasional dip towards that looming chasm (can I stop with the awful metaphors yet?).

Personal Musings

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If you don’t read 43 Folders you should.

For example:

Create a “sick boxâ€? – Make up a little box filled with all the stuff you’ll want fast access to on the next morning you wake up with a cold. TheraFlu, cough drops, fresh box of Kleenex, unwatched DVD you’ve been saving, a nice trashy novel, and the phone numbers of anyone you’d need to contact at work. Believe me, you’re in no mood to collect this crap when you wake up with the flu kicking your ass.

Genius I tells ya!!

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Despite waffling on about it, I don’t have a new stereo. In fact as of last week I don’t have an old stereo either. I won’t be replacing it as I have a surround sound DVD system which happily plays CDs, MP3 CDs and accepts an input from the iPod (although at some point it’ll be an input from wireless connection to my PC upstairs) and I have radio stations galore through the Sky box, which in turn is routed through the nice meaty surround amplifier. Does the job for me.


ALL posts on the site now have friendly time and date information. You may have noticed and been non-plussed. You may be right. I may be crazy.


The archive page has been updated, still not sure I like the layout but it’s getting there. There is an issue with the older, non-titled posts and a WordPress plugin I’m using but I do intend to go through the older posts at some point so that issue should disappear.


Which reminds me. Is there an easier way to go through and edit old posts in WordPress? The WordPress Edit screen keeps leaping back to the current posts. Can’t I choose a month or a category and have it ‘stick’? I can’t be the only person that has come up against this, but Google isn’t being much help. Maybe I should Ask MSN?


Fun discussions about America financing both sides of the war on terrorism. Unfortunately I still baulk at the imagery I associate with “America sponsoring terrorism” – do they wander around with a form? And does everyone just copy the amount the first person fills in? After all you can’t be seen to be giving less, it’s just not the done thing.

Blogging Tech

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Well I didn’t watch The Pianist last night, plumping for something familiar instead, namely Fargo. I’ve had the DVD for a while but I think it’s only the second time I’ve watched it. Probably not everyone’s cup of tea, but it’s dark humour and languid pace matched my mood perfectly. I also forgot just how watchable Steve Buscemi is, particularly playing the ‘on the edge’ loose moralled type.

Ohh and I also caught part of a programme about martial arts on BBC3. They had an expert if preying mantis style kung fu demonstrating his ability to withdraw his testicles into his body to protect them during battle. The presenter of the show even checked, warily, and completely freaked out “There’s nothing there!”.

Anyway, we are just back from the first round of Christmas shopping, which was hugely unsuccessful as we hadn’t really planned it and ended up buying some stuff for the house. We got back to news that Louise’s brother is currently in hospital getting scanned for a suspected punctured kidney. We’re awaiting more news.

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