Friday, 31 January 2014

The Elder Scrolls Cinematic Trailer - WOW!

This is yet another amazing cinematic trailer for this April's upcoming MMORPG, 'The Elder Scrolls Online' - this time it deals with the arrival of darker, demonic forces seeking to overthrow the land of mortals.

Watch and enjoy - I only wish they'd filmed 'The Hobbit' in this fashion.

Tuesday, 28 January 2014

Brain Wave App - Sleep Has Never Been Better!
Some time ago I downloaded an app for my iPad in order to help me relax at night and get to sleep far more effectively. The app in question was Brain Wave - the link I have provided is for the iTunes site for those with iPhones and iPads, but you can get it for other devices.

This application, in brief, covers 30 binaural wave tones ranging from meditative to lucid dreaming. You have volume control, time setting, and an option to either use the in-built tunes to accompany the binaural wave, or select your own personal tune from your music collection.

Personally, I use one of Brain Wave's in-built tunes turned down to a minimum volume, and have the binaural turned up to full max, which is still reasonably quiet (my wife sleeps happily through it without complaint).

In my own use I have found getting to sleep much faster and my dreaming has shot through the roof - which I personally enjoy, but then I either use the Lucid dreaming setting or the standard Dream setting, but I have used the Power Nap setting on several occasions when feeling the need to rest during an afternoon off work.

I've also discovered an online site that allows you to customise your own settings whilst at the pc, so you can 'tune in' your brain pattern to your desired purpose; it's called 'The Ultimate Binaural Beat Machine' - I'll be giving it a go later today after work.

Hope these two selections can help those amongst you for whom sleep evades or just struggling with concentrating whilst at the pc ;)

Friday, 24 January 2014

Censored Disney's 'Frozen'

I watched this and had to laugh, so I decided to share. Enjoy :)

Thursday, 23 January 2014

Blubeats Gravity & Rokono Bass+ - A Product Review

In the run-up to Christmas, my wife and I had our usual, pre-Christmas chat regarding what we would not be buying for each other. So, we narrowed it down to a single item present each. Fair enough, I thought. But then, what do I buy?

The answer wasn't too far in coming forward: a portable speaker for my wife's Mac Airbook. Vanessa (my wife) had admired a small Rokono Bass+ portable speaker I had bought for use in the garage when I trained (*sob* oh, how I miss that beloved garage now *sob!*), having it plugged into my iPad.

The Rokono is a little gem, and ideal for mobile phones, iPods, Macs & PCs and any gaming device with a 3.5mm audio jack socket.

But as my wife is a little deaf, I wanted to get her something with more 'Oomph!' And I found it in the form of Blubeats Gravity.

* please note, all prices/offers on both items were correct at time of writing *

So I've found both review videos I watched before making my final purchase decisions on each product for you to watch and listen to. At the end of each I'll post my 'pros' and 'cons' on each item.

The Truth About 1Direction's Singing Ability

This really got me chuckling, and I like to believe this is what they sound like without auto tune.

As a side note to any 1D fans reading this (though, to be honest I doubt any will, as I'm almost certain none of them are either intelligent enough to read or are of reading age) - stop feeding the Simon Cowell money machine - get therapy instead.

Sunday, 19 January 2014

Film Promotion ~ ' Frenchy's World '

Copyright © Alexander De Senger 2014

Every now and then there comes along someone in your life for whom you can't help but have admiration for their grit and determination. Alexander De Senger is, for me, one such person.

Through the medium of Skype I've grown to like Alex's personality and zest for life. From our gaming days together I've found his approach to life is quite driven, yet tempered with a 'come what may' attitude. And he has a great sense of humour and warmth about him. So when he shared news about his getting involved with some Norwegian independent film makers and scriptwriters I was genuinely thrilled and excited for Alex, having done some TV work as an extra myself, I know how fun and exciting it can be, and if you network with the right people, it can become more than a mere temp thing. And this is what seems to have happened with Alex.

I've watched Alex's budding acting career with interest, and to be honest, I think he has got some true potential and talent. So, before I move you on to Alex's debut in this future mini-series concerning an up-and-coming small town gangster, I'll leave you with a synopsis in Alex's own words.

Thank you for reading (and watching) and please, spread the word about this indie production by 2 Apor Production Company - they really, REALLY need as much exposure and support as possible.

Over to Alex:

" The story evolves around Frenchy, a small-time gangster in a small Norwegian town. His guardian, 'The Greek', took Frenchy away from Marsielles when he was a kid, moving to Norway. The Greek is a 'retired' old-school gangster with connections to various syndicates. As a retirement bonus the Greek was allowed to settle down in Norway and run a small town.

When Greek found Frenchy the kid was in bad shape, living rough and homeless in Marseilles, but he impressed Greek with his toughness - the main reason Greek took him under his wing. Frenchy's mother had been killed under mysterious circumstances, something which has always haunted him, leaving him with a deep-rooted urge to find those responsible.

There are several other characters involved: Linda, the girl Frenchy loves but doesn't get - she reminds him of his mother and the purer side of life. His step-sister Liz, the daughter of Greek, and there are also various other members form different street gangs.

The story shows the day-to-day activities to get money for the gang, including collecting from other gangs. Frenchy has a tendency to mess things up, and they always seem to go wrong - some of the activities do have a comical feel about them.

It's basically a gangster comedy with some drama where you get to see the darker sides of Frenchy, and the pain his mother's death has left him with. "

Frenchy's World Intro... enjoy.

Tuesday, 7 January 2014

New Year, New Discovery

Hopefully by now, those of you who drop in on a semi-regular basis will know I have a love of things fantasy/sci-fi, especially concept artwork. This morning whilst browsing my resurrected FaceBook page I discovered a lady sculptor by the name of Nicole West. She creates absolutely stunning figures from clay. The detail is amazing and beautiful, almost to the point of being jaw-dropping (but that could just be my own personal reaction).

To whet your appetite, the image below is of one of her pieces from the her gallery site, the link to which I will include below this picture. this piece is entitled Carnivale Courtesan. I hope you'll agree on my thoughts regarding the beautiful detail and workmanship of Nicole West's work.

Copyright © Nicole West ~
If you wish to view more of these amazing sculptures pop along to the gallery HERE, and you can look her up on FaceBook under 'Nicole West Fantasy Art'. Enjoy :)

Thursday, 2 January 2014

Street Fighter Made Me Cry

To celebrate the start of a new, fresh year, here is a video that will have you laughing, especially if you were, or are, a lover of the Street Fighter games.

Me? I was crying with laughter - enjoy courtesy of my Dutch gaming pal, Nibbster - thanks buddy :)