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Thursday, 9 June 2011

The New Era Of Reading

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Books were first written during the Egyptian era, where they used papyrus, a form of battered bark. Since then there has been the most catastrophic change. Now the invention of the Amazon Kindle and the Ipad has meant the era of hard copy books is fading away. 

The Reasons For the Advancement: 
  • One device carrying all of the books is inviting for commuters or people who are travelling, a big big target for authors selling their books 
  • It increases the interactivity of the books as you can highlight and annotate and most importantly COLABORATE 
  • It makes lending easier as you can do it in the comfort of your home, or wherever you are as long you are connected to the internet. 
  • Easy syncing and no need to rummage through the book to find your page  
Effect on Industries: 
  • Education- Children will be able to highlight and make notes and make corrections easily
  • They could collaborate with their teachers 
  • They could carry less books, just one, thin device holding all of their  needed information for lessons
Googles Influence in the Market: 

One of the most important things i have learned when learning about this technology is copyright. Digitalising books creates a new type of pirating and copyright. Books can loose sales as many will become pirated and become posted on the web, available for download by anyone. However i have learned it is naive on any author not to make their books digitalised as it is becoming such a huge market, that the profits lost from copyright, will be insignificant compared to the profit gain. 

To sum up i believe that nothing can replace the pleasure of a hard copy of a book. It is like a portal of information and secrets that you do not get the sense of when reading the ipad or the Amazon Kindle. However i do believe it is an advancing market and will have many impacts on education, medicin and other forms of services. 

Thursday, 28 April 2011


Whilst everywhere is a buzz about the royal weeding I'm going to talk about Barcelona, those F**king cheating bas**rds.

Whenever you play against Barca, whenever you touch them they are on the floor crying like a baby”  Emmanuel Adebayor

Here is proof against Barcelona in the from of a video on Real Madrid's Official Site Video Proof

 I do not understand why everyone playing against them (Barcelona) in the Champions League ends with 10 men. Arsenal, Chelsea...Christiano Ronaldo

This diving is a joke/embarrassing. When Pedro watches that do you think he'll think, "What was I doing!?" Rugby players must laugh at football. If you ever see me go off on a stretcher then run back on to play, I give everyone on here the green light to him me with a two-footed tackle.”  Rio Ferdinand 

Dani Alves, you are a disgrace. Roll about on the floor just a bit more!” Rory Mcilroy

Wednesday, 27 April 2011

Copyright images

These are images I am allowed to use. Click on the images to go to the authors original site.

Faisan - Jose A Gallego Poveda -

trapo - Israel Ortiz -

Defying Gravity!!!

Shanghai | Hazy Lujiazui - PuDong, Shanghai

Our Galactic Neighborhood


Monday, 25 April 2011

The Fighter is a 2010 biographical sports drama film directed by David O. Russell, and starring Mark Wahlberg, Christian Bale, Melissa Leo and Amy Adams. The film centers on the life of professional boxer "Irish" Micky Ward (Wahlberg) and his older half-brother Dicky Eklund (Bale). The film also stars Amy Adams as Micky's love interest, and Melissa Leo as Micky's and Dicky's mother. The Fighter is Russell and Wahlberg's third film collaboration, following Three Kings and I Heart Huckabees.
Good film, should see it. Christian Bale's acting in this is top notch. Wouldn't go as far as saying that it's the new Rocky though. It is a true story.

Wednesday, 13 April 2011


My favorite Remix At the Moment is

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Remixes that were removed From Youtube
Hitler Downfall- Copyright Claim from Constantin Film-still available on Vimeo

Ebooks over the Past month

I picked ebooks as my slide in the JWT things to watch in 2011. I choose ebooks now for the same reason. Ebooks are completely change the way we think about books, and is revolutionising them. 

Lendle was recently shut down in March, after only being set up a month before. Lendle took advantage of the free service on the Amazon Kindle that allowed ebooks to be loaned for 14 days. Lendle allowed strangers to do just this. Find out more on how it works from their site here. The reason Amazon shut Lendle down was that it doesn't “serve the principal purpose of driving sales of products and services on the Amazon site.”
But there was a happily ever after as Amazon reinstated Lendle after only one day, although Amazon has made Lendle disable their book sync feature.


Orange Book Club App
The Orange Book Club App was released on Android,already available for Java,Symbian and Blackberry, BUT the iOS version did not comply with Apple's in-app purchases rules.
The app has over 23000 ebooks and audiobooks which you can buy and it all gets charged to your orange phone bill.
"Unlike many other ebook services on the market, ours allows you to purchase with a single click, making it easier than ever before to download your next must-read novel," says Orange's Stuart Jackson
Android users can get the App from the Android Market,Orange World or their site


Kobo Expansion
Recently Canadian e-reader giant announced,at the London Book Fair, that they would expand to selected European countries. The first 2 stores to launch are in Germany and Spain which are expected to launch next month. Further stores in France,Italy and the Netherlands opening soon after.These new stores will join the existing stores in the US, Canada, UK, Australia, New Zealand and Hong Kong.


Wednesday, 23 March 2011

The Green Hornet

The Green Hornet is a 2011 superhero action-comedy film, based on the character of the same name that had originated in a 1930s radio program and has appeared in movie serials, a television series, comic books and other media. Directed by Michel Gondry, the film stars Seth Rogen, who co-wrote the screenplay with Evan Goldberg. Supporting actors include Jay Chou as Kato, Christoph Waltz, Cameron Diaz, Edward James Olmos, David Harbour, and Tom Wilkinson.
This has everything I think makes a good film, action and lots of comedy. Plus it has Seth Rogen in it.

Wednesday, 16 March 2011

Top 10 movies of the 2000s

This List is according to IMDB, this is my first ever video using Sony Vegas Pro so It isn't that advanced.

No. 10 WALL-E


WALL-E, promoted with an interpunct as WALL·E, is a 2008 American computer-animated science fiction film produced by Pixar Animation Studios and directed by Andrew Stanton. The story follows a robot named WALL-E, who is designed to clean up a waste-covered Earth far in the future. He eventually falls in love with another robot named EVE, and follows her into outer space on an adventure that changes the destiny of both his kind and humanity

Personally I hated this film but I know many people who absolutely loved it. For me, it just wasn't that engaging. But I guess that if it is good enough to come 10th then some people must like it.

No. 09 The Lives of Others

The Lives of Others (German: Das Leben der Anderen) is a 2006 German drama film, marking the feature film debut of filmmaker Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck. The film involves the monitoring of the cultural scene of East Berlin by agents of the Stasi, the GDR's secret police. It stars Ulrich Mühe as Stasi Captain Gerd Wiesler, Ulrich Tukur as his chief Anton Grubitz, Sebastian Koch as the playwright Georg Dreyman, and Martina Gedeck as Dreyman's lover, a prominent actress named Christa-Maria Sieland.

It's a very interesting film different from the usual, but do I think that it is good enough to be in the Top Ten. No.

No. 08 Amelie

Amélie is a 2001 romantic comedy film directed by Jean-Pierre Jeunet. Its original French title is Le Fabuleux Destin d'Amélie Poulain meaning "The Fabulous Destiny of Amélie Poulain". Written by Jeunet with Guillaume Laurant, the film is a whimsical depiction of contemporary Parisian life, set in Montmartre. It tells the story of a shy waitress, played by Audrey Tautou, who decides to change the lives of those around her for the better, while struggling with her own isolation. The film was an international co-production between companies in France and Germany.

I have only watched this film in french and without subtitles. So my understanding of the film will be quite limitewd but I must say it's a bit messed up. A thing to note : this is the second foreign film on the list.

No. 07 Spirited Away

Spirited Away (千と千尋の神隠し Sen to Chihiro no Kamikakushi?, literally, The Spiriting Away of Sen and Chihiro) is a 2001 Japanese animated fantasy-adventure film written and directed by Hayao Miyazaki and produced by Studio Ghibli. The film follows a sullen ten-year-old girl who is in the process of moving to a new neighborhood, and chronicles her adventures in a world of spirits and monsters

Well I am an anime fan myself and this is one of the best english animes I've seen. I would encourage any anime fan to see it if you haven't already.

Unrelated Note
I just want to take this moment to pay my respects to the Japanese people affected by the earthquake and tsunami, I encourage everyone to give what they can to help them.

No. 06 The Lord of the Rings : The Two Towers

The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers is a 2002 fantasy-drama film directed by Peter Jackson based on the second volume of J. R. R. Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings. It is the second film in The Lord of the Rings film trilogy that was preceded by The Fellowship of the Ring (2001) and concluded with The Return of the King (2003).

So the first of the LOTR series on the list, and I can agree with that. The LOTR series is one of the few films which I can say the director and producers really tried. You can see this in the finished product.

No. 05 Memento

Memento is a 2000 American psychological thriller film written and directed by Christopher Nolan, adapted from his younger brother Jonathan's short story "Memento Mori". It stars Guy Pearce as Leonard Shelby, a man with anterograde amnesia which renders his brain unable to store new memories. During the opening credits, which portrays the end of the story, it is shown that Leonard kills Teddy (Joe Pantoliano). The film suggests that this killing is in vengeance for the rape and murder of his wife (Jorja Fox) based on information provided by Natalie (Carrie-Anne Moss).

A film by Christopher Nolan, one of my favourite directors. This is a really good film and this should be an example to all directors of what a psychological thriller should be.

No. 04 The Lord of the Rings: Fellowship of the Ring

The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring is a 2001 fantasy-drama film directed by Peter Jackson based on the first volume of J. R. R. Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings (1954–1955). Set in Middle-earth, the story tells of the Dark Lord Sauron, who is seeking the One Ring. The Ring has found its way to the young hobbit Frodo Baggins (Elijah Wood). The fate of Middle-earth hangs in the balance as Frodo and eight companions form the Fellowship of the Ring, and begin their journey to Mount Doom in the land of Mordor, the only place where the Ring can be destroyed.

I am a fan of all LOTR films and they are probably the best fantasy films ever.

No. 03 City Of God

City of God (Portuguese: Cidade de Deus) is a 2002 Brazilian crime film directed by Fernando Meirelles and co-directed by Kátia Lund, released in its home country in 2002 and worldwide in 2003. All the characters existed in reality. The story is based on real events. It was adapted by Bráulio Mantovani from the 1997 novel of the same name written by Paulo Lins. It depicts the growth of organized crime in the Cidade de Deus suburb of Rio de Janeiro, between the end of the '60s and the beginning of the '80s, with the closure of the film depicting the war between the drug dealer Li'l Zé and criminal Knockout Ned. The tagline is "If you running the beast catches, if you stay the beast eats."

Personally I can say that I have NOT seen this film and I don't particularly want to. But I guess if it is good enough for No. 03 then it must be something good.

No. 02 The Lord Of the Rings: Return Of The King

The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King is a 2003 epic fantasy-drama film directed by Peter Jackson that is based on the second and third volumes of J. R. R. Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings. It is the concluding film in The Lord of the Rings film trilogy, following The Fellowship of the Ring (2001) and The Two Towers (2002).

I completely agree that this was the best of the whole series. I can't say anything else apart from; the last in the LOTR series.

NO. 01

The Dark Knight is a 2008 superhero film directed and co-written by Christopher Nolan. Based on the DC Comics character Batman, the film is part of Nolan's Batman film series and a sequel to 2005's Batman Begins. Christian Bale reprises the lead role. The film follows Bruce Wayne/Batman (Bale), District Attorney Harvey Dent (Aaron Eckhart), Assistant D.A. Rachel Dawes (Maggie Gyllenhaal), and Police Commissioner James Gordon (Gary Oldman) and their struggles and journey in combating the new rising threat of a criminal calling himself the "Joker" (Heath Ledger).

The Dark knight is probably the most EPIC film ever, apart from Inception. But the thing to note is that they are both directed by Christopher Nolan. I probably have the world record for seeing this film the most times. I do not know how many essays I have missed the deadline for because of this film. And I just want to say Heath Ledger, what an actor.

Something Taaj would be furious about
Avatar is actually ranked No. 42 on IMDB's list.

Interviews Coming Soon!

Monday, 7 March 2011

ACDC WAR Project

My project was on the "War of the Currents" I have a slide show prepared and here it is. I hope you'll enjoy it.
This was my first time using Prezi so it might not be that advanced.

Wednesday, 23 February 2011


Faster is a 2010 American action film directed by George Tillman Jr. It stars Dwayne Johnson, Billy Bob Thornton, Carla Gugino, Moon Bloodgood, Oliver Jackson-Cohen, and Maggie Grace. It was released in the United States on November 24, 2010.
Good film filled with action but I don't like some aspects of the story which were a bit unrealistic

Monday, 14 February 2011

The Tourist

The Tourist is a 2010 thriller/romance film directed by Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck, starring Angelina Jolie and Johnny Depp. It is a remake of the 2005 French action film Anthony Zimmer. After a very public slow start, The Tourist went on to gross US$ 225 million worldwide.The film was nominated for three Golden Globes, with a debate arising over the question if it was a comedy or a drama. Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck repeatedly stated it was neither genre, calling it "a travel romance with thriller elements", but that if he had to choose between the two, he would choose comedy.

An average film, it had its moments but all together a weak film, the ending definitely is weak.

Gulliver's Travels

Gulliver's Travels is a 2010 American fantasy comedy film directed by Rob Letterman and loosely based on the 18th-century novel of the same name by Jonathan Swift, though the film takes place in the modern era. The film stars Jack Black, Emily Blunt, Jason Segel, Billy Connolly, Catherine Tate, Chris O'Dowd and Amanda Peet as Darcy Silverman and is distributed by 20th Century Fox. Originally scheduled for release on June 4, 2010, it was pushed back to December 24, 2010 and later changed once again to December 22, 2010. 20th Century Fox later announced on March 23, 2010 that the film would be converted to 3D. On December 13, 20th Century Fox announced that it would again move the release date, this time to December 25, 2010.
Good film filled with laughs but I would've liked to see more from James Corden

Saturday, 5 February 2011

Points2Shop Photo Proof

This is my proof for points2shop
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Monday, 31 January 2011

Get free stuff without doing anything

This actually works as I have tried it forst hand. the site is called points2shop. You get 250 points just for signing up and with my signing up bonus I bought a Transformers dvd from amazon. This is what I mean by free stuff without having to do anything. All you have to do is sign up.

I will add Picture proof of my order soon

Thursday, 27 January 2011

Ebooks JWT Slide

The slide I chose was No. 30 because it find it interesting that you can probably fit a whole library into a 1tb hard drive,therefore carry a  library around with you.

Pineapple Express

Pineapple Express
Pineapple Express is a 2008 American action stoner comedy film directed by David Gordon Green, written by Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg and starring Rogen and James Franco. Producer Judd Apatow, who previously worked with Rogen and Goldberg on Knocked Up and Superbad, assisted in developing the story, which was partially inspired by the buddy comedy subgenre. The film was released on August 6, 2008. Franco was nominated for a Golden Globe award for his performance in the film
A very funny film, James Franco was very good in this film and the combination of him and Seth Rogen is a great one.

Wednesday, 12 January 2011

The Other Guys

The Other Guys
The Other Guys is a 2010 comedy film directed and co-written by Adam McKay, starring Will Ferrell and Mark Wahlberg, and featuring Dwayne Johnson, Samuel L. Jackson, Michael Keaton, Eva Mendes, Steve Coogan, and Ray Stevenson.The film was originally scheduled to be released on March 31, 2010, but got pushed over to August 6, 2010.This film is the fourth collaboration between Ferrell and McKay, following Anchorman (2004), Talladega Nights (2006), and Step Brothers (2008)
Very funny and enjoyable, provides an evening of good entertainment

Thursday, 6 January 2011

Elephants slideshow


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The ads are back, take no notice of them

Sunday, 2 January 2011


Skyline is a 2010 alien invasion science fiction film directed and produced by the Brothers Strause. The film was released on November 12, 2010. It stars Eric Balfour, Scottie Thompson, Donald Faison and David Zayas. The Brothers Strause assert that Skyline is the first film in a series, which will include at least one other film.
Its an average film, nothing special. But its different from all of the other "aliens invade the world" type films so I like in that respect. Not that sure if I would want to watch the next film in the series though.

Dinner for Schmucks

Dinner for Schmucks
Dinner for Schmucks, a 2010 screwball comedy film, is the American version of the French film Le Dîner de cons (The Dinner Game) and the Bollywood film Bheja Fry, sharing only the same premise as the original film. The film was directed by Jay Roach, written by David Guion and Michael Handelman, and stars Steve Carell and Paul Rudd, who had previously teamed up in Anchorman and The 40-Year-Old Virgin. The film was released theatrically on July 30, 2010.
Funny, very amusing. DO NOT watch with younger siblings