Cinema Magic – Screen, Dublin

November 16, 2009

I love the cinema going experience. It’s one of my true pleasures in life. The red seats, the over-sized drinks, the smell and rustle of pop-corn and most of all the dark room with the big screen. I’m a man of simple pleasures and I sometimes feel that the quest for new, huge, shiny multiplexes has taken us away from the very experience that made attending the movies such an event.

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In tech news…

October 15, 2009

Apple have not given up in their seemingly pointless effort to stop jailbreaking on the iPhone. Apple has begun shipping 3GS iPhones with an updated bootrom (iBoot-359.3.2) that effectively blocks the current 24kpwn jailbreak exploit. Now this will only slow down the jailbreaking community rather than stop it as customers do not wish to be tied to only one network provider or to only one source for applications. The I-Dev team which has so successfully pwned the iPhone in the past is sure to be investigating techniques to bypass the security even now.


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There’s a new Blackberry on the market with RIM’s development of a sucessor to it’s best-selling Storm, the Storm 2. Not much has changed from a physical standpoint but internally there’s a new chipset which should make the whole device a lot faster (which was the biggest gripe with the old one). The new case is much slicker than before. The metal battery cover fits absolutely snugly, and the physical buttons have been merged into the display. The Storm 2 packs Wi-Fi along with 3G, and a 3.2MP camera. Expect to see it launched on the Vodafone network in the coming weeks.


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Sky and Microsoft have confirmed that Sky Player on Xbox 360 will officially kick off on 27 October. The service will allow you to watch up to 22 live channels directly through your Xbox 360. Sky is sketchy on the details but do say that you’ll be able to avail of the offer even if you’re not an existing Sky customer. To get the service you will need to be subscribed to Xbox Live gold and pay an additional charge. Actual pricing, however, hasn’t been announced yet. No word on availabilty in Ireland so I’m assuming it’s not going to be.

You can check out the Sky website for more details.


A little bit of Culchure

October 13, 2009

I have the amazing honour of writing for Culch.ie, a great Irish website dedicated to informing the masses about the latest pop cultural happening on our fair isle. This site is run by the exemplary Darren Byrne and has a great line-up of authors, who are truly wonderful people as well as being extraordinarily well-informed and funny. I try to post my best work there, that is to say what I consider my best work not that it’s actually any good but I’d like to think that some people enjoy it and I’m not completely wasting my time.

I have a regular column for movies showing each week called The Friday Feeling as well as a semi-regular column called Cool but Ultimately Pointless. CBUP is about new technology or innovations that are really interesting but will never amount to anything (in my opinion). The most recent CBUP was about Sony’s latest gizmo the PSP Go. There are numerous reason’s why this is pointless and I covered most of them in the post. I also try to review movies that I have been privileged to see before their Irish release date including Up and Adventureland.

Recently I’ve posted news stories about Doctor Who, the new International Amazon Kindle, He-Man and Barbie movies, the 61st Emmys, Monopoly City Stories, Facebook Lite, the A-Team movie cast as well as tributes to the late Keith Floyd and Patrick Swayze. I’ve also examined the modern obsession with 3D cinema as well as doing a feature on TV Bars.

I love Disney/Pixar and for Culch.ie I have posted about their forthcoming 2D feature The Princess and the Frog (twice) in addition to the review of Up. I’ve also examined the impact of the Marvel-Disney/Pixar merger.

I plan on writing a lot more and ideas are always buzzing around in my head. I’ve created this blog to post them all and weed out the good ones for a place I hope they’ll be appreciated, Culch.ie.


Orderly Insanity

October 13, 2009

Hi, my name is Niall and I have an addictive personality. That’s not to say that once you meet me you’ll start stalking me but rather that I quite easily become obsessed with things that are new and interesting to me. Imagine a kangaroo with ADHD, fuelled with Red Bull and holding a power cable and you’ll get some idea of the hyperactive nature of my being.

With that in mind I’ve decided to put some of my insanity down in an orderly manner. I will be blogging about whatever fad or craze currently has me ensnared and my thoughts, opinions or 3 word expressions on the books, music, movie, tech and social media that randomly pop into my head.

Please don’t judge me too harshly. I’m quite mad you know.