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BBC iplayer goes up to 11

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I'm very impressed with the online version of the BBC iplayer. It even goes up to 11:

A cloud of sheep

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A cloud of sheep
Originally uploaded by paulmorriss I thought this was great. I went to the trouble of turning round on my bike and coming back to take it. However on Flickr, only one person has looked at it. At the moment.

Sparklers

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Sparklers
Originally uploaded by paulmorriss Bonfire night. Great fun.

MP3 downloads from Amazon

This is very exciting. DRM free MP3 downloads from Amazon. You can get The Wall by Pink Floyd for £4.50.
256kbs too, so not the best, but not bad either.

This is cool

Recently read/watched etc.

Spongebob - cringed
The Lake House - loved
Black Swan Green - loved
Heroes - love

Moo stickers

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Moo stickers
Originally uploaded by paulmorriss I got these for free as it was an introductory offer. However I was thinking of buying some anyway. They look geat. Now I just have to think how to use them.

You can order them at http://www.moo.com/

Genesis concert

I went to the Genesis concert at Twickenham last night and it was fantastic. I like live music and to hear my favourite band playing was just the best. It was a belated 40th birthday present. Phil has to take the biscuit when it comes to energy. All the others had breaks, but he was non-stop. They had a good mixture of old and new and played everything I wanted apart from "Your own special way". I was 12 rows from the front, in front of a speaker stack. The stage was small, but close enough to see most of what was going on.

After the first couple of songs I thought "don't just play for us, involve us", and Phil did. Crowd singing, sychronised waving, that sort of stuff.

I saw Tony Robinson. He came in just before the VIPs filed in in front of me. He and the other VIPs didn't stand up, even though everyone else around was. I also thought I saw Philip Glenister, aka Gene Hunt in Life on Mars. I reckon it was 2 to 1 male to female, and most people 40+.

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Shrek the third

We went to see this last Saturday. It was digital projection, which really does make a difference. You could tell when the BBFC classification came up. Usually its all dusty and fuzzy and shakes. It was pin sharp. So was the rest of the film.

I've read reviews since which said it wasn't as good as the others. It kept me interested though. It was great to hear a Brit (Eric Idle) in it.

Sometimes I'd get distracted with things like "they've rendered all the grass" as it waved in the breeze. I guess there's so much computing power these days they can really let themselves go with rendering detail.

My photos are on view at the Tate

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Ladies shoes on the shoetree

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Ladies shoes on the shoetree
Originally uploaded by paulmorriss. I've got a new camera.

The respect of the new for the strength of the old

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I went to see Amazing Grace at the weekend. It's a good film. It seems to start in the middle, but then there's a lot to cover. As well as being true, and worth knowing, it was also a good story.

I wonder in 200 years time what thing we'll look back on now and wonder why we ever tolerated it.

Can you guess what it is?

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Can you guess what it is?
Originally uploaded by paulmorriss.
It's not often I get very interested in a band that isn't played heavily on the radio stations I listen to (XFM, Radio 1, Virgin), but a band on Zane Lowe (Radio 1) tonight really caught my ears - Field Music/. It reminded me of early Genesis - very tuneful and interesting.
A couple of things amused me about the recent snow fall we had in the south of England. One was a family out for a walk on the Thursday morning. Trailing behind the mum and two teenage daughters was the dad with a mobile to his ear. "I'll get my guy to talk to your guy", he said. Have a break from work I thought, standing by the snowball that I'd just made that was so large I could hardly roll it.

The second was the people getting stuck at the end of our road. It slopes away a bit and if people back down the slope to turn then they can't come back up. I've done it myself. Fortunately there was a guy with a big 4x4 who was able to pull people out, with a bit of help from the grit bin and my spade. One of the cars that got stuck was a smaller 4x4. 4 wheel drive? 4 wheels spinning at once.
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Icy spiderweb on birdbox
Originally uploaded by paulmorriss. After shooting two films of close-up pictures the novelty was wearing off, but after scanning them in I think they look good on the screen. Especially on a black background, if I can figure out how to do that.
I saw Hitchiker's Guide to the Galaxy recently. I thought it was really good. I'm sure it didn't quite follow the book, but as it was so long since I read the book I couldn't tell all of the bits that were new. Pure fans probably hate it, but I'd recommend it to half-hearted fans. It's quite quirky, so I wouldn't recommend it to people without a strange sense of humour.

I was very restrained and didn't recite all the famous lines as they came up, apart from at one point. The old TV Marvin makes a cameo appearance which was a nice touch.