Friday, 30 July 2010

TV Reviews:

TNA iMPACT!: I don’t have to tell you how stupid wrestling is. I do, mildly, enjoy the action though. *
My Sennheiser CX 300-II in-ear headphones, I’ve just bought, have just arrived. My first impressions are that they are uncomfortable. I am definitely biased in saying that in-ear headphones are irritating as hell. The problem isn’t the three different sized earcups they give you—it’s the fact that they go right into your ear and you can often hear earwax squishing around, which is horrible. I am a very clean person—against advice, I clean my ears with earbuds everyday. The fact that these headphones remind me of earwax freaks me out. I guess they are more comfortable that over-ear headphones.

Right, now for the audio quality. I’ve been told to let them ‘run in’ i.e. by turning the volume up to full and letting them run overnight—with some heavy ass bass from Lil Wayne’s ‘Tha Carter III’. On first listen the bass in nice—focused but not over-powering (I hate that). Problem is, I have had several ear grommets in my lifetime so my right ear is all but at 50% volume so the bass is wasted on that ear. That being said, the headphones do a remarkable job of creating an immersive atmosphere—bass is omni-directional but I was surprised how these headphones created that effect (whether that’s to do with the headphones or the human brain—I don’t know). The treble and mids are effective enough—one thing I can say is that these blow the iPod headphones out of the water!

I’m letting them run in for a while and I’ll report back with the results.

RESULTS: I realised the reason why i was having comfort-ability issues was because I had odd sized earcups on! Oops! ;p Well, as far as they stand now—I would still say they need some getting used to but, like anything new, I’m sure this will happen with time. The bass is incredible! I think they, even, sound better than my on-ear Pioneer headphones (which were roughly the same price). The trebles are loud enough and never too sharp—almost—but perfectly leveled. The bass is independent from the treble and middle but deep, loud and driving. Another thing I love about these headphones is the noise cancellation. If I open a cupboard, say, and close it again I can hardly hear it! I mean, I can hear it—but it’s muffled and I can see how easily this will transcend to a noisy bus or high-street (my two biggest problems). One minor annoyance is the noise that comes from speaker wire interference. When the wire rubs against my clothes it causes an in-ear ruffle that kinda sucks—but I’m getting used to it. I am thoroughly excited by these headphones and can’t wait to try them out in the real world. Also, the ‘running in’ seemed to help calm the trebles and mellow the bass—which is nice.

Wednesday, 21 July 2010

My greatest TV shows of the decade list:

1. The Sopranos
2. 60 Minutes
3. Late Show with David Letterman
4. The Simpsons
5. Saturday Night Live
6. Today
7. Friends
8. ER
9. Nightline
10. Law & Order

11. Sesame Street
12. Fraiser
13. The X-Files
14. Buffy the Vampire Slayer
15. The Oprah Winfrey Show
16. The Wire
17. Mad Men
18. The Royle Family
19. Freaks and Geeks
20. The West Wing
21. Six Feet Under
22. Desperate Housewives
23. The Office (UK)
24. Arrested Development
25. Lost
26. Sex and the City
27. Scrubs
28. Breaking Bad
29. The Daily Show
30. 30 Rock
31. Curb Your Enthusiasm
32. Southpark
33. Rome
34. Harry Hill’s TV Burp
35. Malcolm in the Middle
36. True Blood
37. Futurama
38. The OC
39. Misfits
40. This is England ‘86
41. Top Gear
42. Peep Show
43. My Name is Earl
44. Survivor
45. 24
46. The Big Bang Theory
47. Pop/American Idol
48. Spongebob Squarepants
49. The Jeremy Kyle Show
50. QI
51. MythBusters
52. Spaced
53. Glenn Martin, DDS
54. Little Britain
55. The Shield
56. Doctor Who
57. Samurai Champloo
58. Wonder Showzen

Need to wiggle some around!
Just a quick video to show the effects of a raw food diet (this guy seems a bit of a perv :p):

TV Shows:

The Jeremy Kyle Show: I don’t know how they find so many idiots for this show. Jeremy Kyle holds just the right amount of ‘chav’ about him, and talks in the right way, to harness the grateast cocktail of enterainment and solution. It makes me cringe—but it’s always interesting to see the tension between each relationship. Oh, and I hate that goddamn fox sponser advert. A−

Monday, 19 July 2010

Film Reviews:

Cat Woman: Gyurgh, Halle Berry is so bad in this film! There’s a scene where two armed guards chase her through some, very exspensive looking, pipes and they start shooting at her—hitting all the pipes, obviously. I really don’t think I can say more about this movie, without laughing. 1 Star
So looking forward to this!

Sunday, 18 July 2010

TV Reviews:

Monk: Not very interesting at all—but at least it doesn't fall into the trap of over-dramatic acting like so many shows of recent memory. **

Heartbeat: Though the show has changed cast too many times that I care to remember—the basis of the show remains the same. A midly enjoyable post prime-time slot-filler that always make me smile. A−

Ghost Whispserer: Man, she's got big boobs. Dud

Banzai: Hilarious—a great show to watch, late at night, with a beer. It's one of those shows, like Takeshi's Castle (funny how they're both Japanese), that you need to be in the right mood for—but boy, when you are, it's heaven! My favourite game is the hand-shaking guy—or it that too cliche? A−

Thursday, 15 July 2010

God-damnit, when is there going to be a flac version of Maya (M.I.A.) online?! :S :( :p

Friday, 9 July 2010

TV Reviews:

Midsomer Murders: A staple of summer broadcasting (how appropriate)—Midsomer Murders is genuinely good at consistently making interesting plots. John Nettles is cast well and so is his side-kick Jason Hughes. The direction could be a little more direct/exciting—but it has created a nice little niche for itself and I think it's quite happy staying there. A−

Dexter's Laboratory: Haha, I watched this with my brother—it's actually quite good (at least, the characterizations). I almost want to call this and A− (or am I drunk? :p) ***

Tuesday, 6 July 2010

Game Reviews:

International Cricket 2010: This game has good game mechanics but some prior knowledge of the sport is required. The graphics are nice and clean with the poorly rendered crowd being the only flaw. If you enjoy cricket and/or can play long enough to learn how to use the different aspects of the game—you will enjoy this. A−
TV Reviews:

Accidentally on Purpose: Fails on an acting level where How I Met Your mother succeeded. B−

Sunday, 4 July 2010

Album Reviews:

LCD Soundsystem: This Is Happening:

I never really liked LCD Soundsystem all that much—Murphy has swapped hipster allocations with tuneful expression here—he just doesn't take it that far. You can hear this, especially, on the track ‘All I Want’— the main riff could be slightly catchier—reminiscent of The Strokes ‘Is This It’. I can't decide whether I like the longer songs or would have preferred more of shorter length (definitely quicker paced). I do like the general sonics though—they're not too douchey (although, they could have been smarter). A−

Elizabeth Cook: Welder:

Great songwriting here—some great lyrics too. Intelligent subjects matters, which—in my opinion—are hindered only by her voice. She has a great voice—don't get me wrong—it just seems a little bit childish. But hay—I'm nit-picking. A