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August 26, 2008

Chuck Music Video: Everyday Superhero – Smashmouth

Writing about web page http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kma3JNSuIOA

Everyones favorite TV geek spy superhero Chuck, is returning to NBC on Monday September 29th for Season two of the brilliant action TV comedy series.

In expectation of the new series, here is the next in my series of Chuck fan music videos, this one set to the ace song “Everyday Superhero” by Smashmouth taken from their album, Summer Girl. A perfect song for the summer!

This is actually my first full length TV video that does not include dialogue. Usually I think dialogue is integral to these pieces, however with careful editing and a good track I really think this works!

If you like it, please leave rating/comments on the YouTube page. :)

Enjoy!

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Footage Excerpts:
Chuck
© NBC TV

Music:
“Everyday Superhero”
© Smashmouth, Beautiful Bomb


August 13, 2008

The Big Bang Theory: Movie Trailer

Writing about web page http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-UlbTd195-I

“The Big Bang Theory Movie Trailer”
A Big Bang Theory Music Video

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The Big Bang Theory returns on September 22nd for one of my most easily awaited seasons. To celebrate this fact I thought…. what if?

...what if “The Big Bang Theory” was not actually a comedy but a film thriller involving time travel?

What you are observing would be the result! Enjoy!

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2 Friends.
2 Colleagues.
They have the potential to change the world.
If only they trusted themselves.

When university friends Leonard Hofstadter (Johnny Galecki) and Sheldon Cooper (Jim Parsons) decide to collaborate on a new physics project they had no idea what they would discover.

Not only would they have to deal with time traveling monsters but they would have to face their biggest threat….themselves.

Betrayal. Theft. Blackmail. The Big Bang Theory.

Not coming to cinemas soon.

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This work is purely for fun as a hobby in my spare time and is not for profit or an organisation. The following copyright holders apply:

Footage Excerpts:
The Big Bang Theory
© Chuck Lorre Productions 2007

Music:
“It’s a Life”
© Burkhard Dallwitz
“Troy (Teaser Trailer)”
© Musikvergnuegen
“Armageddon”
© Trevor Rabin


July 08, 2008

Top Chuck (Top Gear Title Sequence REMIX vs Chuck Credits)

Writing about web page http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W4thcPGQfIY

Top Gear has always had one of my favourite title sequences for a television show. Punchy music mixed with simple yet stylish visuals is a winner in my book.

One Sunday I wondered if I could recreate the opening credits, using footage from the hit NBC show Chuck. (Another of my fav shows, also with great credits!)

How hard could it be….?

....turns out quite!

The following sequence was created in Final Cut Pro using motion, cropping and key-framing. I’ve always wanted to do a project that forced me to learn how to keyframe better…this was a good chance.

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This work is purely for fun as a hobby in my spare time and is not for profit or an organisation. The following copyright holders apply:

Footage Excerpts:
Chuck
© NBC

Music:
“Top Gear (Jessica Remix)”
© BBC


June 12, 2008

The Hofstadter–Penny Attraction

Writing about web page http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8Y5QrtxqXK4

For fans of “The Big Bang Theory”, the latest of my fan vids. (clearly signaling post exams I have too much time on my hands!)

This is my first attempt at doing a “couple/romantic” video on Leonard/Penny’s developing relationship over the course of Season 1.

This is the first time I have made a video focusing on a television couple so feedback is always appreciated!

Whilst I usually hate choosing music tracks that are very “now” and in the public eye, the moment I heard the opening track “Life In Technicolor” by Coldplay, I knew it would be perfectly suited to this style of vid.

Enjoy!

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This work is purely for fun as a hobby in my spare time and is not for profit or an organisation. The following copyright holders apply:

Footage Excerpts:
The Big Bang Theory
© Chuck Lorre Productions 2007

Music:
“Life in Technicolor”
© Coldplay, EMI


June 09, 2008

Warwick Mobile Robotics featured on Channel 5's "The Gadget Show

Writing about web page http://www.mobilerobotics.warwick.ac.uk

Warwick Mobile Robotics featured on Channel 5’s “The Gadget Show”. June 8th 2008. Series 9 Episode 1.

Whilst our speaking sections didn’t make the final cut, some cringeworthy facial expressions and winning celebrations did!

Warwick Mobile Robotics is a project developed by a group of final year, multi-disciplinary MEng students at the University of Warwick.

www.mobilerobotics.warwick.ac.uk

Warwick Mobile Robotics includes:
Christopher Payne (myself)
Alex Smith
Edward Elbourne
Alex Barnes

The Gadget Show is a British television series focusing on the world of technology, currently in its eighth series. It airs for 1 hour on Five and is filmed at The Custard Factory on Gibb Street in Birmingham, UK.


April 13, 2008

Chuck (Mission: Impossible Opening Credits)

Chuck is one of my most recent discoveries and has quickly risen to become one of my all time favorite TV shows. When a “Nerd Herd” employee of the local Buy More has the only copy of all the government secrets embedded in his mind, 2 CIA/NSA agents are assigned to protect him as he goes about his daily life. The series follows their adventures as Chuck tries to live a normal life, whilst also going on secret missions every episode, you know to protect the world and all. Throw in the fact his handler, Sarah has to pose as his girlfriend and you also have a not so typical romance arc thrown in the picture.

All this sounds ludicrous, but put together is a highly entertaining mix of spy/action/comedy/romance.

Started on Monday nights on Virgin 1 last week and has been airing in the states last year. Its recently been picked up for a second series, can’t wait!

As a distraction from revision I created a montage of some of the best action/adventure clips from the show to none other than Mission Impossible. Enjoy!


March 19, 2008

Sugar Puffs crimping Mighty Boosh style

Writing about web page http://uk.youtube.com/watch?v=eaB7Q-9uwp4

HM Foods, creators of the Sugar Puffs brand of cereal are launching their latest 3.2m publicity campaign fronted by everyones lovable friend, the Honey Monster. However this time the milk tastes sour in many viewers mouth due to what many have commented as “blatant plagiarism”.

The advert in question involves the Honey Monster sitting down with ‘a friend’ and singing a short song before tucking into a bowl of the aforementioned cereal. The problem is the song bears more than a passing resemblance to that of the Mighty Boosh’s “crimping” style.

For those of you not in the know, the term crimping was coined by the duo late in series 3 as a term for representing their distinctive short, random and bizzare raps usually associated with various mimes on topics such as soup and bouncy castles. Essentially they are quite distinctive and one is generally found in most episodes of the Boosh.

Compare and contrast:


Whilst clear to most people that there is a uncanny resemblance of the two, the question is can you legally own a singing style? I am curious as I am not sure what hope this would have in court, could I copyright techno?

I personally think its a fragrant stealing of ideas and if that is the direction they wanted to go in they should have hired Noel and Julian to write one for the advert as opposed to doing a much lesser job. The outcome of this battle will be an interesting one, purely for the copyright issues it shows up.

Hopefully the best outcome is that Sugar Puffs reputation will be tainted and they pull the advert due to all the negative publicity. Teach them right!


March 15, 2008

The Big Bang Theory – I am a Scientist

To celebrate the series being renewed and new episodes starting in America on the 17th March, I created this fan music video set to one of my favourite artists.

For those of you that haven’t managed to catch the show across the pond or on Channel 4 in the UK, it’s brilliantly fantastic and appeals to the inner geek in all of us. Some more than others…

From wiki..
“The series is about two socially inept prodigies in their 20s who are living across the hall from a beautiful girl with a questionable intellect. When one genius falls for the girl, the other tries to discourage his interest because he believes his friend is chasing a dream he’ll never catch”.

Generic concept yes…..funny? yes! Finally a show that doesn’t dare to bring WoW, Halo 3 and the Doppler Effect to primetime!


March 11, 2008

Geek Olympics Round 1 – Potathrow

Players:
4 (2 to throw and 2 to dodge)

Aim:
To dodge the potato

Equipment:
Fake Potato (For Extreme Potathrow use a real spud)
Corridor
Understanding or absent housemates

Method:
The 2 throwers stand at either end of the corridor.
The 2 dodgers run around like headless chickens in the middle, and try to dodge the potato that is being thrown by the throwers.
When you get hit, you must obey the following handicaps:
Hit 1 - 1 hand must touch a wall at all times
Hit 2 - 2 hands must touch the same wall at all times
Hit 3 - 1 hand must touch each wall at all times
Hit 4 - As hit 3, but 1 foot must also touch a wall at all times
Hit 5 - YOU LOSE!
Once there is a winner, the throwers and dodgers swap, so you end up with 2 contenders for the final
The game is repeated as a Grand Showdown, which is normally more violent, as the throwers remember one of the dodgers chucking a surprisingly hard potato at them.

Results:
ChrisPy vs Chris - ChrisPy won
Eddie vs JoJo - Eddie won

ChrisPy vs Eddie - ChrisPy won

Conclusions:
Fun game for all the family, apart from those with asthma, those under 5, and those with Potato-Phobia

March 05, 2008

Feeder are back!

Writing about web page http://www.feederweb.com/

Feeder are back!

After years of waiting for a new album, the gears finally seem to be turning and the first glimmer of what to expect from their seventh proper studio album has arrived in the form of a free downloadable track, Miss You!

Appears Feeder have gone back to their roots with a very upbeat rock sound after their last two albums have been accused of being too laid back.

Sounds like it could have come from the Yesterday Went Too Soon era. Once again, Feeder seem to be able to make each album have a slightly different sound, good skills!

Can’t wait to hear more and get a release date for the real thing!


March 04, 2008

Mac: Office 2008 is RUBBISH SLOW.

Mac: Office 2004 ran slow on new mac’s as it was coded for older mac’s Power PC architecture, therefore had to run through Apple’s Rosetta dynamic translator in order to function on the new Intel chipsets being used from 2006. Fair enough you might think, its old software.

While every other software house were adapting their applications to run as “Universal Binary”, allowing them to run native on both platforms, MS were probably folding their arms and whistling saying….nah we can’t be bothered to waste time doing that, we’ll just make the next version UB and that will keep everyone happy.

Okay so everyone with an Intel Mac has put up with Office running sluggish for the last year and a half or so waiting for this great new update which would finally do the platform justice.

WRONG. How very wrong. I can’t understand how it is possible for Mac: Office 2008 to run SLOWER as a native Intel application than as a PPC app running through emulation.

Only Microsoft could put out such a bloated, slow, piece of rubbish as this. Has it even been through bug testing or did it just get slapped on a disk with a cursory glance?

Problems?

Loves crashing even on the most simplest of tasks. (I swear it has a sensor so that it crashes just before an auto save so you lose the most amount of work)

Takes about a minute to boot PowerPoint from a cold start. A minute?! This is a freaking productivity app!! I could have started Final Cut and be well into capturing video by the time this rubbish opens.

What’s up with the elements gallery? Make your mind up, is it the Ribbon or not? At least let me friggin get rid of it.

Generally very sluggish. This isn’t 5 year old hardware. It’s a 2.2GHz Macbook Pro with 2Gb of Ram and 128 of VRAM. A word processor shouldn’t be this bloated!

I know its not just me either, people all over the world are having exactly the same problems with it.

And yet…...I still use it despite cursing every time it crashes and keep coming back to it. Why? Because there is no realistic alternative. I’m sure the freeware brigade will promote NeoOffice or the Apple elite, Pages, but for word processing in a University environment, Word is really the only way to go.

Its also got some nice features. Smart Art is the best thing Apple never did. Whoever came up with that should be given a cookie, honestly its amazing! Just stop the damn thing crashing!

So alas, Microsoft is this REALLY the best effort you can do with 4 years of development? Really? Oh dear.


February 28, 2008

Resnet

Since the internet barely works anyway lets cut some more costs and just go full wack…..
Monkey IT

I’m sorry, when did paying roughly £20 a month for sharing a 1Mb/s line with 50 other people that only gives an average speed of approximately 30kb/s at any one time (LESS THAN FRIGGIN DIALUP) that only seems to connect if the moon is in correct alignment with the stars….become acceptable?

All I want to do is be able to watch a streamed video of YouTube quality, without it buffering every 5 seconds!

Warwick put some cash into damn ResNet because currently this is pathetic.


February 03, 2008

Jailbreak: The 2006 Award Winning Documentary

Writing about web page http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CNEe_pz5DAo

Originally shown on WTV in 2006, the national student award winning documentary, Jailbreak, is coming soon to YouTube. I’m making this move in an attempt to bring my work to a larger audience, you never know someone might enjoy it who doesn’t happen to pass by WTV’s site on a daily basis….

For now enjoy the new trailer and episodes are coming in the next couple of days :)

36 Hours. No Money. No Food. No Transport. One Goal. Hitch for Charity.

Join Alan and Paul as they embark on one of the greatest 36 hour challenges in their life. Follow the journey from start to finish in this compelling documentary series about hitchhiking your way out of the UK for charity. How far will they get?

Jailbreak Episode 1 picked up the award for Best Documentary at the National Student Television Association Awards in Leeds in 2006. Well done to all involved!

The music sampled in this trailer is “We Want Fun” by Andrew WK.

Episodes should start to be uploaded to YouTube during the week beginning 4th/Feb/2006.


February 09, 2007

The Big Decision – Live Election Results and Entertainment by WTV

Writing about web page http://www.warwicktv.co.uk

The Big Decision

This is the biggest night of the year for Warwick TV with 4 hours of award winning live coverage of the elections party at Warwick Students Union. Spread across 2 stages and special events in the Marketplace expect….

Interviews with current SABBS and candidates,
Panel discussion with people in the know,
The highly plagiarised comedy game show “8 out of 10 Hacks”
Live entertainment in the union in the form of “uniHotShots TV LIVE
And more programming as the night progresses

Watch LIVE on the webstream between SATURDAY 9pm-1am…..or come down to the SU and watch in the viewing area in Roccocos

WTV is your student TV station so come and see what we do best in the form of the biggest annual live event!


January 18, 2007

Video Game Music Download and Soundtrack Downloads at Galbadia Hotel

Writing about web page http://gh.ffshrine.org/soundtracks.php?r=32081

Video Game Music and Soundtrack Downloads at Galbadia Hotel

warning: incredibly geeky entry follows…..

I think I have just found my dream website. Ever played a game and really loved the soundtrack, if it be an epic orchestral score or just some cheap dodgy techno.?

Well until now, it seemed nigh on impossible without doing some home recording or searching in obscure places to get hold of any mp3’s of these delights…...

Anyway, it was only the other night whilst browsing some very geeky forums that I came across this gem.

Logo site

Galbadia Hotel

It seems that this website seems to have every single soundtrack from a video game in the last ten years. The best part being, from what I can tell – most have probably never previously been released before, thus hopefully avoiding any guilt in listening to fantastic scores.

Enjoy!


June 09, 2006

FFS: Weather just piss off!

Grrr…... 4 exams to go, and all on days predicted 28–33oC, most likely in pooly conditioned rooms. Flipping fantastic.

All you first years posting celebratory blog entries praising the sun and how you've finished your exams, I will make it my personal mission in life to point and laugh next year at each and every one of you :P


June 05, 2006

sigh mental note

Sigh

Mental Note: Next year when I'm a third year, must promise not to rub the fact that "I've finished my exams" when poor second years haven't even started.

Dammit! Im not reading any more blogs since all you can ever read is "Look at me, I've finished and am off to party", "Party", "Fun in the sun sun sun", "Phew no more exams", "Wow glad that was my last one" etc etc.

Some of us poor second year engineers don't even start till Wednesday! Ah well…....tis only for this year. sigh I hate you all ;)


May 27, 2006

Watch the WOSCARS Online!

Writing about web page http://www.warwicktv.co.uk

Bored? From 8pm tonight, watch Warwick's very own OSCARS for drama and the arts all streamed online LIVE from the SU.

May 25, 2006

Alias Finale: My Understanding of Rambaldi.

WARNING SPOILERS AHEAD.

Wow. 5 Years of Alias and it's all over. I loved the finale and thought the deaths were all very well thought out and the demise of Slone IMO was perfect and fitting. Now immediately after the finale my initial thoughts were, what on Earth just happened there? That didn't really explain anything. However for me Alias has always been a show that required the viewer to sometimes fill in the blanks. Here is my interpretation of the Rambaldi influence over the past 5 years.

NB. This is mainly for me so I don't forget my own theory, but if anyone else has anything to add feel free!

##Caution if not an Alas fan you will have no idea what on Earth I am talking about##

Was Rambaldi evil?

Possibly the most important question as for me really decides how the rest of the analogy fits into place. Was Rambaldi a man who wanted to destroy the world, did he want to save the world or what were his plans all together?

Yes he had visions of the future and could predict events hundreds of years before they would come true, but what did this really mean in terms of his inventions. On one hand he invented some pure killing machines (Firebomb – S2) and on the other hand he invented some pure healing potions (The Healing Liquid – S2?) and then finally some devices that could have mixed reactions (The Water Supply – S4).
What was he up to????

In my opinion Rambaldi saw the world as 'dying' as early as the period he was supposedly around in. At the time people had no faith in science, yet he was drawing diagrams for mobile phones in the 1500's. Not only did he see technology in the future, but he saw corruption. He saw that Earth was going to be slowly more and more corrupt with wars, infighting and deceit and he saw himself as the 'saviour' and the one that could change the future.

The Flood

In my opinion, Rambaldi wanted to "cleanse" the world and almost start afresh, much like the flood in the Bible. Only a chosen select few would survive who would then go on to perhaps create a "utopian" world. As the events of Season 4 played out, the water supply was tainted with the special chemical that when (what will be referred to as now as) "The Big Red Ball" was in close enough proximity, turned individuals against each other eventually until they died. Now the key factor in this plan was that it has to effect the world. Elana needed the sat uplink to broadcast the balls signal worldwide to create this effect and this is just one of the many reasons that Rambaldi himself could not create the effects of which he dreamed. Quite simply the technology wasn't there for him to fully implement his plans.

Anyhow, It was my believe that "The Flood" was the beginning of the end and the start to what everyone keeps referring to as "Rambaldi's Endgame"

Immortality and Ultimate Power

So What was the end of Season 5 all about then? Immortality? Certainly seems that way. However why did Slone beat that guy up in Season 4 when he told him he was seeking it? Maybe because he truly believed he was the only one who deserved it? Maybe he just didn't like hearing anyone else speak of it as he has dedicated so much of his life to finding it? Maybe he knew Rambaldis ultimate plan was more than just immortality? Who knows, maybe it was just an inconsistency. Either way it appears Rambaldi found essentially "The Holy Grail" of eternal life. It is in my opinion that he saw this as so sacred that only a couple of people in the whole world could be trusted with such a responsibility…......."The Passenger" and "The Chosen One"

What the Hell was all that stuff about the Sphere of Life and The Horizon

Okay no real explanation on this one but as I see it…..the Horizon was an addition to the Sphere of Life. Essentially the Sphere of Life was contained within the "outer shell" that was the Horizon. This would explain why the box the Horizon originally came in was flat and we were told "required construction".

Now apparently the "Sphere" contained Rambaldis conscious and "The Horizon" was needed to activate the sphere when it reached Rambaldi's tomb. It is important to note that only one person in the whole world could retrieve the "Sphere" (The Passenger), and only one person in the whole world could retrieve the amulet that ultimately led to the site of Rambaldis tomb (The Chosen One). Therefore in theory only THESE two people could be trusted with the ultimate gift, immortality.

Hang on wasn't "The Prophecy" disproven in S1?

I originally wrote a brief outline to what I thought it all meant, then found someone on the internet who phrased it even better!.....

Ramabldi's prophecy stated…
"This woman here depicted will possess unseen marks. Signs that she will be the one to bring forth my works. Bind them with fury, a burning anger unless prevented at vulgar cost this woman will render the greatest power unto utter desolation. This woman, without pretense, will have had her effect, never having seen the beauty of my sky behind Mt. Subasio. Perhaps a single glance would have quelled her fire."

So here is what we can conclude:

This woman here depicted will possess unseen marks: We know Sydney had the genetic characteristics Rambaldi said she would.

Signs that she will be the one to bring forth my works: She is responsible for the recovery of a large majority of Rambaldi's artifacts.

Bind them with fury: In the end, Sydney was the ultimate connection between everything Rambaldi. "The chosen one", "the passager", and "the greatest power" all played a vital part in her life, and she could not have been more resentful of that fact.

a burning anger : Sydney always hated Rambaldi and the fact that everything in her life was supposedly preordained. After Sloane shot Jack, Sydney had reached her breaking point. She was going to make her mother pay for the destruction she had caused and stop anything Rambaldi from causing more .

unless prevented at vulgar cost: Vulgar cost would have meant Sydney was killed and Irina suceeded in blowing up D.C. and London. If this had happened then the global genocide Sark predicted would have surely occured.

this woman will render the greatest power unto utter desolation : With the satalites down, the warheads set, and the horizon and immortality at the ready Irina had gained ultimate power. Sydney fought against her and in doing so helped to bring about Irina's destruction.

This woman, without pretense, will have had her effect: Sydney was never deceptive about her feelings toward Rambaldi and in the end Irina knew Sydney was there to kill her.

never having seen the beauty of my sky behind Mt. Subasio. Perhaps a single glance would have quelled her fire: Sloane knocked Sydney out before she could see what was occuring in Mt. Subasio, which I'm guessing showed the secret of eternal life. If Sydney had witnessed what Sloane did it is very possbile that the power of such a secret could have corrupted her hatred for anything Rambaldi.

This couldn't have been what Rambaldi wanted right?

Now this is all pure speculation. IMO Rambaldi wanted to cleanse the world via the Flood. After which he chose the two people with "the purest hearts and intentions" (Passenger/Chosen One) to discover the power of immortality and go onto to create a new world. A better world. A world where aggression was slowly bred out of the population with the same water supply that was used as Evil in S4. However of all the variables he still couldn't predict what they would actually do.

Therefore IMO "The Chosen One" had two choices, she could destroy the amulet and no one would ever find the secret as it was too good for anyone else (render the greatest power unto utter desolation….) OR by looking into it (and seeing the sky), this fury would be quelled and she would essentially "see the light". Maybe it turns you even more obsessed?

Unfortunately Slone got there first and ruined that idea.

So what did Slone and Irina want, and WTF was up with those missiles

IMO Slone knew of Rambaldi's great plan and despite his obsession, he was led by power, exactly the same as Irina is. His plan was to become immortal, launch the rockets at London/America and then make billions using Profit 5's resources. Slone and Irina both wanted power, nothing more nothing less. They didn't want to wipe out the world. They believed in Rambaldi, but maybe that was just a step too far? I mean two cities against that of the world? Either way they were evil evil people who got what they ultimately deserved. They both craved power, riches and eternal life and look where it got them.

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On that note, I always believed Irina was a nasty piece of work who would manipulate the audience, her family and anyone else who would get in her way to further her agenda. She genuinely did love her daughter, just when it came to the crunch…Power/Family she chose wrongly.

Hang on were not the passenger and the Chosen one gonna fight and only one survive

Yes…......supposedly they were to fight over something of great importance….IMO not really well handled but they fought over "The Flood" and ultimately Nadia died. Not perfect but it did come true.

The End

Well there it is. 5 Years of my favourite TV show. You will be missed Sydney!


May 18, 2006

Why does Big Brother think it has to be more extreme every year?

See Title.

Personally I usually get addicted to trash like this. However I'm bored of seeing how many minority groups that wont get along they can fit into as small a space as possible.

Cock fighting is banned, yet we are all the more willing to put people that already state they hate each other in an enclosed space together. Whatever next. Did someone say freak show? How more "crazy" can Big Brother get?!

Watching the carnage, I was praying for a few normal people at least. But no! A rich public school boy and a gang without a brain cell between the lot of them. Bored.

If this isn't the last series of BB and people don't turn off over the 14 weeks, i'll eat my hat.