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Posted by | Posted in Entertainment, Pirates, Site News | Posted on 15-06-2009

Out of boredom more than anything else, I decided to have a play about with some website designs yesterday. I’m a little bit bored of how this site looks, and I decided I wanted something that looked a little more professional. Whether or not anything will come of it, I don’t know.

As I say, I was only playing about out of boredom really, but after about an hour I got bored with that too, and ended up watching a season of Weeds instead.

I want something that’s quite plain and simple, and advertises my mixes more than anything. This site has turned into a blog more than a place to download my sets, and I don’t mind that, but I want the downloading of tunes to be more of a prominent feature on the site. As the design will be a custom design, I’ll have to figure out how to integrate the existing WordPress installation into the new site, and then I’ll have to redesign the WordPress template to match the rest of the site.

Still, it might be worth it. I’ve got a nice, simple design in mind, and it’ll look quite nice if I can pull it off. This blog might remain the same for the time being, though, until I can be bothered to change the layout etc to the new template.

My manager is on annual leave today, meaning I’ve had the day to catch up with some of the things that I’ve got behind with over the last couple of weeks. There’s still a few things I need to do, but (in true computer user support style) we’ve had a few enquiries about our systems that have turned out to be totally pointless. Don’t you just love general users?!?

I went and saw the new Terminator film at the weekend. I’d like to say that I agree with the critics who’ve mostly said that it “wasn’t as good as they thought it’d be”, but that it was “better than the last film”. But seeing as I’d already read those reviews, I wasn’t hoping for quite as much as I thought I would originally, and so the film turned out to be just as good as I had expected.

I love some of the concepts they’ve created for the film. Firstly, John Conner isn’t a hero in everyone’s eyes. The previous three films (and the recently-cancelled series) have all perpetuated this image of John Conner; that he’s some kind of saviour of humanity. And he is, of course, but in this film not everyone sees it that way. In fact, they’ve not even made him the “leader”, as it were, of the resistance. Sure, he’s fighting like everyone else, but he’s not giving the orders.

I also like the fact that they’ve managed to show us more of how the Terminators, and Skynet in general, think. You get a good insight into the mind of the enemy, and it’s very crafty, considering it’s only a machine. Then again, I’m a sci-fi fan at heart, so I’m bound to be a little biased and say that I love it.

There’s also the human aspect to the film. Although the flash-forward scenes in the series show us that humanity has created a new attitude towards machines, and adopted new words and phrases to describe them and their relentless quest for the destruction of humankind, the new film blurs the lines with the introduction of Marcus. I won’t go into too much detail, but the actors really manage to convince you of their hatred for machines, until Marcus shows up. It’s a side to the films that hasn’t really been addressed until now. Sure, the Terminators are bad, and we have to hate them etc, etc. But now, there isn’t much of a difference between us and them, so where does that leave us? Again, the film addresses that question.

Overall, I’d probably give Terminator Salvation a 7/10. If it were any other franchise (or non-franchise) it might only have scored a 6.5, but as there’s so much history that’s gone before, it’s easy to fill in the gaps that might have been left in the story/characters. And, as in the third film and the series, they managed to get a few choice one-liners and cameo appearences in for good measure.

The next film on the agenda will be Transformers 2. With any luck it’ll be as impressive on the big screen as the first one was. If it is, they’ll have earnt themselves another DVD sale.

Saw one of Ross Kemp’s programmes the other day – Ross Kemp: In Search Of Pirates. It’s funny how a bunch of men on a dinghy can outsmart an entire Royal Navy friggate and manage to capture a boatload of people, and it’s cargo. They had a ladder and some rope on board, whereas the Royal Navy ship had an armed helicopter, two deployable scouting ships and guns, the likes of which you’ve never seen. Yet somehow, the pirates remain undetected until the patrols have passed, and then capture boats in the dead of night. It’d be quite admirable if it wasn’t so daunting. Still, I’m glad we’re out there defending the shipping lanes like we are. After all, it’s our cargo that’s being gobbled up and sold on the black market.

As per usual for a Monday evening, I’m off to the gym. I’ve realised I have to make the most of these next four weeks, as I’ll be off to the USA in a month and wont be exercising for at least four weeks. On the plus side, we’ll have a lot of walking around to do, so it wont be all bad. I just hope my diet isn’t so bad that I balloon up like most of the girls in my hometown have done since leaving school.

Speaking of the USA trip – we’ve finally worked out a rough route! Check… it… out! I think we’ll be travelling pretty much along that exact route, although we’ll be stopping in New Orleans as well. It’s going to be an amazing trip, although it’ll cost the Earth! So far I’ve racked up costs of £1600, and we haven’t even been anywhere yet. It’s wild!

Anyway, that’s about it from me today. I know I haven’t posted much over the last couple of months, but I’ve really not had the time. I’ll try and keep things more up to date, but no promises!

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