Time for another look at the buying/clicking habits of all you good people.

This is getting to be quite a list, I think I’m only going to do it through to the end of the year and then find a more compact report/ feedback thing.


Gareth McConnell

Going Postal (Discworld S.)

The Battle of Corrin (Legends of Dune S.)

The Wishsong of Shannara (The Shannara Series)

Where Did It All Go Right?: Growing Up Normal In the 70s

The Essence of Happiness: A Guidebook for Living

The Little Book of Wisdom

Always Outnumbered Never Outgunned


Pentax Optio 33LF Digital Camera [3MP 3xOptical]

Coupling: Series 4 [2000]

The Adam And Joe Show

THX 1138 – (Two Disc Special Edition) [1970]

Superman [1978]


Going Postal (Discworld S.)

Knights of Madness

Mammoth Book of Seriously Comic Fantasy (Mammoth)

The Essence of Happiness: A Guidebook for Living

The First King of Shannara (Prequel to the Shannara Series)

The Flying Sorcerers

The Little Book of Wisdom

The Mammoth Book of Awesome Comic Fantasy

The Pillars of Creation (Gollancz SF S.)

The Wishsong of Shannara (The Shannara Series)

The Wizards of Odd: Comic Tales of Fantasy

Where Did It All Go Right?: Growing Up Normal In the 70s

Destiny Fulfilled

Franz Ferdinand

Gold Diggas Head Nodders & Pholk Songs

Pentax Optio 33LF Digital Camera [3MP 3xOptical]

Harry Potter Six Disc Box Set: The Philosopher’s Stone / The Chamber of Secrets / The Prisoner of Azkaban

Superman [1978]

The Ultimate Matrix Collection (Ten Disc Set)

Click Throughs

The first two make an interesting combination. Pretty much sums up the Spinneyhead phiolosophy- sex and violence sell well.

Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas – 36

THE PEARL: The Classic Magazine of Victorian Erotica Vol. I– 23

Donnie Darko – Director’s Cut (Two Disc Set) [2001] – 14

Northern Soul Memories Vol.1 – 13

Worzel Gummidge – Series 1 [1979] – 12

Around the Sun [Digipak] – 12

Debbie Does Dallas [1979] – 11

A Taste Of Honey [1961] – 11

Fahrenheit 9/11 – 11

Wave of Mutilation – The Best of the Pixies – 10

Complete Superman Collection [4 Discs] (REGION 1) (NTSC) – 9

Prime Suspect 1-5 [1991] – 9

Future Dictionary of America – 8

Leisure Suit Larry: Magna Cum Laude (PC) – 8

Complete Buffy Collector’s Edition Box Set (Series 1-7) – 8

Story of O – 7

Golddiggas, Headnodders & Pholk Songs – 7

Another Education: AND Ruby Red – 7

Heathers [1989] – 7

Trigger Happy TV – 7

Punisher [1990] (REGION 1) (NTSC) – 6

Burnout 3: Takedown (PS2) – 6

The Passive Solar House: Using Solar Design to Heat and Cool Your Home– 5

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time: Adult Edition– 4

The Very Breast of Russ Meyer (Ultra Screen) – 4

Friends – Series 1 Box Set – 4

Shrek 2 [2004] – 4

Troy [2004] – 4

Postal 2: Share the Pain 2in1 Combo (PC) – 4

The Ultimate Matrix Collection (Ten Disc Set) [1998] – 4

The Adam And Joe Show – 4

Grand Theft Auto: Vice City (Platinum) – 4

El Mariachi / Desperado / Once Upon A Time In Mexico [2003]– 4

Valley Of The Dolls / Beyond The Valley Of The Dolls [1967]– 4

Medieval: Total War – 4

Greatest Hits – 4

The Whole House Book: Ecological Building Design and Materials (New Futures) – 4

Imperial Hubris: Why the West Is Losing the War on Terror – 4

Notes on Book Design – 3

The Amazing Maurice and His Educated Rodents – 3

Will They Ever Trust Us Again?: Letters from the War Zone to Michael Moore– 3

Miles Aircraft (Archive Photographs S.) – 3

Starting an Internet Business at Home: How to Make Easy Money from the Web– 3

Sony DCR-VX2100E Professional Digital Camcorder – 3

American Pie: The Threesome (Trilogy Box Set) [2003] – 3

The Punisher – 3

The Best of Bowie – 3

PWEI Product 1986-1994: The Pop Will Eat Itself Anthology– 3

The War Of The Worlds [1954] – 3

Faster Pussycat Kill…Kill – Russ Meyer’s DD-Lights 10 [1966]– 3

Back in the Dhss/the Trumpton Riots Ep – 3

30 Something – 3

I Robot (Collector’s Two Disc Edition) [2004] – 3

Shaun of the Dead (Limited edition sleeve design exclusive to [2004] – 3

London Calling – 25th Anniversary Edition [2CD + DVD] – 3

Escape From Rubbish Island – 3

Jersey Girl – 3

Punisher [2004] (REGION 1) (NTSC) – 3

THX 1138 – (Two Disc Special Edition) [1970] – 3

Coupling: Series 4 [2000] – 3

Sheep for Beginners – 3

Film Fan

We’ve been doing the Orange Wednesday thing for a while now, and it’s about time I reviewed some of the movies. These are the ones I can remember, with a couple of non-midweek ones thrown in for good measure.

Van Helsing– The first OW film we went to see, this one set a standard for the others to follow. A very low standard, but that’s life. CGI uber alles, with so many effects shots there was no actual excitement, no “cool stunt” moments. It did have Kate Beckinsale in a corset and leather trousers, but that just wasn’t enough.

Troy– I’ve never read The Iliad, so I couldn’t judge how much this was mangling history. Gorgeous to look at and with special effects properly used- the thousand ships got a “Cool” response rather than “Yeah, but they did it all with computers”. All in all it’s just as silly as the historical epics of the 50s and 60s only this time they have the ability to do the epic scope shots.

Connie and CarlaSome Like It Hot, only with transvestites. A competent comedy adventure in the traditional model. The gayness of the drag queens was mainstreamed a bit- camp but asexual.

Shaun of the Dead– Brilliant. This works on so many levels- geeky, very British, gory and hilarious. We need more movies like this and fewer Notting Hill Wedding, Actually type things.

Dawn of the Dead– The other zombie movie. Not bad, but surprisingly not as gory as Shaun and without the dark satire of the original. The end titles sequence is very effective and creepy in its own right.

Shrek 2– Definitely the film of the year. It deserves repeated viewings just to catch all the visual jokes and homages.

The Day After Tomorrow– A disater movie in the classic style. This does all the characters in extreme peril/ who’s going to die stuff you’d expect from Earthquake etc., though they can’t afford to be quite as all-star as ‘7os movies. Despite sounding ludicrous, the premise for the disaster is based upon an accepted scientific theory- that fresh water melting into the Atlantic would mess with the Gulf Stream and its warming effects on the Northern hemisphere.

Spider-Man 2– A top quality sequel. With characters rather than cardboard cut-outs and believable set ups for the fight sequences it’s possible to watch the obviously animated Spidey swinging between sky scrapers and really care.

King Arthur– Kiera Knightley in a leather bikini and, erm….. swords. Based on “the true story the legend is based on”, the film is full of gaping holes. The Saxons came ashore in Scotland- when Northumbria or even further south would have been more realistic- just so there could be a battle at Hadrian’s Wall. Then Arfur and his k-nigets open the gates and let the Germanic hordes through! What’s the point of having a great big wall if you’re going to do that. And don’t get us started on the accents.

Jersey Girl– Disappointing outing from Kevin Smith. He’s excellent at observation and there are lots of neat little details, but the film just doesn’t work as a whole. The supporting cast are all far better than Affleck’s unlikeable main character. It was brave to take this route after all the fart jokes, but I think Smith went too far into the earnest. Certainly, the rudest character- Liv Tyler’s cheeky, horny video store assistant- is the most interesting.

Donnie Darko– This film does make sense. Sort of. I can think of a few explanations of the plot, but to do so would give the ending away. Is it me, or does romantic lead Jena Malone look like Jodie Foster.

Fahrenheit 9/11– Not as powerful as Bowling for Columbine was for me. I think one of the problems was that little of this was new to me in the way stuff in BFC was. If this film was a revelation to American viewers, then the US media really is as bad, biased and inept as people say. Moore has promised the equivalent of a whole films worth of extra footage for the DVD. You have to hope that the film succeeds in its stated aim of toppling the Bush presidency.

I, Robot– Another example of sfx being used to support the story, rather than just because. A mish mash of Asimov’s robot stories with a plausible use of the Three Laws as a basis. It’s still mostly an excuse for a bunch of action sequences, but it does them well.

The Bourne Supremacy– One of those rare films these days that doesn’t rely on sfx for its action sequences. This takes the style of Bourne Identity and pumps it up. I’m looking forward to the third one already.

Catwoman– The film that toppled Van Helsing off it’s Worst of the Year spot. When you look at the special effects and think the PS2 is almost as good, in real time, then there’s something wrong.

The Chronicles Of Riddick– A passable attempt at space opera, with the fate of the universe hanging on the actions of a dangerous anti-hero. The film doesn’t aim low- it wants to be an epic. Whilst it doesn’t quite reach the heights it aspires to, it’s a damn good try.

I’m certain I’ve forgotten some films. If anyone would like to remind me I’ll add the reviews.

UpdateThe Terminal. It says something that I saw this film on Wednesday and forgot to put it in a list compiled on Sunday. Like Jersey Girl, this is a disappointing outing from this director with occasional bits that show how much better it could have been. For example, the most interesting subplot- Hanks as romantic go-between whilst trying to get his visa- is poorly handled, then dropped for half an hour before being hurriedly wrapped up. It’s just over two hours, but feels much longer.

Bring me the head of George Lucas – Special Edition

A while ago I heard that THX 1138 might be appearing on DVD this year. It seemed that Lucas and American Zoetrope (Francis Ford Coppola’s studio) on one side and Warner (the original distributed) on the other had buried their differences and decided to release it. I guess this is because all rights were due to revert to Lucas and Zoetrope soon and they could put out the disk they’d always wanted and Warner would get no money.

The official site looked really promising. It offered a restored directors cut (Warner cut the release) with a 5.1 soundtrack, some new featurettes about the movie and a rare(ish) one that was made at the time of filming. The real cherry on top was ‘Electronic Labyrinth THX 1138:4EB’. George Lucas’ original student film. The thing that started his career in movies.

One thing seemed out of place. In the picture gallery there was a shot of the police robot factory that THX worked in that seemed wrong. It was way too big. I could have sworn that it was quite a small set.

Then I saw the trailer.

HE’S DONE IT AGAIN! He’s ‘Special Editioned’ THX 1138 and added new effects. I’m sure he’ll say that he’s just trying to realise his original vision for the movie (again) but this really turning into that episode of South Park.

Put the film down and step away George.


In a belated attempt to keep my e-mail address being picked up by spammers’ robots, I’ve encrypted the e-mail at the top of the page using the encoder by Hiveware. Don’t know how much this is going to help, but every little helps.

The whole office, possibly the whole corporation, lost most of today to a network outage directly or indirectly related to a virus attack, which hopefully this will also counter.

via Monitor Duty

Lego blocks in spaaaaaace!

Lego have cooperated with NASA to produce a mini dvd tacked to one of the Mars Lander’s landing petals. Painted on the dvd is Biff Starling- excitable but easily distracted plastic spaceman.

“Dude, I’m just hanging out in here the day before launch,” Starling wrote in an e-mail to ground controllers Jack Dash and Jill Dot on Saturday. “These space types sure close everything up early–many days ahead of launch. I know they’re just making sure everything is ready to go, but if I weren’t a robot, I’d be seriously hungry about now for some space snacks.”

via BoingBoing

Future Combat System

The Future Combat System is the plan for a networked battlefield with robots doing the killing. You can almost imagine Dubya accidentally booting it up instead of Command & Conquer and finding he’s actually invaded Portugal.
Of course, it never works out as planned, there’s always some poor footsoldier doing the hard work and getting shot at whilst the decisions are made far behind the lines.