Wednesday, 16 May 2012

Cold May

Konnichiwa!

In primary school (or junior school, as I still like to call it), we had to choose an adjective that matched our personalities which we could use before our forenames. It must have been year 3 or 4, in the middle of junior school. I think the adjective had to start with the same letter as our name and we had to design a logo/poster of sorts we could stick around the room. Clearly, nothing works for someone whose name begins with an E, especially given the limitations of junior school vocabulary. And somehow it was decided that a few of us could bend the rules, with the word "witty" being best to describe me.

I decided to place my bubble-style written letters on the backdrop of a "splash" design. Witty Emad. That'll show them...

Time to respond - as promised - to a blog post with my own. For some reason, it's mainly pop songs that bring back vague memories of timelessness etc. Not that they're bad songs...ahem.

Celine Dion - That's The Way It Is.
Yes, shameful! But many years ago I went to drop my dad off at the airport and for some strange reason it was there that I remembered this song. Was it playing in the background? Possibly. Strange.

Luther Vandross & Janet Jackson - The Best Things in Life Are Free.
Oh because the title is just so true etc. Ahem. But this song reminds me of the old house but a particular time when certain (i.e. good) relatives came over to stay. Fun etc!

Student Rick - Falling For You/Monday Morning
& Eric B and Rakim - Don't Sweat The Technique.
I remember going to Currys with the family and buying the original Xbox soon after it was released. Insane price as well...ahem. I remember buying one of the few gaming magazines in around September/October 2002 (remember those things, magazines?) which came with a disc filled with demos which included one of my favourite games ever, Aggressive Inline, a roller skating game. I think the memory of playing with the brother is implanted in the brain. Very glad I bought a second hand copy a year or so back on the electronic bay. Think I'll be playing it after these "exams"...

Sara Bareilles - One Sweet Love.
I don't think this is a particular favourite of mine but reminds me of the MedSim thing that took place at Nottingham Uni. Very much a sense of timelessness if you ever attend the university and are given Sherwood Hall as your residence - nothing but trees and greenery as the view from the bedroom window. Total woo. And completely different from my time so far at Newcastle - next door to the city centre! Despite current convenience, I think I prefer the greenery. Your opinion?

The Calling - Wherever You Will Go/Adrienne.
The brother. And any cover of Whereve You Will Go sucks. I'm sorry, but something is clearly wrong with you if you think some whispery child's voice is better. PFFT. Get real! But yes, I just think of the brother seeing as he liked The Calling before I did and told me to listen to them. Which was...what, 10+ years ago? Crikey.

Jack Johnson - Taylor.
Some friend...whose name I just can't remember...Hummus, I think? Yes! Made me put a song on MY iPod so SHE could listen to it during breaks. And then I listened also. And it's a great song, listen people!

Relient K - The Lining is Silver.
I've mentioned this before but this song will now always remind of the loooong and painful train journey to Norwich for a uni interview. Which I realise is now over two years ago! Crikey.

Sherwood - Song in My Head.
BEST SONG EVA. But you know, it's pretty awesome. And lame in that childish, pop-way.

Sweet dreams.

Emad.

Saturday, 5 May 2012

Twitter & Podcasts

Konnichiwa!

So I am on Twitter! I KNOW. And I will continue to complain about it... Though I do prefer it over Faceberg, with their stupid evilness and ever-changing privacy policy and automatically screwing everyone (including myself) with changes to account settings. Seriously Zuck, go away. And it being worth a HUNDRED BILLION (we'll skip over the fact they bought Instagram for a billion...) US dollars?! HA. Anyhow...

I think I've been keeping to myself so far on Twitter, being a reactionary user rather than complaining about things. Although I did take the chance to do so last week when I was travelling from home back to Newcastle on the train. Again, Transpennine Express, you SUCK. And it is not worth the £36-or-so ticket to use your trains. Over crowded but absolutely NEVER on time. Only once in the two years I have so far been at university and travelling back and forth on trains has TP Express ever been on time. This whole "trains in the UK are 95% on time" thing is complete and utter BS! Seriously! Who believes that?!

So yeah, clearly my long-form blog is still here to stay though. Ahem. I apologise for the rant but who seriously thinks the trains in this country are worth the fare prices? Exactly. Anyhow, I am at ThisIsEmad on Twitter. I'll try to add a button thingy or a link or something on the side...

So! Podcasts. I will not steal the idea of songs that remind me of places/school (as a post) at a later date. But for some reason ONE of you (named Rosie - read her blog!) at least wanted to know what it was I listened to throughout the day...!

Podcast = people blabbing, or a radio show that has basically been saved as an episode for the listener to enjoy at their own pleasure.

Ready for my list? You will dislike it...!

The Tech Podcasts

The Vergecast and Verge Mobile Podcast - The Verge is a tech/gadget site and they produce two a week, covering news on the computing industry, mobile tech companies, all of those things that we use every day but fail on us every now and again. Yay!

TWiT. This company produces "netcasts" (as they like to call them, correctly...?) on a whole variety of tech genres, e.g. Windows Weekly about everything Microsoft, MacBreak Weekly on...you get the idea. The guy running the show, Leo Laporte is a tech writer and he brings in actual, pro tech and business journalists to ramble about the big stories of the week. Plus, the guy has a radio voice, no question.


The Guardian Tech Weekly! Self explanatory!


Comedy Podcasts


Doug Loves Movies - Stand-up comedian Doug Benson invites fellow comedians and actors/directors (former guests include John Lithgow, Edgar Wright and Jon Hamm) to make jokes and then play "the Leonard Maltin game", where guests have to guess the name of a film using very few clues. Seriously, find this on iTunes and then try to avoid laughing on the train, it's difficult!


Comedy Bang Bang - Just a hilarious show with comedians that have included Zach Galifianakis and maaany others cracking jokes. Again, very funny.


How Did This Get Made? - A podcast where a bunch of actors and special guests dissect a giant fail of a film in great detail. Incredibly funny, even if you haven't watched the horrendousness they're describing. Previously discussed films include Fast Five, The Last Airbender, The Tourist, Crank 2, Catwoman, Superman 3, one of those stupid Twilight things - just listen!


BBC Podcasts


Any Questions - Question Time but made for BBC Radio 4, presented by the other Dimbleby.


Money Box - Listen to the latest failures of capitalism with the new scams being carried out by companies big and small, yay!


Profile - I listen to this depending on who the subject is. A 15 minute look at someone hitting the headlines for reasons good and bad. Interesting what you learn about the people being covered here.


Outlook - A few stories from around the world being covered and analysed.


And finally... The Guardian's Football Weekly. Because I have to remain manly.


There are many others, The Nerdist, Piers Morgan Tonight (even though he's a d-bag), Judge John Hodgman, but the ones listed above are the ones I keep up with the most.


Tell me how much you did not enjoy that...!


Next post = songs.

Wallpapers! Because that's what my blog has become. Have Bing as your homepage, SRSLY. The new backgrounds they have every day can sometimes be incredible. This, from earlier in the week:

As for my life, well nothing interesting is happening. Revision. BLERGH.

However, it was the nephew's first birthday last week and we had a party with the extended family. And what can I say, one-year-olds like ball pools and rocking horses - that don't look like this at all, ahem - which his uncles buy him. YEAH, WE'RE BLOODY AWESOME!

Sweet dreams.

Emad.