7 entries posted in February 2010

16:9 is King

Friday, 26 February 2010 9:55 pm
tags: photography

Widescreen has been commonplace in televisions for many years now, as well as in computer monitors and laptop screens. Ultra wide aspect ratios have been favoured by movie makers for even longer. And why? Because it's awesome, that's why. Everything looks better in widescreen. Yes, even photographs.

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To Shuffle or not Shuffle

Friday, 19 February 2010 1:12 pm
tags: debate itunes music

There's definitely a debate to be had about the use of Shuffle when listening to music. As usually seems to be the case in these situations, I'm still somewhat undecided over which I prefer. Although the term is sufficiently self-explanatory, to clarify, shuffle involves the playback of your tunes in a random order. This is usually a pre-determined list, to enable you to skip backwards and to ensure all songs are played at least once before being played again. But now we're just getting into technicalities.

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Project Rock Band

Thursday, 18 February 2010 5:26 pm
tags: guitar music

Despite the fact that I get the grand average of around 3 visitors a day on my blog (hey, I'm happy it's not 0 ;)), I feel compelled to write this anyway. I've played guitar since the summer after my GCSEs, so, with a quick bit of maths, that adds up to about 6 and a half years. Wow. Didn't know it had been that long. I've only had the pleasure of playing with fellow musicians for about 2 of those years. That, I have decided, must change. And thus: Project Rock Band (Nothing official about this title, I do believe Jack Black already coined it in School of Rock. Meh.)

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The reinvention of my favourite sweets

Tuesday, 16 February 2010 4:47 pm
tags: food photography strobist

Following a rather half-arsed wander around my town's new Woolworthes replacement - the prestiogous 99p store - I stumbled upon something quite magnificent. You may remember a post I made last month about the disappearance of my favourite sweets. Well, I am proud to announce, Bassetts now sell a very similar product under the name 'Bassetts Allsorts - Red Liquorice'.

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A hidden gem of an album

Wednesday, 10 February 2010 10:39 pm
tags: music whitelies

I thought I'd break my week long lull (don't ask) with a hats-off to an album I have recently rediscovered. The album is To Lose my Life and the band is White Lies. I'm not too sure how successful this album was, as I dip in and out of the mainstream music quite erratically throughout the year. I remember when I acquired this album last year, I tipped it as a good'en, but I'm only now really discovering how good an album it is.

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New additions to my lighting gear

Wednesday, 3 February 2010 5:50 pm
tags: photography strobist

I got a few new toys for my Birthday, adding to my ever-growing lighting setup. I'm still a noob when it comes to off-camera lighting but I'm learning more every day and this kit should keep me occupied for a while.

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Text: dark on light > light on dark

Tuesday, 2 February 2010 4:43 pm
tags: design

A somewhat ridiculous statement you might say, given the design and colour scheme of this blog. And I hate to admit it, but there is something much more readable about dark text on a light background, compared to a light text on a dark background. I feel some examples coming on...

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