“In many ways, the work of a critic is easy. We risk very little yet enjoy a position over those who offer up their work and their selves to our judgment. We thrive on negative criticism, which is fun to write and to read. But the bitter truth we critics must face, is that in the grand scheme of things, the average piece of junk is probably more meaningful than our criticism designating it so. But there are times when a critic truly risks something, and that is in the discovery and defense of the new. The world is often unkind to new talent, new creations, the new needs friends.” (Anton Ego: Ratatouille)

Nike+ SportWatch GPS Review

“Way to get out there!” my watch gleefully announces. I watch its face, awaiting any further messages from its GPS ROM that has tracked my every move for months. In any other circumstances that might be a disturbing thought, but here the watch and its sister satellite high above my head record my movements like the Goddess Nike made flesh. Nope, nothing else, not today.

Tactical Man Watch?

My friend, “Big D”, gave me a going away present when I announced that I was leaving for a year. It was, what he called, a “Tactical Man Band”. That is the classic macramé bracelets beloved of Girl Guides, made out of super strong and manly paracord used by soldiers. Not girly at all. Seriously. You, stop laughing.

Slumdog Millionaire Movie Review

Cesca and I sat in the heat of the Mumbai movie theatre around the corner from the Victoria Station – that defining landmark at the centre of the city – and waited for the film to start. All around us were packed in hundreds of the Mumbai crowd. I scanned their faces. The film was in English with no subtitles, other than those found in the international edition, so most of the audience were those more educated types who understand English very well. None-the-less, I was sure that all over the city a large variety of people packed in to cinemas and movie houses to see this film and its greatest star.

ATC 2K video camera review

There are times in film making when you want to be able to capture environments that destroy normal equipment.  There are times when you need to be able to get a strange view point of the action.  There are times when you need to be able to leave the camera running and concentrate on something else.  These are also times when a full size camera would interfere with what you are shooting.

21 Days of EVE Online

I am currently working on a review of EVE Online for your reading pleasure. But, its deep! Very deep, and is taking me a long time to get to grips with. Nevertheless, this weekend expect my verdict on this amazing game!

Basho’s art 1992 to 2011

I have finally finished a long time project (no more procrastination for me!) to scan in all my paintings, drawings and sketches from the last 15 years and post them up here. After all they were not doing any good in my case on my cupboard!

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Not since ancient times has a movie so polarized critical opinion. Is the movie racist? Was it boo’ed in Germany? [...]