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The Wii is the revolutionary new console from Nintendo. It might not compete with the other next-generation consoles in terms of power and graphics capability, but it makes up for it with it's wonderful innovation and amazing new control system.

At least, that's what Nintendo is trying to fool people into believing.

Another take on it could be that having a controller that you wave around in the air like a maniac isn't innovation, it's just moronic. It's less precise than a proper controller, and is little more than a ridiculous gimmick shoved on in an attempt to sell a completely outdated console. The Wii is not just underpowered when compared to other next-gen consoles, it's less powerful than the original Xbox. I haven't yet seen anything that looks remotely interesting about the Wii at all. The only game looking even slightly interesting is the new Zelda game, and even that doesn't seem to have moved on much since the N64 days except for having the new control system tacked onto it.

So I guess what the whole point of this is, why is it so inexplicably popular? I can understand kids liking the idea of an excuse to dance around in front of the TV screen, but I just don't see what appeal it has to anyone else. Why do so many people seem willing to pay out about £200 for what is basically a glorified Gamecube with a gimmick attached? Is there something interesting hidden away somewhere that I'm missing?

I do look forward to reports of people who have accidentally thrown their controller through their new £1000 TV screen though!
24th-Nov-2006 04:42 am - (Music) The Penguin Cafe Orchestra
tony woke up
You know, sometimes it's nice to be reminded of things.

When I was a young lad, my brother, Simon, who is a bit of a fan of avant garde music, introduced me to the work of the Penguin Cafe Orchestra. The PCO are, I think, the hardest group to put into a catagory that I know of. They're mixture of classical, folk, proto-punk and all kinds of other things make them one of the best listening experiences that you can have. Or at least I thought so when I was an impressionable 8 year old.

I neglected the PCO when I "getting into" music in my teens, only remembering them briefly when I was 17 when one of their songs, Perpetuum Mobile, was played over an advert for Knorr. It is only recently that I have regained my interest and, now that I have realised that not all music has to be fast, hard, emotional or stylised to be beautiful I realise how lucky I was as a youngster to have such a good head start.

Maybe it's nostalgia, but to me the PCO offer some of the most stunning pieces of music that it's possible to hear. No matter what kind of music you're into I think that there's something to appreciate in their music. You will find that you will have heard them before (TV companies had to use something before Moby and Coldplay) and I urge you to look a little deeper and you may, like me, find something that you can truly lose yourself in without fully understanding why.

Here are two selections from youtube, purely because I'm too lazy to upload any.

Music for a Found Harmonium by Penguin Cafe Orchestra



Air A Danser by Penguin Cafe Orchestra

21st-Nov-2006 03:50 am - (Misc) Funniest moments
tony woke up
I'm a little out of date here but...

...several weeks ago Channel 4 showed the 50 Funniest Moments and the winner was Peter Kaye. How the bloody hell is that a moment? It was voted for by the British public so that gives you a huge fucking insight as to why the entire career of Peter Kaye was deemed the funniest moment. Needless to say that it left me feeling unfulfilled.

So, what is everyone's favourite comedy moments? Here are mine, brought to you with the brilliance that is youtube.

NB: First two clips contain very strong language





Please excuse poor quality of this one


Comment, debate, argue and threaten but please, do not be so fucking anal as to argue the definition of "moment".
tony woke up
If you are interested then here is an essay I wrote about my feelings about my favourite superhero. I hope that you read and enjoy.

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Harry Lime
As the title would suggest, The Life and Death of Peter Sellers is a biopic of Peter Sellers, based on the biography of the same name. While it is a good film, and the performances are fantastic, the film does seem slightly unfocussed and lacking somehow.

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3rd-Aug-2006 05:25 pm - (TV) Lost
Strong Bad
Just wondered if anyone else is watching series 2 of Lost, and what opinions are of it. I wasn't sure about it at the start, but I think it's turning out to be as good as, if not better than, the first series. There's just so much happening that they manage to fit in a good variety of stories, especially with the flashback sequences.

Anyway, I love it, anyone else on here watching it?
31st-Jul-2006 08:22 pm - flash aaaaash dumdumdumdum
well i happened to watch flash gordon yesterday, so i thought why not make that my contribution to this comunity:P

31st-Jul-2006 11:01 am - (TV) Peep Show
tony woke up
When you buy the complete first seasons of Frasier, Family Guy and some Channel 4 British comedy you really don't expect the Brit to come out on top. But that's exactly what Peep Show did for me.

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30th-Jul-2006 09:22 pm - (Film) Bedazzled
Harry Lime
Bedazzled is Peter Cook and Dudley Moore's only true film outing together (discounting the tragic Hound Of The Baskervilles). It's a very funny, if slightly dated at times, satire. Dudley Moore plays Stanley Moon, a suicidal Wimpy's worker, who sells his soul for a chance at seven wishes from George Spiggott, AKA the Devil (AKA Peter Cook).

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28th-Jul-2006 04:13 pm - (Film) Lucky Number Slevin
Harry Lime
Don't be put off by the terrible sounding title. Lucky Number Slevin is a smart, stylish crime thriller that's often funny, and very entertaining. Thanks to a case of mistaken identity, Slevin (played by Josh Hartnett) gets caught between two rival crime bosses, both of whom think that he owes them money. One of them offers him a way out: killing the son of his rival. But there's a lot more going on in the film than there first seems.

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