Sling Media Slingbox

Bought the Slingbox here in the UK a few weeks ago. I’m impressed! Got the little baby connected to my Sky+ box so now have time-shifting and place shifting. You can’t beat that!

I know that our American colleagues in the USA have had the Slingbox for over a year, but now that I’ve had the chance to experience it I’m wowed over and needed to post the good news!

You may wish to look at Sony’s equivalent “LocationFree TV” but it does too little, too late and it’s just too expensive. I’d skip the Sony product if I were you and go straight to SlingMedia’s Slingbox.

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South America Trip – February & March 2006

A trip from the Atacama Desert of northern Chile to the cold, wet and windswept lands of Patagonia in Chile and Argentina.

Arid, desolate, lunar landscapes and high‑altitude volcanoes and geysers of the Atacama Desert. The busy streets of Santiago and the surrounding pleasant vineyards. The beautiful Pacific coastal towns of Vina del Mar and Valparaiso. The pioneering feel of the small towns of Punta Arenas, Puerto Natales and El Calafate. The awe‑inspiring majestic peaks and glaciers of Torres del Paine. The huge glaciers of Upsala and Spegazzini, the slow break‑up of Perito Moreno glacier, and iceberg‑littered lakes. The charms of the Tierra del Fuego town of Ushuaia and the wilds of the estancias. Glorious seafood, spit-roasted lamb, huge beef steaks. The music, dance and passion of Tango, and the splendour of Buenos Aires. Nice one!

Have a look at the South America 2006 Photo Gallery. Enjoy!

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Upcoming trip to Atacama and Patagonia

Well, it’s come to that time of the year that I’ve been waiting for. I’ll be spending next week somewhere in the Atacama Desert (northern Chile) and then flying south to travel around Patagonia for two weeks (both Chilean and Argentinian parts).

If you have time, have a look at my Home Page for some of my photos from the last few years, mostly travel photos. Enjoy!

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Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith

“Noooooooooooooo!”

I bet you’re wondering why I’m writing about “Revenge of the Sith” so long after its cinematic release. Well, because the film was a big winner at the recent 32nd annual People’s Choice Awards. And I just couldn’t let that go by without a few comments. Yes, this article is going to be a rant!

First, I’ll start off by saying that the movie was entertaining to a degree; just switch your brain off, eat your popcorn and enjoy the gloss on the screen. Maybe that’s why the movie did so well at the People’s Choice Awards. It was a win of gloss over substance. And may be that’s what people want.

However, this isn’t just any movie. This is the final instalment (OK, prequel) of a story that was nearly thirty years in the making. We get the chance to see how Anakin Skywalker, a person with hopes and great potential, becomes one of the (evil) Empire’s most feared protagonists. And what a disappointment the movie was when viewed from that context.

Where did the movie go so wrong? There were a lot of items. But let me explain a few of them.

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Born into Brothels

I’ve just seen the documentary “Born into Brothels”. I was drawn to the documentary due to its angle on the use of cameras, and I like taking photos!

The documentary is about photographer Zana Briski and her efforts with the children of prostitutes in Kolkata (Calcutta), how she befriended them, and how their lives were affected when Zana gave a camera to each of the kids.

It’s inspirational, sad and heart-warming. I definitely recommend that you purchase the DVD which shows the actual documentary plus the follow-up with the kids three years later.

Some people have accused Zana of using this documentary as a vehicle to further her own personal ambitions. Others have stated that her efforts were miniscule and didn’t really attempt to solve the real problems that the kids faced. And others have also condemned this film because they believe that it was undeserving for being an Academy Awards winner.

But don’t let these criticisms deflect you. These are pure distractions. Go get the DVD and enjoy seeing a small part of the kids’ lives.

The official website for the documentary is over at “Kids with Cameras” with the documentary details in the “Born into Brothels” section.

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Hello world!

Well, I’ve finally decided to set up a blog.

I was going to hand-code my own blog site but I found that it would take me a looong time to achieve the high standards that free blogging software, such as WordPress, have already achieved. And really, at this stage, I’d rather spend time writing content than writing code. I have absolutely no idea if anyone out there in the ether is interested in anything I write. But let’s find out!

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