Star Wars – behind the scenes

I got these in an email a while back and thought I would share them – photos from the production of star wars. I thought they were cool so I would share them with you all


Hotel Marski


Flying process

I’m sat in an airport again, relaxing with a cup of coffee. It’s amazing how easy air travel can be. I am on a short hop to Helsinki and the whole process has gone really smoothly – booking the tickets was via an internal company portal, and I have it configured so it can be done in a couple of clicks including my hotel stay – I don’t even need to type in my credit card details – though my company credit card is key to the simplicity of it all,

I have a 20 minute car trip to the airport from home.

Arriving at the airport I have hand luggage only – so I go to the automated machine swipe my credit card, tell it I am checking in with no baggage, pick a seat and I don’t even get given a boarding pass

Going through security I give them the credit card again. Drop my coat and my laptop bag together in a tray and keep my laptop separate.

Then I can sit down, have a coffee and just wait for the flight – they will want my credit card and passport and at this point They give me a litte but of paper with my seat number on which is just as well as I always forget it.

Job done. I’m boarding! No fuss, no stress, and no worries! It used to be so much more hassle – I’ve no idea when it started to get easier, but some time in the distant past it did. With the internet it’s easy to say the world is becoming smaller, but this seamless integration between so many different systems that make traveling so much easier means that literally going anywhere doesn’t have to be a big deal anymore.

I love systems integration!

Mass Effect III

The Mass Effect games are really awesome character driven games – I played 1 and 2 to completion and in a few months time they are releasing 3…I loved the story lines and the immersive characters in the first games, not forgetting they look pretty. This is the trailer – enjoy!

What Makes 100%?

What does it mean to give MOREt han 100%?

Ever wonder about those people who say they are giving more than 100%? We have all been to those meetings where someone wants you to give over 100%.

How about achieving 103%?

What makes up 100% in life?

Here’s a little mathematical formula that might help you answer these questions:


Is represented as:
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26.


8+1+18+4+23+15+18+11 =98%


11+14+15+23+12+5+4+7+5 =96%

But ,

1+20+20+9+20+21+4+5 =100%


2+21+12+12+19+8+9+20 =103%

AND, look how far ass kissingwill take you.

1+19+19+11+9+19+19+9+14+7 = 118%

So, one can conclude with mathematical certainty, that while Hard work and Knowledge will get you close, and Attitude will get you there.
Its the Bullshit and Ass Kissing that will put you over the top.

Now you know why some people are where they are!

Happy Birthday Matt!

I can’t believe its been  whole year since he’s last birthday the time has shot by. So anyway, in the spirit of “its the thought the counts i am presenting him with the following:


I hope he prints it out and uses it wisely – i figure its a good gift for anyone – of course i could have brought him something material, but to be honest you end up getting caught up in a spiral of obligation – next thing you know it will be my birthday and he will be thinking bollocks i really don’t want to get him anything but i have to as he gave me a gift… This present cuts through all that and gives you something really useful.

Before putting in the QR code i did actually have a barcode on here for a pack of condoms but the thing with all these codes based on product numbers is they are tied into specific places as there is no global standard ID for such a product in barcode terms. The sharper of you might consider just creating a barcode from the ascii values for “A Packet Of Condoms” (hex: 41 20 50 61 63 6B 65 74 20 4F 66 20 43 6F 6E 64 6F 6D 73) – but thats just stupid and too long – it ended up looking like this:


It would have been cheating though – and it doesn’t look at all like those UPC/EAN barcodes we all know and love.

I’ve known reluctantfitnessfan since i was a teenager and i was reading this blog the other day and it kind of reminded me of something i often say; attraction has nothing to do with how a person looks. I am not saying that i am attracted to her but there is a really clear example of personality clearly dominating a physical defect albeit a small one. I remember the first time she brought up the subject of her scar – it was a few years after i had met her – to be honest i was kind of surprised because yeah i had noticed it but i had never thought about it for even a second. When someone is a good person that you click with you kind of don’t even see what could be considered imperfection – its just part of the person and totally not significant. To this day when i remember reluctantfitnessfan i know that she has the scar she has is there but when i remember her i just don’t see that unless i am focusing very hard in remembering that scar myself. Normally all i can remember is how she is as a person. Im glad she posted this blog because at the same time as being self conscious she also has put this into perspective and realized it could have been a lot worse which shows a great deal of wisdom..

I dont think she should be self conscious as i am sure that i am not the only person who sees beyond this – though its hard to tell anyone with any kind of scar that it doesn’t matter.
Funnily enough the other day i was having a conversation on scars – some people find them attractive – my friend was saying thats because it implies that a person has an interesting history. Every scar has a story associated with it as this blog also testifies.

reluctant fitness fan

About the scare on my face again.  I’ve been meaning to do this for a while and so last night I sat and watched “My Beautiful Face” the Katie Piper documentary on 4OD last night.  Katie Piper is a young model and TV presenter who was raped and then horribly scarred when she had acid thrown into her face.  Her battle to deal with her injuries and the bravery she showed in dealing with such a life-changing event made me take a cold hard look at myself and I have come to the conclusion that I really have nothing to complain about with my own facial scar

Just a few weeks before my 14th birthday, I went to a rifle range with my dad.  This was not an unusual occurrence back then.  Dad had a firearms license and a few rifles and handguns, including a (I can’t be specific as…

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The future

It’s difficult to predict the future and a lot of people stuff up. I remember when I was 8 my school class was given an assignment to predict what things would be like in the year 2000- some people drew pictures of space ships and domes – the most realistic prediction was Shane Bartley who drew a London street complete with busses. Life on a whole just hasn’t changed in some respects – or has it?

Every year there are new predictions, there were the rapture people predicting the end of the world in 2011 – according to different people every other year seems to be an apocalypse – I wonder what those rapture guys think now. Then of course there was some famous predictions that have gone awry – Bill Gates predicting that a computer will never need more than 640k – the CEO of dell who said that apples best strategy could have been to sell it and give some money back to the shareholders. One of my greatest regrets is not investing in ARM technologies when I was going to – I even had a sum of money in mind. If I had done that I would be truelly rich now.

Some things have been amazing – I grew up in a world without the net where only the rich had mobile phones and a colour pc had only 8 colors and if I could go back and show people my iPhone it would blow their minds.if I could see my future I don’t know if I would want to as for me its a scary proposition and I would much rather be living life and letting some things be a surprise. Not being able to change the future that you could see is a truly horrific nightmare.

The tale of the nucklavee

I mentioned before that i like A bards tale – well this music kind of says everything about the game. Your game char is in the video – playing the lute type instrument – earlier on the game you accidentally release the nucklavee. Enjoy

Talented People.

The world is full of talented people – its sometimes easy to forget – I think I am going to try and post once a week on little known talented people I come across, because some people in life just don’t get the credit they deserve. The first is Zac Cranko – a name I never heard of until last night. I was watching a double episode of Silent Witness on TV – (Bloodlines) – it was really awesome and towards the end I was listening to the music there and thought  “thats a nice piece of music”. So I rewound the TV and ran the music through sound hound, which failed to identify it. Ten minutes of searching through IMDB took me to the cast and crew list, and the name responsible for musical arrangements was – you guessed it Zac Cranko.

So then there was a little google action and i came across he’s sound cloud entry, so i took out the iPad and started to go through his music (i have a sound cloud account and the iPad app). Some of his stuff i didn’t really like – but some of it was awesome – even the stuff that doesn’t really fit in with my own taste i have to admit was really well done. An example of his work is here. I don’t think he’s ever going to be my favorite but i have to admit i was really impressed and bow down to such talent.

This was also a reminder to me how awesome SoundCloud is – jumping from profile to profile listening to peoples music – and able to comment it – I like the fact I can comment music at a specific music position – so you can post “yeah I like this bit….” or hopefully something more creative. In many cases I like music because of just a part of it – which is more often then not under 20 seconds in length.

I also came across this  while I was hopping through SoundCloud – by bubbaproducer which I think is awesome as well.  I was a bit slow in comprehending how good SoundCloud actually is, because the first time I saw it I was just looking at sounds random people had posted rather that pieces of music – put into the context of music its really cool, and if you have time to kill is worth exploring.

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