Archive for November, 2009


Friday, November 27th, 2009

Is it blasphemy if I win this match ?
Hawaii shirt or not, I somehow recognize this dude!


Review: Couples Retreat

Friday, November 27th, 2009

Seemed like a fun group comedy, and it started out okay. But the last 2/3rd of the movie winds down to a predictive contrived long slouch. Suffering the typical “the trailer is more fun than the movie itself” syndrome. Would have expected more from Jon Favreau (the Iron Man director wrote this script, and also stars in it).5-.


Thursday, November 26th, 2009

Why is it so hard these days, even for the bigger brands, to make comfortable clothing ? Today I had to remove not one, not two, but three prickly labels from a Levi’s shirt.

Levi shirt

If wasn’t for my newly razor-sharp reordered Victorinox knife and my surgical skills, I might have damaged the shirt. Is it really that hard to make soft fabric labels ?


Sunday, November 22nd, 2009

Another lighting issue has come my way, browsing through a Hong Kong based hardware webshop which ships in US$ and with no shipping cost. I just browsed and bought some stuff with good luck and high hopes for those cheap junk.

Imagine my second surprise this week regarding LED lighting.

See here the usual pocket LED light, which by now always had the same level of quality from everywhere I’ve looked. It does well in extreme darkness, but that’s about it.

normal pocket LED

See here the one I chose from that store. I actually chose it for the penlite battery function (easier, since I want to use rechargeables), and the holster could’ve been handy.
But now the comparing picture.

Cree LED

Now, this is the only pocket light that’s worthy of the name torch, I tell ya. The company brand is Cree, and they call this UltraFire, which I say is quite fitting. Unluckily, I have to wait another month for the next order to ship, since my sister decided she was the rightful owner of this one somehow.
For a mere 7.50 euro, it’s really no question if I should by more.

A misfire though, is this pocket knife from the same webshop.

pocket knife

It’s only sufficient for light duty though, until I replace my missing previous beloved Victorinox. But hey, it’s a mere 2.70 euro (about 1/10th the price of the Victorinox)!


Sunday, November 22nd, 2009

Well, remember the free LED light I received a few days ago ?

It’s freakin’ amazing. I have a few CFL’s (compact fluorescent lamp) already, but not only are the NOT bright, they also take ages to “warm up”.
Now that I’ve actually replaced the light, I can tell you this new 6 Watt LED (Pharox 300 from Lemnis Lighting) has all the previous mentioned advantages, against all expectations. The difference is really not noticeable by a trained eye !

Pharox 300

Review: Whatever Works

Tuesday, November 17th, 2009

Typical quirky Woody Allen flick, starring Larry David as a grouchy cynical man. It’s mostly a small love story with his character insulting everyone that comes his way. In a way, it’s a charming little picture, just as you’d expect it.7.

Review: The Time Traveler’s Wife

Tuesday, November 17th, 2009

Eric Bana pairs up with Rachel McAdams as a romantic couple in this slightly dramatic movie. The contant time traveling, and hence disappearing, certainly creates the needed conflicts, and strains the otherwise mythical relationship. But somehow, nothing really really special comes out of it. It’s just above average and enjoyable, but not mind-blowing-ly good, feeling like story missed some opportunities here and there. Narrative follows different paths, and is done well, without confusing the viewer too much.7+.

Review: 2012

Friday, November 13th, 2009

Roland Emmerich delivers another mega epic distaster flick, throwing in the same big amount of budget we’ve come to expect. Sadly, it doesn’t mean the movie will be good, and this one even gets boring now and then with the full sensory overload.
It’s basically 2 and a half hours of being chased around on the brink of Earth’s destruction, but it is done in a preposterous way over and over again, it’s just laughable (mark my words, limousine drive). Hours of split second escapes (repeat and repeat again a thousend times) don’t make a movie.
The story even follows the same structure and elements from the much better oldie Deep Impact. The depth of character makes that story more moving, so I recommend you watch that one instead.6-.

Something useful…

Thursday, November 12th, 2009

Who would’ve thought, besides grabbing my monthly fee (and never paying me back in the form of a winning ticket or something), the Postcode Loterij would do something nice ?

LED light

It’s a technically advanced LED light you won’t find in any stores (yet). Not only does it fit any light socket without the need for modification (the ones in the stores are with a bulky tranformer), this one is just 6W with the equal amount of light of a 60W bulb. As a bonus (which many electricians warned us was not possible), this one is even dimmable. Now, any tips which store sells them ? I’ve looked before in the bigger hardware and DIY stores.

Last one…

Thursday, November 12th, 2009

Watch here, the last big bag of Skittles.


That’s because they don’t sell it anymore in the supermarket. It’s now replaced with a bigger bag, but filled with mini bags. So, it’s more for the sharing type, which I’m not. No more easy grabbing in the big bag, now I have to keep opening smaller ones (even though technically the total net weight has increased by 3 grams. Though, the total price is probably higher, I didn’t really check).
Ah well, maybe it’s better, don’t want to get diabetis before my 90-ties.

Review: Love Happens

Saturday, November 7th, 2009

Jennifer Aniston stars along Aaron Eckhart in a slow-ish dramedy, mixing personal tragedy with a love story. It’s a bit predictable, and dialogue is somewhat lengthy, so overall it’s just average.6½.

Eerie table tennis match

Sunday, November 1st, 2009

I’ve been playing table tennis (in Wii Sports Resort) for quite some time now, but on this quiet Sunday I had the weirdest match ever.
Not only did I play against the mysterious mister S. (undoubtly standing for Snoopy), but also a dead guy in the crowd appears (and I’m not talking about that vampire dude)

It’s not long after I took that picture (while still winning the match!), that I see another very dead person in the crowd. So Sixth Sense !