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Jason and Amy
jawapro
Tue 12/01/2016 08:47 AM


 
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Congrats to Mr and Mrs Eyles - Jason and Amy! 

Well - I’ve survived my first Groomsman experience, and successfully made sure that Jason got to the location and didn’t back out. He is now a married man!

 
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While the official photographers were doing their thing, Wes managed to snap a couple of photos on my camera. Jason, his best man Grant, and me with other Good-Enough Guys.

 
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We were there to support Jason when he needed it.

 
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Looking sharp in our Aperture Science cuff-links (which you can barely see in the photo).

 
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Poor Amy... just realising what she got herself in for...

 
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And check out the gifts for being a Groomsman - that’s epic Jason, thanks! 

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Star Wars Episode 7: The Force Awakens
jawapro
Thu 17/12/2015 11:20 AM


 
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There has been an awakening... 

It’s the morning after Star Wars Episode 7 finally came out. I was at the midnight showing with a couple of mates.

The movie isn’t perfect, but I really enjoyed it.

Now, it’s going to be hard to mention anything without heaps of spoilers, so I’ll keep this nice and short.

I’m still a little bitter that Disney have wiped the slate clean and entirely ignored the Star Wars Extended Universe that had been created by thirty years worth of books. I was really invested in that universe, but it’s no longer considered canon, and the movies exist in an entirely different timeline.

That said - it you’re going to start again, I thought Episode 7 did a very good job. 

Kylo Ren is the new bad guy. I won't spoil who he is - but he’s a very different villain to Darth Vader. He is extremely powerful, but he also doesn’t appear to be very well trained. His anger may make him powerful, but it also causes him to lose control. He’s far less stable than the dark Jedi we’re used to.

For the most part the effects are great and feel like they belong with the original movies. Unlike the extremely CGI prequels, Episode 7 has a lot of practical effects and creatures. And it’s so refreshing. CG is awesome, but it doesn’t have the same feel. With the exception of the creatures in the freighter at one point (which were very CG and didn’t feel right) the rest of the effects seemed spot on. This is of course, after a single viewing, I might change my tune slightly after watching it again.

The biggest disappointment was the ‘threat’ and final battle. It was very familiar, something we’ve seen twice before. I think I can mention it without anyone complaining, because it was on the poster for crying out loud. The First Order (bad guys) have built something called Starkiller Base. That’s a pun on the fact that Luke Skywalker was called Starkiller in a very early draft of the script for the original Star Wars - but it’s basically another Death Star. It’s different, but the same. It’s not bad, but it would be nice if they’d thought of something different.  It felt a little underwhelming story-wise, and although it’s more powerful than the Death Star, it felt less threatening. 

But the personal conflicts and battles happening within that final battle were brilliant. I can’t say much here without spoilers, but it was very well done. Likely to cause some contention though.

I’ll certainly watch it again - but at this point I’m happy to say it’s better than the prequel trilogy. It may not be pefect, but JJ Abrams has proved that he’s better at capturing George Lucas’s magic from the original trilogy than George is himself.

May the Force be with you - as we wait for Episode 8,

   


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On no!
jawapro
Wed 02/12/2015 07:38 PM


 
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I'm surrounded by fake Lego Dinosaurs!



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Cyclops
jawapro
Wed 02/12/2015 07:33 PM


 
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So my car decided it would like to be a cyclops for a while, and blew one of my low-beam headlights.

No fear - I'll go to Supercheap and grab a replacement at lunchtime. Before I go, I do a quick Google search - apparently I need a H11 globe.

I get to Supercheap, and they have a handy book on the shelf, but it says I need a H4.

So I grab my phone and google again, one site says I need a H7, but the Nava site agrees with the H4.

That's two for a H4, so I get a H4.

Of course, when I get the old globe out after work, it's a H7.

So it's back to Supercheap in the morning :)
 


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My Car was stolen!
jawapro
Sat 14/11/2015 08:32 PM


 
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One of my cars was stolen last weekend!

Thankfully it was only the little blue one that lived on my letterbox.

The blue guy had been there for almost 4 years - not bad given the reputation my 
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HummVee Letterbox - 15/11/2011

Of course, the blue truck was to replace a red one that had only lasted a month before being stolen.

Letterbox Tales - 21/07/2011

That didnt take long... - Wed 24/08/2011

The blue truck lastest longer because I’d made more of an effort to secure it - which means that they stole the entire roof the letterbox. People are daft.

I’ve made a temporary timber roof while I decide what’s to come next in the letterbox saga, Stay tuned.

   


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