Doctor Who Series 7: Bells of Saint John [Thoughts And Spoilers]

Doctor Who - Bells of Saint John

It has been a long wait for my favourite Saturday evening entertainment. The mad man and his blue box returned to our TV screens along with the girl who is being introduced twice already. Clara Oswin Oswald (Jenna Louise Coleman) and the Doctor’s (Matt Smith) third outing together takes us on a roller coaster ride which spans across centuries – from 1207 AD to present day London featuring the Shard. The Bells of Saint John offered a whole bundle of entertainment and was a befitting series opener. Here are my assorted thoughts on the episode. Spoilers galore after the jump.

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The New Xbox 720 / Durango Will Not Run Preowned Games [ Rant ]

Xbox 720 -  No PreOwned Games

Edge magazine just came out with a report that the next Microsoft gaming console, nicknamed Durango (and popular in the interwebs as XBOX 720), will require an always online-activation, and will not support pre-owned games. Read the report here.

The new Microsoft gaming beast is being rumoured to have specifications of an eight-core AMD X64 1.6GHz CPU, D3D11 800Mhz GPU and 8GB of DDR3 RAM. There are also rumours of Sony adopting this model as well, which will be clearer with its PS4 announcement, due on Feb 20th. As enticing as that new hardware spec sounds, if it does go through with the no-preowned games business model, I will be prepared to say goodbye to the next generation of console gaming, and adopt PC gaming once again. This is all kinds of wrong, and here’s why.

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10 Things About The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey [Rant and Review]

The Hobbit - An Unexpected Journey

Peter Jackson’s familiarity with the world of Tolkien’s middle earth has already been seen in his Lord of The Rings trilogy. With the first of three Hobbit movies – An Unexpected Journey, it almost feels like we have gone back into that familiar shire to meet our old friends – Gandalf, Bilbo, Frodo, and some new ones. The decision to make such a small book into a trilogy could have been purely backed by financial reasons. But it gives the movie enough breathing space to introduce us the characters, and never feels to have overstayed its welcome. Even with its epic 150 minutes length, The Hobbit never seems too long, and I enjoyed every bit of it. Of course, as the book, the movie also feels a bit inclined to cater to the younger audience, unlike the grim and darker tone of LOTR. But having said that, Peter Jackson effectively strikes a balance between the playful humour, and the emotional connect, as well as the high-action epic storytelling that we have loved in the LOTR series.

That would be the last of my comparisons with the LOTR series, and for those who keep complaining about the Hobbit not feeling as epic as LOTR – have you even read the books? This is not what Peter Jackson fabricated. The LOTR series is a completely different beast altogether – obviously, bigger in scale. I will be discussing the Hobbit in more details in the following 10 points – about the 3D, HFR, Dwarves, Goblins, Orcs and more. So, hit the jump. [SPOILER ALERT]

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The 30 Introspective Self-Questioning Questions That You Should Ask Yourself [Personal Rant]

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Quite recently, I came across this new blog  ShortStormTrooper [cool name btw], by my good ol’ blogger mate Lee (@leesargent on Twitter). And this  post 30 questions that will change the way you think about the world ], left me with a mixed bag of introspective feelings. There was no way I could stop thinking about these questions, and it was best for me if I just let the answers come out organically, sooner than later, rather than think about them over and over again. I highly recommend you take this exercise. It puts you into perspective with where you are, where you want to be, and almost shows you a mirror with the way things are now, things that have been in your life so far, and if you find it acceptable, or not. If you’re still reading this, bravo! Hit the jump, coz you’ll get to know a whole lot of me.

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