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Wait a minute... Hail Sithis... is that the Skyrim equivalent of Hail Hydra?
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after formatting my computer i need to reinstall mods... gonna be good :D
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Feck me. This is kinda cool. An fan made short movie about the Power Rangers. I love the adult take on it and there is some recognisable actors in there. 
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I got a one of the New 3DS yesterday[1] and it has one feature that really surprised me. They've beefed up the internet browser so that it can play YouTube videos. But not only that, it can play 3D videos on youtube. Any type of 3D. Be it the red and green filters, or split screen like Occulus Rift footage. I'm a bit surprised how easy it worked and how good it looked.

I've been digging around youtube all afternoon looking for 3D videos, which sadly are lacking. Mostly experiments by people or Occulus Rift footage. The cinema studios don't upload 3D versions of their trailers for 3D movies, because you know, why would they do that? Still cool though.

[1] For the record, I'm very happy with it
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It was time for me. My 3DS was getting quite worn out. It feels like a big improvement though to me - significantly longer battery life, bigger screen, much better 3D as well especially with the super-stable stuff - can play MarioKart 7 with 3D on all the time.
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It's not often that the kid-ification of something is better. I love that my kids see Valentines day as a way to celebrate who they love... not who they "like".
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Screw the Avengers.... this is the movie.
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So very very Plussed.
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Okay, this has made my morning. MacGyver intro without music. I love all the yelps and shouts they've put in.

(Saw on boingboing this morning)
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This is great.
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I'm getting a weird bug in G+ on my PC. I can't go back more than ~ 12 hours in my timeline. Which is a frustrating pain when I come in the morning and live in a different timezone to a lot of interesting folks.
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I'll set a special alarm in the middle of the night... so I dont' miss a thing. ;)
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This made me giggle.
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Well, looks like I'm about to expand my meagre PC gaming collection again. I haven't played the new Tomb Raider or Deus Ex games.
 
It's the rise of the (Square) Enix! Get up to 8 games in Humble Square Enix Bundle 2!

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Also a good way to break my skyrim addiction...
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I use Waze during my regular commutes, mostly because I find the time estimate to be significantly better than Google Maps. It's not as if I have a ton of alternative routes home and to work (but it did confirm that my regular route is the quickest most of the time). 

But I also thought the whole app was flakey, I'd get blank maps in some parts of Dublin, like around Phoenix Park. Or the route would jump around, not finding sections of the road. But it looks like that was all O2's (my mobile operator) fault. Sorry that should now be Three's fault.

Did the change in the linked blog post and saw maps around Phoenix Park last night. And it's been much better in terms of showing the route then previously.

#ireland   #o2   #three   #waze  
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+Fiona O'Grady Yes, it does popup warnings on the route as you go along. People can tag things on their route and you see that. I find that much more useful... if I see enough heavy-traffic tags up ahead, I know it's going to be shit.

While the time-estimate is good, it's not perfect. It gives you an idea right now but doesn't seem to attempt to predict traffic so the time can get worse while you're on the road and as traffic volumes increase. Very noticeable in the morning. So yea, I check it in before I leave and keep it on as a drive... as a good barometer if I'm going to be late with the kids to school.

Waze will do the big popup alert and tell you (with a very english voice) that the route up ahead has gotten suddenly bad but not if it's slowly getting worse. As in, it's goes from 15 minutes to suddenly 20 or more, it'll tell you but if it creeps up a minutes every few minutes, you'll just see the time get longer.

I've only seen the app re-direct me once. Most of the time, the M50 is the fastest route southbound, even compared to the backroads and even when traffic gets bad (because the backroads getting flooded with traffic at the same time). So I can't judge.

It's good for commutes and places you're somewhat familiar with, but for actual directions I prefer Google Maps, because it generally leads you through the best known route - which is more comfortable than driving through strange and dodgy estates with no signs!
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I went to the cinema yesterday, essentially, on the spur of the moment. That such a rare occurrence for me that it's a social media-worthy statement to make.

The kids were being taken to a local panto by my Mum and sister. I like that that is becoming an annual tradition. It's something the kids will remember. Maybe. I never know what they will remember as they grow and change. But I like to think it's the good things.

My wife's back was at her, so I went alone. Nearly wasn't on time. Nearly didn't bother going at all. The cinema, to me, is something that demands to be shared. To go alone, I could just buy it on DVD or wait until it comes on Netflix and watch it on my laptop with headphones.

The big screen, yea is big, but the big difference is the audio. It's loud. And sometimes it sounds like it's coming from behind. You don't get that with the solitary experience.

God, there was so many ads. I'm not use to ads any more. They seem so... mundane in the cinema. Like the big screen is there, roaring at you, telling you you're about to experience something and then you get an ad for a local bank. 

There were trailers though. The Avengers one was on. I don't know, I'm not feeling it any more with Marvel movies. I'll probably go see it though. Maybe. They are fun. I had seen the Ant Man trailer on the internet a few weeks back. I was so disappointed, a cookie-cutter of a superhero origin movie, at least based on the trailer. The original premise, and the leaked shots early - I thought perhaps there might be something special here. Instead there was "Ant Man. Is it too late to change the name?" funny one-liners. And that despondency was with me watching Avengers, the basic shape of the plot was obvious to me.

Oh and Fifty Shades of Grey. That was an unexpected trailer. It feel like an intro for a porn movie. I mean, I loved the Secretary (man, that was only released in 2002... why does it feel older?). It had charm. This trailer... just sold as sex. That's all. Nothing else. Talking with my Mum and sister and wife afterwards - my wife put forward the notion that 50 shades of grey is not purely about sex, that it's a trilogy with the final book about them having kids. I couldn't argue against it. I haven't read it, nor am I bothered to.

And now I can't remember what other trailers there were. But there was more.

And the movie itself, the movie itself. Yea I enjoyed it. Dark and clever and most importantly funny. I love the feel of a rolling single shot for the movie, one that said, hey we're going on a journey, the ending is obvious but that's not why you will want to watch. Celebrity and art. Identity and madness. Yea I glad that one was on.

Oh yea and other memorable trailer is Ex Machina, I would have gone to see that but the times were bad. Looks good on the big screen.
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I haven't read 50 shades but do thoroughly enjoy this review blog:
http://redlemonade.blogspot.ie/2012/06/fifty-shades-of-tedious-fuckery-vol-1.html

It seems to be about a possessive psycho and the woman who puts up with his crap
 
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Shit.

I did not expect snow. Took me a few minutes to find my car. Traffic is going to be hell.
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+Tadeusz Cantwell I will totally trade our 40C+ degree August and September afternoons with you. :D
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