Sunday, January 28, 2018

Sorry guys but I got bored of doing this blog and took up a hobby instead

I hope you are happy for me, as watching TV too much wasn't very healthy. Now I am out most days doing street photography in Chiang Mai and blogging my favorite photos. Take a look in case you might decide this is a good hobby for you too. It can be started with a simple phone camera.

My new but used vintage film camera to be used very soon.

My stunning wife on a recent visit to Vientiane in Laos
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Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Pure Genius Preview Mini Review

Purse Genius airs on CBS and begun a few weeks ago, I have yet to catch up on all episodes. It is about a guy who creates a clinic which is different from any other clinic or hospital.

Their unique selling point is extreme luxury environment. It is a really cool facility with this jellyfish video on massive screens:

Besides it being a very cool facility, their real selling point is that they only use cutting edge techniques. This is led by a young guy who is more of a businessman than a doctor. He achieves some amazing results for patients with terminal diseases, but it also gets him in a stick situation or two as well.

He makes promises to people and this sometimes means false hope. This counts as a guys or females TV show. My wife has watched the whole lot as she got addicted. I will follow too because it is obviously really good.

Once work calms down I will have a nice Pure Genius marathon session one weekend. Don't you love it when you can watch a whole series at once and really binge watch?

Sunday, May 3, 2015

Cool Way To Watch Less TV- Relaxing Background Videos

I began this blog because I watch a lot of TV.  I made a brother blog for the best comedy shows too. However I sometimes feel that too much TV is bad, especially for the eyes and sleep quality. As someone who works online and enjoys games and Facebook on my iPad, starting at a screen all day is surely a bad thing.

Therefore I have been looking for ways to avoid staring at my TV, laptop and iPad so much (I even take my phone in the bathroom with me). Firstly I tried reading books. Unfortunately I just don't have the attention span for this. Instead I have reverted to audiobooks, I have yet to find the perfect way to get audiobooks after trying Youtube and Audible (not impressed with the subscription plan).

Audiobooks are all well and good when driving or going to sleep. Listening to Noam Chomsky, Sam Harris and Joanna Lumley are all awesome for helping you sleep instead of staring at a screen. But in the daytime I have found that my eyes need something to do. So after a bit of a search I found Uscenes relaxing background videos.

These relaxation videos come in 3 formats- as an mp4 video, Mac screensaver and Windows screensaver. I generally use the Mac screensaver most with the sound on low or off. The natural sounds are really relaxing and the sight of a fireplace, aquarium or scene from nature is really calming.

The good thing is that the camera never moves, unlike similar videos and there is no music. It is a simple as can be. This means you are not tempted to stare at the screen. You just let the sound and video create a nice vibe in your room. On a big screen TV the results are much more impressive, although you need to have the right setup (e.g. I use my Apple TV and iTunes). I generally save the TV version for when I have guests over or want to have some quality time with my wife.

The prices are fair in my opinion at $4.99 for all 3 formats of a scene, or $49.99 for their full collection of around 60 videos (as of May 3rd 2015). Check out a new one that I really like below. It sets such a nice vibe in my room, especially when the weather is so dull in the UK at the moment. I used their fireplaces more in winter as they seem to make a room cosy, especially on my big screen TV.

They also provide screenshots of all their videos as HD wallpapers on a separate site. I use a random wallpaper generating app from someone else on my laptop but have been using these wallpapers on my iPad.

Anyway check out the samples clip below which is my favourite video screensavers- a recent paradise beach one which I can't stop watching and hearing in the background when listening to an audiobook or just chatting. As mentioned they also do fish tanks and fireplaces.

Sunday, March 8, 2015

Best 2 TV Shows for Men in 2014

Last year saw the debut of two excellent new TV shows for men. Firstly True Detective was the one we have been waiting for since Breaking Bad finished. It had the brooding atmosphere and slow burning feel, with explosive moments and super acting.

The star of True Detective was the Oscar winning Matthew McConaughey. He was helped along by the excellent Woody Harrelson. It was the former who really made the series shine. His character featured depth that we have never seen before in a TV series for men.

Just like Breaking Bad before it, True Detective had boring parts where the scene was being set. Ultimately it was an enthralling tale with an instant classic long take which will go down in TV history when people compare TV to cinema.

The second season will feature completely new characters which I will keep secret in case you don't know. I think it would be better if you just wait and see to avoid any preconceptions. Lets just say it is an interesting pairing.

My rating for the first season of True Detective is 4.5 out of 5 stars. Near perfect TV for guys who like action but also substance.

The other great new TV show in 2014 was Fargo. Based on the wonderful movie made by the Cohen brothers maybe 15 years ago. Fargo wasn't instantly as great because of comparisons to the movie, however if you can put it alone you realize that it is a superb alternate story.

The two actors who starred in Fargo were the always interesting Billy Bob Thornton and British Martin Freeman. However Allison Tolman deserves to be mentioned alongside them. Her icy yet lovely character kept the show down to earth when the other two let it go a little noir or tacky.

My rating for Fargo the TV series is a very solid 4 out of 5 stars. Hopefully they will continue the series. There is plenty more darkness out there in those snowy little towns.

For me it was a battle of two great actors, both given super parts to play. Billy Bob Thornton is one of the most fascinating men in Hollywood and McConaughey is mesmerising. In the end McConaughey takes the prize for the sheer vibes in True Detective. He was also the star of the best movie in 2014 Interstellar.

Saturday, October 27, 2012

Dexter review

The moment Dexter got caught by his sister
Dexter has just begun showing the 7th season. It has been an enjoyable ride so far, with some poor moments. Overall this is a great TV show for guys and most people will enjoy it. Dexter is the star of the show, a serial killer with a twist. Instead of the traits we would associate with a traditional killer, Dexter is actually a "good" one.

He works for the Miami police as a forensic blood spatter specialist. So technically he not a cop but that is where he goes to work everyday. His step sister is the second biggest character in the show. One of the poorer decisions from the writer so far has been to introduce signs of sexual tension and possibility between the two. This is not a nice idea and hopefully they will stop going down that route.

Dexter was identified as a psychopath by his father at an early age. His Dad taught him to channel his obsession with killing and taught him some life rules. This resulted in a fairly normal, well functioning member of society with a good job. Instead of killing random people, Dexter channels his urges towards more just killings. Basically he targets the worst criminals who slip through the system. The original format was to kill a new person in almost each episode, but that has gradually given way in favor of a season long battle with a more formidable criminal.

The show has a classy style and it avoids being too graphic or crude. It is not the perfect TV series but most men who have seen it are big fans. This comes highly recommended from me and is one of the better options airing at the moment.

 My rating 4 stars out of 5.

Update 2014: Dexter has now ended and the last season was awful. The last episode in particular was a shambles. A truly disappointing end to a previously decent TV show; rating downgrade to 3 stars out of 5.

Update 2015: My advice is to skip the last season altogether if you watch this TV series. It is not worth it and will leave you empty. Such a terrible ending is criminal and an insult to fans of the show.

Thursday, September 13, 2012

Breaking Bad review

Breaking Bad review
Breaking Bad is easily the best mens TV show on at the moment. We follow chemistry teacher Walt as he gets cancer and falls into a life of crime. His expertise in chemistry means that he is quickly able to learn how to make crystal meth (an illegal drug). His meticulous work ethic and attention to detail means that he makes it with a greater purity than anyone else.  He teams up with an ex student (Jesse) who is a school drop out and small time drug dealer. We follow their story with lots of ups and downs, twists and turns.

Breaking Bad quickly gained a cult following although it did take a while for the masses to catch on. This is partly due the fact that it is created by AMC rather than HBO. Nowadays it is extremely popular for men around the world. The reason is because the characters and story lines are utterly compelling. There are some fun criminal characters which come and go. Walt's family help to keep the show's feet firmly on the ground.

All of the main characters have internal conflicts and more than one side to their personality. This gives the series a greater depth than we are used to. At times it can feel like there is too much emphasis on family dynamics rather than criminal action. However we are rewarded later when the plot develops, as we then have a greater understanding of decisions and actions. The show feels like it has a precision to the filmmaking. It feels intelligent and complex, whilst always delivering exciting events.

If you haven't seen this series then I highly recommend you watch the whole lot as soon as possible. It is a rewarding experience, unlike many shows for men which are all plot and action. Part 1 of season 5 has just finished. The final part of season 5 will be aired next summer and it may be the finale. This rather short run this summer has easily been the best mens TV show of 2012.

Mr rating 5 stars out of 5.