Saturday, September 26, 2009

A Virtual Life (update)

Mrs Cheesecake still on Sims 3. She has not heard my earlier dire warning.

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Pablo Cheesecake – A Virtual Life ?

I spend all day in front of a computer. I’m a Sys Admin and help people with PC/software problems all the time. When I get home of an evening I trudge upstairs into the spare room and immediately boot up my laptop and start my personal virtual life. I shop online, play online, talk to my friends online and occasionally manage the odd blog or two. The good news is that this doesn’t effect my offline relationships too badly. Mrs Cheesecake has her own PC right next to mine so we do actually spend quite a lot of time in the same room as one another. From time to time we even speak :)

I have experienced an virtual incident today that is odd to say the least. Yesterday I bought Mrs Cheesecake Sims 3 (purchased online obviously) and decided to have a go myself. I thought it would be fun. I ended up being freaked out by the whole thing.

After the initial set up and completing the basic tutorial I found myself watching a digital facsimile (of myself) sitting playing computer games. This is just downright odd I thought. I have paid money to watch a computer version of me doing what I am already doing.

Is the universe trying to give me a none to subtle hint that I spend way to much time in front of a computer? Maybe I have become just a bit to dependent on technology? Or could it be that I need to not play the Sims?

Odd indeed. Anyway the latest patch for World of Warcraft has finished downloading now so I’m off. What do you mean “You’ve missed the point of your own blog!”


Mr P

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Friday, September 25, 2009

Pablo Cheesecake – Movie Music Maestro

For a while I have been collecting assorted musical flotsam and jetsam. I have managed to cobble together around 75 of my favourite movie tracks. iTunes loves me! There is absolutely no criteria to be part of this list. The tracks can be main themes or incidental music. Every single one is a winner in my opinion. You think this list is bad you should see the TV themes track listing it’s about four times as big.

Movie/Track Name Artist
Austin Powers - Soul Bossa Nova Quincy Jones
Austin Powers - What the World Needs Now Burt Bacharach
Beverly Hills Cop - Axel F Harold Faltermeyer
The Big Lebowski - Hotel California Gypsy Kings
The Big Lebowski - What Condition My Condition Was In Kenny Rogers & The First Edition
Big Trouble in Little China John Carpenter
Blade Runner Vangelis
Born Free Matt Monroe
Brazil Geoff Muldaur
The Breakfast Club Simple Minds
Buckaroo Banzai Michael Boddicker
Carlito's Way - Oye Como Va Various
Casino Royale (1967) Herb Alpert & The Tijuana Brass
Casino Royale (2007) Chris Cornell
Daredevil - Lapdance N*E*R*D
The Deer Hunter Various
Deliverance - Duelling Banjos Various
Diamonds Are Forever Shirely Bassey
Enter the Dragon Lalo Schifrin
Enter the Dragon (Ska Cover) Tokyo Ska Paradise Orchestra
Escape From New York John Carpenter
ET the Extra-Terrestrial John Williams
Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind - Mr Blue Sky ELO
Ferris Bueller - Museum Various
Ferris Bueller - Oh Yeah Yello
Flash Gordon Queen
Fletch Harold Faltermeyer
Get Carter Roy Budd
Get Carter (Remix) Various
Ghostbusters Ray Parker Jnr
The Golden Child Various
The Goonies John Williams
Grease Frankie Valli
The Great Escape Various
Halloween John Carpenter
Harry Potter John Williams
Highlander Queen
Indiana Jones John Williams
The Italian Job - Self Preservation Society Various
Jaws John Williams
Jurassic Park John Williams
Kill Bill - Battle Without Honour Or Humanity Tomoyasu Hotei
Kill Bill - The Lonely Shepherd Zamfir
Kill Bill - Woo Hoo The 5,6,7,8s
Krull London Symphony Orchestra
Lifeforce Prague Philharmonic
Live And Let Die Wings
The Long Good Friday Various
The Man With The Golden Gun Lulu
Mannequin Starship
Monsters Inc Randy Newman
Odeon - I Like It Like That Pete El Conde' Rodriguez
OHMSS - We Have All the Time in the World Louis Amstrong
Pearl and Dean (1st Version) Various
Pearl and Dean (2nd Version) Various
Police Academy Various
Pulp Fiction - Misrolou Dick Dale
Rambo (First Blood) Various
Rocky Various
The Saint Orbital
Saturday Night Fever Bee Gees
Saturday Night Fever - A Fifth of Beethoven Bee Gees
Shaft Issac Hayes
Spiderman Danny Elfman
Star Wars John Williams
Star Wars -The Imperial March John Williams
Superman John Williams
Together in Electric Dreams Phil Oakey
Tristar Pictures 1980's Ident Various
A View to a Kill Duran Duran
Who Dares Wins Roy Budd
XXX - Feuer Frei Rammstein
2001 - A Space Odyssey Various
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Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Wonders of modern technology

It turns out there is an app that let's me blog in a mobile style. How sweet is that

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Monday, September 21, 2009

FantasyCon 2009: The silent geek perspective

I haven’t blogged in a while. What can I say…real life has gotten in the way. I had a deadline for a project (which I managed to complete in time). I also seem to have been quite sociable of late. Flitting from engagement to engagement.

Last Saturday was no exception. I went to Fantasycon 2009 in Nottingham. Great that it is just along the road from where I live. I love going to these things. Don’t get to do it very often but always a blast when I get to go. There are crowds of geeks from every conceivable genre. Not a criticism I hasten to add. Proud to be a geek and all that.

I got to hear some interesting people speak about some cool topics relating to the state of British Fantasy today. Vampires, The Green Man, Highlander 2: The Quickening. All brilliant to behold. Nothing better than thinking you’ve heard it all and then someone just casually says something new and it blows you away. So many new authors whose work I am now keen to try.

The best part was I got to people watch. I love watching social interaction. I think I am just inherently a nosey sod. I am just so feckin curious about everything. Ironically as much as I love to watch these little tableaus unfold I am also pretty shy so never involve myself in them. I’m the one attempting to be unobtrusive in the corner. Not easy when your 6ft 2 and have bright red hair but I manage it quite well. Now calm down no need to feel sorry for me. Mrs Cheesecake was right there with me and I’ll take her company over anyone else any day of the week.

I guess I am slightly in awe of authors. I’m not really a very creative person. I have attempted and failed to write/draw/create (take your pick) something original on a number of occasions. Now that’s ok. I’ve made my peace with that particular failing. Every time I meet an author though I am just a little bit dumbstruck. Ironic really…in a past life a used too talk for a living. It don’t matter though because I still get to watch/read/enjoy all of this work.

Gosh I think I’ve come over a bit philosophical this afternoon. They really shouldn’t let me have days off if this is what is going to happen.

In other unrelated news my drunken blogging exploits my return soon. I was talking about it in the pub at the weekend and came up with an interesting concept that I think can only fully be explored while inebriated. Which this space.

Till next our paths cross

Cheesecake away

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Sunday, September 13, 2009

Pablo Cheesecake : Competition winner

I won a competition. Little old me. I’ve never won anything in my life ever. I have to admit to being a little taken aback by the while thing. Now at the end of the day it was only a t-shirt but I still won it.

The good people at Last Exit to Nowhere produce the best film related merchandise on the planet. All of their designs are inspired by all the fictional companies and businesses from the movies. I won a quiz they ran on Twitter (@lastexitshirts) and they have let me choose a free t-shirt of my choice. I went for Central Services (the faceless bureaucracy from Terry Gilliam’s epic Brazil). Anyone that knows me will no I am slightly obsessed by this film. I have the theme as the ringtone on my mobile phone.


This is just a little bloggerette as I have three reviews to write for my latest cinema visits. I just want to share my good fortune.

Till later

Smugger than normal

Mr C

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