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I Still Have All My Fingers is an extremely conscientious book that right from the very start lets the reader know that their safety and best interests have been catered for, letting them know about the legal implications of rocketry and also how the book has been designed by Dan to allow the reader to gain an appreciation of what could go wrong, and where they need to pay attention to what they are doing and not try multitask with something else. Warning them about various hazards like risk of fire, explosions or lacerations in my opinion is a fantastic touch. I feel that a lot of books that try to do similar projects fail in this department. For me this was the best part of the book because I feel that a lot of thought and consideration has been but into the book to make it as accessible to as many people as possible and In my honest opinion Dan has achieved an extremely functional system which he has used very successfully to convey the various aspects of this book. The book keeps things short, sweet and simple, as they should be. With the aid of images within the book at each step of the way, it makes it very hard to go wrong, which I found very reassuring. There is also downloadable content from his website inverseengineering.com which accompanies the book, such as templates to be attached to the components, this is another way in which the readers convenience has been accommodated for as there is only rudimentary measuring skills requires, the templates cater for everything else such as hole placement.
Dan has put a lot of careful consideration into this book and it definitely jumps out the pages at you, this is particularly showcased in nearly every stage of the book with his 'Why' sections. These are extremely important to a lot of rocketry enthusiasts because most people are not at the level that Dan is, and because of this turn to people of his calibre for guidance. The 'why' headings tell you exactly why you are doing a particular operation on the component you are manufacturing, this information is invaluable because that wisdom and knowledge has been summarised in a way that allows the reader to think "If it works for this, then it should work on this too.." and that is the very essence of amateur rocketry that Dan has successfully harnessed - Experimenting, trying new things and is in every way what every great scientist and engineer has done since it all began. It is this transparency and accessibility that makes Dan's book great. Combining that with the shear thought that has gone into it is what makes this book worth three times as much as it is so useful. If I have to absolutely pick something to be critical about though, then that will have to be the fact that as I live in the UK, we use Metric measurements for the most part, and as the book is in imperial, it makes it hard to find components of the right size and in some respects I have found myself on DIY store websites, looking through catalogues and store shelves trying to find the closest metric match to the imperial measurements in the book. That problem in no way however detracts from the usefulness of the book. At the very least the book is a starting point for people like myself to start designing my own rockets that use several of the design features that Dan has employed within the book. I myself have designed an electro mechanical apogee detector that is based upon Dan's however I needed to make it smaller and out of less robust materials. The book has allowed me to do that and I constantly refer to it for guidance.
As a final note, I have got to say that this book is without a doubt a pleasure to read through and I look forward to Dan's future projects.
As a final note however I would like to mention that if you live in the UK and are reading this review looking for an opinion on whether it is worth the money or not, trust me it is, as I have already mentioned. But PLEASE be aware that if you live in the UK, by all means build the rocket, that's fine and it is great practice for future projects, but do NOT make the igniters, smoke section of the motor OR the motor its self. Unfortunately KNO3 and sugar motors are classed as explosive manufacturing in the UK and is completely illegal. Just thought I would save you the research.
Great Work Dan, keep it up!
I will point out now that whilst ultimately I gave up on getting replacements of this mp3 player, I did enjoy using is and it was a pleasure to have.
Whilst the display lacked the 'colour' that some of the other emerging mp3 (generic term for any portable music extension player) players, the menu system was a pleasure to use and all of the controls and settings were easy to get to.
I had three of the black ones, I chose this colour because I felt that the blue backlight for the buttons was best complimented by the black face panel. And in my opinion I was right, although all the colour shades that were available were attractive as well, it was all down to personal taste and I think that the choice that was available was a fantastic one.
Now I loved the earphones that came in the box however, I felt that whilst the sound quality that they gave was fnatastic, I am rather dissapointed by the lifespan of these earphones. Those of you who have read my iTouch and iPhone review will know that I am a pair of earphones worst nightmare because I go through that many pairs! But even this aside I was especially dissapointed as with my last device I think the earphones lasted only two months before they ceased to function. To which my response was to buy a pair of Gummy's. Ultimately I feel the sound quality could not make up for their short life span.
Just as the earphones had a short lifespan, so did it seem the device as well. As mentioned earlier, I went through three of these devices. Each with the same fault. The 3.5mm earphone/headphone jack would always warp out of shape (I pressume through heat?) but surely this should not happen, the third device did have the longest life span by one week, being 3 months 1 week, second was obviously 3 months and the first was only 2 months. Now I find that this is simply not acceptable and is definitely poor design. On top of this a few of my friends had them, and it seems that the different flavour of colour all seemed to harbor different faults. For example the pink seemed to be susceptable to hard drive failure, the blue to the battery not holding its charge and the white seeming to have a scrambled screen. Now I dont know if this was just bad luck on all of our parts, they do say that random events occur in clusters, but this seems to be taking the michael.
Ultimately while I find that these devices are charming and very easy to use and easy on the eyes, this does not make up for the fact that I had three and all three broke with the same fault and also the earphones being of such shoddy quality.
If anyone has any comments of their own about their experience using these devices please leave a comment I would be really interested in knowing if these faults might have been from a regional shipment to the north east?
Out of the several mp3 players (generic term) I have to say that if I exclude the iPhone and iTouch and other mainstream devices, then the toshiba Gigabeat is definitely my favourite.
Originally, my first proper mp3 player was the Creative Zen. I went through 2 of these, both suffering from the same fault. (more on that in a review coming soon)
Eventually I got sick of having to return the device, and instead traded it in to get a different one, I had the option of an iPod or a Gigabeat, and because as the time I swore that Apple was evil, I chose to get the gigabeat, and I must say I was and still am impressed with the device.
I think the thing that pulled me to the device was the full colour screen, without a doubt that was my ultimate reasoning behind getting the gigabeat because the iPod I was being offered at the time was the old 30gb one that had the old style screen with only basic menu's etc.
Once I opened up the box I was greeted with a very colourful red box, a software CD, a purpose build dock for the gigabeat to sit in during data transfers and charging. Another feature that caught my attention was its ability send data (be it music or photos) directly to CD. I will say I never had the need to use this function but it was nice to know that it was there should I have ever needed it.
The box also came with all the wires that you needed to do the various tasks the cradle/dock was capable of, and also a set of headphones, which while the sound quality was superb (I found) they did not fit my ears very well, my ears are very fussy with headphones, however this was not much of a problem as I had plenty of alternatives lying around and because the device takes the normal 3.5mm jack, you can use any standard headphones you want.
The battery life on this monster I have to say was superb, we are talking days of more than moderate use before a re-charge.
The controls are not all that different to an iPod if I am honest so if you are looking for a cheaper alternative then this is definitely your boy, a couple of differences though are that the volume control is on the side rather than controlled from the scroll-wheel-like cross on the front. That is used to navigate menu's with the centre of the cross being used to "enter" most menu's and the ones where it isnt, then a push on the right cross will do.
Overall this device is a monster, far more rugged than an iPod, I dont think the older generation, or indeed the newer generation iPods/iTouch's/iPhones would put up with the amount of abuse that this device got from me.
On the back of mine you can actually see where the metal casing of the device has bent and molded its self to the shape of my leg, actually pressing against the hard-drive inside, and yet no ill effect on the device's performance.
All in all I love this device and I still have it, but it doesnt quite stand up to the functional ability of the iPhone or the iTouch.
If you are looking for a solid portable music player that has rich vibrant menu's and colout but arent bothered about playing games or having applications, then the Toshiba Gigabeat is your prime candidate.
Last note, I gave it 5*'s for download speed, it cant use the internet but was unfair to mark it down for something thats not applicable.
Having read some of the other reviews that are on this subject, there are a couple of common themes, quotes such as "Best zombie film in a while" and "worth a watch".
I disagree with these opinions. Whole heartedly, this film is NOT worth a watch, or the best zombie film in a while, This is without a doubt the best movie ever created and is without a doubt my favourite movie of all time! (Bet I had you all going there ;P)
The plot is about a young man who goes by the name of Columbus. The film is told through his point of view and with his narration and I have to say that it suits the film to no end. He adds to the comedic value that is already always present in good zombie films. As for the violance in the film, it is perfect, just the right balance of gore.
Following Columbus through zombieland, is the arguably psychotic Tallahassee, and the lovably evil sisters Wichita and Little Rock. After a couple of run ins which both end in Tallahassee and Columbus getting completely owned by the sisters, they eventually team up.
This film is just shear brilliance, in originality, screenplay, plot line and dialogue. And I would seriously urge you to buy the DVD and watch for your self. The film isnt really scary, it is just gorey, and Oh, incase you need another reason to watch this film. it has Bill F****ing Murrey in it!.
Seriously Watch this film!
Runtime: 88 Minutes
Woody Harrelson ... Tallahassee
Jesse Eisenberg ... Columbus
Emma Stone ... Wichita
Abigail Breslin ... Little Rock
Amber Heard ... 406
Bill Murray ... Himself
Derek Graf ... Clown Zombie
Where to begin.. Oh I know. I Love This Phone. To those of you who have read my other reviews, particularly in this case my previous (and one of my first reviews) on the iTouch 2G 32GB will know that I loved it, simple as.
The itouch was my favourite gadget it did everything that I wanted. Just not when I wanted it.. You see the iTouch as amazing and feature filled as it is, is useless outside your own house, or anywhere you do not have access to an internet connection. What is the point in having a web browser or email client on your device (that is supposed to be portable) if you can only use it when near a Wi-Fi hot spot? This is where I got bored of the iTouch and moved to an iPhone.
And I can honestly say that I have not looked back since.. Albeit I miss having 32GB of storage capacity (I only have the 8GB model phone) But I can honestly say that I am a gabilliontrillion times more satisfied with the iPhone than I was the iTouch.
Sure it has more or less the same featues, but the iPhone is a phone. You can make phone calls and send text messages and ofcourse browse the web through your 3G or EDGE connection, or when you are home through Wi-Fi. It is everything the itouch is not. The fact that you can do everything it is capable of doing without the necessity for Wi-Fi, it gives you so much more freedom!
Now enough about preaching about how amazing it is (which it is!!) every phone has its down sides. The iPhone is no exception. Straight out the box this phone is amazing. But it lacks a few features that iPhone fans and enthusiasts have been screaming out for, pretty much since v1.0. Features such as a little known thing called Multitasking? You know that thing that pretty much every other smart phone can do. The Nokia N95 (Which was one of my previous phones) for example, and more recently, and posing a direct threat to the iPhone is the Palm Pre, which can multitask straight out of the box. But hold your horses and dont go pleadging your heart and soul to Palm just yet, because there is a solution to this problem.
This solution is called Jailbreaking (no it doesnt break your iPhone) This is something that if you have done your research you will know a little about.
Now basically all this does is replaces the firmware (the version of software installed) with a version that is identical, however allows for the installation of third party applications (which Satan (Apple) does not allow you to do) This includes the application called Multifl0w. This gives you the ability to multitask different applications on the iphone (obviously some application such as the ipod, the phone and email do work in the background) applications such as games, other utilities. this is useful to switch between two applications that you need to obtain information from. It is much faster and more convenient to multi task between these applications rather than contrantly closing and reopening them.
Of course Multifl0w is just one just advantage. Other useful applications can then installed such as the MobileTerminal which is a command line emulation interface that allows you to run various commands to achieve certain tasks, as well as giving you admin rights and priviledges to the bios of the phone.
Jailbreaking is indeed a useful modification to make to your iphone, however Apple do not condone its use and therefore if anything happens to your iPhone, they will not make good of your 1 year warranty, however if you can restore the iPhone back to default prior to getting it seen to, then they will be none the wiser ;)
There is also one other very note worthy feature that jailbreaking allows you to remove the SIM lock on the phone, which means that you can put any networks SIM card into the phone and use the phone on that network (where as at the time of this review, only Vodaphone, Orange and O2 are official carriers of the iphone)
Now, obviously you do not just get the handset in the box, you would expect the usual Apple minimalistic packaging, you wont be dissapointed, you are obviously greeted by the phone when you open the box, but under the handset you have a wall socket adapter, your iphone cable (which is inserted into either a USB port or the wall adapter) and ifcourse the iPhone headphones that let you know that you are being accepted into the Apple family. The headphones themselves have a little button and microphone on the right headphone that allows you to play and pause music as well as answer and hang up on phone calls, this quite useful if the weather is not appropriate to get your glorious device out.
A lot of people complain about the battery life. The main culprit of the excessive battery drain on the iPhone is that people leave the Auto-Brightness feature turned on, this really drains power as the phone is constantly checking its surroundings to change the brightness to the optimum settings. But this really strains the power usage. Another rather laughable things I saw was someone complaining the battery life lasting only 3 hours and it needed to be charged many times a day. The user of this iPhone had the brightness set to full, Auto Brightness turned on, Bluetooth turned on and connected to a device, 3G turned and Wi-Fi turned on. It was no wonder his battery life was running down the drain!
Overall I have to say that the iPhone is an amazing device and I have not looked back since getting it, especially after wanting one for so long.
The aesthetics of this phone are fantastic, it is just amazing to hold, and to touch and use, the OS is simple and easy to use.
Final note: GET ONE!
I have to admit, I have not been loyal to the Tekken franchise over the years, in fact before I got Tekken 6, the last Tekken game I played was Tekken Tag Tournament the the PS2 came out!
But anyway, Tekken 6 is a fighting game, much like Budokai, Streek Fighter, Mortal Kombat and the like, there is a story mode, but it is very free roaming unlike the story mode in Budokai (for example) which is basically move from fight to fight.
There are an insane amount of characters and this in turn means that there is an absolute monster lift of moves and techniques to remember for each, but even more of a hurculean task is finding out combo's that work well together, This gives the game a huge amount of replayability and entertainment as there are some very aesthetically pleasing finishing moves that will have you key mashing to do again!
Overall this game is superb, and well placed together, reminding me why I fell in love with the tag tournament installment and I have to say that since I got it (christmas day) It has probably had more gameplay hours spent on it that Modern Warfare 2!
I love it!
Compared to its self? Breathtaking, compared to the first modern warfare? looks like it spend a little too long in the kazakhstan mission.
Before you all jump me and flame me for disrespecting your favourite game let me clear any confusion up. This games is AMAZING it truly is. the game flow, the story line (more on that later...) and the level design is as flawless as a game can get.
However, whilst I thought the ending to this outing of the franchise to that of the first modern warfare, I felt that the story line could have gone so much deeper, explained so much more and truly taken you into the depths of conspiracy and terrorism. I feel that whilst a lot of the missions had some real "Wow... *shuts jaw* I truly didnt see that coming!" moments, others were dissapointing and in come cases completely eyebrow raising. And I was also a little dissapointed when I found out what the mission was that you could chose to skip incase it was *too* graphic.. I was expecting something truly gruesome. But I wont spoil the story line :)
However the overall delivery of the game was fantastic and come the end of the last scene, I was screaming at my HDTV asking where the rest of the game was! Honestly the end was that good!
There was something however that still irked me about the franchise. There was still no campaign multiplayer co-op mode. This really damages the replayability of BOTH innings of CoD4 (IMHO).
But please, do not let this stop you getting this amazing game, as with the first game in the story line, it has online play, as well as offline play where you can invite your friends to play with you.
If I am honest the only other thing that bothers me about the game is that you cant play with bots offline (computer controlled players) only in the actual game mode. I feel that this is something that all FPS games should give the option for, the ability to simulate opponents for those times when you are the only one playing.
Overall this game is simply brilliant and HAS to be part of your games collection. I just hope the developers dont take too long making the third game ;P Because this ending left me VERY blood thirsty!
I have to say that after using powerballs for nearly 3 years now, I love them.
It might look like a gimmick that is a waste of money but I can say that after my first proper session with one of those that my forearms were really aching!
The reason that these small instruments have such a huge effect on your muscles is that it is essentially using the gyroscope within it to exert a centrifugal force on the hand that is spinning it. This forces you to try and stay ahead of its spinning in the inner gimble rings. This gives your whole arm and shoulders a work out.
I can already hear the thoughts going through you skeptics minds. This is asking for repitive strain injury or carpal tunnel syndrome? Well sorry to burst your theory guys and gals but the powerball (if used correctly) can actually elleviate the symptoms and eventually promote the repair of the cartilage. The reason for this is that the motion the powerball has on the wrist is non impact - therefor does not damage the wrist or other joints, it promotes the repair by the movement too as movement of a joint causes a fluid to be created which the cartilage feeds on to stay strong and in good condition.
These balls truly are like the adverts say - like spinning a sledgehammer in your hand. These balls can really improve fingers strength, dexterity and overall resistance to fatigue.
You might think but isnt it hard to hold onto while spinning? Well no because it has a removeable rubber band which fits snugly and securely around the casing of the ball and makes the ball far more comfortable to hold.
Now, in the other review on this product, the user said that they felt dissapointed at how easily they break? And that at £10 they felt it was a bit of a waste of money, well what they may n ot have known about ALL the powerballs is that they have a lifetime guarantee, regardless of how it was broken or damaged or simply worn out from the intense speeds it can reach, NSD (the manufacturer of AUTHENTIC Powerballs) will replace it like for like with a brand new powerball. This is feel is fantastic customer services and shows just how proud they are of their product, that they will replace it for the entire lifetime of its use over and over and over again even after the 1st, 2nd or 3rd replacement you can simply request more, all you need is the powerball and the box and a copy of the original sales receipt.
Over all I feel that powerballs are an essential piece of kit for any sports enthusiast who finds themselves using their upper body or arms or wrists or hands or fingers and it is also a fantastic rehabilative aid at slower speels.
I will keep on powerballing!
Sunderland Climbing Wall is without a doubt one of the best indoor facilities in not only the north east, not only England but also Europe.
It provides a combination of amazingly diverse facilities and a fantastic environment for having fun and learning at the same time. After all, who wants to learn if they aren't having fun?
First of all lets talk about the staff. At Sunderland Wall the staff are all incredibly passionate about climbing and this certainly rubs off onto everyone that visits the wall and everyone whom they teach and offer assistance to. Regardless of the age group, the staff are always able to connect and this is the most important factor of being an instruction next to 'knowing your subject'; You have to be able to relate. No matter what your experience level, the staff are always there to help, no question is a stupid question here, apart from the question you don't ask. Remember, when climbing and belaying you need to know exactly what you are doing and when you should/shouldn't be doing it, don't be scared to ask.
Next the actual facilities themselves, and by facilities I will first talk about the wall(s) themselves. Currently the climbing wall has a massive 900m2 but there are Herculean plans in the works to extend this in the future to a mammoth 2500m2. There are routes and pitches to suit everyone and anyone regardless of age or ability, and indeed even if you are afraid of heights there are lower walls to get used to. With over 90 routes on the wall that are top roping routes and over 140 including leading routes there is definitely something for everyone. All of this spreading across 32 lines which means that the wall can handle a large capacity of wall users at any one time with plenty of space to go around. The grading on these 'main' walls is, as I have said above incredibly diverse and ranges from F3 all the way to F8a. To put this into context, (F3 is relatively easy whereas F8a is finger crunchingly difficult) And for those of you who deal in British tech grade, this translates as HVD to 6c. The main wall is also an incredible 23 metres in height and overhangs by a heart stopping 8 metres, testing even the fittest of climbers!
There is also a bouldering wall for practicing your skills on and even this smaller wall has some pretty tendon straining routes on it which again range from easy to.. well.. I don't think there was a word invented to describe such muscular torture. The wall is 22 metres long so there is again ample space for everyone to some play.
It is worth bearing in mind however that to gain entry to the climbing wall it is essential that you declare yourself competent at performing a few basic tasks which are of the utmost importance within climbing. You must demonstrate that you can 'tie-into' to belay system both yourself and help others perform these tasks using either a 'retied figure of eight' or a 'bow line' knot (if they were under your supervision and you are over 18) You must also demonstrate the ability to belay using an appropriate belay device correctly, this includes setting up the system. Finally you must also be able to fit a climbing harness to yourself correctly.
One of the greatest things about the wall, is its extremely competitive prices. The prices for individual entry to the wall range from £7.50, £6.50 and £5.50 for adult, concession and junior entry respectively for a non-member. To get discounted entry to the wall you may also choose to buy membership, which lasts for a year and only costs £5.50. With this membership card you get £1 knocked off the standard non member price, as well as this you may also get 10% discount at certain outdoor and climbing stores when you show the card. Personally I think this is great value for money. Climbing shoes and harnesses can also be hired from the wall for £2.50 and £1.50 respectively. Helmet hire is free.
Along with the basic entry prices, there is also a comprehensive selection of clubs and courses to suite all. First of all there is the kids Gecko bouldering club which is for children between the ages of 3 and 13. This club runs on Saturday and Sunday between 1000 and 1200 and is aimed at allowing children from a young age to enjoy the sport of climbing on the bouldering wall in a safe and well supervised environment with deep/thick crash mats for your little ones to land on. It is always advisable to ring ahead on 0191 514 4234 to the wall the confirm availability.
There is also the Rock monkey club which is aimed at kids between 7 and 15 and introduces the youngsters to roped climbing, teaching them all of the requisite rope work and knots, again all within a safe environment. However subject to age and competence, certain individuals may be allowed to climb unsupervised. These sessions last for 1 and a half to 2 and half hours. Prices for Monday - Friday evening sessions cost £7.50 and this price is inclusive of all necessary equipment hire.
There are also 'taster' sessions available to be booked which will introduce you to the basics of climbing. These sessions can be tailored for children and adult alike. These sessions last for 1 hour and cost £20 for adults and £15 for children(7 and over). Concession prices are at £17, the taster sessions need to be booked in advance on the same number I mentioned above.
If you have never climbed before then don't fret because there is a course for you as well which will help get you up to speed with how to get into a harness, how to set up the belay device within the belay system, tying onto the rope using bowline knots or figure of eight and how to belay. Obviously this is something that needs to be worked at so don't worry, all of this will happen across 4 and a half hours which is split into three, 1 and a half hour sessions across different nights. The course will also concentrate on basic climbing technique to help get you off the ground and climbing confidently. After completing this course you are also more than welcome to start climbing on the walls unsupervised or become a member to get discounted rates. This course has to be booked in advance (yep you guessed it, same number I mentioned earlier) prices range from £45, £40 and £35 for adults, concessions and juniors respectively.
There are several other courses all available to the public as well, such as the lead climbing course, this is spot on if you want a solid introduction to the exciting style of climbing that is lead climbing; This climbing style involves climbing ahead of the rope and 'clipping-in' as you go higher. It is a much more challenging and demanding climbing style and is the logical progression from top roping. The course costs £45 for adults, £35 for children and £40 for concessions. It is an extremely worthwhile course that once you get over the fear of falling is a great experience.
The centre also accomodates parties and there is even somewhere for the none climbers to watch all the action from the balcony area on the 1st floor.
In conclusion, Sunderland wall is an extremely well equipped climbing environment that I implore you to visit, both climbers and none climbers alike.
This has got to be without a doubt one of my favourite christmas film of all time. Christmas AND horror (sort of..) all rolled in one.
Billy Peltzer (Zach Galligan) is given a strange but adorably cute creature as a pet for christmas from his father the travelling inventor Randell Peltzer (Hoyt Axton) he is told three important rules which must be used to look after the creatures known as 'Mogwai' 1. Never expose him to bright light, he hates it, but sun light will kill him 2. Never let him come into contact with water.. but the most important of all the rules is number 3. never EVER under and circumstances, no matter how much he whines or begs, let him eat after midnight.
Now the film is without a doubt one of the defining films from my childhood. Not scary, but makes you jump in places from things jumping out all over the place. There is some extremely dark humour such as old ladied being sent flying to their deaths and other scenes where microwaves are involved ;) This is a fantastic movie, a true family and christmas classic, considering it was produced in 1984, the effects on the creatures, whilst not realistic for the most part, are aesthetically pleasing and make for a pleasurable viewing, almost believing that they might be real dispite their non-realistic appearance.
I recommend this film to anyone and everyone who reads this review.
Runtime: 106 minutes
Hoyt Axton - Randall Peltzer
John Louie - Chinese Boy
Keye Luke - Grandfather (Mr. Wing)
Don Steele - Rockin' Ricky Rialto (voice)
Susan Burgess - Little Girl
Scott Brady - Sheriff Frank
Arnie Moore - Alex
Corey Feldman - Pete Fountaine
Harry Carey Jr. - Mr. Anderson
Zach Galligan - Billy Peltzer
Dick Miller - Murray Futterman
Phoebe Cates - Kate Beringer
Polly Holliday - Ruby Deagle
Donald Elson - Man on Street
Belinda Balaski - Mrs. Joe Harris
Resistance 2 is the second game in this fanstastic series. Again we follow Sgt Nathan Hale in the events that occur after the events which happened in Resistance Fall Of Man..
The graphics in this installment have been given a huge kick up the jacksie (this is not to say the graphics in the first game were awful because they were far from it) But none the less the graphics are far more impressive.
With a selection of new weapons and a couple of returning favourites, this game stays true to its roots and keeps that base level of familiararity for previous players to build on. While we are on the subject of weapons, In the first game you were capable of carrying every weapon that you come across, while this was strategically very good, it was not realistic. With Resistance 2, you are only capable of carrying 2 weapons, this is far more realistic and in some ways makes the game better because you have to try and think ahead, what you will need different weapons for, and thus try to pick the best for all given situations.
The story line is again utterly superb, carrying on from the previous game and as already mentioned, the graphics have improved a lot as games programmers are starting to understand the PS3 more and more, clawing more an more performance out of this godly machine. But the cinematic cut scenes, they leave you with your mouth open and by the time you realise, its too late are you go scrambling for a tissue or something to wipe the already fallen drool! :) They are extremely pleasing well designed and give a HUGE boost to the already amazing storyline.
The chimera (the evil aliens you fight against in this game for the first timers out there, I recommend you buy and play the first game before this installment) have also improved, everything about them simply looks better than it did before and there are more new chimera for you to fill with lead, laser rounds and fuel grenades. ;)
Negative points? Hmmm well the gameplay is superb and the story line is well structured, graphics are amazing, weapon selection is amazing and controller layout is still all amazing, but again the down point to the game is it is simply too short :( Whilst the missions are quite long in themselves, overall the game feels too short for me, this is a truly amazing game but I just feel that there could have been more in this installment.
However I am willing to look past this major flaw for the simple fact that i enjoyed it, thoroughly and completely and give this game 10 stars.. wait noo dooyoo only allows 5!! That seems a little unfair as I would say this game is a huge improvement on an already superb game and since I gave the first installment 5 stars, seemed only right that this deserves 10 (but oh well)
I will start this review off, by saying that if you have seen the TV show first you will enjoy this book so much more than if you try to read the book first.
The reason for this is that there are a lot of references from all 3 seasons and you may feel pretty loft as to what is being said.
The mighty book of boosh is a compilation of small pieces of literature explaining things from the tv series or extra completely random additions, for example Bob Fossils 'Post cards from Nam' Which if you have seen the tv show you will know that Bob contantly pretends to his mother than 'Nam is still happening. Or a much more commonly known character (the moon) there is an insert which shows you all of the different phases of the moon as well as completely random descriptions of them.
This book is absolutely fantastic and is written so well, and so funny, but I really do recommend watching the tv series' first so that you can fully appreciate this book. Another tip I wold give is to not try and read this book from cover to cover in one sitting. It will turn you into an 'alabaster retard' (Watch the tv series to see what significance that has and why you dont want to be one ;P)
This book can be purchased from most book book stores or online at the likes of eBay and Amazon for on average £10.
£10 well spent I say, hilarious from front to finish.
This is the greatest First Person Shooter series that has ever graced a games console in my opinion.
The first title in the 'Resistance' series is 'Fall of Man'. The series is set in an alternate reality during World War II. A hostile race of aliens have 'infected' the planet earth and much has fallen to the hands of the evil, alien 'Chimera' which are a race of almost reptilian creatures that rely on cooling packs surgically implanted into them to keep them cool other wise they quickly die.
You play the american soldier; Sergeant Nathan Hale (Nathan is an awesome name ;P) who was sent on a mission to collect supplies from Great Britain. Upon arrival he, and his squad are attacked by chimera and telling you anymore about the story would spoil it for you so I shall shut up. ;)
The game play is very fluid and moves at a good pace with a sound and well designed story line. The controls are well laid out and easy to use on the controller. There are no jumpy sections of the game that I found whilst playing and the graphics and physics engine are extremely well designed (of course considering it is on the PS3 utilising its cell processors and nvidia graphics) and the chimera models perfectly receive damage and there are no spots on them that rounds go through, something else that I rather enjoyed when I discovered it is simply how well the chimera ARE designed, as mentioned before they have cooling units on their backs. Once they are dead you can shoot the pipes on their power units and they will shoot off the body flapping around everywhere as compressed gas spurts out of them. Whilst a lot of you might deam this to be a rather mundane think to point out, but it is just so aethetically pleasing and goes to show how much thought and time has been put into the production of this game even though it was one of the release titles for the console.
If i was to compare it to another game, I would have to say It is like having Halo set on earth and in the World War II time period which is very pleasing.
Overall this game is stunning and a fantastic start to the series.
As many other dooyoo'ers have said, Ben & Jerrys ice cream is a fantastic treat. It is simply delicious ice cream.
Well really this ice cream is exactly what it says on the tub. It is cookie dough flavoured. The ice cream its self is a deliciously creamy vanilla flavour. The texture is gorgeous, smooth and simply melts in your mouth as you eat it. Most cookie ice creams only have small little bits of the flavouring mixed in, but oh no, Not Ben & Jerry's, the cookie dough in this ice cream are huge chunks, I would say on average that the chunks of REAL cookie dough are about 1.5cm in diameter, so as you can imagine this is pretty generous ice cream. The cookie dough is extremely rich and have a fantastic sugary flavour.
Now the main problem with Ben & Jerry's ice cream across the board, not just this ice cream, is that it is full of sugar, saturated fat and loads of other things you should consume in moderation. To put this into perspective, for every 100g serving you are consuming 14g of fat, of which 8g are saturates, 4g of protein, 31g carbohydrates which 23g are sugars and 0.07g of sodium. Because of this you should eat this stuff in moderation! But I cant resist hehe I love this stuff and once I start eating, I keep eating untill the tub is empty! :)
The other problem with all Ben & Jerrys ice cream is the rediculous price. Around me (Newcastle) it costs in the region of £4.00 for a tub of Ben & Jerrys, this is incredibly expensive, but at the end of the day you are paying for quality.
In conclusion, this is delicious ice cream it really is, just make sure you eat responsibly.
This is without a doubt THE most useful application that I have on my Nokia E63. (which if you read my review you will know I love :P)
It is an absolute MUST HAVE for anyone with a laptop, a symbian powered phone and some sort or GPRS/3G/3.5G or EDGE connection. It allows you to share your mobiles internet connection to another mobile device such as a laptop that is able to connect to wireless hotspots/networks or other phones or iTouches for example. The posibilities of this application are endless.
There are a few versions of this application. The first of which is a 'Light' version. This version is completely free of charge and does not have a 'maximum usage' or a count down clock or a set number of days it can be used for, it is simply a skeletal version of the full premium version.
So what does the free version do? Well it obviously allows you to share your internet connection from your phone to another wireless enabled device however you cannot change any of the settings except for which 802.xx Channel you would like to use, clicking on the option will reveal to you that you can also use the following channels: 1, 6 or 11, there is also the option to select 'Automatic', this will allow the device to scan for which channel your connecting devices are 'sniffing' on and thus become available to join.
Other 'crippling' features for the light version are for example the inability to change the network name, or select which access point the phone will always offer connection for, with this version it is always stuck on the 'Always Ask' option which means that every time you start up the application you have to physically specify which connection to connect to the internet with. In one respect this is not a bad thing as it prevents people from inadvertently connecting with the wrong service which might incur large data usage bills, and is not that much of a hassle for myself, as I have used the free version.
You cannot change the 'Battery Threshold' either. This means that you cannot change the point at which the application will cut out to preserve your battery life, with the light/free version of the application this is set to the minimum threshold so the application will continue to operate until the phone is almost out of battery power.
The 'Landing page' cannot be changed either. Everytime the connection is first used on the wireless device connecting to it, the first website you will be 'thrown' to will be the OVI store. (atleast it is for me, I would like to be told if this is the same for everyone regardless of network provider, I am on '3') Even the default IP Gateway cannot be altered with the free version, however by far the most limiting restriction in the free version is the inability to use network encryption on the the connection. This means that anyone can connect to your 'hot spot' and start browsing or downloading, this can get you into heaps of trouble.
Some other useful things that both version let you do however, are the ability to see who is attached to your 'hot spot' and also shows you the MAC addresses for that particular device aswell as the name of the device which is attaching to JoikuSpot. You can also see the Status of the connection so whether it is active or if it has been stopped and also the length of time that the connection has been active for. As well, you can see packets that have been received in and out of the device, bytes in and out of the device, network name and encryption all on one tab within the application, this is useful for quick glancing and to see whats happening on 'your' network.
Now as mentioned above, the premium version of the software offers far more capability and functionality, for example; the ability to define a custom network name, which access point is to be used by default, allows the use of network encryption with the options of: None, WEP Open and WEP Shared, if selected to one of the two WEP options, then you can also choose which type of encryption key to use, either ASCII or Hex, and the encryption key length. Either;64-bit or 128-bit, You can also specify what the enctyption key is. As well as customising the battery threshold, landing page either on or off, GPS Positioning and customization of the default Gateway IP Address.
As can be clearly seen, the premium version of the software is well worth every penny, the application can be purchased either from the website (http://www.joikushop.com/ ) for 15 euros This is for the full lisence which allows unlimited usage. The same version can also be bought from the Ovi store on your symbian device for £12.99.
It is also possible to purchase a 6 month lisence for 4.95 (euros) again from www.joikushop.com/ . A 1 month licence is also available for 3.95 (euros) from the same website.
Overall this is an absolutely stunning piece of software and is simply childs play to use. A definite much have and something you will not regret buying. I fully recommend the Premium version of the software but just incase you are dubious, feel free to try the free version first!