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Christmas 2008; Did I Get it!?

AppleTV, you know you cant resist!

AppleTV, you know you can't resist!

Way back when I forst started blogging (January 2008) I wrote a post called ‘All I Want (For Christmas)’ where I outlined a few desires for the end of the year, to sum it up I wanted:

  • On demand television that works
  • Decentralised social networking
  • No more Mickey Mouse Wifi services

So did I get what I want? Well, sort of. Firstly on demand television; Virgin, Sky and BT all offer these services from their own libraries but for me there are now two contenders that are really starting to make some headway. The iTunes has finally brought DVD Rental to the UK which pleases me but more importantly a XMCC based Boxee has emerged to become an all singing, all dancing, all platform multi-media centre. Based on the Xbox Media Control Centre (for hacked first gen XBoxes) Boxee incorporates the usual local netoworked media but also fires out to popoular social media packages such as last.fm, vimeo, YouTube etc. It also comes with a rich social layer of recommendaions and watch lists enabling you to check out what your friends are watching or listening to and reccommend something they might like. Best yet, it works as a menu item on an AppleTV! I’m off to the shops…

Secondly, decentralised social networking; what a downer… Facebook is still at large with it’s password antipattern and numerous annoying applications. However there have been a few gleaming lights this year namely in the shape of Twitter, possibly the most talked about application of 2008, since it looked sure-fire to go under at the start of the year. Using Twitter as a ‘data on-ramp’ (Courtesy of JayFresh) I use services such as Dopplr to publish my location, travel plans and numerous hints on life… I’m loving it.

Finally proper WiFi… this one is a bit of a misnomer since 3G was around last year, however this year it’s really taken off. Laptops are coming packed with an unlocked 3G SIM deep inside (Toshiba are doing this) and if you haven’t got one of those then a USB dongle can provide the rest. It would appear that there is no need to free up the Analog spectrum for WiFi, but it would have been a good corporate ploy for any telecommunications firm with no mobile arm *cough*.

So, with the year firmly behind us what do I want for Christmas 2009!?

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Snowboard Video Roundup 2008/2009

Danny Kass, founder of Grenade

Danny Kass, founder of Grenade

Well, it’s lunch and I’m eating and writing at the same time… Since most of this blog is going to be about work related things I thought I’d stick in a little personality and do a roundup of three of the best Snowboard Movies I’ve seen for the start of the season. I’ve linked, ranked and broken down into a few top videos for you to hype up on before you head for high altitude.

#1 Travis Rice, ‘That’s It, That’s All’

Travis is going to be one of the biggest names this year because of this huge budget, two year production. It’s the most beautiful piece of cinematography I’ve sene since Planet Earth, with snowboarding legend Travis Rice (Lib Tech Snowboards) alongside Nikolas Müller (Burton) and Terje Haakonsen (Burton) cutting up some serious backcountry powder… no rails is all good.

Highs: Triple backflips, Snowmobile over Mile Long Lake (Canada), Epic Avalanches, HD

Lows: Not available on iTunes in the UK

Check out the trailer in glorious HD at http://thatsit-thatsall.com

#2 Forum, ‘Forum Or Against ‘Em’

This movie is tough, rull of hard rails and harder slams. Forum is a well recognised but under-financed team in my mind. Nowhere near the budget of ‘That’s It, That’s All’ but does a very god job of putting other, larger brands to shame (Burton’s, ‘It’s Always Snowing Somewhere’ double disc feature is pants). This movie is also shot in HD which goes to show what’s possible when you don’t have much cash.

Highs: Face smashed into floor ‘Gunna hit it again…?’ ‘Yeah’

Lows: Again not available on the UK iTunes store.

Check out the trailer on Forum’s website http://forumsnowboards.com

#3 Rome, ‘No Corrrect Way’

Another medium budget movie in much the same vein as Forum’s offering. Again loads of hard rails and hard slams with a bit more backcountry shots and airs. Loving Joe Sexton’s section with plenty of ‘I’m not strapped in’ bennihanas and stuff… bring back the 80’s! Not shot in HD but still well worth it, particularly for the stunning metal soundtrack.

Highs: Wallride backflip out over the Rome tour bus… first attempt is a face plant (ouch)

Lows: Not shot in HD, if you don’t like metal turn the sound off.

Again you can check out a trailer over of Rome’s website at http://romesnowboards.com

The Rest

Also of note are this years offerings from Grenade (another heavy metal affair) and for those that like two thin snowboards instead of one there’s Claim… which actually looks decent.

Happy viewing!