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Tech: Apple’s Original Genius Steve Jobs Has Died

Posted in News, Tech, Thoughts with tags , , , on October 6, 2011 by Bjorn Grainger

Not a lot to be said here. I’ll leave it to Apple.

Thanks, Steve, for making our daily interactions with technology that much more enjoyable and for changing the world the tiniest bit for the better. Few of us will ever get that opportunity. You will be missed.

Sent from my MacBook.

Sources: Apple

More Tech News:

iPhone 4S – Brilliant Or Bogus?

It’s Official – Apple Event Planned For October 4th

New iPhone To Be Announed October 4th?

I Think I’ve Just Found My New Watch

Wanna Make Yourself Just That Little More Muggable? 

The Future From Back To The Future Just Got A Little Closer 

I Hate Living In A Tech Backwater

I Want This So Bad – Sony’s HMZ-T1

iPhone 5 – The Thoughts Of A Lazy Uninformed Geek

Tech: It’s Official – iPhone Event Planned For October 4th

Posted in News, Tech, Thoughts with tags , , , , , , on September 27, 2011 by Bjorn Grainger

The invites have gone out, the speculation is true – Apple want’s to talk to us about the iPhone on October 4th.

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Tech: iPhone 5 To Be Announced On October 4th?

Posted in News, Tech with tags , , , , , , on September 21, 2011 by Bjorn Grainger

I try not to deal in rumour usually, but when it comes any of Apple’s products it’s hard not to.

All Things Digital is reporting that the next Apple event is due on October 4th Continue reading

Tech: I Think I’ve Found My Next Watch

Posted in News, Tech with tags , , , , , , on September 13, 2011 by Bjorn Grainger

My last watch was the cool as flip Infinity Apus.

A great timepiece save only for a slight knock rendering it useless after only a year. My wrist has been left bare for a long time now but I think I’ve finally found the wristwatch to take its place.

Tokyoflash have always had the coolest concepts but very few ever make it to production. The Kisai Night Vision most definitely has. Continue reading

Tech: Wanna Make Yourself Just That Little More Muggable?

Posted in News, Tech with tags , , , , on September 13, 2011 by Bjorn Grainger

Then what you need is one of these –

A UK-based company, iPatch, are offering to modify your iPhone 4 and add a little glowing Apple logo Continue reading

Tech: The Future From Back To The Future Just Got A Little Closer

Posted in Movies, Tech, Thoughts with tags , , , , , on September 8, 2011 by Bjorn Grainger

You remember when you were eight or nine, leaving the cinema having seen Back To The Future II, and more than anything you wanted a hoverboard like Marty McFly? Yeah, well, it’s not that. It’s the next best thing.

Nike Air Mags, my friend. Continue reading

Tech: I Hate Living In A Tech Backwater

Posted in News, Tech, Thoughts with tags , , , , , , , on September 7, 2011 by Bjorn Grainger

I mean, the UK hasn’t even got around to selling the spectrum needed for 4G LTE networks and here’s the US and AT&T showing off theirs.

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News: Apple’s Steve Jobs resigns as CEO

Posted in News, Speculation, Tech, Thoughts with tags , , , , , on August 25, 2011 by Bjorn Grainger

This is freaking huge news. Apple’s CEO Steve Jobs has resigned. The brief statement is here. Tim Cook, who has been acting CEO in Jobs’ absence, is due to replace him.

Jobs has been on sick leave for many months now and has looked frail at recent press events, so this is not entirely unexpected, but this is still huge news.

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Tech: iPhone 5 – The thoughts of a lazy uninformed geek

Posted in Tech with tags , , , , , , , , on August 9, 2011 by Bjorn Grainger

I say uniformed, I think my opinion is just as valid as your average analyst who’s paid for this sort of thing. The truth is we all know next to nothing. How different it was a year ago…

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“You are much stronger than you think you are”

Posted in Comics, Tech, Thoughts with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on September 2, 2010 by Bjorn Grainger

Of the holy trinity of superheroes, I’ve always preferred Spider-Man and Batman. Spidey you could always relate to, Batman was dark and gritty. Superman always stood apart. I respected that he was the ‘first’ superhero and everything, but he never quite hooked the imagination like the other two. Maybe it was their weaknesses, their frailties that makes them more interesting. Bats may have near-limitless wealth and access to infinite resources, but he is still just a man. A man who can be beaten and broken. Spider-Man puts on the mask and can do the most amazing things, but once he takes it off he’s still the gawky teen with the mixed-up love life. Supes is a near-omnipotent superbeing from another planet. He’s honest and true. He’s essentially the perfect person. It’s hard to relate, sympathise, heck, be interested in a character like that. Or at least, that’s what I thought…

Here’s my review of Superman Returns taken from my MySpace blog just after I saw it –

“For the first time in what feels like AGES, I ventured to the local cinema and caught a moofie. It was Superman Returns, a film I’ve been stupidly excited aboot since, like, christmas or something. My review – It was good. Really good. But not great.

The set pieces were FANTASTIC, the plane rescue and saving of Metropolis were superbly done. Brandon Routh is eerily reminiscent of Christopher Reeve, playing Clark with warmth and Superman with strength and dignity. Kevin Spacey is brilliant as Lex Luthor, his performance the perfect level of ham and genuine menace. On the downside, it was a little long, there’s a plot spoiler point really irks my fanboy sensibilities, and the ending was a bit ‘fneh’.

In my personal superhero movie ranking, Superman Returns would come behind Spider-Man/Spider-Man 2, and Batman Begins, but far ahead of the likes of The Hulk and Daredevil.

So, go see it, I say! Even if it’s just to play ‘spot the Christ allegory’…”

Since then it’s festered in my brain and taken a massive swan dive in my estimation. It was this film’s assassination of Superman’s character that made me realise how much I really thought of him. By inadvertently making him a whiny crybaby and, worst of all, a liar, they took everything that was special about the Man Of Steel and ruined it. I don’t think they did it deliberately. They just saw that every other superhero movie was angsty and wanted it for Superman. But he doesn’t swing that way. He doesn’t brood. He doesn’t complain. He stands strong.

I haven’t read a lot of Superman comics, I admit. The ones I’ve sampled over the years have been fairly dull. He is a hard character to write for. Recently, though, I’ve taken to downloading comics on my iPad using the DC app, the Marvel app, and the Comics by Comixology app. I’d go so far to say that the iPad’s killer app may be comics. Anyway, one of the titles I’ve downloaded is All Star Superman. Without wanting to give too much away, Supes rescues a ship that’s flying into the sun but in doing so he poisons himself, and the rest of the series has him coming to terms with his own death. It’s hard to describe each issue. It’s almost like a series of vignettes. It fades in with Superman dealing with whatever is the big bad of that month’s issue and leaves the dying arc on the periphery. For me, it nails Superman’s character perfectly. Needless to say, I love it.

I will leave you with one page from issue ten. I think it is the single best page of any Superman comic I have ever read. Enjoy.