WWE’s Chris Benoit Dead

UPDATE:

Alot has happened since this was first posted. It seems that Chris Benoit murdered both his wife and son and then committed suicide. This really is a horrible series of events, especially when there was a tribute show to him by the WWE last night. I dont really feel that much more needs to be said about this as it is really not a nice story, but if you want to keep up to date with it, there is a story here with all the details.

Today is a sad day for wrestling fans as WWE’s Chris Benoit has been found dead alongside his wife in their family home.

As most of you will be aware, I no longer follow wresting, but I do still have 220px-BenoitInTheRingalot of respect for the athletes who decide to take up this hard life. When i was a fan, Chris Benoit was one of my favorite wrestlers due to his consitantly high quality matches, and hard work.

There aren’t many details around about this, but it is being investigated as a ‘possible double-murder suicide‘.

If this does transpire to be the case, I think a long hard look needs to be taken at the wrestling industry, and the pressures that are placed on the people involved. Far too many ‘dubious’ deaths seem to come out of this entertainment industry, and I’m not sure these can still just be passed off as coincidence.

Anyway, my condolances to Chris Benoit’s family, and to the wrestling world.

Good news everyone… Futurama is BACK!!!

According to TV Squad, Futurama is returning!

The moment every fan has been waiting for (apart from those who bought the ‘complete’ dvd boxset) is here! Futurama IS returning to TV!
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I’ve loved Futurama since it was first released – in my opinion, its even better than the Simpsons. The gentle (and not so gentle) dig’s at popular Sci-Fi culture, along with typical Matt Groening humour and artwork was just too good to miss, and after seeing every episode available, I like many fans, long for more!

Well now we have to long no longer (quite a lot of longs there)…

Actually, we do. We have to wait until 2008. But then we’ll be getting at least 13 new episodes! Huzzah!
Oh, and FOX, “Bite My Shiny Metal Ass”…

A look back at 2006… (TV)

There has been many great TV shows this year, which it makes it incredibly difficult to narrow down a top 5. I’ve tried. I’ve tried very hard, but I just can’t do it!! So this is my top 10 TV shows this year:

  1. Stargate (SG1 and Atlantis) [Best Sci-Fi]
  2. Smallville
  3. Battlestar Galactica
  4. Veronica Mars [Best Drama]
  5. Torchwood [Best Newcomer]
  6. Kyle XY
  7. Prison Break
  8. Spooks
  9. Mythbusters [Best Reality]
  10. Life on Mars

Honorary Mentions: Heroes, Penn & Teller’s: Bullshit!, Pure Pwnage, Hak.5
Dishonorary Mention: Eureka

Wow… what a year! There are still shows that I havent listed that I’d really like to mention (but i wont *cough* Lost… *cough* Doctor Who… *cough*… excuse me). Anyway, where do I start?! At the top I guess!

1384342843-sg1-stargate-sg-1-9102331-1680-1050Stargate… what can I say – possibly THE greatest Sci-Fi franchise ever. It’s got the number one spot for a simple reason, its consistant entertainment between the two franchises. I didnt think it was fair to split them up and take up two spots, so I’ve grouped them, although I must say that it’s probably more Atlantis that’s clinched it this year. This is also SG1’s swan song in a way, since it will no longer be with us soon. All I can say is thanks for the last 10 years.

What a year it has been for Smallville. Spoliers: The Green Arrow?! Amazing! Hinting at the Justice League?! Awesome. If you’re in any way a comic book fan, or know even a little bit about DC comics classic hero, this is the best season yet and definately worth checking out!

Battlestar Galactica is without doubt one of the most refreshing shows on the tv at the moment. It still really is great TV. There is in fact only one reason that it doesnt have the top spot, and that is that it has set itself such a high standard that it found it difficult to live up to in one or two episodes this season. Plus the fact that the other two shows have had me more excited about them this year! Still, its an amazing show and if you arent watching it, you’re missing out!

veronica_mars_s2Veronica Mars is a new show to me this year, and I have to say, I love it. Its like the OC (which incidentally has gone massively downhill this year) mixed with Buffy, mixed with detective stuff and it works so well. Well worth a watch!

This year’s best newcomer Torchwood is a little bit of a surprise to even myself. The first ep had me thinking that they would be throwing in sex and swearing purely to shock Doctor Who audience which it was trying to capture. It has however turned out to be an excellent addition the the Doctor Who franchise, and one which in fact can hold its own. Bring on Season 2.

Kyle XY is an interesting one. A show aimed at the whole family which i found rather entertaining. I havent heard whether it’s back for a new season, but it better be, as I’m a bit on the edge of my seat!

Prison Break has been a bit of a rollercoaster this year. Last year’s winner, it has, on the whole, been great, although it has had a few ‘interesting’ episodes, and been a bit far fetched (to say the least) at times. Nevertheless, it is still an excellent show, and I cant wait to find out what happens. I do hope that they dont try and drag it into a third season however.

Spooks, another representation on the British tv front has again had an excellent season, with edge of your seat action. A new season is already in the works and I look forward to seeing it soon!

webphoto_mbI love shows that give random bits of information that make me look clever. Mythbusters does exactly this! Adam and Jamie are consistantly funny, informative, and its just a great fun show that solves random myths that you’d never wondered about until you see them on the show!

And finally (in the top 10), Life on Mars. A show from the very start of this year, it was a surprise hit with both Sci-Fi and non-Sci-Fi fans alike. A time travelling cop, or is he just in a coma, who knows. Either way its great TV!

Now just a few words on the honorary mentions. I’ve only seen two episodes of Heroes at the time of writing, but what i’ve seen so far I like. It really appeals to my superhero fandom, so well worth watching! Penn & Teller’s Bullshit is another great informative program, while being completely biased. I dont always agree with them, but they do it in such a good manner that I just love watching it! The following two shows aren’t really TV shows, but IPTV shows. Pure Pwnage is a comedy about pro-gamers, and if you havent watched it (you n00b) you really should! Hak .5 is a tech/geek show where they show you , surprisingly how to Hak and Mod things to do with computers. If you’re into that, check it out.

The dishonary mention goes to Eureka for making me think that it had the potential to be good, but never getting there. Thanks for the wasted hours.

And thats my TV run down of 2006… Phew!

It’s time for a TV revolution…

Ok, so I may have been exaggerating a little with the title, but it’s certainly a new dawn in searching for that show you want to watch! You may have read my previous post about LocateTV, and if you want to know more about what LocateTV is, you should check it out.

At the time of writing that post, LocateTV was in closed beta, but luckily for all of my readers, a new dawn has arrived, and LocateTV is going into public beta from tomorrow! You should definately all give it a try! And then you can do cool stuff like this:
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My Monologue

I had to write my own monologue for my audition at LIPA earlier today. I wrote it a while ago, but didnt want to post it until after I had done the audition. Anyway, i’ve done the audition now (and didnt get in :(), but I’m pretty proud of the monologue I wrote, so I thought I’d post it here. Here it is…

Ed, I just don’t know what more I can do…

What am I doing wrong?

I’m a nice guy aren’t I?

I do nice things.

I always hold doors open for people. Say ‘hi’ with a smile. Gees, I even buy people drinks when I feel like it.

But that still isn’t good enough is it.

People always want more – nothing is ever quite enough.

It’s not like I’m unpopular. I have plenty of friends!

Sometimes I think I have too many. I’m no good with names…

I mean, how can they not want me…

Bloody women. Half the time I don’t even think they know what’s best for ‘em.

Is it my looks?

No, it can’t be. Not if Matt can get a girl like Jenny. I wouldn’t mind a bit of her…

Maybe that’s it. Maybe I’m too good looking? Scares girls off maybe?

That sounds like I’m arrogant doesn’t it. I’m not. Really! I’m not!!

I’m sensitive. Thought girls wanted that. Don’t they?

I’m not looking for a one night stand. I’m a relationship person.

Mind you, I am good in bed. Or so I’ve been told…

And to be fair, I’ll take what I can get at the moment!

Three girls I asked…THREE. And all of them had better things to be doing.

I want them to be doing ME…

Instead, they’re doing their hair, scared of upsetting the ex… baking cakes!

Bloody women. Bloody Saint Valentine.

I knew I was Atheist for a reason.

Gilbert & Sullivan goes down a treat!

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It was the first night of the Gilbert & Sullivan Society production of ‘The Pirates of Penzance’ last night. Overall, it went very well and the reviewers we had in the audience also seemed to think so! For those who don’t know, i’m playing in the part of Major General Stanley, and was very chuffed to get the following review from the Nottingham Evening Post:

“Andrew Griffiths is a delight as the Major General and his rendition of the tongue-twisting I Am The Very Model of a Modern Major General is delivered with confidence”

The whole cast performed excellently last night – i hope we can do as well and better in the rest of the performances!

For tickets, please contact the Nottingham Arts Theatre.

Corsair Customer Service – there are good people in the world

I had a Corsair 1GB Flash Voyager USB drive, and had been using it for a few months. It has a keyring loop, so thats exactly what i used it for – putting it on the end of my keys. Anyway, after a month the cap got loose and i kept losing it (but luckily finding it again). This was annoying, but not the end of the world as the thing still worked. However, after having the keys hanging off it a few times, the usb connection started to get loose. Then eventually it snapped off…

Obviously this was a bit annoying, however you can pick up USB keys dirt cheap these days, so I wasnt too worried! But i thought i’d try and RMA it anyway. So i got an RMA number and sent it back by the cheapest post to the USA (which was about £1.20). A couple of weeks later I get a brand new sealed one back, delivered by UPS!

I’d half expected them to turn around and say it was physical damage, therefore my problem. So I just wanted to say thanks to Corsair – there still are some companies with good customer service in the world (yes, you should take note Bulldog!).

Snowboarding

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I’ve just got back from an awesome Snowboarding trip to Les Deux Alps in France! This was organised by BUSC as their Main Event, and apart from the 23 hour coach journey each way was an excellent trip. The weather was fantastic, and I got loads of Snowboarding done, so all in all I had a fantastic time! I’ve improved loads on my board, although on the last day I managed to break my snowboard :(

I would definately recommend Les Deux Alps as a worthwhile ski resort – it has great snow, great weather and a brilliant snowpark if thats the sort of thing you are into. There isnt a massive number of slopes, but there are loads of off-piste opportunities. Definately my favorite resort i’ve been to so far. There are some good apres ski venues also :)

Took loads of great photos – see the album on Flickr, or view the slideshow! Video compilation coming soon(ish!)

Thank the lord…

The UK Government has said that Intelligent Design is not science. You’d think this was a no brainer, but there are several instances of the total opposite happening in certain states in the USA.

All I can say is that at least we still have some sense here in the UK.

If this was taught as science, it would be totally rediculous, as I have stated before – the educational system should be based around facts, or as close as we can get, as opposed to fiction. Sure Intelligent Design is a good story, but science… get real!

Simple Plan Live Gig Review

Last night i went to see Simple Plan live at Nottingham’s Rock City. For those not in the know, Simple Plan are a punk rock band, similar (but different) to Blink 182/Sum 41 etc.

The support acts that warmed up the crowd last night arent really worth mentioning – i didnt think they were particularally good, and i definately didnt think they were suitable warm ups to a band like Simple Plan. So for me, i was waiting for the band i came to see…

I’ve liked Simple Plan for a while, and the thing that makes them stand out for me is their Lyrics. They’re both witty and meaningful, and many of them you can really relate to! Unfortunately, in my opinion, the one fault with the gig was that the vocals really needed to be turned up a bit. Other than this, the gig was brilliant.

The band were energetic throughout the one and a half hour set, really feeding off the sold out crowd. At one point, they even got one of their fans up on stage to play drums for the band! And to be fair, he did a pretty good job!

This energy really showed up in their songs – every song they played was excellent – great representations of the album tracks! I say representations, as they werent straight copies (thankfully – it always annoys me when you pay to see a band live and you just get a copy of their album on stage!).

All in all, the gig was amazing and thouroughly fun. It’s a shame that the support’s werent picked better to give a better representation of the music following. If that had been the case, it would have been a 5 star gig!