Friday, February 27, 2015

LJD'S WEEKLY CATCH UP: The Oscars, Book Lending Rights, Social Psychology for Dummies and Marcia, Marcia, Marcia

Well, it was a week for gold statues and crappy clothes and hairstyles.

1 - The Oscars took over the whole world and everyone was a critic. Of course we were, we were all going to criticise Neil Patrick Harris on his utter lack of emotion on stage, his utter lack of funny jokes with the only one being the crack at John Travolta pronouncing Ben Affleck as Benedict Cumberbatch. Everything else fell short. Way short. Some of the dresses were absolutely beige, others just boring, and everyone in the audience looked bored shitless.

2 - Other than that, our channel 9 network started the final season of The Mentalist last week and then promptly took it off this week for a stupid Tom Cruise movie. God knows why, but then the stupid networks have long treated TV shows like absolute shit anyway.

3 - I’ve started getting into my book lending rights. As an author and self-publisher, I can earn money through sales and loans to libraries or educational institutions if I had a workbook. It allows the authors to earn a bit when they would only earn from normal sales. As an author I didn’t even know I had these rights until recently so I’m now in the process of setting them all up.

4 - This week I read Social Psychology for Dummies. Last year I considered a course on sociology to try and understand human behaviours better but couldn’t find an appropriate one in my area or that I could do online so I got a book from my local library. It’s informative on many levels and obviously doesn’t go deeply into any level of psychology, but gives you an insight into why people say and do things on that level. It also explains what attitudes actually are, the problems with common sense, behaviours, self-serving bias and prejudice, social influence, obedience, conformity and social norms and relationships. It’s very interesting.

5 - We also had two cyclones roar through our top end of the country. Cyclone Lam hit Darwin and the Northern Territory and Cyclone Marcia hit Queensland’s coast. Thankfully they dispersed not long after hitting land but did do a lot of damage. Now we have floods and insurance claims to deal with after the hellish fires that South Australia and Western Australia had to deal with just in the last few months. Sadly, this is what living in Australia is like in the months of January through March thanks to the Tropic of Capricorn and the hot/cold air hitting the hot/cold waters (not sure which way it works but it’s one or the other).

The funny thing is, right now our version of I’m a Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here is currently going on in South Africa and Maureen McCormick is on it and we have a cyclone called Marcia.

Marcia, Marcia, Marcia!

Friday, February 20, 2015

LJD'S WEEKLY CATCH UP: Prisoners, Now You See Me and The Block

Not a lot happened this week. Between the weather being a stinker, family rocked up that I didn't really want here. That is an emotional merry-go-round I do not want to get back on but sadly, cannot get away from.

So I caught up on some movies I’d yet to see and the difference was spectacular.

Prisoners with Hugh Jackman and Jake Gyllenhaal was 153 minutes too long. I knew the basic outline of the movie but it dragged on so long I was bored within minutes and had to fast forward. 

What shits me about this movie (spoilers) is 1 - why didn’t Hugh fight back with Melissa’s character. I mean my God, he was twice her size and could have overpowered her. 

and 2 - did Jake’s character find him? Talk about karma. He holds a guy prisoner and now he's one.

This movie could have done with heavy editing and the other night when Ruby Sparks came on tv, I realised it was the same actor that was being held captive by Hugh.

The second movie was Now You See Me. I had wanted to see this since it came out but was too lazy to. A great movie that had me guessing until the end and I do love Mark Ruffalo, didn’t see that one coming.

Magic is always a treat to watch, leaving you scratching your head as to how things are done. I loved the part where Jesse's character was handcuffed and being interviewed and then poof, his handcuffs were on Mark's character.

I’ve started updating my self-publishing book so it can come out in paperback this year. I published it in March of last year and it's now being updated for re-issue in a month or two. Can’t wait to see it in print. 

The problem with non-fiction books like this, about things that are constantly changing, is that the details need constant updating. Thankfully though the details from the last two years are still pretty much the same and not a lot needed to be updated. Stay tuned for more details in the next few months.

This week on The Block, past contestants came back for another try at the prize. Bec and George and Matt and Kim from Skyhigh, and bitch-faced mole Dea and stupid ex-footballer husband who's also ten years younger than her Darren who were only on the last series.

The three previous couple all competed against each other and bitch-faced mole Dea and Darren won. Like we need or want THEM back for another season. Everyone on the Facebook page kicked up a stink and said they were boycotting, unfollowing, never watching the show again, it was a rort, it was rigged etc. She's a hateful narcissistic bitch who thinks the whole fucking world revolves around her.


She's already attacked the other contestants who look rather bewildered by the attack. It's best that they just stay the hell out of her way and not have anything to do with her. If I was on the show and she rocked up, I'd walk off because if I didn't I'd punch her in the head until it was bloody.

Friday, February 13, 2015

LJD'S WEEKLY CATCH UP: The Walking Dead, Forever, Politics and some author called Chuck Wendig.

ooohhhooohhhhhh it's friday the 13th ooohhhoooohhh let's get on with it.

1 - We had a vote to have an election spill at the beginning of this week. The Liberal party voted 61 to 39 in favour of keeping Tony Abbott as Prime Minister and not having a spill.

Morning shows tried doing their live crosses from Parliament house only to be drowned out by the fucking aboriginals waving their flags and screaming about deaths in custody and stolen children. The cops moved in too late. They allowed the idiots to get right up behind the show’s stage and I would have been worried for my life having them so close.

2 - Survivors of The Lindt Café siege have been on TV. Channel nine had one lot, channel seven the other. None of them crying, none looking overly emotional. Channel nine was advertising their interview three weeks after xmas and this only happened a week before xmas.

If I had a gun in my face I would be too traumatized to go on TV, yet they clearly aren’t. One had her nails neatly manicured and painted and her fake hair colour matched her fake tan.

In fact, it all looked a touch fake to me. No tears, no nothing. So much for being traumatised.

And what I don’t get is why some people’s first thoughts after something happens are “let’s get on TV and talk about it”. Why is that more important than recovering from the experience you’ve just had?

I don’t get it. I really don’t get why a TV show or magazine interview comes first and foremost.

3 - The Walking Dead premièred this week with what could be seen as a boring episode. There was no focus on what had happened to Beth, no Maggie grieving, no tears shed, and the funeral was for Tyreese not Beth. It’s like an episode was left out and we go from them being outside of the hospital to suddenly taking Noah home to see his family. Too much info left out for my liking.

And how did Noah’s kid brother get out of his room to bite Tyreese in the first place? We saw him look to his left and saw the shadows at the bottom of the door but the door was clearly closed. How did a zombie kid open a door? Does this mean they can do more than just bite now? Who knows? But Noah certainly had no issue with stabbing his kid brother in the head. And where did the guy in the bathroom come from? Surely he would have been able to walk out at the sound of the door opening and closing, yet this zombie seemed to wait until not only had Tyreese been bitten and the kid killed, but Noah yelling and running off for help. Too much time passed for a normal zombie to leave it until he decided to come out.

The other lack of continuity was how they put Tyreese into the car. He went in feet first, his head was on the right passenger side, yet when he dies and they pulled him out, they pulled him out head first. Not possible and I noticed it right away. 

And how did they kill him? There was no visible head wound when he was in the ground, no blood, his hat not on his head covering any wounds. How did they stop him turning?

4 - Forever started two nights ago here in Aus and while I’m a bit over TV cop dramas, the twist helps move it along. And Ioan Gruffudd isn’t too bad to look at either. What annoys me about shows is they shoot first ask questions later. Why did she need to arrest him because she found out he was on the train? She had no evidence what-so-ever that he was involved with anything but instead of simply going around there herself they issued a warrant. And I didn’t think they could enter without serving that warrant to the store/home owner otherwise the search would be illegal. Either way, that was stupid. And continuity had an issue in this show too, just a pity the person in charge doesn’t notice their errors.

5 - In the battle with my weight I’ve decided to try Zumba. I bought a box set off ebay and will be starting on Monday in the morning before breakfast. God help me.

6 - Quote of the week goes to Chuck Wendig. It’s only a part of the conversation he was having but it says so much. Check the full article here.




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