Hello! Nice to meet you. My name is Robert and I'm from Dundee, Scotland(U.K.). Shortly after graduating in Physics, at university, I decided to come to Japan. I spent my first two years in Kitakyushu before deciding to move to Sapporo in 2006. The main reason for my move was the summers down south. Sapporo has a very similar climate to my country so I enjoy it very much. I enjoy playing many kinds of different sports, with my favourites being football(soccer) and golf. There are many things that have kept me in Japan, including the people and the food. I look forward to seeing you soon.
The inner child
When we throw off our childish ways and mature into adulthood we tend to forget what life is. Its an oft heard mantra but does it ring true? Well in many ways I believe it has a ring of truth to it. Watching my kids singing, dancing and playing without any embarrassment, just following their feelings, is a very refreshing thing to see. They have no concept of what they should be doing, which tends to cloud our adult thought. We have many responsibilities, and of course work, to fill our days and the nagging guilt that we are always wasting time, that we should be using our time effectively. Well I think kids have a better take on life, in that they just live in the moment and enjoy whatever it is they are doing. So my advice is to take a break from being your adult self and try living just in the moment without worrying about tomorrow, because kids are always smiling and adults are always forgetting to.
Throw off – discard
Oft heard – Often heard
Ring of truth – Some truth to it
To cloud your thoughts – To prevent us from thinking clearly
Nagging – will not go away, continue to annoy you.
Cockneys Versus Zombies
Well I don’t always watch classics, and this definitely wasn’t one. However a film set in London with Cockney actors being attacked by zombies just had to be watched. So I sat down in the peace of a Friday night and was amused. It was actually a half decent movie. The acting was a lot better than I was expecting and the plot was both ridiculous and highly entertaining. Being a comedy it hit most of the right buttons, using cliché, parody and slapstick with verve and still managing to keep the plot moving along. It was let down by some cheap CG but overall it hit the spot, a light, funny, horror comedy with larger than life characters and some very silly set pieces. Not a great work but not a bad B movie either. I wouldn’t pay to see it but it wasn’t a bad way to spend an evening.
Set in – the location of the story
To be amused – to be entertained
Half decent – quite good, not so bad
Ridiculous – stupid, not logical
Cliché – A story that has been copied many times before.
Parody – to make fun of something
Slapstick – physical or visual comedy
Hit the spot – was satisfying
Another wander away from my usual film babble, today I wish to expound upon another passion, or my greatest passion of all, writing music. I have spent most of my life tunelessly strumming, plucking, hitting, and shouting in a shameless attempt to create music. I have also been using computers to do all the hard work for me, and that is what I wish to write about here. When I began 20 years ago I had a very low powered Atari which I plugged into my Roland keyboard and had to program, in order to make any decent sound. Over the years I slowly upgraded through a series of PC`s, a laptop, and now an iPad. The iPad is astonishing. It is as powerful as a pro studio was 10 years ago, and yet you can get all the programs, or apps, you need for less than $300. I can now mix and even record in my lunch break and produce pro quality songs anywhere in a tenth of the time it used to take, because the iPad is so portable and stable. It does take some practice and patience to learn, but if you have ever wanted to write and record some music there has never been an easier or cheaper time to do it than now.
Babble – unclear way of talking
Expound – to present, explain
Shameless – without caring about what people think
Atari – The name of an old home computer company
Upgrade – to get a newer version of something
Portable – to be able to move and carry
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