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.
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
Disney Starwars Pt. 2
They now have me over a barrel, Disney that is. I am duty bound to go and see every new Starwars movie because I always have, well since Return of The Jedi anyway. And so it was, with the latest installment of the rapidly burgeoning franchise, that I went with my usual trepidation, fearing it would be awful. Well, it was the usual story, droids, lightsabers, space battles, princesses, and that hairy thing called Chewie. It wasn’t groundbreaking, it wasn’t terrible, but it lacked a strong story. It felt it was building but never really arrived anywhere. A going through the motions exercise, cute characters for the kids, some explosions etc. but it was all a bit flat. Of course, I will go to the next installment but I am beginning to lose the force now, especially with the death of Han Solo, but then he was far too old. A sign perhaps that the next generation should grow up with whatever the new Darth is called, and I should go and have a coffee instead.
To have you over a barrel – unable to make a choice
Burgeoning – growing
Franchise – part of a group
Trepidation – fear and worry
Groundbreaking – innovative, fresh, new
Going through the motions – Doing what is expected without using any imagination.
It was with bated breath and much anticipation that I finally got around to watching the sequel to one of my favourite films, Bladerunner. Staring Ryan Gosling, Bladerunner 2049 is a follow-up to the 1982 cult classic which stared Harrison Ford as a man tasked with finding and destroying Replicants (robots that outwardly appear to be human.) It started out well with the same dystopian gothic darkness and constant rain and gray misery of the first film. It was brooding and slightly confusing and the cinematography was both epic and oppressive. However, as the film progressed it lost its way, becoming over sentimental and predictable. With Harrison Ford we had an actor who in the first film lacked outward emotion yet in the second wore his heart on his sleeve. I guess I expected too much from a movie I have always loved but, unfortunately, I was checking my phone before the end credits rolled. Shame but sometimes you just can’t improve on a masterpiece of cinema. I probably will watch it again, and maybe I will see something I missed, but I doubt it.
Bated breath – to hold ones’ breath in anticipation of something
Cult Classic – Something which has a group of very loyal fans
Dystopian – A society which is broken, doesn’t function well
Gothic – Style of art which uses dark colours and disturbing imagery.
Brooding – Thinking deeply about something which makes you angry or sad
Predictable – easy to guess what will happen
Wear you heart on your sleeve – To show your emotion openly
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