Review of the Year 2011

It’s been a funny year. I spent most of it pregnant, which is a lot like being really hung over for nine months. Not really conducive to productivity. Now my tiny bundle of trouble is here, blog posts are hastily composed in the few minutes she is able to sleep without being cuddled up on my lap. It’s been a funny year generally, though. There were terrifying natural disasters, tumultuous political events, and a slew of zeitgeisty buzzwords. There were the riots in the the UK, which was the logical result of our filesharing culture: if you tell people that they can take music, films and games without permission, payment or consequence, then of course they’ll just start smashing shop windows and stealing televisions and consoles to play them on – because, really, what’s the difference?

Steve Jobs died, to worldwide mourning, and John McCarthy – who coined the term “artificial intelligence” – died the same month, to little fanfare. Amy Winehouse succumbed to her addictions, and Charlie Sheen miraculously survived his own. A royal couple who actually seemed to like each other got married. Lady Gaga got boring. An American preacher predicted the Rapture – twice – and was a little embarrassed when the dates passed without incident.

And a number of things were released that I rather liked.

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Dexter season 4

I am soooo not in the mood for writing tonight. I have – dare I say it? – more important things on my mind. Still, one way to unwind has been watching season 4 of Dexter, which I recently bought on DVD after growing impatient for it to finally be screened on British TV. It’s fun, as ever. We’re about four episodes in.

Terminator 2, and other remixes

I know these have been around for a little while, but I only just saw these very well-made fan videos by Pogo, in which he cuts together sound clips and images from his favourite films to create “remixes”. In his own words:

Comprising nothing but small sounds recorded from the James Cameron masterpiece ‘Terminator 2: Judgement Day’, ‘Skynet Symphonic’ is my tribute to one of the greatest action features of all time!

Each section is composed entirely of sounds from a major scene in the film. For example, the Terminator pounding on the fire escape door is used as a kick drum. Bones breaking play the role of a snare. Electrical disturbance acts as a crash cymbal.

The rather gory video reminds me why T2 is always so heavily cut on TV.

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James Remar

OK, so B-movie king James Remar is the star of Mortal Kombat 2 – you know, those films where everyone owned the soundtrack but nobody actually watched the film? So far so good, eh? Remar’s decided to get over it by appearing in every single television show I watch right now.



I could swear he’s following me around. I was amused when I saw him in Dexter, but it didn’t end there.


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