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Casino Royale, WMP11 and Fountain Competition
SSR Gets Drafted
I watched Casino Royale in a couple of sittings over the last few days. It wasn't the greatest copy (it's not out in Brazil) but whether that affected the viewing pleasure or not I'm not sure. I certainly liked the gritty aspect, and Craig didn't make a bad Bond at least, despite being mostly stuck with a single steely glaze (and orelha da feijao). But for whatever reason the story just didn't grab me. Also the scene with Bond and the chair, for those that've seen it, I found downright silly, albeit supposedly taken straight from the book. I'll try and watch it again properly at some point, but for the moment I think my favourite still has to be something like Goldeneye.

In other news, I just updated WMP10 to v11 (no idea when that came out) and I'm mostly impressed. The interface has moved on light years, and the idea of browsing albums via artwork albeit in a list view is very appealing, it's certainly a lot more practical than iTunes' cover browser. It's also allowed me to import all my video files which I was really struggling to manage, and it copes with pictures as well. The single biggest problem with WMP11 though is speed. It regularly freezes when switching between views, presumably because there's several thousand MP3s and a thousand or more video files to deal with. Trying to sort video files by a criteria also causes a lockup for a few seconds while it thinks about it. I've also hit another problem that cleaning up the WMP library is proving to be impossible. I accidentally added my backup drive so have duplicate copies of most of my MP3s, and rescanning the right folder doesn't seem to affect it. Surely WMP has a library cleanup function? Although Winamp's slow to start, it beats WMP hands down from the POV of just browsing around the library, although WMP11 sure looks purty.

My Fountain competition did get the prerequisite three entries at least :-) One of them was a rather lovely pencil sketch of Izzi and Tom, the main characters. The other two were FAQ entries. So one short term job is to consolidate those and write an FAQ. The guy at Warner said that he could send two posters out and the third to me, but I told him I'd rather they went to the three winners. He then wrote back and said he would try and send me an extra one anyway, and asked if I'd like to post a competition for another film, although I've never heard of it.

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I was prompted to upgrade to v11 yesterday, haven't had time to check it out yet.
Also, have discovered Windows Movie Maker which looks to be perfect for editing my phone vids... I am planning something more elaborate at last!

Incidentally, having just had a scan through your website I noticed that on one of your many many vacations you went to Greenwich and the Cutty Sark. Did you pop into the then Ottakers at all? Because chances are you've met Jen also!

v11 certainly looks pretty. But I've given up with it already because it doesn't have any way that I can see to clean up the library, which is just a pile of shanzibars.

Movie Maker's pretty good, very easy to use and powerful enough for all the basic stuff. I did install Adobe Premiere, took one look at the UI and clicked on the close button :-) I have used Premiere in the past though, a LONG time ago.

I don't think we visited Ottakers. I know Lu was badgering me to visit a "pub" for some reason I still can't fathom, but I don't think we visited that one. A shame, otherwise it would have been like in the films 'n stuff when long lost brothers meet up in some chance encounter in a Turkish bath! ;-)

I'd better start visiting Turkish baths then!

Which pub did you go to in the end?

We'd already been to the Cherry Tree back in Farnham, which is a lovely looking pub (aside from atmosphere).

As for London, I think we went somewhere near Leicester Square, the rest of the time was just sandwich-y places, Burger King etc.

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