Archive for August, 2008


Getting up to Speed

Greetings from a very sunny Dumfries, especially so considering its just after 10am that I’m writing this.

It’s been a while since my last post we’ve got a lot of stuff to cover in this one.

First off; my following of Queen of the South continues with our European campaign. Snapey and I headed out to Airdrie to see the first ever game that QOS played in Europe and while that would be a piece of history in itself we also scored during the game making it our first ever goal in Europe thanks to Sean O’Conner.  When we arrived we were told by many that, due to flooding, they were unsure if the game was actually going to happen and fire engines were called in to drain the pitch.  While we did score it should be noted that my post match analysis, much like those in the Scottish press, are pretty negative.

Airdrie Stadium... it's no Hampden

  Defensively we were abysmal, slippery conditions making things worse, conceding a goal in the first 50 seconds is unforgivable.  The final score was 2-1 and going by the away goals rules we will have a mountain to climb in denmark next week and while I’ll be unable to make the away game, I’ll be watching on BBC.

Moviewise my cinema-goings have become somwhat lax as of late.  With the exception of Hellboy 2, there is nothing that interests me currently showing that I feel I definately have to see.  Now I know what you’re thinking; “But Mark, what about Star Wars: Clone Wars!?”

I’m really aggrivated by Clone Wars and it’s not for the reasons you might expect.  While many are pissed at Clone Wars for being a blatant exploitation of the franchise, the thing is actually the first 5 or 6 episodes of the new TV series combined to make a movie – something that every single one of the mainstream press apart from Empire havent grasped.  My gripe with Clone Wars lies in the fact that this is not the first iteration of ‘Clone Wars’ a few years back 2 seasons of “Clone Wars” aired on Cartoon Network as a 2D animation by the same studio and creator of Samurai Jack, Powerpuff Girls and Dexters Laboritory; Gendy Tartakovsky. 

The Clone Wars mini series


 The series won awards for its art syle and animation, the same art style that appears in the CG movie… yet Gendy has had no mention in any of the interviews with Lucas, who claims it as his own, and as is my understanding Gendy has no mention in the credits either.  What the hell!!  It’s like Lucas wants me to hate him, between this and the last Indiana Jones, all I need to do is see Clone Wars and I’ll have enough ammunition to write a hell of a scathing rant.  So if one does actually appear then you know I’ve got nothing better to do.

As I mentioned earlier I have also seen Hellboy 2, I might get round to writing a review this week once I’ve seen it again but I can tell you that the movie is visually stunning in both artstyle and GC.  Expect somewhere in the region of around 4 stars.

I’ve also got more write-ups coming this week too.  I’ll post my report on SPW’s first show from last night, either later tonight or tomorrow and next weekend I should get my Too Human review up too.



Spinning Plates

Returning to Dumfries for the weekend can either end up in 2 different ways.  The first being that absolutely nothing is going on and you’re normally in store for a pretty dire weekend or the second way in which you’re likely to be swamped and have little or no time to actually see everyone when you are down.

This time it was the second scenario, which meant that I would be offered to go to two 21st parties and visit Dave when I was done.  So the analogy I like to use in this situation is ‘plate spinning’: trying to see as much of everyone as I can without spending too much time on specific groups in order to keep everyone happy.

Unfortunately the idea of going to see my good ol’ friend Dave changed pretty much as soon as the first drop of alcohol hit my tongue… it turned into a full night out.  I guess this point is the most important to remember when I start describing what happened next.

Ok, now phones and I really don’t mix when drunk.  Various people know this, in fact I’ve already had to apologise to someone this morning for accidentally sending texts meant for other people last night to her because I didn’t have the best vision last night – another point that should probably be stressed when you read the transcript of a phone call I made. 

Here’s the situation: we were supposed to meet various people in a pub in Dumfries called ‘The Granary’ at 00:15, at this point its around 00:45 and Ryan (who was supposed to be with us had ran off).

*picks up phone, goes to recent contacts and calls ‘Ryan’*
Mark: Ryan, it’s Mark I’m at the Granary, everyone seems to be coming out. I think they’re closing, where should we get you?
Other side: *silence*
Other side: Hello!
Mark: Where are you anyway?
Other side: eh?
Mark: Where-are-you?
Other side: On the Craigs Road
Mark: eh!? *confused*  Why the fuck are you on the Craigs Road!?
Other side: I live there
Mark: Eh!?
Otherside: you’ve got the wrong Clachrie, this is Ryans dad
Mark: *silence*  Oh, shit!!  Sorry Davie Boy!!
*call ends*

Cue much embarrassment, oh dear.



I'm Mark Gibson & this is another one of my blogs where you're likely to find musings of daily life, gaming & just plain rambling.

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Modern Warefare 2
Forza 3

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Cage - Depart From Me
Flobots - Fight With Tools

Currently Reading:
The Wheel of Time (again)

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