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Sonic Boom

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This is truly amazing.

amazingThe quick lens of U.S. Navy sonar technician Ronald Dejarnett was able to capture this Air Force F-22 going supersonic over the Gulf of Alaska as the pilot did his best Top Gun flyby impression –(US NAVY)

Trying things out with desktop bloggin yo

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This is an effort to see whether i can diversify, even more, the way in which i write blogs.

I really need to ort out how all this works as its all getting a lil complicated now.

I have my facebook, twitter this site , posterous accounts all talking to each other then there’s my YouTube, vimeo, photobucket and what not sites. I need tio figure out the hierarchy of what tells what to do what so that I can post something on anyone of them once and it should update the rest of them all on one go.

At least that is the plan.

ruru stuff on head

This image is t test this live writer thingymajigy

why the multi posting?

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I’ve  been lookiong out for a sysstem that will easily post my blogs, tweets photos and videos  to all the relevant reas and all in one go – I present you:

www.posterous.com

Ok so actually i have to give the credit to John over at Human3rror / Chruch Crunch for finding this. So far it looks like a very very cool tool. I do already have everything linked but this looks like it will simplify it all down. Yay to technology!

http://irishmark.posterous.com/

Films I have been watching

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Terminator Salvation – We really enjoyed this. While most of the reviews have been poor i still like it. The film is heavily flawed. The concept is flawed greatly anyway with regards the whole thing of John Connor sending back his own Father to save his mother who the becomes his father yadda yadda. This was a stupid paradoxal error in writin and ther is a really facid attempt at addressing it in this movie.

Outside of that there were a few other things that just didn’t add up. Certain narritive elements that didn’t fit. It almost felt rushed in its presentation. Continuity of the narrative and a couple of cheesy elements could have been done without.

Asides from that it was good fun. There was that real sence of relentless danger i got from theoriginal movie and it achieved a real sense of the epic “OH CRAP WHERE’S THE PADDLE!” factor. The effects and CGI  (bar a ceratin cameo appearrance) were all great and te sound score was excellent. Certainly on worth watching in the cinema…..even if you do end up hating it.

Star TrekWOW This was really really good fun. They Really nailed this and got it right! I grew up on Star Trek so i was looking forward to it. The stroy was really tight and the references to all the old stuff was so multi layered it was great. Watch out for “the guy in red” , “tribbles” & “Kirk Pose and lighting across the eyes”.

The gags were great and the performances were brilliant. I was worried tht i would only see “Silar from Hereos” but Spock was Spock, so a tribute to his acting skills.

All in all – AMAZING! – Go see it!

The Wrestler – I watched this on the plain going over to Doha. I wouldn’t have paid fr this but i did wanna see it. It is a really intense drama andits quite sad really. It’s a slow one too but it adds to the eventual dispair of the main character. Mickey Rourke did exceedingly well at drawing out the desperationof the guy and i as impressed with his performance. Marrissa Tomei was also quite good in this.

Grand Tourino – KICK ASS OLD GUY! This was similar in pace to The wrestler ad a little dull t be honest. I was dissapointed. It was a great characher.relationship based piece but it was all a bit too slow for my liking.

Valkyrie – DULL DULL DULL – could you possibly make such an amzing story more dull? ………no

The International – see Valkyrie description – except ou’ve got Clive Owen & the story itself is just another dull espionage dance.

No Country for Old Men – This was BRILLIANT! Alot of people will hate this. I love fims that have a funky ending and a lack of resolution. The charaters are great but it oesn’t even need Tommy Lee Jones doing another cop act. Really great film – Go See It

So…..Doha……How was it?

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Well I’m in the airport waiting for my flight so i thought I’d kill the time by writing about Qatar

IT WAS STUPIDLY HOT – Got to 54 degreec C today.

infinite sand ocean

Doha is an interesting place. Culturally it is very very VERY different. Did i say it was different. Certainly off the plane i realised that I, as a white guy, was pretty fly, ok ok ok, that I was the minority. There are very few white faces around. There are however many many different nationalities represented. Chinese, Phillipino, Indian, Afghan, the list goes on…. As an Irish guy you do OK. Except for the fact that they jut assume you are British. But Here that goes down well. If you are American or British you get alto of respect and the workers will do anything for you. It gets a bit weird after a while. At least I felt weird.

What stuck me first is the way in which people are treated. there is not a real sense of friendliness between workers and bosses. It’s very raw and cold. Bosses see to treat employees like idiots and couldn’t really care less if that upsets them. In India there is the cast system. Here there is a hierarchy of nationality and if you are on the bottom rungs (Indians, philipinos) then you can expect to get treated very badly indeed. Calling a spade a spade: It’s very very racist but in a civilized manner.

Qatar seems to be mostly about money. Most of these people have come here to make money. In fact if you are not Qatari you are more than likely only here t make money. Everyone i asked about whether they liked it here or not had the same reply. “No but you can make good money here”. So you have all these guys coming over to work as labourers, kitchen staff, and porters – the grind work. Most of them are uneducated and the result is a city that is built on shoddy if good intention filled workforce. It’s as if some guy just decided he’d be an air-conditioning guy and went bought what he thought were the tools needed for the job despite not actually having a clue. Now i appreciate

The team I have been working with have been a really great bunch. Nice and friendly which was a blessing. I think i would go out of my mind completely if i had to deal with people here and not have someone to have a good chat with. None of them are Qatari. in fact they’re quite a mixed bunch of people. Portuguese, Lebanese, British were being represented. All of them really lovely people.

So would I live here? – Um….no. I think i could handle it for a while but it would eventually drive me nuts. Ruth living here would be another ting entirely. I would not be able to stand the way women are treated. If a woman calls a man a liar- she gets nicked! The heat would probably fry here and if she ever had to drive here she would probably die of a hart attack at the thought if she saw how they drive here. It scares even me! Also she hates white cars. there are lots of them here as it a good colour for car in this climate – nice and reflective. Ultimately Ruth wouldn’t be able to stand not telling people about Jesus.

I’ll write more about te work we were doing cause i think we are about to board.

Rockin the Doha, Rockin the Doha

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Right boys and girls. I’m ready. Everything i need is packed, bar this laptop and the power cord, and my toothbrush, and my phone and…well ok ok not everything but you get the idea.

I get up tomorrow and go meet Dan at T5 and off we go to Doha.

Where is that some of you might ask?

Beautiful place but it’s HOT! WOOOOOOO. I am probab;ly gonna come back and my wife wont recognise the crispy bacon boy in front of her. But she does like bacon so will prolly have me anyway.