Sunday, 31 January 2010

British Supercross Championship 2010

L   I   V   E       A   T
T   H   E     O2


This time yesterday, I was at The O2, relaxing in a private suite, watching the Supercross Championships 2010. It was brilliant. The noise, the fumes, the intense competition... Awesome.

I got home and changed after a day's shift at work, and Dad and I headed up to London. I was really excited. We got to the venue just as the event was beginning, and made our way on the escalators towards the suites. They're really nice... As I looked down on the arena below, I saw the impressive track created; the whole floor of the arena had been piled with dirt - to see the entire arena, click here. There were a bunch of different heats and types of races, with different ages (from 7 through 20s) and different bike sizes. And there were quads. The races were more and more intense as the night went on.
My favourite races were the head-to-head 2-lap races, which really got personal, and almost violent; they were racing for a bucketful of cash, and the riders resulted to riding into the other rider to get in front. It was awesome.
One of the best races of the evening was the one of the finals, where the entire race was between an Englishman and a Frenchman - everyone forgot about the other riders. It was seriously so tight. During most races, the guy in front would get a good lead and, unless they stacked it, stay in the lead. But, during this intense race, although the English guy was in the lead for most of the race, the French guy was on his tail, literally just feet behind. With just two laps to go, the French guy overtook and gained a good lead. The whole crowd sighed and carried on following the action. The English rider rode well, but didn't make too much effort to catch up with the lead. Final lap. Everyone was on the edge of their seats. On the penultimate corner, someone came off their bike, and went to pick it back up. Just then, the French rider went to pass on the left, but got blocked by the rider that fell off, The English rider passed on the right, and carried on the course. But then the French guy got the lead... The crowd were going crazy, as they watched the English rider accelerate the on the final straight - neck and neck - then cross the finish line half a bike's length ahead. That really was the greatest race of the night. Here's the winner of that race celebrating:

I took my DSLR and 75-300mm zoom lens along with me, and got some really excellent pictures of the action. Here are some of the best...








Sunday, 24 January 2010

Hahahaha




QK


I just wanted to show you that. It's awesome...

Roadtrips, Adventures, and Really Cute Girls...

I really do have bursts of writing posts on here, and then don't write anything for a while... Well, I sure have been having some awesome adventures. Let's carry on the story where I left off...

We've recently had a bunch of snow, which I'm sure you heard about it on your news, whatever country you might be reading this from. It was crazy. It's gone now, of course, but for the five days it lasted here from the 5th January, it pretty much caused havoc... And, because of the snow we had no Church on the 10th, meaning we could have an excellent lay in and chill out day. :)

That C2 Maths resit I told you about sucked. It was so difficult. I'd been doing a past paper a day in the lead up to the exam, and had some really good results from them, but then in the real exam, it was waay too difficult. But hey.

Being the spontaneous and excited teenager that I am, one day I asked Teddy if he wanted to go to Nando's with me for dinner. It was completely random, but so much fun! I called him, and then picked him up just 10 minutes later. My sister was going there for some party, and I decided to go all out and enjoy life, and eat there too! Haha, it was pretty cool. And, one of Teddy's friends from his secondary school works there, and she it cutte. She came over to say Hi to him, and I just sat quietly... From there, we went back to his house, and played video games and watched the 100th episode of 'How I Met Your Mother', which was "legen - wait for it...

...

DARY!" Hahaha.... Brilliant.

I can't believe how quickly everyone - including myself - is growing up. I went to another 18th birthday party last Saturday at Frankie&Benny's. This time it was Lewis's - I've known him since he was 11. That's a long time, but it's seriously come round so fast. It was a really good dinner, and we had a laugh.

Last Sunday, Michelle and I went one a roadtrip to visit some of our very good friends - Katrina and Olivia - in a ward not too far away. I'd been wanting to since I'd passed my driving test. Soo, we planned it, and Michelle got dropped at mine at just after nine, and we begun our trip. It was the first time I'd done the 30 minute trip on my own, so I took the satnav and some good Sunday tunes, and we chatted all the way there. We got there at a quater to ten, and there were just two other cars. I thought that perhaps it didn't start until 11... We went in, and everyone (who was there already) said Hi to us... I felt like an investigator! Haha... But then Church started at 10, and people started to turn up. We got to see Katrina and Olivia, and I enjoyed it all so much! It was really great to see them again... The Youth Sunday School was excellent, with all the kids interacting and asking legit questions - we actually asked whatever we wanted, and discussed it as a class. It was lively and fun, and I had a good time. Then, we overran, and went into the Sacrament Meeting... And I have to say, there are some very cute girls there. I'm thinking about going back very soon... :P How many times should you see someone before you can ask them out?

And finally on Thursday, I got the footage for my Media all shot. It's taken waay long to organise, but it's finally all done. I've had the idea for my Media production - which this year is a teaser trailer for a new film - for about seven months now, and I finally got to shoot it last week. I was really nervous before filming; most of the time, the footage doesn't look like the vision in your heard, but this time, it's pretty close. I hope the editing goes well, and it all looks how I imagine. I've got the music ready now - 'Overlands' by Moby via Mobygratis.com - andd.... Well, I'll see how it all goes. And, Hannah, who played my female protagonist, really does look good in short shorts, no matter what she says. :P

And that pretty much brings us to today. Of course, there's been college, work, and Church on a regular basis. I'm hoping to hear back from the Uni I've applied to very soon. Life is going well.

Anyway, how are you doing?

Friday, 15 January 2010

I just completed

Uncharted 2: Among Theives on Normal - after 13 hours, 54 minutes, and 2 seconds of gameplay, with 831 enemies defeated - with a 54.91% hit ratio, plus 200 headshots - and after dying 109 times. WIN!

Monday, 11 January 2010

Top 50 Favourites

Recently, I've been wanting a playlist on iTunes that calculates your current favourite music. It's great that it can show you your most played tunes, but that's not very useful if, although it's the second most played song in your library, it isn't one of your favourites at the moment. I wanted to create a playlist which takes into account the number of plays a song has had since the date added. I have found, through my attempts at least, that this isn't possible.

Instead, I've spent time creating this Smart Playlist consisting of my Top 50 Favourites. It's the next best thing, and it's pretty awesome.This playlist takes into account some of my favourite songs which I still listen to, and some new songs which I currently love.

Yeah, that is Windows 7. And yes, it's amazing. So, here's a list of my favourite songs at the moment. This list consists of some of my favourite songs that I always enjoy listening to, and songs which I just added and I love. Therefore, this finished product is simply a compilation of two other Smart Playlists. See:

The other two Smart Playlists involved I have named 'Favourites, Recent' and 'Favourites, New'. Let's head straight to those now.
Click on the image to make it bigger, and view the settings for yourself. The images are of 'Recent Favourites' and 'New Favourites' respectively, with the settings included in the image.


You can see that the 'Recent Favourites' takes songs which you've played within the last two weeks, whose overall playcount is greater than ten. I've limited this to 30 items selected by most often played. This will give me my all time favourite music that I've listened to recently. The 'New Favourites' playlist takes songs added within the past 18 days (or however long you want), whose playcount is five or more. I've limited this to 20 items selected, again, by most often played. By creating a new Smart Playlist, which simply combines both of these playlists, you'll get a playlist of your current favourite music.

To begin creating these playlists for yourself, head to 'File' (in Windows - I'm not sure what it is on Mac), and then select 'New Smart Playlist', then follow the rules I've shown you! You have to create the other two playlists before you can create the main 'Top 50 Favourites' playlist. I've also ticked both 'Match only ticked items' and 'Live updating'. This will ensure that only ticked songs - songs I want on my iPod - are included, and that the Smart Playlists are regularly and automatically updated.

It's easy, and a great way to make a collection of your favourite songs you love right now. I personally love it. It's great just to shuffle this playlist; you'll always get something you love.
Let me know if you give it a go, and how well it goes for you...

Saturday, 9 January 2010

Uncharted 2: Among Thieves



This game is immmense. I really love it. 'Uncharted: Drake's Fortune' was one of the best games I'd ever played, and this sequel hasn't disappointed. After I got back from work today, I played 7 chapters in two hours. I'm up to Chapter 15 so far, and already have almost 80 headshots. Awesome.

It's an incredible game; the storyline, the intricate graphics, and intense gunfights make it brilliant, and somewhat addictive. I'd really recommend it.

Visit the official website here.

That's what I thought...



Paramore totally got 5 K's in Kerrang! for their gig at Wembley Arena that I went to in December! Awesome...     Here's some more pics from the mag:



Tuesday, 5 January 2010

And I find myself on Blogger.

It was the first day back at college today. And it was a Tuesday, meaning I have five lessons. That's a pretty intense first day back. I managed to finish up my Business assignment last night, and hand it in today, only to find a bunch more work I have to do. And I found out I have a Maths resit next Monday, which adds to the work and stress. But, I've recently decided to really work hard these last six months I have left. And I started today. I got home, read scriptures, and got on with work I have to do: Maths revision, piano practise, and then fitting in dinner before going to Seminary. I stayed home from Mutual so I could get on with some Seminary work or Business, but I can't be bothered right now.
Blogger is my Personal Time Waster, but it's great. :)

Hott new stuff...

On the last day of Christmas break, we went shopping. To Hollister, primarily. That shop is so legit. Everyone in there is so hott. At one point, I realised I was staring. I love that shop. Anyway, yesterday, I purchased two new awesome items: an awesome new Hollister tee; and an awesome new pair of Vans. Check it.


Saturday, 2 January 2010

Invaders Must Die

T H E   P R O D I G Y

This album is intense.
It's fast-paced electronic dance anthems at their best.
Check out 'Invaders Must Die', 'Omen', 'Warrior's Dance', and 'Stand Up'
for a taste of the album.
Five stars   -   * * * * *

Visit their Offical Website or Myspace.

This Is War

3 0   S E C O N D S   T O   M A R S

This album is amazing, and really inspiring.
The huge audience vocals included in almost every song make each epic.
Check out 'Kings and Queens', 'This Is War', 'Closer To The Edge',
along with the rest of the incredible album.
Five stars   -   * * * * *

Visit their Official Website or Myspace.

Friday, 1 January 2010

Christmas and an Epic New Year

It's been a really great break. It began with a snow day, and going to see Paramore in London. Following that, I worked Saturday, Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday, glad for a break on Thursday. Christmas Eve, as a family we went out for a meal in the evening, and then to watch 'Nativity!' (Debbie Isitt, 2009), which naturally, had nothing on Avatar. When we got home, we began watching 'The Nativity Story' (Catherine Hardwicke, 2006) like we do every year, but we all got so tired, we had to go to sleep...

Finally it was Christmas Day. I'm well past waking up early, full of excitement; my sister came in to wake me up at half 7, and it took me ten minutes to wake up and get out of bed... We got to go downstairs and open some presents, before going to Church for a Christmas service. We got back home, and continued opening presents. I got some new CDs, and couple of new Blu-Ray movies, some new clothes, and Hollister aftershave, amongst other things, but my biggest surprise was a new lens for my DSLR. It's a 50mm f/1.8, and takes incredible pictures. I've also recently got a new laptop - which I'm now using to write this post - and spent time continuing to set it up, which I began the day before. Windows 7 is awesome. And I finally got to give my parents their present from me; ever year, I try to give them something really awesome, that they'll always remember. A couple of years ago, I did them their own stocking from Santa, and last year, I prepared a date for a day, with a professional massage and home cooked dinner. This year, I wanted to one-up last year, and got them an awesome present. It's a Virgin Experience Day to Silverstone, where they an choose one of five supercars to race around the legendary English track. They'd been wanting to do something like this for years, so I figured now's their chance. I'd love to do something like that... It was a huge thankyou from me for absolutely everthing they've done for me throughout my life.
The Missionaries and my Uncle joined us for the day, and we all enjoyed one of the greatest meals of the year - Christmas dinner. It was delicious. Mum is such a great cook. I seriously think I could live off of those little sausages wrapped in bacon... For the rest of the day, we chilled, played games, and enjoyed ourselves...

Fast forward a week, and we get to today. Days earlier this week were spent getting up late, trying to find the willpower to do Business coursework, sometimes getting it done, and sometimes getting distracted. I've been meeting up with friends, and on Wednesday, went to see 'Sherlock Holmes' (Guy Ritchie, 2009), which again, had nothing on Avatar. :P
Yesterday was when the party was. I didn't have any plans for New Years Eve, until I was invited up to London with some friends to probably the biggest LDS party in the country. It was effort trying to sort out how to get up there and get home again, but we got it sorted in the end. I got to the train station, and knew which train my friends (who had got on further down the line) had got on. I had ten minutes, so called Mum to see if she could bring me my leather jacket. As she got to the station, I went to get the jacket, and got a text saying that my friends hadn't left yet. I assumed this meant that the train they were in hadn't pulled away yet, and I figured that this meant the train I expected everyone to be on which had just pulled up, wasn't the one with them on it. So, I didn't rush to get on it. Just then, I got a phone call from the guys asking if I'd got on the train. I checked the message details on my phone, and even though I had received about twenty messages since, I hadn't got that one until an hour after it was sent, meaning I actually should've got on the train. Anyway, they got off further up the line, I got on the next train, and then met them. It was really cool of them to wait for me. We made it to London, and then jumped onto the Underground and made our way to South Kensington. After a short walk through the cold, we made it to the party...

It was technically a YSA New Years Eve party for Britannia Ward, but it was packed full of people, including a load of Youth. There must've been a thousand people there, and people were still arriving after we did at about 10.30. There were seriously so many people. We made our way through the crowds in the lobby who were standing talking, to put our coats and bags down, and then went into the main hall. The music was awesome, and the DJ was just incredible the whole night through. Easily the best DJ I've ever heard. The atmosphere inside was excellent. We soon found all our friends, and had a great time. I kept checking the time counting down to midnight. 40 minutes. 30 minutes. I was really excited for 2010 to begin... While I was there, I met some friends from EFY years ago. One guy I met at EFY in 2007, and he recognised me there, and we got talking. And one of the missionaries who used to serve in our ward was there, and it was great to see him again. I wanted to meet some new people before midnight, so went to talk to some girls I hadn't met before. I just wanted to feel I had achieved something awesome before midnight. :) Apparently, usually, just before midnight, everone is allowed onto the roof to watch the fireworks in London, but for some reason we weren't allowed up last night. So, we all headed outside, and then realised it was 12.01 am.
Happy New Year. Good times...
The rest of the night was great. I went on a walk with Michelle to see if we could see any fireworks, before heading back to talk to more people. As we were standing outside, it began snowing. Like, really. It was so nice, to just stand and watch...
The dance was over at 1am, but everyone was still there at 1.30 talking... They began getting everyone out about then.
I got a ride home with Natasha's Mum, along with Natasha, Lauren, and Sarah. It took ages to get out of London because of the police blocking off roads and whatnot. But, I got home and to bed at just before 4am this morning.
It was a brilliant night out, and an excellent start to the year...

2010

Here's my first post of the New Year. It feels pretty good right now. I got in from London at around 3.40am this morning, but now I'm up, listening to The Prodigy, and those awesome little sausages wrapped in bacon are cooking downstairs.
Good times...