Archive | July, 2012

Netflix

30 Jul

On my last blog, I wrote this about how good Netflix is. I have to say, in my mind it’s getting better every week – and after having a Lovefilm subscription and cancelling it again, it’s easily the best instantly streaming TV/movie watching site IMHO

So what have they added since my last blog about it? Well, tons of stuff, clearly.

TV

There are more seasons of Breaking Bad and Dexter since March – yes, it’s still not up to date, but considering British TV haven’t shown series 3 of Breaking Bad yet, I think Netflix are doing pretty well

I’ve also got very attached to Saturday Night Live – there’s the whole of season 36, so Kristen Wiig is still there, as well as LOADS of best ofs and compilations.

I’d been wanting to watch Portlandia and The Sarah Silverman Programme and they’re both on here – I don’t really like either that much, but at least I now have an opinion on them. Similarly, I made it through only 5 minutes of 15 Storeys High which I nearly bought the other week.

They’ve also added just about every BBC and Channel 4 comedy ever made – I highly recommend the following if you haven’t already seen them – Life on Mars, Little Britain, Bob & Margaret, The Inbetweeners, The League of Gentlemen, Gavin & Stacey, The Young Ones, Spaced, Fawlty Towers, The IT Crowd, Peep Show, The Royle Family

I’m looking forward to seeing both the original and the remake of The Killing¬†and Ian is looking forward to the original of Wallander – we missed these on TV and have been waiting for repeats, as we both hate iPlayer and 4OD as I can’t get them to work through the XBox as successfully as Netflix.

Things I’d like to see added – Parks and Recreations, Reaper, more Dexter & Breaking Bad

FILMS

You’ll be pleased to know that while there aren’t that many brand new films, they are at least now showing films which haven’t been on Sky yet – I think this is brilliant for something which costs ¬£6 a month. Even if they only add two films before Sky a month, it’s cheaper than us renting two films. We watch A LOT of films – Ian watches one every afternoon as he rests every day between 3 and 6, and has seen an unbelievable amount of rubbish films.

The newest films at the minute are Troll Hunter and Drive – both were released in 2011 and haven’t been on Sky yet. They’re both also decent films – we rented them both recently, but now we’re being more choosy about what we rent, as we’re hoping Netflix will continue releasing films of this calibre.

We also enjoyed Tucker and Dale Vs Evil last night after my brother recommended it. I don’t know if this has been on Sky yet, we certainly haven’t seen it on there, but it’s a really funny, touching horror film if such a thing exists.

I watched Whip-its the other morning, expecting to turn it off after ten minutes in disgust – I ended up watching it over breakfast, and thoroughly enjoying it.

Films I plan to watch – Postcards From The Edge,

Films I’ve already seen, but have watched again (or might do in the future) and would recommend if you haven’t already seen them – Cloudy With A Chance of Meatballs, Ghost World, Reality Bites, The Birdcage, Nacho Libre, Sin City, American Movie, Shutter Island, Donnie Brasco There Will Be Blood, Equilibrium, So I Married an Axe Murderer, American Weresolf in London, The Faculty, Drop Dead Gorgeous, Blair Witch Project, Capote

Films I started watching, and didn’t finish – Superstar, Dazed and Confused, Dickie Roberts Child Star

Films I will never start watching, no matter how many times it recommends them – Videodrome, Mimic, Das Boot

STAND-UP

This seems a recent addition – before I only remember the Tim Vine stand-up which we watched, but now there are loads more added. I’ve started watching a few but haven’t found any I really like. However, if you like Russell Brand, Jim Jeffries, Demetri Martin, Louis CK, Jim Gaffigan or anything off The Comedy Store, then you’ll probably like what they’re offering.

THINGS THEY SHOULD ADD

1. I want a wish list feature – where we can request things to be added if possible.

2. I’d also like a favourites section – so I can keep track of what I’ve really enjoyed. You can rate things, but I can’t find any way to see what I’ve enjoyed the most

3. Finally, I want a bookmark section – so I can also keep track of what I want to watch in the future

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Friday Funtimes

20 Jul

Here we are just two days later, and here’s another blogpost! Wowzers. All blogs need a regular Friday feature don’t they? Maybe… But this week has been a bit of a bummer at Pesky HQ, as I’ve been laid up with the monster of migraines! Fortunately, I have an iPad (I know, this lucky girl got one as an anniversary present for 10 years of marriage!) – so I could carry on tweeting, taking photos, and looking at stuff on Netflix. Here’s a run down of what I’ve been doing this week. Luckily, it’s an average week, and you’ll get to learn a bit more about me (if you don’t already know me).

1. I’ve been reading all the blog posts about Plus North

They’ve been dribbling in all week, and I cannot possibly choose one I like the best! Have a peak at the Plus North twitter account, they retweet all the articles.

Here’s a great photo which sums it all up though – the organisers, Toni and Becky

Photograph Courtesy of Janie Britton

2. I’ve been wondering if cats have eyelashes

I’m peskychloe on Instagram as well, and even though I don’t have to, I limit myself to only using my iPhone and apps which cost less than ¬£2.99. This is my favourite combination

Camera+ – crop to square, clarity and vibrance on highest ->PhotoToaster – sharpen and clarify ->Instagram – Brannan filter


The colours are washed out by the brannan filter, but it keeps the amazing depths of colours afforded by the ‘double vibrancy’.

This photo can introduce you to two very important aspects of my life. I took it to try and prove to Ibbs (my husband) that cats have eyelashes, as he just won’t agree with me. I chose to photograph Tiddles (one of my cats) because she’s daft and always sits on me.

3. I’ve been watching my new tattoo heal

This is just after freshly being tattooed. I worked in The Ink Station, in Heckmondwike, for a few months – I met Kim at college, and when she set up her own studio (before she turned 21 by the way) she needed some help at the beginning on reception. Ever since then, I always go to her and her apprentice, Nini (who did this bee). The bee itself is a drawing of a honey bee I did last summer when I started making jewellery as ‘Apis Mellifera’

4. I drew a poster for the Bird’s Yard birthday party, and carried on doing my bit to help organise it

This was drawn using GIMP, an open source photo editing package (i.e. it’s free) – it’s the pencil tool on one layer, then another layer using airbrushing for the colours in the parrot and her hair. The logo is by someone else, and already has the other bird on it. The splodgy bits (for movement) are free splatter brushes I downloaded and added to the package. I added wording on another layer (so I can keep changing it!) I chose a woman with two birds because it’s our second birthday party. It’s meant to represent the transtition from the peaceful bird (on her left as you look at it) which we’ve had since we opened, to the slightly more flamboyant bird on her other shoulder. I played around with phrases such as ‘a bird in the hand is worth two in the bush’ and ‘kill two birds with one stone’ – but in the end went with this. It’s got some good feedback, so I’m happy.

If you want to come, there’s a link to our event here

5. We got a new supplier in the shop

Even from my sickbed, I found myself a new jewellery supplier for my shop. The wonderful Me & Zena have agreed to let me stock their items, and I’m so psyched!

Their jewellery is quirky, well-made, affordable and desirable – just exactly what we look for at Life’s Big Canvas!

Welcome and an introduction

18 Jul

I’ve realised I’ve been telling people I’ve got a new blog at this address, but haven’t actually updated anything. If you’re new to me, you’ll get used to this I’m afraid. I have very good intentions, but am also very easily sidetracked.

I’m an artist, but I also own a shop – so this blog will be about my shop, and the other people I stock in it.

This blog will be related to my business only – I do guest blogs and writing for the following places, and am happy to be associated with them. If you’d like me to write something for you too, you only have to ask – I work best when you don’t give me a definite deadline.

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