Weekend social 10/06/2011

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Christmas truce 1914Weekend social is for non political chat. What’s on for the weekend, gigs, film or book reviews, sports, or whatever.

No politics, no aggro, why can’t we all just get along?

26 comments on “Weekend social 10/06/2011”

  1. Can’t go for a ride this weekend because of the inclement weather so it’s looking like DVD’s round the fireplace. Any recommendations ?

    • vto 1.1

      Try this http://www.lastparadisefilm.com/screenings.html

      Not a dvd but. Gotta go along to the cinema.

      Rain these parts too. I get the feeling that the rain is falling on every single piece of aotearoa right now.

    • The Voice of Reason 1.2

      Four Lions! Brilliant satire from the Armando Iannucci. The Dragon Tattoo series will usefully fill in a few hours, too.

    • r0b 1.3

      Never mind DVDs – on the web, watch short films made by amateur groups right here in NZ!

      One weekend – 48 hours to make a movie. Friday evening at 7pm you get given your genre, (mystery, road movie, whatever) and some other details like a specified character, prop, and camera technique. You hand in your film Sunday 7pm. Hundreds of groups do it all round the country. And some of the films made are insanely good.

      Check out several years of national finalists right here.

      • pollywog 1.3.1

        Were it not for the parochial voting of Aucklanders we should have won the 48 a few years ago. We had by far the better product. 🙂


        • r0b

          Will watch that in the weekend PW.

          Edit: That was fn brilliant! One of the best 48’s I’ve ever seen. Congratulations to you and your team. Folks, if you want a fun 6 minutes, watch PW’s film. An remember, start to finish, plot to print, it was all done in one weekend.

          • Descendant Of Smith

            I’ll be playing Duke Nukem Foirever, doing the ironing and starting series 2 of The Virginian.

            Just finished watching series one of Misfits which contrasts with Heroes quite nicely though note some are likely to be offended by it.


            Both the UK and American series of Life On Mars are worth watching.

            Hard to pick films without knowing what people are interested in but a few old films I re-watch now and then are Turk 182 (Timothy Hutton and Robert Urich), Death Rides A Horse, It’s A Wonderful Life, Play Misty For Me, Ronin, The Hustler or The King Of Kong.

            Something more recent and I think better than The Expendables was Red.

            The original Live Aid concert continues to look and sound great with Freddy Mercury the stand out performer at his peak.

            I might just be showing my age in these choices though.

            • lprent

              Thats right. After 15 years the game finally came out… Might try it myself. Does it run on Linux?

              • Descendant Of Smith

                I’m on a 360 – I keep my gaming off my PC these days.

              • Draco T Bastard


                OS: Windows XP/Vista/7
                Processor: Intel Core 2 Duo @ 2.4 Ghz / AMD Athlon 64 X2 @ 2.6 Ghz
                Memory: 2GB
                Hard Disk Space: 10 Gb free
                Video Memory: 512 MB
                Video Card: nVidia GeForce 8800 GTS / ATI Radeon HD 3850
                Sound Card: DirectX Compatible
                OTHER REQUIREMENTS & SUPPORTS: Initial installations required (included with the game) are Microsoft DirectX, Visual C++ 2005 Redistributable (ATL), Visual C++ 2008 Redistributable, and AMD Dual Core Optimizer. (AMD optimizer required only for specific AMD processors to run the game correctly, but installs for all of them.)

                WinXP and fairly minimal specs so, maybe. Although, the redistributables may be a problem.

                • lprent

                  Interesting. I can easily boot something into windoze with that. Bit high for a virtual box.

                • Colonial Viper

                  Might get it once a good sale comes on Steam. Which probably means its a few months away.

                  Oh and I think the game will look and run much better if you can exceed those rather minimal specs, particularly in terms of RAM, CPU and video card 😉

                  • Descendant Of Smith

                    “the game will look and run much better”

                    It’s a moot point. It’s not up to modern graphics and game-play – but you should only be disappointed if you expected that in the first place.

                    Buy it for the nostalgia but not necessarily for the gaming experience.

  2. I’m working my way through all the series of ‘The Wire‘. Never saw it on tv (cos I don’t have one).

    Now I understand all these ‘in’ references to ‘back in the day’.

    I also think I’ll add ‘Most def’ to my vocabulary even though it wouldn’t sound particularly cool coming from me.

    • Bob 3.1

      Yeah am just starting series 4 …… very compelling , this time they drag education into the mix

      Must be the best production to come out of the US in along time .

      • Puddleglum 3.1.1

        And I’ve been told that the fifth series deals with the media … Should be good (but if I say any more I’ll start to bring politics into this thread!).

        I’m just really impressed with the writing, dramatic intelligence and characterisation. You think you’ve got some character ‘taped’ – and then you don’t.

    • Kevin Welsh 3.2

      Great choice Puddle. A friend and I watched all series back-to-back last year and then The Corner. Best series ever. Most def.

  3. Oleolebiscuitbarrell 4

    I am going to see the Yale Whiffenpoofs at the Northern Club conscious as I do so that I am reinforcing class stereotypes (or would be if I wasn’t myself such a frightful oink).

  4. Mac1 5

    Raining here too.

    An old muso mate sent me a you-tube link- “Sad Old bastards with Guitars.” Yes!

  5. yes Friday, and I havent felt an aftershock since Monday, Happiness!!!

  6. KJT 7

    Had a walk around Lyttelton. Depressing. all the old buildings either bulldozed or in the process.

    Good signs of life and get up and go from locals though. 2 coffee shops, bookshop and the bakery back operating already.

    Good luck.

    • Yes, there’s signs of life. I lived in Lyttelton for six and a half years (left late 2002) – now ‘over the hill’, back in Christchurch. There’s one or two good signs this side of the hill too. Addington Coffee Coop never missed a beat and now they’ve housed a grocers under their verandah out the front.

      Those grocers had just opened a shop in the Selwyn Street shops (mostly demolished now) a few weeks before the September quake (I think). A real local, family business, unbelievably generous, helpful and determined to treat all their customers well. Good to see they found a local place to sell their produce since February.

  7. BLiP 8

    Another reminder of the indomitable human spirit.

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