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posted by [personal profile] tobyaw at 11:34am on 08/01/2011 under , ,
…and the books I read in the last year. Only thirty five books this year, which is down from sixty last year. For some reason that I can’t remember, I read practically nothing in the first seven months of 2010. Maybe I was spending too much time reading blogs.

I made up for it in the last couple of months, however. I’ve taken to reading in iBooks on my iPhone. I think it may replace physical books for me. The phone is always with me. Just as the best camera is the one you have in your pocket when you want to take a photo, the best book is the one I have with me when I have a moment to read.

A highlight of the year was finishing one Rebus book while driving through Guardsbridge on the way home from Dundee, and buying, downloading, and starting reading the next one before we reached St Andrews.

Private Eye Annual 2009 Edited by Ian Hislop (2009)
La Bella Figura Beppe Severgnini (2007)
Top Gear: Where’s Stig? (2009)
The Bad Beginning Lemony Snicket (1999)
The Mysterious Affair at Styles Agatha Christie (1920)
The Reptile Room Lemony Snicket (1999)
A Cure for All Diseases Reginald Hill (2008)
Midnight Fugue Reginald Hill (2009)
Pride and Prejudice and Zombies Jane Austen and Seth Grahame-Smith (2009)
John MacNab John Buchan (1925)
Porterhouse Blue Tom Sharpe (1974)
Unseen Academicals Terry Pratchett (2009)
The Rupert Annual No. 73 (2008)
The Rupert Annual No. 74 (2009)
Doctor Who Storybook 2010 (2009)
The Bourne Identity Robert Ludlum (1980)
Knots and Crosses Ian Rankin (1987)
Hide and Seek Ian Rankin (1991)
Tooth and Nail Ian Rankin (1992)
Strip Jack Ian Rankin (1992)
The Black Book Ian Rankin (1993)
Mortal Causes Ian Rankin (1994)
Let It Bleed Ian Rankin (1995)
Black and Blue Ian Rankin (1997)
A Good Hanging and Other Stories Ian Rankin (1992)
Dead Souls Ian Rankin (1999)
Set in Darkness Ian Rankin (2000)
The Falls Ian Rankin (2001)
Beggars Banquet Ian Rankin (2002)
Resurrection Men Ian Rankin (2002)
A Question of Blood Ian Rankin (2003)
location: St Andrews, Scotland
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posted by [personal profile] tobyaw at 11:34am on 08/01/2011 under , ,
…and the books I read in the last year. Only thirty five books this year, which is down from sixty last year. For some reason that I can’t remember, I read practically nothing in the first seven months of 2010. Maybe I was spending too much time reading blogs.

I made up for it in the last couple of months, however. I’ve taken to reading in iBooks on my iPhone. I think it may replace physical books for me. The phone is always with me. Just as the best camera is the one you have in your pocket when you want to take a photo, the best book is the one I have with me when I have a moment to read.

A highlight of the year was finishing one Rebus book while driving through Guardsbridge on the way home from Dundee, and buying, downloading, and starting reading the next one before we reached St Andrews.

Private Eye Annual 2009 Edited by Ian Hislop (2009)
La Bella Figura Beppe Severgnini (2007)
Top Gear: Where’s Stig? (2009)
The Bad Beginning Lemony Snicket (1999)
The Mysterious Affair at Styles Agatha Christie (1920)
The Reptile Room Lemony Snicket (1999)
A Cure for All Diseases Reginald Hill (2008)
Midnight Fugue Reginald Hill (2009)
Pride and Prejudice and Zombies Jane Austen and Seth Grahame-Smith (2009)
John MacNab John Buchan (1925)
Porterhouse Blue Tom Sharpe (1974)
Unseen Academicals Terry Pratchett (2009)
The Rupert Annual No. 73 (2008)
The Rupert Annual No. 74 (2009)
Doctor Who Storybook 2010 (2009)
The Bourne Identity Robert Ludlum (1980)
Knots and Crosses Ian Rankin (1987)
Hide and Seek Ian Rankin (1991)
Tooth and Nail Ian Rankin (1992)
Strip Jack Ian Rankin (1992)
The Black Book Ian Rankin (1993)
Mortal Causes Ian Rankin (1994)
Let It Bleed Ian Rankin (1995)
Black and Blue Ian Rankin (1997)
A Good Hanging and Other Stories Ian Rankin (1992)
Dead Souls Ian Rankin (1999)
Set in Darkness Ian Rankin (2000)
The Falls Ian Rankin (2001)
Beggars Banquet Ian Rankin (2002)
Resurrection Men Ian Rankin (2002)
A Question of Blood Ian Rankin (2003)
location: St Andrews, Scotland
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posted by [personal profile] tobyaw at 11:18am on 08/01/2011 under , , , ,
Sixty seven films watched this year, down from ninety five last year. None at the cinema; mostly from DVD, Blu-ray and TV, with a handful from iTunes and watched on the Apple TV. My film watching fell away in the second half of 2010, as I spent more time watching old TV series downloaded from iTunes.

Worst film I watched this was Lesbian Vampire Killers, which was dire. Highlights were Frequently Asked Questions About Time Travel, which was a delight, and seeing The 39 Steps on Blu-ray — it is wonderful to watch a favourite film looking better than I’ve seen it before.

My mission for 2011 is to rip all my DVDs to my Drobo, so all the films and TV series will be accessible from the Apple TV.

Murder on the Orient Express (1974)
Farewell, My Lovely (1944)
Corpse Bride (2005)
The Muppets’ Wizard of Oz (2005)
Near Dark (1987)
The Lost Boys (1987)
Serenity (2005)
Lesbian Vampire Killers (2009)
Sweeney! (1977)
Gambit (1966)
For Your Eyes Only (1981)
Cobra (1986)
The Adventures of Barry McKenzie (1972)
Alien Nation (1988)
In the Loop (2009)
Inside Man (2006)
The Quest (1996)
Fast Food Nation (2006)
Die Hard 4.0 (2007)
South Pacific (1958)
Planet Terror (2007)
Army of Darkness (1993)
My Name is Bruce (2007)
Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back (2001)
Barb Wire (1996)
A Mighty Wind (2003)
The Mummy (1999)
The Muppets’ Wizard of Oz (2005)
The Simpsons Movie (2007)
Dreamgirls (2006)
The Sea Wolves (1980)
Death on the Nile (1978)
Sherlock Holmes (2009)
The Wolfman (2010)
Inglourious Basterds (2009)
DOA: Dead or Alive (2006)
Dr Terror's House of Horrors (1965)
Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1937)
Day of the Dead (2008)
Alien vs. Predator (2004)
Aliens vs. Predator: Requiem (2007)
Ring (1998)
Sherlock Holmes (2009)
Diagnosis: Death (2009)
Elvira’s Haunted Hills (2002)
Murder, She Said (1961)
Carry On Abroad (1972)
Mission: Impossible III (2006)
Snake Eyes (1998)
Clue (1985)
Murder by Death (1976)
Shock Treatment (1981)
Frequently Asked Questions About Time Travel (2009)
Hot Fuzz (2007)
Inglourious Basterds (2009)
The 39 Steps (1935)
Looney Tunes: Back in Action (2003)
Blithe Spirit (1945)
Wild Wild West (1999)
Conan the Barbarian (1982)
Twins of Evil (1971)
Scary Movie 3 (2003)
Night of the Demon (1957)
Doom (2005)
Scary Movie 4 (2006)
Con Air (1997)
Caddyshack (1980)
location: St Andrews, Scotland
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posted by [personal profile] tobyaw at 11:18am on 08/01/2011 under , , , ,
Sixty seven films watched this year, down from ninety five last year. None at the cinema; mostly from DVD, Blu-ray and TV, with a handful from iTunes and watched on the Apple TV. My film watching fell away in the second half of 2010, as I spent more time watching old TV series downloaded from iTunes.

Worst film I watched this was Lesbian Vampire Killers, which was dire. Highlights were Frequently Asked Questions About Time Travel, which was a delight, and seeing The 39 Steps on Blu-ray — it is wonderful to watch a favourite film looking better than I’ve seen it before.

My mission for 2011 is to rip all my DVDs to my Drobo, so all the films and TV series will be accessible from the Apple TV.

Murder on the Orient Express (1974)
Farewell, My Lovely (1944)
Corpse Bride (2005)
The Muppets’ Wizard of Oz (2005)
Near Dark (1987)
The Lost Boys (1987)
Serenity (2005)
Lesbian Vampire Killers (2009)
Sweeney! (1977)
Gambit (1966)
For Your Eyes Only (1981)
Cobra (1986)
The Adventures of Barry McKenzie (1972)
Alien Nation (1988)
In the Loop (2009)
Inside Man (2006)
The Quest (1996)
Fast Food Nation (2006)
Die Hard 4.0 (2007)
South Pacific (1958)
Planet Terror (2007)
Army of Darkness (1993)
My Name is Bruce (2007)
Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back (2001)
Barb Wire (1996)
A Mighty Wind (2003)
The Mummy (1999)
The Muppets’ Wizard of Oz (2005)
The Simpsons Movie (2007)
Dreamgirls (2006)
The Sea Wolves (1980)
Death on the Nile (1978)
Sherlock Holmes (2009)
The Wolfman (2010)
Inglourious Basterds (2009)
DOA: Dead or Alive (2006)
Dr Terror's House of Horrors (1965)
Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1937)
Day of the Dead (2008)
Alien vs. Predator (2004)
Aliens vs. Predator: Requiem (2007)
Ring (1998)
Sherlock Holmes (2009)
Diagnosis: Death (2009)
Elvira’s Haunted Hills (2002)
Murder, She Said (1961)
Carry On Abroad (1972)
Mission: Impossible III (2006)
Snake Eyes (1998)
Clue (1985)
Murder by Death (1976)
Shock Treatment (1981)
Frequently Asked Questions About Time Travel (2009)
Hot Fuzz (2007)
Inglourious Basterds (2009)
The 39 Steps (1935)
Looney Tunes: Back in Action (2003)
Blithe Spirit (1945)
Wild Wild West (1999)
Conan the Barbarian (1982)
Twins of Evil (1971)
Scary Movie 3 (2003)
Night of the Demon (1957)
Doom (2005)
Scary Movie 4 (2006)
Con Air (1997)
Caddyshack (1980)
location: St Andrews, Scotland

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