Sunday, October 31, 2010

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Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Grown Ups

Went to an advanced screening of the new Adam Sandler movie, Grown Ups. It was really good. Lots of gags and generally Adam and his buddies having a bit of fun. You could tell that they were having a lot of fun and as a result during the movie the audience has fun as well.
Before the movie, the audience was asked to hand in their mobile handsets to security in order to prevent piracy. Have done this before in the past, but this time, I really felt naked without my SuperPhone. Suppose it shows the difference it has made to my life. I really do check it when there is nothing to do.
Tonight is do or die for a few teams as they play possibility their final match of the World Cup. For some teams, such as Australia, a win doesn't necessarily mean they progress to the next round. Should be an interesting night.

Thursday, June 17, 2010

US Property Market and Swype

Went to a seminar presented by Justin Beeton of JB Global. Justin is a pretty good speaker and he presents his material well. This time he was roadshowing his new investment vehicle, which invests in a listed property trust that tracks the US property market. Based on Warren Buffet's predictions that US property is about to see a revival, JB Global created this product with minimal risk to the investor. It does require about 15% upfront fee. Overall, a good product if you want to park some money for three years.
Today, Swype made their beta available to the general public. It's a fantastic virtual keyboard for mobile devices and I've been waiting a while for it to be available. Much faster than tapping, Swype requires the user to slide their finger over the keys. Takes a little getting used to, but the speed difference makes it worth it.

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

The All Whites

Last night I stayed up to watch the New Zealand soccer team snatch a draw against Slovakia. Not much of a match, but for the Kiwi's to steal a draw in injury time is amazing. Yes, Slovakia isn't the powerhouse that Germany is, but at the end of the day, New Zealand has a draw and Australia has started with a loss.
The other night when I watch the England v. USA game I went to McDonald's at half time. For some reason my 24 hour McDs was closed. Went to another one and was told that the breakfast menu started at 5am, so I had to order McD's breakfast when I wanted a Big Mac. Hash Browns are good, but I prefer French Fries.

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Olympic Park

Went to another quality training session on Tuesday night. It was at Olympic Park. Haven't had a session out there for ages. The session involved 1200m, 1000m, 800m, 600m, 400m each with 90 seconds recovery. My times were quite horrible 5:00, 3:57, 3:09, 2:09, 1:17. The aim of the session was to get faster as the distances became smaller and I did manage to do that.

Prince of Persia

Saw Prince of Persia on Monday night. Fantastic film. Lots of fun. Jake Gyllenhaal and Gemma Arterton were very good. Many people were surprised when it had a bigger opening weekend than Sex and the City 2. It is very much a Disney movie and obviously has a much broader audience than Sex and the City.

The A-Team and Team USA

Finally went to see The A-Team on Sunday night. It was really good. Essentially another reboot of the franchise and it was really good in telling how the A-Team came to be. A non-stop action packed popcorn movie. Directed by Joe Carnahan, who previously directed Narc. Also starred Sharlto Copley, who was the star of surprise hit, District 9. It was pretty funny as sometimes Sharlto would slip into his South African accent, but you're not sure if it's part of the script or not because he is playing crazy Murdock.
Early on Sunday morning I watched my first match of World Cup Soccer. England was playing the USA. Was impressed by the resilience of the US team. After being rolled by Stevie G in the first four minutes, they maintained their composure and really took it to an All Star England team. They were rewarded for their pressure with an equalizer. The draw is a victory for the US. England on the other hand pretty much lost two points. Their goalkeeper, Robert Green, was criticized for missing an easy save, but England started slow and didn't convert their chances. England did play a lot better in the second half, but a few of their stars went missing.