Archive for February, 2012

Feb
08

Week 6 Photo

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Do you know where this is?

Portsmouth in Todmorden.

And it also happens to be the view from my bedroom window.

Jealous much?

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Feb
08

Week 5 Photo

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Do you know that crazy building in Manchester city centre facing the Printworks?

No not Next, I mean the Urbis.

Well it’s currently being transformed in to the National Football Museum. I can’t be arsed researching it but didn’t the National Football Museum used to be at Preston North End’s Deepdale stadium? Yeah exactly, who the hell wants to go to Preston…!?

Loving the “…in football’s greatest city Manchester.” Not Liverpool, Leeds or London but Manchester.

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Feb
08

Week 4 Photo

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Do you agree that the earphones that come bundled with your iPod/iPhone/iPad are utter crap?

For a company that prides itself on the quality of it’s products, it’s a glaring oversight on Apple’s part that they have created probably one of the worse pairs of earphones… ever!

For me, the sound quality isn’t too great but the most annoying thing is getting the bastards to stay in your ears. Fine, if I sit completely motionless and do not attempt to move my head a millimetre in any direction, they just about stay put. But if I should happen to be walking with them in, forget it.

I reckon Apple have some kind of pact with third-party earphone manufacturers. Apple continue to bundle those shitty white earphones, causing customers to invest in an alternative pair from another manufacturer. In return, Apple get a cut of the sale. I could be right.

Anyway, I decided I needed to invest in a decent pair of in-the-ear phones. I love my Bose headphones but they are just too cumbersome to take out with me all the time. They are reserved for listening to tunes in the office when I want to shut out the world.

Getting back to the in-the-ears, if you have happened to take a look at the choice that is out there nowadays it’s astounding! Where to start?

So I did what most people do, I asked the interweb. A couple of sites were saying some good things the SoundMagic E10’s. I wasn’t looking to spend a small fortune but I also didn’t wanted a piece of shit – I already had that with the Apple buds! Now normally you wouldn’t expect £35 to get you much in the way of quality but a couple of the independent reviews I read said they performed much better than earphones more than twice the price. Combining these reviews with actual customer reviews, I thought £35 was worth the gamble. If they turned out shit, I hadn’t broke the bank.

As it turned out, they aren’t shit… far from it. I’m suitable impressed with them.

Can’t fault the sound quality. The bass of my dance music makes my ears bleed and my orchestral film scores are crystal clear. They have passed the Jean Michel Jarre test with flying colours!

The earphones came with EIGHT pair of ‘flanges’ – more than enough to find a comfortable pair that keep the earbuds in and external noise out. I’ve had no problems with them while pounding the streets of Manchester, nor have I needed to crank the music up while sat on the train. All-in-all, I’m pretty chuffed with them.

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Feb
08

Week 3 Photo

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Sorry about the blurriness of the image. Conditions were freezing, my hands were numb and I was trying to take this photo while precariously leaning against some scaffolding.

Anyway, what the hell is this photo all about I hear you ask. Well, somewhere in that mess of high-viz and building materials is my new office. Not quite ready to move in to just yet, but hopefully by June, I’ll be filling up my little office with all my crap.

The building is the Creative Quarter which is situated in the very fashionable town of Hebden Bridge. In fact, you may not know this, but Hebden Bridge is the 4th funkiest town in the world.

Yes, according to the British Airways in-flight magazine highlife, Hebden Bridge is fourth behind Daylesford, Australia (1), Tiradentes, Brazil (2) and Burlington, Vermont (3).

What do you reckon to that then…?

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Feb
08

Chilly

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The winter weather recently has been awful hasn’t it? Typically English, we complain when it’s cold and we complain when it’s too warm. Destined to be miserable moaning buggers whatever elements we face.

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