Movie of the Year: Predator 1987

Here we bring you episode seven of our weekly “Best of the Year” series​. Today we are talking about 1987’s Predator starring the world’s greatest action hero Arnold Schwarzenegger.

Director: John McTiernan
Starring: Arnold Schwarzenegger, Carl Weathers, Bill Duke, Jesse Ventura, Sonny Landham, Richard Chaves, Shane Black, Kevin Peter Hall
Writers: Jim Thomas, John Thomas
Budget: $18 000 000
Worldwide Gross: $94 605 000
Genre: Sci-Fi/Horror

An elite commando team gets called into South American jungles by the CIA to rescue a Cabinet Minister who is being held hostage by gorilla fighters after his helicopter crashed behind enemy lines. It’s not long after when Major “Dutch” Schaefer (Arnold Schwarzenegger) finds out that they have been sent in under false pretenses. Things get worse as Dutch and his team are being hunted by a trophy hunting Alien.

Predator in my opinion gave a lot of inspiration to 2010’s The Expendables in which a group of impossibly masculine and musclebound men work together to take down a common threat. In fact I think a movie with a Predator hunting down the Expendables with Stallone and Schwarzenegger being the last men standing would be pretty rad. It could be a cool way to kill off some of the less interesting characters (Couture, Statham) cough, cough but I digress.

Jean-Claude Van Damme was originally cast as the Predator it reportedly got fired because he complained too much about the films original alien suit which was apparently a large insect until Schwarzenegger got Stan Winston involved. This was also former pro wrestler and future Minnesota Governor Jesse Ventura’s first movie and he was a highlight for me. I wonder if any other movie could claim to have two Governors cast as main characters? Shane Black, Director of Iron Man 3 was cast for his writing skills in case changes needed to be made to the script in the middle of the Mexican Jungle.

The movie was well acted, especially by Bill Duke adding his whispering which gave a sense of seriousness to his character. After watching the first four Rocky movies it was nice seeing Carl Weathers who was great as always and had a cool interaction with Schwarzenegger early in the movie but unfortunately that was really it. All they did was establish a little bit of history between the two but didn’t delve into it any further which was a missed opportunity to have these over the top characters really play off of each other.

There was some cool special effects in the movie, in particular the way they made the Predator turn invisible was outstanding at the time, he did fall very slowly however, somehow defying our planet’s gravity. The use of green glow stick juice as alien blood was a good choice, it made it feel completely not from this world.

With all of the gunfire and explosions in the movie my favourite part is when Schwarzenegger goes all primitive on the Predator, where in the third act he prepared pit falls and booby traps that would make an Ewok jealous. I think it would have been more of an impact had Schwarzenegger killed the alien with his bare hands as I found it’s death to be pretty anticlimactic but what do I know really? They could have turned this movie into a classic Arnold action flick and have him spitting out one liners and flexing people to death but very much like 1984’s The Terminator the director utilized Schwarzenegger’s strengths and kept this as realistic as possible.

​Isn’t tonight a great night to watch Predator? 1987 was a great year for movies as it was hard to pick just one. The Running Man, RoboCop and Planes, Trains & Automobiles all would have been great choices as well. Thanks to mentalfloss.com for fun facts about the movie and imdb.com for more specific information about every movie!

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Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines 2003

Director: Jonathan Mostow
Writers: John D. Brancato, Michael Ferris, Tedi Sarafian
Starring: Arnold Schwarzenegger, Nick Stahl, Kristanna Loken, Claire Danes
Budget: $170 000 000
​Worldwide gross: $433 000 000
Genre: Science Fiction

A cybernetic warrior from a post-apocalyptic future travels back in time to protect a 19-year old drifter and his future wife from a most advanced robotic assassin and to ensure they both survive a nuclear attack.

James Francis Cameron was originally asked to direct Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines but declined since he thought he told the complete story with 1984’s The Terminator and 1991’s Terminator 2: Judgment Day. Cameron being absent from this film was noticeable from the start as Mostow couldn’t match his ingenuity or give the film the heavy tones seen in the previous two films. If I were to describe Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines with one word it would be myopic, that’s not saying it’s a bad movie…far from it, it’s fun, really fun eye candy but it doesn’t break new grounds, it wasn’t inspiring and other then Schwarzenegger the casting really bummed me out. Linda Hamilton was offered a throwaway roll and because of that she declined. Why on earth they would write Hamilton as mostly a meaningless character is beyond me, when you get an actor of her pedigree, and a multi-layered character fleshed out and amazingly fantastic as Sarah Connor you don’t just kill her off unceremoniously you knuckleheads!

The future scenes were really cool, some of the best in the franchise actually but they were missing that tank tracked Hunter Killer which was a drag because that think is awesome looking. Yet another thing that differentiates this film from the others in the series is that it mostly takes place during the day. Driving down the long road while trying to escape a heartless killing machine at night gave it so much atmosphere which Terminator 3 sorely lacks. what Terminator 3 does have is a naked Schwarzenegger walking into a strip club, talking to someone’s hand, wearing sparkling Elton John sunglasses and driving down a street and hitting a bouncy house that makes a cartoonish BOING, BOING noise which didn’t fit the franchise at all.

Don’t get it twisted, I do enjoy this movie and I watch it maybe once a year. Had Schwarzenegger also opted out of this then that might be a different story but he showed up…to an unprecedented thirty million dollars and twenty percent of the backend on almost everything which allowed him to leave as an extremely rich man raver then a very rich man. There was also really cool special effects, nothing really ground breaking or that memorable but there was lots and they were cool. Stan Winston was back as well and had created much of the movies practical effects. In particular the T-1’s were my favourite things in the movie and especially when Schwarzenegger twisted the head and ripped the gatling gun off of one while shooting another with it! Such a boss. I also enjoyed the ending a lot and don’t worry…I won’t spoil a twelve year old movie.

Would I recommend this movie? Sure, but only if you have seen the previous two and don’t have high expectations and are just looking for simple entertainment. Terminator 2: Judgment Day has always been my favourite movie ever since I saw it in theatres, I can’t remember how many times I have watched it and I have owned pretty much every version of it released on VHS, DVD and Bluray, I couldn’t wait for Terminator 3 and to this day that is the most anxious and excited I have been towards a movie and it bummed me out…big time but that could just have been from all the praise I gave it’s predecessors.

Thanks for reading, check this movie out if you’re bored and hungry for some popcorn…Brandon “Thunder Lips” Taylor.

Strung out – Transmission Alpha Delta: 2015

Vocals – Jason Cruz
Guitar, Vocals – Rob Ramos
Guitar – Jake Kiley
Bass – Chris Aiken
Drums – Jordan Burns
Produced by Kyle Black and Devon Corey

Transmission Alpha Delta, Strung Out’s eighth studio album is the album long time fans have been waiting for. It’s heavy, catchy and has songs reminiscent from every era of the band. Cruz’s vocals sound great as usual, his poetic lyrics coming through with the intricate guitar rifts flow better than ever. Chris Aiken on bass holds the album together with his deep melodies and Jordan is just giviner on the drums as always. Strung out has always held a special place in my heart, as they are one of the first punk bands I started listening to as a kid. Their progression from album to album is part of the reason I listen to metal now, and I’m pretty sure they are the reason I’m so good at the air guitar. Jason, Rob, and Jake have been in the band from the beginning, their progression and creativity are a big part of how this band has not only stayed relevant in the punk scene but has also kept such a unique and awesome sound. Starting out in Simi Valley, California in 1989 they were one of the first bands signed to Fat Wreck Chords and have remained loyal for their entire career. And why not? They seem to be able to do what they want, and what they want is working.

Like most of their albums, Transmission Alpha Delta gives you a nice intro before kicking into the melodic rifts and guitar solo that is Rats in The Walls. This is the kind of song you’ve been hearing on their previous releases and hope to hear on many more to come. It’s fast and catchy, every member is contributing to the ear-gasm you’ll experience. The first time I gave this album a listen to, The Animal and The Machine was the song that caught me. I’m not sure if it was the cool low pitch opening rift or the super catchy break down, but this song was on my mind for days. It sounds like Jordan throws down his drum sticks at the end and says “I’m going home”. Black maps is another song that will grab you right away and if Exile in Oblivion was your favourite album before, then this song might put this album on your do not remove list. Nowheresville. Long time Strung Out fans will instantly get a nostalgic smile on their face while hearing this song and thinking about all of the shenanigans that were enjoyed while listening to Suburban Teenage Wasteland Blues as an unruly teen. The album takes a darker tone with Go It Alone and is one of the few songs that Cruz does his signature yelling. The album leaves you with Westcoasttrendkill, which I’m not even sure what that means, but damn it’s a great song. The constant tempo changes with Jake and Rob almost dueling guitars make this a perfect track to end the album with.

Strung Out didn’t change it up on this album like they normally do, but instead gave the fans an album full amazing songs that bring out the best of all their previous efforts. Transmission Alpha Delta is the perfect blend of bouncy pop-punk and intricate metal. I honestly could have written something about every song on the 12 track, 43 minute album. Every song is well written and has a presence of it’s own. I do miss the days of Jason yelling more like on Twisted by Design, but I’ll take the clean vocals he’s been doing so well with. This is the first album I’ve givin the full 5 stars, and that’s because this is the kind of album I’m looking for every time I put my headphones on. Every song is great and adds something to the album, every member has something to give. My favourite song without a doubt is Nowheresville. It was just so awesome to hear Strung Out release a new song in their old style. Here’s hoping this is not their final album.

Movie of the Year: Who Framed Roger Rabbit 1987

Director: Robert Zemeckis
Starring: Bob Hoskins, Christopher Lloyd, Charles Fleischer
Writers: Gary K. Wolf, Jeffrey Price, Peter S. Seaman
Budget: $70 000 000
Worldwide Gross: $350 000 000
Genre: Crime/Comedy

Hey guys, sorry I’m a little late. I had a hell of a time picking a movie that was my favourite of 1988…not because I was overwhelmed with great choices, quite the opposite. It came down to three, Beetlejuice, Twins, and Who Framed Roger Rabbit. I’m sure most people who will read this would prefer Beetlejuice or Twins and admittedly I would prefer Twins nowadays as an adult but as a kid I couldn’t get enough of Roger Rabbit and Beetlejuice always kinda creeped me out.

Down on his luck private eye Eddie Valiant (Bob Hoskins) gets hired to investigate the potential adultery of Jessica Rabbit, the sultry wife of Roger Rabbit (Charles Fleischer). But when the owner of Toontown, Jessica’s alleged lover Marvin Acme, is found murdered, the villainous Judge Doom (Christopher Lloyd) vows to catch and destroy Roger.

With a budget of $70 million, Who Framed Roger Rabbit was the most expensive film produced in the 1980’s which is really crazy when you think about other movies that were released in the 80’s like Aliens (1986), Star Trek III: The Search for Spock (1984) and Star Wars: Return of the Jedi (1983). One hundred percent Roger Rabbi can’t compare with those previously mentioned movies scope or special effects but from what I read it was very difficult adding the animation so seamlessly to a predominately live action movie. The budget was crazy for the time and was the most expensive animated movie at it’s time of release but it was so well received that it ushered in Disney’s renaissance era of animated films.

​ Bob Hoskins added so much clout to a movie that was really lacking stars. He acted his butt off and it showed, with all of the cartoons on the screen he wasn’t overshadowed and was able to capture most scenes he was in…sometimes he was chewing the scenery but for a movie like this it’s almost called for. Eddie Murphy was also asked to play Valiant but turned it down for whatever reason, it’s a decision that he would end up regretting once he saw the finished product. I guess that would be a hard sell asking a comedian and up and coming actor to act across from cartoon characters, one can’t really blame him for declining and as perfect of a role it seems to be for him in hindsight i’m glad Bob Hoskins ​got the job.

I believe it was the first time and perhaps the last time Disney and a Warner Bros characters appeared on the same screen together. With Disney paying a portion of the movie WB was concerned that Disney’s Toons would be getting the majority of the screen time so in the contract they had drawn up required equal amounts of screen time between Mickey Mouse and Bugs Bunny as well as Donald and Daffy Duck. Imagine how rad it could potentially be if something like this was done today…Batman and Captain America, Superman and Hulk. DC wins…fact 😛

There are some very adult situations, not to mention how sexy Jessica Rabbit was drawn and how animated her breasts are it’s not a wonder how a young me enjoyed the movie. Christopher Lloyd as Judge Doom was pretty scary and creepy and the way he would kill Toons was very disturbing also the way he met his maker forced to me not so bravely look away haha. His weasel henchmen were I think my favourite characters of this film, I don’t know how many times I drew them on my desk at school.

Do I recommend it? I suppose, if you don’t have much else to watch or were always curious about it give it a shot, but now almost thirty years later there isn’t really much left here. Unfortunately it doesn’t stand the test of time very well.

WWE: Hell in a Cell 2015

6 Man Tag: Dolph Ziggler, Cesaro, and Neville vs Rusev, King Barrett, and Sheamus

The evening began with a tag rematch between six of the most promising superstars of tomorrow. This match had everything that a Kick Off match should have. Six gifted competitors who have a history of working together, solid spots, and an opportunity to establish and perpetuate existing feuds and alliances.
Each man was granted their own entrance with Cesaro earning the biggest crowd pop out of all the combatants. Which is SO odd since, well, Vince McMahon made a point last year to inform us that Cesaro doesn’t connect well with the crowd…guess someone forgot to mention that to the crowd.

The match started with Neville working Sheamus for the first spot of the night, which was an assisted standing corkscrew moonsault off Cesaro’s back onto Sheamus for an early two count. Team Heel continued the match, briefly taking the upper hand by isolating Neville in the corner. Neville escaped and made the tag to Dolph.
The quick nature of Dolph Ziggler’s moveset upped the pace considerably creating another mini arch where Dolph attempted the Fame Asser, but was caught by Sheamus. Sheamus went for a powerbomb, but Ziggler was able to counter with the Fame Asser successfully for another two count. (Also, I’d like to add there was a small Macho Man tribute done by Ziggler before executing his jumping elbow drop.) Ziggler’s momentum was crushed quickly by an illegal superkick from nemesis Rusev.
A small spot between Dolph and Rusev is worked with Dolph being brutalized by the Bulgarian “Playboy” and the commentary team mentions the ongoing rivalry between the two. Dolph remained isolated as Sheamus took a turn before tagging Rusev back in. A miscalculation on an overly confident Rusev’s part lead to him eating a nice big bite of ring post as he sailed outside. A tag is made to Barrett as Dolph is finally free to make the hot tag to Cesaro.
Cesaro came in to thunderous cheers from the crowd and with lightning speed and precision began taking apart Team Heel. A big boot to the corner sent Sheamus to the floor, while legal man Barrett found himself on the Uppercut Express stopping at Big Boot Lane. After a second big boot through the ropes leaves Barrett down, Cesaro used the opportunity to take out Sheamus with a somesault senton from the apron. Cesaro further rallied the crowd by playing to the audience before running around the ring and uppercutting Rusev and then Sheamus again before climbing to the top rope for a crossbody and near three on Barrett. Cesaro went for the big swing, but was rushed by Rusev. He was able to back body drop Rusev, who rolled out of the ring. Neville appeared in the ring and, with the help of Cesaro hit a beautiful vaulting corkscrew to the ouside of the ring onto an unsuspecting Sheamus and Rusev. Barrett tried a sneack attack but was taken out by a superkick from Dolph leading into King Barrett taking the Big Swing. Cesaro tags Neville back in to hit the Red Arrow on Barrett for an impressive win for Team Face.

​United States Championship Open Challenge.
John Cena vs Alberto Del Rio with Zeb Colter
The match starts with Cena (and his interesting new little dance he’s incorporating) making his entrance to the ring. Cena keeps it short and sweet, telling us, “…I say we get down to business right now!” Suddenly, the Real American theme song started playing and we all mentally groaned as we feared they were trying to push Jack Swagger yet again, but to our surprised out rode (Yes, rode. Scooting all over the arena FTW) Zeb Colter.
Zeb goes on to cut a promo on how it was time to end the polarizing, separation of John Cena’s title reign, it was time for an era of inclusion to begin. With that, Zeb introuced us to surprise challenger, Alberto Del Rio! (A man that Zeb once tried to have deported as well as being a longtime rival of Cena’s.)
The match was a relatively good match with a few high spots. Early on we saw Alberto working Cena’s arm and leg. Honestly, it was not much different than we had seen in the past between these two superstars on any given Raw they were both on. The commentary team really counted on telling the viewers that the reason Cena was having such a hard time with Del Rio was because Del Rio knew Cena so well and that he was thrown off his game by the surprise of it being an on game Del Rio. But, arguably, John Cena has been hosting these open challenges since the Monday after Wrestlemania. He has faced many opponents that he “had no time to prepare for” and still came out victorious. Also, it was really hard to believe that after all of the finishers Cena has kicked out of (and the brutalization Kevin Owens put him through) a kick to the head from Del Rio put him down for the three.
Del Rio wins and walks out with his new United States Championship, which to me seems more like a consolation prize to Del Rio for the atrocious way WWE handled his situation last year. I personally disagree with putting the title on Del Rio for many reasons. Del Rio is an established superstar who already has a legacy established in the WWE. Knocking Cena off cleanly should have been used to catapult a new talent into the main event game. Despite this faux pas in writing, I have no doubt that Alberto Del Rio will run an excellent heel program with the title and the newly turned Zeb Colter.
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Roman Reigns vs Bray Wyatt
After months and months of buildup the storyline arch of Roman Reigns and the Wyatt Family patriarch, Bray Wyatt was set to culminate inside the brutal walls of the Hell in a Cell.

The match was not a technical wrestling clinic by any means, which was to be expected. This match was a grudge match and was more about mayhem and carnage…well, at least as much carnage as PG allows. The pacing of the match was slow and methodical with each party getting the upper hand. Reigns and Wyatt really took the time to set the stage of this match with faux finishes and surprise reversals which lent to the feeling of two old foes meeting once again.

Reigns took a nasty spill through the table from the apron early on allowing Wyatt to gain momentum with the use of a kendo stick. Later in the match, Reigns speared Wyatt through a table from the apron, returning the favor.

This match told a story from the bell ringing to the three count which pulled in the audience on multiple occasions and elicited different chants all throughout the bout. Both competitors came out strong with Roman Reigns finally standing tall over Bray Wyatt.

Tag Team Championship Match
The New Day vs The Dudley Boyz
I’d like to start off by saying that The New Day gives me life every time I see them. They have taken this horrible gimmick and spun it to pure gold by simply going out there and being themselves.

We started the entrances with The New Day coming down the ramp addressing the crowd about why Xavier Woods was absent. (Storyline injury, real life Marriage!) After some brilliant dialogue that included debuting their new Unicorn Power gimmick and some #booty wiggling, the Dudley’s made their entrance to a divided crowd. Yes, you want to love the Dudley’s because they are your faces, but you can’t just set aside The New Day. They’re just too infectious!

The match featured classic tag team back and forth with oddly the only botch coming from the Dudley’s as they failed to execute a leg drop/sidewalk slam sequence. (Prompting Big E to, in character, shout “What the hell was that?” across the ring.)

Kofi tried to have the Dudley’s disqualified by using the old Eddie Guerrero toss-the-chair- (in this case trombone)-and-fall-down gag. However, the referee did not see the event take place and after listening the crowd, decided not to stop the match.

Eventually the trombone did come into play when Big E hit Bubba from behind which stunned him long enough for Kofi to hit his Trouble in Paradise kick for the win. A quick, entertaining match that will no doubt progress the storyline with the Dudley’s a little further, possibly to the next PPV.

Diva’s Championship Match
Charlotte vs Nikki Bella
I will forewarn anyone reading this review that as a woman, I am very heavily invested in the Diva’s division. With that being said, let’s talk about the match!

This match, in my opinion, was one of the best matches (if not the best) of the night. Both ladies entered the ring and were immediately in character. What I loved most about it was during Charlotte’s entrance, you could see Nikki arguing with the ref and trying to get at Charlotte. Charlotte took the early advantage, slowly introducing the WWE Universe to the tip of the iceberg that is the moveset we came to know and love down in NXT. At one point the action spilled outside where a barricade battle took place, resulting in Charlotte being tossed over and Nikki jumping off to plant a foot in Charlotte’s back.

From there Nikki Bella had the advantage and worked the Champ’s back in an effort to eliminate her Figure Eight finisher. Nikki debuted some new moves, especially submissions, in this bout and each woman sold the injury to Charlotte’s back the remainder of the match.

Back inside the ring, Nikki went for her second rope kick, but Charlotte ducked giving the champ the advantage. Another high spot came when Charlotte climbed to the top rope but was stopped by Nikki. Charlotte executed a back flip from the top, successfully knocking Nikki Bella hard to the mat. Charlotte used the opportunity to try to lock in the Figure Eight, but Nikki was able to reverse it and make it to the ropes. The action spilled outside again where Nikki hit an Alabama slam to Charlotte to the ring apron, prompting the coveted ‘HOLY SHIT’ chant from the crowd. Charlotte managed to sink her Figure Eight in, bridge and all, and the former champion was forced to tap.

Overall, this was a wonderful match. In my opinion, Nikki’s past two matches with Charlotte have been some of the best of her career. Contrary to what some would have believed, Charlotte did not carry Nikki in either of their matches. Nikki showed that she has the capacity to pull off good, intense, brutal women’s matches. I believe that in a few years, we will look back at these initial matches between these two women and credit them as the beginning of revitalizing the Diva’s Championship lineage.

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WWE Heavy Weight Championship

Seth Rollins vs Kane

I want to start this out by saying that three things about this match bugged me immediately.

1.) Why Kane and Rollins AGAIN? Seriously, Kane has just become a big jobber. There is no prestige in beating Kane anymore and no one believes he’s going to win ANYTIME he has a match.
2.) Why is this match lower on the card than the Intercontinental Championship match? That makes absolutely no sense.
3.) It irritates me to no end when the champion isn’t the last one to enter the ring.

That being said this was a pretty decent match. The two have worked each other enough to be pretty comfortable with each other and the duo did throw in some new sequences. Rollins was wonderful as usual and Kane definitely showed that he still had some moves for a veteran.

The Spanish announce table spot made me laugh until I cried. Seth proceeded to powerbomb Kane onto the table, but it didn’t break. Instead Kane just kind of fell over and the table tipped over on him. Seth, to nobody’s surprise, picked up the win in a decent but ultimately forgettable match.

It’s intensely annoying to me at this point in Seth’s reign that they still have him playing this scaredy, skittish little man. He has held that championship the better part of the year, he should be approaching these matches with a sense of strength and cockiness as a heel, not some wimpy, fearful paper champion. WWE needs to get their act together on Seth’s character and pronto.

Intercontinental Championship Match

Ryback vs Kevin Owens

This match is a paradox. It featured one of the best wrestlers the WWE has to offer, yet was the worst match of the night. In fact, it started with me bemoaning loudly the following things:

“Why the hell is it that Kevin Owens was this confident bad ass all through his Cena feud, but with Ryback he has to rake the eyes to win?”

And

“Stop trying to make Ryback happen! It’s not going to happen!”

What can I say? This match was just another gross example of the WWE taking a well rounded out gimmick and wrestler from NXT and completely destroying him when he gets to the main roster. Kevin Owen’s character went from strong, dominant heel giving five star matches to someone who is afraid of Ryback and can barely squeak by with a win over him.

Triple H, get in there and help your boy…Vince is killing him. Kevin Owens was supposed to be our savior…

Main Event:
Brock Lesnar vs The Undertaker
A brutal match worthy of being in the Cell. Both men used the environment expertly and we even saw Brock busted open early in the match. The crowd was electric, chanting for The Undertaker and Brock at the same time.

This was the showing that The Undertaker really needed. One of the first big moments for him was kicking out after three German suplexes and an F5. The match went on and The Undertaker was still game. Brock resorted to ripping the ring apart down to the bare wood with the idea of F5ing The Undertaker on the exposed boards, but that did not work out as the Beast had planned. The Undertaker managed to get his hands on Brock and nail him with a Chokeslam and a Tombstone on the exposed area to a chorus of “This is AWESOME!” chants from the fans. The Undertaker went in for more damage, but Lesnar hit him with a low blow leading into an F5 on the exposed wood.

I was pretty pleased with this match. It was very physical and a decent end to the trilogy of The Undertaker and Brock Lesnar. Both men came out looking like the warriors they really are. The Undertaker took a few moments to get up and was greeted by the WWE Universe chanting “Thank You, Taker!”

Suddenly, The Wyatt’s music began to play and the family of misfits descended on The Undertaker. The Dead Man did his best to fend them off, but he was overpowered and eventually stolen from the arena by the Wyatt family. I’m interested to see how that will pan out. Hopefully they will do the angle I was originally hoping they would have done when the Wyatt’s stole Kane. Think about it, a mad man like Bray Wyatt in control of a Dead Man? Wonderful.

At the end of it all this PPV had some excellent matches even if the story lines getting there were a bit lack luster. We had some definitive ends to quite a few feuds, so the next month will be all about preparing a new ground for battles.

Pixels 2015

Director: Chris Columbus
Writers: Tim Herlihy, Timothy Dowling
Starring: Adam Sandler, Kevin James, Michelle Monaghan, Peter Dinklage, Josh Gad
Budget: $90 000 000
​Worldwide gross: $243 000 000
Genre: Comedy/Sci Fi

Aliens misinterpret video feeds of classic arcade games as a declaration of war, they attack the Earth in the form of the video games. Earths only hope are former arcade heroes who get an opportunity to relive their past.

Pixels is based off of a short film by the same name. It’s interesting to me that Hollywood can create a full length feature film from a short film that’s less then three minutes long. Chris Columbus brings a directorial pedigree that’s top ten in terms of children’s movies such as Home Alone (1990), Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone (2001) and Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (2002). What we have with Pixels seems like something that can be good, want’s to be good, but the humour of Sandler just doesn’t connect anymore. Sandler also produced the film which seems at odds with the Columbus style of directing and leads to a mismatch of ideas.
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There are some interesting visuals and if you are over the age of thirty you might indulge fondly at a few…very few scenes that bring you back to the heady 8-bit, arcade days of your youth. I just can’t help feel that they missed something with this film, something that could have made it so much more. The head shaking comedy certainly didn’t help and neither did the humdrum storytelling. The fact that Brenner (Sandler) is down on his luck three decades after he lost an arcade tournament and it having a major role deep into to the movie is so uninspiring it’s hard to imagine how that got left in the script.
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This film could have been better served if Steven Spielberg had been the producer. Making it an Amblin production would most certainly have better writers attached and instead of Sandler and friends Amblin could bring in quality actors that would better fit their role in a movie that should be made for young teens, not the few fans that Sandler has left.

I really hate to review movies that I dislike, I don’t like being negative because I know that I couldn’t write a script, couldn’t act or produce but seeing as I paid for this movie like a sucker that I have a right to express my opinions. I wouldn’t recommend this movie to anybody, I don’t feel that it has any redeeming qualities other then a few neat nostalgic scenes but if that’s what you’re after just watch the two and a half minute Pixels (2010) (Short) or play some old video games on your phone.

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Thanks for reading, sorry for being a bummer…B

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Unboxing an Einhell RTRO55 Electronic Router 240V 1200 Watts

This is my unboxing video of a new Einhell RTRO55 Electronic Router it works on 240V mains supply and has 1200 watts of power.

I was a little nervous about opening the box as i noticed on the side of the box it had an icon of a european 2 pin socket, so i must admit i was prepared to send it straight back, but i was relieved to see when i opened the box it had the UK spec socket I was hoping for! So i could relax at last.

On opening there’s a few parts that you have to fit together to start using your new router, ie the parallel stop assembly, it’s very easy to assemble, just two philips screws to attach the stop on the end of the rails, then slide it into the receptacles on the routing shoe (or the base of the router), i’ll show this in my demo video coming soon.

It feels like a substantial piece of kit, with two good ergonomic handles which on one side incorporates the power trigger with a safety lock button, this means you can’t start up the router without pressing the safety first, so you won’t operate the router inadvertently and mess up your workpiece or the odd finger and thumb etc.

Before using the equipment the manufacturers instructions recommend wearing goggles, ear defenders and a dust mask to protect your lungs from dust created whilst working. Please also remember as with anything DIY related, do not remove safety fittings and keep your equipment in good order and serviced as and when required.

As you can see when i gave the trigger a squeeze you’d have noticed the torque jolting the machine, so i’d recommend you use both hands on the handles to keep the router secure and under control.

I can’t wait to set this router to work, you can do so much with a router, so when i get a chance, i’ll film a demo video showing you how to set it up and how to use the various equipment on the router.

If you’d like to buy this you can get it from Amazon: http://amzn.to/1GC9aLS for around £70.

UK Home Automation Series Part 9 Setting Up & Demo of Hive & Amazon Echo Systems

Welcome to Part 9 of my home automation series, this video is about setting up my Hive system to work with Amazon Echo & the Alexa app. It’s really really easy, here i use my iPhone 6s to hook it up, well impressed.

Please Note: The name of your Hive system is in the Hive app settings, nothing to do with the Echo, so if you need to change it’s name from ‘Thermostat’ to something else like ‘Heating’ then you need to do so via the Hive app or website.

As i said in the video i’d list some of the things that i’ve used in my home automation videos and they are below, they will take you straight to the relevant Amazon page so you don’t have to look for them.

Hive 2 Active Heating & Water £249.99 http://amzn.to/2dnH35w
Amazon Echo £149.99 http://amzn.to/2cn4Fwh
Amazon Echo Dot £49.99 http://amzn.to/2cOpzk0
Philips Hue Starter Kit E27 £59.99 http://amzn.to/2cEy8Pf
Philips Hue Starter Kit B22 £149.99 http://amzn.to/2cEyZiL
Philips Hue B22 £14.99 http://amzn.to/2cEz8CU
Philips Hue GU10 (2 Pack) £44.99 http://amzn.to/2cEzf1a
Belkin WEMO Switch £24.99 http://amzn.to/2cEBcKW
E27 to B22 Conversion Kit (@ Pack) £2.99 http://amzn.to/2cEyKEf
iPhone 6s (Price Varies) http://amzn.to/2dm8Oj2

UK Home Automation Series Part 8 Amazon Echo Unboxing & Set Up

Welcome to Part 8 of my home automation series, this video is the unboxing and set up of my brand spanking new Amazon Echo, i had problems as i couldn’t use my normal camera because i lost the micro SD card somewhere so had to use the iPhone, so the sound is terrible, although the picture is alright i suppose. So i could video myself doing the physical set up but not me setting up on the app, but I can assure you it’s really easy, plus there’s no need for it to be near your router, what i was expecting, as i thought i’d need to plug into the Ethernet port. But Echo is purely run on the WiFi signal which is damn good in my book! I also give my new friend ‘Alexa’ some basic instructions which she performs excellently and way way better than Siri does. Not one problem with her understanding what i said at all, which is a credit to the developers at Amazon.

So i’ve ordered a new SD card which should arrive tomorrow so i can continue setting up the Echo with my other home automation products such as my Philips Hue system, my Belkin WeMo switches and my Hive systems.

As i said in the video i’d list some of the things that i’ve used in my home automation videos and they are below, they will take you straight to the relevant Amazon page so you don’t have to look for them.

Amazon Echo £149.99 http://amzn.to/2cn4Fwh
Amazon Echo Dot £49.99 http://amzn.to/2cOpzk0
Philips Hue Starter Kit E27 £59.99 http://amzn.to/2cEy8Pf
Philips Hue Starter Kit B22 £149.99 http://amzn.to/2cEyZiL
Philips Hue B22 £14.99 http://amzn.to/2cEz8CU
Philips Hue GU10 (2 Pack) £44.99 http://amzn.to/2cEzf1a
Belkin WEMO Switch £24.99 http://amzn.to/2cEBcKW
E27 to B22 Conversion Kit (@ Pack) £2.99 http://amzn.to/2cEyKEf
iPhone 6s (Price Varies) http://amzn.to/2dm8Oj2

UK Home Automation Series Part 4 Philips Hue Unboxing

Hi guys welcome to part 4 of my ongoing series of home automation videos, this ones a bit of a long one, so grab a brew and put your feet up while i ramble on about setting up this Philips Hue lighting system. Should you want to buy any of the products featured in this or any of my future home automation videos, i’ve put some links below for you.

Amazon Echo £149.99 http://amzn.to/2cn4Fwh
Amazon Echo Dot £49.99 http://amzn.to/2cOpzk0
Philips Hue Starter Kit E27 £59.99 http://amzn.to/2cEy8Pf
Philips Hue Starter Kit B22 £149.99 http://amzn.to/2cEyZiL
Philips Hue B22 £14.99 http://amzn.to/2cEz8CU
Philips Hue GU10 (2 Pack) £44.99 http://amzn.to/2cEzf1a
Belkin WEMO Switch £24.99 http://amzn.to/2cEBcKW
E27 to B22 Conversion Kit (@ Pack) £2.99 http://amzn.to/2cEyKEf

UK Home Automation Series Part 12: Philips Hue Motion Sensors, Unboxing, Set up & Demo

Here I unbox, set up and demo the brand spanking new Philips Hue motion sensors! They are really really good if may say so, I love them, they are definitely the best addition to my Hue system so far, these now fully automate my lights in the hall and landing, so no more messing about in the dark. They are also very very simple to fit and to set up, fitting is a matter of a small hole in the wall or in the ceiling, or you can even have them free standing on a shelf etc. The app tells you how to set them up from scratch, i had two so registering the second was as easy as the first.

Now to tinker with the settings until we get them right for everyone in the house.

Philips Hue Motion Sensor £34.99 http://amzn.to/2d9r4bc
Philips Hue Ambience 2pk GU10 £44.99 http://amzn.to/2cEzf1a
Hive 2 Active Heating & Water £249.99 http://amzn.to/2dnH35w
Amazon Echo £149.99 http://amzn.to/2cn4Fwh
Amazon Echo Dot £49.99 http://amzn.to/2cOpzk0
Philips Hue Starter Kit E27 £59.99 http://amzn.to/2cEy8Pf
Philips Hue Starter Kit B22 £149.99 http://amzn.to/2cEyZiL
Philips Hue B22 £14.99 http://amzn.to/2cEz8CU
Belkin WEMO Switch £24.99 http://amzn.to/2cEBcKW
E27 to B22 Conversion Kit (@ Pack) £2.99 http://amzn.to/2cEyKEf
iPhone 6s (Price Varies) http://amzn.to/2dm8Oj2

UK Home Automation Series Part 11 Set up & Demo WeMo with Amazon Echo

Welcome to Part 11 of my home automation series, this video is about setting up my WeMo switches to work with my Amazon Echo unit then giving it a quick demo after.

As you can see i’ve already got them on my Alexa app because i had to discover devices before with my Philips Hue and Hive systems. So it was just a case of errr nothing as it was already done for me! Hows that? Brill!

As i said in the video i’d list some of the things that i’ve used in my home automation videos and they are below, they will take you straight to the relevant Amazon page so you don’t have to look for them.

Hive 2 Active Heating & Water £249.99 http://amzn.to/2dnH35w
Amazon Echo £149.99 http://amzn.to/2cn4Fwh
Amazon Echo Dot £49.99 http://amzn.to/2cOpzk0
Philips Hue Starter Kit E27 £59.99 http://amzn.to/2cEy8Pf
Philips Hue Starter Kit B22 £149.99 http://amzn.to/2cEyZiL
Philips Hue B22 £14.99 http://amzn.to/2cEz8CU
Philips Hue GU10 (2 Pack) £44.99 http://amzn.to/2cEzf1a
Belkin WEMO Switch £24.99 http://amzn.to/2cEBcKW
E27 to B22 Conversion Kit (@ Pack) £2.99 http://amzn.to/2cEyKEf
iPhone 6s (Price Varies) http://amzn.to/2dm8Oj2

UK Home Automation Series Part 10 Setting up Philips Hue to work with Amazon Echo

Welcome to Part 10 of my home automation series, this video is about setting up my Philips Hue system to work with Amazon Echo & the Alexa app.

I found this one a little tricky as i thought that Philips Hue was a skill, so i tried looking it up in the smart home skill section of the Alexa app and couldn’t find it anywhere i tried all sorts, even going to the Hue app itself to see if i could install from there, but it turns out all i had to do was go into the Alexa app, go into settings then Smart Home then scroll down until you see ‘Your devices’ then press the discover devices text and then quickly press the centre button on your Philips Hue Bridge and you should be in business, nothing else to do, just talk to Alexa and away you go. I was surprised at how easy it was once i knew how!

So lets get this straight, Philips Hue isn’t a skill, you just search for it in your devices and it’s automatically set up to run with your Amazon Echo! Cool eh? But a bit bitter sweet for me as i took so long to find that out myself through trial and error, as seen in the video.

Please Note: Ensure your Philips Hue system is set up properly beforehand, i.e. app set up, lamps named correctly, then make sure all the light switches are ON, if they are off the bulbs will not be powered and connected to the Hue Bridge. It takes a bit of getting used to because we’ve all been used to using our hands since birth, now we’ve got to learn to use our voices in our new smart homes! Can’t wait for the Echo Dots to arrive in Oct to complete the system it’s gonna be epic!

As i said in the video i’d list some of the things that i’ve used in my home automation videos and they are below, they will take you straight to the relevant Amazon page so you don’t have to look for them.

Hive 2 Active Heating & Water £249.99 http://amzn.to/2dnH35w
Amazon Echo £149.99 http://amzn.to/2cn4Fwh
Amazon Echo Dot £49.99 http://amzn.to/2cOpzk0
Philips Hue Starter Kit E27 £59.99 http://amzn.to/2cEy8Pf
Philips Hue Starter Kit B22 £149.99 http://amzn.to/2cEyZiL
Philips Hue B22 £14.99 http://amzn.to/2cEz8CU
Philips Hue GU10 (2 Pack) £44.99 http://amzn.to/2cEzf1a
Belkin WEMO Switch £24.99 http://amzn.to/2cEBcKW
E27 to B22 Conversion Kit (@ Pack) £2.99 http://amzn.to/2cEyKEf
iPhone 6s (Price Varies) http://amzn.to/2dm8Oj2

UK Home Automation Series Part 8 Amazon Echo Unboxing & Set Up

Welcome to Part 8 of my home automation series, this video is the unboxing and set up of my brand spanking new Amazon Echo, i had problems as i couldn’t use my normal camera because i lost the micro SD card somewhere so had to use the iPhone, so the sound is terrible, although the picture is alright i suppose. So i could video myself doing the physical set up but not me setting up on the app, but I can assure you it’s really easy, plus there’s no need for it to be near your router, what i was expecting, as i thought i’d need to plug into the Ethernet port. But Echo is purely run on the WiFi signal which is damn good in my book! I also give my new friend ‘Alexa’ some basic instructions which she performs excellently and way way better than Siri does. Not one problem with her understanding what i said at all, which is a credit to the developers at Amazon.

So i’ve ordered a new SD card which should arrive tomorrow so i can continue setting up the Echo with my other home automation products such as my Philips Hue system, my Belkin WeMo switches and my Hive systems.

As i said in the video i’d list some of the things that i’ve used in my home automation videos and they are below, they will take you straight to the relevant Amazon page so you don’t have to look for them.

Amazon Echo £149.99 http://amzn.to/2cn4Fwh
Amazon Echo Dot £49.99 http://amzn.to/2cOpzk0
Philips Hue Starter Kit E27 £59.99 http://amzn.to/2cEy8Pf
Philips Hue Starter Kit B22 £149.99 http://amzn.to/2cEyZiL
Philips Hue B22 £14.99 http://amzn.to/2cEz8CU
Philips Hue GU10 (2 Pack) £44.99 http://amzn.to/2cEzf1a
Belkin WEMO Switch £24.99 http://amzn.to/2cEBcKW
E27 to B22 Conversion Kit (@ Pack) £2.99 http://amzn.to/2cEyKEf
iPhone 6s (Price Varies) http://amzn.to/2dm8Oj2

UK Home Automation Series Part 7 Setting Up A New Philips Hue Bulb To The Bridge & Siri

Here’s part 7 of my home automation series, in this video i introduce a new Philips Hue bulb into the system i have running already, then operate it through the Hue app, then i set up Apples Siri to operate the lights by voice commands through my iPhone.

All this is leading to it all becoming truly automated once my Amazon Echo arrives.

Please feel free to comment below if you have any questions or queries about my set up. I’ll do my best to help you out.

Should you want to buy any of the products featured in this or any of my future home automation videos i’ve put some links below for you.

Amazon Echo £149.99 http://amzn.to/2cn4Fwh
Amazon Echo Dot £49.99 http://amzn.to/2cOpzk0
Philips Hue Starter Kit E27 £59.99 http://amzn.to/2cEy8Pf
Philips Hue Starter Kit B22 £149.99 http://amzn.to/2cEyZiL
Philips Hue B22 £14.99 http://amzn.to/2cEz8CU
Philips Hue GU10 (2 Pack) £44.99 http://amzn.to/2cEzf1a
Belkin WEMO Switch £24.99 http://amzn.to/2cEBcKW
E27 to B22 Conversion Kit (@ Pack) £2.99 http://amzn.to/2cEyKEf
iPhone 6s (Price Varies) http://amzn.to/2dm8Oj2

UK Home Automation Series Part 6 Demo Of Siri VS Philips Hue

I wasn’t going to set up Hue to work with Apples Siri, i was going to wait for the Amazon Echo to turn up and do it that way, but i couldn’t just leave it like that, so i set up Siri which is on my iPhone 6s, to work with the lighting system I just installed into most of my house and here’s the results…. Sorry i do get a bit excitable in this video, i love it, I just can’t wait to meet Amazon’s Echo now got a long 6 days to wait now……

Should you want to buy any of the products featured in this or any of my future home automation videos i’ve put some links below for you.

Amazon Echo £149.99 http://amzn.to/2cn4Fwh
Amazon Echo Dot £49.99 http://amzn.to/2cOpzk0
Philips Hue Starter Kit E27 £59.99 http://amzn.to/2cEy8Pf
Philips Hue Starter Kit B22 £149.99 http://amzn.to/2cEyZiL
Philips Hue B22 £14.99 http://amzn.to/2cEz8CU
Philips Hue GU10 (2 Pack) £44.99 http://amzn.to/2cEzf1a
Belkin WEMO Switch £24.99 http://amzn.to/2cEBcKW
E27 to B22 Conversion Kit (@ Pack) £2.99 http://amzn.to/2cEyKEf

UK Home Automation Series Part 5 Philips Hue Lighting System Set Up & Demo

This is part 5 of me automating my home, in this exciting instalment i set up and demo the Philips Hue lighting system.

Please feel free to comment below if you have anything to say!

Should you want to buy any of the products featured in this or any of my future home automation videos i’ve put some links below for you.

Amazon Echo £149.99 http://amzn.to/2cn4Fwh
Amazon Echo Dot £49.99 http://amzn.to/2cOpzk0
Philips Hue Starter Kit E27 £59.99 http://amzn.to/2cEy8Pf
Philips Hue Starter Kit B22 £149.99 http://amzn.to/2cEyZiL
Philips Hue B22 £14.99 http://amzn.to/2cEz8CU
Philips Hue GU10 (2 Pack) £44.99 http://amzn.to/2cEzf1a
Belkin WEMO Switch £24.99 http://amzn.to/2cEBcKW
E27 to B22 Conversion Kit (@ Pack) £2.99 http://amzn.to/2cEyKEf

Karcher SC5 Steam Cleaner Unboxing

This is my unboxing video of a Karcher SC5 steam cleaning machine. If you’d like to see the video of me setting it up with the detail nozzle and cleaning the glass on an oven door then follow this link: http://uktoolreviews.com/karcher-sc5-set-up-and-demonstration/

If you want to buy one of these Karcher steam cleaners, they are around £349.99p and you can get straight to Amazon’s listing page through this link: http://amzn.to/1MIkMsV if you want to find the optional iron attachment you can get to it’s listing page through this link: http://amzn.to/1NDtnhi

Karcher SC5 Steam Cleaner – Set up & demonstration

Hi here’s my video of how to set up your Karcher SC5 steam cleaner with the detail nozzle and a short demo/review on using it to clean the glass on an oven door.

It started to remove about a years worth of baked in dirt and grime from the glass oven door in only 30-40 seconds, so with a little elbow grease i think you’d be able to scrub it clean in ten mins. If not maybe you could get away with minimal chemical use.

If you want to buy one of these Karcher steam cleaners, they are around £349.99p and you can get straight to Amazon’s listing page through this link: http://amzn.to/1MIkMsV

If you want to find the optional iron attachment you can get to it’s listing page through this link: http://amzn.to/1NDtnhi

Summary

Good Points:
Powerful
Easy to use
Lightweight
Long mains lead
Hygienic
Chemical free cleaning

Bad Points:
Only one of each cleaning cloth provided.

JETech Tempered Glass Screen Protector for iPhone 6s – Unboxing & Review

This is a video of me unboxing & fitting a JETech iPhone 6s tempered glass screen protector.

The JETech tempered glass screen protector is packaged well, thick cardboard with high density foam sandwiched in between. I was shocked on opening the packet that there were two screens in there! Yes two! What a surprise, i was only expecting one! So that was a big bonus, now it’s different to your usual screen protectors this one isn’t as flexible, as the title suggests it’s an actual real life mini piece of glass that sticks over your original glass screen, acting as the sacrificial lamb and hopefully your original screen will be left untouched. I did read other reviews and people think quite highly of this product, someone even said on dropping her phone screen first onto the floor it shattered…. The screen protector that was, the iPhone screen was absolutely fine! Having a second one ready to go i assume she would have just picked the old shattered pieces off and just replaced it.

Fitting it was very easy and unfortunately you still do get air bubbles but nowhere near as many as the thin screen protectors, but my bubbles (I had two) one disappeared after a little wiping with a cloth and the second one disappeared overnight. So I am well happy, an actual screen protector on my phone with NO yes NO bubbles on the screen!!!!! Well impressed!

If you like what you see and hear, you can buy one of these from Amazon, via the following link: http://amzn.to/21bWm5D

I hope you enjoyed the video! Please check out my iPhone playlist for other accessories and bits on iPhones.

Irwin 150mm Quick Grip Mini clamps – Unboxed & Reviewed.

This is my short video of me unboxing a pair of Irwin Quick Grip mini clamps.

They are constructed of plastic, with a trigger grip to apply the pressure to your work piece. Usually with items like this you squeeze as hard as you can and they break, not these beasts! These took all my strength and didn’t even give the slightest hint of breaking.

They have rubber sleeves over each gripping end so they shouldn’t put marks on to your work piece, they also grip very very hard, i was actually quite surprised, the retail pack says they can apply up to 70kg of pressure, easily enough to keep your work piece held securely.

These will definitely become a trusted item in your workshop inventory, I know the larger ones can take awesome amounts of abuse as i have them in the workshop where i work and if anything in there lasts longer than 5 minutes then it’s truly hardcore!

If you want a pair of these they are just over a tenner on Amazon, the link will take you straight to their page: http://amzn.to/2aRL2qv

Home Automation Series Part 3 Belkin WEMO Switch Set Up & Demo

Hi all, this is the third in my series in my home automation project, in this video i set up and demo a Belkin WEMO switch.

Should you want to buy any of the products featured in this or any of my future home automation videos, i’ve put some links below for you.

Amazon Echo £149.99 http://amzn.to/2cn4Fwh
Amazon Echo Dot £49.99 http://amzn.to/2cOpzk0
Philips Hue Starter Kit E27 £59.99 http://amzn.to/2cEy8Pf
Philips Hue Starter Kit B22 £149.99 http://amzn.to/2cEyZiL
Philips Hue B22 £14.99 http://amzn.to/2cEz8CU
Philips Hue GU10 (2 Pack) £44.99 http://amzn.to/2cEzf1a
Belkin WEMO Switch £24.99 http://amzn.to/2cEBcKW
E27 to B22 Conversion Kit (@ Pack) £2.99 http://amzn.to/2cEyKEf

Omaker 4.7″ iPhone 6 Bumper case, unboxing & review

This is my unboxing & review of an Omaker 4.7″ iPhone 6 bumper case, but this is being fitted onto an iPhone 6s.

It’s nice to at last find an iPhone case that’s reasonably priced, yet pretty much perfect in every way, ie all the holes are where they should be and line up nicely, the buttons can all be depressed without the case hindering the functionality of the buttons.

The case feels very well made and should protect the phone on a drop from waist height i’d have thought, with just enough weight to it, to allow the phone to land case first rather than screen first, which wouldn’t end well.

A nice touch is to find the free headphone jack dust cover, it’s just a simple plastic plug that fits into the headphone jack to stop the ingress of dirt and rubbish, from the bottom of your pockets or handbags etc. I’ve always wanted to buy one, but i’ve never got round to getting one so this is a brilliant little unexpected bonus.

If you’d like to purchase one of these Omaker cases, you can find one on Amazon via the following link: http://amzn.to/1NhsuAL

Marxman Pen (Standard) As seen on Dragons Den.

Here is my video where i review and demo a Marxman pen as seen on Dragons den.

I saw this on Dragons den and thought i need to get one. So i ordered one that night.

Basically when you need to mark holes usually if you use a pencil you may miss the mark, or if the bracket or whatever is too thick you can’t get a pencil to mark through it, hence why this is such a brilliant idea!

In my video i use the Marxman pen through a 40mm piece of wood then i try it through a 63mm gap.

Should you want to buy one for yourself please follow the links below to get straight through to the relevant Amazon listing.

Thanks for viewing, don’t forget to subscribe for more unboxing and review videos!!

Marxman Standard: http://amzn.to/2b1nVib

Marxman Deep hole: http://amzn.to/2bhxsyH

Kitchen Aid 2.1 Litre Food Processor 5KFP0925BCU

This is my review of a Kitchen Aid 2.1 Litre food processor in Contour Silver, in this video i film the unboxing, the construction, then give a demo of me using the processor, just to show you how easy it is to use, i’ve not read the instructions and i’ve videoed myself using it on the fly, this will prove how easy it is to use for someone who’s never used this product before, so if you go to use it and have read the instructions you should have no problems at all.

First of all I unbox the machine, it’s well packed and protected in a sheath of polystyrene, which keeps all the accessories safe and sound, so it all arrives damage free. I have a brief look at all the pieces included in the box.

Next i attempt to put the machine together without reading the instructions, i don’t find this hard, personally it seems to be quite simple to put together, the only thing i needed to look up was how to use the adjustable slicing attachment, but after looking at it carefully i should have really figured that out by myself. The base has nice rubber feet which seem to anchor the body to the work surface nicely.

You also get two containers, one a 2.1 litre capacity and the other smaller one has a 710ml capacity., The smaller one fits neatly inside the larger one so you can process smaller amounts of food reducing the washing up.

There are different attachments, you have a grating attachment, an adjustable slicing attachment, 2 multi use attachments for food processing (Large & small) and finally a plastic dough blade.

The 3 in 1 chute can handle most sizes of fruit and veg you can chuck at it, some of the larger veg would need to be cut down to manageable sizes first, I love the small round opening which is ideal for carrots, it comes with a plunger type attachment which means you can push the veg into the chute without risking your fingers.

It has 2 speeds and also a pulse function, so you have a nice range of power at your disposal.

The whole unit cannot be used if anything is out of place, it all needs to be in it’s place before it will start, so if you happen to press the power button and nothing happens just look at the safety cut out points to ensure everything is flush and in it’s place. This just stops you from operating the machine in a dangerous state where you could damage the unit or even yourself.

In my demonstration I use carrots to show what it can do, most people know how a processor works, but i’ve not seen anything like this slicing or grating food, so my carrot victims get sliced and grated with excellent results.

First i try a thick cut on the carrot, it chews the carrot up easily on speed 1, then i try speed 2 with the same success. I open the container to inspect the slices and they are all nicely even, ideal for that family member with a little OCD where the veg all has to be uniform size!

The second demo is using the grating attachment, i start off using medium then inspect the perfectly grated carrot, then i finish my carroty victim off with a fine grate and yet again with perfect results, Here i only use carrots, but there’s a wide range of food that you can use with this machine, it’s going to save you so much time and effort you won’t know what to do with your newly found spare time!

After i stopped filming I was informed by the girl friend that we needed some bread crumbs for a recipe, unfortunately all the video kit was packed away, but i can assure you as with all the other tasks, it glided through the test, giving me perfect bread crumbs for the girlfriends recipe, which earned me numerous brownie points!!!

Overall i give this Kitchen Aid food processor five stars, i love it, if i was to give a negative i’d say errr not much, it’s does what it says on the tin, it’s good at what it does so why do i need to find a negative? Well done Kitchen Aid, a brilliant product from a very popular, sought after brand. You also get a 3 year, yes I said 3 year warranty with it, i’m pretty sure this will be one of those kitchen appliances that last a lifetime and will be passed down through generations. It’s just got the retro long lasting, quality feel about it.

Draper 14180 150mm Magnetic Soft Jaws for Engineering Vices – Unboxing & Review

Here’s my unboxing and demo video of the Draper Magnetic soft jaws for engineering vices. 150mm or 6″ however you like it.

These are under a tenner to buy and protect your work while you clamp them in your vice. Without these applied to your vice you may damage your workpiece. The magnets seem strong enough to keep them on my vice even when i’ve tightened the vice up on some wood as hard as i could tighten it and the soft jaws were still attached to the vice and the wood wasn’t stuck to the jaws either, plus i couldn’t see any indentations either, which is very good!

So do i think they are worth the money? Yep definitely they’ll last a DIY’er for years i’d expect but i’d have thought a tradesman would want something more hardcore.

If you want to buy yourself a pair you can find them on Amazon via the following link for under a tenner: http://amzn.to/2aRHTqy

Dewalt TSTAK demo

A simple demonstration of the Dewalt TSTAK system in action. If you would like to purchase one of these you can find them on Amazon http://amzn.to/1OVbEHj

How to install RAM in an Apple Macbook Pro

I made this video so you guys can see how easy it is to super charge your Macbook Pro simply by adding lots and lots of RAM, now you can try all the software you want but eventually you’ll slow up, but this is a permanent fix to your slow Mac.

First of all this is done at your own risk, thing can and do go wrong with electronics so if you are unsure of your abilities i’d suggest going to a Apple store or IT professional to do this for you.

In my case i’m working on my Apple Macbook Pro (Late 2011), I can’t be certain but the layout may vary from model to model so you may have to search out an alternative video to this if yours is an older or newer model.

Shut your machine down and wait for all movement and sounds to stop, remove any covers you may have attached to the bottom half of the computer, we don’t need to touch the top half (Screen half) so you can leave the covers on that one so it doesn’t scratch the lid! If you do not have a cover on your lid please put down a cloth to protect your machine from scratches.

Flip your machine upside down, we’re interested in the bottom section.

Get yourself a very small Philips screwdriver or ACENIX tool attachment in my case, for removing the screws on the bottom of the machine, there are 10 screws to undo, 3 of them are long ones, in the top right corner.

Ensure you are the same potential as the computer or earth it, so you can touch some metal on the machine such as the DVD disk drive, try to steer clear of touching the mother board or hard drive if i were you, in case you put a charge through anything sensitive and break something!!! You can also put in your charger and plug it into a socket but keep the switch OFF!!! Do not leave it on as you could fry yourself or your machine!!

Next locate the RAM modules, which are pretty much central and remove gently as shown in the video. Do not force anything it should all come out with light touches. Once the RAM springs up at you just gently pull them away from the mother board and that’s the job almost done, now just replace the new RAM modules in the slots and push down gently to click them into place and you are done. The RAM module should be flush with the rest of the hardware in the machine, if it’s sticking up or looks like it’s off at an angle remove and put it in again.

Now ensure you’ve not left any tools inside the machine, if you wanted to now would be a great idea to lightly brush any dust or use an air source to blow the dust away as basic general maintenance.

Replace all screws remembering where the 3 long screws were located. Tighten gently no need to forces these screws as you will only break the threads.

Replace cover then start up your machine.

Your machine may take longer than usual to start up as it’s probably thinking jeez where the hells this memory come from!! So give it time to register it’s new memory and when all sounds have ceased click the apple logo in the top right and then click the memory tab and you will notice your memory should be registered, if it isn’t then maybe you have messed up installing them or your RAM is broken. But please remember your RAM should be twins so 8gb and 8gb or 2gb and 2gb, it’ll still work with one if need be but try to install two modules of equal size.

And well done you are now the owner of a turbo charged Mac! Enjoy!

If you want any of the products i used in this video please use the links below to get to the relevant Amazon listings:

Crucial 16gb RAM memory. http://amzn.to/1UQ588f
Acenix 3 in 1 repair tool. http://amzn.to/1Mm8Y6h
Apple Macbook Pro. http://amzn.to/1UQ5sDX

Hive 2 Unboxing & Installation video

Sorry it’s been a while since my last video, i’ve been very busy, so without further ado here’s a video where i unbox a Hive 2 system, then i install it in front of your very eyes, you’ll have to excuse the sound, in places it got so messed up i had to dub over the top of the video, but saying that everything you need to know is shown, so you can manage to fit your own Hive system easily enough.

Now i’d only recommend fitting this if you have some knowledge of electrics, you don’t want to go blowing up your boiler or hive unit, as that might get quite expensive! But saying that all the installation instructions are there in the pack and if you already have a wireless thermostat the wiring like mine will be straight forward, even for the novice installer.

I’ve had this installed for a month now and i can honestly tell you i won’t go for anything else, I would say the geo location thing is a bit naff, it sends you a text to remind you to switch the unit off, but i’d rather have it detect the registered mobiles are out of the house and cut the power itself, texting each phone as it goes out the geo fence isn’t quite the futuristic function i would i’ve expected, although could be useful for some. It also detects when you come into the geo fence you have set, so will text you to remind you to turn the heating back on, too late if you’re driving of course, if you are good, you won’t get to read the text until you’re home!! So maybe an upgrade to this sort of system would be an advantage here, which would then make it 10/10.

I’d give this unit 9 out of 10 for now, only dropping the 1 mark for the geo location thing, it’s a doddle to fit, it’s easy to use and program, it’s a winner in my books so well done to British gas and the Hive team.

If you want to buy one of these Hive 2 units here’s a link so you can buy one from Amazon:

Without Installation: http://amzn.to/1JM8ZcI
With Installation: http://amzn.to/1JM928s

Draper 27843 Hand Riveter for Aluminium & Steel Blind Rivets

This is the unboxing of my Draper 27843 Hand Riveter, it comes supplied in a hard plastic case, with approximately 100 rivets and has 4 different sized nozzles for different rivet sizes (2.4, 3.2, 4.0 and 4.8 mm). It’s solidly built, with a simple handle lock and a spanner with it’s own stowage in the moulded handle, so you don’t need anything else for use. Ideal for the DIY’er and reasonably priced from a well known and trusted brand.

If you’d like to purchase one of these you can find one on Amazon on the following link:

www.amazon.co.uk/draperriveter

Home Automation Series Part 14 Samsung Smart Things Starter Unboxing

Hi guys, here I unbox my new Smart Things starter kit. It’s a bit long because there’s so many different components, so i split the video into two sections, the unboxing & the set up/demo parts.

Samsung Smart Homes Starter Kit Around £200-300 http://amzn.to/2egrVLy
Yale Z Wave Module £42.00 tidd.ly/da94c540
TP Link Ethernet Switch £6.39p http://amzn.to/2egEnHt
Philips Hue Motion Sensor £34.99 http://amzn.to/2d9r4bc
Philips Hue Ambience 2pk GU10 £44.99 http://amzn.to/2cEzf1a
Hive 2 Active Heating & Water £249.99 http://amzn.to/2dnH35w
Amazon Echo £149.99 http://amzn.to/2cn4Fwh
Amazon Echo Dot £49.99 http://amzn.to/2cOpzk0
Philips Hue Starter Kit E27 £59.99 http://amzn.to/2cEy8Pf
Philips Hue Starter Kit B22 £149.99 http://amzn.to/2cEyZiL
Philips Hue B22 £14.99 http://amzn.to/2cEz8CU
Belkin WEMO Switch £24.99 http://amzn.to/2cEBcKW
E27 to B22 Conversion Kit (@ Pack) £2.99 http://amzn.to/2cEyKEf
iPhone 6s (Price Varies) http://amzn.to/2dm8Oj2

Home Automation Series Part 13: Creating groups on the Alexa App.

In this video I show you how to make use of the ‘groups’ function in your Alexa App which controls your Amazon Echo device, I was going to be doing a Samsung Smart Things video but was sold a duffer by Currys/Pc World so had to ditch the idea and do this instead.

Should you want to buy any of the things you’ve seen in this video or my others feel free to click the links below, i might get a few quid for my troubles which i can in turn plough into better kit etc. Cheers Chris.

Samsung Smart Homes Starter Kit Around £200-300 http://amzn.to/2egrVLy
Yale Z-Wave Module £42.00 tidd.ly/da94c540
Philips Hue Motion Sensor £34.99 http://amzn.to/2d9r4bc
Philips Hue Ambience 2pk GU10 £44.99 http://amzn.to/2cEzf1a
Hive 2 Active Heating & Water £249.99 http://amzn.to/2dnH35w
Amazon Echo £149.99 http://amzn.to/2cn4Fwh
Amazon Echo Dot £49.99 http://amzn.to/2cOpzk0
Philips Hue Starter Kit E27 £59.99 http://amzn.to/2cEy8Pf
Philips Hue Starter Kit B22 £149.99 http://amzn.to/2cEyZiL
Philips Hue B22 £14.99 http://amzn.to/2cEz8CU
Belkin WEMO Switch £24.99 http://amzn.to/2cEBcKW
E27 to B22 Conversion Kit (@ Pack) £2.99 http://amzn.to/2cEyKEf
iPhone 6s (Price Varies) http://amzn.to/2dm8Oj2

Home Automation Series Part 1 The Intro.

Hi guys, here i start my journey on the road to home automation, i talk about what i’ve got, whats coming in the post and what my plans are.

This is part of an ongoing series of videos showing you how to set up and run your automated products. It’s all a bit hit and miss as you’ll see, this is recorded as i do it, so if it’s a pain you’ll see it, if it’s easy you’ll see it. There’s no practicing it’s as you see it!

Should you want to buy any of the products featured in this or any of my future home automation videos i’ve put some links below for you.

Please feel free to comment, if you have anything to say!

Cheers Chris.

Amazon Echo £149.99 http://amzn.to/2cn4Fwh
Amazon Echo Dot £49.99 http://amzn.to/2cOpzk0
Philips Hue Starter Kit E27 £59.99 http://amzn.to/2cEy8Pf
Philips Hue Starter Kit B22 £149.99 http://amzn.to/2cEyZiL
Philips Hue B22 £14.99 http://amzn.to/2cEz8CU
Philips Hue GU10 (2 Pack) £44.99 http://amzn.to/2cEzf1a
Belkin WEMO Switch £24.99 http://amzn.to/2cEBcKW
E27 to B22 Conversion Kit (@ Pack) £2.99 http://amzn.to/2cEyKEf

Home Automation Series Part 2 Belkin WEMO Switch Unboxing

This is the second instalment of my Home Automation Series, in this video i unbox a Belkin WEMO switch. The next video is me setting it up to use with the Belkin WEMO app on my iPhone. Will it go smoothly or will i chuck it out the window???? Stay tuned to find out….

Should you want to buy any of the products featured in this or any of my future home automation videos, i’ve put some links below for you, these will take you straight to the Amazon webpage so you don’t have to look about for them, i’ve found Amazon to be really good on the prices for all the home automation products i’ve ordered so far.

Amazon Echo £149.99 http://amzn.to/2cn4Fwh
Amazon Echo Dot £49.99 http://amzn.to/2cOpzk0
Philips Hue Starter Kit E27 £59.99 http://amzn.to/2cEy8Pf
Philips Hue Starter Kit B22 £149.99 http://amzn.to/2cEyZiL
Philips Hue B22 £14.99 http://amzn.to/2cEz8CU
Philips Hue GU10 (2 Pack) £44.99 http://amzn.to/2cEzf1a
Belkin WEMO Switch £24.99 http://amzn.to/2cEBcKW
E27 to B22 Conversion Kit (@ Pack) £2.99 http://amzn.to/2cEyKEf

Home Automation Series Part 15 Samsung Smart Things Set up & Demo

Here I set up and demonstrate my new Samsung Smart Things starter kit. It’s a bit long as the Smart things starter pack contains 5 different items. So bear with it as i get through all the bits and pieces!

Samsung Smart Homes Starter Kit Around £200-300 http://amzn.to/2egrVLy
Yale Z Wave Module £42.00 http://tidd.ly/da94c540
TP Link Ethernet Switch £6.39p http://amzn.to/2egEnHt
Philips Hue Motion Sensor £34.99 http://amzn.to/2d9r4bc
Philips Hue Ambience 2pk GU10 £44.99 http://amzn.to/2cEzf1a
Hive 2 Active Heating & Water £249.99 http://amzn.to/2dnH35w
Amazon Echo £149.99 http://amzn.to/2cn4Fwh
Amazon Echo Dot £49.99 http://amzn.to/2cOpzk0
Philips Hue Starter Kit E27 £59.99 http://amzn.to/2cEy8Pf
Philips Hue Starter Kit B22 £149.99 http://amzn.to/2cEyZiL
Philips Hue B22 £14.99 http://amzn.to/2cEz8CU
Belkin WEMO Switch £24.99 http://amzn.to/2cEBcKW
E27 to B22 Conversion Kit (@ Pack) £2.99 http://amzn.to/2cEyKEf
iPhone 6s (Price Varies) http://amzn.to/2dm8Oj2

DeWalt DPG54-1D Polycarbon Safety glasses

This is my unboxing (well unbagging) video of a pair of DeWalt DPG54-1D Polycarbon Safety glasses. One size fits all, everyone should have a pair, since they are so cheap (About £3). You could use them for woodworking, gardening (strimming etc) decorating or anything you need some basic eye protection, made with the usual DeWalt tough qualities, they’ll last a long time and become your perfect partner in crime.

Dewalt DCK206M2T 18 Volt XR Twinpack Unboxing.

Here i’m unboxing a Dewalt DCK206M2T 18 Volt XR Twinpack, Includes a Dewalt DCD785 2-Speed Compact Combi Drill, a DCH253 SDS+ Hammer Drill complete with 2 x 4.0Ah Lithium Ion batteries, a multi voltage charger & TSTAK Kitbox.

If you want to purchase one of these kits, please click through the following link: http://amzn.to/1hMeReb

DeWalt DCR006 XR Bluetooth Radio, unboxing & set up

Here’s a video of me unboxing and setting up a DeWalt DCR006 Bluetooth Speaker powered by XR Lithium Ion batteries.

Its a very light weight unit, not in any way heavy, it has rubber around the speaker to protect from shocks in case it’s dropped, you have an aux port so you can plug in non Bluetooth devices if required, it works with any bluetooth device but in my example i use an iPhone 6s with iTunes.

Setting up is easy peasy, you turn your devices bluetooth on, turn on the unit, press the bluetooth button on top, it’ll then flash rapidly, you then can find it in your bluetooth services section, click on it to pair, then you’re connected! It’s that easy! You then flash up your music software (in my case iTunes) then away you go, you can alter the volume on your device or on the speaker itself.

Any cons? Yes there is the matter of the 10.8v battery, when you want to release the battery to recharge or store the unit perhaps, the release button is awkward to operate, not a biggy but annoying all the same, the second is the lack of any mains power option, this can only be operated by XR batteries and third is the sound quality isn’t as good as some i’ve heard, so you’re getting what you pay for regards the sound, but all the same it’s good enough for a worksite and it’s compact and light enough to take anywhere in your tool bag/box.

If you want to buy this you can buy it from Amazon on the following link, recently these have gone down in price, at time of writing this was £46 from Amazon!! Cheap as chips! http://amzn.to/1npyBXy

Summary

Overall a well made speaker, light, compact, with rubber bumpers to protect against drops, it also has an aux jack if you don’t have a bluetooth device to hand, it’s let down by access to remove 10.8v batteries, the lack of any mains power option and also the sound quality could be a lot better, but you get what you pay for! I think 3 stars is a fair score, it would have had 4 if there was a mains power option for users with no XR batteries.

Dewalt DCV582 14.4/18v XR Wet & Dry Vacuum

This is my unboxing and demo video of the Dewalt DCV582 14.4/18v XR Wet/Dry Vacuum. I hope you like it! Don’t forget to subscribe if you like what you see!

In this video i unbox it for the first time, it came through the post literally 30 mins before i made the video, i then give it a real life test on my car, putting it through some dry vacuuming and some wet for a full test of it’s functionality. None of this was staged it’s all real and genuine. I do apologise for some sound problems during filming, I hope doesn’t affect your viewing pleasure too much!

Overall i’d give this a good 9/10, the only bad points i could say are the fact you can’t check the battery power level without taking the battery out and turning it around, plus i’d probably say a longer vacuum hose would be a big benefit, it was just too short for a few of the jobs which due to it’s lightweight nature would just pull the unit over or detach the accessories on the end of the hose when it pulled tight. Of course the last point is price, it’s a very expensive unit and you can get the results with cheaper, but would they be as good quality?? Now for the good points, you have the option should your battery run out, to plug into the mains and use it on a 240v supply, it’s powerful enough for general cleaning activities and connecting to power tools for reducing dust.  It’s made of tough and durable plastic, with a design that enables onboard storage of all supplied accessories, made and designed by the trusted brand which is DeWalt. Plus lastly of course, you can swap from wet to dry and back again without any filter changes or removals which is a big advantage over other cheaper vacs.

Dewalt DCV582 14.4/18v XR Wet & Dry Vacuum

Summary

Good Points
1. Battery or mains powered
2. Powerful enough for most users
3. Trusted brand
4. Good design & durable materials
5. Onboard storage for all accessories
6. No hassle swap, from wet to dry vacuuming and vice versa

Bad Points
1. Expensive
2. Hose could be longer

DeWalt DCD776 18v XR combi hammer drill unboxing

This is my unboxing video of a bare DeWalt DCD776 combi hammer drill, this means it’s supplied without batteries, chargers and on most occasions no kit box, but luckily enough in this case it came with one, which is nice as i like to have all my tools (especially the expensive ones) in a kit box so they are protected from the elements while moving them around from place to place.

This particular drill is from the 18v XR range, meaning it can accept any of the XR Li ion batteries, this is a very good thing, as you can generally purchase the bare units cheaply rather than the expensive kits with batteries and chargers included which push the price up considerably.

Its got 15 torque settings for when you are using it as a driver, then it has drill mode for when you’re drilling into say wood or metal and hammer mode for drilling into masonry. I’ve not given it a functional test yet but usually i don’t really rate small combi drills for drilling through brick etc. I usually use my SDS drill for those purposes or a mains powered hammer drill.

As you can see when i was opening the box i had a little surprise, I found a brand new Goodyear ratchet and bit set! Must have been chucked in as a deal when i purchased it!!

The kit box holds two spare batteries, one fitted onto the drill and a charger, the box has two strong metal latches and a hole to fit a padlock should you wish to lock your precious DeWalt drill. The kit box is generally strong and will protect your equipment from the elements and from drops, I wouldn’t like to say how high and no i’m not going to test it either!!

The DCD776 seems generally a solid drill with good/excellent reviews, so i don’t think you could go wrong buying one of these, you can purchase one of these with a kit box, battery and charger for £84 from Amazon http://amzn.to/1LPmAAR or you can buy the bare unit like i have (minus the Goodyear set) for £32 from the following link http://amzn.to/1GAPcAR

Thanks for watching and don’t forget to subscribe to my channel!

An MIT team has created color-changing 3D prints

Here’s another cool project out of MIT’s CSAIL labs. Researchers are looking to bring color-changing properties to the 3D-printing process in an attempt to help reduce material waste in the future. That last bit is admittedly a pretty lofty goal as far as this project is concerned, but at the very least, it could go a ways toward making 3D printing for manufacturing even more compelling for consumers.

The process is built on top of a familiar 3D-printing process that uses UV light to cure a liquid resin into a solid object. What’s new, however, is the addition of photochromic dyes. Once added to a print, the inks create a surface that turns different colors, based on the kind of light it’s exposed to. The researchers call the technology “ColorFab,” playing on a pretty standard 3D-printing naming convention.

The tech is more than just some modern equivalent to those Hypercolor shirts, however. In a call with TechCrunch last week, MIT professor Stefanie Mueller compared the technology to E Ink — explaining that, once light is applied, it holds that color. It’s also more than just a simple color-changing tech — once the resolution is high enough, the system can be used to create complex patterns.

The team’s hope is that the ability to update a product’s surface might stem users’ impulse to frequently buy more junk.

“Everybody wants to have the latest phone, the latest phone case, the latest clothing,” says Mueller. “That basically creates more waste and requires more and more material. We asked the question of whether there’s any way to update existing products without needing new materials.”

It’s a lot to ask — and to put my cynical hat on for the moment, I can’t imagine companies adding features intended to end the cycle of constant product refreshes. But it’s a compelling addition to 3D printing nonetheless, and one that could be added to the process fairly easily in the not so distant future.