As you may have guessed, this blog post is about (amongst other things) the film “Paul”.

A Micro Sized Alien

Paul is a very good film, brought to us all by the masterminds of Pegg and Frost. I’ll save you from the plot points and quotes, but rest assured that it is really worth seeing.

One not so great thing about the film is the amount of sci-fi and film references – as with most of the films that Pegg has written. These range from lines from classic sci-fi films and scenes from classic TV shows.  Aside from that, though, it’s an amazing film – well worth seeing.


On a related note, I’ve been watching all of Arrested Development recently. It had been over a year since I’d last seen Arrested Development season 2, then a friend of mine had leant me season 3. A few weeks later, I bought the DvD box set.

THEN, I realised that there’s a film in pre-production.

The Problem with Box Sets

My problem with box sets, is that I always seem to buy them at the worst times. Either I buy a box set mere days before it goes on sale, and drops to a fraction of the price; or I buy it days before the next box set in the series comes out.

My addiction is to “power watching” – watching an entire season of a TV show in a day, or in large blocks; which isn’t possible when you buy a DvD with a limited selection of episodes.

An example is Martian Successor Nadesico: When it was first released on DvD, each volume had 4 episodes on it. This meant that, since I started buying them as soon as they where released, I couldn’t power watch them. THEN 6 months after the final DvD was released, ADV released a box set.


Aside from that, it’s been a pretty standard few weeks for me. I’ve been at a few interviews recently, but as always I seem to have missed out on each.

I seem to have taken a hit against my self-confidence, too. I’ve been feeling quite useless for a few weeks now. I’ve been asking myself how useful I am, recently. I also feel like I’ve been stagnating recently.

I don’t feel useful recently because all I seem to be doing for anyone is lending DvDs, suggesting music, or spreading the knowledge. I feel like I’m stagnating, because I haven’t been doing much programming recently, and I feel that my programming skills might be weighing.

Oh, well.


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Jamie is a .NET developer specialising in ASP.NET MVC websites and services, with a background in WinForms and Games Development. When not programming using .NET, he is either learning about .NET Core (and usually building something cross platform with it), speaking Japanese to anyone who'll listen, learning about languages, writing for this blog, or writing for a blog about Retro Gaming (which he runs with his brother)