Aug 30, 2011

A Game of Thrones: Special Effects.

If you have been enjoying the first season of Game of Thrones of late, the HBO series based on A Song of Ice and Fire, you will probably like this video. It contains some samples of the special effects (pretty much CGI) used during the post production of the series. 

The visual effects have been created by BlueBolt, and as you probably know, the second season of Game of Thrones premieres spring 2012. 

Aug 27, 2011

Hurricane Irene.

Irene looks pretty big, hope that nothing major happens to the folks at the other side of the ocean this time. 

More info here.

Aug 26, 2011

Barón Rojo in Madrid in October!

Legendary Spanish band Barón Rojo are reuniting the original band for a special concert in Madrid celebrating their 30th year on the stage. It will be the last concert of their current tour, and it will happen on October 22.

Aug 24, 2011

York Minster.

A panoramic view from the top of the cathedral of York, York Minster, taken with my DSLR.

Aug 18, 2011

Red phone booths, anyone?

What's happened to the classic English phone booths? That's what I kept asking myself during my recent visit to England. I visited Leeds and York and could hardly find any. They had been replaced with modern looking -but much uglier- ones. And they were grey. Sad.

Are they replacing all of them? I guess that probably London is crawling with them, as it's probably the most touristic place in the country, but to foreigners like me these booths are an icon not only of London but the whole England.

Does anyone have a clue about what's happening with them? Is it the new politics of British Telecom to get rid of them? And if so, why?

Aug 16, 2011

A Dance with Dragons, by George R.R. Martin.

It's already been over a month since A Dance with Dragons (careful, spoilers in this link), the last volume so far of the saga A Song of Ice and Fire came out.
As many people have, I've been waiting for this book for ages. I literally devoured the other volumes and was so looking forward to grab this last one.

As I have the other books on paperback I wanted this volume in the same format and I had decided to wait for it -becoming blind and deaf to the swarm of spoilers that are already all over the Internet for a while. 
However, I just found out that books normally take one whole year to appear in paperback format and this one will be no exception. Well, that is waaaaaay too much for me, of course. 
I will buy the book when it is released in the format that I want it in, however I didn't want to also have a hardback sitting on my shelf -that would be quite ridiculous. So, I've been deciding what to do. 

Of course I could download it, as these days there are multiple ways to get one of these digital copies, either legally or not so much. As the legal offer of e-books in Spain (where I live) is practically non-existent, one can pretty much see to find books in Spanish in a different and quite easier way. I want this one in English, of course, and I haven't searched for an e-book version just because I'm not quite fond on reading on a computer screen and e-book readers are ridiculously expensive for the limited posibilities that they offer. Also, I read that they sometimes are a pain to get the specific formats that work with the one you have.

Well, the easiest way of all: borrow it from a good friend till it comes out in paperback and I can add it to my collection. That's just what I've done, ha! I'm a hundred and something pages into it and the story is as good as it ever was, this book grasps you!

Have you not read anything about this saga? You can start with A Game of Thrones, you won't regret it. Trust me.
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