Supanova Sydney 2014

Stan Lee at Supanova 2014

Stan Lee at Supanova 2014

Photos from the recent Supanova event in Sydney during Jun 2014

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Saraton Theatre Gets 7.1

Today I had the pleasure of being one of the first to experience Tron in 7.1 audio at a cinema that wasn’t IMAX. Yes, Grafton, my humble little hometown has recently updated the heritage listed Saraton Theatre into the 21st century.
We were told at the start of the movie that the cinema had been just updated to a 7.1 system with a 4k 3D projector for entertainment bliss. The audio was crisp and clear with almost perfectly balanced surround sound, and the picture was sharp and clear 3D. The seats were clean and comfy with a slight recline and plenty of leg room.
This is the sort of cinema that people should travel to, just because it’s so damn awesome. And the price for all this movie-going pleasure? $14 with a Coke and the glasses. $14!! That’s less than a single normal ticket at your rubbish Hoyts or BC&C. The same movie would be over $20 with a drink. Rubbish.
I’m glad they’ve renovated the cinema, and from talking to the staff, they’re very proud of what they’ve achieved. Check it out if you’re in Grafton.

Guvera

Guvera

This has been a long time coming, that’s for sure. Guvera is an Australian website that works in conjunction with artists and advertisers to give the consumer the music they want, for free. Once you sign up, you’re able to browse artists and albums, preview songs, stream whole songs, or download the full song in 256kb/s MP3 glory. And it’s all legit. They manage this by sending you to a sponsored page containing the song you want, and a selection of other songs that may interest you. The web page is themed for the advertiser with links to their product, but none of it is intrusive. Your list of songs is right in the middle of the page, centre stage, and you listen to them from there, add them to your playlist, or download the full song. It’s that easy, and it downloads right away with no pop ups, confirmations or annoyances.

This is what the music industry needs. Artists are paid by the advertiser, the advertiser is able to target ads to its audience, and you get songs for free. Check it out at http://www.guvera.com, and check out the video below for more info.

No, I’m not paid for this, asked to say it, or am recompensed in any way, I just think it’s a great idea that needs to get out there for everyone to see.

Everclear in Concert

Art Alexakis live on stage in the Middle East

Art Alexakis live on stage in the Middle East

It’s Saturday night and the band Everclear made it’s way over to see us in the wonderful Middle East. Actually it was a really good night. Headed out with some fantastic company (cheers Brandy), and met some great new people.
The band played some old stuff and new stuff, and managed to get about 20 girls on stage to provide a backdrop of dancers.
Afterwards I managed to have a chat with the guys and get some autographs as well as a photo opportunity. Once they heard my accent, I got hit with a dozen questions about Australia. I made the suggestion that they come out for the Big Day Out one year. So if you see them there, feel free to drop me a line to let me know!