25 Years of Stand By Me.

Although, technically the movie Stand By Me was released in 1986, it wasn’t until March 1987 that it was released here in the UK.  So despite being a year too late to celebrate its actual 25th Anniversary, I still wanted to celebrate it by doing a blog post of twenty-five years since its release here.

I was only 9 years old when this movie was released but still remember the first time I saw it.  It was and still is one of my all time favorite movies to watch, it is one of those movies that has become timeless over the years, and is one of those movies that I grew up with, and still enjoy watching it even today.  I have been a Stephen King fan for a number of years and have read the short-story ‘The Body’, that this movie was based upon.

If you haven’t seen this movie (where have you been the last 25 Years?) – The movie has now been released on a Special Edition Blu-Ray that can be purchased for £7.49 from Amazon.co.uk

The disc includes the following features:

  • Blu-ray Exclusive: A video reunion with Director Rob Reiner and Actors Wil Wheaton & Corey Feldman for the first time in 25 years
  • An audio commentary with Reiner
  • Documentary featurette
  • Stand By Me music video featuring River Phoenix and Wil Wheaton.

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Nest – Updates Their Smart Thermostat.

Back in December (which seems so long ago now, but it’s only about 4-5 months), I wrote my ‘30 Cool Gadgets and Concepts‘ article, in which I mentioned a new product by the company Nest of the same name. Now Nest have updated their smart thermostat with new features and I wanted to do a full review of its features.


 $249 per unit.



Nest is the intelligent thermostat that learns about its environment and its owner’s lives, by its usage, by simply turning it up or down.

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Today’s Quick Post: Check Out Kelby Training…!

For a number of years, I had considered joining the National Association of Photoshop Professional (NAPP), the company that was founded by Scott Kelby, and the producers of Photoshop User Magazine.  This was a result of watching the ‘Photoshop Guys’ podcast since it began all those years ago.  I even remember when it was simply a MP3 podcast – try following a tutorial on Photoshop without a visual reference…

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Today’s Quick Post: 6 Days of Photoshop CS6 with the Photoshop Guys.

The Photoshop Guys in association with the National Association of Photoshop Professionals, in celebration of the Adobe Creative Suite 6 Launch, has put together a series of videos showing the new features of Photoshop CS6.  It is only open to the public for a limited time, so head on over to their site for a sneak preview of how to use the new features, and then you will be ready for when it is released.  Click on the graphic below to head on over, I know I will be.



Adobe Creative Suite 6 and Creative Cloud

Adobe has now announced that Adobe Creative Suite 6 and new product Adobe Creative Cloud is to be ready to ship in the next 30 days.  They are currently taking pre-orders.

Design Standard

Design Standard

Design & Web Premium

Design & Web Premium

Production Premium

Production Premium

Master Collection

Master Collection

Creative Cloud

Creative Cloud

US$ 1,299 US$ 1,899 US$ 1,899 US$ 2,599 US$ 49.99

The following bundle packages will be available as always from Adobe:

Design Standard $1,299 (approximately £800)

Including Applications: Photoshop, InDesign, Illustrator, and Acrobat X Pro.

Design and Web Premium Collection $1,899 (approximately £1,179)

Including Applications: Photoshop Extended, Illustrator, InDesign, Flash Professional, Fireworks, Dreamweaver, and Acrobat X Pro, or the Production Premium collection, which includes Premiere Pro, After Effects, Audition, Flash Professional, Illustrator, Photoshop Extended, Prelude, and SpeedGrade.

Master Collection $2,599 (approximately £1,600) containing all of the CS6 applications.

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Today’s Quick Post : Happy St Georges Day

Happy St Georges Day

April 23rd, 2012

Saint George’s Day is the feast day of Saint George. It celebrated by various Christian churches and by the several nations, kingdoms, countries, and cities of which Saint George is the patron saint. Saint George’s Day is celebrated on April 23, the traditionally accepted date of Saint George’s death in AD 303. For Eastern Orthodox Churches who use the Julian calendar, April 23 corresponds to May 06 on the Gregorian calendar. [Source]

Updates and Events…

Hi, it has been a while since I last updated with something larger than a quick update.  Well this article is going be a little longer, but still going to provide an update…

Update to my Portfolio.

I have made an update to two area’s of my portfolio.  If you read my last post you will be aware that I have finally gotten round to putting together some kind of portfolio of the type of photography I undertake.

I don’t pretend to be an expert at photography, far from it, but I do believe I am fairly good or at least I like the pictures I take and end up with.  I am like many of you photographers out there… we take hundreds of photographs, but never seem to print them out or they never see the light of day.  Well I am going to change and post as much of my photography as I can for all to share.

If you visit my main website which is at aiweb20.cixx6.com and visit the Portfolio section of the site you will see a menu like the one shown in the picture above, if you hover over the Categories section of that menu, and then hover over Photography, you will see a list of different types of photography that I have grouped my images into.

The two sections I have updated today are, Travel Photography and Urban Exploration.

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Today’s Quick Post : New Website and Portfolio…

Hi all, just a very quick post to let you all know, that I have finally gotten my Main Website up and running, which includes access to my Photography and Digital Design Portfolio.

Each of the Main Website and Portfolio can be accessed using the links in the title bar at the top of any page within this Blog.

Main Website [link]

This is, for the moment a site for you to bookmark, allowing easy access to my Blog (this site) and my Portfolio.  This site will grow over time.

Portfolio [link]

Based on the wonderful WordPress, this site is a work in progress.  This where I am going to showcase a lot of my photography and digital design work.  There will be much more detail in how the digital design work was created, where and how the photograph was taken.

I would appreciate any comments you might have on what you think about these new additions.  Please feel free to leave a comment here, or post your comments in response to the photographs within the portfolio.

Today’s Quick Post: About Me Page Update.

A quick post to let you know I have updated my ‘About’ page and thought you might want to check it out.  It now includes some contact details, please feel free to contact me if you have any questions.

Check it out by clicking on the ‘About’ link at the top of the page.



Design Work: Titanic 100 Year Commemoration Poster

If you are not already aware, April 15th, 2012 is the 100th Year Anniversary of the tragic sinking of the R.M.S. Titanic.

RMS Titanic was a British passenger liner that sank in the North Atlantic Ocean on 15 April 1912 after colliding with an iceberg during her maiden voyage from Southampton, England to New York City. The sinking of Titanic caused the deaths of 1,514 people in one of the deadliest peacetime maritime disasters in history. She was the largest ship afloat at the time of her maiden voyage. One of three Olympic class ocean liners operated by the White Star Line, she was built between 1909–11 by the Harland and Wolff shipyard in Belfast. She carried 2,224 people. [Source]

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