Welcome to Empirical Purple

A blog by Simon Brady to cover a surprisingly wide range of geekiness, in a combination that no-one else does quite the same way. Probably. Either that, or it'll just be Simon talking about the likes of Football (usually the Soccer variety), PC & Tabletop Gaming, WWE, Movies, Music and occasionally even my actual job of Graphic Design, depending on what I'm up to in the world.

Saturday, June 30, 2012

Flame On!

Last night was beautiful. Gorgeous blue sky, intense sun and heat, the kind of weather that makes you want to sit outside in the pub. So waking up this morning with some pictures to take outdoors was not fun when I saw the grey sky out the window. Even less fun when I saw the rain falling from said sky fairly heavily.

The Olympic Flame came to Burton on Trent today so, what with living there and being the Designer for a magazine there, it was time for me to get snapping for a nice local picture of a national - even global - event.

It won't even end up an inch wide by two inches high in the magazine article I've written on the Olympics. There are countless pictures online of good-looking celebrities, young athletes and other local heroes carrying the torch that I could use. But this is local, and real, and relatable, so off I go.

Monday, June 25, 2012

With Age Comes Zero Expectation

Maybe it's because we're growing up, maybe it's because we have a more subjective view on world football. Maybe it's because plenty of other nations are actually much better than us, or that Roy Hodgson has managed to downplay our chances well enough.

I would imagine it's because of how awful we were at the last World Cup in South Africa, with four games off utter shite. A slowly growing realisation amongst English football fans that, no, just because the Premier League is amazing and that England has - had - some of the better players in the world, the England national football team are not instant world-beaters, to just turn up and immediately get past the Quarter-Finals without trying.

Spain, Portugal, Italy and Germany sounds like a more realistic Semi-Final quartet than Spain, Portugal, England and Germany, does it not?

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Opera isn't just a browser

Rudolfo and Mimi meet for the first time in La Bohème.
It's actually a form of entertainment that's well over four hundred years old and still going strong.

Who would have thought it?

Last Friday I went along to the Birmingham Hippodrome for a production of La Bohème. This was lovely, as it was by turns dramatic, romantic, funny and heartbreaking. Though set in Paris, it is performed in Italian - what with being written by Puccini and all.

Monday, June 11, 2012

Finding Pro-metheus Reviews

Well, that got a bit interesting. I expressed my dislike for Prometheus in my last post, a correlation of conversations, thoughts and ideas that came out as somewhat of a ramble, written sparingly in a couple of sittings.

It still sums up my initial reactions to seeing the film, and my general problems with it. I've paid my money, made my mind up, discussed with with friends and put some thoughts out there. Here. Wherever.

So when someone I follow on Twitter (@sibrady, by the way) retweeted the following, I just had to bite.

Thursday, June 07, 2012

Put the camera down, Ridley

Step away from the edit suite, please cease and desist from the Alien universe, where you're making prequels-that-aren't-prequels.

Alien. Blade Runner. Gladiator. Black Hawk Down. Thelma and Louise. These are movies that will (and have) stand the test of time as classic, great movie-making. There are nine Oscars associated with his films. Even the likes of Legend, GI Jane, Black Rain and Kingdom of Heaven weren't that bad. The point I'm trying to make there is that Ridley Scott is not a bad filmmaker.

Unless you've only seen Prometheus.

Prometheus contains the usual strong female characters and multiple daddy issues that are Ridley's usual hallmarks. It even touches on aspects of religion in a more overt fashion than usual (save Kingdom of Heaven, one would imagine). There are a couple of tense bits, a couple of gruesome bits and some nice music and sound effects.