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Converting Thunderbird to Outlook (Office365/Outlook2016)

March 27, 2018

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For posterity, and the benefit of others considering the same thing, some quick notes about the exhauting experience of moving 20 years of email in Mozilla Thunderbird (52.6) to Outlook 2016 (and Office365) Basic steps Setup your Office365 account Setup a new IMAP account for it in Thunderbird In TB, flatten your various subfolders into […]

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Beware “Cheap” Shopping Tours in Thailand and Asia

July 15, 2014

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The Xile Holiday Travel Service don’t deliver on the bargain they promote This is a short word of warning to any potential customers of the Xile Holiday Travel Service Co. Ltd. (Suzhou City; also trading under the name “Happiness Tours“) considering purchasing a “shopping holiday” package from them. The advertised price of the 6 day […]

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Top of the Lake: TV Review

September 23, 2013

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Top of the Lake: TV Review

Jane Campion has excelled with Top of the Lake. Confronting, emotionally brutal, but restrained. Elizabeth Moss’ Kiwi accent may be flawed, but she plays a solid lead. Peter Mullan plays a brilliantly menacing Matt Mitchum, whilst David Wenham puts in a stellar stoney performance as Al (the chief detective). In fact, the entire cast was […]

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Jabees Stereo Earphones WE104M (in-ear headphone)

June 14, 2013

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If you’re looking for a good set of in-ear headphones for your phone or music player, avoid these! Good Flexible flat siliconised chord volume slider Bad sound quality: woeful: muffled treble: non-existent / bass: mild volume: low long stems    

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Django Unchained: Quick Review

January 26, 2013

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Django Unchained: Quick Review

★★★★☆ Quentin Tarrantino can still make solid films. Christoph Waltz, who was mesmorisingly good in Inglourious Basterds, also commands your attention in this one. Jamie Foxx is brilliantly cast, insomuch as his inability to match Waltz’s acting talent is well masked by good direction. Unlike Tarrantino’s other work, Django follows a single storyline and doesn’t […]

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Synchronizing Outlook Calendar to Google Calendar

April 16, 2011

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Synchronizing Outlook Calendar to Google Calendar

I recently decided to publish (merge) my Outlook Calendar (Exchange) to my Google Calendar as a discrete calendar – that is, as a fifth calendar on top of my existing four calendars) – doing so would allow me to see my combined commitments at a glance. Since my iPhone gets its calendars from Google Calendar, they would all be [thus] available in-turn on my phone … I thought I’d share some notes and experiences.

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Animal Kingdom (2010)

January 7, 2011

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Animal Kingdom (2010)

“Well rounded” doesn’t even start to describe this movie. Jackie Weaver’s much-celebrated role as the matriarch of large family of criminally-inclined ‘boys’ is not the award winning role that the movie’s PR company has decided to promote, but her role is pivotal and mesmerizing. Ben Mendelsen, Guy Pearce, Joel Edgerton and newcomer James Frecheville excel themselves in their roles and a dysfunctional and yet highly effective armed robbery team (of sorts). “Team” kind of overstates the organic nature of their level of organisation, as you’ll see.

4½ / 5 stars

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Blue Valentine

January 7, 2011

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Blue Valentine

Ryan Gosling and Michelle Williams do a stellar job. See it with someone you love.

4½/5 stars

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Winter’s Bone

January 7, 2011

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Winter’s Bone

Cold (literally), suspensful, gritty and harsh. A story told with such a sense of honesty and sympathetic and balanced pace that you wonder where the hour and a half went.

4½/5 stars

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Tron:Legacy

January 7, 2011

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Tron:Legacy

Great to watch, but certainly not a good ‘date night’ for you and your brain. Whilst there’s a fairly heavy expectation placed upon the watcher to know something about the original story, it was probably fairly thin in the first place, so this installation feels [curiously and perhaps aptly] just like another frame of a meaningless, albeit visually stimulating and interactive, console game.

3/5 stars

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