My iPod Video arrived last Friday

I finally got my new toy last Friday evening. At the end I have decided to get the thinner 30GB instead of the 60GB, firstly because the 11mm thickness is just too attractive, and secondly they have stock for 30GB but not 60GB. For the same reason I got the white instead of the black (I originally reserved a black unit from the store). Well, I believe if the device has scratches, then the black body color would make the scratches become more obvious to be noticed. So in that consideration, I prefer white then (although black is cooler, but what good if it looks cool but crappy?)

The slim design makes my original 3rd generation 30GB iPod looks like a brick. I remember I used to like that design. Now I can’t remember why. With the new iPod I can really put it in my shirt pocket without really feeling it.

One bad thing about the device is that we don’t have access to the iTunes Music Store account, so all we can do there is to download the video podcasts, but cannot download (purchase) any Desperate Housewives, Lost, Pixars’ catoons and Coldplay’s music videos. I have spent extra HK$2xx to upgrade my Quicktime to Quicktime Pro, so that I could convert other mpeg files into the iPod format. My aim is to also put my wife’s and baby’s movies and photos in the iPod. I have converted a few clippings from the Quicktime site into the iPod format, and it looks really smooth in the iPod.

The next bad thing about the device is that it is still very easy to get scratches on the body (and as I said, that’s one of the reasons why I finally decided to get the white instead of the black unit). I am not sure how Apple could live with this after five generations of iPod and the recent complaints with the Nano. I am waiting for the silicon case to protect it.

Apart from these 2 bad points, I love this product very much (so far). It keeps its long winning UI, plus all the new features in Nano (world clock, device lock etc). It works perfectly with iTunes 6.1, and most important of it, it is slim and beautiful. I would give a 9/10 (9 out of 10) rating to this iPod.

黑社會 [評分: 7/10]

評分: 7/10

並不是說我很不喜歡這部戲(過了60分也算是合格吧?),但整體來說杜琪峰似乎太在意去舖續集的路,而且又太貪心想加太多角色去壯大戲內人脈的規模,所以開了很多角色但全都刻畫不夠深入. 例如林雪,林家棟,張家輝,張兆輝等人,他們雖然全都演得很好,但好像全是續集時的一眾將會用來配襯古天樂上位時的角色. 同類角色來說,槍火便處理得好得多.

劇情方面,實質上描寫黑社會組織上的描述其實落墨不多,反而更像在講中國傳統文化. 這有點始料不及. 可能其實是拍給老外用作拿獎的作品吧?

因為角色性格的關係,梁家輝的角色絕對是最搶戲的. 他的演出雖然是誇,但未算過火. 反而他後段變成一個有勇無謀見錢開眼的傻佬,便有點與上半段他與任達華雙雄並立的氣勢格格不入,若判兩人. 可能是為了映襯任達華的深藏不露吧?

至於任達華的深藏不露,要算是在結局那刻算是極點爆破吧? 為了其他未睇這套戲的人,我要講得穩晦些. 但我觸摸不到的是究竟杜琪峰其實想在最後一刻讓觀眾知道任達華的真面目,還是讓觀眾見到任達華崩潰? 我想可能是both. 但無論如何, 這絕對是給了續集一個很好的 Beginning, 去迎接古天樂下一集做下屆接班人的故事(但對於本集來說卻不是一個有力的 Ending).

古天樂的演出很有明日大佬的風範,但礙於出場時間所限,未夠機會發揮. 我很期待下一集他與張家輝與林家棟之間的火花. 這也是我給 7分 instead of 6分的原因.



九記咖哩呔 vs 煲呔

今晚約了朋友去尖咀 Hongkong Hotel 的 Beer Feast, 所以 Lunch便食九記牛腩打底。點了清湯腩伊,後加了碗咖哩河,才知道原來九記的哩腩是牛筋。那些又粗又 soft 的牛筋(和河粉)吸哂 D汁,極度美味! 但興奮之下,又再一次如常地彈了兩滴汁上條呔上面。今次仲要是咖哩汁添! 又kill了一條呔!

突然想起打煲呔的好處:起碼那滴汁只會彈中件 shirt,冇咁易彈中舊煲呔,因為目標較細。呔冇得洗,但 shirt有得洗嘛!

Good Morning

I had a very strange dream (as usual). I am making some new spare keys for myself, and I at the same time I am having lunch with customers (yes, in the dream I have to run back and forth between the key maker store and the restaurant).

Perhaps because of the running or because of the food, I still feel very tired after wake up. Perhaps I need to do some meditation before sleep tonight.



之後我們去了Cafe Deco 吃了 Tandoori Chicken 和 Indian Yellow Rice。 很滿足!