Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Complete Dan Dare story reprints online

If, like me, you enjoy reading classic comic strips, then these free Dan Dare reprints (courtesy of DanDare.org.uk and the Dan Dare Corporation) will be right up your street:

From 1954: Dan Dare - Pilot of the Future in Operation Triceratops

From 1960: Dan Dare - Pilot of the Future in Moon Run

From 1965: Dan Dare in Space Rocks

From 1968: Dan Dare and the Moon-Eaters (also available here)

From 1969: Dan Dare and the World of Thought

From 1970: Funfair of Death (also available here)

From 1982: Return of the Mekon

Sunday, December 19, 2010

Tron videos

Here are some very cool videos from the new "Tron Legacy" film that was released a few days ago, plus an even cooler video from the original "Tron" film from 1982 (courtesy of Disney and my Mum's YouTube channel):

Original 1982 Tron Light Cycle Race - movie clip

Tron Legacy Light Cycle Race - concept test (HD)

Tron Legacy - original movie trailer (HD)

Tron Legacy - newest movie trailer (HD)

Friday, December 17, 2010

Fantastic Christmas online games

Here are some brilliant free Flash online games for you to play over the Christmas and New Year holidays, featuring the likes of Casper the Friendly Ghost, Jack Skellington from Tim Burton's "The Nightmare Before Christmas", Ebenezer Scrooge from Disney's "A Christmas Carol" and many more:

  Casper's Haunted Christmas

  The Nightmare Before Christmas

  A Christmas Carol: Soarin' Star Ride

  A Christmas Carol: Ghostly Adventure

  A Christmas Carol: Rooftop Surfer

  A Christmas Carol: Penny Pincher

  The Polar Express Ticket Chase

  Jingle Ballistics

  Snow Throw



Thursday, December 16, 2010

I've now got a new WordPress blog

I have migrated my Windows Live Spaces blog over to WordPress in view of the fact that Windows Live Spaces is being killed off early next year.

You can find the new blog here:

Yet another blog by Peter Inns

There are some extra pages in the blog in addition to the actual posts, and they are:

About Peter Inns

Free Flash Games

Free Desktop Wallpaper

Tuesday, November 02, 2010

Finally got back to Thailand ok!

It's taken three days to get back here to Thailand from England!! Here's why:

I was due to fly out of London Heathrow airport to Abu Dhabi in the U.A.E. with Etihad Airways last Friday night (October 29th), with a flight transfer from Abu Dhabi to Bangkok at midday on Saturday. But just as the plane was going to taxi out onto the runway at Heathrow there was an engine failure which, although it didn't cause any kind of accident, did turn out to be a major problem that couldn't be fixed quickly. So myself and all the other passengers were taken to a nearby hotel to wait for a replacement flight the next day.

On Saturday morning we were told that the plane was now fixed and could take us to Abu Dhabi, but for me that meant I would miss my connecting flight to Bangkok. When I eventually arrived in Abu Dhabi late night on Saturday October 30th I was told I would have to wait until Monday November 1st for my connecting flight, due to there being no free seats until then. It wasn't a major hassle for me though, as the airline put me up in the lovely Radisson Blu hotel on Yas Island for two nights for free, which was very nice indeed.

So, I eventually got to Bangkok on the evening of Monday November 1st, three days after leaving England!

Friday, October 29, 2010

Going back to Thailand today

Time to go home now.

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Going back to England tomorrow

It's time to go and see my parents and friends in the UK because it's been a whole year now since I was last there and saw them. I'm going for two weeks and will be back here in Thailand at the end of this month.

Thursday, September 02, 2010

Toy Story 3 reaches $1 billion in worldwide box office takings

One of the posters for the 2010 movie "Toy Story 3"

Last Friday saw Disney/Pixar's "Toy Story 3" become only the seventh film ever to reach the $1 billion worldwide box office mark, and it is now currently sixth in the all-time chart having overtaken "Batman: The Dark Knight" in the process.

Given that "Alice in Wonderland" also crossed the $1 billion mark earlier in the year, 2010 has been an amazing year for Disney, and in fact it is the first time that a studio has had two $1 billion movies in the same year.

See my previous post about Toy Story 3 for links to a fantastic collection of free Toy Story online games and wallpaper background pictures (or alternatively see here and here).

Monday, August 16, 2010

The Nokia N97 - it's rubbish really

I've had my Nokia N97 smartphone (the full-size version, not the mini) for nearly a year now, and I have to say I haven't been very happy with it - considering that it cost just over 400 GB Pounds it really is quite rubbish.

Now, I'm not talking about the usual phone crashes and lock-ups that most people experience with smartphones from time to time - I've suffered plenty of those with my N97, and I can generally live with such things. They're to be somewhat expected due to the very complex and intricate nature of these types of device.

The main problem with the N97 for me is that it is extremely slow to do anything, especially with the multimedia I have stored on it. It takes around two minutes to access my MP3 music library of around 3000 songs and 100 playlists each and every time I go into the music player, which is absolutely terrible. The N97's main rival, the iPhone, has no such problems, giving almost instantaneous access to a similar sized music library.

The N97 is also pretty poor at playing MP4 videos (which have been formatted specifically for the N97 using Nokia's OVI Suite), often freezing and/or skipping during playback, which is very annoying.

And the N97 is also dreadfully slow to access my photo library of around 500 photos.

I have tried all manner of things to try to improve the situation, including a soft reset and a hard reset of the phone, a reformat of the phone's mass storage device, and a careful reload of all the multimedia, but nothing ever makes any difference.

Clearly there are two major problems with the N97:

1. The processor is not powerful enough, and...

2. There is not enough dedicated RAM for the processor to use - there is only ever about 50 MB of free internal phone memory showing on my phone, with almost no apps installed or running, which is a shockingly low amount. (And which is similar to what most other people report having free on their N97's during use.)

Both of these factors combine to make the N97 very slow to do anything - unacceptably slow for such an expensive smartphone. For what is basically Nokia's flagship product, it really is a very sorry story.

In summary, I don't recommend anyone to buy the Nokia N97, which is the first time I have ever had to say anything negative about one of Nokia's products. Oh dear.

Thursday, August 12, 2010

The Last Airbender film is released in the UK tomorrow

One of the posters for the 2010 movie "Avatar: The Last Airbender"

After a long wait (it was released in the US on July 1st and Thailand on July 29th), M. Night Shyamalan's "The Last Airbender" movie, based on the first season of the very popular Nickelodeon cartoon series "Avatar: The Last Airbender", is finally released in UK cinemas tomorrow.

To tie in with the film's release, here are some free official Avatar: The Last Airbender Flash online games for you to play:

  The Last Airbender - Elemental Battles

  The Last Airbender - Trial of Air

  The Last Airbender - Bending Battle

  The Last Airbender - Elemental Escape

  The Last Airbender - Fortress Fight

These games also include Avatar: The Last Airbender film and Avatar: The Last Airbender cartoon desktop wallpaper pictures for you to use on your computer if you wish.

You can find all the above games, together with 100's more film and cartoon-based games, at my Cartoons, Movies and TV Online Games site.

Enjoy! :-)

(See also here and here)

Saturday, July 03, 2010

The top 5 best Mario and Sonic online games ever!

See today's entry in the MarioSonicGames.com blog for my list of the "All-time Top 5" Mario and Sonic online games.

Friday, July 02, 2010

Pixar movie trailers and clips (plus others)

I have been adding lots of new videos to my main YouTube channel recently, and as a result there is now an impressive collection of 180 videos in total.

To make it easier to use the channel I have created a number of playlists that group related videos together, and here are some of the best and most popular ones:

Pixar and other CG movie trailers collection

Pixar: Luxo Jr. cartoon collection

Pixar: WALL-E video collection

Pixar: Up video collection

Pixar: Toy Story 1, 2 and 3 video collection

2009 sci-fi and fantasy movie trailers collection

2010 sci-fi and fantasy movie trailers collection

Dan Dare video collection

Harry Potter video collection

The Twilight Saga video collection

Thursday, July 01, 2010

My Twitter is working fine again, hoorah!

During the first half of May my Twitter profile (see Peter Inns's Twitter) started to suffer from a serious technical problem whereby older tweets began to randomly disappear from my timeline. This was a problem suffered by many other Twitter users too.

Yesterday I noticed that at long last Twitter have fixed everything, so I have started using the system again after a month and a half away from it. I'm amazed it took them so long to sort it out!

Friday, June 25, 2010

Doomwatch - a classic British sci-fi TV series remembered

Most people have heard of the BBC's sci-fi series Dr. Who, but how many of you out there have heard of Doomwatch, another great BBC sci-fi series that ran in the early 1970s?

Here's what Wikipedia has to say about it:
"Doomwatch was a British science fiction television programme produced by the BBC, which ran on BBC One between 1970 and 1972. The series was set in the then present-day, and dealt with a scientific government agency led by Doctor Spencer Quist (played by John Paul), responsible for investigating and combating various ecological and technological dangers.

"The series was followed by a feature film adaptation produced by Tigon British Film Productions and released in 1972, and a revival TV movie broadcast on Channel 5 in 1999."

I remember watching repeats of the earlier series when I was quite a bit younger, and I really enjoyed the episodes I got to see. The show was very unusual because it was the first television series I can recall to feature the dangers of uncontrolled real-world science and technology as its major plotlines.

I won't go on any more about this brilliant show here though, because if you want to know more there is an awesome blog dedicated to the series that I recommend you to read instead:

Doomwatch.org - For fans of the classic BBC TV series

Saturday, June 19, 2010

The Inns family's blogs

Myself (Peter Inns), my wife Su Inns and my mother Anne Inns are all regular bloggers, writing about things relevant to our lives in Thailand and England.

My blogs are:
England, Thailand and Other Things (this blog)
MarioSonicGames.com - Mario & Sonic Games News
Peter Inns's Blog

Su's blog is:
Life in Thailand, by Sureephon Inns

My Mum's blog is:
Life, stuff and things

A new "About Me" page for this blog

Since Blogger have now so kindly provided us with the ability to create up to 10 extra pages attached to our blogs, I have just now created simple "About Me" pages for my two blogs, just in case anyone out there is interested.

You can view the new page for this blog by clicking on the link at the top of this page, and the same page for my other blog by clicking on this link:

A bit about Peter Inns, the author of this blog

Update on June 20, 2010 at 9.45 PM: I have now added two more extra pages to this blog ("Free Online Games" and "Free Wallpaper Backgrounds") which can be accessed via the links at the top of this page.

Friday, June 18, 2010

Disney/Pixar's Toy Story 3 is released in the US today!

One of the posters for the 2010 movie "Toy Story 3"

It's out at last, "Toy Story 3" goes on wide release in US and Canadian cinemas today. Hoorah! I am sooooo looking forward to seeing this film because every Pixar movie to date (such as UP, WALL-E and Ratatouille for example) has been an absolute classic, and early reviews suggest that Toy Story 3 merrily continues that trend. Oh joy!

Fans in other parts of the world will have to wait a little longer to see it though, which is always my one and only gripe about Pixar - why can't they release their films around the world on the same day like many of the other movie companies? It won't be released in England until July 23rd and Thailand until August 12th for goodness sake! Oh well, better late than never I guess.

Anyway, to celebrate the occasion of the film's release today, here are 16 different official Toy Story 3 related Flash online games for you to play for free:

  Buzz Lightyear: Operation Alien Rescue

  Toy Story: Bowl-o-Rama

  Buzz Lightyear: Space Ranger Training

  Buzz Lightyear: Space Ranger Training 2

  Buzz Lightyear: Target Practice

  Buzz Lightyear: Galactic Shootout

  Toy Story: Woody to the Rescue

  Toy Story: Woody's Big Escape

  Toy Story: Catch That Moving Van

  Buzz Lightyear: Flight for Distance

  Toy Story: 2-in-1 Shooting

  Toy Story: Jigsaw Puzzles

  Toy Story: Memory Match-Up

  Toy Story: Woody's Rodeo

  Toy Story Lego: The Claw

  Toy Story: Etch-A-Sketch

And there's more..... 16 different Toy Story 3 desktop background wallpaper pictures are also included with the games, and you can find everything, together with over 100 more awesome Disney and Pixar games, at my Free Disney and Pixar Online Games site. A special page displaying all 16 of the Toy Story 3 wallpapers can also be found here: Toy Story 3 Wallpaper Collection

Finally, you can watch my large collection of official Toy Story 3 movie trailers, film clips and featurettes in my YouTube channel here: Toy Story 3 video playlist

Enjoy! :-)

(See also here and here)