Goodbye 2012..... Hello 2013

Monday, December 31, 2012 Sukhwant Lota 0 Comments

Goodbye 2012, it's been another brilliant year and slightly sad to see you go, but all good things must come to an end.

Here are some personal stats from the year gone by

- I've become a dad! Again!

- I've seen 135 films (1 less than last year) and been to the cinema 6 times

- LookASingh has been my most popular site this year with over 1200 followers on Twitter, over 200 likes on my Facebook page and over 250 followers on Instagram. The site has had just under 60,000 hits since January! Unbelievable!

- I've written 48 Blog Posts.

- This blog has had 75,533 total hits with over 14,500 page views from 131 countries

- I've shared over 360 news articles on my blog Reader Shared

- My Photos Blog is still growing strong, however I'm looking into switching to Flickr in the new year.

- I've taken over 3,000 Photos (12gb)

Have an awesome 2013
Sukhwant

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Top 2012 Playlist

Friday, December 28, 2012 Sukhwant Lota 0 Comments

Has it really been another year? and what a year its been for music!

Here is my list of songs I've liked this year, some songs that I really don't know why are on this list.

01 - Yasmin - Finish Line (Original Extended Edit)
02 - Emeli Sande - Next To Me
03 - Gotye Feat Kimbra - Somebody That I Used To Know
04 - Lana Del Rey - Born To Die
05 - Pitbull Feat Chris Brown - International Love
06 - Flo Rida - Good Feeling
07 - Lana Del Rey - Blue Jeans
08 - Rudimental Feat John Newman - Feel The Love
09 - Katy Perry - Wide Awake
10 - Rihanna - Diamonds
11 - Taio Cruz - There She Goes
12 - Usher - Scream
13 - Alex Clare - Too Close
14 - Rita Ora Feat Tinie Tempah - R.I.P
15 - Emeli Sande - My Kind Of Love
16 - Marina & The Diamonds - Primadonna
17 - Florence + The Machine - Spectrum (Say My Name)
18 - PSY - Gangnam Style
19 - Adele - Skyfall
20 - The Script Feat Will.I.Am - Hall Of Fame
21 - Of Monsters And Men - Little Talks
22 - Public Enemy - Harder Than You Think
23 - Rebecca Ferguson - Backtrack
24 - Olly Murs Feat Flo Rida - Troublemaker
25 - Willy Moon - Yeah Yeah
26 - Maroon 5 - One More Night

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Apple Home Screen Icon

Thursday, December 06, 2012 Sukhwant Lota 0 Comments

I've finally done something I've been meaning to do for a while, it's little job but one that's worth it.  on an Apple device if you now add the Leeds City College too the home screen you can now see have an avatar icon rather than the college website.


Go on, add the Leeds City College website to your home screen and see the new icon!

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Simple & Elegant Social Media Icons

Friday, November 30, 2012 Sukhwant Lota 0 Comments

I'm a huge fan of these Social Media icon, the title says it all, Simple & elegant.  Feel free to give them a download and implement them into your site.


Beautiful & Free Social Media Icons

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How to put the Firefox tabs at the bottom

Wednesday, November 14, 2012 Sukhwant Lota 0 Comments

  1. In the Location bar, type about:config and press Enter.
    • The about:config "This might void your warranty!" warning page may appear. Click I'll be careful, I promise!, to continue to the about:config page.
  2. In the Search field box at the top, type browser.tabs.onTop.
  3. Double-click the browser.tabs.onTop preference to set its value to false.

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Stats Update

Friday, October 26, 2012 Sukhwant Lota 0 Comments

Leeds City College Stats Update Facebook Likes - 4527
Twitter Followers - 2097
Youtube Video Views - 24,375
Flickr - 1142 Items / 8838 views
Pinterest - 39 followers
Google + - 57 Followers
Instagram - 22 followers

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EU Cookies Law

Monday, October 22, 2012 Sukhwant Lota 0 Comments


To comply with the EU Cookie Law I've found a Wordpress plugin which shows a banner at the top of the Leeds City College site.

The banner shows on all pages until the user clicks dismiss.

I hate the fact that I have to do this, but the Law is the Law.

On a redesign the website I would look at ways to integrate this into the core of the site rather than just a plugin.

I'm working on adding the plugin to all the other microsites too.

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Black Box - Fantasy [Music Monday]

Monday, October 22, 2012 Sukhwant Lota 0 Comments

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Google+ finally have usernames

Thursday, October 04, 2012 Sukhwant Lota 0 Comments


I received an email in the early hours this morning informing me that I've been selected to choose a username for my Leeds City College Google + Page.  They informed me that LeedsCityCollege has been reserved for me.

This morning I activated this new Google+ feature and was provided with the following URL for the page http://google.com/+leedscitycollege although an improvement from https://plus.google.com/b/116830801681474716890/ but I still would have preferred it with the added + in the url.

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WebApply

Wednesday, October 03, 2012 Sukhwant Lota 0 Comments

We have a system which is currently in development, it's called Web Apply and it allows students to apply directly for courses online.

The system is due to go live soon but I had one major concern with it.  The look of the application is dated and old

The application is 100% width, something I've never been a fan off.  The colours look dated and everything just looks squashed.

I wanted to create a fresh and pleasant environment, clear from clutter and simple after all potential students will be looking at the application.

Below is my initial draft


The application now looks fresh and clean, warm and inviting.  

I've updated the Web Apply logo to coincide with the branding of the college and removed the horrible brown. Overall I'm pleased with the refresh of the application and no doubt I'll be tweaking it from time to time.

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Webfont-tastic

Tuesday, October 02, 2012 Sukhwant Lota 0 Comments


I've started to integrate Google Webfonts into some of the Leeds City College microsites.  They are really easy to integrate, it's just a case of adding a line of code to the header of the theme then calling that font in the CSS of the theme.
 
http://www.foodacademyleeds.co.uk
http://www.google.com/webfonts


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Telephone Numbers

Friday, September 28, 2012 Sukhwant Lota 0 Comments

The New Leeds City College call centre has been set up and they deal with student course enquiries.  I've amended the telephone numbers are the top of the Leeds City College website to reflect this.

We've also switched from a 0845 number to a 0113 number.  My personal opinion is that having a local 0113 telephone number is the way forward highlighting the fact that this is Leeds.

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Is it warm in here?

Monday, September 24, 2012 Sukhwant Lota 0 Comments

Over the weekend the server room suffererd a fault with the Air Conditioning which resulted with the Leeds City College Web server shutting down. The downtime was approximately 27 hours while engineers were fixing the air conditioning.

On a positive note, when the servers were switched back on, the Leeds City College website and all micro-sites sprung back to life which gives me confidence in bringing down the servers for maintenance and development purposes in the future.

I will do a database check of any corrupted tables, in case anyone was writing back to the database at the time of shut-down, but so far everything seems to be back to normal.

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RIP MySpace

Wednesday, September 19, 2012 Sukhwant Lota 0 Comments

Today I've been working on tidying up the social networks that Leeds City College has, first on the list was MySpace the once mainstream network, now redundent had to go.  The MySpace social icon on the website was taken town last week and now our MySpace account has been deactivated.

What was amusing was that I found today that Leeds City College still had an account for Hi5 - which was my first social network and I actually really did like until a certain Mr Zuckerberg decided to get creative.

On another note, I've also closed accounts for Tagged and Badoo.

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Social Share Icons

Monday, September 17, 2012 Sukhwant Lota 0 Comments

Something that has been lacking from the Leeds City College website is Social Share buttons.  I've always been a big fan of Share buttons but I've often found that it's difficult to find share buttons that compliment the site.

I've added a the Wordpress plug-in Sociable which is a great customisable plugin for Social Share buttons.


I've kept it quite simple for now by just added a Twitter, Google Plus and Linked in, no doubt I'll be changing these in the near future.

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Small changes make a huge difference

Friday, September 14, 2012 Sukhwant Lota 0 Comments

Today I've make some small changes on the Leeds City College website.  Firstly, I've replaced the horrible mismatch of social media icons with a new sleek set which totally compliment the overall site

 How the top-right corner of the site looks now

Secondly, I've changed the telephone number into text, it was originally an image and the colour looked dull and outdated,  it's now in white and looks fresh and clean.


http://www.leedscitycollege.ac.uk

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Big Fish Music Events Website

Thursday, September 13, 2012 Sukhwant Lota 0 Comments

I've been working on a microsite http://www.bigfishmusicevents.co.uk hasn't really been updated a couple of years with the aim to bring the site into 2012.

The picture below is after I've refreshed the site. Big Fish is always work-in-progress the site will always be evolving and changing with the times. I don't believe there's such a thing as a finished website.


I forgot to take a screenshot of a before picture - lesson learned!

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Instagram at Leeds City College

Monday, September 10, 2012 Sukhwant Lota 0 Comments


Today I've signed up Leeds City College to Instagram. I've always liked Instagram and I believe that it will help to show the college in a new likeness to its followers. I will try to post a photo a day.

You can follow us on Instagram too - @LEEDSCITYCOLLEGE

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State Of The Blog

Wednesday, September 05, 2012 Sukhwant Lota 0 Comments


Since leaving my post as  Moodle Developer this blog has kinda been redundant.  As of now I will be blogging about developments in my new role as Social Media Developer at Leeds City College.  My role consists mainly of 2 things, Social Media and Web development.

The web side of things includes the main Leeds City College website and roughly 10 micro-sites.  The social media side of things are a bit tricky, LCC has a social presence with quite a few social networks so it's about refining the ones that are the most popular/required, so this will be a long term goal of mine.



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Starting Numbers

Tuesday, September 04, 2012 Sukhwant Lota 0 Comments

As for 4th September Leeds City College

Facebook has 4256 Likes


Twitter has 1905 Followers

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Star Trek: The Next Generation Doctor Who - Assimilation 2 Review (Part 4)

Monday, September 03, 2012 Sukhwant Lota 0 Comments




Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3

It seems like its been ages since issue 3 was released, I'm pretty sure it's been over 4 weeks?  I've been eagerly looking forward to part 4 ever since I read the ending of part 3 when Captain Picard introduced The Doctor to Guinan.  I've always loved Guinan in The Next Generation not just because her name reminds me of Belgian chocolates but because she is a unique and mysterious character much like The Doctor.  I wrote previously about one of my favourite Next Generation episodes being Yesterdays Enterprise where Guinan played a key role and it's exactly the case in this issue.

The Doctor and Guinan start to discuss the situation where they seem to know each other but they both agree that they shouldn't.  They then agree that the past has been altered in some way by the Cybermen bringing together 2 universes to form an alliance with the Borg.  While they are discussing the situation, Number 1 hails the captain informing him that the situation has changed.  During a briefing, Data explains that the Cybermen and Borg are now heading in an opposite direction.  They were assimilating a planet called Cogen V when the fleet suddenly reversed it's course.  Captain Picard decides to take an away team down to the planet to see exactly what's happened. The Doctor, Rory and Amy decide to accompany them.


I loved the next part when the away team beamed down to the planet much to Rory and Amy's amazement. Amy then starts to ask The Doctor, in typical Amy fashion "why don't you have this your on the Tardis?" when the team come under attack from some local drones. Once they have disabled them they make a startling discovery.  The Cybermen have double crossed The Borg and left them for dead.  Never trust the Cybermen I hear you say!


Back on the enterprise Captain Picard is being hailed by a subspace communication from a Borg Ship who are looking for a truce with Locutus of Borg (Captain Picard's Borg name) in return for an alliance against the Cybermen.  Captain Picard doesn't want to know and cuts them off. You can't really blame Picard given his history with the Borg, he would be happy to see every single Borg dead and wouldn't even think twice about saving them.  The Doctor on the other hand wants to hear out the Borg being the person that his is.

Asides

- This is a great issue, the pace is great and the story moves along nicely
- What's with the dodgy art work? the characters are barley recognisable throughout the issue
- Will the Doctor help save The Borg?
- if the tables were turned would The Doctor think twice about saving his arch enemy, The Daleks?


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Goodbye Moodle, it was fun while it lasted

Saturday, August 18, 2012 Sukhwant Lota 1 Comments

Goodbye Moodle. I've seen you grown from a wee nipper aged 1.7 to 2.3. We've had good times, we've had bad times, we've even had some fun times but it's time I moved on.
I've accepted a position as Multimeda / Social Media Developer at Leeds City College so I will unfortunately have to say goodbye to Moodle as my new role focuses primarily on the Social Media, Web aspects and online reputation for Leeds City College.

It's a role I'm excited about taking on and I can't wait to get stuck in.

What does this mean for all the amazing Moodle developments you've done for the Moodle Community? I hear you say.

Well first of all I can no longer support Moodle nor provide help to the community, no doubt I'll quite quickly get left behind as Moodle HQ crack on with core developments. However I will be keeping all existing Moodle related blog posts (it would be a shame to remove them).

But what about your amazing twitter accounts?

Well I'm glad you asked, I've primarily used 2 twitter accounts @SukhwantLota and @iSukhwant but I feel that it's a good time to retire @iSukhwant and stick to just one where I'll re-integrate all my existing blogs back as they once were a few years ago. I hope to be tweeting much more from this account as it has been a tad bit neglected lately especially as the Summer kicked in and my Moodle developments slowed down.

I would just like to add that it's been a pleasure working with the Moodle community over the past 4 years and I wish you all the very best.

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Titan A.E. (2000)

Thursday, August 16, 2012 Sukhwant Lota 0 Comments


I've read that Titan A.E. had mixed reviews but I honestly can't see why? IMDB have rated it 6.5/10 but this is defiantly a 5/5 film for me.

The story is based around Cale Tucker (who's a bit of a pain to begin with) he is the last hope for a new Earth as the current Earth has been destroyed by the evil Drej who's only mission is to destroy the Human Race. I kind of liked the Drej, they were pure energy and blue, reminded me of the aliens from a Tomytronic toy I had as a kid.

The soundtrack is great and I think it fits right into the animation of the film if not slightly cheesy, but hey who said cheese isn't good right?

It's a great film which I haven't seen in a few years and I've now got a tough decision to make, whether I add this film into my all time favourites or not. One thing is for sure, I'm buying the Blu-Ray 5/5

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Spider-Man (2002)

Thursday, August 02, 2012 Sukhwant Lota 0 Comments



"With great power comes great responsibility"

This was one of the first new age super hero films that I really captured and engaged with, the special effects were ground-breaking at the time and still don't look half bad. 

That said I found the film was great, and it takes you through the journey of nerdy Peter Parker to becoming the Amazing Spider-Man with all the troubles and tribulations that come with the role.

Willem Dafoe is not bad as the psychotic Green Goblin but I'm not a big fan of Defoe so it's difficult to take him seriously with him laughing like a lunatic every 2 minutes!

It's always a pleasure to see the Flat-Iron building as the Daily Bugle Headquarters, something that I missed in The Amazing Spider-Man film.

Spider-Man was released in 2002 but teaser trailer of the film were shown from Summer 2001 before the World Trade Center attack which prompted the producers to leave out a very amazing scene from the film.  I've added it below, it's absolutely fantastic and sets the premise for the whole film. 5/5 

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The Dark Knight Rises (2012)

Monday, July 30, 2012 Sukhwant Lota 0 Comments


I'm finding it hard to believe that's it's been 4 years since The Dark Knight was first released back in 2008, where has the time gone? it feels like The Dark Knight Rises has snook up upon me and I am gratefull enough to be able to have watched it in the Cinema.  This is defernatly a film to watch in the cinema, it's visually stunning and the attention to detail is immense (I was half expecting to see a NYPD police car somewhere in the background). Gotham City is quite obviously set in Manhattan with other scenes set around America.

I have mixed feelings about The Dark Knight Rises and I really wanted it to be better than the previous 2 instalments but it's quite clear that The Dark Knight is marginally a better film, not saying that Rises isn't a good film I just didn't connect to Rises as much as I did with The Dark Knight.

Bane is a great villain, he was perfect as Batman's enemy even though I couldn't understand a single word he said.  I can't help wonder if Batman was up against Bane when batman was in his bad ass kick ass phase, would Bane even have stood a chance? I don't think he would as Batman would have just taken him out, Boom! (Which would have made a pretty short film!)

The film was more of a journey for Bruce Wayne starting as a helpless man with health problems and morning the loss of Rachel taking us through to his epic return as Batman.

It's very difficult to give this film a 5/5 as Banes voice spoiled it for me, it got quite irritating after a while and I found myself concentrating even harder just to make out what he was saying.  It even reminded me of KARR's voice in the original Knight Rider series. This is the first time I've given a film 4.5/5

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Tiny Hippo and Tiny Train

Friday, July 27, 2012 Sukhwant Lota 0 Comments


via poorlydrawnlines

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The Dark Knight (2008)

Thursday, July 26, 2012 Sukhwant Lota 0 Comments

"This town deserves a better class of criminal and I'm going to give it to them!"

Fantastic film, where did the last 2 hours 30 minutes go? The story, the actors and the tech makes this film what it is along with scenes like when the Bat-mobile turned into the Bat-bike totally set this film apart from the rest.

Im glad I've re-watched this before going to watch The Dark Knight Rises as its refreshed my memory.

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ASDA to sell Salbutamol Asthma Inhalers over the counter

Tuesday, July 24, 2012 Sukhwant Lota 0 Comments

Today marks a very special day for Asthma sufferers up and down the country. The supermaket chain ASDA have announced that as of today (Tuesday 24th July 2012) they will be selling blue Salbutamol reliever inhalers over the counter and for the first time without a prescription.  They have also announced that the Inhalers will be available to purchase from their Pharmacies for a cost of £7 for 2 Inhalers, cheaper than the current prescription cost of £7.65. 

As a long time Asthma sufferer I find this to be brilliant news as I can't tell you the amount of times I've lost, misplaced or forgotten my Inhaler and struggled on without it.  Bank holidays and the frustrating times when doctors surgery's are closed are now a thing of the past.

It's certainly a step in the right direction and a small change that will make a huge difference to millions of Asthma sufferers.

Press Release by ASDA

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Casino Royale (2006)

Sunday, July 22, 2012 Sukhwant Lota 0 Comments

"A little to the right, I've got an itch..."

Right from the opening scenes the premise for the new style James bond has been set. They've taken things back to basics I mean how could you beat an Invisible Aston Martin? Flying car maybe.

It starts at the beginning of James Bond's 007 Career where James actually got into a fight, as if James would get his Savile Row suit dirty!

The film is what you would expect from a Bond film, plenty of action, adventure, some great comedy moments, awesome technology, beautiful women, cars, guns and epic explosions.

Die another day will always be my favourite Bond film but damn, this is pretty close. 5/5

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True Lies (1994)

Friday, July 20, 2012 Sukhwant Lota 0 Comments

"Have you even killed anyone?" "Yeah, but they were all bad"

This film has it all, the perfect mix of Action, Adventure, Cheesy Comedy and Romance with a bit of terrorism thrown in for good measure. Art Malik never fails to deliver as a physco terrorist which even reminds me of the recent Homeland series.

Curtis and Schwarzenegger work great together and I've only just realised there's a young Eliza Dushku as Dana Tasker. It's also impossible to look at Tia Carrere without singing Ballroom Blitz, damn you Wayne, damn you. 5/5

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Thank you 50,000 times over

Thursday, July 19, 2012 Sukhwant Lota 2 Comments


My blog has just hit 50,000 Page views! a huge milestone for me as I could have never imagined such large numbers my blog.  I would like to thank each any every one of you who has visited, liked, commended and got in touch as I couldn't have done it without you.

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Star Trek: The Next Generation Doctor Who - Assimilation 2 Review (Part 3)

Thursday, July 19, 2012 Sukhwant Lota 0 Comments

 
I was always told to never judge a book by a cover but lucky for me this is a comic.  The cover of issue 3 shows Captain Kirk in a fight with an old school Cyberman while the 4th Doctor (Tom Baker) and Spock looks upon.  As I've never really been a big fan of Tom Baker and I instantly had mixed feelings about this issue as I'm a huge Star Trek: The Original Series fan - which is fresh in my mind as I re-watched the whole digitally enhanced series a couple of months back.

Issue 3 kicks off exactly where issue 2 ended where the Enterprise is stuck between a fleet of Borg and Cybermen ships, while the Enterprise decides to hide in a nebula Captain Picard asks Data to look up any information on the Cybermen on the ships computer.  Much to their amazement and even mine they find a record encountered by the Enterprise, registry number NCC-1701 which was commanded by James T. Kirk over 100 years ago.

While the crew of the Enterprise are discussing James T. Kirk and the Cybermen the Doctor appears to be having a flashback, which takes to to another point in time.

This is an interesting part of the issue, during the Doctors flashback the artwork of the comic has changed from painted to a more typical comic book style of that 1960s which helps to clearly define the flashback from current time. 

During the flashback the enterprise crew find that the people on the plant are like zombies and set out to investigate which leads them to meet a strange man wearing a scarf and eating Jelly Babies who offers them assistance with a lock, once through to a secure area the crew encounter the Cybermen and a fight breaks out.  With the help from the Doctor the crew defeat the Cybermen using gold particles from Kirks communicator.  The Doctor then vanishes and the flashback ends.

Back to the present time and the Doctor now remembers what happened, which leaves the Enterprise crew struggling to comprehend this as it was over 100 years ago and that the Doctor now looks different. The Doctor is also finding himself remembering things that should not be there. (has the past changed? has time been altered?)

Issue 3 ends with Captain Picard taking the Doctor to meet Guinan, something I knew that Picard would do.  We all know that Deanna Troi has physic abilities as a half-Betazoid but Guinan is old and has the ability to sense when things are not as they should be like she did in one of my favourite Next Generation Episodes Yesterday's Enterprise.

asides :-

- Does anyone else find it interesting that the 2 main characters in the story are both British?
- I find it fasinating how the writers have perfectly captured each individuals personal characteristics in the comic.
- Why did the flashback Doctor simply appear and then vanish?
- Why didn't the Doctor automatically remember the Enterprise when he met Captain Picard? all be it a later more advanced ship.

The Amazing Spider-Man (2012)

Wednesday, July 18, 2012 Sukhwant Lota 0 Comments

This is a strange one to review as I'm a huge fan of the Toby Maguire franchise. The film is perfect, Action, Excitement and Adventure I even found myself getting excited towards the end as the whole city was supporting Spider-Man. The Story is quite different from the original, Peter is a photographer but no mention of The Daily Bugle, I really missed seeing the Flat Iron building as Bugle HQ.

Martin Sheen and Sally Field were great as Uncle Ben and Aunt May and it was nice to see a bit of a back story regarding Peters parents.

This film is most definitely 5/5

Star Trek: The Next Generation Doctor Who - Assimilation 2 Review (Part 2)

Tuesday, July 17, 2012 Sukhwant Lota 0 Comments


The second edition of Assimilation2 takes us back a little bit and starts on The Enterprise with Geordie checking Data's Positronic systems while the Enterprise is on a routine stop and greet mission to a mineral rich planet called Naia VII. The inhabitants of Naia VII are ugly fish people, I couldn't help wonder who would win in a fight between the residents of Naia VII and Mega Shark.


Commander Riker, Worf and Data head down to the planet where an accident occurs and the Enterprise crew are washed away leaving Data to save Riker and Worf.

It's interesting how this initial part of the comic although seemingly irrelevant to the overall story sets the pace and premise for the bigger picture.

As the away team return they are greeted by Captain Picard who would like Riker to test a system upgrade to the Holodeck. A new Dixon Hill adventure (as if the captain would want them to test any other program!) Riker along with Data and Dr Crusher head into the Holodeck where they are amazed by the real life smells and atmosphere.

This is the moment where we catch up to issue 1 where the Doctor, Amy and Rory meet the Enterprise crew which also takes me to my favourite part of the comic where the Doctor, Amy and Rory are in the Enterprise Holodeck with the TARDIS, something I'd never thought I'd ever see which is a dream come true for Trekkies and Whovians alike
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The story continues with the TARDIS crew being taken to see Captain Picard by Worf. The Doctor recognises Worf as a Klingon but has never heard of a Klingon before!  The Doctor also has never heard of any of the Federation Planets either. Strange things are happening me thinks.

Captain Picard then asks the Doctor "Who are you and what are you doing on our ship?" This was an interesting question as I believe that Captain Picard would have actually said "Who are you and what are you doing on MY ship?".

As this question bugged me I tweeted the writer of the comic who replied as follows.


This reply only adds fuel to the fire leaving so many unanswered questions.

The comic ends with the Doctor and Captain Picard approaching the Delta System where they are confronted by Borg and Cybermen ships.

Questions

Why did the TARDIS materialise on the Holodeck?

Why is Picard suspiciously diplomatic? has he met The Doctor before?

Why doesn't The Doctor know any of the federation planets? He claims he knows all planets and galaxies.

How does he know what a Klingon is if he's never heard of the race before?

I eagerly look forward to Part 3.

Ghostbusters (1984)

Tuesday, July 17, 2012 Sukhwant Lota 0 Comments

"Tell him about the Twinky"

This is actually the first time I've watched this film properly. I mean it's been it on tv countless times and I've seen the ending hundreds of times but never actually sat through the whole film. I don't actually know how it passed me by.

Murray, Aykroyd and Ramis work well together providing a great mix of humour and geekyness. The Special FX are not bad considering the age of the film but some parts are obviously dated.

Overall it's a great iconic 80s film which I really hope doesn't get remade anytime soon. 4/5

Star Trek: The Next Generation Doctor Who - Assimilation 2 Review (Part 1)

Monday, July 16, 2012 Sukhwant Lota 0 Comments


Ever since this comic book was announced I've had mixed feelings regarding this project, partly due to the fact that it's a comic and I've never really been 'into' comics before, I'm more of a TV/movie guy.

However after talking to Comic book geek Comics and Cola I grew excited at the prospect of my 2 favourite shows colliding on a whole new level.

Part one starts on the Federation Planet Delta IV which becomes under attack by a new combined force of the Borg and Cybermen.  It always seems strange to me why the Borg and Cybermen would join forces as each are clearly masters of their own race, I guess I will find out later on in the series.

The comic then moves on to the Doctor, Rory and Amy who are currently in Ancient Egypt being chased by Egyptians down an alleyway with the doctor on the hunt for a creature who is an escaped prisoner.

Once captured and back in the TARDIS, the TARDIS is on the move and materialises in San Francisco 1941.  The 3 proceed to explore a bar where they see Data, Riker and Dr Crusher.



As this is the first comic book I've ever read I find it fascinating how as I'm reading through I can hear the actors speak as if they we're in the role, but maybe that's just me being a huge Doctor Who and Star Trek fan.

The first issue has perfectly set the premise for the whole comic, leaving a few unanswered questions.

Why have the Borg and Cybermen joined forces?  Cybermen have made it quite clear in the past that they see them selves as a superior race?

Was the Doctor meant to end up in San Francisco 1941 or was it the TARDIS?

Was it just a coincidence that they happened to walk into the same bar as Data, Riker and Crusher?

Are they on the Holodeck?

£2.99 in the iOS iBook Store.

State of the blog - Summer 2012

Monday, July 16, 2012 Sukhwant Lota 0 Comments


Followers my of blog will know that I try an keep this blog as much about Moodle as possible however I find myself wanting to blog more, not really Moodle specific things but more general topics.

I do have some ideas for blog posts and even write reviews but I've often thought its difficult to find the perfect platform to reach the perfect audience.  Which is why I'm changing Sukhwant's Blog into a more general blog.  I will still continue to blog about my Moodle developments as and when they happen but this Moodle blog will now become more of a blog for all things that interest me.

Those of you who are interested, I do have a few other blogs which I regularly update :-

http://www.moviesiveseen.co.uk - A movie blog where I review films that I have watched, I've been updating this blog since January 2012

http://www.lookasingh.com - A blog which I set up for fun, everytime I would see a Singh on TV I would take a picture and publish it.  This is actually my most popular blog! suprised even me.

http://readershared.blogspot.com - Since Google removed the shared options from Google Reader I set this blog up to keep a track of all the interesting articles/posts I found online.  I love this blog and wish I started it earlier.

http://phots.lota.co - A photos blog which I set up as I wanted a way to showcase totally pointless and random Photos and Graphics I've taken/created.

What? too many blogs I hear you say? well I've actually thought about merging them together but there's something about keeping blogs separate that really appeals to me,  besides there are plenty of other interesting ways to collate the content.

Moodle Custom User Profile Fields

Monday, June 25, 2012 Sukhwant Lota 0 Comments


Moodle has allowed the use of Custom User Profile Fields for years now, enabling Moodle Admins to add their own fields into the Edit profile page.  I've decided to try and make Moodle a bit more social by adding some custom fields for some of the popular Social networks.

 

These fields allow users to enter in their relevant ids for the social networks shown above.  At the moment nothing is done with this data except shown on their Moodle profile page, but the long term plan is to enable social icons throughout Moodle with links to the relevant social networks.

Taking this a step further, I will even look into using available API's to directly integrate content into Moodle to help with user engagement.

In the mean time, if you would like to add Custom User Profile Fields for your Moodle, you can do so in the Administration menu.


Moodle Password Requests

Thursday, June 21, 2012 Sukhwant Lota 0 Comments


Like many developers out there I am responsible for ensuring that students have continuous access to Moodle.  However over the past few months I seem to be getting some bizarre excuses.  I'm sure it's not only Moodle support that have the same problems but IT Departments also.

Here are some of my favourite excuses for not having access to Moodle.

Student "I can't log on"

Student "It works from home, but not from here"  
Me "Can you show me"
Student "Oh it's working now"

Student "It says I'm putting in my password wrong"  
Me "Are you sure you're putting in your password correctly"  
Student "Yes, err I don't know, maybe not"

Student "I can't log on, I was on last night but it's not working now"  
Me "OK let me have a look, oh yes, I can see what's happening, you don't actually have a Moodle account"

Student "I can't log on"  
Me "What error message does it say"  
Student "it just says error"

Student "I've been told to use this Moodle thing but I've never been able to log on"
Me "Lets have a look, but you was online last night, at 22:43"
Student "Oh yeah, I was on Moodle but I couldn't get on"

Student "I can't get Moodle"
Me "But you're not even logged on the computer"
Student "Yeah, I know it says I'm locked out"

Student "It won't let me log on"
Me "Lets have a look, I've got no record of you ever trying to log on"
Student "I mean the other Moodle"
Me "Do you mean the Intranet?"

Do you have any funny ones, leave them in the comments below.