Recommendation: Ainslie Laundrette

The washing machine has died and whilst one housemate is shopping for a replacement, it did leave me in need of a laundry service this weekend.

A quick google brought up the Ainslie Laundrette who, among other things, offer a pickup and delivery service. The pickup happened on Saturday, and I had arranged for delivery on Monday morning.

It actually got delivered on yesterday whilst I was at the medical centre[1]. Now, I don’t expect this to happen every time, and I suspect it was partly a delivery of convenience on their part, but even so this was excellent service well worth noting.

So consider it noted, and Canberra residents should give some consideration to using Ainsley Laundrette in an emergency situation.

[1] Fortunately a housemate must have been home to receive it. I must remember to thank him the next time I see him.

Nadia: The Secret of Blue Water (1990-1991): First Thoughts

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The US cover is similar

The US cover is similar

I’ve just completed the first disc[1] of the remastered[2] Nadia: The Secret of Blue Water.[3]

So far it has been a very good buy indeed. Continue reading

“This is true love” | The Princess Bride (1987)

John Samuel:

A fabulous essay on The Princess Bride that I highly recommend. As usual with reblogs, please click through to the original.

Originally posted on FICTIONMACHINE:

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‘As a writer,’ said William Goldman, ‘the only book I really like is The Princess Bride.’[i]

Goldman’s original take on the classical fairy tale was first published in 1973. It was his eighth novel, although despite beginning his career as an author he had already made significant head-roads into writing for American cinema. Goldman’s first produced screenplay, Masquerade, was released in 1965. His third, Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (1969) won him an Academy Award for Best Screenplay.

The Princess Bride tells the story of Princess Buttercup, her one true love Westley the farmboy, and the evil Prince Humperdinck who comes between them. The book features pirates, monsters, swordsmen, death, resurrection, and true love overcoming all obstacles in the hunt for a happy ending. Its origins lay, as I suspect many children’s stories do, in stories Goldman told his own children. ‘I had two little daughters,’…

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AnimeLab is rapidly improving

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I’ve been a relatively slow adopter[1] of AnimeLab because the user experience did not, to my mind, compare well to that of CrunchyRoll.

Two recent events have significantly improved my opinion of AnimeLab.

First was the introduction of an iOS app that is much better at supporting AirPlay to the AppleTV. This still isn’t quite as good as an AppleTV app[2], but it has made watching AnimeLab on the main system feasible[3]. Continue reading

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