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Movies, Craft Beer and Geek Stuff

Movies, Top 5s

My top 5 War Movies

War is bad, mmkay. But there have been some truly outstanding movies based on real life wars. It’s a fine balancing act between shooting a really engaging and entertaining movie and staying true to the events so as not to upset any surviving veterans. With that, let’s get right into it with my five favourite war movies!

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Movies, Top 5s

My top 5 Alien movies

I think you know the drill by now. If you check out my top 5 vampire movies you’ll see what I’m getting at. As a sci-fi lover (yet one who couldn’t give two shits about Star Wars or Star Trek) I love movies about aliens. They can be action packed, heart-warming or absolutely terrifying. There have been a lot of stinkers but at the same time there have been some truly great movies about what may lurk on planets other than our own. So here are my 5 favourites!

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Stress. Weather it’s from work, home or other it can be a real pain in the arse. It can kill your productivity and make you lose sleep. Companies have made millions… no, billions out of treating stress. From hypnotherapy to stress toys, to self help techniques there are a huge number of things available to help with your stress. Personally I manage mine with some fairly simple objects. Here are my top 5 stress busting…. erm… toys, I guess?

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Living in England, most people look at you like some kind of horrific leper when you say you don’t like football. I know this first hand. I don’t like football. In fact, I loathe it. It’s not like other sports that I just don’t have an interest in. I actually cannot stand football (soccer to some of you). So here are my 5 reasons why.

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Musings, Top 5s

5 Epic Phone Fails

The telephone has been with since the late 1800’s yet it’s surprising how many people fail in it’s use. In my job I talk to a lot of people on the phone. During this time I’ve come across various traits that people have in their telephone manner. Some are endearing but many are irritating… and some… some are so bad that they can mar the whole conversation. So sit down, take the phone off the hook (see what I did there?) and check out my list of 5 cardinal sins of telephone conversations.

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There are so many ways to communicate online. E-Mail, twitter, Facebook, Forums, Blog comment threads and instant messaging all with their own set of accepted standards and unspoken rules for etiquette. It would be easy for the uneducated to commit a dreadful faux pas and embarrass themselves or offend the other party. So behold my 5 golden rules for good Internet communication. You can apply these to pretty much all of the above.

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What makes a good bad guy? Is it when they’re terrifying, when they make your skin crawl? Or is it when they’re done so well that you actually like them? Well it’s no surprise that certain actors in Hollywood do bad guys better than pretty much anyone else. So here it goes, my choice for top 5 bad guy actors.

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If you’re creating an action packed movie then you seriously need to think about adding a chase sequence to keep people’s hearts pounding. Some of the best action and suspense films ever made have been successes based entirely on the inclusion of a kick-ass chase. So here are my top 5 chase scenes!

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If you’ve followed my blog for any length of time you’ll know that my favourite TV series of all time is The X Files. The unique mix of intense action, intrigue and humour made it a classic, the success of which even non-fans can’t deny. What makes this Top Five list different is just how difficult I found it whittling all those hundreds of episodes down to just five greats. I could have easily made this a Top Twenty list and still have had a hard time weeding out the best of the best. But alas, I think I’ve managed to do it so here are my top five X Files episodes in reverse order.You may want to note that none of these are episodes relating to the main X Files conspiracy story arc, they’re all what we nerds call “Monster Of  The Week” episodes.

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We all have our own preferences when it comes to using our computers. Weather you’re a Windows, Mac or Linux user there will be applications and utilities that you use every day and probably take for granted. I’m not really talking about big money apps like Photoshop and Illustrator. I mean the little utilities and widgets that you have running in the background or browser plugins that you use in every day browsing. Well here are my top 5.

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