nev

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About nev

  • Birthday 12/12/81

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    Journey, Tokyo Disneyland

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  1. You know it must be good when I come out of the shadows to post... This is a cool little video a mate of mine found, very clever editing and ends up looking beautiful... http://vimeo.com/36874836
  2. If you think about it it actually makes a fair bit of sense... one would assume that it costs a certain amount to test, startup and run the park on any given day, and that this amount doesn't change hugely. If you open the park even 3hrs later than usual, that's almost half your daily income down the drain - lower attendance, lower consumption of food and beverages, fewer other purchases... while the costs to run the park haven't hugely decreased. While I'm not saying that I support it, from a business point of view it seems simple.
  3. You know Asia's not a country right? I think 3 theme parks in a region which houses over one fifth of the world's total population is more than ok actually!
  4. I think DJ might be accepting medals of honour and tending to singed hair at the moment... but I'm sure everyone will hear soon enough
  5. Queues at parks in Japan are like nothing else I've ever seen before - and this is coming from someone who has been to Disneyland in Anaheim on the last weekend of Spring Break. The rule at DisneySea in busy periods is that you get on whatever the hell you can get on - same for TDL. TOT high capacity? Yes, but when you have thousands and thousands of people wanting to ride it it really doesn't matter what it's capacity is! The one thing I will say about the Tokyo Disney parks is that the Japanese don't really seem to understand the whole fast pass concept - they all go and queue for them straight away. The last two times I have been, at opening time there have been longer lines for TOT's Fast Pass and Haunted Mansion's Fast Pass than for the actual attraction. The best plan of attack is to exploit this for the first hour or so - we did TOT, Journey and into the queue for Indy before we started waiting for ages. FujiQ - Dodonpa closes at even the slightest hint of rain, and the weather near Mt Fuji changes all the time. We waited 3hours for that, and then 3 hours for Eijan-whatever the hell it is-ka. It's a crap park with 2 OK rides. Nothing more. And it's a heck of a long drive from anywhere.
  6. Conversation of the tours returning permanently aside, I think the fact that they've brought this tour in even temporarily is a good sign - it shows that they do actually look to run these tours and they certainly wouldn't have gone to the trouble of setting it up as an attraction if they weren't interested in doing so. To pick up one what some other people have - it's often just impossible to 'delay the bump out' of a set for any period of time. In every film, regardless of how much is custom built for the set, there are expensive rigging components, valuable real estate and often people required on site on a daily basis to make sure the set is operable and safe. Add to this the fact that most sets in theatre, movies, etc are simply built to last for a certain amount of time and all of a sudden you're up for a huge sum of money to make adjustments to keep the thing in place. Finally, there are differences in building restrictions and codes for structures that are classed as temporary, and those that are permanently installed. For example; an enclosed set on a stage is not usually required to have emergency sprinklers, fire detectors etc, installed as fire marshals are always present on film sets during any activity. If such a set was then opened to the public, the set would need to be extensively modified to accommodate permanent fire codes - this is just one example. There are also very serious implications regarding smoke and haze on sound stages - and I mean real sound stages, not tin sheds that have roller coasters in them. The soundproofing used on both the Movie World stages and the Fox Studios stages in Sydney is highly flammable, so any time smoke generating gear (from fog machines through to angle grinders, etc) the entire studio has to be isolated and fire marshals have to be present. I'm not trying to harp on about fire laws over anything else but this is just one area I've had to deal with recently particular when we've been working in Fox in Sydney. However, if anything, QLD fire laws are infinitely tighter than NSW for a number of reasons that I won't go into in this post. Of course one way to get around the restrictions would just be to fit the Scooby red LED eyes to all the sets, that'd fix it right up Only joking, so don't get fire up rich
  7. Fring - good MSN and other IM client chat application Shazam - let your iPhone hear any music track playing (even works in clubs, etc) and it takes about 15secs to work out the name, report it back to you and link you to iTunes if you want to buy it - it's awesome Facebook - goes without saying, and it's actually well done and refined now Fieldrunners - hands down the best game on iPhone in my opinion and it's only a few dollars Remote - controls Apple TV remotely from your iPhone. It's awesome. Some other things I have... Pocket Cinema - lets you search and book for Greater Union / Event Cinemas sessions Jamie Oliver 20Min Meals - costs about $13 but if you cook, you know Jamie does good stuff and this is an awesome application Nike + iPod - wirelessly syncs to your Nike shoes with the sensor and tracks your runs Syd Traffic - shows you live updates from traffic cams all over Sydney (free) Flight Control - cool landing planes game that stands above all the rest Convertbot - Good little app that converts pretty much anything to anything! eCurrency - Good currency conversion app - the only one I could find that doesn't need an internet connection to work, so you don't have to spend tons on global roaming data charges when you're overseas TravTracker - I use this to collate all my expenses and trip details when I'm traveling. GroceryG - Yep, I do my shopping list on my iPhone Myst - It's insane that this game squashes onto an iPhone - it's exactly the same as the old PC version. I bought it in a fit of nostalgia and it's just as cool as it was how ever many years ago! Don't download this one on 3G though - it's the best part of 1Gb to download! Then for those of us (and there are many here) who are lighting minded: MA Lighting Remote - hooks into the MA console network allowing you to remotely cue, playback and adjust fixtures on the fly (not on the MA2 though, so that's no use to AOS ) Light Calc - calculates beam output and sizes for a bunch of fixtures LED Calc - similar to LightCalc but calculates sizes, weights, power draws, aspect ratios, etc for LED video panels iSwatch - great reference application containing all the different gel manufacturers, allows you to compare gels, etc iGobo - similar to iSwatch but with gobos Hope it helps!
  8. Ok just noticed this but it's majorly dodgy on the part of the Big Banana - So T-Bone mentioned the Space Race ride at BB by mentioning this PDF that is on the big banana web site - Now, look closely at the space ship in the pdf above. Then have a look at this image from the Virgin Galactic web site: Can anyone else see the world's most blatant copyright violation, not to mention possibly the worst Photoshopping job of all time?! Actually, I'm not going to even call this a Photoshop job, I'm going to call it an MS Paint job. Rich
  9. reanimated that just made me crack up.... that's gold!
  10. I spent last Saturday at Six Flags Great Adventure and the temperature didn't get above 5 degrees all day. It was freezing cold, miserable and Kingda Ka was bordering on ridiculously painful. If I wanted that experience, I would have got people to slap me in the face with bags of frozen peas while sitting in a supermarket freezer!
  11. I think the sooner Whitsy is banned the better....
  12. The simple answer is that all rants about park quality, prices of food, origin of bottled water and chemical composition of donuts aside, nothing at Movie World goes higher or faster than the rides at Dreamworld. If all you're after is big thrill rides, Dreamworld has more big ticket rides. That said, if all you are after is thrills, if you pick your day right, you can easily get around all of the big rides at both parks in one day. rich
  13. Miles above anything and everything else I've ever ridden.... Journey to the Centre of the Earth at Tokyo DisneySea. Built inside a mountain, amazing theming, a great story with tons of back history, good ride length and the most amazingly fast end to it all... brilliant!
  14. So presumably you're boycotting the whole Coles Myer Group because Myer are already out there, now Dick Smith? Following your logic you shouldn't be shopping at any Coles, Coles Express, Myer, Dick Smith, Target, Liquorland, Harris Technology, K-Mart, Officeworks or Bi-Lo right? Seems a little extreme lol rich
  15. Hey Nerdville Those are actually a bunch of very valid points the everyone should respect because it relfects the real situation at the moment. As much as some people won't accept it, we're seeing the standards of WVTP slip slowly but surely, so we now have to look at the competition as a 'best of the worst' - and when you compete at this low level, Dreamworld does have several advantages over the other parks. Things like long breakdowns, higher food prices and not opening rides until midday really do destroy the whole "better guest experience" argument that MW and SW had for years over Dreamworld. Nowadays, one train, slow operation of Lethal Weapon can be compared to the Psyclone's well-known bad reputation as just one example of how it's getting easier to compare the two different parks.