CodePen Shenanigans

As a new university year looms, I’ve promised myself I would spend more time creating and learning. CodePen is a great site to do this, it’s full of creative developers producing amazing work. I spend more time browsing than I do coding anything. Although today, I did make name card logo thing to use somewhere, some day.

Name Card created with HTML and CSS

T2 – Trainspotting

trainspotting

Trainspotting… an iconic British film released in 1996. It defined an era in my life, made me think about things a little differently and I also wanted to be Mark Renton, just without the heroin addiction. It’s a fantastic film, one I revisit every so often for nostalgia and also because its still an excellent film. The title sequence alone is exceptional and it really is just the start.

Fast forward twenty years and the world is presented with the sequel, Trainspotting 2 or T2: Trainspotting. Based on the original novels sequel Porno, Danny Boyle is back with returning cast members Ewan McGregor, Ewan Bremner, Jonny Lee Miller, Robert Carlyle and even more including Irvine Welsh as Mikey Forrester.

I’d often wondered if a sequel would be a good idea and given how reboots and far too long awaited sequels and prequels can be, it maybe is that Rent Boy, Spud, Sick Boy, Franco and their shenanigans should be best left to read in print and enjoyed in their one theatrical release.

But… based on the trailer the sequel looks great, or potentially great. It returns to screens with not only the same cast but with a very much similar premise. Born Slippy and a ‘choose life’ speech, take you back to the original before bringing you back to 2016 with mentions of Facebook, Instagram and Zero Hour Contracts. There is a familiar feel and look that came with the original, Edinburgh being showcased in it’s lovely shade of grey for one. Whether or not Renton is off heroin is one thing, but drugs are certainly not off the menu. All in all, I think this reunion will be one that is not to be missed. Scheduled to be released on January 17th 2017.

Stranger Things – TV Tuesdays

Stranger Things, an excellent piece of TV and another Netflix Original. Set in the 80’s with a psychokinetic girl, a missing boy and a demogorgon in the fictitious town of Hawkins, Stranger Things has been a huge success. The series takes inspiration from Steven SpielbergStephen KingRobert ZemeckisJohn Carpenter, and George Lucas and the show is full of references and easter eggs.

I binged watched the whole series in a week and wished there was more… A second series is in the making and they released a teaser trailer with the amazing intro track, the sound track to the series is impressive and definitely worth a listen. The trailer shows the future episodes names which just add to the excitement and leave you guessing what is in store.

What I did notice though when I went to watch the trailer again is that they have released a further 3 videos, two of which are a new? Netflix Kitchen series and the other is a news channel broadcast about the missing Barb and El stealing Eggo’s.

In the mean time I get the feeling we will see more videos leading up to the release of the series 2 trailer and with the release of Funko Pop Figures early next year, it’s all just adding even more hype for the much anticipated new series.

Stranger Things Funk Pop Figures