Thursday, March 29, 2007

What a let down, they're just cartoons

If you hadn't seen them yet, here is the page showing all 15 of the U.S. Star Wars stamps.

What a gyp - they're drawings. And Artoo doesn't even get his own stamp - even the gay robot gets his own stamp. R2-D2 has to appear with Leia in the famous "Artoo is a postbox" scene.


Wednesday, March 28, 2007

Worthless anger management class, I hate it so much. I spit on it...

Of course, I'm not a 19-year old being assaulted by her dad, but I think this whole Ukrainian swimmer thing is a hoot. Real life imitates The Simpsons. "Go home little girl..."

Meanwhile I'll believe cane toads have really evolved when they learn how to talk. I think this is less about 'evolution' than it is about literal survival of the fittest.

Wednesday, March 21, 2007

And of course, we welcome our brothers and sisters in Local 420

Whether you're the Steamfitters' Local 420 of Philadelphia or the Municipal Hospital Employees' Union Local 420 of New York, you're welcome to join the party.


These guys seem like fun, can we let them join?

There's a "religious" "sect" called Temple 420. They seem to have the right idea, they should join the April 20 party!

Temple 420: Congregation of Christians, Jews uses marijuana for religious sacrament

Woo hoo! Bong hits 4 Jesus!

(They have a website, but Google warns that it might damage my computer. Sounds heavy, maaan.)


Tuesday, March 20, 2007

Great new music (from 6 months ago)

Yep, I'm about 6 months behind listening to music I've downloaded from (I have about 400 Meg to go...) So this song is new to me, but it might be old hat to you.

Yo La Tango - "Pass the Hatchet, I Think I'm Goodkind"

This sounds like a cross between Statues by Hüsker Dü and a Slaughterhouse Joe song (I can't work out which because, did I tell you?, the cassette player chewed up my SHJ tape.)

Warning, this is about 15,000Kb, so it's a big download for those of us on dial-up.


Monday, March 19, 2007

Yes, John; yes we will.

'Voters will focus on Govt's record, not resignations: Howard' is the headline on ABC Online.

Yes, John, we will judge you on your record. But do you really think that's a good thing?


Wednesday, March 14, 2007

I was going to do 'even more updated', but I figured, nah.

Thanks for the info, Syme. I saw the stuff about what someone said at a Bi-Mon-Sci-Fi-Con somewhere on wiki, but I couldn't find it again.

I knew that Serenity didn't make its production costs back - but who knows, the DVD might sell well...

I agree, a new format could be considered to be going forward. And he has every right to return to Buffy, his most popular series; but, it's still going back. Forwards plus back equals?

I was going to ask what the B5 reference was about. Now there was a show that milked it way past its use-by date. (And you know what happens to milk past its use-by date.) It lost me when, after compressing the 5-year story into 4 years, it then tried to expand it back to 5 years. "I know let's do a couple of stories about characters that only the hard-core fans care about." Oh, and let's do a prequel movie where all of our characters miraculously turn up in the same place years before they knew each other...

Still, it's disappointing to only have about 13 episodes of Firefly to watch, when you know there could have been more. And River really only kicks ass in, what?, one episode and the movie? Shame.


Sunday, March 11, 2007

I am a leaf on the wind, watch how I... [UPDATED]

Has anyone heard rumours about a Serenity 2? Apparently Summer Glau or someone was at a Bi-Mon-Sci-Fi-Con in Brisbane, and she said something which fanboys have taken to indicate she's seen a script for Serenity 2.

See Comments - Syme seems to think that going back to Buffy is going forward. Ha.


Friday, March 09, 2007

Why is Syme blogging on Paul's blog?

Just askin'.


They're coming right for us!!!


The angelic lips of feeling too damn good

I recently had to listen to a lot of commercial FM radio.

There wasn't much choice: when the two of us are in the car, I don't have control over the radio and we were staying at Boycat's Mum's sister's place in Melbourne and she listens to a station called "Mix 101". A mix of all the same old crap, I guess.

In country New South Wales, there is a series of stations called Star FM. They are interchangeable - they all play the same music and their announcers all sound the same. Unfortunately, they don't play the same music at the same time which means that when you drive too far from one transmitter and have to find the next station, you get to hear all of the same songs all over again.

And boy, even different bands are starting to sound the same. There is a song around at the moment called (I think) "The Lips of an Angel". Because FM radio doesn't back-announce you don't get to hear the name of the band, but I was pretty sure it was Nickelback. It took a week and a half to discover that it wasn't. (I can't remember the name of the band now, it's something like "Fester". [I've just checked online and it's 'Hinder'; I knew it had six letters.] I know their album has -- get this, how novel -- a chick in a bikini on the cover because I saw an ad for them on TV within about, I don't know, 10 seconds of getting home.)

Although at one stage - between Goulburn and Yass, I think, there wasn't much on the radio that we could pick up, so Boycat's Mum let me listen to Matthew Sweet. She must have listened to about 8 out of 15 songs on Girlfriend, plus Sick of Myself (twice - she likes it) and Scooby-Doo Where Are You. That's pretty good, as she tends to be a Nova girl. (We did try listening to Vega in Sydney, but there were a few too many '70s songs for her liking, so we'd changed that to Nova before we'd even made it into the city.)

Random Comments on current "Popular" music.
  • I hate Nickelback, all of their songs are sub-grunge garbage. And get the damn frog out of your throat and sing, Chad.
  • When I was an ASO3, supervising the ASO1s, they used to listen to the radio. I had a rule that they could listen to commercial radio until one of several bands came on - guaranteed to be within an hour or so. Barnesy or Chisel, Billy Joel, Dire Straits. These days I'd have a new list. These are songs I'm very sick of after the past few weeks. I don't know the proper names, because there's no back-announcing:
  • - "The Light Surrounding You" (Evermore?)
  • - "How to Save A Life"
  • - "Lips of an Angel"
  • - anything by Nickelback
  • - The new Avril Lasagne song. Avril must have worked out that "I'm With You" was a big hit so now her new song "Keep Holding On" is just a remake. Is this what the kids today call Emo?
  • -I'm sure there's more I just can't think of them at the moment.
  • I notice the trend of people just singing over other people's songs and calling it their own continues unabated, although I do like that "Falling in Love Again" song, even though they break into "Head Over Heels" by Tears for Fears in the middle.
  • I don't mind the current Gwen Stefani song, it kind of has a 50s feel; but, I'm sure I'll be sick of it soon.
  • Who are these "Fall Out Boy" people?

...well my batch job is coming to an end, so I'll finish now...


Friday, March 02, 2007

Well, I'm back...

From driving to Melbourne, with a 4-hour stopover (yesterday) in Sydney. Danny's well, if anyone's interested.

I took some photos, which I'll post if they turn out any good (it's hard to tell on the screen of a mobile or cheapie camera, so I'll have to download them to see.)

I feel like I'm ready for my liver to be made into foie gras, even though we didn't go out to eat all that often while we were down there. Although we did spend $299 for lunch for three, but that was at Fifteen Melbourne and I had some lovely pork with lentils, a nice pasta and a cheese platter. And most of a $50 bottle of wine - after sharing a $40 bottle - because I wasn't going to leave a single drop undrunk at those prices.

The trip was more for the benefit of Boycat's Mum's sister (it was her 35th birthday, the first since her separation) so I was a bit superfluous a lot of the time. Which was kind of okay, because I like catching trams and looking around but Boycat's Mum likes shopping.