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House of 1000 Corpses

Last night I saw Rob Zombie’s House of 1000 Corpses and it rocks! Having said that I don’t know how much appeal 1000 Corpses would have to people that aren’t fans of Mr Zombie.

I’ve never been a horror fan, but this film is original. Great soundtrack, well acted, and it looks great. 1000 Corpses was made on a very low budget, but you wouldn’t really know it. Just goes to show that talent goes a long way.

Zombie’s missus, Sheri Moon , stars in the film, and well, what can I say….

Maida Vale, London, Friday, June 27th, 2003

Abigail’s Party

Last night I watched ‘Abigail’s Party’ . I could tell that it was by the same guy who did ‘Secrets and Lies’. The awkward moments (which constitute the majority of Abigail’s Party) had clearly been choreographed by the same person. I felt that I should have received a certificate at the end of the film for having actually sat through the whole thing. I can’t say that I liked the film, but it has invaded my thoughts constantly since last night. Brilliant acting, and surely the most harrowing film (that wasn’t a horror movie) I have ever seen.

I am using Firebird as my main browser, even more than Moz. It seems to me much the same as Phoenix but with an improved interface. It feels more like a finished product, unlike the last version of Phoenix I used which felt like a work in progress.

Maida Vale, London, Wednesday, June 25th, 2003

Brandzilla

While having a break from rebuilding this site as well as learning PHP/MySQL by building a news application with it, I decided to have a look at the new Mozilla Firebird browser (as the branding document tells me it is called). I can’t write my thoughts on it yet, as it will be another hour at least until it downloads (I think I’ll be in a position to get broadband shortly). I was glad that I read the branding document, as the plethora of different Moz offerings had formed a turbulent cloud of confusingness for me.

As for php/MySQL? It is too early for me to make a comparison yet. When you know one way of doing something it is hard to start over again and enjoy it as much as a complete beginner. PHP seems like a lot more work to me, but I’ll reserve judgement in the meantime.

And the plumber came to fix the drains. Hopefully unspeakable things won’t happen in the shower drain when we flush the toilet now.

Maida Vale, London, Wednesday, June 18th, 2003

Article 98

Yeah, it’s a great idea – I wonder if the UK govt will agree to a deal exempting me from prosecution….? Article 98 exempts:

“…US personnel from prosecution in the court, set up to try war crimes and acts of genocide.

The Bush administration objects to the court on the grounds it could launch politically motivated prosecutions of US civilian and military leaders. But other countries see it as a powerful tool for enforcing the rules of war.

Under the American Service Members Protection Act of 2002, many countries that recognise the International Criminal Court will not be eligible for US military assistance, unless the president issues a waiver on grounds of national security.”

I’m sure that the world has gone mad.

Maida Vale, London, Tuesday, June 17th, 2003

Pant Pocket Config

Chris Clark details his pant configuration . I have had a pant and suit jacket pocket configuration for years and didn’t even know it! Wallet and cell phone in the left back pocket (or left leg pocket on cargo/army pants), keys and change in the right back pocket, sundries in the right front or leg pocket. In my suit jacket when I’m working I have my wallet and cell phone on the left side (so my heart gets maximum exposure to the nasty radiation off the cell phone), and keys and change in the right side pockets. Yee haa.

Maida Vale, London, Monday, June 16th, 2003

Liberation Day

At the weekend I liberated myself from one of my vices. No more talking ceaselessly about absolute shite on the weekends. No more 7 hour memory blanks. No more doing things that I shouldn’t do, and then not having the foggiest until someone tells me the next day. No more freaking out friends that aren’t quite sure what I’m on and want me to go and stand over there please….
Prepare to die, Ebenezer!

1. Prepare to die, Ebenezer!

After crushing, the vacuum cleaner removes the debris

2. After crushing, the vacuum cleaner removes the debris

Happy and free

3. Happy and free!

Putting away the vacuum cleaner

4. Putting away the vacuum cleaner (photo by Steve)

Maida Vale, London, Monday, June 16th, 2003

The colour blue

‘Kiwi’s and Aussies are the most laid back white guys in the world’. A little wisdom from our Jamaican cab driver at 4am this morning. We were returning from the Greek islands which are fabulous. I don’t think I have felt this relaxed for three years. I just hope that I can maintain that feeling. While I’ve had plenty of time off and been to some lovely places, sitting by a pool in Thira (Santorini) doing sweet FA was the best thing I’ve done for some time. I have made a pledge: to take a proper, do nothing holiday every year. I’m sure that this simple action will add years to my life.

Looking at some photos I just realised the most amazing thing about Thira was the colour. I really miss the colour blue which I was so accustomed to growing up in Wellington with a great view of the harbour. As an office slave in London you really don’t see a lot of blue….

Maida Vale, London, Thursday, June 12th, 2003

Back in London

Church at Oia, Thira

Great to be back in London?

Maida Vale, London, Thursday, June 12th, 2003

Pictures they never wanted you to see #1

Tony Robbins hungry

Maida Vale, London, Monday, June 2nd, 2003

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