You may or may not have noticed, but I haven’t been around in awhile. The simple reason is that my computer decided to give up the ghost sometime last Monday. I’m still not sure exactly why. It has power and all the cards, cables and whatnot seem to be working fine as far as I can tell. It just won’t POST at all. I’ve checked everything except the board and chip and as I have no way to check those, I’m at a loss for the moment. Yes, I’m in withdrawal in case you were wondering. I’ve watched a lot of TV and read a lot of books in the interim but it’s just not the same without being able to connect to the virtual world of teh intarwebs.

I needs me my computer and sadly right now it’s not even near the top of my list of things to do once I get a job again and that irks me more than anything. I can get check my mail now and again using other computers in the house, but they aren’t mine and I don’t have that same comfort zone that I would using my own machine.

So, for the forseeable future, expect me only if and when you see me and here’s hoping I get this fixed soon enough.


In Other News…

After getting my previous little emo rant out of my system I feel almost bi-polar posting this little bit of joyously useless news.

Apparently Spore has been given a release date for next March. I say apparently, because I’ve done a little digging, not a lot mind you as I’ve got other concerns at the moment (see previous entry if you’re dense), and haven’t been able to find anything official. About the best I’ve found is that both Amazon & EB Games have a pre-release date of March 3rd, 2008 listed.

While some may take this as canonical evidence, I’m much more doubtful. This game has been delayed and delayed again for a couple years now. It’s one of the most highly anticipated pieces of vapour-ware ever to come out of the great publishing houses of Ursa Minor (apologies to both Will Wright and Douglas Adams for that little theft). It’s got a great pedigree and every stage of it’s development that has been shown has been lapped up by the adoring public. Here’s hoping that it doesn’t suck… after all it is being released by the computer game industry’s devil incarnate known as EA Games. They’ve fucked up other potentially great games in the past without even blinking twice.

At any rate, here’s hoping that the official release news comes soon and this release date isn’t just a way for the resellers to pad their pocketbooks early. I wants me some Spore! I need something for my egomaniacal God complex to amuse itself with while the rest of my personalities fight over the soup.

For those of you who have no idea what I’m talking about, there’s a wikipedia article on the game and do a search on Youtube and you’ll see some of the development videos that have been made, including the one with Robin Williams creating his own critter. I’m too bloody lazy to post links to them at the moment. You’ll have to use your own Google fu for mine is weak and this post has somehow taken much more of my time than I had expected.

Enough Already!


Okay. I know a lot of you have been asking how the job-hunt goes and how life is treating me in general and to date I haven’t given anything more than vagaries for the simple reason that I tend to play my cards pretty close to my chest when it concerns my private life. I don’t really plan on changing that anytime soon either. If I’ve told you how things are going, then you’re in my private circle of hell and you get to share my marshmallows. The rest of you — let me put this as delicately as I can — bugger off already!

I honestly do care that you’re interested, but you all need to back off about 100 yards and let me get on with things. I don’t work well when I’ve got an audience looking over my shoulder. I certainly don’t need numerous daily pokes and messages on facebook and as many emails all enquiring about the same things. Here’s how it is: Things suck. I’ll manage. Moving on.

But because I know some of you won’t be satisfied with that answer let me give you a visual demonstration as to how my life is these days and perhaps you’ll actually take my advice for once.


And Finally…

… good ol Georgie Boy, finally gets it right and has a policy I can get behind.

Wow, I’m on a posting roll tonight. Maybe tomorrow I’ll actually post something meaningful.

Hah. Who am I kidding.

Hi, I Feel Like Mr. Moviephone!

Hrrm. I’m beginning to detect a trend here. Yet another movie related post. This is the fourth or fifth in as many days. There are times when I’m too enamoured by pop culture. I guess this is one of those times.

This time around my infatuation revolves around the trailer for the new Iron Man movie starring Robert Downey Jr.. It looks suitably spiffy and I’m looking forward to this one. While I don’t expect it to be along the same calibre as the first Spiderman movie, here’s hoping that at the very least it’ll be better than the Inedible Bulk. The less said about that one the better.

So without further ado, here’s a link to the trailer @ Apple because Youtube doesn’t seem to have a version up yet.

Iron Man

So is anyone else surprised they used Sabbath’s Iron Man in the trailer? I’m certainly not.

Indiana Jones And The Really Verbose Movie Title

The title for the fourth Indiana Jones movie was released yesterday and, I’ll be honest, it doesn’t quite roll off the tongue. It is called
Indiana Jones And The Kingdom Of The Crystal Skull
Now don’t get me wrong, I’m all for it for the simple fact that it’s Indy but perhaps a little less verbage would’ve been more appropriate. Just because Harrison Ford is getting a little long in the tooth these days doesn’t mean the title has to as well.

Ah well, I’ll just shut up. We all know I’m just getting bitter and cynical in my old age.

*Rides off into the sunset humming the Indy title music*

The Holy Grail Of Movie Props

I was sent an article the other day that posed the question, “What is your personal Holy grail of movie props?”. I can’t find the article anymore or I’d link it, but they went on to do a top ten list of their favourite movie props. Some of the author’s favourites included Indy’s fedora, the crystal ball that David Bowie used in Labyrinth, the rug from The Big Lebowski, the umbrella gun from Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, and Vader’s lightsaber. Quite a few people added their own favourites in the comments. It was a rather interesting and eclectic mix of the old, the new, the obscure and the familiar. There were cult favourites and one hit wonders. All in all an interesting little list. So interesting in fact that I started thinking about it myself and came up with my own list of my favourites. Here they are in reverse order. Continue reading “The Holy Grail Of Movie Props”