I quite like the Friday Five today: What's one thing you've always wanted to do, but never...

posted 13 June 2003
I quite like the Friday Five today:
  1. What's one thing you've always wanted to do, but never have?
    Find the perfect boyfriend. You only need to do it once :-)
  2. When someone asks your opinion about a new haircut/outfit/etc, are you always honest?
    Yes. I like to think this makes people value compliments from me more, since if I think their look sucks, I don't hesitate to say so.
  3. Have you ever found out something about a friend and then wished you hadn't? What happened?
    I found out they were a pathological liar. After a long time trying to save them from themselves, they stopped being my friend.
  4. If you could live in any fictional world (from a book/movie/game/etc.) which would it be and why?
    Clearly the X-men universe. Even if I didn't get to be a mutant, I could shag Iceman and meet Nightcrawler in real life :-)
  5. What's one talent/skill you don't have but always wanted?
    Singing. But I suppose I could just join a boyband :-)
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Oy vey, but this end-of-term stuff is fun! Five hours of lazing around in the sunshine on the lawn...

posted 13 June 2003
Oy vey, but this end-of-term stuff is fun! Five hours of lazing around in the sunshine on the lawn next to the piazza, doing nothing very much but chatting with loads of friends in a huge circle and eating far too much junk food and cherry coke. That was loads of fun. Now, a shower, a bucketload of mosturizer to fend off my rapidly-developing sunburn, then Crash at the union. Mmm, indie music! Mmm, indie boys.

Update 10pm: I'm absolutely toasted. I love sunburn the night before, it feels so yummy. But I'm gonna be in pain tomorrow.

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Yet more backlog (the sheer size of the backlog is daunting): You know how it's supposed to be...

posted 13 June 2003
Yet more backlog (the sheer size of the backlog is daunting):
  1. You know how it's supposed to be impossible to fall off a segway? Well, somebody managed it. Predictable, really.
  2. The UK is getting a supreme court. When the fuck did they ask us if this was okay?
  3. Want an old version of Netscape to play with? Every version since 2.0. And all of them bloody useless :-) But at least you can install them simultaneously, unlike bloody one-version-at-a-time MSIE.
  4. Quicktime VR of the burning man festival. Mother*****r of a plugin required, but quite cool once you've got it.
  5. By far the best-looking woman in Matrix Reloaded was Persephone (i.e. the kick-ass wife of the Annoying French Guy). Also, at some point soon I will be posting my theory of the final Matrix movie, just so I can say I-told-you-so if I get it right :-)
  6. Barcode yourself (via Matt). I'm worth £6.06; who'd have known? (Tip: it gets confused if you use metric units, the silly thing)
  7. A fascinating dual interview using questions submitted by the public to Lawrence Lessig (a major P2P advocate) and Matt Oppenheim (a major weasel and pawn of the RIAA, not that I'm biased or anything) about the legal issues surrounding P2P filesharing of music. Bottom line: it's illegal, but that doesn't mean P2P is illegal, and the RIAA should just deal.
  8. What would cities be like without cars? A whole lot of thought and time has been invested into not only this question, but designing whole cities to work without the need for cars.
  9. An interesting blog on what weblogs are. I don't get too excited about blogs: they're cool, they're fun. They're not a worldwide revolution, although seem to forget that from time to time (sorry Tom ;-).
  10. An excellent and very informative review of X2. Did I mention how much I liked that movie? Dave's blog is generally pretty good actually. I need to get an RSS aggregator already; I'm just too lazy.
  11. It was very clear that the war in Iraq was very well stage-managed. But I wasn't aware quite how crudely. For instance, the epic rescue of Private Lynch was only necessary because US soliders themselves stopped the ambulance that was attempting to carry her to them at a checkpoint. And we knew the statue toppling in the square right in front of the press hotel was no accident either, but were you aware the "happy Iraqis" who did it were in fact members of a US-allied militia, and had been ordered to do so? Nuts.
  12. The Keeper of Lists provides the logical extension of the "top 10" lists everywhere, including such lists as "Top 50 Bathroom Graffiti Quotes" (On bottom of stall door - "Beware of Limbo dancers") and "Top 79 Songs From 'Star Trek: The Musical'" ("It's a hard-Spock life" and "Beam Me Up, Before You Go-Go"). Hours of fun.
  13. Those kids at Forward Glamour are quite funny, sometimes.
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THAT WAS ORGASMIC Thoroughly compensating for Rainbows being crappy yesterday, Crash was just......

posted 13 June 2003
THAT WAS ORGASMIC
Thoroughly compensating for Rainbows being crappy yesterday, Crash was just... amazing, a three-hour-long musical orgasm; I didn't stop smiling for nearly the entire evening, which didn't really get going until eleven. It was exactly the right density of people for an Indie night -- not too few too seem empty, but few enough that there was lots of room to flail around like a nutcase. The music was great, and much props to Rich-who-is-not-called-Steve for great company and conversation through the evening. For the first time in my university career, somebody dragged me to the dancefloor. This last two weeks better keep up the good standard that's been seen so far from the first few days of it, although I will be surprised if School-frikkin'-dayz is any good; honestly, if I wanted to re-live the feeling of my school career, I would just run a power drill through my eye and fill the hole with chilli powder. I will follow eDan's suggestion and go as the anti-establishment kid; does anybody have a clip-on nose ring I can borrow?

On second thought, no. That would be gross.

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Bless. John at Rainbow Villa is a nearly-20 semi-closeted gay boi just starting out on the big ol'...

posted 13 June 2003
Bless. John at Rainbow Villa is a nearly-20 semi-closeted gay boi just starting out on the big ol' journey of life. He's a pretty good writer, and I find his entries amusing because they remind me of stuff I would say. He's also complaining that nobody links to him, so here ya go, hope you appreciate it.
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