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Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow

Forgot to blog about this at the time, and have just seen it for the second time. This movie was, essentially, everything I expected: amazing visuals, incredibly pretty and fanciful technology, and, of course, Lara Croft in tight leather with an eye patch. Who could ask for more? Well, me. It was gorgeous, a comic book reader's wet dream, but it failed to surprise -- with a single exception -- and I was rather hoping it would. Perhaps I hyped it a bit too much, internally. But I'm feeling too ill to analyse it any further, I'm afraid. My brain isn't working, as I've caught the cold that most of London seems to have at the moment. Posting will resume when I can type without sneezing.
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Big Thinker

As I'm ill and at home today, I'm in no state to do any original thinking. So what else to do? Why, a personality test, of course! In this case taken after a gap of several weeks from Matt. And here are my results, with obligatory comments by me in italics. And I put that word in italics in case you're from the 80s and have never used a word processor and so don't know what italics are, obviously. The four aspects that make up this personality type are: Summary of Big-Thinkers Outspoken, ingenious and bored by routine Definitely me. Think of themselves as talkative, curious and self-sufficient Usually "too" talkative. May neglect the routine work required to make their plans successful Oh hell yes. More about Big-Thinkers Big Thinkers are always looking for the next big idea or opportunity. They’re adept at spotting trends and thinking on their feet. Big Thinkers like to jump in and find innovative solutions to complex problems and are good at developing strategies for the...
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YourBlog.Seldo.Com

One of the nifty new features of the new seldo.com server is that I can hand out an essentially unlimited number of subdomains, and point them anywhere I like. So if you've got a blog with me and would like it to be at yourblogname.seldo.com instead of seldo.com/yourblogname/, just let me know. As an example, go see Mikey.
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That's it. No more being nice to disabled people.

My phone was stolen tonight. Aaargh! How it happened: M and I had been to see a movie and were having a drink afterwards at Starbucks (our first mistake) in Leicester Square (our second). Mary had been taking a call, so I'd been idly browsing the news on WAP on my phone, and left it lying on the table in front of me (my third, and definitely my biggest mistake. In retrospect, soooo dumb.) Up comes this little fat kid, wearing a backpack. He's got this weird expression on his face and is holding a map of the V&A. He seems confused. He holds the map out to me, folded out, like he's trying to give it to me, and he's making these little pathetic squeaking noises, like he can't talk properly. Of course, being properly PC modern people, we instantly switch on our polite-but-sympathetic mode, trying to politely explain that we don't want the map, but thank you, and please go away. The kid isn't taking the hint at all. He continues to wiggle the map at me. Then he gestures at an open box of Skittles I...
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Smallville: the obsessive line-by-line, part 2

Woohoo! Another line-by-liner. We'll see how well this episode goes. Episode 1 I've already line-by-lined, episode 2 was decent, episode 3 was *dreadful*, a freak-of-the-week, pathetic-Lana-filled filler of an episode. Here's hoping for better. As usual, spoilers from the start, so stop reading now if you intend to see this show. Ok, so... Clark's on the team. Fans of nerdy-Clark are going apeshit. Mmmm. Football team == cute. Ok, so the cheerleaders are evil and have kryptonite-laced gatorade love potion. Haven't people in Smallville learnt to be wary of that particular shade of green by now? Because, honestly, *we* all know that colour means trouble. Okay, so insanely jealous lover goes apeshit with shotgun! This is entertaining, if totally whacked out. Wow, more slow-mo bullet-time action than strictly necessary, and heat-vision in the first 2 minutes! Still ambivalent, but this might be a good episode. Credits. You know, Annette O'TOole looks really good for her age. Assuming she's...
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Jon Stewart's appearance on Crossfire

So, I've been falling foul recently to the trap Tom fell into, which is to get too addicted to my linklog. As a result there's a whole load of good commentary which is only appearing 10 links at a time and isn't properly archived. I intend to fix that, but it also has the effect of making me blog less, because I'll tend to try and summarise what I want to say into a witty two-liner. So screw that: blogging isn't about well-formed articles, it's about what's popped into your head recently. So I'm gonna try to do more, and less well-thought-out blogs, and that will be *intentional*. The point of the blog is to get the thoughts out of the head. So Jon Stewart appeared on Crossfire: torrents of the show are available. Crossfire, for those on the British side of the pond, is a fiercely bipartisan talk show in which a rabid republican and a rabid democrat square off against each other and talk about a topic. Unlike Fox's versions of these shows, like the O'Reilly Factor, where the democrats are wimpish and...
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What did they call it before then?

As part of a conversation we were having in the office today, I looked up the etymology of the word "racism". Some interesting facts: The idea of a "race" as a distinction between groups of people based on physical similarities didn't exist until sometime around 1770. That's sort of surprising. Was everyone just a big happy family before then, or was it just that we discriminated on bases other than race? The word "racism" was invented by the Nazis, and not until 1935. Before then the word was "racialism" (!), unsurprisingly used mainly in South Africa, but again only since 1907. Before then there was apparently no word for the behaviour, presumably because it was the norm (in the same way that nobody calls us "double-eyeballed"). Also a fantastic quote: "Just being a Negro doesn't qualify you to understand the race situation any more than being sick makes you an expert on medicine." -- Dick Gregory, 1964 Fantastic, because I've often had similar sentiments with regard to gay people and...
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Life on hold

I'm being antisocial this weekend.
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Sky Captain and the Spitfire of Prodigy

In violation of common sense (and several copyright laws, I'm sure), I've spent most of today and a good-sized chunk of yesterday putting together a music video. Now, I get ideas for music videos all the time. Like, constantly. Every time I hear music. When I dance, all I'm doing is acting out the low-budget music video that I'm directing inside my head. The problem with most of these videos is that there's no way of getting them out of my head without a massive special effects budget, a full-on CGI studio and several months. Which is why it was a surprise to realise while listening to Spitfire off the Prodigy's new album on my way home from seeing Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow that the two could work together pretty easily since, of course, the hero's vehicle in the movie and the name of the song are one and the same. It would also be a fun way to play with video editing software. So without further ado: Sky Captain and the Spitfire of Prodigy Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow is ©...
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Partisan

Internet Veterans For Truth are "a few long-time bloggers, designers, and techies who decided (in slackerly fashion, around the end of last week) that some of the clips that've been floating around online needed to be seen by everybody." As such, they've amassed an absolutely staggering amount of bandwidth to deliver great clips to you, like Kerry on Vietnam: Vietnam, without a question, is the most important political piece of my life. Because it wasn't just the fighting in a war and being shot and shot at and, y'know, the confrontation of immediate death that you go through when you're talking with a friend the one day and the next day you're putting him in a body bag. Those are experiences you just never forget. I think it was bigger than that. It was a moment when this country confronted and didn't confront a lot of things. We haven't finished that confrontation. We haven't learnt those lessons yet. Bush's incredibly shifty-sounding press conference on his "visit" with the 9-11 commission: If...
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Better Luck Next Time

Tonight I went to see the Scissor Sisters at the Brixton Academy. Mixed feelings. It was definitely a night in two halves. Maybe three. Mathematicians who interject at this point can bite me. First I met up with M, Adrian, Simon + friend at Nando's opposite the academy. M and I were several hours early because I had cunningly ignored a registered letter containing my tickets for too long and had them bounced back (they currently hover in limbo, which is somewhere near Portsmouth apparently). So we had to queue at the box office for our tickets. This however turned out to be an excellent scam, since the lost-tickets queue was about a tenth of the size of the ordinary queue and after giving you your tickets they let you straight in, which meant we had had a meal, started queueing ten minutes before the doors opened and were some of the first people into the building. The Academy itself is pretty spankin'. It's really very large, but two levels and a sloping floor make it seem almost intimate....
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