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The effects of a global thermonuclear war, realistically considered. At once reassuring (the whole world wouldn't die) and terrifying (about half the human population would, including most of North America and nearly all of Europe). Microsoft's doom predicted. Again. Warrior... king... lover. All true. But Alexander the great was gay, dammit! Colin Farrel is totally overrated and also, we just saw this movie. It was called Troy. Why are we seeing it again? Contrary to the views of my classics-loving friends, I actually really liked Troy. Yes, it wasn't true to the legend, but Lord of the Rings isn't true to the books either and that doesn't mean they were crappy movies. Yes, Pitt doesn't have nearly the gravitas that Crowe did in Gladiator. Yes, the whole horse thing was unbelievably stupid, as was the whole "we hid 1,000 big-ass sailing ships in the bay next door" trick. But on the other hand, it was three hours of gorgeously realised sets, beautiful shots and grand cinematic spectacle. It may not...
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What I've been listening to

I've been using the AudioScrobbler plugin for a few weeks now, and it's produced a really detailed summary of my listening habits, including top-tens and all sorts of other stuff. Visit the site to see the full breakdown, but here's a summary: My top 10 artists: Jellyfish - love them. SO. MUCH. 2 Many DJ's - Rik is wrong, this is good! JC Chasez - This album is a sleeper hit waiting to happen Alanis Morissette - So Called Chaos is her best effort since Jagged Little Pill. Paul Simon - I got back onto Graceland again Maroon 5 - solidly re-listenable Scissor Sisters - overrated, but still good Alcazar - I'm sorry. I'm so, so sorry. Snow Patrol - Okay. Not amazing. David Bowie - just got Greatest Hits My top 10 songs are all Jellyfish: it can't be overestimated how much I've been listening to them recently. This is a pretty accurate representation of my relative preference for Jellyfish songs, too, although I think I prefer Sebrina, Paste and Plato slightly more than Bye Bye...
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Courtesy DeviantART, of course.
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Countdown

Nicked off Matt. I'm doing this mainly to embarrass myself into seeing some bands live on purpose, rather than having just accidentally seen them in my G-A-Y-going days... 10 Bands You've Seen Live? Supergrass Steps Geri Halliwell 5ive Billie Vengaboys A1 (ah, floppy-haired ben, where are you now?) Xtatic (they're big in Trinidad!) Jaundis-I (likewise) Survivor (in, like, 1995... Trinidad is so lame) 9 Things You're Looking Forward To? My job, which starts tomorrow Not being broke. This will involve not spending money. Seeing the Red Hot Chilli Peppers this summer Renting a castle with 26 friends. Need to organize it though... Finishing a few of my simmering personal projects. Ever. X3, even though it's not getting released until 2006. I am fanboi, hear me wibble. When more Warwick people finish and move down to London This summer. It's looking good, people. Buying a new bed. Enough with the creaky bed of death! 8 3 Things You Wear Daily? My watch My...
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Linkdump

All together now: phwoar. FUCK. OFF. MY. INTERNET. Censorship of the Internet is a slippery slope, and Britain has started sliding. FUCKING STOP IT, ASSHOLES. Why is there not a huge public outcry about this? Oh yeah, because they're saying it's to stop paedophiles. Won't you think of the children? Fucktards. Sainsbury's bullies its checkout clerks into talking to customers. Great. Now I feel like a dick every time they chat to me. Coming out in Britain in 2004 seems better than it was. More shouting, less violence. "A great many Swiss men with rifles are likely to be crossing the capital at the same time as the Popemobile." Swiss papal visit coincides with national shooting competition. Hilarity ensues. Want one! at least to play with Due to budget cuts, the warror on terror and the war on software piracy will be folded into one single unwinnable war, rather than two. Butter Dogs are just so, so frightening. I like the fact that they're now actually low-fat yoghurt dogs 'cause they were getting...
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Linkdumpery

I have been using the phrase "Bedtime for Bonzo" for years: finally, I discover it's the title of a movie about nature-vs-nurture starring Ronald Reagan, of all people. Go-go gadget motion capture! Transformers are so cool. Ronald Reagan Junior thinks Bush Junior is "corrupt" and tarnishing his father's legacy. W00t! Gallery of the Forbidden -- censored albums in America. Including that pre-9/11 album with the twin towers blowing up on the cover. The complete set of Murphy's laws! Wow. No matter who becomes the new Superman, I will probably be happy. "My blog" -- to the tune of "Lump" by Presidents of the United States of America (I forgot what a good song it was) TiVo for radio. Tom has played with one at BBC R&M and says it's not very good, though. Ah, the American Dream: making money out of the pain and suffering of others. I'm sure Ronnie would have approved. (Have you had enough Reagan-related links yet? I have lots more, I promise.) *headslap*
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In the face of the evidence

Aaaaaaah! Someone stop the crazy men! Months of evidence given, more than 1000 people interviewed, and a panel of commissioners conclude that there was no link between Iraq and 9-11. Meanwhile, Cheney and Bush continue to imply that there was, playing semantic games. Quoth Dubya: The reason I keep insisting that there was a relationship between Iraq and Saddam and al Qaeda, because there was a relationship between Iraq and al Qaeda Quoth the commission's report: [Osama Bin Laden] explored possible cooperation with Iraq during his time in Sudan, despite his opposition to Hussein's secular regime. ... There have been reports that contacts between Iraq and al Qaeda also occurred after bin Laden had returned to Afghanistan, but they do not appear to have resulted in a collaborative relationship. The key thing to note here is that "contact" in Bush-speak constitutes a "relationship", whereas in everyone else's book it implies collaboration. You could argue it in court, but coming from a President that's...
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No one is surprised

Raver Bear Which Dysfunctional Care Bear Are You? brought to you by Quizilla Nicked from Stu, who unsurprisingly got Gay Bear...
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One of life's question answered...

What does an evil giraffe look like? Now we know. Sorry for the lack of content recently. Work is really busy, life is really full! And I have been reading lots of comics in my spare time instead of blogging. Never mind, eh? Some random links in lieu of my actually thinking about what to write (brain is somewhat crowded right now): Cory Doctorow to Microsoft on DRM's failings: "In the 1800s, sheet-music publishers lobbied congress to ban piano-roll machines, and create a law that said any new system for reproducing music should be subject to the veto of their industry association." You are not, and never will be, a strong black woman. (Dammit!) The map of the queer united states Beheading provokes continuing anti-Muslim backlash (from the sort of people who think people who believe in Islam are called "Islamics") "There are individuals here who are off the wall, who think that every woman who wears a hijab or every man named Mohammed is out to blow things up."
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