Chris Barrie Appreciation Site

September 30, 2003

The Quintessential Chris Barrie

I must say, these lads have done a FABULOUS job with honoring the great Chris Barrie. Very nice. Love the picture. Especially the belt buckle. Definitely the belt buckle.

I understand that Wil is quite taken as well.

Cheapass Games

September 26, 2003

Cheapass Games – Products

I love this idea! These guys and gals hit upon a great concept: sell just the parts of the game that are unique to that game and let you use parts from other games to play it. You can even buy parts from them, if you need to.

[Now playing: “Magic Dance” by David Bowie from the Labyrinth Soundtrack]

Juxtapositions…

September 25, 2003

So…

I’m working late this evening (normal occurence) and I’ve got the ol’ MP3 player running. Up comes The Offspring with their ode to a lack of ‘Self Esteem’. Funny, poignant and far too true.

Now, the next song in the random rotation is Marc Cohn’s ‘True Companion’.

I’m serious! Random rotation on a shuffled playlist brings up to two most diametrically opposed songs in the playlist! (Wow… big words there. Hope I used them right…)

Nothing earth-shattering here, but it sure made me smile and wonder.

UPDATE: Not quite as stunning, but quite funny is the pairing of Puddle of Mudd’s “She Hates Me” with Kenny Loggins’ “House at Pooh Corner”. Gotta love random events…

[Now Playing: “Bruce’s Philosopher’s Song” by Monty Python]

New Mclachlan Album! Okay, the

September 22, 2003

New Mclachlan Album!

Okay, the article is more about the fact that Sarah has insisted on a reduced list price for the album, but hey, it is still good news. As the proud possessor of all of her albums, some of her singles and even a cookbook, I’m looking forward to it with great anticipation…

[Listening to: Ice Cream – Sarah McLachlan – Vh-1 Storytellers (04:34)]

R U 3l33t?

September 19, 2003

TechTV | The Changing Face of Language

I find that when I use Instant Messaging, I write much more than when I email. I think of Instant Messaging as a conversation where email is relegated to passing information back and forth.

However, I was laughing out loud when I read the interpretation of the Lord’s Prayer in abbreviated text similar to what is used with mobile phones. Follow the link and it is a few paragraphs down.

I also enjoyed the commentary of Geoffrey Nunberg. Especially about the acronyms ‘FUBAR’ and ‘SNAFU’. I’ve used the acronyms for so long I had to think a moment to remember what they stand for…

Hello. I’m Johnny Cash

I’m going to miss Johnny Cash. He has been a fixture of music my entire life and, in many ways, the epitomy of what a person can become when faced with trials and travails.

Reading this article from The Guardian, I was struck by his humility and grace. I hope I can show the same in 35 or so years.

Welcome home, Johnny. We’ll miss you.

In Memory…

September 16, 2003

WWdN: May Peace Prevail On Earth

Wil Weaton and his friend Roughy have put together the only decent, non-commercial memorial to the victims of the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001.

I tried really hard to ignore all of the self-congratulatory news programs and television specials on this anniversary. I get a bit angry at my fellow humans for capitalizing on this tragedy to put forth their commercial or political agendas.

I try not to refer to the event as ‘9-11’. This media buzzword removes all of the emotion from the event and leaves you with a bad taste in your mouth.

Anyway, if you want to see his memorial, follow the link.

Queenie takes on ‘Phantom’

September 9, 2003

Yahoo! News – Richardson, Driver Join ‘Phantom’ Cast

Woohoo! Queenie takes on the Phantom! Well, probably not, but I’m still excited. If I remember correctly, Minnie Driver is taking the role of Carlotta so Miranda is probably up for the role of the stage manager/seamstress that knows all about the phantom and tells bits and pieces throughout the story.

Just my guess. However, I’m still excited.

Forward, into the past

I have loved to read everything that Spider Robinson ever wrote (with one exception that I won’t go into here). As I read this article, I realized that not only is he right, that I’ve also changed my reading habits to more Fantasy than Science Fiction. Not because of a lack of interest but a lack of decent authors.

I’m looking at my bookshelves and the science fiction that is there is classic stuff, but not a lot of new stuff. Niven, Weber, Hogan, Herbert, Brin… but the last scifi I bought was Prey, by Michael Crichton – 10 books ago!

Maybe I’ll have to write my own…

[Listening to: Johnny Jump Up/Morrison’s Jig – Gaelic Storm – Special Reserve (05:01)]

SciFi Interview – Jerry Pournelle

Reading this article, you might think that Jerry Pournelle is a bit of a snob. Maybe, but he’s earned the right to be…

[Listening to: Swimmin’ In The Sea – Gaelic Storm – Special Reserve (04:20)]