Saturday, July 21, 2007

Raising Hell

I have now watched the first five Hellraiser films and I have to say they're quite good. Pinhead is one of the best characters ever created; someone who isn't quite evil and is definitely not a villain (except once), and yet who racks up quite a bodycount and spends several centuries torturing people. I like that about him, he doesn't do what he does because he's evil or other such black-and-white concepts, he does it because a) it's fun and b) that's just what he does. Anyway, only three more to go, and then the spinoffs and possibly the remake they're apparently doing this year.

I have such sights to show you...

Thursday, July 19, 2007

Random IMs - Emo Currency

Kemp: oh, speaking of converting, we're over the 2 dollars to the pound mark
Kemp: "1 GBP = 2.05243 USD"
Overlord: hahaha
Overlord: Last I saw it was at $2.03
Kemp: USD is made of fail and depression
Kemp: emo currency
Overlord: Crawling in it's economy
Overlord: These stock merchants, they will not deal
Overlord: /me runs

Random IMs - Rock

Overlord: Well, yes
Overlord: But I have today and tomorrow off
Kemp: ooo, nice
Kemp: you could buy my new guitar with your fancy new wages
Kemp: then when I'm famous and worth millions you can be like "yeah, I bought him that guitar"
Overlord: XD
Kemp: and girls will be like "that's nice of you, would you like to do something euphemistic?"
Kemp: and you'd be all "I might be able to fit you in tomorrow, I'm sure the other stockholders will be able to have their meeting without me. I'm the chairman don't you know"
Kemp: and I'd run past half naked screaming "ROOOOOOOOCK!"
Overlord: XD
Kemp: and then everything would burst into flames
Overlord: Have you been at the vodka again *shot*
Kemp: I wish, can you imagine this story with added vodka?
Overlord: LOL

Tuesday, July 17, 2007

Self-Consistency Is Important

On the Maplin website they have a Linksys Wireless-G router (they don't say which one), but the FAQ makes for interesting reading...
Q) Can this module be used with an ethernet (RJ45) based ADSL modem for wireless internet access? - Steven
A) yes - that is what it is designed for

Q) Can I connect the Linksys 54G access point directly into my ADSL router (spare RJ45 port), to allow wireless internet access? - cbrbiker
A) No that type of connection requires a ROUTER code A17AY

Maybe the difference in questions is too fine for me to understand...

Sunday, July 15, 2007

Argument By Wall Of Noise

Sweeney losing it. You may want to really turn down your speakers for this one.

He's a bit of a retard really isn't he.

Just in case my position is unclear, if someone does that they automatically lose their argument, no matter how good or bad it is. If he can't handle the fact that they have different views, and possibly any harassment that might have occurred during the production, then he pretty much fails as a journalist. You can't investigate difficult subjects and expect your views to be the only ones heard.

I'm not in favour of scientology, just to be clear, I'm just against this "journalist".

A Song Of Particles

Sing a song of particles,
Infinitely small,
Tissue culture specimens,
From off your stomach wall

I'm sure you all know the tune. I'm not sure who, if anyone, wrote this but Angus Deaton on Have I Got News For You (S01E07) credits it to someone who's name I can't spell, possibly as a joke. I like it.

Friday, July 13, 2007

Justified Brutality

News Coverage

Basic outline:
A guy kills an elderly woman, the police track him down and he gets taken in for questioning. During this he takes a cop's gun, shoots him point-blank in the face and jumps out a 3rd story window. The police catch him, beat him to within an inch of death and people complain about how the police overreact and wah wah wah.

Personally I think this guy got exactly what was coming to him. He not only killed someone who was most likely completely defenceless against him, but then he goes and shots another person in the face at zero range, no doubt killing them too. If you do that to a cop and the drop from the third floor doesn't kill you then you can be pretty sure you'll end up wishing it did. As far as I'm concerned the cops can do anything they want to him.

Oh noes, teh shocking video of injuries! Bet half of that was the fall anyway.

Note for those among us who like to pick faults/overreact/stand up for any cause that happens to float past:
I'm not saying police brutality is correct, justified or allowable in the general case, just in a select few cases where the guy doesn't deserve any less. Human life is sacred blah blah blah not caring.

Sunday, July 08, 2007

Why Do People Buy Apple?

If you can convince enough people that it is trendy to own an Apple iToaster, even if it only toasts one at a time, then you will dominate the toaster market. Sure, there will be companies still out there, toasting 2, 4, 16 slices at a time, more suited to the needs of almost everybody. There will be people who buy those products, and don't understand why the hell you would want a one-slice toaster, but it wont matter. Its cool, so the vast majority of people will just go along with it. Its sad, but it is true - most people (at least in the "developed" world) care more about appearance than functionality.


Also of interest (same post):
For anybody that is interested, I recently was reading about a product that is suspiciously similar to the iPhone, called the Meizu M8. The specs are better, the cost is cheaper and all the reviews I have read have been excellent. I am considering getting one, specifically because the battery is removable, unlike in the iPhone.

Wednesday, July 04, 2007

Rocks and Chaos

It's creepy, but here we are, the Pilgrims, the crackpots of our time, trying to establish our own alternate reality. To build a world out of rocks and chaos.
What it's going to be, I don't know.
Even after all that rushing around, where we've ended up is the middle of nowhere in the middle of the night.
And maybe knowing isn't the point.
Where we're standing right now, in the ruins in the dark, what we build could be anything.

(source: Choke - Chuck Palahniuk)

Tuesday, July 03, 2007

Fight Club Quote 2

"What you have to consider," he says, "is the possibility that God doesn't like you. Could be, God hates us. This is not the worst thing that can happen."

(source: novel)

Sunday, July 01, 2007

Emigrate Preview Tracks

Quite a while ago it came out that one of the members of Rammstein, Richard Kruspe-Bernstein, had embarked on a side project and we had to suffer through all the wild (unsupported) claims of them breaking up and suchlike which has obviously not happened. In fact in an interview it was mentioned that having an alternate outlet for his creativity meant that he wasn't trying to pull them in different directions, which meant less friction within the band, which made them less likely to break up.

Anyway, we are on the verge of seeing the results of his project with the release of Emigrate's first album. I've heard three of the songs so far (My World, Babe, and Wake Up) and I'm actually rather impressed, it all sounds really good. 31st August is a release date to put in the diary.

My World
Wake Up

The last two have a video made of clips from Völkerball and Live Aus Berlin, so they show Rammstein not just Richard and they have nothing to do with the actual song. Some very nice clips though :-)