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22 December 2010 @ 03:42 pm
If you don't sin, Jesus died for nothing
15 December 2010 @ 02:13 pm

Expecting a call, so I took the phone with me down to the other end of the house. Came back from other end of house. Got call. Phone still at other end of house! RUN! Get to phone.... one second too late. FAIL!

In retrospect, it all seems so inevitable.
13 December 2010 @ 04:34 pm

First Contact is a short film by students at Media Design School.

About 5 minutes, possibly NSFW as it does focus somewhat on alien anal probing. That's student humour for you.
23 November 2010 @ 09:05 am

Murray Groat is an artist I've not come across before, but I like his stuff. He's done (among other stuff) a series of four Lovecraftian Tintin covers. They're great, and if the books actually existed I'd buy them like a shot.
21 November 2010 @ 05:18 pm
I recently bought a fairly crappy iaito — a sword intended for iaido practice. The blade itself is made of spring steel, I think; it's reasonably hard (though not nearly hard enough to keep an edge for more than a minute) and fairly flexible. Fortunately, I don't really care about having a blade sharp enough to cut the wind as long as it has the handling characteristics of a live steel sword. Cutting with a steel blade feels quite different to cutting with a bokken; it requires considerably more care and precision.

There was a lot wrong with it though, and I'm spending a bit of time rectifying those of its many faults that I can. I didn't take any "before" pictures unfortunately; I didn't think about it until just now.

The sword - a work in progress

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30 October 2010 @ 11:23 pm
I just watched Robin Hood, directed by Ridley Scott, written by Brian Helgeland.

It was terrible.

I have no particular quarrel with the direction (though the Saving Private Ryan rip-offs were a bit painful) and the acting was competent, even good. But the screenplay was absolute shit. It managed to sully both the Robin Hood legend and the historical record; it was trite, predictable, hackneyed and clichéd. It was, to sum up, complete garbage. There were a couple of entertaining vignettes here and there, but about three quarters of the film was either tedious or actually embarrassing to watch.

The art direction — sets, costuming etc. was all Ye Olde Myddelle Ages Theme Park; OK I suppose, considering what an historical abomination the rest of the film was, but not much of an improvement on any TV show you've ever seen set in the Y.O.M.A.T.P. The landing craft, on the other hand, were just an embarrassment, a "you've got to be kidding" moment.

Brian Helgeland is a name to watch out for... to avoid.
11 October 2010 @ 11:43 am
...and now I have to go out in it. Sometimes life just sucks.
07 October 2010 @ 09:40 am

See this guy? He can't throw for toffee. Also, when a grenade bounces back into your pit, standard operating procedure is not to stand there looking at it like a doofus and saying "Duhhhh...?"

It's been exactly a month since my last LJ post, and in lieu of anything interesting to say, I present this animated gif that I found on the INTERNET, the GREAT MOTHER at whose bountiful teats we daily suckle.

07 September 2010 @ 09:23 am
Best tattoo ever!

In other news, I was so exhausted last night that I slept right through a series of aftershocks, two of which were magnitude 5.4 — those would have been big enough, just a few days ago, to have my adrenaline surging like mad. Now... meh.

I don't even get out of bed for less than 5.5, dahlings.
05 September 2010 @ 08:44 am
We got off pretty lightly. Annette lost some precious vases, and our chimney mostly fell down (the remainder is scheduled to be removed this morning). I now have a very well waxed workroom floor as a couple of bottles of car wax and beeswax took suicide dives from a high shelf.

And that's about it. It's been a bit wearying.