Monthly Archives: August 2007

Getting away from greenbelt…….

As most of the “wasn’t-Greenbelt-great” posts are probably done I’m now going to continue rambling on about my non-Greenbelt world. It’s not quite as fun and interesting which is why I waited till everyone had finished. Well…. almost finished.

Anyway, getting away from Greenbelt (like I did) I am quite looking forward to meeting up with a friend in a couple of weeks. This was organised a couple of weeks ago. At my current rate of growing excitment the streets will have to be made of gold and the rain of diamonds or I will be incredibly disapointed.

There’s no real reason for this excitment other than the general dullness of my actual life.

Today I was lifting manhole covers at The Rose Bowl.

Taking advantage…………..

As most people who can (or do) go to Greenbelt are there, I shall take advantage and hit a topic that most people will probably not really care about.

After much nagging by most people in The Office, the rankings for the first two weeks of the football season had been calculated. I mention this now as I TOP SCORED for Week Two. This means that I’m currently sitting in fifth out of twenty-one.

1 Sporting Dobson 85
2 Tangerine Skies 80
3 Al’s Army 73
4 Fratton Flyers 70
5 The Marauders 67

11 Inter Mullins 56 – defending champ

What makes this all the more fun is that the four people who are just ahead of me are all footie-fanatics. They are the people who know their stuff. It’s one of those great situations where if I do badly… well, it’s not like I know much about “the great game“, and if I do well… well, Ha!! Just shows that it’s a mug’s game really!!

Don’t mess with texas…….

Especially as they appear to be rather trigger happy…. do they apply the leathal injesction using a trigger..?? Oh well, doesn’t really matter, not in the grand scheme of things.

It seems that Texas wins the prize for reaching the four hundred mark first in state executions, since the Supreme Court lifted the ban on capital punishment in ’76.

Ignoring the whole killing someone and the so-called “God fearing” nature of Texans, ignoring the fact that consitutionally, with due-process the loss of life can be legal. What I want to know is how you can say that by having capital punishment on the books is a deterant for crime, when you are having to execute sixteen people a year. That’s more than one a month.

In fact, since 1982 (the year in which Texas restarted executions…. wonder how they held off for six years) there has been only one year where they have not killed someone. 1983. Obviously, to keep their average up that means that there are some years where there have been more than sixteen.

1997 – thirty-seven executions, one every ten days.

2000 – forty executions, one every nine days.

I’m sure you won’t have to guess too hard at to which butcher was State Govener during those years.

I have said before, that I accept that legally the US has the full right to kill off it’s own citizens (and anyone else who’s committed a crime, serious crime then) but what I just don’t understand is how such an advanced nation relies on such a barbarity of the lethal injection.

When you consider that Saddam Hussain was executed more humanly, in the mess that is Iraq, than they can manage in the second largest state in the union…… a correctly done hanging, an OD of pure heroin, even beheading will all kill someone almost instantly, it makes you wonder what sort of perverse pleasure that they must get by picking a method that take several minutes to be effective and basically kills you by preventing you from breathing.

I wonder if they had a party for reaching their milestone……

Save the cheerleader, save the world…….

I’m watching one of the two Si-Fi series that are currently showing on joy that is BBC2.

The current show is Heroes, which I will admit that I am enjoying. However, I fear that it’s going to try to head down the ‘Lost’ path of having very little actually happening in each episode. I’m not saying that having a storyline that runs from begining of a series to the end is a bad thing, but I do like for there to be something to start/finish in the same episode or two.

Buffy, Star Trek: DS9, The X-files, Firefly were all great shows, they all had stories that reached from begining to end, but they also had stand-alone stories. Well, apart from The X-files…. the stand-alone episodes were infact a whole lot better than the ones that were just about evil-dark-guys/aliens-taking-over-the-world.

The other great BBC2 series which has just come to an end is (or was) Hyperdrive. Now, when the series started I wasn’t too sure about it, I mainly watched it as it was after Mock The Week. But like a fungus it grew on me and I quite enjoyed it. Shame that it’s finished.

On the other hand, it’s been replaced by Gavin and Stacey. Oh how I miss listening to the welsh accent…..

Yet another unsurprise….. but a better one….

After a slight….. telling off I’ve decided to stick to a… safer topic. Like that sweet emotion that is love.

Or rather movie love.

Ah yes, that old chestnut, the picking of two actors, two actresses or even an actor and actress (if you feel like being traditional), that between there is a chemistry, a certain something, a je ne sais quoi. However, there are some very noteable case where the director seriously screws up.

After voting a poll of viewers it turns out that the exceptionally wooden acting between Natalie Portman and Hayden Christensen in Star Wars II is the worse, least realistic romance in all movie history. Or at least recent movie history that the regular movie-going public remember.

I would though agree whole-heartedly with the results. Hayden Christensen is truely one of the worse actors that there has ever had the grace to star in a block-buster film. I honestly suspect that a tree stump could have played the part a lot more convincently, indeed, apart from the script, Hayden was the worse thing about that film.

Why does it not surprise me……

In what organisers claimed was going to be a peaceful demonstration there was unsurprisenly a number of arrests today. Assulting police officers, criminal damage, going equipped to cause criminal damage, carrying Class A drugs….. bloody eco-hippies the lot of them.

Yes, yes, I know that they’re there protesting for all our good, blah, blah, blah, environmental damage of planes, blah, blah, blah….. obviously no-one has yet told them that this sort of protest does no good what-so-ever….. apart from showing the bad side of the protestors. Drugs, criminal damage, assult…..

It’s all coming back…….

Yesterday, but complete accident, I listened to almost only Canadian artists. There was Chantal Kreviazuk, Alanis Morissette and most notably The Arrogant Worms .

The two non-Canadians were the wee Irish pixie Enya and out of Hell for a third time, Meat Loaf.

I have really enjoyed listening to Meat Loaf and his ‘Wagnerian Rock’. There is something suitably loud and brash and very, very operatic about it all. You can’t imagine an acoustic version, there has to be a full orchestra and then a whole load of electric instruments (guitars, that sort of thing) that you don’t normally get with orchestras. And then you need to turn the volume up. And then you need Mr Loaf himself!!

If I were to ever go on Desert Island Disks there is a very strong possibility that Meat Loaf would make an appearance.

One of my favourite tracks is from Bat III is It’s All Coming Back To Me Now. The very first time I heard it I knew the words off by heart*, it is an amazing song. It also makes me think of Christmas. It wasn’t released at Christmas or anything, but I just find that the looking back, the reminising of a lost love (and being Wagnerian, the release painful emotions), Christmas just suits.

There were nights when the wind was so cold
That my body froze in bed
If i just listened to it right outside the window

There were days when the sun was so cruel
That all the tears turned to dust
And I just knew my eyes were drying up forever

I finished crying in the instant that you left
And I can’t remember where or when or how
And I banished every memory you and I had ever made

But when you touch me like this
And you hold me like that
I just have to admit
That it’s all coming back to me
When I touch you like this
And I hold you like that
It’s so hard to believe
But it’s all coming back to me

Meat Loaf, Marion Raven

* – as I discovered, even though it had been written for Meat Loaf and the ‘Bat Out Of Hell‘ series, it had been released on at least two pervious occasions, which is why I knew it before I heard it!!

Nothing to see……

I have nothing to report for today.

Worked in The Office all day, plotting.

Made a couple of phone calls (which in itself I suppose is something).

Watched the Bond film that was on.

Watching an episode of Star Trek: TNG.

That is all.

Why I like being sinister……

Of course, when I say sinister I mean left-handed (coming from the latin “sinister,-tra,-trum” which originally mean left). For those who don’t know, today, apparently, is left-handers day. It seems that we are apparently a minority, the last minority that is being ignored.

Personally I don’t feel that I’m being ignored by society. I can manage perfectly well with righty scissors. computer mouses (or is it mice??), can-openers and a whole range of other gizmos and gadgets.

I like being different to the majority.

It’s not like I have the choice. I am different from the majority!!!

Ha!!! I’m just different!!!