Today is my birfday

November 1, 2007

and I am THIRTY NINE years old.

OMG. Where did the time go?

Still, it’s better to turn 39 than not to, I suppose.

For my birthday I got a book, some clothes, a CD, a hand-launched rocket (y’know, with a rubber band) a fridge magnet body that lets you stick on the pancreas and bones and a brain with two googly eyes, cufflinks and a kazoo. It is choice.

Plus I get to go the zoo later with my daughter and her friend and my wife’s icing an enormous cake. Also, dinner out at a Thai restaurant on Dominion Road called Tusk which is great and which the girls love (they both visited when they were babies and were immediately whisked away by the staff to visit the kitchen. That’s well cool).

Birthdays are good.

PS – of course today isn’t my birthday. It’s tomorrow because I’ve stuffed up the time zones on my blog so instead of it being the 2th like it is, it’s the 1th. Oh well. Tomorrow I’m getting a kazoo. Yay!



November 1, 2007

I haven’t been a gamer for more than a year now. I don’t miss it. No, no I don’t.

Back in the day (love saying that) I played Half Life, HL2 and of course the satanic offspring, CounterStrike.

The astute among you will realise that the link for HL2 is not HL2 but is in fact the uber-cool HL2 Portal. Insert drooling Homer sound here.

Eventually I moved on. I grew as a person and tackled Shogun and Medieval and then Rome: Total War and I realised something fairly fundamental: I am not a strategic commander of armies… instead I am a grunt.

And now Call of Duty 4 has come out and I’m missing out and for some reason that burns more than not being able to play Bioshock burns. Bah.

So here’s the trailer for COD4. Ain’t no fish in this one.

Joss Whedon

November 1, 2007

For those that don’t know, Joss Whedon (not Joe Sweden but that’s also a cool name) is the writer/producer/thinker upper behind Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Angel and my all-time favourite show-that-should-have-been Firefly.

Firefly is a hard one to explain to folk who’ve never seen it. To really appreciate the full pathos of the decision to cancel Firefly after only one season you have to really be a Buffy fan. Buffy fans know that the first season of Buffy was OK. The second season was better by far and that used up all the available storylines associated with the original pitch and the writers had to say “OK, what happens next” and that’s when the magic really started. Because they can write, and they care and they can make you laugh and make you really get angry with them and shake the TV set like a dog.


So anyone who knew that, and knew that season three of Buffy ROCKED and that season four was well cool and season five owned the world and that six and seven were fabulous and that the last episode was exactly right, knew that once the initial storyline of Firefly (psycho girl in box wakes up, kicks people a lot, re-writes history) was all done, we’d get on to the really cool stuff. The stuff they didn’t think too much about in the early episodes. Where does Book come from? What is that thing that looks like a suicide kit but isn’t that Inara takes out at one point. Will Wash ever knock up Zoe and how will she cope with that.

All those moments will be lost in time, like tears in rain. Sorry… slipped into an alternate universe there for a moment (or is it… Firefly is the spiritual successor to Blade Runner: discuss).

Instead we got ripped off. Totally. Damn you Fox, if you’re not already doomed.

There is good news though – Whedon has signed on to write/direct/produce/think up stuff for a new TV show: Dollhouse. Here’s a link to the interview. Fox, don’t fuck this one up, OK? Or we’ll come round and whup you upside the head with a cluestick.

I just realised…

November 1, 2007

…that I don’t actually need to review Apple’s new OS Leopard to have a review of it on the site… Hmmm.

Engadget has its own reviews so I can point to them from here and reap the traffic reward. Bwaa-aa-aaaaah PHEAR my post-modern modern pop culture link-fest.

You wealise dis means wah

November 1, 2007

I miss Bugs Bunny. Not the modern rubbish with the Baby Bugs and co, but the unadulterated 1940s vintage Bugs

However, to the point of this post. One Matt East thinks he can out blog me by posting footage of David Diprose having his moustache shaved off and by “reviewing” Apple’s new OS, Leopard… but I can go one better. I can stick a whole bunch of things in my tags that will be sure to generate traffic. Now, what has more readers than Leopard… Hmmm.

That’s right: Pr0n!

And no, I’m not linking to Matt’s blog. Not yet anyway.