Things I didn't know

NTSC was formalised in 1953, fourteen years before PAL. Which probably explains why PAL is much better.

Sliced bread does not taste as nice as non-sliced, even if they are exactly the same type.

The Mighty Wah! were a fine band.

Christopher Priest is writing a fill-in on Thor in February.

My Graphics course is ending with a take-home exam.

The iBook comes with built-in speech recognition.

It's been a slow day today, in case you were wondering...

currently playing: The Specials - Too Much Too Young

I'm so dead at Christmas...

I made the mistake of having some crisps today. And spent most of the evening doubled over with heartburn.

It seems that I've managed to escape having to give the revision lecture, so I can stop worrying about that, and concentrate on the impending Deadlines of DOOOM...

currently playing: Aimee Mann - This Is How It Goes

Answers To Readers' Questions

Glad to hear that you're liking the new job, Roy. Sounds as if it's a bit less physical than Somerfields.

What music am I listening to at the moment? I don't know whether you'd consider it an improvement, but I've spent the last week on a musical trip into the past, thanks to SoulSeek, with bands such as Altered Images, KLF, Orange Juice, The Pretenders, Wire, and The Mighty Wah! It's not a nostalgia thing; I was only two or three when most of these songs were released. Of course, this means that my Amazon wishlist has grown a little. Actually, thinking about it, I'm still going to be in Britain when HMV starts their January sale. Bwahahahaha. I've also been listening to a Japanese group called Shonen Knife, and the new Aimee Mann album. As well as the 3,000 other songs I have on rotation on my computer, obviously...

I really hope that it was a misleading cliffhanger. For the safety of the writers.

currently playing: The Mighty Wah! - Heart As Big As Liverpool

"We have received your loan application"

"We do wonder, however, why a college student needs this amount of money..."

Quite simple. You see, there's this:

Now, there's seven seasons to get, and the retail price of each set is about $90. Which adds up to a rather large $630. Excluding sales tax, obviously.

"Obviously. Just one question."

Yes?

"ARE YOU INSANE?"

That depends. Do you think it strange that I want this, despite that a) I don't really like greatest hits collections, and b) that I already have most of the songs on discs 1 and 2?

"---"BLAAAMM!

Will this harm my chances of a successful application?

A Weekend Of Fun

Three days later, I've finally got a hold on a graphics homework that took me two evenings to do three years ago. Yay for progress.

The weekend hasn't been a complete disaster - in a fit of despair last night I managed to write a five-page comic script, plus the germ of another five/six page short.

Have any of you PS2 owning people bought GTA3: Vice City yet? Is it good?

currently playing: Orange Juice - Falling And Laughing

Lost

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Are we having fun?

It's like you've only just discovered the image tag. God help us all when you discover OBJECT.

Hopelessly behind in buying Christmas presents, but I've worked out the songs for the Christmas CD. I've just got to come up with a decent order. Which is normally where things fall apart. I know what's coming first, and what's going last, but I have fifteen other tracks to arrange. Mind you, I'm still tracking songs down on SoulSeek (you really have to hear Vic Reeves' version of Vienna. It's an experience you won't soon forget), so the tracks aren't finalised yet either. But you can be sure that New Kids On The Block's "Funky, Funky Christmas" won't be there. Or Mull of Kintyre...

currently playing: The Pixies - Letter To Memphis

With great power comes great responsibility.

Listen, children: HTML posting is now enabled. Play nice.

Already starting to get worried about the new Bond film. Bond seems to have gained a sidekick. And this news doesn't help matters. Let's hope that Berry manages to act a little better than she did in X-Men.

Usual fun with the computer this morning - it decided that resetting at random intervals was a good idea. I felt otherwise, so I took it apart again this afternoon. Turns out the motherboard power connector wasn't securely in place, so the power kept disappearing. The reset button was wired in the wrong place as well, but I'm not sure if that was contributing to the problem. It seems to be okay at the moment, and my CD-R driver is working again. I'm getting the duct tape out for the next major emergency...

Really, really, really hating the Mutant Enemy team. Still.

At last the major media begins to realise what the Homeland Security Bill is about. Why certainly, I trust one of the major players of Iran-Contra with an extensive database of information on everybody in the United States of America. You'd have to be some sort of Islamic Liberal Communist Terrorist to think otherwise. REX84! REX84!

currently playing: Call and Response - Rollerskate

It's Christmas!

All the malls are covered with Christmas decorations, so it must be true. I'll be breaking out Fairytale of New York shortly. By the time I leave, the floor will understand that it is the greatest Christmas song of all time. Or they have smashed my speakers and taken a high-power electromagnet to my hard drives. I'm willing to undertake this sacrifice to educate America.

I have a great idea for a TV credits sequence. It's the inverse of the current trend of just have a ten/fifteen second stab of music and titles. We play The Who's Won't Get Fooled Again. For all nine minutes. Now, tell me that wouldn't be cool...

My CD-R drive seems to be broken. It was working fine on Sunday, but now refuses to write anything. Obviously, fixing Windows 2000 was just too much for it to handle.

currently playing: Ze Malibu Kids - I Won't Forget You

Back In Britain

Just to show that I'm keeping up with the important events in British life, I've been looking over Radio 2's Top 100 Number 1 singles list from the weekend. If nothing else, it's an excellent way of revealing the average age of the Radio 2 listener (skewing to 35+, judging by the lack of records from 1985 onwards). I can get behind most of the Top Ten, although I will never understand the love of the po-faced, cod-operatic tedium that is Bohemian Rhapsody. I'd rather listen to Abba.

I'd just like to point out I hate Joss Whedon and the entire Mutant Enemy team. HAAAATTTTTE.

Anyway, where was I? Oh. Right. This chart was compiled to celebrate 50 years of the British charts, and they've created a website which has a list of all the top singles from 1952 onwards. The scary thing is that I can remember every Number One from the start of 1987. Whether I saw it on Top of The Pops, got up early to watch the group appear on Going Live/8:15 From Manchester, spent Sunday afternoon hoping that a song I want to tape comes on the chart before my parents come back from the hospital, or something else, there's a memory associated with each song. I am a Child of Pop.

currently playing: The Kinks - Waterloo Sunset