Archive for May, 2004

Review: Out of Time

Thursday, May 20th, 2004

Starting off with a slow introductory pace, it’s nice to see the story takes time to explore the characters. In this case though, it’s not too deep. Throwing in a bit of drama before starting the thriller sequence is another good thing to build on. When things start getting out of hand, at no time does it really feel totally out of control, though. Along with some average acting, and a screenplay that’s not too tricky, it able to be mildly entertaining.7-.

How Messy is my Desk Today ?

Thursday, May 20th, 2004

Rate 1 (FR#^&% MESS !) to 5 (how very tidy !). Only rate the latest picture, otherwise I can’t keep track of the average.

Total: 1055 out of 313 votes > Average is: 3.371

desk pic
You must have wondered with me why my desk is always such a mess. Well, now we know. Found two familymembers trashing the place up ! It wasn’t my fault all along !

How Messy is it at my Work Today ?

Wednesday, May 19th, 2004

Rate 1 (sucks) to 5 (cool). Only rate the latest pictures, otherwise I can’t keep track of the average.

Total: 524 out of 160 votes > Average is: 3.275

work pic
Not messy at all. Good enough to leave it be for a few days, coz I’m back at work on Monday, not a day earlier !


Wednesday, May 19th, 2004

Okay, I’m funny right ? People sometimes say it. But we really have to get this straight before I move on to the next question… WHY AM I NOT getting 2 million bucks rolled into my back account every week ?
Ray Romano does. And he’s not even half as funny as I am. His Everybody Loves Raymond sitcom got renewed on CBS for a last _shorter_ ninth season, for a record payroll, beating previous recordholders like Paul Reiser & Helen Hunt, Tim Allen, Kelsey Grammer and Jerry Seinfeld. So, right now, I’m feeling a bit unfunny, if you know what I mean.


Monday, May 17th, 2004

Okay, that was mean, last time, when I didn’t reveal the correct answers. Let’s just say my ego got in the way. Won’t happen again. I promise. As suggested by Ez, I’ll be popping a few open K-uestions as well.

1. The {:) smiley is copyrighted, trademarked and registered, no toughie. But why this { character ? Hint: use the word hair in your answer.

2. When I wake up, be it after 6, 7, 8 or even 12 hours (weekeeeeends!!) I always:
a. do 20 push-ups
b. do 50 push-ups
c. *yawn*

3. No surprise again, I have to award my own greatness once in a while, and what better way than materialistic enrichment. So this week I’ll be giving myself (let’s just say I’ll have a few less vacation days to enjoy):
a. Iriver’s H140 (iHP-140): MP3 player with FM tuner, 40 GB hard disk, 16 hours playtime with rechargeable Li-Polymer battery. Valued at roughly 480 euros.
b. Canon A80, digital camera, 4 Mpixel, 3xzoom, valued at roughly 400 euros.
c. Samsung V410, new mobile phone with video capabilities. Valued at roughly 600 euros.
d. other …

4. Everybody knows you have to refresh the oil from the deepfry pan at least once a year (or two). That, of course, means you have to clean the whole thing first, and while most professional designs got it down to just 3 parts (heating, pan, net), it still takes hours to clean it. I consider this as:
a. a sport
b. leisure
c. utter relaxation
d. other …

5. I should do these k-uizes:
a. at a rapidly higher rate
b. at a highly accelerating speed
c. other … (I wouldn’t chose this one if I were you)

This icon will indicate if I have answered the K-uestions yet green

Review: Tru Calling 113 – 120

Monday, May 17th, 2004

With the 2-parter season finale aired, the average Nielsen ratings in, Fox hasn’t greenlighted a second season yet. While it might be cancelled by the number crunchers, as an objective viewer, I keep track of the quality of the show. The first half of the season let us believe a highly predictable script generator might have been at work. But just as I was about to give up the show, several good elements were added. Not only did it lead to better dialogue, the story structure and character interaction was more dynamic as well. With even more jaw dropping revelations during the last few episodes, you finally had the idea the writers were finally getting their act together, and you’d hope a summer break would give them enough inspiration to make a blooming second season. Let’s hope this season doesn’t rewind, and skip safely to a new one.

US Box Office

Sunday, May 16th, 2004

Troy opened big, but not epic, with $45.6 million. Opening lower than Van Helsing, this movie might have bigger legs (better reviews, bigger names in the cast list) to draw in more cash, comparable for instance to Gladiator. This weeks number one has 2 things against it, the R rating, and the 2’40” running time. A big drop for the second week of Van Helsing, with $20.1 million, an expected drop of 61%. Mean Girls also drops one place, at 3 with $10.1 million. Another new release is Breakin’ All the Rules, starring Jamie Foxx at number 4 with $5.3 million. Denzel hangs on to the top 5 with Man on Fire, earning $5.25 million.

How Messy is my Desk Today ?

Sunday, May 16th, 2004

Rate 1 (FR#^&% MESS !) to 5 (how very tidy !). Only rate the latest picture, otherwise I can’t keep track of the average.

Total: 1048 out of 310 votes > Average is: 3.381

desk pic

Face the Facts

Friday, May 14th, 2004

Samsung’s new ad campaign carries the slogan “Face your friends” with their picture caller ID “technology” on their new mobile phones. And frankly, I’m flabbergasted. Anyone who knows me a little, knows I value functionality more than my naggin’ grandma. So help me figure out this one.
First of all, caller ID does have a function, it saves the 2 seconds you need to identify the caller. A picture does not add much to that. Second, you can’t see the picture any longer than that anyway, the very second you flip the phone open, and you hold it against your ear, it’s the bystanders seeing the picture, not you.
So here are a few theories of my own:
– They’re trying to sell more in-ear headsets, so you can keep looking at the picture of your horrible mother-in-law, while talking.
– They’re counting on lots of users who just buy it to show off, very along the lines of those stupid blinking LED’s which the user doesn’t see anyway, because it’s inside his/her pocket/bag the whole time. Its only function is to bother other people EVEN MORE, like using it in the movie theatre or somewhere else where you’re not supposed to be using it in the first place.
– I’m all wrong and it _does_ add something. It’s not a picture, but a movie of this “friend” talking, you just have to record it yourself first. Or you can take a picture, and using some advanced licensed software from Samsung you got free with the purchase of the phone, you can make the mouth wiggle and move a bit, simulating cartoon style talking motions.


Friday, May 14th, 2004

Re: Original post

So, I got a reply form to fill in from the food conglom IgloMora. On how it was handled. Well, it wasn’t handled at all, hence, I gave the five relating questions the lowest mark possible. That should teach them.

Review: Secret Window

Thursday, May 13th, 2004

Usually, with a Stephen King concept, things get really weird. Somehow, boundaries were placed (don’t know if screenplay writer David Koepp or Stephen King himself put them there), and with that, extrapolating the maximum weirdness, the outcome is highly guessable. Even if you’re not that bright, the hints are dead giveaways. Halfway through the movie it was already clear, leaving no more room for any more thrills. With a tiny bit of humor, it’s still really half a movie you’re going to see.6.

Vital Information

Wednesday, May 12th, 2004

As a pre-dinner snack, I finished a whole bag (200 grams) of Lays Cheese Onion in one go. After that, I went searching for the well established nutrition table, and to my shock, it wasn’t there. Half of the back was used by stupid children advertisement to collect those weird plastic things they put inside the bag. Doesn’t it just break your heart not knowing how much vitamins you just ingested ?

Review: Avril Lavigne – Under My Skin

Wednesday, May 12th, 2004

As a sophomore album, after a considerably successful debut two years ago, the main clear thing is the heavy guitars that made an entrance, and they’ll keep buzzing in your head long after you’ve turned off your stereo set. That said, the variety of the more poppy Let Go album is also gone. With the first single already sounds like an old song from the previous album, the rest is similar as well, with the same guitar and chorus motif. Lyrics wise, it’s mostly the guy bashing kind, again. So after the 45 minute long playlist, you’ll feel like you’ve only heard two or three songs. After long term usage though, 3 or 4 songs definitely stand out, while the others will fade in the background forever.7-.


Wednesday, May 12th, 2004

Time for a bit of self indulgence, as I’m probably the most egocentric person I know. Did you know my biggest fear is not for death itself, but the fact that I’m not there anymore to worry about myself ? While there isn’t a more interesting quiz to be found online anywhere, just to be sure, to keep you motivated enough to finish the quiz, I’m gonna award the winner (most correct answers) with a *hug* from ME ! Here goes:

1. My chin is:
a. shaved
b. beautiful
c. full of rash

2. Eeeeeeeeeehoahoa is:
a. copyrighted
b. copyrighted, trademarked and registered
c. an insult, but nobody knows it yet.

3. My fav linux distro is:
a. Debian Woody 3.0r2
b. Mandrake Linux Community 10
c. Red Hat Linux 9

4. I’m a … person:
a. very tidy
b. very incredibly smart
c. both

5. I should do these quizes :
a. more often
b. quite often
c. variably surpringly often

Review: Alanis Morissette – So Called Chaos

Tuesday, May 11th, 2004

Either she changed too much, or I did (actually, I’m pretty sure it wasn’t me). Over the years, less and less of her songs landed on my permanent playlist, all the way down to only one or two from Under Rug Swept. With the chances of me liking a song so low, she also only put 10 songs on her new album. As you could have heard, her new single Everything wasn’t that much too ogle about. The other song all seem to sound alike to0, with the talkative-like verses, and a few choruses that are indistinguishable from each other. Ofcourse, I could have seen this coming, but somehow, it still feels like a disappointment.5.