Archive for July, 2004

How Messy is my Desk Today ?

Sunday, July 18th, 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: 1154 out of 347 votes > Average is: 3.326

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Okay, one thought it was a whole new table, another thought it was 20% of the table. But the only one close was Tienz with 5%. I marked what you saw last time with pink. Ah well, can’t hide the truth from women. Bwegh.

Review: Spider-Man 2

Thursday, July 15th, 2004

For me, this was the most highly anticipated movie this year had in store. Luckily, I wasn’t let down. Sam Raimi, again, brings a nice balance to the audience, finetuning the drama, romance, action and humor. Also in balance, is the amount of fantasy versus humanity. Surely, the superhero and villain are quite amazing, but the touch of humanity keeps the movie grounded, firm on its two feet (luckily Alfred Molina’s Doc Ock isn’t the one dimensional bad guy you see far too often). Not only that, it’s also the special effects that blend in nicely, never overpowering and only there when needed. Sam also gives us some exquisite camera movements during the high paced action packed aerial fights. Making sure not a moment gets dull, yet giving the story time to breath here and there, giving all the characters some key scenes, instead of letting them be simple set decoration. A fine job indeed, and if I were Marvel, I wouldn’t trust Spidey 3 (tentative release date 2007) to anyone else but Sam Raimi.9+.

How Messy is my Desk Today ?

Thursday, July 15th, 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: 1143 out of 344 votes > Average is: 3.323

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So someone still didn’t believe how nice and tidy the table was, so I promised I’d make a picture when I got home, immediately, no cleaning up. So I did. There’s the table, now point me the mess ?

Review: Yellowcard – Ocean Avenue

Tuesday, July 13th, 2004

So there’s a track on the Spiderman 2 soundtrack, and it goes a bit like this:

Starting off with some heavy guitars, halfway through the intro the fiddle kicks in. A soothing line that keeps the harsh guitar violence in check. The lyrics are sung with a dramatic layer, and the meaning of the words finishes it off. After 2 verses it’s time to throw in the bridge, and the piano takes you in, with the violin taking the lower notes, guiding various other string instruments towards a musical climax that leaves an emotional mark no matter how you listen to it. So far for Yellowcard’s Gifts and Curses.

Now enter Ocean Avenue, last year’s album:

While no track on this album matches the ingenuity of Gifts and Curses, overall, it’s an upbeat rock album, that luckily combines more string based instruments to add an extra dimension to most of their songs. A few songs almost border punk rock, but the singer keeps to his normal voice, keeping it more down to earth. Most of the moody rock songs are carry simple straight forward lyrics, leaving no room for any deeper meaning. Nonetheless, every single song will stand out easily in any rock playlist you’ll put together, making it worthwile addition to any album collection, even though your speakers probably couldn’t sustain prolonged sessions of this music. And if it can, then it will be the neighbours complaining.8+.

Review: Ola Love Potion 2 & 4

Monday, July 12th, 2004

For a moment there I thought this Love Potion series would suffer the same fate the 7 Sins series had for the Magnum (Only 2 of those arrived in the supermarket). But the next batch has finally arrived:

Love Potion 2:
A first layer of hazelnutty chocalate icecream has a nice depth to it. Halfway through, as you slowly get to the second layer, it’s plain vanilla icecream with high quality chocalate chips mixed, that melts in your mouth just as you’d expect. That means flavor and texture combined into a well produced cone.8+.

Love Potion 4:
Big surprise there. As you might have noticed, since the nineties, pistache flavored ice cream has vanished from the supermarket freezers. Might have something to do with the Italian Pistache Maffia or something, but I’m not totally happy about this situation. Little consolation is this Ola special, as I’m sure pistache will vanish for a few years again after this summer.
The first layer is covered with crunchy chocalate chips. The pistache ice cream is creamy indeed, but the pistache flavor is somewhat subdued and without character. The second layer, is another hazelnutty chocalate flavor (officially called Gianduja), and brings the end result back up to a big okay.7+.

US Box Office

Sunday, July 11th, 2004

Spidey hangs on his strong natural web, as he’s able to remain ungrabbable on top of things with $46 million. A predicted 48% decline from last week.
Second, this just in, is Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy, Will Ferrell’s proof he’s able to headline a movie all by himself. $28 million. Slightly lower than his $31 million opening of Elf, but that was during a holiday season without a superhero breathing down his neck.
Third is Antoine Fuqua’s retelling of King Arthur without the fantasy elements. With a lowly $15.2 million, Disney must be feeling what Keira Knightley’s feeling (have you seen the leather strap pushing her bosoms up ?), as a high budget fiasco is definitely not what they’re waiting for after bombs like The Alamo and Around the World in 80 Days.
Fourth is another strong sesh for a documentary, Michael Moore’s Fahrenheit 9/11 hauls in another $11 million.

New Title

Saturday, July 10th, 2004

Yeah, I have a new title for myself. It involves the words Meister and Grill. The correct order you’ll have to figure out yourself. And if you need some more clues, click on this link to see the picture.


Friday, July 9th, 2004

I hereby, proudly present another weblog I’m hosting. So, that will be the second weblog I’m hosting for a XX chromosomed human being (at the rate it’s currently going, I might attract a specimen that’s actually still single, within a decade !). And while rescuing a damsel in distress doesn’t earn you bragging rights, I’m doing it anyway.
I actually had to battle a few others, but I got through the gruelling elimination process with flying colors. The intimidations and below the belt tricks the other contestants had to endure were fierce and intense, and I had to execute them all ! All that for a job I’m doing for free !
Anyways, take a look at Tienz’ Weblog (even though she probably doesn’t want you to see it yet). I know it’s still very under construction, but if you see something wrong with it, she’s probably pulling her hair off one by one, trying to fix the error as quickly as possible. It’s still fun though, for us, to see a weblog in development.

Happy 0’st anniversary, Tienz !

First Anniversary

Friday, July 9th, 2004

*Big applause*
Yupz, first anniversary. For me that is. This weblog has existed in this time/space/internet continuum for exactly one year now. Not a lot happened in that year though. No lawsuits. No death threats. Then again, with 3 visitors a day, I can’t really boast a money generating banner advertisement construction yet. Let’s just say I’m not giving up my day job just yet.
Incidentally, fellow blogger DaXXie has a weblog that beats mine by roughly 10 hours. Happy anniversary nonetheless. Then again, I was busy building my own webserver, installing software and so forth, so I could host for another fellow blogger Ezri a few weeks before that. So I beat him back.
Then again, judging by his posts’ id, he’s on his 500+ posts already, while I’m closing in at around 490, making it well above 1.3 posts a day. Then THEN again again, his id’s tend to jump a few numbers up now and then (either by his incompetence or his intention to cheat) while mine steadily increases by 1. Guess I beat him again. Then then then again again again, a wise man once said (that, would be me of course), the more you say, the higher the probability you’re gonna spill some major bullcrap. So I’ll stop now.

How Messy is it at my Work Today ?

Thursday, July 8th, 2004

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

Total: 597 out of 179 votes > Average is: 3.335

Again, a movie. 1.1 MB, divx format (if you don’t have that codec installed, get it
This movie is not only here to be rated, it’s also educational, so I’ll call it “How to build a PC, part 1”.

Click here to download the movie.

Oh, and that colleague is going on vacation this Monday. No mystery there.

Review: Mindhunters

Thursday, July 8th, 2004

This might be the final nail in Renny Harlin’s coffin, and it might not even be his fault (okay, Deep Blue Sea was definitely his own fault, and so is Driven). This time, it’s the standard group of people on an island getting killed one by one story that does it. The arrival of the people on the island gives Renny the room for his one shot at the signature Michael Bay/Jerry Bruckheimer style with air shots, and slow-mo group walk. After that, it’s crampy thriller time. Mix in some psychological mumbo jumbo, and you have yourself a big pretentious thriller that has the dialogue not to explore the characters, but to get the story moving. That, of course, is always a mistake, as the result will expose your wrongdoings no matter how hard you try to cover it up. In the end, the character are mostly inconsistent, and you lose interest as the story continues the transform into a big lump of cheese, the one with big holes of air in it. Using timely deadlines sometimes makes you wink your eyes now and then, but cheap tricks can’t save a film. Not satisfied the characters would stand out enough (and sadly, they don’t), they cast a few actors with major accents that border to speech problems. If you have truly nothing else to do, and you can detach your brains for a few hours, this could be for you. If not, this is a movie you wouldn’t be sorry to have missed it.5½.


Thursday, July 8th, 2004

A few open questions this time. Let the laughs begin (as the answers I usually receive resemble elephants throwing darts):

1. Most people settle for just one slice of cheese or a microscopic layer of peanut butter on their bread. I for one, keep the saying “let every day be a party” alive, and don’t settle for that. Be it a spread, a sprinkle or a few slices of dead animal, I use A LOT MORE than the average dough eating human being. As most people probably don’t even know how much exactly they put on their sandwich, let alone prepare it themselves, this should prove a difficult K-uestion: How many grams (approximately) goes on my bread (hint: I usually have 4 slices of bread, or 2 buns for lunch) ?

2. Name my favorite nuts. I have two of them. No really, I mean the kind of nuts you eat, name them.

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Wednesday, July 7th, 2004

As my colleagues pointed at my hair, they were laughing in my face. Something about being old and stress and stuff. As I didn’t believe them, and I didn’t have two mirrors within reach, I let them take a picture of it.
What a shock. I knew I was a wise man, but I thought I could do it with a nice deep dark black hairdo. Apparently not.


How Messy is my Desk Today ?

Monday, July 5th, 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: 1134 out of 340 votes > Average is: 3.335

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US Box Office

Monday, July 5th, 2004

Spidey crawls all the way to number without breaking a sweat. With a total of $88.3 it didn’t do as well as the first movie, which had a recordbreaking $114.8 million opening, but that’s because this one opened on Wednesday. And not without merit, as it had the biggest Wednesday opening ever with $40.5 million. Spidey now also wears the six day cume crown, with a whopping $180.1 million.
Second place is for Fahrenheit 9/11, with almost no decline from last week, $21 million. Third is for White Chicks, not too shabby with $12 million. The top 5 closes with Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story ($10.4 million) and The Notebook ($10.3 million).