Archive for August, 2004


Tuesday, August 31st, 2004

My philosophy on life is, always have a backup of everything. By that, I mean, backup your data, have a backup bank account (with lotsa backup money, of course), distribute backup keys to your house, have backup tools with ya at all times (both meanings of it).
But also, you have to have loads and loads backup weapons. You never know when a friend will turn foe. So, to give you an understanding of what I mean, here’s an example of a backup weapon I have ready for regular Unreal Tournament buddy Albi. While he’s one of the most loyal visitor of these pages, you’ll still have to be ready for anything. So, if he even points slightly in the wrong direction, or if he blinks his eyes at the wrong interval, the next set of data will be on a Reuters journalist’s desk as fast as clogged up mail servers can deliver it.
(Points earned in several consecutive Unreal Tournament 2004 games)

So, you have any interesting thing you have backed up that I don’t know about (yet) ?

Review: Kimberley Locke – One Love

Tuesday, August 31st, 2004

Of all the American Idols, only one has reached Europe so far. Now it seems another Idols may have caught an Trans-Atlantic breeze this way. And it’s not the number one of the second series (Ruben), it’s not even the more successful runner-up (Clay Aiken), no, it’s the number three of that year. 30 seconds of her single 8th World Wonder was enough to pique my interest, an upbeat pop-rock song showing strong yet delicate vocals.
So on the the album. First thing to notice is the undeniable resemblance with her predecessor’s style, Kelly Clarkson. Luckily, this is only limited to a few songs. With that first bugger gone, the rest is filled with a mix of dreamy pop-ballads and soulful R&B, a perfect combo for a voice like hers. Of course, a duet with a fellow Idol is a prerequisite before you start an album, so Clay Aiken steps in to team up for an ultrasweet Without You. A bit more pop would’ve kept my overall attention higher, but even with the slower songs, it’s able to stay above average. A perfect album for winding down after a busy working day.7-.

US Box Office

Monday, August 30th, 2004

Like a true Hero, Jet Li kicks ass at the box office with a much delayed release of Oscar/Golden Globe nominee Foreign Language 2003. $17.8 million earns a top spot for the nameless warrior.
Anacondas: The Hunt for the Blood Orchid still managed to open at number 2, with $13.2 million, even when all top reviewers chewed it out, and spit it back.
Without a Paddle, loses speed, naturally, ending up at number 3 with $8.7 million. At number 4, with $8.1 million, The Princess Diaries 2: Royal Engagement is still doin’ great business. At number 5, Exorcist: The Beginning probably doesn’t scare anyone anymore, with only $6.7 million.

Review: Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story

Sunday, August 29th, 2004

In a true Ben Stiller fashion, this movie is a light-hearted comedy with all the bells and whistles to make it stand out just above the average. Well-defined characters moves the film to a satisfactory end at a comfortable pace. In a crowded market without that many all-round comedies, this is certainly a welcome fresh breeze.7½.

Review: Twisted

Friday, August 27th, 2004

When a movie starts off with a bar dancing Ashley Judd, hopes can rise through the roof. An established actress like her, the mystery on screen is a difficult one to figure out. And I don’t mean the serial killer in the story, I mean Ashley actually reading the script, and choosing this role. The trailer makes it look like the next Seven wannabe, but it doesn’t even come near a bad episode of Profiler. If Ashley does method acting, I wonder in which Alzheimer’s Institute she’s been. (What follows here might be considered as a breaking of my sacred non-spoiler reviewing rule, but for a bad movie like this, it wouldn’t make any difference). I wonder what goes around in her head when she has to act suprised again, after not the second, not the third, but the FIFTH time she drinks from her drugged wine and dozes off, only to wake up in shock, AGAIN. What a waste of talent. For now, I see writer Sarah Thorp has nothing lined up for the future, and I hope it stays that way. Let’s drink some drugged wine to that.3½.

Review: Catwoman

Friday, August 27th, 2004

As exciting it is to see Halle Berry in a tight leather clad, the rest of the movie is certainly not. Pitof’s focus on the CGI city skyline, and fly-by left-right swinging camera moves clearly shows he chose visuals above content. A big mistake, as a short Axe commercial provides better story and more entertainment. The dialogues are cold and unmeaningful, and the schizo Patience/Catwoman character is not worth an Oscar winning actress’ time. While there are more movies in this “miss” catagory, most are still watcheable, but this one has an underlying boredom creeping out slowly, thereby winning an “avoid at all cost” title.3+.


Thursday, August 26th, 2004

as I’m away from the internet and I’m writing on my iPAQ, let me use another approach than the usual.

Dear Weblog,
this is a story about London, and it goes a little bit like this.

How Messy is my Desk Today ?

Tuesday, August 24th, 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: 1173 out of 353 votes > Average is: 3.323

desk pic

Still tired from the trip. And all I got was this funny tagline. ‘Cept it’s only funny to the most savage Underground travellers, which most of you are not.

US Box Office

Tuesday, August 24th, 2004

Exorcist: The Beginning (well, actually, the second beginning, as the complete movie was reshot by a Renny Harlin, after Paul Schrader was fired after he completed a thriller with more psychologically aspects instead of the pints of blood the producers wanted) starts off pretty well with $18.2 million.
Teen comedy Without a Paddle, paddles to a number 2 spot with $13.7 million. More fun for teens was to be found at number 3, where The Princess Diaries 2: Royal Engagement cashes in $13.2 million in its second week.
At the 4th spot, Alien vs. Predator proves signals from outer space degrade almost as fast as the speed of light, with only $12.5 million catched by the satellites in its second week.


Monday, August 23rd, 2004

I need some time off. I’m tired. So, keep yer pants on, the pictures are on their way, it just might take a few days.

Review – The Village

Monday, August 23rd, 2004

Almost needless to say, M. Night Shyamalan does it again. Like his previous movies, he combines a rich history with a bit of drama and humor, while the scare factor builds up slowly in the background. Instead of the mindless scare movies you’ve seen lately, mr. Shyamalan builds the scare from the inside, with cunning psychologically tricks, which are at least consequent (with some help from well-cued sound effects, and a score by James Newton Howard). As always, some people will not like the surprise ending, but even then, it’s still has been a movie to enjoy.8-.

One last request…

Friday, August 20th, 2004

One last request before I’m off with the train.
london weather
Could you guys dance around a bit for me ? You know, and shout things like “hooba hooba hooba” and stuff ? No, I don’t mean a raindance, I’m in need of a sundance.

Seeya lay’eh, mate

Friday, August 20th, 2004

Unexpected, I’m leaving for vacation. Most people with weblogs will throw in a few links and fancy pictures just after they’ve planned their holiday, weeks before. My destination, however, is not that awe inspiring. It’s London. It’s not that special, if you squint your eyes, and look the to west, you might actually see me waving back at ya.
So here’s a list of what I’m certain I’m going to do:

– Sleep in till late afternoon. I hope the hotel serves breakfast at 14:00.
– Watch a lot of BBC1 and BBC2. If the hotel has a receiver for BBC Digital (including BBC3 through 5), I def’ly won’t complain. During traveling, I’ll tune in my iRiver radio to BBC World.
– Have tea at 4 o’clock.
– Listen to the Big Ben.
– Buy a can of Pringles at Harrod’s.

The rest of the time, I’ll try to blend in as poifectly as possible. I already have the magically bad set of teeth the Brits are cursed to have, with the color being a close match.
Then there’s the British accent, which I’ve mastered a long time ago. “Woh-evaah, mate, woh-evaah. Kewd yew yost pawz the marwmelade ?”

Anyways, I’ll be back before you know it. 4 Days, of which only two count (Friday and Monday), coz I’m still a workaholic at heart, you know. I even thought about bringing along my set of emergency boot floppies and cd’s. Ah well, you know what, I’m gonna be bold and leave them at home. Toym to have somm fonn, sholwe ?

Review: Hellboy

Wednesday, August 18th, 2004

“_Another_ superhero movie ?” you might be thinking. Well, yeah, they’re kinda popular these days, and they usually make big money. This time it’s not from the two biggest names (Marvel and DC), but it’s from Dark Horse Comics. Their track record hasn’t been a clean one, with only one memorable entry (The Mask) standing out from the failures (Barb Wire). Enter Hellboy, the first to have this real superhero comic feeling (and a modest budget to match). Headed by the original comic writer Mike Mignola and a determined director, Guillermo del Toro (who turned down bigger movies for this one), you’d might think something special would result from this duo. Too bad though, titles like X-Men and Spider-man wipe the floor with anything mediocre, and its standards are too high to match. What you get instead is a somewhat simple outline, with simple character design. With a tiny bit of exploration, you just don’t get enough out of it. The reasons and motivations are non-existent, making for bland superheros and supervillains. The special effects are admirable for this kind of tight budgets though. And globally, it’s still entertaining. But when you think about it, you still wonder how Hellboy 2 came to life (tentative release 2006).7.

How Messy is it at my Work Today ?

Wednesday, August 18th, 2004

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

Total: 619 out of 189 votes > Average is: 3.275

work pic
This whole PC needs a double dose of Nico-10-e B-Gone.