Wednesday, 31 May 2006

Saturday, 27 May 2006

Bonny Scotland

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On the way to Scotland today, for a few days in Royal Deeside, admiring the scenery. Here's a picture of Loch Ness, see if you can spot the monster. I may be off the air for a few days whilst relaxing in the hills.

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Friday, 26 May 2006

mar

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PART 1 : ARRANGEMENTS

So now it can be revealed...I was the person meeting mar in Barcelona on Wednesday! It was a close thing though! I arrived in Barcelona on Sunday evening and once in my hotel I tracked down mar's email and suggested we could meet. mar's first response was positive but then she remembered that she had another appointment in her local town during the time I'd suggested. I didn't have any other times so it looked as if it was not going to happen.

I then 'did my stuff' in Barcelona and finished early, so planned to go back to England on Tuesday, instead of Wednesday. I'd already set the wheels in motion, when mar said she could re-arrange and meet in central Barcelona. As luck would have it, I managed to change the plane back to Wednesday evening and so we were now on to meet...

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PART 2 : WAITING

Next step was getting from my hotel to the cafe where we'd arranged to meet. mar had arranged to meet me at 14:00 in the cafe and I arrived around 30 minutes early and sat in the sunshine sipping a tall drink and admiring the view of the nearby Gaudi House.

There were a LOT of people around and I found myself staring a LONG time at quite a few people whilst I tried to figure out who was mar and Mr mar, who were both to meet me...Would they arrive together? were they already here? were they that couple sitting over there (no, they're leaving)?

And so it went on until 14:00. I found myself thinking at five minutes to two (hmm its five minutes to go), like it was some kind of rocket ship take-off.

PART 3 : WE MEET!

So precisely at two o'clock, two people arrived and stood outside the restaurant. They were looking in through the door and I was sitting in the sunny terrace outside the restaurant. "Here we go!", I thought, and launched myself towards the two people, "Hello mar?" - I found myself saying - "Its rashbre!". And so with a joyful greeting we started a great lunchtime conversation in the sunshine of Barcelona! Bloggers can meet, even across the distance from London to Barcelona.

cuisine_vino_tinto.jpgPART 4 : RATHER A LOT OF TALKING

I don't think we really stopped talking the whole time. After a few minutes of general introductions (hmm what are our real names?) and a suitable explanation of the craziness of bloggers and meeting via Michele's to Mr mar, we moved away from our first restaurant to another one in the Ramblas, which was a locals' (you have to know it) restaurant which did great Catalan food. Click here to take a look around.

In amongst the general chatter, I learned about the adaptation of Spanish wine from the heaviness of winter to the friskiness of spring and summer, via the addition of a little sweetened water. This is something I've never tried before but will be experiencing back in England this weekend. A kind of 'pre Sangria' season. I also know which of the Spanish champagnes to drink and have experienced food only available in Catalonia.

mar and Mr mar are just as fabulous in real life as the way they come across in mar's lively blog. Of course we talked about 'blogging' but so many other topics and generally having fun.

PART 5 : LEAVING
All too soon we had to split up. mar to go back to her town, Mr mar into Barcelona and me, via my hotel and then back to the airport and London. I liked Barcelona anyway, now its even more fun having found friends in this beautiful city. Thank you mar, for a lovely afternoon!

UPDATE mar's version here

Thursday, 25 May 2006

Thors-Tag Thirteen (ish)

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I know its supposed to be Thursday 13, but Simon isn't so good with prime numbers and went all the way to 21 in this tag. I feel obliged to post it as a Thursday 13 with an added bonus 8.

1 I am a child of the universe
2 I want very little that I don't seem to attain
3 I wish my friends happiness
4 I hate very little but consider negative energy unappealing
5 I love my partner
6 I fear crocodiles under the bed
7 I hear many beautiful sounds and sometimes my own blood pumping
8 I wonder whether The Marriage of Figaro is a numeric puzzle
9 I regret little and have learned to act in the moment
10 I am not a bad person but I can be naughty
11 I dance like a spider on vaseline
12 I sing sometimes with very strange voices
13 I cry from the rooftops that we can all be amazing
13a I make electrons spin to my thoughts
13b I write in space
13c I confuse myself without losing my smile or sense of wonder
13d I need care and attention to remain in perfect working order
13e I should always live in wide time
13f I start many adventures
13g I finish most cups of tea
13h I tag cq, mar, nat and roger (whom I promote to lower case). But there's no obligation.

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Wednesday, 24 May 2006

OTA Wordless Wednesday

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On the road again

Anansi Boys - of tiger, bird and spider

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Some musical soundtracks seem to follow us around. ‘The Supermen’ by David Bowie, pops up in my head from time to time. It starts,

“When all the world was very young,
and mountain magic heavy hung,
the supermen would walk in file,
guardians of a loveless isle
and gloomy browed with superfear
their tragic endless lives could heave nor sigh
in solemn, perverse serenity, wondrous beings chained to life.”


Neil Gaiman starts his Anansi Boys novel with the words “It begins, as most things begin, with a song”, so I feel the lyrics above are somehow appropriate.
americangods.jpgNow freeze frame to me, resting from the road in a small and mystical town called Stone Mountain, in Georgia, USA. I was in a small café, sipping Java by a rack of books including the then freshly published “American Gods” hardback by Neil Gaiman.

I soon had a new companion for my journey.

Now anyone who has read Neil Gaiman will know that there are some strange games in his writing and that he can use a colossal palette to describe his ideas and those of his godlike characters. Back to Bowie:

“Strange games they would play then
No death for the perfect men
Life rolls into one for them
So softly a supergod cries”.


And the American Gods book became a fitting backdrop to my journey across the USA at that time, with its story of a released prisoner named Shadow and a set of epic circumstances he finds himself entwined within after sharing a flight with a character called Wednesday. The gods are deciding what to do with America.

But this review is supposed to be of Gaiman’s later book called Anansi Boys, which I just read on my travels. I was hoping there would be some overlap and indeed there is. Some plotline similarities (death of wife opens the first book and death of father is a central point in the later book). There is a significant overlapping character- Mr Nancy. And the story also involves gods, but of a different complexion to the American soul seekers of the first book.

The dead father of Fat Charlie (our initial hero) in the Anansi Boys turns out to be a human form of Anansi, the African trickster god. Fat Charlie (with Afro-Carribean connotations) is surprised to learn that he has a brother, Spider, who has inherited some of their father's godlike abilities. After calling for his estranged brother by talking to a spider, the brother comes to visit Charlie.

A set of pivotal identity theft begins to occur as the brother Spider gets Charlie fired from his job, steals his girlfriend and creates a situation where Fat Charlie is arrested and suspected of murder.

Charlie decides to use magic to remove the unthinking rather than evil Spider, but unfortunately things start to go somewhat awry.

Where all were minds in uni-thought
Power weird by mystics taught
No pain, no joy, no power too great
Colossal strength to grasp a fate
Where sad-eyed mermen tossed in slumbers
Nightmare dreams no mortal mind could hold
A man would tear his brother's flesh, a chance to die
To turn to mold.


Now I don’t want to give away too much plotline, but let’s say the style has good narrative, much humour, clever storytelling and entertaining twists. It does weave a web and part way through I found myself wanting to unravel what was to happen. Gaiman manages to progressively reveal that ‘things are not always what they seem’ and to cross from a netherworld to a real world within a sentence.

The difference from the earlier book is one of scale. American Gods swept across the souls of a nation, whereas this book makes greater reference to family, sibling rivalry and an esoteric form of rites of passage. If American Gods is a thunderclap across a continent – potentially devastating but somewhat impersonal, Anansi Boys is more of a large furry spider on the arm – immediate, very personal, somewhat scary and potentially quite tickly.

lime.jpgFar out in the red-sky
Far out from the sad eyes
Strange, mad celebration
So softly a supergod cries

Far out in the red-sky
Far out from the sad eyes
Strange, mad celebration
So softly a supergod dies


If you like the idea of this, read both books. I happened to read them in the order of publication, I don’t really think it matters in terms of their concepts or from the perspective of continuity. And yes, the lime is relevant.

UPDATE: By popular request, the Glastonbury version of Supermen, from the geodesic dome era.



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Tuesday, 23 May 2006

Hola Sayonara!

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What else to do in Spain but to go...Japanese!

Yes tonight we are Sushi'd, Karaoked and Zenned out. There is probably a correct order, which I've somehow missed, but never mind.

Suminasen, michi ni mayoi mashita. Nihongo o hanasemasen. Hoteru e no ikikata o oshiete kudasai.

Sunday, 21 May 2006

Catalonia and St Piran

This post should have been called 'bacin barca' because I'm in Barcelona at the moment. I was planning to put up a photo from my hotel room looking out towards the nearby Barcelona stadium, which would have created some possible commentary from mar and maybe keda. Unfortunately, I've left my connectybit for my camera in the UK, so I don't have a way to put the picture onto flickr.

Interestingly, mar's Barcelona is the capital of Catalonia which is the eastern most tip of the block normally referred to as Spanish. It is going through some processes right now to increase its autonomy within the Spanish framework. The Catalan flag (yellow and red stripes) is quite often seen on cars in the region and during the repression of Franco the Catalan language (a bit French, a bit Italian) was completely banned. The football club and its colours became the quiet way that people could continue to show there support for the now thriving and heavily industrialised region.

And then to keda's Cornwall, which is the western most tip of the British Isles. Cornwall exhibits some equivalent behaviour on a more modest scale. The Cornish movement looks for more autonomy from England and also has its own flag of St Piran, which is a white cross on a black background.

Maybe its something to do with edges?

royals again

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I suppose I should have mentioned, we were sitting only a few rows behind the royal entourage. Simon Fuller and Nicky Chapman were in the royal vicinity. The dozen or so royals arrived to a very short version of "God save 'is mum" and left en mass after about 90 minutes. I noticed more of the royal protection unit sprinkled around nearby rooftops. Eagle eyed can spot a cap badged soldier next to these two policemen.
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The concert, live, was pretty good and almost continuous. I gather the television version had been heavily edited with 'Blind Date' or other such televisual feasts and seemed rather poor. Sound at the venue was good, but the small amount on television seems to have a bad sound feed, along with a very blocky and pixellated edit.

Will Young for Julie

ptwill1.jpgOf course, Julie had originally suggested the Princes Trust concert, as a chance to see her favourite Will Young. He sang three songs, two with acoustic guitar and piano accompaniment and one witha band an chorus.

So here, for Julie, is a picture(click it to see enlargement) and a tiny snippet of video from the concert, which I captured on my phone.

Princes Trust

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Tonight was a trip to the Princes Trust concert at the Tower of London. Christina will write more about the artists, I'll write more about the venue. We had to drop the car in Knightsbridge and take a taxi for the last part of the journey. The taxi could not take us all the way to the destination beacsue of the roadblocks.
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The police were supervising the placement of huge concrete roadblocks all around the area. There were police sniffer dogs and circling police helicopters. We decided to go to a nearby hotel for a coffee before the start of the show. I'd speculated that we may see someone famous hanging out at the hotel.
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As we walked into the bar I spotted Barry Gibb (of the Bee-Gees). He was holding discussion with several others.
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But then, in walked Robin Gibb - now we had the Bee-Gees! After a drink, we made our way to the venue. More police security, this time on adjacent rooftops.
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And soon enough, the concert started, with the two from the bar now on stage.
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Saturday, 20 May 2006

man trap ?

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Part of the fun of blogging is the interaction with others.

We've just had a great bit of fun setting up a 'man trap' (ok an 'author trap' really) to get an interview with a real live author.

Here's how it works.

I published a review of Roger Morris's new book called "Taking Comfort" a couple of weeks ago. Roger seemed genuinely surprised about this and we had some banter whilst he tried to penetrate the cordoned off area of internet known as rashbre central - that was what 'Watching the detectives' post was really about.

Then, fellow "henchman" Rob across at Bob's Books created an appeal for a few reviews to bump his fledgling site, so I buzzed a trilogy across, including the one for Roger's book.

Along with a suggestion that we'd set 'The Author Trap', whereby we suggest the author takes a look at our review...And before you know it, he's in an interview we had pre-posted to the site.

So a really big "thank you" to Roger for spiritedly taking part and lucidly answering the questions. The FULL INTERVIEW is posted.

Now, follow this link to Amazon and click 'Buy'!

Friday, 19 May 2006

key thoughts

keys.jpgHave you ever done that trick with a car key where you can remote open the car from a really long distance?

Most remote keys work from about 10-15 metres (30-50 feet). However, you can double or treble this distance if you hold the key to your head when you plip it.

I don't know how it works, although I have some theories, but it would be good if someone knows the real answer. And its a great party trick when the car is right at the end of a long car park after a tiring day.

Thursday, 18 May 2006

Thursday Thirteen (V22)

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1. I thought it would be fun to mention a few places I have visited since I started this Blog. An obvious one for me is London - I was there when we won the Olympic bid.
2. The next day, I was in Paris, but I was there on the day of the terrorist attacks on London - we first heard about it via SMS Text messages.
3. A little earlier, I'd done a quick scoot around Europe, stopping in Milan, Munich, Frankfurt, Paris, Brussels and Amsterdam. I notice I didn't mention it at all in my blogging, because I was still getting to grips with the technology.
4. I did mention my chill-out time in Scotland, though.
5. Then to Stamford, Connecticut as well as Baang in well-heeled Greenwich and South Norwalk by speedboat.
6. From Stamford I drove to Manhattan and then ditched the car in 46th Street. I was staying in the funky SoHo Grand and grabbed a cab driven by David Bradford - the author of Drive by Shootings
7. Next I was in Wales, for a brief sojourn.
8. And then off to Stockholm, where I arrived at about 22:00 - which was an ideal time to go off to hit the Operakellaren for a spot of clubbing.
9. Clearly influenced by all things Swedish, I'm then found in Warrington Ikea
10. And then another trip to Italy, this time to Rome
11. And a spin to Frankfurt and then Heidelberg.
12. Next up, of note was a short visit to Cannes, France, which was in the period I was writing my NaNoWriMo novel and was a superb source of inspiration as I got upgraded to the best suite in the hotel.
13. And I'll finish this brief skip through the first few months of my blog in the spa at Nirvana, laying in the flotation tank, listening to soft classical music.

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Wednesday, 17 May 2006

Tuesday, 16 May 2006

a little bit haunted

blue lady.jpgOut this evening for dinner.

Our setting was a big round table and enjoyable food. Ideal grounds for conversation, which included me trying to explain Dr Who to an Italian, two Swedes and a Belgian, none of whom had heard of the series or knew about cybermen, or what a dalek was.

And the venue has its own ghost in the form of a permanently resident blue lady.

Monday, 15 May 2006

bandwidth

robot.jpgAnother mad scientist post today. I was reading about bandwidth of new computer chippery and started to muse that these numbers are approaching those of the human brain.

For example, it is estimated that the human brain has around an 8-10 Terabyte storage capacity. Thats $10k of disk hardware nowadays.

It is speculated that a normal human can process senses at around 11Mb per second, spread between sight 10Mb/sec (though the eye has around a 127 megapixel resolution), touch 1Mb/sec; hearing 100kb/sec (great value); smell 100kb/sec and taste at 1kb/sec.

Our brains are supposed to use associative processing (like a combination of massively parallel processing and fuzzy logic) which works well for pattern recognition (eg of faces) and this can be the equivalent of a conventional 10 billion instructions per second.

neurones-and-synapse.jpgBut for day to day tasks, the average brain's main CPU is quite slow at only 50-100 bits per second, with a theoretical maximum of around 1000 operations per second (based upon the number of "brain building block" synapses that can fire per second).

The energy consumption of a brain is around 25 watts, under a normal load, but probably half of this is used for non computational purposes.

And the brain has a process a tad like writing to DVD for long term memory, where the data is progressively compressed (in a sort of fractal way) keeping main patterns and concepts and then using association with other memory areas to allows things to be re-assembled. Those synapses are pretty clever because they are nonlinear, plastic, analog systems that encode information in space-time distributions. This somewhat beats binary.
om.jpg Or we can look from the 4000 year old Vedic perspective predating Buddhism. They said the brain was only a memory unit and used Soma (a little like magic mushrooms) to clear the brain of logic and to improve awareness.

It is like the idea in meditation that the sensations in the brain become still and then perception becomes clearer.

So I shall put this mind back in its box again as I've used my 25 watts for this evening. Now for some liquid cooling.

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Sunday, 14 May 2006

Big Noddy

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There's a complicated news story in the US at the moment allegedly involving a grand jury, Iraq, the powerful deputy White House Chief of staff and strategy advisor to George Bush(Karl Rove), the CIA and hints towards evidence from the Vice President Dick Cheney.

The twists and turns of the story seem to revolve around whether there was a junket style trip to Africa to investigate possible nuclear sales before the Iraq war. The sequencing and trail is convoluted at every turn, yet many of the documents are a matter of public record.

So the other US secrecy news is about the National Security Agency now being able to operate inside the USA in the way it does to the rest of the world using its so named 'Big Noddy' technology, which intercepts some 650million transmissions a day.

The challenge seems to be that if a bunch of senior and well reported and documented US officials can have stories so complex to unravel, then what hope for the internal surveillance systems to find anything useful?

Maybe they will need Big Ears as well?

Mind the air gap.

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yeee-haw!

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The holyhoses lads were celebrating their 2,000th post a few days ago. Zowie! Their enjoyable sister pub is GuitarGAS, which I frequent as I blunder through learning the guitar.

As personifies a holyhoses debate, they talk about how the various girl guitarist models do/don't look as if they can play guitar. There is also a discernable country theme that drifts through some of their debate.

So here as a 2K celebratory post is Emily Robison in the middle of a bluegrass banjo solo, and for those with peculiarly detailed interests, its a rather funky Nechville Meteor.

..and OK, by popular request, here's Sophie Hawkins and a gratuitous girl guitar phone wallpaper advert - both clicky.
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Views: : Sophie=19, GuitarGirl=42, Emily=29

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Saturday, 13 May 2006

Hammers

westham.jpg Watched the unfortunate demise of West Ham with a few others of divided loyalties. Everything stopped for the last few minutes. Ninety seconds before the end of extra time it could have been West Ham. But after the penalties it was Liverpool.

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Friday, 12 May 2006

cow

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Its a serious problem. Cows are disappearing. A rapidly growing collection of cow abduction evidence is being assembled to help triangulate the ways that possible alien forces are operating. Click the picture for more information and a chance to help.

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getting my stuff done


I saw this via Amanda's at Rocketboom and decided I needed to watch it before I started to get my stuff done. It took a few minutes to down load it and whilst it down loaded I was thinking about how to get my stuff done. Then I thought it would be best to put it on the blog before I could start to get my stuff done.

So I had to upload it again to my movie folder before I could start to get my stuff done. Then I needed to set up this entry and link to it before I could start to get my stuff done. And I remembered I wanted to thank ingredientx before I could start to get my stuff done.

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Thursday, 11 May 2006

rashbre.tv - train on route 66

rtvidont.jpgI filmed this on a steam train whilst taking a break from driving Route 66, on my way to California.

I was in Williams, Arizona, at the time.

You see Amarillo, Gallup, New Mexico, Flagstaff, Arizona. Don't forget Winona, Kingman, Barstow, San Bernardino. Won't you get hip to this timely tip: when you make that California trip get your kicks on Route sixty-six.

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Thursday Thirteen (V21)

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1. Yesterday I noticed that some Thursday Thirteens had already started to appear before my day had flipped. I resisted the temptation to pre-load anything.
2. Actually, I was so tired last night that I don't think it would have made any sense in any case.
3. Like a week ago, I'd been on some late video link ups to Atlanta and Sweden. It sure beats travelling for some purposes, but on this occasion we had a slight delay on the line, which meant we kept interrupting one another.
4. So it was a Thai chicken ready-meal when I finally got home yesterday, before I departed to the land of nod.
5. I'm ashamed to admit that I looked in a neglected part of my inbox yesterday and found just over 4000 unread inmails. Now you are right to surmise they were 'Bulk Mail', but at least my force fields were set to 'High' so there wasn't really any 'bad hotmail' in there. You know what I'm talking about. Now clean and tidy again.
6. I have been trying to edit another piece of video for the Vlog, but it keeps going wrong with a file error. It's a shame, because I quite like the piece. My backup is a fellah playing banjo on a train by route 66. I expect I will post that instead.
7. I packed away my Final Cut Pro DVDs and some other bits and pieces and sent them to Apple in Ireland a couple of days ago. They say they will exchange them (for a fee) for the Universal format version, which means I should be able to edit with FCP on my Intel Mac. Frankly the iMovie on there is already quite useful for a lot of basic editing in any case.
8. I started a post about the daleks yesterday, before I remembered it was supposed to be Wordless Wednesday. I was going to do a text with holes blown in it by the daleks. They have a new catchphrase now - instead of 'EX-TER-MIN-ATE' they also say 'You will be deleted'. Scary.
9. I was with Tatiana yesterday looking out at the grey skies whilst we waited for a coffee to finish making that coffee shooshing noise. She said 'beautiful day' and meant it. I realised she was referring to the green leaves of spring. Its all about perspective.
10. However one looks at it, today is an excellent day around here.
11. Is still my favourite number.
12. TT is a kind of meme. I can remember when a lot of people didn't know what a meme was. I bet a lot of people still don't know what a mneme is, although its actually an older concept as a unit of social evolution.
13. I'm sitting writing this about 4 metres from some freshly brewed Java. The aroma is overpowering and I need some right now.

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Tuesday, 9 May 2006

impossible alien bill

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Tonight was one of those interesting moments in television channel scheduling. I didn't get home until quite late and flicked on the box. Then I spotted that ITV was running Mission Impossible 2 and concurrently Sky was showing Kill Bill 2. And over on another channel was Alien. Nothing for it but to regain the missing hours of the early evening by watching all three at once.

Now I've seen them all before so a real-time edit isn't too difficult, keeping up with the plotlines and channel hopping between the 'alien popout' and our heroine kicking her way out of a coffin, whilst still being able to see the elaborate choreography of the motor cycles ridden by Tom.

Blippy.

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Monday, 8 May 2006

Fallaces sunt rerum species

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I see Doris posted a picture of another of her encounters, this time with Dubya and the Pope, but had managed to clip off an important part of the shot.

Above, see Doris's original photo, but then, below, see the full picture - and guess what? there's my distant relative Bishop Rashbre, reading from one of the early manuscript blogs. The room where the picture was taken is the famous deo Bloggarium - which was also featured in da Vinci Code author Dan Brown's "Angels and Demons".

Quite a co-incidence!
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rashbre.tv - i don't

rtvidont.jpgI'm still experimenting on how to get video rendering for internet to look good.

My attempts last week were fuzzy compared with Rocketboom so I'm experimenting with 3ivx after checking out Amanda's vlog.

Sunday, 7 May 2006

wannabe

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Yo, I'll tell you what I want, what I really really want,
So tell me what you want, what you really really want,
I'll tell you what I want, what I really really want,
So tell me what you want, what you really really want,
I wanna, I wanna, I wanna, I wanna, I wanna really
really really wanna zigazig ha.


Thank you, Spice Girls and this is brilliant fun...Thanks, Aginoth, for inventing it.

Googalise a search with your name eg. 'XXX needs' and then 'XXX wants'. Write down 10 of each and pass it on.
Doesn't take long...

rashbre needs:
rashbre needs threadless T shirts
rashbre needs a Los Angeles photographer
rashbre needs a travelling wanderer
rashbre needs mentoring, healing and studying the soul
rashbre needs to brainstorm ideas
rashbre needs a news on demand video player
rashbre needs a sensitive and empathic component of psyche
rashbre needs to pony up part of the cost of room and board
rashbre needs the time and date you observed the fireball tapes
rashbre needs pretty extensive notes

rashbre wants:
rashbre wants a wireless acquisition
rashbre wants loadsa airflow (!)
rashbre wants 5000000 members (!)
rashbre wants to figure out the value of the x's
rashbre wants the heart to be free
rashbre wants to create a long term discovery
rashbre wants to groove the night away
rashbre wants to talk to you
rashbre wants to go jungle massive
rashbre wants to be happy

So there.

Party guests

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I see Doris was invited to the Queen's party the other day - Well, amazingly, so was I! - and I see in Doris's photo she just caught me in the corner of the shot - I'm behind the cream and black hats top left. Doris managed to be centre stage, but she is looking over at me!

I put this onto flickr at 750x427, because I wondered if Doris & I were missing any other blogger guests who had also been invited but we couldn't spot on the first view of the picture?

UPDATE:
Doris's camera has a motor drive and a split second later the next shot also showed Christina and Clara from Craziequeen's, who had been doing some freelance waitressing on her day off - oh, and I see harry and wills have already got those logitech drink headbands...
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UPDATE 2:
Doris was finding it difficult to spot me in the clamour. All eyes were on her gown. For any detectives amongst you, I've enlarged the area of the photo where I'm standing...
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Saturday, 6 May 2006

dude you wanna be a rabbit ?

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I thought the podfume was amusing, but this $120 Logitech QuickCam Orbit MP is for real. It lets you run videoconferencing and create on-the-fly animations and avatars of your expressions.

7026.gifPhillip Torrone has been hacking into this and gives a comprehensive demo above.

Click to see more.

Here's a screenshot as a rabbit with wiggling ears and eyebrows.
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