Archive for October, 2004

Is John Kerry the most liberal man in the Senate?

Wednesday, October 20th, 2004

Of course not.

Vote Republican?

Tuesday, October 19th, 2004


[via non blogging Marie-Thérèse]

UPDATE ON THE EVE OF THE ELECTION: You might like to read this post, this one and this one. But you know all that anyway and you’re going to vote for Kerry, right?

A lesson to be learned

Tuesday, October 19th, 2004

Pierre the Dragon Slayer had a long-standing obsession to nuzzle the beautiful Queen’s voluptuous breasts, but he knew the penalty for this would be death. One day he revealed his secret desire to his colleague, Horatio, the Physician, who was the King’s chief doctor. Horatio the Physician exclaimed that he could arrange for Pierre the Dragon Slayer to satisfy his desire, but it would cost him 1,000 gold coins to arrange it.

Hotmail: of upgrades and buttons

Sunday, October 17th, 2004

My hotmail account has suddenly increased from a paltry 2mb to a whopping 250mb. Alas, it’s too little, too late. I check it once a week to remove bucketloads of spam and to delete emails from a London based netball team who week after week keep sending me details of their bloody training sessions, despite my having emailed them at leat five times over the years to remind them that I have never been and never will be part of their team and that some poor sod with a similar hotmail address is no doubt feeling very miffed at never being told about team meetings. And breathe.

So I won’t be needing this nifty little e-mail icon generator, which is a shame, because the hotmail icons are prettier than the gmail ones.



Come to think of it, new bloggers might not be aware of Kalsey’s button maker where you can make customized buttons until the cows come home:


Saturday supplement

Saturday, October 16th, 2004

I’ve just rediscovered Somewhat.org and thought you might enjoy:

Bush and Cheney Discuss Their Disagreement on Gay Marriage by Will Layman


Are You Presidential Material? by Todd Levins.

Plus a newly discovered blog: my neighbours are hoors. Start with the How I found out post and work your way forward. I’m not entirely sure how much of it is true but then again, this is the internet and it’s certainly entertaining.

Bernice Rubens

Friday, October 15th, 2004

One of my favourite authors, Bernice Rubens, has just died. I don’t think she was that well known, despite having won the Booker prize in 1970 and having three film/tv adaptations made of her books (Madame Sousatzka, I Sent a Letter to my Love and –my favourite– Mr Wakefield’s Crusade).

There are obituaries in The Guardian and in The Times. I hadn’t realised that she was also a documentary filmmaker:

… She also felt that documentary film-making was a medium which had the potential to do much good. She got a job in a laboratory as a cleaner of film spool in order to get a technician’s credit. This qualification meant that she could begin to make films herself, and she specialised in humanitarian subjects such as mentally handicapped children, children in care and the blind.

Eventually she won a contract with Granada and then the Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations. The latter meant that she could travel all over the world, and she chose to go to Asia and Africa in order to make a film about women in rural development. In 1968 she was awarded the American Blue Ribbon award for the documentary film Stress.

Friday art show

Friday, October 15th, 2004


The latest Worth 1000 contest – In this contest your task is to depict the offspring of any TWO creatures (except humans) coupling. What would be the result if a dog knocked up a pigeon? If a tuna sh*gged a panda? If an eagle got jiggy with an ant? So many combinations, only 48 hours to play with. Let’s play mad geneticist.

Art created on a tablet pc

Derrick Allen’s occular invasion

Enrico Casarosa’s SketchCrawl. What is it about viewing sketchbooks, especially via the internet that is so fascinating? From Eliane’s wonderful site to Danny Gregory’s Everyday matters to the Guild of Ghostwriters, to Roz Stendahl’s Daily Dots* to Keri Smith’s Wish Jar Journal, I’m hooked. Do you know of any other sites I’d like?

* Postscript: you can see Roz Stendahl’s studio in this post at Everyday Matters.

It could happen to you

Thursday, October 14th, 2004

On Tuesday, Mark wrote a (very funny) “cautionary tale of one man’s dealings with one garage”.

Now he’s received a phone call, soon to be followed by a solicitor’s letter.

The support is flooding in, you might like to add yours.

Only in the blog community

Thursday, October 14th, 2004

could this spread like wildfire. Albino Neutrino [aka Frank O’Connor] has just posted “A man* forgets his coat in a number of different soap operas from around the world”. Now it’s your turn to go represent your country.

*And I’ve just realised that my version has the woman forgetting her coat. Buggerit.


Tuesday, October 12th, 2004

You know that new film out with Denzel Washington (swoon), Man on Fire? The original book was written by A J Quinnell, here’s the story of how and why he chose his pen name.

Best team portrait ever.

The Essential Vermeer.

The LeftOver Chef is a good idea in the making – you have a look in the fridge and cupboard to check what ingredients you have, select them via the drop down menus and a suitable recipe(s) will be provided. I don’t quite know how entering bananas, bread (other) and corn gets to a suggestion for turkey casserole but I suppose the minimum is to generate a recipe containing one of your ingredients. Still, other combinations can work well and even if you don’t like the generated recipe, you could then go search elsewhere for a better version of that receipe.
Update: Thanks to little miss leen for recommending cooking by numbers.

Words that sound rude but aren’t [via Len].

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