David Reynolds

Welcome to boredom


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So, I eventually got my hair cut. Here are the before and after pics:

Before | After

Quite an improvement, I think you’ll agree


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Last night we watched Murder by Numbers Which was actually a hell of a lot better than I expected and had Sandra Bullock and the guy from Game on in it.

In other news, I seem to be far to tired to do anything this week. I can’t even be arsed to make a list of what I need to do, let alone think about doing it.

Testing Ecto...

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Well, just thought I’d have a quick play with this bit of software, which I almost didn’t download, due to its price. However, having found the demo version, this is proving to be quite, quite cool.

It has some cunning functions, such as adding current iTunes stuff automatically (see below), adding a photo from iPhoto automatically. It is, in short very cool. Also, the fact that it does spelling checking is a boon

May have to buy this…..

Bunch of Savages in This Town.....

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I left my car window open last nite, by mistake and some savages (I can only assume kids) chose to steal a small stuffed Eeyore (Becca’s), a bag of pennies (Becca’s) and some screen wipes (mine). I think the fact that they left the CDs in the glove compartment (after opening it and looking at them) is either an indication of their disgust at my taste in music, or their ignorance at burgulary. Even I know, after watching beat the burgular, that CDs are easy to sell on.

Edit: They also stole my tissues. BASTARDS.

Blogs and Things...

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We’ve been talking about blogs at work today and I realised I hadn’t updated this for ages, so I thought I’d take a spare couple of minutes and do so.

So, what’s been happening? Well, not much really. Current schedule seems to be: get up, goto work, come home, have dinner, (do some cleaning / washing) watch tv, go to bed, rinse, repeat. Trying to find some time in that ‘hectic’ schedule to do a website design, attempt to write an episode of a comic and attempt to get davo (my vdr machine) working. I finally managed to record stuff on it the other day, which was fairly cool, the only problem being the crappy signal that keeps cutting out. Not quite sure what to do with it as yet, as we don’t have a proper external aerial for me to play with, only a crappy indoors aerial. Answer would be either get a DVB-C card (expensive) and connect up to the cable OR get a better internal aerial (I guess). Either way, I want to buy some mini-itx kit but have thus far been putting it off due to expensiveness. I reckon if I sell my old phone and old davo, I may have enough case, but question is: do I put it on credit card first?

Decisions, decisions. Anyway, need to go prepare for a meeting, woo.

LJ Import

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Well that was quite easy. Thanks to LiveJournals XML export function and Wordpress’s lj-import function, I now have all of my LJ entries from this year in Wordpress. I could put the rest of my entries in, but I can’t be arsed, since LJ only let you export one month at a time and I’ve just had to go through and correct the custom lt tags. Ah well, won’t need doing again. Now off to watch the rest of Jarvis Cocker Pop TV thing on Channel 4.

Lost Boys

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Lost Boys 1987 Saw the end of this film at my sisters a few weeks back and we decided to buy it. I’d forgotten the end by the time I watched it last nite (of course). It is basically a ‘teen vampire’ film and for an 80’s flick is remarkably up to date (apart for starring a young Kiefer Sutherland). It was actually really quite good, I almost didn’t guess the twist of who the head vampire was.

Films of the Weekend

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This weekend we rented a coupla DVDs from Choices, they were:

Hitch 2005 Wasn’t sure whether this film was gonna be any good, so went into it expecting the worst. Hadn’t seen all of the best bits on the trailers, as I had expected and it turned out to be quite amusing.

The Rules of Attraction 1992 Very strange film. The story of a love triangle from all parties points of view. Lots of reversed film and one very cool shot which starts off as the same sequence from 2 peoples point of view and then pans round and joins together.

'Hand Me My Nose Ring' or Ben Folds Gig FINALLY

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Short review: F**cking fantastic

Longer review: Well, I think, no, definately this is the best gig I've ever been to. I was quite disapointed when I found out the gig had been changed from Ben and Piano to Ben and full band, but after the second song I was convinced. The show was sort of split up into bits. The first part was the whole band, the second part was just Ben and piano (making up for my disappointment). The band then joined Ben again, until the end of the main show. For the encore Ben came on by himself again for a bit, to be joined by the band to round the show off.

I did my normal thing of not getting excited about the gig until just before it happened and could be seen sitting there grinning going ‘That’s his piano’ minutes before the support act came on.

The support act was actually better than I expected. It was the lead singer / guitarist of Clem Snide. He played about 6 songs all of which were amusing such as 'The sound of german hip hop' and a song which I can't remember the name of but was about what one of the girls in a Hip-Hop video is thinking. We ran out to go to the toilet towards the end of the guys set, sadly missing his cover of Christina Aguileras’s Beautiful.

After about 15minutes break, the main band strolled on. They kicked off with a few songs from Songs for Silverman and Rocking the Suburbs and a few older songs. I thought Ben had messed up Gracie, when all of a sudden they launched into a rocked-up version of the song. After what seemed like a few minutes, the band left the stage leaving Ben alone, where he played some of the slower songs such as Brick and Don't Change your plans for me. The band soon joined Ben back on stage and people started shouting out requests. Someone shouted out ‘Rock this bitch’. As they looked about to start playing it, someone started singing along very loudly, and Ben turned round and said 'Who was that?' He then invited here up on stage to sing the song. She didn't seem like she wanted to but was eventually convinced. Having got up on stage, she decided she was going to play the piano instead of sing. She then accompanied Ben on a quick version of the song (she was actually quite good, and many people thought she was a plant). The next requested song was ‘Missing the War’ and despite not having rehearsed it, the band launched into it with spot on harmonies. They then stormed through the rest of the set, leaving to raptourous applause. Ben returned to the stage for the encore after what seemed like 10 minutes, but was probably only a couple. He then proceeded to play a song that I never considered he would do, one of my favourites: Underground. It was fantastic, with the whole crowd singing the intro and the backing vocals. The band then returned to the stage to finish the set and had everyone up on their feet (yes, the gig was seated) for the final song: One angry dwarf.

Feeling drained but happy we left the Corn Exchange, said goodbye to Becca's sister and friend who had accompanied us and wondered outside to find Karo and AdamS who were also attending the gig. We hung around chatting for a little while before deciding to wonder to the stage door to see if we could meet the band. The girl who had been dragged up onto stage came out of the back door proclaiming that Ben had already left, although no-one believed her. We waited a bit longer and the bassist came out. I got his autograph, Becca and Karo had their piccies taken with him. The drummer then came out and I got his autograph and he explained that Ben had had to leave early due to being on the radio (Kerrang, I think) early the next morning. We then said our goodbyes and made our way back to the car and homewards.

As a PS to the whole meeting the band story… just after we got to Cambridge and were waiting trying to work out where Becca’s sister was we were standing on Downing street and Ben Folds and the bassist walked straight past us, so we could have got their autographs then except I was too gobsmacked to do anything and Becca was on the phone. Ah well.

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List your current six favourite songs

1: In My Life - Ozzy Osbourne Great cover of classic Beatles song. I always find it odd that Ozzy is a Beatles fan. It doesn't really seem like his kinda music, but he sounds perfect singing this song/

2: Late - Ben Folds Could have been any number of Ben Folds songs, thought I’d pick this one for a change. A tribute to the late Elliot Smith. I like the fact that he is writing a song about someone who has died who he didn’t know just to thank him for the songs that he wrote.

3: Jersey Girl - Bruce Springsteen I don’t really know much about it, it just reminds me of the Kevin Smith film. Which is a good thing.

4: 1979 - Smashing Pumpkins I really like this song, not sure what it’s about though

5: How could you want him (when you know you could have me) - Spin Doctors Wins the prize for longest song title and for most biblical characters mentioned in a song.

6: Drown in my own tears - Ray Charles I first heard this by Simply Red, turns out it was by Ray Charles. Both versions are fabulous.

I was gonna make an iMix of this but half the songs weren’t there, so I didn’t.