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April 7, 2009

Greetings and Salutations.

Having realised that I haven't done a proper "blog post" on this here blog for quite a while, I give you this:

How Long Could You Last On A Gay Pirate Ship?

...And a promise that my next post will be soon, and will almost definitely be an extended review of Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars for the Nintendo DS, which I'm almost finished, and which contains semi-lethal levels of awesomeness.

Ciao for now.

February 15, 2009

My Twitterstats

Inspired (I seem to be getting a lot of inspiration these days) by Meg, here's my "Tweetstats".

Points of interest: I've been Twittering since March 14th, 2007 at 1.04pm. I have updated (to date) 4,591 times, with a daily average of exactly 7.0 Tweets. I Tweet mostly on Wednesdays and/or mostly between the hours of 12pm and 1pm. The only statistical anomalies are July '07 (when I was in Alaska for most of the month) and October '08 when I spent the month getting married and honeymooning in South Africa, Botswana and Mauritius).

I'm not going to post all the graphs (you can see them at the "Tweetstats" link, above), but I am going to post the Wordle of my most frequently used words, #1 of which is "work" (boring!).


(all @replies have been removed).

What are your Tweetstats, fellow Twitterers?

December 3, 2008

28% Dangerous

I haven’t done one of these in ages, so here we are:

How dangerous of a driver are you?

I’m 72% un-dangerous, or 28% dangerous. Would you feel safe in the car with me?

How dangerous are you?

September 28, 2008

Me, Right now.

Me, Right now., originally uploaded by Matthew Verso.

Via Pixeldiva. Me in the office working on wedding thingies with NKL
in the background, doing exactly the same.

1. Take a picture of yourself right now.
2. Don't change your clothes, don't fix your hair...just take a picture.
3. Post that picture with NO editing.
4. Post these instructions with your picture.
5. Add it to the Pool.

June 21, 2008


Via Annie comes this, a word cloud of this post from last Tuesday.

Make your own. All you need is some text and about 3 minutes. Loads of nice fontage and colours available too.

June 17, 2008

Seven Songs

Tom has tagged me with this really interesting meme.

“List seven songs you’re into right now. No matter what the genre, whether they have words, or even if they’re not any good, but they must be songs you’re really enjoying now, shaping your spring.”

Interesting. Mostly because I don't listen to "songs" or "tunes", as such. I mostly have my iPod on in the car, playing everything I have on it on shuffle, or I play an album (any album) from start to finish, and then play another one. I listen to music in a fairly random pattern, so it doesn't really "shape" anything, apart from my eardrums. So, here's seven songs (or tunes) that I've randomly listened to recently, and I like.

"The Lark" by Moving Hearts. This is an epic tune. It's actually a set of dance tunes (as in "Irish" dance), linked together in amazing ways. It starts off slowly, and moved quite rapidly into ass-kicking, jumping about territory. One of my favourite tunes ever, if not my favourite. I couldn't find a YouTube video, probably because it's 13 minutes long. There's plenty of other Moving Hearts stuff there though.

"Group Four" by Massive Attack. Again, epic. Starts off crunchy, goes smooth, and then gets very crunchy again. Not something you can dance to though. Ideally listened to by yourself, at full volume, in a darkened room.

"Inner Universe" by Origa. This is the opening theme from Ghost In The Shell: Standalone Complex, and it's amazing. I have no idea what the Japanese chick is singing about, but it's cool. Gets really thumping at several stages too.

"Tell Me" by the Stone Roses. This was the 'Roses forst single, a double-A side along with "So Young". It's probably my favourite song of theirs, after "I Am The Resurrection". Very raw. I love it.

"Paradise City" by Guns & Roses. This song, for me, means summer. It's designed to be played at maximum volume to a crowd of thousands, preferably on a beach, in 30°+ heat. So not so much shaping my spring, as announcing my summer, with a bang.

"15 Stepz" by Amplive (ok, not really by Amplive, but by Radiohead, remixed by Amplive). This is great, in my opinion. If you're one of those people who thinks Radiohead are "too god" to be remixed, or that remixing their stuff is like, sacrilege, screw you. Besides, Radiohead thought this remix was good enough that they allowed it to be released without suing anyone. Plus, the video is pretty good, if a trifle weird.

"Reptilia" by The Strokes. The Strokes Best Song Ever. Definitely one for listening to while driving at great speed (or, alternatively, depending on your point of view, to be avoided at all costs while driving). Awesome.

My alternative "seven songs" list consists entirely of Tenacious D, picked at random. I think I bogged the one most people would want to read (apart from Andy). :-)

January 15, 2008

(Another*) Five Things

Lyle has dropped me in the shit (for which he has been severely reprimanded) with this here meme thingy.

To quote from Lyle: "The idea of the meme is to list five things in your life now that you would have never thought would be in your life when you were 25". So here we go then (deep breath...).

  1. Meeting Nikki on the interpipes, falling in love with her, and asking her to marry me.

    Okay this one's fairly obvious. If anyone had told me this was going to happen 5 and a half years ago, I would've told them to fuck off. Thankfully, they would've been right.

  2. (Relating to #1) Kicking every proposer of marriage's ass by asking Nikki to marry me, to her complete surprise, on top of a mountain, in Alaska, and having a diamond ring (that fitted perfectly) in my pocket.

    Well, yeah. This one kinda came as a surprise to me as I was doing it. According to several male friends of mine, I've now "fucked it up completely for the rest of us". Hey, I can't help it if I rock this much. :-)

  3. Buying a house and (even stranger) settling down

    It had to happen sooner or later. I just thought it would be later, after I had traveled the world and stuff. Oh well, I guess the traveling of the world will have to wait until (a lot) later, after gardening and pets (I want some chickens) and other settley-downey things.

  4. Being such a fucking geek

    This is actually very surprising to me. I was a nerd when I was in my early teens, interested in the sciences, reading, and getting beaten up. Then I discovered smoking and drinking and... things. Then (more recently) I met Nikki and fell in love. Then I met Adrian, who is a friend of hers, and now a friend of mine. Adrian is an über geek of the highest order. I blame him for my love of gadgetry, for me learning how to code (badly), and most of all for my constant refreshing of Endgadget's reports of Macworld Keynotes and the like (MacBook Air anyone?).

  5. (related to #4) Having a blog

    Hey, if anybody told me that I'd have a blog when I was thirty (and a half), I would have gone to see the doctor immediately to see if anything could be done to prevent it (not because I didn't like blogs, but I didn't know what one was).

So there you go. Funny how life can surprise you isn't it? But if it didn't, wouldn't we all be like, SO bored?

I'm not really arsed tagging anybody. I can't tag Babs because she's only 24. So I'll tag the aforementioned Adrian, because I know he won't do it (and I bet a fiver he doesn't), and Dan, because he might do it, it's his kind of thing. Oh, and I might as well tag me big sis' Becca while I'm at it, as she hasn't posted in AGES.

*(I say "another" Five Things because I've already done a five things meme, but a different one!)

October 3, 2007


C-List BloggerAccording to this widget, (we place a lot of authority in widgets 'round these here parts) Life Without Toast is a "C-List" entitity in the blogosphere, in the "middle authority" group. I'm quite chuffed that we have any kind of authority at all, even the middle kind. We're pretty much winging it pretty much all of the time.

[via D4D™]

October 1, 2007


Claire from posted a photo of a horse that she snapped in Mayo at the Breaffy House Hotel. She thought it was crying out for an LOL caption. I agreed.


Lets start a meme, blogosphere! Everybody must immediately make an LOL caption using the original photo, linked above. Go here if you need help with the caption.

April 23, 2007

Me Me Me Meme

Via the totally fantastic Annie.

  1. PICK OUT A SCAR YOU HAVE, AND EXPLAIN HOW YOU GOT IT. Ok, it's a little white scar on my left index finger, and I got it from lifting a steel-radial tire when I was about ten. The tire was very old, and had lots of little sharp steel pointy bits sticking out. It ripped open the whole length of my finger, and blood went everywhere. Not that you'd guess now, the scar is tiny.
  2. WHAT IS ON THE WALLS IN YOUR ROOM? What room? My bedroom? Just a mirror (and no, it's not on the ceiling, Adrian). We haven't got round to putting pictures up yet. Soon.
  3. WHAT DOES YOUR PHONE LOOK LIKE? A very small camera. And I want a new one.
  4. WHAT MUSIC DO YOU LISTEN TO? A little bit like Annie, I would refer you to the Lifewithouttoastcast(s).
  5. WHAT IS YOUR CURRENT DESKTOP PICTURE? In work, this. At home, this. I am perhaps overly fond of a nice desktop.
  7. DO YOU BELIEVE IN GAY MARRIAGE? Of course. I'm totally liberal, and believe in everything that involves people being nice to, and respecting, each other..
  8. WHAT TIME WERE YOU BORN? I think it was at 9.05am. Ever since, that time is the earliest I've ever gotten out of bed without feeling tired for the rest of the day.
  9. ARE YOUR PARENTS STILL TOGETHER? Totally. 35years in December. My parents rock.
  10. WHAT ARE YOU LISTENING TO? A rehearsal of "Children Of Eden" on a tannoy in my office. It's not very good.
  11. DO YOU GET SCARED OF THE DARK? Not ever. I spend over half of my working life in the dark.
  12. THE LAST PERSON TO MAKE YOU CRY? No idea. Last time I even came close to crying, believe it or not, was Spiderman 2. See if you can guess which bit.
  13. WHAT IS YOUR FAVOURITE COLOGNE / PERFUME? I wear L'Occitaine's Eau De Badian because Nikki loves it, and Nikki wears Very Valentino, and I think it's nice too.
  14. WHAT KIND OF HAIR/EYE COLOUR DO YOU LIKE ON THE OPPOSITE SEX? I honestly don't have a 'favourite', but for fear of getting a box upside the head, I'd have to say blonde hair/green eyes.
  15. DO YOU LIKE PAIN KILLERS? If by 'pain killers' you mean 'alcoholic beverages', then yes.
  16. ARE YOU TOO SHY TO ASK SOMEONE OUT? Pretty much the same answer as Annie gave on this one, not really too shy, more like totally useless. Not that I need to ask anyone out, being as I am, happily living with Nikki.
  17. FAVE PIZZA TOPPING? Cheese. Okay, apart from cheese, black and green olives. Mmmm.
  18. IF YOU COULD EAT ANYTHING RIGHT NOW, WHAT WOULD IT BE? I refer you to question 6. And a cup of tea.
  19. WHO WAS THE LAST PERSON YOU MADE MAD? I don't generally get mad, more just 'in a huff'. And the last person to get me in a huff knows who they are.
  20. IS ANYONE IN LOVE WITH YOU? If you read this blog, you know the answer. If you read the answer to questions 13 and 16, you know the answer. If you still don't know the answer, it's 'yes'.

April 19, 2007

Star Wars Personality Test


April 2, 2007

Three Things

I haven't been tagged, but I am off sick from work today - so meh:

Three Things That Scare Me
~ skangers
~being sick because I never am

Three People Who Make Me Laugh
~ Conor & Liam as one (my two roomies)
~ Trishbags
~ Any one of my family members at any given time

Three Things I Love
~ Marmite on toast with real butter
~ Really cold Erginger
~ Living near a beach

Three Things I Hate
~ When people wind me up when I am oh so obviously not in the humour for it at all
~ Overcooked food

Three Things I Don?t Understand
~ A lot of maths (like the hard stuff, not adding etc)
~ Peopl who refuse to wear a seatbelt / indicate / check their mirrors / drive at 70mph in thick fog
~ How come I used to have size 6 feet (39) and now they are a 5 (38)

Three Things On My Desk (its more a dressing table slash desk so...)
~ 2 mirrors
~ make up
~ coconut oil (for my hair)

Three Things I Want To Do Before I Die
~ Own a gaff of my own
~ Go to India and learn yoga from a master
~ Meet all of my living relatives

Three Things I Can Do
~ Counsel my friends when they are having a hard time
~ Make strangers feel like they've known me for years
~ A tripod headstand and then jump into a handstand with no one spotting me and no wall (only since last week - its all in the shoulders)

Three Things I Can?t Do
~ Stop talking (a lot)
~ The lotus position due to my crappy Verso ankles
~ Maths

Three Things I Think You Should Listen To
~ Today FM on a Sunday avo with Jim O'Neill, best ever music!!
~ Your own advice
~ "Dear Jessie" by Madonna (I recently rediscovered this gem)

Three Things You Should Never Listen To
~ A used car salesman
~ People who smile with their mouth but not with their eyes (total sign of slyness)
~ A kango hammer

Three Things I?d Like To Learn (but won?t)
~ To be a weather person
~ How religion makes people kill
~ How to drive a truck

Three Shows I Watched As A Kid
~ Flintstones
~ Bosco
~James Bond Junior

February 5, 2007

Project Playlist

Via Dan, and only because he tagged me. The bugger.

Okay, so now I want to her what tracks QE and Calista come up with when they do it, coz this is me, tagging them.

January 28, 2007

Which Science Fiction Writer Are You?

One for the Geeks this one, although the non-geeks might as well give it a go:

I am:
Isaac Asimov
One of the most prolific writers in history, on any imaginable subject. Cared little for art but created lasting and memorable tales.

Which science fiction writer are you?

[via BoingBoing]

January 26, 2007

I'm 43.1% Smarter Than Average

smart or stoopid?

I don't know what the "average" is though...

Take the test!

January 4, 2007

That Random Book Meme Thingy

Nat's only gone and bollocking tagged me (that's two tags in two days, a new record!) with the random book meme thing, which goes something like this:

  1. Take the nearest book and go to page 123.

  2. Go to the fifth sentence of the page.

  3. Copy down the next three sentences and tag three people.

Nat has also taken the liberty of adding additional rules about doing it in work and asking whether or not you knew what's written on the page you find.

SO! I turned around at my desk and the first book saw was "Sound For Theatres" by Graham Walne, page 123 of which is almost entirely made up of pictures, and which has only three sentences. Dang. I tried again, picking up the second book there, "The Lost Theatres Of Dublin" by Philip B Ryan, which I have perused before on more than one occasion. Page 123 is about The Queen's Theatre, which was demolished in 1969.

"We know what Mr. Lucas means, he elevates Leno to the status of a serious artist, but we don't know what it was like to experience his artistry. George Bernard Shaw admired Marie Lloyd, but often wondered why someone didn't write humorous songs for her. Her songs, according to GBS, were very funnily sung but were not in themselves particularly funny.

I have to admit, apart from "George Bernard Shaw", I haven't a notion who's being talked about here. Marie Lloyd? A quick glance at the Wiki-wiki-wah gives me some insight. Interesting.

I'm not tagging anyone this time. If you really, really want to do this one, go crazy.

January 3, 2007

Five Things You Don?t Know About Me

Dragon has only gone and tagged me (the bugger). So here's five things you don't know (or might not know) about me:

  1. I lived with my parents until I was 25 (yes, that's twenty-five).
  2. I have never been to America.
  3. I was once a door-to-door salesman for Granton/Ds-Max (and hated it immensely).
  4. My favourite food is sandwiches.
  5. I have absolutely no irrational fears or phobias about anything at all (feel free to challenge me on this one).

This is me, tagging Annie, Ian and Sharky. Tell us what we don't know dudes.

September 15, 2006

Meme Me Baby One More Time (slight return)

QE has just, through a miracle of blogging technology (and in his first post in nigh on two months, the neck of him), remembered me of an idea I had back in March, which I asked "someone" to remind me of.

It goes something like this:

I hereby call on Annie, Gordon, Dan, Babs and QE (and me!) to indulge themselves in a bit of musical rehashery, and do that 20 tracks meme thingy all over again. And like, yeah, whoever else wants to do it too. You have one week (let's say midnight on Friday? Lovely!).


July 28, 2006

Songs Meme

babsdance.jpg(*this is me dancing, in a kitchen, in Monaghan, I thought I would show you me again!!) (all different, but all the same)

  1. A track from your early childhood

    ?Guilty? by Bananrama, I used to dance around my kitchen to it as a small girl and it?s the first song I knew all the words to
  2. A track that you associate with your first love
    ?RX queen? by Deftones, ?cause you?re me girl and that?s alright, if you sting me I wont mind? aw!
  3. A track that reminds you of a holiday trip
    ?Hotel California? by The Eagles, Girona 04, me and Keelin listened to it everyday that I was there
  4. A track that you like but wouldn?t want to be associated with in public
    Oh god, any of my 80?s cheesy tastic ones, em possible Rock the Boat, or Germaine Stewart ?we don?t have to take our clothes off, to have a good time? (terrible but I secretly love it ? shhh!)
  5. A track that accompanied you when you were lovesick
    ?Lover you should have come over? Jeff Buckley / ?I hope that I don?t fall in love with you? Tom Waits
  6. A track that you have probably listened to most often
    ?Ugly Girl? Fiona Apple, the ultimate break up song really, but I love it for other occasions too! The lyrics are just genius!! And the music is all upbeat and funky so it puts you in a good mood as well, and no?I am not bitter!!
  7. A track that is your favourite instrumental

    "McBride?s" by Moving Hearts.
  8. A track that represents one of your favourite bands
    I don?t really have a favourite band so to speak, there?s far too many, so here goes: T-Rex ?cosmic dancer?, Beastie Boys ?sabotage?, Deftones ?passenger?, Blondie ?fade away and radiate?, Bjork ?Joga?, Bob Marley and the Wailers ?Redemption Song?, Rage against the machine ?responsible for genocide?, Suzanne Vega ?Marlene on the wall?, Jimi Hendrix ?all along the watchtower?, Tears For Fears ?head over heels?, The Ramones ?Pet Cemetery?, CCR ?Suzie Q?, The Carpenters ?The Masquerade?.
  9. A track which represents yourself best
    ?Teenage Kicks? The Undertones for defo!
  10. A track that reminds you of a special occasion (which one?)

    ?Simply the Best? Tina Turner, me, my Mam, and my Sister danced to this at my sisters wedding, and we always sing it with alternative words
  11. A track that you can relax to
    Well if I am doing the Yoga at home (ultimate relaxation) or if I can?t sleep I listen to Air?s ?Moon Safari? album, its so chilled out, but cant pick one track, cause then once you are relaxed you?d have to get up and out something else on, and that just defeats the purpose!
  12. A track that stands for a really good time in your life
    ?The Way young lovers do? Van Morrison, reminds me of 2 summers ago (2004) when I was introducing my foreign mates to Irish musicians, and we used to sit in the garden and do beer tastings and climb onto the roof of the shed and pick the cherries off the tree in Neal?s garden, and dance in the grass in our bare feet, it was a cool time!
  13. A track that is currently your favourite
    ?Oh my God? Kaiser Chiefs, (brilliant for driving to) or ?Hounds of Love? The Futureheads, one of the few covers that do the original justice, brilliant track!!
  14. A track that you?d dedicate to your best friend
    The Pixies ?Debaser? or The Foo Fighters ?My Hero?
  15. A track that you think nobody but you likes
    ?The Frog Chorus? Paul McCartney, ah them were the days!!
  16. A track that you like especially for its lyrics
    ?Dream Brother? Jeff Buckley, makes me tingle, I know, bent but hey, that?s me!
  17. A track that you like that?s neither English nor German
    Les Tentations ?Il fait chaud?, French rap, I was introduced to this by my Parisian friend Stefane, its brilliant, its defo on my recommended list!
  18. A track that lets you release tension best
    ?All along the Watchtower? Jimi Hendrix, it makes me dance, even when I don?t want to
  19. A track that you want to be played on your funeral
    ?Hurt? Johnnie Cash (originally by NIN but this one is SO much better, ?What have I become, my sweetest friend
    Everyone I know goes away, in the end
    And you could have it all, my empire of dirt
    I will let you down, I will make you hurt

    If I could start again, a million miles away, I would keep myself
    I would find a way?

    The music is brilliant in it as well, makes me tingle

  20. A track that you?d nominate for the ?best of all times? category
    ?Teenage Kicks? The Undertones, I love it, it also makes me dance, and I have loved it since I first heard it, in Donegal when I was about 9 and my Dad?s mate John was playing the music on the guitar and he asked me had I ever heard it and I said no and then he played it for me and I just fell in love with it straight away, I love the way Sharkey?s accent is true in his singing voice.

July 10, 2006

The Amazing Strip Creator Meme

Via Dan, here's my pathetic attempt:

Schmancy Dress

Why not make your own and keep the meme going? For Dan's sake. He's a good guy, like.

Random Question Meme

This one was so weird I just had to do it! Here go go then...

Have you had sex in the past 24 hours?
Amazingly enough, no.

Are you gay?
Are you crazy?

Do you have hairy legs?
Hell yes.

Do you smoke anything?
I smoke everything. Especially cheese.

Do you like monkeys?
Yes, but I couldn't eat a whole one.

How many fillings do you have?
My mouth is sullied by but one filling.

Would you rather swim in the ocean or a lake?
Probably the ocean, depending on cleanness.

Have you ever licked one of those square batteries?
Every chance I get (the rechargable ones give you a better hit).

Have you ever read the Bible?
Not really. I've heard it's a great yarn though.

Did you ever go to Sunday School?
I choose not to answer this question as it is too American.

Do you wear a lot of black?
Not really, unless I am working on the stage (not often, but sometimes).

Did you ever bring a weapon to school?
If you count my trusty Swiss Army Knife as a weapon, then yes, every day.

Have you ever hugged a tree?
A couple of times. They don't really hug back though.

Do you know what a sphincter actually is?
Err... Yes? Don't you?

Describe your hair?
Short, mid-brown, with 'product' in.

Are you a wildbeast?
I don't think so...

Do you like to have fun?
Occasionally (for 'occasionally', read 'always').

Do you like drama?
Personal drama, no. Stage Drama, yes. TV drama, sometimes. Movie drama, also sometimes.

Have you ever taken a bong hit?
Yes! What's a 'bong' (innocent look)?

Do you like mayonnaise?
That depends on the nature of the sandwich.

Are you afraid to die?
Not right now. Maybe in the future?

Do you like playing in leaves?
Once upon a time, yes. Now, well, yes.

Have you ever peed your pants as an adult?
Not that I remember.

Have you ever thrown up on somebody as an adult?
Hmmmm... See previous question (and also add possibly, probably, dunno).

Are you an adult?
Outside, yes. Inside, not even close.

Ever won a spelling bee?
See answer to 'Sunday School' question, above.

Do you ever eat because your depressed?
I eat for any reason at all.

Are you a television addict?
My name is Matt and I'm a tellyholic.

Do you think OJ was guilty?
I think he was framed, but he looked guilty.

Do you enjoy spending time with your mother?
My Mammy is my friend.

Have you ever had sex in a hot tub?
Not so far. Sounds fun though!

On a swing?
Please explain how one would do such a thing.

Do you like Elvis?
Who doesn't?

Do you enjoy watching animals ?do it? on the Discovery channel?
I am traumatized for life after seeing walruses 'doing it' the week before last.

Ever been hit on at a zoo?
Yeah, the giraffes really dig me

Have you ever had sex with a total stranger?
The very idea is an anathema to my sensibilities.

Do you enjoy the calming effects of turkeys?
Err... What?

Does your mom think someone is hot?
She's a sucker for Sean Connery George Harrison. RIP George, my Mammy loves ya.

Are you a sugar freak?
If by 'freak' you mean 'addict', then yes.

Ever been arrested?
Not yet (touch wood).

Ever commit a crime and get away with it?
Yes. I'm not saying what though (In case Interpol read my blog like).

Do you like orange juice?
Yes, freshly squeezed with juicy bits in.

What sign are you?
"No Right Turn"

Ever do the party boy dance in front of the elderly?
Every chance I have.

Where do you wish you were right now?
Back home in bed, eating a peanut butter and jam sandwich.

Did you enjoy this?
It was fun for a while, then it got a bit boring...

July 6, 2006

The Name Meme

1. YOUR ROCK STAR NAME: (first pet and current street name)
Luna Merrion

2. YOUR MOVIE STAR NAME: (grandfather/grandmother on your mom's side, your favourite candy)
Ernie May Sherbet

3. YOUR "FLY GIRL/GUY" NAME: (first initial of first name, first two or three letters of your middle name)

4. YOUR DETECTIVE NAME: (favourite colour, favourite animal)
Yellow Terrapin

5. YOUR SOAP OPERA NAME: (middle name, city where you were born)
Ruth Drogheda

6. YOUR STAR WARS NAME: (first 3 letters of your last name, last 3 letters of mother's maiden name)

7. JEDI NAME: (middle name spelled backwards, your mom's maiden name spelled backwards)
Htur NoscaaI

8. PORN STAR NAME: (middle name, street you grew up on)
Ruth Chapel

9. SUPERHERO NAME: ("The", your favourite colour, favourite drink)
The Yellow Beer

June 19, 2006

Ten Pounds Euro

Via Gordon:

If you only had £10 ?10, what would you order?


  1. Must be ordered online
  2. Post and packaging cannot take the total spend over £10 ?10.
  3. Must be able to deliver to Ireland/The UK
  4. ANYTHING goes.

I realise that by changing this from £10 to ?10, I have made it exceedingly more difficult, but I live in Ireland, I pay for things with Euros, and "?14.66" doesn't quite have the same ring to it...

April 27, 2006

That Birthday Meme Thingy

Via the ever meme-tacular Annie, comes this.

Go to Wikipedia. Type in your birth date (but not year). List three events that happened on your birthday. List two important birthdays and one interesting death.

13th of May

1888 - With the passage of the Lei Áurea ("Golden Law"), Brazil abolishes slavery.
1950 - First All-time Formula One Grand Prix. It is held at Silverstone Circuit, England (how cool is that?!).
2005 - The final episode of Star Trek: Enterprise airs in the United States, bringing to a close an 18-year uninterrupted television franchise, Enterprise being one of two series created by Gene Roddenberry ending on the same day (the other being Andromeda).

1939 - Harvey Keitel, American actor.
1977 - Samantha Morton, English actress. (on the exact same day as me!)

I've chosen not to do a death, as I'm (like Annie) all about the positive vibes, man. So instead I'll draw you to the fascinating fact that the Ancient Romans used to celebrate the Feast of the Lemures, when they performed rites to exorcise the malevolent and fearful ghosts of the dead from their homes, by offering them beans.

I'm not sure if offering a tin of Heinz would get rid of any malevolent spirits these days.

April 9, 2006

Meme Me Baby One More Time

And here we go again... Thanks to QE for this one.

What time did you get up this morning?
About 9. Had to check out of a caravan park by 10 this morning, to go for breakfast in a roadside café, somewhere in Wales.

Diamonds or Pearls?

What was the last film you saw at the cinema?
Narnia I think. I must go to the cinema again soon, it's been too long.

What is your favourite TV show?
Currently, 24. Previously, various shows from Babylon 5 to Farscape and many more, some actually not sci-fi, amazingly enough.

What do you usually have for breakfast?
Two slices of toast, one with Marmite, one with good quality jam, a mug of tasty latté (made properly), sometimes a glass of OJ (let's say 2 out of 5 times), and a cigarette.

Favourite cuisine?

What food do you dislike?
Chicken. It's fowl (ha!).

What is your favourite CD at the moment?
Hmmm. Possibly Demon Days by Gorillaz. I haven't listened to a cd since I got my iPod at Christmas, but that's the album that I burned to my iPod from a cd that I listen to the most (this question is dated imho).

Morning or night person?

Favourite sandwich?
Ooooh, now there's a question. If you expand this question to include to include any type of bread split in half and filled with tasty stuff, and you expressed the number of possible sandwiches that at any particular time I would classify as my 'favourite' in kilometres, the answer would be roughly the distance between the Earth and the Sun. Today, it's Roast Mushroom and Gruyere.

What characteristic do you despise?
Stupidity. I really hate when I or anyone else ever does anything stupid. Because it's stupid. And therefore unnecessary. So there.

Favourite item of clothing?

If you could go anywhere in the world on vacation, where would it be?
Anywhere? Anywhere at all? But in the world? Antarctica.

What colour is your bathroom?
Kinda off-white-ish. Or something.

Favourite brand of clothing?

Where would you retire to?
Where would I retire to, possibly New Zealand. Where will I retire to, probably like, Wexford or something.

What was your most memorable birthday?
Dunno really. Never was a huge 'birthday' person. 21st? Something like that.

Favourite sport to watch?
Football/Formula 1/Rugby/Snooker. Pick one.

Who do you least expect to complete this?

Person you expect to complete it first?
Possibly Annie.

Person who is least busy?
That's a bit of an open-ended question isn't it? What does that mean? Person who is least busy? Anyone who is asleep!

When is your birthday?
The 13th of May. I was born on Friday the 13th. Nikki was 13 on the 13th (her birthday is October 13th). BWA-HA-HAAA!!!

What is your shoe size?
8 or 42.

Two: A spider in the corner of my bedroom who I have named Spidey and a plastic skeleton that hangs off the mirror of my car called Mr. Bones.

Any new and exciting news you?d like to share with us?
Err... Hmmm... Not really. You all know me and Nikki bought a house, right? No? Well we bought a house. Yay!

What did you want to be when you were little?
An Astronaut of course! What a silly question.

What is your favourite flower?
That ghost orchid thing from out of Adaptation. S'lovely.

What date on the calendar are you looking forward to?
Whatever date it is when I move into my new house. It will be soooooon (crosses fingers, prays to God...).

One word to describe the person who you snaffled this from?
Geek? I dunno. I think I met him once, but I only know him through his blog. And that tends to be at least moderatly geeky (at it's most non-geeky times). And geek is a good thing, to all you non-geeks who think it's not.

April 3, 2006

10 Pitchers

Damn you Annie, I saw this and then I just had to do it myself. It's a bit of a weird one I must admit, listing my ten favourite films but excluding any I think might be one of the ten best ever made. Hmmm... Here we go so:

1) The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai: Across The 8th Dimension
buckaroo banzaiAnyone else seen this? It's fucking brilliant. Starring Peter 'Robocop' Weller as Buckaroo Banzai, brain surgeon, test Pilot, rock star and international crime-fighter, and also starring John Lithgow, Ellen Barkin, Christopher Lloyd and more, made in 1984 for approximately twenty pence and featuring evil Red Lectroids from Planet 10, It's a laugh-a-minute sci-fi 'Z' movie that I really love, not least for it's sample-friendly quotes ("Sealed with a curse as sharp as a knife. Doomed is your soul and damned is your life").

2) The Day The Earth Stood Still
Forget the numerous alleged religious references (Mr. Carpenter anyone?) and instead have a good look at the far-ahead-of-their-time special effects and the beautiful art direction, not to mention the message contained within the economically-told story, which is basically "come on, humanity, grow the fuck up, for crying out loud"

3) Evil Dead II
Apart from being the 34th funniest comedy film of all time, it's also a superlative horror/schlock/splatter romp that hits every mark it aims for. Starring Bruce Campbell (BEST...ACTOR...EVER...) and directed by the ridiculously talented Sam Raimi (of recent Spider Man I & II fame), the "GIMME BACK MY HAND!" scene is worth whatever admission price you may or may not have paid alone (oh, and I choose this one over the original Evil Dead movie on the basis that it kicks it's ass).

4) Back To The Future
back to the future.jpg Do I really have to explain myself on this one? When this came out in 1985, I was eight, and it was the coolest thing in the history of the world. Every boy my age wanted a DeLorean, and to travel through time, and to have a crazy old 'Doc' as a friend, and to skate like Marty McFly.

5) Finding Nemo
I don't actually think I need to explain this one either! Pixar really have set the bar unattainably high with their last few films, but I still really (just by a tiny amount) think this is their best work, even though it's also possibly their most kiddywinkle-friendly outing. I really, really, really can't wait to see Cars, from what I've heard, despite some poor early reports, it's just as good as Finding Nemo and the Incredibles. WOO-HOO!!!

6) Raumschiff Surprise - Periode 1
I caught this completely by accident late one night on TG4, the Irish-language TV station. It's not in Irish, but German, and it takes the complete piss out of every sci-fi or fantasy film you can think of, from The Phantom Menace to The original Star Trek, from Back to the Future to a Knight's Tale and beyond, all in the highest camp German accents you can imagine, and with a gay Mr. Spock. Brilliant. Real Shame you can't gt it on DVD with subtitles (as my German ain't the best) yet.

7) The Rocky Horror Picture Show
rocky horrorI actually started loving this while working on the Rocky Horror Show for a month about 9 or so years ago. From "Over At The Frankenstein Place" to "Super Heroes" (which used to send a shiver up my spine, believe it or not), the songs are all superb (if also superbly 'lame') and the humour has it's tongue so far in it's cheek that it's like, touching it's ear or something. To quote: "Yes, it really is the greatest cult-film of all-time".

8) Clerks
"Hello. What? No I don't work today, I'm playing hockey at two.". So you think, Danté, so you think. In fact, you'll be working all day, during which you'll make a sign using boot polish, people will throw cigarettes at you, you'll knock a coffin over at a wake, you will play hockey (on the roof of the Quick-Stop), you'll talk about Star Wars a lot with your friend Randall, and your ex-girlfriend will fuck a dead man in the toilet, thinking it's you. Brilliant, brilliant, brilliant, and I really hope Mr. Smith doesn't fuck it up completely with Clerks II.

9) Team America - World Police
When I saw the South Park movie, I thought Messers Stone and Parker had finally shown their true genius, but I also thought it would be their finest (two) hour(s). I was wrong. With Team America, they have not only rekinded the memories ot the Thunderbirds and Captain Scarlet et al, told every actor in the world that they're a wanker, and constructed some of the finest puppet-based action sequences ever comitted to celluloid, they've also made me nearly poop myself laughing, and made Kim Jong Il cry (if he's seen it). Respect, Matt and Trey.

10) Brazil
brazil.jpgTerry Gilliams 1985 opus is number ten on this list, but I've saved the best until last. This fantastical tale of the heroic dreams of a bureaucrat in the ministry of information in a distopian future society sees Gilliam at his visual and creative peak, full of completely insane characterisations, scenes and situations. The cameos by Robert De Niro and Bob Hoskins stand out as significant and throw-away at the same time, Jonathan Pryce's central character of Sam Lowry is inneffectual and essential simultaneously, and the film is full of such paradoxical situations. It's crammed full of visual detail, from the propoganda signs present everywhere ("Mind that parcel. Eagle eyes can save a life" / "Trust in Haste - Regret at Leisure"), to Bob Hoskin's hat with the stupidly oversized peak (which emphasizes the ridiculousness of his character's occupation), to the "MOI" (Ministry of Information) logo seen on everything from cups to goldfish bowls in Kurtzmann's office. The Final scene in which Michael Palin's character Jack, best friend of Sam, is revealed as the torturer who is to extract information from Sam, is brilliantly executed as both touchingly affectionate and brutally sinister.

So that's my ten, like them or lump them. Comments very welcome on this one, and I'm not tagging anyone.

March 10, 2006

20 Tracks Meme

Sorry if it's all a bit meme-y here recently, blame Gordon for being a bad blogging influence if you want. Anyhoo, here we go again...

1. A track from your early childhood
"Robert De Niro's Waiting" By Bananarama. Bugger off.

2. A track that you associate with your first love
Bill Medley & Jennifer Warnes - "(I've Had) the Time of My Life". It was the 80's. Dirty Dancing was cool.

3. A track that reminds you of a holiday trip
"Holiday" By the Happy Mondays, camping trip, '03, West Cork.

4. A track that you like but wouldn?t want to be associated with in public
See # 2.

5. A track that accompanied you when you were lovesick
"Just The Two Of Us" By Bill Withers. Lovely song. "We can make it if we try, just the two of us..."

6. A track that you have probably listened to most often
Jeepers. I dunno. Summat by Bob Marley. Probably "Exodus".

7. A track that is your favourite instrumental
"McBrides" by Moving Hearts. Most of you will never have heard/heard of this, it's amazing.

8. A track that represents one of your favourite bands
"Fools Gold" by the Stone Roses. The 9.53 version that goes on forever, unlike the Stone Roses.

9. A track which represents yourself best
"City Hall" by Tenacious D. Coz (I'm sitting 20 floors below sea level. In a bunker...) I don't like politicians, as a rule. We should all rise up and beat the bastards. Just listen to the song and you'll know what I mean.

10. A track that reminds you of a special occasion (which one?)
Really stumped on this one. Generally it's the people that remind me of a special occasion, so let's just say err... "High And Dry", by Radiohead, coz the last time I saw them play it live, it was special.

11. A track that you can relax to
"Sarah" by Thin Lizzy/Phil Lynott. Very nice.

12. A track that stands for a really good time in your life
Right now is a really, really good time in my life, probably the best, so like, "When The Sun Goes Down" by Arctic Monkeys I s'pose.

13. A track that is currently your favourite
"When The Sun Goes Down" by Arctic Monkeys. :-)

14. A track that you?d dedicate to your best friend
"Friendship" by Tenacious D. To my very excellent mate and dear cousin, Andy.

15. A track that you think nobody but you likes
"Build It Up, Tear It Down" by Slimboy Fat Fatboy Slim

16. A track that you like especially for its lyrics
"War" by Bob Marley. Because every word is the truth: "Until the philosophy that holds one race superior and another inferior is finally and permanantly discredited and abandoned: WAR"

17. A track that you like that?s neither English nor German
"Mamo Bajo" by Kanda Bongo Man from the Congo. I have it on tape from years ago and it makes me dance uncontrollably.

18. A track that lets you release tension best
"I Am The Resurrection" by The Stone Roses. It's John Squire's guitar you see, and the chorus. It's something I can shout and play air guitar to.

19. A track that you want to be played on your funeral
As in the previous meme, "Don't Stop Me Now", by Queen.

20. A track that you?d nominate for the ?best of all times? category
"The End" by The Doors.

Hopefully that'll be the last meme for a while, but you never know, I might run out of stuff to blog and have to meme something. I apologise in advance.

March 8, 2006

Desert Island Memes

Pick eight significant songs to take to your desert island, but you only have two days to come up with them, said Gordon. He didn't tag me, he didn't tag anybody, because he 'can't be arsed'.

Right (deep breath...), here we go:

1. I Am The Resurrection by The Stone Roses
We might as well start at number one, in order of amazingness. Let me put it this way, the super-brilliant twangly guitar bit near the end is my ringtone. I put it on every time there's a party, and I want people to start shouting and flailing immediately. It's #1.

2. Tomorrow Never Knows by The Beatles
Absolutely one of my favourite songs ever. I originally heard it at a Beatles tribute show, before I was actually into the Beatles, and it was so far ahead of it's time, I was sure it wasn't the Beatles. I thought it some modern remix of a song I'd never heard, but no, it was recorded by the Fab Four in nineteen frickin' sixty-six!

3. Smells Like Teen Spirit by Nirvana
Seriously, how can this not be on everyone's list? Embarrased as I am to admitting having ever watched 'The Word' in the 90's, but it was on that (absolutely terrible) show that I first saw Nirvana. They played 'Smella Like Teen Spirit', and needless to say, it was the talk of the schoolyard on Monday. Bacause I was like fourteen or something.

4. Sunday Bloody Sunday by U2
On the Under a Blood Red Sky album, Bono says 'this is not a rebel song', but I think at it's heart it really is. It's a song about a terrible thing that happened and the feelings of helplessness felt by a nation, and the feeling of betrayal and (unfounded) hatred against an army in a place they probably should not have been. It makes me feel very Irish when I hear it, and not necessarily in a political or patriotic way.

5. Don't Stop Me Now by Queen
"I'm a rocket ship on my way to Mars, On a collision course, I am a satellite, I'm out of control, I'm a sex machine, ready to reload, Like an atom bomb about to oh oh oh oh oh explode...!" Not to be morbid and/or inviting disaster, but I want this playing at my funeral. Say no more.

6. I Want You (She's So Heavy) by The Beatles
I really love the guitar in this, it's so... heavy. The lyrics don't really add up to much ("I want you, I want you so bad it's driving me mad"/"she's so heavy" is basically it), but the heavy crunchy guitars and the sparse lyrical variety add up to a very complete whole. Really something you only start to appreciate after the 20th listen or so.

7. Ain't No Sunshine by Bill Withers
To anyone else who likes/loves this song, I don't really need to explain why this is one of 'The 8'. To everyone else: Have you ever been in love? Ever missed the object of your affections? This is what it's all about (well, it could mean something else entirely, but that's what it means to me).

8. Move On Up by Curtis Mayfield
I'll just quote from the last verse:
" Just move on up, and keep on wishing, Remember your dreams are your only schemes, So keep on pushing. Take nothing less,-not even second best, And do not obey -you must have your say, You can past the test...

Move on up!"

And that's my 8. I'm not tagging anybody either. Except maybe Dan.

February 23, 2006

Five Weird Habits

So apparently I've been tagged by Tatiana. Yes folks, it's meme time again (already...?)! So here we go, five weird habits.

I constantly 'line up' objects aroud me into right-angles and parallel lines, but only at home, never in work (hence my desk in work being in a terrible state).

I brush my teeth exactly the same way, every time, rhythmically. 32 strokes top, bottom, inside, outside, front.

I check my pockets every time I leave somewhere, and therefore never lose anything, ever.

I talk to myself when I'm absolutely sure that no-one can hear me, and have entire two-sided conversations, again, with myself.

I love making lots of noise in the kitchen, closing cupboards and breadbins with a huge 'BANG', rattling cutlery, pots and pans, etc. I have no idea why I do this.

February 18, 2006

Meme-Tacular Extravaganza

After seeing this '4 Things' meme on several other blogs, I thought seeing as it's been a slow week relatively speaking, I might as well give it the proverbial 'bash'.

4 jobs I've had in my life
1) Builders Labourer
2) Door-To-Door Salesman
3) Follow Spot Operator/Flyman/Stage Hand/General Slave (all in one establishment)
4) Theatre Technical Manager

4 movies I can watch over and over
1) Superman (I & II)
2) The Empire Strikes Back
3) It's A Wonderful Life
4) Brazil

4 places I have lived
1) Garristown
2) Sheffield
3) Sallynoggin
4) Err... That's kinda it! For about another two months (at the most, I hope) anyway.

4 tv shows I like to watch
1) 24
2) The Simpsons (watching it right now)
3) Family Guy
4) Pimp My Ride (oh.... piss off, stop laughing)

4 places I have been on holiday
1) New Zealand
2) Majorca
3) Devon
4) Allehies, West Cork

4 things I like to eat
1) Marmite on Toast
2) Botticelli's Italian Gelaté (Ice-Cream)
3) The Natural Confectionary Company's Party Animals ( The Big Mix, with SNAKES!)
4) Sandwiches

4 websites I visit daily
1) Boing Boing
2) Rocketboom
3) s e v i t z d o t c o m
4) The Palace Of Lord Danzor The Destructor

4 places I would rather be right now
1) Antarctica
2) Having Dinner In My Mam And Dad's
3) On A Cheap-As-Chips Sun Holiday With Nikki
4) Outer Mongolia

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