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December 01, 2004

Films films films! (Winning the award for Saddest Things You Ever Saw)

[Last updated on 23/12/05]

So I got bored one day and decided to compile a list of my top fifty (yes, FIFTY) films. It is obviously rather changeable, but here it is regardless. Come one, come all, come take the piss!

[Note: I wanted to do this in 2 columns, but it seems that tabs and even double spaces are unsupported by this system. Awesome. Now everyone will have to scroll. Don't blame me for your RSI.]

  1. Shawshank Redemption
  2. Pulp Fiction
  3. Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon
  4. Leon
  5. Memento
  6. The Matrix
  7. Gladiator
  8. The Usual Suspects
  9. LA Confidential
  10. Fight Club
  11. Garden State
  12. Amélie
  13. Fifth Element
  14. Enemy at the Gates
  15. American Beauty
  16. Schindler's List
  17. Shrek
  18. Shakespeare in Love
  19. Ocean's 11
  20. The Butterfly Effect
  21. High Fidelity
  22. Clerks
  23. Desperado
  24. Mallrats
  25. A Beautiful Mind
  26. True Romance
  27. Dogma
  28. Serenity
  29. The Negotiator
  30. House of Flying Daggers
  31. Star Wars Trilogy
  32. Minority Report
  33. Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
  34. Lost in Translation
  35. Equilibrium
  36. Shrek 2
  37. Million Dollar Baby
  38. Blade Runner
  39. 12 Monkeys
  40. Donnie Darko
  41. Seven
  42. Good Will Hunting
  43. Batman Begins
  44. eXistenZ
  45. Lord of the Rings Trilogy
  46. Reservoir Dogs
  47. Kingdom of Heaven
  48. The Rock
  49. Face/Off
  50. Finding Nemo


Humm…this is the second time this has happened. I log in and suddenly there's a big blank space. There's the menu bar on the right (date, recent entries, galleries etc), but only after that menu is finished does the latest post appear.
In other words, there's a horrible big grey space where the post should be.

I've found a fix – namely switching to a different base design, but it's incredibly annoying. I've seen this on one or two other people's blogs too.

Is there another (better) fix?

Things to do, see and hear

Aaaah there's nothing I like better than telling people what they should be keeping an eye open for, so here's a little list.

  • Garden State
    A film written, directed by and starring Zach Braff (J.D from Scrubs). Also with Natalie Portman and Ian Holm. Comes out in the UK on December 10th.

  • Out of Nothing - Embrace
    I really like this album – kinda a cross between Doves and Coldplay. I'm almost certain it doesn't compromise my integrity as a lover of good guitar music.

  • Half Life 2
    If you are not a PC gamer, this is one of those particular times that I pity you. It lives up to the hype and more. Just a pity that I'm gonna have to buy about £300 worth of upgrades to stop it killing my computer. A cooler room would probably help a bit too (see earlier with respect to radiators).

  • Going Postal - Terry Pratchett
    Good book, not his best, but still clever and funny. And once you've written such masterpieces as Good Omens, Thief of Time, The Truth, Interesting Times etc, you're allowed the occasional slight dip in form. Still better than almost anything else.

  • Spaced
    Well, I've done a film, an album, a game and a book. Time for a TV series. I could plug Scrubs, as it is probably the Greatest Thing Ever, but Spaced is much less well-known. Only 2 series were made, with 7 episodes in each. Series 2 is possibly even better than Scrubs, but that's a debate for another day.

Wow. 6 posts on my first day. I must be on some kind of blog speed-drug or something.

[Edit: Ass! i posted this yesterday and just noticed an error in it. I correct the error and suddenly it comes up as today's post. Oops]

Castration's too good for them

Writing about web page

Some things just shouldn't be allowed to exist, and GoldenEye: Rogue Agent is definitely one of them.
Thank you EA for turning out yet another piece of utter, utter shite.

If anyone out there cares at all about quality computer games, please read this review and pass it on to whoever you can. Together, we can make a difference. Together, we can destroy this corporate disease! TOGETHER, WE CAN TAKE OVER THE WORLD!!!!!

/backs slowly away from himself while fumbling for the little bottle of pills

Thoughts during a physics lecture

Physics lectures have to be one of the most boring, mind numbing things in the world. If you want to stay awake you have to think about other things, or at least criticise the lecturer in your head (or out loud for that matter).

Here's a couple of things I came up with just now:

Variable names can be funny. Three this year in particular have caught the attention of the immature-minded:
Ψt (Psi subscript t - wave fuction in quantum mechanics) which was pronounced "Shi-tee" by the lecturer for 5 weeks.
Rs (R subscript s - the Schwarzchild Radius in relativistic cosmology), pronounced "Are-sub-ess" (Arse-ub-ess geddit?).
Vd (V subscript d - Drift velocity of free electrons in solid state physics) Well, I think this one's obvious.
Oh, and Dirac's Bra and Ket notation.

How can anyone say these things in a lecture theatre and keep a straight face? The most worrying thing is that they probably don't even notice.

Secondly, on the third occasion of writing "fee" instead of "free", i decided that one must be approximately equal to the other. In the limit of r->0.
Sorry, physics/maths jokes are the lowest of the low, with the possible exception of computer science jokes. But sometimes I just can't help myself.

Oh, and finally, the physics in medicine lecturer said yesterday: "There is only one way to measure blood flow. The scalpel, the bucket, and the stopwatch."

I love the smell of frostbite in the morning

This is how all winter days should start. The crisp, cold air. The golden sun filling the clear blue sky. The frost on the ground and the mist rising from it. Your breath mists the instant you step outside, and your eyes begin to stream after half a minute's brisk walk.

So sharp, so clear, so crystalline. So uplifting.

Now all I need is some snow, a mountain and some skis.

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