All 12 entries tagged Stuff
June 15, 2006
June 02, 2006
A question I have asked myself recently.
Two people I know have considered putting themselves in the literal firing line and it raises some interesting questions about the risk you'd be willing to take on in order to raise some cash.
Firstly associate X is planning to head off to Iraq to work as private security. The money is good but to me the risk seems astonishing (not to mention the questionable moral issues.)
Secondly associate Z was lined up to go to Afghanisatan as part of the british expedition in the south. As a TA member this up–to–12 month tour would have netted around £5k, which considering the risk seems a pitiful amount in return for your neck on the line (note that the job was not safe guard duty but dangerous supply chain work). Luckily, he is not going.
X knows the risks and will be well rewarded for taking them. Z was in the situation of knowing the risks and getting cock all for it.
I don't think I could do anything like this for whatever money. It's not that I don't think its in me to do that sort of thing (but that's a darker story for another time…) – I just can't think of a price for which I would be happy to risk my own life and the happiness of my loved ones in such a mercenary (and that's a fair word I think) way.
May 30, 2006
Simple question really.
Went to see Martha Wainwright on Friday – really good night. She has a pretty unique voice and some great material. Evening was particularly interesting as she was joined by her mum – Kate McGarrigle.
However, the songs deal with a lot of ishoos and questions of positive/negative self–image.
So, anyway, the question i was pondering over the weekend was whether people generally like themselves or don't.
I feel fairly comfortable as me – but I get the feeling that I may be in a minority.
May 11, 2006
I am trying to cut down my coffee intake to just 1 a day – I have been drinking far too much of the stuff.
I have had one coffee in three days now and I assume that my tiredness, irritability and headache relate to this fact. I hope this ends soon.
I am glad I never smoked as giving up things is a real bummer.
My rationale for this – partly health related but I also want to make coffee something special again. Like many good things too much of it reduces the specialness. Coffee, like wine, should be appreciated rather than thrown back. So fewer but better is the mantra.
March 02, 2006
Writing about web page http://community.livejournal.com/found_objects/2555300.html#cutid1
Wow – Sheer bloody genius.
I knew Bowie had something about him, but this is great. And Ossie rocks too.
February 28, 2006
There's been a lot of talk recently about changing road signs from Miles to Kilometres to bring us line with the rest of Europe for the 2012 Olympics.
Sounds like a load of rubbish to me.
If we're doing road signs, why not other things – which songs would the EU like to see brought up to metric standards?
The Who – I can see for kilometres and kilometres and kilometres
The Proclaimers – And I would walk 500 Kilometres
Someone else – I'd walk a million kilometres just for one of your smiles, Mammy
Just doesn't scan like 'miles'
February 24, 2006
I just noticed that I have an icon in my favourites list for the David Byrne radio site – it's his head.
Everytime i go to favourites there is a mini David Byrne watching me.
Can't decide if this is good or bad.
January 30, 2006
Writing about web page http://www.talusfurniture.com/amusements/watch/index.htmlI don't wear a watch – but I could be persuaded to wear one of these.
January 20, 2006
Writing about web page http://www.funmansion.com/html/Magazine-Illusions.html
What a fantastic idea.
Great Friday afternoon diversion.
December 19, 2005
If you know the game Katamari Damacy you will see elements in this moving video. Quite a powerful image about the impact AIDS has on Africa.
It's interesting how these things cross over – the boundaries between different media forms are breaking down with increasing speed.
That last statement also raises the question as to how far you can now consider computer games as a media channel equivalent to tv or print media. A topic for discussion later on perhaps.