irregular muzings

Wednesday, June 30, 2004

muzing # 021: spidey 4 muzekez

SpideyI think I am in love...

... with Spider-Man!

Oh Spidey, ditch that Mary Jane and marry me!

*clears throat* We all have our weaknesses - only those of us who are shameless will willingly admit to it on their blogs. :-) Spider-Man 2 is fantastic, go see it. Now.

Tuesday, June 29, 2004

muzing # 020: bad comic book adaptations

It's Tuesday! Budget DVD rental day! This week I've rented Big Fish, In America and The Core. Hopefully they'll all prove to be worthwhile rentals, I was a bit hit and miss with my picks last week. Two of them turned out to be most certainly worth watching. I adored Love Actually and would have happily paid standard rental fees for it. The Four Feathers (2002 version) was also a pleasant surprise. I wish I had found the time to watch it twice.

I thought I would enjoy my other two picks simply due to their genre. I have a few comic book adaptations in my DVD collection, so I figured I'd probably get a kick out of Daredevil and The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen. Not so! Daredevil doesn't have much to recommend it beyond some cool action sequences and a good performance from the kid who played a young Matt Murdock.

As for The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, it was a stinker. I found it completely ridiculous! Perhaps this is one comic book adaptation that you have to have been a fan of the comics to appreciate? I spent much of the film wondering why there was a woman in the league of extraordinary gentlemen (it helped distract me from the awful script and FX), and furthermore why aforementioned woman, Mina Harker, was a vampire?!?


Sunday, June 27, 2004

muzing # 019: arrhahahahahaheheeehoohohoaha

ARRHAHAhahahaheheeehoohohoaha!* Why can't web browsers be compatible?! Why must something work in one browser and not another? Why must they make it so hard on web designers everywhere?

Trying to do something spiffy for a friend's website, using the z-index property, and I need to use the value of -1 for it to work in Internet Explorer, which renders it INVISIBLE in Netscape. Whereas, if I use the value of 0 it works in Netscape, but is INVISIBLE in Internet Explorer. ARRHAHAhahahaheheeehoohohoaha!*

*artist's representation of maniacal laughter

groovin' to: "Where My Heart Will Take Me" - Russell Watson
bookworm currently enjoying: "The Veil of a Thousand Tears" - Eric Van Lustbader
last movie viewing: "Daredevil" [DVD] 2 stars

Friday, June 25, 2004

muzing # 018: vcr woes

I was tired last night so I set the VCR to tape Angel (the only show I currently watch religiously) instead of staying up. Well, that was a mistake. Stupid channel 7 reception on my VCR is bollocksed! (I'm not sure that's a word, but it seemed appropriate.) The show started out snowy, with irritating fuzzy sound to accompany snow. Then it gradually became less snowy and the irritating fuzzy sound became softer. Then it was fine for a while. Then it became a little snowy with accompanying soft fuzzy sound. And by the end of the show, extremely snowy with loud, obnoxious, horrid fuzzy sound!

I'm so disappointed. :-( I need cake.

Wednesday, June 23, 2004

muzing # 017: you call that art?

Took a trip to the (state) Museum and Art Gallery today. Every now and then I like to have a browse through their respective collections, see what's new, then marvel at how little has actually changed since I was last there.

Every time I visit the Art Gallery I wonder why I have bothered. I simply do not know how to appreciate much of the "art" on display. For example, today I mused over a large cream coloured canvas with one roughly square-shaped splat of grey paint in its centre.. and nothing else. My musings went something like "hmmm.." / "why would anyway pay money for this?" / "I could do better" / "how do I convince someone to pay me to whip up something like this?"

Seriously, if you bought a piece of artwork like that, you'd have to be nuts! (The gallery didn't buy it, it was a gift from the "artist".) Anyone could create an equivalent work, slap some fancy signature on it, whack it on their walls at home and pass it off to their pompous friends as some exciting new artist's work. And you'd only have to fork out for a canvas and a teensy bit of paint! Maybe there's a potentially booming small business idea here..

Tuesday, June 22, 2004

muzing # 016: budget tuesday, not so budget

The local Blockbuster has brought back budget Tuesdays. Earlier in the year they had 50c rentals for a couple of weeks, and now they're offering $1 rentals. Inflation, bah! Still, renting up to four movies for four bucks is pretty sweet. I decided to take advantage of this offer today and grab a bunch of films that I'd had a vague passing interest in seeing. You know, if they turn out to be worth watching, then great! but if they're absolute stinkers, it's only $1 down the drain.

So now I have to ponder which to watch first.. decisions, decisions!

"Love Actually" ?
"The Four Feathers" ?
"The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen" ?
"Daredevil" ?

Meanwhile, "Shrek 2" what a corker! Great hour and a half of entertainment, except for the moron sitting behind me kicking my seat. Where are the cinema attendants checking for feets-on-seats when you need them, eh?

groovin' to: "Flake" - Jack Johnson
last movie viewing: "Shrek 2" [cinema] 4 stars

Monday, June 21, 2004

muzing # 015: real world uni

Yesterday, while working on some website layout concepts for a friend of mine, it occurred to me that I was finally using a skill I had acquired at university (in this case CSS), outside of university work! My first thought was, wow, that's pretty cool. This was immediately followed by the realisation that two and a half years of university study has only equipped me with one useful skill. What's even more alarming than this realisation is the fact that all of my university study to date has been at a university that uses the slogan: "a university for the real world" in all their advertising. (Look! It's right there on the uni home page!)

Hmm, I wonder if I can get a refund for those two years of study that didn't equip me for the real world, on the grounds of a false advertising claim...

Friday, June 18, 2004

muzing # 014: winter & horses & bargains, oh my!

Strawberry Freddos are sooo good.

Last night was so cold. *brr* And I know I've already had an "I hate Winter" post but last night reminded me just how much I hate it. I think I'll go into hibernation. Someone wake me when it's Spring?

Since it was cold, I got rugged up and watched Seabiscuit. I enjoyed it surprisingly more than I thought I would, even though I willingly rented it.. but that was mostly because I have an incomprehensible fascination with Tobey Maguire. Mmmm. Anyway, the movie turned out to be well worth the watch! An inspiring story, good performances from the main cast, and some great horsey racing! (And Tobey looked good with curly red hair) ;-)

Today I hit the shops for the afternoon and managed to buy a book, a DVD, a beanie, and a pair of shoes, ALL significantly marked down! Whee, I love bargains. :-) On the down side, I couldn't find the book my brother has asked me to buy for his birthday. :-( Lousy book stores!

groovin' to: "Baby Be Brave" - The Corrs
last movie viewing: "Seabiscuit" [DVD] 4 stars

Tuesday, June 15, 2004

muzing # 013: cinematic luxury

Gold Class cinemas are superb. If I were somewhat richer I may never see a movie in a regular cinema again! It's definitely a luxury to sit in a reclining chair, and to not be bored by a bunch of annoying advertisements before the movie starts! Even the toilets are nice - individual toilets with personal basins and potplants and pretty scented soap. Mmmm, it's nice to pretend you're wealthy once in a while.

groovin' to: "Prettiest Thing" - Norah Jones
bookworm currently enjoying: "The Ring of Five Dragons" - Eric Van Lustbader
last movie viewing: "Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban" [cinema]

Sunday, June 13, 2004

muzing # 012: lions slaughter bombers

Last night it was cold and I was bored.

I curled up in bed early, turned the TV on, and lo! the football (AFL) was on. So I thought, hey, I'll just watch some footy for a while.. then ended up watching the entire match because wow, what a fantastic game! At least, as a Brisbane supporter it was a fantastic game, but I suppose Essendon fans thought it was a bit of a dud. Apparently the Bombers showed a great deal of fight in the first quarter but I happened to miss that quarter. How convenient!

I feel a fourth straight flag coming on.. :-)

Thursday, June 10, 2004

muzing # 011: the downside to living in bris vegas

Okay, sometimes I hate living in Brisbane. Actually I love living in Brisbane, but I hate that so many performers when they tour completely ignore every city in Australia other than Sydney and Melbourne!

The performer behind this current vent: Jamie Cullum! Just found out that he is playing two shows (in the aforementioned incredibly blessed cities of Sydney and Melbourne) next month. To make matters worse, despite being a poor uni student I would consider going down to Sydney to see him, except the show is a Tuesday night, the first week back next semester - and I have lectures scheduled Tuesday night and Wednesday morning. D'oh! Usually I'm fairly, er, casual about my attendance of lectures, but I never miss the first week, because those are important.

*shakes head despondently*

edit: I'm so distressed by this turn of events that I forgot to add a title to this post. :-(

groovin' to: "3's A Charm" - Bleu
bookworm currently enjoying: "The Betrayal of Arthur" - Sara Douglass
last movie viewing: "Doctor Zhivago" (2002 TV mini-series) [DVD]

Wednesday, June 09, 2004

muzing # 010: boring blog

I haven't been procrastinating, and consequently managed to get my assignment finished and handed in today, two days early. 'tis a good thing, because now I'm on holidays for five glorious weeks. Ahhh! But I'm feeling a bit lost because my assignment has been my life for the last week and a half and now I don't know what to do with myself.. a feeling that I'm quite sure will pass by tomorrow. ;-)

I was going to change the appearance of my blog, but once I started I realised that mucking around with CSS was the last thing I wanted to do today (considering I've been doing plenty of that for my assignment) so it's going to have to look like this for a while.. hopefully not too long. I want to spruce the joint up a bit before I start trying to entice people to visit.

Wednesday, June 02, 2004

muzing # 009: curse you, ie!

Curse you Internet Explorer! You used to be so good to me. :-(