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New PS2

I bought my new PS2 today.
It's very tiny but very cool.

I bought a pack with a free copy of Timesplitters to replace the copy that got scratched to pieces and broke as a result.

However, it was very sneaky of Sony to change the adaptor plug at the back for the telly. I had to go out again to buy a cable that worked properly.

XXX 2

The first one was OK.
This one was also OK.

Having endured "Chronicles of Riddick" I can't stand Vin Diesel anymore, sure he was good in Pitch Black but you can tell the fame has gone to his head. XXX was a nice franchise, and although the original didn't mention the agent would change each film I'm pleased they did.

I can't say a bad word about Ice Cube; growing up I was a big big fan of his music both in his NWA days and when he went solo (Yup, I was a wigger!!) and he's transitioned nicely into movies. Boys in the Hood is still one of my favourite films and for a debut he did great in that. He's done alright here too, he's typecast a little bit as the black man who fights the state but that needn't be a bad thing. Better him doing it than Vin trying to be an extreme sports star.

To be honest the film has no memorable bits whatsoever. As I type this, one day on, I can't recall any of the big scenes; oh one chasing a train and one on a boat. …

My PS2 has died

It looks like it hasn't survived the move.
It makes a horrible grinding noise now and has scratched hell out of my Timesplitters disk.

I had fancied those new slim models; now it looks like I'm getting one now.

Cursed

First time I'd been to the cinema for a while what with me focusing on the move and all! I had a nightshift Thursday into Friday with work and so took the opportunity to go to the cinema before it started.

This was pretty lacklustre to be honest, it's not easy to make horror scary anymore and whilst I was expecting good things from Wes Craven, this wasn't it. He relied on cliche, both old and new. Scream was very inventive in 2 fronts; having 2 killers and killing the big star off early. He does very similar here which was a shame.

Christina Ricci looked like a pudgy posh spice and the guy playing her brother looked like the gay presenter of Popworld (My American chum will probably miss both references, sorry!). The one good bit was the transformation from human to werewolf and I thought having a werewolf dog was a nice touch too.

For a final comment with a weak pun; "If you want to see a good horror film, go else where(wolf)"

Google Holiday Logos

One thing I like about the google site is the changes to their logo on different holidays or events. They've finally got around to posting all of them which you can find here

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Damn DVD box security

Whilst I was out shopping today I picked up a copy of hustle when I got it home I thought I'd watch the first disk but had a problem opening the box. Halfway down the side you should open there was a red square that seemed to be keeping the box closed from the inside. 2 screwdrivers and a pair of pliers were then brought into play and after 20 minutes I eventually broke into the box but totally destroyed it in doing so.

Even with the box open I still couldn't get the disk out, the red square was at the end of a red strip that run behind the box and prevented the springs that held the disk in place from being pushed to released the disk. I had to snap that to get the disk out.

It turns out that this is a new security system that the store had forgotten to take off when I made the purchase. I can definitely vouch for how good this security system is. It's called red tag should you be interested in stuff like this.

Oh, and I did eventually get to play the disk; very good it was…

Flat Progress

Today I got my fridge, I'd been given a 7am - 7pm window for the delivery which wasn't that ideal however luckily the delivery came at 9am. I was still woken up though; perhaps it wasn't a good idea to drink that bottle of wine last night. Anyway, it's been connected and is working fine. I've popped out today to get some stuff to get in it.

The washing machine has also been connected, after a week of grief. Firstly the moulded plug had to be cut off so that the power cable could be fed through the worktop. Then I had to get longer hoses because they had to traverse an obstacle course through the partitions that led to the taps (bottom of washing machine, through top of first partition through bottom of the second partition and then back up to the taps; a total mess). Even once they were overcome the hoses still wouldn't connect properly, open the taps and water would go everywhere. After making sure they were as tight as I could get them, the taps were opened a…

Hustle

There really isn't that much on the TV worth watching however I have become hooked on Hustle.

If you liked Lock Stock then you'll probably like this. The directoin is a bit cheesy at times but as a fan of cons, both short and long, I think it's great.

The first series is also available on DVD. Definitely one to get.

Top 100 Movies

This time I'll highlight the ones I've seen.

1 Star Wars & The Empire Strikes Back
2 Godfather & Godfather Pt 2
3 The Shawshank Redemption
4 Pulp Fiction
5 Some Like It Hot
6 Gladiator
7 It's A Wonderful Life
8 Blade Runner
9 Schindler's List
10 Goodfellas
11 Psycho
12 Jaws
13 Apocalypse Now
14 One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest
15 The Matrix
16 Casablanca
17 The Usual Suspects
18 Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon
19 Citizen Kane
20 Raging Bull
21 ET
22 Taxi Driver
23 Life of Brian
24 Singin' in the Rain
25 LA Confidential
26 The Wizard of Oz
27 2001: A Space Odyssey
28 Kes
29 Vertigo
30 Lawrence of Arabia
31 Fargo
32 Gone With The Wind
33 Trainspotting
34 The Full Monty
35 The Graduate
36 Alien
37 The Silence of the Lambs
38 Withnail & I
39 The Great Escape
40 Toy Story
41 The Third Man
42 Four Weddings and a Funeral
43 The Sound of Music
44 Fitzcarraldo
45 Deliverance
46 The Good, The Bad and The Ugly
47 Kind Hearts and Coronets
48 Chinatown
49…

Top 100 Greatest Cartoons

Here's another. This time I'll highlight the ones I like now or have liked when I was younger.
Are you getting an idea of what makes me tick now?

The Simpsons
Tom and Jerry
South Park
Toy Story/Toy Story 2
Family Guy
Shrek/Shrek 2
The Lion King
Spirited Away
The Incredibles
Bugs Bunny
The Flintstones
The Iron Giant
The Nightmare Before Christmas
Finding Nemo
Wallace and Gromit
Akira
Aladdin
The Ren and Stimpy Show
Who Framed Roger Rabbit?
Looney Tunes/Merrie Melodies
Princess Mononoke
Monsters, Inc
Popeye
Danger Mouse
Pinnochio
Futurama
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
Spongebob Squarepants
Dungeons and Dragons
Daffy Duck
Mickey Mouse
Beavis and Butthead
Beauty and the Beast
He-Man and the Masters of the Universe
Sylvester and Tweetie Pie
Magic Roundabout
Transformers
101 Dalmations
Charlie Brown
Rugrats
King of the Hill
Samurai Jack
Ivor the Engine
Spider-Man
Pokemon
Inspector Gadget
Road Runner
Bod
Scooby Doo, Where Are You?
Donald Duck
The Little Mermaid
2DTV
Fantasia
Thundercats
Winnie the Pooh
Fritz the Cat
The Jungle Book
The Powerp…

Top 100 Albums

Channel 4 showed the Top 100 albums at the weekend which I've listed below. To show how bad my taste is I've highlighted those I've had at some point or still own. I haven't done that well to be honest.


1 RADIOHEAD - OK Computer
2 U2 - The Joshua Tree
3 NIRVANA - Nevermind
4 MICHAEL JACKSON - Thriller
5 PINK FLOYD - Dark Side of the Moon
6 OASIS - Definitely Maybe
7 THE BEATLES - Sgt Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band
8 MADONNA - Like a Prayer
9 GUNS N' ROSES - Appetite For Destruction
10 THE BEATLES - Revolver
11 R.E.M. - Automatic for the People
12 THE BEATLES - The White Album
13 QUEEN - A Night at the Opera
14 COLDPLAY - Parachutes
15 OASIS - (What's the Story) Morning Glory
16 ALANIS MORISSETTE - Jagged Little Pill
17 LED ZEPPELIN - Led Zeppelin IV
18 THE VERVE - Urban Hymns
19 JIMI HENDRIX - Are you Experienced
20 THE SMITHS - The Queen Is Dead
21 JOHN LENNON - Imagine
22 RADIOHEAD - The Bends
23 BOB MARLEY AND THE WAILERS - Exodus
24 THE STONE ROSES - The Stone Roses
25 SIMON …

How stupid is this?

When I moved in, there was a card from the council to say they'd called but I wasn't in. When I called them to say that I had just moved in and clearly wasn't in when they called I was told that they called round to make sure I wasn't in. (!!!!!)

When a property is empty you're exempt from paying council tax. It makes sense to have a department that checks for this as it would be easy to cheat the system. It just makes no sense to leave a card to say they called round when they find the place empty.

I'm a hurting

Woken up this morning with stiff legs and bruises on my forearms to match the bruises on my shoulders given to me by the ride in Sweden. I'm clearly not suited for physical exertion.

Today I've had no choice but to take things easy, but everything is pretty much unpacked now.

The shower is cool though, it got its first run this morning and is much better than the powered trickle I had at the last flat

Moving home

Well today is the big day and supposedly one of the most stressful days, beaten only by getting married. Actually I'm pleased to say it went really smoothly even if the start wasn't as I liked.

I was actually woken by my dad entering the flat at 6 a.m. After getting dressed I showed him what needed to go and what should stay. I think he was pleased that I really had pretty much got everything sorted, well it had taken me the best part of 2 weeks to do so.

I then made my way down to the new place whilst he oversaw the loading of the van. My mum coordinates moves for the army so I had the loan of 3 of her guys and a van for the day. Saved me a small fortune and a lot of effort. The first worry that I had was that the van would beat me down but it didn't. I was there well in advance; although the loading was quick they took their time with the travel down, which I didn't mind at all.

My second worry was that there were 3 items that I didn't think would make it up the sta…

Day trip to Gothenburg

In Sweden there is a great park called Liseberg that had invited the coaster club to the press launch for its new coaster, Kanonen. The flight was at 7 in the morning which meant I had to check in at 5. So starting at 4 in the morning, I knew this was going to be a long day.

The flight itself was only £50 return which makes a mockery of our train network. I couldn't even travel to the North of England for that amount.

The ride itself was a lot of fun. It has quite a powerful launch and because it does a lot in such a small amount of space the ride does not relent and throws you at all angles. The restraints are a little uncomfortable and I've come back with bruises on the shoulders; always a good sign of a decent ride (masochist I know). I'm glad I chose not to film on-ride as there were a lot of people smashing themselves in the face with their cameras as the ride launched; one guy even managed to take a blow to the throat.

The park had also opened their wooden coaster, Bald…