June 29, 2010

Visa Troubles Everywhere

One of the TNA Knockouts, Angelina Love, was first.

Then, myself and Nicola at Ulster were subject to the same. Mine are known. Nic's I don't know about, but I reckon she'd be more successful at hers.

Now, PWI Insider is reporting that Drew McIntyre and Wade Barrett (Drew Galloway and Stu Bennett, resp.) are off WWE TV due to visa issues. Theirs have expired, and are awaiting their renewals.

I feel for them. I really do.

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June 13, 2010


Something just occurred to me now: I've fully experienced the vampire mythology.

First, there's the silliness in K-W and Toronto.

Then, and more importantly, there's the real thing, which birthed the vampire myth.

I was in Vienna in 2006, a home to Countess Elizabeth Bathroy, who is rumoured to bath in young girls blood, extracting the blood with some pokes in the neck.

And not too long ago, I was head-to-(bronze-) head with Vlad the Impaler, who was just plain gruesome.

How's that for awesome?!

This is why it's going to be hard to leave.

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June 10, 2010

Bad Timing, Taco Bell

The Independent reported that Taco Bell is going to open an outlet in the U.K. this year.

LOSERS! Why now?! Why not sooner, say six years ago?

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June 6, 2010


24 just finished here in Europe. (Yeah, nearly a week behind the times.) I really didn't know how they would end it. I knew how I would've liked them to end it, but those two concepts are usually incongruent.

I've been there since nearly the beginning, when Linh got me hooked just after season 2 got started. I even spent a few nights watching all of season 1 to get myself up to speed. I got the season 2 DVD set for a Christmas.

I, like so many others, damn-near idolise Jack Bauer. (Really, who wouldn't've loved to "go Jack Bauer" on someone at some point over the last decade?) I saw the highs (season 2), and the lows (season 6), and saw the good (Jack, Nina, Renée), and the bad (the Logans, President Taylor, Ryan Chapelle). It was a great show, but over the last few years, it has been in decline. I mean, how many nuclear strikes can happen on U.S. soil by terrorists? (But what do I know?) I think they outdid themselves early, in season 2 -- where do you go after a nuclear strike? Biological weapons, fine. But, then it alternated between nuclear strike and biological weapon for the next few years. Season 6 was the low point, and while the subsequent seasons were good, it lost a lot of its momentum. Fox rightly pulled the plug a few weeks (months?) ago, and the final hours just aired.

Eight full days plus a two-hour stint in Africa, and now, it just wrapped up. Honestly, I hoped for something more. I wanted a happy ending for Jack. I was hoping for something other than this particular ending. But, I guess this just shows that Jack can't outrun his life. It ended the way the other seasons played out, with Jack on the run and still fighting. Good to see that he was fighting until the end, though.

Godspeed, Jack.

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June 6, 2010

Blackrock Foxes

Those foxes were marching around here again. Well, mommy was not too long ago. Haven't seen the li'l 'uns in a while.

This is why it's going to be hard to leave.

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April 23, 2010


I saw yesterday that the hometown is on Google Maps' "Street View" feature! The only drawback is that it only goes past my road, and not actually down. It'd've been neat to see the house on there!


March 29, 2010

Disk End

I put a floppy on the fire last night. This isn't any ol' floppy. This is the floppy that I've had for about 15 years now. It was one of the ones we got with the big auld 386 compy. This was a disk that we used to install elements of WordPerfect 5.1. (Great word processor, btw.) When that compy died, I adopted one of the disks to be one of my lifebloods of digital professionalism: a vehicle for CVs, references, and cover letters. It was important, and it was with me at the start of the Take-over.

But, changing times and evolving technology meant that I, too, had to upgrade, and had to do away with the disk. All the data on there was moved off. (Not easily, either: I had to find a computer that still has a 3.5" disk drive. Took a while, but I did run across one, here at the bank.) So, since it was sitting idle for so long, with no chance of ever being used again, I placed it on a proper Jedi funeral pyre.

Rest well, good disk. You've earned it.


February 7, 2010

NFL on BBC?!?!

Beeb 1's showing Super Bowl XLIV right now. I find this really surprising. I didn't think American football was that big here, but here it is. I heard that some NFL exhibition game in Wembley coming up (or already passed -- haven't been paying attention) sold out. I guess American football is popular on this side of the pond.


November 9, 2009

Funny Money

Seriously, go to this link, and laugh out loud:
25 Hilarious Defaced Bills


November 9, 2009


I finally got around to finishing the Batman: The Animated Series run this past wknd! I got the entire run some months... OK, got it at the end of 2007, and have been slowly working my way through it. Slowly because I thought it was best enjoyed over time, and not to blow all of the delight at once.

I've seen most of the eps and movies before, but there were a few that eluded me, the ones during the New Batman Adventures run (the last season, during Superman: TAS), plus the final movie, Batman: Mystery of the Batwoman. That Batwoman movie was the last plum. (And it was a very good watch! I almost solved the mystery myself.)

It was a real treat to watch them again. Most I remember clear as day. A few took a minute or two to recall. Some of the directors' commentaries were good. I learned a bit about animation and the behind-the-scenes mechanics. Some commentaries were pretty half-hearted, like Mssrs. Timm et al. didn't really care about doing this. Some of the DVD features were good, too. Also, I took a fair few screenshots, so I have B:TAS wallpapers for lappy for a while now.

Good watchin', I tell ya. But, that's only Batman. There's still Superman, Batman Beyond, the Justice Leagues, and the thwack of movies to get. Can't wait!


September 26, 2009

Which Marvel Superhero am I?

Iron Fist!

Find out Which Marvel Superhero Are You at LiquidGeneration.com!

I can handle that!


September 11, 2009

Insights (from Someone Else) on Batman & the Joker

And for my 301st babble...!

Two good lists from the good (and bored) people at Topless Robot:

10 Mental Illnesses Batman Clearly Has

The Joker's 10 Craziest Kills


August 24, 2009


Listening to The LAW from last night, and The Mouth remarked that wrestling is like comic books brought to life.

  1. There are pretty defined good guys and bad guys.
  2. There are well defined women.
  3. There are some inhuman fights.
  4. There are very colourful costumes and characters.

Sure, no one flies or throws Batarangs or enacts the Omega Sanction, but there are people getting ignited, people bleeding profusely, and tables and ladders and chairs, used liberally.

Better still, like many a comic characters, some names and images of wrestling permeate culture and time. Hulk Hogan, "Stone Cold", the Undertaker, "Rowdy" Roddy Piper, and André the Giant are well known like Batman, Superman, and Green Lantern.

Maybe that's another reason I like comics and wrestling...

Just some food for thought.


May 1, 2009

Which "Dark Knight" Character am I?

Well, DUH!:

Find out Which Batman Character Are You at LiquidGeneration.com!

Not diggin' that last dig at Robin, as Robin's become a decent character. And he's not bi. And I'll wager dollars-to-doughnuts he'd kick your can anyday, having been trained by some of the world's finest, including the World's Finest. (I'll take one of those Star Sapphires, though.)


April 30, 2009

Why Twitter Indeed

Seems I'm not the only one that finds Twitter might be a bit too much:
Twitter Quitters

Maybe people are realizing that they're not so interesting to warrant frikkin' hourly updates.


March 19, 2009

Why Twitter?

The thought crossed my mind to open a Twitter account. The G&M had an article on how the social networking sites are becoming the wave of the future. Its use has outpaced e-mailing as an online hobby, and is growing.

Then I realised "Why so serious?" "Why bother?" Here, already, no one knows what I'm doing every minute, nor do they want to know. A Twitter thingy won't change anything, largely because I won't update it every minute -- it'd be the new "TK:O", and why gum up more of cyberspace?

Personally, I don't need to know everything that, say, Stephen Fry is doing, even though he's kind enough to divulge.

I have poked around Twitter a bit, and while it was nice to know what some ppl are doing, it's not something I'd need to know all the time. I can do without the adventures of Oysters Rockefellar daily, but that means I could miss something important, like Levar Burton's visit to Toronto, even sharing a few pints with well-wishers.

The though was more about keeping pace with the rest of the world, which is important, but this particular movement is one I can do without. For now.


March 11, 2009

"Frasier" Does NOT Make One Smarter

I've met too many ppl now that claim they're intelligent by one standard, and one standard alone: they watch Frasier.

It doesn't matter that they never took a single psychology class, or know the differences (body, bouquet, colour, etc.) in all types of red wine. Simply watching a televised play for 22 min or so has imbuned them with some intelligence.

They're not watching some National Geographic special. They're not watching the McLaughlin Group. They're not reading some university text. They're watching Frasier.

Watching Frasier won't make you smart. It doesn't prove anything other than a taste for good comedy. You won't know Freud's stages of development, or Maslow's hierarchy of needs. You won't know what the differences between the red wines are. You won't even know what's so good about Italian leather. You'll just laugh a lot at the show's antics.

("You watch wrestling. I WATCH FRASIER!!!" Lemme hit you with a chair and smarten you up.)

Just because it's a smart show doesn't mean those watching are smart, nor smarter as a result. Morons.


February 24, 2009


Since 2009 started, I have had a devil of a time getting the energy to do much of anything. Apathy's been at a high, and that says a lot considering how I felt by the end of October. Egypt did well to fire up the blood, and the down time over Christmas was good, but not long enough. Since then, it's been a struggle to do much of anything.

I still believe I haven't recovered from that brain-drain known as the corporate migration project. But, it's been some time since that passed -- nigh on 4 months since the wknd, and nigh on 3 months since I left it. I can't still use that project as an excuse (can I?). My work in 2009 hasn't been as challenging, so I can't say that I've been burned out already. (But, the level of challenge is set to change. Infrastructure (software) is being laid now, and work will pick up soon.)

So, is something really wrong? Am I still burned out? Lazy? Do I need a challenge the likes of UCM? I'm pretty sure it's not that typhoid bugger that I got in Egypt. Hmm... Do I need something more physical to ignite the blood, like a trip or fight? Is this just a strong bout of the winter "blah"s? We'll see...


November 30, 2008

It's Frikkin' Cold Out There!

The Windows thermometer says that it's 0°C outside. There was a fine layer of frost outside. Mittens and scarves are abound. Winter's here!

(Christmas decorations went up around the city center already. Weeks ago, actually, which is way too soon in many opinions.)


November 1, 2008

Brunettes with Glasses

Tina Fey.
Sarah Palin. (To some, that is. She doesn't quite do it for me.)
Certain pix of Katie Price.
Rose McGowan.
And a thwack of others.

What is it about brunettes with glasses that's so appealing? I can't quite put my finger on it. (Figuratively. Heh heh!) Not all gentlemen prefer blondes.


September 15, 2008


You know I like my winter, but I'm not ready for it yet. These days in Éire are getting shorter -- it's getting pitch black by 21:00 now, and the lights go on around 20:00.

Not yet. Not now. Eventually, just not now.


August 15, 2008

You Know You've Been in Ireland A Long Time When...

Some darling British lass said I have a funny accent last night. Not just because it's Canadian, but because there's a little Irish to it!!!


August 13, 2008

Can't Comic Characters Stay Dead?

What is the population of Earth in the DC Universe now? 9 billion?!

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August 6, 2008

Version 2.0 Turns 10.0

There is something about this year. I know there are anniversaries all over the place in any given year, anniversaries of some round number, divisible by five or 10. But, this one seems a li'l more prominent than most, to me, anyway. This year, 2008, SMB3 turns 20, it was 20 years since that one crash that killed some prominent wrestlers, and now, it's the 10th anniversary of the best album of our time:

Version 2.0 by Garbage.

Continue reading "Version 2.0 Turns 10.0"

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July 1, 2008

Happy Canada Day!

That is all.

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June 26, 2008

Good ol' Lego

Remember the good auld times:
Lego Secret Vault Contains All Sets In History

(Thought I'd share this with ye all! I'm not going to turn this into a Dave Barry-like site, linking to the wackiness of the world via the web. (Lord knows I'm not that popular.) It's a great video!)


June 20, 2008

Lakers vs. Celtics Renewed

Another, unexpected anniversary was marked this June, when the Boston Celtics met with the L.A. Lakers in the NBA finals. The last time this happened was 1987, 21 years ago. (Correct me if I'm wrong. I'm not going to research this too much.) Good to see that this rivalry has come back.

Though it just isn't the same. Back in the 80s, it was Magic vs. Bird, two superstars and baller legends. Now, it's Kobe vs. frikkin' Kevin Garnett, and it's just not the same. They're good, but... <shrug>

The result didn't go my way. (I'm a Lakers fan. In the 80s, you really had to choose either Boston or Los Angeles to root for. No fence sitting! I chose L.A., and I stick by it.) Boston won in 6. That's the team's 17th championship banner.

It's good for Celtics coach, Doc Rivers. He seems to have a good head on him, and he was a good player in his time. And Kobe's got a fair few rings on his fingers, so no real damage. Still was pullin' for L.A., nevertheless.

Kinda wish I was home for that. We got Euro 2008 to keep us occupied. That's good, but it's just not L.A and Boston in the finals, ya know?


May 17, 2008

Pub Life

One of the attractors to life in Dublin is the pub life that's here.

No, I haven't turned into some pathetic wine-o (Guiness-o?). That's simply life around here.

Continue reading "Pub Life"


March 15, 2008

End of Threads

In the past week, I've finished two spindles of thread, both of which I've had for some years. I'm now down to the three Gutermann's mom gave me before I started out some years back.

I was delighted at that! I'm now rid of that mediocre black thread, and that silly purple thread. Though that purple thread was good to use for unimportant or hidden items. May have to get some cheap-o thread now, and leave the Gutermann for the real jobs.


February 29, 2008

Leap Day 2008!

Today is a rare one. It's the 29th of February -- the leap day to bring our calendars in line with the earth's proper rotational time. (There's actually just under 365.25 days in a year. There's 365.2425 or so, meaning that there's a leap year every 4 years, except every 100 years, except every 400 years. Ergo, 1600 and 2000 are leap years, but 1700, 1800, and 1900 are not. There ya go! Something for pub quizzes.)

Supposedly here, in "Yurp", it's a day when the lasses will propose to the gents. I like that! Kind of a fun idea.

And how cool would it be to have a baby on this day?! I think it'd be great! Not because you only have to buy presents every four years, but that's one distinction that not everyone will have. It'd be a great piece of info, a shining characteristic to carry around. Dying after a long, prosperous life, at the tender age of 22! Great stuff!

(BTW, I'd still buy whatever li'l chap or lass I have presents annually. That'd be downright cruel not to.)

I wonder what else will happen today?


January 16, 2008

Is This a Hint?

As I mentioned in my previous babble, I didn't have the best time coming back here.

In the end, I arrived in one piece, well and good. Was well fed on the plane, entertained fine, and got all my bags, and nothing of note was damaged. But, there were some troubles.

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January 15, 2008

A Proper Holiday Season

Home for the first time in a year and a half. 'Twas a good time, too!

Sure, it was good to see all these ppl again. Not just e-mail, but talk and visit. Didn't get to everyone, but that's life. Also goes to show how short and fast two weeks goes. Just when I got into the Eastern Standard Time, I had to go bugger it up again. It was worth it, though -- good to be home again!

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September 14, 2007

Reggie Again

So nice, I did it twice!

A few of us went out last night to one of the acts during the Bulmer's Comedy Fest. On recommendations from myself and another bloke, John (good guy, btw), we saw Reginald D. Hunter, the same guy I raved about after seeing him in Edinburgh at the Fringe Fest. The material was mostly the same, but still funny, and he did tell things I hadn't heard before, which was far too funny! Good times were had, and many laughs, too.

He's recommended watching, if you get the chance. (Dunno about YouTube, though. I saw a clip of his stuff on there from a few years back, and it wasn't as good as what I saw here. See him live!)


September 14, 2007

Burn the Flesh

I need to go someplace hot. And I need it soon. I had plans for a getaway soon (very soon), but there was a monkey wrench. That wrench was someone, a bloke here that would be able to cover for me, taking leave in a few weeks. The kicker is he's on leave now. That's two weeks out of four he's gone. I didn't think it'd happen, so I had all these plans, and was all set to click a variety of "SUBMIT" and "PURCHASE" buttons, but then I thought I'd see if, in the off-chance, there'd be someone gone when I wanted to go. "No way" I thought. But yup, there it was. He took off the 1st week in Oct. My options are now the last week in Sept, which is very soon (and maybe too late), or mid Oct, which is a bit cooler and weather variable.

Kinda my fault for leaving it, but there's no way this guy needs two weeks out of four of leave.

<huff> >:(


April 12, 2007

A (n Unnecessary) Twist on a Classic Game

If you've got some time, and good memory, play the Advanced Paper-Rock-Scissors game!


December 8, 2006

Dress to Impress... but to What End?

The Christmas party is on Thursday.


The slick blue suit with pinstripes I saw last night?

Tux with kilt?

Top hat, cane, gloves?


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August 9, 2006

What is the Dictionary Thinking?

Try this, and laugh with me:

  • Go to m-w.com.
  • In the "Dictionary" field at the top, enter "intreguing". (I forgot how to spell "intriguing", and needed to look it up.)
  • Look at the list of possible correct words for this incorrect one, concentrating your search on the ninth entry.

How the %£$&! do you get that from "intreguing"? Why would you get that in a list of alternatives to "intreguing"?


July 21, 2006

That time already?

The Con is on this weekend.

<sigh> I miss comics.

ADDENDUM: How cool is this? It's things like that statue that make the con awesome!

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September 19, 2005

UKI is Coming

Watch for it...


September 18, 2005

Still a Bum

Well, here I still am at home, collecting dust and doing a whole lotta nothing.

It's coming on two months since I've returned home, and there hasn't been much going on, nore is there much to say.

I haven't really looked for work. I've done some, but not much. Jobs do exist, jobs for me, but I get a li'l too anxious looking for it. There's definitely nothing here, so I'll have to relocate again, or get a car a do a lotta driving.

But, if history is any indication, something will turn up with a little effort and a smile from God. Being in the right place at the right time unexpectedly, or, as was the case with these travels, the right place at the wrong time, I'll be fine.

I still exist. That's all I wanted to say.


September 17, 2005

Missing London

The latest Bond film, Die Another Day, was on last night. As usual, and obviously, scenes from London were shown (including a defunct tube station I didn't know existed, in Vauxhall). Memories flooded my brain, of that fine city and this boy's very short time there.

Continue reading "Missing London"


May 28, 2005

Defending George Lucas

I'm probably one of the few that actually liked the first two installments of the complete Star Wars story, Episodes I & II.

The nay-sayers said that it was boring, it lacked the magic of the first three, that it was poorly written, that Lucas developed the characters and plot all wrong. Overall, they weren't that good.

To them, I say: bite my ass. Rather, bite Lucas' ass.

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May 21, 2005

This Fanboy Dies a Little

I found out in the 9 May edition of Time magazine that Star Trek: Enterprise is coming to an end this season.

I can't say that this is a surprise. They resorted to sex to sell from the beginning, instead of concentrating on the show more. I liked the show's premise, and it did have some good episodes, but it wasn't as compelling as ST:TNG (Seasons 3 and on) and ST:V and the last half of ST:DS9, but it was still good.

Star Wars comes to a finish. (Or so we're lead to believe. Will Episodes VII, VIII, and IX come in our time? Lucas has denied plans for him to make these already.)

Star Trek is off the air, with no new plans for TV nor movies in the works. (If someone knows otherwise, fill me in.) This will be the first time in 18 years that a Star Trek series isn't on the air.

It's a sad time. Revel in the going-out-in-flames-of-glory finales coming out now :)


April 22, 2005

Papal Names

The installment of Pope Benedict XVI was an interesting time. It's the first for many in my generation to witness such a process. Among the other mysteries/unknowns is the name that the former cardinal chooses. Cardinal Ratzinger chose Benedict. From what I've read, choosing a papal name is pretty arbitrary. (Please enlighten me if you know otherwise.)

I wondered what I would choose, so I looked at the list. Some of them sounded good.

"Pope Constantine II"
"Pope Lucius IV"
"Benedict" isn't too bad, but there's been XV before this guy, so it's not new or exciting. (Something that's probably not considered when choosing the name.)
"Pope Tyler" doesn't sound right.
I like "Pius" because it's short and to the point, but there've already been a thwack of them.
"Innocent"'s kinda lame.

Ah well. No point worrying aboot it. This decision will never come across my plate.


April 22, 2005

Good Ways to Die in Australia

  • Get eaten by a Tasmanian Devil, shark, or croc (only if it's quick and painless)
  • Get run down by a seal coming down a sand dune
  • Have the elusive Drop Bear come down on you
  • Gorging on pancakes in Adelaide

That's what Chris, Katja, and myself decided when they were still here, and I added one or two. Just thought I'd share that with y'all :)


August 9, 2004

Delightful Design

One of my employer's clients has this lovely design for their site. I like it :)


August 5, 2004

Too Funny!

I just found out that there's a little town (village?) in the UK, in Surrey county, called Bagshot. El-oh-el! That'll have me going for the rest of the day.


August 2, 2004

My Epitaph

I was asked the other day at lunch by Lori, as written about in the Netherlands, what I'd put on my epitaph.

I had no immediate response. I never thought of it, seriously, anyway. And really, I'd be dead when it is done. Feed me to the sharks for all I care. Or encase me in gold.

I've come up with something, though:

THE DUDE (not my real nickname, but just so my name isn't shown online -- too many search engines go through here)
B: <ya know>
D: <date to be determined later>

It's still a work in progress, but it's something to run with for now.

Feel free to contribute to my future tombstone :)


July 28, 2004


Maybe you've experienced this, maybe not. You know that period right after you wake up, for a brief moment in time, in life, you don't remember anything? Important, personal, life-long details are remembered, but things like what happened last night, or what you need to do today, or what cereal you're going to eat, or anything is forgotten. You know? Then, one by one, like bubbles bursting and setting free all sorts of memories, those elements that make your life good or bad are recalled, setting the tone for the day, or the morning at least. You know? It's a state of confusion, but without the panic. It's a nice feeling.

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