Friday, January 23, 2009 | 4:06 pm

I should have added this "update" months ago: If you have any vague interest in seeing what I am up to, then I can (barely) 'reward' your persistence by recommending you catch me on Twitter.

Short form is the only form I can find the time for, especially with the convenience of Tweetie on the iPhone! Are you doing the same? Then tweet me and let me know!


Cannonball Run

Friday, October 19, 2007 | 9:24 am

This Wired article on the real life crusade of one man to make his own Cannonball Run (drive NY to LA in under 32 hours, and avoid "smokey"!) is a great read!

Colin: I hope that last great road is a dirt one.

Friday, October 05, 2007 | 1:13 pm

I was saddened to hear that World Rally Driving Legend Colin McRae had died, with his young son and friends in a helicopter crash last month. Kind of like Steve Irwin's death, it seems incongruous to lead such a 'dangerous' life, and then to pass in such a fashion.

I have a soft spot for Colin, ever since Colin Mcrae Rally on the Playstation. Loved that game, found it a little less "tiring" and a lot more  "edge of your seat" than the F1 games which required intimate course knowledge and constant concentration at higher levels. You could throw Colin's Subaru around in the rally game, and you always had your navigator to warn you of corners.

Thus I blame Colin for my love affair with the Subaru Impreza. His rally game started it, and the love was later fostered by Grand Tourismo, and then turned real as the only two cars I have ever bought off-the-lot new have been a 1998 and a 2002 Subura Impreza. Sadly, they have both been non -turbo, I could never justify buying a STi/WRX but I always looked at them with an envious eye, and avoided them for my driver's license sake.

To Colin: thanks for the love of rally, Impreza, and my appreciation of cars that can corner.

I Will Pay Money For This

Monday, October 01, 2007 | 4:32 pm

I haven't paid full price for a CD in years, choosing to cherry pick songs from friends or online stores. Mainly, I have a large enough library to keep me busy most of the time, and find the RIAA's lobbying, incessant scare mongering and desire to charge me money even when I hum a tune abhorrent.

But, as a devout Radiohead lover, I will pay very close to full price for their upcoming album In Rainbows, and it's innovative distribution and pricing method. As I see it, I am not only getting my money's worth for a great band who I know will get a better share of my cash, but I am also donating to a fund that will hopefully promote the accelerated decrepitude of the record label cartels and their lobbying arm, the RIAA.


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Darth Vader Blues

Friday, September 28, 2007 | 2:19 pm

Big Daddy Darth fires up the mouth organ...

Swinging for the Rebels...

Wednesday, September 19, 2007 | 9:14 pm

Most obvious game announcement ever. Didn't we all hypothesize this the day we saw the Wii controller?

Trust No One (Online)

Thursday, September 13, 2007 | 3:55 pm

Make sure you read to the end of this story that is destined to be the next Lifetime Channel movie (which means it must have a two part name like "Betrayal Of Lust: The Anne Summer Story").It starts just like any other internet-predator tell all, but gets a lot better (or worse, depending on your stance) as it goes on.

Brilliant Bloxorz

Wednesday, September 12, 2007 | 6:48 pm

Just when you thought that the whole "block" style puzzle game had been done to death, you get this quality piece of gaming: Bloxorz

It actually takes a couple of levels before you start to see the strategy involved, asthe first few are so dead easy.

It's kind of like parallel (reverse) parking a tractor trailer. Concept is simple, but getting the parts into the right position right before the end is all important. And when you have a great concept, it doesn't hurt if your presentation, graphics and subtle sound effect are all top notch.


You Wouldn't Send The Hat to The Greiving Widow...

Sunday, September 09, 2007 | 8:52 pm


Why be smart, when you can be good looking?

Tuesday, August 28, 2007 | 12:31 pm

Been away a while, crazy busy at work, and just enjoying the summer a little bit more. So, to kick-start the blog again, here's a priceless gem that I couldn't resist. Sure, it's been overblown in the media, sure she just panicked (instead of thinking?), sure she's young, but let's be clear: none of that makes it any less hilarious.

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My Office Never Looked That Good!

Friday, July 06, 2007 | 7:41 pm

If you ever doubted that the old Granby Street Decipher building was a pretty cool piece of architecture (for an office), check out the video hosted on this page for a tour of how it looks now as it begins it's new life as a chill-lounge-bar-restuarant called "Sevens", due to open tomorrow (yep, 7/7/07).

At a quick count, I think I inhabited 11 different offices/spaces in that building (and it's leased neighbour space) from '99 till 2005, so there was a few points of recognition along the lines of "I sat there!" or "where'd Ed's office go?" The office walls are all gone now, except a couple of primary spaces, like Warren's old office shown right near the end. In some places, the furniture hasn't changed that much from the art-house San Fran look it had back then.

I'm dead keen to walk through for old times/new times sake, but it will probably make me a little wistful, especially doing it without some of the old mates to reminisce with.

Assuming they'll won't waive cover (is there one?) if I say I work(ed) there, do you suppose the old keyfobs still work...?

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Can You Feel It? That little quiver in the belly of your childhood memories...?

Saturday, June 23, 2007 | 7:10 pm

This photo from had a greater impact on me than all the early spy/casting reports that Indy 4 has generated so far. There's just something about that rumpled man in the brown fedora. Gotta say, he looks better than I expected after 18 years... I hope it's good-movie karma making him feel young again and not Photoshop.

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