1. Wes Anderson – I love love love his films. This guy blows me away every time with his amazing scripts. His stories are completely original. They are told in such an amazing tone. He has such memorable and likeable characters – like Max Fischer – that it makes me want to crawl inside his head and take a nap to try to figure out where it all comes from.

His movies
Bottle Rocket – A gang of wannabe thieves try to infiltrate the underbelly of organised crime by planning a heist at a refridgeration plant…

2. Josh Schwarz – the creator of the O.C. Yes, it is a teenage drama. But you can see that he has written the comic book loving, Jewish geek, Seth Coen, after himself. And I can’t help but to have such a crush on geeks. I never was really into jocks anyway. All the references to Cali shit and water polo players makes me smile every time. And he I hear that he is personally involved in the choice of music for the show. Makes me want to convert. Mazaltov.

3. Michael Smith – author of Giro Playboy. Ever since I went to the reading at the Royal South Bank I’ve had a crush on this Northerner. I think he sparked some romantic fantasy about going out with a writer. Plus he is completely cute in a shy, artistic sort of a way. Note that I once slept with a Michael Smith – but he was more of the dimestore, ghetto Eminem variety than a creative genius (unless you think that creativity is stemmed from welfare fraud)…

4. Kevin Smith – Do I have a thing for Smiths? OK. I know that I blasted KS for his crap writings in his latest book. But I can still give the man credit for the genius of Mallrats and Clerks. Again, note the geek underdog skater theme that I dig…

5. Hurley on Lost – This is random. But I swear that I fancy that fat bastard. I was looking at his face and have determined that if he were skinnier – he would be quite hot. But I love the character. He is funny, yet sweet. In the real world, I would never go for funny and sweet – but let me live in my own little fantasy that I value people for non-superficial reasons.

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This week has been somewhat interesting…well at least in the sense that my life is a myriad of complete geek moments combined a few glam events.

In an exerpt of an email sent to a friend earlier this week:

I just spent the last hour of my life fretting over the fact that last night – after having “fixed” the Internet connection, I promptly “broke” the Internet (in the words of Arlie). So I’ve been plugging things in, disconnecting things, resetting things with tiny pins, reconfiguring DHCP, trying to understand what PPPoE really stands for and generally going nuts.

Then I started thinking back to the steps that I took whilst “breaking” the Internet and I recalled a crucial moment with the airport express asking me about a firmware update. I accidently pressed OK. Turns out that the firmware update actually is the culprit of said “broken” Internet. I downgraded and the Internet has been saved. By me. From my sofa.

Are you impressed? It is a wonder that you could even send a reply to me without the help of the Pony Express.

Now to my next mission which is that after I broke the Internet last night – I went upstairs and preceeded to break my desktop computer. And I’m not kidding. I thought it would be a good project to replace the computer case which consists of removing the motherboard, replacing the power supply and reconfiguring the harddrives. I did all of this succesfully but then switched this little thing in the back of the power supply (which I thought was power, but turned out to be the amp switcher) to 110v. I saw a little light emit from the power supply. I think I killed the damned thing. Thankfully in my lameness and complete and total technical ineptness, I forgot to plug in the motherboard so I didn’t blow that out.

So then my evening last night consisted of attempting to get all glammed up – which is difficult to do in London unless you have a pair of skinny jeans. I do not have a pair of skinny jeans so I’m a fashion don’t. Headed over to Harvey Nicks Fifth Floor for a private party. The launch of the clothing line Jovovich–Hawk. Total glam paparazzi studded event complete with waiters walking around with no shirts (cute model waiters) freely pouring champers and martinis. We all know that I love me a free cocktail! Afterwards, went to Movida to shake a tail feather for a bit.

There you have it. From geek to glam in 2 London days…

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Woke up this morning in the new flat at 10 am with something that resembled sunshine creeping through the blinds. Woke up to find that my eyes weren’t lying to me. There was actual sunshine hiding behind those curtains.

And there is one thing to say or think in London when you are blessed with this rare miracle. THANK GOD or Allah or whomever is responsible.

Seriously. It is like having lived through a full blown war. Called the winter…

When you are blessed with some sun it is the best thing you have ever felt on you face, on your body, on your soul.

London sun is one of the most expensive suns in the world. And I’m not even talking about in monetary tones, but the mental expense that it takes on ones soul to get to where we are today.

And the thing is… when it hits. It is like the grand fucking orgasm of a thousand hungry virgins…

Sunshine in London is a precious comodity.

Beautiful. Sunshine. Amazing.

Puts a smile on those typically cynical London faces.

And that, my friend, is fucking priceless.

Now just pray for a few more blissful days like todayl


the first pimms of the season

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A hand above the water
An angel reaching for the sky
Is it raining in heaven?
Do you want us to cry?

And everywhere the broken-hearted
On every lonely avenue
No one could reach them
No one but you…

One by one
Only the good die young
They’re only flying too close to the sun
And life goes on – without you…

Another tricky situation
I get the drownin’ in the blues
And I find myself thinkin’
Well, what would you do?

Yes, it was such an operation
Forever paying every due
Hell, you made a sensation
You found a way through…

One by one
Only the good die young
They’re only flyin’ too close to the sun
We’ll remember, forever…

And now the party must be over
I guess we’ll never understand
The sense of your leaving
Was in the way it was planned?

And so we grace another table
And raise our glasses one more time
There’s a face at the window
And I ain’t never, never sayin’ goodbye…

One by one
Only the Good die young
They’re only flyin’ too close to the sun
Cryin’ for nothing
Cryin’ for no one
No one but you

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Spent the entire weekend moving into our new digs in London. I even took Friday off in order to supervise the movers that had the tedious job of moving all of my 300 square feet worth of crap out of storage and up the huge flights of stairs to the new flat.

I had promised to give them a little thanks – so if you are moving in London and need a good company that works hard and has a great price – try using them! Call Graham at Big Van or look at their site www.bigvan.co.uk.

So Friday went by in a flash of cardboard boxes and running around like crazy people. Arlie had to move out of her flat as well which meant that we had two sets of movers going at once. I will say that it is much nicer than the days when we didn’t have any money and had to do all the moving ourselves (that sucks!).

Saturday was pretty much the same crap. It was great to get up and go out onto our terrace and wander down to Starbucks (yes, I went to Starbucks) to get a coffee. Then it was strictly DIY day. We have a great set of hardware stores at the end of our street which I ended up going into 3 times during the morning and making friends with all the guys. They even gave me a caulking gun for free!

I managed to be a super Miss Fix-it on Saturday. I put up a fence on the terrace to keep Roley from jumping onto the pub’s roof which looks pretty good considering the fact that it is made of chicken wire and fastened with electrical twist-ties. After that I put together the new patio heater (an essential of London summer evenings).

I actually really enjoyed myself doing all these little house tasks. I have a few more projects planned such as planting a mini-terrace garden for us to enjoy during the summer months.

After all of this, Arlie and I ran out to Homebase to find a BBQ so that we could have a nice little terrace BBQ on Sunday with the boys. We found a great little one for £50.

Sunday was super rainy and the boys were coming over for a Sunday roast/BBQ. So much for a sunny day on the terrace…

We persisted despite the rain and got our BBQ on. Quite funny actually. Everyone on the passing busses were laughing at us standing out there with the grill going. But the food was good and the company was great. We all enjoyed a nice dinner in our new eat-in kitchen. How fantastic to be able to sit 5 people in the kitchen and still have room!

Post dinner was a little bit of port and trivial pursuit (of which we all sucked at). Which brings me to one question… Why does everyone call Trivial Pursuit Genius edition…instead of Genus edition?

Now I’m in Tallinn for the rest of the week for work. Back on Thursday night and then off to Ireland on Friday to enjoy a weekend with Fiona Garvey and Tim and the entire Garvey clan for Easter Sunday. Should be super fun!

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FROM BOB’S BLOG – 2devons.com

Now that I am getting closer, but not too close, I hope, I have a few questions:

❓ Since heaven was built a few thousand years ago when they didn’t have indoor plumbing or heated toilets or TiVo or iPods, what are the accommodations like now? Have they been upgraded?

❓ If they have been upgraded, were there classes for all the folks who died not knowing what a toilet or shower is?

❓ What about toilet paper? Is there any, or do you still use leaves and grass? Or Sears, Roebuck catalogs?

❓ What about those of us who only speak English? Are there classes that we can take to learn the language (whatever it is), or are there translators?

❓ Do the dearly departed, or whatever they are called, use deodorant, or even bathe? I know this is a problem, because when Christianity became the prominent European religion, people quit bathing until about 100 years ago. Which means you have a lot of smelly people up there, and I don’t want to hang around with stinky people.

❓ Is it legal to swap DVD’s and mp3’s? There are no copyrights in heaven are there? Will iPods be provided free of charge? How long do the batteries last? Can I pick my own music, or do I have to listen to hymns all day?

❓ Do you have a library? Or a good bookstore? What about audible books?

❓ Can I bring my dog? How about my cat? Will all my pets be there? What about the goat? Is he still pissed?

❓ Do I have to live in a dorm, or will I have my own apartment, or, better yet, my own house with a pool?

❓ How will i get around? I won’t have to walk, will I? I assume gas is free, or at least heaven sponsored, and that the price is reasonable. Is that correct? Do I have my choice of vehicles? Or, can I fly anywhere I want to go?

❓ Oh, yeah, can I chose my friends? I don’t like the creepy born agains here, so I’m sure I won’t like them any better there.

❓ Are the neighborhoods integrated? Do I have to mow my own lawn? Can I hire a gardener?

❓ Which brings up the question of money; how do I get some? Will I have my choice of jobs that I am not qualified to do, but since it’s heaven, I can do anyway?

❓ Is Jim Morrison there? How about Jimi Hendrix, and Janus Joplin? Do they have a band? Or, a bar? How much are the drinks? Do you serve Mojito’s?

❓ Is Leonard Cohen correct? Was Jesus really a sailor when he walked on the water? Did he wear short pants and a sailor hat? Any photos available?

👿 I assume that Hell is pretty much as it’s always been, so I guess I don’t have any questions right now.

❓ OK, maybe one. Is there a thermostat?

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The i-mate Kjam arrived yesterday thanks to a quick order from Expansys (which turns out to be some sort of contractor for Carphone Warehouse). The ordering process was pretty easy and all I had to do was send some address and identification verification (and sign away my first born child) for a Vodafone UK contract.



I excitedly dug into the box and started configuring away. Then I proceeded to spend the evening tinkering which drove me into about 1 am in my bed under the covers with the lights off still sending remote chats and geeking out. Upon 6 am wakeup I immediately continued onward. A bit like a child at Christmas? Yes, I suppose so.

Let’s see what’s exciting with this KJam anyways…

A little bit bulky, but compared to the larger Blackberry and my old Nokia G3 phone it isn’t that bad. The slideout keyboard is, in one simple word, DOPE. The screen is bright and clear. Not too many buttons (but I am having a hard time trying to figure out what the buttons actually do).

Operating System – Windows Mobile 5.0
Operating system is typical Windows. A bit annoying that the start button is on the top left (instead of the bottom left), but I’ll live. The other weirdness is that applications stay open even when you click on the close X. I find this strange – they just minimise and you have to go into System > Settings > Memory and close them manually. Fortunately I found a hack for this and am currently testing it out.

Came installed with all typical Microsoft garbage. Internet explorer, Outlook, Calendar, etc… good thing is that it easily connected and synced with my Outlook. Now all my nifty contacts are in there complete with the photos that I had attached previously in Outlook (adds for a bit of excitement).

It also came pre-installed with Skype 1.something. I find this weird because on the Skype website, we are told that minimum system requirements are 400 mhz and the Kjam is a mere 200 mhz. I did some hacking and uninstalled this early version of Skype and go 2.0 on. Chat works fine, but actual calling leaves something to be desired. Also the chat doesn’t support multi-chat quite yet, so my contacts get a popup telling them this (which I find a bit intrusive of my privacy because then people know I am on a device instead of in front of the laptop). The contacts synced really well considering I have about 300 + SkypeOut contacts. This did make it a bit difficult to navigate through. A work in progress, but seems to be going in the right direction.

Thusfar I have only made 1 phone call on the new phone. I’ve been treating it more like a PDA than a phone. The call was to Vodafone and it felt a little clunky holding this brick up to my ear. The dialling was also strange on the touchscreen and took some time. I think that the best solution for this is to get a Bluetooth headset and set up voice tags or speed dialling.

I also tried to put the phone on speakerphone, but the sound was really weak. Not sure if I was adjusting everything properly, but for now it wasn’t very great.

I have been downloading like a crazy person this evening and installing every trial application known to the Pocket PC world. This is one cool thing… most of the Pocket PC websites offer 15-30 day trials of almost all the software. Gotta love a full featured try before you buy.

So what have I installed?

  • SPB Pocket Plus – this is an app that hacks that annoying little bugs in the OS such as the close program vs minimise. It also lets you configure your Today screen with cool stuff.
  • SPB GPRS Monitor – I added this because I don’t trust those bastads at Vodafone not to charge me my entire life for an accidental over connection of GPRS. A must have. I phoned Vodafone today and was told there are no gprs upgrade plans, you simply pay £2.35 a MB. WTF? I have since more or less tried to disconnect the gprs wherever it might attempt an automatic connection.
  • Agile Messenger – this sweet little app is like the Trillian of the Windows Mobile world. I can connect to AOL, ICQ, Messenger and Yahoo IM programs. Only things that are missing from that list are Skype chat and Gtalk. Seems to work pretty good.
  • Opera browser – I needed to have an alternative to IE. Opera seems to be working pretty good and the bonus is that it has tabbed browsing. Cool!
  • Zagat guide – installed NYC, London, Paris and European restaurant guides. Now I will always have those numbers handy.
  • Wifi companion – to check those wifi connections. The default wifi manager seems a bit weak so I’m going to try this one out.

Overall impressions
Things are looking pretty good so far. New phones and devices usually have about a week or longer learning curve on them. This one is going smoothly and has enough cool functionality and applications to keep me busy tinkering. I’ll report back any major complaints.

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I’ve spent a long time deliberating my new purchase of a phone. I had gone off of upgrading my telephones after my last Nokia 6650 and Blackberry (aka Crackberry). I’ve been using this ghetto Nokia 3250 since moving to London because I haven’t gone down to unlock the sim cards on my other two phones. Plus I have very few friends here whom I actually call so it is OK.

But I started to get the itch again a few weeks ago. You know that feeling. The old familiar gadget envy when you see someone doing something cool with some geeky toy.

It all kicked off when I ran into King Britt and he was playing around with his Sidekick. Sidekicks are quite cool and I have been jealous of the fact that we don’t have them in Europe. Whenever you are in the States you see people playing non-stop with them. They are almost as bad as Crackberries, but they have some cool features that made me want one.

These features include: always on IM (something you don’t get working very easily on the Blackberry), camera (another thing the Blackberry doesn’t have), cute colours and covers and, finally, that flip around keyboard is pretty dope.

I went online and found out that T-mobile here in the UK in fact does have the Sidekick II available. It just appears that they do absolutely nothing to push it. I have never seen a Brit walking down the street with one. I think this is part due to the fact that T-mobile is trying to develop their own MDA and push this rather than pushing the Danger Sidekick. Or maybe there just isn’t a market here for the Sidekick.


One interesting thing that I have noticed about the demographic of Sidekick users is that they tend to be a younger, more fun crowd. These are the people that don’t mind using AOL IM (who the hell uses that anymore?) and want really simple applications to retrieve their email. They don’t really care about connecting and syncing their PC – as the contact and email management is done through a T-mail account. This is interesting as Blackberry users tend to be tie-wearing, business travellers or sophisticated soccer moms that probably wouldn’t benefit much from IM chats or cameras.

I ordered a Sidekick. Then I got antsy about it. It didn’t feel quite right. I felt that maybe I needed more control over my phone. I want to sync with Outlook and do other things. So, I cancelled the order with Expansys and went back to the drawing board.

That is when I came across the latest Blackberry 8700. Oh, the all new Blackberry. I was a little hesitant after hearing all these rumours about the RIM lawsuit, but turns out that that has been settled. So what is great about the Blackberry and why would I even bother upgrading since I already have the small 7100 series which I had a brief love affair with.


blackberry 8700

My love affair with my Blackberry was short, but passionate. It is a great way to get email. I used it constantly to fool the boss into thinking I was in the office. But what I didn’t really like was the fact that the phone was crap on it. I never heard the thing ringing and missed every single call that came in. Plus the internet browsing was a joke and there was no camera. I ended up trading it in for my Nokia 6650 because I was obsessed at the time with the sunshine of Barcelona and capturing as many photos as humanly possible of drinking sessions on Sunday afternoons.

The problems that I had with my Blackberry might have been solved with the 8700. The internet browsing is supposed to be much improved, plus I can install IM software on it and annoy everyone all the time.

I ordered the Blackberry 8700 off of Expansys. Then I got antsy again. Crap! I really want to be able to get Skype chats on my phone and Skype only supports Pocket PC OS. Neither the Sidekick or the Blackberry support Skype.

Then I thought about it a little more. What do I really want from my new gadget phone?

Here is my list:

  • Good contact management that I can sync with Outlook
  • Push email for business and personal accounts
  • Internet browsing that is halfway decent
  • IM – especially Skype since most of my contacts are on Skype
  • Wifi – because 3G is too bloody expensive
  • Ability to add applications – such as SSH
  • Easy to use keyboard

    Things that I dont’ really care that much about:

  • Camera – nice to have, but I don’t really care about the quality
  • Ringtones
  • Size of the phone – I have a big handbag
  • Skype phone calls – I don’t mind not calling through wifi – I only want IM

    Back to the drawing board again. Yes, at this point you are thinking that I am completely undecisive and probably really pissing off the people at Expansys because I keep ordering and cancelling.

    That is when I came across the I-Mate KJAM. It has all the features that I was looking for and it is quite slick with a keyboard that looks a little reminicent of the Sidekick.


    image kjam

    And I ordered it. And I haven’t cancelled it. It will be delivered Monday. Wish me luck…

    Read the spec of the Imate KJAM

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    Yes, I love Pee Wee Herman’s Playhouse. I admit it. This is some classic cult television programming that is almost as entertaining as the Muppets.

    In fact, I am sitting here right now watchin Big Top Pee-wee and I noticed something weird.

    Benicio del Toro is playing Duke the Dog Faced Boy. How awesome is that?


    Then I remembered that Cowboy Curtis was played by Lawrence Fishburne.


    I vote that we bring Paul Reubens back.

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