July 30, 2004
FUNNY AND NOT FUNNY AT ALL
First, two jokes from BlogSoCool
A woman walked
up to a little old man rocking in a chair on his porch.
A man asked the
barber "How much for a haircut?"
And now for something
which would be hilarious if it wasn't so deadly serious and
scary. From Humanity
Check newsletter. Read full story at the Washington
We are not amused.
July 27, 2004
AUGUSTINE INTERVIEWS GOD: Part Eight (is now here)
July 24, 2004
There's a new page for the gnovel and a new God strip is on the drawing board and/or tablet. But beautiful weather is here at last and it's essential to spend some time sitting by a pond on Parliament Hill watching the ducks and swans and dogs and pigeons and children splashing around chasing each other.
July 23, 2004
WELCOME BACK WACOM: A Sad Story with a Happy Ending
I bought the Wacom
Graphire kit around the same time as my Mac but for some
reason I became frightened of this innocent little tablet
and its miracle-working wand so I put them away for future
reference 'when I have time to study the manual'.
Walking backwards in abject apology I got home and googled for Wacom's European site which turned out to be in Germany. And behold it was brilliant: replacement pens of every description for every model, old, new, used, and not a raised eyebrow in sight. And that's not all. A real human being named Horst was behind the screen because when I ordered what I thought was the right pen, he sent me an instant e-mail to say no, a different model fits my tablet.
Unaccustomed to such efficient and personal service I placed my order at once, sat back and waited. Only a few days later, delivered by UPS, the twin of my lost magic wand is in my hands. Thank you Horst, you of the Wacom Online Shop in Krefeld.
Now let's see, where did I put that manual?
July 21, 2004
Time off - a perfect day out of London. More photos are here. This one is of my gorgeous niece, Sarah. I have three beautiful nieces dotted over the planet, two are my sister's daughters, this one is my brother's. She went to Sussex University in Brighton so knows the town very well.
Not feeling very bloggish lately but doomy inner voices keep chanting: they will all go away if you don't blog more often they will abandon you yes they will you will check your stats and the graph columns will be completely flat you must blog blog blog blog you don't expect to keep your audience entertained with a few snaps of Brighton do you, eh? eh?
July 17, 2004
WHAT THE EYE-FOR-AN-EYE APPROACH ACHIEVES
I got this from Vickie (July 8 post) whose appealing site I was led to by Dem whose fan-mail and cartooning talent continues to grow. The animation is by Rob Lewis and came from his StickDeath website. Its actual title is "How To Handle Office Conflicts" but I think it applies perfectly to all larger conflicts.
July 15, 2004
Have just watched a DVD my sister sent me from Paris: Le Monde Selon Bush (the world according to Bush), a documentary by William Karel. DON'T MISS the Flash trailer on that website. You can see details of the film in English here including a list of the impressive cast of interviewees. The opposite of Michael Moore's approach, this documentary goes straight to your brain, by-passing your heart and is all the more scary for that. You're left enlightened and exhausted by 90 minutes of facts, intoned by a whole series of well-known talking heads, mainly American but also the likes of Dr. Hans Blix in extraordinarily candid conversation. If this film is going to be shown wherever you are, see it or get it on DVD. Entertainment it ain't but truth stranger than fiction it surely is. For those who read French, here's a long, in-depth interview with the director, William Karel.
And DON'T MISS the excellent, profound and perceptive review of F9/11 at vernacular body
Normal cheerful, entertaining service will be resumed here as soon as I regain balance.
I've added another new page to the gnovel - click on the mini to see the bigger version.
Seems I really maybe probably have cured myself of the Fear of Never Finishing What I Start. If you instantly recognize the name of this fear then you've got it. If you're not sure, answer the following questions:
My new Portugal-based artist friend Vitriolica , who also lives blogging life as an alter ego (or two, in her case) is a wonderful inspiration. I don't know if she's ever been plagued by the FONFWYS but her creative excitment appears to be unstoppable. If you haven't yet discovered her, you have a treat in store - and don't miss any of the brilliantly fluid, witty and observant drawings in her archive.
The Michael Moore post below is now also posted at Open Source Politics.
July 5, 2004
THE BIG MAN WINS
Michael Moore is no Eisenstein, Hitchcock, Spielberg, Godard or whoever you prefer as a great film auteur. His Fahrenheit 9/11 has many cinematic flaws. Nevertheless, it is a historic tour de force, perhaps the only film ever made which can bring down a president and an administration which will forever be remembered only for the irreparable damage they have done. Those who criticize the film call it propaganda. Of course it's propaganda. It doesn't pretend to be an art film or a thriller or a comedy - though it's got moments of all those elements. It is intended, and succeeds, as an exposé of the jaw-dropping Machiavellian machinations, greed, inefficiency and deceit of Bush & Co. and the harm they have caused to their own citizens and to innocent citizens of countries not their own. It's a roller coaster of verified and verifiable facts which hit you in the guts while your brain absorbs the appalling information. Here's Mike Moore's answer on his website to those who declare his facts are not factual:
I won't describe the film, the bits that moved me to tears, the bits that could have been done better, the bits that were brilliant. The main thing is that it's a crucial and timely wake-up call and it is stirring hearts and minds in America which desperately need stirring. Read the reports of how astoundingly well the film is doing. To those who sneer that Mike is making a lot of money all I can say is: Michael Moore made money legitimately because lots of people bought his books and are now queuing up in droves to see this necessary film. And he puts his money where his mouth is. Bush & Co. make loads more money but.....well, go see Fahrenheit 9/11 then decide who's telling the truth.
And read this by Anthony Wade.
(I borrowed and altered the above photo of MM from the cover of the DVD of Bowling for Columbine)
July 4, 2004
NEW PAGES OF THE GNOVEL
I think I've broken through my gnovelist's block by deciding to create pages I just feel like doing, forgetting about continuity and chronology and layout , leaving all of that for later. Go to the bottom of the gnovel page to see the latest additions, from Ottoline's diary. Here are mini-versions of them. I'll be adding others more frequently now.
Happy 4th of July to American friends. To celebrate, I'm going to see a preview of Fahrenheit 9/11 tonight at my local cinema.
July 2, 2004
Well I had my 24 hours of fame and now I can't find it. The Guardian's Weblog lets you gloat and glow for a day and then moves on to someone else. Fair enough, but where is that mention of me now that I want to gloat a little more? It has vanished into the black cyber hole where all blogs go when they're not being noticed. My hits did go up to about 200 since yesterday so why am I being an ungrateful wretch? Who can measure the infinite capacity for dissatisfaction of that stubborn beast called Ego? I can't get no...thump thump...satisfaction...that's all it ever drones, on and on and on. Enough already. I'm entering a new phase of positivity based on the Law of Attraction. Watch this space.
July 1, 2004
I'M A TOP
Last night, in carefree, confident, elated mood brought on by dancing wildly to a 45 rpm (yes, I still play them) record of Leo Sayer's irresistible Long Tall Glasses - the best mood-enhancing tonic ever - I sat down and dashed off a short confident elated email to the Guardian Unlimited Weblog.
Well, my dancing energy was irresistible because today, guess who's top of the blogs at the Guardian's Weblog?