Rom Zom Com
A link to the official film site over at milk & cookies reminded me that I really had to say something about Shaun Of the Dead. It's the best film I've seen in a long time - I watched it on the long-haul return flight on my holiday and almost went into fits trying not to laugh out loud as I viewed it on the personal video player and most of the rest of the flight was asleep.

As far as stories go it's your normal run-of-the-mill Rom Zom Com (Romantic Zombie Comedy)... You know; boy meets girl, falls in love, loses girl, country gets taken over by zombies, gets back with girl, etc... The sound track is top notch too - scroll over to the right of the pub on the flash site to play the jukebox and hear some of the tracks. And while you're there make sure you watch the trailer and have a go at the zombie killing mini-game.

The only negative thing I would say about the film is perhaps the humour is a bit too British. I'm not totally sure what I mean by that myself, but of the 3 of us who saw the film, while I thought it was excellent, the other 2, both South African, didn't rate it at all. I think they're mad. Likewise they don't get where I'm coming from on this one. It still won't stop me getting the thing on DVD when it's out next month though.

Entry 919, Monday, August 23rd 2004, Filed In Stuff

DC Flyby
This groovy interactive icon-esque map of Washington DC is fun, but really makes me want to see one of London more than anything else. If you find one let me know [via ritilan].

Entry 918, Monday, August 23rd 2004, Filed In Stuff

Shoot The Cliche
Shoot The Cliche is a nice little shooting game from those nice Dutch folks over at flabber, although shooting cute little domo kun and avoiding the awesome burninating power of trogdor is a little disconcerting.

Entry 917, Sunday, August 22nd 2004, Filed In Games

I don't normally post stuff from my inbox (as most of it's Russian spam - why I don't know), but this 'vocabulary of the office' from TIJ tickled me. I put my hand up to being a confirmed mouse potato, do you recognise any of these?

BLAMESTORMING Sitting around in a group, discussing why a deadline was missed or a project failed, and deciding who was responsible.

SEAGULL MANAGER A manager who flies in, makes a lot of noise, craps on everything, and then leaves.

ASSMOSIS The process by which people seem to absorb success and advancement by sucking up to the boss rather than working hard.

SALMON DAY The experience of spending an entire day swimming upstream only to get screwed and die.

CUBE FARM An office filled with cubicles.

MEERKATTING When someone yells or drops something loudly in a cube farm, and people's heads pop up over the walls to see what's going on. (This also applies to applause from a promotion, because there may be cake.)

MOUSE POTATO The on-line, wired generation's answer to the couch potato.

TESTICULATING Waving your arms around and talking bollocks.

SITCOMs Single Income, Two Children, Oppressive Mortgage. What yuppies turn into when they have children and one of them stops working to stay home with the kids or start a "home business".

STRESS PUPPY A person who seems to thrive on being stressed out and whiny.

XEROX SUBSIDY Euphemism for swiping free photocopies from one's workplace.

PERCUSSIVE MAINTENANCE The fine art of whacking the crap out of an electronic device to get it to work again.

ADMINISPHERE The rarefied organisational layers beginning just above the rank and file. Decisions that fall from the "adminisphere" are often profoundly inappropriate or irrelevant to the problems they were designed to solve. This is often affiliated with the dreaded "administrivia" - needless paperwork and processes.

404 Someone who's clueless. From the World Wide Web error message "404 Not Found" - meaning that the requested document could not be located.

OHNOSECOND That minuscule fraction of time during which you realise that you've just made a BIG mistake (e. g. you've hit "reply all").

WOOFies Well Off Older Folk.

PS. Sorry if you're looking at these and saying they are soooo old. I think I recognise at least some of them too, but they still gave me a Sunday afternoon chuckle.

PPS. As I didn't have a link for this post I've linked to a picture of the IBM X40 I've just ordered - just 'cause I can, and I'm all excited about it. More on this later (it arrives next weekend) I'm sure.

Entry 916, Sunday, August 22nd 2004, Filed In Stuff

Nathan & Claire
Yesterday I headed off to St Mary's Church, near Newbury, for my cousin's wedding. These are some pictures of the day, mainly of my cousin, Nathan, and his new wife, Claire, but my other Cousins, my Uncles, my Grandmother and, of course, my Mum & Dad make guest appearances. Curiously the rain storms ripping accross the country stopped for the day, and the sun popped out, making for rather a nice day.

Entry 915, Sunday, August 22nd 2004, Filed In Diary

Time for some quick Strong Bad FAQs before getting back to another game of Duck Guardian 2 [via op-pop].

Update: play the original duck guardian here! No news on a release date for version 2 yet.

Entry 914, Thursday, August 19th 2004, Filed In Stuff

Brain Hotel
Visit the brain hotel with the same people that gave you a case of the crabs... not, as it appears, advice that means your next stop will be the doctor's surgery, but some more point'n'click gaming fun.

Entry 913, Saturday, August 14th 2004, Filed In Games

I've been helping out a friend who is visiting London soon by supplying them with some suggestions of sights that must be seen, restaurants that must be eaten at, and bars that must be imbibed in.You don't realise how little you take advantage of what's on your doorstep until you start thinking about it. Anyway while I was coming up with ideas my friend Preeti came up with the excellent toptable which features some great London restauarants, with reviews, let's you book on-line and also has some great special offers. With their points reward scheme I already have enough points for half a chip at McDonalds ;o)

The simple search options are especially useful letting you restrict your restaurant hunt on place, price, cuisine and the like. Searching around the area I work in (SE1) produces quite a tasty list of places straight-off, many of which I wasn't even aware of. This is a site I'll be visiting again and again.

Entry 912, Saturday, August 14th 2004, Filed In Stuff

Acoustic Creep
Low Morale wishing they were special.

Entry 911, Friday, August 6th 2004, Filed In Stuff

Tombstone Generator
Do something cheery and fun this Friday lunchtime - build your own online tombstone. The perfect past-time to alleviate the office blues.

Entry 910, Friday, August 6th 2004, Filed In Stuff

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    / /   ____ _____  __  __/ /___ _________  _____
   / /   / __ `/_  / / / / / / __ `/ ___/ _ \/ ___/
  / /___/ /_/ / / /_/ /_/ / / /_/ / /__/  __(__  ) 
 /_____/\__,_/ /___/\__, /_/\__,_/\___/\___/____/  
Despite the attempts of my dodgy cutting'n'pasting even my output from the figlet server looks pretty cool (Nb. I had to look it up too - FIGlet is a program for making large letters out of ordinary text).

Entry 909, Thursday, August 5th 2004, Filed In Stuff

Having had a few incoming visits from singingfish I went and checked it out - it's quite a nice specialist search engine designed for finding audio and video files. From some quick tinkering I managed to retrieve not only some streaming real audio of current tracks I'm interested in, but also some full length MP3s of older tracks. Naughty I'm sure, but nice none-the-less.

Entry 908, Tuesday, August 3rd 2004, Filed In Stuff

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