As Paul indicated, Claire and I
are out of Aberystwyth this Christmas: first with my folks, then with hers. As I’d threatened it yesterday, I’m sharing with you and the world in general this video of my mum on
Christmas Day. She’s had a few drinks already, and she’s decided that she’s suddenly able to ride a unicycle. And juggle at the same time.
Still haven’t fixed putting Flash right into my blog, but as this one’s a 3MB video, it’s probably best to link to it anyway: watch the
This morning, I saw a family of three otters swimming up the Rheidol. I’ve never seen or even heard of otters in Aberystwyth before, so I found this noteworthy and remarkable. In answer
to questions in advance: Yes, I’m sure they were otters: I had quite a clear view from the riverbank. No, I don’t have a picture; I only had my phone with me which at best managed to
achieve a picture of what is barely recognisable as water. And what were they doing? Well, just paddling slowly up the river, dipping and diving as they went, and attracting a lot of
attention from a flock of confused-looking local seagulls.
Tonight’s Troma Night will be held at The Cottage. It’s the final Troma Night of the
year, and it’ll be our least Christmassy of the “Christmas” Troma Nights ever, we suspect! Here’s the plan:
- 8pm prompt start – order pizza and start watching
Top Gun (we can’t get hold of a copy of xXx – sorry!)… with a RiffTrax! This’ll be our
third RiffTrax experiment; hopefully it’ll be as great as the last two.
- Second; Bernard & The Genie; wonderful Christmassy comedy starring Lenny Henry, Alan Cumming, and Rowan Atkinson.
- Third and finally; Snakes On A Plane, perhaps the most overhyped movie ever (or, if folks can’t survive another feature length film, I
suggest MST3K ep 602 [Paul, would you be so kind as to bring this,
One more thing – as a small “thank you” to everybody who’s made Troma Night so fantastic this last year – and as a Christmas gift to our friends in general – Claire and I have decided to “buy a round”: we’ve racked up a sizable quantity of ales for tonight’s attendees to drink. So come along for some good
films, bad films, pizza, and – just this once – you can get pissed on us. So to speak. Ahem.
See you later.
We haven’t had a Geek Night in, like, forever, and a few folks I was talking to last night suggested one. So let’s have one! The Cottage at 7pm; see you there.
From an e-mail. Original source unknown.
The Gorilla Monsoon Mailing List is finally becoming usable, after a lot of kicking of the Monsooners by yours truly. If you’re in
Aber, and interested in stand-up comedy, and weren’t on the mailing list because it was impossible to persuade anybody to put you on it, the problem has now been fixed and you can
sign up like a normal person. Now go do it.
We got our Wii at about half past seven this morning, and – excepting breaks for lunch, to attend Gareth‘s guest lecture at the university, and to handle tech support calls from my place of work – we’ve been playing it ever since. Here’s some of what
we’ve been up to:
Comes with every Wii bought outside of Japan, this set includes Tennis, Golf, Bowling, Baseball, and Boxing. They’re all suitable for up to four players on the same console, and all
make full use of the capabilities of the wireless, motion-sensing Wiimotes. The Tennis is particularly good and very immersive:
it’s easy to find yourself leaping to try to reach the ball as it goes barely above your head. Here’s a video I captured earlier of Jimmy
and Claire beating the crap out of each other in the square ring.
Hmm; my attempt to include the video failed. If you’ve got Flash 8 or above, watch it here. It’s worth it.
Nine different minigames; all very simplistic, but some of them are pretty good fun. We enjoyed in particular the "Laser Hockey" (an enhanced air hockey table), the "Where’s Wally"-like
"Find Mii" game, the cow-riding game, and the mini tanks game. The duck hunt-alike is a bit of fun too.
Very fun single player; reasonably good multiplayer too: yakuza fun. Can be pretty hard to get used to the controls, though.
Zelda: Twilight Princess
Which we haven’t played yet. Watch this space.
We’re off for curry soon, but if you wanna come around and we’ll all play Wii together, later, that’d be cool. You know where we are.
You’re probably already familiar with the concept of a drabble (if not, where were you in February?), a piece of fiction of exactly one hundred words. Today, I was introduced to the concept of a hemi-demi-semi-drabble: that is, a piece of fiction totalling exactly twelve-and-a-half words. Seeing as, no matter how I try, I can’t ever seem to write a piece of fiction totalling more than seven or eight thousand words, this appeals to
me. Surely I can manage twelve-and-a-half?
Here’s my first:
Seeing her there, I finally understood how beaut- no; she was a goddess.
And here’s another:
Coldly, the judge made his verdict: guilty. Disconsolate, the defendant cried out, “Noo…”
It’s harder than it looks. Give it a go.
The next Troma Night will take place on Saturday at The Cottage. Following last week’s success, we’ll be following a similar structure this week. But; there is a difference: all Troma Night folk (and
everybody else, for that matter) are invited to start early this week at the Arts Centre to see The Host. The plan is as follows:
5:30pm – if you wanna, join us at The Arts Centre for The Host, a brand new Korean action/comedy/thriller/horror film. Yes, I did mean to put all of those genres
8:00pm – Troma Night properly begins, down at The Cottage. Pizza is ordered; drinks are poured; Gareth is teased.
8:05pm – The first film will be The Matrix, with a RiffTrax from the same people as supplied the hilarious one last
week for The Fifth Element. If you don’t believe how funny it’s going to be, go watch a 2-minute sneak preview… Pretty sure I’ve got the synchronisation down to a fine art after last week’s technical
10:30pmish – The second film will be either, depending on whether people want something good or something bad, The Poseidon
Adventure, a classic disaster movie and one of my favourite films of my childhood (in anticipation that we might watch it’s remake
in the new year sometime and compare the two), Legend Of The Mummy 2 (mummified servant of ancient rain god wreaks hell on bad actors),
The Shepherd (U.S. made-for-TV sci-fi in which a husky voiced loner spends most of his time wearing sunglasses to help him remember how
great his family were), or Cyborg 3: The Recycler (mentioned it last
week, go read about it there).
Midnight; we’ll either call it a night or we’ll watch another film or we’ll play Nintendo Wii. We’ll work it out when we get there.
No American Dad this week, because the next episode broadcasts on Sunday, but we’ll be at The Arts Centre anyway.
Usual rules apply. See you this weekend.
This made me laugh out loud. Thanks to Faye for finding and sharing it.
Today I have mostly been listening to The Independent Scrutineer, Pagan Wanderer Lu‘s new EP. It’s very highly recommendable, and well worth the fiver I paid for it.
Unlike his previous releases, The Independent Scrutineer comes on a properly pressed CD (rather than a CD-R) and in a shiny jewel case with full-colour printing, though I know that in
time I’ll miss the look and feel of the handmade folded brown paper, handwritten/newspaper cuttings CDs.
But that’s not the only thing that feels more “professional” about this release than his previous EPs… it sounds brilliant. With a cleaner, better-edited sound, PWL makes for
genuinely fantastic listening. It’s still characteristically Lu: Repetition 2, my favourite track of the disc, still has it’s quirky discordant moments, but now they sound more
funky than ever. Repetition 1 is clean and sharp and just slightly more openly emotional than many of his songs, and —- and Knight -> King 4 remain the
fabulous ballads they were born as. There’s nothing new, strictly speaking, here, but the presentation, but it’s easily worth taking the time to listen to even if you’ve got a full
library of pirated MP3s already.
Our New Hospital Sucks disappointed me a little. It’s a great song, but I think the best I’ve ever heard it was live, which is somewhat unusual: it just feels like it’s trying
too hard to be loud and not hard enough to be smart. The Memorial Hall is a wonderful (and sad) song, but I preferred it when the time-signature transition in the middle was a
little more obvious: a little more “raw”. Perhaps PWL’s just finding his feet in this exciting fast-paced world of “having real CDs cut and not having to burn them himself,” or perhaps
I’m just being a little bit nostalgic.
Nonetheless, a brilliant CD. My minor gripes with it are most likely my general pickiness, and certainly don’t make the compilation itself any less enjoyable. And you can even listen to plenty of it online before you decide that it’s worth five of your Earth pounds.
Additional: What the fuck is Knight -> King 4 actually about? We’re very befuddled by it, lovely though it is. Answers on a postcard. Or in a comment would
I was going to write a post about how brilliant last night‘s Troma Night was,
but Jimmy‘s beaten me to it.
The highlight for me must have been when the commanding officer of the “special” forces team in Primal Species shouted at his team
after a training exercise because they took 15 seconds longer to complete the practice mission than he felt they should have: “15 seconds is a long time. They could kill 15 hostages in
I chirped up with, “What? They can only kill one per second?”
Jimmy responded, acting, “One…” blam “…mississippi, two…” blam “…mississippi, three…”
Troma Night tonight is at The Cottage. I’ll dig up as many seats as I can, but be
advised that stragglers will end up on the natty wooden chairs so if you’re late – bring a cushion! Apart from that; usual rules apply.
We’ll be playing The Fifth Element, but with an unusual twist – we’ll be playing a Mike Nelson
RiffTrax over it! For those of you who we haven’t raved to about this already – about half the folks behind the fantastic Mystery
Science Theater 3000 now record dub tracks for mainstream movies and sell them over the internet: we’ll be starting an MP3 simultaneously with the movie, and so Mike Nelson and co
will be saving us the bother of taking the piss out of the movie by doing so for us. It’s a Troma Night experiment, but if it’s successful, we’ll put a few more RiffTrax’d films on
future Troma Nights.
What else? Well; I’m still open to suggestions: I’d like to put on one of the awful flicks that Jimmy‘s kindly supplied second, though:
I’m thinking either Nightmaster (teen ninja stupidity), Carnosaur 3: Primal Species
(terrorists release genetically-enhanced dinosaurs, special forces have to save the day), or Cyborg 3: The Recycler (cyberdellos and
mechano-whores scavenge cyborg parts and sell them).
And finally: if you’re behind on your American Dad, we’ll be doing our usual thing of watching the most recent two episodes starting
at about 7pm.
See you later!