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Lightning strikes the suburbs

Saturday 21 May 2005 at 10:02 pm

Lightning above my backyard

It’s been ages since we’ve had a storm this cool. If only it hadn’t been so short :-(

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Some random happenings of days past

Saturday 14 May 2005 at 7:53 pm
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Don’t panic!

Friday 6 May 2005 at 11:21 pm

This evening, after some America’s Army and BZFlag (mmm, jumping tanks …) with the boys from work in the G5 lab, I met up with Anna to go see The Hitchhiker’s Guide To The Galaxy.

My opinion? I don’t care about the critics bagging it — that movie is awesomeness incarnate. Even for someone like Anna who’s read the books.

Stephen Fry is awesome as the narrator, and Alan Rickman is the most perfectly-cast depressed robot I’ve ever seen (and I’ve seen many a poorly-cast depressed robot, I tells ya!). The puppet effects are typical high-quality Henson work, and the Magrathean planet-building factory is some jaw-dropping CG art.

Of course, it’s not perfect, but it’s an awful lot better than anything else that Disney have financed recently (not counting the Pixar films, of course). I recommend it.

And on an entirely unrelated note … while reading news of Blair’s win in the UK, I noticed a story about an astrologer suing NASA over the Deep Impact mission which will, apparently, violate the natural balance of the universe. So how long will it be before they get issued a fine for littering on Mars?

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Stupid northern suburbs residents …

Sunday 1 May 2005 at 12:13 pm

What’s the bet that the picture editors of the Sunday Times don’t live in the southern suburbs?

In their dual-page spread on cost blowouts for the southern suburbs railway (which, admittedly, is a very poor indictment of the State Government), they showed some photos of problem areas in the construction work. Except that for “Leach Highway”, they used a picture of South Street, with Murdoch Park n Ride clearly visible (and the real Leach Highway also visible in the distance). For “South Street”, they showed Rowley Road, which is 20 kilometres further south (here’s a tip: Murdoch has not been surrounded by bushland for many years, kids). And for “Thomas Road, Kwinana”, they showed … another photo of South Street, this time from a different angle.

’Tis a quality News Limited publication, indeed.

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