14 November 2005

It's Not All Doom And Gloom...

Been crewing on a Fireball these last few weeks, in the RTYC winter series... So far one 5th and two 1st's! Needless to say Peter the helm is a serious racer. link

03 November 2005

The canteen here is just like this!

There are some other funny 'life at grad school' comic strips here and some ultimate frisbee theme ones here all by David Schneider et al.. Check it out!!

22 October 2005

Cool Film: Primer

Very cool film, sci-fi, time travel, cool wierdness... You may want to read this afterwards to get an idead of what the hell was going on! link

25 July 2005

Free Books!

Check this out Free books under Creative Commons licence... I'll be sure to print these out for later reading on the grass, never liked reading too much straight from the screen, well CRT anyway. Perhaps my new laptop's flat screen will be less strain on the old eyeballs. link

13 July 2005

Hehe! Holiday....

Yes yeah.. I'm off for holidays at the end of the week, cant wait..

Eye Opening Flags..

Last month, the Norwegian diplomat Charung Gollar was asked to present the UN with a graphic showing the main problems in the world in 2004. He presented a set of 8 pictures entitled "The power of stars" and was applauded for the simplicity of his idea. In spite of having no pretension at all, his work was presented to participate to the Nobel Prize of Politic Marketing. Attached are the 8 pictures presented.

Read the legends!

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30 June 2005

Why Run?

Running, a strange sport, perhaps it will force me eat real food. Finished the 1/2 Marathon in Dundee in the uninspiring time of 2 hrs an 16 minutes. Maybe I'll do better next time.. But I think i prefer cycling..

18 June 2005

What a ripper; Batman Begins

The new Batman film is fantastic and lives up to expectations. A very Dark film, with some cool scary bits... My personal favorite was the fire breathing horse.

17 May 2005

Worth a mention

This is the funniest website rip that I have ever seen. The reason why?, is what makes it so. I have had many such arguments with very stubborn people... acknowledging that it takes one to know one.

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Follow the 'more info on this story' on the page.

15 May 2005

Happy days in Belfast

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Went to see Joanne and David get married this weekend, was a very hot and sunny day. Loads of great food and drink at the bash afterwards also..

11 May 2005

Four seasons in one day

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Had a nice walk near Dunkeld; we walked through the sun, rain, wind and hail - Although not all at the same time...

01 May 2005

Bring on the Poi

My latest pursuit, great fun easy to learn and looks cool!

Got my first few pointers from www.homeofpoi.com . I made some practice ones from tennis balls on string... Handy to try out tricky new moves without setting yourself alight...

30 April 2005

April 2005 Trip to the Western Isles

Sunday 10th, Dundee to Portree, Isle of Skye.
Stopped at Castle Eilean Donan.
Stayed at Seawinds.

Monday 11th, Portree to Uig
Stopped at the big cliff, Kilt Rock.
Walked over the ruins at Duntulm.
Visited the Lighthouse at Neist Point.
Had a look in at Skye Sliver on the way back to Uig.
Stayed at Laural Bank.

Tuesday 12th, Uig to Stornoway, Isle of Lewis.
Caught the ferry from Uig to Tarbert, Isle of Harris.
Saw the beaches on the west of Harris, back up the windy east side.
Drove to the Standing stones near Callanish.
Also stopped at the Brock near Dun Carloway.
Stayed at Mrs Macdonnald’s

Wednesday 13th, Stornoway to Portree, Isle of Skye.

Drove to the Butt of Lewis, stopped off at some beaches and the Light house.
Caught ferry from Stornoway to Uig, Isle of Skye.
Drove back down to Portree
Ate dinner at the Boswell Bistro.
Stayed at Mrs Matthersons’

Thursday 14th, Portree to Fionnphort, Isle of Mull.

Rode heavy highland horses at Armadale
Drove back to the mainland to Oban.
Caught ferry to Craignure, Isle of Mull.
Very nice drive to Fionnphort at the far western tip of the island.
Explored the beaches.
Stayed at Staffa House.

Friday 15th, Fionnphort to Oban, Mainland.
Boat trip to Isle of Staffa, to see Basalt columns. Stopped off on Iona on the way back.
Explored Iona Abbey and waited for ferry back to Mull.
Drove back to Craignure via Duart castle (was closed)
Caught ferry back to Oban.
Stayed at B&B in Oban.

Saturday 16th, Oban to Dundee.
Drove back home via the SOS Seal rescue & marine wildlife centre.
Grey skies all the way back.

18 April 2005

Way out west...

Just had a fantastic week out on the western isles of Scotland

I can highly recommend a visit.

22 March 2005

Get it doon yr wee scretche laddie

Fantastic weekend, plenty of beers on Saturday watching Wales kill Ireland and take the championship. It was also fun to hear England managed to beat off the rivals and take the Calcutta Cup. Not that its much of a challenge, but with their performances earlier in the 6 nations, it was a bit of a worry.

I have also decided that this blog will mainly just be a few choice pics as there's not enough time in the day to think up interesting and wordy posts - after all a picture paints a thousand words.
Now that the summer is coming in at full speed I'm gonna get back with the exercise program to sort myself out for an August bike tour of the west coast.

10 March 2005

Free Image Hosting.... Cool

Just found this great site ImageShack Host your images for free, nothing bigger than 1024kb - no problem!

08 March 2005

Cool New Animated Film: Appleseed

Just saw the first few minutes of Appleseed the other day, looks fantastic. An amazing fight between a bunch of humans and some evil looking robots/cyborgs - usual type of thing... I hear the story is so-so but then you don't watch this stuff for intellectual stimulation. Check it out at the Appleseed official site.

02 March 2005

Row, Row, Row your Boat...

How cool is this....

I just wonder with all that hard work rowing... wont you be breathing quite a lot... you gotta hope they install some hi tech CO2 scrubber/rebreather/closed system to make the O2 last much longer.

Nick Frost, what a guy

Ha ha! Nick Frost does DP.... Check out Frostitution a Nick Frost Fan Page. And if you haven't already, watch "Shaun of The Dead" - and then watch Series 1&2 of "Spaced". You don't know what you are missing.

27 February 2005

Fantastic, "Episode III - A Lost Hope"

Check out Episode III - A Lost Hope from Sequential Pictures, a hilarious low budget star wars spoof. A little help with the crazy Star Wars backdrops from scifi3d.theforce.net. Amazing really since it only took about 3 months to put together.
This is defiantly a site worth checking out: SEQUENTIAL Pictures. Also worth a lookin is "A Glitch in The Matrix". I don't know how much time and money these guys invested in making these movies, but for low budget Internet download spoof/piss takes they are pretty amazing. I remember a while back a friend of mine showed me a Star Wars piss-take "Beer Wars". It was quite funny with Budweiser as the baddies invading calgary and Big Rock playing the part of the rebel alliance.. check it out here.

England Crash Out against Ireland

The pressure mounts
England move step closer to winning the wooden spoon after losing 19-13 to Ireland this afternoon, in Dublin. The side got off to a fantastic start with and early try from Martin Corry, but it was not the shape of things to come and the team suffer another loss.

26 February 2005

Walk toward the light...

On the way for a dish of pasta..

A Scanner Darkly

This seams to have been a long time comming, but here is a trailer for Richard Linklater's new adaption of the Philip K. Dick sci-fi novel.
The plot seams like a strange one: "Set in a future world where America has lost the war on drugs, undercover cop Fred (Keanu Reeves) is one of many agents hooked on the popular drug Substance D, which causes its users to develop split personalities. Fred, for instance, is also Bob, a notorious drug dealer. Along with his superior officers, Fred sets up an elaborate scheme to catch Bob and tear down his operation".
I have been meaning to get round to reading some P.K.D, but I think I have enough on the go at the moment, Dan Brown:The Da vinci Code, Donna Tartt:The Secret History, Mark Haddon:The Curious Incident of The Dog in The Night Time and Iain M. Banks:The Algebraist.

Star-Blinz & New Camera

Just seen the last episode of Stargate SG-1 and frankly it sucks a big one. Very disappointing story and end to season 8. To make things worse I was supposed to go and see Scotland v Italy in Murryfield but the tickets never came in the post. So now I will set out around the City and take a few snaps with my new Cannon camera. It is a little beauty, I only hope that those bastards at ebuyer get back to me about returning my old Fuji finepix that no longer works... Might post some pictures from around Dundee later.

22 February 2005

Another Cool Ad

Sweet... one way to generate PR. Good load of comments at the SvN blog where i found this little item..

Free Mojtaba and Aresh Day

Apparently today is "Free Mojtaba and Arech Day" - I expect in a few days time all the search engines will catch up with the new posts. BBC news is covering the story, not so much the plight of Mojtaba and Aresh, it focuses on whatThe Committee to Protect Bloggers' has been up to in the month since its conception. You can read more of what has happened to two Iranians here.

16 February 2005

The Aviator - Howard Hughes

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Fantastic film - quite long, but I totally enjoyed it. Howard Hughes (1905-1976) must have been an amazing person. The film covers some events in his life, including some aspects his troubling mental disease. The making of Hells Angels (1930): a film about WW1 fighter bi-planes, it took 3 years to finish and was converted half way through from a silent film to include a soundtrack. It cost him $3.8million in 1930 which would be about $177million today. He then went on to film Scarface (1932) and The Outlaw (1941) both of which caused controversy at the time and were initially censored. The Aviator also covers his love of Aviation, as the title suggests. After gaining his pilots licence during the filming of Hells Angels Howard went on to Design/head up the production of many Planes including the Hercules; A massive boat plane, 5 stories high with a wing span of more than a city block [Images 1|2]. The plane only ever flew once after the military contact was canceled due to the war being over. Howard controled TWA and pioneered the companies expansion to international destinations. A move which lead him to clash with the giant Pan Am Airways. The Aviator is a moving film and finishes leaving the viewer wondering more about the man that was Howard Hughes. The way a man of his sort can have such an impact on so many others. In this instance, as is often the case, his genius came with a touch of madness. Some info from the HandBook of Texas Online