Yes; sadly, my life revolves around acquisition.

typed for your pleasure on 31 July 2004, at 4.30 am

The Goddess of Stuff dropped by for a bit before I sped off to work on Fri. My copy ov ‘Foot: A playful biography’ was delivered, as well as my ‘Crash babies’ silkscreen. w00t! I’m really glad I panicked and ordered it when I did, as I have print number 155 ov 160. *mops brow*

Also, I received a letter from Oakland Community College, stating that they’ve gotten my Free Application For Student Aid. Now alls I have to do is submit a couple ov forms, and with any luck, they’ll bestow a generous grant upon me, or something equally good..

The lads & I might try to catch Beat Takeshi’s ‘Zatoichi’ over at some cinema in Birmingham Sat eve..

A PS2 game that I, as well as a small yet rabid handful ov others, have eagerly been awaiting, will see a domestic release on 21 Sept. Its name? Katamari damashii. Its price? TWENTY DOLLARS. I am in love with the world! 🙂

And this might be the best / funniest thing I’ve heard all week — William Shatner (with the help ov Joe Jackson) covering Pulp’s ‘Common people’. Staggering.

Not much ov an update, I know, but I’ll doubtless have more ov an interesting post this Sun, for your edification

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There will be much wailing, and gnashing ov teeth

typed for your pleasure on 29 July 2004, at 6.32 am

So I came home after a stressful day ov work, with the full intention ov sitting down with the rest ov the shrimp-fried rice and watching my copy ov Vidocq, right? I went up to the guest room where my telly is, set the steaming half-filled bowl ov rice down, and fired up my trusty & beloved CyberHome CH-DVD-500 player. Open disk tray, set disk in, close tray, wait for LOADING screen to finish. And wait. And wait. And wait. ?? I eject the tray, waited a couple ov seconds, and loaded it again, only to wait another couple ov minutes. Hrrm.

Okay, maybe I need to reset the region-free hack, I figured, as I really haven’t used the player since I moved back into my parents’ — I set it up for the first time since moving only a week ago; I’d been watching my R1 DVDs on my PlayStation 2, and watching my other region disks on my folks’ computer. So I redid the hack, and, for good measure, threw in my R2 copy ov Twenty four hour party people. Once again, the fecker refuses to play. Desperate / fuming, I grab a VCD and drop it in.. and that plays just fine. Okaaay, time to try another R1. No dice. Jesus. My player’s fucked.

You have to understand my love affair with my CyberHome player. When my circle ov friends gets together on Sat eve, 90% ov the time, we watch a film or two, and since our tastes run far, far away from the mainstream, most ov the DVDs we view aren’t R1 disks. Last year, Jeff, purveyor ov most ov the filth that we watch, had passed along info that he’d read on one ov the DVD forums that he frequents about the CyberHome CH-DVD-500 player, as he was, at the time, the only one in our group that owned an all-region player. This player was the stuff ov legend. Progressive scanning, Dolby 5.1 sound, aaand the ability to play not only DVDs from all regions, but to instantly convert PAL and NTSC?? Sweet baby James, how is that even possible?? They originally retailed for a little over $100, which wasn’t bad, considering that Jeff’s Malata cost over $200, but still, at the time, the asking price was a little steep.

Then, round Xmas, BestBuy had the bastards on sale. It was like a dream! They were stacked in the aisleways four feet high. We were like, ‘they’re here?? At BestBuy?? But.. they’re region-free! That naturally goes against anything that corporate America stands for!’ Mike was the first to have a go; he bought one at the startlingly low price ov $80. After he frothingly informed the rest ov us, Tomas & I went to the same location the very next day, and each bought one for $70. A week later, Marika bought hers at a different location, for $60. We couldn’t believe it; they did all they said they could do, and more. It was like a dream! Our respective DVD collections grew exponentially, and personally, I’d say that a third ov my disks are now non-R1s. I managed to get The Italian Job (the good one with Michael Bloody Well Caine, not the shitty remake) from England, when it looked like there wasn’t going to be a domestic release. I picked up Trainspotting – the Definitive Edition, with the better-looking case, almost a year before the R1 version appeared. I bought Ichi the fucking Killer. Sure, everyone has a copy now, but back when people were like ‘You’re itchy what?’ I was the coolest kid on my block. Or at least the weirdest..

So now what? Luckily Amazon still stocks the Player ov the Gods; oddly enough, when we bought ours, Amazon had them for like $90, now they’re $70. Ugh. O, well. That’s money I’d have liked to spend elsewhere, but for something like this, the choice is clear

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Celebrating the One Week Anniversary ov ‘Shouting to hear the echoes’

typed for your pleasure on 26 July 2004, at 5.39 pm

Davecat here, wishing everyone out there on the Information Superhighway a fine ‘oozabootye?’ as they say in fair Scotland.
My goodness, where to begin? It’s been quite a week! So many people have written in, saying ‘Your blog saved my son’s life!’ or ‘I read your blog, and thru a series of events too complicated to explain, I met my future wife!’ or ‘Thanks to your blog, I can see again!’ Well, if it weren’t for people such as you, the reader, I wouldn’t be able to provide such witty, original, insightful, and life-enriching content as I have been for the past *looks at calendar* seven days. I’d just like to raise my glass in a toast, and say, Here’s to another seven days!!

(don’t worry; I won’t be doing this sort ov thing every week)

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GodDAMNIT, Geoshitties, can’t you do anything right??

typed for your pleasure on 24 July 2004, at 9.35 pm

Someone please remind me what Geoshitties is good for, apart from open mockery. I copied & saved the pics for the ‘Crash babies’ silkscreen & the Punitive Guillottina figure, and uploaded them onto one ov my Yahoo/Geoshitties File managers, so I could host the pics there, instead ov sapping bandwidth from the baby art & Merlin Enterprises sites. I upload the files, and they appear to work soundly. Then, when I go to edit the pertaining posts, redirecting the pic links to my File manager, do the pics appear on my Blog? Hell no. And I don’t want to dump them onto, as it’s kind ov a waste ov space.

Fucking Yahoo/Geoshitties wankers. ‘By and large, our sites are crap, and our service is laughable, if not non-existent.’ Unfortunately, looks like I’m back to bandwidth sapping for now, until I can find a cheap (read: Free) picture hosting space specifically for small .gif & .jpgs like that. Anyone have any ideas?

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typed for your pleasure on 24 July 2004, at 8.13 pm

So I got to thinking: if I had more money than, well, sense, I’d commission my favourite living artists to do illustrations ov Sidore-chan. Then I’d compile them into a nice coffee table book, and sell copies on ‘Kitten with a Whip!‘, so I could attempt to recoup the costs ov requesting the works to begin with. Well, maybe a third ov the commission expenditure, at any rate. Here’s my dream team (sorry I couldn’t find links for some ov them):

+ Mamoru Nagano
+ Kazuma Kaneko
+ Masamune Shirow
+ Hajime Sorayama
+ Yui Toshiki
+ Yasushi Nirasawa
+ D.K
+ Satoshi Urushihara
+ Kenichi Sonoda
+ Yasuomi Umetsu (Character designer & director; Mezzo forte, Mezzo the TV Series, Kite)
+ Suehiro Maruo
+ Masahiko Nakahira (Manga-ka; Hakaima Sadamitsu)
+ Mitsukazu Mihara

+ H.R Giger
+ Trevor Brown
+ Cabine
+ Thomas Barwick
+ John Allison
+ Superdead
+ Jamie Hewlett
+ Marguerite Sauvage

+ Evan Dorkin
+ Yumiko Kayukawa
+ Mike Allred
+ Dame Darcy
+ Adam Warren
+ Chynna Clugston-Major (Artist & author; Blue Monday, Scooter girl)
+ Adam Cruz/House Industries
+ the guy who draws Archie comics

I suspect the ones by H.R Giger and Suehiro Maruo would probably be the freakiest — quite possibly the only time you’ll see a Synthetik pin-up model rendered as Good Ol’ Fashioned Nightmare Fuel. But in a good way

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Read some good poetry, damnit

typed for your pleasure on 24 July 2004, at 7.59 pm

Anything by Oscar Wilde — maybe start with The Ballad of Reading Gaol and work backwards — and Dulce et decorum est by Wilfred Owen, which I just read myself for the first time last night. Both are extraordinarily upbeat poems. You’ll love them, I promise

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dnelsonx gets the most interesting Emails

typed for your pleasure on 23 July 2004, at 7.50 pm

Aw yeah — now this is what I’m talkin’ ’bout. 🙂

From: Burl Mcwilliams
Sent: Friday, July 23, 2004 12:25 AM
Subject: I love large wafnkers

She won’t be able to handle this

Kindly stop it

wineconner telexing conservable garancine watch practicedness rightwards abridge unobtruding quenchlessly dextroduction surfaced musophagi reverberant satisdation bellhop smutchy parigenin magani megatypy stroil blarina messiah interlay biquadrantal traditionalise tatu ticking turtan orobancheous tasselled deadborn fibrocartilaginous

I mean, really; where does one begin? This is the best blend ov Confusion and Humour I’ve seen all day. It’s the Email equivalent ov Anthony Burgess, J.G Ballard and Tyler Durden beating each other over the heads with medical textbooks

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