Saturday, May 24, 2003

And for those of you wondering what I made of "The Matrix Reloaded", I'm going to be wholly predictable and tell you that I loved the goddamned thing to death.

As a sequel, it's up there with the best that genre filmmaking has to offer - "The Empire Strikes Back", "Aliens", "Blade 2" - and as a part of an ongoing trilogy, it manages to expand on the themes of the original flick, whilst delivering thrilling new stuff which very nearly caused me to have a cerebral meltdown (Sweet Muscular Jesus, the resolution of the freeway chase almost killed me). And lots of lovely Don Davis's sterling scoring to warm my heartular cockles, too.

I can't wait to see how the Wachowski's wrap all this up in November's "Matrix Revolutions" and resolve that those evil cliffhangers...

More after I see it again and acquire the ability to process what I saw into my mushy-minded brand of verbiage.


1. What brand of toothpaste do you use?

Now, there's a question that I can get excited about...I use that Theramed stuff which purports to be a combined toothpaste and mouthwashy all-in-one mouthcare solution. It has an intriguingly chemical, clean aftertaste, which is both soothing and slightly unnerving, all at once.

2. What brand of toilet paper do you prefer?

I'll be absolutely honest with you and say that I could give a flying frig about the brand of toilet paper used in our house. It's one of those things which has never so much as crossed my mind.

3. What brand(s) of shoes do you wear?

Having size 14 feet means that it's more a question of which brand of shoe actually makes footwear in your size. I tend to wear Vans a lot, because I love their shoes and because it's easy to obtain them. In Sheffield, happily, we have a store which sells clothing for tall blokes and they stock a reasonable selection of footgear, including Merrell, whose stuff I also kind of dig.

4. What brand of soda do you drink?

Much to the Righteous K.'s chagrin, I prefer Coke to Pepsi. But my favourite beverage is Ginger Beer, which always hits the spot - There's a company who sell their iteration of this drink as being "Jamaican Ginger Beer", and that's the one that I like. Don't ask me to tell you the manufacturer, though.

5. What brand of gum do you chew?

Airwaves, in as many tingly flavours as I can.

Tuesday, May 20, 2003

Geek Chic.  Offbeat and with a thumbful of calluses, this hipster/trekkie hybrid spends most of his time catching Simpsons reruns and sucking down raspberry Jell-O.  However, he's still hip
You're Geek Chic. Offbeat and with a thumbful of
calluses, you spend most of your time catching
Simpsons reruns and sucking down raspberry
Jell-O. However, you're still a hipster,
you've still got your own style, and you
probably dig the Velvet Underground's "Who
Loves the Sun?"

What Kind of Hipster Are You?
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