Sunday, September 25, 2005

Dave and Madeline

Had their wedding yesterday.. Traditional Chinese Tea Ceremony in the morning at their respective houses and a reception at the Waterside in The Rocks. The couple were looking very happy, though somewhat exhausted by the end of all the festivities (and Dave had spilt wine on his shirt, but that's another story).

Bride and groom are off to the Cook Islands (IIRC) for their honeymoon before settling into regular married life.. :)

Lots and lots of pics of course, click on image below to go to mine. Chunga's pics are here.


From Madeline and ...

Monday, September 19, 2005

Tagged

From Chi.

1) Total number of books you own? Hmm, not sure, but in the order of 200-300. More if you count my parent's books that I have on "long term loan". :)

2) What was the last book you bought? The Forever War by Joe Haldeman. A Vietnam vet's allegory on war.

3) What was the last book you read? Beyond Fear by Bruce Schneier. Essential reading for everyone living in the post 911 world.

4) List five books that are particularly meaningful to you (in no particular order)

  1. Godel, Escher and Bach by Douglas Hofstadter. You will not see the world in the same way again.
  2. The World's Religions by Huston Smith. Great starting point.
  3. Tae Te Ching. Antidote for moden excess.
  4. Snow Crash by Neal Stephenson. Now THIS is cyberpunk. Fiction equivalent of speed.
  5. Use of Weapons by Iain Banks. In times of war, anything can become a weapon.

5) Tag five people and have them fill out the list on their own blogs (if they can be bothered) No more bloggers to send to. Sending to Drenai.

Friday, September 16, 2005

Knife of Dreams

Speculation is rampant on the newsgroup rec.arts.sf.written.robert-jordan about the new book coming out next month.. Most people are quite over the series so we're mostly having a go at Jordan.. my favourite quote by Dan Weiner:

I also think Elayne should get fucking beheaded, but I suspect RJ willgo a different direction--- one involving weak tea, perhaps?

Thursday, September 15, 2005

Reporter's Diary

Just finished reading part 2 of ABC reporter Leigh Sales' diary from her assignment in New Orleans, post Katrina.

It is really gripping reading, she has a great wrtiting style that really pulls you in, all the horror mixed in with funny little bits about the ABC crew... Definately worth reading. Part 1 is here.

Wednesday, September 14, 2005

Joss Overload

With Joss being in town and doing more media than you can poke a stick at, there are LOTS of interviews/articles turning up. The best one I've found so far is definately this one that he did with Sarah MacDonald on ABC Local Radio in Sydney. The amount of thought this man puts into his work is incrediable.

Monday, September 12, 2005

I Met Joss!

Well, not so much "meet" as such as be in the same room.. and room in the sense of a big movie theatre, but you get the idea.. :) Either way, it was bloody fantastic to see the final cut of Serenity with all the fancy FX in place, and have a nice Q&A session with Joss...

Lots of good questions.. his answers were always funny and informative... One answer the audience liked in particular was his reponse to the "five people on an island" one.. Joss' five were Jane Austen, Caligula (or was it Cicero), himself, Emma Thompson and George (W.) Bush - "because we need something to eat".. needless to say the audience went nuts..

The final cut of Serenity was a lot better than the version I had seen a few months ago.. it's a very, very good movie... and everyone should see it. :)

Sunday, September 11, 2005

Dave's XI Tour, 2005

Just returned from the big tour of 2005, and of course according to cricket tradion "What happens on tour, stays n tour".. so all I will say is that a great time was had by all. Lots of sport and lots of drinking and lots inbetween. Only downside is poor UE who is nursing a very badly puffed up eye, boxing style.. But it was a sporting injury, not a fight, so all is good. Poor UE, I even kicked a ball into his head, a full blooded kick too... Sorry mate..

Aaaaaargh!!

Whi did I have to read this AFTER I got home from the city??? Joss Whedon is in town and was looking for a few drinking buddies... Granted I was dirty and smelly after the Dave's XI Tour, 2005, but I would have least rocked up to The Orient..

Tuesday, September 6, 2005

Obsession

I've never seen so much dicussion about the release of a POSTER for a movie.. Firefly / Serenity fans sure do take their show seriously.. I mean people are seriously talking about the message it gives to the mainstream, the deliberate minimalism meant to make it stand out from the other posters, the inclusion of the "Buffy & Angel" reference... Going through all the minutia..

I quite like it, actually.

ooh! and I scored tix to the preview screening and Q&A session with Joss! OMG! OMG!

Sunday, September 4, 2005

Aftermath

I was going to write up a big opinion piece on Katrina but thought better hold off until more details become clear. But what is already clear is that it is a massive disaster and much worse than it should have been.

There are already many people pointing fingers and laying blame.. I've been following a few items on the Counter Punch newsletter/blog, and saw an article that was particularly interesting - How New Orleans Was Lost.. I guess it closely reflects something of what I was thinking.. though I know that the Iraq war is by no means the only or even main reason for the state of the disaster..

The other article that grabbed my attention was The U.S. Needs to Start Over - Failing at War, Peace and Dignity.. This reflects some more of my feelings that the social welfare system and the State have let down the most needy in American society..

Every American city harbors millions of people with high rates of unemployment, low incomes, poor housing, no health insurance, low levels of education. In the United States 25 percent of our children are raised in poverty. Nearly 50 million people have no health insurance.

Immortel - French Sci-Fi

It's not often you see French sci-fi, but those that you do see are memorable, like The City of Lost Children (one could argue about calling it sci-fi, I guess) and The Fifth Element. Now there is a newish (released in 2004) film getting some attention in the blogosphere.. The film is Immortel (Ad Vitam) (IMDB), a French movie done in English. The film is an adaptation by writer/director Enki Bilal of his own comics, the Nikopol Trilogy.

After looking at the trailer, I am really interested in this... it has a very unique look and the mix of Egyptian mythology and dystopian society (somewhat like StarGate, I guess) is something I'd really like to see..

Unfortunately it seems that the film hasn't had a worldwide release, so I will have to dig around to see if I can find a DVD of it. seems Amazon has both the DVD and the trade-paperback of the comic. hmmmm...

I've seen quite a few comparisons to Sin City.. and as far as I'm concerned that's a good thing.. If this is half as good as Sin City then it's miles ahead of the movies coming from Hollywood.