The rants of a constantly ticking mind, combined with a mess of reviews and obscure titling methods.

Wednesday, December 20, 2006

'Let them know you realise that life moves fast, it's hard to make the good things last...'

My grandfather died on Sunday. He was 90 (which, as my father keeps telling me, is a ripe old age).

It's funny how life goes. One night you're laughing and having fun with your friends. The next night you're a wreck, confused and infuriated at the loss of a loved one. Even odder was the way that I sent him a card the night before, and was discussing with Chrissey what to get him for Christmas.

It's odd... I feel kind of numb to the whole situation now. I'm sure that, come January when we say our goodbyes, I'll be falling apart. I'm just glad that the whole family got together in the summer to celebrate his birthday.

In the end, though, he had a very good life and I just want to thank him for being a great granddad. Ta.

Sunday, December 03, 2006

Bad Optical Illusions

There's something definitely wrong with these illusions. Can you see them?

#1 - Which line is longer, the top line or the bottom line?

#2 - Look at the pink lines - do they appear curved?

#3 - How many black dots can you see?

#4 - Look carefully at the centre of the circle.
Can you see Jesus?

#5 - "The Impossible Box"

#6 - Look carefully at this image.
Can you see a shape between the Pacmen?

Courtesy of KingSuperSpecial of B3ta.

Saturday, December 02, 2006

How to waste a bucket of time

Did you know that most of the time on the web is wasted trying to hunt down something you've seen before and can't remember for the life of you remember what it's called?

I've certainly found that out over the past 40 minutes. Whilst taking a break from my horribly busy work schedule, I decided that I would spend one of my 'free iTunes song' vouchers on something. I had a browse, but couldn't find anything in particular I wanted.

Then, I remembered about a french song I heard on the radio months ago, and remembered even more vividly that I'd watched the incredibly weird video for it, involving some blue wool crawling around and trying desperately to knit round the singer until she was cocooned in it. So, I started Googling.

I tried:
music video blue string
music video "blue wool" jumper
french singer blue jumper
music video entangled in blue wool
even leading up to:
"music video" blue wool crawling around knitting a sweater which she becomes trapped in


After lots of jumping around angrily and not wanting to go back to work until I found it, I realised that I'd seen it on the web site Video-C. However, the search engine on their site really, really sucks. Seriously. It'll tell you a couple of popular videos, but unless you know the exact name of the artist you're looking for, you're screwed.

It didn't occur to me that the easiest way would be to go back to Google and type: french for another 10 minutes because, seeing as it was a British site, it was unlikely to use the term 'french' that often. After scouring lots and lots of pages of search results I spotted it, played it, and then I realised that the song was actually fairly pap (I'd listened to it on loop at some point and appear to be sick to death of it - don't ask).

Oh well. In case, like me, you were looking for a music video involving a french female singer and lots of crawling about blue wool, here's Camille - Ta Douleur.

Right, back to work.

UPDATE: On review, it's not *that* pap, but I don't really want to buy it as much as I probably used to. Also, I spent my iTunes voucher on Regina Spektor's "On The Radio" instead. Here's the video.

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