barrington: (pirate)
[Error: unknown template qotd]1. Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels
2. Back to the Future
3. Cyrano de Bergerac (the Gerard Depardieu one)
4. Mullholland Drive
5. Watchmen

If trapped on the island alone, let's be honest, most of us would like to something at least erotic, if not pornographic. That's where Mullholland Drive comes in; it's not a favourite of mine, but it has sexy bits and I've only seen it once. Plus, if I only had four other DVDs, maybe I'd watch it enough times to figure out what's going on?

Number 5 is because I'd want at least one thing I'd never seen, and I'm assuming I have to go this weekend. (I disqualified things like The Princess Bride, This Is Spinal Tap, Blackadder and so on because I have the sort of memory that can regurgitate most of such things at will.) This also assumes magical instant DVD powers, or at least an Internet connection and the will to commit video piracy.
I always liked this quiz thing, because it gives me something to write about. It comes around every six to twelve months and usually via a different circle, so it's good fun.

  1. Leave me a comment requesting questions.

  2. I respond by asking you five questions so I can get to know you better.

  3. You will update your LJ with the answers to the questions.

  4. You will include this explanation.

  5. When others comment asking to be asked, you will ask them five questions.

First off the rank... )
Contact lenses are weird. Especially when your prescription is something like -3.5 (for astigmatism, my short-sightedness is minor and my long-sightedness in the other eye apparently more or less insignificant), and the highest prescription you can get for trial disposables is -2.25. So everything is much clearer, but still not quite right. I'm not sure I like how they feel on my eyes, either; I'll give them a few more wears for proper testing, but I'm still tossing up whether to get them.

Now, others (hi [ profile] p_cat!) have already pointed out that Alan Jones has been axed from Channel 9's Today programme (The Age), but I think the worrying thing is that the spokesperson refers to him as "a voice of authority and an integral player in the setting of Australian's news agenda". How does someone come to wield influence that, rightly or wrongly, can be described in such terms? He's not a statesman, or an expert in an important field, or an established leader of a community. He's just opinionated and aware of public opinion - at least where it strongly agrees or disagrees with his own. That's my reading, anyway; but then I thought for years he was Alan Jones the racing driver, whereas he's actually an ex-rugby (union) player. The list of his offences is long, though, and an account of any background or experience that justifies his exalted media position (at least in Sydney) is severely lacking.

It's a little reassuring to know that he only made it as high as number 78 on the Reader's Digest list of Australia's most trusted public persons, though he's just in front of Julia Gillard and five spots ahead of Bob Brown, which is less comforting. Still, I'm heartened to see several doctors and scientists in the top 20. (Not that I take the whole thing too seriously; the 100 mentioned were the only ones asked about, to "a representative sample of 750 Australian adults" who ranked their trustworthiness out of 10. Still, John Howard was rather lower than Kevin Rudd or the other politicians I mentioned, so perhaps that's pleasant support for the possibility of "annihilation"...)

I love numbers assigned to random properties. According to the analysis behind the cut, my "weirdness level" is 22 (lower than the LiveJournal average of 27) and my writing style is "intellectual". It's fascinating; there's even a pie graph!
Do you want to know more...? )
barrington: (unique)
Advertisers have progressed from "viral video" to "meme". Take this latest example, via [ profile] delvene:

Chameleon Unit
Smart, adaptable, you're able to insinuate yourself into any setting and act like you were born there. Sure, sincerity and honesty aren't your strong points, but you can fake them if the need arises. You might feel a little hollow inside, but with so many friends, who cares?
What's your malfunction?

barrington: (pirate)
In honour of the fact that my Mum, who is awesome, bought one last surprise Christmas present for me this year and it turned out to be my very own Black Pearl (i.e. a toy version of the pirate ship captained by Jack Sparrow in the Pirates of the Carribbean movies, I'm not about to start accessorising), I did a quiz to get a pirate name. It's under this cut(lass). )

I also, luckily, caught the new Secret Policeman's Ball. If there was ever any event I would like to be part of in the whole universe of entertainment, this would be it. Particularly because its the new blood that shone this year. It did have the side-effect of making me aware of how much I am behind the times with the current British live comedy scene, which might not seem important, but if I want to go to Edinburgh I should have some idea, I think. I was pleased to see Russell Brand (whom the Biritsh press won't shut up about) has something to recommend him as a comic, and isn't just the playboy of the tabloids.

Happy new solar cycle to all of you whom I will not see tomorrow night.
I make no promises that the "12 Days of Christmas" malarkey below the cut makes any sense, though it certainly does use all the nerdiest things in my interests list. Kind of amusing that, for the refrain in the middle, it chose "Five Ben Folds"...

To all of those I won't see before I fly away to the Gold Coast (yes, I know, I know) for Christmas, have a lovely time. Rock your casbahs and I'll see you in the new year. Click here for stupidity. )
barrington: (Little Prince)
Enough people have done this now ([ profile] meleah, [ profile] schmycom, [ profile] givemethegun) that the crushing weight of inevitability otherwise known as peer pressure has claimed me, so: Which tarot card am I? )
This is the Life Quiz. It's quite interesting. If you don't want to look behind the cut, it rates you in many areas, and wouldn't you know it I scored 9 for Spirit, a level so high they asked me for comments on how I managed to be so in balance. I didn't know what to say, though to my shame I considered quoting Polonius' famous advice.
Do you want to know more...? )
Don't forget about the show:

Evolutionary: the Man in the Lab Coat Evolved

Venue: Glitch Bar, 318 St George’s Road, Fitzroy North (Melways 30 C11)
Dates: 23 September – 8 October, Friday-Sunday (eight shows only!)
Tickets: $15.00 adult, $12.00 concession
Times: 7:00pm Fridays and Saturdays, 8:00pm Sundays
Bookings: Book online here on the Melbourne Fringe web site, or call 8412 8777

And you should also check out Mr. Al & Mr. Nick: A Fistful of Regret, which is violently funny and on in the same venue on many of the same nights. Stay all night, make a real go of it!

And just because even now I need a little procrastination... The interests meme. )
The list is growing; at last count it was [ profile] boomzilla, [ profile] delve, [ profile] meleah, [ profile] givemethegun and [ profile] helluvatough, all quality dorks. So of course I must join them and stand firm with my
Five Reasons I'm A DorkTM
  1. Well, Doctor Who, obviously. I'm not obsessed, like some I've known or could name, but my love for this programme is boundless and hasn't waned in the twenty or so years since I can remember knowing it. It's telling that no less than five different people, only one of whom was related to me, suggested I should film an audition tape when it was announced Christopher Eccleston had quit.

  2. Like [ profile] meleah, I never wagged school (though in my case it extends all the way to my first semester of university), and loved to go. Even in the depths of depression I lived for 3-unit English and actually enjoyed differentiating equations from first principles, which we were never tested on but gave me an immense feeling of satisfaction. ( still does, though my technique is very rusty and I need to look it up before attempting it these days.) I topped all kinds of classes and when the HSC came, I studied 10 hours a day with a friend for two weeks, changing subjects every hour and taking 5 minutes breaks in between to do something physical. Truth be told, I'd never studied much before that - school was always kind of effortless (at least in the sense that it never felt like an effort), which meant I was woefully unprepared for advanced university subjects.

  3. I'm a social retard, in the most literal sense. I never kissed a girl until I was 17, never drank until I was 21, never asked a girl out until 23, and there are so many petty and immature things I reallly should have got out of my system at 15 which I never got around to until my early 20s. As usual when I think about this, my apologies to all those who had to deal with that shit.

  4. I can't remember a time when I haven't been performing something, and while that might not sound dorky, let's review: the lead in The Emperor's New Clothes at 7, a caustic ventriloquist's dummy in a musical about a talent quest at 8, all 5 characters in Dags at 15, soliloquies from Hamlet and Rowan Atkinson as a depressive 16 and 17 year old... But those are the good ones. I used to enter Eisteddfods (as the Goodies once said: "From the Welsh, "eistedd" meaning "bored" and "fod" meaning "stiff"). Many, many first places for public speaking, debating, impromptu speaking, poetry reading or recital, sight reading (my favourite, where I was never defeated)...but the jewel in the crown was a joint first place and perpetual trophy with arch-rival (and friend) Emily in - wait for it - Bible reading. One of us is an atheist currently writing a comedy show about evolution, the other sings with a Christian youth rock band named Rocfish. (I probably gave myself an advantage by choosing an exciting bit - some of the commandments from Exodus - but the rest of the field was kids who didn't want to be there made to do it by various Christian schools, so it was always going to be one of us.)

  5. The dorkiest thing, arguably, is that I am ridiculously enthusiastic about the nerdiest things: science, mostly, but not exclusively. And I'm more than willing to make a fool of myself in public to espouse their joys, though I prefer to be paid for doing so...

Will you look at that? The top five don't even mention roleplaying. Wow.


Jul. 5th, 2005 04:48 pm
Yes, I need to be tagged to do these memes things now, otherwise I can't believe anyone is interested in seeing me do them. Stupid, I know; no-one "tags" me to write anything in here, but I still do. I guess it's the thing with the new ones where you're supposed to, as part of the thing. Not that you guys do, really, so I'll just shut up and get on with it...

Here's my list of celebrities I think are hot hot hot! ) With pictures, of course. Some of them are pretty big, but I've tried to scale them down where I can.
This is actually pretty good - please let me know what you think this haiku is referring to.

LiveJournal Haiku!
Your name:barrington
Your haiku:is almost grown back
too though i now recognise
it's high cheese content
Created by Grahame
barrington: (REG Doctor)
Sometimes, these things are spot on.

8thdoctorYou are the eighth Doctor! Friendly and warm, you are the most human of all the Doctors. Your sense of style is a bit old-fashioned. You have a bit of trouble figuring out exactly who you are at first, but no worries. Eventually you'll find your way.

Which Doctor (from Doctor Who) Are You?
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DVD Meme

May. 11th, 2005 05:07 pm
barrington: (Hitch-Hiker)
[ profile] vorex is to blame.

1) Total number of films I own on DVD/Video:
About...20. Actually, to my amazement, it's 36 - counting the two box set things as one each. I never watch most of them; some of them I've never watched. I'll have to do a cull. I have less than I thought in the television department, but they get a lot more watching. I do own a bunch of videos, but they're nearly all television series - maybe four or five movies.

2) The last film I bought:
It's been a while...Being John Malkovich, I think. More recently I was given Shaun of the Dead and the 1955 20,000 Leagues Under The Sea for my birthday (the latter from my Mum, who is awesome). (I can't remember if I bought it myself, but if I did, then the real answer is At the Earth's Core - my favourite adventure film as a kid, even though I now recognise it's high cheese content. Peter Cushing is awesome in his second most Doctorish role, Doug McClure is at his bestworst, Caroline Munro shows why Tom Baker wanted her to be his companion for Doctor Who Meets Scratchman.)

3) The last film I watched:
The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy (in the cinema) or The Village (on DVD).

4) Five films that I watch a lot or that mean a lot to me:
Cyrano De Bergerac (the Gerard Depardieu version; the best film version of one of my favourite stories)
Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels (perhaps the best caper film ever made without Michael Caine)
Ed Wood (the best of the stellar output from the Burton/Depp team-up)
A Fish Called Wanda (the Cleese's masterwork, and for the record I quite enjoyed Fierce Creatures)
Shaun of the Dead (British comedy cinema does have a future)
...hmmm. Only one Hollywood film. No surprise there, then.

5) Tag 5 people and have them put this in their journal
Well, if I must: [ profile] bas_nylon, [ profile] delirieuse, [ profile] delve, [ profile] paracelsus, [ profile] sclerotic_rings

Book Meme

May. 9th, 2005 01:25 pm
barrington: (Little Prince)
1. Total number of books I own:
Books owned with me in Melbourne: around 250-300. Total books owned: 400-500, I guess. Maybe more. I need a bigger house.

2. The last books I bought:
Daniel C. Dennett's Darwin's Dangerous Idea and Stephen Jay Gould's Bully For Brontosaurus.

3. The last book I read all the way through:
I read four novellas in a row, but they're too short to count; the book I read at the same time, Richard Dawkins' A Devil's Chaplain, is a collection of essays, but it's novel-length. (Sorry DJ, I know the novel was originally a genre, but I'm much too strongly moored to the "modern" meaning now).

4. Five books I read a lot, or that mean a lot to me:
Doctor Who and the Terror of the Autons - Terrance Dicks (the other book I've read more than five times; it was my primary school library's only Doctor Who novelisation)
20,000 Leagues Under the Sea - Jules Verne
The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy - Douglas Adams (one of the only two books I've read more than five times, though the last time was at least 10 years ago)
The Little Prince - Antoine de Saint Expury
Les Miserablés - Victor Hugo
[Special mention to Dave Eggers' A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius, read on the recommendation of [ profile] sequestra, which almost made the list.]
Because I need prompting to talk about anything but Doctor Who these days (the Dalek episode was great), I made use of the Interview Meme (yes, okay, I've crumbled and used the word in that context) and asked [ profile] devilgirly to ask me five questions.

1. Are you happy to continue with your day job indefinitely, or do you harbour hope to someday make a living through acting?
No. )
2. You're the same age as me. Do you feel like a proper adult, yet?
Sort of. )
3. Do you think your mother approves of you having [ profile] lithium_picnic on your interests list?
Well... )
4. Daleks: craptacular fun or the one aspect of Dr Who you fans would wish the rest of us would cease and desist mocking?
Both. )
5. Who would win in a knock down, drag out fight between The Five Venoms and Guitar Wolf?
Um... )

If you'd like to be asked five questions by me, then please, put that request in writing in a comment, right here below! It'll be great. Or at least diverting for a few minutes.
If I were an 80s cartoon character, well...sometimes these crazy tests are pretty accurate.

Which 80's Cartoon Character Are You? )
barrington: (Dr. Intelligencia)
Yes, yes, yes. Another quiz. Well, I'm bored and the muse isn't talking to me. I cut it for people like you, okay? There are 23 questions, apparently. Blame [ profile] vaingloriesque. 23 you want to know more? )
*Let it be known that the "e" in the word preceeding the asterisk was the last to ever be typed by my venerable old keyboard, which I've had for well nigh 15 years. I shall miss him, I shall. This post was made possible only by the judicious use of cut and paste, and by the Windows XP On-Screen Keyboard. Who thought I'd ever get use out of these accessibility features?

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