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March 18, 2004

Mo' movies

I am prompted to report that Jan "Doomlord" Jarventaus has finished his top 50 films over at retrometro. I would respond that if he's so bloody clever then he can have a go at this bloody hard movie quiz as linked to by just about every bastard and his household pets right now.

Posted by Jonah at 4:36 PM | Comments (1)

March 17, 2004

Gord of the rings

Who says that the dumbing-down of political discourse can't be funny?

Posted by Jonah at 10:43 AM

Happy hour for bullshit

I've been pretty thoroughly disgusted at the right-wing pundits who've been calling the Spanish people Al-Quaeda appeasers (Jonathan Freedland writes eloquently about it in the Grauniad here). The fact is that the PP tried to manipulate a national tragedy for political gain and the Spanish people called them on it. They did not "vote for Osama bin Laden", fools.

On a lighter note, I've also been rather amused by Donald Rumsfeld getting flustered on Face the Nation. Face the fucking facts more like, eh Rummy? (You'll need Windows Media Player to view the clip).

Posted by Jonah at 10:36 AM | Comments (1)

Back at last

Well, what a rotten week I've had. I've been down with a nasty throat infection and it seems that half my body became septic, right down to my fingertips. Mmmmm, lovely, eh? I was laid up at home and I didn't even get to go to the Patrick Stewart meet 'n' greet thing. Bah!

Posted by Jonah at 10:35 AM

March 4, 2004

Grey man pagga

I've been really digging the increasingly violent cartoons at and the accompanying game is fucking wicked!

Hmm, I seem to be well into my flash stuff today, don't I?

Posted by Jonah at 12:32 PM | Comments (1)

Shit animation

Kind of like TVGoHome's Widdleplop Farm but in crudely drawn flash animations: boyshit

Posted by Jonah at 12:01 PM

flying penguin heads

Remember that penguin baseball flash game that was doing the rounds a bit back? Well, here's a tweaked version with spikes, blades, gore and landmines.

Posted by Jonah at 11:20 AM

C is not for cookie

Name the movie from a single letter from its poster. Frustratingly tip-of-your tongue.

Via the spool.

Posted by Jonah at 10:32 AM | Comments (2)

March 3, 2004

Easy job

Hit-and-miss UK snide Onion, The Brains Trust are bang on with their US coverage of Ralph Nader and Bush's gay marriage amendment this week.

Then again, how hard is it to do satire about a country that is becoming essentially self-parodying?

Posted by Jonah at 4:57 PM

O Captain My Captain

I got this invitation today:

You are cordially invited to a



Chancellor of the University of Huddersfield

Main Lecture Theatre, Canalside West (CWS/10)

Wednesday 10 March 1.15pm - 2pm

Admittance by invitation card only. Please show this card at the reception desk.

Must ... resist ... tempation to eBay! Heh, just kidding - I'm not going to pass up the chance to meet our new Chancellor. Is he a decent fellow or is he a candidate for the C.C.D.B.? Watch this space for further details.

Posted by Jonah at 3:35 PM

March 1, 2004

Ee, it's parkour out

So, I was sitting in a franchise sandwich shop the other day and I saw a sight that I never thought I'd see in Huddersfield: some teenage kids practicing free-running (a.k.a. le Parkour). Now, I don't know why I thought that if free running took off it'd never come to Huddersfield - I suppose I just imagined that it'd be restricted to particularly athletic Nathans in That London. Besides, as far as I know, free running hasn't taken off yet, at least not in a mainstream, bored-kids-doing-it-in-car-parks sort of way.

Don't get me wrong, these kids weren't particularly accomplished at all, they were just leaping from bollard to bollard to low walls around the memorial square on Market Place. However, they were definitely trying to copy free-runners, practicing discrete moves in the way that novice martial artists practice individual punches, kicks and short forms.

Bits of Huddersfield could be pretty good for Le Parkour; I can just imagine free-runners bounding and leaping around the railed and ramped area around the piazza and library for example, perhaps leaping down the back stairs to queensgate and from then onto the parkour paradise which would be the University campus with its steps down to and bridges around the canal.

I also wonder if le parkour has to be in an exclusively urban setting? Some of the outlying areas of the town would make what I imagine would be an interesting mix of buildings and rugged contryside with a wealth of features amenable to clambering and leaping. The various sites I've seen seem to suggest that it's far too "street" an activity for its proponents to consider practising anywhere green, but there'd be just as many challenging routes out in the sticks and it'd be a lot easier on the knees too, I'll wager.

Posted by Jonah at 7:35 PM | Comments (2)