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September 26th, 2009

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Ohhh and there's a new Alphabeat album on the way. How exciting!

Also went to see a play called The Woman In Black a couple of weeks ago which was really good. Very scary and atmospheric, it was so chilling!

September 23rd, 2009

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Lots of little things to look forward to (big things too, like Morocco,  but the little things are less stressful!).

- Up - out sometime in October. Sounds like another amazing Pixar, can't wait. I'm tempted to see Toy Story 1/2 in 3D too. An obvious rip-off but when you appreciate animation as much as I do, it'll be worth it!

- The Princess and the Frog. Disney finally reverting back to 2D, and it looks stunning.

- Could Fantastic Mr Fox be worth a watch, too? Slightly put off by the all American cast though.

- New South Park! While I'm in Morocco though. Tom had better wait...


Loving Mika's new album too - all very good tracks and as ecclectic as Life in Cartoon Motion. He has, though, apparently spoken out against filesharing, which I made the mistake of telling Tom about. Was kind of nice that he didn't mind him before (had my heart set on a concert together) - but now he hates him, not surprisingly... Me? I'm more put off that he's friends with Lady GaGa.

August 2nd, 2009

So I was thinking the other day - from next year, it will be 10 years since I started collecting mp3s. That might not seem like a big deal, but before I collected mp3s I wasn't really "into" music - it was through this medium that I came to discover so much new music and develop my own tastes. It all started with Napster...

In those 10 years, I guess I've always had a "current" playlist through whatever medium, particularly as of late 2000/early 2001, when I began burning CDs (this was a big thing at the time... with the software as it was, I had to convert them to massive "wav" files first!). To begin with, I had about 10-20 mp3s, and I'd burn them to CD, then make virtually the same copy with the exception of a handful of new songs added, and chuck the old one out (it used to frustrate me that I couldn't just "erase" what was already on the CD - you could do it with cassette tapes, after all!). After a while I realised this was a waste, and so began to do them in volumes. I called them "KoKaIRu and the Leabs" (I'll admit it's lame but are you really surprised?), and I'd collect as many mp3s as possible (remember, this was dial-up too, so it would take a fair while to get each one, and on Napster, if you got disconnected, or the sharer went offline... you'd have to start all over again...), then once I had a good 20-30 songs, I'd somewhat excitedly burn a new volume (to begin with, it was about 1 a month). Alright, I could listen to it on my computer, but I preferred doing it in my room (this was brand new as of March 2000, too - until then I'd shared with Rosie).

I just started to write a paragraph about the transition from pay-as-you-go Internet and fixed rate, AudioGalaxy, etc., but this entry isn't really about that. As I started to say in the above paragraph, this format of listening to music really created a soundtrack for certain periods of my life. I can't remember all the songs that were on each volume of KoKaIRu and the Leabs, but I could list a few from each one, and roughly the time I made each volume (I think there ended up being about 12, from Jan 2001 to mid-2003). As a result, listening to certain songs can really "take me back" to a time and place - it's a very powerful effect. So I decided to make a playlists - 10 songs for each year, for 10 years, from 2000-2009. I'm working on it now, but I want to do it carefully.

I have to say, it was much easier doing 2000-2004 than it was to do 2005 onwards. I got Poddy on Christmas day 2004 - this is an interesting thought in my opinion. Obviously I would not be without my iPod for anything, but this unrestricted means of listening to music certainly dampened the effect I just described above. I still have playlists obviously, but with Poddy & Poddo, I am able to listen to all my music wherever and whenever I want. I like this - I always hated having to select just one CD or cassette when I was in the mood for one song from a Less Than Jake album and a J-Pop track on KoKaIRu and the Leabs volume XI. However, I am now effectively listening to all of my music, all of the time - so it's not tied down to a specific time period. For example, I got Suddenly I See by KT Tunstall off BearShare in late 2005, but it's on various playlists and I've listened to it off and on for the past 4 years. It still very weakly takes me back there, but as I say, not nearly to the same extent as, say, No Woman No Cry by [spunge] takes me back to Italy in 2001.

All the same, we'll disregard that - as I say, I wouldn't have it any other way. I am putting together a playlist of 10 songs for each year - I've got most of them done, but some of them are lacking and others have too many (2003 for some reason is very sparse, whereas 2001 is epic). Moreover, maybe I'll have to wait till mid 2010 to determine what takes me back to 2009! I was going to list my "draft" so far, but I'm running late... maybe tomorrow ;)

July 29th, 2009

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To give up, or to keep chasing pavements? That is the question.

April 3rd, 2009

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Hmmmmm. Bit too much to summarise here and the situation changes daily...

February 6th, 2009

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So I, like, moved 300 miles away from my parents to a place where I don't know anyone and started a new job innit. Not much going on.

November 18th, 2008

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Bargh. I know it's wrong that a computer should have be restored twice within 4 months of having purchased it, but I'm just too stubborn.

Oh well. For now, it's fresh again. I'd definitely recommend using "Google Chrome" as your web browser too. Even when my computer was majorly messing up, this beauty was still running very well, considering.

October 17th, 2008

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What are your nicknames?
I've tried over the years to get many to catch on... Chips and Leaby to name a couple, but they never do. They seem to be determined by some force that you just can't predict. Anyway, as a long-term internet user I've had many: leaby, DreidelSong, vegie_2000, lady_leabs, bambadoodia, kokairu, ecofreak_2000. Prefer to go with kokairu because it's never taken and I don't have to put stupid numbers in the name.

What was the first movie you bought on VHS or DVD?
Hmmm, well I owned many videos as a child but the first one I personally bought? Tempted to say the South Park Movie but my mother (very reluctantly) purchased that for me as I wasn't yet 15 and I've always looked young for my age. I'm just going to say Final Destination because it's the earliest one I can think of.

What is your favorite scent?
The smell of a house after it's been hoovered.

What one place have you visited that you can't forget and want to go back to?
There are a few since I'm a familiarity addict. Alachua, Florida and Tolox, Spain to name two.

Do you trust easily?
Yeah I think so, but it's never really been tested.

Do you generally think before you act, or act before you think?
Act before I think usually, then suffer from horrible guilt afterwards.

Is there anything that has made you unhappy these days?
Not really!

Do you have a good body image?
Not at the moment. Hmmm, maybe that's made me unhappy.

What is your favorite fruit?
Strawberries.

What websites do you visit daily?
Facebook, GMail, YouTube, LiveJournal, Blogspot, DigitalSpy, MuggleNet

What have you been seriously addicted to lately?
The Sims 2, it's actually very disturbing how much I'm living my life through my Sims - and how much reality is distorted just after I've been playing (yes - open fridge... serve dinner... the others will come automatically... etc).

What's the last song that got stuck in your head?
Can't remember. There was something the other day and I'm not sure what it was...

What's your favorite item of clothing?
Hmmmm interesting question. Pinkachu, perhaps before she got washed with a tye-dye hoodie though. Woops.

Do you think Rice Krispies are yummy?
Not a huge cereal fan...

What would you do if you saw $100 lying on the ground?
Think yey... then remember it's only about £50... and then by the time you've paid through the nose to have it converted, what's the point?

August 17th, 2008

HP6 Push Back

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Warner currently is riding high with "The Dark Knight," the Batman film that also stars Bale. The grim super-hero movie has taken in $452 million in the U.S. since its July 18 release, making it the second-highest grossing film ever.

To some degree, that success motivated Warner to shift "Half-Blood Prince," Horn said. The film will now hit theaters the same midsummer weekend that "Dark Knight" was released this year. Horn said the young, core Potter audience would be out of school and give the film a longer theatrical life. It will now open opposite Universal's special-effects comedy "Land of the Lost," which stars Will Ferrell. But Horn said there was nothing next year compared to this summer's especially dense slate of big-budget releases.

The article wrapped up with this quote from Horn: "We would never do anything to hurt one of the movies or the series. We love our fans."


It actually almost makes me want to boycott the thing. If there was some legitimate reason, e.g. the film wouldn't be ready, or something, then fine - but they're basically saying outright "because we want to make more money," and to add the statement about loving the fans is just patronising (and obviously a fat lie).

Sorry. Very, very angry now. The film's release date was so close, it was such a stupid time to shift it - the trailer has been released WITH the November 21st date on it. If they want a massive opening weekend, fucking release Dealthy Hallows 1 + 2 in the summer (its release dates are nowhere near set in stone and people would be less pissed off).

This is almost like Christmas being cancelled for me. Me, Mum and Rosie ALWAYS go and see Harry Potter the day it comes out - we book seats in the deluxe screen at Burton and drink wine with it. I know I look forward to it far too much, but I thoroughly enjoy it, and to look forward to that pleasure soon just to find out I have to wait a year is bitterly disappointing.

I'll get over it, I'm sure. Won't somebody at least employ me?

August 6th, 2008

Disney-Pixar on a Scale

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FOOKING WOW
Toy Story 2
Toy Story
Ratatouille
WALL-E
Cars
The Incredibles
A Bug's Life
Monsters Inc.
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Finding Nemo
Fooking Overrated Shite
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