Monthly Archives: October 2003

Halloween

Well, I bought some sweets from the local shops and waited for the trick-or-treaters. Despite the abundance of small children running around the neighbourhood in fright-masks and cloaks (and an alarmingly high number of mothers with push-chairs wearing big pointy witch-hats) nobody knocked. I am not sure if I am annoyed or relived. We had a guest tonight and so didn’t really want to be disturbed but not one knock. Perhaps I frighten the locals!

On this day…

No other posts on this day.

The gay team

I am not sure how I missed this list of high profile gays or, as The Observer put it, a list of “20 of the most influential UK-based gays and lesbians working in a range of professions”, but I am glad it’s online. I am not sure that I agree with this list as the most influential gay or lesbians in the UK but, nonetheless, it’s an interesting article.

It’s a very worthy list and I am sure that everybody on it deserves a place but I can’t help feeling that Graham Norton or Brian Dowling – who might be too overtly camp for many gay people – should be on that list. They have provided a very public face for gay men over the past couple of years. The effect of a daily talk show hosted by a gay man can not be overlooked.

On this day…

2004: The Producers

Side Bar Dermot

Sadly, it’s time to lose the Dermot Watch link in the navigation bar of this site. I left it there after Big Brother had ended but now I guess it is time to think of something else to put there. Of course, if you really want to read more about Dermot O’Leary then you should check out the Man of the Moment section.

Oh, and did you know that Dermot O¬íLeary was born in Colchester on 24 May 1973. After gaining a BA in Media and Television with a minor in Politics at Middlesex University he worked as a TV runner before going on to do the warm-up for Channel 4′s Light Lunch [Source: BBC]

On this day…

2005: Gay Life Is More Fun: Official
2004: A Funny Thing Happened On the Way To The Forum
2003: Queer Eye?
2002: The World May Not Revolve Around Me

Effect Xmas

Recently I may have professed that I knew the difference between affect and effect and it is confirmed for me today online at Common Errors in English. I did not think that Xmas was a way of removing the Christ from Christmas but more of a lazy person’s way of avoiding writing letters. Turns out, I was wrong and the X is an abbreviation of the Greek for Christ [Source]. Just goes to show that I know nothing.

On this day…

2005: I Am In Oslo
2005: Audience Up
2004: links for 2004-10-27

Phones and PDAs

I have spent the last few days trying to decide if I should update my ‘phone with Orange and today I have decided against. I have been contemplating upgrading my phone to one of those ‘phones that is both PDA and ‘phone. I am hoping this would stop me carrying multiple devices around with me and, also, ensure that I was in sync across all the things I use to try and orgainse my life. Sadly, I have decided there isn’t a device for me.

The Orange SPV seems to get me a lot of the way but the ‘phone hasn’t had the greatest reviews and, to be honest, if I was going to pay that much money I think I would like either Bluetooth or a camera built it (apparently, the next version will have both of these things). It also features a MP3 player that will, of course, play WMA format. I won’t get started on music formats – I am sure there is a whole post there.

Now the Treo 600 also interests me. It is a combined PDA and phone and will be able to utilise most of the palm-related software that I have already installed and use on my trusty Palm Vx. The Real One Mobile that you could use on the Treo doesn’t play WMA files which means that I would have to re-encode most of my music and, as I am not that much of an audiophile, I’d rather have the disc space.

Now, neither of these devices does all I need or want and I am not going to spend that much money yet. My Nokia 7650 tries to sync contacts and a diary but doesn’t do it very well. I looked at the Sony Ericsson T610 but it doesn’t seem to be much of a leap on from the Nokia I have.

So, what’s my wish list? A Palm-powered device which is also a ‘phone and decent MP3 player. If I had the money it would also be Bluetooth and WiFi enabled. One day, somebody will make it, I’ll have the money and we’ll meet in a shop on Oxford Street.

Oh, and if you have tips on getting the Nokia 7650 to sync well (not just sync, but sync well) with the Outlook I use in the office, then please let me know.

On this day…

2004: links for 2004-10-26
2002: Go Out

The Quiet American

Thanks to the joy of dvdsontap, I have just watched Michael Caine in The Quiet American, the adaption of Graham Greene’s novel about an American spy, Alden Pyle (Brendan Fraser).

Pyle is a US agent who is backing an anti-communist force in Vietnam and befriends British journalist Thomas Fowler (Caine) before ending up part of a love triange with local Vietnamese girl, Phuong (Do Thi Hai Yen).

Caine was superb as the Siagon-based reporter – an understated performance that steals the show. The movie is well produced and the atmosphere of the Far-East brilliantly portrayed. I would never have gone to the movies to see this but I am so glad that I added it to the DVD list.

On this day…

2002: Let's (Not) Go Out
2002: Let’s (Not) Go Out

CD or not to CD?

I’ve just been out and bought Erasure’s Hits collection. Now, I own all the original albums so I am not entirely sure why I went and bought it. Still, I now own the CD so it can sit on the shelf alongside all the others and I will pride myself that my Erasure album collection is complete.

Phil Gyford posted an interesting question about CDs and what would happen if they were all stolen. I have ripped a good number of my CDs but I would miss the originals if I didn’t have them. There appears more value in holding an original CD case with the lyrics, photographs and the notes. I would have to try and replace a good number of them because I would miss them. A little like software, it’s good to have all the originals just in case something happens.

On this day…

2004: Billy Connolly
2002: Community of UK Webloggers

Celebrities And The Media

According to an item over at Rainbow Network, The Sun newspaper is reporting that Stephen Gately and his partner Andrew Cowles have been involved in a fight outside the London restaurant, The Ivy.

All couples have arguments and it’s sad that such a moment is deemed newsworthy. Stephen (who was Man of the Moment in September) posted an item on his message board with his version of the events, “Andy and I are absolutely fine and there is nothing at all to be concerned about” [Source].

Celebrities fight back! The power of the web to put their side of the story is fantastic and exactly what they should be using the web for. Unfortunately, the people who run Stephen’s message board slightly spoiled it with, “This subject is now closed on this board. Whilst there will no doubt be more articles over the coming days relating to this we will not be posting any more about it unless Stephen decides to do any further interviews” [Source]. Sadly, that won’t make the story go away.

On this day…

2004: Down With Love
2004: Links for 2004-10-23
2004: Lucky Man: A Memoir
2002: New Look
2002: Inspirational Eden

Writer's Block?

I really wanted to write something about motivation but I am not able to motivate myself to think about what’s buzzing around in my head. To be honest, I am beginning to think that my ability to compose sentences and string together words is leaving me. It’s not that I have any difficulty thinking about the things I would like to write here but I have difficulty actually writing it. My head is full of random thoughts but I am not managing to get them into anything coherent. Failing in this way is actually proving to be quite depressing to be honest.

I wanted to write about a post over at Strange Little Boy which talks about using a wireless connection in a public place – but I can’t get to the point of that one.

I also wanted to write about the development of online technologies and my personal frustrations seeing a lot of the technologies I am interested in being developed outside of the UK. Again, I am suffering some kind of block.

So, I am off to meet a friend for pizza this evening. This will allow me to clear my mind with friend-pizza-eating-trivia and, also, to avoid the television which, after last night’s Dawson’s marathon, will be no bad thing for my brain. Perhaps I shall welcome tomorrow with a clearer mind.

On this day…

2003: Writer’s Block?
2003: Today On The Creek
2002: Hope I Haven't Missed Your Birthday
2002: Hope I Haven’t Missed Your Birthday