Oooh, the first Sunday Roast of 2008. Exciting! Well, if you’re me it is. I’m just hoping that y’all will enjoy it. It’s been long enough since I last wrote a roast that it feels really rather weird to be sitting here staring at the blank blue screen of WriteRoom once more. Plus I’ve flipped my computer set-up around in an effort to combat the return of some RSI. The PowerBook is now relegated to second screen (aka Safari 95% of the time), whilst my extra monitor is now my main screen and I’m typing on the full semi-ergonomic Micro$oft keyboard once more. It’s currently easier on the wrists, but I’m still not sold on the whole arrangement. Getting the screens at good heights/depths is proving tricky, especially when you’ve got to take the keyboard of the laptop into consideration! Ah well, where there is a will there is a way. This is just the price I have to pay for wanting to write whilst my wrists are buggered from some ill-advised hedge-chopping over Christmas.
Now, you’re going to have to bear in mind that I’ve been collecting these links since before Christmas. The date on one of the news articles is the 11th of December! So it’s more than a little likely that you might have already seen some of this stuff. I don’t care. If I still think it’s relevant then I’m going to link to it. So there 😛 And I’ve kept my commentary snappier this week simply because there was so much to get through. Over a hundred links needed sifting and… Damnit! It’s ten to eight in the evening guys! I want some dinner. Now enjoy.
Here’s a new game for y’all – web breakout. Though don’t use Bright Meadow as a starting point, because the number of links I throw into an average Roast just makes a mockery of the whole thing!
I am not mocking their injuries, but only in Southampton could people be injured by exploding fondue
I like me a good bit of urban art, and this lot is really rather pretty
In keeping with my e-book rantings lately, I bring you a couple of pieces that I would have enjoyed even more than I did if I’d been able to curl up in bed with them:
Scroogled – Google controls your e-mail, your videos, your calendar, your searches… What if it controlled your life? By Cory Doctrow
When Sysadmins Ruled the Earth – By Cory Doctrow
Firmly in the camp of “I WANT, not need”, the Pleo is adorable. Pricey, but adorable. The perfect solution for that London flat I’m soon going to be living in that doesn’t allow pets? (Or the Southampton flat I’m *currently* living in that doesn’t allow pets for that matter).
I just couldn’t find the energy to excited when it was announced that Google were stepping into the Wiki-arena. Then Stowe did his customary precis of the situation and a few baby little tingles started on the back of my neck. Not exactly because of what Google was doing, but because I also lean more towards the “need a personality, need a voice” POV than the “wisdom of the masses, neutral voice” that Wikipedia supports and it’s nice to know I’m not alone!
I tried to trace back to the original of this picture, but I’m not that net savvy. This engraved MacBook is divine however.
More lovely graffiti – this time a modern day Geisha (good shot JB!)
Perfectly following on from a conversation Neko, illyna, the Not Spouse Creature and myself had over tea recently – an informational poster on how to spot a Cylon (and come on, the glowy spine thing is *such* a give away!)
It is one of my life ambitions to see the Aurora Borealis (Northern Lights). It’s one of those things that you think about for a while, then it drifts to the back of your mind, till some gorgeous images reawaken the dream. Um, anyone live in an area where they get aurora, and can I come for a visit pretty please?
I know it’s a bit late, but this merry Christmas video had me giggling like a nutter. It’s the reindeer at the end. Perfection!
One of the (many) reasons I have yet to contribute to Wikipedia – for something that claims to be so open to everyone, the Wikipedians sure do seem rather dictatorial
This raccoon is just too cute for words! Forget robo-dinosaurs for my London flat. I want one of the these
Thank god I’m not the only one with an internal narrator. I think mine is called Max. No reason, he just is.
What’s your Twitter karma like? Mines not too bad (and let me re-add someone who I’d accidentally un-followed in my recent New Year round of friend-list-tidying (sorry Paul!)
And lastly a whole raft of movie trailers to look at and enjoy. Or ridicule my taste. Either is fine.
Mamma Mia – so I’m an Abba fan. Sue me.
Sweeney Todd – mwhahahahaaa! Johnny Depp does do psychotic so well!
Miss Pettigrew Lives For a Day – I doubt this will ever hit general release over here, but I will look for the DVD (if I remember of course…)
21 – maybe, maybe not. I’m not sold quite yet… This could be a good example of a smashing song on the trailer selling it to me.
The Other Boleyn Girl – oh screw it. The book was awful but so fiendishly compelling (read trashy) I finished it in one evening. The film looks just as good. If very historically inaccurate. Plus, Eric Bana looks hot!
Made of Honor – you can tell a lot about my state of mind from the trailers that grab my eye. Clearly I’m in ‘chick-flick’ mode… Oh dear.
The Dark Knight – I wasn’t excited about Batman 2 till I saw this trailer, and then the tingles started. Moose still isn’t that excited (but she did admit that Christian Bale in a suit was one good reason alone to watch it). Roll on the summer I say.