January 4th, 2003


aujourdhui (and yes, I had to check the spelling)

After 2 days of phoning Adam's house in Belfast by mistake, I finally managed to use my mobile phone correctly and call his mobile number, ascertaining that he'd completely forgotten he was supposed to visit me yesterday. At this point, the showing of Star Trek: Nemesis we were supposed to be going to was 45 minutes away, and it was looking unlikely that he'd be able to use the ticket he'd asked me to pick up, especially as he was hanging with Becca

However, one quick phone call later I had another ticket booked and the pair of them were apparently leaping for buses. I got to the cinema 20 minutes ahead of them, sent Hal in to grab 4 seats and hung around in the foyer watching trailers and phoning random people until Adam and Becca sprinted up the escalators.

Of course, this being a cinema, despite being a few minutes late, we still caught most of the ads and all of the trailers - Charlies Angels 2 looked even better on the big screen, Terminator 3 looked like an ok action film, nothing special. Nemesis itself was good, with some very nice set pieces, some decent character development and was gripping in bits. Both Patrick Stewart and Tom Hardy were excellent as primary hero/villain, but Riker just isn't that interesting a character to me to be able to carry a chunk of the movie. The bits with him/Marina Sirtis in felt underdeveloped and I'd have been happier if they were either fleshed out or cut entirely. Speaking of which, Wesley was clearly in the background for a large chunk of the wedding with no explanation (or mention). Anyway, with a slightly better script and a bit more control it could have been a far tighter movie. To be honest it reeks of a lack of caring from the upper echelons. However, the film has some fantastic sequences, a nicely climactic ending and I really, really hope there isn't another one.

After that, I said adios to Hal and shipped him back to his teeny parasitical demon creatures and then persuaded Adam/Becca to come back to mine (took nearly 10 seconds), where we watched tv, ate, chatted about nonsense, Erin and Becca bonded over My Little Pony memories and then we watched The Emperor's New Groove, which is still fantastically funny even on the 5th watching. Becca and Adam then departed into the distance and I slobbed off for a round of mail/news checking.

About an hour later, Erin wanders in and collapses on the bed in a state of brain-fuzz, so I dragged her out for a walk to clear her head. About 3 minutes into said walk, it started snowing, which was just fabulously beautiful. We wandered about for about 25 minutes, splatted each other with micro-snowballs and returned feeling revitalised. I promised her that I'd look for some to-do software, so I spent half an hour looking at various kinds before realising that nothing did quite what I wanted, so I knocked something up in Access, tweaked it to her instructions and now I'm fairly happy with it.

And now to bed. 2 days of holiday left and Adam's round tomorrow. I'm looking forward to it.

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Following the lead here.

I have about 30 items on my desk, all higgledy piggledy.

The strangest is probably a spud-gun , which I was given for christmas.

Now there's a surprise

I Am

Which tarot card are you?

Manifestation through will. Imagination, concentration, action. Spirit and Matter united.
A young man raises a doubly terminated wand in his right hand. The wand is held vertically, a tool for the unification of heaven and earth. His left index finger grounds this duality into creation drawing from the original chaos to bring into being the flowers of creation. His aura is shown as the horizontal figure eight, symbol of eternity, while about his waist is wrapped the serpen-cinture, the serpent devouring its own tail, another symbol of eternity. In front of him are the creator/magicians tools, wands, cups, swords and pentacles, symbolizing fire, water, air and earth.

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