Cry for Pixar

No doubt this will be covered in further detail elsewhere (and to my shame I can’t remember which blog I spotted it on) but this story, buried in the comments on a thread on Metafilter is amazing. The short version is that, opening viewing one of the first trailers for Wall-E, a girl found herself bursting into tears as she was so moved. She video’d herself doing this, posted it on YouTube, and some Pixar staff found it and emailed her (this was all on a personal basis, not driven through the company at this point). Apparently word got round Pixar and ultimately ends up with the girl and her boyfriend being invited to the staff premiere screening, flown out …

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I think I’m safe, for now. Wherever I go it isn’t long before they find me. It seems The Mezin are connected to every aspect of humanity, from culture and religion to our most advanced technology I have to be more careful contacting all of you. When I began I thought I could safely speak about his writings and perhaps save us all… but now it seems I will have to find a more subtle way to share his visions. If this is the first message you have received from me do not give up hope! There are others that have gone before you, the way has been found, you only need to search and you will find the answers …

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Questions Answered #13

In a desperate effort to gain some weird form of validation, I stole an idea for a blog post and begged my readers to ask me a question. And they did. The buggers. Now I have to answer them. My mate Keith sneaks in with a second question, “Daddy or Chips?” and because I specifically said ONE QUESTION each I refuse to answer it. Now if someone would just pass the vinegar… Ohh alright then. Daddy or Chips? What this really comes down to is my love of potato-based products versus the love I have for my father. So let’s break this down a little, one the one hand you have my Dad. He’s been my Dad for as long …

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Xmas is here

This weekend we have mostly been finishing off our Xmas shopping (almost done, almost), carting boxes of stuff into and out of the loft, and converting our living room into Santa’s Grotto. Sort of. I even postponed my Sunday morning run so we could hit B&Q early. Well, that’s not true. I HAD planned to go for a run but, halfway down the road, I realised I’d left my running shoes in the house. I normally wear them to drive down to the park, taking a spare pair with me but, as I’d been for a run on Saturday (can anyone say 5.4k!!) they were a bit muddy, so I thought I’d wear my spare pair and change when I …

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LOVE ME!

Popularity contests, I can’t stand them. All that gushing for verification, all that competition… sorry? I’m 10th??!! … Popularity contests, I LOVE THEM. Aren’t they great!!! For those that missed it, there was a mini-furore (a fure?) recently when a new site launched with the aim: … not so much to create a fuss about viewing figures, because popularity isn’t everything, but to provide a convenient and interesting place where new UK blog readers might start from. It lasted less than a month. Why? Well because finding a reliable source of statistics is almost impossible, I have access to three sets of stats dedicated to this site. One offered by my hosting company (which I consider the most accurate), SiteMeter …

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Concerts

I forgot one other thing that I promised myself this year. More concerts. I’m toying with going to see Ed Harcourt in February, already got tickets for R.E.M. at Loch Lomond (couldn’t NOT go as it’s my spiritual home) and then U2 announce their dates. I’d LOVE to see them again but £45 a ticket is a bit steep if you ask me. Or is it? God, I just don’t know. Anyway it’s academic as I’m completely skint and the tickets will be gone by the time I have enough money for one.

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Did I know this?I am in an O’Reilly book. I remember emailing my contribution to this ages ago but had forgotten all about it. Seems I am the first piece they listed in the chapter entitled “Blogging Voices”. Did I know this?Here is the proof: Essential Blogging. Either way – v.cool! Would LOVE to hear from anyone who has this book (I will nip out and buy a copy tomorrow I think, although I’ve just checked and it’s £17!)

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Tattoo

Traffic, Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon, Unbreakable, Vertical Limit? We need to get to the cinema more often. I’ve also had my interest in tattoos reopened (yes I have a couple). Been researching the origins and ‘classic’ designs – no not LOVE and HATE on the knuckles – some of them are gorgeous and fit nicely into my fascination with Eastern Oriental culture. More on that later I think.. There is one thing I like about this website. I can write what I like, be as vague as I like, can be kinda fun. Of course I wouldn’t use this to wind anyone up – that wouldn’t be fair, would it…

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