Thursday, January 31, 2002

surreal cereal: may contain nuts
(i just *love* this!!!!!!)

any comments?
today's rant (well, actually was yesterday's, but couldn't be bothered to post it cos was very busy attaching doors and windows symbols to all the bloody commerzbank tower's floorplans with autocad.........yawn...) is about......***drumrolls***.......



"Designer ---> aha!
Employer Underground ---> AHA!!! :)
From The Guardian

Category Permanent ---> HURRAH!!! :))))))
Sector Government/ Non-profit-UK non-profit
Role Designer-Graphic designerDesigner-Desktop artist/ Illustrator
Location UK-England/South east-Greater London
Salary £25000 per year ---> ££££££££££££!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Employer ref Wthing-CSV465/TG - Please quote ref when applying
Workthing ref 246426 - Please quote ref when applying"

(...BLAH BLAH BLAH......)

"London Underground is set to deliver an exciting programme of change and improvement, through the implementation of a Public Private Partnership that will bring in the funding and additional expertise to transform the quality, safety and reliability of the Underground network.

Our Employee Communications department helps managers motivate and inform their teams, providing excellent two-way communications throughout our organisation. In this role, you'll play an important part in it, acting as the team expert in image enhancement and creation."


"Working mainly with Desktop Publishing Macintosh software, you'll provide a fully comprehensive design service - you'll create posters, banner designs, composite images, logos and display materials. Other aspects of the role will include IT drawing, software design and some photography and journalism as required."

(DOUBLE YAY!!!!!!!!!)

"Along with a formal design qualification, you'll need a proven track record of design and desktop publishing software - this must have been gained in a professional publishing environment. Excellent IT skills in Mac OS and Windows are also essential, "


"as is a high level of fluency in the following;
Quark Xpress, "


"Adobe PhotoShop,"

( suis beaucoup baguette blah blah blah whatever...heck am *always* messing around with photoshop *AND* paint shop pro as well!!!)

"Adobe Illustrator, "


"Adobe Acrobat "


"and Microsoft Office applications."


"On a personal level, you'll need to be flexible, creative, able to work under pressure and outside normal hours when necessary."

(ie do what i've been doing for the ages now...)

"It's important that you can juggle conflicting priorities, work on your own initiative and communicate well with others."


"The selection for this post will assess the skills, knowledge and experience.........................."

*****EXPERIENCE***** AS IN...???
of course they refer to paid experience, so no matters if you're actually crap, if you've worked in the shabbiest design studio for at least 2 years, then the job is yours...


lack of experience!!!!!! poo! would be fab designing posters and lovely stuff for london's underground!!!!!! but noooooooooooooooooooo, "The selection for this post will assess the skills, knowledge and *****experience***** required to perform the role necessary to deliver effective performance, which are detailed in the person specification" & blah blah blah...aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaargh!!!!!!!!!!!! tis not fair. i can do that without having bloody *paid* experience, since have been doing that for AGES now at uni!!!!!!!!!!!!! isn't that experience as well??? what do you think people do when having to prepare poster-sized drawings for exams?? scratch their bellies?? eh??????

any comments?

Wednesday, January 30, 2002

YAY, TIS WORKING NOW - AM GENIUS!!!!!!!!! :))))))))))))))))))

any comments?
WHY? WHY? WHY?????

any comments?

any comments?
am ALSO BLOODY LATE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

any comments?
grrrrrrrrr...not working........and am also vvv tired !!!!!!!

comments? rants? hugs? send a postcard to the usual address
aaaaaaaaargh why doesn't this thing work properly???????????
Celebrity Email
Sent: Wednesday, January 30, 2002 11:12 AM
Subject: Re: [hating the stupid] Morning

matthew frederick davis h. wrote:

<< > ...Most of the people don't even listen to what I call
> 'normal' people ('normal' as in non-stupid...)

I would have to disagree with calling non-stupid people normal.
I'm no statistician, but that just doesn't gybe with my empirical
experiences in the world. Density abounds! >>

Well, since humans are supposed to be the 'intelligent' species on the globe, I take intelligence to be the normal thing. The fact that in reality a consistent number of the Earth population is stupid - and leading...aaaaargh! - doesn't make them normal. Brain cells are there to be used, so if they fail in doing that, even if they're in the majority, they just aren't normal. What's normal isn't what statistics say, it's what it's supposed to be in the first place, I reckon. So, if figures should say that, e.g., 85% of the population has dyed their hair purple, that wouldn't make purple hair normal!!! Oh, and please don't misunderstand me here, I'm not saying that everything that's 'normal' is good, and all that's not is bad - dying one's own's hair purple is still ok in my book! :) My point is slipping out of what's normal *and* causing trouble to other people (such as in being stupid and leading a government at the same time...) is evil, if that makes any sense... The Identity Test

Openness To Experience | Conscientiousness | Extraversion
Agreeableness | Negative Emotionality

The test you've just taken is a short version of the Five Factor model of identity. Among psychology experts, this approach has become broadly accepted for its accuracy and consistency. The five dimensions in this model give a complete description of your personality traits: Openness to Experience, Conscientiousness, Extraversion, Agreeableness and Negative Emotionality. Read below to see your scores and understand what they mean.

Openness To Experience

Your high score in the Openness category means that you probably have a strong creative streak. Your broad intellectual curiosity and your interest in the various arts set you apart. Some people may consider you somewhat of a dreamer, and your taste for variety often means moving quickly on to the next experience. This tendency makes you appear a bit flighty and inconsistent. But these elements of your personality simply reflect a character full of new ideas and charged with emotions.


Your medium score in the Conscientiousness category means that you have achieved a solid balance in your outlook towards responsibility. You are probably somewhat organized, with a little room for improvement. Your priorities probably reflect a mix of work and play. Thoughtfulness characterizes your thinking style, so you give gravity to important decisions without making a big deal out of minor issues. You are probably serious about achieving success, but do not feel completely driven by this motivation. All in all, you've got a very healthy perspective on work and duty.


Your medium score in the Extraversion category defines your social identity. You are probably comfortable in either a crowd or by yourself, and spending time alone or with company is equally enjoyable. When among others, you tend to stand in the foreground, although you may not always wish to take the position of a leader. Instead, you seem to prefer moving between the role of leader and follower, as the situation requires. You probably keep a moderately active social life; you're generally on the lookout for excitement, but certainly don't require it. You tend to keep a fairly positive emotional outlook, and people can usually count on your for some good cheer.


The Agreeableness category refers to your social disposition. Your medium score indicates someone who balances the priorities of your own inner voice with the needs of others. You tend to be concerned with the harmony of the group, while maintaining a certain independence. Depending on the situation, you might adopt a stance that defers to the wishes of others, or else assert your own individuality. In this way, you have a great deal of tact, and believe in the situational equality of people. You probably have an approachable and kind personality. People probably admire you for your ability to speak your mind when appropriate.

Negative Emotionality

Negative Emotionality refers to your emotional reactivity. Your medium score means that you're someone who negotiates your emotions depending on your situation. Sometimes you may feel quite sensitive and emotional, while other times you may remain resilient to outside pressures. This quality of adaptation best describes your emotional character. You maintain a rational outlook, which is moderated by feelings. For example, you can sometimes feel sad, stressed, worried or embarrassed under the weight of a situation, but you are able to act quite calm and reserved, without yielding to the stress. Responsive, without being overly reactive, is the best way to describe you. - What's Your Love Story? - Your Results

giorgia, Second Chances is your primary love story!

"The Second Chances love story is rooted in nostalgia. Whether you're longing for the ex you haven't seen in a year, or are reminiscing about the crush you never connected with 10 years ago, this kind of searching is indicative of more than dissatisfaction with your current romantic relationships.

Whether you do it consciously or not, most people who migrate towards the Second Chances love story either want to revise a past decision, confront someone you couldn't at the time, or revert back to a specific point in time. Do you ever wish you could return to a different period in your life?

This story is repeated more times than you could imagine. Take the film "Peggy Sue Got Married," for instance. In it, a housewife faints at her high school reunion and wakes up in her senior year at high school with the chance to change her destiny. The root of your story too, may arise from these feelings, that you need to reconnect with a time in your life when love was a larger focus of your life and responsibilities were much fewer. But it also might stem from other things as well."

WHO?? MOI???

Tuesday, January 29, 2002

Burgundy Patent

I'm the badass burgundy patent Doc Marten...
I'm cool as hell, I'm deep,
and maybe a little dark

Which Doc Marten are you?
(by *coffeebean*)

Sent: Tuesday, January 29, 2002 9:22 PM
Subject: Re: [hating the stupid] Morning

Adam Sawkins wrote:

> Good morning everyone. I'm new. Be nice.

erm...hello, I'm new, too - been lurking in here for a few days, and I'm taking the chance to de-lurk 'cos I have a question for you lot that I just *have* to ask: does it seem to you too that in the country you live all the leadership (in governments, schools, offices, anywhere) consists of stupid people? or is it just over here? what I mean is, here (i.e. in Italy) it seems if you're not stupid enouh you're gonna be an outcast. no matter you can solve a biquadric equation without using a computer or something even less trivial, such as...well, such as having a brain and making some sense when you speak, 'cos most of the people don't even listen to what I call 'normal' people ('normal' as in non-stupid...) say...just give them the latest mobile gadget and football (erm...that's soccer for non-European people out there...sorry!) on sundays, and the rest doesn't count. I'm beginning to wonder if being stupid is actually the best!

p.s.: shelves shopping of no results. didn't like the ones i found in all the hundreds (not really, but close enough) shops i visited. help me. i dunno where to store all my stuff!!!!!!!
Snow Day by the Bay / Even S.F. gets a few flakes -- Petaluma cancels school
oh dear, this is hilarious - wonder how mike's doing - hang on, he left for germany yesterday ot the other day...can't remember...uhm...still has to he's jetlagging!!!!!
i've added a silly quiz on the right side of this blog!
am marvellous geek of substance!!
not really.
Personal Profile

You have always longed for tenderness, love and a sensitivity of feeling into which you would like to blend. You are a very gentle warm person and responsive to "All things bright and beautiful". This personifies a caring person... A person who "needs" and indeed "needs to be needed".

The way things are ... you are under considerable stress ... and you feel that there is little hope of matters righting themselves. Everyone about you seems to aggravate the problem even more. You feel that at this time you need to be alone .... and you are right ... move back and give yourself a chance to breathe.

You are confined and trapped in a distressing or uncomfortable situation, and seeking some way out. Whatever you seem to do to resolve the problem hasn't worked out. Fortunately you are able to gain some aspect of relief from someone close to you....

You are experiencing more than your fair share of stress following an acute disappointment. This may be the result of subconscious conflict between hope and necessity. The tension that you are experiencing following your unfulfilled hopes have given rise to anxious uncertainty. You have no doubt that things could get better in the future and so you refuse to make the necessary essential decisions. This conflict between hope and necessity is creating considerable pressure. Instead of resolving this by facing up to making the essential decisions, you are likely to vacillate and concern yourself of trivialities of little consequence.

Since in the recent past all of your hopes and aspirations gave been denied you, you are now convinced that the future will hold nothing but anxiety... so therefore... "why bother?" You would love to get away from it all, to escape from the trials and tribulations of this mundane existence and fall into a peaceful and harmonious relationship, which will protect you from the lack of appreciation and give you the chance to start afresh..

Monday, January 28, 2002

really scary, isn't it?
oh well - submitted this very webby to an architecture students webring...and got *another* email address, too. as if i actually needed that - compulsive email addresses sign-up disorder sufferer...i think that's my very disease!!!!!

-- Click Here To Take The Test --

Sunday, January 27, 2002

"The world is my oyster... but I can't seem to get it open..." - Daria Morgendorffer

well well well...i *forgot* that 'daria' was on tonight...and i missed the show. grrrrrrrr. oh well, still the fourth season, they don't telecast the fifth yet... anyways, have been clever enough to remember that 'mai dire domenica' was on as well, so at least i could watch that - which is always good, makes me laugh, and god only knows if i need that at the moment.

mother's dodgy foot will be out of plaster in a coupla days - hip hip hurrah! honestly, she's driving me nuts - oh, and yes, i do know she doesn't really mean to, but sometimes she should just keep in mind that it's her foot that's out of order, not her head...i think...i hope...aaaaaargh! wonder what will happen when/if grandpa will come and live with us, since him and mom don't get on very much (read: they genuinely hate each other's guts.)

news are: sonia 'discovered' we've got another exam in common, so we're going to prepare that togethere during second term, too. technology exam's drawings are *almost* finished and polished - hurrah! sorry, am repetitive today - and so is the essay. looks nice with his brownish recicled paper's cover - ecologically correct! environment friendly! mateches with commerzbank tower's criteria! yay! bet the professor won't get the hint, but nevernind, it looks nice and that's what matters.

have decided i just *need* another shelf in my room, otherwise i don't know where to put all that stuff that at the moment lies under my bed and under the desk...will go shelves shopping tomorrow, hopefully!

Friday, January 25, 2002

Hate the Stupid
Hate The Stupid is an e-mail discussion list dedicated to providing a forum for people of reasonable intelligence to vent some steam on the subject of stupid people. We all have to put up with people of varying degrees of stupidity each day. The effect is cumulative, and sometimes, we all need to rant. Rant here. Also: tips & techniques for evading the stupid and their worst stupidity, and helpful hints for coping with vapid superiors and gibbon-like co-workers. Intolerance and judgementalism encouraged. No kids.
Are you entirely sure that the whole world isn’t reading your diaries and being entertained by the stories of your exploits with Mark Darcy? Admit it, you’re a neurotic obsessive, constantly thinking that your bum looks big in what you’re wearing and although you intend to go to the gym, a glass of Chardonnay and a Mars bar are always going to look a lot more appealing – til they hit your thighs. Constantly in a muddle over what to say and do, you’re sure the answer lies in the next self-help book. We love you. We are you.

28% of Planet PeopleNews falls into this category.
went to review my project with professor assistant today, sat there, open up a roll of a hundred pounds of paper with sketches etc drawn on it, then he (the assistant) goes, "but you should've kept the whole thing within 19 metres in height and what's this, now why have you extended the area on the side blah blah blah..."...picture me staring at him as if i want to kill him. only last week i'd presented a project that was *exactly* within the bloody 19 metres in height and of the exact area they had asked for, and he went, "aww, yes, but nevermind 19 metres, that was the *real* guidelines for the *real* project competition, we're just working on a student work, don't read the compatition's guidelines, you're not applying to that, so why bother?", after having tried to remember that, in a bridgetjonesque way, am "assured, receptive, responsive woman of substance" who does't need to have stupid baldy pear faced assistant's approval to make a good design project since i've wasted an entire week trying to design something completely wrong cos that idiot told me to do so, i've realised i'm never going to become an university assistant cos i'm not stupid enough...

Tuesday, January 22, 2002

YAY!!! Outpost Daria


If I were a character in The Lord of the Rings, I would be Arwen, Elf, the daughter of Elrond.

In the movie, I am played by Liv Tyler.

Who would you be?
Zovakware Lord of the Rings Test with Perseus Web Survey Software

awwwww! i finally made up a satisfying 'enter' gate to my weby!!! do you like the faux daria thingy? that's me!!! :)

Wednesday, January 16, 2002

Sunday, January 13, 2002

parents and sister are coming back home today.
min svävare är fullav år.

Saturday, January 12, 2002

Teach yourself Pikey Talk

I'll fight you for ya shoes bruv!
Get up da road scruff bag!
Muthadie cor, chavey eyebrow bruv!
Bust me a pound!
Skin up in the ashtray there bruv!
Me lucky chickens toenail.
Tarmac your driveway there bruv?
I'll have that!
Melt it down for scrap metal boy.
Can you spare some milk for the baby!
We've got some great rugs and other carpets in the van
Do you know who owns the cooker in your front garden?
Kingdomality - The Benevolent Ruler

Your distinct personality, The Benevolent Ruler might be found in most of the thriving kingdoms of the time. You are the idealistic social dreamer. Your overriding goal is to solve the people problems of your world. You are a social reformer who wants everyone to be happy in a world that you can visualize. You are exceptionally perceptive about the woes and needs of humankind. You often have the understanding and skill to readily conceive and implement the solutions to your perceptions. On the positive side, you are creatively persuasive, charismatic and ideologically concerned. On the negative side, you may be unrealistically sentimental, scattered and impulsive, as well as deviously manipulative. Interestingly, your preference is just as applicable in today's corporate kingdoms.


You come to grips more frequently and thoroughly with yourself and your environment than do most people. You detest superficiality; you'd rather be alone than have to suffer through small talk. But your relationships with your friends are very strong, which gives you the inner tranquility and harmony that you require. You do not mind being alone for extended periods of time; you rarely become bored.
Toyo Ito Interview at The Take ---> and again...
sendai mediatheque:home ---> my beloved toyo ito!!!!!!! aww...
Your Room

The Window: Your Attitude
Your choice of the forest reveals a person who is lush, verdant and fertile. You are complex. At times serene and tranquil, you provide an atmosphere of relaxation and retreat which is a very powerful magnet. But you are not perfect. You habitually needle people. In your youth you swayed to the hot, pulsing beat of "Light my Fire" (despite the danger it posed to yourself, friends and family). Frequent anti-fire lectures by Smokey the Bear fell on deaf ears. With greater maturity you can now see the forest for the trees. Success for you now may be better defined as a branch office and an oak desktop. Conversely you may be hiding a secret desire to dress as a girl and sing the Monty Python song, "I'm a lumberjack." Whatever -- you know the ultimate truth "No tree grows to the sky."

The Music: Your Lover
Your love ranges from the passion of Beethoven to the delicate beauty of Pachebal. Your relationship is based on an enduring trust and classical balance that helps you both rise to the highest level of understanding.

The Pictures: Your Relationships
Revealing an outgoing person with multiple friends and family who enjoys the ego stroking of putting his/her best stuff on display. May also mean that the person has eclectic taste in people (prefers groups) and does not like to be limited to monogamous relationships.

The Garbage: Your Problems
Problems come and go in your life but they do not cause you undue stress. You relax in the knowledge that you have an enduring, attractive and stylish response to the detritus of life. Your supreme confidence frees you from convention. Problems need not be hidden from sight but rather are handled in a transparent, translucent and effortless manner. You are on your way to achieving guru status for your wise handling of life's problems.

The Clock: Your Future
Your future is marked by exploration and safari adventures taking you to warmer climates. With a childlike exuberance and naivete, your sense of playfulness may find expression in the composition of rhymes and riddles involving cats, mice, zebras and horses. But your grown-up sense of fair-play demands that you use resources wisely. Recycling is an integral part of your future.'s Death Test!

"I'm afraid we have some bad news. Please, you might want to stay seated."

Mark your calendar or Palm V. You can expect to die on:

January 7, 2062
at the age of 88 years old.

On that date you will most likely die from:

Cancer (33%)
Heart Attack (16%)
Homicide (10%)
Alien Abduction (7%)
Contagious Disease (5%)
Alcoholism (5%)
Drowning (5%)
Not "Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner"
By Teresa D’Amico

Published in The News Eagle (Wayne/Pike Counties, PA)
I recently spent an enjoyable mid-afternoon watching "Chicken Run" at the local movie theater. In addition to being a very funny and clever film, it also puts chickens in the spotlight as Babe did for pigs. Though the animals in this film are animated clay creations, it conveys the intelligence, feelings, and distinct personalities of these oft-maligned birds. It also conveys the point that what you may eat at breakfast, lunch, and dinner has terrifying origins. Those of us in the animal-rights movement are thrilled with what has become one of the most successful movies of the year, despite the absurd fact that the producers agreed to allow Burger King to use the opportunity to promote beef.
Although some people who claim to be vegetarians eat poultry, chickens are not vegetables. They are feeling, social animals. Chickens can live for 15 years, but hens on commercial farms are "spent," or unable to produce enough eggs to remain profitable, after one or two years. (Such was the sad fate of the one of the movie’s endearing characters.) On both free-range and factory egg farms, male chicks are considered worthless: At birth, they are dumped into trash cans to suffocate one on top of another or thrown alive into a grinder.
The chickens in "Chicken Run" live on a pre-World War II-style free-range egg farm. The movie rightly likens their circumstance to a concentration camp. Dr. Karen Davis, President of United Poultry Concerns and a foremost authority on chickens, had this to say after visiting a modern free-range egg farm in Pennsylvania, "Through the netting at the front of the long barn we saw a sea of chickens' faces looking out, as though they were smashed up against the netting. Inside, the birds were wall to wall. They were severely debeaked and their feathers were in bad condition--straggly, drab, and worn off." All that "free-range" generally means to US egg producers is that hens are uncaged, not that they spend their lives happily enjoying space, fresh air, and sunshine. Worn-out free-range hens are usually sold to slaughterhouses or to live-poultry markets where they may wind up used in religious rituals. And, since no government laws or standards regulate the use of terms like "free-range" and "free-roaming," some free-range eggs may in fact be produced by hens who spend their lives in conventional battery cages.

If Ginger et al. from "Chicken Run" existed on a modern chicken farm, they would be forced to grow too big too fast, to live in filth, and to suffer from bacterial infections, heart or lung disease, crippled legs, and more. Ninety-eight percent of "layer" hens in this country are raised in tiny, crowded "battery" cages, with not enough room to even spread their wings. Cage floors are of wire mesh, so waste falls from the upper cages onto the chickens below. Sick birds are left to suffer and die without any care. Chickens raised for meat are kept in large warehouses, housing up to 25,000 birds, and permeated by the overpowering odor of ammonia. If the ventilating machines break down, or prove inadequate, thousands of chickens suffocate in a matter of hours. Millions of dollars are spent to hide such facts from consumers.

Nothing is left to nature anymore. In addition to unnatural living conditions and debeaking (a painful mutilation involving cutting or burning off the top of the beak), this is an almost completely automated industry, though the "products" are living beings. Feeding, lighting, and temperature are controlled by machines. Forced molting, accomplished by starving the hens for up to two weeks, impairs the immune system, thereby increasing chances of salmonella infestation. Banned in the United Kingdom, the first US bill is currently pending in California to outlaw this cruel and unhealthy practice.

As to the argument that chicken is a health food, think again. In addition to the threat of food poisoning, chicken contains the same amount of cholesterol and nearly the same amount of fat as beef. The Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine notes, "We all need some protein, and there is more than enough in grains, beans, and vegetables. The amount of protein consumed by Americans who eat meat has elevated their risks for serious health problems. Years ago, we believed there was no such thing as protein overload, but now we know it is a major culprit in calcium loss, causing osteoporosis." The commercial chickens one buys at the supermarket lived and breathed in unhealthy excrement. The poisoned gases rising from the accumulated droppings can also penetrate egg shells. Eggs have caused food poisoning and can contribute to obesity, heart disease, and other health problems.

In addition to any health threat, please remember this. Cruelty to animals is cruelty, whether it’s an innocent puppy left to die in a dumpster with its throat slashed or an innocent chicken, strung up by its legs, moving toward the neck-cutting machine, left to bleed out until it is lowered into the scald tank, often while still alive. Think of Ginger and Edwina. Real chickens may not have teeth, but they do feel. They can love and they do suffer! It is only our perception that makes it seem otherwise.
Bogus Vegetarians Adolf Hitler
As Tom Salsberg wrote on the 19th Dec 1995:
Hitler was not a vegetarian. His doctor sometimes prescribed that Hitler follow a vegetarian diet to improve his health. Goebbels, the Propaganda Minister, took this and twisted it to get people to think of the Fuerer as another saintly man like vegetarian contemporary Mohandas K. Gandhi (Mahatmah Gandhi). Gandhi, however, was the complete opposite in that even when his doctor insisted on him drinking beef tea for his health, Gandhi refused, while Hitler cheated on his doctors orders and only pretended to be a vegetarian, eating pasta stuffed with spicy beef covered up with tomato sauce (ravioli).
Refer to:
Dinshah, J. (1974, January). "Book nook". {A review of Speer, A. (1970). Inside the 3rd Reich} Ahimsa, p. 11.
[Available from AVS, P.O. Box H, Malaga, NJ 08328, USA]
Meyer, R. (1985). "Was Hitler a vegetarian?" Vegetarian Voice, 12 (2), p. 6.
[Available from NAVS, P.O. Box 72, Dolgeville, NY 13329]

Friday, January 11, 2002

What Video Game Character Are You? I am Kung Fu Master.I am Kung Fu Master.

I like to be in control of myself. I dislike crowds, especially crowds containing people trying to kill me. Even though I always win, I prefer to avoid fights if possible. What Video Game Character Are You?
word of the day:
false, not real or not legal
Hitler's diaries were eventually recognized as bogus.
The politicians dismissed their protest as a bogus argument intended to take attention away from the real issues.
She produced some bogus documents to support her claim.

(note of the phantom blogger: this word is dedicated to ms claudia lopes.)


Are the feather boas in your wardrobe starting to escape? Is your bookshelf starting to collapse under the weight of second-hand copies of Camus, Sartre and Plath, some of which you have actually read? Use this checklist below to find out whether your Manics obsession is getting out of hand. Be honest now, how many of these apply to you?

You know you're a Manics fan if...

1. You read a passage from Simon Price's Everything every night before you go to bed, and memorise sections of it with religious zeal.

2. You are the only person in your comprehensive school who has actually read a book.

3. Every day when you wake up you wish to God you were Welsh.

4. If you need to remember a telephone number and don't have a pen and paper to hand, you carve it into your forearm with a razor blade.

5. You have a bigger collection of eyeliner and mascara than the average Avon lady.

6. You insist that Patrick Jones is the greatest poet in contemporary literature, and he is NOT FAT, OKAY?!?!

7. You once had a dream about finding Richey.*

8. You have sent death threats to anyone who dissed the Manics.

9. You once went to a job interview in a leopardskin coat, fishnet tights, feather boa and tiara. Why you didn't get the job you'll never know.

10. You have a copy of Elizabeth Wurtzel's Prozac Nation, and you make notes in the margin.

11. You used a map and compass to align your bed so that you sleep facing the Severn Bridge.

12. You are the only person with a well-thumbed copy of Catcher in the Rye who doesn't also own a sniper's rifle.

13. If you meet anyone Welsh, you look at them like they're a disciple from the promised land, rather than just some bloke from Merthyr Tydfil.

14. You once wore so much leopardskin that the police tried to catch you in a net and drag you back to the zoo.

15. You have ever been sexually molested by Simon Price.

16. You keep a shrine to Richey in the corner of your bedroom, and you pray to Him every night.

17. You will buy any CD by the most tedious indie dullards on the face of the planet so long as they wear eyeliner. (Oh, hello Rachel Stamp)

18. You are currently plotting the assassination of Craig David.

19. You spend so much time in Waterstones Books that they've offered you your own parking space.

20. You write ludicrously tortuous poetry, and once bought a thesaurus because you were running out of obscure words to use.

21. You will buy any CD by the most tedious indie dullards on the face of the planet just because one of the Manics endorsed them. (Oh, hello Northern Uproar)

22. You hang around the Cardiff branch of C&A hoping to catch a glimpse of Nicky Wire.**

23. You bought Andreas Johnson's 'Glorious' just because the opening riff sounds like a Manics song.

24. There are so many pictures of the Manics on your wall, you're not sure what kind of wallpaper is underneath.

25. You tried to develop anorexia, but gave up when you discovered your love of chicken and mushroom pies was stronger than your instinct for self-destruction.

26. You can recite at least three Sylvia Plath poems off by heart.

27. You think wearing leopardskin, glitter, a tiara and a feather boa makes you look like Nicky Wire, and not like Margarita Pracatan.

28. You have written at least one poem rhyming alienation with masturbation.

29. Your e-mail ID contains a quotation from a Manics song.

30. You once tried to firebomb a Robbie Williams gig.

31. You continually deride the obsessive nature of Manics fans, while regularly displaying those same obsessive qualities yourself.

32. You find it impossible to talk about depression without repeating the sacred mantra "self-disgust is self-obsession".

33. You paid for your last holiday with your loyalty points from Wilkinson Sword.

34. You have considered studying geology and vulcanology in order to work out a way to make Ibiza do a Krakatoa.

35. Your last holiday was in Normandy, but you tell people it was in "The Abyss".

36. You dismiss as amateurs all those shallow people who didn't get into the Manics until after Motown Junk. You followed them right from Suicide Alley.

37. You sign every letter and e-mail with the words "stay beautiful", even when sending them to someone who looks like the bastard offspring of Bernard Manning and Anne Widdicombe.***

38. You keep getting thrown out of the smoking section of restaurants, not for smoking but for the way you stub your cigarettes out.

39. You think wearing eyeliner and combat gear makes you look like a rock'n'roll guerilla art terrorist, and not like a panda who's just joined the SAS.

40. You can achieve orgasm simply by repeating the words "James Dean Bradfield" over and over again in succession.

41. Your parents called Rentokill to deal with an infestation of giant caterpillars that turned out to be your collection of feather boas.

42. You regard people who think Everything Must go was their debut album as being a lower form of life than plankton.

43. You recently petitioned the Pope to make Richey a candidate for sainthood. Funnily enough, he hasn't replied.

44. You went into mourning when Sean married Rhian.

45. You regard the Millenium Stadium as a shrine of great beauty and significance, and not as a weird, ugly edifice that makes the Cardiff skyline look like one of those freaky Japanese sci-fi movies where a giant metallic spider is attacking the city.

46. You are in a band that claims to embody the distilled essence of Richey, if only because it's comprised entirely of people who can't play for toffee.

47. Your last order from Amazon arrived in a container lorry.

48. When in Cardiff Bay, you navigate by using Richey's flat as a reference point.

49. Your idea of having a sense of humour about your Manics obsession is to write a condescending Sean fan website making excessive use of the phrase "aww, bless".

50. You keep a voodoo doll of Liam Gallagher, and you stick a pin in it every night.

51. You are contemplating using plastic surgery to disguise yourself as Nicky Wire's wife.

52. You consider the culmination of Twentieth Century science and technology to be the Dyson hoover.

53. You are so used to all your clothes being covered in arty literary quotes that you have come to believe that "50% ACRYLIC, 50% POLYESTER, DO NOT TUMBLE DRY" is a quotation by Camus.

54. You are lobbying Parliament to have a bypass built over Glastonbury.

55. You scrutinise every passing stranger to check he's not Richey.

56. You tried to grow a Nicky Wire hairdo, and wound up looking like a woolly mammoth's bell-end.

57. You own so many Dysons that your house looks like the props room for Doctor Who.

58. You spend hours agonising over whether Rimbaud is pronounced Rimbored or Rambo.

59. You are incapable of telling someone to fuck off without preceding it with the words "why don't you just..."

60. You insist on telling everybody that Newport is "the new Seattle", which it is, in the sense that it's a grey, ugly, rain-sodden city that's awash with crime and drugs.

61. You've knackered the pause and rewind buttons on your video recorder, not by watching porn movies but by watching and rewatching the freakier scenes from Apocalypse Now.

62. You went on a pilgrimage to Spilllers Records in Cardiff, expecting a treasure trove of hitherto undiscovered great records with Nicky Wire browsing in the corner, only to discover a crappy little record shop the size of a cupboard selling limited edition 7-inches by obscure Welsh bands that have remained obscure for a very good reason.

63. You were going to put a horse's head in the bed of the last person who told you that James Dean Bradfield was fat, but at the last minute you decided it was cruel to horses, so you stuck a packet of Quorn burgers in his bed instead.

64. Your affectionate nickname for Jenny Watkins-Isnardi is "the Whore of Babylon."

65. You went to Blackwood to visit the sacred Shrine of Shrines, and were amazed to discover they have electricity there.

66. When people ask you where you live, you say, "Urban Hell. I destroy rock'n'roll." Actually, you live in Doncaster.

67. You are the first person since 1989 to ask your local pub if they serve Babycham.

68. You are the first person recorded to have cast yourself adrift in the Gulf of Mexico on a leaky car tyre in an effort to get to Cuba.

69. Every February 1st, you wish your friends a "Happy Richey Day".

70. You insist that Neale Howells is a bold contemporary artist leading the current avante-garde, and not a Jackson Pollock wannabe with a poo fixation.

71. You think King Adora and Rachel Stamp are crap, but you go to their gigs anyway purely to hang out with other Manics fans.

Thursday, January 10, 2002

ROTFL!!!!!! NOW THIS IS RIDICULOUS!!! (well, tho the shy bit is true, i must confess...)

I am 80% British, just like
Mr Bean
Shy to the point of ridicule, you've probably never been out of the UK.

Take the Brit Quiz at

Quiz written by Daz
yesterday, it was our first review after christmas holidays (btw, REMEMBER: technology's exam is due on 28th february!!!), so we went to the assistants with the final editing of drawings *and* with the unpolished (yet 1cm thick, don't ask me how mny pages, i refuse to count them...) version of our essay on the bloody commerzbank tower. norman foster get another job, please! anyways, was saying, we went there, and started showing stuff to the some point angela (assistant #1) said: "now why have you *ALREADY* finished your essay???"...i mean WHY???????? do we have to wait until 27th feb to finish it, so that we end up working all night and sit for the exam looking like two zombies? no thanks. i've finished it now cos i have, that's it. accept the fact that i'm quicker than you at translating from english and writing down something that makes some sense...duh. the other asistant, i think she's called sara, but can't really be bothered to know what's her name, stil has to understand that we're studying details about the atrium, yet we've got details about the structure and the foundations and the cladding...why? COS THE ATRIUM IS A BLOODY VOID PRISM, YOU DORK! so apart from the occasional interruption due to 30 mins fire protection glasses, there's nothing in there...what exactly one should draw the detail of, then??? eh???
as dumb as a vierendeel truss, aren't they?
our latest smart idea...
right...sonia and i are going to make a short movie...ROTFL...of course i refuse to act in it, tho i've been officially proclamed 'music editor' of the whole thing...basically i'll decide the soundtrack and will take part to the editing process...woo-hoo!!! i'll be getting Premiere next tuesday, and some other programme sonia said i simply *must* install - if my pc doesn't die before, that is...aaaaaargh! anyways, these days when i'm down, i always end up watching 'monteroduny horror', that's too silly it makes me laugh for ages!
my hair's *not* big, never had big hair, me...btw, i thought i was marc bolan...

The Eighties Pop Act Test deems me:

80% Eighties Pop Act

You are Madonna: You have managed to pull yourself out of the eighties, and found new levels of career respect, but you will always be a material girl, and your hair is naturally big.

According to the Which Sanrio Character Are You? quiz, I am:

always loved them...more than bloody hello kitty!!! thom yorke are you reading this??

Which Internal Organ are you? Find out at willaston's lounge!

well, i would've rather been, say, the brain...but you can't hace everything from life. but i must say i like kidneys as well...if one can say they *like* knideys...well, they're the body's purifiers, y'know...
memorandum for the next few days: remember to smash a machete into eugenio's head.

Monday, January 07, 2002

well, i should just stop taking online tests...
no, i mean seriously, i'm starting to feel stupid!!
what happened the past weekend?
aparrt from me wasting time on the net (where has my new year's resolutions memo gone???),sonia was here, and we tried to set up schedules so that we finish our work for our exam in time - which to me means at least 10 days before the exam is due!!!
i still have to call eugenio but i reckon he's not yet back from sardinia...i think i've made a big mistake beginning to work with him, i should've told the professor i wanted to work alone, even if he would've gone mad at me for about a week...uhm...
well, now the mess is done, and i hope april arrives soonish, so that i sit for that exam as well, and...bye bye eugenio!!!
oooh and mike's coming over here in february, too!!! am already making pseudo schedules in my mind, i'll have to show him places etc woo-hoo! :)
oh, almost forgot, sonia gave me a new up a bassline on some three guitar chords (that aren't even 'real'...i mean she made them up!!!) cos she_ has a song in mind...erm...i dunno if i got that correctly, but she's got a song in mind, of which she knows three fake guitar chords and i have to build up the bassline...and i don't even play the bass!!! that's gonna be fun, hehehe!!!

Sunday, January 06, 2002

"Hello everybody, this is my Cute Guard Dog, PALLINO" (now i'm really starting to feel STOOPID, honest!!!)

Adopt a Guard Animal here!

Which "Friend" Are You?

giorgia, you've got a little bit of Phoebe going on!


Um, ok! You're, like Phoebe. Ok, so you may not have Phoebe's, well, special intuition or, um, musical talent. But, like everyone's favorite beautiful-blond-psychic-masseuse, you never lie and your friends are the most important thing in your life.

With an utterly free spirit like yours, some people see you as flaky. But creative, perceptive-as-heck, and eerily wise is more like it. You see the good in everyone, which could make your dating life a bit, well, uneven. But you always land on your feet with your humor, kindness, (and who-knows-what-from-beyond) as your guide.
the GEEK TEST!!!

"Your Results

90 %

Thank you for taking the GEEK TEST!

FACT: The Geeks really will inherit the Earth, but not until everybody else gaks.
FACT: It really does take 4 geeks to screw in a light bulb (We know; we tried it!).
FACT: Monty Python wrote this test (well, no, that's not a fact at all).
FACT: 58% of Geeks would commit ritual seppuku with a herring for 4 GB of RAM.
FACT: Your score is entirely, scientifically, statistically, and absolutely true - put it on your resume today! " stress test results...
"calm blue ocean... calm blue ocean..."
You have it easy. You exhibit a stress percentage of
which is well below average. Quite likely, you are lazy and retarded.
Your Stress Test answers indicate that to reduce your stress level even further you should eliminate at least one of the following from your life immediately:
- one of your jobs.
- consciousness.

question of the day:
darren: why do they call these films 'spaggheti westerns' ... as i don't see any pasta dishes on offer in any of them ?
me: cos they're "made in italy" films about 'merkan far sergio leone ones...and it's spaghetti not spaggheti!!!!!

Friday, January 04, 2002


Thursday, January 03, 2002

The Cheshire Cat

You're the epitome of insane. Either you're very smart, or you're too damn stupid. The world is your playground, and everything -- and everyone -- in it is a toy for you to play with. People should be scared of you, but because you're so affable, they aren't. Tough for them.

i should've guessed this...
You Are Chopsticks

Exotic, cultured, and elegant.
Take The Eating Utensil Quiz at Fire For Ice!
Quiz by fire4ice
oh, and this, also...woe is me! hope i won't get into thom yorke's collection...
You are Hello Kitty

Cute and adorable, with a weight of 3 apples. Silly yet benevolent, you love the color pink and would never hurt anything.
Take The Hello Kitty Quiz at Fire For Ice!
Quiz by fire4ice
thought i was is funny.
You are Blossom

You’re the leader of the Powerpuff Girls. You have a tendency to be a know-it-all, but that’s only because you’re better than everyone else. You are also adorable, and you like to kick ass, but only if you can’t talk it out first.
Take the What Powerpuff Girls Character Are You? quiz at Fire For Ice!
Quiz by fire4ice
(tho basically what puzzles me most at the moment is that apparently i'm george harrison...)
oh my god. (relevant.)

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Orthodox Quaker A Christocentric branch (Note other Quaker branches: Wilburites are traditional; Gurneyites are progressive, evangelical, and bible-centered; Hicksites and Beanites are liberal, primarily in eastern USA.)

Belief in Deities and Incarnations: There is a Trinity of the Father (God), the Son (Christ), and the Holy Spirit that comprises one God Almighty. God is personal and incorporeal.
Incarnations: Jesus Christ is God's only incarnation. God is manifest within all as the light. Jesus possessed the light to the highest degree and is "the Light" within.
Origins of universe/life: The most orthodox Quakers hold to authority of the Bible, and the Book of Genesis - that God created all in less than seven days and less that 10,000 years ago. But many would maintain that a Biblical "day" is not a literal 24 hours.
After death: Most orthodox Quakers believe in direct reward and punishment, heaven and hell, the second coming of Christ and resurrection of the dead (similar to conservative Christian).
Why evil? Some Orthodox Quakers adhere to similar beliefs as conservative Christians - belief in original sin and Satan. Many believe that lack of awareness of God's divine light within, or rebellion against it, is the cause of wrongdoing, and that alienation from God leaves one vulnerable to temptation, or Satan.
Salvation: Some Friends churches include rites of baptism and communion, but sacraments to God are most often considered to arise from inward experiences, a personal encounter with God, rather than church ritual. Salvation is found internally through union with Christ, the divine Light within all. Many Quaker churches, e.g. Evangelical, believe similarly to Conservative Protestant, that salvation is a free gift from God, with faith, independent of good works. Yet, moral behavior and good works are viewed as essential to showing faith and obedience to God. Good works, such as humanitarian service, social justice, and peace efforts are an expression of Christian love. Simplicity and humility are viewed as essential to living a Christian life.
Undeserved suffering: The most orthodox Quakers maintain that Satan causes suffering. Suffering is allowed by God as part of His divine will and plan. Quakers focus on reducing human suffering, especially that caused by social injustice or violence.
Contemporary Issues: Contemporary Issues: Social betterment programs and nonviolence are fundamental to Quakerism. Some Orthodox Quaker churches are very accepting of homosexuality and others condemn it as contrary to God's will.
oh my...

Take the Which Beatle Are You? Quiz.

blimey, is it already 2002???

where has 2001 gone???

oh well, i'm back from the middle of nowhere (that's not Giles' place,'s another middle of another nowhere, and it's called Eboli on italy maps...)

this year i'll have to:

1 - finish all my exams at uni;

2 - avoid chocolate as much as i can, don't want to get bad cholesterol, me!!

3 - buy less books (no, seriously, i have no room left to put them in...);

4 - spend less time on the net (so that i have more time to fulfill resolution #1, which is the most important one for me...);

5 - practice on the piano more often (last year's been tragic on this front, i heard my piano crying one day claiming i'd been neglecing it...);

6 - choose my environment - as w. clement stone would say, 'you're a product of your environment, so choose the environment that will best develop you toward your objective.' (which basically means, avoid vale on the phone, avoid alessandra in working matters and try to put some visual order in my room cos it's so messy i reckon someday i'll get lost in there, maybe swallowed by books or drawings or who knows what else...)

if you have any suggestion for me, send a postcard to the usual address...:)

happy new year everybody!!!