Wednesday, July 9, 2014

The Garth Brooks Concerts - An Epitaph

Let me get this out of the way upfront: The pure ego-driven self-promotion of people saying "this is a bad day for Ireland & damages our international reputation!" will get me through the rest of this week with heavy gut-laughter! While there are genuine losses here, which I won't list because they are numerous/ complicated, that the media is trying to project those as being a part of the national psyche of every person in the country is absurd - And that politicians are choosing to make numerous statements on the matter and hold emergency meetings is mind-boggling.

From visiting news sites you could be forgiven for thinking that this was the big one, the Earth stops spinning now, all resources are gone, and we just have to hope that the sun sets before it goes nova so we don't have to watch that final shockwave whip towards the planet in its unforgiving path of destruction.
Everything, as the old saying goes, seems f**ked.
A country-musician, Garth Brooks, had been booked to play Croke Park for one night, then two, then three, then FOUR nights (do numbers even get that high?!), then FIVE (f**k me, I can't keep track of a number like that and 'the run of myself'! Best lose that last one!) nights, before it all imploded in a very public spat which inevitably drew together residents of the Croke Park area, Garth Brooks, the concert promoter, Dublin City Council, the full-on actual government, local/ national/ international media, to really hammer out what they believed was best for this concert and, by association, the country, its pride and its honour.

Let's start with an epilogue:

Thursday, June 12, 2014

Obligatory World Cup Fever Post!

'World Cup Fever' is caused by a virus, so it is not treatable with antibiotics!
Please do not bother your doctor or any other healthcare professionals about this by seeking prescriptions for antibiotics over the course of the tournament.

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

'The Amazing Spider-Man 2' / 'Ray' Blu Ray Release

To market the Blu Ray release of 'The Amazing Spider-Man 2' Sony will release a bust of Jamie Foxx's head that opens up to store the discs. I haven't seen the film yet, so I don't know if this is a clever tie-in, or just a bizarre thing to do, but that's what's going to happen.

However the market for busts of Jamie Foxx's head, from a film that's only just out, seems a little limited, I think the best option would be to tie this release in with the 10th Anniversary of Jamie Foxx's Academy Award winning performance in 'Ray'. Film lovers will definitely be more in the market for merchandise for this film.

Thursday, April 17, 2014

"Julius Caesar" [Extract from draft by Quentin Tarantino]

Soothsayer:  Caesar!  
CAESAR:  Ha! who calls?  
CASCA:  Bid every noise be still: peace yet again!  
CAESAR:  Who is it in the press that calls on me?   
  I hear a tongue, shriller than all the music,
  Cry "Caesar!" Speak; Caesar is turn'd to hear.  
Soothsayer:  Beware the ides of March.  
CAESAR:  What man is that?  
BRUTUS:  A soothsayer bids you beware the ides of March.  
CAESAR:  Set him before me; let me see his face. 
CASSIUS:  Fellow, come from the throng; look upon Caesar.  
CAESAR:  What say'st thou to me now? Say-sooth again! Say! Sooth! again! I dare you! I double-dare you, motherfucker! Say sooth one more goddamn time!  
Soothsayer  Beware the ides of March.  
CAESAR:  He is a dreamer; let us leave him: I'd knock that shit off if I was you.  
  [Sennet. Exeunt all except BRUTUS and CASSIUS.]

Monday, March 24, 2014

"Captain America: The Winter Soldier" [no spoilers]

I went to the cinema tonight and, straight away, I'm planting my flag in this one, "Captain America: The Winter Soldier" could possibly be my favourite Marvel Cinematic Universe film (objectively it could also be one of the best).
And not just as a "single Marvel character film", as a sneaky way to have to avoid comparison with the darling on the Marvel Universe "Avengers Assemble". This film holds up so d*mn well as a strong comic book film - with only a few characters - that it makes some films (*ahem* 'Thor' *cough* 'Thor 2' *sigh* 'Iron Man 2' *burp*) look like simpering fan service, while making "Avengers" look almost restrained.
So, yeah, see "The Winter Soldier".

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

'Goat Simulator'

Did you know that goats don't have tear ducts?
So uncaring are they that they've evolved away from a mechanism of even sarcastically shedding tears.
That on top of their weird shaped pupils that they use to taunt anyone who locks eye-contact with them, even for a playful 'staring contest', makes them pretty much the most emotionally distant of all the farm animals.

Anyway, I don't think that's the part 'goat life' that this simulator aims to replicate, but I thought people needed to know.

Anyway, the people over at Coffee Stain Studios made 'Goat Simulator':

Do with that information what you will!

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

'Neknominate' & 'RAKnominate' & the ill-fated practice of 'Necronomicnomination'

[Author's note: At the time of writing this it's unclear if the 'k' in 'Neknominate' & 'RAKnominate' is silent, like in 'know']

As well-intentioned as "RAKnominations" are, the fact that people need a hashtag or catchy name to do something nice is every bit my fundamental problem with social media.
Don't video/ photo yourself as if being a decent person is supposed to be peculiar.
Fair play if you do something nice, but do it to feel like a better person, not as an exercise in attention seeking & self-promotion, who cares knows or if you've tagged your friends & then eye have to emulate you or break the chain.
Do something nice to be nice, not for some sort of social validation, do it for yourself, & don't go around videoing it/ taking photos of other people/ yourself to earn ego-points.
"A good deed is it's own reward", not a means to earn popularity.

More importantly, while it might seem like fun to challenge friends to read an entire page from the Necronomicom & post a video of it on Facebook, people need to know that every word spoken unsettles the slumber of the old gods.
These Necronomicnominations have to stop before all of our souls are swallowed & banished to some dark ethereal plain where their astral forms are worn away beneath the ever advancing footsteps of the some ancient terror, writings of which extend beyond antiquity & sanity.