Oh dear dog who looks like a cat on first glance…



stagette.jpg how you illustrate where I imagine my own self to be situated in the next few hours.

I’m on my way to my friend’s stagette tonight – I’ve NEVER been to a stagette in all my 30 years but I’ve seen them go down. They look appealing and terrifying all at once.

The twist to this party is that the groom’s stag is happening simultaneously at a different location. The plan is to connect the two parties sometime after midnight.

Wish us luck… until tomorrow. Congrats on getting married Jeff & Carey!

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Happy link for Thursday



Courtesy of the huzbond:

Watch the At A Glance video by Eugene , music by Sioen

It’s a great song and an even better video. Enjoy!

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“Moronic cynic, you will become the monster you claim to fight!”



For some reason I come in and out of momus and right now I’m in a momus in phase and thanking life’s randomness for it. Not to suggest momus is easy to forget or move away from, quite contrary. He’s available, consistent and wonderful, I’m the flake. So, I’m rediscovering him these days mainly because I bumped into his online journal and have become a diligent reader. I think he’s quite clever and very earnest, I love his sincerity. And his take on Japanese culture. And the fact he works with Kahimi Karie.

Recently he posted a great piece of writing, ‘Notes towards a definition of “moronic cynicism,”‘ and I recommend taking the time to read it if the title grabs you. (I’m placing my bets it does!)

I found certain moments of this piece to be painful as I saw myself as the moronic cynic in certain scenarios – especially around themes of work and what I do for a living. I simultaneously operate in an industry towards which I have much ill will. I’ve operated with this split persona for almost a decade and only in the last few months have I taken a strong stand with myself and made very real steps towards nurturing a relationship with work that I can be proud of.

I quit my job. Simple as that… or is it? Well for me, it’s a daily task to align my values with my actions. It’s so easy to choose the path of least resistance. I try not to.

The article also touched me because it reminded me of a time when I was particularly angry with myself and the world. I was walking around with clenched fists all the time, analysing people I observed on the street, thinking the meanest and nastiest shit about them. It was really draining and very boring and of course, all about my disappointment in myself. I realised what I was doing and consciously decided to look everyone I met on the street in the eye and think a nice thought about them until eventually I just didn’t think much about anyone – balance restored.

Check out the comment thread after the piece, there’s a great discussion going on there.

“I’m a great believer in “moronic positivity”. It’s much preferable. Hello, Kitty!” – momus

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Cillian Murphy a.k.a. Scarecrow



How does he make his eyes go dead like that?

Saw Batman last night and I was really impressed with Cillian Murphy – I didn’t recognise him from 28 Days Later at all!

Batman was better than expected and everyone was well cast, except for Katie Holmes. She was painfully out of place in this flick, too wholesome, zero edge to her. The role needed a little more gristle gnashing. (Hey, speaking of miss Holmes I heard that this weirdo Tom and Katie thing is a publicity stunt to cover up the fact that Tom was allegedly caught humping Rob Thomas. I don’t know about that, but I think there’s some PR voodoo going on for sure. Maybe Rob wants a piece of the action too. ‘Cause, well, his solo album ain’t exactly flying off the shelves now is it?)

In Batman, what gripped me was how Cillian easily became the walking dead for the Scarecrow role. Not in a zombie-like way, more like “I’m one cruel mutha”. There’s not one glimmer of compassion in his eyes, they’re simply cold, crisp and unreadable. It was unbearble and completely compelling – the prefect combo for Scarecrow.

Just how is a human being able to evoke such a steely stance? It’s opposite to trading a dead grandma memory for a crocodile tear. I imagine you have to explore some pretty dark places.

I always judge a movie by how much I think about it the next day and in this case, Cillian’s got me a bit worked up. I’m going to check out an older Irish film he starred in called Disco Pigs. It received horrible reviews – but it looks like he’s playing a similar sociopath minus the superhero angle. I am curious about you Cillian Murphy!

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