Monday, February 04, 2008

Keeping busy

I've had an eventful last few days - nothing world-shatteringly exciting, but a couple of bits have stuck in my mind.

First of all, I saw Cloverfield. Let's skip the foreplay: I enjoyed it. It's tense, exciting, scary, dramatic, and at 85 minutes doesn't stray anywhere near being overly long. That said, when I saw it I had a bit of a headache, and the shakey-cam point of view did nothing to help; within about 15 minutes I kind of had a bit of a cold sweat going on, though I don't think I was anywhere near throwing up. I was also a bit sleepy, although a well-timed 10-second power-nap during a non-essential scene sorted all my ails out, and I was upright, alert, and fully-focused for the rest of the film. 

Although I didn't actually miss anything, I am going to go see Cloverfield again, mainly 'cos my big bro wants to see it. Next time around I'll make sure I'm fully caffeined up and ready for anything.


I've finally gotten round to buying a Nike+ running kit. These have been out for a while now, and I don't know why I've held out for so long before buying one; hell, they even give you verbal encouragement as you run, either in a male or female voice. I'm hoping at some point they'll do celebrity voices - can you imagine William Shatner shouting encouragement at me as I run? Or Autumn Reeser? "Yay - c'mon Tim, you can do it - you're my hero!"

Yes Autumn, yes I am.


Anyway, I've got it now, and I'm looking forward to trying it out when my cough (which is seriously, I think, in its death throes) is gone, and when the additional accessories I've ordered turn up. Because, yes, I always have to buy some extra bits of Apple-based goodness.

In this instance, though, they are actually necessary. The first is an armband so that my iPod is kept safe and secure while I'm pounding the streets, while the second is a little pouch to put the Nike+ running sensor in. To cut a long story short, you're actually supposed to use this bit of kit with a specific type of Nike trainers which feature a special hole for the sensor to fit in. I don't want to buy some new trainers, so I've ordered the pouch because it holds it securely by the laces.

Which leads to an embarrassing situation in the Apple Store.

Basically, I walked in there, fiddled with an iPhone for about five minutes, then picked up the Nike+ kit and took it over to an Apple iLady to buy it. She took it off me, looked at it, then said "you do know these are designed to work with a specific pair of Nike trainers, don't you?" I smiled, pointed down (intending to mean my feet, though in hindsight I realise she could've taken it to mean any point below, um, waist level), and said "oh, don't worry, I've got a … small thing."

By that I actually meant 'pouch to put the sensor in,' but the non-descriptive reply I gave coupled with the strange look on her face means that she probably thought I was just making an unnecessary, untrue, and quite random penis reference.


Went to a museum, found a rude tank.



Ooo, anyone remember my attempts to de-clutter last year? Anyone care? Whatever! Well, they've been proceeding apace! I am now down to the last book in my mighty stack of books - the stack is no more! And from now on, there shall be no more stack!

So what is the final book in the stack? Well let me tell you - it's My Boring-ass Life: The Uncomfortably Candid Diary of Kevin Smith, a birthday present from Mr. Chunt and the lovely Nikki. I'm only about 15-20 pages in, but so far Kevin Smith's life consists of looking at his own films, sexy good-times with the missus, checking his email, and watching Law and Order. 

Good lord - my life's more exciting than that!

On the plus side, it's typical Kevin Smith, so it's all told in a hilariously droll fashion. 

And I've already got an idea what will be my first post-stack read - and I think it'll warrant an evening jaunt to Borders, because it's been too long since I last did that…


Dinah said...

I looooove book shopping. It's so exciting! In fact, I bought a book today...but it's for class, so it only half counts.

I'll leave the penis comments to others, who will do them better than I could...

Tim said...

So do I - and it seems like ages since I actually went and browsed a book shop with the intention of buying something.

Good times ahoy!

Tara said...

I just can not get into the enthusiasm to see "Cloverfield", so I probably won't. My brother's family tainted me about it. They didn't know about it, but when I tried to explain it they made fun of me and called the movie "Copperfield". So I'm scarred. ;) But I'm glad you got your Nike kit and that your cough is finally being evicted!

Inexplicable DeVice said...

Did you know I can do a scarily accurate impression of the vacuous Autumn *spits* Reeser?


Watch this: * sucks air out of room *

Ta daaaah!

Did you go to the museum after the apple shop? You know, to look at big manly weapons after humiliating yourself?

T-Bird said...

Willie Pusher II? Makes me curious about what happened to the original.

Who is Autumn Reeser?

MJ said...

I've put out a Call for Cock.

Please submit a photo of your kebab as soon as possible.

And we're still waiting for your arse, may I remind you.

Inexplicable DeVice said...

Where are you?

Look, if you're having trouble with that pic, I've already said I'd take it for you.

Dinah said...

That does sound like a very generous offer.

missy&chrissy. said...

iLady - teehee!

Dora & Tina said...

What did happen to willie pusher the first? Came to some grizzly end nno doubt...much like the unsteady handycam look of the film. I'm afraid of getting sick watching it, so I'm downloading it* and then seeing how it goes from there.

*of course a completely legal copy