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Live Forever

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Sitting watching a DVD (Live Forever: The Rise and Fall Of Britpop) playing THE best music EVER reminds me of the awesome times. Of course I realise it's only THE best music EVER because exactly of the memories it brings back.
But fuck it, it is!
Live forever people, party and don't let 'em question it!
Links to as many YouTube vids of the soundtrack to one of the most vibrant and musically amazing times of my life (and the CD of the DVD) ... so far. Click on the one you want or check out the complete playlist and have the time of our life! Live Forever - OasisCommon People - PulpParklife - BlurAlright - SupergrassGirl From Mars - AshWaking Up - ElasticaMulder And Scully - CatatoniaFine Time - CastThe Changing Man - Paul WellerStupid Girl - GarbageEverything Must Go - Manic Street PreachersThe Riverboat Song - Ocean Colour SceneAtomic - SleeperTattva - Kula ShakerCome Back To What You Know - EmbraceWide Open Space - Mansun6 Underground - Sneaker PimpsFemale Of The Species - Sp…

I Won! And From a VERY Exclusive List

Love it - and I really hope somewhere in the world there is a "Mr. Patrick Gomez", fantastic name.

Dear Lucky Winner.

We are happy to inform you that your email address have emerged winner of
£1,000,000GBP only (One Million Great British Pounds Only) in
Euro-Millions Award. The online cyber draws was conducted from an
exclusive list of 15,000,000 email addresses of individuals and corporate
bodies picked by an advanced automated random computer selection from the
web.

Your email address is attached to Participant No.: *7*, Selection
Frequency.:*21*, Percentage.:*98.95%* and PROMOTION DATE: 1ST of AUGUST,
2009. Bear in mind that prizes will strictly be remitted to winners that
officially file in for their claim within the given time frame.

To begin your claim, you are to forward this message to our accredited
claim agent:
Euro-Millions Lottery
London, United Kingdom
CONTACT: Mr. Patrick Gomez
TEL: +44-701-[snip]
EMAIL: pgomez1951@[snip]
pgomez1951@[snip]
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Selected Billy Connelly

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Selected Billy Connelly - Originally uploaded by Mike Riversdale
Hee hee ... and with only a "couple" of DVDs to check the correct spelling ;-)

Karma Explained

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Why Is Christmas Day On December 25th ... Mithras?

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Stephen Fry on QI discussing the similarities between Mithras and Jesus - read more at Wikipedia: Mithraic Mysteries

I love Stephen Fry's line:
There's a great deal in Christianity that's traditional and however wonderful people think the story is it's frankly ... not original

THE Best Film Review Ever - Karl Pilkington On "The Invention Of Lying"

I watched it via iTunes
Stick with it and then ask yourself, "Would I be as honest with my mate/boss?" - and if the answer is yes, you now know what to do first thing tomorrow morning at work ;-)

Bet You Jump [video]

Ok, it's only 14 seconds long and I've warned you that you'll jump but I bet you're thinking, "Yeah, whatever" - I was ...



Did ya jump?

Video at The Telegraph

But It's A Robot - Slightly Unnerving Eh! [video]

Am working my way through the most creepy stuff on the web and didn't make it past this video of the robot BigDog which has been developed by Boston Dynamics - a robotics company - in response to a request by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency to carry soldiers' equipment across rough terrain.


... bet you watch it more than once

iGoogle - New Zealand Themes

Did you know there were so many?
http://www.google.co.nz/ig/directory?q=new+zealand&hl=en&type=themes
iGoogle is your personalized Google page. Add news, photos, weather, and stuff from across the web to your page.

Kids Marshmallow Experiment [video]

Hee hee

The marshmallow experiment is a famous test of this concept conducted by Walter Mischel at Stanford University and discussed by Daniel Goleman in his popular work. In the 1960s, a group of four-year olds were given a marshmallow and promised another, only if they could wait 20 minutes before eating the first one. Some children could wait and others could not. The researchers then followed the progress of each child into adolescence, and demonstrated that those with the ability to wait were better adjusted and more dependable (determined via surveys of their parents and teachers), and scored an average of 210 points higher on the Scholastic Aptitude Test.



Link via The Presurfer

Miramar Cinema To Open Late 2010

The unknown (to me) Whiteria 'newspaper' NewsWire.co.nz reports that Jamie Selkirk has finally given details about the opening of the Miramar cinema.

Definitely read the full article after these salient facts:
Building expected to start January 2010Opening September 2010Renovation costs around NZ$4millionPartnered with Brookyln's Penthouse Cinema for distribution
Incorporates 2 cinemasAiming at the art house releases with some mainstream
Includes a cafe restaurant partnered with Cafe Polo


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The Fast Show - Very Drunk [video]

Michael Alan Riversdale in a few years ;-)

Skylight Launches New Resilience/Support Magazine [video]

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A Media Release about the launch of new edgy, innovative, magazine style youth resource to help teens and young people in New Zealand deal with tough times.

Skylight has launched an innovative new single edition youth support magazine, ‘The Journey Through’, which honestly and frankly tackles the very difficult issues teens and young people face. It’s been written specifically for young people in New Zealand, and features many stories, words and photos, kiwi teens have contributed.Life can be really tough. The issues teenagers face are diverse and include changing schools, moving to a new city or country, losing your friends, bullying, parents breaking up, living in a blended family or absent parents, peer pressure, terminal illness or death of someone close to them, mental health issue, disability and too often trauma, abuse or violence.Skylight, a unique support organisation helping young people and their families/whānau deal with change, loss, trauma and grief, recognises that youn…

Breathing Space Website Live In About 37 Minutes

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As you know my wife, Liz, and her business partner Helen have started a new business called Breathing Space ("a new initiative for the professional development of parents").
The awesome folks at Decisive Flow has created them a logo which the two agreed on yesterday. I then said to Liz, "I'll set up a website for you", that won't take long.
Why won't it take long - because: They have very simple needs right nowThey are running the business with Google AppsGoogle Apps has the ability to publish a site to the worldLast night I got home, played with the kids, watched some (crap!!) TV and then around 9:30pm popped up the lid of the laptop and plowed into it. From whoa (nothing, not even a DNS entry) to go (website up and ready) took around 37 minutes.
Don't get me wrong, it's a very VERY simple site but they can add deeper pages by simply creating pages and entering the text. Everything is automated for them and as far as they're concerned it's…

Robert Carlyle In The 'Timed To Perfection' Johnny Walker Ad

There's nothing really that special about the ad except it's around 5:30 mins long and Robert Carlyle seems* to time every moment to perfection



* who can tell if computers and their shenanigans were involved :-)

What Does It Mean To Be British?

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When the house is quiet I get to peak back in time using my "Starred Items" list in the Google Reader and see what I thought was of absolute and utter importance way back then. Mostly the articles are scanned and immediately unstarred but now and again I read something and exclaim, "Ooooh yeah, that was awesome then"
"What it means to be British" from the UK Ministry of Justice is one I can't even remember seeing! I think it was in reaction to the crazy post "kick them all out" times that the country went through ... but I could be wrong.
What do I think it means to be British ... well, I quite like JK Rowling's answer: 'Britishness for me means the best comedy and the best music in the world, the most interesting fashion and football, and the funkiest flag,' says author JK Rowling.
... except for the flag bit :-) And the football stuff.
I would also add in The Beano (Wikipedia) and whatever that encapsulates about being British, innoc…