Saturday, July 13, 2002
Sometimes These Fantasies Come True:
Football season starts in September, but the first pre-season games will be played in about four weeks. So it's time to get down with the Fantasy Leagues and the only free one I could find is the NFL Fantasy 2002 game. I've set up a league, but according to the rules there needs to be 12 players in a league, so if you want to join send me an e-mail. I've sent out a couple of invites already, but there is definitely room for more people, so come join the fun. If you need some tips for organizing your team check out Fantasy Insights, who've specialized in predicting which players will be the most valuable on fantasy teams.
I've just set the thing up, so I haven't even checked out the rules and so on yet. But my plan for today is to pop on some Tool, make some coffee and figure out, how the whole thing works. If you've played the NFL Fantasy before feel free to write me with tips. Or if you know a better game I'd like to hear from you as well.
- John Fogde 1:07 PM [+]
Friday, July 12, 2002
Sign Your Name:
I was checking out Daypop and today's most popular place to link to is blogChalking (mixing small letters with capital letters is so 1997!), so I checked it out. Seems it's a way of keeping track of the location of bloggers inspired by Warchalking. So in an attempt to stay in the loop I signed up, which means I have to post the following to my site:
What this will do for my site or for the rest of the world is yet to be determined, but I guess we'll find out later.
- John Fogde 6:59 PM [+]
Thursday, July 11, 2002
Really, Really Bad Idea:
I found this article about Jon Stewart and the Daily Show. Apparently, CNN will start broadcasting a Global Edition every Saturday and Sunday with highlights from the show beginning this September. I think this is great, but I was surprised by a remark made by CNN International spokesman Nigel Pritchard:
What the hell is that supposed to mean? And the genius continues:
So the CNN show will consist of interviews with semi-famous tv stars, but Jon's commentaries about tax laws, elections, the NRA, and so on won't appear, because they have no relevance for an audience outside the U.S.. And I guess that also means that we won't be seeing Lewis Black ranting and screaming, either. If I wanted to see poorly conducted interviews with a bunch of brainless nobodies I'd watch Leno, so this seems about as smart as John Rocker's comments about the New York subway system.
- John Fogde 6:21 PM [+]
Here Lies a Picture of a Girl:
I went through hundreds of photos taken at the Midtfyns Festival and found a couple you may or may not find interesting:
Turns out Wil saw the same ballgame as I did.
- John Fogde 4:24 PM [+]
Ride the Lightning:
The weather here is nuts! It's pouring down again and today's thunderstorm is on its fourth hour. I'm getting a little nervous as I have my TV and computer on and I'm not sure, how my insurance covers if they blow up. But I figure since I've already experienced lightning hitting my apartment building once, it probably won't happen to me again.
I managed to break my phone line tonight and didn't notice for about an hour. The phone line is connected to an extension chord with a plastic gadget and somehow I managed to place a box on it and wreck it. I don't know the first thing about fixing wires, but I've managed to connect the two cables again, so both my phone and internet connection are up again (my first attempt made the phone work, but there was and occasional beep, which made my computer refuse to connect to the internet). I've done a pretty shabby job of fixing it, so tomorrow I'll need to get one of those plastic things with the screws you use, when you need to connect two wires. How obvious is it that I don't know what the hell I'm talking about?
Both my sister and my brother stopped by to watch Blow and although we all thought Johnny was cool and Paul Reubens was fun, we didn't find the movie too captivating. And we noticed that the movie and Spy Game, which we watched last night, were edited in a style reminiscent of how Soderbergh edits his movies. Obviously, the funky cuts and zoom cuts are inspired by movies from the 60s and 70s, but Soderbergh is the one (atleast to my knowledge) who re-introduced them. Anyway, the movie was okay and had some fun stuff, but like Boogie Night and Rock Star the movie was interesting, while things were going well and less interesting, when the shit starts hitting the fan.
I'm watching an All Star baseball game right now and it's the second game I've watched this week. Turns out that one of the sports channels I have shows baseball games, so now I'll try to check that channel once in a while to see if they'll show a Yankees or Orioles game on occasion. I don't know a lot about baseball, but I like baseball movies and I'm fascinated by all the stories about the Brooklyn Dodgers, DiMaggio, Babe Ruth, Jackie Robinson, and Mickey Mantle, so I've always wanted to get into baseball. But since it's been impossible to watch games it's been impossible to seriously follow the sport. It was the same with American Football, but thankfully Danish channel Zulu started broadcasting a game week two years ago, so now I follow that religiously.
- John Fogde 12:55 AM [+]
Wednesday, July 10, 2002
Two Can Play That Game:
Seconds after I had posted the last entry I went by Tinka's blog. Turns out I'm not the only one in Denmark, who is struggling with the heat (and saw Billy Idol: Behind the Music yesterday?) and decided to write about it. Apparently, the reports of the death of her blog were, in the words of Mark Twain, greatly exaggerated.
- John Fogde 6:43 PM [+]
Hot in the City:
I'm in such a slump right now. I came back home from the festival about 2 AM Monday and since then I've done nothing but sleep and watch TV. I haven't even shaved or washed my funky, mud ridden clothes yet. I don't know why I'm so exceptionally lazy right now, but the fact that it is unbearably hot and humid outside probably has something to do with it. My apartment is extremely funky and even though the door to the balcony has been open all day I'm still sweating bullets.
There was a huge thunderstorm last night and since I live on the third floor I had a pretty good view of it. Lightnings were hitting stuff all over the place and every couple of minutes the sky would light completely up and there'd be a huge bang. So instead of doing anything productive my brother and I rented Blow, Spy Game, and Soul Survivors. I'm watching Blow by myself tonight, but we saw the other two last night.
Spy Game is a decent enough thriller starring Brad Pitt and Robert Redford about a spy, who gets caught and thrown in a Chinese prison. After hating Pitt for doing movies like A River Runs Through It and Legends of the Fall he's turned into one of my favourite actors. Don't get me wrong, I haven't seen Meet Joe Black or The Mexican (and I'm in no rush to), but he's still made enough good movies to make up for a couple of stinkers. And both him and Redford were good enough to add some life and charm to this at times too complex story.
However, Soul Survivors is another story. I can't remember the last time I saw a movie this incomprehensible and stupid. To be totally honest the main reason we rented this waste of celluloid was that it features Eliza “Evil Slayer” Dushku and because we were curious to see Wes Bentley in something other than American Beauty (and because my brother and I try to catch anything, which features either Owen or Luke Wilson), but neither could do anything to make this piece of crap worth watching. I won’t even waste time trying to re-tell the nonexistent storyline, but let’s just say it makes Boxing Helena look like Citizen Kane. Hopefully, Blow will turn out to be a little better.
My friend, Jan, has pulled together all the photos which were taken at the festival and made them available online. I'll go through them soon and pull out some of the best for you. But for now I'll just link to a portrait of me, which was taken on our way to see Love Shop. The photographer wanted me to look cool, so in order to do that I had to turn my head to the point where I was about to pull a muscle in my neck (and hold that pose, please!). It turned out okay, I guess, and the dark skies in the background certainly adds to the gloominess of it all.
- John Fogde 6:09 PM [+]
Sunday, July 07, 2002
There isn't really any music on today, so I've been working on the reviews I had to write for last nights show. And they're all online now rated on a scale from one to six with the other ones I've written this week:
Add to that the interviews I did with Doves and Rival Schools and I think I've had a pretty productive week.
I saw a lot of Danish bands last night and did a little partying, so it was a nice enough evening. Today, we finish the last articles and then in a couple of hours we start packing. We have a ton of computer stuff we need to pack and cram into a truck before we can leave. But hopefully I'll be home sometime after midnight, and since I don't have to work then I don't really mind if we get back later than that. It's been a fun week with some cool concerts thrown into the mix. For me personally the highlights were the interviews and seeing Muse, Rival Schools and Coldplay live, so in conclusion I'll say that it's been fun being here even though the weather has been unstable to say the least.
- John Fogde 4:28 PM [+]