November 30th, 2003

Dark Tower

Random Spam

I don't know about anyone else, but I've started getting all these spam messages that, as far as I can tell, are composed of two random words stuck together, obviously in the hope of coming up with some combination that I might want to open. Just this morning, I've got:

craw anastasia
euphemism avon
scratchpad angelina
tantalizingly meteors
icy hydrophobia
experience pomposity

I'm sure I'll get sick of them, but I think they're quite cute thus far.

And what are they selling (or attacking)? No idea. I have the proxy server turned off in my mail client, so no external images can load and all I get is a blank.
Dark Tower

Rest Stop

So, I've been reading the most recent Esquire magazine -- no, not the one with Britney Spears on the front. Apparently they tried to get Will Ferrell (who?) to go nude on this one, but didn't give him enough Red Bulls or something.

But anyway. This is my first Esquire, and you might not be surprised to know it's got a Stephen King story in it: 'Rest Stop'. I'm in a bit of a quandry here. Shall I talk about this story without relaying my personal experience of a similar nature? (one in which I did not summon up the spirit of my kickass pseudonym, admittedly). Should I wax philosophically about 'realism' (of all things), and bring up 'In the Deathroom' from Everything's Eventual?

It's a tough one, and I'm not really sure what I think about it yet. These things happen.

So, in my faux-cheery manner, I'll talk about other stuff I found in the 'zine instead. It's the 'Genius' issue, with all sorts of strange things in it (and many, many advertisments -- I even own one of the things being advertised, being Sopranos S4). I did have a go at the puzzle section in the middle, and got it out despite knowing nothing about baseball. But two sentences in particular stood out, neither to do with geniuses, necessarily.

Firstly, when Chuck Klosterman talks about Kobe Bryant (who?), he says: "It's all or nothing. It's Sydney or the bush."

Where does this come from? We live in Sydney, we have bush views from our balcony (between other units, admittedly), but it's new to us. It's an interesting expression, but what precisely does it mean, and why would a US writer use it?

And here's Ed Kwick talking about the armour used in making his flick The Last Samurai, filmed (of course), in New Zealand: "Ngila Dickson, who's our costume designer, worked with Weta, which is a firm in New Zealand that had done some stuff for Lord of the Rings."

Well, I guess that sums it up.

Lastly, I will wish Stephen King a swift recovery from his current hospital stay, courtesy of pneumonia, and go to bed (or back to the Angel manuscript, which is more likely).
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