Electric Sheep

Ever found something that you’d always heard about, but never managed to track down for real? A feeling of satisfaction fills you as you realise that now, finally, you can find out exactly what everyone was blabbing about all these years. You might even expect it to be good, because, well, everyone talks about it, don’t they?

You even feel a little guilty, because once you pretended you knew, and while you got away with it, you wanted to be sure next time they couldn’t catch you on the hop.

So: now you’ve found it. And naturally, you’re going to indulge yourself, because if it’s as good as everyone has said it is – and that’s a lot of people, so the effect is cumulative even – it doesn’t matter how much time, money or effort it takes. Finally, you too can join the all-knowing club. Satisfaction is imminent!

But when you, it falls flat. In fact, it falls so short of the hyped impression you had you wonder if you got the right one. No, the packet says it’s the right one, the core bits show it’s the right one, but…. oh dear. You’ve fallen into the hype trap!

In fact, it’s so bad, you’re now inclined to go back to those very people, the hyping majority, those overpowering sheep, and throw it right back at ’em. Argue! Disagree! Dispel the myth!

Find out if one of them has been lying about it themselves!

Blade Runner? That’s the one for me. Bah, silly waste of time.

6 Lists of 6 for ’06

6 Movies You Really Should Have Watched This Year

  1. Hoodwinked
  2. Casino Royale
  3. An Inconvenient Truth
  4. The Departed
  5. Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest
  6. Thank You For Smoking

(n.b. yet to see Babel but expect it to be most excellent)

6 Songs I Played Much Too Much

  1. Frou Frou – Let Go
  2. Youth Group – Forever Young
  3. Fort Minor – Cigarettes
  4. Pussycat Dolls – Don’t Cha
  5. Yoko Kanno – Christmas In the Silent Forest
  6. Hinouchi Emi – Crying

6 Women I Fell In Love With This Year

  1. That one I met right at the start
  2. The one I met kinda randomly and found we had much in common
  3. The one that’s “off-limits” (it’s complicated)
  4. The one I didn’t meet until just before she went back
  5. The one I slowly grew to like more & more
  6. Aishwarya Rai
    (it was London, she was beautiful, and… ah you had to be there)

6 Things That Made Me Smile This Year

  1. My sister getting 98.2. Damn she worked hard for it.
  2. Moving my stuff in to the Sydney house
  3. Turning up at work on that first day
  4. Getting that first paycheque. DAAAMN that felt good
  5. Getting on that plane to London
  6. Seeing a whole bunch of my friends at my 21st. Thanks again, y’all.

6 Things I Really Should Have Done This Year But Never Got Around To

  1. Properly redesign my site
  2. Remember birthdays… on time
  3. Signing up for the gym
  4. Finishing FFX
  5. Leaning how to play the guitar
  6. Making a 6th List of 6 for ’06

The MacBook Review

I got me a MacBook.

At dead on $2000, it’s the most expensive single purchase I’ve done yet. It’s the second most valuable thing I own. I cherish this baby. I’ve “donated” my desktop to the family, removing the need for the ye olde Pentium III that was their computing universe for the last seven years.

Yes yes but how does it feel?

At 13 inches diagonally, the widescreen is about the size of an A4 notebook, and clocks in at just over 2 kg, making it easily luggable. The glossy whiteness of it has been spoilt a little over the last fortnight by various fingers, but the look is slicker than an oily racetrack. This thing grabs attention when it’s opened – the whiteness marks it out as different to the batillion of corporate-clone silver and black Windows laptops out there. The cleverly glowing Apple logo helps for sure.

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