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Well, I went to see Adrian's (smallbeasts) newly-extended house at the weekend. Even half-finished, it's awe inspiring. Also awe-inspiring was that I still had a headache from the night before when I got there at 6-something. As usual, though, I felt elated the following morning. I am refreshed, I am reborn, all that jazz. Working on making that into more of a reality but still things continue looming. Ho hum. Other highlights of the weekend included putting up a mirror without destroying the plaster in the bathroom, repairing an auction house piano stool (finally, a sprung chair for my long drawing board stints!) gifted me by geroge and realising that bookshop manager Jen can recognise the noise I make when I find a potentially valuable book from the next room, even though it's not a very loud noise and there's always plenty of chaos going on in the back room.

Lowlights included a great deal of brooding and seeing Broken Flowers. Which was terribly boring. Oh, and don't be fooled by the fact that Tilda Swinton is in it, she's only onscreen for about 3.2s and while I might feel that's enough Tilda to justify a cinema visit, your mileage may vary.

Oh, damiancugley, you wondered if the robots in the new Beck video could possibly be real? You bet your pants they are -- they're the four prototype QRIOs, performing a programmed dance routine.


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9th Jan, 2006 14:24 (UTC)
What noise do you make? As a rabid book fan myself I'm intrigued, I may have to be more self aware next time I'm in a bookshop. I could be making all sorts of noises!
9th Jan, 2006 15:14 (UTC)
somewhere between an oh and a hmmm, I think. But you never really know what you sound like ...
9th Jan, 2006 20:10 (UTC)
I imagine I make very similar noises while record shopping; I know the kind of noise you mean.

I've become rather a Jarmusch-skeptic in recent years, after seeing plenty of his films that are very pretty and have a few nice moments, but are by and large very slow and rather boring. I shall be doubly wary of Broken Flowers now.
9th Jan, 2006 15:10 (UTC)
Got a devil's wardrobe in my house
Apocryfact: Beck is actually an appalling dresser, and has to have outfits chosen for him and practically stapled to him by a stylist who's au fait with the dress-code of the genre he's currently pulling the legs off. I can't comment on his ability to train robots to dance, though, although Beercan certainly makes me feel funky. Oh, my goodness.

Is Guero any good?
9th Jan, 2006 15:19 (UTC)
it wasn't Beck training the robots to dance, but their programmers -- they actually look very graceful and groovy! (Damian's comment: "boy bands are now obsolete!")

Can't speak for the rest of the album but "Hell Yes" is alright. How are you guys doing, anyway? I've not seen you in an age ...
11th Jan, 2006 09:36 (UTC)
I assume you've seen Ms Swinton in Young Adam?

Saw a video of the dancing robots last autumn. Very impressive.
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