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I [heart] Davids · Celebs


Christopher Eccleston, David Tennant, Simon Pegg, Nick Turpin,

So, on my flight home I intended to get in about 6 solid hours of HP Book 7. That didn’t happen, due to my interesting seat neighbor.

Nick is a professional photographer who splits his time between London, France, and wherever the jobs take him. He’s got an unique outlook on life and seems to both send and receive information from a different perspective. I certainly didn’t mind that he stole my Harry time from me.

His hobbies are quite varied and he makes for an interesting conversationalist. (Plus, he’s met David Bowie. It’s like I’m that much closer to living my dream.) He didn’t make too many enquiries into my life, which I hold as the most important skill of any talented conversationalist, but I think that was probably appropriate, seeing as how we were perfect strangers and it could be construed as creepy to do so. He was a perfect gentleman, even letting me eat off his plate. It was really a lovely trip.

I have rudely stolen two images from his site to post here. I strongly encourage you to check all of them out yourself. You will appreciate his sense of humor, I think. Also, give his iN-PUBLiC street photography website a look.

(Note: If you are on low bandwith and/or your monitor resolution is at or lower than 1024 x 768, find another computer for your visit to Nick’s site.)

A Camera in the Tate: An exploration of the relationship between people and art at London’s Tate Gallery.


Trading Life: Street photography from the Financial District of London.  


Dave and I have been playing catch-up recently, trying to see some movies while they were still in the theatres.

So, here’s what we’ve seen recently.

300 – Lovely cinematography and plenty of eye candy, though I have to admit that Gerald Butler’s Scottish accent was quite peculiar. I enjoyed the modern soundtrack and the action scenes were entertaining, but some of the creepy creatures were just too creepy. Oh, I also totally called that they filmed the Oracle scene under water – yay for me! Did I mention that there is a lot of nudity in this film? Lots.

Hot Fuzz – Another brilliant Simon Pegg movie! I love love love Simon Pegg, who I first saw in Shaun of the Dead. I’ve seen Shaun of the Dead 4 times now, including the Zomb-o-meter version and the director’s commentary. If you haven’t seen it, rent it now! Hot Fuzz pairs Simon Pegg with his buddy Nick Frost once again. The action is terrific, the story never slows down, and the jokes don’t stop. It’s currently playing at the second-run Carmike theatre on Blue Ridge Road.

Transformers – More than meets the eye!! This movie is awesome! Really, really wonderful. Go see it now!! I sat with my knees pulled up to my chest the whole time – there’s not a minute of relaxing in this fast-paced, adrenline-packed movie. Shia LaBeouf did a great job, but what kind of funny name is that? I also found myself feeling a dramatic surge of patriotism and pride watching all the arms of the military responding with lightnight speed and courage to the situations that were thrust upon them. Silly, I know, but that’s just who I am. *shrug*

Silver Surfer – Not as bad as the first Fantastic Four movie, but not great by any means. I was never a fan of the comic so I wasn’t put off by how much they changed Galactus for the movie. Jessica Alba continued to look plastic with her Sims hair, freaky fake contacts and goofy blue eyeshadow. Ioan Gruffudd (pronounced YO-an GRIFF-ith) is pretty cute though they didn’t give him enough gray at the temples. The Silver Surfer himself was pretty cool.

Harry Potter – We’re going to see it today!! Here’s Cristin’s review.

“You stupid, stupid people. I’ve seen what you’ve done. It’s finally happened.” He raises his arms to the sky and screams. “Heaven is empty, and Hell is bursting at the seams!”

Does that sound like Doctor Who or what? I mean, he points to things with his hands in his pockets – how Doctor Who can you get?
But, it’s not. It’s Steven Baxter from The Second Coming.

Here is his big-big speech, with a little editorial spirit, copied off this site (many thanks to Jacob!):

“You are becoming Gods. There’s a new master of creation, and it’s you. You’ve unraveled DNA, you’re five years away from building your own people…and at the same time, you’re cultivating bacteria strong enough to kill every living thing. D’you think you’re ready for that much power? You lot? Heh. You lot? You cheeky bastards.”
The TV goes off, and a blond hooligan kid laughs with Pete about Steve swearing on BBC at 2 in the afternoon. They switch it to ITV, which I guess is less afraid of Steven Baxter than the BBC is. That’s hilarious!
He continues: “You’re running around science like kids with guns. Creating a new world while the world you got is…” He says something gutteral I can’t get at, and begs them to put a hand up: “Hands up anyone who thinks you’ve got it right!” One hand goes up, and he laughs (“There’s always one”), and points to the guy. “I can see you,” he says, and reaches out. The way he says it is heartbreaking.
“If you want the position of God, then accept the responsibility.” Close-up on the sad face of Steve. “And I’m like you; I’ve been you. Knowing it’s all gone wrong, and doing nothing about it, keeping me head down, giving a quid to charity, signing a petition. Talking about it down at the pub. Laughing about it and doing nothing.” Pan across the disciples, at the pub. Knowing he’s right. We know he’s right. I get all in a twist about the liberal polemics, but you know he’s right.
“Even now. Right now I wanna do nothing. I wanna go home, shut the door, and pretend this isn’t happening. But I can’t. I can’t, because I was born the Son of God. And the Son of God came once before, and gave you a Testament. And you ignored it.” Actually, we jimmied around with it for 2000 years like a Frankenfood, but I know what you mean. Steve smiles out at them.
“This time there’ll be a Third Testament. A new foundation for the way you live your lives. And the Third Testament will be written by you. You’ve got five days. In five days, the Third Testament will be delivered to me, and we start again. Every country, every religion… starts again.” Chris Eccleston is a fucking awesome actor. I can’t imagine a speech more offensive, and you buy it. (But then, your definition of “offensive” gets to be a little bendy as we go on, doesn’t it?)
Steve turns away, winded, and downloads the epilogue: “And don’t argue.” Dave stares up at the screen, in the pub. “All you Christians out there, don’t go ’round saying you were right…” — Fiona stares — ” …And everybody else was wrong. Forget all that, all those divisions…” Judith and Peter staring up. “All that history, all that bollocks. Forget it, it’s gone. Forgotten. It’s starting again from scratch right now, because you’ve got to. I’ve seen it.” That’s all God ever offered — the opportunity to drop the fight. Zoom in on the TV. “You stupid, stupid people. I’ve seen what you’ve done. It’s finally happened.” He raises his arms to the sky and screams. “Heaven is empty, and Hell is bursting at the seams!”

It’s a good flick. I’d recommend it.

How interesting. I’ve just started watching The Second Coming. The character Eccleston plays is very similar to the character he plays in Doctor Who – can you say God complex? He even says the same thing “You humans! [Insert compliment, then insult here].” Interestingly enough, The Second Coming was written by Russell T. Davies, who wrote many Doctor Who episodes.

It turns out it was a made-for-TV miniseries, so I got through Part 1 last night and hope to finish the rest tonight.

This evening I watched a Season 1 episode of Doctor Who. It seemed so foreign to have Christopher Eccleston play the doctor!! I guess that means I really took to David Tennant – he is a fabulous doctor!

Speaking of Christopher Eccleston, tonight I’m finally sitting down to watch The Second Coming. I put all of the Christopher Eccleston movies I could find on my Netflix queue. Here’s what I’ve seen so far:

Now, back to the movie!

Doctor Who?

So, first Christopher Eccleston left, and as I sit here watching the final episode of Season 2, it looks like Rose will be killed off. I am so surprised how much I liked Billie Piper – she’s adorable and really a perfect fit for this role. I was getting to like the new doctor (David Tennant) and not hate him for not being Eccleston. And what’s up with the Doctor, anyway? From the previews for Season 3, it looks like he gets a new sidekick instantly – doesn’t he take any time to mourn? Bastard. [Okay, so it’s not his fault and he does seem pretty sad to see Rose go.]

Will there be any reason to continue watching Season 3?
Wow! Ed Beals commented on my blog. I haven’t been this excited since Simon Prebble didn’t comment on my blog!

Don’t know who Ed Beals is? You should!

I fell in love with Ed, or more accurately, with Plickey + Muto, about 6 years ago. I discovered the Plickey + Muto videos killing time when I worked at Microsoft. I laughed, I cried; I was definitely in love. Muto is just so sweet. He’s loyal and sensitive. When he sighs, I just about lose it – I want to reach out and pet him, offer him comfort. Not bad for a pair of antique surgical scissors.

My friend Adam got me the boxer shorts off CafePress and I made a CD with the SWF files I downloaded off the web. I made one copy for me and one for my friend Adam. Ed, I hope you don’t mind! I just needed to be able to watch the videos whenever I wanted. [Speaking of, the links from your page don’t actually seem to link to the vids, or I’m doing something wrong.]
And here’s our own Plickey and Muto. They’ve been in the family for about as long. That’s Plickey on the left.

"Eww," and "No."

I couldn’t even post the picture.