Thursday, August 03, 2006

Back to the Future

Before we get set for the weekend, I just want to give a quick mention to two of my new obsessions, both of which are somewhat related. Yes, kids – it’s snail-mail time!

The first is an online project called Postcrossing, and you can find it here. Basically you send and received postcards from random people across the world, which actually sounds like fun. You can send (and be sent) up to five cards at a time, and according to the site’s owner, it’s completely secure so that people can’t just look up your address, just for laughs.

The second is Pen Pal International. See, I told you these were related. In an attempt to write more letters and to receive something other than bills through the post, I’ve registered with this Pen Pal site. I registered on Tuesday, and I’ve already got a couple of e-mail responses (and none of them seem like nutters, which is nice). There’s quite a few of them out there, this just happened to be the first one that came up when I Googled ‘Pen Pal’. I didn’t want to get a bunch of twelve year olds, so I was initially going to enter ‘Adult Pen Pals’ but as we’ve all learned by now you take your life and decency in your hands when you enter the word ‘adult’ into a search engine.
Anyway, let’s move on to the important stuff.
Any thoughts on Heath Ledger as Joker in ‘The Dark Knight’? I’m actually in favour of it. I read an interview with Adam Brody a few months back in which he suggested Matthew Broderick, which led to several long conversations on the topic among my friends. Heath Ledger’s name wasn’t mentioned, but I think he can pull it off. If you forget the moody ‘Brokeback’ character and go back to… okay, he doesn’t smile much in any films, but there’s plenty of shots of him with a s-word eating grin, and if you imagine the white makeup on that, it does kind of work. Not my first choice (Christopher Eccleston or – and you’re either going to love this idea or hate it – Ryan Seacrest would top my list), but I still think he’ll work. Of course, I can’t shake the feeling that Jon Stewart would have made a good Lex Luthor, so what do I know?
I’m heading south for the long weekend. I’m going down to Cork to see my buddy Moll – who’s in danger of becoming an internet legend following this mention, as well as a mention in JB’s Blog here. Anyway, as I’ve mentioned many times before in this space, I love going to Cork, simply because it’s home to both the country’s best Mexican food and the country’s best comic-book store.
Random tangent – is it just me or has Dashboard Confessional become the official band of MySpace? Don’t get me wrong, I love ‘em – but when the site asked me to upgrade to Flash 9 this morning, it decided to entertain me by playing a Dashboard video while I waited. And they certainly get mentioned a lot, even allowing for the fact that they’re on my ‘Friends’ list (and as such I get all their bulletins). And why are they in the ‘Metal’ section in Virgin?
Yup, it’s official – I have too much time on my hands.
Anyway, if you want to find me over the weekend – tough. I have no idea where I’ll be. I don’t have any regular haunts in Cork – bar Café Mexicana and Other Realms, of course – so if you’re looking to see your favourite blogger drunk… I don’t know where he hangs out either.

I watched ‘A Town Called Eureka’ last night, in case you were wondering. It’s not bad. It’s not great, either – I can’t see it lasting more than one season, if even that long. It was a two-hour pilot, which I think was a problem, as it didn’t hold up for the full two hours. Kind of sad when a TV show peaks before the first episode is over, but there you go.
I’m still reading, watching and listening to the same stuff, by the way. That’s why the sidebar hasn’t changed.
I’m building up to a big post, incidentally. I just have to get these small ones out of my system first. I’m not going to promise how long, when it will happen or what the topic will be, but it’s coming.
Anyway, until next time…