Archive for February, 2009

New Transformers trailer on YouTube

I posted to Twitter
the other day that the trailer for the new Transformers film was a bit
lacklustre (or words to that effect). When the trailer for the first film came
out, I was very excited. After all, I’m an 80s child and they were HUGE back
then (if anyone asks, Bumblebee was blatently my favourite. The VW Beetle
version, not the Chevy one).

But the trailer for the new one (see below) doesn’t excite me in the
slightest. Sure, I’ll go and see it, but I’m really hoping the full length
film is a whole lot better than the trailer says it is.

As usual make sure you click to see the High-Res version, but see for
yourself. As for me, I’m not holding my breath.

The Death of a Friend

Taken from here:

Today we mourn the passing of a beloved old friend, Common Sense, who has
been with us for many years. No one knows for sure how old he was, since his
birth records were long ago lost in bureaucratic red tape. He will be
remembered as having cultivated such valuable lessons as: Knowing wen to come
in out of the rain; Why the early bird gets the worm; Life isn’t always fair;
and maybe it was my fault.

Common Sense lived by simple, sound financial policies (don’t spend more than
you can earn) and reliable strategies (adults, not children, are in charge).

His health began to deteriorate rapidly when well-intentioned but overbearing
regulations were set in place. Reports of a 6-year-old boy charged with sexual
harassment for kissing a classmate; teens suspended from school for using
mouthwash after lunch; and a teacher fired for reprimanding an unruly student,
only worsened his condition.

Common Sense lost ground when parents attacked teachers for doing the job that
they themselves had failed to do in disciplining their unruly children.

It declined even further when schools were required to get parental consent to
administer sun lotion or an Aspirin to a student; but could not inform parents
when a student became pregnant and wanted to have an abortion.

Common Sense lost the will to live as the churches became businesses; and
criminals received better treatment than their victims.

Common Sense took a beating when you couldn’t defend yourself from a burglar
in your own home and the burglar could sue you for assault.

Common Sense finally gave up the will to live, after a woman failed to realize
that a steaming cup of coffee was hot. She spilled a little in her lap, and
was promptly awarded a huge settlement.

Common Sense was preceded in death, by his parents, Truth and Trust, by his
wife, Discretion, by his daughter, Responsibility, and by his son, Reason.

He is survived by his 4 stepbrothers; I Know My Rights I Want It Now Someone
Else Is To Blame I’m A Victim

Not many attended his funeral because so few realized he was gone. If you
still remember him, pass this on. If not, join the majority and do nothing.

I am not a booking agent

Today I received what has to be one of the most random emails ever. It wasn’t
spam in the sense that it was offering me viagra or something along those
lines, but it was spam in the sense that I haven’t signed up to any lists that
should send me this kind of thing.

I’ve posted the email at the bottom of this post, but basically it was an
email that was sent out advertising “celebrities” (and when you read the email
you’ll see why I put the quotes in) that will come and do “performances”
(known in the industry as “PAs”).

Now, let me explain why this is random. I am not a booking agent. For
anywhere. I work part time in a students’ union
nightclub but I definately don’t work on the events
team. So how they even got my email address I have no idea as the one it got
sent to has nothing to do with that place.

So if there are any PR companies out there who are trying to get their
“celebrity” acts on stage, please do not email me. Ever. There is no point.
Especially if you’re trying to market them by the fact that they are cheap.
Because that would make me want to book them even less.

Here’s the email I got sent:

Dear All

With the credit crunch amongst us, its always good to know that some acts wont
exactly break the bank, but will still be a great attraction for your
customers! Some of the acts that I am putting out for £1000 or less are
listed below! Let me know if any of these take your interest and I can give
you more details!

SKINS – THOMAS/NAOMI Thomas or Naomi from the hit TV show ‘Skins’ are available on their own for a personal appearance within this price bracket! The show is proving such a hit this year on E4 that it will be debuting on Channel 4 very shortly!! The perfect student PA!
SHIPWRECKED Available in a variety of groups, Shipwrecked is still a massive draw, pulling in the viewers every Sunday on T4 and repeated on the Saturday. A perfect PA for students and under 18’s and is one of our most popular PA’s.
SCOTT ROBINSON – 5IVE GREATEST HITS SET He came third on Celebrity Scissorhands, was one fifth of the massive 5IVE, and is available to sing all their Greatest hits plus a meet & greet. A huge attraction who is constantly rebooked! Will sing all the hits including the number one singles ‘Keep on Moving’ and ‘If ya Getting down’.
BRADLEY MCINTOSH – SCLUB 7 JO OMEARA – SCLUB 7 Both S Club 7 stars are available for solo shows consiting of original material & S Club numbers. Following the success of S Club 3, their profile is currently sky high!
CHRIS BROOKS/DES PAUL – CAPITAL FM Both Chris Brooks & Des Paul from Londons prestigious Capital FM are available for DJ sets either together or solely. A perfect addition for any London nightclub or surrounding suburb.
ACTS UNDER £300 I have a selection of high quality girlbands and solo acts available for promo fees, for more information please ask!
Many Thanks

Matt Wynter

New Tattoo

As I wrote in my last post, I’ve just got a new tattoo. The design is one I’ve
wanted to get done for about 5 or 6 years, so to finally have it done is a
real milestone for me.

It was originally going to be my first tattoo, but I chickened out and got a
smaller one instead. However, I’ve finally got it done and am very happy with
the result. It’s still going through its manky scabby stage (sounds worse than
it actually is) but the photos that I’ve taken so far can be found in this
set on Flickr
.

If anyone is curious, I got it done at Jon Nott Custom
Tattoos
up Manor Road in Guildford
by Aimée Lou.

New Years’ Resolutions – an Update

Ok, I’d like to draw your eye back to my post on my New Years’
Resolutions
that I posted at the beginning of last month. If you haven’t
read it yet feel free to… I’ll wait….

Ok, done? Right. Well, I’m very pleased to say that I’ve started one of them,
and completed another! So, my list now looks like the following:

  1. Start an LLB with the OU – not for any career purposes. I just want to do. It’s only part time so it will take a good 5-6 years to do.
  2. Start work on one of my start-up ideas – I have a few at the moment but don’t seem to have time to sit down and make a start on any of them. That’s going to change!
  3. Actively search down more freelance work – this has been pretty static over the past few years, but I’d like to get back into it. I’ve got a couple of things in the pipeline which should come to fruition soon.
  4. One more – try to hunt down (through Google cache and the way back machine) some of the old posts that were deleted by the crappy people at Netbunch (I would link through to them, but it seems the domain name is up for sale. Funny that)
  5. And another – That tattoo I want of the dragon? Yup I’m going to get it done this year (hopefully sooner rather than later) – I’ve taken a couple of photos, but haven’t got around to uploading them yet.
    I’ve kind of started number 1. I have at least pre-registered for my first
    module. So although I’ve not officially started, I’ve at least got the ball
    rolling.