Fucking Åmål

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Fucking Åmål
I watched two movies this weekend which were very good and thought I would share them with you. The first movie I watched was Fucking Åmål. Its a Swedish movie with nothing to do about fucking so don’t let the title fool you. They mean fucking as a sign of frustration. Here is the plot summary from IMDB:

Åmål is a small insignificant town where nothing ever happens, where the latest trends are out of date when they get there. Young Elin has a bit of a bad reputation when it comes to guys, but the fact is that she has never done *it*. Another girl in her school, Agnes, is in love with her but is too shy to do anything about it. For different reasons, Elin ends up at Agnes’ birthday party as the only guest. They have a girl’s night out together but after that Elin desperately avoids Agnes, refusing to even consider her own homosexuality.

Fucking Åmål is one of the best movies I watched this year. There is no nudity, there is no violence, there is no sex and there are not hot Swedish blonds, but nevertheless it was a great movie to watch and it never felt slow or dull. The story was very well written and watching Agnes go from sad and lonely confused girl to a confident and happy lesbian was somehow exciting to watch. I guess the fact that she was Swedish AND lesbian could have made things more interesting but I think it had to do more with the fact that the movie is Swedish and so it was interesting to watch the lifestyle of their high school students. If this was an American movie I don’t think I would have enjoyed it as much. Anyway watch it if you can, I am giving it a 4.5 out of 5.

Ichi the Killer

ichi the killer

The second movie I watched was Koroshiya 1, (Ichi the Killer). I had had this movie on my wish list for over 2 years now and I was finally able to watch it. The reviews I had read about the movie said this was one of the most violent movies ever made and I have to agree with them. I don’t think I am going to go to Japan anytime soon after watching this movie since I no longer think of them as quiet polite people but more like psychotic violent killers (I am joking here don’t send me hate mail). Here is the plot summary from IMDB:

Yakuza boss Anjo disappears with three million yens. His loyal gang members, lead by the masochist Kakihara, start a search, but their aggressive and gory methods worry the other yakuza gangs. Kakiharas most scary counterpart is the mysterious Ichi, a psychopathic killer with a dark childhood secret, who is controlled by a retired cop.

If the site of blood makes you queasy, if torture scenes make you feel sick and if watching internal organs get splattered all over the wall makes you puke then I would not recommend you watch this movie. You will see allot of everything I just mentioned and more. The director Takashi Miike is one sick mother fucker and I think thats why his movies are so incredible and like nothing else out there. Quentin Tarantino’s movies look like a school girl dressed in pink carrying a Hello Kitty backpack when compared to Takashi’s movies. The torture scenes are extremely gruesome and even if you cover up your eyes theres no escape since the sound is just as horrifying. Ichi the Killer with all the violence and blood had a good plot and the star, Ichi is just really fucked in the head. The whole movie was fucked in the head and thats why I couldn’t take my eyes off the screen for a single moment. It took me a while to get a hold of this movie but I am really glad I was able to since it was really worth watching. I am soo watching more of Takashi’s movies now..


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Update on my iBook

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ibook clamshell osx

Last month I purchased an old 300mhz Apple clamshell iBook. It had 32MB of RAM and was running OS 9.2 slowly. So I ordered a Kingston 256MB RAM stick for my iBook and it arrived earlier in the week. The first thing I did once I installed it was to replace OS 9.2 with Linux. The reason simply was I needed to be able to browse on the iBook and Firefox wasn’t available for OS 9.2 and I had heard OS X would run very slow on my Mac. So Linux was my only option and after over 1 hour of installing the OS I tried it out and was very disappointed. Although it was very responsive and it did have Firefox, I wasn’t very comfortable using it and I decided to give OS X a shot. If OS X turned out to be very slow then I would come back to Linux as my last option.

I formated the drives and proceeded to install Panther (OS 10.3) onto my ibook. Installation was brisk and in less then 30 minutes it was done installing and rebooting. When the OS launched again I played around with it a bit and I was shocked. Panther was pretty responsive and very very usable. It was not slow, there was no lag and I wasn’t even bothered by the 800×600 screen resolution. I was simply amazed at how well everything was running. I quickly copied Firefox and Adium from my main mac at home and proceeded to set things up importing my bookmarks and setting up my system preferences, everything ran extremely smooth and I even managed to install OS 9.2 in case I ever needed it.

After a week of using my iBook it has finally become my main Internet browsing portal. I am getting online from my living room while watching TV and I am really enjoying it. Sure I could be surfing from the living room with Nat’s powerbook but its not mine and even when I setup my own account on her powerbook it still always felt as if I was using HER powerbook. My previous Internet portal in the living room was my Audrey and I think I will have to find another place for it (maybe the bathroom) since because of my iBook I am no longer using it. This iBook is mine and I feel right at home with it… until the next generation of iBooks get released. So far its great and I even am posting from it right now. So in conclusion a Mac capable of running OSX smoothly cost me KD25 ($85) for the iBook and KD12 ($40) for the RAM. Unbelievable fucking cheap!


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Michael Jackson uses ladies bathroom in UAE

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So he is not gay? [Link]


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My Holga

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holga 120n

I finally got my Holga camera yesterday and it feels as cheap as I was expecting it to be. For a $20 medium format camera I wasn’t expecting it to be anything more. My Holga is a 120N which is the latest version of the Holga and has a number of features and improvements over the older 120S . Bulb mode and two aperture settings, sunny and cloudy (f11 and f8) are the most important new features for me. The packaging it arrived in was equally as cheap which was very fitting. The whole camera feels like a Burger King kids meal giveaway. Once I got the camera I went and purchased black & white medium format film. It cost me 750fils (like $2.5) and I can take 12 shots with it if I shoot my pictures in 6x6cm format or 16 shots if I shoot at 6×4.5cm. I chose black & white randomly just to see how the outcome would be. I started taking pictures today and once I have them developed I will post the pictures here. For now you can check out pictures of the camera below.

Holga Front Shot
Holga Back Shot
Holga Box
Holga with iPod Video


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Intel-iBook Debut in January

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I hope this article is accurate, I would definitely be the first in line to get a $699 iBook. [Link] link fixed


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Attractive Guy Will Fix Computers for Sexual Favors

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In-shape, good-looking, and very well quailifed guy will fix your computer. What you offer in return is strictly up to you. Just tell me what problem you are having, and what you are offering as compensation and I will get back to you. No offer is ignored. THIS OFFER IS FOR FEMALES ONLY!!! I will fix a computer for another guy, but for CASH ONLY. E-mail me for more details. [Craigslist]

Update: Meet the IT Gigolo! [Link]


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iStumbler

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Bored of MacStumbler? Try iStumbler!


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Arrested Development on Amazon

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arrested development

Amazon.com have an excellent deal at the moment. You can get Season 1 and 2 of Arrested Development for only $31.94. Add both seasons to your cart for the offer to activate. [Season 1] [Season 2]


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KD5 to Beirut

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jazeera

In case you haven’t heard, Jazeera Airways has an amazing offer, for the next 3 days you can purchase tickets to any of their 5 destinations for a price of KD5 (one way). I calculated a 2-way ticket to Lebanon including all the taxes and the total amount came to KD32 ($109) which is like wayyyy cheaper then anything else. It’s even cheaper then taking the bus or your own car. I tried to find the offer on their website but its not there, you can only see the price when you are trying to book. My friend recently travelled with them and he was very satisfied. [Link]


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Don’t they learn?

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Shuwaikh is flooded because of the heavy rain today morning, at least the area behind City Center. I was there today morning in the Wrangler and the main road and all the back streets were flooded in knee deep water… and even deeper in some places. Doesn’t this happen every year? Why haven’t they fixed the drainage system there?


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