Wednesday, December 03, 2003

Screw you, CNN
CNN reports.... WELLINGTON, New Zealand (Reuters) - "Thousands of ecstatic fans cheered "The Lord of the Rings" at the world premiere of the final installment of the award-winning movie trilogy."
How did 100,000 people on the streets of Wellington become thousands? Oh hang on, its from Reuters. Oh. Misplaced rage.

I went out to buy the new Missy Elliot album yesterday - official release date in NZ was Nov 28, out overseas on Nov 24, and do you think I could find it? No. Oh, the inhumanity.

And some more reasons NOT to eat McDonalds (like you need em), from the forums at Of special interest to Akld fast food addicts.

"Grey Lynn McDees...
They suck!!!! We got escorted by the police out of the drive-thru cos we wouldn't leave because they overcharged us and didn't give us one of our combo's!! fuckers..........
Anyone else had fast food drama's?"

Another poster responds....
"is grey lynn maccas the one on gt north rd?
if it is...last weekend my friend and his g/f went there for a feed, come back here and realised theyd left their bag there (the bag had like 4 weeks rent in cash in it) so anyways they go back to get the bag and the first employee they talk with describes my friends bag to her and goes to get it...then another employee comes out and says they dont have it.

Bullshit went on for like an hour or so (she got told other tales such as someone else claimed the bag) so our friend rings us and a carload of us threaten to lock all the doors block off the driveway untill the bag is given to us...and whaddaya know they come out with the bag in like 2 minutes...even after all that the managers were not at all apologetic and acted all smug so i showed my digust by spitting all over their window....oh long winded ass story "

and another...
"My mates girlfriend got a cheeseburger combo and it was cold so she took it back to the counter and said it was cold. The girl behind the counter goes 'it's not' this goes on for a little while till the manager comes over , he takes a fucking bite of the burger and then says 'it's not cold' and gives it back to her. She wrote a letter or 5 and ended up with a truck load of mcdonalds vouchers. "

Convinced? What, you STILL want to eat that crap? Good luck to you and your stomach. And then I found this gem....

Dictionary Definition of 'McJob' is Slap in Face, says Angry Burger Boss
10/11/03 . By Rupert Cornwell . The Independent . UK

Poor old McDonald's. Just as the world's largest fast-food chain is trying to spruce up its image (and its profits) it has been dealt another blow - this time lexicographic.
Welcome to the world of "McJobs", defined by the latest Merriam-Webster's Collegiate Dictionary as "low paying and dead-end work". The entry is one of 10,000 additions to the latest version of the dictionary.
McDonald's is furious. Jim Cantalupo, the company's chief executive says in an open letter sent to US news organizations, that it is "an inaccurate description of restaurant employment" and a "slap in the face to the 12 million men and women" who work in the restaurant industry.
As is often the way in America, the lawyers may shortly be involved. A McDonald's spokesman said the word "McJob" closely resembles McJobs, the company's training program for handicapped people. "McJobs is trademarked, and we've notified them that legally that's an issue for us as well," he added.

Read more great stories like this one at

Tuesday, December 02, 2003

Lost without the autocue.
One conclusion that I came to after watching the Lord Of The Rings premiere coverage on TV One and TV3 - star-struck tv reporters come out with the most banal comments when they don't have a script to follow. The poor wee things are lost without an autocue. There's Paul Holmes down on the red carpet, interviewing the stars, and one of them walks up. Paul says into his microphone "Who's this?" Someone tells him on-camera 'It's Hugo Weaving', and then he starts interviewing him. Meanwhile there's Kate Hawkesby and her amazing cleavage. Who knew? Maybe she rented it for the night.
Over on TV3, John Cambell was his excitable self, telling us "a few moments ago Sir Ian Mckellan was introduced by Peter Jackson, and he thanked the men of Wellington". Now why couldn't we have seen that? And the pressing question - did he thank them all by name?
TV3 also gave us ace reporter Whena Owen, who has followed the previous premieres, both here and overseas. She filed a report covering the leadup to monday nights event. And yet, when faced with Viggo Mortensen on the red carpet, her best question was this stinker - "Viggo, you're a bit of a sex symbol now." Hang on, that's not a question, it's a statement. What was she thinking? Viggo was very humble, shrugged it off, said something about just enjoying the work, etc.
Every second word uttered was either 'wonderful' or 'fantastic'. By the stars or the reporters. Its hard not to be bemused by the hype surrounding the film. Just have to go and see it for myself, I guess.
BFM's Damien Christie managed to blag a pass, and decided to get drunk at 8 in the morning, to avoid being legally responsible when signing the offical press waiver. That's dedication for you.

December 1st was not only big movie day (as we emerge as a nation from post-world cup gloom - which reminds me, how did some All Blacks manage to get tickets to the premiere? Pity?), but also World Aids Day. 8,000 people die every day from Aids, and 40 million people now have the disease.

and something to cheer you up, from The Joint, on Chch's Radio RDU....
"The Man From G.A.L.A.X.Y. appearing on the show today he was able to tell us the worst joke of 2003:
Q: How many MCs does it take to change a lightbulb?
A: Not many, if any..."

Monday, December 01, 2003

The good, the bad and the ugly.
"We were expecting Nicholas Cage or Shania Twain". US Army soldier at thanksgiving dinner in Baghdad, on Bush's unannounced appearance at dinner. Bummer, dude.
Bush managed 2 and a half hours in Baghdad; Hilary Clinton flew in the following day and spent two days in Iraq.

Last drinks ....
The Muse Lounge has gone out of business. Kinda sad, really. I've enjoyed reading Chad's musings on writing, music, life, and related ephemera. I'm not surprised that he's found blogging too distracting from his own writing - William Gibson called it a day on his blog earlier this year for similar reasons. He also notes that the tone of our local media has become ear-splittingly shrill in recent months. To my ears its been like that for the last year. Its one hell of a painful noise to try and block out on an ongoing basis. But what can you do?
UPDATE ... and now Debra Daley announces she's closing up shop too. Sad.