2008-09-09

Shirley that's not Shirley

Warning: herein lie spoilers!

Somewhat surprised to see Shirley Manson, Scottish lead singer of rock band Garbage show up in the second season premier of Fox's Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles last night. Bit of a "holy crap, that's Shirley Manson" double take when the scene opened on her as an evil CEO who actually turns out to be a T-1000 model terminator (T-1000 is the gloopy, liquid metal model that Robert Patrick played so well in Terminator 2) hell bent on bringing about the Rise of the Machines.

Haven't quite figured out yet whether she's a good actor or not... She certainly came across as kind of cold, dominating, fearsome, and a little stiff. At first, I thought her acting was a bit iffy, but the reveal that she's actually a T-1000 sort of changed my perception a bit.

Was really nice hearing a genuine Scottish accent on US network television too. Scottish actors don't get to play the Bad Guy (or Lass) in TV sci fi nearly often enough. Witness the saccharinely well behaved Carson Beckett from Stargate Atlantis (Paul McGillion's accent is also faaar from genuine, probably on account of the fact that he moved to Canada when he was 2)

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2008-09-08

Nooglerization done (but is it ever, I wonder... ;) )

My first two weeks are over, now I'm taking a quick bout of unpaid leave to take Cindy to Paris and Barcelona. She's never been to europe - and even though I'm from Europe, it's a big place and I've never really spent much time in those two cities. We're also going to spend some time with my parents in the south east of Spain.

Cindy swears that I've put on weight in the mere two weeks since I joined google on account of the free food. This is an assertion which I stringently deny, alas to no avail. I try to convince myself that all of the cycling between buildings (or walking in the fairly regular no-available-bikes scenario) is burning off enough calories to make up for the additional input. I may or may not be kidding myself.

I've been using the convenient excuse that, since it takes some period of time after initial employment before registering for the gym is possible, working out and getting rid of the extra pounds is something I can put off until after our vacation.

Anyhow, looking forward to taking a break, and then getting down to some serious geekyness (er.. geekery?) when I get back. I haven't written code for a while, and my fingers are getting twitchy.

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