I am a Golden God!

...No dress rehearsal, this is our life.

If you *really* wanted to screw me up, you should've gotten to me earlier.

Well, it's been a while! So then, in true LJ style, a Q&A
I am a Golden God!
puddingdan
1.What did you do in 2014 that you'd never done before?:
Went to Berlin. Moved to Exeter. Bought a sofa. Poked a badger with a spoon.

2. Did you keep your New Year's resolutions, and will you make more for next year?:
Bugger off, you just do what you and what you don't - you don't!

3. Did anyone close to you give birth?:
My older bro and his missus had a little 'un! Other people everywhere as well having those small things. We're good though, we're good.

4. Did anyone close to you die?:
Thankfully, no.

5. What countries did you visit?:
Germany.

6. What would you like to have in 2015 that you lacked in 2014?:
More money to pay off debt and live a little more and you know what, it might just happen.

7. What dates from 2014 will remain etched upon your memory, and why?:
Berlin was awesome. Loads of good stuff. Living.

8. What was your biggest achievement of the year?:
Sorting out BAFTA accreditation for our film site. Sorted.

9. What was your biggest failure?:
Still not saving.

10. Did you suffer illness or injury?:
Nope but I did (accidentally) break someone elses' wrist after they tried to save a shot of mine in 5-a-side. (!)

11. What was the best thing you bought?
I've got some stunning prints by Matt Ferguson, Kevin Tong, Mark Englert and Olly Moss. Which I LOVE.

12. Whose behaviour merited celebration?:
Everyone's.

13. Whose behaviour made you appalled and depressed?:
Happily no-one in my family or friends, who has that after your twenties?

14. Where did most of your money go?:
Living, traveling, nice things.

15. What did you get really, really, really excited about?:
Going on holiday, going to film premieres, new albums by favourite artists, seeing Danny Elfman, going to see Elbow for free, lots of lucky free events and prizes.

16. What songs will always remind you of 2014?:
London Grammar album.

17. Compared to this time last year, are you:

i) ...happier or sadder?:
Happier

ii) thinner or fatter?:
Same as always, medium build.

iii) richer or poorer?:
Same but maybe better soon. Hopefully.

18. What do you wish you'd done more of?:
Visiting places, not enough cake, going to local pubs.

19. What do you wish you'd done less of?:
Wasting money.

20. How will you be spending Christmas?:
Spent at my Mother's with all the family!

22. Did you fall in love in 2014?:
Already happily there.

23. How many one night stands?
None

24. What were your favourite TV programs?:
AGENTS of S.H.I.E.L.D, True Detective, The Fall, Homeland, Doctor Who

25. Do you hate anyone now that you didn't hate this time last year?:
Whaaa, hate is for children and even they don't know it's not real.

26. What was the best book you read?:
Gone Girl

27. What was your greatest musical discovery?:
EVER? Too many.

28. What did you want and get?:
Cool prints via talented artists.

29. What did you want and not get?:
One million dollars?

30. What was your favourite film of this year?:
Oooh - I didn't see enough so can't make a fair guess, Guardians of the Galaxy maybe but there will plenty of good ones.

31. What did you do on your birthday, and how old were you?:
Oh shit, 34. Played it cool, like a city-wise squirrel.

32. What one thing would have made your year immeasurably more satisfying?:
Huh?

33. How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2014?:
Smarter.

34. What kept you sane?:
Music, Film, Jennifer.

35.Which celebrity/public figure did you fancy the most?:
Hah, no idea. But Chris Pratt is awesome, as is Scarlett Johansson.

36. What political issue stirred you the most?:
I liked the ideas of Russell Brand but hated the fact because he's a comedian and talks a bit funny, every found it easier to take the piss instead of respond intelligently.

37. Who did you miss?:
Family when in London, and we still need a cat we haven't had yet.

38. Who was the best new person you met?:
I think I already knew most people before I moved, then a few folks like Martin Knight at my temp job I've now left is a good fella but I haven't really met many yet!

39. Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2014:
Patience. Trust. Risk taking.

40. Quote a song lyric that sums up your year:
Pass.

41. What was your favorite moment of the year?
So many! Being lifted after my final 5-a-side game, hanging out in Berlin with Jen during Germany's win over Portugal in the best atmosphere, going to endless free press screenings for review, settling down in Exeter with a proper sized flat, family Christmas, happy folk.

42. What was your least favourite moment of the year?
Being SO SICK after my leaving do.

43. Where were you when 2014 began?
London, Wimbledon

44. Who were you with?
Jen

45. Where will you be when 2014 ends?
Exeter, Devon

46. Who will you be with when 2014 ends?
Jen!

47. What was your favourite month of 2014?
Meh, all were good enough for me. I didn't like it when Jen left for Devon before me though in August, that was crappy.

48. Did you drink a lot of alchohol in 2014?
Yes.

49. Did you do a lot of drugs in 2014?
No.

50. How many people did you sleep with in 2014?


51. Did you do anything you are ashamed of this year?
Drunkness leaving do memory loss home. :p

52. What was the worst lie someone told you in 2014?
Hopefully none!

53. Did you treat somebody badly in 2014?
No

54. Did somebody treat you badly in 2014?
No

56. How much money did you spend in 2014?
WHAT IS THIS QUESTION?!

57. If you could go back in time to any moment of 2014 and change what?
Eat something before drinking.

58. What are your plans for 2015?
Well, changed jobs already so hoping that turns out okay! Hopefully travelling more once settled there and paying off debt.

My Top 5 Films of 2012, One Documentary Plus Two Of The Worst
puddingdan

THE DARK KNIGHT RISES

It’s hard to not include the finale to one of the greatest trilogies of recent times and I just can’t overlook it. Nolan’s work continued the themes of his previous two instalments with a clever, progressive narrative and drove itself down into the darkness and then rose emphatically like a phoenix in Batman-shaped flames. It was astonishing when Hathaway’s Cat took away Wayne’s cane and we all exploded internally when Hardy’s powerhouse Bane broke the Bat – the thing that just wasn’t going to happen – and then, oh then the recovery, the fight, the sheer emotion that led to make THE DARK KNIGHT RISES an absolute classic.

CABIN IN THE WOODS

Joss Whedon and Drew Goddard’s undervalued and, probably underestimated, 2012 masterstroke. Surely there was no other room for a horror-deconstruction –thriller-comedy? You’re all so very wrong, CABIN IN THE WOODS turned the genre on its head again, and with every trick in the book and a Unicorn. The best since SCREAM (1996) for invention, humour, terribly unfortunate deaths entwined with myths and legends coming to life all for the sake of…*spoilers!* Has to be seen to be believed.

PROMETHEUS

A surprise entry and in for all the right reasons as I divide the expectation of another Alien film and to be honest, who’d want another Alien anyway? I’ve included this because I’ve seen it now on every possible format from IMAX to a smart phone and it always looks glorious. Push it aside as a sci-fi epic  in its own right and it’s gigantic and something I think a modern viewer disregards too easily. Sure, there’s some bizarre plot devices and characters changing their entire persona within a few scenes (those bloody scientists) but what came first, the cliché or the invention of it through self-parody? It’s obviously not his masterpiece but it’s one of my favourites of the year and that scene with David in the Space Jockey room and the Map, oh my word. Beauty.

THE AVENGERS

Expectation, it’s a funny thing. I don’t think Joss Whedon could have created a braver, vibrant, expansive world for The Avengers and still hold all the essence of what you hoped would be in the final picture. With so many massive characters, there’s no way they could have screen time right? Absolutely wrong, as everyone is used perfectly and given enough space to show their own talents mixed effortlessly with that distinct charm of each individual role. Where we ever concerned? Not those who know Whedon’s ensemble casts and his endless love for the source material, it was the best thrill ride of the year and almost perfect. Puny worries? Gone.

SHAME

Yes, this was released in the UK in January which started my year and it hasn’t left my head since. Intense, heart breaking, visceral and revealing…even if I saw a little bit too much of Fassbender’s little Michael for my liking. His character Brandon was deeply flawed and destructive as he played out on screen a deep investigation (sorry) into sex addiction. The addition of Carey Mulligan’s Sissy was a revelation, a sprawling mess seeking help from the only person who couldn’t help, her also disconnected brother. It created unique tension, was incredibly affecting and includes one of the best tracking shots ever across New York.  A disturbing , yet compelling, portrayal about the absence of self-control.

Documentary: Marina Abramovic: The Artist Is Present

Never have I been moved, nor had my mind changed, so much about an art movement or a person with this documentary. It gives you all the truth and then the most important part, the reason behind doing something…which is often overlooked and missed with modern art. Marina’s unreserved focus and dedication to her art is almost religious in its nature but she’s cleverer that just a single movement, because she’s always testing, trying and inventing. It’s an experience I’ll never forget and I just wish I could have sat in that chair in this documentary, to feel that unforgiving emotion and connection of self would be truly captivating.

Worst of The Year

TOTAL RECALL

A totally and utterly terrible reboot. Farrell does his best amongst a total mess from Wiseman, he’s actually decent enough but when the cities around him are floating in the sky for no reason, you start to wonder straight away. It doesn’t make sense! Why make such an effort to say something isn’t homage and then make it exactly that? Why cast Cranston and hardly use him? Too much going on-screen becomes a poisoned vein of visual vomit with a lack of character depth, a lot of continual running out of stupid situations and even more rubbish that I chose to blank over, all-in-all a quite tragic experience.

TAKEN 2 is very closely behind and a wonderful example of how not to follow up a cult hit. Sure, TAKEN wasn’t rocket science but it was tight, snappy and potent whereas the sequel is an accidental self-parody that bobs just above the water line, waiting for anything to drown it. Why delve further into the character of Bryan Mills when we already know so much about him? He’s obviously very OCD, so is it necessary for any plot device to give us another crap-load of examples? TAKEN 2 is slow, confused and all a bit pointless so my final thought? Just watch TAKEN, twice. 


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Squirrel Loss
Confessions
puddingdan
Considering I've not made an entry for a stupidly long time, this will come as a very strange one indeed but...it needs to be written down, to exhume the loss of a random, wild squirrel.

This morning, on my walk to the Underground for the start of my commute, I noticed a squirrel far across on the other side of the road, on a pavement, dragging his legs a little. Now, I wasn't sure if he was injured but he looked scatty (it could have been that 'thing' dogs do) but this could have been because there were cars, people and general non-squirrel things. I was already running late, so I couldn't stop but it distressed me. So, off on my commute into London I went, worrying, feeling horrible about it.

When I got in tonight, I researched a little and it turns out he either fell, or was hit by a car or something as he was doing what he was doing, I still felt terrible. Not because I could have done anything but because work life took over a desire to help, and that's never nice.

I just went for the 20 minutes hike to where I saw him earlier and nothing now, so hopefully he's been laid to rest by someone who could stop. Plus, the grass where he was had been cut so...more evidence of possible outcome. I'm glad I went to look but I'm sad for the squirrel who passed today and most likely...because we live on their land as much as they live on ours.

This might be the most insane and aged entry ever but...I don't care, I'm a bit of a squirrel addict these days. Yes, in a bread-feeding way but it's Jen and I'd thing and it makes us happy. Small things.

I got home for the second time, found the squirrels outside our flat and fed 'em up. I feel better now. I haven't rambled like this for a bloody long time. I wonder if anyone else is still on LJ?

Good Evening!!
I am a Golden God!
puddingdan
Hello there LJ, this is a self-promotion update and I apologise in advance. ;-)

I've just got my book up on Amazon, HOORAH!

But I need a favour as I know a few of you on here bought it before, so thank you! This is a new version, updated and exactly as originally wanted it but I need some REVIEWS. Or thereabouts or a few positive words, anything would be massive helpful :)

Here's the LINK and also, thank you!!

Gracias and much love! ;-)

Dan

The Catalyst and Dublin Lost and Found
I am a Golden God!
puddingdan

You may all remember two little books I’ve made in the past few years WELL, I’ve now completely re-edited and re-launch both into the ether.

The Fourth Plinth book is now nearly A4 with full re-productions of the work from myself and the people who wrote with me back in August 2009, it looks amazing and a million miles bigger than expected, hehe!

There’s also a whole updated edit of my Dublin book. This book follows me for a month around Dublin, exploring the sites, people watching and delving into their history. The whole book makes a lot more sense now and I’m much happier with it, so much so I can leave it.

They’ve also both got ISBN’s now and the latter will be on Amazon, hopefully, within a month or two. I feel it’s something complete now that I can leave and feel it’s finished. Anyway, they can both be bought here:

http://www.lulu.com/spotlight/danb26

If you could also vote on them, that would be a big help but if you even feel the desire to buy a copy, please do!

That’ll be the last word on these…heh. Smile

Oh and new camera shots:

DSC00072 DSC00107 DSC00403

Happy, happy new camera!!! =) (Thanks to Jen) xx


Interviews
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puddingdan

Hello!

Not new job news I’m afraid, a quick report after an interview for the Olympics 2012 next year and more so in the hope for response of ‘ideas’. It’s a voluntary position, working just 10 days out of next year somewhere in London, probably directly people or similar and nothing too crazy but I just did the whole…ah why not! I also applied for MI5, got to some multi-question online thing but didn’t pass. Shucks. Here’s my band though:

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Anyway, back to the Olympics and my interview, it made me realise again WHERE I fail in this process. I need advice:

I’m always asked that dreaded ‘Give an example of when…’ today’s was ‘worked in a team’ or ‘solved a problem’ at work and my blankness on this question is simply because I work >> I have a problem >>> I solve it.

Interviewers appear to want you to re-call everytime you’ve solved a problem or worked with people and have a SPECIFIC EXAMPLE. Now, I know this is reasonable and part of the process but I’m amazingly rubbish at explaining when or whatever. Can anyone help/give examples/go to interviews as me with an earpiece?

Thanks, LJ!


The Change in Time
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puddingdan

Anyone else feel that hour forward, even if you’ve slept in or made it up somehow, makes everything a bit sleepy on the first day out?!

Granted, we’ve been for a bit of a walk today, it’s warm and sunny and I’ve had a giant jacket potato with king prawns. Aaah, suddenly it all makes sense!

We’re off to see Elbow on Tuesday night. Hoorah! Never done the O2 yet and I know that it takes about 23k, so it won’t be intimate but I think it will be bloody ace.

On another note, I’ve come to the conclusion that I’d rather work 4 days a week and have a life. However, I need to find a better paid job who’ll offer me just love and justification.

I’m guessing this is one of those rambling posts that haven’t frequented LJ for a while. Well then, so be it, I shall post you! =)


Why Can't I Own A Canadian?
Seriously?
puddingdan
 I've basically whored this article/letter around because I love what it stands for, the clip at the end which contemplates it and the happiness I have in being allowed to say I'm an atheist these days. You know my main reason, over religion and problems and so forth? That Science, completely on its own worth, is absolutely beautiful. Thanks to Jen for sharing this with me initially:

Why Can't I Own a Canadian?

October 2002

Dr. Laura Schlessinger is a radio personality who dispenses advice to people who call in to her radio show. Recently, she said that, as an observant Orthodox Jew, homosexuality is an abomination according to Leviticus 18:22 and cannot be condoned under any circumstance. The following is an open letter to Dr. Laura penned by a east coast resident, which was posted on the Internet. It's funny, as well as informative:

Dear Dr. Laura:

Thank you for doing so much to educate people regarding God's Law. I have learned a great deal from your show, and try to share that knowledge with as many people as I can. When someone tries to defend the homosexual lifestyle, for example, I simply remind them that Leviticus 18:22 clearly states it to be an abomination. End of debate. I do need some advice from you, however, regarding some of the other specific laws and how to follow them:

When I burn a bull on the altar as a sacrifice, I know it creates a pleasing odor for the Lord - Lev.1:9. The problem is my neighbors. They claim the odor is not pleasing to them. Should I smite them?

I would like to sell my daughter into slavery, as sanctioned in Exodus 21:7. In this day and age, what do you think would be a fair price for her?

I know that I am allowed no contact with a woman while she is in her period of menstrual uncleanliness - Lev.15:19- 24. The problem is, how do I tell? I have tried asking, but most women take offense.

Lev. 25:44 states that I may indeed possess slaves, both male and female, provided they are purchased from neighboring nations. A friend of mine claims that this applies to Mexicans, but not Canadians. Can you clarify? Why can't I own Canadians?

I have a neighbor who insists on working on the Sabbath. Exodus 35:2 clearly states he should be put to death. Am I morally obligated to kill him myself?

A friend of mine feels that even though eating shellfish is an abomination - Lev. 11:10, it is a lesser abomination than homosexuality. I don't agree. Can you settle this?

Lev. 21:20 states that I may not approach the altar of God if I have a defect in my sight. I have to admit that I wear reading glasses. Does my vision have to be 20/20, or is there some wiggle room here?

Most of my male friends get their hair trimmed, including the hair around their temples, even though this is expressly forbidden by Lev. 19:27. How should they die?

I know from Lev. 11:6-8 that touching the skin of a dead pig makes me unclean, but may I still play football if I wear gloves?

My uncle has a farm. He violates Lev. 19:19 by planting two different crops in the same field, as does his wife by wearing garments made of two different kinds of thread (cotton/polyester blend). He also tends to curse and blaspheme a lot. Is it really necessary that we go to all the trouble of getting the whole town together to stone them? - Lev.24:10-16. Couldn't we just burn them to death at a private family affair like we do with people who sleep with their in-laws? (Lev. 20:14)

I know you have studied these things extensively, so I am confident you can help. Thank you again for reminding us that God's word is eternal and unchanging.

Your devoted fan,
Jim

Note to Stumblers:

Some comments criticizing this piece indicate that it was "hijacked" from a West Wing episode. This is a chicken and egg argument in my opinion. I don't really know which came first, and frankly don't care. Below, for your enjoyment, is the clip in question.





Test Post!
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In order to make LJ more accessible to me, before the whole blinking adverts thing, I’ve set up a direct link on my Desktop via good ole Windows 7…oh yeah, on my new laptop! WooHoo!

Now then, if this is working…the whole blogging thing is lovely and fast….*hopes*


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