The Universe and Me

Saturday, March 23, 2013

An Idiot Abroad Season 1

Some of  my favorite lines from Karl (and Ricky and Steve)'s series where Karl visits the seven wonders of the world and whines:

  • They wreck everything. They make everything weird. 
  • He's scared to go to China in case he gets a taste for toad.
  • Their alphabet is like someone testing out a biro.
  • Everything we've gone, the did it weirder. 
  • Everything's sort of hazy, like some Kate Bush video.
  • I don't think I've ever felt this lost, even in Wales. 
  • Was that a masssage or was I just mugged?
  • Where's the line between food and insect?
  • Just the weirdness of China, that tires you out on its own.
  • This ain't a place where they need an iPod.
  • It goes on for miles over hills. So does the M6 and that does a job.
  • It's not the Great Wall. It's an alright wall.
  • I've never said to you, "I'll have a bit of toad."
  • You don't normally have to have a fire extinguisher on standby when you're having a massage.
  • I'm not going on a camel again.
  • I didn't come here for a Latin lesson.
  • What do you put down as an address? The Cave? 
  • My eyes have never been so busy.
  • They just overload the bike so much that you just think "get a van."
  • I'm getting bills for Karl Pilkington so I hope I'm him."
  • I think I've seen a fish with three heads.
  • I'm not gonna use a pyramid.
  • Chocolate eggs, that's what Easter is. Take the eggs away, it's Friday.
  • Why have we got a day for pancakes?
  • It's like everyone's daring each other to do something stupid.
  • You don't get that fat from wasp larvae.
  • I'm half tempted to fall over, like that woman, get a lift home.
  • It's like something out of Planet of the Apes.
  • It's like a game of jenga that's got out of hand.
  • Is it normal to have sweaty ears?
  • Me ears haven't stopped since I've been here.
  • I've never watched Tarzan and thought I'd love to go there on holiday. 
  • It's a hard life to be a stick insect.
  • No matter where you live, there's a nutter.

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Cold as ice to me

One of the times I visited Niagara Falls, the American side was nearly frozen over. I took a photograph of it but don't know where that is now. The weird part was that it was the beginning of May. While I don't remember that winter and spring being exceptionally cold, I do remember being disappointed that the Falls weren't roaring down the hillside. But I'm more of a summer type of person. Some winter enthusiasts would probably be thrilled to see the Falls frozen. It's happened a few times in history. 1848 and also both very cold winters of 1911 and 1912. At that time people walked across the Falls until the ice broke and three people lost their lives. After that it didn't seem like a good idea anymore. The above picture looks similar to when I visited, although not in color and obviously all those people weren't there when I was!

Thursday, March 07, 2013

Twilight, time to dream awhile

First I must say I enjoyed the Twilight books and first three movies but while watching "Breaking Dawn Part 2" I found myself thinking "This is really dumb" and "I hope it's over soon." So, what was the problem? Too much of CG effects? I know they wanted it from vampire Bella's point of view but was there no way to realistically portray this? During the too long "battle," we started laughing that heads were being flipped back like Pez dispensers. Not the reaction producers and directors wanted, I'm sure. For the first twenty minutes the repetition of "Twinkle twinkle little star" music in the background (or possibly in my head) annoyed me. There was no subplot whatsoever, which could have easily been accomplished by incorporating Meyer's "The Short Second Life of Bree Tanner." That would have played on our emotions since her story is heartbreaking. Oh well.

Wednesday, March 06, 2013

Cat's choice

Most cats like being up high and in trees. With indoor cats, that's not always easy. But Pet Tree Houses has expertly crafted furniture it seems cats would love. Made out of real trees, unique and with a lifetime guarantee. Not sure if that means the tree or the cat. Probably the tree. Here's a picture that would make my 3 cats drool.