June 26th, 2004

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I did the ECDL modules this morning, down in Clapham. Although I was confident, I did get the usual pre-exam nerves, which is probably a good thing to keep my brain active. In fact, it turned out that they were remarkably easy. I won't get the results back for a week or so, so it's possible that I've failed dismally, but I think it's unlikely. They allocated 45 minutes per module (7 modules altogether), and I only took 10-15 minutes on each one, which seemed to surprise the staff there. Also, my frustrations with the training software didn't apply here, since I was using the real software rather than an emulator, and they didn't care which method I used to get the results. For instance, they'd say "insert page numbers into this document", and then I'd save the document to a floppy disk afterwards, so they just inspected the results.

In other news, I've updated the photos of my flat, to show the progress with the building work so far. The thing I'm happiest with so far is the fireplace:
Fireplace
According to the builder it should all be finished in two weeks, so I'm still on course to move in on 12th July.

Films

I went off to watch "Shrek 2" earlier, which I enjoyed, so I'd definitely recommend it to anyone who enjoyed the first film. My rule of thumb for good comedy is "does it make me laugh?" Early on, there was a lot of stuff that was clever, and that made me smile, but it wasn't raucously funny. But by the end I was laughing out loud, so that's good. I also thought that the ending was quite moving. And the animation was very well-done: if I didn't know better, I would have thought that the opening sequence (on horseback) was live-action.

Moving into spoilers, there were various references to other films. (It's a bit like one of the earlier Discworld novels in that respect.) Here are the ones I spotted - have I missed any?
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(I'm not including "generic Disney-like scene" in this list.)

People who like the Shrek films should also watch the trailer for "Ella Enchanted", which looks quite fun. Although it's got a bizzare release schedule - USA in April, UK in December?! "In cinemas everywhere" my arse... Ah well.

Speaking of trailers, I saw the trailer for "Thunderbirds" at the cinema. They've certainly made a few changes from the old TV series, and I can see why that would disappoint people. However, while I'd prefer to see an all-adult version of the film, I'll settle for this one - the ships look great, and it seems like it should be fun. For anyone who's seen Angel season 4, I think that whether you like this film will depend on whether you thought that Conner saying "His name is Angel!" was a great line or just really cheesy.