Friday, December 23, 2005

I got my hands on an X-Box 360

I finally got my hands on an X-Box 360 yesterday. They can't be got for love nor money and I had spent the last week pestering the workers in Game, Gamespot and Smyths in Limerick, asking them had they any available.
I was in Cork yesterday and was delighted to see a sign in Game saying "Back In Stock". When I went i to check though they had apology signs on the boxes explaining the unavailability of the console.
I went up to the desk to complain about the misleading sign outside. However I asked about the availability first and they happened to have two. So, I got one and the person in front of me got the other. I bought Kameo, PGR3 and Call of Duty 2.
Got to try it out last night and the games look great initially. Looking forward to getting stuck into it properly in the new year.
I've signed up for X-Box Live and my profile name is BobTheCorkDwarf.

Monday, December 19, 2005

Jed Bartlett Speech from "The Midterms"

This scene came up in a discussion at work today:

"There’s an election day scene that amuses hugely even as it demonstrates Sorkin’s fearless faculty for combining controversial ideas, dramatic situations and circular-saw-like wit. The scene, a real showstopper, finds the president stopping in on a White House gathering of radio talk personalities. As Bartlet struggles though a speech extolling the gabbers’ contributions to the airwaves, Bartlet is distracted by the sight of a Dr. Laura-like radio psychologist seated nearby."
BARTLET: It’s a good idea to be reminded of the awesome impact, the awesome impact… I’m sorry. You’re Dr. Jenna Jacobs, right?
JACOBS (obviously pleased to be recognized): Yes, sir!
BARTLET: It’s good to have you here.
JACOBS: Thank you!
BARTLET: … the awesome impact of the airwaves, and how that translates into the furthering of our national discussions, but obviously also how it can … how it can … Forgive me, Dr. Jacobs. Are you an M.D.?
JACOBS: Yes, sir.
BARTLET: In psychology?
JACOBS: No, sir.
BARTLET: Theology?
BARTLET: Social work?
JACOBS: I have a Ph.D. in English Literature.
BARTLET: I’m asking ‘cause on your show people call in for advice – and you go by the name Dr. Jacobs on your show – and I didn’t know if maybe your listeners were confused by that and assumed you had advanced training in psychology, theology or health care.
JACOBS: I don’t believe they are confused, no, sir.
BARTLET: I like your show. I like how you call homosexuality an “abomination!”
JACOBS: I don’t say homosexuality is an abomination, Mr. President. The Bible does.
BARTLET: Yes it does. Leviticus!
JACOBS: 18:22.
BARTLET: Chapter and verse. I wanted to ask you a couple of questions while I had you here. I wanted to sell my youngest daughter into slavery, as sanctioned in Exodus 21:7. She’s a Georgetown Sophomore, speaks fluent Italian, always cleared the table when it was her turn. What would a good price for her be?
(Bartlet only waits a second for a response, then plunges on.)
BARTLET: While thinking about that, can I ask another? My chief of staff, Leo McGary, insists on working on the Sabbath. Exodus 35:2 clearly says he should be put to death. Am I morally obligated to kill him myself? Or is it okay to call the police?
(Bartlet barely pauses to take a breath.)
BARTLET: Here’s one that’s really important, because we’ve got a lot of sports fans in this town. Touching the skin of a dead pig makes one unclean. Leviticus 11:7. If they promise to wear gloves, can the Washington Redskins still play football? Can Notre Dame? Can West Point? Does the whole town really have to be together to stone my brother John for planting different crops side by side? Can I burn my mother in a small family gathering for wearing garments made from two different threads? Think about those questions, would you?
(The camera pushes in on the president.)
One last thing. While you may be mistaking this for your monthly meeting of the Ignorant Tight-Ass Club, in this building when the president stands, nobody sits.
(Jacobs sees that, in fact, the president is standing and she is the only one in the room sitting. After a moment, she rises, holding her tiny plate of appetizers. After the president exits, Sam Seaborn sternly approaches a thoroughly belittled Jacobs.)
SAM: I’m just … going to take that crab puff.
(Sam snatches Dr. Jacob’s crab puff, then hurries after the president.)

Discussions can be found at:

The scene was based on an open letter which can be seen at:

A helping hand for people wanting to buy me a Christmas Present

Saturday, December 17, 2005

John Spencer R.I.P.

John Spencer who plays Leo McGarry on the West Wing has died.
He's always been one of the better parts of the show.
May he rest in Peace.

As reported by digital spy:
West Wing star John Spencer has died of a heart attack at the age of 58, it has been confirmed.
In a sad twist of irony, Spencer's on-screen character, Leo McGarry, suffered a heart attack during the show's sixth season, resulting in the character giving up his job as chief of staff to Martin Sheen's President Jeb Bartlet. However, McGarry recovered and the character became a candidate for vice president of the United States in the season currently airing on NBC in America.
Prior to his work on The West Wing, Spencer played the role of Tommy Mullaney on L.A. Law. Spencer would have been 59 next week.

Thursday, December 15, 2005

Keane Joins Celtic

Roy Keane has finally signed for Celtic. This is the club that he always said was the only one that he would leave United for. He said in 2000 that Celtic was the club that he wanted to finish his career at. It now looks that this will be likely as he has signed an 18 month contract which will keep him at the club until at least June 2007.
There has been a lot of speculation over recent weeks over which club United would join. Celtic was always the most likely but for a time it appeared that they would not be able to afford Roy's wages. He will become the highest paid player in Celtic history and apparently part of his £40,000 weekly wages are going to be paid directly by Dermot Desmond, however this was denied by the club.
I know it's easy to say this, now that he's signed, but I didn't really see him signing for any other team. I feel that Keane would certainly not have been happy in another Premiership Club as he would have seen it as a step downwards from United. There also seemed to be some interest from Spanish and Italian teams, however Keane like other players would probably have had a lot of trouble settling in there. According to reports Keane will not be moving to Glasgow and will continue to live in his home near Manchester. Roy said that he will be looking for a house in Glasgow, whether this will be a full-time home or somewhere to kip mid-week is to be seen.
It is hoped that he will make his debut at the start of January.

Of course Celtic isn't an Irish club, but it is probably the most Irish of the British clubs.

Reports from
The Telegraph: