The Bran Report

It's good for parts of you that you'd probably rather not think about.

Saturday, May 26, 2007


Gao the Lesser is voiced by Nathan Fillion!

You will probably not understand my excitement unless you are at least two kinds of dork.

Thursday, May 24, 2007


Guess what I just discovered when I was trying to turn Dock Hiding on?

VLC player can take a snapshot of what's currently playing, saving it as a PNG on your desktop.


Wednesday, May 23, 2007

I get the bit about pie, though

You know how you can tell when you're out of your depth?

When Series One Episode One begins with "Previously on Twin Peaks".

Guess who?

Guess who just left a wallet stuffed with used notes on a table in a (defacto) public library while he wandered off for several minutes?

Hint: he is apparently a guy who does not get what he deserves.

Tuesday, May 22, 2007

Man, I am just a quotation re-packaging MACHINE today

"Man, it's like we walk around with dynamite in our mouths"
-C. "Roast Beef" Kazenzakis


I aim to finish this report in the next twelve hours. I have just deleted a paragraph musing on the difference between impossible and intractable. What am I writing about that requires complexity theory, you ask?

The sea.

That's why I deleted it. This may be a long one.

Stay tuned to find out which is stronger:
1) My academic pride and desire to adhere to a meaningless deadline I set for myself
2) My desire to sleep like a human being does

Also, stay tuned to see if the early hours of this morning see me making a graph to explain the time evolution of those two forces. I'm thinking pride (Φ) might be constant, and sleep (Ψ) might be a Guassian around 4 a.m. We shall just have to see what the standard deviation and respective constants are.

If you think I'm joking, you may not be one of "our people".

Someone call Radio Four.

Comment from: jjacques posted at April 5, 2005 3:18 PM
Opinions are like assholes: everyone has one, and if you post yours on the Internet you may end up regretting it later.

Monday, May 21, 2007


Score fifty geek points if you pronounced the title of this post correctly. (HINT: That's not an X.)

Like everything else associated with Latech, LaTeXiT1 is hard to get working and requires memorising a fairly large amount of commands. Then, when you have it working, it's unstoppably awesome2.

1. This capitalisation makes me sad, though.
2. Unstoppably awesome if you care about alignment and capitalisation and mathematics.

Sunday, May 20, 2007


Guess what I fired up for the first time in a while? Simcinema!

It reminds me of the days when we'd drink Baker's BrĂ¼e1 and sit around the table in Regent Street, trying to think of ways to remake the arthouse classic Bagpuss shrugged for the mass market. When the rich seam of the Newman's Own2 trology ran dry, we tried to make a deliciously opaque, viscous coktail of a film: Jacksonville, Trail of Tears3.

Well, guess it's time to get my nostalgia on by making more hilariously offensive summer releases. Hurray!

1. A viscous, opaque, pint of madness.
2. "Paul Newman fights the mob for control of Argentina's puppet president. Quentin Tarantino directs".
3. "President Andrew Jackson plans to relocate the Cherokee west of the Mississippi... unless a kung-fu shaman of the Crow tribe can stop him. Chow-yun Fat stars."