Sunday, March 04, 2007

Customer service, you have them and wonderful flight.

1. Working on a website, I know that users often imagine that everything is automated. They wonder why when they ask for something at 5pm on a Friday, it doesn't get done until Monday morning. So 'cheers' to Fictionwise for processing a request to use Paypal within a couple of hours at the weekend.

2. Lou and I are shopping. We find a pair of shorts that we both want, but there's only one left. Lou lets me have it.

3. Laputa: The Castle in the Sky. Another tale of wonderful flight from Studio Ghibli, Laputa tells of an orphan boy who catches a girl floating down from the sky on the power of a strange amulet. Sky pirates and the army are chasing the girl because they believe she can lead them to the treasures of Laputa. The animation is sophisticated and beautiful -- my favourite scenes were the flapter chases, the constellation-like crystals in the darkness of the mines, and the floating cubes that powered the castle.


  1. Oh, and one must give all the credit to Hayao Miyazaki for the unforgettable (hand-drawn) animation in the SG films; it's his genius that drives those films, Clare. We own them all on dvd and we (my family) love them all! Have you seen Spirited Away?

  2. I was lucky enough to see Spirited Away in the cinema. I've borrowed DVDs of Kiki's Delivery Service and Howl's Moving Castle recently. And I love Nausicaa, too -- it includes what is said to be the first CGI in a commercial film.

  3. Hullo! I love visiting this one....


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