Prol’s new theory on the

Prol’s new theory on the success of weblogs in the Netherlands: it must have something to do with the percentage of people enjoying cable/dsl access and relatively cheap ISDN. That and the fact that it’s the first trend on the web that doesn’t require too much talent or vision. ;-)

Another actor of the popular

Another actor of the popular Ballykissangel series passes away. Tony Doyle (who played Brian Quigley) died suddenly in London this Friday. Birdy Sweeney, who played hill-farmer Eamon Byrne, died last May during filming of the fourth series. If this trend continues, none of the series’ favourite characters will be left. I wonder how they’re going to write this one into the series.

I was offered a really

I was offered a really good job here a few months ago. Hit it off with the editor-in-chief, who looked like a younger version of this Scotsman. But I would first have to work all the way in an area I did my best to get away from, and later in this city that I’ve never been a fan of. Moolah ain’t everything, ya know. Months later I ran into said editor at the airport. I didn’t recognise me, but he did and said: ‘Hey! VARA! Still there?’ ‘Yes,’ I said, embarrassed, wondering if I should have taken the plunge.

Metababy version 2 is up!

Metababy version 2 is up! With a dangerous new edit-that-post feature, Metababy is hours of fun for the net-besotted. Create your own, or edit someone else’s page to your liking. [ via metafilter ]


Got my Reed tickets, no problem, first row, left hand corner. Waited in line with all the other past-its. The young-uns don’t know what they’re missing.


I miss the ‘muse’ page this site had in its previous inception. That’s where I talked about music, books, films, and other arty things currently on my plate. So I’m considering reinstating it. Fully blogger powered, you can have a looksee here. OK like that, or would you rather have it on the main prolific page?

Lou Reed is playing the

Lou Reed is playing the Royal Carre Theatre in Amsterdam, May 11, and I’m going to try to get tickets for it tomorrow. Listen to this clip of Reed performing his Romeo had Juliette on the World of poetry site: The perfume burned his eyes, holding tightly to her thighs, and something flickered for a minute, and then it vanished and was gone. The man’s a poet. My claim to fame? I used to work with Lou Reed’s assistant’s brother.


On Reed’s site I found this link to photographer Timothy Green-Sanders’ site. Check out the photo of Robert de Niro… portrait of the actor as an old man. [ update: reader Russ Harlan corrects my error. The picture is of the painter Robert de Niro, father of the actor. ]