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Quentin went home, and died.

Quentin went home, and died. Prol will burn a candle for him tonight.

I started reading the Bond novels at the age of 7 and since the I’ve had a soft spot for good old double-oh. (Let’s not go into the psychology of a 7 year old being into a sadist, mysogynist and masochist Bond! Bond’s regarded as quintessentially English… but he’s been played mostly by Scots, Welsh, Australian and Irishmen. I think Brosnan is the best Bond since Connery. Germaine Greer may think he has ‘big hairy boobs’ and is ‘not what we women want’… well, speak for yourself. Here’s Four Decades of Bond.

Winter’s coming to the Netherlands. The Dutch favourite winter sport is speed skating, and we’ve many many champions. Prol likes to skate, but dislikes the cold… so it’s been a while! Here’s the Dutch national team sponsor’s skating site. [ D ]

Dutch cars. Yes, they do exist. Or did. The DAF was just about the naffest car you could own back in the day. They were fantastically ugly and had a variomatic transmission… automatic. If you owned one, people automatically assumed you weren’t able to drive.

Jarvis, quite simply, is God. He is to England what Beck is to America, and what Gavin Friday is to Ireland. If there’s any song Prol will want to shake the tailfeather to on New Year’s Eve, it’s Disco 2000.

Not a big fan, I am, of the actor Ralph Fiennes. But I’ve a great respect, admiration for people who are passionate, and people who burn twice as bright. This interview tells you he does.

Prol mentioned the Metallica S&M

Prol mentioned the Metallica S&M preview earlier this week, now it’s on the speakers and it sounds wildly cinematic. Good effort.

I’m sure NetAid was/is well meant, but let’s face it, nobody knew what it was about. Punters won’t be dipping into their pockets unless they know exactly where their dosh is gong.

Oh my… this is the best of both worlds. MD meets MP3. Anyone wanna take over my Sharp 702?

An ex-colleague – I learned a lot from him, design wise – opens up a design shop: vacilon.nl. Best of luck to him! [ D ]

The Arsetit (or ‘he-who-sues-fans-for-making-a-webpage’) changes his name once again, but not his style. The new single sounds the same as ever. Not that it’s crap. It’s just… Prince, ya know. Can’t stand his website.

One of my favourite (film)

One of my favourite (film) magazines, and one I subscribe to: Sight and Sound finally have upgraded their web site, but it’s still rather drab for such a vivid magazine.

Talking film… I didn’t know Lynch had a new film out. The website’s a bit sad, but the Straight Story seems the sort of film I might like. Wonder when it hits these shores.

Don’t know what to buy your grannie for Christmas? Fray shop is open! I want ALL those t-shirts. ps. Dig that navigation… Derek’s a wiz and purple reigns.

Just in: Prime Minister Tony

Just in: Prime Minister Tony Blair and his wife are expecting a baby. Apparently it was an ‘accident’. Okay, roll on the Blair Kids Project jokes.

Luc Besson‘s (Nikita, Léon) new film starring Milla Jovovich, John Malkovich, Faye Dunavitch and Dustin Hoffmanovitch, is ‘Jeanne d’Arc’. Joan of Arc, also called the Maid of Orleans, is a patron saint of France and a national heroine. During the Hundred Years War, she led the resistance to the English invasion of France. The website‘s flash based: smooth and cinematic. [ F ]

Consumer mode on. A woman can never have enough shoes. Prol’s been obsessed with Timberland boots since the early 80s. At that time, they were practically unavailable in Europe. It wasn’t until the early 90s before a store opened in the Netherlands… it took more time for them to stock girl sizes, but then Prol finally forked out 200 dollars for a pair of those yellowish boots. Timberlands became very fashionable in the Netherlands about two years ago. It’s still hard for me to find a pair that fits, because they don’t do all the widths over here. Today Prol got herself a pair of their black ‘Euro hikers‘. Now that Prol has money, and they are widely available, it’s become less of a thrill. Consumer mode off.

Prol’s not into metal, not into rock per se, but Metallica are exceptional. Tomorrow they start previewing their entire new album (S&M Metallica With the San Francisco Symphony Conducted by Michael Kamen) on line. The official release is November 23.

Hip hip, hurrah. The internet

Hip hip, hurrah. The internet is doooooomed.

Holland’s current hype is ‘Big Brother’. (Lock a bunch of morons in a makeshift house and film them everywhere, round the clock. Apply the ‘ten green bottles’ rule, make them pick a fellow moron to leave the house each week, etc etc. Remember MTV’s Real World? Imagine that with a lot of people without a personality.) In Sweden, they do a similar thing called ‘Expedition: Robinson’ – I believe an island’s the setting. Prol likes the site made by Paragos. [ Sv ]

On to more serious things. Prol was honoured to be asked to make a banner for 1999’s Day Without Art, eventhough we are very very bad banner animators. So go pick someone else’s (I dunno, Lance, or Derek or one of the other real webrus*) banner from the DWA pages and put it on your site. Here’s their manifesto:

The Web Action Pages 1999

It’s the Action time of year, once again!
Prepare to take on the viral menace – AIDS.
World AIDS Day is December 1
but YOU can get in on the action NOW.

Visit the site and JOIN
Download a banner to your site
and link up to the nexus at DWA.

For a return link, send URL & name to

Day Without Art Web Action informs
and unites individuals, via the Internet,
over the local and global impact of

* webru = web guru… it’s an in-joke

UBL have a Bjork song.

UBL have a Bjork song. Totally free. To download. Wow.

Robbie Williams finally has a decent site. Why not get this accoustic version of Angels while you’re at it?
Yeah, we like pop at prolific.org. Don’t worry, we have tons of credible music too.

Hit it Joel: Money makes the world go round… money, money, money… [ G ] [ E ]

New tales of first love at ember.org. Prolific would like to contribute but can’t remember if there ever was a first love.

This is so groovy. Via the k10k mailing list: the bad as shit project.

Here’s a cool toy to play with. Hint: use your keyboard.

There is just so much good stuff at invertebrae this month, hours and hours of fun. Prol’s favourite is ‘two syllable’, though we can’t guess what the words are. Can you?

And last but not least, there – finally – is an update at our very own croon.org.