Amazonian Airfix

Amazon really are trying to sell everything. In their Toys & Games section you can now get Airfix models. I stumbled across this list whilst searching for something completely different. They also stock Revell, AMT (but not much), Tamiya, Italeri, Hasegawa and no doubt others. They’ll never have the arcane stuff available from a specialist shop or site, but might be worth checking out every so often.

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Support your local Spinneyhead

I know that a lot of you buy stuff from amazon. It pains me to have to say it, but none of you seem to go through spinneyhead to get there.

Next time you want to go on a book buying binge spare a thought for a poor struggling blogger and come here first. I’ll even put up a direct link to the home page so all you have to do is click.

A year's worth of Amazon

I haven’t done this in a while. Amazon purchases and click throughs from Spinneyhead-

Quarter 2 2005
Ecohouse 2
She Comes First: The Thinking Man’s Guide to Pleasuring a Woman (*2)
Stitch ‘n Bitch Handbook: Instructions, Patterns, and Advice for a New Generation of Knitters
Computer & Video Games
Dancing Stage MegaMix + Dance Mat Bundle (PS2)
Area 51 (PC)
Stargate S.G -1: Season 1
Stargate S.G – 1: Season 2
Stargate S.G – 1: Season 3
Stargate S.G – 1: Season 4
Stargate S.G -1: Season 5
Stargate S.G – 1: Season 6
Fred Dibnah – Made In Britain – Episodes 1 To 6
VE Day In Colour
Singled Out [BOX SET]
Red Hot Rocking Blues
Eye to the Telescope
Hot Fuss
Solid Senders
The Pope Must Die [1991]

Quarter 3 2005
Wings Over Woodley: The Story of Miles Aircraft and the Adwest Group
Leiths Cookery Bible
A Guide to Teaching Practice
Defining Moments: When Managers Must Choose Between Right and Right
How Children Fail
Computer & Video Games
The Sims 2: Nightlife (PC Expansion Pack)
Farscape: The Peacekeeper Wars
New Apple iPod 60GB
Matching Tie and Handkerchief

Quarter 4 2005
Punisher Vol. 1
Topsy and Tim’s Chocolate Cook Book
Barbie Fairytopia: Stencil Book
Computer & Video Games
UFO: Aftershock (PC)
Medal of Honor European Assault (PS2)
UFO Aftermath (PC)
Scooby Doo and the Night of 100 Frights (PS2)
The Punisher [1990] (REGION 1) (NTSC)
Housework Songs Third Party
Now That’s What I Call Music! Vol 61
Chicken Rhythms [Remastered]
Their Law: The Singles 1990-2005
Welcome to the Cheap Seats – The Greatest Hits Live

Quarter 1 2006
Dali Calendar (Taschen Wall Calendars)
Gone In 60 Seconds [1974]
The Cure – Greatest Hits [2001]
HP No. 56 Black Inkjet Print Cartridge
Art of Flipping Channels, the [Osymyso Brings You]
As Heard on Radio Soulwax Vol.2 [Belgian Import]
Back to Bedlam

Top Ten Click Throughs
Hana-Bi 1998 (310)
9 Songs 2004 (337)
I Heart Huckabees 2004 (365)
Garden State 2004 (366)
Napoleon Dynamite 2004 (368)
City Of God (Cidade De Deus) 2003 (381)
A Very Long Engagement – 2 Disc Edition 2004 (387)
Crumb 1995 (406)
Tirez Sur Le Pianiste 1960 (434)
Underworld (Special Edition) 2003 (469)

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Life On Mars

Life on Mars was one of those TV series that (almost) everyone talked about. Not enough to make me want to go and get a television again, but enough that it’s now in my Amazon rentals list.

Also out tomorrow- Jarhead, Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels special edition

Recent releases- Brokeback Mountain, Nightwatch, The Producers

Coming soon- Aeon Flux, The New World, Seven Swords, Memoirs of a Geisha, Mirrormask, Munich, My name is Modesty, Chorlton and the Wheelies, Spaced: Definitive Collectors Edition, Lucky Numver Slevin

All titles in bold I’ve seen and recommend, the others have been added to my rentals list.

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The Semen Book

I’ve started using Amazon’s beta Self Optimising Links to bring up relevant products in the banner and sidebar. So far so good. The post about Slayer Day brings up a list of Slayer albums and yesterday’s post about semen making you happy has some very interesting results. Including the simply titled The Semen Book.

Book Description
Did you know that human sperm is ejaculated at a speed of 17 km/h.? Or that ejaculate is pushed out in 0,8 second intervals? Or that the male orgasm, which usually lasts between 3 and 10 seconds, only in exceptional cases lasts longer than 15 seconds? Or that it is accompanied by an increase in heart frequency to 180 beats per minute, and that breathing can accelerate to 40 breaths per minute? Just about any question about semen, fertility, male sexual potency, and sexual physiology, is answered by Vivien Marx in this lively, informed and entertainingly written book. It is a book for men. It is a book for women. It is a reference book, a textbook, and a good read. If you ever wondered what the purpose of orgasm is, what determines the smell and colour of semen, wondered about delayed ejaculations – retrograde ejaculations, how best to look after testicles, how smoking, alcohol, drugs, stress and lifestyle affect potency and fertility, how environmental influences fertility, (are British men an endangered species?), about semen and disease – the unloved companions of the sperm cells, semen and criminology, the history of semen science, how semen is tested – you will find the answers to these and hundreds of other questions here. Of potential interest to everyone who walks into a bookshop. Meticulously researched and written in an entertaining and informative style. Sure to attract media attention. Timely book for the sexual health market.

I wonder what the Perfect Sex Toy post will bring up?

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Something went wrong for Fay Wray and King Kong

Fay Wray's nippleI got the original King Kong through Amazon rental, to see how it compared to the recent remake.

It doesn’t drag on the way the new one does- they’re on the boat within the first ten minutes, for instance. There are no pointless attempts to create depth, and there’s no need for them.

And it doesn’t have Jack Black in it.

Then, at one hour, nine minutes and thirty five seconds (I checked) Fay Wray surfaces after falling into the river from King Kong’s eyrie. And her right breast pops out.

Forget starlets trying to get themselves a bit of publicity, this is a 1930s screen goddess accidentally flashing in one of the most famous films of all time. It’s a PG!

I had to be sure, so a bit of screen capture and messing about in Photoshop was called for. I’m sure there are better things to do on a Sunday morning, but I had a lot to drink last night and needed to do something simple to restart the neurons.

What other classic film rudeness is there, I wonder?

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Aye Calypso

The little ship that carried Jacques Cousteau around the world 15 times and became a star in its own right is rotting away in a La Rochelle shipyard. The explorer’s son and his second wife are battling their way through the courts to see who gets to exploit the Calypso name in the future.

There are no Cousteau DVDs readily available on Amazon, but you could always buy The Life Aquatic, an odd little pastiche of the explorer’s life.

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Over here, the coders will be put in jail

Australia has effectively banned a computer game– Marc Ecko’s Getting Up: Contents Under Pressure. The Classification Review Board refused to classify the game, meaning it cannot be sold, demonstrated, hired or imported.

From the Amazon manufacturer’s description-

In a world where graffiti has been banned and freedom of expression has been suppressed by a tyrannical city government, an unlikely hero rises to win back his neighbourhood and become an urban legend of the city of New Radius. In Mark Ecko’s Getting Up: Contents Under Pressure play as Trane, a toy (beginner) graffiti artist with the street-smarts, athletic prowess and vision necessary to become an All City King, the most reputable of all graffiti artists. In your quest to become a legendary graffiti artist, you realise that an oppressive Mayor has a stranglehold on the city of New Radius, and you must use all of your high-wire graffiti talents to expose him and set the city free.

via Slashdot

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If you're looking for my birthday present……..

Taschen produce loads of great books, thick volumes loaded with pictures and multilingual commentary. If you’d like to buy me a birthday present you could do worse than one of the volumes from their History of Men’s Magazines series. The Amazon link to the left is for volume 6: The Seventies under the counter. From Taschen’s bumpf about the series-

Open your notebooks, sharpen your pencils, and get ready for a history lesson like none you’ve ever experienced. You’re about to learn everything you could ever want to know about the world history of men’s magazines- not magazines about sports, not fashion, not hunting or fishing or how to build a birdhouse in ten easy steps, but those titillating periodicals embracing the subject dearest to all heterosexual men’s hearts and other body parts: the undraped female form. Former men’s magazine editor Dian Hanson traces its development from 1900 to 1980 in six massive and informative volumes.

via BoingBoing

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All books sent under a plain brown wrapper……

Yet more books have been listed on Amazon The “Direct” link before each of them takes you to my listing in the marketplace. If it’s gone, the other link takes you to its full listing.

Direct Ex Libris [Paperback] by Rotundo, Massimo; Rotundo
Late nineteenth century naughtiness depicted with fine line work.

Direct Shorts [Paperback]by Manara, Milo
Direct Click: A Woman Under the Influence [Paperback] by Manara, Milo
Two comics from the Italian master of gorgeously rendered smut.

Direct Little Ego [Paperback] by Giardino, Vittorio
It seems this book is quite rare, hence the price tag. Clear line and colour pastiches of the Little Nemo comics of the Thirties, in which the eponymous heroine finds herself in surreal situations, usually involving nudeness and elicit sex.

Direct Young Witches [Paperback] by Barreiro
Dark in more ways than one. The art reminds me of old school war comics in the heavy lines and shading, but the subject is something else again. The pupils of this Wiccan college must undergo some major degradation before they can graduate. Not really my kind of thing, though I didn’t know that when I picked it up.

Direct Erika [Paperback] by Fattori
Very modern Euro style art- bright colours and sharp lines- illustrate the story of a very open relationship.

Direct K [Paperback] by Easterman, Daniel
I haven’t actually read this one. Thriller set in an America overrun by the Klan.

Direct The Aardvark Is Ready for War [Paperback] by Blinn, James
Dark satire set during the first Gulf War. The Aardvark doesn’t really want to fight, and the story follows his voyage out to the Gulf and all the ways he tries to avoid his duty.

Direct Day of Infamy: Attack on Pearl Harbor (Wordsworth Military Library) [Paperback]
Comprehensive book on the Pearl Harbour attack. Has a lot of the details missed out of all the modern documentaries on the subject.

Direct The Dam Busters (Pan Grand Strategy S.) [Paperback] by Brickhill, Paul
617 Squadron wasn’t just about the bouncing bomb and their first raid. They went on to pioneer precision bombing- practically heresy at the time- and deliver the then largest conventional bombs. This book was one of the prime sources for the classic film, but follows the squadron through to the end of the war.

Direct Stupid White Men: …and Other Sorry Excuses for the State of the Nation…
Need I say more.

Direct Underwater Warriors: The Fighting History of Midget Submarines (Cassell…
A history of miniature subs and their varied success in war service.

Direct Holy War Inc. Inside the Secret World of Osama bin Laden [Hardcover] by Bergen
I reviewed this book here.

Direct Dilbert: You Don’t Need Experience If You’ve Got Attitude [Hardcover] by Adams
Direct Dilbert: Please Don’t Feed the Egos [Hardcover] by Adams, Scott
Direct The Dilbert Bunch [Hardcover] by Adams, Scott

Direct Lone Wolf: True Stories of Spree Killers [Paperback] by Pantziarka, Pan

Back from the period when I was fascinated with serial killers and their like.

Direct Atomised [Paperback] by Houellebecq, Michel; Wynne, Frank
Never got round to reading this one.

Direct Cardiff Dead [Paperback] by Williams, John
Or this one.

Direct Why Do People Hate America? [Paperback] by Sardar, Ziauddin; Davies, Merryl Wyn
Reviewed here.

Direct The Memory of Whiteness [Paperback] by Robinson, Kim Stanley
Haven’t read this one.

Direct Women on Top [Paperback] by Friday, Nancy
Direct Men in Love [Paperback] by Friday, Nancy
Before I read these books I was worried my fantasies were a bit
freaky. After reading them I was afraid my fantasies were a bit weak.

Direct Stalingrad [Paperback] by Beevor, Antony
A big book about an epic battle.

Direct Blind Man’s Bluff: The Untold Story of American Submarine Espionage
Fascinating stuff about the Cold War submarine operations of the US Navy.

Direct Just Capital [Paperback] by Turner, Adair; Dahrendorf, Ralf
Haven’t read this one.

Direct Bomber Command (Pan Grand Strategy S.) [Paperback] by Hastings, Max
Direct The Korean War (Pan Grand Strategy S.) [Paperback] by Hastings, Max
Max Hastings has written a lot of thorough book about war and major battles. I have more, but, for now, these are the ones I’m selling.

Direct Dogs of God [Paperback] by Benedict, Pinckney
Never read this.

Direct Love Machine [Paperback] by Altuna Et Al
Comic done in an interesting wash and line art. The Love Machine is an arcade machine that plays viewers short films. Every film, no matter how fantastic the setting, somehow relates back to dilemmas in the viewer’s life.

Direct Clone: The Road to Dolly and the Path Ahead (Penguin Press Science S…
Never read this.

Direct Zigzag Street [Paperback] by Earls, Nick
Signed by the author, perhaps I should re-list it as collectible.

Direct Judge Dredd: The Cursed Earth (2000 AD presents) [Paperback] by Pat Mills…
Direct Judge Dredd: The Judge Child Quest (2000AD Presents) [Paperback] by Wagner…
Direct Judge Dredd: The Apocalypse War (2000AD Presents) [Paperback] by John Wagner…
Three Judge Dredd classics that I’d never read until I found these collected editions.

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Flying off the shelves

As suggested earlier, here is a list of the books and DVDs lited on Amazon so far. Links are to the product pages, if you want to buy my copies you’ll have to click through to the marketplace and search me out.

There follows the first part of a glance into my buying habits and perhaps my soul-

The Dilbert Principle, Dilbert: The Joy of Work, The Dilbert Future: Thriving on Stupidity in the 21st Century

Life at The Gas was far too much like Dilbert. I bought these three as a set, but they’ve been treated with different levels of respect.

The Greatest Raid of All

Tells the tale of a daring commando raid on the biggest dry dock on occupied France’s Atlantic Coast. Putting it out of action reduced the effectiveness of Germany’s largest battle ships as they had nowhere to go to get repaired.

In the Beginning…Was the Command Line

A fascinating essay on operating systems by the author of Cryptonomicon.

Hyperspace: A Scientific Odyssey Through Parallel Universes, Time Warps, and…

I’ll be honest, I never got round to reading this. As it’s been sitting on the bookshelf for about four years I guess I never will.

Dude, Where’s My Country?

Michael Moore at his acidic best. For those few of you who just don’t get it there’s always Michael Moore is a Big Fat Stupid White Man.

The Butcher

Literary smut from France. A young student falls for the animal charms of the butcher for whom she is working in the Summer vacation.

Executive Target [1997] [DVD]

Michael Madsen is the washed up stunt driver blackmailed into being the wheel man when the President is kidnapped. Cheese, but with some okay car chases.

The Gladiator

Directed by Abel Ferrara of Driller Killer fame, this is TV movie fodder about a man becoming a vigilante to avenge the death of his younger brother and becoming what he is trying to fight against.

Battleship “Tirpitz”

Dad got this from his book club by accident and passed it on to me. As I’m not about to do any ship modelling I thought I’d sell it.

And there’ll be more in the coming days. I’ll be updating as and when I feel like it.

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