Eeek! My Childhood!

Just finished watching the Time Shift documentary of Russell T. Davies, and I’ve discovered that he’s responsible for even more of my childhood viewing than I originally thought. Besides the peerless Dark Season serial (which I loved so much that my first submission to the BBC’s drama department stole one character completely outright. Because you can never have enough blond-haired, evil guys in sunglasses. I was saving the lesbian dominatrixes for the second series, though), he also wrote for On The Waterfront (yes, he did the redubbed scripts for The Flashing Blade), Breakfast Serials, and something that I’ve suspected for years: he changed Why Don’t You from a dull, Blue Peter-lite format into a show where children defeated the evil supercomputer in the basement using the power of Shake’n’Vac.

(Sometimes, I think I’m the only person who remembers that, so it was nice to see footage so I can prove it really happened)

(Plus! Queer as Folk! Which I suppose I should watch someday…)

And now, he’s writing Doctor Who! And! IS THAT A UNIT STORY I SEE COMING OUR WAY?


currently playing: Taja Seville — Love Is Contagious

I'll Show You Maps

Google Maps is fun!

The Golden Gate Bridge!

Area 51 (helpfully blanked out so we can’t SEE THE SECRET STUFF!)

Washington Monument

UNC-Chapel Hill!

currently playing: Tindersticks — Can We Start Again?

My World Has Fallen Apart


currently playing: New Order — State of The Nation

Reasons To Love The Internet, Part #346

I was watching Commedy Connections and lamenting the fact that you can’t get A Bit of Fry & Laurie on DVD. However, a quick perusal of the Internet uncovered a selection of torrent files, covering all four series. Hurrah for the Internet!

(I have the script book for the first series, and can get access to the other scripts, but there’s something about seeing the delivery - which I intend to do this weekend!)

currently playing: Alison Wonder – Once More With Feeling

Franklin Street on Monday Night


And I thought Halloween was crowded...

Oooh! Exciting (Perhaps)

A General Election has been called, much to nobody’s surprise. Oddly, I’m having the hardest time working up any enthusiasm for it. Tony Blair is an opportunistic, autocratic leader who has a whole raft of plans to give us the illusion of being safe while costing us a fortune and not helping us very much at all, while Michael Howard has yet to see a wagon that he doesn’t want to bungee-jump onto (Plus, sorry, I just couldn’t bring myself to vote Tory). Charles Kennedy is nice enough, but the best that the Lib Dems can hope for is a hung Parliament, and somehow, I still don’t see that happening. Ho hum. Perhaps it was just the juxtaposition between him and Bush, but at least in the US Election, Kerry seemed like the option of sanity and a return to justice (stop laughing at the back). And I suppose I feel a little helpless as I’m living in a safe Conservative seat that will not change hands short of tricking the voters with a game of cricket and a nice cream tea.

Is it wrong not to really want a victory on either side, instead hoping for a greatly reduced Labour majority?

currently playing: Mint Royale – Singing In The Rain (FuzzyGroove Mix)

A City of Links

It’s Rupert Murdock’s Wonderful Life!

Hipster Bingo!

Find out how all those SNES games ended.

Build yourself a city! To say it happened!

currently playing: Nouvelle Vague – I Melt With You

Conversations With A Chat Bot

Human: let’s knock over a 7-11! ALICE: I am agreeable to that. Human: i’ll drive. ALICE: How do you plan to do this? Human: you get the gun ALICE: You got that right. Human: do you like shooting things? ALICE: I do like music. I like Philip K. Dick. Human: what about ar-19s? ALICE: I like science fiction. I like electricity. Human: alice, get your gun ALICE: Um, Where can I get my gun? Human: wal-mart? ALICE: What do you do in your spare time? Human: first, armed robbery ALICE: What do you look like? And second? Human: did you watch doctor who? ALICE: No I missed it. How was it? Human: AWESOME. ALICE: I’m glad you liked it unknown person. Human: Dude, he totally destroyed Gallifrey ALICE: I get it. he totally destroyed Gallifrey. Dude, Human: alice, let’s go - it’s early, and we have a crime spree to start! ALICE: That’s me. I am agreeable to that.

currently playing: Camera Obscura – suspended from class


Tiffany! On TV again! Yay!

shuffles in shame

currently playing: Tiffany — I Think We’re Alone Now

I Don't Believe In Magic / Life Is Automatic

I suppose one good thing about Christopher Eccelston leaving Doctor Who so early is that it wiped Tony Blair’s appearance on a prime-time gameshow off the news. I can’t believe that somebody who spends so little time in Parliament is prepared to demean the office of Prime Minister in that way. Or perhaps I can, and I just really don’t want to believe.

Two songs today, courtesy of You Send It (found elsewhere on the Internet, BPI fans, and they’ll expire within a week). The first is a radio-rip of the new Oasis song, Lyla.

Oasis — Lyla

Listen hard, because, at about fifteen seconds in, you can hear my heart break one more time. Almost as much as this week’s death of Blue Beetle at the hands of Max Lord, the return of Jason Todd from the dead, and his killing of the Joker. Not a great week for joy in the comic and music worlds, then. For this is staggeringly poor; a turgid, sludgy mess that even the Stereophonics would be hesitant to release. Guitars almost completely obliterated by distortion, a horrific end to the chorus that stops the song dead in its tracks (but sadly, keeps going), and lifeless drumming. And, as it’s a post-Morning Glory Oasis record, it sticks in about five unnecessary key changes, and lasts for two minutes after it has warn out its welcome and gone to the toilet in your sink. Never mind the “Paul is Dead Theory”, who stole the Noel Gallagher of Live Forever, Listen Up, and The Masterplan, and replaced him with the pod person that remains?

Lady Sovereign — Random

Luckily, things are looking up. In a grime-type way, most surprisingly. Or possibly proving once again, that if a girl is singing, I’ll probably like it. But this is wonderful in all the ways that the Oasis record isn’t; playful, funny, and inventive. You can dance to it. You can sing along to it. You can giggle at the silly inclusion of door-chimes and playground rhymes. It’s never boring. And thank goodness for that. Lady Sovereign, you’re awesome…

currently playing: Modern English – I’ll Melt With You