Perhaps I’ve mentioned this before, but the thing about RTD’s writing on Who is that it’s often so slipshod. Though he’s a dab had with the little moments between characters, for him, plot only exists to get him to the final ten minutes of the episode, where he explodes with enthusiasm and hopes that it’ll leave on such a high that you’ll forget that the previous 35 minutes were a bit poor.

Switch the ending on Utopia to a standard episode (e.g., Yana is an alien in disguise who is sending the humans to their doom, the Futurekind are the real humans, etc.) and it would have been the worst episode of Series 3 (29! 29! Too nerdy?). But oh, those last ten minutes…

I’m still not sure about the Yana = You Are Not Alone link. It feels like another one of Russell Davies’s too cute gags - why would The Master call himself that? Unless the Doctor’s ‘sorry’ meant a little more than we expect. Captain Jack is so, so much better away from Torchwood. We like this one! The happy-go-lucky, kissing-the-assistants-and-chatting-up-blue-aliens Jack rather than Angel-Jack! Take note, Torchwood!

So, Who nerds: What happened to The Master after the end of the Movie?

Excited about the next two episodes (although amusingly, I’m not going to be here for the final one, dammit!); it’s the first time that the Who team has actually made a story arc work, as opposed to just repeating a word or two over and over for eleven episodes…

But please…next series, can we get through an episode without mentioning her name? Please?

currently playing: Bob Dylan – It’s all over now, Baby Blue

Result #5 Is Completely True…

It really is.

currently playing: The New Pornographers – Mutiny, I Promise You

The Most Undemocratic City In The Western World

…may soon have a voice! Although the Republicans will most likely filibuster it…

currently playing: Feist – I Feel It All

WWDC: I Know Democracy, But I Know What's Fascist

Apple’s World-Wide Developer’s Convention is a bit of a weird event; it’s not supposed to be a ‘big’ Apple occasion, in the sense of the MacWorld keynotes in January. As the name suggests, it’s about developers; showing them the Next Big Thing, and more importantly, how to write code for it.

But we still don’t have Leopard. And we’ve been promised new, secret, fabulous features that Apple couldn’t release in fear of Microsoft copying them again…and those features are?

Window reflections.

(Okay, okay, it’s a bit more than that. The Stacks idea is a good one, though I worry about how usable they’ll be if you don’t have the Dock on the bottom of the screen, And I imagine the reflections are probably cheap in computer-time thanks to CoreAnimation)

The big, big news is that, after five revisions, they’ve finally fixed Finder! cue ticker-tape parade. The new idea for Finder? ALL COVER FLOW, ALL THE TIME! That and iTunes. Still, it’ll probably be reasonably speedy, and the saved searches look wonderful.

The rest…well, something of a disappointment. Most of the features were revealed back in January, so there wasn’t anything new…

oh. Except for Safari for Windows. I think most of the crowd did an audible double-take at that. I’ll be downloading it at work tomorrow, but wow. I get the sense it’s more for helping people develop iPhone applications in the Microsoft world, but releasing a browser for Windows? What’s next, porting iWork for Vista?

currently playing: The New Pornographers – My Rights Versus Yours

Going Camping. But Without The Mud

I have spent the weekend being something of a geek. Oh sure, I enjoyed the sunshine, (and the best episode of Doctor Who since…well, last week) but I’ve spent most of it tinkering with Camping, _why’s baby-Rails web framework.

And learn Ruby at the same time, obviously.

The result? Well, after working out how the hell ActiveRecord is supposed to work, I think Ruby’s a fun little language that I could use a lot more at work(and with the upcoming Ruby-Cocoa bridge that’s going to be installed as default on MacOS X 10.5 Leopard, it could be useful at home too). Mainly, I have an online exam framework to write sometime over the next few months, and I think it’s going to be written using Camping (building an extensible testing system with multiple reporting options, Ajax functionality, secure student access and easy administration for teachers? I should be paid for this sort of thing! Oh, wait). That and a few other little bits and pieces I’ve got kicking around for the mythical Summer Holiday which should begin sometime after I get back from Canada…

currently playing: Mogwai – 2 Rights Make 1 Wrong


currently playing: Sally Shapiro – Hold me so tight

It's Mac Update Day! (sorry, Christa)

Not only have Apple released new MacBooks today, there’s a whole host of fancy new software available to run on them!

Firstly, an update to Camino, the Mac fork of Mozilla that is a big more Mac-ish than Firefox. Faster and some new features.

NetNewsWire 3.0 - I’ve been using this since version 1, which is a long time ago now (my five-year Mac anniversary this year!). Not quite sure about this one yet; although it’s got a bunch of interesting new features (integration with Growl, Twitter, iCal, faster operation, fewer memory leaks, etc), I am, hilariously, on a tight budget this month. Perhaps later in the year.

MarsEdit 1.2! Formely part of NetNewsWire itself, the weblog editor that I use to update this site also gets a little update today! For me, it only offers bug fixes, but it offers Picasa Web integration if you’re interested in that sort of thing.

And finally, the big one! The MovableType 4 beta opens today. Which will give me an excuse to upgrade, seeing as how I seem to have missed Version 3 completely. A new interface, lots of new features, and a good excuse to delays working on the new site design until it’s out of beta (and GPL’d to boot!).

This has been the geekiest post of several weeks. I feel proud. To fulfil all my buzzwords, though, I installed Ruby on Rails last night…

currently playing: Vashti Bunyan – Diamond Day

The Storm At The Centre of Time

Bit of a split in this house about last night’s Who. I loved it for being old-Who done exactly right (except for the now-pointless-to-mention sound mixing problems); Bonnie just hated it. Jack will be back shortly, though!

currently playing: Honey Cone – The Day I Found Myself

Donkey Bush Country...

Friends of his from Texas were shocked recently to find him nearly wild-eyed, thumping himself on the chest three times while he repeated "I am the president!" He also made it clear he was setting Iraq up so his successor could not get out of "our country's destiny."

Just got into the part of The Assault on Reason where Al gets angry. Quite impressive. Once again, though, where was this man in 2000?

currently playing: Candie Payne – All I Need To Hear

Book Design: Lost In Translation

The cover of Al Gore’s new book in America (shout-out to Jon Stewart on page 17, people!):

However, if you go to your nearest Blackwells (as Borders and Waterstones didn’t have a copy, but Blackwells did have a very nice shop assistant who participated in a blushing contest with me this afternoon, so it wasn’t a wasted journey. In the back: zip it.), the UK version looks like this:

Not quite as snappy, is it?

currently playing: New Young Pony Club – Ice Cream