Take Your Pick

Daleks? Cybermen? The Time Lords themselves?

And in other, more Earth-shattering news, how the hell did I manage to not notice that Lauren was pregnant until last night?

currently playing: Glen Campbell – Witchita Lineman

Fopp is dead?

Well, it was nice to have one in Oxford at least for a little while, I guess…

currently playing: Scritti Politti – Absolute

It Has Come To This

Is it the official position of the Office of the Vice President that your office exists in neither the executive nor legislative branch of govemment?

a. If so, when and why did you adopt this view?

b. Has your office asserted in any other contexts that its nonexistence in the executive branch justifies avoiding oversight or accountability?

A letter from Henry Waxman, chairman of the House Oversight Committee to Dick Cheney. Quick! Quick! Let's see how much constitutional damage they can do before 2009!

currently playing: PJ Harvey – Send His Love To Me

Bizarreness Number #9

Demetri Martin. In a Travis video. Actually, he is the video.

(and what does he know about Jaffa Cakes? Is he part of the Secret Jaffa Underground Line from London Euston to Grand Central Station? The public demands answers!)

currently playing: M.I.A. – Boyz

Days Like Television

The rain is coming down, dripping off what’s left of my hair and into my eyes. Tears that aren’t my own.

The shuffle clicks.

If I lose you / If I lose you / If I lose you


Live From The Annandale Hotel is on its way. It can't get here soon enough.


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