Oooh, look! Alien planets!

I’m beyond the point of wondering whether the new Doctor Who team is stretching themselves a little too thinly with all their spin-offs. Still, a cartoon could be fun, but this quote from Freema Agyeman is a touch disquieting:

as we tried to match our words to the movements of the cartoon characters

Now, I'm no expert, but normally, they record the audio tracks first, otherwise it just looks silly…

Also: Derek Jacobi as The Professor in Series 3/29. TIME LORDS. I'm telling you…

currently playing: Jim O'Rourke – Halfway To A Threeway

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Really, a UNIX without GNU is no UNIX at all. Especially if it has a harebrained license system built in as well. And given that it was bought two years ago, it’s unforgivable that it feels like something out the early 1980s.

In my varied computing career, there has always been a machine that sits in the corner, shunned by everybody in the office, because nobody is really sure how to work it. Unfortunately, this machine also tends to be rather important. At my previous job, it was an OpenVMS server that handled the payroll for the entire university. My co-worked introduced it to me as “the machine we hope never goes wrong”. By the time I had left, I had worked out how to do a manual backup, a restore, and basic troubleshooting. That made me the VMS expert. I was very afraid.

To sum up: I may have a very interesting 58 days ahead of me. As in ‘may you live in interesting times’. Hold me.

currently playing: The Jesus & Mary Chain – Sometimes Always

Hurrah for the Japanese!

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A fully-transformable Optimus Prime iPod dock. I…I’m sorry, I have something in my eye…

currently playing: PJ Harvey – Down By The Water

The Tubes Were Against Him, Naturally

Yet another example of the amazing No-Fly list in action!

currently playing: Spiritualized – Take Your Time

A blast from the past

I forget, as I was so disappointed with the re-recording of Floodlit World that I never picked up Everything Picture; was it any good?

currently playing: Lucky Soul – Ain’t Never Been Cool

Yes. I Need This. Neeed It.

More Than Meets The Fry.

I believe that a Spider-Spud figure is on the way too. Oh Yes.

currently playing: Strawberry Switchblade — I Can Feel

BRITS: Live And Scandalous!

Or at least that’s what they’re preying for, after finally realising that tempting the ghost of Sam Fox and Mick Fleetwood is the only way of making people care about an award ceremony that releases the winners a day before it’s shown on TV. Took you twenty years, but never mind.

I give you the best British Group nominations!

British Group: Arctic Monkeys; Muse; Razorlight; Snow Patrol; Kasabian.

There’s a reason why emigration is up, you know.

As ever, it’s a fairly depressing and safe list, but that’s what the Brits are for, really. EMI must be gnashing their teeth at Rudebox matching its critical acclaim with its sales figures, but there is perhaps one surprise buried in the nominations:

Beyonce; Cat Power; Christina Aguilera; Nelly Furtado; Pink.

Go Chan Marshall, Go!

currently playing: Josef K - Heart Of Song

We Can Only Hope

That their intelligence skills are better than their web skills…

currently playing: Handsomeboy Technique – Your Blessings

Marshmallows!

Best Job Security In The UK

Okay, having watched the last two episodes of Torchwood, there’s really not much in the way of discipline, is there? Owen disobeys a direct order, plunges the entire planet into disaster, storms out, comes back, shoots his boss in the head, opens the rift for even more trouble, and…he gets a hug? Jack should have dumped him in the river.

All in all, an improvement over the rest of the series, but plagued with gaping plot holes and horrendous acting. But hurrah for the TARDIS!

currently playing: Yo La Tengo – Sometimes I Don’t Get You