|One of the best things to do with
if you ask me; card-game versions of other things. I've been sketching and musing over
of the Triffids deck whilst reading the novel, and now that I've
finished reading it,
here it is.
|Something worth remembering the next time you overhear someone giving
away the plot twist of a film; they might be too stupid to have
understood it properly. I was irked to
hear someone loudly decrying Galaxy
Quest on the bus the other week, making
particular reference to the fact that the aliens turn out to be
evil about half-way through. I saw the film last night, and - er -
they don't. Not even slightly.|
Quite a good film, anyway; the whole "basing reality on ill-conceived television" idea
was amusingly done, although maybe underplayed a bit, and ultimately the
whole thing didn't make enough sense. But the superbly odd Thermians
were more than enough to make the film worth watching.
|Damn you, Webb, I'm going to have to get
this blog script archiving properly, and everything, now. Maybe you were right about
that "audience" thing.
Self was magnificently sharp and sane and insightful
Time last night; Widdecombe and Boateng were smug and petty and humourless
enough to begin with, but by the end of the programme it was
dramatically clear who should be running the country. Tch.
|A neat, searchable database of
adverts; splendid for finding out what music's been
used, and where to find it. Irksome that it tells you what the maintainer
thinks people are "best known for", mind. ("Willie Rushton was a regular on Blankety
||Actually, I'm quite tempted by the
CD of music from
Trigger Happy TV...
|Oh, for goodness' sake; another new Nomic, the rather egotistically-titled
This is an Imperial Nomic, which is quite entertaining - proposed changes
to the game are accepted or rejected solely at the whim of the player known
as the "emperor", rather than being resolved by anything so wishy-washy as democracy.|
Good if the Nomic has a good emperor, annoying if it's got an annoying one.
From his behaviour elsewhere, though, Mr Holmes
would appear to fall firmly into the former empire. This could be rather good.
|Hm, a new, untitled online Nomic has
snared me. I'm still a bit wary about starting one from
initial ruleset, but we'll see what happens.
||Christian cartoonist Jack Chick gives his thoughtful and balanced viewpoint on
& Dragons. Why aren't GMs running the world by now, if they can all cast
"mind bondage" spells, with religion only being able to affect the weak-willed? Hm?
|"More than 150,000 gallons of gravy is wasted every week when it is poured over the Sunday roast,
Mercifully, taxpayers didn't foot this;
Bisto apparently commissioned the
research "in response to calls from people asking what to do about wasted gravy";
eerily implying that it's unsafe to pour down the sink and should be disposed
of in designated dumping areas.
"The scientists also discovered that for the most efficient gravy
absorption, the food had to be eaten in the right order" - for goodness' sake,
it's only gravy; we aren't talking about uranium and carbon rods, here.
For most efficient absorption we should probably mince the whole meal up and
compress it to a small, easily-swallowable tablet. I think someone's missing
a point. And wasting a research budget.
Hardy was on at the disturbingly wooden Hove Centre last
night, and I was among the oddly random audience. A good set, even if
he didn't start the serious, coherent stuff 'til after the interval. And
he said "fuck" rather more than I expected him to. That's
Radio Four for you, I suppose.
||Hm, it's probably about time I wrote an archive function for this
blog thing, isn't it? Tsk.
|yolkfolk.com is a rather exhaustive fan site for the old
Dizzy games; despite edging rather too far into
at times ("They had forgotten to include a frontal somersault view. What's more,
the animation was jerkey, the jump was too fast, and he turned at least
three somersaults instead of the trademark one or two!"), they've got
downloadables and Java applets of the games (including, worryingly, some
Which are all fairly unplayable and infuriating, of course, because
that was the favoured way of making games last more than a few hours,
back in the eighties. It's nostalgia, though, even if the Dizzy games
were never really that interesting. Get it where you can.
|Umbrellas should, I feel, be fitted with moisture detection
devices and loudspeakers that bark "It Has Stopped Raining" in periods of
minimal humidity, whilst sending electrical shocks to the handles.
Moran's Brighton appearance had sold out last night. And I only
found out about it on Saturday, despite actively combing the Web and
local theatre leaflets for information the other week. Somewhere really should keep track of
stuff like this.