Archive for November, 2006

The reason I don’t post so much at the moment is partly that my brain is a bit frazzled at the moment and partly that when I write a long post (like version one of this one) it get’s eaten by the computer-interweb-monster.

Anyway, here’s some of what I wanted to tell you all.

Wordie “Like Flickr, but without the photos.” Silly but funny.

A Preacher TV series? OMG. How fucking cool would that be if they did it right?

Speaking of TV (oh I’m smooth I am). Is Robin Hood the gayest programme on the box at the moment? Can you point at any one of the regular characters and say “Yes, they’re 100% heterosexual”? Let’s look at them all:

  • Robin – ran off to the Holy Land rather than marry Marion; homo-erotic wrestling match with Guy last week.
  • Much – follows Robin around all the time making puppy dog eyes
  • John – left his wife to live in the forest with a bunch of men
  • Alan – did you see him trying on the women’s jewellery a couple of episodes back?
  • Will – claims to love Djaq, who…
  • Djaq – man’s name, men’s clothes, short hair
  • Marion – creeps out of the house at night disguised as a man
  • Guy – all that tight black leather and generally being the Sheriff’s bitch
  • The Sheriff – has a gimp called Guy; seemed equally interested in the nun and the serving boy

So much denial. They must have cut down Sherwood Forest to make all those closets. Still good to see this getting airtime at 7pm on BBC1. And the only complaints are about the historical accuracy. That’s progress for you.

Built my first AJAX powered web thingy. It’s very Web 2.0 – even got popup message box things with semi-opaque backgrounds.

Back on Web 1.33333 I’ve updated the Dinosaurs in Miniature web pages. Added 10mm and 6mm listings and updated the existing lists.

Oh, and that fuckwit who thinks MI5 are stalking him through the telly has spammed radw, presumably thanks to some cross posted threads from a uk. group. Still it makes a change from the normal moronic trolling. Why do I still read? Must be some form of masochism.

Going to see Mitchell and Webb tomorrow. In Cryodon, but it’s okay – I’ve had my innoculations. That’s the start of a long weekend and we have big plans. Take in a film or two, do the Christmas shopping, visit the British Museum, giroscope‘s birthday curry, clean the flat from top to bottom. Come Tuesday I’ll be glad to be back at work.


Which God? I suspect Loki.


Hey ! You’re in the Guardian‘s Bad Science column today. Your media whoredom has been recognised at last.

The 50 most significant SF/F novels from 1953-2002 according to the Science Fiction Book Club.

(The 50 most significant SF/F novels from 1953-2006 according to Time.
[update] – is this really from Time? The same list from the Science Fiction Book Club, dated 2002
[update 2] – how odd, half the blogs I look at say SFBC and 2002, and the other half say Time and 2006.)

Bold the ones you’ve read, strike-out the ones you hated, italicize those you started but never finished and put an asterisk beside the ones you loved.

The Lord of the Rings, J.R.R. Tolkien [1]
The Foundation Trilogy, Isaac Asimov
Dune, Frank Herbert *
Stranger in a Strange Land, Robert A. Heinlein
A Wizard of Earthsea, Ursula K. Le Guin *
Neuromancer, William Gibson
Childhood’s End, Arthur C. Clarke
Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?, Philip K. Dick
The Mists of Avalon, Marion Zimmer Bradley
Fahrenheit 451, Ray Bradbury
The Book of the New Sun, Gene Wolfe
A Canticle for Leibowitz, Walter M. Miller, Jr.
The Caves of Steel, Isaac Asimov
Children of the Atom, Wilmar Shiras
Cities in Flight, James Blish
The Colour of Magic, Terry Pratchett *
Dangerous Visions, edited by Harlan Ellison
Deathbird Stories, Harlan Ellison
The Demolished Man, Alfred Bester
Dhalgren, Samuel R. Delany
Dragonflight, Anne McCaffrey
Ender’s Game, Orson Scott Card
The First Chronicles of Thomas Covenant the Unbeliever, Stephen R. Donaldson
The Forever War, Joe Haldeman
Gateway, Frederik Pohl
Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, J.K. Rowling
The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, Douglas Adams *
I Am Legend, Richard Matheson
Interview with the Vampire, Anne Rice
The Left Hand of Darkness, Ursula K. Le Guin
Little, Big, John Crowley
Lord of Light, Roger Zelazny [2]
The Man in the High Castle, Philip K. Dick
Mission of Gravity, Hal Clement
More Than Human, Theodore Sturgeon
The Rediscovery of Man, Cordwainer Smith
On the Beach, Nevil Shute
Rendezvous with Rama, Arthur C. Clarke
Ringworld, Larry Niven
Rogue Moon, Algis Budrys
The Silmarillion, J.R.R. Tolkien
Slaughterhouse-5, Kurt Vonnegut
Snow Crash, Neal Stephenson * [3]
Stand on Zanzibar, John Brunner
The Stars My Destination, Alfred Bester
Starship Troopers, Robert A. Heinlein
Stormbringer, Michael Moorcock
The Sword of Shannara, Terry Brooks
Timescape, Gregory Benford
To Your Scattered Bodies Go, Philip Jose Farmer

[1] The first two parts of the trilogy were published in ’51 and ’52 so including this in the specified time period is a bit of a cheat.

[2] I think I’ve read this but I’m not sure. I’ve, many, many years ago, read something with what seems to be the same plot but it didn’t seem in any way special enough to warrant the reputation this book has.

[3] Except for the Harry Potter, is this the most recent book on the list? That makes the last decade and a half rather under represented.

From The Stacks Winter Reading Challenge

Via Jack comes a meme with a point. From The Stacks Winter Reading Challenge. Reduce the pile of books sitting beside the bed. Pick five books that you’ve bought but haven’t read yet, and read them, between now and January 30th. Simple.

  1. A Deepness in the Sky – Vernor Vinge (been on the stack for five and half years)
  2. The Clerkenwell Tales – Peter Ackroyd (two years)
  3. Collapse – Jared Diamond (six months)
  4. The Algebraist – Iain M Banks (one year)
  5. Who On Earth Is Tom Baker – Tom Baker (four years)

Got a short e-mail today about my StarDate Converter:

Have you considered making the current stardate available via RSS?

Hmm, interesting. First of all I’d have to translate the calculator to PHP or whatever to do the calculations on the server, but after that making the output available via RSS would be easy enough.

But would it be practical: the second decimal place represents a period of little over five minutes, so if someone wanted this to create a stardate ‘clock’ they’d be hitting my server at least that often. Not a disaster on its own but something that would need keeping an eye on if it proved popular.

Maybe I should test it out with the French Revolutionary Calendar first (I really need to convert that to PHP anyway so that the dates on this blog aren’t reliant on JavaScript). Hmmm, let’s see where this leads.


My iPod’s dead. And guess what? It’s about fourteen months old and so just out of warranty. Fucking typical.

[Update] – For the curious, here’s what’s wrong.

  • The screen faintly displays the diagnostic tests menu but the backlight is off
  • It doesn’t respond to any of the controls
  • When connecting it to the computer, it isn’t detected by either iTunes or even Windows. So I can’t try a reinstall.
  • When plugging it into the wall charger the display doesn’t change to indicate that any charging is taking place

I didn’t have time before work this morning to do any further tests, but it doesn’t look good.



You scored 28 Mass, 47 Electronegativity, 37 Metal, and 0 Radioactivity!

Sweet! You’re quirky and non-confrontational… but you are also highly dynamic in relationships. You’re kinda that “anything to anyone” type, but you don’t demand that people love you for it. You very much do you own thing… and probably by extention you’re the only one who can do the things you do. You’re rarely found alone, but you’d get along great with other people like yourself. You’re probably the only element that should try to find a mate who is just like you. Oh, and too much of you in a high-pressure situation can make other people act drunk… or die.

The Which Chemical Element Am I Test written by effataigus

Does anyone remember when I used to do proper posts? No, me neither.

For a change the news from America is rather good.

Done. 66 items found in 666 documents.

Do you think I should exorcise my computer?