May 11th, 2011

Doctor Who - The windows are the wrong s

Writer's Block: Behind the wheel

If you could have any vehicle (a helicopter, sports car, space ship, yacht, etc.) and a free place to park it, what would you choose, and why?


Are we limited by such mundane facets as reality? If not, the TARDIS, definitely, for what I hope would be obvious reasons (ability to go anywhere in time and space being a main one. Unlimited storage space being another - Sarah and I could move into a cheap two-up two-down and have all our possessions stored in the TARDIS, which could be parked in the back garden. Or even in one of the rooms in the house). (Or I could get the Chameleon Circuit working and the TARDIS could be the house!)

If reality is an issue, then some sort of Motorhome would be something I'd adore - I've always wanted one; just the idea of going away for a week or so and not having to bother about a hotel or B&B, just live out of a vehicle. It holds a great deal of appeal to me.
Coupling - Stuck in the Giggle Loop

Terribly scientific survey

I come asking a simple question - if you've seen the latest Doctor Who, Curse of the Black Spot, what did you think of it? 'Cos I really enjoyed it, found it great fun - I'd probably give it an 8 out of 10. But out there in Flist land, there seems to be a lot of negativity towards it. So yeah, just tell me if you liked it, or if you didn't like it. Like can include love, didn't like can include loathing, hatred, etc.

(I'd just like to know how much of a minority I'm in here...)
Coupling - Stuck in the Giggle Loop

Anime, 'shun!

Random thoughtlet: There doesn't appear to be any legitimate way of getting Gatchaman in this country that doesn't involve either a.) getting Battle of the Planets instead b.) getting some (but it appears nowhere near all) of G-Force - Guardians of Space instead, or b.) getting a US import. I'm not averse to the latter, but I'm kind of surprised that it's not been given a proper release in this country ("it's that thing you used to watch in the late '70s, but without the crap robot and Casey Kacem," would surely be a good enticement...).

Can anybody recommend any decent anime for someone fairly new to the genre? The more science fiction-y the better. I've seen...I can't remember what it was called (blazingskies, what was that one I saw at your place once?) and quite liked it... (ETA: I think it may have been Evangelion 1.0), so something along those lines? Oh, and IIRC I've seen the opening few episodes of Bleach. Liked it, although my main memory is of having a crush on an animated character...

And sort of related to the first paragraph, why has Christopher Frayling's excellent The Face of Tutankhamun not been released on DVD in the UK yet? Again, the only way of getting a copy involves a US import - which I think may be missing an episode, but I'm not sure.
SPN - Keep calm and carry on

A Fringe Apprentice

Although I'm not actually watching The Apprentice (it's never really been my kind of thing), I was rather amused by the trailers for the latest series; they seem to have taken a leaf out of Fringe's book, doing the whole "big lettering hanging in midair" thing. Although I've a vague memory of Fringe nicking that idea from the opening credits of Panic Room. Nothing's original any more...
Blake's 7 - Maximum Power!

I wouldn't *normally* do this kind of thing...

Today at work, I had A Thought, and the thought was this:

I'd quite like to cosplay as Servalan. For the simple reason that I do the whole "maximum power" thing quite often (at work, I don't know what my colleagues think of me), and it'd be fun to actually do it whilst dressed as Servalan

Now I've never really cosplayed in my life, not properly, unless going to a kid's party at the age of seven dressed as the fourth Doctor counts, and I'm in my natural comfort zone dressed in jeans and a t-shirt and way way outside my natural comfort zone dressed in a slinky black off-the-shoulder number designed in all probability by June Hudson (see userpic), and I'd have to lose a fair bit of weight to really carry it off, and even then I'd make a rather bulky and masculine Servalan, but, all those little caveats aside, I'm just not entirely ruling it out. Possibly at Eastercon '12 or Redemption '13. Maybe.

Or I could just go as the fourth Doctor. *shrug*
Coupling - Stuck in the Giggle Loop

Thanks and a reminder

Thanks to all those who recommended anime - I think I'll try to track down Cowboy Bebop first, but all the ideas suggested will hopefully form part of my viewing in the days and weeks ahead.

Thanks also to those who commented on The Curse of the Black Spot - conclusion: I am in a minority. But Amy wields a mean cutlass.

Thanks in advance to anyone who can help revive Sarah. She's at her mum's tonight so I can't be with her myself to see her reaction, but I suspect she'll need CPR when she reads my post about cosplaying as Servalan. *g*

And a reminder - last Thursday's music quiz is still running. I'll leave it open until about 40 of the songs have been guessed.
H2G2 - logo

DNA 1952 - 2001

Have just been reminded that it's 10 years to the day since Douglas Adams died. Feel like I should mark the occasion, but can't really think how to. I could raise a glass of water (in memory of the man who invented the Pan Galactic Gargle Blaster...) in the vague hope that he's looking down on us (which as he was a staunch atheist would at least be ironic were it the case)...I could quote some bit of Adams' legendary witty prose, but most of the best ones have been done already, "This must be Thursday...I never could get the hang of Thursdays," is exactly one day out, and "the great omnicognate hyperlobic neutron wrangler could talk all four legs off an Arcturan megadonkey...but only I could persuade it to go for a walk again afterwards," worked fine in my wedding speech but doesn't really cut it as an in memoriam. I could list words that describe Douglas...tall, witty, genius, rubbish at deadlines...

But none of that seems really adequate. I think I'll just settle for saying that if you've not seen the Doctor Who serial City of Death you really ought to, as it's Douglas at his finest. Yes, I know it's credited to David Agnew. It's a long story. Just buy the DVD and watch it. You won't regret it... Dirk Maggs' adaptation of Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency is also a cracker.

At one point I probably ought to get round to reading Last Chance to See...