November 11th, 2012

Coupling - Stuck in the Giggle Loop


...spent most of yesterday round at Tim's (aka my old house), having been advised that a.) Tim is moving out soon, and b.) there were still some of my things there that needed to...well, dealt with.

As has been discussed before hereabouts, I'm a bit of a hoarder, albeit an accidental one. There were...several boxes of magazines. I lost count, possibly about 20 boxes, some fairly large? The original plan was to just load them into the car and then bring them back to Hemel Hempstead to sort them out here, but we figured it would make more sense to whittle the boxloads down to something more manageable in Chelmsford before bringing them up to Hemel.

So we've got a somewhat more manageable few boxes to sort through. Some magazines, I'll just be keeping intact (at least, that's the plan for the time being), but others I'm just wanting for brief articles and then getting rid of the magazines. Which if nothing else should come as something of a relief to Sarah.

Normally I'd cut the articles out before chucking the magazines, but I decided, just for the heck of it, that instead I'd scan them. From which, it's then pretty easy to upload them, so I figured I'd share them with anyone who's interested. So here, have the first one - an article about Red Dwarf III from the Radio Times, November 1989.

Article. It's 5.5 MB, in order to keep it readable. Obviously not really suitable for anyone on a dial-up connection. Is anyone still on a dial-up connection nowadays? Anyway. Have fun. There will be more to follow, obviously.

In other news, since my trousers have developed an annoying habit of slipping down (they're either too big for me, or, more realistically, too small for me and not really possible to get up to my proper actual waistline), I'm now wearing braces. I'm torn between who I should regard as role models in this - either Bobby Ball or Captain Jack Harkness. I'd prefer the latter, but realistically it's only a matter of time before I do the whole "rock on, Tommy" thing. Brace yourselves. (Pun intended...)
Stephen Fry - what he said

Just say it's a six-part series about concrete.

Article deux. A piece about the first series of A Bit of Fry & Laurie.. Sorry, "A Bit of Fry & Laurie". The " and the " are rather important. But are better represented by the correct finger gestures, as any fule kno, Molesworth.


In the course of my research, I have learned that a.) the 36-minute pilot "was later edited down to 29 minutes for repeat transmissions" (I'm not sure whether I had a repeat or the original, but it's complete on the DVD, so that's okay), and b.) "There is a copyright-related music edit on the Series 1 DVD during the final sketch of episode 6 ("Tony of Plymouth (Sword Fight)"). In the broadcast version, the music was from the soundtrack of "The Sea Hawk" but instead a new piece of music has been used, drowning out most of the dialogue in the process." This is rather annoying, and makes me hope that I've kept hold of my original offair recording.
Coupling - Stuck in the Giggle Loop

Tech woes.

Would it really kill the Radio Times to be in A4 size, and not "just slightly larger than A4 size making it really fiddly to scan articles and photos that go over two pages"? I suspect the answer is, "well, duh, yes," but any advance on that would be interesting.
Coupling - Stuck in the Giggle Loop

Oh, now *that's* irritating...

So, a couple of mornings I've been fiddling around on the Sky+ and noticed this series playing in the background, and thought, ooh, looks interesting, might be worth checking out properly. The Wikipedia article states, "As of August 2012 the entire 5 episode series is available to watch on Netflix's instant streaming service."

Well...either a.) not in the UK, or b.) not any more.

Oh well...despite what Wiki says, the DVD's not desperately expensive, and who knows, if it's repeated often enough I might be able to snag the whole thing from Sky+. But there's a principle at stake here (principal? I can never get that one right, which is which?), gorramit. I don't like it when Wiki lies to me!