British Things: a Flickr set by hwayoungjung →
Lovely illustrations of British foodstuffs. You’ve got your Marmite and your Newcastle Brown Ale, but you’ve also got (lesser known, at least in the US) Jammie Dodgers and Henderson’s Relish.
Much leads up to a scene in a tent on a mountaintop in the midst of a howling...– Roger Ebert, reviewing The Twilight Saga: Eclipse
The point is, Doctor Who is a part of our national collective memory. And so...– Dan Martin in the Guardian, “Doctor Who: a triumphant regeneration?” This statement applies pretty well to Who fandom no matter where you’re from, though I expect it’s got an extra frisson if you’re actually in the thirtysomething demographic and are from the UK....
Doctor Who: TARDIS Screensaver →
It’s a screensaver that simulates a TARDIS console readout. With matching wallpaper. Why yes, I did just install both on my work computer.
Just upgraded to Firefox 3.6.4 on my work PC. And now I can’t open a single external web site with it; it just keeps spinning and spinning and the pages never load. I can load local documents just fine — it’s the external stuff that’s not loading at all. Curiously, I can access the outside internet just fine with IE and Google Chrome. I’ve disabled all add-ons,...
I must not fear. Fear is the mind-killer. Fear is the little-death that brings...– The Bene Gesserit Litany Against Fear, from Frank Herbert’s Dune. It’s a measure of something that this got me through more sticky spots in my adolescence than did any of the Catholic prayers or Bible passages I learned as a child. (I was ten when I read Dune. For better or worse,...
One of the great things about sports is how they can serve to eliminate or at...– From “World Cup Preview” by Jeff Blum
Waring Pro™ Electric Martini Maker →
My utter incomprehension of the existence of this appliance, let me show you it.
Miggea—a star on the very edge of reality. The cusp between this universe and...– Summary of Michael Moorcock’s Doctor Who tie-in novel The Coming of the Terraphiles, from the official BBC Books press release. More here. Longtime Moorcock readers such as myself will spot some very familiar names and ideas in there. Only the fact that I was at work when I read this kept me...
BBC Wales, BBC Worldwide and US premium entertainment network Starz...– from the news page on John Barrowman’s web site. Please tell me that I am not the only person to snicker like a twelve-year-old on a sugar high at the use of the phrase “three way partnership” in reference to any Torchwood endeavour.
So here’s a basic roundup of the show: there were a ton of videos clearly...– Hortense at Jezebel rounds up the MTV Movie Awards
Bletchley Park WWII archive to go online →
Millions of documents stored at the World War II code-breaking centre, Bletchley Park, are set to be digitised and made available online. Electronics company Hewlett-Packard has donated a number of scanners to the centre in Milton Keynes so volunteers can begin the ground-breaking task. According to the article, the first phase of this project will probably take three years. Needless to say,...
Gender Trouble →
fleetfootedfox: sunshadowpoet: kingofalldetectives: orangealert: thirdbeatred: We guess http://thirdbeatred.tumblr.com is written by a woman (50%), however it’s quite gender neutral. I’m only half a lady? We guess http://orangealert.tumblr.com is written by a woman (53%), however it’s quite gender neutral. I’m 3% more lady than you! We think http://kingofalldetectives.tumblr.com...
Faber gets funny with Tucker tie-in →
Lousy headline notwithstanding, this is hilarious news. Editor and director at Faber Hannah Griffiths acquired UK and Commonwealth rights excluding Canada to The DoSAC Files for an “undisclosed sum” from Claire Potter at Metrostar Media. The title will be published on 4th November. […] Based on the premise that the profanity-prone spin doctor Malcolm Tucker has left a...
Tyson Cole's Food & Drink Recommendations →
Can’t really argue with a single one of these—at least, not with the ones with which I have personal experience. The rest get added to the “to try” list.
What if ... JAWS was made today? →
“What if Jaws were made today? Not a remake or a reboot, but what if Spielberg’s movie had never happened (but the world of cinema it inspired somehow still did), and somebody took a shot at Peter Benchley’s novel in 2010?” It’s easy to take potshots at the current state of big-budget filmmaking and all, but this is still a pretty funny read. (And that said, I...