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June 23, 2005

WTF newsfeed

Rob @ 8:44 PM

The following links swiped from everyone's blogs...

Baptist officer proselytizes to a Druid couple during and after a traffic stop

"The Supreme Court on Thursday ruled that local governments may seize people's homes and businesses -- even against their will -- for private economic development."
AP Reuters

Pentagon creating a database of high-school and college students to identify potential recruits

and finally...


June 22, 2005

Death from above. Neat!

Rob @ 8:10 PM

Hubble photograph of dust cloud around star Fomalhaut, which looks for all the world like the Eye of Sauron.
(Crazygonuts link from Rustyverse.)

Now for the bad news..
The Beekman Theater is being shut down.

June 19, 2005

"The Parting of the Ways"

Rob @ 12:17 AM

Spoiler-free musings on the "Doctor Who" season finale, which I've just watched. (Some of this originally came from a couple of my replies to other fans' livejournals...)

The Earth has a iron-nickel core that is about 2,100 miles in radius. The inner core may have a temperature up to about 13,000°F (7,200°C = 7,500 K), which is hotter than the surface of the Sun. The inner core (which has a radius of about 750 miles (1,228 km) is solid. The outer core is in a liquid state and is about 1,400 miles (2,260 km) thick.

I know this because that's where my jaw ended up after dropping forcefully and repeatedly through the floor this past 45 minutes.

Right now I can't think of an episode of anything that made me simultaneously laugh, cry, shout, gasp, and repeatedly take several gods' names in vain while watching it quite so much as this one.

Brilliant. Simply brilliant. So many examples of why I love this show in general and this season in particular, in a single episode.

Additionally, Eccles is a shining example of the classic performer's rule in action.. always leave them wanting more.

Tennant has quite a pair of shoes to fill, but he's off to a great start.

Shit, now I have to wait until Christmas for another new episode.

That's funny, actually.. I got hooked on this show by watching PBS broadcasts of 10-20 year old reruns in the 1980s. Then they stopped showing it, and I could suddenly only see new (to me) episodes when I could afford to buy another VHS tape, which were expensive, hard-to-find, and of limited selection. Then in 1989 the show was cancelled in the UK, but most of the series was still brand-new to me, and I continued slowly building up a video collection throughout the early 90s. About then they started a couple of lines of novels, which were imported from the UK and thereby hard-to-find and of limited range, but which were my only source of new stories. In 1996, we got one single new episode on TV, and even more books. A few years later, we have books and audio plays on CD, which are hard-to-find unless you want to order them online.

So, after 20-some years as a fan who has had to work hard for old Who, it's funny how much I got used to a brand-spanking new TV episode every week, for free, and sharing that experience with fans all over the world.

Too bad for the corporations involved that nobody thought to show us Americans the damn thing, forcing me to do this ad-free by downloading the episodes, which also means I don't have to import barebones Region 2 DVDs.

I would gladly have paid for the experience. After all, that's how I've gotten nearly all my Doctor Who for the past two decades. But needs must, so all it ended up costing me was some blank discs. I didn't even have to sit through commercials.

I'll probably still pay the exorbitant cost of importing the DVD box set with extras whenever it comes out, though.

June 18, 2005

Best video EVAR.

Rob @ 10:33 PM

Via The Biting Faery:

This guy used to be such an ass, but he's cool now.

June 17, 2005

Knew it!

Rob @ 9:32 PM

Yoinked from CN Jenn:

I Am A: Chaotic Good Elf Mage Bard

Chaotic Good characters are independent types with a strong belief in the value of goodness. They have little use for governments and other forces of order, and will generally do their own things, without heed to such groups.

Elves are the eldest of all races, although they are generally a bit smaller than humans. They are generally well-cultured, artistic, easy-going, and because of their long lives, unconcerned with day-to-day activities that other races frequently concern themselves with. Elves are, effectively, immortal, although they can be killed. After a thousand years or so, they simply pass on to the next plane of existance.

Primary Class:
Mages harness the magical energies for their own use. Spells, spell books, and long hours in the library are their loves. While often not physically strong, their mental talents can make up for this.

Secondary Class:
Bards are the entertainers. They sing, dance, and play instruments to make other people happy, and, frequently, make money. They also tend to dabble in magic a bit.

Find out What D&D Character Are You?, courtesy ofNeppyMan (e-mail)

Detailed Results:

Lawful Good ----- XXX (3)
Neutral Good ---- XXXXXX (6)
Chaotic Good ---- XXXXXXXXX (9)
Lawful Neutral -- X (1)
True Neutral ---- XXX (3)
Chaotic Neutral - (-1)
Lawful Evil ----- (-3)
Neutral Evil ---- (-3)
Chaotic Evil ---- (0)

Human ---- (0)
Half-Elf - XXXXX (5)
Elf ------ XXXXXXXX (8)
Halfling - (-3)
Dwarf ---- (-3)
Half-Orc - (-1)
Gnome ---- XXXXXXX (7)

Fighter - (0)
Ranger -- XXXXX (5)
Paladin - (-1)
Cleric -- XXX (3)
Mage ---- XXXXXXXXX (9)
Druid --- XXX (3)
Thief --- (-2)
Bard ---- XXXXXXXX (8)
Monk ---- (0)

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