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Monthly Archives: September 2009
I’ve enjoyed some of the output from Star Trek: Phase II (formerly New Voyages) but it suddenly occurred to me that I haven’t heard a peep out of them in about a year. So I checked out the site to see…
So he’s still around, just not disco dancing any more.
Check out http://www.startreknewvoyages.com/news20090723.html for details.
Just found a great app for the iPhone – an RSS reader. It keeps you aware of new blog posts and you don’t even have to click Refresh.
Just search the App Store for Simon Oualid’s Free RSS Reader.
You either enter the URL for the RSS feed OR… get this… you browse the website and it auto-selects the webfeed for you – amazing.
I hate remakes. They’re pointless and almost always a worse version than the original. But I’ve been saying for years that Nightmare on Elm Street should do a prequel. And watching this video I thought that finally we had one.
But then I saw the recreation of the Nancy in the bath scene and my heart sank. They had to mess with the original, goddamit.
On the one hand it is made by New Line (the company who did the originals) so they would presumably have fairly high standards, but on the other hand we have a new Fred Krueger who looks nothing like Robert Englund and the beautiful Heather Langenkamp has been replaced by yet another bland Hollywood starlet.
What’s happened in Hollywood? You used to have people you could pick out of a lineup, but now everyone has no character in their face. I mean, Eliza Dushku? Katee Sackhoff? Pur-leeze, if they passed me on the street I wouldn’t be able to tell them apart from any other ‘beautiful’ girl.
However, the trailer makes it look rather good. I will try to give it a fair chance, maybe the new Freddy will be good, even if the blando new Nancy will suck some of the life out of it.
Well episode 6 is finally in the virtual can. At last I can move on to the final episode. Oh what a relief!
I’ve managed to clean up a ‘Billy-fluff”. He says during the throneroom scene “I’m far from unwell” and I’ve managed to successfully perform a seamless edit on the “un-” to give Mr Hartnell a bit more credibility. It’s unfair that fandom laughs at his fluffs as all Doctors have made fluffs but the black and white doctors didn’t have the saving grace of editing and retakes. I remember removing a fluff from the courier in episode 7 the last time round, so I’ll have to remember to do that again.
But whenever Ian says “we’ll never escape Kublai Khan’s Cathay” I always hear it in my mind’s eye as a little establishment selling pots of tea and doing fry-ups. Ah well!
Stevie Wonder (talented though he is) is not legendary. Tell me the legend of Stevie Wonder. Did he slay a dragon? Did he fly to the Sun only for his wings to melt? Did he trick an ogre into a bottomless pit? I think not. This is also true of “the proverbial”.
I hear podcasters say “I apologise profusely”. No you do not. Profusely is a description of how you apologised. You cannot just add it to “I apologise” to ramp up the level of your apology. I can name another podcaster who says “I recommend highly“. Same rule applies.
Also, you cannot say (and I’m sorry, but I’m aiming this at american podcasters as most of them seem to do it) that something is “very unique”. Something is not quite unique, very unique or even slightly unique. Unique is an absolute. A thing is either unique or it is not, there are no degrees of uniqueness. Don’t they teach you anything in school?
Adding the suffix -ish to a word does not make a new word. Stop it.
Ooh poor lovey’s a bit poorly is he? No he bloody isn’t, he’s unwell, ill or sick.
Popularised by The Sun this word is a particular abomination, like the way they misuse Hero. I am not a folk.
Awww what a sweet kiddy. Look at him, 2 yrs-old but he waves that placard so well.
OK you may have guessed I don’t like babytalk. It’s sickening. I used to go out with a girl who called me Sweetie.
I remember when this used to be used about cats. God I’m old.
Ugh, was there really a difference between Chill and Relax?
When we learned about wars in school we were told about who defeated who and details of where and when. But we were never told the details of war. What exactly are the processes of the last few days of war? How does an army surrender to another? How much fighting is done when the inevitable fact arises that your side is about to go belly-up.
Downfall is a 2004 German-language film about the end of World War II from the Berlin Bunker viewpoint. I went into this film thinking it was all about Hitler and it really isn’t. It’s mostly concerned with the people who surrounded him, the Secretaries, the Generals unable to get the man to accept defeat. The man himself is utterly unable to comprehend that the writing’s on the wall, but one can’t help thinking is it because he snapped or because of what we now believe to be Parkinson’s disease which was affecting him?
I’ve just finished watching the 1980 documentary Death of a Princess. It’s a dramatisation of the events in 1977 where a nineteen year-old Saudi princess was executed on a trumped up charge, along with her equally young lover.
I have virtually no knowledge of Islam or the Middle East so it was a bit of a revelation for me about the society there. Apparently little has changed there in 30 years. Women are segregated (to a far harsher degree than black people were in America) and Princesses have even less freedom than the ordinary woman (who has very few freedoms indeed).
I first heard about these events many years ago from a Not the Nine O’Clock News LP where they make a spoof apology to the Saudi government (in reality a huge controversy occurred because of the film).
I’ve pulled out a scene from the film and you can see it here. It debunks some myths about Islam which I was suprised at, particularly that veils and the rights of women are nothing to do with Islam. Quite the reverse. Women in those days were equals to men with positions of authority and everything.
Please seek out a copy of the film, it’s very enlightening.