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October 30, 2004

Most stressful US election EVER

Filed in: Misc.

Polls swinging this way and that! Accusation! Counter-accusation! Claim! Count-claim! He flip-flops! He lies! He's dull! He's an idiot! Bill Clinton! Mass hysteria! Cats and dogs living together!

The election is only a few days away and it's still anybody's guess who's going to win. Personally I passed the point of getting the urge to scream whenever the issue is raised about a week or so back.

And I'm not even in America.

Posted at 11:13 PM | Comments (1)

October 29, 2004


Filed in: Links.

Have you committed a thought crime today, citizen?

Posted at 8:33 PM | Comments (0)

October 28, 2004

The Alien Words of Fear

Filed in: Doctor Who.

They do it on purpose, I swear... Big Finish authors, that is. I was starting on the DCG entry for Arrangements for War on the weekend, and there was one of those annoying alien words in it that I had to listen to five times to work out what they were saying. In Arrangements the word was "Quisapen", a country on the planet Világ. I'm still not sure whether I've spelt it correctly.

Previous such words include:

I wonder if the original DisContinuity Guide writers had this problem.

Currently we're about 6 audios behind in the Guide. Two entries are in the process of being compiled, and I've at least listened to The Harvest. The next three Doctor Who audios are sitting on my desk, still in their wrappers... taunting me... daring me to unwrap them... ARGH!


Posted at 9:53 PM | Comments (0)

October 26, 2004

It never ceases to amaze me

Filed in: Website Management.

People can get into heated discussions about just about everything, including whether links should be underlined on web pages. Personally I tend to have little trouble distinguishing links, whether they're underlined or not.

Tactical faux pas I've seen today on the web: black text on black background, black text on bright-green background (MY EYES!!!!)

Mind you this is mostly because I've been voting weblogs into industries on BlogShares.

Posted at 9:08 PM | Comments (0)

October 24, 2004

TSV 27

Filed in: Doctor Who, TSV Online.

I now have TSV 27 HTMLed and up on the site.

Jon Preddle's article on the chronology of the UNIT years isn't up, because it's all covered in his book Timelink. Part 2 of Murder at Midnight is, of course, plus an interesting article on the Timewyrm Quartet (Or quadrilogy as I guess it could be called :) and there's also quote a lot more artwork this time.

We'll start to catch up more quickly temporally speaking from now on, as 1991 was the last year to have 6 issues.

Posted at 11:40 PM | Comments (0)

Slap the Candidate!

Filed in: Links.

Best use of Flash EVAR!

Posted at 6:14 PM | Comments (0)

October 23, 2004

R2D2 versus The Goodies

Filed in: TV & Movies.

I was reminded after writing my previous entry that there's an episode of the cult British comedy The Goodies in which R2D2 not only appeared, but did an impression of a Dalek. Unfortunately the Interweb completely failed to cough up any pictures of the event. Bah!

Posted at 11:41 PM | Comments (0)

Link o' the Day: Encyclopedia Obscura

Filed in: Links.

Until about half an hour ago, I had completely forgotten that R2D2 and C3PO once appeared on Sesame Street many years ago. I fully remembered the episode of the Muppets where Luke and co turn up, of course, but the Sesame Street episode had completely slipped my mind for the last 20 or so years since I saw it.

But that's why Encyclopedia Obscura exists - to remind us that there are weird and wonderful corners of life which shouldn't be forgotten. Like stupid tie-in products.

It's cool, go browse.

Posted at 8:36 PM | Comments (0)

October 21, 2004

#1 authority on Pease Pottage

Filed in: Website Management.

A search on Google reveals they rank me as the net's foremost authority on Pease Pottage. Oddly enough, the nearest I've been to England is Chicago, Illinois.

Posted at 5:59 PM | Comments (0)

October 20, 2004

Star Trek: Voyager

Filed in: TV & Movies.

If you've been reading my LiveJournal, you'll know I've been rewatching Star Trek: Voyager starting from the beginning, as a mate of mine is buying the DVD box sets. Now, at the end of season 2, I thought I'd pause, reflect, and make some LiveJournal icons.

Our story so far: Lost in the Delta quadrant, thousands of light-years from home, the crew of Voyager attempt to return to the Alpha quadrant before the network cancels the show.

[Picture of Voyager]

Continue reading "Star Trek: Voyager"

Posted at 9:44 PM | Comments (0)

October 19, 2004

New Doctor Who Logo

Filed in: Doctor Who.

The Doctor Who logo for the new Chris Eccleston series was revealed today. Do we like it?

Sure, why not? Very new-SF and shiny

The desktop-sized version shows more detail. Just what are the strange cylindrical structures behind the CTO and WH?

Posted at 6:19 PM | Comments (1)

October 17, 2004

Reinstalling Windows

Filed in: Computers.

Things I've noted while reinstalling Windows:

  1. The process is far more painful than it should be. The biggest problem is, of course, every piece of hardware needing software drivers. Plug and Play never really did work...
  2. More software needs to keep its settings somewhere other than the registry. I discovered that FireFox must do, because reinstalling Windows wiped out all the settings, extensions and bookmarks. This added extra hassle to an already annoying procedure. In contrast, software like Pegasus runs without me having to reinstall or reconfigure it. This Is Nice. (Of course, even FireFox's way is better than IE, where I have to download the browser all over again.)
  3. Downloading 40 different critical updates is stupid. Microsoft should package them all as one, and update the critical update package every time they issue a new update. Update.

Am currently installing DirectX 9.0c so I can have some games working again. Apple's range of computers is becoming more and more attractive.

Addendum: Am now downloading MSN Messenger, which brings up two more good points: (a) 6.7MB is way too big for an instant message program. (b) "setup9x.exe" is a dumb name for an installer. In three weeks, how will I know what application it's for?

Posted at 6:36 PM | Comments (0)

October 16, 2004

Moby Music news

Filed in: Music.

Moby reports he's finishing his latest albums to be released next March. I have no idea what single he's talking about there though...

Posted at 5:38 PM | Comments (0)

October 13, 2004

Random News

Filed in: Misc.

New Zealand can no longer feel superior to the US regarding the bungling of elections. The recent local body elections here have been well and truly screwed because the computers counting the votes somehow "lost" a good portion of them, throwing the results into doubt.

Florida, eat your heart out.

On BlogShares, this weblog got voted into the sarcasm industry. I was surprised and mystified - I didn't think any of my previous entries had been significantly sarcastic.

I ordered a couple of copies of the DVD of Greg the Bunny from Amazon a couple of days ago. GtB is a brilliant series which was cancelled after only a handful of episodes. It's currently screening here on TV3 late on Monday night.

Although Amazon says the DVD is supposed to be released on the 19th, I got an email today saying it had been shipped. It must have come out early or something. Cool, anyway. When it gets here, I intend to make some GtB LiveJournal icons.

I also bought the two Matrix sequels on DVD today (for $20 a piece. Niiiiice) bringing my total DVD count to Too Damn Many.

Posted at 5:27 PM | Comments (0)

October 12, 2004

Nudging the Proxy

Filed in: Website Management.

As I've mentioned before, I've been having trouble with Paradise's proxy server in that it tends to serve up old versions of documents from without consulting the server. I discovered today that you can prevent this by setting a header when the web server sends the page out. By setting the "Cache-Control" header to "proxy-revalidate", you instruct the proxy server to always recheck the server to see if there's a new version.

Setting this for the NZDWFC message board was trivial. Since it's a CGI script, I just had it write "Cache-Control: private, proxy-revalidate" as one of the headers. (The private argument specifies that the proxy server should not return a copy it cached for one user to a second user. This is essential if you do any sort of personalisation.)

However I wanted to set the header on the NZDWFC index page as well. Here's where it gets tricky. To set the "Cache-Control" header for the index document, I'd have to use the Header directive in my .htaccess file. Unfortunately when I attempted this, it broke the site. I suspect this may mean that the server is not compiled with mod_headers, which it would need to be in order for me to use the Header directive...

I've dropped a question in on the HostForWeb forums to find out if mod_headers is compiled in or not. If it turns out it is, I'm probably just doing something wrong. :) If not, I'll have to find another solution.

Posted at 8:09 PM | Comments (0)

Who ya gonna call?

Filed in: Links.

Mr. Rogers' Ghost Terrorizing Children, courtesy the Weekly World News.

"His ghost is the same as he was in life -- sweet, friendly, soft-spoken -- but when you're a floating, transparent wraith, the effect is totally different. Saying 'Howdy, neighbor' and 'Can you say "death"? ' to a five-year-old when you're a spirit is terrifying to them. Children have been freaking out," says Specter.

Posted at 4:51 PM | Comments (0)

October 11, 2004

Mind-altering Sounds

Filed in: Links.

A workmate 'o mine stumbled on this software called SBaGen which uses your computer's soundcard to generate Sequenced Binaural Beats. From one of the accompanying text files:

The basic idea of binaural beats is that by applying slightly different frequency sine waves to the two ears, a beating affect is created in the brain itself, due to the internal wiring of the brain. If, in the presence of these tones, you relax and let your mind go, your mind will naturally synchronize with the beat frequency. In this way it is possible to accurately lead the brain to various states, according to the frequencies that you apply.


Posted at 7:09 PM | Comments (0)

October 10, 2004

Dalek Chefs

Filed in: Doctor Who.

This morning's Sunday magazine (which comes with the Sunday Star Times) had a story on food critics, which was accompanied by this illustration featuring Dalek chefs. Am now convinced that someone at the Sunday Star Times is a Doctor Who fan - they had a review of Doctor Who Magazine a while back.

I had a look in the article itself, but unsurprisingly there was no further mention of Doctor Who. Shame. :)

[Dalek chefs picture]

Posted at 6:45 PM | Comments (0)

October 7, 2004

Songs I Hate #643572

Filed in: Music.

The radio at work keeps playing the Maroon 5 song "She Will Be Loved". Apparently they find it necessary to play this song at least once an hour, as it seems every time I finish listening to one of my own CDs, the radio is playing the same damn song.

Is there a dearth of songs, perhaps? Decades of pop music, millions of songs to choose from, and the radio is stuck playing the same group of songs hour after hour?

This is why I stopped listening to the radio. That and the fact that all the advertising and DJ chatter meant that you got maybe three songs in a given half-hour period.

Posted at 9:45 PM | Comments (0)

October 5, 2004


Filed in: Music.

Sony abandons copy-protected CDs

Sony Music Entertainment said it would stop producing the CDs because its message against illegal duplication has widely sunk in.

I am happy I'll be able to buy Sony CDs online without the fear it'll turn up and be unplayable. Hopefully the other music companies will do likewise.

Posted at 4:52 PM | Comments (0)

October 4, 2004

Thoughts on Alien versus Predator

Filed in: TV & Movies.

Having finally gotten LJ's feed showing full posts, I'm promptly going to post something under a cut, mainly because it has spoilers in it, but also because it's long. Hopefully I'm doing this right...

This here post is a long ramble I just wrote about Alien versus Predator and it contains spoilers. You'll probably want to skip it if you haven't seen the movie yet and want to, or if you don't really care.

Continue reading "Thoughts on Alien versus Predator"

Posted at 7:15 PM | Comments (1)

October 3, 2004

New Zealand's lax airport security

Filed in: Misc.

The Sunday Star Times reported this morning on how they had reporters sneak box cutters onto domestic flights. The result: an indication of a worrying lack of security.

I wish I was surprised, but I've noticed before that there is very little security on domestic flights.

Take Wellington airport. Last time I took a flight to Rotorua, the routine was as follows: Check main baggage during check in (cabin baggage wasn't inspected), wait at gate for boarding call, let staff check ticket, proceed through door directly onto the taxiing area, board plane from ground. Pretty much the same level of security was in force at Rotorua when I took the plane back (i.e. none whatsoever).

That there hasn't been a terrorist attack here involving an aeroplane is nothing short of a miracle.

Posted at 10:02 PM | Comments (0)

Tetrapyriarbus Zeitgeist for September

Filed in: Website Management.

Because I can't think of anything interesting to say...

Popular DiscContinuity Guide entries

  1. The Natural History of Fear
  2. Creed of the Kromon
  3. Land of the Dead (No, I don't know why)
  4. Davros
  5. Zagreus

Popular musicians

  1. Enigma
  2. Enya
  3. Mike Oldfield
  4. Dead Can Dance
  5. Era

Top archived TSV artwork

  1. Davros (TSV 19 cover)
  2. Daleks playing computer games (cartoon)
  3. Sixth Doctor and Peri cartoon
  4. Peanuts cartoon
  5. Cyberman cartoon

Posted at 5:53 PM | Comments (0)

October 2, 2004

Alien versus Predator

Filed in: TV & Movies.

I went to see Alien versus Predator today with Trevor and Morgan. It was a pretty good action/horror flick with nifty special effects. I saw the ending coming a mile away though.

I was interested to see the movie had one plot element in common with a Dark Horse AVP script I downloaded off the net years and years ago.

Posted at 6:18 PM | Comments (0)


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