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So of course I had to go and see if the sale includes my very favourite Hard Case Crime book, the pioneering hardboiled detective tale The Valley of Fear by A. C. Doyle. It does. (That said, I don't know if the e-book version would be as worthwhile; a lot of what makes the Hard Case edition of The Valley of Fear so great is in the physical presentation.)
Toggle Commented Aug 13, 2014 on Hard Case Crime Sale at Z-Machine Matter
The Two Secrets of Dr. Who were never in serious consideration: the producer ruled them out as soon as he read the memo, because he wanted the Doctor to be a (grumpy but) trustworthy father figure, and a proponent, not an opponent, of science. Somewhere in the archives, there still exists his personal copy of the memo, with a rude word in his handwriting written in the margin next to the Second Secret.
Unless I'm missing a word, September 2009 is still the most recent one. One month a year is not usually counted as "ridiculously often".
Toggle Commented Nov 11, 2010 on Waking the Witch at Rixosous
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Susan: Entirely the wrong corner of the continent, I'm afraid. I'm over in Western Australia.
Toggle Commented Aug 26, 2010 on First, an Adventure at Rixosous
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Susan: Alas, no. I have too many commitments elsewhere at the same time. (The universe seems determined to make me regret this.)
Toggle Commented Aug 25, 2010 on First, an Adventure at Rixosous
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Congratulations and best of luck! (Yes, somebody just said that, but it was exactly what I wanted to say, so I'm saying it again.)
Toggle Commented Aug 24, 2010 on Flying Free at Rixosous
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*whistles innocently* *stands in front of suitcase in such a way as to hide the drainpipe sticking out at one corner*
Toggle Commented Aug 24, 2010 on First, an Adventure at Rixosous
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All my fingers, with a reasonable attempt to involve my thumbs. And, as Serge says, toes.
Toggle Commented Aug 6, 2010 on Black swan and other astonishments. at Rixosous
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Incidentally, the host of Radio National's weekly language programme pronounces in "vuvuvu". In case that strikes you as more appealing than any of the already-discussed alternatives.
Toggle Commented Aug 1, 2010 on WWW: Wake at Rixosous
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Serge, what it comes down to is that the World Wide Web is not the whole internet. Web addresses began with 'www' to distinguish them from any of several other kinds of internet service (of which, as Mary Aileen has mentioned, ftp was and is a common one). An internet server like rixosous.com might have www.rixosous.com, the web site, and ftp.rixosous.com, the FTP service, and gopher.rixosous.com and telnet.rixosous.com and... It seems to be the case these days, though, that for much of the general public the Web is the internet, and increasingly the web site has become the default service. This web site still has a 'www' on the front, but if you type just 'rixosous.com' into your web server, that will get you the web site too. Or then there's nielsenhayden.com, which doesn't have a 'www' on the front.
Toggle Commented Aug 1, 2010 on WWW: Wake at Rixosous
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and how awful the modern generation of dancers are It occurs to me that "how awful the modern generation of X are" is a popular theme for nearly every possible value of X.
Toggle Commented Jun 23, 2010 on Off to Stanford at Rixosous
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...it's gone very quiet around here.
Toggle Commented May 26, 2010 on Steampunk World's Fair Schedule at Rixosous
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... I didn't realise how long that was until I posted it - the edit box only shows a few lines at a time.
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0:00 - London Films production bumper 0:09 - zoom in from space - ? 0:14 - the Thames - ? 0:16 - a bridge - ? 0:19 - weird stuff in the sky - ? 0:20 - Tower Bridge - ? 0:22 - more weird stuff in the sky - ? 0:24 - the Gherkin - ? 0:26 - view through green rangefinder thing - ? 0:27 - Canary Wharf Tower - ? 0:29 - Westminster - ? 0:31 - Tower Bridge - ? 0:32 - walking plants - ? 0:34 - overhead at night, moving lights, explosions - ? 0:37 - Doctor Who, The Dalek Invasion of Earth 0:39 - Doctor Who, The Invasion 0:42 - The Prisoner, don't know the episode 0:45 - Doctor Who, The War Machines 0:48 - Doctor Who, The Dalek Invasion of Earth 0:52 - Doctor Who, The Empty Child 0:56 - a set of loudspeakers, with Westminster in the background - ? 0:57 - V for Vendetta 1:00 - clouds gather - ? 1:01 - smoke and ruins - ? 1:03 - Reign of Fire 1:05 - smoke, ruins and a helicopter - ? 1:07 - I *think* this is Battersea Power Station as it was in Doctor Who, Rise of the Cybermen/The Age of Steel 1:08 - Nineteen Eighty-Four 1:13 - Doctor Who, Aliens of London 1:17 - strange lights in the night sky - ? 1:19 - actor I probably should recognise in deserted streets - ? 1:23 - walking across a bridge at night - ? 1:26 - Doctor Who, The Web of Fear 1:29 - Konga, I presume 1:33 - Doctor Who, The Empty Child 1:37 - Doctor Who, Doomsday 1:40 - London bus - ? (?The Mummy Returns, maybe, but since we can't see any of the people...) 1:42 - grey wolf with bloodstained jaws - ? 1:44 - Reign of Fire 1:46 - Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince 1:48 - old-timey London - ? 1:49 - Doctor Who, The Shakespeare Code 1:53 - Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince 2:01 - animated fireworks, tickertape, etc. - ?Steamboy? 2:14 - ?The Avengers? 2:18 - The Prisoner, title sequence 2:20 - Doctor Who, Voyage of the Damned 2:28 - clouds rolling in - ? 2:30 - Doctor Who, The Christmas Invasion 2:32 - Reign of Fire 2:34 - weird lights in the sky - ? 2:36 - Doctor Who, The Christmas Invasion 2:39 - The Bed Sitting Room 2:43 - Doctor Who, Rise of the Cybermen 2:45 - No Exit 666 sign - ? 2:52 - Doctor Who, Aliens of London 2:58 - Great Clock of Westminster struck by lightning - ?The Avengers? 3:03 - Westminster Palace blows up - ?V for Vendetta? 3:15 - fireworks - ? 3:20 - Doctor Who, Rose
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Just about all the black & white bits (after the opening) are old-school 'Doctor Who'. There's the Daleks' spaceship from "The Dalek Invasion of Earth", the Cybermen from "The Invasion", the War Machines from "The War Machines", a Dalek from "TDIoE", and the news-seller bit from "The Web of Fear". From NhoWho, there's "The Doctor Dances", "Rise of the Cybermen", "Aliens of London", "Doomsday", "The Shakespeare Code", "Voyage of the Damned", "The Christmas Invasion", and "Rose". The colour clip between the Cybermen and the War Machines looks like "The Prisoner", but I don't know which episode (I admit I've only seen the first one). The later bit with the yellow car is also 'The Prisoner'; it's in the title sequence. Then there's 'V for Vendetta', 'Reign of Fire', 'Nineteen Eighty-Four', 'Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince', 'The Bed Sitting Room', ... (And yes, that does still leave a few for the rest of you.)
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There are adult Roald Dahl novels? His short stories, I knew about, and the memoir; but I thought all his novels were for youngers.
Toggle Commented Jan 23, 2010 on A Night in the Lonesome October at Rixosous
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*eyebrow* Agreement is always to be welcomed, but in point of fact I've never seen 2007's Doctor Strange movie, and I'm fairly confident that consequently I have never expressed an opinion on the number of swords-plucked-out-of-thin-air or Bands-of-Cyttorak it contains.
Toggle Commented Jan 19, 2010 on Tales of the Slayers at Rixosous
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I went to see 'Sherlock Holmes' this evening. I enjoyed it a lot. It helped that, at least to my eye, the writers clearly knew their stuff, so that when there were differences from Arthur Conan Doyle's version, it wasn't just because they didn't know any better. (In that vein, I liked the running joke about Holmes testing things on the dog. That could only have come from somebody familiar with the novels.)
Toggle Commented Jan 16, 2010 on Sherlock Holmes at Rixosous
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No, no! That was a compliment; dreadful puns are the only type worth bothering with.
Toggle Commented Jan 12, 2010 on Hardball at Rixosous
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A series of SF mysteries that I enjoyed is the late Randall Garrett's tales of Lord Darcy, investigator for the Crown in an alternate history where magic is scientifically studied and many things we'd regard as science are considered baseless superstition. (Lord Darcy's sidekick is a sorceror who handles the CSI tasks like casting spells on bullets to find out which gun they were fired out of.) I think you'd like them, Serge; Garrett was also a connoisseur of dreadful puns, and there are some doozies in the Lord Darcy series. The series is, incidentally, an interesting edge case in the what-is-science-fiction? debate. It's got wizards in it, but the stories were originally published in places like Analog Science Fiction and Isaac Asimov's Science Fiction Magazine. Well, there's a lot of stretch in sciency terms like "alternate history" and "psionics", but it also helped, I think, that Garrett played fair - there was magic, but it was magic that followed definite and explicable rules. Roughly half of the stories are locked-room mysteries, and there isn't a one in which the answer is "It was done with magic."
Toggle Commented Jan 11, 2010 on Hardball at Rixosous
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Horatio Hornblower is tone-deaf, and in one of the books (while he's observing some soldiers marching past) it's mentioned that he finds music to be incomprehensible noise, but appreciates a good drum pattern.
Toggle Commented Jan 1, 2010 on Survived! at Rixosous
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I spent the time around midnight at home, catching up on email and blogs I'd let slide over Christmas. Earlier in the evening, I went to a birthday party for a relative. It being summer here, the party was outdoors, in the park at the end of the street. We wound up lying on our backs in the grass, watching bats swoop down on the insects crowding around the floodlights.
Toggle Commented Jan 1, 2010 on Survived! at Rixosous
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The answer to your question, "Why motion capture?", is pretty much "Because Robert Zemeckis". He's apparently made some sort of philosophical commitment to make all his films that way from now on.
Toggle Commented Dec 31, 2009 on Disney's A Christmas Carol at Rixosous
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On ill-fitting mythological analogies: I once read a revenge-fantasy novel in which one of the characters is an overworked and underappreciated graphic designer working for a manager-from-hell who claims all the credit and shifts all the blame. Due to a series of implausible events this margin is too small to contain, he gains an opportunity to leave for a better prospect elsewhere, but first feels obliged to see out the current project, which is to come up with a new branding concept for an airline. So he hits on the idea of suggesting to his manager - knowing that if he really sells the idea, the manager will tell the client she came up with it herself - that the airline should adopt as its emblem "Icarus, the Greek god of flight".
Toggle Commented Dec 20, 2009 on Dear Odyssey at Rixosous
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I'm glad you enjoyed it, Susan. (Other potential readers of the book: I can testify from personal experience that the book is still a whole lot of fun if the person who recommended it to you told you what the Game was, but I agree with Susan that starting in ignorance is the way to go if you can manage it.)
Toggle Commented Dec 19, 2009 on A Night in the Lonesome October at Rixosous
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