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What I should do and what I want to do. [Nov. 21st, 2015|05:03 pm]
[mood |happyhappy]

It's saturday afternoon in north London and it's very cold outside. Now normally on saturdays I go out for a walk in order to use up some energy and not still be awake at 2 or 3 in the morning because I wake up late on the weekends.

Now I should get well wrapped up and brave the frozen wastes chilly streets, but it's very cold, I'm a wimp and the new Jessica Jones show is on Netflix and after that is the alternate history tv series The Man in the HIgh Castle on amazon streaming.

Netflix in bed watching it on the big screen it is.
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Doctor Whoooo spoilers for episodes 1 and 2 [Oct. 1st, 2015|11:06 pm]
Doctor Who has returned to our screens and after watching the first two episodes which I enjoyed immensely I started pondering like many others who the titles of the first two episodes are referring to. The episode names are 'The Magician's Apprentice' and 'The Witches Familiar', I will now not only reveal to you who they are referring to, but why.

Clara Oswald. And here's why, in the first episode the Doctor is referred to as Magician when he's mucking about in a medieval castle, and when all the planes stop in midair who gets called by UNIT? Clara, she's a seasoned traveller with the Doctor and and knows enough about his personality to be able to hone in on where he would be and is respected by UNIT to deal with Missy on her own as she's worked closely with him as if she's his apprentice.

Now for the second episode, 'The Witches Familiar'. Familiars are generally animal spirits referred to as guides or companions to witches or magicians in folklore and seeing as in the second episode Missy and Clara spend the entire episode together where Clare tends to fall into the same role as she does wtih the Doctor, being tested by being asked questions, being taught about the universe and the creatures within it, and it's also a lovely callback to the scene in the first episode where Missy talks about the difference in the releationship between Missy and the Doctor and Clara and the Doctor. She refers to an elderly couple going for a walk with a dog on a leash, to Missy, Clara's the dog.  This fits in with what I've seen as the Master sees all the Doctor's companions as his pets,
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BBC and Vegas [Jul. 17th, 2015|11:17 pm]
Yet again proving my previous posting that I only ever use this LJ for posting videos, I'm posting a video and seeing as it's mid July and I'm not in Las Vegas this year. It'll be a two for one deal today.

First off is an old BBC advert that's an adaptation of the Python's what have the Roman's ever done for us skit that brilliantly done and features a lot of old faces happily annotated in the video, the reason for which is bloody f***ing Tories, not satisfied with destroying the pillars of British society such as the welfare state, the NHS and what little power unions have in this country, are also trying to destroy the BBC the same way they did the NHS last time they were in power, starvation of funds.

On a happier note, the second video is by George Hrab the MC of The Amazing Meeting and he does these marvelous videos at the beginning of every TAM, this one is a pastiche of Pharrel's hit song "Happy" and is instead called Randi.

Here you go, enjoy.

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Happy Towel Day!!! [May. 26th, 2015|09:06 pm]
[mood |cheerfulcheerful]

First off, happy towel day all you hoopy froods.

I saw Mad Max over the weekend and it was an entirely awesome movie which, thanks to the gigantic arseholes that call themselves Men's Rights Activists, my sister also saw and we can talk about how very cool the movie was.

But here's what seems to be the only thing that can get me to update my LJ, a video. It's from the European Space Agency, and they're celebrating Towel Day with a reading from the book.

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Wow, nearly a year [Nov. 28th, 2014|11:59 pm]
[mood |Happy but tired]
[music |Artic Monkeys]

It's been nearly a year since I last updated this journal and a fair bit has changed.

  1. I've grown a beard

  2. lost some weight

  3. met and broken up with a girlfriend

  4. watched some great films

  5. sold hundreds of my old comics

  6. really got into the alternate history forum

Oh, and this evening I came across this interesting philosophical video at Skepticon 7 by Scott Clifton who my US readers may know as an actor from the tv show The Bold and The Beautiful, but I know him as a skeptical/atheist vlogger by the name of Theoretical Bullshit.

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David Cameron's Facebook Movie [Feb. 14th, 2014|01:45 pm]
Our glorious leader.
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DAY OF THE DOCTOR [Nov. 23rd, 2013|09:31 pm]
[mood |jubilantjubilant]

I *actually* flailed. Me, a grown man over 30 years old several times flailed my hands all over the place while watching this show.

To quote many people on twitter, Moffett you magnificent bastard!!!
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Feeling weird [Sep. 2nd, 2013|08:46 pm]
[mood |apatheticapathetic]

Do you every have one of those days where you want to do something, or think you'd enjoy doing something but you really can't build up the effort to do it? I was supposed to be going to a skeptics in the pub meeting tonight and I always enjoy them. I have good chats with people I know, I enjoy listening to the speaker and learning new things, but I just couldn't be bothered to go. Same thing this weekend, I planned on going to the cinema, but instead spent the weekend in tracksuit bottoms and a t shirt.

Hell, I nearly quit writing this blogpost halfway through. Hoping I don't feel like this tomorrow, I've got a D&D game to get to.
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Nine worlds Geekfest [Aug. 15th, 2013|09:39 pm]
Earlier this week I came back from the 1st annual 9 worlds convention that originated on Kickstarter and it was absolutely amazing! I will most definitely be going back again next year after everything I did and saw. I've come back with nearly a dozen books, many either signed or second hand, and compared to what I could have brought I consider this the height of restraint.

The convention was sorted into tracks for all the different subjects from gaming to cosplay, steampunk to feminism. The main tracks I spent most of my time at were scepticism, books, film and fanfic, the last of which I learnt what 'Omegafic' was. Do not google, you cannot unknow this information no matter how much retcon (water) and brain bleach (punch) they had available.

I also played my first board game in nearly twenty years which was a lord of the rings RPG where I played a Dwarf coming to help a band of heroes defending Frodo from a group of trolls and Orcs. I was very badass and killed two apparently fearsome creatures by sneaking up behind them both and smiting them with one blow. I really regret not spending any time in the gaming rooms.

I may have to find a gaming group nearby to play more. I can see how much fun events like DragonCon could be.
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Cat news, job news, and fic news [Feb. 2nd, 2013|12:36 am]
[mood |tiredtired]

Wishing everyone a belated happy new year and a surprised good luck to US readers over Obama's inauguration speech which was overtly liberal and touched on a lot of issues that his supporters find important. It was surprising because Obama's always presented himself and acted as a centrist pragmatic Democrat, and has disappointed his base constantly by his acts on civil liberties and drone warfare. Anyway, good luck to him in his second term.

My cat Sally, who's sixteen years old has been ill lately being very lethargic and not eating went to the vet's again this week and is happily far more active, and she greedily ate all the special food the vet gave us. Due to funding cuts by the Tories our department had to give up the tenancy on our building and move into the council buildings near Finsbury Park where they practice "smart working", this means funnily enough that although everyone else has an official desk and has to lock away their laptop and all their personal items as they don't technically have a personal desk, as I'm on the Front Office team and have to have a "secure working environment" as I deal with official documents, passports, bank statements etc, I'm the only one who gets their own office. Which is very cool.

In fanfic and sceptical news I've come across an amazing piece of writing called Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality. The basic premise is what if Petunia instead of marrying Vernon Dursley, she instead married a scientist. Harry Potter is introduced to the wizarding world and tries to apply rationality and the scientific method to the problems he faces there. It's an Aesop written by AI researcher Eliezer Yudkowsky who also writes at lesswrong.org. Highly recommended.
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