Down the Docks

October 23, 2006

Firefly

Filed under: Uncategorized — ealing @ 12:02 am

I’m a huge fan of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, and by extension, of its writer Joss Whedon. I haven’t seen or sought out much Angel. When I heard about the concept of Firefly a couple of years ago, I wasn’t really driven to see it.

This weekend, though, Firefly (and Serenity) more or less fell into my lap, and I ate them up. After Buffy the Vampire Slayer, I should have realised that Joss’ shows can’t be judged by their names. It’s absolutely awesome, and it’s terrible that it was cancelled. Fox have a lot to answer for.

If you haven’t seen it yet, go buy it now. I know space westerns sound stupid, but this is Joss, and he easily rises above any problems he might set himself. It’s just very, very good.

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October 22, 2006

Fundamentally Wrong

Filed under: Uncategorized — ealing @ 7:43 pm

The chippie along the road offers  ketchup, salt, and mayonnaise, but no vinegar. The man behind the counter tells me that it’s “too dear”. Given that I won’t be buying chips without vinegar, I think this may be the textbook example of a false economy.

October 20, 2006

Amazing Space Thingy Pt II: Private Space Travel

Filed under: Science, Technology — ealing @ 12:07 pm

I wrote about exoplanets a couple of weeks ago. This is the other thing that I find really amazing.

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October 15, 2006

MLP: Making Your Own Fun

Filed under: Uncategorized — ealing @ 3:34 pm

MLP stand for Mindless Link Propagation. It’s the secret ingredient in Fark, Slashdot, Plastic‘s QuickLinks, Digg, and so on. It’s a good portion of what the Internet was made for. Normally I try to stay away from this lowest-common-content format, but today I’m feeling weak. I give you THREE FUNNY THINGS.

October 13, 2006

Moving Flat pt I: Where To?

Filed under: General, Work — ealing @ 1:30 am

I hate moving. I really, really hate moving, even more than Rory Blyth hates it . It’s going to have to happen though.

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October 11, 2006

Party

Filed under: Salsa — ealing @ 1:32 am

Belatedly, I had my thirtieth birthday party on Saturday. It was a joint party with a friend from university. Pictures after the fold.

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Photography

Filed under: Salsa, Technology — ealing @ 12:58 am

It’s tricky, but someone in my family seems to have the knack.

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October 1, 2006

Amazing Space Thingy Pt I: Exoplanets

Filed under: Science — ealing @ 4:39 pm

I’ve been interested in astronomy since I was very young – my interest kick-started by this great book – and much of what I learned over twenty years ago is still true now. There are two areas, though, where a lot has changed in the last decade or so. Here’s the first.

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UK Salsa Congress 2006

Filed under: Salsa — ealing @ 12:41 pm

Another UK Congress. Where to start?

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