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31st-May-2030 09:57 am - Friends Only! (Well, mostly...)
As I've posted previously, this LJ is mostly, though not 100% Friends Only. This means that in order to view it properly, you need to have a Livejournal account of some sort, and for you to be on my friends list. Generally, unless there's a Very Good Reason, if you want to be on my friends list, I have to already know you and you have to add me too so I can see your friends-only posts. Quid pro quo & all that.

If you don't have a livejournal account, well, sucks to be you. Go get one. If you haven't got one and/or you're not on my friends list, all you'll see here are occasional posts which I think everyone & his dog ought to read, usually links to elsewhere, or sagas of awful customer service involving crap couriers & the like. On average I update my LJ once to three times weekly, but it's usually only stuff that my friends would be interested in anyway, so if you count yourself a friend of mine, sign up & add me, and then comment on this post.
20th-May-2010 09:22 am - Friday 5
1. How does true love feel to you?
2. What makes you feel warm inside?
3. Have you ever been in true love?
4. What's your deepest wish?
5. What's the one thing making your inside cringe with longing?

No idea why this is out on a thursday, but hey.
1. True love makes you feel warm & safe yet full of adrenaline & amazement that this wonderful person loves you & you want to make them feel just as happy.
2. A pint of coffee!
3. Of course - actually a couple of times. 1st time didn't work out, 2nd time I got married to them & they now have a couple of kids with me. Yay Susan :-)
4. I dunno! To be healthy I guess. I'm really not good at goal-setting: I take others' ideas & make them bloom but I never have much of an idea what I want to do myself, other than eat, sleep, have sex, exercise or play computer games. I'm probably too much in the moment to bother much. I'd like to see direct democracy take hold but I have reservations: we need to revive the classical system of education so that people have the intellectual ability to govern themselves well before we hand that responsibility over to them.
5. Again - no idea. I've got most of what I could ever want: a loving wife & family, a nice car, roof over my head, gadgets & toys. What should I be longing for?
16th-Apr-2009 04:13 pm - Very very frightening - meep!
Poll #1384669 Terrorism? Eek!

Which are you more scared of:

The Government
Something else (leave a comment)
7th-Jan-2009 08:33 am - Writer's Block: Doctor Who?
26-year-old actor Matt Smith was anointed as the eleventh Doctor Who this week. If you were in charge of casting, who would you cast as your ideal Doctor and why?
If money were no object & I could get anyone, probably Chiwetel Ejiofor. As I've said in a comment in one of my friends' journals, his portrayal of the Operative in "Serenity" was pretty close to how I imagine the Doctor to be, though with less martial arts of course. The Operative was someone on whose shoulders the weight of the solar system rested, someone whose whole being was about making a better world. He'd been through hell & had to make some hard decisions, some of which were the wrong ones, but he was a Responsible sort of person, courageous to a fault, ready to die for a better world for everyone else. Of course in Serenity, he had been lied to by his bosses & the better world he was working towards was a fascist nightmare, but once he saw that, he immediately changed his outlook.
So the Operative that Chiwetel played was:
  • Resourceful
  • Intelligent
  • Courageous
  • Ruthless
  • An enemy you really, REALLY don't want.
  • A friend who'll stop armies for you.
  • A (misguided initially) force for good.
Pretty much everything the Doctor is - add to that 900 years of experience & he wouldn't be deceived as easily.
26th-Dec-2008 05:45 pm(no subject)
  1. Do you enjoy reading?
  2. Yes
  3. What is the first book you remember reading?
  4. Noggin the Nog
  5. Who is your favourite author?
  6. I don't have a favourite
  7. What is your favourite book?
  8. Don't really know TBH - I like so many books
  9. What is the last book you read and the first you'll read next?
  10. Currently reading Alain de Botton's "The Consolations of Philosophy". I'm currently quite interested in Socrates, so I may reread Plato's "The Republic", or I'll press on & finish Jean Jacques Rousseau's "The Social Contract".
It's the winter solstice in the Northern hemisphere, summer solstice in the Southern hemisphere, and Haiku Day in the U.S. Does that inspire you to write a three-line poem with five syllables in the first and last lines and seven in the middle line?

The winter solstice
does not inspire me to
write any haikus.
19th-Dec-2008 02:44 pm - Writer's Block: Now Showing
The holiday season is a big time for box office revenues. What Hollywood releases are you looking forward to seeing in the theater this month? What would you not go see even if someone paid you?

I'm looking forward to seeing "Yes Man" - despite being originally set in London, it's been transplanted to the US. British humour rarely translates well when American companies try to make an American version, but Danny Wallace, the author of the book, seems to have been very impressed with the results. They've changed loads & loads of stuff about it so that it's almost a completely new story based on the same basic ideas, and the cast includes people like Jim Carrey & Zooey Deschanel (OMG! *SQUEE* - there are very, VERY few celebrities I give a monkey's cuss about: normally I hate the notion of celebrity but Zooey Deschanel is someone I have a massive crush on & still would if she was I dunno, selling hotdogs at the cinema instead of acting in the film. She's just so excellent. Her & Maggie Gyllenhaal. NOMNOM.) and Terence Stamp, all of whom are very good at their thing so hey, it probably won't be like the excruciating US versions of Red Dwarf or The Office, and may actually not suck at all. So, I say "Yes" to "Yes Man".

On the "No! No NO NUUUUUUUU! DO NOT WANT!" side - "Twilight". A film which frankly makes me wonder, what's the point? I mean, ferchrissakes... No. Just no.
11th-Dec-2008 12:32 pm - Writer's Block: Coast Range
If you had to choose, would you rather live in the mountains or by the ocean?

In the mountains. But ideally they'd be mountains with HUGE lakes like near the borders of Switzerland, France & Italy. I love the Alps. I really loved cycling in the Jura. I love the cleanliness of the Swiss mountain air & the fresh coldness of its lakes, the logic of the Swiss French language & the clean lines of their cities like Biel/Bienne.
8th-Dec-2008 12:29 pm - Writer's Block: Untimely Passing
RIP John Lennon. The list of sudden and unexpected celebrity deaths is long—Princess Di, Heath Ledger, Kurt Cobain, Marilyn Monroe, and many more. Which one affected you the most on an emotional level?

Actually none much really - I'm not into celeb-worship. Everyone dies sooner or later. I was sad that Ian Curtis, Kurt Cobain and Paula Yates killed themselves, because they were suicides & I'm sad that they didn't get to see how lovely life can be. I'm sure they probably got caught up in a sudden stormfront of depression &, despairing of things ever getting any better, they rushed into doing what they did. People tend not to kill themselves in a calm & collected manner, or if they do it's very rare or in a culture where once you have besmirched your honour it's regarded as your duty to kill yourself to save your folks any further shame - but these people were not samurai, nor were they terminally ill. They were mentally ill, and they could have been helped or cured.

At the same time, I think "What a waste, and what utter fucking wankers" because these people inflicted a terrible thing on their partners (in Ian & Kurt's case) & children (in Kurt & Paula's case). How does one deal with the fact that one's dad or mum has killed themselves? Were you not good enough? Did you fail in some way? You were their kid - you should have been the light of their life. How then did they end up killing themselves? You must be shit & worthless. That's the kind of reasoning a kid genetically predisposed towards suicidal depression might engage in following such an event. Also, if it was alright for Dad to blow his brains out, hey, if things get too tough maybe I can take that option too, eh? That kind of thing. So in the end, I don't idolise these poor, suffering idiots, and I don't waste much grief on them either. I just pity them & their families.

I grieve far more for the people I know who've died. Francis Kumahor, Chunky, Andy Metcalfe - these people I miss far more. Fuck celebrity, these are people I grew up with & used to drink with. Good blokes.
Many beloved television shows are no longer with us, like Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Six Feet Under, and Mystery Science Theater 3000. What defunct television show do you miss the most?

Pretty much all the Fox TV Sci Fi shows that got cancelled by the idiot execs.
American TV is quite extreme in its business model - it relies purely on advertising revenue, and as such makes pretty much no allowance for art-for-art's-sake. Quality is always subsumed under popularity, and popularity for shortsighted TV execs always means the domestic US market. They make no allowance for DVD sales or international syndication & as such throw away potential long term cash cows in favour of dumbed down lowest common denominator chewing gum for the brain. If they only knew - the BBC, a publicly funded TV & Radio broadcaster in the UK which has been around as long as radio broadcasts, actually makes around half its revenue from international syndication. It's famous for having made programmes that provoke intense debate & which make you think about the big questions - the TV equivalents of Dickens & Shakespeare. Only occasionally do you see these kinds of programmes come from US TV & then they're usually joint funded by the UK & France or Canada - HBO in partnership with Canal+ or Channel 4 & the like. Series like Band of Brothers stand shoulder to shoulder with Brideshead Revisited & the films of Ken Loach, but they're only possible because of public service broadcast organisations. What people like Joss Whedon need to do is turn to organisations like HBO rather than Fox - Fox see a glitch in the ratings, maybe Bubba in his trailer park didn't quite understand the concepts of last week's episode - and the series is cancelled. You address any kind of issues, provoke any kind of controversy above the intelligence level of Jerry Springer's show, and you lose your platform. It's atrocious, because the US is full of amazing talents like Whedon, stifled by the fast buck.

I'd say I miss Angel the most - the final season was building towards something amazing & then they were just told "You're cancelled - you have a coupel of days to write your season finale & that's it" - and as a result we had the ultimately unsatisfying end that Joss had to throw together. He did a great job given the short notice but really, c'mon - we were robbed.
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