|Monday 18 November 2002,
|Please update your
I've finally taken the plunge and opened up Sore Eyes v2 - a
new site with all the linky goodness you're accustomed to, plus such modern amenities as a CSS-based
design, permalinks and a comments system. I hope you'll update your bookmarks and come visit the new
This site will remain, but all new weblog entries will be made at soreeyes.org. Once I've finished twiddling with the new site's CSS and
otherwise adding bits and bobs like a search function I'll be turning my attention back to this site with
a view to developing it as a proper personal site, as opposed to the weblog with links to a minimal
amount of non-weblog content which hasn't been updated in about two years.
I hope I'll see you over at soreeyes.org.
|Sunday 17 November 2002,
Joel Splosky on The Law of Leaky
Abstractions. A very good, clearly written essay on how easy it is for software
intended to protect users - or programmers, for that matter - from complexity to cause almost as many
problems as it resolves. (See, for example, almost any product designed to allow you to produce web
pages without writing a line of HTML. If it's from Microsoft, that goes double.)
He starts out by explaining how the internet works:
Imagine that we had a way of sending actors from Broadway to Hollywood that involved putting
them in cars and driving them across the country. Some of these cars crashed, killing the poor
actors. Sometimes the actors got drunk on the way and shaved their heads or got nasal tattoos, thus
becoming too ugly to work in Hollywood, and frequently the actors arrived in a different order than
they had set out, because they all took different routes. Now imagine a new service called Hollywood
Express, which delivered actors to Hollywood, guaranteeing that they would (a) arrive (b) in order
(c) in perfect condition.
Odd as this sounds, it's a very fair analogy.
It's not that people shouldn't use WYSIWYG HTML editors, or fancy string libraries with their C++
compiler. It's more that pushing an abstraction too far can have consequences that take a lot of
cleaning up and will require an understanding of what lies beneath the abstraction.
|The Voyage of Terry Waite's Clogs. Every
bit as bizarre - not to mention quintessentially English - as it sounds.
AbiWord up. Andrew Leonard meets
the community of developers working on the AbiWord word processor.
Not only is contributing to a free-software project a good way to keep your skills sharp and
build a résumé, but, Eric Sink observes, "People keep doing it because they like doing
it. It compares very, very favorably to working for stupid corporations who ask developers to build
projects that they then throw away, or to writing really good code and than have bad marketing put in
front of it. Those kinds of things are very unsatisfactory for developers."
I hadn't looked at AbiWord since version 0.7, so after reading this article I downloaded the current Windows version. It's a seriously useful little
program nowadays, and it's a hell of a lot faster on my oldish PC than word processor component of
OpenOffice. I'm not likely to uninstall OpenOffice any time soon, because I find that for home use I
need a spreadsheet at least as often as I do a word processor and I find it useful to have to learn
only the one program, but if I had a friend who needed to read and write MS Word documents and do
simple word processing I wouldn't hesitate to suggest AbiWord.
What is satisfactory is to receive the plaudits of your peers and to create code that people
actually use. It's not about beating down Bill Gates (although Microsoft, by every indication, is
increasingly obsessed with beating down free software), it's not about making oodles of bucks, it's
not even about being the best.
|Saturday 16 November
2002, 19:20 GMT
Star Links is a
general-purpose version of the Oracle of Bacon,
designed to allow you to figure out how many links separate any two film actors. It's surprising just
how close seemingly disparate actors are:
Not a new concept, I know, but fun to play with.
|Is a 60ft lava lamp your
idea of a tourist attraction? I don't know how far I'd go out of my way to see one, but if
I was passing I'd certainly stop and take a look. (Especially at night.)
[Via Windowseat Weblog]
|Sculptor gets the lead out with
miniature carvings. Astonishing sculptures, carved directly into the graphite core of
an ordinary pencil. Without the aid of a magnifying glass.
|Friday 15 November 2002,
|Despair Inc's Demotivators Calendar for 2003 is now
available. Hilarious stuff. My favourites this year are Indifference, Intimidation and Motivation.
|Steven "FEED" Johnson now has a weblog. This one
is going straight on my Daily Reads list.
|Lords of risky
programming. A couple of years ago US TV networks went through a spell where they
imported any number of quiz show and reality TV formats from the UK. Now they're repeating the process,
only this time they're looking to produce localised versions of comedy shows like The Kumars At No
42 and Coupling.
As it happens I'm not a fan of either show, but the general question of how far it's necessary to
translate concepts for the US market intrigues me. Despite all the clever people working on the job and
the masses of experience of what works and what doesn't, I have the impression that there are a lot more
failures than successes. This applies as much to simply importing shows as it does to attempts to create
a localised version of an imported show. Look at all the US sitcoms and dramas which end up being shown
on weekday afternoons on Channel 4, or at 2am on ITV. "Two nations divided by a common
I'd be fascinated to see what would happen if a US network tried to come up with an americanised
Spaced or The Book Group. I suspect that I wouldn't appreciate the results. But
then, I doubt I'd like an ITV version of Buffy much. Just imagine: Robson Greene as Angel.
Ross Kemp as Spike. Denise Van Outen as Buffy. How terrifying is that? (Not in a good way,
[Via I Love
|Princess Leia's Metal Bikini. Yes, it's
about exactly what you think it is.
|Thursday 14 November
2002, 22:45 GMT
|What happens if you bring together a barcode reader, a
wireless internet connection and Google? The future of consumer activism, or a perfect
excuse for companies to redouble their efforts to control what people say about them on the internet?
|Do you remember the news stories
earlier this year about the nine miners who were trapped in a flooded Pennsylvania mine for
It turns out that the Quecreek Nine are distinctly unpopular in some quarters nowadays,
primarily because the accident has prompted a number of official investigations of the way the mining
company operated the mine prior to the accident. One potential consequence of all these inquiries (at
least as the company, and some of the remaining employees, see it) is that the mine could go out of
business, devastating the town's economy. And that's before you consider the possibility that the miners
- who almost died in the incident, after all - might sue the company.
Somehow I doubt that the forthcoming TV movie will include this story as a coda to their tale of
|Stu over at
feeling listless points out a homage to
My So-Called Life in Cameron Crowe's Jerry Maguire. Actually, make that two
homages. Very cool indeed. (And yes, I'd love to see Cameron Crowe direct an MSCL movie.)
|Wednesday 13 November
2002, 23:55 GMT
|I haven't got any
links to post this evening, but I think I've got a good excuse.
When I got home from work I found the Extended Edition DVD of The Lord of the Rings: The
Fellowship of the Ring waiting for me, courtesy of those nice people at Amazon. Naturally, I had
to devote 3½ hours of my evening to watching it.
If you've seen the theatrical version of the film then I don't need to tell you that it's about as good
and faithful adaptation of Tolkien's epic as you could reasonably hope for. The additional footage is
definitely worth having, particularly the gift-giving by Galadriel. I haven't even begun to work my way
through the two discs of extras, but judging by the contents list there are plenty of treats yet to
One unfortunate effect of watching the DVD is that I'm now even more impatient for the opening of
The Two Towers. And then I'll have to wait another 12 months for The Return of the
King. It's not fair!
|Tuesday 12 November 2002,
things that the Mozilla browser can do that IE cannot. Some of the entries on the
list would make the average non-geek go "huh?" whereas others are rather vague ("Easily installed" is a
value judgement, and in any case it can be said that Internet Explorer is "easily installed" on your
average Windows system since it requires no effort at all to install a program which is already
present) but there are a fair number of solid plus points for Mozilla too. And you can't argue with
101. Giant lizards are cool
Much more exciting than a blue e.
Have you ever wondered how John Cleese would tell the story
of Superman? Wait a little while and there'll be no need to wonder:
"John and his partner, Kim Howard Johnson, have come up with a Superman Elseworlds called True
Brit," said Carlin. "It's 'What if Superman's rocketship lands in England and the tabloids chase him
It promises to be an ... interesting ... enterprise.
|The Terkezi Oasis in the Sahara
desert, as seen from Earth orbit. Yet another spectacular Astronomy Picture of the
|Joss Whedon is TV's Cult Hero.
Yet another Joss Whedon interview, this one giving a decent overview of his career to date.
(NB/- the article contains spoilers for all Buffy viewers based in the UK, and
especially for BBC2 viewers. There aren't any significant spoilers for Angel and
[Via The Sideshow]
|Monday 11 November 2002,
|Ghostzilla is the browser of choice for people who aren't supposed to be
browsing the web at work.
Although it won't stop your sysadmin from spotting your browsing in his log files, it will make it
harder for colleagues looking over your shoulder to notice that you're browsing the web. (It's also a
really neat trick for Mozilla to disguise itself like this.)
HTTP 404 Porn Not Found.
The porn cannot be displayed
The porn you are looking for is currently unavailable. The Web site might be experiencing technical
difficulties, or your cramped, sticky fingers may have typed in the wrong URL.
Please try the following:
* Click the Refresh button, or take a cold shower and try again later.
|Davezilla lives in a lovely neighbourhood.
|Sunday 10 November 2002,
|An amazing video of a round of
Tetris from the 2001 Japanese Tetris Championship.
(NB/- 13MB MPEG video file.)
[Via Boing Boing]
|Far Side cartoons Made
Real. Madness, I tell you. Utter madness!
My favourites are If we pull this off... and
Over in rec.arts.sf.written,
Elf Sternberg gives us all an insight into the high-precision marketing tactics used to signal just
what type of romance novel you're buying:
[...] Consider your favorite scenario: A clock means that the protagonist finds the man of her
dreams in a whirlwind romance that proceeds from introduction to love scene to marriage proposal
within a weekend. A stork means that the woman finds the man of her dreams, love scene, marriage, and
gives birth to a perfect baby before the book ends. A carriage, on the other hand, indicates the
"unwed mother" scenario. A badge means that the protagonist wants and needs a protector, a strong man
who can defend her against something, and usually he's a perfect lover and companion and ultimately
husband as well.
I can't say that I've noticed similar tactics being used on science fiction readers - at any rate, not
with such precision-guided targeting - but the question is whether my subconscious is getting the
message loud and clear. If anything, I'd say that the problem with the cover art on many SF novels is
that it bears little resemblance to the contents of the book.
It's as targeted, as direct, and as cynically manipulative of the reproductive instincts of the
human female as "Three hot bi babes do it all for you!" is of the human male's. And many women buy it
as readily as guys do porn.
As it happens I buy such a high proportion of my books online nowadays that all I usually see of a new
novel's cover art is the tiny image on the Amazon web site. The only times I've ever bothered to look
at the larger version on the site are when someone has told me that the image is spectacularly tacky.
(The most common offenders: Baen Books, whose covers for Lois Bujold's Vorkosigan novels are usually
dreadful.) I suppose an artfully designed cover might reassure me that I've made the right choice, but
I find that cover art is more likely to put me off a book than make me think it's worth buying. (At
least, that's what I keep telling myself. There's probably someone in a romance newsgroup posting right
now about how carefully the artwork on SF book covers hints at the content within.)
| An elderly Belgian who was
estranged from his family
was killed by one of the boobytraps he set up in his house. His intention seems to have
been to ensure that whoever came snooping around his house wouldn't survive the experience.
I don't know about turning it into a Hollywood
movie, but I can certainly see it as a video game.
|Saturday 9 November 2002,
|It looks as
if Channel 4 is going to move The West Wing to
yet another timeslot for season 3. Saturday evening isn't a terribly inconvenient slot
for me, but it's sad to see yet another classy import being messed around by Channel 4's schedulers. (See
also Homicide, Angel, Futurama, Party of Five,
Oz, to name but a few.)
[Via More a way of
Doyle Do to Microsoft What the Rest of the Computer Industry and the Department of Justice Couldn't
Do? If Mike Doyle's firm wins its patent infringement lawsuit against Microsoft then
the web browser business could get very interesting indeed.
The trouble is, comments like this from Doyle make me very nervous:
"Is there any practical settlement amount that is worth more to Eolas than a victory at trial?
Considering the facts in the case and the magnitude of the stakes here, a highly likely outcome is
that it will actually go to trial, and, once it does, that a jury will award us both damages and an
injunction. Injunction is the key word here. That is what patent rights provide: the power to
exclude. What if we were to just say no? Or, what if some other big player were to acquire or merge
with us? What if only one best-of-breed browser could run embedded plug-ins, applets, ActiveX
controls, or anything like them, and it wasn't IE? How competitive would the other browsers be
without those capabilities? How would that change the current dynamics in the Industry?"
If I read this correctly, all this case really amounts to is an opportunity to hand the power to define
how applets and plug-ins work from one commercial entity with monopolistic tendencies to another
company which might well end up being every bit as platform-centric as Microsoft are. I'll grant you
that in the short term anything that shifts the balance of power on the PC desktop away from Microsoft
is a good thing, but in the long run web content needs to be created using cross-platform, open
protocols wherever possible. Altering the dynamics of the industry may make Doyle - or whoever buys up
his patents - wealthy, but how will it improve the state of the internet?
Clearly there's a lot more to this case than Bob Cringely has time to cover in a single column. I'll
have to do some googling and catch up on the details.
|Meet Terrifica. She's a
real-life superhero, out to protect lonely single women in New York from the likes of her
I know how funny the article is, but there's a real sadness about Terrifica's, or rather Sarah's, story.
How can you read about someone who says things like "People are happiest when they're alone and
living their solitary lives" without acknowledging that you're reading about someone who must have
been hurt very badly?
Exam. Just the sort of thing to induce panic in anyone during revision:
10 State the principal of mathematical induction.
[Via User Friendly Link of the
Use induction on the question numbers on this paper to show that the fact that you can't do the
first question means that you probably won't be able to do any of the others either.
|If ever I find myself
doubting that Buffy is a cut above pretty well everything else on TV, I need
only look at the programmes that have tried to copy the kick-ass action heroine template. Saturday nights
in the UK bring we terrestrial TV viewers the first seasons of both Alias and Dark
Angel, and tonight's episodes of the two shows revealed just how great the gulf is between the
Slayer and her rivals.
Alias is trundling along nicely, with outlandish plot twists piling up on one another,
giving the viewers as little time as possible to think about just how many absurdities we're being asked
to swallow. The main weakness of the show is that Sydney Bristow just isn't that engaging a character.
Jennifer Garner does as much as she can with the role, but she's not much more than a wind-up doll who is
sent on a mission in order to kick some bad-guy ass and try not to get caught by her bosses as she hands
over yet another bunch of secrets to the CIA. Sydney has friends, but because she's keeping her secret
life, well, secret it doesn't really affect them much beyond the occasional missed rendezvous because she
has to jet halfway around the world to break into a bank vault somewhere. Admittedly this might be about
to change, what with her journalist friend Will getting a mysterious phone call in this evening's
episode, but half the time I wonder why they've bothered to even give the non-secret agent supporting
characters names. The show's pace and style is just fine, but the lack of emotional punch is what leaves
it short of the best of Joss Whedon's work.
As for Dark Angel, I'm afraid they've taken what might have been an interesting scenario
and made it deeply dull. Part of the problem is that there's been so little variation in the types of
story - it's either Max being chased by Lydecker or Max breaking & entering/stealing
something/protecting someone on behalf of Logan - but the major difficulty is that Jessica Alba looks the
part but doesn't have the acting chops to pull off the emotional moments. Take this evening, when it
looked as if she was going to have to go on the run and leave Seattle for good, and then later on when it
seemed that Logan might die following a major operation. Alba's acting just didn't convey how torn Max
was supposed to be at these turns of events. For an instructive comparison, take a scene in the first
episode of Buffy season 6 which was shown last week on BBC2, the one where Giles sneaks off
to fly back to England and Willow, Xander, Anya, Tara and Dawn go to catch up with him and say their
farewells. Without going over the top, each actor managed to convey that they were saying goodbye to
someone who meant the world to them. Alba, in her "goodbye" scene tonight just barely managed a switch
from expression #1 (angry pout) to expression #2 (sullen pout). (Expression #3 (smiling) wasn't required
much in this evening's episode.)
Admittedly, it's not fair to compare the performances of an ensemble of actors starting on the 6th
season of one show with that given by a single actress nine episodes into Dark Angel's first
season. Buffy season 1 also featured an actor who struggled to bring his character to life
(so to speak), but whereas David Boreanaz was one small part of an ensemble cast Alba is the lead
character on her show amd she really needs to be able to convince us that Max is something more than a
kickass chick if we're to care what happens to her. Boreanaz improved enormously in Buffy
season 2, and perhaps Alba will do the same as the weeks go by, but she's much more of a drag on her
show than Boreanaz was on Buffy.
The bottom line: Buffy kicks ass, but she's a very human character surrounded by other very real,
fallible people and supported by some very clever writers. Sydney Bristow's busy double life barely
leaves time for the audience to notice what's going on around her as the writers spin out yet one more
complicated plot development. Max's amazing physical prowess is irrelevant if we don't care about what
she's going through and we see her doing the same things week after week.
(Yes, I do know that Dark Angel was cancelled after two seasons. Whether this was because
of the deficiences in Alba's performance remains to be seen by those of us who only have access to
|Friday 8 November 2002,
|Digiguide version 6 has been released. For those of you who
haven't come across it, it's an electronic programme guide for British TV and radio. It's one of the most
useful pieces of software I own. Not because it lets me watch more TV, but because it lets me identify
the TV I'm interested in and ignore the rest. For example, I can ask Digiguide to show me all New Series
after I've downloaded new listings, then mark the ones I want to see. I can ask it to highlight all the
Films that are on over the next couple of weeks, or show me all the programmes featuring a particular
star, or remind me that the late-night uncut repeat of Buffy is on BBC2 in fifty minutes
from now so that I'll remember to put a tape in the VCR.
The new version of Digiguide is easier to use, better looking and more flexible: what's not to
|Charlie Stross has been playing with the AlphaSmart
Dana, a cross between a Cambridge Computers Z88 and a Palm PDA.
It sounds like a seriously useful product for writers and journalists, who can certainly use a cheap
portable with a good keyboard. Most other potential laptop users will find that PalmOS a rather
unsatisfactory replacement for Windows. If they'd licensed the OS and built-in applications used by Psion
in the Series 5 they'd have a much more useful general-purpose "laptop-alternative." (Yes, I know the
Series 5 is "obsolete." You wouldn't know it from using it.)
|Thursday 7 November 2002,
|The Obsolete Computer Museum makes me come over all
nostalgic. The collection is by no means complete - where's the Sinclair QL, the Psion
Organiser or the Atari 520STM - but it's still well worth a look for anyone who remembers the first
couple of generations of personal computers.
I was a little dismayed to see a Psion Series 5 in the collection. It's a real shame that Psion ended up
concentrating on the Symbian OS and abandoned the consumer market, because they understood the difference
between a portable computer and a desktop system like nobody else.
[Via User Friendly Link of the Day]
Over at CHUD, Devin Faraci
reminisces about A Life In
Giving the internet to people like me, who had been so used to scouring the Earth for the
smallest scrap of information about a movie, was sort of like giving a nail gun to a caveman. You can
be sure everything in the joint is going to end up nailed to everything else in the joint, including
the caveman. That was how it was back in the dark days of the late 90s - one of the first things I
did when I got to work (the only place I had internet access) was to check to find out if anyone knew
what color Bail Organa's underwear was going to be.
[Via I Love Everything]
|Wednesday 6 November
2002, 21:25 GMT
|The producers of
The Matrix: Reloaded have finally put out a teaser poster featuring Monica
No doubt even as I type this Usenet posters are feverishly debating the significance of the fact that
her teaser picture is the only one in the first set where the subject's head falls entirely within the
shot. Me, I'm just happy that they found something even sexier than black leather for her to wear.
(Excuse me, I have to go and take a cold shower now...)
[Via Dark Horizons]
|Kage Baker interviewed by Caitlin Lyon
for the Banshee Studios ezine.
Baker's series of short stories, novellas and novels about the time-travelling activities of The Company
is consistently entertaining and intriguing, not least because she obviously does a lot of
research into the places and situations her characters encounter.
Most of Kage Baker's short stories and novellas about The Company are available very cheaply (and
entirely legally) at Fictionwise, which serves as an ideal way
to get a taste of her work at very little cost.
Genius? Ian Rothkerch interviews Brian De Palma about his latest film, Femme
Fatale, and discusses his roller-coaster career:
How do you respond to those age-old charges that you're a misogynist?
Arnie in a negligee? I'm going to have nightmares tonight.
It comes out of making my thrillers in the '70s and early '80s; I had women as protagonists and we
had a strong feminist movement emerging. If you put a woman in a situation where she's gonna get
killed or chopped up or stabbed, you were a misogynist. I make thrillers; I think women in peril are
more interesting than men; and I like to have a woman in a negligee wandering around in a dark house
rather than Arnold Schwarzenegger. I'm sorry. It works for me better.
|Tuesday 5 November 2002,
Wee. Quite remarkably tasteless.
Pete Townshend reviews Kurt
As a songwriter and rock architect, I was interested to look behind the creative process of
Kurt Cobain. Nirvana's second album, Nevermind was a breath of 'punk' fresh air in the musically
stale early Nineties. So I picked up this book searching for connections. Where might a particular
lyric idea have begun? What, for example, is behind the smart, striking and ironic wit of 'Smells
Like Teen Spirit'? If this sounds rather professorial, that's me, the first proprietor of the rock
academy of lyric analysis.
Make sure you have working permalinks. Bad permalinks keeps people from linking to you.
I'm working on the permalink thing, honest...
Read "How to Win Friends and Influence People" and apply it to a cyber setting. People like to be
liked. Except for the sick puppies who like to be hated. Any way that you can express that in a blog,
Chase the white rabbit all the way back to its hole. Be sure to credit sources, and credit their
sources when it's appropriate.
|Jamie's Kitchen, which started on
Channel 4 earlier this evening, was a surprisingly enjoyable effort.
I've never watched one of Jamie Oliver's cooking programmes, and like about 98% of the country I'm sick
to death of those Sainsburys adverts, but despite all this Oliver came across as a decent guy who was
looking desperately for some youngsters who shared his passion for cooking.
I wish they'd revealed who the final 15 would be in the first episode instead of making us wait until
next week, but assuming that they reveal who made it first thing next week that should leave plenty of
time for us to look on as the trainees (and Jamie Oliver, for that matter) find out just what they've let
themselves in for. I can't help thinking that there's going to be a horrendous attrition rate over the
next few weeks. It should be fun to watch, anyway.
|Can I just say how
much fun it is to watch the Tories do a terrific impersonation of the Labour Party
circa 1981. If Iain Duncan Smith is Michael Foot, does that make Michael Portillo the Tory Tony
|Monday 4 November 2002,
Gates A Fish...
... and he'll buy some tartar sauce to go with it.
Teach Bill Gates to fish, and he'll build a tartar sauce factory and eventually corner the market.
The tartar sauce won't be as good as some other tartar sauce, but people won't mind, they'll just
think that that faint hint of mercury is how tartar sauce is supposed to taste.
Victory on Points. Via MemeMachineGo!, a story which requires
no comment from me: the tale of an encounter between philosopher A J Ayer and "Iron Mike" Tyson.
At yet another party he had befriended Sanchez [Fernando Sanchez, a fashionable designer famous
for women's underclothes]. Ayer was now standing near the entrance to the great white living-room of
Sanchez's West 57th Street apartment, chatting to a group of young models and designers, when a woman
rushed in saying that a friend was being assaulted in a bedroom. Ayer went to investigate and found
Mike Tyson forcing himself on a young south London model called Naomi Campbell, then just beginning
her career. Ayer warned Tyson to desist. Tyson: "Do you know who the fuck I am? I'm the heavyweight
champion of the world." Ayer stood his ground. "And I am the former Wykeham Professor of Logic. We
are both pre-eminent in our field; I suggest that we talk about this like rational men." Ayer and
Tyson began to talk. Naomi Campbell slipped out.
|How cute is this?
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Roz Kaveney (Ed.),
Reading The Vampire Slayer
Joss Whedon et al,
Tales of the Slayers
Bloodsucking Fiends: A Love Story
Ursula K Le Guin,
Arthur C Clarke,
A History of the World in 10½ Chapters
Babylon 5 Season 1 (DVD)
Buffy The Vampire Slayer (BBC2)
Dark Angel (C5)
Scrapheap Challenge (C4)
The Simpsons (BBC2)
Ghost in the Shell (DVD)
The Bourne Identity
Men In Black II
The Matrix (DVD)
Star Wars: Episode II - Attack of the Clones
The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the
Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back
Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (DVD)
The Fast and the Furious
Planet of the Apes
Cats & Dogs
The Mummy (DVD)
Bridget Jones's Diary
Final Destination (DVD)
Faith No More
Music for a Darkened Theatre, Volume Two
Pet Shop Boys
The Very Best of Elton John
The Red Shoes
We Love Life
The Dandy Warhols
Origin of Symmetry
Free All Angels
William Shakespeare's Romeo + Juliet (OST Volume 2)
Jordan: The Comeback
They Might Be Giants
Electric Light Orchestra
Out of the Blue
There Is Nothing Left To Lose