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Monday 18 November 2002, 21:10 GMT
Please update your bookmarks.

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 site.

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, 21:40 GMT
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.

[Via Electrolite]
The Voyage of Terry Waite's Clogs. Every bit as bizarre - not to mention quintessentially English - as it sounds.

[Via MetaFilter]
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."

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.
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.
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.

[Via rec.arts.sf.written]
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.

[Via scrubbles.net]
Friday 15 November 2002, 22:30 GMT
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 language" indeed.

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, obviously.)

[Via I Love Everything]
Princess Leia's Metal Bikini. Yes, it's about exactly what you think it is.

[Via parallax view]
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?

[Via Blog.org]
Do you remember the news stories earlier this year about the nine miners who were trapped in a flooded Pennsylvania mine for 77 hours?

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 heroism.

[Via MetaFilter]
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 come.

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, 22:55 GMT
101 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 number 101:
101. Giant lizards are cool
Much more exciting than a blue e.
[Via rc3.org]
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 away.'"
It promises to be an ... interesting ... enterprise.

[Via Bookslut]
The Terkezi Oasis in the Sahara desert, as seen from Earth orbit. Yet another spectacular Astronomy Picture of the Day.
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 Firefly.)

[Via The Sideshow]
Monday 11 November 2002, 22:25 GMT
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.)

[Via MetaFilter]
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.

[...]
[Via dutchbint]
Davezilla lives in a lovely neighbourhood.
Sunday 10 November 2002, 20:30 GMT
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 Tether Cat.
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.

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.
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.

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.

[Via MetaFilter]
Saturday 9 November 2002, 22:40 GMT
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 life....]
Can Mike 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?" (Emphasis added.)
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 arch-enemy, Fantastico.

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?

[Via Blogatelle]
Spoof Exam. Just the sort of thing to induce panic in anyone during revision:
10 State the principal of mathematical induction.

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.
[Via User Friendly Link of the Day]
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 terrestrial channels.)
Friday 8 November 2002, 23:45 GMT
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 like?
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, 23:30 GMT
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 Spoilers:
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 Bellucci.

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.

[Via Blogatelle]
Genius? Hack? 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?

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.
Arnie in a negligee? I'm going to have nightmares tonight.
Tuesday 5 November 2002, 23:00 GMT
Baby Wee Wee. Quite remarkably tasteless.

[Via Orbyn.com]
Pete Townshend reviews Kurt Cobain's journals.
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.
[Via Bookslut]
How to Blog.
Make sure you have working permalinks. Bad permalinks keeps people from linking to you.

[...]

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, do it.

[...]

Chase the white rabbit all the way back to its hole. Be sure to credit sources, and credit their sources when it's appropriate.
I'm working on the permalink thing, honest...

[Via Blogatelle]
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 Benn?
Monday 4 November 2002, 22:10 GMT
Give Bill 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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Recent reading, viewing, listening
~ Books
Robert Charles Wilson,
The Chronoliths
B A Chepaitis,
The Fear Principle
Peter F Hamilton/Ian McDonald,
Watching Trees Grow/Tendeléo's Story
Alfred Bester,
The Demolished Man
Barry Hughart,
Eight Skilled Gentlemen
Ted Chiang,
Stories of Your Life and Others
Barry Hughart,
Bridge of Birds
David Weinberger,
Small Pieces Loosely Joined
Peter F Hamilton,
Fallen Dragon
Various,
Tales of the Slayer Volume 1
Alan Moore et al,
Superman: Whatever Happened to the Man of Tomorrow?
Mark Millar et al,
Jenny Sparks: The Secret History of The Authority
Warren Ellis/Mark Millar et al,
The Authority: Under New Management
Alan Moore et al,
Top 10
Keith Roberts,
Pavane
Linda Nagata,
Vast
Arthur C Clarke,
The Songs of Distant Earth
Beth Hilgartner,
Cats in Cyberspace
J Michael Straczynski et al,
Rising Stars: Power
Charles Stross,
Toast: And Other Rusted Futures
Lois M Bujold,
Diplomatic Immunity
Arthur C Clarke,
The Collected Stories
Bruce Sterling,
Schismatrix Plus
Warren Ellis, John Cassaday et al,
Planetary: The Fourth Man
William Gibson,
Neuromancer
Joe Haldeman,
All My Sins Remembered
Gardner Dozois,
The Year's Best Science Fiction 18
Stanislaw Lem,
Tales of Pirx the Pilot
Roz Kaveney (Ed.),
Reading The Vampire Slayer
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Silver Screen
Neal Stephenson,
Zodiac
Scott Westerfeld,
Evolution's Darling
Christopher Moore,
Bloodsucking Fiends: A Love Story
Joe Haldeman,
The Coming
Ken MacLeod,
Dark Light
Haruki Murakami,
Underground
Brian Stableford,
Halcyon Drift
Ursula K Le Guin,
The Dispossessed
Arthur C Clarke,
Childhood's End
Joe Haldeman,
Forever Free
Christopher Moore,
Practical Demonkeeping
Julian Barnes,
A History of the World in 10½ Chapters
Joe Haldeman,
Infinite Dreams
Neil Gaiman,
American Gods
William Gibson,
Burning Chrome

~ TV
Alias (C4)
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~ Film
XXX
Red Dragon
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Signs
The Bourne Identity
Men In Black II
Minority Report
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Star Wars: Episode II - Attack of the Clones
Ocean's Eleven
The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring
Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back
Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (DVD)
Heartbreakers (DVD)
The Fast and the Furious
Planet of the Apes
Cats & Dogs
The Mummy (DVD)
Bridget Jones's Diary
Final Destination (DVD)
The Gift

~ Music
Moby
18
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Up
Faith No More
Angel Dust
Danny Elfman
Music for a Darkened Theatre, Volume Two
Pet Shop Boys
Release
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Pump
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The Very Best of Elton John
James
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We Love Life
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Get Ready
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Come Down
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Origin of Symmetry
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Free All Angels
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Us
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Garbage
Various Artists
William Shakespeare's Romeo + Juliet (OST Volume 2)
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Jordan: The Comeback
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Flood
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Out of the Blue
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There Is Nothing Left To Lose

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