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Movies and TV / Doctor Who Series 4 Spoilers
« on: April 14, 2008, 11:50:46 PM »
So, the Doctor (David Tenant) has returned with Donna Noble the Runaway bride (Catherine Tate) from the Christmas Episode in 2006. So far only 2 episodes have been broadcast on BBC and Im watching it through the magic of bittorrent.

The first episode Partners in crime features a sleuthing Donna acting in much the same role as Sarah Jane Smith ferreting out a company that makes pills that melt away the fat. She and the Doctor are both sleuthing actually and somehow keep missing each other for most of the episode. Then when they finally meet theres a brilliant scene where the two of them are mouthing and gesturing at each other for 5 or six minutes through windows on either side of a room the bad guys are interrogating a reporter in. Five or six minutes! But the best part is when they suddenly realise that the bad guys have been watching them for about 4.

Its awesome...

Pretty much like this...
The Doctor: [mouthing from behind soundproof glass] Donna???
Donna: [also mouthing] Doctor!!!!
The Doctor: But...what? Wha... WHAT??!?
Donna: Oh! My! God!
The Doctor: But... how?
Donna: [pointing at self] It's me!
The Doctor: Well, I can see that!
Donna: oh this is brilliant!
The Doctor: But... what the hell are you doing there???
(Donna's just so thrilled, she waves! Big smile!)
The Doctor: But, but but, why, what, where, when?
Donna: You! I was looking for you!
The Doctor: What for?!
Donna: [miming in a surreal sense while the Doctor looks more and more confused] I, came here, trouble, read about it, internet, I thought, trouble = you! And this place is weird! Pills! So I hid. Back there. Crept along. Heard this lot. Looked. You! Cos they--
[On 'they', gestures and looks towards Miss Foster, who is staring at her. As are the guards. Penny too.]
Donna: [freezes] Oops.
Miss Foster: [out loud] Are we interrupting you?
The Doctor: [mouthing] Run![1]

Rants and Stuff / I want to work in Google Zurich
« on: April 07, 2008, 12:35:07 AM »

Thats obviously the coolest office ever... and not just because of the foosball, and pool or guitar hero breaks... theres a flipping slide down to the canteen!!! and a fire pole!!! and private ski chalet and cable car style meeting rooms!!!! Frankly the place is just an insanely awesome work environment that looks like it was designed by an 8 year old (which is awesome... remember when you used to draw your own secret forts complete with pools and secret tunnels and slides.


I have to go back to a cube farm tomorrow.

Movies and TV / BSG Season 4 -Spoilerific!
« on: April 06, 2008, 01:57:17 AM »
Well the season started off with a huge bang from the cliffhanger of last season. First of all we have 4 crewmembers who are actually Cylons positioned to strike at the heart of the fleet. Col. Tigh, Chief Tyrol, Anders and  Tory Foster. In addition Starbuck isn't dead and isn't a hallucination in Lee Adama's head. The Episode has a pretty awesome battle scene that brings us into the credits, and a much much lower number of surviving human count. now only 39,698.

Everyone thinks Kara Thrace (Starbuck) is a Cylon, when she's clearly just crazy and 2 months late to the party in a brand new sparkly viper. ... Cough red herring cough...  Plus she pulls a gun on Pres. Rosyln (which is Cylony) but there's no way she's the final model. Mostly because its just the first episode back from the long break. Something tells me that this season is going to get very dark as evidenced by Baltar when he accidentally starts a cult and gets some cult leader nookie. Oh and he gets his throat cut, but not enough to die. Also he miracles a sick boy back to life.

Starbuck is the star of this episode, and I have to say she's super whiny right now... "Ohhh I found Earth, why doesn't annnnnnyone believe me?" What I don't get is how she cant realise that it looks super weird when your ship says you've only been gone six hours and you've actually been gone 2 months... um after being blown up with verifiable witnesses and film footage of the event. Not to mention you end up several FTL jumps away from where you got blown up in the first place.

The best subplot going is the 4 cylons, who are all struggling with the knowledge that even though they are toasters... they're also human, or at least associate themselves as such. Keep in mind that they've been Cylons from the beginning and that makes some of their actions really really interesting. Take Anders... He's a former resistance leader who used to blow cylons up... or Tigh, I mean they pried out his freaking eye!  Foster was the one who found loyal humans for the hybrid baby!... Oh yeah and Chief has a kid with Cally... so he's got a hybrid too! Wow. Im really liking the season so far.

Table-Top Games / AT-43
« on: April 05, 2008, 01:51:10 PM »
So, anyone play AT-43? The miniatures look awesome, but the 80 dollar pricetag on the starter box has me freaking out. I like the idea of minis you dont have to paint, lets me play em faster, but if you've played, can you give me an impression of how easy it is to grasp and how concise it is.

Suggestions Box / TWG's mission statement
« on: February 02, 2007, 05:09:00 PM »
Usually these suck, but Im just curious, if we had one what would it be?

Im thinking to entertain people who like RPG's, Computer games, Fantasy or Sci-fi, and to get free stuff.

But I may be way off the mark.

Writing Group / Scrivner Program for writers who use Macs
« on: January 23, 2007, 03:48:46 PM »
Writing a book - or even a single short story or research paper - is about more than hammering away at the keys until done. Research, scrawling fragmentary ideas that don't seem to fit anywhere yet, collecting faded photos from old newspapers, shuffling index cards to find that elusive structure - most writing software is only fired up after much of the hard work is already done. Enter Scrivener: writing software that stays with you from that first, unformed idea all the way through to the first - or even final - draft. Outline and structure your ideas. Take notes. Storyboard your masterpiece using a powerful virtual corkboard. View research while you write. Track themes using keywords. Dynamically combine multiple scenes into a single text just to see how it fits. Scrivener has already been enthusiastically adopted by best-selling novelists and novices alike - whatever you write, grow your ideas in style.

This is a neat program, though maybe a bit pricy for what it does but it is shareware and you can try it for a month for free.

I like the corkboard feature, and I like how it compiles notes and fragments of ideas (you do still have to write them and all)

Rants and Stuff / Studying for my MST 2 Test and Servicewide
« on: January 23, 2007, 02:27:34 PM »
Grrr, I just realized I need me time, you know me time to study and pass a test that means I get way more money. So this week is a massive cramming and personal session for ME.

Role-Playing Games / Shane Hensley of Pinnacle is a real humanitarian
« on: January 20, 2007, 02:14:59 AM »
From the pinnacle website...

Attention Savages! Shane’s putting some of his personal collection up on the auction block to help the Fisher House, a non-profit agency providing “a home away from home” for families of patients receiving medical care at major military and VA medical centers. The auctions can be found at this Ebay Store. More information on the Fisher House can be found at You can also search the eBay auction lists yourself under: PEGINC

And can I say right now the Auction list is AWESOME! All sorts of AWESOME... Check it out, maybe bid and make a Vet's family happy.

Rants and Stuff / Exercise Booster Club
« on: January 17, 2007, 03:44:36 PM »
Circuit Weight and Strength Training 1 hour
 Treadmill 3miles 450 calories

Goooooo me!

Rants and Stuff / Am I growing, or just bored
« on: January 15, 2007, 06:29:36 PM »
So I haven't been around lately, and its totally my fault. I've been writing, working, chatting, and blogging, but not here. Im not sure why. I still love TWG, but I just haven't been getting a lot of return for my buck. Part of it is that I have less time to post during the day. And when I do post nobody seems to be around. I am working on a project, which Im not going to wait for Saint before I post it. It'll be up to Spiggan and the coders to figure out how to make it work, mostly. I hope it works, because I think it'll renew my posting habits.

Everything Else / Podcasts you should be listening to
« on: October 21, 2006, 11:38:15 AM »
Its possible that this will turn into a regular column... in the review sense.

What are podcasts and why should you care?

Podcasts are radio and video shows encoded as MP3's and made availible for download via a RSS feed, which can be picked up by compilers. Some of the best music jukeboxes have RSS feed capability which makes them perfect for gathering these Podcasts and putting them on your portable MP3 Player. You know to take with you, to work or elsewhere.

In a sense it lets you pick and choose your radio in a more interactive way than even satellite radio cant. Like NPR, but only certain shows... subscribe to All Songs considered and let er rip.
That said theres a lot of bad content out there.  So im going to give you a few of the shows I listen to, just to help you out.

This American Life...
Out this week TAL is a American Public Media show syndicated to Public Radio all over the country... so why get it as a podcast? Well I like this show so much I want to hear it again, its hilarious and touching and often quite moving. Really the best of the best.

The Word Nerds...
Etymologists beware this show is addictive, straight out Washington DC these guys discuss language, and its history if you want to know if fustian or bombastic is more appropriate when your talking to a loquacious and annoying official this is the show to download.

The Road House...
Blues, Blues and more Blues... listen and love it.

Channel Frederator ....
Cartoons, done right, most of the time,
and hey did I mention, free cartoons.

Simply Ming Video Podcast
Ming Tsai tv chef does a podcast about cooking Asian, and also shows you simple stuff, like how to chop, hold a knife, and sharpen said knife, Gemm, you should watch.

National Geographic Wild Chronicles
National Geo Videos in bite sized broadcasts...

Sweet to watch...

Rants and Stuff / Walk to Rivendell
« on: September 17, 2006, 01:55:58 PM »

Ok its getting on Fall and soon we will all be trapped indoors, so I offer this challenge to you. Try walking to Rivendell, the Milage anyway...

Walk, run, hike, bike, blade, swim - if you can measure the distance, you can do this challenge.  Keep a log, and record your daily or weekly miles and the type of exercise. For walkers and hikers, you might want to invest in a walking meter, they look like wristwatches.  Otherwise, you can estimate your distance at 1 mile for every 20 minutes of brisk walking on a flat surface. Our original suggested deadline was the opening of The Return of the King, December 17, 2003. As this glorious day is now past, we are setting new goals, new times:

If you would like to set a long term distance goal, choose any one of the following:


458 miles: Go from Hobbiton to Rivendell.

462 miles: Set out with the Fellowship from Rivendell to Lothlorien.

389 miles: Travel through Moria and down the Anduin from Lothlorien to Rauros Falls.

355 miles: Follow the path of Merry and Pippin from Rauros to Isengard.

484 miles: Follow the path of Aragorn, Legolas and Gimli from Rauros to Isengard.

470 miles: Follow Frodo and Sam on the quest from Rauros to Mt. Doom.

517 miles: Ride with Gandalf and Pippin from Isengard to Minas Tirith.

786 miles: Travel with Aragorn from Isengard to Dunharrow through the Paths of the Dead to Minas Tirith.

578 miles: Ride with Merry and the Rohirrim from Isengard to Dunharrow to Edoras to Minas Tirith.

138 miles: Follow Aragorn from Minas Tirith to the Morannon.

120 miles: Return for Aragorn’s crowning from the Morannon to Minas Tirith.

1625 miles: Take the road home with the hobbits from Minas Tirith to Hobbiton.

Even cooler you can keep track of your trip here... or at least see if you could have kept up with Sam and Frodo...

So have at you Twiggers... its your exercise challange for the rest of the year.

Music / Rogue's Gallery
« on: September 16, 2006, 02:51:41 PM »
Rogue's Gallery: Pirate Ballads, Sea Songs and Chanteys

Im a pirate at heart I think, and Im thrilled that they are popular again. I just re-watched all the old Errol Flynn movies a few weeks ago thrilled to hear the great old Korngold Soundtracks. Well yet again the movies havent let me down, or in this case a movie star and a director.
While filming Pirates of the Caribbean II Johnny Depp and Director Gore Verbinski had a cool idea.... do an multi artist album of Pirate music, but who could the get to do it... Well the record is on Tom Waits studio, Anti Records

hmmm People like Nick Cave, Gavin Friday, Andrea Corr from the Corr's, Sting, Bono, Robyn Hitchcock, Jolie Holland, Lucinda Williams like 47 sweet arrangements of Pirate songs... can you beat that? I thought not!

So why is this important to me? First of all this music has been around for hundreds of years, hundreds and its embedded in the blood of every person who's ever read Treasure island, or Peter Pan, or thought of warm sandy shores and looked for buried treasure. Its also historically important, these songs arent the sanitised version sung on folk albums in the 1960's. Some of them are rough, brash, lewd and funny. They show us what the singers were really like and help expose the harsh realities of Sea life. At the same time they are also charming. Anyhow, here's some links about it.

Rants and Stuff / I live!
« on: August 26, 2006, 08:03:30 PM »
Yeah, its been hard keeping up with obligations, and friends this last few months... suffice it to say I not only live but that I sort of prosper!

So, Im now qualified to supervise a hold watch on a ship loading military grade explosives and I got three college credits for it too. Though what a college thinks when it sees credits in explosives handling I dont rightly know...

Anyhow, sorry I ditched you all.

I miss ya.


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