Games Night

So here are a few pictures of what I spent my Friday night doing – a games night at Howards place. Proof positive that as men get older only the toys get more expensive!

This time we had a special guest, Rob, who flew in from Australia especially for the occasion! (Well he may possibly have had some other reason to be in the UK) Rob had left Lisa back down in Australia, but she did put in an appearance via the internet, although much to the disappointment of Chris, didn’t manage to get the webcam to work. (Although Howard found his to allow us all to wave at her…)

Howard has a posting about the night here.

Anyway, below are a selection of pictures of what a group of mainly ex-Hi-Q employees do on a wet October Friday night.

Here We Go Again…

I’ve avoided commenting too much on the upcoming US election, however the news today that 58,000 postal ballots have been lost in Florida, especially when you realise that the county from which they were lost, Broward County, north of Miami, just happens to be the place that returned the biggest majority for Al Gore in the 2000 election. It puts further question marks over the wisdom of having people who publically favour one candidate running the election. In Florida the person in charge is a known Republican, and the company that produces the electronic voting machines gives money to the Republicans!

Of course it could be entirely coincidental!

Garry has been blogging about another strange event in the election, the blocking of the Bush website to non-Americans but he also finishes with an interesting comment, backed by readers of Radio Times, that Jed Bartlet would make a better President (although he came second to Homer Simpson in the poll!). What I found more interesting about the Radio Times article is that in a poll of the real candidates, George W Bush comes a distant third behind John Kerry and Ralph Nader, backing the general opinion that Bush is considerably less popular outside the US than he appears to be inside the country. This leads me to wonder why it is that there is such a difference. Having said that, watching the current BBC series The Power of Nightmares and seeing some of the ways that American Neo-Conservatives of the past manipulated the US population through the media, it is not very difficult to believe that they are being manipulated through the media in a way that we don’t see over here. A list of sites hosting recordings of the series can be found here.

Just surfin’…

Just surfin’ the ‘net when I should be doing other things, and came across The Advertising Slogan Generator. You know how, just randomly, sometimes non-sentient computers can get things right? Loaded it up, and the random slogan posted was…

…wait for it…

‘We Do Mediocrity Right.’

How true is that???

Check out some of my alternative names:
I am alternatively known as Dolly Loamsdown of Great Smials (in Hobbitton), Anaranë Tur-anion (in Elvish), my band is known as The Venemous Dog Method, and my children shall be known as Gali Licaelia (girl), Keyle Halet (boy), or Berlancar Isobe (gender-neutral – YOU work that one out…).

This is the freakish part – I remind you that this is TOTALLY random, and I did not have to type in where I was from. In fact, I gave my name as ‘Beth’ and my favourite colour as ‘chartreuse’…

My Pokéname is Humnerd, and I live in the prairies of Alberta. 15 gazillion (or so) users of the Internet, and they get that one right… My other characteristics are a bit cool, too. I quote: “You can puke Dr. Pepper. You can breathe acid. You have intimate knowledge of kung fu. You can spit Mr. PiBB. You can resist tahini. You can shoot sledgehammers. You can drink poison. ” Wouldn’t it be nice to be able to puke something that doesn’t taste of, well, vomit? And how did they know about the tahini incident… ?

My other personality is a pirate wench named Filthy Beatrice Bonny who works at the Broken Hippogiff Cellar. I was also part of a ground battle in Canada code-named ‘Eternal Guard’, and when I’m making a little extra cash by driving a taxi, I go by the name of Joomìtedie Brown.

Just think – how else might the Witness Protection Program come up with alternative identities for their clients??

On second thought, don’t answer that…

Hitch-Hikers Guide to the Galaxy – Tertiary Phase

So the Tertiary phase of the Hitch-Hikers Guide to the Galaxy has drawn to a close on Radio 4. I’m not quite sure what will be selected to replace it in my Tuesday night drive home, but anyway despite the misgivings expressed by some of the critics, it’s actually been quite an enjoyable series.

In some ways it was even more bizarre in places than before, especially the whole concept of a Bistro driven starship, and I did find the Agrajag subplot, where every time the poor creature was reincarnated he was killed by Arthur Dent was particularly funny.

However the core plot, especially in the final episode, did show its original source rather thinly. The basic plot of the cricket robots was an unused Doctor Who plot that Douglas Adams had created, but never used. Not being one to waste a good idea he used it as the basis of Life the Universe and Everything, the book on which the Tertiary Phase radio series was based. I found it especially noticeable in the final episode where you get the typical final confrontation with the baddies, and where in this case Trillian got all the ‘Doctor works it out’ lines that tie everything together, and explain a lot of the plot that has come before.

Having said that, I don’t think knowing the source particularly detracted from my enjoyment of the story as a Hitch-Hikers Guide to the Galaxy, aside from wondering quite how a Tom Baker Doctor would have coped with it, or perhaps Peter Davisons Doctor would have been more suitable! Suffice to say that I have added the CD release of the series to my wish list on Amazon.

Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy Tertiary Phase