January 29th, 2008

marcus 2013

Wise words for our time

From Neil Gaiman's blog earlier today:

yesterday I composed an entire thing in my head I didn't write down about Why The People in Torchwood Season One Are All Too Stupid To Live -- including the astonishingly puzzling incident where someone in 1941 has written something down on paper with black ink (a medium that will last legibly for centuries if kept out of the sun), and, unaccountably worried that ink on paper will fade and become unreadable in time, first she takes a prototype Polaroid photo of it, and then writes some of it in blood and puts it in a coffee can in a damp cellar, because these media will still be readable seventy years later. Why she didn't make a model of it out of chocolate as well, I will never know.

What Neil doesn't mention is that for Torchwood this is the acme of logical plotting...

See http://journal.neilgaiman.com/2008/01/bad-blogger-no-liver-stories.html for the rest of the entry.
marcus 2013

VERY cheap DVDs - UK only

Anyone know anything about these guys?

http://www.icegadgets.co.uk/index.php

They seem to have extraordinarily cheap DVDs but they send you R1,2, or 3 depending on what they can get, and you don't get a case. They claim their DVDs are real, and they take Google checkout and have paid advertising on eBay, so I think they may be reasonably genuine. In hopes that they are I've just ordered something, it'll be interesting to see what happens. Since I'm paying by Google checkout I shouldn't be risking more than a fiver.
marcus 2013

No reason in particular for asking...

Quick reality check - if someone says that something will happen when “the stars are right” is there any intrinsic reason why this should not mean "tomorrow morning about nine-ish"?

Later: To clarify this a bit, I was thinking of someone deliberately using the phrase misleadingly, e.g. they already know when the stars will be right, they just don't want the person they talk to to realise the immanence of the impending event.