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I am coming to the conclusion that this throat is not simply the effects of much talking at Eastercon coming about ten days after an URTI; I think I caught another URTI at Chester. It is mild, but bloody annoying, grumbling away in my nasopharynx. It is a beautiful day, but I know what I need to do is stay in and rest. Bum.

So I am mentally fuzzy, and a little woozy, so not all that productive today. I did manage to get out in the past couple of days to spend time with [livejournal.com profile] banhe, [livejournal.com profile] sheonamcc and [livejournal.com profile] ambersrequiem, which helped recharge my batteries a bit. Trout on Thursday was good, but I did despoon a lot at about half nine. What a pain.

What I need to do in the next day or so is actually go through the addresses I got at Eastercon and organise them. I suppose I should really wait until I can be sure I can focus on the text...

One programme item at Contemplation, of course, was the screening of Doctor Who. It was not the pile of steaming ordure which the first episode was, so it was very well received. But I watched it again last night on BBC4 and... it really was not very good, was it?* (I actually almost feel asleep during it.) I would almost rather watch The Gunfighters again... Actually, strike that almost. *sigh*

If only that were the worst thing on television last night. A new series of Have I Got News For You started last night, and I watched that... and wished I had not, because what immediately preceded it? An election broadcast by the BNP. Where is an emoticon for jaw hitting floor when you need one?

As you might expect, the actual words they delivered were very carefully chosen so as not to frighten the horses. (They are not, unfortunately, so mentally challenged as the NF were.) But the imagery...! At one point, behind the talking head, there was a graphic of shuffling, slope-shouldered, zomboid silhouettes and the text immigrants everywhere.... OMFG! I am trying to work out if there is any chance of this bunch getting a representative into Holyrood, but my head is not clear enough. There are places like Ibrox to take into account. How many votes does it need for one of these twunts to get in on the Glasgow list?

Also WRT the elections... I was not pleased to learn from [livejournal.com profile] banhe the other afternoon (yes, I have not been keeping up with all the news, either!) that the SNP have taken Souter's money. *head in hands*

At least we have the options of Greens and a local independent here.

Gah. I am going to have to go and take some medication, I think. In the meantime, here is a wee meme I have picked up via [livejournal.com profile] loveandgarbage and [livejournal.com profile] sharikkamur. How this works is: you go to IMDB and pick 10 of your favourite films. Pick 3 plot keywords from each and see if people can guess what they are. Here are my ten films for you to guess (no cheating by looking them up!):

1: Messiah, Payphone, Negative Footage [2001: A Space Odyssey, guessed by [livejournal.com profile] blue_condition]
2: Ice Age, Throat Slitting, Title Spoken By Character
3: Catholic Church, Neo-Nazi, Condom
4: Rain, Paranoia, Ocean
5: Anti-Conformity, Peace, Mud [Woodstock, guessed by [livejournal.com profile] blue_condition]
6: Satire, Redhead, Military
7: No Opening Credits, Unspoken Love, Sword Fight [Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, guessed by [livejournal.com profile] soon_lee]
8: Hitler, Nazi, Swedish Sex Bomb [The Producers, guessed by [livejournal.com profile] loveandgarbage]
9: Air Base, Decoder, Torpedo
10: Very Little Dialogue, Character Name In Title, Firework

I have tried to pick keywords which are not the obvious for most of them, although in two of the more obscure I have taken one obvious keyword at least; one film is from this century, most are more than 20 years old. Three of the films are in languages other than English. One is in English and another language.

And now, here is exactly the same thing done for TV programmes:

A: Character Name In Title, Time Travel [Play For Today: The Flipside of Dominick
, guessed by [livejournal.com profile] wibbble]
B: Conspiracy, Demolished Town, Sequel
C: Sex, Student, Hospital
D: Midget, Conversion, Heathen
E: Religious Differences, Pursuit, Morality [Battlestar Galactica, guessed by [livejournal.com profile] loveandgarbage]
F: Hit And Run, Hospital, Police [Life On Mars, guessed by [livejournal.com profile] wibbble]
G: Famous Opening Theme, Corridor, Ethics [Doctor Who, guessed by [livejournal.com profile] wibbble]
H: War Room, Scandal, Election
I: Cult Favorite, Interracial Relationship, Famous Score [Star Trek, guessed by [livejournal.com profile] wibbble]
J: Cult Favorite, Surreal, Ensemble Cast

This list contains three American programmes, all the rest are British; there are two comedy series; seven are classifiable as SF. None of them are obscure (there were obscure ones I was tempted to use, but not having more than one keyword made that difficult ;o) ).

[*All right, that was an understatement. There is a very happy goat in the corner...]
dc: (Doctor)
At 8pm tonight, BBC4 is showing the classic 1980 play The Flipside of Dominick Hyde, about a time traveller from 2130 who is supposed to be studying the London transport system without getting involved with the “locals.” (VideoPlus no. 9571681)
dc: (Doctor)
Just saw on BBC4 that the new adaptation of Fred Hoyle and John Elliott’s 1961 classic A For Andromeda will be shown next Monday night, 9pm. Unlike the original, this is a single hour-and-a-half production rather than a serial. This is a good time to be an SF fan. :)

Digital TV

Mar. 20th, 2006 02:42 pm
dc: (Doctor)
According to Digital Spy, FilmFour (which has long been the only channel which might have tempted me to shell out for a satellite dish) will launch on Freeview from July. The channel will also be free to satellite users. That’s good news, now the only channel I don’t get on which I regularly see something I wish I could watch will be available.

BBC4 is a gem, the only thing wrong with it is it doesn’t start broadcasting until 19:00! If it started broadcasting in mid-afternoon, perhaps showing stuff from the BBC’s archives (Horizon, Omnibus, Arena, plays, what have you), it would be even better. Last night, it was very pleasant to sit back and listen to La Mer from last year’s Proms in the early evening.

ITV4 is an interesting channel. In general, I don’t watch much ITV, only the occasional detective thing; ITV3 has some decent stuff from the archives, and I dip into that from time to time (I ended up watching Quantum Leap at lunchtime, mainly captivated by the 80s hair). ITV4 shows some cult TV stuff, some of which I watch, but... it is very irritating. It isn’t the continuity announcer (although having one who sounds clinically depressed is, surprisingly, even more irritating than the relentlessly chirpy ones on other channels), it’s the ad breaks. Clearly, these are inserted automatically with no human involvement, since they pay no regard to the programme. It is common for someone to be cut off in mid-sentence; it is particularly galling in programmes which have built-in fades to black for ad breaks. (I am also still pissed off with ITV4 for showing the last two episodes of Danger Man only: look, people who like these old programmes are not afraid of monochrome!)

What I didn’t expect from ITV4, based on its pedigree and what I heard about it before its launch, was that it would show some interesting, non-mainstream viewing. I am thinking of things like the documentary Outfoxed (which, even if you ignore everything the documentary makers and those they interview say and only watch the footage from Fox News itself, shows Fox News to be a shocking tool of misinformation), or Manufacturing Consent: Noam Chomsky and the Media. (Yes, both films suffered from ad breaks jumping in in mid-sentence.) It would be better if stuff like that were available on ITV1 (there was a time when they would have been — but a lot of you weren’t born then), but two cheers at least for it being shown on any ITV channel.

WRT More4: if I ever get my hands on the numpty who thinks that the way to show a programme is to cut to adverts immediately after the programme’s opening titles...

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