dc: Me, in a pub.  (Default)
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)
First thing: No, I have not caught up with everything. I actually fell asleep in front of the computer today. Fortunately, I got a message from [livejournal.com profile] banhe suggesting we meet for a cuppa and a chat, so I didn't spend the whole day vegetating, but it was a close thing. I feel mentally a bit recharged after that, physically... still need to rest a bit.

Second thing: Good news re: Contemplation: the spend on food and drink exceeded the target, so the con is financially OK. Yes!

Third thing: I have added many of you I met at Contemplation, but if I met you and haven't added you that just means my brain is wrecked. Do feel free to wave or something. I haven't had the time to post comments in most of your journals to identify myself (to those of you who might not be sure who I am). I shall try to do that over the next few days. Feel free to prod if I forget.

Fourth thing: Trout is tomorrow. I think. If it is Thursday, it is. [livejournal.com profile] dalg & [livejournal.com profile] ksimes, I have your T-shirts, and I will almost certainly remember to bring them...
dc: (Garfield)
This is a bit of reflection on the panel of that title at Eastercon, not an in-depth thing about the episode, but even so, if you haven't seen it you want to skip this )
dc: (Doctor)
OK, here is a bit of an update. Brief, because I am now flagging (coped well, mostly, during con time, but now...).

  1. As you might have guessed, I am now back from Contemplation, or the Emergency Holographic Eastercon. I plan to write a bit more when I am, you know, sentient. But it was good. At times I was reminded of the first cons I went to, over a quarter of a century ago. I did make it to some programme items (not just the ones I was on!), I did help out as best I could, and I did not suffer a catastrophic loss of spoons at any point (in fact, I seemed to get a supply of con spoons from somewhere).

    I saw many people it was great to see again, in some cases to get know better than before. As well as people like [livejournal.com profile] the_magician and [livejournal.com profile] frandowdsofa, and the putting of faces to some LJ usernames (the lovely [livejournal.com profile] darth_tigger, for example, and [livejournal.com profile] mevennen, whose stall I was looking at for an embarrassing length of time before the penny dropped), it was fantastic to see [livejournal.com profile] judip and Zandy again. Best of all, I finally got to meet [livejournal.com profile] purpletigron in the flesh. :)
  2. I still have not caught up with LJ. I really hope none of you have died/been maimed/lost your jobs, that you have not suffered the loss of family, friends or pets, while I have been really failing quite stunningly to keep up.
  3. Email? OMG, I have over 120 non-spam emails. If you have emailed me with anything urgent and I don't get back to you soon (bearing in mind I plan to spend much of the non-Life On Mars portion of the next 48 hours as unconscious as possible), prod me.
  4. Those of you in Glasgow, Trout is on Thursday. [livejournal.com profile] satellite_1 membership rates went up today, but just for those good folk who come to the Ingram on Thursday night there will be one last chance to sign up at the old rate of £15. We should also have membership forms for Orbital 2008, the next Eastercon, as well as information about LX, the 2009 Eastercon in Bradford.
  5. I am knackered, and I am now going to: eat; watch The Daily Show then Life On Mars (the tension mounts...); and have a hot bath. Catching up is going to have to wait a bit longer.
dc: (Doctor)
So. Tomorrow it is time to decamp for points south, and Eastercon. I have been having a quick look at the programme, groaning at having to be up and sentient at some ungodly hour on Sunday (11am!), but generally thinking that it looks like a damn good programme. It certainly has one of the classic features of a good Eastercon programme, namely that whenever I see an item I really want to see, it coincides with another one I really want to see (or have to be at). Contemplation is looking good, and I think Chris and Fran and their team have done an excellent job in getting an Eastercon together so quickly. I am hopeful that this will be a good one.

I hope that someone will go to The Great Clomping Foot of Nerdism at 20:00 on Friday and tell us all about it here afterwards, since having volunteered someone for another panel on at the same time I kind of feel I should be there to lend moral support. I shall avoid referring to the Eastercon Better Not Mentioned, honest. I also would have liked to hear the talk on Web 2.0, but have to be elsewhere at the same time.  Yep, this might be a good one.

I am slightly.... No, a bit more than slightly concerned about my spoons. Various things have contributed to my spoons being depleted in recent months, and also to my not getting the opportunity to adequately refresh them. I am probably at the level I would have liked to be around Sunday at the moment, which is not brilliant. I may be able to run on adrenaline (I can do bursts, of up to a week if necessary, if I don’t really stop and I am driven by necessity or having a good time, but it demands payback afterwards). Probably with caffeine. I might be able to build in enough rest time to see me through without that. We shall see; if anyone comes across me and I seem antisocial (apparently not listening or focussed, monosyllabic replies), then it is spoons that are the problem.

One of my concerns about spoons is that it might limit the amount I can do, in terms of helping out. (Because as well as being a good thing to do, it is fun.). Let's hope not.

According to the final (I am not saying a word...) Contemplation programme, it is still not certain that Doctor Who shall be shown on the Saturday. Know what? I don’t really care. I am baffled that the same time which gave us most of Eccleston’s series and something like The Girl In The Fireplace can also give us drivel (being polite, here!) like, oh, Fear Her, and the guff about Rose which inundated the last series... and Saturday’s episode. (And, to focus on a completely unimportant bit of trivial detail, could they not have found someone who could show Freema Agyeman how to use a stethoscope the right way round?)

Just wondering, too, if I was the only person who heard the continuity announcer heralding the start of the third series of Doctor Who and thought something along the lines of Mumble mumble mumble feckin’ 29th!

Life On Mars... It has just occurred to me to check what has happened to the DVD release date, since that was supposed to be next week, but that was before sodding football screwed the screening of the current. Yep, it has been pushed back to April 16th. Interesting that last night there was no end-of-episode preview of next week. A good episode... though I may have nightmares about Gene Hunt, Diana Dors and a bottle of chip oil for some time to come... hopefully sans the Tufty costume, at least.

By the way, Satellite 1 shall have a presence at Contemplation (all the Politburo, I think, unless something unexpected happens). At Eastercon you can sign up for Satellite 1 at the current rate of £15; prices rise when Contemplation is over.

Incidentally, there is a group picture of the Politburo on the web site. Interesting how stern most of us look; I was certain I was smiling, too...

While I have been writing this, a worrying tickle has set in in my throat. Oh, for fuck’s sake! That’s all I need, another URTI... Fingers crossed it comes to nothing.
dc: Me, in a pub.  (Glasgow police box)
2007's Emergency Holographic Eastercon Contemplation will take place at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, Chester. Anyone who had signed up for Convoy will have to sign up anew for Contemplation, as memberships cannot be transferred.

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