June 16, 2011 - June 30, 2011
June 28, 2011
Farewell to the Maginot Line
An update on the mouse situation, for those who might (arguably unaccountably) be interested. Hint: the war does not go well, but we are about to escalate.
June 24, 2011
Man smart, mouse smarter?
The Adventures of Young Geoffrey and Raven, the Girl Wonder
The Mystery of the Missing Mousetraps, Part I
Though I take no pleasure in dealing out death to my fellow living things, I am no Buddhist. I kill mosquitoes without hesitation and suffer no post-slaughter moral qualms.
Nor is my sang froide limited to invertebrate pests.
I do not brag, but it is true that I will not share my kitchen with any animal that has not the good sense or good manners to leave it as it found it.
If bags of rice are torn open, or droppings left among the silver, Something Will Be Done.
And so it was that Raven and I hied our way to the local hardware store on Tuesday, cash in hand for the purchase of mouse traps. Little did we know just how cunning would be our foe!
The full tale — but only to date! — lies behind the link.
June 23, 2011
Presenting ... BumblePuppy Press!
June 17, 2011
Doctor Who: Trial of the show-runners
All right, I've done it. I've watched "A Good Man Goes to War". Twice. And scanned through it a third time, all the better to take note of every twitch and quiver of the unsightly mess.
Quite a lot to my surprise, it's been worth it.
"A Good Man Goes to War" starts with its pretentious and falsely portentous title and then goes ... pretty much nowhere at all. As with most of Moffat's efforts since "Blink", the most recent episode is self-contradictory, visually static and burdened by huge amounts of expository dialogue, improbable monologues and capital-P profundity with all the depths of a sheet of glass.
Worst of all, I don't believe any of it. Not in the Eye-Patch Lady, not in the Penitent Sontaran, not in the Fat and the Thin Ones or even in the Knitting Marine.
But I think I get it. Not just what has gone wrong with Doctor Who, but why something that (re)started so well in March of 2005 has gone so badly off the proverbial rails since 2007 came to a close.
Here's a clue. Steve Moffat didn't make the mess, he inherited it.
June 16, 2011
I've grown tired of using Drupal's base teaser system, which merely copies part of a posting to the home page of the sight, forcing a reader who comes to it that way to either re-read or scan past that which they've already seen and which, leads to confusion to those going to directly in and then seeing the pointless "click here" link which only refreshes the page.
So, new system. A monthly front page, with unique teasers, linking to the "interior" of the site.
It will also, I hope, help to spur me on towards redeveloping the sight sooner than later.