(Don’t cancel your subscriptions Republicans, please! It was but a joke! With the inauguration of our new Marxist Overlord, I’ll try to work some more political jokes into my daily diatribe. With a democrat finally back on the throne, the republicans will probably start being all funny and bitter about how awful a leader Obama is…)

To start off with a bang (the men are going to like this one), I give you the stereotypical Democrat after 8 years of Emperor Dubya’s rule of iron. This guy disagrees with Republican zoning laws — in a big way: [metacafe]http://www.metacafe.com/watch/199525/bulldozer_rampage/[/metacafe]

Okay, so I have no proof that he was actually a Democrat, and the video is probably from years ago, during Clinton’s cook-sacking era. But it’s an AWESOME bulldozer rampage, you have to agree.

I’m going through a bit of a TV- & film-watching phase at the moment. Last night I watched RocknRolla, Guy Ritchie’s latest Glorified English Gangster movie. Are gangsters really like that in any part of the world? At least the ‘non-gangster’ protagonist (the character that will star in the sequel) Johnny Quid was somewhat believable, and really well realised as some kind of highly-intelligent Eton-educated kid that’s unfortunately the step-son of an evil sonofabitch gangster land developer. I don’t want to spoil the plot as it’s a still a recent film (but not so recent that it’s not available for digital download), but needless to say it’s full of ridiculous and hilarious incidents and one really great chase scene, where we get to see Gerard Butler (‘Tonight… we dine… in HELL!‘) run away from 2 crazed and nigh-invulnerable Russian heavies. It’s slapstick, it’s way over the top, but there’s something scarily believable about a Terminator-esque Russian heavy. Blonde, blue-eyed, well-toned and trained to dispatch our heroes straight to hell. Stringer Bell (Idris Elba) from The Wire also co-starred — did you know he was actually English?! From Hackney? I thought he was some American doing a mighty fine bit of acting… but no!

And now I’ve just finished watching the beginning of the end for Battlestar Galactica. This is it, the end — they’ve finally finished their ‘will it be this season?’ story arc and found Earth. 10 weeks to wrap up one of the richest ‘not-so-distant future’ sci-fi plots ever devised. I don’t want to spoil this week’s episode, but it sure looks like we’re in for some turned-on-its-head expositions. Perhaps everyone’s a cylon? Who attacked Earth 2000 years ago…? The cylons, or the humans? Or…? (And if you’ve seen it — try to explain Starbuck’s little time-space paradox.)

Seasons 2 and 3 were a bit iffy in places, but that’s something we can forgive, as long as it ends really damn well. Let’s not forget that the first season of BSG was the best thing ever on TV. A bold assertion, I know. Those of you that watch BSG (and you don’t need to be a sci-fi fan to enjoy it — I’m not) will hopefully support my claim. Even if you haven’t a clue what I’m talking about: if you enjoy awesome characterisation (and awesome acting!), some stellar writing and an intriguing mysterious/spiritual plot… go and buy it! Or download it! Go and find the ‘Battlestar Galactica Mini Series’ — if you like it, watch the rest. And then come back to tell me I was right!

(If the idea of enjoying sci-fi is completely foreign to you, check out Rome, which probably comes in at #2 on the Sebby’s List Of Awesome TV)

Now, I need to test this new polling thing, which I need to have working before my Interactive Storytelling kicks off (probably on Tuesday), so I thought I would test it, and get the ball rolling at the same time — I want you to choose where the protagonist of the story is from. Is he (and yes, it’s going to be a boy) a snooty English snob? Is he a ‘bit of rough’, maybe from central/eastern London? Perhaps he’s an Irish pikey gypsy (although you have to remember that you won’t be able to understand me very well if I’m talking Gypsy Irish…), or a broad Scotish kilt-wearing gentleman. I’m probably good enough with accents to do this, but I do reserve the rights to resort to Standard British if it ends up sounding truly awful.

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