Friday, October 07, 2005

Gratuitous photograph of me in Luxembourg last weekend


Wednesday, October 05, 2005

Thank almighty God for that.

It has only taken a total of six and a half weeks after I moved in, but I have ADSL connected in my flat. Hurrah.

Monday, October 03, 2005

Slightly odd question

Do any of my London acquantances who are reading this want to buy a new PC? I have a spare Athlon 64 3000+ CPU and some spare RAM hanging around that I could use as a starting point for quite a nice computer. I am willing to build a machine and do someone a very good deal if anyone is interested.

Sunday, October 02, 2005

Back in London

When it is not delayed, the Eurostar is a highly civilized way to travel from Paris or Brussels to London. Today it was not delayed, so I left Brussels at 8.30pm and was at home in my flat by 10.30pm. (There it an hour's time difference, so that is actually three hours).

Meanwhile, this is heartbreaking. A $10m weekend is nowhere near enough to justify a sequel, so 14 episodes and one movie is all the Firefly we are ever likely to see. Like a lot of people, despite the fact that I was a Buffy fanatic I came late to Firefly on DVD, but I found it to be wonderful. And just as David Edelstein says here, it was obvious from the little hints and things that were not explained that Joss Whedon had 100 episodes in his head. So really what I would like is that 100 television episodes. A few movies would have been a nice alternative, but it now looks like that is not going to happen either. I am sure the movie will sell great on DVD, but even so that is not going to be enough to justify a sequel from Universal. So I am never going to learn Shepherd Book's backstory, or just why Inara left the Companion academy, or just what it is that is not a suicide kit that she gets out when the Reavers arrive in the pilot.

And as the rights to the Firefly universe belong partly to 20th Century Fox and partly to Universal, and the actors are all out of contract from a television point of view (although they are probably contracted to make more movies if more movies are made) the chances of Firefly ever coming back to television are close to zero.

This is sad. But I am still looking forward to the movie (which does not open in the UK until Friday).

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