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In the last entry's comments, schnee pointed out a wonderfully useful little app - Pathway. "My idea for Pathway originated when browsing Wikipedia. I would always start off quite focused on a certain subject. Unfortunately, Wikipedia articles tend to be full of distracting links, just screaming to be clicked on… Soon enough, I found myself totally lost in myriads of loosely related pages. I can't count the time I wasted on backtracing them, and if you have a bit of wiki-experience, you’ve probably encountered it too."

I shan't go into depth discussing it, as it'd be too easy to delve into spoilers, and besides, I'm disinclined to read reviews of films before watching them, preferring to enjoy them on my own terms - perhaps you feel similarly. Rather, I'll simply offer a strong recommendation for Pan's Labyrinth (El Laberinto del Fauno), a fantasy/wartime drama set in the days of General Franco's ascension, from Guillermo del Toro, known for The Devil's Backbone and Hellboy. This is a long way from Labyrinth, be warned; "But Captain, obey for obey's sake... That's something only people like you do."

It's both brutal and wondrous. Perhaps this from the IMDb comments puts it succinctly: "People will watch Pan's Labyrinth in a way that most won't watch Land and Freedom. In doing so, they will also discover a world of fairy tales which existed before Disney sunk its claws into them: a dangerous world, where nothing is as it seems and every step is a possible death – a place which may leave even adults shivering under the duvet, part in terror, part in wonder. And all this backed up by the finest cinematography I've seen."

So, you know about the app for using a Wiimote as an OS X input device. So did someone else, who came up with - of course - WiiSaber. Video clip here.

Quite an interesting interview with a guy from Toshiba's optical drives division, on HD-DVD versus Blu-Ray, from a technical perspective. Toshiba's in the HD-DVD camp, so there may be some bias involved, but it's quite illuminating all the same.

A very good place to check for animation, hosted by an animation director: The Living Animation Festival.

It seems there's been a recent bout of hedgehogs born in the UK, but coming into the world too late to gain enough weight to hibernate. "If you find one keep it warm, feed it some cat food and put it into a cardboard box until it puts on some weight, then it can be released back into the wild to hibernate."

"It has emerged that the crew of a Nimrod used a teapot to block a hatch gap in their plane after a mid-air mechanical fault."

I'm pleased to see Torchwood finally find its feet - curiously, right after the excrutiatingly bad Cyberwoman. Greeks Bearing Gifts didn't have much of a plot, regrettably, but good to see an attempt, albeit rather flimsy, at developing Toshiko as a character. (Horribly cheesy CG, though) They Keep Killing Suzie, though.. now that was actually quite a good story, though rather chilling - moreso than the gratuitously gruesome Countrycide, as there was much more reason to it. Can we buy Toshiko a UPS or two, though?

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Bored? Throw paper.

And, I felt this bit of retail idiocy was worth passing on. (This is a bit odd, too)

Finally, have some Christmas music. You'll remember it always. =:)
 
 
 
 
 
 
Seen in the Xmas TV guide, theres a Sarah Jane 1 hour Special on New Years day [+ a series after ¬¬ ]

Torchwoods never held my interest, I don't find ANY of the charas endearing and the plots etc just seem like failed/B Grade Dr Who ones to me, I'm more excited about the 2nd Series of LIFE ON MARS personally [Next year] + THE TRIPODS episode of "The cult of.." on BBC4's Sci Fi season
Ah, they've got a timeslot for it! Cool beans. ^_^ Do they mention if K-9's going to be featuring in the show? (And then there's that standalone K-9 show on the way, too, with that funky new design! Not sure if that's been confirmed as being in production, though, or if they're just shopping it around)

Torchwood's an odd one. The first few episodes, I'd absolutely agree - they really went out of their way to make just about everyone dislikable, Owen especially. TKKS, though, was one episode I was really engaged in. I wasn't too impressed by the resolution of Countrycide, but that did have some strong atmosphere. Perhaps they're finding the show's pace, or things'll be back to normal next week.. =:)

And then there's The Runaway Bride in 15 days. ^_^

I just hope the writers of Life on Mars either wrap up the show, giving it a proper ending (though they've pretty much eliminated the mystery of what's going on), or drop the angle of possibly returning to the present day and just carry on with the contrast of styles. Wonder if they'll give it the HD treatment.. I love the increased resolution in Torchwood, though that comes at the expense of being able to record low light scenes properly. :-P
I'm not sure, it looks like Sarah jane and half of S club 7 from the picture and is billed as *a Childrens drama* [Info Xmas TV and Satellite week p19] theres no mention of K9, but I espect he might make the odd apperance, unless they think *He might make things too easy* like the Tom Baker years

Torchwood chara just seemed to Token to me, Female lead, does she/doesn't she fancy Captain Jack, Brainy Techy Oriental Girl, Snotty headstrong young guy etc, bit of a paint my numers yawnfest IMO

Wonder what THIS will be like ¬¬ www.starhyke.com

Yeah, I was really keen to get the Life on Mars DVD set when it came out hoping there might have been a unaired *last* ep or something said in the Commentary, but it was just something like *See you in series 2* I don't think its getting a 3rd series, so they'll prob end it with him coming out of his Coma or something like that [To the tune of Girl from Mars, by Ash if it was upto me] I just hope it gets a better ending than "Goodnight sweetheart" got
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I really need to see Devil's Backbone - all I've read about it indicates it'd be a work I'd appreciate. Hellboy I'm more sort of passively interested, more from an artistic design perspective - it's unusual a comic makes it to the big screen without the basic style changing substantially, if it's anything more complex than a superhero. (Thus we know Luther Arkwright will never see the big screen =:)

Cronos was his first, as I recall - sold his house to finance it! Seems to've paid off. ^_^ I could easily see myself really enjoying working on an amateur film.. possibly behind the camera, or just in editing, perhaps playing around with compositing as well. Wonder how difficult it'd be to shoot footage of humans, then adding the head and tail afterwards..

I was certainly impressed my Pan's Labyrinth. The bias is a bit towards the war drama side, rather than the fantastic - it's not a pure fantasy movie by any means. But with performances that good, especially by the extremely devoted fascist Captain, it's difficult to mind. You all but feel his utter devotion to his cause, abhorrent as it is, even grudgingly respecting part of him for his exceptional competence - he's very good in his military role, very sharp, and just as merciless.
That lovely bit of O Holy Night simply must be that lovely on purpose. Please let it be on purpose.. It's so cringetastic! I don't think my jaw will come undone 'til tomorrow.
It's very special, isn't it? I feel it my duty to play it for the horde on Christmas Day. =:)

I'm inclined to accept the weblog writer's assessment that it may well be intended genuinely - true, most people might hear what they were pumping out and take a step back, but then again, look at even TV talent shows. There's no shortage of people whose self-image is coated in diamond, whatever lies beneath.. ^_^;

(Mine? Think the coating's more of a crunchy breadcrumb. Or maybe chocolate)
Mmm, yes Pan's Labyrinth.. came across that several days ago while avoiding my textbooks... comes out the 29th, I think. ::has it marked down in iCal, and will probably see it if he's not too jetlagged from coming back from Taiwan::
Oh. Hm, hey, it's out in spanish, with english subtitles at thepiratebay... ^^;;; ::wonders if he should snag it..::
Throwing paper sure is fun - my highscore so far is 10, but I'm sure that could be improved. :)

Customers are still stupid, it seems... but their stupidity doesn't hurt as much as that song. ^_^