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With a particular nod in avon_deer's direction, but for everyone to enjoy, Carl Sagan's "The Gift of Apollo" (4m31) is a poetic celebration of one of the world's most magnificent accomplishments, whilst noting the continued uncertainty of further manned exploration.

In 2009, the BBC approached Ofcom, seeking permission to add DRM to their HD broadcasts. The ensuing consultation period yielded 459 responses, 432 from license payers, with 426 opposed. Naturally, Ofcom gave their blessing to DRM. Notably, the BBC's report included several sections redacted, in the public release; Ofcom rejected a FOI request on the basis of those sections being "commercially sensitive".

The Guardian finally obtained an intact copy. And - would you believe it - the formerly censored paragraphs are much less "commercially sensitive" than "feeble". Have a look for yourself, and prepared to be unconvinced. =:)

I'd love to try the results of this ice drip coffee tower; and quite a gorgeous piece of glasswork to boot! Though, at three hours for a complete run, I suppose it's not something to start in the morning, so much as before you go to sleep..

Thought lupestripe and loganberrybunny might be interested in news of a major revamp of Bristol Temple Meads, adding two new platforms, later potentially creating a full-blown passenger hub out of the station. "Bristol Temple Meads will be at the centre of the new £1-billion electrified rail link to London. And when the work is completed in 2017, rail journeys to London will be slashed by around 30 minutes and the number of services will also be increased to around four an hour at peak periods."

If you've ever been irked by vacuous copywriting, you'll enjoy this great little diatribe courtesy of wondermark, triggered by seeing the back of a truck with a "Studio 11 LA FOX" blurb on the back, tagged "EXCITING DIFFERENT FRESH". Which is, of course, exactly what broadcast news stands for, especially from Fox.

Yay! A full trailer for Pixar's Brave was just released. This looks like being one to watch for. TS3 was fine enough - an excellent production, but rather familiar in feel, with established characters - but this harkens back to the original Pixar way of forging new stories and worlds.

Handy util for OS X: Private Eye. It's like a teeny-tiny cousin of Little Snitch, just far simpler. It monitors the selected network interface, and shows you a timestamped, updated log of application names, where the connection was to/from, and whether it was inbound or outgoing. It's a svelte 500K download, and completely free.

The BBC has confirmed the Doctor Who film news:
You may also have heard rumours about the Time Lord hitting Hollywood... We can confirm that a Doctor Who feature film remains in development with BBC Worldwide Productions in Los Angeles. However, there is currently no script, cast or production crew in place.

Meanwhile, a pithy response is issued:
This is the only tweet Steven Moffat has issued since the news broke that David Yates is directing a Doctor Who movie for the BBC, even as another part of the BBC says there is no script, cast or production team for such a project – and there's basically no new news.

“Announcing my personal moonshot, starting from scratch. No money, no plan, no help from NASA. But I know where the moon is – I've seen it.”

Of course, you realise, this means war. BBC Wales would be NASA?

.. and, first word of the storyline of the Christmas special emerges, "in which the Doctor (Matt Smith) finds himself in war-torn England embarking on a magical and mysterious adventure with a young widow and her two children.

The special, set during World War II, sees Madge Arwell and her two children, Lily and Cyril, evacuated to a draughty old house in Dorset, where the caretaker is a mysterious young man in bow tie, and a big blue parcel is waiting for them under the tree. They are about to enter a magical new world and learn that a Time Lord never forgets his debts…"

As that's far too sensible a note to conclude on, have this short MLP editfest, "My Little Pony - Friendship is Gic Pinkie Pie tlt uolliaC" that ducktapeddonkey uncovered. It's not really recommended for work, and is.. well, think of something Negativland and EBN might come up with, with some Chris Morris tossed in. But with ponies.
 
 
 
 
 
 
Personally I'd rather they brought Brunel's Train Shed back into use for certain local services from the appropriate direction -- it's currently used as a car park -- but that seems too sensible an option. I'd also like to see something other than "services to London" getting some love once in a while...
You realise, of course, that this calls for diagrams.. =:D

Oh, there's occasional non-London news. ^_^ In Buckinghamshire, f'rex, ISTR there are plans for a new line connecting two towns (Aylesbury and Milton Keynes, maybe?), where the current system is highly London-centric, probably thanks to Dr Beeching. (Want to go from High Wycombe to Reading by train? Into Marylebone, out of Paddington. But once there was a link between Wycombe and Marlow to the south)

I wouldn't even mind hearing about improved service frequency. I wasn't overly thrilled at having to stand all the way from Reading to Bath recently, with virtually every seat reserved, leaving people standing all of the carriage ends; it'd been that way since Paddington, apparently.
Mm, I'm glad to hear that Temple Meads is getting upgraded. It amounts to a whole 50% of my embark/disembark in the UK to date. Of course, I don't know if I'll be coming back there anymore...
You've been there almost as often as I have, then. =:) Though I'll admit to having been in the city quite a few times, though not in quite a while now.

Have you been up to much travel of any international nature lately?
Oh, England a couple months ago and Canada twice this summer. I have ambitions of getting to the UK in late winter or early spring for plain vacation.