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The BBC recently announced they'd obtained nine lost Doctor Who episodes of the Troughton era, thereby completing all six episodes of The Enemy of the World, and giving them five of the six episodes of The Web of Fear. ^_^ (Ep.3 of the latter remains just a sequence of still images. No pedantry, please =:) They've duly put them up for download on iTunes: Enemy of the World and The Web of Fear. The trailer for EotW (12MB) shows off just what a good job they've done of the restoration. (If you have a choice of iTunes accounts, both stories are cheaper in the US: $10 versus £10, for reasons known only unto Auntie)

I happened upon quite a fascinating discourse by Bertrand Russell the other day, titled In Praise of Idleness. It's not a flippant piece, as one might be tempted into thinking.

A music video I thought worth making note of: Kaly Live Dub "Allaxis". It's an animated production, telling a story in a way that might appeal to David Lynch fans, but in quite rapid style. Bonus points for incidental furriness. ^_^


What was originally a fan petition for a Dredd sequel has been officially adopted by 2000AD! (As an aside, here's a selection of before & after shots, showing the compositing involved in creating Mega-City One out of Johannesburg and Cape Town)

furtech pointed out an outstanding, beautiful webcomic, inspired by Finnish mythology: Redtail's Dream. (It recently ran an IndieGoGo fundraiser for $29,000, to fund a hardcover edition. It wound up raising $151,684)



The BBC's launched a beta of a new service in conjunction with YouTube, Spotify, and Deezer: "The aim of Playlister is to give audiences an easy way to find out what music is being played on BBC Radio networks (and, later, on BBC TV shows) and to listen to it again. From Wednesday, every song played on BBC radio will be made listed on the relevant programme website. Anyone with a BBC account can click an 'add this' button to add tracks to a personal playlist, and export them to a outside streaming service, such as YouTube, Deezer and Spotify, where they can be played back in full." I'll be particularly interested in the extension to TV, given there are so many occasions where an interesting track is used during a small part of some show, but, of course, never credited. True, there are services like Shazam, but I'd certainly find it more convenient to just hop online at some point, rather than have to quickly launch some app.

Apparently, Harrison Ford is "chatting" with Ridley Scott about a sequel to Blade Runner.

Sesame Workshop and CBeebies are going to co-produce a new show at the BBC's Salford center, starring Cookie Monster and Elmo as staff at high end hotel The Furchester. ^_^

There's a new Asterix book! But, not without some controversy - Goscinny left us some time ago, and Uderzo retired in 2011, so this has been entirely the work of a new pair of creators, with some supervision by Uderzo. The story also notes that Asterix will be the focus of an exhibition at the National Library of France, the first such for a comic work. I suppose I'll have to give it a try regardless - it'll be a good excuse to brush the dust off my French, too. ^_^ (Tintin and the Blue Lotus, f'rex, took forever to appear in English. Even then, as I recall, they irksomely translated "opium" as "drugs", a dreadful simplification)

relee's been wondering about the usefulness of LinkedIn. So: what's your experience been? Personally, I've had no use for them. It was fun reconnecting with folks, but as far as future employment prospects have gone, it's been a zero. But am I unusual? (Okay, in this regard) The capper came with their proud recommendations of job prospects, which usually had only one common factor - the location of my first job. Not a bad thing, per se, except LinkedIn believes that if you've had a job in a given city, you're thereafter qualified for every other field, providing it's in that location.

I recently traded in the Sigma 2x TC, as I didn't feel it was really a high quality combination with the 120-300mm f/2.8 OS. In its place arrived a shiny new Sigma 30mm f/1.4 (not the new "Art" model, but the previous one), as I didn't have any wide aperture lens for close work. A lens as bright as that makes for some fabulously shallow depth of field, if desired, and the ability to shoot in quite modest light, as demonstrated ably by this delicious example of belly pork from a few weeks ago, at one of my local favorite pubs. =:9

 
 
 
 
 
 
The BBC recently announced they'd obtained nine lost Doctor Who episodes of the Troughton era,

Cool. Where did they get them from?

Interesting news about the new Asterix book, and interesting news about the feud between Uderzo and his daughter. You'd think she'd at least wait until her father's actually dead before trying to control what he does with his creation; she may like it or not, but so far, he's still alive, and the decision is his.

The lens sounds nice, and if the picture's any indication, it IS. What's the crop factor on your camera, BTW?
Apparently, these were found in a local Nigerian station, in Jos. ^_^ Perhaps not where one might expect, but they'd apparently been kept in fairly ideal conditions all this time, just completely forgotten about.

Ha! Can you imagine receiving a film transfer job like that? =:D ("This is the only copy we know of. Please be careful.") Okay, I suppose that's if Fluttershy ran the BBC. ^_^

I suppose I've got to see what the new book is actually like. It's so difficult, with something like this, where there's so much inheritance - is this really what they'd want? I really hope so.

It's a pretty spiffy lens. ^_^ Only good for crop bodies, but that's fine with me. I might entertain a D800e in the future, but even that'd be a small step down in sensor resolution, versus the D7100. I love just how calm the shutter speed can be, all the way down to f/1.4, leading up toward other blends, around f/2 or so - a bit deeper, a bit noisier. It's the matter of having that choice that's so much fun. =:D And not a terribly expensive lens, either!

Nikon DX is 1.5x "full frame". A D800e would be rather cool (that low light performance is quite alluring), but for now, I think I'm set. The 200-400mm f/4, even aside from cost, is double the weight of the 300mm f/4, and that's a big factor in prolonged handheld usage. Still, we'll see. Trouble now is the nights are drawing in, and with that, grey skies galore. =:P
Interesting! The kinds of places things turn up in, eh.

Ha! Can you imagine receiving a film transfer job like that? =:D ("This is the only copy we know of. Please be careful.") Okay, I suppose that's if Fluttershy ran the BBC. ^_^

Heh, yeah, indeed. And yeah, that's got to be pretty nerve-wracking, although there's more nerve-wracking jobs still. I remember an anecdote about the initial cutting of the raw Cullinan diamond; Wikipedia has this quote from a book, Hart's "Diamond: A Journey to the Heart of an Obsession": "The tale is told of Joseph Asscher, the greatest cleaver of the day, that when he prepared to cleave the largest diamond ever known, the 3,106 carats (621 g) Cullinan, he had a doctor and nurse standing by and when he finally struck the diamond and it broke perfectly in two, he fainted dead away."

I don't know if it's true, and Wikipedia also mentions another book contesting this, but I wouldn't be surprised.

I suppose I've got to see what the new book is actually like. It's so difficult, with something like this, where there's so much inheritance - is this really what they'd want? I really hope so.

Hard to say. But since Uderzo is still alive and since he was involved in the creation of the book and supervised it, I'd say yes.

Trying to guess what original authors might've wanted is, to an extent, futile, anyway. You can develop and polish material they left (like what Christopher Tolkien did with his dad's notes), but once you're treading new ground, you are, by definition, treading new ground.

But then such legal battles about the inheritance of creative content are more about money and control than anything else, anyway. (Which isn't to say that it's about that for either specific side.)

It's a pretty spiffy lens.

It sure does sound nice! I hope you'll have loads more fun with it.
Nuther pal was mentioning that great Dr Who news.. yep! Time for celebration in WhoVille!

..that webcomic is great! So glad they did so well.. I was reading that for HOURS after Furtech's post.... ^V^ *hugs!*
I admit, I was slightly disappointed there weren't more episodes involved, given the breathless press rumors about loads being involved, but still - that's almost two entire stories more! We did actually watch Enemy of the World a while back, but I believe only one part was actually video. Stills and audio aren't a bad alternative, but it's oddly uncomfortable to watch.

I wonder if they might be able to come out with HD versions of these earlier stories, given they were all shot on film? Then again, it depends what these recovered episodes were on - I believe I read they were sold as video transfers rather than film. All the same, it's remarkable just how good they now look. ^_^

I need to see if the comic's available as an official PDF. The iPad's so good for comic reading. ^_^ (And once the iPad 5 comes out, I'll likely pick one up - I've wound up making a lot of use of mine, so I can easily justify the outlay, given how many hours of the day it's in use, and how much it comes with me outside the house. The extra CPU/GPU power will be ideal for running multiple synths at the same time, linked over Audiobus, and there are a few games coming out that require at least an iPad 2)
It's a shame to say it, but I'm not as excited for the Asterix book as I perhaps ought to be. To be honest, I don't think the books have really had the same spark since Goscinny died. I'll probably give it a look, even so.
I recall reading one of the post-Goscinny titles a while back, and yes.. whilst it was still good fun, it somehow lacked the same spirit of the "originals".

Likewise - I'll probably still have to give it a try. ^_^; (Reminds me, someday I need to get along to Parc Astérix. Not sure I'd go for the fish special, though)

I wonder if there are digital editions of Asterix available now? Along the way, I've owned all of them, and Tintin, but with all the moves, I don't think I've managed to retain any of them. =:P