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Eep! Christopher Eccleston, apparently fearing being typecast, will be leaving the role of the Doctor after only one season. I'm really disappointed by that, as I felt he had a nicely manic edge - a bit like a hard-boiled Ford Prefect. ^_^ In better news for the show, they've confirmed there'll be a Christmas special, and have commissioned a further season of another thirteen episodes. (With the series already in the can, does that mean they'll work a regeneration into said special?)

No storyline to it, but it's a fun bit of Flash animation, presenting a furry team of motorbike riders: Tail Chasers (2.5MB).

Billmon is back. ^_^ As funny, incisive and snarky a US political weblog as you could hope for, it's quite a breath of fresh air.

The Paper Tiger makes some observations on the impact of US consumerism, if embraced by as large a nation as China, as its economic influence waxes.

avon_deer pointed out an intriguing site, noting the disused Underground: "There are about 40 abandoned stations on the Underground network along its entire 255 miles (408 km) of trackway - some subsurface and some above ground. Some have vanished without trace whereas others are almost intact, grimey time capsules of the era when they were closed."

(Whilst some are just grimy :) The site includes maps of where these ex-stations are, and how they appear today.

The Register continues to live up to its tech tabloid roots, with the memorable headline, "UK street scum face wrath of shouting lamppost"; which reminded them of the effectiveness of such methods in a heist of 60 CCTV cameras:

'"This was a seriously sophisticated system. There are cameras hooked up to a central office in Blackburn. If the men watching the screens see a burglar they send a message out on loudspeakers to the office warning them to leave."

In this case, however, the "seriously sophisticated system" failed when the light-fingered ne'er-do-wells simply ignored the message and pilfered the kit regardless. In fact, the only effect of the amplified deterrent was to convince an old lady next door that she had heard the voice of God "telling her, in a strong Lancashire accent, to leave the vicinity as soon as possible"'

Whilst I haven't had the opportunity to indulge in the game - a refreshing note in an arena burgeoning with first-person shooters - I have finally heard the Katamari Damacy soundtrack. Superbly off-kilter, spanning a bizarre range of styles and genres - highly recommended.

Apparently, Damekko Doubutsu translates, more or less, to "Useless Animals". Wonderful little show, even if but 26 5-minute episodes, and seemingly red pandaless. Speaking of which, episode 6 is now out. ^_^ (And it's perhaps my favorite so far.. !)
 
 
 
 
 
 
Disused tube stations are one thing, I wonder if anyone has ever done one about cinemas and theatres!
Oooh.. there's one cinema I know that's been shuttered for.. foof, about five years now. (Where I saw Reservoir Dogs - ye gods.. I really didn't know what I was letting myself in for, did I? - and South Park: Bigger, Longer, Uncut) Strange, too, given it's in a prime central location - no use as a cinema now, I'm sure, as there are two good multiplexes within ten minutes' walk, but the surrounding area's proven popular with plenty of other businesses.

Another one, quite close by, also closed a few years ago (where a friend and I saw Virus and eXistenZ back to back.. well, it was a long afternoon. The cashier warned us the latter didn't seem any good.. *cough* Virus is quite a notably stinky film, though hardly in the same league as Robocop 2, let alone Species 2. Cronenberg I'm always pleased to watch, even if his adaptation of The Dead Zone was a bit limp), soon found new life as a club. (One of the few of its breed to escape the omnipresent lurking doom that befell so many others - renovation as a bingo hall. Or maybe they only do that during the daytime. Perhaps it's a vampire thing.. bingo players by day, ravers by night)
And then, one can combine the two.. remember that bust of a (literally) underground cinema in the Parisienne catacombs? I recall addedentry remarked on it, at the time, but a quick googling doesn't turn up the posting I'm thinking of.
Neat site on defunct Underground sites!

Have you seen this site of gorgeous photos of abandoned buildings?

It's interesting how readily the old woman accepted that God would have a Lancastrian accent! And curiosity led me to this BBC site, where I found this clip that tgeller will like!
Oh, my.. I can see myself downloading every photo on that site. (I notice a couple times he makes a point of "you won't be able to get in without permission", yet the photos are there. Does that mean he somehow convinced those responsible to let him clamber about these derelict sites, or.. ? :) A wonderful glimpse at just how transient technological might is, without constant effort.. one may think similarly of cellular life, too, for that matter, each cell constantly, incessantly occupied with remaining alive, dividing (where appropriate. Usually), or helping in the many ways a body's defenses are perpetually kept on edge, whether phagocytes or part of a sebaceous gland.

I'm still of the mind that Ralph Richardson put in one of the very best cinematic portrayals of a deity, in Time Bandits. (Not forgetting David Warner, of course.. hee! Oh, such a good film)


I'm listening to "Lost Horizons" by Lemon Jelly, which is, I believe, their second album.
Bits of it remind me of the Calamari Lunacy, I mean Katamari Damacy soundtrack.
Said soundtrack will be every hard to excise once it has lodged itself in your brain, by the way.
I also have the new Lemon Jelly album, "68-95" or whatever the numbers are.
It's all over the place, style-wise. I believe that's album #4 for them.
Damn weird Brits! :-D



Ooh, that reminds me - there's also a DVD version of their newest album! slycat mentioned having it, and seemed pretty content with it, even if it'll be a good while before they can surpass the video for Nice Weather for Ducks, an absolute classic. (Shimmying squirrels and backflipping rats, yay!)

And apparently Katamari Damacy's sequel is on the way.. hm. Would KD be playable on a PSP? Not that that's something I need to worry about just yet, but it does look like an appealing toy, especially being able to play back MPEG-4 video, even if it does seem to need rubbing in secret herbs and spices first - but there are various bits of shareware out already to handle things like video and audio syncing and transfer to a PSP. And with 512MB cards available fairly cheaply.. still, would be nice to see UMD-R drives released, though I dare say Sony's wanting to keep that format strictly to itself. (Either way, a pretty spiffy bit of tech)
A goal in life (one which I'm not spending much time/energy to achieve) is to find a way to hack into the CCTV cameras used for traffic monitoring. When the live feed appears on the morning traffic update, I'd switch in with my movie which shows the normal camera view, but in the background Godzilla would be rampaging.
*giggle* Ahh, I've found a new goal in life. ^_^ Would that such cameras were radio linked.. but I believe they're routinely hard-wired. News team cameras in a helicopter, on the other paw..

I'm also envisioning a Frank-like version, where a few cars, presented with the daily jam, simply unfurl their wings, and gracefully flutter away above the melée below. (This would probably work best with Minis and VW Bugs)

And today would've been such a good day for it, too.. (yes, I actually began to swallow the story about the new celebrity face of open source software, over on Slashdot, before I got to the Wikipedia story. Then it dawned on me)
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Oh, now that's going to be worth exploring too! I don't think I've come across that hospitals site before, but then, I am a panda of very little brain. ^_^

I'd love to see video of such places too, but taking high quality video footage - of the caliber exhibited in Abandoned Places, which Amy pointed out above - obviously presents a more complex topic than still photography, both in maintaining good composition as the shot travels, and simply keeping the image stable.

I wonder what Asian cities are old enough to have forgotten underground passageways? How old is Kuala Lumpur? Gods only know what's lurking beneath Tokyo.. ^_^