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The Girl in the Fireplace - finally, another top-tier episode, marred only by a disappointingly ligneous lead performance. As someone speculated in the DW community, perhaps the nature of the robots is linked to the little time disruption Tooth and Claw undoubtedly caused? Such would explain next week, as well. Overall, though, easily the best of this season, in the league of The Empty Child - another, I've only just realised, from the same writer.

Now, why did I like it? (Self-analysis is much more difficult than it might seem, as some folks know so well) The combination of future and past time settings helped, I think, atop a bed of fantasy settings including The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe - just in this case, the Fireplace. (And I still haven't seen the recent version thereof; but I will shortly be seeing for myself what V for Vendetta was like, yay!) The clockwork repair droids definitely were fun, appealing to anyone's steampunk sensibilities. And whilst I wasn't taken by Sophie Myles' delivery, the element of having someone so significant in one's life, popping in at odd occasions, certainly doesn't offend. Rose was delightfully lacking in whine, and delivered her message from the Doctor with commendable grace and sensitivity. And yes, inevitable as the end probably was, it caught me teary-eyed.

The wonder, though - and why I rate this one so highly - was the feeling of sheer enjoyment I came away with, which I'd not felt since the final episodes of the last season, The Doctor Dances and Parting of the Ways in particular. Maybe that was merely how I felt last night - but lasting or ephemeral, to touch that magic was a joy indeed.

And next week.. the Cybermen return. ^_^

The recent White House Correspondents' Dinner is now available on DVD, for $25. I did enjoy the extraordinarily dry description, "Following the president, comedian Stephen Colbert made humorous remarks about various current events and the relationship between the press and the White House." And it's on Google Video, with C-SPAN's permission.

Is there anyone reading who can compare Second Life on G4 and Core Duo Macs? I'd be most interested to see how they compare, as I'm pondering selling Hyzenthlay later in the year, and going with its MacBook Pro equivalent; if that happened, it'd likely be somewhere around August to October, when there's hopefully been another revision of the line. A shinier GPU never hurts, ne?

Curious.. seems Acorn Computers are back - but in name only, as they'll apparently be selling some unremarkable laptops, without their once-trademark OS. Whatever happened to that "Commodore" relaunch of a couple years back, anyway? Here's their CTS 2006 blurb, also boasting of "powerful AMD Mobile notebooks with discreet graphics".

I've just seen a typo that I must adopt: "fuckleberry".

Initial discussions are taking place on extending the F line to Fort Mason.

If only this spammer's address were real.. "From: "Paypal Costumer Service"<service@paypal-online.com>" Wow, a whole service area for us. ^_^

Here, have a bunny.
Albrecht Dürer, A Young Hare, 1502.
WOW that's an amazing bunny. Thanks!
"Can't go wrong with rabbits, Doc." ^_^

If I wind up having a new need for wall decorations, I'd certainly enjoy a good quality poster print of that. Wonder where the original is?

Ah, the wonder of the web: it's at the Graphische Sammlung Albertina, in Vienna.

Good grief.. no wonder the fur looks so impressive: "The Young Hare was first painted in watercolour. Dürer then applied some opaque gouache on top of the watercolour, painting groups of lines which are longer or shorter, thicker or finer, depending on how the fur lies on the animal's body. Finally, he added the white highlights." Probably all old hat to an experienced artist, but still.. even aside from the spatial detail, the careful effect resulting from the multiple layers adds its own wonder.
Might be old hat now, but I bet it wasn't in 1502!