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Yay! It's video day! I've got to start with Erin Middendorf's very own animation: Kindling (5MB, 34s). Now there's dedication to one's craft.


For anyone who enjoyed Look Around You, this episode of How (part1, part 2 - 24MB together), circa 1979, might appeal - it even includes a vegetable band. ^_^ And there's a segment featuring some very fine rabbits, so you really can't go wrong. (The segment looked at how rabbits manage to keep their teeth sharp)


And for a little more videofun, the first episode of The Message, courtesy of BBC 3. "The network with plenty to say, but no idea how to say it." Think of a terribly hip new network wanting to promote themselves and their shows. If you enjoyed Chris Morris' Jam, there's something of that spirit in this, though not quite as dark. =;)

"You're just making this up as you go along!"

"Yu-up. But I do it brilliantly!"

Now that was quite the second half - an easy winner for me, given I've always had a soft spot for the Cybermen. ^_^ But will we see [elided] again? I suppose it's possible, though I think I'd rather have a swan song be just that. And as someone notes, maybe Jake and Mickey were something of a couple - consider the "I may have his face, but I'm not the same man" line, or the closing lines.

A very young baby bunny. ^_^

Heh! Seems audible.com's recording of Stephen Colbert's turn at the recent White House Press Corps dinner just reached the rank of number one album on the iTMS. (I'll go for the C-SPAN DVD, though)

So, Over the Hedge.. pretty good. They did a great job of turning the strip into workable 3D characters, maintaining the basic look of the original. It's not a Must See, but you could certainly do much worse, despite lacking any significant lapinity. "You see? This is why I called the exterminator! To kill them before they get hurt like this!" And you can't tell me the animators didn't enjoy Stella's feline transformation. ^_^

And I was most pleased to (finally!) learn that one of my favorite anime, Kamichu, has been picked up by Geneon (Pioneer's name for their US anime operations). It's a lesser-known series, but one that should appeal to anyone who's enjoyed Whisper of the Heart, or other Studio Ghibli work. (And Ichigo Mashimaru too! Not a classic, but a salve for anyone suffering Azumanga Daioh withdrawal) It's set for a release starting on June 6, RRP $30 for four episodes.

I can't leave this entry without drawing your attention to one of the most remarkable and moving retellings of one's origins - not in a fantastic sense, but all too real - that I've read anywhere, not only LiveJournal: here, courtesy of quentincoyote. If you never follow any other link I offer, make it this one.
They really ought to get that Chekov chappie to write some episodes, don't you think? Perhaps Miss Austen as well.

I do hope this isn't the end of [?]. It's remarkable just how much they've changed over the course of only some sixteen episodes total. Now, how did that rift get there in the first place? And indeed, once they're back in the "real" universe (inasmuch as any of us share the same universe, each from quite different and only interconnected viewpoints), will they really be unable to return?

I'd ponder that maybe the Cybermen might be able to come up with some time tech of their own, but is the individual intellect preserved after assimilation? My impression is they've always been much more just cannon fodder for the Controller - but, this is a different bunch.. they might be utterly subservient, but that surely doesn't innately exclude the possibility of scientific development, even if for specific goals for their own furtherance.

(And did I read that Stephen Fry's story was late, so it'll now be appearing in the next season instead?)

I'd love to be able to give a home to at least a pair of rabbits someday. ^_^ (And if it actually stops raining for a day or two, maybe I can have a go at some rabbitspotting in the next week or so. Just got to get some additional anthracite for the camcorder first)
If Chekov wrote an episode, it wouldn't star The Doctor, but "The Kiptin".

As for the Rift: as I understand it, there is a black hole (artificial) on GallidorGallefrey from which the Doctor's TARDIS (and any other TARDISes when they were around) remotely draws power. That allows it to enter the Time Vortex, a dimension where time and space are as one. The Rift through which the TARDIS fell is a naturally occurring flaw in the vortex. Perhaps they sometimes connect to our dimension, perhaps sometimes to other ones (as happened in this case).

Like a pothole, these cause problems when travelling in the vortex and so that is why the Doctor sought to patch it up afterwards.

Now, as the rifts are natural, it is possible that there would be others which lead into the Cybermen's world, but locating them and taking advantage of them may be a near-impossible task.

On the other paw, if there was a counter part in the Cybermen's world to everyone in our world, then there's probably a time lord or two there. I'm not sure if the Time Vortex is shared between worlds but, if so, perhaps a rendezvous might be possible? (And if docking to a police box is difficult you can always materialise inside the TARDIS like the Master once did!)