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Someone recognised me in the pub last night because of a REALLY BAD short sci-fi film I was in when I was 16 or so. It doesn't count properly because he's going out with one of the guys who helped make the films, but still. Fame! I've only got the film on VHS, but apparently I might be able to get it from someone on DVD. We made two, actually, but only one of them was ever edited together, because a bunch of us went to uni that year and sort of never got round to it.

I didn't realise at the time quite what a blatant Doctor Who rip-off it was. One of the main characters was called Bernice Summerfield, and the episode was called Future History, which is the name of one of the series of Virgin NA Doctor Who books starring...Bernice Summerfield. Oops. I was an alien called...something like Tilaar. I've still got the script somewhere, I should check. But the director was my mate who's now worked on things like Phoo Action, being second assistant director to Euros Lyn, so I suppose he must be better than Future History suggests! Mind you, he did have to deal with our acting - I was pitiful, and I wasn't even the worst.

Has anyone used Green Metropolis? It's an online second-hand bookstore, will buy anything from you for £3 and sell it for £3.75. Gives 5p per book to the Woodland Trust, too, and there's some interesting-looking stuff on there. *does not need a guide to Old English*.

Polly Toynbee agrees with me about tax avoidance being immoral, which is slightly worrying. I meant to clarify last time I mentioned it - I don't think it's a terrible thing to do, I just don't think it's...fair, really. But I do things that I know are a bit immoral, I think everyone does. It's just that a lot of people won't admit anything they do is remotely immoral, and will tie themselves in knots trying to argue that it's not. I notice it most with downloading.

There's a new columnist on Comment Is Free, Ariane Sherine, who writes eloquent and amusing articles which have a bit of a point, but she manages to sink them (in my opinion) by wild generalising and inaccuracies, and a reliance on anecdotal evidence, which is annoying. Still worth a read - one about the existence of the G-spot and female ejaculation, and one about anti-depressants. Warning: the second link there is pretty infuriating if you know anyone whose life has been saved by anti-depressants. I happen to know several, so...grrr.

Today I built a TV unit and moved some more books around. Hurray. Early shifts at work this week - I should really go to bed.

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elaby
Mar. 3rd, 2008 01:10 am (UTC)
It's really neat that you were in a movie! Even if it was bad :) I almost helped out in the filming of a student film once in high school - hair and makeup and clothes - but I went to the place at the time they asked me to come and nobody showed up. Did you get to have alien makeup?
pickwick
Mar. 3rd, 2008 11:28 am (UTC)
Heh, yeah, it was just something some mates did in their spare time, but it was fun!

Um, I had a green blob of paint on my forehead to signify that I was an alien...we didn't have much of a budget :D
nextian
Mar. 3rd, 2008 01:17 am (UTC)
Oh my god, I (a) fucking hate it when people confuse all anti-depressants with SSRIS (b) overly trust any 'conclusive' study because so much of the time people overturn them in, like, a year.

Also, seriously, Guardian scientists, did you just randomly try depressed people or did you make sure they had serotonin issues? Because random trials happen a lot of the time in psych offices. f you have problems with serotonin production, SSRIs might help (if the study is false). If you don't, if you have problems with other chemicals or monoamines like dopamine, your brain chemistry is fundamentally different and Prozac isn't going to do shit for you and ajkshdglfgkfghl anyway
pickwick
Mar. 3rd, 2008 11:31 am (UTC)
Heh, I know. What annoys me most is that people (understandably I suppose) assume that anti-depressants are just used for depression - they're also prescibed for panic attacks and social phobias and various things, and are very bloody effective, thankyouverymuch. Gah.

And yes, they only work for very specific types of depression, and they're not MEANT to be a cure, they're just meant to enable you to get out of bed and start doing stuff to bring about change.
white_hart
Mar. 3rd, 2008 07:24 am (UTC)
I use Green Metropolis a lot, and they're pretty good. It's a network of sellers, and I once had a book not turn up, but they investigated and credited my account fairly quickly.
dakegra
Mar. 3rd, 2008 10:43 am (UTC)
<-- ditto

apart from the book not turning up bit.

Yet to sell anything through them, though I do have some stuff listed.
pickwick
Mar. 3rd, 2008 11:31 am (UTC)
Excellent. Or possibly not excellent for my bank balance.
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pickwick
Mar. 3rd, 2008 11:32 am (UTC)
Which is always moral :D
sovietkiki
Mar. 3rd, 2008 12:03 pm (UTC)
Oh cool, what was the film? :D

Also, your shelf-and-stuff building skills? They must be awesome. It took me and dad ages to make my new DVD shelves, and they were bog-standard simple LOL.
pickwick
Mar. 4th, 2008 10:11 pm (UTC)
Just one my mates wrote and directed and produced at school :D Filmed in the nearby woods and outside the local library, IIRC.

I'm good with flatpack - or at least I am when I remember to read the instructions. Which I don't usually until I've bollocksed something up, but never mind.
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