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Heh. I've just spent the last three hours at work doing absolutely nothing except drinking coffee and trying not to laugh at inappropriate times. Our network went down - we think it's probably something to do with a box in Elstree somewhere - and since *everything* we do is through network connections, we were screwed. All the common departmental data is on the London servers, naturally, so we had no access to any of our email or videos or saved files. I couldn't even print something out from notepad - our printer networks go through London too. It went down about ten. My boss, N, was on the phone to at least three different IT companies and/or departments with acronymical names, trying to get someone to fix it before I went on air for the Paul McCartney gig highlights at 11, but to no avail. Still not fixed when I left half an hour ago, and N was having to wait around till someone told him whether it'd be fixed before the 6.30 breakfast news...

Real Life Whovian Wank, via sf_drama here and cavalorn: Lawrence Miles (batshit Doctor Who novel writer, not writing on the new series, strangely) spends about 2,000 words bitching about Steven Moffat (and Neil Gaiman). Extracts:

To an extent, he's the Doctor Who version of Neil Gaiman, a writer who's prepared to contrive his storylines with near-clinical precision to make sure that (a) the right demographic groups are interested and (b) he gets to look like a rock star. This is probably the harshest thing I've said so far, since Gaiman is a stinking parasite who'll sink to any depths in his quest to make goth-girls cop off with him, and even Moffat isn't that desperate. But unquestionably, there are things in his scripts which exist solely to get specific parts of the audience on his side. As I said at about this time last year, Mme de Pompadour doesn't even have a personality, and she's presented to us as a form of historical blow-up doll.

Moffat was present when I started drinking, and believe me when I say that there was a definite, specific occasion on which I can be said to have "started". Indeed, he plied me with alco-pops at every opportunity, and has suggested on more than one occasion that he feels vaguely responsible for my subsequent near-alcoholism.

What a loon.

In far fluffier and nicer news also relating to Neil Gaiman, Phil Foglio has some Good Omens fan art - a two-page comic of Crowley and Aziraphale just after Adam and Eve's expulsion from Eden, with dialogue from the book. It's being auctioned on eBay for the Alzheimer's Research Trust, as suggested by Match It For Pratchett. It's going to make a lot of money, and I can't afford to bid for it. No. This is not what credit cards are for.

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elaby
Jun. 2nd, 2008 01:54 am (UTC)
This is probably the harshest thing I've said so far, since Gaiman is a stinking parasite who'll sink to any depths in his quest to make goth-girls cop off with him, and even Moffat isn't that desperate.

You forgot "ridiculously brilliant writer," you loser.

Sheesh, I can't even think of what Gaiman writes that goth-girls would be that interested in... oh, Sandman probably, huh? Funny that he's actually written other stuff too.

Batshit is right!
pickwick
Jun. 4th, 2008 12:04 pm (UTC)
I know. It's kind of off. I mean, yes, goth-girls love Gaiman, but I can't see that he courts them particularly :D
elaby
Jun. 4th, 2008 10:40 pm (UTC)
Yeah, exactly! From the stuff I've read, it seems more like he courts lit-geek horror fans who also like modern fiction.
myfirstkitchen
Jun. 2nd, 2008 09:20 am (UTC)
Lawrence really is batshit. And has serious Daddy issues re: Grand Moff Steven.
pickwick
Jun. 4th, 2008 12:04 pm (UTC)
Are you my mummy? Heh. Yes.
poliphilo
Jun. 2nd, 2008 09:46 am (UTC)
Clearly Miles wants to cut Moffat down to size- equally clearly he's got nothing to say against him. In fact, reading between the lines, Moffat emerges as a perfectly pleasant, friendly sort of a bloke.

Still there's some perceptive criticism. Moffat's reputation as the scary one must be a bit of an albatross round his neck. Maybe he'll be able to rid himself of it once he's calling the shots.
pickwick
Jun. 4th, 2008 12:05 pm (UTC)
I think that's what's most annoying - a lot of the essay actually has some pretty good points, and it's well written. Just occasionally you get a WTF?!?
hentai_ninja
Jun. 2nd, 2008 11:43 am (UTC)
Erm, allow me to retort - LOL whut?!
blue_condition
Jun. 2nd, 2008 01:17 pm (UTC)
Hell hath no fury like a fan-writer spurned.

I'm sensing a dose of the tinfoil helmets here.
marcella_riddle
Jun. 2nd, 2008 03:21 pm (UTC)
I don't think Miles sounds as crazy as people say, but he's definitely got a case of grudge-issues.
robsoft
Jun. 2nd, 2008 04:21 pm (UTC)
I'm with you on this - some of his critiques of past episodes have been impressively insightful, in places.

But clearly he's allowing his personal problems with Steven (perceived or otherwise) to spill over onto the internet - never a helpful thing. :-(
pickwick
Jun. 4th, 2008 12:08 pm (UTC)
I only ever seem to read him when somebody links to his latest batshittery - I should probably read him more often, because yeah, he does make good points, and he writes well, and he does love Who. But then he always has to put in something that just makes me loath to agree with him about ANYTHING.
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pickwick
Jun. 4th, 2008 12:08 pm (UTC)
Replied to myself, doh, and now can't delete for some reason. Technology. *sigh*

Edited at 2008-06-04 12:09 pm (UTC)
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