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I may have gone slightly overboard when replacing my DVD player - I've just ordered a VHS/DVD recorder with HDD and Freeview and a 250Gb hard drive. Er, whee? It's fine, I get cashback on it through quidco and everything. *gulp* I need a new telly to go with it now, but...next year. Nothing wrong with the telly I have, sadly.

The new Christopher Brookmyre book, A Snowball In Hell, is the best he's written for some time. (Given that they're all great, this is high praise.) It's a sort-of sequel to both The Sacred Art Of Stealing and A Big Boy Did It And Ran Away - it probably stands alone perfectly well, but you'll love it so much more if you've read the others. The ideas are as twisted as always, and the opinions as vehement and pithy. The celebrity targets are possibly even less disguised than before, so you have specific pictures in your head about what's being done to who, lending an appropriately voyeuristic feel to reading the book. And, of course, it's funny as fuck. I'm racking my brains trying to think if it passes the Bechdel test - I'm pretty sure it does, but with a lower pass than I'd like. Also I'm going to see Brookmyre at the book festival tomorrow, assuming it is indeed Saturday tomorrow. YAY.

I've been watching youtube videos by a scientist called Ken Miller - I can't remember who linked to one (andrewducker?), but they're great. I specifically recommend The definition of science and Genome Sequencing leaves Creationists unable to respond. Science is amazing.

Another Jack Harkness crossover rec - this time paperclipbitch's Threads Which Are Golden Don't Break Easily, with Jack and Susan Pevensie. If you were ever annoyed with Susan's fate in the Narnia books, you must read this.

Some wonderfully done comparisons of the new Watchmen movie posters to the old comic-book posters.

Spoilers for Torchwood S2 finale: Torchwood Series 2 Finale Upsets Even Hitler

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dibsy
Aug. 15th, 2008 10:32 pm (UTC)
This is the sound I am making now...

...hahahaahahahaha...hehehe..hahahaahahaha..ha..ha..ha..hehehehehehe...

...etc. You get the idea.

That is a fucking funny video.
kniblet
Aug. 15th, 2008 11:24 pm (UTC)
Seconded. That was brilliant!
pickwick
Aug. 17th, 2008 03:37 pm (UTC)
Apparently there are loads of parodies to that piece of film, but that was the first one I'd seen, heheh.
dibsy
Aug. 16th, 2008 12:50 am (UTC)
Oh, and here is Brookmyre in the Grauniad.
pickwick
Aug. 17th, 2008 03:38 pm (UTC)
I saw that when I was gaping at Julie Burchill's latest piece of idiocy on Comment is Free...
dibsy
Aug. 17th, 2008 04:15 pm (UTC)
Burchill used to annoy the crap out of me, but I love reading her stuff now. Though I love reading her stuff in the same way that I love reading these nutjobs. The way that she desperately clings to the idea that she's the great iconoclast.

Btw, the most contempt I have ever heard about Burchill is from people from Brighton. She can fuck off back to where she came from, along with all the other London media types who are pushing up the property values so that the locals can't afford to live there.
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