Archive for June 26, 2010

Doctor Who The Big Bang my thoughts

Posted: June 26, 2010 by datechguy in doctor who
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I don’t want to give away any spoilers to those who want to wait the 3 weeks to see it in the US but here are my thoughts.

The episode was absolutely nothing like I expected.

I always liked the character of Rory, I liked him even more after this one.

The tone was the exact opposite of the previous episode.

There was an Inigo Montoya Moment and a side reference to something from the Princess Bride.

There is a significant contradiction from a particular 5th Doctor episode that will have to be explained or resolved.

Something happens in this episode that has never happened in the 47 years of the series, thinking back it’s actually amazing that it has never been the case.

Alex Kingston has the best part in television.

I absolutely loved the ending.

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My review of David Laskin’s latest: The Long Way Home: An American Journey from Ellis Island to the Great War is available at Amazon.com here.

Considering the context of the current immigration debate it becomes timely while reminding people of a war all but forgotten.

Well not really but it’s kinda funny to see this on the Britanica blog:

Many people may not have heard of ICANN, the organization that oversees the Internet’s top-level domains (TLDs; e.g., .com, .net, .org, .edu, .us), but a decision that they reached will likely affect millions of Web surfers, making it easier for them to identify porn sites from…ummm…non-porn sites. At its conference in Brussels, ICANN’s board gave initial approval for the creation of the .xxx TLD. According to the ICM registry, which backed the bid, there are some 110,000 pre-reservations for the domain–and they expect the first sites to pop up sometime in 2011.

This is actually rather significant in one respect. I talked to a friend of mine from my old HiWired days concerning porn and virus’. He said that 19 times out of 20 the virus’ we found on people machines were caused by surfing for porn. Said virus’ were always more likely to be found on a machine that didn’t use a “reputable” porn site. It will be interesting to see if this kind of “Red Light District” for the net will make it less likely that people trolling for porn online will find a electronic venereal disease.

On a less serious note that really ages me why is it that this story being in the Britannica blog makes me think of a bunch of teens from a century ago sneaking peeks at native girls in National Geographic? Is there anyone alive using the net old enough to get the reference?

Do you remember this story from a couple of weeks ago:

Since when were arms for jihadis considered aid? Watch this unfold.

Iranian aid ships head for Gaza Yahoo

TEHRAN (Reuters) – Iran is sending aid ships to blockaded Gaza, state radio said on Monday — a move likely to be considered provocative by Israel which accuses Tehran of arming the Palestinian enclave’s Islamist rulers, Hamas.

One ship left port on Sunday and another will depart by Friday, loaded with food, construction material and toys, the report said. “Until the end of (Israel’s) Gaza blockade, Iran will continue to ship aid,” said an official at Iran’s Society for the Defense of the Palestinian Nation.

Well it has unfolded or should we say unraveled?

Iran announced that the aid ship to Gaza, which was to leave on Sunday, will not be leaving. The secretary general of an Iranian organization supporting Palestinians, Hussein Sheikh el-Islam, said during a press conference that the main reason for the cancellation was “the Zionist regime’s violence and inhuman response to humanitarian aid.”

He said the aid would be transferred to Gaza in other ways, and not in Iran’s name

Not in Iran’s name? They are not only backing down, but they don’t even want their name associated with the “aid”. We haven’t seen such bravery since the days of Camelot.

The prophetic Michael Ledeen notes several lessons from the Iranian backdown:

1. They talk a lot but they’re afraid, profoundly afraid (can you imagine the RG generals talking to the Supreme Leader? “But Excellency, they will kill us all…”);

2. They will not risk direct confrontation, because any defeat will encourage the Iranian people to bring them down;

3. They talk a lot about the glories of martyrdom, but the martyrs they have in mind are the Arabs they send into battle or on suicide missions against us;

4. The trouble with American leaders is that they want to be loved, whereas a healthy dose of fear will do wonders for the region.

The emphasis on #3 is mine. It should be read by every Arab who has been taken in by these bastards to be used as cannon fodder. With the brave Iranians running away the question becomes will the Turks seeing the actions of Brave Brave Sir Robin the servants of Ahmadinejad the tough guys getting nukes ready, will they decide to stick out their necks alone? I think not. The strong horse/weak horse theory still applies.

Via Glenn Reynolds who brings back memories with this Gem.

At your throat or at your feet. It’s not just the Germans.

I haven’t heard the Germans described that way in years. Many years.