A Nefarious Plot!

There is an interesting but misguided post on io9 about a new show on Fox called Reincarnation. It speculates that this show is a watershed that means the end of TV SciFi as we know it. Um, probably not. SciFi fans live with a not wholly unjustified seige mentality that they tend to take a…

Wallander: Three Reviews

Now that I’ve finished all three of the films in the new Wallander series, I can make cogent comparisons. In order, and with all ratings out of 4 stars: (1) Sidetracked – ** – This is the one I wrote about a bit already. Its strenghts are its weaknesses. The production values are first-rate, but…

Don’t Stop Till you Get Enough

So Michael Jackson’s gone – and there’s really only two routes you can take on commentary. Either he’s an immoral freak, and good riddance, or it’s worth acknowledging that he was a great pop star and stellar performer in spite of everything. I’ll opt for this latter. Look, all kinds of famous people are shady…

The Price of Cowardice

I have two things to say about North Korea. First – we should absolutely board one of their suspicious ships. They are bluffing, and calling them on it is the best thing that could happen for all concerned. I don’t expect that there are actually any weapons shipments on them (no doubt that’s “Plan B”…

Wallander Reminds me why I like TV better than Movies

If you heard that the BBC’s new Wallander series is Inspector Morse with better production values and in Sweden, you’ve largely heard right. And if that appeals to you, then you’ll probably like it. But lest you miss the moral, I’ll give it away: production values are important, but they aren’t everything. I embrace, applaud,…

OK, so there IS one thing I’m a luddite about…

OK, this is officially the worst idea in the world, and it’s made in Japan. Some members of the LDP (the party that puts the “one” in “one-party system” in Japan’s case – think Sweden’s Socialdemokratarna on steroids … and in the mafia) are openly discussing the idea of trashing cash as a means of…

Who’s Who on Serenity?

TOWM quote of the day comes from Paul Darrow (you know, Paul “you’re him, aren’t you?” Darrow – guy who played Avon in Blakes 7) who, asked about the possibility of a Blakes 7 remake at a convention in 2006 or so, replies: It’s already been re-done. Has anyone seen Serenity? A line worthy of…

Chasing Their Tails

Check it out – Yahoo! news runs a story with the headline Gay Group Remains Oblivious to Small Population Effects in Statistical Inference. Well, OK, not really – the actual words are “Group: Gay bias killings highest since 1999″ – but that’s what it means at LF. Check out the hillarity: The number of lesbian,…

When’s a Cover not a Cover?

Musical style is a funny thing. We all remember the great Queen/Vanilla Ice controversy over Ice’s sampling of the bassline from “Under Pressure” for “Ice, Ice Baby”. Originally he denied it (claiming he had modified the line). Later he had to recant, said he had been joking, and ended up paying Bowie and Queen rather…

Smell Good

OK, let me not be deceptive. I love cats. A lot. I’m one of those weird people who prefers the company of cats to people, doesn’t really trust people who don’t like cats, etc. But there are other people who take it way too far even for me. Like Nakagawa Shoko, to name one, who…