May 20th, 2008

opportunity

technology lets us down

Well, okay, that's stretching it a little, but technology has been a pain. Turns out the issue with the wireless network wasn't Friday's torrential downpour, but the fact that our DSL modem is five years old and doesn't work anymore. Verizon's sending us a new one, but until it arrives, we have to piggyback on someone else's wireless network. Unfortunately, most of our neighbors are smart and secure their networks. One who doesn't is only able to be picked up if you're in the back half of the apartment, to wit, the living room and my office, and the signal's sporadic, which keeps things interesting....

Got the delivery check for GWP1, which was nice, and also dropped off the Wounds pages. I also caught up on last week's Lost and a couple of episodes of The Sarah Jane Adventures (the Gorgon two-parter), and had a very good karate class. We've got some new belts -- two new blue belts, a new advanced blue belt, seven new yellow belts (well, five -- two others are taking the makeup promotion and so are still advanced blue), one new green belt, and one new advanced green (who apparently threw up in the middle of his fighting during the promotion, poor guy). The green and three of the yellows were in class tonight, learning cool new things.
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doctor who

hail the Moffat!!!!!

The BBC has announced that Steven Moffat will be taking over from Russell T. Davies as executive producer/showrunner of Doctor Who in 2010.

Money quote, from Moffat himself:

"My entire career has been a Secret Plan to get this job. I applied before but I got knocked back 'cos the BBC wanted someone else. Also I was seven."

I've been a drooling fan of Moffat's since 1996, when the Who anthology Decalog 3: Consequences came out. I had a story in that volume (only my fourth published short story, in fact), and so did Moffat: "Continuity Errors," which may be the finest Who short story ever published (though Allyn Gibson's "The Spindle of Necessity" comes close). He later wrote the Comic Relief special "The Curse of the Fatal Death," which was equally brilliant.

And then he joined the cabal of writers working on the 2005 revival, and gave us "The Empty Child," "The Doctor Dances," "The Girl in the Fireplace," and "Blink," along with an upcoming two-parter, and anyone who doesn't list all or most of those episodes in a list of top ten 21st-century Who episodes should get 40 lashes with a wet noodle. He gets Who fundamentally, and knows how to make it sing.

Don't get me wrong, I'm completely pleased with the job Davies has done. But if he has to go, I don't think there's anyone more qualified to take over.
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    "Journey of the Sorceror" by the Eagles