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Making merry with the mischief.

Making merry with the mischief.

[Trigger warning: Mild Loki TV series spoilers, ahead] When I was younger I possessed a very strong mischievous streak. Like the time I dug a man-trap in the garden and ended up breaking my father’s ankle when he fell through the homemade camo cover. Or creating a bath filled with perfume from dozens of very […]

June 16, 2021 | By | Reply More
Feeling blue about that alien invasion of Earth?

Feeling blue about that alien invasion of Earth?

It looks like the Fox Channel is shutting down in the UK, with most of its content being yanked from Sky and getting dumped instead into Disney Plus. This is a personal windfall for me – Sky was too expensive for a humble starving author, but I Disney’d up for The Mandalorian. Now, at last, […]

May 30, 2021 | By | Reply More
Oh Homo Sapien Man, look at those Neanderthals go.

Oh Homo Sapien Man, look at those Neanderthals go.

Some interesting converging research trends … First, the more research that is done into the Neanderthals and their level of technology and society, the clearer it becomes that they were the bright, quiet, creative, and more advanced species compared to Homo Sapiens. Neanderthals had art and comparatively advanced artifacts long before we humans. They were […]

May 6, 2021 | By | Reply More
Science. Not fiction.

Science. Not fiction.

I had a vivid dream the other night. It was recalling a genuine memory of an incident at university, rather than the usual surreal nonsense. This was at a time when only 3% of the young’uns attended college. My course involved heaps of group projects where you had to work with dozens of other students. I […]

January 3, 2021 | By | Reply More
Paging Doctor Book.

Paging Doctor Book.

I’ve had quite a few readers who are subscribed to my personal newsletter e-mailing or posting in to say thank you to me for mentioning in January 2020 that I was worried about a pandemic sweeping across the world and that I had taken action by selling all my unit trusts and shares in case […]

December 7, 2020 | By | Reply More
Dying to go to the cinema?

Dying to go to the cinema?

Back in 2019, I used to classify my potential cinema trips by genre … science fiction, superhero, thriller, spy-fi, film noir, comedies, movies that my children wanted to see, and because I was paying, I also had to attend, stuff that my wife wanted to see and so my attendance was mandatory… chick-flicks, rom-coms, and […]

September 18, 2020 | By | Reply More
Rage against the machine.

Rage against the machine.

So, finally completed ‘The Umbrella Academy’ 2nd series stream on Netflix, just in time to await Amazon Prime’s counter-fire in the superhero form of ‘The Boys’ landing soon with its own season two. I give the former a five out of six stars, and hopefully expect to hand the latter full marks. Both of these […]

August 11, 2020 | By | Reply More
Never rub another supervillain’s rhubarb.

Never rub another supervillain’s rhubarb.

So, two words of advice from me, this week. First, never rub another supervillain’s rhubarb; and second, The Joker movie, is, upon reflection, probably not the best choice for Date Night with your partner. When we departed the cinema, her indoors stared wistfully at a poster for an upcoming movie – Zombieland Double Tap – […]

October 7, 2019 | By | Reply More
Got game?

Got game?

Well, I finally managed to reach the end of the ‘Another Life’ science fiction series streaming on Netflix. It picked up a little towards the end, I think. The beast was weighted on the way, though by a lot of wheel-spinning, as well as a strange backstory that made little sense and ended up making […]

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Terribly Technical: that Sinking Feeling when you realise your readers are far better server engineers than your web host, 1&1 Ionos.

Terribly Technical: that Sinking Feeling when you realise your readers are far better server engineers than your web host, 1&1 Ionos.

It is going to be a functional rather than philosophical blog update for you, this month. Ever since Google strong-armed SFcrowsnest into getting an SSL secure certificate for every web page just to stay in their stupid search engine index many months back, we’ve been playing this weird frustrating game where a small but not […]

July 25, 2019 | By | Reply More