Archive | May, 2011

Niall’s Saga

Turns out if Niall Ferguson had the Ring, he’d use it to abolish all Rings. (CHT Gary.)

I don’t think you can get rid of top-down hierarchical systems via a top-down hierarchical method. That’s why counter-economics makes better sense in terms of political strategy. Still, coming from the laudator imperii it’s a move in the right direction. (Though the notion that rulership was indispensable prior to recent developments in information technology is rather difficult to defend in the light of actual history.)

Silent Runs the Doc, Part 2

Okay, this isn’t exactly a Doctor Who spoiler, since technically it’s about last season. But if, after watching episodes 1 and 2 of this season, you go back to last season and watch for evidence of, um, potential Silence-related phenomena, it turns out to be possible to compile quite a list, and those scenes now make much creepier viewing. I’m not convinced by every item on the list, but I am by most of them – and listen in particular to the sound you hear right after the one for “The Beast Below.”

Silent Runs the Doc

“I can fix that. It’s easy, really.”

Silence in the doorway

Tonight’s part 2 of the Doctor Who premiere was terrific – though to avoid spoilage for those who haven’t seen it yet, I’ll refrain from further comment for now.

For those who have seen episode 2, here’s a prequel for episode 3:

Pirates! Makes one wish for Captain Jack H. to meet Captain Jack S. …

Heading into more spoileriffic territory: if the casting info in this chart is correct, we know which characters will be recurring this season, and in what episodes.

I’ll relegate the chief revelations to the comments section. If you’re spoiler-averse, stay away.


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