Monday, November 24, 2003

Horst Prillinger says

by Suw on November 24, 2003

That if you mention Michael Jackson in your blog, you get lots more hits. I am, obviously, only reporting this as an item of interest, and not in anyway am I trying to artificially increase the number of hits my blog gets, even if this month I do look like I might break the 10,000 hits per month barrier for the first time if only I could get a few hundred more hits in before the 30th.

I would like to publicly state that I would never sink so low as to make spurious namechecks in the hope of googling higher on certain key phrases. For example, I would never use the words 'matrix', 'reloaded' or 'revolutions' frivolously or in any context other than a serious discussion of the Matrix trilogy by the Warchowski Brothers. Obviously. Goes without saying.

However, I do believe that it's important to say that Horst got his information about how mentioning Michael Jackson's arrest raises your hit count from Hetty Litjens, who says that Doug of Doug's Dynamic Drivel had noticed the 'Michael Jackson Arrest Effect' only the other day.

Personally, I find it hard to believe that mentioning Michael Jackson in the same sentence as the words 'arrest', 'accusation' or 'molestation' could possibly up my hit count. Oh no. Not at all.

Right, well, glad that's been cleared up then.

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Why is the comedy boffin not extinct?

by Suw on November 24, 2003

I love Stargate SG1. Maybe it’s the dry humour, maybe it’s the fantasy of travelling to foreign worlds and discovering new cultures, maybe it’s the romanticism of ancient Egypt. More likely that it’s the hot tottie. Michael Shanks’ arse is not to be sneezed at, after all. Even Richard Dean Anderson could eat crackers in bed and get away with it.

Whatever it is, I love the film and love the tv series. I’m willing to let them get away with almost everything, (so long as they get a cute butt shot in at least once every quarter hour), but tonight they really sank to an all-time low.

I'm afraid that I really find it hard to forgive the use of the Comedy Boffin character – the oh-so-funny inept scientist with terrible social skills, an over-active imagination and a love for strong aftershave. The fact that they also used the Comedy Boffin’s Cute But High-Pitched Equally Socially Inept Female Assistant With A Crush On Her Boss stereotype too really irks.

I had thought that SG1’s writing was better than that. Certainly in the last series, when they were dealing with Daniel’s death and ascendancy and the conflicts between the rules of The Others and his desires to help his fellow SG1ers, it was quite a good watch.

This series, though, they really missed out on potential conflict between the newly reincorporated Daniel and his replacement Jonas Quinn. Instead they ditched Corin Nemac and his character in an oh-so-convenient plot non-twist in favour of weak characters, transparent plots and humour which is more of the cringe variety rather than your basic cardiovascular guffaw. Even a wry grin would have been acceptable. But now you can see the conclusions coming a mile off, and it’s positively painful to watch.

I think they really missed a great opportunity to take the series into much more interesting territory. After all, who says that SG1 only has to have four members? And what a great chance for there to be some internal conflict if you have five people vying for only four places in the team?

Instead, we get weak and cliched writing that’s 100% predictable and 0% enjoyable. I really hope that they pull their socks up in the coming episodes. I’d hate to see one of my favourite scifi series go arse over tit like this. It’s almost as painful as Buffy Series Six.

(PS I really loathe the word 'boffin'. Any journalist who uses it in any science report, serious or otherwise, should be taken outside and cattle prodded into submission. I mean, is it really necessary to denegrate scientists just because you're too stupid to understand what they're saying?)

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Laminated floors

by Suw on November 24, 2003

Are all very pretty, but they're a bit lacking in grip. One false move and you're a flurry of flailing arms in a losing battle with gravity.

Most of the words currently springing to mind are synonyms for 'ow'.

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