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I love The Music Man. I first saw it on TV at Christmas at least 45 years ago, and listened to the Broadway OCR a lot when I was a child, so it's burned into my brain. One of the most extraordinary things about The Music Man,… [more]
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MeFi comment - 10 months ago

As far as I can tell from the (very, very occasional) difficulties my Japanese wife has with the r/l thing, it's like the problem native English speakers have with noun gender in other European languages - where one is used to a single option, there… [more]
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MeFi comment - 10 months ago

It was all right. It filled in the space between episodes 4 and 6 far less embarrassingly than it could have. I suspect that its primary purpose was to reassure viewers that they weren't all going to be like last week's. It's actually quite difficult… [more]
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FanFare comment - 10 months ago

Hex is a strategy board game played on a hexagonal grid ... [t]he goal of [which] is to form a connected path with one’s pieces from one side of the board ... to the opposite side before one’s opponent does the same. The first player to complete his… [more]
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MeFi comment - 10 months ago

I had concerns before this series started about, "ugh, of course the moment they take the Doctor off the table as Clara's love interest they give her another one, because she's a lady," Oddly, I was thinking about something like… [more]
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FanFare comment - 10 months ago

I don't know how it would play in the U.S., but I've always liked Private Eye's stock reply for things like this: "We refer you to the reply given in the case of Arkell v. Pressdram". [more]
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MetaTalk comment - 10 months ago

Doctor Who: Listen
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FanFare post - 10 months ago

A theoretical version of that cover is playing in my head right now, and the world is poorer for it not having been realised. Perhaps a whole album, with rockabilly versions of Rebel Rebel and Young Americans to boot. Ah, what… [more]
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MeFi comment - 10 months ago

Bit of a belated reply, Bettafish, but I've been thinking about it. Yes, you're right, I shouldn't have been so dismissive of RTD. I do have huge respect for his energy and passion, and what he did (especially with Rose) was a huge breath of… [more]
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FanFare comment - 10 months ago

Yes... There are so many tiny things in it that I'll need to digest properly, and I think there will be a lot of callbacks to this episode later in the series. Perhaps a lot of the episode takes place in later episodes - I don't mind that, really, as… [more]
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FanFare comment - 10 months ago

uh. So, Flash himself is now 56 years old.... Which is why we must now refer to him as Grampaster Flash. [more]
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MeFi comment - 10 months ago

Pro tip: Elementary is completely different, and you like it more. That's not actually the same thing as "better". [more]
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MeFi comment - 10 months ago

I must admit I'm sceptical of Scotland's ability to resist the very powerful influences that will come to bear on them to fall into line and go for the same small state, lower-top-rate-taxes, austerity and privatisation agenda as everyone else. It's… [more]
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MeFi comment - 10 months ago

Transport For London tribute. [more]
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MeFi comment - 10 months ago

Whoa, I just saw a clip of Klaus Nomi doing The Cold Song today! It's actually very hard to watch, as he looks unwell. Odd, I've always found it luminous. Apart from the fact that it's lovely to have one clip of a stadium audience cheering… [more]
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MeFi comment - 10 months ago

I mean, I'm absent-mindedly watching a Maroon 5 video on the TV, and wondering whether I ought not switch to YouTube and look for Nomi's Cold Song, because I'm old enough that the amount of time I have left on the planet is non-negligable,… [more]
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MeFi comment - 10 months ago

For reasons best known to TV schedulers, this episode alone was repeated as part of a themed evening on Channel 4 in about 1982, which allowed me to videotape it. So, although I know I'd seen episodes of the original run from various angles, and I'd… [more]
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FanFare comment - 10 months ago


I thought it was interesting that the Dalek was referred to as "becoming good", when in fact its genocidal urges were essentially untouched, just redirected in a way that was more convenient to the humans. The Doctor did notice this (his… [more]
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FanFare comment - 10 months ago

Instead of programming in that last little bit of reliability, the final 1 or 0.1 or 0.01 percent, they can deploy a bit of cheap human brainpower. So their robot slaves are actually human beings, like in Lem's The Futurological… [more]
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MeFi comment - 11 months ago

Will, just because your prissy coworker rejects you, it doesn't mean you're damaged goods and undateable. Really. He could have been a victim of rumour and Chinese Whispers - "the unstable guy who failed the psych eval" by a… [more]
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FanFare comment - 11 months ago

No, sorry, I wasn't clear - he didn't know he was on the Pompadour during The Girl in the Fireplace - the reveal at the end was just for the viewer's benefit - so it wouldn't ring a bell per se, although he'd remember Mme de P, the person,… [more]
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FanFare comment - 11 months ago

I used to play a cat, but I couldn't keep up with the practise and these days I don't take it out of its case. [more]
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MeFi comment - 11 months ago

So this idea that the Doctor gets to choose his new face -- that seems new, no? Romana II. [more]
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FanFare comment - 11 months ago

I remember from when I was young that even though we were completely au-fair with the whole regeneration thing, and we knew what was going to happen there was always a time when the new Doctor was just ... wrong. Jon Pertwee was just wrong… [more]
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FanFare comment - 11 months ago

Apart from Tomb of the Cybermen, this episode is my earliest television memory (I remember a bit with wheels seeming to go backwards). I watched most of it upside down, because I was three. [more]
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FanFare comment - 11 months ago

“Want to read about people with psychological problems from a guy who’s obsessed with bears and prostitutes? John Irving is your man.” That's not an unfair point, it has to be said. Bears, prostitutes and wrestling. [more]
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MeFi comment - 11 months ago

Quay Brothers? Street of Crocodiles, In Absentia, Anamorphosis, Instituta Benjamenta. Many many more. [more]
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Ask MeFi comment - 11 months ago

"He was going for my gun" is the "The dog ate my homework" of police shootings. He ran into my bullets. He ran into my bullets six times. The next thing we'll hear is that they've charged him with theft of the… [more]
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MeFi comment - 11 months ago


Meanwhile, men won't use a little tinted concealer to minimize the look of that big angry red pimple that's making them feel self-conscious or ugly, because the fear of doing anything perceived as feminine is so strong in our culture. I… [more]
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MeFi comment - 11 months ago

[Also, is that Michael Smiley in one of those clips? Absolute star!] Where Ben Wheatley goes, can Smiley be far behind? [more]
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MeFi comment - 11 months ago

Because they're nothing if not obedient. [more]
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MeFi comment - 11 months ago

How many have they slaughtered in the last month, then? [more]
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MeFi comment - 11 months ago

This probably seems a bit off-track, but Terry Pratchett's Discworld series actually fits most of your criteria. I mean, yes, there are wizards, but you shouldn't let that put you off. You could try The Wee Free Men (part one of the sub… [more]
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Ask MeFi comment - 11 months ago

Am I right in thinking that the people who are the most enthusiastic about the State having the right and means to kill individual people are also those who most oppose it if it takes steps to ensure that all individuals receive medical treatment if… [more]
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MeFi comment - 11 months ago

Fellow with some jello. [more]
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MeFi comment - 11 months ago

Paul Mason: Gaza is not as I expected. Amid the terror, there is hope I have been reporting from Gaza all week, and, amid the stream of dead and injured civilians wheeled on trolleys before me, frantic people gesturing in my face, and nights spent… [more]
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MeFi comment - 11 months ago

If you've ever seen the cover to Thick As A Brick by Jethro Tull, English local newspapers actually are like that. I saw one recently which dedicated five pages to interviews with local shopkeepers about their dogs. Including the front page… [more]
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MeFi comment - 11 months ago

When I had to do this - a project that required a long work day every day before the deadline (although that was only a few weeks in my case) what I did was go out and buy office clothes (at that time I was all jeans and t-shirts all the time) - in… [more]
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Ask MeFi comment - Last year

That thread is the reason I joined Metafilter. And it may have been only 309 comments, but it took an age to load on dialup. On my dialup, anyway. [more]
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MetaTalk comment - Last year

It was probably the last of the V8 interceptors in the same way that there can only be one Highlander. That is to say, not. It is remarkable the extent to which the 1980s was based on the design of Blade Runner and Mad Max 2. And a little later on… [more]
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MeFi comment - Last year

So what? [more]
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MeFi comment - Last year

What a brutal little thug that continually headbutts those nice policemen's fists! [more]
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MeFi comment - Last year

At that time there was a sense - at least on the left, though it was reflected in some stories in Private Eye, which was by no means a left-wing publication under Richard Ingrams - that MI5 and Special Branch and the security services were… [more]
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FanFare comment - Last year

I've been given to understand that people who talk about money all the time do so because they don't have very much. I suspect the same thing is true about people who talk about freedom all the time. [more]
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MeFi comment - Last year

Since it's our last chance for conjecture, it just crossed my mind that perhaps both Oswalt and Lou know exactly who Malvo is, and (because of Sioux Falls, which Oswalt hasn't been connected with I think, but never mind about that, he's the… [more]
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FanFare comment - Last year

I love Topsy Turvy too. I wish he'd filmed the whole thing with that cast while he had them and the costumes and the sets available. [more]
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MeFi comment - Last year

A lot of G&S is a kind of metafiction - its setting is more the prejudices of its audience about the subject of the operetta as presented in the title than the reality of that subject. Gilbert often presented them with instantly assimilable and… [more]
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MeFi comment - Last year

They're not intended to be Japanese-style names Oh, absolutely! I was just struck by the things that he got out of Japanese culture - the costumes, for example, or the fan work - versus the areas where that authenticity didn't matter - it… [more]
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