Sorry for the non-appearance of the last part of Doctor Watson. I’ve been having stress-related brain freezes the last few days, and have basically been unable to get anything done either at work or at home. I’ve also been trying to recover data from a 2TB hard drive which developed, almost overnight, several thousand bad sectors (I didn’t have a backup because until last month I couldn’t afford the luxury of a spare 2TB drive. I will have a backup from now on).
Tomorrow, though, I plan to do both the last part of the Watson story and the next Mindless Ones Doctor Who post, my first on Patrick Troughton.
But for now, some links.
I haven’t yet seen the Doctor Who Christmas special (it’s sat on the aforementioned hard drive) but Millennium Elephant thinks it was an improvement on recent Moffat efforts, though still flawed. Andrew Rilstone is rather less charitable.
Meanwhile Dispositio, a blog which I haven’t linked before but you should all read if you’re interested in Elizabethan literature, goes away from its normal areas to target the sexism in last week’s episode of Sherlock
Moving not all that far from Doctor Who to theology, we have Rilstone again, writing about Christmas carols, folk song, fanfic and the paradox of the incarnation while Lance Parkin thinks the ontological proof is cobblers.
An interesting look at different ideas of aesthetics, referencing Roger Ebert’s distaste for video games and the critical reaction to Greg Egan’s latest book
Caron Lindsay on the need for Lib Dems to lobby Lords to ensure that ESA claimants don’t lose their benefits after a year
And Cory Doctorow on the coming war on general computation.