Linkblogging for 02/01/10 (OK, so I was completely wrong about the whole palindrome thing…)

The closest I’ve come to a New Year’s Resolution this year (other than getting PEP! out not *too* late and trying to stay employed all year) is that I’m going to try to post *something* every single day. I’ve also decided to blog every single book I read (not reread or I’d post about nothing else, just books I’ve not read before) so I’ll be writing about Faction Paradox: City Of The Saved probably tonight (got it this morning).

For those who care about such things, BTW, my blog got 78,564 visits last year (not sure how many are unique, probably not all that many). The most popular post was my first Beatles Mono Review which has been viewed 3.349 times, astonishingly enough. The least popular was an eighteen-way tie between posts which have had one view each, mostly titled things like ‘quick question’ or ‘just to say’ and published in 2008.

Anyway, on to things other people have been writing. A lot of people have been writing about the end of the Welsh Series. James Graham gives a balanced view (even though we were arguing on Twitter yesterday, and I got the impression I annoyed him with some of my comments on Tennant/RTD, I could agree with a good chunk of this. I still think Logopolis is fantastic though). Jennie didn’t like it at all, while Andrew Ducker sums up the RTD years perfectly. Barry Sarll wasn’t hugely impressed, but Lytton Ewing was.
ETA and of course Millennium almost makes me wish I’d watched it, with a wonderful review…

(I didn’t watch it myself, and it doesn’t sound like I’d have enjoyed it much if I had, but I’m not going to say anything against the Welsh Series here – a lot of people did like it, and many of them are disappointed it’s ended. Let’s hope both they and I can enjoy the Moffat Show, though frankly I doubt it…)

For those who want more Doctor Who, I just discovered that a load of old episodes are on Youtube, legitimately. Of the ones there, my personal favourite is Edge Of Destruction, while Caves Of Androzani is widely considered the best Who ever. (The Twin Dilemma, also on there, is best avoided even though Colin Baker’s a favourite of mine…). This might not work in all countries, but I’m sure you all know about proxies and so forth…

Some people out there are talking about things other than Doctor Who, though, including the fact that a woman’s insurance has been revoked because while suffering from depression she put some photos on Facebook showing herself smiling…

LessWrong talks about the difference between what we want and what we feel compelled to do, and the neurochemistry behind this.

The Rejectionist uses Terminator:Salvation as a case study for improving novels.

And Gavin R may have found the source of a mistake in a Ladybird book he reviewed a while ago…

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2 Responses to Linkblogging for 02/01/10 (OK, so I was completely wrong about the whole palindrome thing…)

  1. RAB says:

    Thanks for those links to the reviews of the final RTD story. It actually helped ease the pain a little to read intelligent people discussing it with some level of composure. I loathed the story from beginning to end; I could start detailing the reasons, but it would just turn into an incoherent howl of outrage…

  2. Sarah says:

    “Some people out there are talking about things other than Doctor Who, though, including the fact that a woman’s insurance has been revoked because while suffering from depression she put some photos on Facebook showing herself smiling…”

    That’s rediculous! I read the article. That employer is absolutely bonkers!

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