For those who are looking for Actual Content(tm) you’ll get some over the next few days — I’ve got part-written posts on Surf’s Up, what it is I actually like about Doctor Who and Logopolis that’ll be coming up over the rest of the week, and tomorrow we’ll be posting a Mindless Ones Thought Bubble retrospective.
The reason I’ve not posted these yet is that since Thought Bubble I’ve had post-convention flu. I was awake for a grand total of three hours yesterday, and that was mostly to take vitamin C and antihistamines. I normally get over infectious illnesses in practically no time, thanks to vitamin C megadoses, but this one just completely wiped me out.
Incidentally, the *really fun* thing about flu when you’re already suffering from stress, anxiety and depression is the way it triggers your body’s flight or fight mechanism, and that triggers paranoia, so you spend two days thinking “I’m going to get sacked. My wife’s going to leave me. All my friends hate me. I’m going to die poor and alone.” That’s definitely the best bit.
Sean Carroll on the difference between time-reversal violation and the arrow of time. Remind me sometime to post my own handwavey pseudo-explanation of the arrow of time, which seems to me to arise from Barbour’s timeless universe if you add in information theory and a little anthropic reasoning.
Island Of Terror on The Strange World Of Gurney Slade
Were the House of Representative elections gerrymandered?
25 Things I Want To Say To So-Called Aspiring Writers.
And two full-show recordings from the current Monkees tour, courtesy monkeebootlegs.com — Escondido (multiple MP3s) and Chicago (single MP4)
If that’s the same handwavey arrow of time you were telling me about the other night, it’s a very nice one!
Didn’t know where else to put this (or if you’ll see it) but there’s a magazine special – Uncut Special Edition, I believe – on the Kinks out now. It features archive interviews with Ray, Dave, and Co. (mostly Ray, of course!), and reviews of the albums. I thought you might be interested. I’d prefer the reviews to be more in-depth tho’ I’m sorely tempted, the price (£6.99) is, however, an obstacle as I’m not sure it’s wise for me to spend that on a *magazine*, always the question of worth… :)