Must… blog… too… much… Harry Potter…
Yeah, I know, they’re supposed to be kids books, and the first two in the series pretty much are. But 3/4/5 are fun, engaging fantasy reads. Page-turners without being crap bestselling paperbacks. Well written SF/Fantasy can be pretty addictive, and when I was a kid I used to go through a lot of books. One week over summer holiday saw the first and second Chronicles of Thomas Covenant devoured. And this last week reminds me of those long-gone happy days.
Lord of the Rings one more time? Not for a while. Just yet.
Video game censorship in Australia? Yes. Film censorship in Australia? Yep, been going on for years. This latest episode is over a Ken Park film. Go for it Margaret P.!
Actually, the UK has historically been even worse; nunchakus — two wooden rods connected by a metal chain — were banned outright in film and tv until the 1990s in the UK. Only in 2001(!) has Enter the Dragon been released uncut here. Follow this page at Melon Farmers and find for “nunchaku” for more detail.
Now this is fun: Blogging in Space. Greetings Earthlings.
What’s going to happen with the whole thing in Iraq? There’s been enough bullshit sprayed to coat a couple of governments. Why did Bush and Blair feel an urgent need to attack Hussein so quickly?
Please tell me that Bush isn’t going to take on Iran next.
So I’ve got this new blog, and I’m trying to figure out what to do with it. And the answer comes on the way home: at least part of it’s for ranting.
Just saw a play, my first in London’s West End. Big names: Hank Azaria, Matthew Perry, Minnie Driver and Kelly Reilly in David Mamet’s Sexual Perversity in Chicago. Pretty good: well performed, great set, sharp script. Coming home, riding through Parliament Square, and there’s a pro-hunt protest.
“Families 4 Hunting”. “Hoot 4 Hunts”. Young and old.
Nothing against farmers, or the poor bastards who work in slaughterhouses. If you have to protect your animals against predators, then fine. But if you enjoy the process of firing a gun at a deer, a fox, a bear, whatever; if you raise dogs to rip small animals apart… Sorry, but if you enjoy killing, you’ve got mental health issues.
Not too bad, two and a half hours from signing up to get to this “good enough” template. Now to figure out what to do with it all. In fact, why not just link to boing boing and be done with it?
There’s got to be something to say that nobody else is saying. Let’s see if I can find it.
So this is what self-publishing feels like.