I'm relatively pleased with our weather this weekend - not only did I mostly not get rained on yesterday on my walk (when the clouds started rolling in, I headed for Starbucks; Daniel picked me up when it became clear the downpour wasn't going to abate), it held off on raining while I took a walk this morning.
Yesterday on my walk I got caught up on episodes of Space Casey
, a science fiction audio comedy featuring wise-cracking space con-woman Casey. The story starts with Casey conning a clueless spaceship pilot out of his ship, and finding out that she got more than she bargained for. In the following episodes, each of Casey's attempts to get herself out of the trouble she's gotten herself in end up making things worse. Very humorously worse. I recommend checking it out at the link above. It's free! What have you got to lose?
This morning on my walk, I listened to "The Space Wail", which was the first of a series of Doctor Who
audio plays produced back in the eighties by Audio Visuals
, a gang of Doctor Who
fans that included Bill Baggs, later of BBV
, as well as a whole crowd of people who went on to be part of Big Finish
. "The Space Wail" isn't all that great, really. There are some problems with the script, especially in the last half - the Doctor decides to leave, then he decides not to, the computer decides to self-destruct for no reason that I can determine and then just as suddenly decides that it doesn't want to die. There are also too many actors with rather similar voices, which confuses things. The biggest problem, though, is that Stephen Payne, who played the Doctor, really wasn't up to the job. It's really noticeable in a scene at the end of the play, where the Doctor realizes that he's inadvertently destroyed an entire planet. Payne doesn't manage to give it much oomph. Evidently, the Audio Visuals folks realized this, because in the next play they regenerated the Doctor into Nick Briggs.
However, there are moments when you can detect what seems like the spirit of Big Finish in embryo. The music and sound-design are really pretty good. And despite the occasional wonkiness of the script and acting, it really feels like Doctor Who
. It'll be interesting to hear the rest of the plays.
, I found The Whole Five Feet
, a blog kept by an intrepid soul who read the entirety of the Harvard Classics, a.k.a "the five foot shelf of books". We had the whole five feet at home when I was a kid, and while I never read the entire set, it provided my first exposure to Aristophanes, Aeschylus, Milton, and Coleridge, among others. So, it's kind of fun to look through the blog and read someone else's reactions to the ones I remember reading.
, I've discovered The New Adventures of Queen Victoria
. (Also available as a syndicated livejournal feed
.) I'm not sure what it is about this particular webcomic that so tickles my sensibilities, except that any comic that can make fun of British colonialism and Windows Vista within a single week has got something going for it.
I am currently braising some beef with sherry and Spanish smoked paprika. Hopefully it will go better than the lamb shanks.