A Haphazard Splurge Concerning Last Night’s Ghastliness ie the General Election

It's been very hard deciding what to write about today. I allowed myself a quick bit of nonsense (pretty sure the spaghetti bit is true though) yesterday, so I feel like I'm going against the spirit of this December blogathon challenge if I type a few quick sentences to express my despair, gloom, and general…

Things I Would Do If I Was Falling Into A Black Hole

PANIC. Stretch. Lots of stretching. Like gum. Or spaghetti. An infinitely long piece of human spaghetti. Call for help. Then remember that sounds doesn't travel in a vaccum. Consider how neat that Stargate episode is, where a black hole attaches to the Stargate and tries to such the Earth through. Remind myself that Romulans use…

Five Brilliant Odo Moments in Deep Space Nine

I always find it a bit weird to be so saddened by the death of someone I don't know, even though it makes perfect sense: just because you don't know someone doesn't mean they can't affect your life, bring you joy, inspire you, give you comfort. They're still a part of your life, and when…

How To Tell If You Are In Star Trek The Next Generation

An Admiral hails you. They're probably going to betray you and Starfleet principles. Half of the senior staff are giving acting lessons. Half of the senior staff play a musical instrument. None of them offer music lessons. The Captain is wearing a red shirt. The walls are beige. They are closing in. Beigely. The holodeck…

It’s Sunday, I’ve Done A Whole Week of this Nonsense; Here Are Some Nature Pics

A week of posts! So a bit of a break tonight, plus I've just finished a three hour Dungeons and Dragons session. Thus, pics. The loch on quite the winter-y morning, all ice and mist. Same loch, different day. Very, very different day. And one winter afternoon, the sun already going down. ###

The Most Excellent and Awesome Worldbuilding Hats of Doctor Who

Today we consider hats. Not merely any hats, but the splendid hats of Doctor Who that have helped to create worlds. So that means (magnificent as, say, the Doctor's hat in The Reign of Terror is) hats from the real world are not included, no matter how dashing it looks perched on the head of…

Robert the Bruce and the Murder of John Comyn

Yesterday I listened to the Braveheart episode of the Best Pick podcast, and delighted in hearing their thoughts on a film which, if nothing else, has provided many people with a fine historical education of the period as they read about all the things it got wrong (personal favourite, the lack of a bridge at…