June 23rd, 2006


That could have been... awkward.

I just had one of those "oh, sh*t" moments, when I got up to get myself another cup of tea, grabbed my cup from besides my monitor... and managed to spill the dregs onto my PCs case, which is sitting beside my desk. I'd forgotten that I hadn't quite finished it.

To makes matters a worse, the case was open (side access panel removed), as it had been running a little hot and I was going to check its fans, with the possibilitiy of repositioning them to see if that made any difference.

Anyway... I froze as soon as I realised what I'd done (my usual and somewhat unfortunate reaction to something "bad" happening). Luckily, there wasn't much tea to spill, and it landed on top of the case and just beside it, with none appearing to have splashed inside. A few paper towels later, and all is dry once more.

I've previously ruined a keyboard or two with spilled tea... only too easy when engrossed in thinking about something, and then absently reach for it without looking! Maybe I should pay more attention to the world around me. :-)

Region 4 DVD of Battlestar Galactica, season 2

After the most-glorious cliffhanger at the end of season 1, it's been a painful wait for season 2 of Battlestar Galactica to be released on region 4 here in Australia. However, it's not long now! Apparently the region 4 DVD will be released on Wednesday 16 August... just under two months to go.

I've watched the miniseries and season 1 on DVD, and thoroughly enjoyed it. My memories of the original series from when I was much younger are pretty vague, and from what I do remember it was enjoyable but wasn't that compelling; actually, it's kind of mixed up with Buck Rogers :-). The "re-imagined" series is a complex, rich story following a well-defined story arc—a strategy that worked wonderfully with Babylon 5—with a dark, gritty feel... it's truly entertaining. Best small-screen SF in a long while!

Talking of small-screen SF... I've got to say that the first season of the latest Doctor Who really didn't do much for me. My favourite doctor remains incarnation #4 (Tom Baker). The (much) earlier series had a more serious tone, and while there was humour, it was clever and toned down. There was also a surprising amount of violence; it's amazing the kind of bodycount that could be accumulated with so little blood'n'gore, thanks to the prevalent use of energy weapons. The modern versions—from around doctor #6 and onwards—have tended towards the "Benny Hill" side of British comedy (which I despise).

I've heard good things about season 2, with the incarnated-once-more doctor apparently doing a much better job, so I suppose I shouldn't give up hope!