“I don’t exist in the present, but then again, who does?”
Just a quick post to flag up a few things
Firstly I’ve started following a new Youtube Channel called Geek and Sundry which contains various geek interest shows, it launched yesterday (2nd April) and is still of course settling in. One of the shows they have on there is a light bi-weekly boardgaming show called Tabletop which is not too bad at all, very much setup for people who might be new to the world. I’ll post the video below, the game featured in this inaugural episode is Small World, a game I own and very much enjoy (I just wish everyone else did :P)
Secondly I found the youtube channel via a Goodreads bookclub I recently joined called Sword and Laser, presented by two west coast tech journalists which I’ve seen on various shows over the past couple of years. They also have a show on the before-mentioned youtube channel (yet to be released) as well as interesting audio podcast in which all many of sci-fi/fantasy topics are discussed, often directed by there community, (one of my threads regarding recommending book to people normally scared of the genre is discussed this week), as well as that months book, which in April is Lev Grossman’s The Magicians
And finally I recently asked Brian Butterfield, the brilliant Peter Serafinowicz character (which I recommend you check out), a question via twitter on The Radcliffe and Maconie 6Music show and someone promptly put the audio on youtube, which I present below.
Well I wanted to embed this as a a sort of lazy post but I can’t embed it due to it being disabled, this led me on a path to try and find another way of embedding it without having to upload the video myself and this caused me to completely mess my blog up and waste my morning trying to fix it. (which as you can see I did manage to do :P)
So I’m resorting to simply posting the link now: http://youtu.be/gqJTMl1F9Wg
Last Night myself and a couple of friends were going to watch back to back 70′s sci-fi films, as it happened we only watched one, which was Silent Running starring Bruce Dern. I enjoyed the film and with modern fears surrounding Global Warming and Biodiversity it still has a relevant message to a modern audience, a rarity from such films. Here is a summary of the film taken from IMDB:
“The loner crew member of a spaceship harbouring Earth’s last nature reserves goes renegade when he is instructed to jettison his beloved forests and return home. Accompanied only by three robots, he ponders the fate of his last pocket of nature and the murders of his fellow crew members in this far-looking speculative film.
Not too long after watching the film we searched for Bruce Dern, an actor of which we knew nothing about, on Youtube and come across this clip of him in the film Middle Age Crazy which I enjoyed and would like to share (the ending is a bit corny):
This weekend I dusted off a DVD of one of my favourite TV comedy show, the cult hit Garth Marenghi’s Darkplace. It’s essentially a parody of TV shows from the 80′s which is intentionally made to look bad from the script and acting down to the the post production. The main protagonist is; as you can probably guess, Garth Marenghi, a self-important Horror paperback writer who; despite his own arrogant self belief, is completely inept. If you enjoy by dry, surreal and at times downright silliness this show should be for you. I leave with part of a parody press statement from the official Garth Marenghi Site and a few other sounds and colours (moving and static) which are related to the series; a series that I can’t recommend enough to people.
“Garth Marenghi’s Darkplace was originally filmed in the 1980s and has since earned a cult reputation as one of the most terrifying and radical television programmes ever made. Despite this, none of the episodes have ever been seen before now (although the show enjoyed a brief run in Peru).
Darkplace was scripted and directed by the best-selling horror writer Garth Marenghi, known to thousands as the author of such classic chillers as The Ooze (can water die?), Afterbirth (a mutated placenta attacks Bristol) and Black Fang (rats learn to drive). In addition, Marenghi starred as the show’s lead character, Dr. Rick Dagless M.D., a maverick doctor battling against the evil forces lurking in a standard-sized hellmouth underneath a hospital in pre-apocalyptic Romford.
Darkplace was funded by Marenghi’s publisher, business associate and co-star, Dean Learner, who plays hospital boss Thornton Reed. The programme also features cult horror star Todd Rivers as Dr. Lucien Sanchez, and Madeleine Wool as Dr. Liz Asher (who vanished during the production and remains missing, presumed dead).
Controversy has surrounded the show since its creation, leading to rumours that the production was cursed. When Darkplace was originally cancelled, it had already claimed several lives, caused three nervous breakdowns and been subject to at least one visitation. Marenghi, however, blames the government for the show’s troubled genesis: “MI8, which is actually three levels above MI6, pulled the plug. And they did it because I knew the truth. They had files on everyone. But mainly on me.” Dean Learner, however, blames its creator: “Not since Orson Welles had one man so many fingers in so many pies, and been the chef as well. And then looked like he went and ate them all. The guy was out of control.”
(I couldn’t get the video clips I wanted as Channel 4 has taken most of them down… but you can watch whole episodes on youtube.)
Just finishing my final year project off and it’s taking much longer than I expected. That being said I’m having a relatively good time because I’m singing/whistling along to Monty Python songs.
I can’t help but chuckle mildly to myself about people stereotypically hating having to sit through slide shows and here I am forcing videos onto people… nevertheless here goes!
I link to Bill Hicks videos all the time, for me he is one of the greatest ever comedians. I recently stumbled-upon this interview clip of him discussing his worst ever gig; very amusing.
The second clip is of the Soviet crooner Eduard Khil. This has essentially became the latest internet meme thanks in part to it featuring on the Colbert Report.