I’ve just watched Dr Who on TV. I can only remember actually seeing one episode of the originals, and wasn’t particularly taken by it. But this new series is fantastic!!! I laughed all the way through!! They’ve managed to very cleverly construct the plot (for instance the episode this evening was set a year ahead so that when they went into 10 Downing St they didn’t have to tell us who the PM was), and also used special effects that are realistic, but not too realistic that it looks like a Hollywood film, and so retains that low-budget feel of the originals! It’s hilarious!!! Kind of querky, but so funny!! Definitely going to be watching the next episode…

Speaking of TV, I watched an episode of Point Pleasant this lunchtime. That had very much the opposite affect on me. For those who don’t know, it’s about this girl who’s prophesied to be the daughter of the beast, or something, and has loads of references to Revelation and the end of the world. It was all kinda creepy, partly because I do actually believe in all that, though not necessarily the way they tell the story on that programme. It really bugs me the way people dramatise things like that, as it decreases people’s expectation that it could actually be true. Revelation isn’t a pretty story, it’s not going to be fun, yet programmes like Point Pleasant only serve to help people to assign anything spiritual to the realms of impossibility and fiction. Which it isn’t. Which is kinda scary.

I’m also confused as to why my previous post is appearing at the bottom of the list of blog entries… Some sort of sorting problem. Ah well, I’m sure Phill will sort it one day. Or else it will sort itself out in time. Can a sorting function sort itself??

Categories: Miscellaneous


Phill · 17 April 2005 at 6:15 pm

And this blog post appeared in the right place! That’s really strange. Incidentally Matthew, I’ve just noticed in your introduction it says “please send me … morse code”. Since when has anyone sent someone a morse code? It’s just a method of communication (if you’re a comp sci like me, a ‘protocol’…) Anyway.

Matthew · 17 April 2005 at 10:14 pm

Thanks Phill. You’ll notice, however, that I was referring to morse code as a method rather than an object. You can send me *a* postcard or *a* telegram, but I didn’t mention the sending of *a* morse code. However, if you would like to send me *some* morse code (which was what was actually implied) that would be perfectly acceptable. Incidentally, do you happen to know where I can find out how to decipher morse code?…

Matthews Dad · 18 April 2005 at 5:36 pm

If the Radio Telegraphist on the Titanic happened to be a Christian, you could ask him how to decipher Morse Code when you get to heaven, he was famous for using the stuff (famous post-humously, sadly).
If you can’t wait that long, contact the Met Office (the guys that do those incredibly monotonous shipping forecasts “Cromarty, Fairisle, Rockall, force 10 expected 18.30…”) or any radio ham (short wave radio geek).

Megan · 20 April 2005 at 11:56 pm

I would just look on the internet 😛
(I used to have the morse alphabet all written out for myself so that I could flash signals w/ my flashlight to my friend across the street).

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