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Unfairly Unmentioned

A quick catch up is in order, on some of the more interesting things that I should have been writing about recently…

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2008 is not now, not even close

In which Tom wails incessantly about how he can’t have an iPhone yet.

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Human Nature

Out of the Wood

Argh. Two weeks without the internet! How on earth did I survive? Well, alright, I saw plenty of the internet, but that’s not the point. The point is, it wasn’t on tap at all times. The point is, I couldn’t possibly have been paying much attention to ATR.

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I’ll Explain Later

Ah, technobabble. Also known as ‘phlebotonin’ if you’re a writer on Buffy the Vampire Slayer. I’m sure that to the casual viewer, all technobabble is equal.

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Back and Forward

Two seasons of the new Doctor Who down. I thought I’d share three of my favourite moments of the past season, and my three top hopes for season three. Actually, let’s say four. I’ve got too many.

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Fandom, You’re Dead to Me

I had a moment on the train today that warmed the very cockles of my Who fan heart. A skinny little kid on the train was reading Doctor Who novels and trying to interest a cute schoolgirl in them. Fool that he was… he gave her ‘Last of the Gadarene’ by Mark ‘Idiot’s Lantern’ Gatiss. That’s not going to impress a girl.

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The wonders of June

June 1st: DS Lite released in Australia
2nd: iinet installs DSLAMs in Cheltenham and starts transfering customers to faster broadband. We buy a faster modem.

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Caprica

First Buffy the Vampire Slayer, then Stargate SG-1, then Doctor Who, and now this. Battlestar: Galactica is getting a spin-off prequel series.

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New New Name

The votes are in and ignored, the decision is final. Grapefruit(s) no longer, this website is now:

ATYPICAL REVIEW

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Fahrenheit

The musical, City of Angels, is going brilliantly. Well, pretty good. We’re a little less than two weeks out and everything feels like it’s coming together. Good cast, good atmosphere, and most importantly quite a few of us seem talented too.

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I wanna be an actor

Jackson and I are in a musical currently, for those that don’t know. Hopefully Shannon has noticed as she’s the director.

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Australia Space

While watching season four of The X-Files — which is quite good so far; the show continually confounds my usual ‘2-3 are the best seasons’ theory. Not that it’s really been awesome yet.

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Today Tonight

Last August, the ABC’s Media Watch highlighted a Today Tonight report on young muslims for editing together a series of interviews dishonestly. Though it was obvious that the vibe of the story had been twisted in that way that Today Tonight does so well, one interview’s cut in particular really irritated me.

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Office Space

Here’s a picture of my desk at work. On the left is our printer that rarely works. To my right is a VoiP phone that remembers it’s mine even when it strays.

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Summer Break

It’s been a quiet time around the Grapefruit office while everyone’s away on summer break. Or at least, that sounds like a good excuse for the lack of things around here.

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Expose

Channel Ten is promoting their new US import, Supernatural as coming from “The Director of X-Files”. So, just who is the director of The X-Files, given that the show ran for nine seasons with the usual cycling of directors?

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Therapy

A few random points of TV interest…

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Anticipation

This post was initially to only include my mini-review of Doctor Who’s mini-episode. But then I thought, let’s give this some mass appeal.

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Revelation of the Cybermen

It’s that time of year again, where I succumb to temptation and start putting up promotional Doctor Who images. Actually, this should be the only one.

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Welcome to the Past

There’s lots of different ways to review TV. Over the years, we’ve had group reviews, we’ve had rants, we’ve had letters… It’s not usually hard to come up with something interesting when you’re watching something happen every week.

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Torchwood

Well, knock me over with a feather. I wasn’t expecting this.

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Supercession

So, the new iPods are out. As the rumour sites had been alternately predicting and denying, they play videos.

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All Angel All The Time

Finally got part two of Season 5 of Angel the other day; my collection is complete. It’d be the first time I’d ever owned all the episodes of a TV series, if it wasn’t for that cheating Firefly with it’s all in one boxed set.

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Subtext

Joss Whedon talked to ABC Radio National while he was hanging out in Australia recently and had this to say…

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Daily Show

The Daily Show with Jon Stewart has been away for a week and I’ve been having withdrawal symptoms. Especially since a massive newsworthy event happened over in the USA and they weren’t able to cover it.

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You’ve Done it Again

Yesterday I heard the absolutely splendiferous news that there’s a JB Hi-Fi opening in Southland soon!

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And we’re Baaaaaaaaack!

Sorry about the downtime, folks. Well, sorry to those that noticed it. I’ve been using the time to sit around on my arse vaguely studying. “Vaguely studying” is when you’ve got all the study material in front of you, and occasionally you draw half a concept map, or attempt to summarise some points.

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Documentary Evidence

Damn that Michael Moore. He’s spoiled my innocence. I used to be able to watch documentaries and think I’d learned something.

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The Guide

This has probably been happening to all sorts of TV shows and I haven’t noticed, but I’m observing a peculiar trend in Melbourne’s ‘Green Guide’ when it comes to Doctor Who.

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Swotting

Ah, what could possibly distract from the important task of writing essays and studying? Bearing in mind that these things must be accessible from the same places that I’m supposed to be doing work; i.e. my room.

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Who’s Afraid of the Big Bad Sith?

I apologise for the steady stream of Doctor Who reviews, to all of you who don’t give a rat’s arse.

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Fargate

Sorry to swamp the weblog with posts, but I just saw these pictures from the upcoming premiere of Stargate SG-1.

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Are you pondering what I’m pondering?

Delenn’s on Lost! Woah!

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Halo Mother of Syd!

That’s such a bad pun it’s almost not a pun. It’s mostly crap. Anyhow, two bits of news that excite me.

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The Non-Who, Non-Apple Post

Those areas of my brain have been quarantined as I write this post…

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Mostly Harmless

What is it with Physics undergraduates and bad “Meaning of Life, the Universe, and Everything” jokes? It’s like they think if they just mention ‘42’ in any given sentence, it suddenly becomes funny…

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Trailer

Well, the marketing campaign for Doctor Who has started in Britain, and a bunch of teaser trailers have been released. Here’s a few screengrabs, posted mainly because Billie Piper is looking good but also coz the new console room is in the background.

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Self Control

So, apparently, a rough-ish cut of the first episode of Doctor Who is out online somewhere.

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Passing Thoughts

All the time, I see things about the place and think — I should write about that in my weblog. And then I forget them. So I won’t be mentioning any of those today.

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Galactica

There’s a new review by a new reviewer today — Penny Cowie, a soon-to-be-ex-co-worker at AMES. This hopefully makes up in part for my laziness and Andy’s not-currently-at-a-computerness.

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To Bad Rubbish

Woah! TV TV TV! Going to Perth was like a television overdrive. My poor little iPod is packed with episodes of That 70s Show and Stargate SG-1. And then I return to more new Alias episodes… And then Mum and Dad finally get me the complete Yes, Minister. To think that at one point I was downloading Smallville.

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Blue Who

Ah, don’t mind me indulging myself. It’s not too long until March, thankfully…

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Stargate

Ben Browder apparently has been signed on as a regular cast member for season 9.

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They Can’t Do That

Watching Smallville the other day — yes, I’m still doing that, they don’t have patches for it or anything — I was struck by how the show has never done anything surprising ever.

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Is this site still running?

As the sole contributor to this site, I see my absence is sorely felt. Well, I can’t help it people. I downloaded Half Life 2 accidentally. I didn’t mean to.

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news, some good, some not so good

It’s a bad news, good news day over here. The good news is that I’ll be able to go to the Tasmanian Circus Festival in February. The bad news is I can go because they won’t let me in to stinky NICA.

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TV TV TV TV

Separate entries for separate moods. I’ve got a widescreen television! Woot! It’s not plasma or anything but it works rather well, especially with component video from the DVD, or digital TV.

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STARGATE’S BAAACK!!!

Much like the red sky at night delighting sailors, so does the appearance of Stargate Atlantis on Bittorrent delight me. For where there’s Atlantis, there will be SG-1.

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Promotion

Allow me to indulge myself and post this.

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To choose or not to choose.

Now that Lara Croft is telling people to vote there will be a decent turnout.

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At Last!!!

I’ve been waiting a long time for today - a day when one of the greatest television series of all times makes a triumphant return.

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Symptoms

That’s it. I’ve run out of Stargate.

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Shiny

Mmmmm. Always pays to pop by JB Hi-Fi. Certain box sets of definitive classic movie trilogies might have been released early.

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Urgent news!!!!

If you haven’t seen this you should now! Steal a car to drive you to a house where you beat people until they get you this video.

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Nooooooooo!

Warning

By day, I am mild-mannered Andy but by night, I watch Stargate.

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One season in one day

More like half a season in three days. Stargate season seven is some great tv.

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I deny nothing.

Just a couple of things. First, I’d like to officially deny the following rumours…

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Peacekeeper Wars

Oooh! Oooh! A Farscape: Peacekeeper Wars trailer is up at apple.com! And looking darned cool, as well.

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Firefly

So, there I am, wandering back to work after trying out James’ favourite Subway sub, and oops! — there’s JB Hi-Fi’s DVD superstore. Better go in then.

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Increased Power over the Cosmos

Yes, I know, you’re all a bit bored of grapefruit redesigns, they happen every other week. But still, here’s another one for your enjoyment.

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Crazy Folks

It’s always nice to get further confirmation that people are insane.

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Angelic

It feels odd to have witnessed the final episode of Angel — ever — and not be mentioning it here.

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The Return

Who?

Christopher Eccleston is the new Doctor Who!

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Old Men Snoring

Rain? What’s up with this? It’s supposed to snow here, dammit.

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Patterns

Ah, life is in a simple pattern now and writing weblogs doesn’t come as easily. Canada begins to feel like a kind of home, even if there are a few crazy differences.

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Hrrrrrmmmmmmmmmm

And suddenly, I’m starting to panic.

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MDA

Ew. Last night’s MDA had the WORST ACTOR I’ve seen on TV since Matthew Waterhouse.

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Oh Happy Day, Oh Joy of Sweet Joys

I’m going to go out on a limb and say that this is a good thing.

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The Fruits are Looped

Things I haven’t done, but should have…

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An open letter to James Cameron.

Dear James Cameron…

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I love Thursdays.

I’ve had to pinch myself to make sure I’m not dreaming. The tv guide had an episode of Stargate on today so naturally it’s a good day no matter how long I’m at uni.

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Communication Problems

A weekend without the ability to speak properly does not a happy Tom make. Pah.

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What soft light from yonder broken window?

Ergh. I felt a vague sore throat coming on 8 at lunch time, and now it’s spread to wooziness and a headache.

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What time is it on the rocket clock?

I’ve decided to outsource my assignments. Great pay, easy hours, email me.

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Wesley’s Amusing Psychoses

TV TV TV

I’m finding it difficult to watch television now, without mentally drafting reviews in my head.

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Jackson’s Peculiar Talents

I attempted to demonstrate NTGF’s latest masterpiece — Andy C episode 1, part 3, subsection IV — to our good friend Corrinne today.

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M>Training

For the last week, perhaps longer, trains to the city on the Frankston line have been running around 5-10 minutes late.

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Still Waiting

Not long now. As of this Saturday we will once again have a full complement of staff, meaning more than one day off a fortnight.

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Spike v. Angel

Firstly — I promise that my next entry will have no Buffy or Angel references whatsoever. But things have come to light that need mentioning.

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It’s 3am, I must be lonely.

Damnit. It’s late and cold and like the guy flying over Sydney on a giant dog, things look bad. I don’t know why I bother really. Is a little organisation so hard.

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Getting Things Done

I’ve finally found a beginning to my script that I’m vaguely happy with. Which is lucky as the due date’s approaching and I’d really like to be honing it for the last day, at least.

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The End of Buffy

Having decided that neither ‘Chosen’ nor Season Seven in general is a suitable end to Buffy, I’m now left with the task of working out where the show DOES end.

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