Month: Sep 2020

  • I watched the Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift

    Now here is where things get interesting. Not interesting in terms of script or cinematography or acting but interesting in that you really have to turn to Wikipedia or fan diagrams to work out what this film has to do with the other films in the franchise. However, I’m trying to treat these films as […]

  • If you want to watch something both depressing and funny, watch a ‘libertarian’ dance around Trump’s taxes

    The New York Times has revealed details about Donald Trump’s tax returns “The president paid just $750 (£580) in federal income tax both in 2016, the year he ran for the US presidency, and in his first year in the White House He paid no such taxes in 11 of 18 years of tax […]

  • Susan’s Salon: 2020 September 27/28

    Farewell September Please use the comment section to just chat about whatever you want. Susan’s Salon is posted early Monday (Sydney time which is still Sunday in most countries) . It’s fine to be sad, worried, angry or happy (or all of those things at once). Please feel free to post either troubling news or […]

  • The Fellowship of the Ring but backwards

    Our final instalment, as the epic fantasy reaches its exciting conclusion. Sam and Frodo reach the rendezvous point on the Anduin river. Sam heads off to look for the others while Frodo meets Boromir for the first time. Boromir suggests Frodo takes the ring to Gondor but Frodo is all ‘been there, done that’ and […]

  • The Two Towers but backwards

    Neiklot’s sequel to the Return of the King but backwards. When we last saw them, Sam Gamgee had left Frodo Baggins tied up in an orc fortress guarding a mountain pass out of Mordor. Sam sets off to find a giant spider. Meanwhile, Frodo himself has somehow become envenomed and tied up in spider silk. […]

  • The Return of the King but backwards

    A plot summary of JRR Tolkien’s book but backwards. Frodo Baggins, a hobbit, arrives from the Undying Lands to Middle Earth on a ship with many powerful elves and the wizard Gandalf. At the Grey Havens he is met by three hobbits who greet him warmly and invite him to come and live in their […]

  • Mechanics and genre

    A character from previous years re-appeared this week. (I say ‘re-appeared’ but that’s obviously from my perspective, I doubt they were hiding in a box until my attention was drawn their way.) Damien Walter, the former science-fiction critic from the Guardian, posted on the r/printSF reddit and the people there couldn’t decide if it was […]

  • Looking at covid stats again

    Our World in Data has an interesting section on covid infection modelling, that looks at estimates of the ‘true’ number of infections based on the available data. Meanwhile, here is an update of the graph I showed in my previous post. The same caveats apply. The exact number of confirmed cases isn’t comparable between […]

  • I watched 2Fast, 2Furious

    The story so far. Curious about how a bloated film franchise spawned, I watched the first Fast and Furious movie, having never watched any of the films before. The initial film is an odd beast, partly based on an article in Vibe magazine entitled Racer X ( ). That article makes its own interesting connection […]

  • A Cat Reads Hyperion by Dan Simmons

    [September 25, 2019, Felapton Towers]Good evening everybody, it is I, Timothy the Talking Cat, speaking to you from the magnificent library within my palatial home in Bortsworth, in the green, pleasant and European Union free kingdom of England. God bless her and all who sail upon her. Today I have mostly been reading Hyperion by […]

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