Year: 2021

  • The Cat Who Walks Through Omelas

    [Scene: Felapton Towers the week before Christmas. The sketchy room (formerly the drawing-room but now less well-illustrated)] Camestros: So let’s go through this again.Timothy the Talking Cat: Sure, sure.Camestros: So there’s this city and nearly everybody thinks it is great.Timothy: Like Bristol?Camestros: I…I don’t know. I’ve never been to Bristol.Timothy: People talk like pirates in […]


  • Basically, this is just a lemon flavoured soft drink blog now

    Writing is harddd. Posting pictures is easy. Anyway here’s some antipodean variants. Lemon juice and sugar — they’ll both attack your teeth but combined in a drink with carbon dioxide, they’ll rot your teeth and taste good! So Lemon, Lime & Bitters or LLB is a popular non-alcoholic (or very low alcoholic) Australian pub drink […]

  • Firefly Friday: Ep2 The Train Job

    The trope of a rag-tag crew of a spaceship on the wrong side of the law feels like such a familiar one but there’s not an obvious type-specimen. The UK example would be Blake’s 7 who are a mix of criminals and out-right revolutionaries. There’s obviously elements of the idea in the crew of the […]

  • Missing Moments from Movie History: The Carbonite Manoeuvre

    An infamous cat-related accident on the set of the Empire Strikes Back resulted in this unfortunate outcome. Timothy was later defrosted from the carbonite but not until after a surprising increase in productivity among the cast and crew.

  • Lemonade disambiguation

    From the shop. On the left Solo, which is unambiguously lemony, cloudy and not quite as fizzy. In the middle generic “lemonade” (Schweppes in this case) in the British sense. On the right Sprite because the shop didn’t have a big bottle of 7Up. The Sprite was a bit more fizzy than the generic lemonade […]

  • Blog plan

    I am busy working on the Complete Debarkle (and thank you for the extra edits that have been sent in), so no substantial posts until Friday when I get into “The Train Job” episode of Firefly. I’ve been calculating timezones and I think the Hugo Award Ceremony is around about lunchtime on Sunday here, so […]

  • More things not to drink

    Whatever has happened to supply chains recently has improved my access to odd American variants on carbonated soft drinks. Here, for example, is cherry flavoured 7up. Now, to my mind, 7up is basically lemonade and if you add a different flavour to lemonade it’s not really lemonade anymore but the fizzy drink version of the […]

  • Susan’s Salon: December 12/13

    Susan’s Salon: December 12/13

    ⟖🎊⟗🎊⟕ Please use the comment section to just chat about whatever you want. Susan’s Salon is posted early on Monday (Australian Eastern Standard Time, which is still Sunday in most other countries). It’s fine to be sad, worried, vaccinated, unvaccinated-yet, angry or maybe even happy (or all of those things at once). Please feel free […]

  • Firefly Friday (first impressions)

    Of the many TV shows that have spawned active fandoms, there’s none quite so ephemeral in its root substance as Joss Whedon’s 2002 sci-fi Western Firefly. While I did see the spin-off movie Serenity, it is a show that I have never watched the series until now. The film didn’t really stick with me and […]

  • Dear Tyop Partol, would you like to be in the acknowledgements?

    I’m adding an acknowledgements page to The Complete Debarkle and naturally, I will be making a general statement about everybody who pointed out typos. I’d like to list them all but a. not miss people and b. not include people who’d rather not be listed for whatever reason. I’ll be mentioning other people for other […]