Category: Stuff

  • Digging a little further into the Day film finances

    No conclusions or major revelations here, more just background notes in the event that the Day superhero movie finance scandal thing gains more legs. The first stop is a document I have linked to before, Viral Film Media’s 2021 financial report: That document lists three directors, Officers/directors listed in the previous financial report, […]


  • A request

    I’m trying to find the text of an essay written by Frederik Pohl in Omni (vol. 15, no. 8, June 1993) on CFC’s and the ozone layer. It was a let’s-hear-from-both-sides style thing and I have a copy of the “sceptical” side but not the mainstream consensus viewpoint (which was what Pohl was given to […]

  • Missing moments of movie history: Rear Window

    To be fair, there was a lot of confusion about the role. Timothy was under the impression he was cast as an out-of-work jazz musician rather than a photojournalist recovering from an accident. The mistake was apparently encouraged by a mischievous Raymon Burr, who had never seen a cat try to play a telephoto lens […]

  • Inflation or rather not

    This post from JCW appears to take most of its data from here but draws a weird conclusion about inflation. The basket of goods listed aren’t easy to compare with current prices except when they are fairly generic (e.g. “Kellogs Corn Flakes 3 Pkgs” doesn’t say the size of the packets). I picked four […]

  • Today’s infographic

    A guide to dichotomies in current discourse.

  • Unused image from yesterday

    Still fun but the context is the reverse of the idea as in it shows The Shard in Middle-Earth rather than London as an analogue for Middle-Earth. Why have The Shard as Orthanc rather than Barad-Dur? Mainly to maintain a rough west-to-east position of some towers. The Shard is south-west of the Tower of London […]

  • The sans-serif genre axis part 2

    Even though my previous post was more of an exercise in seeing what Excel’s new(?) box-and-whisker graphs do, I was pleased with the result. So I carried on adding the other Goodreads years. As a reminder, I’m counting how many of the 20 books listed in a category have a book title (I’m not looking […]

  • The sans-serif genre spectrum

    I’ve mentioned before that I think the most reliable (and yet absurd) distinction between fantasy and science-fiction is that science-fiction is more likely to have sans-serif fonts on the cover. A useless distinction for looking at the form or content of a genre and yet more reliable than a lot of other definitions I’ve seen. […]

  • Ways of fixing a study

    This is a vague follow-up to this post: As I said the other day, the study reads to me that it reflects people’s opinions of themselves. It didn’t (couldn’t) look at actual reading behaviour and didn’t look at actual cognitive preferences, so what they ended up with is a conclusion more like people who […]

  • Weirded out

    I’ve had two instances now of colleagues sincerely offering ‘condolences’ about the death of the Queen and it isn’t even 8:40 am here yet. OK, fair enough, it’s going to be weird for Australians as well and I don’t want to go off at people, so you get the rant here. Yes, I’m English and […]