A Million Little Fibres (Mark II)

Saturday, October 07, 2006

Moving Back

I have now moved back to my original url


Tuesday, October 03, 2006

A Kind of Anniversary

Posts have been a bit scarce lately with a mixture of apathy & illness rearing its unpleasant head. However, it was recently pointed out to me that this blog/site in one form or another (I'l looking at you Blogger-Beta)has been around for just over a year. So...

More like last week but never mind :)

Tuesday, September 19, 2006

"Its not the East or the West Side...": Star Wars Gangsta Rap

Star Wars may have turned to the crap-side in the last 30 years or so but it has produced some brilliant fan parodies. The Star Wars Gangsta Rap is one of the better ones..

The Original Video:

The Special Edition (in slightly better quality):

Performed 'live' on Stage (and ratherly lamely):

On a related tangent, according to this interesting blog article, 'The Coming and Dramatic Decline of Youtube', Youtube who host these videos are heading for a big fall...

Sunday, September 17, 2006

Han Fired First

After recently watching the re-released (cash-in) original theatrical DVD of Star Wars it is pleasing to once again see Han fire first. Screw the lame Lucas Greedo 'fired first' Special Edition rubbish

As it should be:

As realised with cutting edge STAR WARS Lego:

As 'realised' with a twist in the upcoming 30th Anniversary Edition:

Saturday, September 16, 2006

New LOST Season 3 Promo

Narrated by 'Henry Gale'...

Wednesday, September 13, 2006

Middle Class Guilt and the Sci-Fi Channel

Stef Zucconi in a recent blog post, replete with fine photographs, recently touched on something which has been bugging me lately me, especially whilst I eat my dinner watching the Sci-Fi Channel - Middle Class Guilt. Every single break during Star Trek @ 7pm, & most of the channels other programming, has adverts for every laudable charity imaginable: Children-Animals-Water-Oxfam-The Rice Pudding Protection League you name it they have an advert. All it takes is "Just" £2, £3 or £10 a month to assuage your pampered, guilty, sci-fi loving conscience whilst you sit eating & watching frivolous junk on a cheesy cable channel as millions starve or get thrown down stairways.

I guess somebody out there assumes that Sci-Fi/Star Trek viewers are idealistic, thoughtful, sentimental types with high amounts of disposable income, slightly dumb, and therefore susceptible to this 'noble' and assiduous form of 'emotional blackmail'. You never know, they might be onto something. However, as one advert and campaign laudibly but rather illogically proclaims in absolute terms:

"Together we can put a stop to Child Abuse.FULL STOP"

Any rational or remotely critical person, Sci-fan or otherwise, should be able to understand in reality regardless of whether the problem is environmental or societal, money and regular donations to a charity isn't the magic bullet or panacea that makes the bad things go away 'FULL STOP'. Especially when the campaign in question tackles something so complex and emotive as Child abuse.

I don't have a problem with genuine charities, sadly I don't really care for the type of patronising, emotional blackmail, in our increasingly 'dumbed down' popular western capitalist culture, which simplifies complex issues whilst providing materialistic solutions such as £10 a month and engaging in empty sloganeering like "I'm in".
I know its a cliche, but ultimately attitudes, perceptions and inequalities across all social classes & peoples , let alone the middles classes and Sci-fi fans, need to improve and become a bit more enlightened to properly address these and other woes, rather than having charities begging for money on the pretense of providing definitive materialistic solutions to intractable social and societal problems. Utopian sentiments perhaps, but people and the world need to change.

Tuesday, September 12, 2006

CSS, Blogger Templates and Internet Explorer 6

Just lately this blog has been looking a bit odd in IE. Although I would implore IE users to use Firefox because its vastly superior and one of the best things I've ever downloaded, about 60% of this and my previous sites visitors use IE and would have seen the right sidebar at the bottom of the page.

To cut a long and tedious story short this is due to IE being rather crap at understanding CSS. In my case this little bit of code in the template sorted the whole visually unappealing mess out so my blog looks the same in IE as it does on Firefox:

In the content part of the stylesheet/template add the command highlighted in red. Save your template and republish. It effectively stops lines of text in the content/main/sidebar spilling over out of their boxes and pushing stuff like the sidebar down.

#content {
margin:0 auto;
#main {
or here
#sidebar {
or here

Of course, this solution might not solve the problem, somthing else in your posts or template is at fault, but its worth a try.

BTW any body mistyping http://www.wherehasalltheraingone.blogpsot.com into their browser will find this wondeful site...