padawanpooh: TW Jack puzzled (TW Jack puzzled)
2009-07-07 11:00 pm
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CoE: Day Two review

What a fabulous pile of rubbish! (9/10) again. Wonderfully pompously silly stuff!

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padawanpooh: TW Jack puzzled (TW Jack puzzled)
2009-07-06 10:15 pm
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CoE: Day One review

Oooh...that was GOOD. 9/10 for set ups, one point deducted for some idiot (probably RTD) writing that Cardiff is TWO HOURS driving from East Grinstead. WTF? Try doubling that. At least!!! (Someone give RTD an atlas please?)

As we know, Rusty can't write an ending so I'm going to enjoy the early eps of CoE while I can

(spoilers behind the cut and undoubtedly in the comments)

We are coming.... )
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2009-06-24 09:04 pm
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Cats and memes (well one meme, but it's epically long...)

*not* a Cheezburger cat: this is a random cat I found on a random science blog but it made me giggle:

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This one *is* a Cheezburger cat:

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Ship meme stolen from [personal profile] persiflage_1. The *Who-verse free* edition.  )

More cheezburgers...

padawanpooh: Fozzy (Fozzy)
2009-06-06 07:29 pm

The Plan teaser

Found via [personal profile] misscam's blog:

30 second teaser for the Battlestar Galactica telemovie The Plan. No real spoilers, just clips from the main series cut together in a very cool way with a nice voiceover from Adama.

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2009-06-04 07:42 pm
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Sense about Science

A bit of background.

I'm an ex-fundamentalist Christian and now consider myself an agnostic atheist (I'm pretty sure there isn't a god but if overwhelming evidence of a creator comes along I'll look at it). I'm a sceptic and science nut.

I've used many kinds of alternative therapy over the years, both before and after I left the church: Chinese Herbal Medicine, acupuncture, massage, reflexology, osteopathy, yoga and other various relaxation techniques. I benefited from many (although not all) of them, whether due to the therapeutic nature of the treatment or a placebo, I don't know.

Whether you think alt-therapies work or not a very dangerous precedent is set if an institution can sue a scientist to stop discussion of evidence. Double-blind randomised controlled trials are the gold standard by which all medical treatments should be measured: without them we have only anecdotal evidence and that can kill. Example? The number of children dying from measles because their parents listened to the fake claims that immunisations could cause autism.

Simon Singh, a science journalist for the Guardian newspaper is being sued by the British Chiropractic Association for asserting that their claims were 'bogus'. He's not saying they're deliberately tricking people but he's saying that the treatment doesn't work.

I don't know if chiropody works or not: I dont know enough about it and I've never had chiropractic treatment but whatever they claim they need to prove them and legitimate enquiry should not be stifled by a lawsuit.

The below succinctly sums up the case and is taken from the James Randi Educational Foundation website (http://randi.org)

Written by Phil Plait

"Simon Singh (is a) a skeptic and journalist who literally wrote the book on "alternative" medicine. Simon also writes for the UK newspaper The Guardian, and in a recent article he said that the British Chiropractic Association made claims that were "bogus".

The BCA was not happy with this, of course. But instead of providing any evidence that what they claim is not bogus...they decided to sue Simon.

In the UK, when someone is sued for libel, it's up to the defendant to prove their innocence, rather than up to the claimant to prove harm was done. The effect of this is one of chilling any potential criticism; it can be dangerous for media to call to task an organization like the BCA (or any pseudoscientific claimants) because of the chance of getting sued. This has put quite a lot of pressure on Simon, as you can imagine.

Worse, a judge in a prelimary hearing ruled for the BCA, saying that Simon's use of the word "bogus" indicated fraud (that is, intentional deception) on the part of the BCA, when it's clear from the original article that is not what Simon meant; he meant simply that the BCA was wrong, not acting fraudulently.

But here's the very interesting bit: Simon is appealing the ruling.
"

If you want to read more you can go to Simon Singh's website at - http://www.simonsingh.net/

If you agree with Simon you can sign a statement of support at - http://www.senseaboutscience.org.uk/index.php/site/project/333/

If you don't agree with him specifically but support the principle that libel laws should be kept out of science you can go to - http://www.senseaboutscience.org.uk/index.php

free debate
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2009-06-02 08:21 pm

Attention UK Flisters!

Hubby's just come home with the DVD of the complete series of Bonekickers: that so-bad-it's-good archaeology drama thingy.

It cost him 99p in The Works.
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2009-06-02 05:49 pm
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Bits and pieces

Gakked from Phil Plait's Bad Astronomy blog

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(BTW if you are interested in science, astronomy, Doctor Who or just really cool stuff I'd strongly rec you follow his feed)

Cuteness from LOL Cats

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And finally....memeage....



Your Life is Deeply Satisfying



You live a satisfying life even when it's not easy. You are dedicated to being happy.

You make sure to what you're passionate about. You don't waste any moments.



You surround yourself with people you cherish. There is a lot of love in your life.

You are thankful for everything you have. You don't take anything for granted.



Not sure it's *deeply* satisfying, but it's getting there...
padawanpooh: Fozzy (Fozzy)
2009-05-27 07:20 pm
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Gummi wrongness

It's been a good day :-)

I've got lots of project work done, caught up on a bunch of boards and even did some reading.

I now present extreme surrealness courtesy of Boing Boing

Gummi Bear Surgery

A chandelier made from gummi-bears

The Seven Gummi Sins

And on a more fannish note I've found a load of Brett!Holmes vids on Youtube. I'm still trawling through them but I loved this one...

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2009-05-22 08:39 pm
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Qui Gon Jinn Tenth (!) Anniversary picspam

I found out today that The Phantom Menace is TEN YEARS OLD NOW!!

Some of you probably know that I adore Qui Gon Jinn: he was the best thing by a galactic mile about that film. He was my idea of what a Jedi *should* be and he was damn sexy too :-)

Anyway, in celebration, here's a picspam. It includes:

* A few icons I made a while ago
* A few wallpapers I made a while ago
* Pretty much every picture I have of His Sexy Jediness on my hard drive.

It will be a hard life... )
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2009-05-22 08:20 pm
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101 in 1001: May update

Here's my 101:1001 May update.

Goals met are struck through and goals-in-progress have comments. 4 completed this month.

It's all this way... )
padawanpooh: QI Stephen (QI Stephen)
2009-05-22 08:20 pm
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Bye Bye Hubble

Via www.badastronomy.com



Within hours of an event in space the first-person footage is available to watch via freakin' Youtube.

Am I the only one who finds this incredible?

Nasa have their own Youtube channel here
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2009-05-15 11:02 pm

Torchwood/Holmes crossover: Tools of the Trade (PG rating) (Harkness, Holmes & Watson)

Title: Tools of the Trade
Author: [personal profile] padawanpooh
Characters: Jack Harkness, Sherlock Holmes and Doctor John Watson
Rating: PG
Length:900 words
Summary: In the mid 1890's Jack Harkness asks Sherlock Holmes to do him a favour.
Disclaimer: Harkness = BBC property. Holmes & Watson = Conan Doyle property. This story = my imagination.


Click here )
padawanpooh: QI Stephen (QI Stephen)
2009-05-15 11:01 pm
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Brett!Holmes picspam

I had a good ole trawl of the intertoobs the other day whilst researching my Holmes/Harkness ficlet and found loads of images of Jeremy Brett as Holmes that I'd never seen before. Thought I'd share...

There are a LOT of images... )
padawanpooh: DW10 screwdrivers (DW10 screwdrivers)
2009-05-04 12:27 pm

Personalisation

Well it's not exactly the same as my LJ home but my DW page is now looking a lot more Poohlike.

There'll be content soon, I'm sure, but for now I suggest you head over to my LJ at http://padawanpooh.livejournal.com/
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2009-05-01 06:14 pm

Hello World!

Yays I made it!

Might take me a while to find my way around but I'll get there.