Daily Archives: Saturday, 27th Oct 2007

Robin Hood – The Angel of Death

Oooooooh. The silliness is coming along nicely. This week’s episode started with Robin and the gang done up in some remarkably sophisticated camouflage gear and body paint[1], lying in wait to rob the next passing rich person.

As it happens, the next people who come along turn out, after being chased and caught in a suitably traditional net, to be Will Scarlet’s father Dan and younger brother Luke, who have come to take Will back with them to Scarborough. Ooooh, drama, will Will leave?

Later, in Nottingham, we see the Night Watchman handing out food to some poor people, only what’s this? That’s not Marian! It’s a fake Night Watchman, who turns out to be involved with the Sheriff. Joseph, as it seems he’s called, tells the Sheriff that

they all took the bait – like rats

and mentions something about an experiment…

While that’s going on, Robin and friends are hanging around in Nottingham without even bothering to be disguised. Robin is supposed to be meeting a man who will pass on a letter to King Richard, warning him about the Sheriff and the Black Knights, but before he can get round to that, a woman brings her young daughter to Robin, asking for help – the girl is very ill…

The Sheriff persuades[2] Marian to make an announcement for him. It’s not what you’d call good news. Pestilence[3] has come to Nottingham, but so far appears to be confined to one street, which will be quarantined to protect the city, with the usual warnings about not making contact, or giving food or medicine to the people inside…

Dan (that’s Will’s dad, pay attention) having seen pestilence before, knows that the girl doesn’t have it. And he’s a bit unhappy about Will’s attitude, so he makes a bit of a fuss, shouting out that there is no pestillence. So naturally, the Sheriff has him killed immediately. Will gets a wee bit upset about that.

Robin wants the gang to go to Pit Street to help the people there. Alan would rather not, and volunteers to deliver that letter for Robin, which will give him an opportunity to have another nice chat with Guy. Will is to take Luke back to Scarborough.

The rest of the gang head to Pit Street, where they meet Joseph. It soon turns out that Joseph has some rather interesting ideas about improving the country by killing lots of people with a unique poison he’s invented…

Meanwhile, Will manages to get Luke out of the city and returns to the castle with the intention of killing the Sheriff. This would not be a Good Thing, for reasons mentioned in a previous episode involving Prince John killing everyone.

That’s the set up. What follows is the usual silly stuff, in which everyone lives to fight another day, apart from Joseph, who doesn’t. And Robin gets to do that James Bond thing with a knife and a banner[4] as a safe means of descending the outside wall of the castle.

All in all, as fine an example of undemanding good quality rubbish as you’ll ever see. I love it.

[1] Anachronistic? You bet :cheesy:
[2] Usual sort of thing, her father’s in a dungeon, and would she like him to be fed?
[3] Nice word, that
[4] I think it was in Tomorrow Never Dies, but I could be wrong

Reflected goose

I’ve been spending a lot of time with Lightroom lately – not just processing those light tent pictures which Tigger seems to have got involved with, but also going back over older images. One of the great strengths of Lightroom is keywording feature, which lets you add keywords, which work in much the same way as tags on sites like Flickr. If you add lots of relevant keywords to the images in your library, you’ll be able to find the ones you want later.

So I’ve made a start on my collection. There’s somewhere over 5,000 images in there, so it won’t be a quick process. But doing it is a useful exercise for another reason – it’s making me take another look at pictures that I passed over when I first transferred them to the computer, or just hadn’t got round to looking at properly.

Here’s a nice example. I took this one on the same day I got my pictures of geese in flight, and looking at it today reminded me to do something with it. My first attempt was a longer crop, which included another goose:

Canada Geese

Canada Geese

I like this version, but a suggestion from Ken on the Enjoying Photography Flickr group led me to try splitting it into two images. I think isolating the goose on the lake does make it stand out better, and lets you see more detail at a moderate image size. The original still works nicely, but I think the cropped version is an improvement.

Reflected Goose

Reflected Goose

Who was that masked Tigger?

No, it’s still not the return of Tiggercam, but I thought I should share this picture of a mysterious stranger seen lurking at Losing it[1] HQ.

Mystery Tigger

Mystery Tigger

He insisted on bouncing into my light tent and demanded that I take pictures of him before bouncing off again. Will he return? Who knows?

All I can say is that while, as everyone knows, there is only one Tigger, he has many manifestations. Perhaps some of them will make an appearance here. You’ll have to keep coming back to find out….

Still no change

And yes, Saturday’s exciting[1] weight figure is exactly the same as Friday’s. Not a lot to say about that, really. So I won’t.

[1] Not

WordPress 2.3.1 is out

WordPress 2.3 has been out for just over a month now, and it’s generally been behaving itself quite well. I did have some technical issues, but they were resolved with a patch in good time. Anyway, various other bugs and issues have now been fixed, and WordPress 2.3.1 is now available.

This is mostly a bug fix, but there is at least one potential security issue that’s been dealt with, so if you’re using WordPress 2.3, you are strongly recommended to upgrade immediately.

If you’re already on WordPress 2.3, this should be a simple upgrade[1], but if you’re on an earlier version, you do need to read up a bit. Some themes and plugins will not work and will give you rude error messages. Best to check on a test blog if you have one, and if you haven’t got one, get one sorted out if you can.

One of the developers, best known as westi, has produced a list of the major changes this time round. I’ve obviously been playing with this stuff for far too long, as I understood at least some of it. :laugh:

[1] Especially if you use Brian Layman’s EasyWPUpdate script, which did it in seconds for me…