Daily Archives: Tuesday, 19th Nov 2013

Weight and Stuff Report – 19 November 2013

Down an insignificant amount today.

You’ll notice the minimal step count – this was caused by an infinitely long meeting that took up much of the day (lunch was provided, so it wasn’t all bad).

Today’s photo is another one from Sunderland. I don’t think they like being watched…

We're being watched

We’re being watched

Camera: X-E2
Aperture: ƒ/4
Shutter speed: 1/100s
Focal length: 55mm
ISO: 200
Taken: 16 November, 2013

Doctor Who – The Reign of Terror

One more classic Doctor Who DVD before Saturday’s shiny new episode. This one’s been on my pile of things to watch for quite a while, and I have to admit it took me a while to motivate myself to watch it. I’d listened to the soundtrack some time ago, and at the time it didn’t strike me as one of the more interesting serials.

And well, it wasn’t. Like a lot of stories of the time, it feels slow and over-long, and being a pure historical lacks much of the fun that we’ve generally come to expect. The story involves the Doctor (William Hartnell), Susan (Carole Ann Ford), Ian (William Russell) and Barbara (Jacqueline Hill) finding themselves in France at almost exactly the worst time – 1794, when the revolution has turned in on itself and the guillotine is working overtime. Naturally, there’s danger for the Tardis crew, historical figures (including Napoleon, who wasn’t actually where he appears in the story), and William Hartnell has some costume fun.

But overall, it’s, well, a bit dull. Or maybe that’s me. Two of the six episodes have been recreated in animation, as the originals are still lost.

The only significant extra feature is  Don’t Lose Your Head, the traditional look back at the making of the story, which may have borrowed its title from a Carry On movie…

I’d have to describe this one as for completists only.

The Oatmeal – Why Grizzly Bears Should Wear Underpants

This is the latest book from the always entertaining Mr Oatmeal. As with previous ones, it contains material from the popular website and a selection of new and exclusive bits.

Look, if you’re at all familiar with The Oatmeal, you’ll know what to expect, and if you’re not familiar with The Oatmeal, err, where have you been for the last few years? It’s good stuff, and you should buy it to encourage him to keep making fun things. There’s even a big fold-out poster on the pros and cons of working at home. Fun.

Weight and Stuff Report – 18 November 2013

Down again after the recent rise…

Two photos today, both of a bit of Sunderland sculpture. First the long view:

Shiny

Shiny

Camera: X-E2
Aperture: ƒ/6.4
Shutter speed: 1/100s
Focal length: 28.9mm
ISO: 200
Taken: 16 November, 2013

Interesting texture, that. Let’s have a closer look:

Not so shiny...

Not so shiny…

Camera: X-E2
Aperture: ƒ/14
Shutter speed: 1/60s
Focal length: 55mm
ISO: 800
Taken: 16 November, 2013