2015-08-11

Censorious ISP

My ISP has been giving me grief today, blocking access to websites containing "content unsuitable for 18 year olds."

I'm the bill payer, I am an adult, and I'm the only resident. No kids or vulnerable adults here.

ISPs are being told to crack down on content that is dangerous to this government, in the guise of censoring pornography. It doesn't take any effort at all to tick off violence, gambling, crime, blogging, protests and legitimate activities to promote democracy and weaken corrupt tyrannies from taking over the government as "extremism" and "pornography" and block access to them.

In the long term, it means that my blog might suddenly stop because I won't be able to access the thing at all - not, at least, through my ISP, which is TalkTalk. I doubt any of the others are going to be any different. I can't access half of these sites from public terminals these days because it's the same in town.

So if I seem to vanish, and my posts dry up, you know why. And if I do go dark and quiet, I do apologise in advance. You'll be able to email me to correspond with me directly - at least, until the day they cut me off from there, too.

Crossposting to everywhere else.

2015-07-04

The Maypole Song [video] - The Wicker Man

Here is the "Maypole Song" from The Wicker Man, 1973.


In the woods there grew a tree
A fine, fine tree was he

On that tree there was a limb
And on that limb there was a branch
On that branch there was a nest
And in that nest there was an egg
In that egg there was a bird
And from that bird a feather came
Of that feather was a bed

On that bed there was a girl
And on that girl there was a man
From that man there was a seed
And from that seed there was a boy
From that boy there was a man
And for that man there was a grave
From that grave there grew a tree

In Sumerisle, Sumerisle, Sumerisle, Sumerisle, Sumerisle

On that tree there was a limb
And on that limb there was a branch
On that branch there was a nest
And in that nest there was an egg
In that egg there was a bird
And from that bird a feather came
Of that feather was a bed

In Sumerisle, Sumerisle, Sumerisle, Sumerisle, Sumerisle

On that bed there was a girl (Sumerisle, Sumerisle)
And on that girl there was a man (Sumerisle, Sumerisle)
From that man there was a seed (Sumerisle, Sumerisle)
And from that seed there was a boy (Sumerisle, Sumerisle)
From that boy there was a man (Sumerisle, Sumerisle)
And for that man there was a grave
From that grave there grew a tree

Read more: Mediaeval Baebes - Summerisle (The Maypole Song) Lyrics | MetroLyrics

2015-07-03

Willow's Song [video] - The Wicker Man

And now "Willow's Song," from that 1973 cult film The Wicker Man.


Heigh ho! Who is there?
No one but me, my dear.
Please come say, How do?
The things I'll give to you.

By stroke as gentle as a feather
I'll catch a rainbow from the sky
And tie the ends together.

Heigh ho! I am here
Am I not young and fair?
Please come say, How do?
The things I'll show to you.

Would you have a wond'rous sight
The midday sun at midnight?

Fair maid, white and red,
Comb you smooth and stroke your head
How a maid can milk a bull!
And every stroke a bucketful.

More lyrics http://www.allthelyrics.com/lyrics/paul_giovanni/willows_song-lyrics-471628.html#ixzz3eUgx1a3i

2015-07-02

Gently Johnny [video] - The Wicker Man

And now "Gently Johnny" by Paul Giovanni, from the soundtrack of the 1973 cult movie The Wicker Man.


I put my hand o-on her knee
And she says, do you want to see?
I put my hand o-on her breast
And she says, do you want a kiss?

(Chorus)
Gently, gently,
Gently Johnny,
Gently Johnny,
My giggalo.
Gently, gently,
Gently Johnny,
Gently Johnny,
My giggalo.

I put my hand o-on her thigh
And she says, do you want to try?
I put my hand o-on her belly
And she says, do you want to fill me?

(Chorus)
Gently, gently,
Gently Johnny,
Gently Johnny,
My giggalo.
Gently, gently,
Gently Johnny,
Gently Johnny,
My giggalo.

Gently, gently,
Gently Johnny,
Gently Johnny,
My giggalo.
Gently, gently,
Gently Johnny,
Gently Johnny,
My giggalo.

More lyrics http://www.allthelyrics.com/lyrics/paul_giovanni/gently_johnny-lyrics-471632.html#ixzz3eUfJYZeH

2015-07-01

The Landlord's Daughter [video] - The Wicker Man Soundtrack

The series continues ...


Much has been said of the strumpets of yore
Of wenches and bawdy house queens by the score
But I sing of the baggage that we all adore
The Landlord's Daughter

(Oh, her lips are as rose as her wine is a treat
Her whisky is good and her figure is neat
And while she is serving her bitter she's sweet
The landlord's daughter.)

You'll never love another
Although she's not the kind of girl
To take home to your mother

Her ale it is lively and strong to the taste
It is brewed with discretion and never with haste
You can have all you like If you swear not to waste
The Landlord's Daughter

And when her name is mentioned
The parts of every gentleman
Do stand up at attention

Now there's Jane of the Blossom and Doll of the Crown
Pretty Kate of the Garter and Star down in town
Fat Dolly who keeps the Red Heart of renown
But I'll take the landlord's daughter.

Oh, nothing can delight so
As does the part that lies between
Her left toe and her right toe

More lyrics http://www.allthelyrics.com/lyrics/paul_giovanni/the_landlords_daughter-lyrics-471630.html#ixzz3eUdN2qKJ

2015-06-30

Corn Rigs [Youtube video] - The Wicker Man

Beginning today, I'll be posting these video clips of songs taken from the soundtrack of the 1973 Robin Hardy cult film The Wicker Man.

The first is the opening theme, "Corn Rigs" - by Paul Giovanni


It was upon a Lammas night
When corn rigs are bonnie
Beneath the moon's unclouded light
I held awhile to Annie
The time went by with careless heed
'Till 'tween the late and early
With small persuasion she agreed
To see me through the barley

Corn rigs and barley rigs and
Corn rigs are bonnie
I'll not forget that happy night
Among the rigs with Annie

The sky was blue, the wind was still
The moon was shining clearly
I set her down with right goodwill
Among the rigs o' barley
I kent her heart was my own
I loved her most sincerely
I kissed her o'er and e'er again
Among the rigs of barley

Corn rigs and barley rigs and
Corn rigs are bonnie
I'll not forget that happy night
Among the rigs with Annie

2015-04-05

April Hiatus

I'm taking a break for the month of April 2015, while I get Project A done.

Back on 2015 05 03.

2015-03-17

GNU Terry Pratchett

"You know they'll never really die while the Trunk is alive[...]
It lives while the code is shifted, and they live with it, always Going Home."

- Lipwig von Moist, Going Postal, Chapter 13
In Terry Pratchett's Discworld series, the clacks are a series of semaphore towers loosely based on the concept of the telegraph. Invented by an artificer named Robert Dearheart, the towers could send messages "at the speed of light" using standardized codes. Three of these codes are of particular import:

G: send the message on
N: do not log the message
U: turn the message around at the end of the line and send it back again
When Dearheart died, his name was inserted into the overhead of the clacks with a "GNU" in front of it to memorialize him forever (or for at least as long as the clacks are standing.)

"A man is not dead while his name is still spoken."
- Going Postal, Chapter 4 prologue
Keeping the legacy of Sir Terry Pratchett alive forever.
For as long as his name is still passed along the Clacks1,
Death can't have him.

You can find out how you can contribute to keeping Terry Pratchett's name spoken
by visiting the link here.

http://www.gnuterrypratchett.com/

On a personal note, all of my blogs now carry a meta tag in the heading. Opening any page of my blogs, including my tumblr ones, invokes the meta tag and keeps the name bouncing around the internet.

I've also taken the liberty of including another meta tag invoking the same protocol, but this one dedicated to "GNU Leonard Nimoy."

"He's really not dead, as long as we remember him."
- Dr McCoy, Leonard H, Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan

     

2015-01-29

Oldest Solar System Discovered - Yahoo News


Picture: Yahoo News

This article, posted to Yahoo News, is exciting and terrifying at the same time. In short, the Kepler planet hunting probe has discovered a star that is 11 billion years old, with five small rocky planets orbiting it.

An international team of astronomers announced Tuesday that this extrasolar system is 11.2 billion years old. With the age of the universe pegged at 13.8 billion years, this is the oldest star with close-to-Earth-size planets ever found ... Read more

2014-12-16

You See Disability - I See Cyberpunk

This video came out the weekend of December 13/14, 2014, on ITV.

It had been bought and paid for by Channel Four, who were making a point about the banal crap that ITV were foisting on everyone.


Yes, Viktoria Modesta is real.

Yes, those are prostheses she is wearing.

No, she only has one completely organic leg.

Yes, her left leg is missing below the knee.

Viktoria had it cut off when she was 20.

Welcome, ladies and gentlemen, to the cyberpunk universe.

2014-11-26

Teal'c

This scene was one of Stargate SG-1's funniest ever moments, from Season 10 episode 18, "Family Ties." Teal'c (Christopher Judge) is given tickets to this theatrical play by Jacek (Fred Willard), Vala Mal Doran's (Claudia Black) father, and he decides to take in some Earth culture.

Jacek describes the play as "The Virginia Dialogues."


On a sad note, the show's producers knew by now that the show was at an end, so clearly they no longer gave a flying one about the use of the word "vagina" in a network TV programme, and the possible breaking of taboos that might have ensued. On the other hand, this gave me the biggest belly laugh I had had in years, when I first saw it.

2014-11-17

BBC Space Odyssey: A Voyage To The Planets, Part 2

Here is part 2. Part 1 is back here.

In the US version of this show, the crew of Pegasus gave up at Saturn. This is the full version, where after Saturn the crew went on to visit Pluto and a comet before coming home.

This was broadcast two years before the IAU lost their marbles and voted Pluto out of the lineup of planets. This episode has the full Pluto segment, unaired in the States.

A transient glitch occurs between 38:47 and 38:56, where the footage skips back unexpectedly to a segment in the Saturn chapter.

BBC Space Odyssey: A Voyage To The Planets, Part 1

This is the show that I posted several links about in my sister blog, To Scape The Serpent's Tongue.

Here is part 1. Go here for Part 2.



2014-11-13

William Shakespeare's Stargate SG-1

Stargate SG-1, as penned by William Shakespeare. Taken from The Season of The Tenth, Part Seven.

Act III, Scene 1.

[A planet's surface. MITCHELL, TEAL'C and DANIEL JACKSON stand beside a Stargate.]

[Divers alarums as the Stargate activates.]

Mitchell: Behold! Through yonder ancient metal ring
a company of dread Jaffa arrives.

[Enter Jaffa, stage left]

Jaffa: Where are the Tau'ri who would dare to mock
our Master Ba'al, who would be God of all?

Teal'c: Behold, Ba'al's folly, vanity and greed.
Join us. Renounce Ba'al, and be free.

Daniel: Indeed.

Teal'c: Thou stealest my line.

Daniel: My apologies.

Jaffa: Detain them, my brothers!

[Jaffa zat SG-1]

Daniel: Ai! We are struck! [falls]

Jaffa: 'Tis but a stunning strike, you nincompoop.
Though were a second strike to land on you
'Twould be a fatal blow.

Teal'c: It would indeed. [falls]

2014-10-10

Beyond The Night, by Rachel Luttrell - Video

This is the song sung by Rachel Luttrell in the season 2 episode of Stargate Atlantis, "Critical Mass." Music by Joel Goldsmith.

2014-09-13

Space: 1999 Breakaway Day Commemorative Post

Today marks fifteen years since September 13, 1999. Breakaway Day.

The fateful day, back in 1999, when Nuclear Waste Dump 2 exploded, sending Moonbase Alpha and the Moon hurtling out into the void on its random trajectory to an unknown and unknowable fate.

This post will be bookmarked and reposted every year on this date.

In memory of the 311 brave souls aboard Moonbase Alpha.

2014-08-30

Shadownessence Returns

Is there a plan for re-growth of my old haunt, Shadownessence?
There is now - at least a plan to restart the forum and bring the population back.
It starts with publicising the site wherever we all have accounts: Facebook, G+, tumblr, my blogs. Anywhere and everywhere.
And this is what the forumites of SnE will be doing this weekend.
Starting here.
Are you a fan of the Old World of Darkness (oWoD), the reboot World of Darkness from 2004 and any of the games old and new? In times gone by, SnE was THE place to go to air your views and share your delight at these shared worlds of Storytelling horror.
Now, after a prolonged absence, Shadownessence has returned - and the forum is eager for fresh blood.
So if you want to know what is going on with the WoD 20th Anniversary Edition games, or the 10th Anniversary release of the new WoD in the form of WoD Second Edition, why not join us at Shadownessence - or renew your old, dusty accounts and come back to restoke the old Balefire again?
Our long Winter now is over. Spring is coming for Shadownessence. Join us and watch our long-awaited reawakening.