Court Jesters

Participants:

Ben Allen (MC)
Emma Cusdin (Jester)
Dan Bain (Jester)
Andrew Todd (Jester)
Henri Nelis (Jester)
Kris Finnerty (Muso)

Sketches Included:

McDonalds
Boomerangs
Teeth
Jungle Ballet

 

 

Lexx 1.04

Lexx 1.04 – Giga Shadow (Sept 11, 1997)

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To resupply the protoblood that sustains Kai’s life, the crew of the Lexx travel back to the Cluster but when they arrive they find the planet deserted. The population was killed in “The Cleansing”, in preparation of the birth of the Gigashadow, the last survivor of the insect wars and sworn enemy of humanity.

Guest stars Malcolm McDowell.

 

Lexx 1.03

Lexx 1.03 – Eating Pattern

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Out of energy, the Lexx is forced to land on a planet to replenish its energy supply. Zev and Stan bury the apparently dead Kai, before they discover a lost outpost seemingly occupied by lunatics led by a manic Rutger Hauer.

Lexx 1.02

Lexx 1.02 – Super Nova

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In the hopes of extending Kai’s un-life, Zev decides they should go to Brunnus the original planet of the Brunnen-G. The only thing they find when they get there are holographic messages left by the “Poet Man” (Tim Curry). Meanwhile, Giggerota forms a deal with the Divine Predecessors to betray the crew of the Lexx. The sun of Brunnus begins to go supernova as the Brunnen-G stabilizers are deactivated, but the sun and its orbiting blue star speak to Kai and Zev, while the Time Prophet speaks to Stan through a recording, helping them to recover the Lexx.
A moth strands Giggerota on top of one of the stabilizer towers (in punishment for her eating part of it), and she dies in the explosion of the sun as the Lexx flies to safety

Lexx 1.01

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Lexx is a science fiction television series that follows the adventures of a group of mismatched individuals aboard the organic space craft Lexx. They travel through two universes and encounter planets including a parody of the Earth.

The series is a Canadian and German co-production, with some additional funding from Britain’s Channel 5. The Sci Fi Channel purchased the series from Salter Street Films and began airing versions of Season 2 episodes for United States’ audience in January 2000. Lexx was co-produced by Salter Street Films, later absorbed by Alliance Atlantis. In Canada, Lexx aired on the Alliance Atlantis-owned Showcase network. The series was primarily filmed in Halifax (Nova Scotia, Canada) and Berlin (Germany), with additional filming on location in Iceland, Bangkok (Thailand), and Namibia.
Lexx Re-watch

Episode 1.01 – I Worship His Shadow (April 18 1997)

His Divine Shadow rules The Cluster with dark powers and an impenetrable bureaucracy. As fate would have it, four unlikely heroes are thrown together to wreak havoc on The Cluster: Zev, a strong willed but hideously ugly orphan transformed into a sexy love-slave; 790, a Zev-obsessed robot head; Kai, a poet-warrior transformed into an empty headed assassin by His Divine Shadow; and Stanley H. Tweedle, a bumbling Class 4 Security Guard. The leader of the freedom fighters is played by guest star Barry Bostwick.

 

Destiny Trilogy

Star Trek: Destiny Trilogy by David Mack

Destiny

1. Gods of Night
Half a decade after the Dominion War and more than a year after the rise and fall of Praetor Shinzon, the galaxy’s greatest scourge returns to wreak havoc upon the Federation — and this time its goal is nothing less than total annihilation. Elsewhere, deep in the Gamma Quadrant, an ancient mystery is solved. One of Earth’s first generation of starships, lost for centuries, has been found dead and empty on a desolate planet. But its discovery so far from home has raised disturbing questions, and the answers harken back to a struggle for survival that once tested a captain and her crew to the limits of their humanity.
From that terrifying flashpoint begins an apocalyptic odyssey that will reach across time and space to reveal the past, define the future, and show three captains — Jean-Luc Picard of the U.S.S. Enterprise, TM William Riker of the U.S.S. Titan, and Ezri Dax of the U.S.S Aventine — that some destinies are inescapable.

2. Mere Mortals
On Earth, Federation President Nanietta Bacco gathers allies and adversaries to form a desperate last line of defense against an impending Borg invasion. In deep space, Captain Jean-Luc Picard and Captain Ezri Dax join together to cut off the Collective’s route to the Alpha Quadrant. Half a galaxy away, Captain William Riker and the crew of the Starship Titan have made contact with the reclusive Caeliar — survivors of a stellar cataclysm that, two hundred years ago, drove fissures through the structure of space and time, creating a loop of inevitability and consigning another captain and crew to a purgatory from which they could never escape. Now the supremely advanced Caeliar will brook no further intrusion upon their isolation, or against the sanctity of their Great Work….For the small, finite lives of mere mortals carry little weight in the calculations of gods. But even gods may come to understand that they underestimate humans at their peril.

3. Lost Souls
The soldiers of Armageddon are on the march, laying waste to worlds in their passage. An audacious plan could stop them forever, but it carries risks that one starship captain is unwilling to take. For Captain Jean-Luc Picard, defending the future has never been so important, or so personal — and the wrong choice will cost him everything for which he has struggled and suffered. For Captain William Riker, that choice has already been made. Haunted by the memories of those he was forced to leave behind, he must jeopardize all that he has left in a desperate bid to save the Federation. For Captain Ezri Dax, whose impetuous youth is balance by the wisdom of many lifetimes, the choice is a simple one: there is no going back — only forward to whatever future awaits them.But for those who, millennia ago, had no choice…this is the hour of their final, inescapable destiny.

Review
This is the best series of Star Trek books I have read. It’s a big, sweeping story across time and space that manages to get some real drama and tension. The only downside is the number of characters involved. Sometimes each minor character gets a bit of back-story before being involved in the action.
Otherwise a great read. Recommended.

Birth of the Spreadsheet

Many years ago at the dawn of the microcomputer age my school sent a party of sixth formers to the University of Canterbury for an open day. The one thing I can still remember is the computing department.

Here we were shown all the latest hardware before seeing the business end of the system, the terminals.

For the next hour a post-grad student showed us the latest game, the awesome “Star Trek”. We spent time being shown how to get around the universe in double quick time, and how to
eliminate as many Klingons as possible. Since then the game has evolved into what we now know as the spreadsheet.

The Universe has grown from a small 8*8 grid to something like 256*8000, but the objective remains the same. Just hop to a solar system (cell) have a look around, eliminate any nasty
Klingons (formulas that don’t work), refuel (press “recalculate”) and move somewhere else. The “End” key is just another way of entering hyperspace and moving instantly to another galaxy
without messing about with all the arrow keys.

But remember the ultimate terror of the universe, the dreaded “circular formula”. It’s just like the Klingon universe, you know it’s there somewhere, it has to be destroyed, but all
the wisdom of Spock isn’t going to tell you where to look.

Just try running Lotus 123 under PC Ditto on your Atari and you will hear a strange noise. Listen carefully and you will find it’s Scotty whispering “you can’t push her any faster Jim”.

Of course everyone knows that the Atari pointer was inspired by a computer designer working late at night who happened to stare thoughtfully at a plan of Starship Enterprise hung on the wall.

Those of you that remember the old version of Star Trek will be pleased to know that it has turned up in the cover disk of the May 1990 issue of ST User.

Christie Crime Collection

Mistress of Mystery Course reading list

The and Crimes of Christie by Charles Osborne

Agatha Christie: the woman and her mysteries by Gillian Gill

Reflecting on Miss Marple by Marion Shaw and Sabine Vanacker.

Witness for the Prosecution and Selected Plays by Agatha Christie

The Hound of death by Agatha Christie

Giants bread by Mary Westmacott

From Agatha Christie to Ruth :British women writers in detective and crime fiction by Susan Rowland

Who Killed Roger Ackroyd ? the mystery behind the Agatha Christie mystery by Pierre Bayard; translated by Carol Cosman

Agatha Christie: first lady of crime edited by H. R. F. Keating

The Edwardian Detective 1901 -1915 by Joseph A. Kestner

Feminism in women’s detective fiction edited by Glenwood Irons

Foul & fair play :reading genre in classic detective fiction by Marty Roth.

Great women mystery writers :classic to contemporary edited by Kathleen Gregory Klein

Come tell me how you live by Agatha Christie

The Wisdom of Father Brown by G.K. Chesterton

Agatha Christie An Autobiography

RNZ Theme

When Kim Hill asked listeners to send in suggestions for a new theme for her Saturday Morning Show in 2002, I sent a suggestion:

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thanks – that’s taken me by surprise, must check it out. Chris Bourke

>>> “Nigel Baker” <bakern@inet.net.nz> 04/21/02 01:03 >>>

Here is my suggestion:

The opening to “People”
on the 1995 Album “Thrak” by King Crimson

Nigel Baker
Christchurch, New Zealand

New Cars

Top 10 Features on the Automobiles for the American Market

1.    Quick release Wheels
2.     Rear-vision Mirror Lipstick Holders
3.    Cycle friendly Doors
4.     Instead of an Airbag – Secret Drug Compartment
5.    Machinegun
6.    Durable lead paint finish
7.    Soft asbestos seat covers
8.    Pizza Tray
9.    Heated Hamburger Slot
10.    Beer Can holder