I’m not dumb. I just have a command of thoroughly useless information.

20 January 2006

So I’ve not been as verbose as usual for two reasons. Issue the first: work. Now that we’ve got the catalogue & circulation up and running there is a lot of stuff to do. And it is time-consuming, kinda boring stuff. But it has to be done, and hopefully before the students come back in their droves and invade the place.

Issue the second: The SFX forum, it is just addictive.

Issue the third[1] I’ve been busy with Veronica Mars, mainly downloading and then ripping to cd so I can delete cause Pavlov hasn’t the greatest memory in the world :) Also there have been some tv shows that are actually worth watching on. Which is a change.

Issue the fourth: I’ve been writing. An idea popped into my head, and if I just tell the story in my head then I’ll get too far along with it and get bored when I try to write the beginning[2]

Despite these varied issues and concerns I have returned today with a tale of woe. Woe and depression. You see, there is a tv show[3] where silly people discuss cars and brake-horsepower and how crap American/French cars are. And generally act as though they are fantastic, although they are not, yet they still manage to be amusing despite being total arses. This show is called Top Gear. And now Digg people are complaining, whinging and whining cause Discovery are going to be showing a dumbed-down American version.

I know what you are thinking, how on earth could anyone, with the greatest will in the world, dumb down Top Gear? Dumb is what it is. Thats what makes it so watchable. Its all “cars go fast” “Planes go fast” brrrrrrrrm.

Not to mention the fact that it has that moron from Sky One’s hideous Brainiac as a presenter, Hamster they call him on Top Gear, don’t know his real name.


  1. I know, I said two reasons, but then I remembered others, and value my first impressions far too much to go back and edit
  2. – not sure if that’ll make sense to anyone but me
  3. not Firefly, but see how I still manage to mention it

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8 Responses

  1. And what are the chances that we might catch a glimpse of this so-called 'writing'……….?

  2. anne says:

    #3 has to be the best footnote EVAH. And d'you know, I watched Top Gear once, and I actually enjoyed it. Do you think less of me now?

  3. NineMoons says:

    Is there a blogger award for best footnote ever/evah?
    I HATE Top Gear. And I hate when the Beloved watches it. And I triple hate when he laughs at it. There is one show that's worse though – American Chopper. All about these rednecks building motorbikes. It's indescribable.

  4. Carl V. says:

    The SFX forum looked interesting…I better stay away so I don't get sucked in!!!

    Best wishes with the writing, hope it goes well.

  5. Fence says:

    FM, maybe. I have a beginning, but its a long story, and I don't have much of a middle, and only the vaguest of vague ideas for an ending. Actually, what I have is character who won't shaddup.
    Anne I enjoy Top Gear too, not that I make it a habit to watch it, doesn't make it any less dumb. Clarkson et al are arses (no other word could possibly describe them so well), but entertaining ones. So no, I don't think less of you.

    NM, I've never watched the Chopper show, I always flick by very quickly when we get up around Discovery chanel, never anything on.

    Carl, very addictive. And fun.

  6. banzai cat says:

    I second FM's question. :-) And I advise you'd let the character out. Those kinds normally won't shut up unless you write them out. ;-)

  7. Alan says:

    I will occasionally watch Top Gear, despite the fact that I hate cars and don't own one. Top Gear ceased to be about cars and became about presenters acting like children a long time ago.

  8. weenie says:

    You're right about the SFX forum…I can access it from work (bypasses the firewall) which is just toooo dangerous and addictive! BTW, I finally finished the Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell – was a bit of a slog to read but worth it in the end!