K, at some point, I really must get around to actually watching an episode or three of Life On Mars, the whole 'no TV' thing is fine, but it does mean I can't just sit down and enjoy when it's on. Anyway, while this isn't as blatently funny as the last crossover fic I linked, it's still a damn fine idea and reasonably well done. His Grace Sir Samual gets hit by a stagecoach:
As the two watchmen handcuffed Roberts and the woman stuffed packets and cans back into her dropped shoping bag, gushing thanks, Vimes stared at the badge that had come so easily to his hand as he arrested the thief after throwing him to the ground.

Detective Superintendent Sir Samuel Vimes, North West District Police.
So very cool. Anyway. At some point today, there might possibly just be a "what Mat's been up to this week" post (or three), because, well, I've been a bit busy, in a good way. Still no permanent paid employment, but life itself is good.
I don't, normally, read much in the way of fanfic; sometimes something gets linked to that's good, sometimesthere's a specific reason to read something, but normally I filter past it on the communites, or use my LJ-fu to create syndicated accounts for communities with a decent tagging structure. But sometimes, a link gets put up that has to be shared. this is one of them:
SUMMARY: My name is Richard Hammond. I had an accident, and I woke up in 1973. Am I mad, in a coma, or back in time? Whatever's happened, it's like I've landed on a different planet. Now, maybe if I can work out the reason, Jeremy Clarkson will stop yelling in my head.
Genius, especially if you're old enough to remember the horror that was Esther Rantzen's That's Life. My parents loved it, I was a kid, I Had No Choice...
I concur with [livejournal.com profile] calapine:
Well, I guess I was wrong when I thought I was looking forward to the new series before. Dude!
Todays Indy on Sunday has an interview with John Simm of Sam Tyler/Life on Mars fame in which a few cool things are revealed:
Spoilers for the next series of Dr Who )
(Also via).

How cool is that? In other news, I've been messing around with my icons, and have a question. Those of you that use your own picture as a default, do you ever get used to seeing your own face staring back at you? I'm really not sure I like it.

Also, phone still borked, would whoever is texting me please stop as I CAN'T READ THEM! Will get a new handset when I'm next in the vicinity of a phone shop. It does make trying to contact people a bit of a pain, I may need to do a "what is your number" post (again)...
  • El Reg reports that you can now rent people to join your protest in Germany. Potential protesters get paid, but aren't obliged to agree unless it's something they agree with. Hmm, attack on the principles of democracy, an example of 'everything for sale', or a simple way to motivate otherwise apathetic activists? Let's face it, if you were going to be paid to turn up at the next Parliament Square protest, you might actually do it, right?

  • Right then, Life On Mars I've heard many many good things about this show, and then today [livejournal.com profile] mng linked to loveandgarbage who was linking to this awesome trailer for the next series, which shows the main characters as if they're in Camberwick Green! How cool is that? I hate to do this, but The Sun has the best version of the promo picture. So, maybe I should've bought the DVD box set in the January sales for £20 after all? Ah no, Sendit has it for £16 and Choices for £14. Bargain. Now if Mike had any decent image manip software, I'd be iconning myself up, they're so cool.

  • Now, I read about this on [livejournal.com profile] roughtype a few days back, but have been busy/net deprived, but Wikipedia has implemented rel="nofollow" for all outgoing links. This is a BAD BAD THING. Now, whatever we think of Google the corporation, Google the search engine, and specifically the PageRank formula, is essentially democracy in action. The readon it works is because it aggregates all the links out there and figures out which are the most popular (and therefore useful) sites. rel="nofollow" is there for webmasters to say that they don't trust a link, or they don't want to vote for it. By putting nofollow on all its outgoing links (in a spurious and useless attempt to fight spam), Wikipedia is effectively both denying other sites their votes (and opting out of the democracy), but also asserting clearly that their content is untrustworthy, cannot be guarnateed and they don't want to give legitimate credit.  That last links to a Wordpress Plugin that I'll be putting in next time I update, and from now on I'll be nofollowing any links to Wikipedia that I make, and I urge others to do the same.  If they want to opt out of the Google democracy, they should do it both ways (as, for example, [livejournal.com profile] daweaver's The Snow in Summer already does) and say they don't want inbound links either.  Of course the real issue is linkspam in the form of blog comments, and of course disreputable Search Marketers who do things the bad way, as Tim described one company to me, a bunch of spamming twunts.
  • Last up (for now) Wordpress 2.1 is out, which means [livejournal.com profile] lj2wordpress should be kicking start a little more, I need to catch up with some things, and reply to a few emails, but this particular project looks like it'll have real legs.  After all, Livejournal is slowly dying.  Journal Press will rock.  Hopefully.
Oh, for those not scrolling back again; I've got a place to live in London, start moving in Saturday.  Comes with wireless broadband and all bills included, which will be nice.
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British Liberal, house husband, school play leader and stepdad. Campaigner, atheistic feminist, amateur baker. Male.

Known to post items of interest on occasions. More likely to link to interesting stuff. Sometimes talks about stuff he's done. Occasionally posts recipes for good food. Planning to get married, at some point. Enjoying life in Yorkshire.

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