May. 19th, 2007

Assumptions. Every educated person has heard of Orson Welles, and of the time when his Mercury Theatre broadcast of The War of the Worlds caused massed panic across America. It's just one of those things everyone knows, right?

Second assumption. Despite having heard of it, you've never actually heard it. Now you can, there's a complete archive of their broadcasts. There's some really good stuff on there. I'm about 1/4 way through the hour long show so far, and while it's a bit crackly, it's very very cool.

(Via [ profile] sf_signal_fd) ETA: I've removed the direct link as the site owner asks people not to do so, he also asks you use the torrent if oyu can.
[ profile] innerbrat lists her favourite Firefox extensions, and asks:
How have you customised your Firefox? Which add-ons have you used, how have you altered them, and what couldn't you do without?
So I thought I'd do a follow up to my firefox extensions post and list all those not listed there by me that I'm currently losing. A fair few of these (especially Colorzilla and Submit to Tab) are great little tricks that you guys told me about int he comments, others I've just added as I go along. I now have FAR TOO MANY extensions, and am likely to dump some, and split others off into a separate profile full of development tools and not use them for geeral browsing. And, unfortunately, LJ Login clashes with [ profile] deepestsender currently, so given I rarely if ever use my other accounts I have it disabled.

List of firefox extensions )
As before, are to wherever the developer says they're based. If they don't link to a download page, blame them, not me, but you can search Mozdev by name to find em if you want them. Back to IB:
I want you guys to do the same with your Firefox.
D'you know what the very first thing I ever did on a PC was? We're going way back now, before I owned my own, before hte internet was common, we're talking '95 or '96. I was working in Games Workshop Torquay, and one of our part timers invited me back to his to play some games. So I didn, he had two PCs, and he taught me how to play Warcraft II. I was hooked; it became a regular thing, most weeks after work, I'd give hima lift hom, his mother would cook us a meal and we'd play one of the best early RTS games.

Then Starcraft came out. Oh boy. We played it regularly, and at one point a bunch of us hired a local cybercafe (again, before the internet was common) for a weekend, and played it pretty much constantly. Considering I didn't ever get to play except at Sy's, I got to be pretty good. Eventually, I got my own PC, and bought a budget pack with both WarII and Starcraft with Brood War. I still play each of them occasionally, and my PC has the two-headed ogre We're ready master / I'm not ready as the boot up sound. I don't play World of Warcraft because a) I don't have a good enough connection and b) I know what I'm like, and you'd never see me leave the house ever again. Those Korean guys that are found dead in 'net cafes? I relate to those poor gits; there but for the grace of bloody strong willpower go I.

The point of this article? I'm doomed. No, really, I'm in real trouble. There's so much cool stuff, and the even have some videos! (via)

I suspect my fairly new PC will be below spec for it, but so much pretty! And, let's be honest, I'll spend at least a few games building every unit possible and clicking on them until they say something silly. Because I'm like that.
OK, more answers to the interests meme. [ profile] two_brains asked me:
Old Harry's game
the checkbox tyranny resistance
thursday next
And then [ profile] the_vin proposed:
Devon, Germany, Single transferable vote
So here we go:
Old Harry's Game - (and how I met Jennie) )
The Checkbox Tyranny Resistance - and more on how Six Apart sucks )
Thursday Next - books by Jasper Fforde )
Devon - I was born there )
Germany - I wouldn't mind living there )
Single Transferable Vote - the Best Electoral System in the World )

Well, Doctor Who is now at 70% complete on the download, in the meantime, anyone else want to ask me about my interests, or want me to ask about theirs?
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British Liberal, house husband, school play leader and stepdad. Campaigner, atheistic feminist, amateur baker. Male.

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