Migration to Azure

I’ve moved to a new, freshly built server on Azure. Microsoft has everything I need these days cloud-wise, so I’m consolidating there.


Welcome! My site was due for an update, and, finally, here it is. Many of my older posts did not survive the move, but this was by design. Life depends on change and renewal, and as time marches on, it was time to clear the deck.

A ship called Enterprise

USS Enterprise-A

Inspired by a post on io9, I decided to do my own ranking of the ships bearing the name Enterprise.

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Doctor Who theme on Pi Zero

This is hands down one of the coolest things I’ve ever been privileged enough to be (very peripherally) involved in the creation of.

Doctor Who and TV culture

This post was written by Josef Kenny. I just made minor alterations for clarity.

Doctor Who is a reflection of the culture in programme-making and showrunning that it originates from. It’s just that the current TV culture is not conducive to good Doctor Who. It can be done, but not with people like Moffat and the current BBC board of directors.

TV now is heavily invested in essentially just making a very long movie that never properly ends. It used to be more like an old-fashioned radio serial, but now it’s like a Hollywood movie. That’s just how TV is. Doctor Who isn’t emotionally-driven, so it suffers, because that’s all people know how to make, and even worse, it’s all people know how to market.

I like Doctor Who because it’s an enigmatic guy who nobody knows anything about, taking people from one time and place to another, and having to solve problems and deal with situations by casting them in either a historical light, or taking current ideas and extrapolating them either into the future or into an alien society different from ours. That’s why I like Doctor Who.

Sure, I like the TARDIS and I love seeing the proper TARDIS prop and howlarounds and Sid Sutton’s rainbow stars, but that’s not what defines Doctor Who, those things are just symbols of it. I like them because of what they suggest and what they represent.

Doctor Who isn’t a bunch of memes sandwiched together with contrived plots and unrealistic peril. It’s an educational TV show where you take people (frequently from Earth) to other places. It’s an adventure, not a drama.

giant shellfish

Developing characters isn’t wrong. It’s not a problem. Most great TV shows and movies are based on it. But Doctor Who isn’t focused on that. The point of it is to expose ideas, not to develop characters over a lasting, overbearing arc.

The point of Doctor Who is that sometimes you get attacked by a giant shellfish.