willibald: (basingstoke)
2016-12-29 11:17 am

Facebook sillyness

[livejournal.com profile] eoforyth said that I should post the comment I made on [livejournal.com profile] unclechristo's FB post (because she doesn't use the Book of Faces)

Dear makers of archeology/history documentaries - I am quite able to remain interested without the BOOM OF DOOM sound effect before every new piece of information.
"And then they discovered something that no one expected" BOOOM! "A Roman coin"

Brian Biddle Having spent nine years working in archaeology, I can tell you that these are not sound effects added on film but actually occur on site when something of (probable) importance is uncovered. Most theories are that pockets of potential awesomeness surround the artifact in the soil which are released by piercing with the trowel (or bent screwdriver if you are American) The sound of the release brings people rushing from all over the site (and occasionally head office) to see what has been found. It rarely lives up to expectations!
willibald: (basingstoke)
2016-12-28 12:28 pm

What is going on in my mind???

So I was talking with David Tennent while he was having his lunch in the library that he was working in.  On most of the desks around were open copies of a thick, green covered, new age journal, and we comented that all the folklorists at university must have an important essay due.  He asked me to pass him the gravy for his pie and veg but we nearly had a Matt Smith moment when I passed him the custard instead.

Then Dawn's intercom went off and woke me up.
willibald: (Default)
2016-12-22 03:12 pm

Christmas Cards

I shan't be posting cards this year so here are two 'cards' for you all.see cards )
Feel free to share should you wish 9but please credit me for them)
willibald: (basingstoke)
2016-09-12 03:01 pm

Migraine and why facebook is likely to give me one

I found this update to a webcomic I follow (Epil Fail).  Amy doesn't get to post much these days but this is really well put and might help any of my friends who don't suffer to understand what those of us who do are going through.

http://comicofepicfail.com/comic/migraine-awareness-migraine/

However, when I tried to share it on facebook I got:

Message Failed


  • This message contains content that has been blocked by our security systems.

  • If you think you're seeing this by mistake, please let us know.

WTF! I 'let them know' on a page that basically said 'Thank you for letting us know,. we probably won't read this and wouldn't do anything about it anyway.'

Lets see if it will cross post this or if I will get banned from theer myself.
willibald: (basingstoke)
2016-08-21 10:11 am

The Plot Bunny Bites

I have just binge watched both series of Agent Carter with C, and it occurs to me that Joseph Manfredi and Silvio Manfredi (the Spiderman villian Silvermane) are probably related.  Given Silvermane's age in the comic they could well be brothers - two branches of the family setting up buisness on either coast after they arrived from Italy.

Curiously, nobody on AO3 seems to have come to this conclusion; indeed the only tag for Joseph that I can find is in a slash pairing with Howard Stark.

I feel the need to write something to exploit explore this relationship.

willibald: (basingstoke)
2016-08-01 07:04 pm

The prince's Bride

I have just posted a slightly revised copy of my entry for this year's [livejournal.com profile] sshg_promptfest to AO3.  It can be found at http://archiveofourown.org/works/7648933/chapters/1741408

Much thanks and blame go to [livejournal.com profile] delphipsmith for encouragement and for setting the oiginal art promt which I kind of hijacked, and to [livejournal.com profile] eoforyth for beta work.

Please take a look and enjoy.

No, seriously enjoyment is mandatory.  Non-enjoyment is not allowed.
willibald: (basingstoke)
2016-08-01 12:15 am

'Supreme' on AO3

With the reveal for this years HGSS Promptfest immenent, I have finally got around to revising last year's story and posting it on AO3.
Supreme a crossover with the Marvel Cinematic Universe can be found on http://archiveofourown.org/works/7641049
willibald: (basingstoke)
2016-07-28 12:38 pm

Fictional conventions

No, not Rubicon. (1)

For many years i have toyed with the idea of what the Fay and other supernatural beings were doing during the Second world war.  For the last couple of years I have been trying to set these stories down.

Now there are certain recurring fictional organisations/settings that would be suited to these stories but I am unsure if I should use them.

The first is Loamshire, particularly the Loamshire regiments.

Loamshire was used (and possibly created) by George Elliot (2) and has been used as a name for a generic English rural county.  The Loamshire Regiment has not only been used in many works of fiction (3) but was used as a placeholder in military training manuals and forms by the British Army.  The temptation is to make the commanding officer the last  and only member of the Loamshire Regiment.

Then there is Department Q/Q Division.

Department Q, the British occult division od the SOE/SIS has come to my attention twice in recent days as part of the backstory for both Charles Stross' The Laundry Files and Gordon Rennie and Dom Reardon's Caballistics, Inc.! from 2000AD.  I have to admit that i haven't read either of these (but have both on my wants list) so don't know if there are just references to the Department or if the idea is more fully developed.  'Q' in wartime code-namiing usually referred to something disguised (as opposed to camouflaged) so Q-ships were warships disguised as merchantmen.  It seems that any real British military occult department (the existance or not of which has never been revealed) would use a different designation.  That said such a department would be ideal to be seen to be (with usual military bureaucracy) at odds with the protagonists on my stories.

Finally theer are the Hexen Soldaten, magic using SS troops that I believe were created by Kenneth Hite for his book
The Nazi Occult (4) which was intended as a pseudo-historical sourcebook for wargamer/role players.

All of these concepts would fit well into my stories, but would I just be being lazy to use them, or should I just use them as placeholders until the final revision?





(1) Bimbos of the Death Sun by Sharyn McCrumb
(2) Felix Holt, the Radical  (1866)
(3) Sapper's Bulldog Drummond stories, Evelyn Waugh's Sword of Honour trilogy and the movie The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp among others.
(4) Osprey 2013

willibald: (basingstoke)
2016-07-27 10:15 am

(no subject)

Must feed the fish.

They're stood on their tails pointing at their mouths with their front fins like the bastard offspring of a stargazy pie and Simon's Cat!
willibald: (basingstoke)
2016-07-26 11:36 am

Stop me if you've heard this one.

With Catherine home from university and with her interest in the Superhero genre, I got tickets to see Batman - The Killing Joke at its one and only cinema showing in our area (yes that's one showing in one cinema of one chain only). Last night we went to see it.

We arrived early to find the lobby crowded with fans (Catherine at 19 was one of the youngest there) and a small table selling T-shirts and graphic novels courtesy of Foreboding Prices. We were then told that our seats had been changed as they had had to move the film into the largest screen to accommodate the demand for tickets. In the end we had excellent seats.

Now I'm chiefly a Marvel fan and must admit to never having read the original graphic novel but I was curious to see how the animation team would handle a mature story. It was excellent. Having the original cast from the Animated series gave a sense of continuousness that is so easily lost when yet another reboot of a franchise comes along. After all these are the voices that a generation (or more) have come to associate with the characters. Hamill excelled in capturing the Joker's self proclaimed insanity, Conroy played a suitably dark Batman and Tara Strong was perfect as Barbara (although the idea of Twilight Sparkle voicing Batgirl is a little boggling). The animation is a crisp merging of the style of the TV series with Bolland's original artwork for the graphic novel.

Well worth the trip out.

willibald: (basingstoke)
2016-05-20 05:19 pm
willibald: (basingstoke)
2016-04-18 09:23 pm

It amused me

This seems to work.  For thise who don't regularly look at the Book of Faeces Faces the whole of Harry Potter book 1 in one minute forty seconds!

Sorry I can't get the video to embed but it works if you click on the link.

willibald: (basingstoke)
2016-04-15 09:40 am

RIP Gareth Thomas

Somehow missed this yesterday,

Another one gone http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-36041534 I saw him in a production of The Canterbury Tales when I was at school (he played the Miller). May have to go and watch son Seven now.
willibald: (basingstoke)
2016-04-06 09:02 am

Mildly Boggled

Trying to catch up on Gotham via the My5 app.  I expected the warnings for violence and blood, but do they realy consider Fifi and the Flowertots to be similar?  Or do they know something I don't?
willibald: (basingstoke)
2016-02-10 09:11 am

This is wonderful

I've shared this on the Book of Faces, but feel the need to share it here as well https://mythjae.wordpress.com/2016/01/28/fated-3/
willibald: (basingstoke)
2016-01-24 01:51 am

Fic idea

For some unknown reason I feel the urge to write a fic where Peggy Carter gets a visit from her estranged cousin Randolph, but who in their right mind would want to read so ething like that?

willibald: (basingstoke)
2016-01-14 09:29 pm

By Grabthar's Hammer he will be remembered.

Wearing the Galaxy Quest patch that came in last month's Loot Crate tonight, as a mark of resepect and rememberance to Alan Rickman.

Trouble is that most of the people who might have recognised it have left recently.  Still you never know.
willibald: (basingstoke)
2015-12-30 07:06 pm

Free e-book

Thanks to [livejournal.com profile] filkferengi for this http://en.unipress.dk/m%C3%A5nedens-gratis-e-bog/

Free download of Woven into the Earth [1300s Norse Clothing & Methods Archaeology] by Else

Could be of interest to re-enactors and costumiers.
willibald: (basingstoke)
2015-12-22 04:12 pm

Facebook Hack

My Bg Biddle facebook acct has been stolen.  The hacker has renamed it Infinity Sky.  If you receive any requests from this account you have my sincere apologies.