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Spectre

So, we saw the new James Bond film today. Spectre.

There was plenty to enjoy, not least was the little nods to the past – the ‘Day of the Dead’ opening was great – and the camerawork on that opening shot was superb. Some of the action shots were disorienting, though – especially in the (first) helicopter sequence, too many cuts, but I get the sense that this was intentional due to the chaos going on.

The film itself had a lot to commend it, Christoph Waltz was great – but the ‘Bond out in the cold’ thing is getting a bit old. I thought they were done with that after Skyfall.

I found the ending rather flat – I had been expecting a ‘Blofeld and Bunt killing Diana Rigg’ moment, and Bond just leaving Blofeld be, to presumably allow him to escape and fight another day was an odd way to do it. Blofeld surviving despite the best efforts of Bond, but damaged and licking his wounds, okay. 

The whole ‘Bond is Blofeld’s adopted brother’ was far too much.

I liked that ‘M’, ‘Q’ and Moneypenny all got an outing, this made a pleasant change, although the reveal that ‘C’ was a villain was the most unsurprising thing since a ‘Q’ gadget was just the thing that Bond needed to save the day – after all, ‘C’ was Moriarty!

There was a missed opportunity, I thought that Monica Bellucci would be the ‘Bond girl’ – which would have been someone his own age – but no, she was abandoned for a younger model. A pity, and a wasted opportunity.

Overall, it was an average to good Bond film. Not as good as ‘Skyfall’, better than ‘Quantum of Solace’, much better than ‘Octopussy’.

I give it a rating of ‘Shaken but not Stirred’

Oh, and the Sam Smith track. Meh… but better with the visuals of the title sequence.

All of the Doctors as of August 2013

Two Meets Twelve?

It has been announced that Reece Shearsmith is to appear in Doctor Who next season, alongside Peter Capaldi.

Given that he previously appeared in ‘An Adventure of Space and Time‘ as Patrick Troughton, and Mark Gatiss is writing the episode – someone who has seen Shearsmith as Troughton, it seems likely that Two will meet Twelve.

I am quite split about the concept of this, the Second Doctor was fantastic – but I am wary as in ‘An Adventure in Space and Time’ I didn’t think that Shearsmith really captured the look of Troughton, especially in contrast to David Bradley who embodied William Hartnell.

It could be that I simply got used to David Bradley over the course of the drama, and came to accept him as Hartnell in a way that I didn’t accept Shearsmith. If we do get the Second Doctor on screen, I hope to all that is police-box shaped that I am not thrust back into reality with a jarring discrepancy between Shearsmith and Troughton.

If it goes well, then it could be wonderful.

Fingers crossed.

WordPress on a new subdomain

Thanks to the nice people at Hostmonster tech support (Christopher), without moving any of my files, I now have a new web address for the WordPress install, that is http://blog.murky.org/

What gave me a little confusion, soon overcome, was that even though my registrar is now hover, hostmonster can still manage the domain, that is because hover points at the old nameservers, which are hostmonster’s. So, why the move? It’s about separating out different roles – not having everything in one spot. If I ever want to break links with hostmonster, I can do this entirely from within hover by resetting the domain nameserver.

Anyhow, to create http://blog.murky.org/ I had to do was go to the subdomain management tools (which is on the top menu of hostmonster, not an icon on the main cpanel page) and make a subdomain which I directed to the directory containing WordPress.

As I type, this is also where www.murky.org is directed, I did it with an overlap so that mid-change I could still access the WordPress admin pages under one naming scheme or the other.

Creating the subdomain using the management tools also created the appropriate A name records too. I shouldn’t have needed tech support really in hindsight, but messing with domains is one of those things that you do very rarely, and so each time you do it, it is as new. If I had to do this task again tomorrow, no problem…. but in a year? I hope the above text will be enough!

I wanted to fix old links – and that was done with a WordPress plugin called ‘search regex’ – a quick search in post content for links to my old domain, and replacing with the new… job done. I also went into WordPress settings to change the URL there.

The next step is to cause www.murky.org to go to a different host – that is a job for another day – and it’s a slightly different task, so it’s back to square one.

If I was starting from scratch, would I do it this way? Hell no, I’d have the subdomains all with the registrar.