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2002-12-19 22:50 UTC BBC censors musical

BBC2 showed Buffy the Vampire Slayer episode 6.07 Once more with feeling today.

Well that is to say, they showed some of it.

They cut at least 10 minutes!

Spoilers follow.

Namely:

  1. Everything up to the graveyard scene, including the scene with Buffy and her alarm clock, the scene with Willow, Tara, and Dawn going about their morning business, the key scene where Tara finds the Lethe's Bramble, and the scene with the gang going about their daily lives in the magic shop.
  2. The conversation at the start of the magic shop scene after Something to sing about, from Buffy entering the shop to Buffy's line So no research?, including the bit about Buffy taking (or rather, not taking) Dawn to school.
  3. The end of I've got a theory / Bunnies/ If we're together from Anya's line Or maybe midgets to her line Except for bunnies (including Buffy's line Hey, I've died twice).
  4. Willow's line I thought it was neat.
  5. The section of the dialogue after the song that refers back to the bit of the song that was cut, from Giles' I thought it didn't matter to Buffy's hugs and puppies.
  6. Dawn's line I gave birth to a pterodactyl and Anya's reply Oh, my god. Did it sing?.
  7. Buffy's line The volumey text and Tara's You know....
  8. From Xander's I bet they're... singing to his Oh yeah.
  9. The start of the scene in Xander's apppartment from Anya's Hey baby, you don't have to go to work? to Xander's It's a flab thing (which, oddly, has been replaced with the line You want some breakfast baby? as a voiceover of a shot of his building).
  10. During Spike's Rest in peace, the second half of the second verse, from You know, you got a willing slave to Stop visiting my grave and let me rest in peace.
  11. Dawn's line I just hate it when you... (although the bits on either side of it are still there).
  12. Tara's line Will you be okay for a little while? followed by Dawn's line Yes, the fifteen year old can spend half an hour alone in her locked house.
  13. The first few seconds of the first scene in the Bronze.
  14. Sweet's line at the end of What you feel: Now we're partying... that's what it's all about.
  15. Anya's line: Dawn may have had the wrong idea in summoning this creature but I've seen some of these underworld child-bride deals and they never end well. Maybe once.
  16. Willow's line A little confusion spell could and Tara's response No! I mean, I don't think it'll help.
  17. From Buffy's line So one by one, they turn, from me to Anya's She came from the grave much graver.
  18. Buffy's line You got a name?, Sweet's response I got a hundred and Buffy's reply Well, I oughta know what to call you if you're going to be my brother-in-law.
  19. Sweet's line: Come now. Is that really what you feel?
  20. Buffy's line I think you already know and Sweet smiling impishly.
  21. Dawn's line: The hardest thing in this world is to live in it.
  22. Xander's line Does this mean that I have to... be your queen? and Sweet's line It's tempting... but I think we'll waive that clause just this once.

In fact, about the only thing that it seems the BBC didn't cut is the left and right eigths of the wide screen format, which coincidentally is the only thing that sky|one cut when they showed this episode earlier this year. And you know what, I'd much rather see it in 4:3 ratio with adverts than see it in 16:9 ratio with no adverts but with huge chunks of the plot missing.

The most amusing thing in all this is that the quiz for this episode on the BBC site has two questions (out of ten) that require you to have seen bits that the BBC cut!!!

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2002-12-17 10:08 UTC Talent spotting in unexpected spinoffs

In a surprising turn of events, we have discovered hidden talents in Kamakaze... he's an artist!

Apparently he got bored of fixing bugs in Voidwars (that's the successor to Battlegrounds, which I mentioned in my first Web log entry — Voidwars is currently in beta testing mode, by the way, so if you are bored, help us test it!), and instead decided to draw a comic strip about the events of the game.

So far there are two strips: Why the Terran and the Bakani aren't at peace and another one. I can't wait to see if some recurring characters are introduced and if there is a long term arc! Will we really have to wait a whole week?

2002-12-17 01:45 UTC Popularity contest

Mozillazine is having a hilarious poll: Which Mozilla developer would you most like to have round for Christmas dinner?

I promise I'll even eat any left-overs you have!

(And please — only vote once.)

2002-12-13 09:30 UTC Being sued for breaking and entering... into your own property

It's been reported all over the place, of course, but this week Oslo has seen the opening of the trial of Jon Lech Johansen, who, as far as I can tell, is accused of trying to watch a DVD that he had bought.

Yeah, we can't have that. Whatever next. Someone who thinks it's ok to buy a book and then read it?

One of my CSS Working Group colleagues, Håkon Lie, is attending the trial, and has written up some thoughts on the matter from the court room.

Contributing to the mess of DeCSS descramblers in their various forms, this link points to the source of a tiny DeCSS implementation, but it isn't hosted on any particular internet host... merely linking to it makes it exist.

2002-12-12 09:34 UTC Yummy celebrations

Today is la fête de l'Escalade in Geneva, Switzerland, my home.

You see, back on the night of the 12th of December, 1602, the troups of Charles-Emmanuel, the Duke of Savoy, tried invading the city of Geneva. (Much like New York, Geneva is a town in a canton of the same name. Canton is the Swiss name for State.)

They tried to enter the city by scaling the city's walls on ladders. That's where the name Escalade comes from: it means "The act of scaling a fortified wall or rampart". The hopelessly outnumbered Geneva poplulace won by defending their city using anything that came to hand: artillery, hand to hand weaponry, and in one famous case, a marmite. The story goes that a certain Mère Royaume disposed of one enemy soldier and scattered several soldiers who were with him by emptying her cauldron of hot vegetable soup (marmite) out of her window.

In honour of this event, each year the chocolatiers of Geneva (there are quite a few, chocolate is big business in Switzerland) make little model chocolate marmites filled with marzipan vegetables. Tradition requires that such a pot be smashed and then that the shards and vegetables be eaten. Novelty real-size (i.e. huge) chocolate marmite pots are also sold (at exorbitant prices of course): e.g. before being smashed, after being smashed. (Photos courtesey of Dominique Thiébaut.)

There are also big celebrations in the town itself: an official parade (done in typical Swiss style, meaning it lasts a good three hours and is torch-lit) and many fancy dress parades for the kids, organised by the schools.

I'll be enjoying my share of a small chocolate marmite later today. Happy Escalade!