I’m still getting my head around this… one of the best shows of 2013 and certainly one of my favourite crime dramas has been axed after just 2 series. The reason? Low ratings. This is hardly the fault of the show, but instead of the schedule. It got brilliant viewing figures when on a Sunday night, but now it’s on a Monday and also directly against I’m a Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here!, the most popular TV show of 2013 so far (Doctor Who: The Day of the Doctor is second). Had the BBC put series two of Ripper Street on a Sunday again, we wouldn’t be in this situation.
Axing a show is generally a permanent decision, but I hope the BBC will change their minds, or at least commission a special to wrap it up. The cast only found out about it this week, so the final episode of series two won’t tie up all the loose ends. From the reaction on Twitter, 100% of people (even those who run the BBC Ripper Street Twitter account) want this decision to be reversed, and I really, really hope that it is.
I’ve started a book! Yeah, it’s probably going to end up
half quarter finished, but here’s the beginning. At least at the moment. So, here it is, and let me know your thoughts!
In a world full of sorrow and solitude, one last hope glinted in the darkness. A sliver of gold, minute in the vast, empty space. No oxygen. No sound. No life. The final remnant of life that once was, in the universe that never was. The final remnant of the greatest battle time had ever known. The final remnant of everything and anything.
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I’ll never forget the children’s screams. They could have made the deaths quick, easy, painless, but no. They enjoyed the torture and while the battle was clearly over, so very clearly one sided, they continued if only for the screams, and nothing could make them stop.
After a few months on Tumblr, I’ve really missed both the community feel and features of WordPress.com… plus, no-one read my new blog. So I’m back. Look out for new posts soon…ish.
WordPress is brilliant. But there’s one big, big flaw and issue that just makes writing new posts annoying, and I’d like to see it fixed.
It’s the many different ways of adding a new post. Click “New Post” on the front page of WordPress.com, and you get a basic editor, with no easy way to get access to a full editor. In your blog’s dashboard, there’s a slightly different post creator. And there’s a full featured creator in another section of the dashboard.
This probably won’t happen, but it would be awesome to have one post creator and editor, which is shown whenever I create a new post. Think the full featured editor with a cleaner, simplified UI.
Also, it would be great if markdown support was added. You know, like Ghost has?
There’s been a lot of fuss in the media lately about PRISM, “a secret program [that] capture[s] the private data of citizens who are not suspected of any connection to terrorism or any wrongdoing”. But is it really that bad?
Well, it’s open to interpretation. Yes, the US government can collect private information about you from Google, Facebook, Apple and Microsoft. Yes, that includes information that you haven’t chosen to make public – conversations in Gmail and Facebook Messages for example.
But the information they collect won’t be made public. And conversations about your cat and what’s for your tea shouldn’t be worrying for the government.
If you really are concerned, use an ‘anonymous’ search engine such as Duck Duck Go, and don’t use Gmail, Facebook, Yahoo!… don’t use anything, basically.
PRISM isn’t exactly great. But it’s nowhere near as bad as the media are saying it is.
Check out this Verge article for more information: http://www.theverge.com/2013/7/17/4517480/nsa-spying-prism-surveillance-cheat-sheet
I learned something in this short video from David Pogue. Probably worth a watch.
Like many people around the world, it can sometimes be difficult to motivate myself to do something – be it homework, learning to code or even blogging. There’s almost always something else to be done, or a distraction present.
WikiHow has some advice on motivating yourself, but I was wondering: how do you motivate yourself? Share your tips and advice in the comments.