You asked, now I’ll start answering. More answers next week, I promise.
ShyGuy wants to know:
“Why has the hidden politics section been left to languish?”
The VandS Politics site is still there, though I think often of just deleting it so I’m never tempted to write in it again. Truth is, I’m not a very political creature these days. Whereas I used to follow it very closely on a daily basis, I eventually burned out on it, discovered tech and comic podcasting, and grew disenchanted with the whole thing.
I see stories here and there that I’d love to post up there, but I don’t want to get into fights these days. Life’s too short to waste my time on that. And while the current cult of personality surrounding Barack Obama and the renewed fad of environmentalism would provide plenty of material for the blog (really, I could turn it into the Global Warming Scare Story of the Day blog), I just can’t be bothered. I don’t follow everything closely enough right now to get into any sort of debates. Most of my readership, I know, disagrees with me. It’s just all so counter-productive.
So it sits there. Someday, maybe I’ll wipe the database clean and save Google a few milliseconds in webcrawling time. John F. is up next:
“How did you weather the TV writer’s strike? Did you get caught up on a lot of shows you wanted to see or did you find yourself watching other shows that aired during that time?”
I didn’t need to survive the writer’s strike, as it turns out. The only impact it had on me was the loss of ’24.’ Nothing else changed. The real impact will hit me in a couple of weeks when LOST ends its season so early. Otherwise, everything else I watch these days carried on, business as usual. Sadly, the truth is that most of what I watch anymore is reality TV with the wife. After that, I tend to play video games, watch video podcasts, and work on the web, whether it’s this blog, Pipeline, the podcast, or just news gathering and web surfing.
I’d like to say that I got something new and different done while filling those lost hours that I couldn’t watch network television, but that would be a lie. The wife and I finished off Season Three of VERONICA MARS, so I suppose that counts for something. I’m just not sure that the Writer’s Strike came at anything else’s expense, you know? Just when it would have started affecting me, the strike ended.
Phil Foxx dips into British hilarity for a moment:
“Thanks to your Google Reader feed, I saw the ./ story about H2G2 being 30 years old. Which versions of the story have you experienced in any way (read, watched, heard), and which is your favorite?”
I’ve seen the TV show, read the books, and heard a couple excerpts from the radio shows. I’d love to listen to the whole radio series someday, as I know Adams liked those particularly well.
My favorite remains the books. I’m a word purist that way, I guess. I love the cheeky British humor. I love the silliness, but also the wit and creativity.
I also have the recent movie on DVD. I’ve been avoiding it, but I suppose I’ll catch up on it someday.
Thanks, one and all, for your questions.
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