NYC Blue

Blame it on the relentless illness of this summer, or general stress, or spinning off from a conversation I had with about how much we both missed the place….

For whatever reason, I am finding myself in a blue funk of missing NYC today. So much so that I half-seriously looked at want ads and rental classifieds during lunch.

To be completely honest, right now KS has only three things going for it, as far as I’m concerned:

1) It will ease my daughter’s entry into the sort of East-coast colleges she’s interested in, due to regional admissions quotas.

2) The cost of living makes it possible for me to do what I do…although, given my feelings about the game industry right now, that’s not a huge incentive.

3) We have a circle of dear friends here.

That’s not a lot.

Second Dr. Who Spin-off

The BBC’s in-house newsletter apparently has revealed that a second spin-off of Doctor Who is being launched. The first, Torchwood, starts this Fall, and is aimed at adults. The new series will be aimed at kids, and is being done by CBBC (the children’s channel):

“CBBC is developing a spin-off series from Doctor Who based on the adventures of investigative journalist Sarah Jane, played by Elizabeth Sladen, and to be written by Russell T Davies.”

Outpost Gallifrey (my source for Doctor Who news — VERY reliable) has heard from a variety of sources that the working title of the show is Sarah Jane Investigates.

The NeoCons’ Next War

Sidney Blumenthal has an article in today’s about how the current situation in Israel and Lebanon is being exacerbated by a power struggle within our own government. By secretly providing NSA intelligence to Israel and undermining the hapless Condi Rice, hardline NeoCons in the Bush administration are trying to widen the Middle East conflict to Iran and Syria, over the objections of more informed and sane traditional Republicans.

Personally, I relish the thought of in-fighting in the administration — sooner or later, somebody will get burned, and they’ll decide to take down the whole house of cards, motivated either by revenge, or by covering their own ass. It happened with Nixon’s administration — nothing would have really come of Watergate if people hadn’t started talking (because they were covering their asses, and felt burned by the administration). With a bit of providence, maybe the same thing will happen this time, too.