Five Things I Liked About 2005

To get a completely non-work week off to a good start, here's five things that I enjoyed in my (rather sparse) leisure time this year.

Since age is creeping up on me and my speed reading marathons are getting rarer, I decided to skip the books - I read about seventy this year, but it would have been pretty difficult to pick out anything but Quicksilver (although a couple of Alastair Reynolds titles would probably make the cut).

  • Battlestar Galactica knocks the socks off just about anything else I saw in 2005. The original series devolved into cheesiness after a few episodes, but this remake makes it darker, edgier, and a whole lot more entertaining - even if the acting isn't all perfect, the great camera work gives it an immediacy that no other Sci-Fi series has. It almost feels like a documentary, and the end result is something thoroughly enjoyable.
  • Farscape was a close second. The massive Farscape bundle bundle (plus the Farscape miniseries) made for more than a month of viewing and did wonders for my mood. It isn't what I would call perfect (and was definitely off the wall sometimes), but it makes Star Trek seem, well... boring.
  • Firefly (including Serenity) took me entirely by surprise (I'm not an inconditional Whedon fan, and think Buffy is, well... dumb). The plot line was a bit hazy and the original special effects were nothing much, but the acting work proved to be very enjoyable indeed - the characters grow on you, maybe more than in Farscape.
  • Desperate Housewives has been tremendous fun (surprised? Hah. I watch perfectly ordinary stuff as well), although I won't presume to be keeping track of the plot - largely thanks to the rather erratic choice of screening times (I refuse to call it scheduling) in local .
  • Finally, The Chronicles of Narnia was easily the best value for money I got out of a movie ticket this year (although I do have very high hopes for the Corpse Bride). Exquisite attention to detail, just the right amount of effects, and a well woven narrative. So what if it has talking beavers?

On other, more immediate terms, I've been tinkering with Snakelets and to reasonably good effect. It's amazingly easy to get a simple Wiki going, but it is insufferably hard to bolt on all that I'm used to in PhpWiki to what I've built so far - largely due to the fact that my NewWikiMigration has set the bar a bit too high.

Ah well. At least I've got the time to tinker with it for a while...