Archive for August, 2008


Why are journalists such drama queens?

August 13, 2008

I love the way this journalist has me ‘appealing’ for props, like there’s some sort of prop famine going on.  It’s just a bit of fun, you ninny! Link


Be my hive brain!

August 12, 2008

Good news! I delivered the sixth and final episode of series 3 this morning. With only three weeks till we begin location filming, that’s cutting it pretty fine, but the scripts seem to be in good shape so I’m only waking up in a cold sweat three times a night rather than seven.

That said, they still need work. So I won’t have enough time to contribute as much as I would like to the look of the show. Normally, when I’m finished the scripts, I lovingly pore over T-shirt sites and visit comic shops as ‘research’. This time, that’s just out of the question. Which is what brings me to you guys…

How would you like to help in designing the look of series 3? Specifically, you’d be helping us choose the stuff that litters the main set. I’m talking about posters, comics, fanzines, T-shirts… anything you’ve seen in the last few months that you think is pretty cool or captures the spirit of the show or a particular character. By now, most of you know the kind of things I like…weird toys, indie comics, sci-fi, geek references, internet memes, boardgames…normally I’d delight in tracking down the stuff myself, but as I say, it’s just not going to happen this time round.

In the very first draft of the show I described the set as looking like “a cross between a comics shop and the batcave”. I wanted it to feel like a geek Shangri-La, and in each series I’ve felt we nearly got there. Maybe this time, with you guys involved, we’ll finally nail it.

Please send your suggestions to
We also need to get legal permission to use the stuff, and we need to get it fast, so please include as much information as you can regarding contact details etc etc.

Wow. This is interesting. I wonder how it’ll go?


Speak big, and carry a soft stick

August 8, 2008

I really am running out of headings for this section.


Woman sees rainbow in sprinkler spray, freaks out

August 7, 2008

Oh, goodness me, this is embarrassing. Who’s going to tell her? Link



August 7, 2008

I hope Stone doesn’t try to confound expectations by doing anything except giving Bush the violent kicking he deserves (Brolin’s too good-looking to play him, I think, but never mind), but there’s lots in the trailer to suggest he’s gonna REALLY FUCKING GO FOR IT!


The Small Mammal House is open

August 7, 2008

Thanks to whoever it was suggested I get a Tumblelog. Like most 2.0 thingamums, I just needed to get past that original hump of figuring out what I could use it for, and now I’m clicking that ‘share’ button every other second. It’s a repository for things I find interesting, but not so inspiring or unusual that I have anything to say about them. Drop by and set a spell!


Triumph at Comic-Con. A triumph.

August 5, 2008

Triumph at Comic-Con! Link
(Bonus! Here’s a great AV Club interview with Smigel)