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As promised, some bonus material from


- The "Extras".
Images taken directly from my trusty Notebook of Awesomeness!

Release Notes... This entry was a last minute addition. Seems like a fitting way to wind up Season Six.

Meanwhile... No thanks. I don't want "BBC Alba" on Freeview, if that means losing a bunch of radio channels. The latter are far more likely to be of any interest.

Oh, and there was something of a "whooops" this morning - I flipped the wrong switch on my alarm clock, and it never went off. Still made it to work "on time" - hooray for flexible hours!

It's nearly the weekend, and that means it's time to start marshalling some stuff for relocation. Gonna have to get serious now...
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And finally...


- The Epilogue.
Season Six reaches its conclusion, and those most deeply affected weigh up what lies ahead. Some stories end, others continue - and yet more have barely begun...

Release Notes... And there we have it, boys and girls - The Darkhawk Diaries Season Six - 25 December 2008 to 24 May 2011. Been a loooooong time, and quite a ride.

Now, where do we go from here? Ah yes - Season Seven! Coming this June...

And The Rest... Well, Work Slot 2 is done, and we had the remover round to ascertain the situation... and that was about all for that attempt to push ahead with The Move. Every time we try to forge ahead, it's "let me send you a quote" this, or "someone else needs to see/sign" that. This end of the deal really needs everything done, preferaby without unnecessary delay.

Please?
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Funny day, this. I should have been working today, but I decided to give myself something of a safety margin, and told the exams office not to count me as available for Saturday OR Monday. THEN I felt unable to follow through on big SPIRITWALK plans, as it was one week after Rush, and managed to pass on word to one of the exams staff that I would be able to work today... but I heard nothing. Okay, thinks I. Extra day off...

Posted the REIGNFALL final chapter. Semi-zoned out in front of Rise Of The Silver Surfer. And that was about it.

Oh, and enquiries were made about removals. Tomorrow marks one month before the buyers move in. Holy crap - The Move is becoming more and more REAL with every passing day.

Out My Window Just Now... A fabulous rainbow, and a tree in the neighbours' garden that's getting the crap kicked out of it by the wind...
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And at last, we reach the moment...


concludes
- some will fall, some will rise. ALL will be changed.


That is all. Tomorrow, the epilogue, and the final conclusion of Darkhawk - Season Six!
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reaches its penultimate chapter
- and as the story says "...the sky is full of gods."

Review: Pirates Of The Carribean - On Stranger Tides... Okay, Blockbuster Season continues, and Jack is back...

Ahoy mateys, these be fine spoilerin' waters! )

The Bottom Line... Enjoyable, but lacking in spectacle. Not exactly sparking the excitement that came in anticipation of "Dead Man's Chest" and "At World's End"... Score: 7/10

Next up... X-Men First Class (June 1st)!
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continues
- and our heroes risk everything.

Development News... And there's a surprise for everyone as Chapter 3 of TDD-701 "A Star Is Rising" draws to a close...

Meanwhile... The Move got a bit more "real" today, with taking of moving vans. Eeeek.
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continues
as our heroes prepare themselves for success or disaster. Friends arrive, bringing hope, whilst others manoeuvre into the positions intended for them - and The Emperor is waiting.

Development News... It's been a busy day, writing-wise, as I complete Chapter 2 of TDD-701 "A Star Is Rising", and break ground on Chapter 3, with the help of some characters from way back. Some intriguing plot-strands are taking shape!

And what about the actual WORK...? All is going fine - and is so much more enjoyable than January. That sh8y weather really did a number on things...

Thoughts on SPIRITWALK... An event requiring Mission 101-based attention is fast approaching - I'm meaning
65 - Celebrate each and every Spiritwalk (May 22) and Patent Saturday (December 1) like they really mean something (which they do!) (1/3, 1/2)
and I have NOTHING in mind that I can feasibly put into effect in time. Again, The Move bites into my plans - or so the excuse goes...

SPIRITWALK 2011 will be the last of these personal events to take place as what is so far my only home, and I'm thinking of just taking things easy, possibly with a modest present that I will have to order VERY soon. It might be an idea to complete a few Mission Tasks, too...
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Okay, I'm back! First of all, the important stuff...



continues - a meeting of minds seems to be the only way to put The Traveller's plan into effect, while inside the Reignforge, Brighthawk and Lord Fh'ane have plans of their own...

Development News... I managed to get some writing done on the "there-and-back", which further defines the post-REIGNFALL "state of play". It'll be very interesting to see how that develops - and that's what "Work Slot 2" will hopefully allow me to work on. Starting tomorrow...

Now, How Was Saturday...? Well, Mission Task 90 is now three fifths completed
90 - Go to at least five concerts (3/5)
- Kiss - Glasgow SECC - 9th May 2010
- Seasick Steve - Perth Concert Hall - 1st August 2010
- Rush - Glasgow SECC - 14 May 2011
and bloody good it was too. A full report will follow tomorrow - I'm still recovering, and I've got photos to sort through. Gimme a break, willya?

Oh, and I just watched Doctor Who - Season 6, Episode 3 - The Doctor's Wife. Best episode this season as far as emotion and background "colour" is concerned! 8.5/10. More in-depth later...
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Okay, it's story post time, as



continues - The Traveller and his companions prepare for their part in the plan to liberate Mystalorn... Brighthawk makes some new friends... and there are some welcome new arrivals on Darkhawk's side of The Emperor's barrier!

Development News... Slow progress again, but a section of Chapter 2 is done. I do have something a little more urgent on my mind right now, namely Operation Rush Hour, and I still have stuff to pack...

Talking of which... According to the latest set-list for the current tour, there are still *gasp* a few songs I'm not familiar with... and once again, that lack of availability for Amazon MP3 download gift cards rears its ugly head. If I have time before the show (and I certainly expect to), I may just check every possible outlet for said cards, and grab a decent-sized one at the first opportunity. I enjoy being able to get music (almost) instantly, and without the hassle of checking out!

However, the balance on my existing card just got almost halved as I tracked down a song from my "Must Track This Down" list - a cracking version of Thin Lizzy's classic "Emerald" by folk-metal band Skyclad...

Meanwhile... Yay - Grandmaster Bushido for Thrax, and all done last night, despite the thankfully brief UO server down-time. That's one landmark of several attained!

Okay, time for more Mission prep. Be posting later to keep the streak alive while I'm out of town!
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And so, we reach the midway point of



- Rhagaan grasps what may just be Mystalorn's last hope... the universe starts to realise what's happening... the crew of Sentinel Station consider drastic measures - and Darkhawk makes contact...!

Development News... "Slow but steady" is the order of the day, at present - I am writing, but only at a fraction of the pace of REIGNFALL. I'm not going to get stressed about that state of affairs, as that story did take eight years to come to fruition.

I will be having some "down-time" (computer-free time) at the end of the week, when I'm travelling to and from Glasgow, and back at the hotel after the show, which I'm hoping to use to thrash out "What Comes Next". Ideally, a whole week like that would be better, but that's not on the cards right now - soon, but not just this minute....

And Finally... Make this damn movie - and make it ROCK.

Dinosaurs. Versus. Aliens. What's not to like?

Oh yeah - the use of "Dominion" in the title...
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Move News... Well, that's another "stop and drop" carried out, as things step up a gear. There are still concerns about total storage space at Site B, but with some juggling, it may just work out - expect some photo-essays on the "recompression" effort as things get crazy(-er)!

Heh heh - Moving Pictures. How oddly appropriate.

Talking of which... The ear-wax thing is a work in progress, which I am very much hoping will be dealt with by, at the latest, Friday night. I seem to have a bit of a history with medical problems almost "the night before" big events - a dose of the "squirties" before my first pre-Christmas London trip, a problem I can't properly recall before a festival, a dodgy knee on the eve of the last time I saw Rush...

And then there's... the next REIGNFALL chapter. Don't panic, dear reader - that gets its own post.

Keeping me out of trouble... some more Ultima Online as Thrax continues the push to Grandmastering Bushido. 98.5 and counting - thinking the Ogre Lords in Despise Dungeon will be quaking in their loin-cloths for at least one night more. 1.5 worth of skill gains is achieveable...

Also, I'm thinking of pushing ahead with my "craft project to finish", and there's the matter of a "wish list" for what needs upgraded/replaced from a Move perspective. Mmmmm - big(ish) TV... aaaaah.
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Okay, now I'm pissed. The ear-drops I've been using received reporachful looks and shakes of the head when I went to make an appointment to get the wax professionally dislodged. These were, oddly enough, drops given to me on prescription last time I needed this done - and the drops that made an existing problem a great deal worse at the weekend...

My appointment is almost a whole week after Operation Rush Hour, so it simply won't help. I have resorted to The Market Leading Product for the problem, and already, it's making a difference. Hopefully, the treatement cycle will see me back to normal before Saturday.

Development News... Progress is rather "stop 'n' go" on TDD-701 "A Star Is Rising", and that shouldn't be much of a surprise, giving that I'm "auditioning" several new characters who're coming to the fore as "the new order" starts to settle into place, over the "trilogy" of TDD-700 "After The Fall", TDD-701 and TDD-702 title tbc - or at least that's the plan I just came up with...

And Then... Holy crap! Last night, we got our first Green Lantern TV trailer! Guess Warner Bros don't want to rest on their Happy Potter final chapter laurels after all...
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No, I didn't forget...


continues
, as The Emperor grants one of our heroes an audience, Darkhawk makes an unexpected discovery, and the plan to liberate Mystalorn advances as The Traveller makes a deal...

Meanwhile... Agh, no - thunderstorms on Saturday??? Please, don't...
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continues
, as we catch up with events inside the mysterious barrier - the crew of Sentinel evaluate their position, and Brighthawk makes a potentially fateful decision - whilst Rhagaan tries to make sense of the "gift" that's heading his way...

Meanwhile... A short and quick Doctor Who review this week - I give "The Curse Of The Black Spot" a 6 out of 10, as the underlying concept has been used before, and to better effect. This episode just seems like marking time before the season arc continues, I'm sad to say - and the overwhelming music, blotting out big chunks of dialogue, didn't help. Must do better!

And so, my catch-up is complete. Oh, except that Saturday's Move-slot didn't achieve a whole lot, 'cause I didn't get much time to get much stuff ready to shift to Site B - the F1 qualifying was still on when we were heading out the door...
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Riiiight. So, where to begin?

Hardly an exciting work day - are they ever? Still managed to do some solid writing at lunch-time, and pretty much reach a conclusion for TDD-701 "A Star Is Rising" Chapter 1! There was a stack of comics and a "well done on REIGNFALL" present waiting for me when I got home. Caught a repeat of "Day Of The Moon", whilst doing some more "sampire" training in Ultima Online.

"But wait! There's more..." (to quote Blue Oyster Cult) I happened to come across IMDB's list of movies to come, and 2012 is actually shaping up to be rather interesting. December this year sees a second try at Judge Dredd, in Dredd, then its the Ghost Rider sequel/reboot in February - now hold on, is that a movie of intriguing book Cloud Atlas as well? - John Carter of Mars in March (enjoying the comics right now), then it's AVENGERS in May, followed a couple of weeks later by Alien quasi-prequel Prometheus at the start of June, Star Trek II (or whatever they're gonna call it) later that month, then to round things off for now, Amazing Spider-Man and The Dark Knight Rises in July!

That looks pretty solid to me, but it's still not a patch on this year (but I might revise that if they really get the proposed new Godzilla movie to screens next year). I mean, take another look at the list...

***** THOR...
*** 1/2 Pirates... 4...
**** X-Men First Class...
***** Green Lantern...
**** Transformers - Dark Of The Moon...
*** 1/2 Potter 7.2...
***** Captain America - The First Avenger...
*** 1/2 Super 8... (Cloverfield prequel...?)
(maybe) Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes (Andy Serkis might just tip this one for me)
*** 1/2 Dredd.
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continues
, as Darkhawk and The Unified Response try to overcome The Emperor's impossible barrier - and the past offers an intriguing potential solution. Meanwhile, Mystalorn struggles to come to terms with what they've lost - and what they're going to do in response...

Meanwhile... Oh, holy crap - there's another Green Lantern trailer, and they're not holding back. Kilowog speaks, we get our first glimpse of the Guardians of The Universe, the symbol of The Yellow Light appears prominently - at this rate, we may just have seen everything before the movie actually gets released!

Oh, and there are character-related mini-trailers for X-Men First Class, which is increasingly looking like a bunch of fun. Gonna be such a busy summer!

Now, was there something else...? A semi-imminent Episode 3 for Doctor Who, Season Six? Incoming "self-pressies"? Oh wait - there was some kind of election today...

The big news about that is that we're not just voting for a new Scottish "parliament", we're voting on switching to a different system of voting in UK-wide elections. The proposed system would do more harm than good, I'd long ago decided - what we need is "first past the post" as we presently have, but with compulsory voting and a "none of the above" option. A damn sight more simple, and far fairer, than the "alternative" on offer, with which an unpopular incumbent can cling to power by cannibalising votes from extremist parties...
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All of a sudden, I rediscovered the fun in Ultima Online - training up a samurai, with a view to creating the monster-slaying juggernaut that is a "sampire" (top-of-the-line samurai with added Necromancy). That's not an excuse for reduced writing output - that's really the result of not really knowing where the new Season is going so far. I so desperately want to avoid the "take a deep breath, then back to intergalactic war" kind of thing, and so the way forward doesn't exactly pave itself. A "plotting weekend" may be required - this weekend might work, as there's a Grand Prix coming up, and most likely some limited Saturday Move-stuff.

Next weekend, of course, is right out, 'cause I'll be out of town, on a "Mission mission" - yup, it'll be time for "Operation Rush Hour". I am still working on TDD-701 "A Star Is Rising", as that's "prologue" of a sort - "cool-down" from REIGNFALL, one might say.

There are other stories to tell, which don't depend on anything being written in the form of "bridging" material, but still I need to thrash out a few ideas. Stay tuned for some interesting developments!

Meanwhile... Just ordered myself something I guess could be called a "complete REIGNFALL on schedule" present, and my loooooong search for "street boots" might just be over...
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continues
, as The Emperor reveals himself at last, and a planet trembles in the wake of the unthinkable as blood is shed...

Meanwhile, the situation changes for Rhagaan Tyrho, in quite unexpected terms. Does he have friends in unexpected places...?

Release Notes... The Emperor is "played" by Sir Patrick Stewart.

Last Night... So, THOR was brilliant - again. I got the opportunity to enjoy several sequences all over again - the Hawkeye sequence, the battle with The Destroyer, that kind of thing - but I'm buggered if I could spot The Infinity Gauntlet in the relic chamber, and I was watching out for it each time that room featured. Guess that'll be a fun pasttime when the DVD comes out - "Spot The Gauntlet"...

And so, back to today...

Development News... I have broken ground on the latest episode: TDD-701 "A Star Is Rising", and things start to take shape for our "new arrvial". Already, things look promising!
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And so...


begins.
Our heroes react to the incredible events they have just witnessed, and the sacrifices some of them may feel they now have to make. The universe holds its breath...

Release Notes... At last, we get to the start of a story almost eight years in the making. Events in past seasons have been building to this - and we have only just begun.
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In Today's Episode... The Pandemonicum Symphony: Final Movement concludes, and all is revealed. One battle most certainly is not the whole war - that has only just begun...

Release Notes... And so, we reach REIGNFALL. Posting begins on Sunday!

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