=-=-=-=-= Society of the Rusting TARDIS Newsletter (#24, 10/10/95)

>>>  Items of interest to British media fans and Seattle-area residents, 
>>>  and whatever else I feel like spewing about.  You have been warned. 

Another short one this week, folks.  (I think Eskimo has been having some
trouble with its newsfeed.)  Suimasen.  Um, I mean "sorry."

In this issue:

        Quick news items
        Hacking into the London Underground
        Upcoming SotRT events


Subject: Quick news items

        A new Mr. Bean episode aired on Monday on Channel 9 (of all
        No doubt it was an accident. :-)

        According to "Variety", British horror and sci-fi studio Hammer
        Prods. Ltd. will return to the feature business with films
        directors Jan Dabont ("Speed") and Alex Proyas ("The Crow"). Plans
        include a remake of "The Day the Earth Caught Fire" and "Quatermass
        and the Pit" (a.k.a. "Five Million Years to Earth").  Other
        remakes include "The Devil Rides Out" and "The Vlad Dracul."

        Joel Hodgson (of MST3K fame) has written an episode of "Space Ghost
        Coast to Coast".  It is named "Urges", and will air on the Cartoon
        Network on October 20.  (Zorak gets the urge, which can be deadly
        a male mantis.)

        I heard somewhere that some ex-football player was recently on
        for murder.  I didn't catch the name, but I heard he was some sort
        TV personality, so I'm guessing maybe Fran Tarkenton?

Sound bites:

        Anglicon now has a web page!  (FYI, Anglicon is an annual British
        international media convention that takes place right here in
        Seattle.)  Check it out at

        Here's another Web site to check out - I've been told it includes
        info on the Doctor Who 1996 Official Calendar, which includes "all
        the BBC, Radio Times Doctor Who covers from the past 30 years." 
        available are Jon Pertwee and Tom Baker signed and numbered
        It was made with the full cooperation and participation of both the
        BBC and the Radio Times.  It's at ""

        Here's a pointer to an Andy Kaufman web page:

Local news:

        Spike & Mike's latest Festival of Animation will be showing on
        weekends through October 22 at the UW (at Kane Hall).  For those
        who haven't seen "The Wrong Trousers" on the big screen, get off
        your spleens and go.  Call 543-2277 for details.

        This Thursday (October 12th) at the Varsity, "Festival Hong Kong"
        features two Chow Yun-Fat films - "Treasure Hunt" and "Tiger on
        (featuring a unique chainsaw duel).  Call 632-3131 for show times.


        Wanna have some fun with Excel?  (And what geek doesn't?)  Enter
        "1.40737488355328" as the value of a cell.  Under Excel for
        it will become "0.64".  On a Mac, you'll probably get "1.28",
        proving that Macs are more than six times as accurate as Windows


Subject: Hacking into the London Underground

>From "Computing" (09/21/95)

London Underground is fighting to clean up its computer systems after one
its own trainees hacked in and posted an offensive message on the digital
displays located above tube platforms around the capital.

Computing can reveal that on 16 August a message appeared on displays at
Piccadily, Elephant & Castle and Regent's Park underground stations
'All signalmen are w***ers'.

The message went unnoticed by tube staff for more than 12 hours before
removed. There were no complaints from the thousands of commuters. But,
despite being cleared, the message reappeared on tube station displays on

Two days later, London Underground IT staff were called in to locate the
problem. The message had apparently been saved onto the system and was
randomly generated at the later date.

A London Underground spokesman told Computing: 'When we train people we
usually take them around on an induction course. It seems one of the
obviously had more experience than the others. He managed to hack into the
computer, bypass the input codes and put a message on the dot matrix

He added: 'The reappearance [of the message] was due to a technical glitch
not a deliberate action. The trainee is no longer an employee.'


Subject: Upcoming SotRT events

Currently planned for the next Rusting Tardis video night (October 11), at
Round Table Pizza, 5111 25th Ave. NE (in Seattle):

        "Stark", a three-part environmental comedy/drama written by and
        starring Ben Elton.

  [reflects weight before cooking, some settling of contents may occur
   during shipping, offer void where prohibited, batteries not included,
   your milage may vary, not to be taken internally, do not fold spindle or
   mutilate, if a rash develops consult your physician, objects in mirror
   are closer than they appear, offer good at participating retailers,
   no warantee intended or implied, shipping and handling not included]

Starting at the video meeting after next: the new season of "Goodnight
Sweetheart" with Nicholas Lyndhurst.

The next social is Tuesday October 17 at Eastside Marios, 4730 196th SW, in
scenic Lynnwood (a few blocks west of Fred Meyer on the south side of

See you on Wednesday.

                        "The space in which they found themselves at
                         was a large open-looking chamber with a very high
                         ceiling.  It gave an impression of tragic grandeur
                         which would have reminded Vir of old Vienna,
                         for the fact that he had never been there.
                                --"Nemesis", Bron Fane (actually Robert
                                  Lionel Fanthorpe)

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