Behold, the new US poster for Severance:
No, I don't remember the scene with the chainsaw either, but hey, it looks cool. Doesn't scream "horror movie" at me, given that the neck stump is tastefully covered up, but it's not bad. As usual, you may clickyclicky for biggybiggy.
And, the US website is up and running here - it's got all the stuff the UK one has, but with added info, clips, desktop backgrounds and all sorts.
Shiny new Macs have arrived at Spork Towers - it was time to upgrade, as the Powerbook had died a quiet death of old age, and my faithful little iBook was slowly filling up its 30GB hard drive. I now have a new 13 inch MacBook in pristine white, specced up to the max (2GB RAM! Phwoar!!), and Jo has a 15 inch silver MacBook Pro, similarly pimped. With the new machines came the difficult decision of what to call them. The old Powerbook was called Serenity, and my iBook was dubbed Vger, so we decided to stick to a similar spaceship naming scheme. My beautiful, sleek, white friend is now called Discovery, and Jo's silver dream machine is called Stargazer. Bonus points for spotting the excessively nerdy references (mine's easy, given my favourite director, the other one is trickier). I make no apologies for the geekiness of this paragraph, this is who I am, and you should just love me unconditionally.
Following on from that, I must point out something that you really all should know, but that many of you are probably not doing: back up your stuff. Regularly. Cause you never know when things will go bang. We'd just done a backup of both machines, about a week before the Powerbook slipped away in the night, so everything was saved. I can't emphasise enough the importance of backing up. I'm paranoid about this, because 15 years ago (I remember it vividly) I lost 4 pages of work that had taken me ages to finish. It's never happened again. Every time I finish something, I save it, make a copy of it, and email it to my Gmail storage account. And I do regular, full backups of everything on my laptop, to a portable hard drive. It's important for everyone to back up, but especially so for writers, because your life's work can be contained in a single folder that can be *so* easily lost or corrupted. It's not practical or environmentally chummy to print everything out, but your data is so fragile, you can't be too careful. You can get a 250GB portable hard drive for around 50 quid, which is a small price to pay compared to losing all your stuff. A big drive means you can have several backups on it at once, I try to keep three at a time in case I need an old version of a file - although whenever I do a new draft of something, I keep a copy of the old version anyway (told you I was paranoid). You'll also be able to back up all your music and digital photos, so it's well worth it. Most of the regular brands are fine, check reviews before you buy though, and if you can, get a Firewire version, it'll make copying files much, much faster - check that your machine has a Firewire port first, obviously. If in doubt, or you have no idea what any of this means, just take a photo of all the holes in your computer, print it out, show it to someone in a computer shop and ask them (anywhere except PC World though, they'll just tell you to do a virus scan and reinstall the operating system, even if you're trying to buy a keyboard). That was your public information announcement for today. Don't make me tell you again. Oh, and don't talk to strangers, unless they offer you sweets or a lift in their car.
And finally: be sure to check out the final episode of Life On Mars tonight, or I will come round your house and beat a confession out of you. And I'm sure we're all watching the new season of Dr Who, if not, then you can't be in my special gang.