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Stargates

Quite obviously, the Stargate is the most vital component of the TV show of the same name, but what exactly is a Stargate, and what does it do? (The Stargate at the SGC is activated) A Milky Way Stargate (it’s important to distinguish it from other gates) has 39 symbols,…

Site Updates 2016

11th November 2016: As the year winds down, the latest sequence of pages goes up – taking a look at the democratic system of government, and the alternatives. 2nd May 2016: It’s been a while since I’ve updated the main site, but the first of a few pages bubbling away…

TV Show Challenge Day 26

Favourite sci-fi show! Now we’re cooking. Where do I begin?! There’s the venerable Doctor Who, with the mysterious figure of the Doctor and his adventures. There’s Babylon 5, which delved into mythology in a clever way. There’s Stargate SG1, one of my all-time favourites. The winner though, is the Star…

TV Show Challenge Day 16

As I missed this yesterday, let’s quickly catch up. Day 16 is ‘Show with the most seasons’. A little tricky. Technically, Doctor Who has had more seasons than any other show I’ve enjoyed, but Stargate SG1 had ten consecutive seasons that were all more or less of equal length. On…

TV Show Challenge Day 11

Following on from the 90s theme of yesterday, today is all about the noughties. This one is easy. Whilst the show began in the 90s, it was in the 00s where it truly came alive and where I came to properly appreciate it. Stargate SG1 is a rare thing. There…

Recently Completed Projects (and new ones)

I’ve been busy lately. Busy completing a few pages for the main site that have been sitting in draft limbo for quite a while, or in some cases non-existent – drafts done in my head but not actually put to paper, so to speak. It feels good to finally get…

Ancient History

As mentioned in my Gods and Monsters page, Stargate is very good at touching upon themes of historical alien influence upon our cultures. This is quite a powerful lure to us – even before the Stargate movie aired, the belief that ET had been paying us visits for centuries has…

Gods and Monsters

One of the driving narratives within Stargate SG1 was the relationship between the Goa’uld and earth mythology. The Stargate film built upon the fascinating idea that aliens had constructed the pyramids, and the series expanded upon this connection between earth-bound culture and alien influence. In the early years of Stargate…

2015 Updates

5th November 2015: Given the washout that has been this year’s Bonfire Night (the rain here has been pretty unrelenting all day), instead I’ve done some site work – including a little Christmas post, inspired by hearing someone shamelessly playing Christmas songs earlier today. 15th October 2015: So it’s been…

Future Projects

So, what am I planning for this site over the next few months? Well, at some point I’ll finish the stuff I was writing about trains, and I’ll also complete season 3 of my F1 game diary. A Football Manager 2014 game diary is also in the works, and I…