Viper Squad Ten
We're from the future. And we're stuck....
......VSX......                                                                                                              ......Been a little bit quiet lately......                                                                                                                                                                    

VSX, A shadowy flight into the dangerous world of a man who does not exist: Starbuck Powersurge - a young loner on a crusade to champion the cause of Viper Squad Ten, a long-disbanded group of stranded timetravelling troubadours, formed to help finance repairs to their time-machine. Now very much stuck in C21...

Sometimes guest editors: Mr Stu and DJ Tim.

[ Archives ]

[ Recent Posts ]

Dexter Season 4 finale review
Now that's magic!
I did this!
Frank Sidebottom RIP
Lost - The End - an atheist's viewpoint
Viper Squad Ten - the return
[breath drawn]
[rib cage expands outwards]
[intercostal muscles contract]

[ Contact ]

As You'd Imagine

[ Hyperlinks ]

[ Comments ]

Click on a post's Comment link to view or add Readers' Comments. No purchase necessary. (Click [!] for backup Haloscan Commenting).

[ Search ]

Technorati search

[ Site Feed ]


[ Copyright ]

All text is copyright the Viper Squad Ten blog team 2003-2006 unless otherwise quoted or credited. If we've not credited you properly, please let me know. Throw us a link if you're desperate enough to use this guff...

[ VSX Latest ]

[ Tuesday, May 30, 2006 ]

Starbuck [17:52] Comments: 2 []

Tcha tcha tcha tcha tcha tcha tcha tcha TCHA!

My nostalgia glands have been in a state of perpetual moistness
** ever since ITV4 started repeating the irrepressible Monkey weekdays at 6pm.

Wonderful - its as good as I remember from my formative days, back in the mists of time when I had just one digit to my age.

Monkey is one of my earliest TV memories. As I type I can clearly remember sitting with my Weeble* in my hand**, captivated in front of the adventures of Monkey, Tripitaka, Pigsy and Sandy round at my chum Ben's house (oh the shame, as the memory resurfaces of dropping one if Ben's Weeble's down the toilet ON PURPOSE; oh the joy, recalling how I would fly his parents sofa as a make-shift pink cloud, fighting off Pigsy Ben with my staff**)

The downshot of all this is: When I get excited, I've started making that "tcha-tcha-tcha-tcha-tcha-tcha" noise that Monkey makes when he's excited. Around the house. Around the workplace! I'm so embarrassing.

So this is me, dear reader, Starbuck of the parish Viper Squad Ten.

Look on in pity as the picture of your author further resolves before your eyes. Watch as I run up the stairs doing my "one arm outstretched the other behind my back" Superman impression, bursts of Eighties heavy metal riffage spilling from my internal jukebox and out of my mouth, punctuated only by gibbering Monkey Magic impressions.

Look on and weep.

* note to Playskool: the new design for Weeble's is shite; change it back.
this all sounds a lot more dodgy than it was, you filthy lot

[ Monday, May 29, 2006 ]

Invasion evasion
Starbuck [17:41] Comments: 0 []
Grumble. I patiently sit through 22 episodes of Invasion, only to find a real Summer Holiday of a cliff-hanger, and silence from Channel 4 about its future. Turns out that it hasn't been recommissioned for a second series.

I am slightly miffed. This was the V of a new generation, for Chris' sake.

Having said that, V started to taste pretty shitty once the flakes from the bottom of the barrel started to sediment up the telepump.

Still, fellow geeks might want to go and sign the petition HERE.

Not that it worked for Star Trek Enterprise, or for that matter attempts to convince the studio to create a series based on Captain Sulu's voyages abroad the good ship Excelsior (according to Wikipedia). Still, you Trek guys have still got the hope of Colonel J.J. Abrams' involvement in Star Trek: The Beginning or wotever... Incidentally, Abrams dreamt up hit TV series Lost whilst mulling over his Eighties hit Trapped... "I'm lost; like a fool I'm in a cage. I can't get out, you see I'm lost. Can't you see I'm so confused? I can't get out; you see I'm lost"

[ Friday, May 26, 2006 ]

Engerlund flags
Starbuck [13:40] Comments: 6 []
Heh! Couldn't agree more - Charlie Brooker in today's Guardian:
Rejoice! Thanks to the national obsession with football, the cross of St George has finally been reclaimed from the racists. Nowadays, when you see an England flag on a car, sprawled across a T-shirt, or flapping from a novelty hat, you no longer assume the owner is a dot-brained xenophobe. Instead you assume he's just an idiot. And you're right. He is.

It's a great piece of visual shorthand. Imagine the outcry if government passed a law requiring the nation's dimbos to wear dunce's caps in public. No one would stand for it. There'd be acres of newsprint comparing Blair and co to the Nazis. We'd see rioting in the streets - badly organised rioting with a lot of mis-spelled placards, but rioting nonetheless.

Instead, every numbskull in the land is queuing up to voluntarily brand themselves. They even pay for the privilege! As brilliant ruses go, it's the most brilliant, rusiest ruse you could wish for. I can't wait for stage two, when they're persuaded to neuter themselves with safety scissors...

Starbuck [09:08] Comments: 2 []
OK, so our garage roof has a slight leak which lets in water if there's been a torrential downpour.

But still, I didn't expect to see a fat old frog sitting in a puddle in the corner this morning - Christ knows how he managed to gain access to this enviable ecologial niche!

[ Thursday, May 25, 2006 ]

# Our radio rocks #
Starbuck [17:46] Comments: 1 []
, according to a report from the European Media Forum.

The EMF ("they're unbelievable") are saying that their public service role is "minimal" and that "since they attract the highest radio audiences both stations would prosper in the commercial sector".

But let's face it, one of the major reasons that Radio 1 and 2 attract such high audience ratios is that they aren't commercial stations - however good the DJs or the playlist a station might have, its the annoying adverts that put a potential listener like me right off.

Speaking as a long-time Radio 1 listener (read as: "sad bastard"), I know that the daytime playlist is pretty dismal. However it captures a wide variety of listeners (and especially younger listeners) who will then be introduced by association to the "specialist" evening DJ's - music that they might not otherwise seek out.

And that's what I call a public service.

Brotherhood of Non
Starbuck [10:36] Comments: 1 []
I'm pleased to be in a position to announce that I'm not watching Big Brother this year. The addiction is quashed!

People talk about it being exploitative. Well I as a viewer am not going to allow MYSELF to be exploited, not this time, not with this lot.

And if my wife happens to be watching it when I want to spend some time with her, I'll put on my Walkman, and add to the richness of my self rather than poisoning my very essence.

[ Tuesday, May 23, 2006 ]

Eurovision: The Truth
Starbuck [18:43] Comments: 2 []
Lordi overlords Sampson vs Thanks to Durm for forwarding this on from faff knows where...

[ Sunday, May 21, 2006 ]

Will Smith live review
Starbuck [19:24] Comments: 0 []
I went to see Will Smith on tour the other day.
Not Wickie Wickie Wild Wild West Will Smith , but Jersey's best-loved Marillion-obsessed comedian, Will Smith.

Verdict of the Misplaced Childhood show: Very good. However, I think he was a little harsh on Jersey band Overload.

"Sex Bellows" for Eurovision 2007!

[ Thursday, May 18, 2006 ]

Eurovision 2006
Starbuck [17:44] Comments: 8 []

Sod Big Brother. The big TV news this week is the 2006 .

Will "dazzling" rapper and his bevvy of scantily-clad schoolgirls be able to defeat evil Finnish shock rockers ?

Teenage Life versus Hard Rock Hallelujah - you decide!

Having seen Daz on the telly the other night I must admit that I quite like him. He's no Eminem (he makes John Barnes look like an accomplished rapper), but he seems to be a thoroughly personable and decent chap.

But then again, Lordi have called an album "Arockalypse", and let's fact it, you can't really argue with that.

It's already gearing up to be the strangest Eurovision ever...

Photos originally uploaded by syrtveit, johannestyve and txiki taberna.

[ Wednesday, May 17, 2006 ]

Flickng Gamma version
Starbuck [19:12] Comments: 0 []
Hmm. . Will there ever be finality again in the wonderful world of web applications?

I'd be over the moon, aside from the fact that I'm releasing honeymoon photos in tantalising dribs and drabs over on my site, and I've lost the use of that handy tag text field from the Photostream (RIP) itself for copy/paste purposes - I've had to create a text file replacement. On my ZX Spectrum. That's how much I hate change.

[ Tuesday, May 16, 2006 ]

Three things I didn't know before May this year
Starbuck [15:38] Comments: 0 []
  • Keck (or kek), is the traditional name for cow parsley (Anthriscus sylvestris, also known as Wild Chervil or Wild Beaked Parsley). Like many olden terms "keck" is dying out. Cack.

  • Sir Walter Raleigh planted the first potatoes in England at "Little Virginia" on Castle Green, Kenilworth, Warwickshire. Shipped over from the New World they were, dontchaknow, and from Virginia, natch.

  • In order to identify copyright theft, some commercial cartographers LIE to users of their maps about the geographical features portrayed by their publications. The nonexistent "Lye Close", a cul-de-sac supposedly located off Canynge Square in Clifton, Bristol, is one such "trap street". Bastards.

Big Brother VSXclusive speculation
Starbuck [15:30] Comments: 0 []
According to JK and Joel the world is abuzz with speculation about what gimmicks the forthcoming series of Brit Big Brother will incorporate. Well, I think I've nailed it.

Last time round on Celebrity BB the USP was the inclusion of non-celebrity Chantelle, tasked with the challenge of persuading her bona fide "celeb" housemates that she was famous(ish).

So this time round they could include a proper zed-lister celebrity, whose challenge would be to persuade the other hopefuls that he or she is actually a "normal" member of the public.

My money's on Jeff Brazier.

[ Sunday, May 14, 2006 ]

Hoff Invaders
Starbuck [15:41] Comments: 0 []
Apologies - essay deadline anxiety currently being experienced by the Powersurge household's other computer user are precluding any worthwhile internet-related activity by the owner of this blog.

Those awaiting any insightful pearls of wisdom from myself should in the meantime point their browsers in the direction of Hoff Invaders.

Normal service will hopefully be resumed soon.

[ Tuesday, May 09, 2006 ]

Newsprint and new books
Starbuck [17:54] Comments: 5 []
I buy a newspaper every day. The Guardian, it is. And there's a lot of words to take in every day.

I've also got an awful lot of unread books stockpiled, and I've not managed to read a novel in nearly a year now. I need to catch up, though I've got enough to take me through my retirement as it is.

This morning I vowed that I would restrict my newspaper purchases to Mondays, Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays (I would restrict myself further if I didn't enjoy those days' inner sections so much.) This would give me some valuable extra time to bury myself within fictional texts again, to recharge the cores of my imagination.

I popped into the local shop for lunch. They were giving away a free books (Random House Vintage Classics) with each newspaper.

I brought three. Oops.
New book inventory:
The Sorrow of War - Bao Ninh
Nineteen Twenty-One - Adam Thorpe
Lovely Green Eyes - Arnost Lustig

[ Monday, May 08, 2006 ]

Starbuck [19:58] Comments: 3 []
I've always been very afraid of wasps.

So look just how brave I've been in tackling these two fellows just now...

[ Sunday, May 07, 2006 ]

Timeframe - 366 days backwards - The Main Event
Starbuck [23:35] Comments: 2 []

It was about this time of night 366 days ago that I composed the following little ditty:
I'm getting married in the morning
Ding dong the bells are gonna chime
My virtual presence may phase out
My electric id may decay and rout
Just as the honeymoon arrives in line

Yes I'm getting married in the morning
Longevity's lack may be the only fear
We may be betrothed by noon
But before so very soon
The evening's celebration's end will still be near

So all you friends out on the interweb
And those who would be there if life allowed
By enjoying our day with genorosity
Or celebrating posthumously
You shall make the Powersurge clan very proud
And a year down the line, by way of celebration I am now able to share the joy and excitement of the day. Pictorially, that is.

And only if you have a Flickr account, and happen to be one of my Flickr contacts, as they're private, dontchaknow. Head thee over to straight away, friends.

Those of you who are without, but who might still wish to live (or relive) the experience, should head over to anyway, click on Sign-up in the top-left corner, hold your nose as you acquire yourself a Yahoo! ID (you don't have to sign up for yet another unwanted email address, don't worry, and its FREE!), ask me nicely to make you a Contact, and if you're lucky you'll be then have 447 lovely wedding photos at your disposal (including some cheeky ones of men stripping, gals!)

OK OK, I know, 447 photographs is perhaps a little heavy duty. And I exercised an element of restraint there! But you just don't get married every day...

[ Wednesday, May 03, 2006 ]

Our anniversary presents itself
Starbuck [17:42] Comments: 7 []
Me and my big mouth!

With our first wedding anniversary imminent I'd dreamt up a mischievous plan to mislead Mrs Powersurge about what anniversary gift I am actually going to give her.

The intention was to write "in secret" on this blog about what I had bought for her, knowing that she very very occasionally takes a look at VSX to see what rubbish I've been spouting.

I was then going to put something in the Comments section explaining to anyone who'd bother to read it (but hopefully not Mrs P) that it was all just a Machiavellian scheme cooked up as a smokescreen to raise (or lower) expectations.

However I got so excited about the thought of all this that I promptly went and told her about it. Ooops!

Sometimes I just find it too hard to keep from Stabucketta exciting secrets such as presents - I just want to share it right away!

For example, I've twice this week had to stop myself telling her about when I was in the showroom at the weekend getting her present. I told the car saleswoman that the present was for our anniversary, and she got all quite teary about it, telling me that her husband of forty years had died at Christmas... but that my own wife would absolutely love the gift... and all that time I was hoping that no-one I knew would walk past...

Lost about the Hanso Foundation
Starbuck [12:26] Comments: 3 []
After watching the first two epidodes of Lost Season 2 on Channel 4 last night I started ranting about nanomachines and nanatechnology to the long-suffering wife. "It's got to be the answer. It could explain everything! The 'mechanical' smoke creatures, the recoveries from paralysis".

And then there were the planted adverts for the Hanso Foundation within the ad breaks. And now I read the following press release from Hanso:



(May 2, 2006) The Hanso Foundation, a world-leader in social and scientific research, announced today that it will re-launch its website ( and debut a new ad campaign "Reaching Out for a Better Tomorrow" Tuesday, May 2nd, on United Kingdom's Channel 4 Network. .

The Hanso Foundation is committed to securing a brighter future for all humanity by fostering social and scientific programs designed to further the cause of human development. The advertisements will provide contact information for those interested in learning more about the passion, dedication and mission behind the Foundation.

"Our new website is a fresh, dynamic interactive setting that provides a comprehensive view of the work within the Hanso Foundation," said Hugh McIntyre, Communications Director of the Hanso Foundation. "We are confident our work to solve some of the most pressing issues facing the human race will resonate with a significant proportion of the audience."

Projects supported by the Hanso Foundation include: the Mathematical Forecasting Initiative, the Worldwide Wellness and Prevention Development Program, the Educational Outreach Imperative, the Electromagnetic Research Initiative, the Institute for Genomic Advancement, and the Life-Extension Project.

About the Hanso Foundation

The Hanso Foundation stands at the vanguard of social and scientific research for the advancement of the human race. For forty years, the foundation has offered grants to worthy experiments designed to further the evolution of the human race and provide technological solutions to the most pressing problems of our time.

"From the dawn of our species, Man has been blessed with curiosity. Our most precious gift, without exception, is the desire to know more - to look beyond what is accepted as the truth and to imagine what is possible." Alvar Hanso, Address to the U.N. Security Council, 1967

Media Contact: Hugh McIntyre

(206) 861-5017/

However personally, I am wary of exploring any further. I'm enjoying my own imagination too much.

Web research can be damaging, especially if you're lagging behind America in broadcast terms (one notable exception being Donnie Darko).

[ Tuesday, May 02, 2006 ]

This is a low. Nearly.
Starbuck [19:02] Comments: 1 []
You're lucky.

On my mind's keyboard I'd composed an angry rant fueled by the sour acidity of my despondency. Having realised that I'd missed the closing date for a rare job vacancy that would probably quite suit me, a vacancy that I might be in with a chance with, in an environment that I knew, and with a big salary leap to take me out of fiscal No Man's Land, I was feeling raw with regret and self-loathing. Who need financial security? Who needs any sort of career path?

I'd felt like I'd had the stuffing knocked out of me.

I'd even got the lyrics lined up for some pertinent songs that were rattling round my internal jukebox. Paranoid Android, for one. Halo Eight track 13 for another. Blimey, teenage angst or what!

And then I speak with someone who's struggling with something else and I realise just how an incredibly minor and selfish my own problems are.

If I was a religious man I'd end this piece in a state of inner calm and empathy with two words for whomever is reading them: Bless you.

As it is, it just sounds like you've sneezed!

[ Complete Viper Squad Ten blog archives ]

April 2003 / May 2003 / June 2003 / July 2003 / August 2003 / September 2003 / October 2003 / November 2003 / December 2003 / January 2004 / February 2004 / March 2004 / April 2004 / May 2004 / June 2004 / July 2004 / August 2004 / September 2004 / October 2004 / November 2004 / December 2004 / January 2005 / February 2005 / March 2005 / April 2005 / May 2005 / June 2005 / July 2005 / August 2005 / September 2005 / October 2005 / November 2005 / December 2005 / January 2006 / February 2006 / March 2006 / April 2006 / May 2006 / June 2006 / July 2006 / August 2006 / September 2006 / October 2006 / November 2006 / December 2006 / January 2007 / February 2007 / March 2007 / April 2007 / May 2007 / June 2007 / July 2007 / August 2007 / September 2007 / October 2007 / November 2007 / December 2007 / January 2008 / February 2008 / March 2008 / June 2008 / September 2008 / May 2010 / June 2010 / July 2010 / October 2010 / November 2010 /

[ VSX Latest ]

Link to the Powersurge Portal
Photos, vids, webgames, broken links etc.

[ Other blogs, from back when time was endless ]

A Girl I Used To Know
Diary of a Wages Slave
Doing The Right Thing
The Frumplingtons
In The Aquarium
Iron Monkey
Mr Biffo's Blog
The Saturnyne's Lounge
Sensei Katana
The Stratford Upon Avon Strumpet
Two Tone

A Day In Paradise
And Then He Said...
The Armstrongs
Background Noise
Boing boing
Captain Fishcake
Chilli and Crackers
Confessions Of A G33K
Deus Ex Machina
Open Book
Planet Maffydoo
Random Acts of Reality
Retro Remakes
Richard Herring
Sensitive Light
Shuffling Chunks
random Blogger

[ Photowankery ]
This is a Flickr badge showing public photos from Starbuck Powersurge. Make your own badge here.

[ Censorship ]

[ Blog admin ]

< # Blogging Brits ? >

«#Euro Blogs?»

« Obscure Logs »

[ VSX Latest ]

This page is powered by Blogger. Isn't yours? Listed on BlogShares Weblog Commenting by

Rate Me on!
the best pretty good okay pretty bad the worst help?

[Blogarama] [Globe Of Blogs] [Blog Search Engine] [TTLB] [BritBlog]