Year equals year plus one

Now the New Year celebrations have been properly dealt with and recovered from, there’s only a mention of the little release I coded on the Atari 8-bit for the New Years Disk 2015. It’s called Inc Year (and yes, I do need to apologise for the rather desperate “joke” title but it was christened one day before the deadline with no better ideas floating around) and is yet another vertical split thingy. The code is actually one of the prototypes written before 15 Hues which was refitted as a delivery system for some scroll text that never came.

The results for the Intro Creation Competition at the CSDb are in as well, with Macro Sleep taking fourth place whilst Oldstyle and Spotified came in seventh and eighth respectively – that’s pretty good going from a field of fifty entries, although I can’t entirely understand why the most technically complicated of my three intros got the lowest score even if I was expecting that to happen!

I also picked up a DVD boxset of Crime Traveller just before Christmas and finally found some time to sit down and binge through all eight episodes over the last couple of days. For those who haven’t seen it (and, presumably, can’t be arsed to follow the link in the previous sentence) it’s one of those cop shows which pairs a hard-nosed police officer with someone who wouldn’t normally work with and, rather than a windmill-dwelling magic trick designer or a well connected, wise cracking writer, this time it’s a police scientist who just happens to be an expert on time travel to the point where she has a functioning time machine in her front room.

My memories of Crime Traveller from 1997 were that it wasn’t particularly good; suspension of disbelief aside because I’m a science fiction fan and that comes easily, the time machine should have caused “collisions” where two instances of the lead characters met every time it was turned on but, somehow, didn’t and the general tone of the show simply wasn’t serious enough to be believable. On watching it again, the same niggles are still there and they were joined by a couple more, but it didn’t seem to be quite as bad as I remember; Slade looks a little too fresh-faced to constantly be constantly disobeying his boss and there are too many comic relief characters but it was certainly more entertaining than my memory reckoned. That said, it’s still hard to take the thing seriously with some of the more comedic elements and the odd “cameo” appearance like this…

…which is even accompanied by a few notes from the Doctor Who theme. It could probably be rebooted successfully with the original cast since the BBC dishes out more reasonable budgets for this kind of show now.