Sunday, 26 May 2013

The Daily Teaser — 26-5-2013: Dracula

You know, I thought that might happen.

Seeming, after the Woolwich Attacks on Wednesday, the Daily Mail — and a few others, I’d imagine — are calling for Google and other search engines to block various extremist sites.

I think they’re getting the wrong end of the stick.

At least, in regards to how easy that is.   Correct me if I’ve got it wrong, but I believe such blocks are usually done at the ISP level.

And even then, the example of torrent sites like Kick Ass Torrents and Pirate Bay — which have all used proxies since being blocked in the UK — tells us one thing.

Given enough time, such blocks are circumventable.   Extremist sites are not going away.

The only way to stop them … ?   Is to dismantle the internet.   I can see that going down like a lead balloon.

Let’s get moving on … 


Yesterday’s Teaser saw Debbi* putting in her answers.

Along with quietly admitting she almost forgetting it was Towel Day, yesterday — and to not being sure whether she’d seen Torchwood: Children of Earth — she also bagged five out of five.

Let’s see how she — and you — do with today’s Dracula questions, shall we?

Here they are, along with the ‘How To’, License and video … 

Q1) 26th May saw the original publication of Bram Stoker’s Dracula: in which year of the 1890s?
Q2) Which famous actor was Stoker the manager for … ?
Q3) What’s the name of the solicitor who first meets Dracula, in the early stages of the novel … ?
Q4) Who plays Dracula in the 1958 Hammer version of the novel … ?
Q5) In Dracula, the Count arrives in England, in which English town … ?
Q6) And finally … What’s the name of the real-world figure that Stoker named his villain after … ?
Here’s yesterday’s questions and answers …
Q1) 25th May, 2013, is Towel Day, honouring the work of the late Douglas Adams.   Which radio series did he write … ?
A1) The Hitch-hiker’s Guide to The Galaxy.
Q2) The radio series famously features a fiction travel guide: what to words are on its cover … ?
A2) Don’t Panic.
Q3) Which character in the series has two heads … ?
A3) Zaphod Beeblebrox.
Q4) More to the point, which character claims to have a ‘… brain the size  of a planet’ … ?
A4) Marvin the Paranoid Android.
Q5) Finally … Who, in 2009, released the sixth book in the series, And Another Thing … ?
A5) Eoin Colfer, of Artemis Fowl fame.
I’ll leave you with this well known line from Stoker’s best known villain …
“Listen to them — children of the night. What music they make.”
And one of Bauhaus’ more cheerfully pop tunes … 

Have a good day … !

*        It’s on the UK iTunes store, Debbi, I know that much, and has been for a while: whether you can pick it up in the US is another question,   Either way, I think it’s possibly one of the most watchable things to be associated with Dr Who†.   And possibly the most hideously beautiful thing to be shown on British TV, this century … 

†        I always point people at Genesis Of The Daleks, if folk ask me for the name of a classic Dr Who story to watch.   Torchwood: Children of Earth is, I believe, the Torchwood equivalent.

1 comment:

Debbi said...

Thanks, Paul! :) I haven't seen Torchwood, but I've heard good things about it. Boy, I still have lots of little changes to make on the print copy of my book. Yikes! :-O

This is going into print, so I want it to be the best it can be. :)

1. 1897
2. Henry Irving
3. Jonathan Harker
4. Christopher Lee
5. Whitby
6. Prince Vladislav Basarab or Vlad the Impaler

That's a great song, BTW! :) I'll have to pin it.