Hi there!

And welcome to StainlessSteelRat.net!

The inspiration for the web site name comes from the main c h a r a c t e r in my favourite series of books by the excellent author Harry Harrison. The Stainless Steel Rat (whose real name is Jimmy diGriz) is a thief, who gets caught and recruited by the Space Corps to do all sorts of weird and wonderful things, typically saving the world. An excerpt from some interviews with Harry Harrison describing the Stainless Steel Rat idea...

...We must be as stealthy as rats in the wainscoting of their society. It was easier in the old days, of course, and society had more rats when the rules were looser, just as old wooden buildings have more rats than concrete buildings. But there are rats in the building now as well. Now that society is all ferrocrete and stainless steel there are fewer gaps in the joints. It takes a very smart rat indeed to find these openings. Only a stainless steel rat can be at home in this environment...

...Enter Slippery Jim DiGriz, the Stainless Steel Rat. A super-dropout. He makes his own way through the galaxy and enjoys every moment of it. The anti-hero who does all the things we wish we could do ourselves. And gets away with it. Of course Jim has his downs as well as his ups. But he recovers and charges back into the fray.

Thanks to a school friend of some 25 years hence, Lindsay Jones, for f i r s t introducing me to The Stainless Steel Rat.

*Update* Interested in listening to my podcast, The Random Three? Then browse over to the RSS feed. I'm just linking this briefly to see if there is any interest.

The site itself covers a few weird and wonderful topics, some personal and some general. Links to the content are in the standard fashion, via a sidebar on the left. The site pretty much started with Donnie Darko related topics, and has grown from there. The dates for when pages were u p d a t ed are listed below for convenience.

Last Updated:

  • Cycling - 15th April 2004
  • Corrado - 15th April 2004
  • Donnie Darko - 1st December 2006
  •   FAQ - 23rd January 2007
      Script - 6th April 2003
  • DVDs - 3rd August 2006
  • Employment - 23rd January 2007
  • Film FAQs - 2nd November 2006*New*
  • The Fountain - 23rd January 2007*New*
  • MP3s - 3rd August 2004
  • Nomad Jukebox - 11th November 2006
      Nomad Jukebox Bugs - 27th October 2005
      Nomad Jukebox Wishlist - 12th August 2005
      Nomad Primer - 3rd February 2005
      Nomad Jukebox Hints and Tips - 19th March 2004
  • Photos - 8th May 2006
  • Presents - 31st May 2008
  • Reviews - 30th January 2007*New*
  • Rio Karma - 24th April 2004
  •   Rio Karma Wishlist - 4th May 2004
  • Comments - 27th October 2005
  • About - 15th June 2004

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