This site is going to be killed off in the next few days. You'll find me (and all the old stuff) at www.teaonesugar.com, my new blog
I was looking for something new to watch after 30 Rock, all of Entourage, waiting for the new series of The Wire and of course, the demise of the Sopranos. Ladies and Gentlemen, this is Dirt - a story of tabloid competition and the sleazy side of Hollywood with Courtney Cox (and great support from Ian Hart). It's fast, thrashy fun and will do until something else comes along. Thanks bittorrent!
"Murray’s only contact with the film business is through a freephone number. If people need to talk to him - perhaps producers who want him to star in a film - they have to call the number and leave a message. (Of course, they have to find the number first.) If he feels like it, he will call back. Often, he doesn’t. Sometimes, he’ll go for weeks without even listening to the messages. It took Sofia Coppola hundreds of phone calls and seven months to get him to look at the script for Lost in Translation. Even then, she wasn’t sure he was going to make the film until he appeared on the set on the first day of the shoot in Tokyo."
Quite enjoyed this apocolyptic movie starring Will Smith as the last man on Earth after a virus wiped out humanity. The depection of an overgrown and uninhabited New York is well done, the rest fairly standard Zombie-type fare.
" in perhaps fifty years, sixty years, we can finish completely this civilization, and offer to our children the possibility to invent a new story, a new poetry, a new romanticism. With billions of people who have been born, worked, lived, and died before us, these people who have worked so much, we have now bring beautiful things, beautiful gifts, we know so many things. We can say to our children, OK, done, that was our story. That passed. Now you have a duty. Invent a new story. Invent a new poetry. The only rule is, we have not to have any idea about the next story. We give you white pages. Invent. We give you the best tools, the best tools, and now, do it. That's why I continue to work, even if it's for toilet brush."
Earlier this year, I was asked to judge a BAFTA for Interactive projects at the BAFTA Children's awards. The winners have just been announced and I am really pleased with the list, and the winner. Nominees and Winner below:
CBEEBIES (website) - Olivia Dickinson, Leigh Jenkinson, Ian Hamilton (CBeebies/BBC)
CBBC ME AND MY MOVIE (website) - Rosie Allimonos, Siobhan Mulholland, Rick Palmer (CBBC/BBC Learning/Bloc Media)
IN THE NIGHT GARDEN (website) - Carl Draper, Drew Wilkins, Justin Eames (CBeebies/Fish In A Bottle)
Winner: THE SECRET SHOW (website) - Glynn Hayward, Dylan James, Tony Collingwood (Complete Control/BBC Worldwide/Collingwood O'Hare Entertainment)
Link: The BAFTA site.
Text book stuff from the New York Times and their coverage of the Democratic debate. You can watch the viideo, follow in the transcript and jump to sections in the transcript (which play the relevant sections of video). You can also analyse the transcript by speaker, topic or via free search. Great stuff. (BTW Hilary looked like she slayed it!)
Link: Democratic Debate: Analyzing the Details - The New York Times.
It's scary how much of this article I connect with - but not as scary as how much I think my girlfriend is going to relate to it. Worth reading the whole thing.
"Your nerd has built an annoyingly efficient relevancy engine in his head. It’s the end of the day and you and your nerd are hanging out on the couch. The TV is off. There isn’t a computer anywhere nearby and you’re giving your nerd the daily debrief. “Spent an hour at the post office trying to ship that package to your mom, and then I went down to that bistro — you know — the one next the flower shop, and it’s closed. Can you believe that?”
And your nerd says, “Cool”.
Cool? What’s cool? The business closing? The package? How is any of it cool? None of it’s cool. Actually, all of it might be cool, but your nerd doesn’t believe any of what you’re saying is relevant. This is what he heard, “Spent an hour at the post office blah blah blah…”
On Sunday, Dermot and I went to see Kurt Wagner from Lambchop do a solo gig at Union Chapel in Islington. I didnt take any pictures as it was really dark. In fact, Wagner was lit by a single bulb for the first few songs. He came onto stage in complete darkness shouting the words to Give It, his song with X-Press2 and one of my favourites of the last few years. The rest of the gig was great. He did lots of rare and new songs and for most of the gig you could have heard a pin drop. A breathtaking way to spend a Sunday evening.
Posted on November 13, 2007 at 02:35 PM | Permalink
It was interesting to watch the story break today about the fire in East London. I first picked up a twitter message from jovike which was then quickly followed by Twitter messages from Farringdon and East London. Meanwhile nothing on BBC, Londonist, ITV Local or other websites. The best place to see the story unfolding was via the 'fire' tag on Flickr, THEN on BBC News 24 video stream (via Zatoo) then slowly everywhere else. Microblogging rules for breaking news!
"The Advertising Age media critic Bob Garfield dubs this the "chaos scenario", arguing that total advertising spending - which long stayed stable and merely shifted among media - will now decrease. Blogger Doc Searls contends that on the internet, "supply and demand will find each other . . . Advertising will still be part of that picture, but it won't fund the whole thing." Beth Comstock, a digital exec at NBC Universal, complains that every business pitch she hears is ad-supported. "It's just not going to be possible," she said recently. "There are not going to be enough advertising dollars in the marketplace - no matter how clever we are, no matter what the format is." There won't be enough to support us in media in the manner to which we've become accustomed. And it's hard to imagine what other business models will come along to fund us. So we're left with the need to live within our means. To become smaller and more efficient, to find ways to serve advertisers better with more relevance and data, to fight like hell for the ad dollars that are there - and to do all this before advertisers break their media habit by doing what they should have been doing all along: building collaborative relationships with their customers."
Posted on November 06, 2007 at 11:41 PM | Permalink
Sunday evening and am at home doing usual online things - uploading, mapping and sorting photos; checking links; reading; planning and generally happily messing about. Seem to find myself with a lot to read at the moment. Here's the current pile of books following me around from bedroom to sofa to work to shelf:
John Gray's Straw Dogs
John Updike's Terrorist
Wikinomics: How Mass Collaboration Changes Everything
Everyware: The Dawning Age of Ubiquitous Computing
Jane Jacob's Death and Life of Great American Cities (Modern Library Edition)
Steven Hall's Raw Shark Texts
J.G. Ballard's Kingdom Come
Good job it's the right time of year for hibernation!
Link: currybetdotnet .
I like fast food as much as the next person but this makes me feel ill:
"Our new bowl is a blend of mouth-watering KFC flavors and textures all layered together. We start with our signature mashed potatoes layered with sweet kernel corn and loaded with bite-size pieces of crispy chicken. Then we top with our homestyle white pepper gravy and sprinkle with our shredded three cheese blend. For the final touch, we tuck a buttermilk biscuit in the side."
Link: Chicken & Biscuit Bowl - KFC.com.