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Entries from November 2006

Shamisen Serendipity

November 30th, 2006 · No Comments

I don’t listen to the radio any more, and I don’t listen to music TV either. This makes me dependent on other forms of media (movies, TV shows, YouTube) and other guides (blogs, friends) to help me find my music. What I’ve discovered is that I’m encountering much more eclectic music this way, and interestingly, [...]

Tags: adrian · music · radio

Notes on the BBC Audio Drama Festival

November 30th, 2006 · 3 Comments

On Tuesday, after about five hours of sleep following the Second Life ARG panel, I found myself at the BBC Audio Drama Festival in London. As usual, I was due to give a talk about ARGs. I did think it was a little strange that I was invited to speak, because while we do have [...]

Tags: arg · bbc · conference · games · radio · tv · writing

…in Second Life

November 27th, 2006 · No Comments

It’s late notice, I know, but I’m going to be in Second Life tonight at midnight, talking about Perplex City, ARGs and (unsurprisingly) Second Life. It’s part of the Second Life Future Salon, and hosted by the Electric Sheep Company. You can find out more here. Also, you don’t need to be in SL to [...]

Tags: adrian · arg · conference · games · perplexcity

Where’s Adrian? (The Sequel)

November 22nd, 2006 · 3 Comments

Next week, I’m speaking at a couple of conferences on Perplex City in London. Can you guess I didn’t get much notice? Anyway, if you happen to be going to either, please say hi!
Tuesday November 28th: BBC Audio Drama Festival. I’m speaking on the Gaming panel, which is at 9:30am and also repeated at 11:30am.
Friday [...]

Tags: arg · conference · london · perplexcity · philosophy · travel

On Religion

November 22nd, 2006 · 5 Comments

When I was 16, I was a member of my school’s debating society. As with all school debating societies, it wasn’t long before we landed on the topic of ‘Science vs. Religion’. It shouldn’t be a surprise to hear that, at the time, I strongly self-identified as a scientist and atheist, and so I naturally [...]

Tags: adrian · philosophy · science

The Prestige

November 21st, 2006 · No Comments

I find that when a movie is over-effusively recommended to me, my expectations become raised to the point where I can only be disappointed. So I’ll keep this short: you probably only have three more days to see The Prestige at your local cinema. I suggest you check it out. It’s one of the few [...]

Tags: book · film · review

Becoming an ARG designer

November 18th, 2006 · No Comments

I occasionally get emails from people asking how they might work for a company that creates ARGs; many of these people are students. Since the question is repeatedly asked, I thought I’d put my answer here in case it interests anyone else.

Tags: arg · games · perplexcity

Ministry

November 17th, 2006 · No Comments

‘Ministry’ is the name of the latest installment of G. W. Dahlquist’s The Glass Books of the Dream Eaters. These sixty page booklets have been arriving on my desk every Monday for the last five weeks, and there are still another five to go. It’s certainly a novel delivery system.
I can’t remember exactly how I [...]

Tags: arg · book · review · sf

The Name of the Gene

November 12th, 2006 · No Comments

While studying biology and genetics at Cambridge, we learned the names of a lot of genes. One of these was Sonic Hedgehog, a rather important gene involved in development of many organisms. Our lecturers always seemed inordinately pleased to tell us this gene’s name, perhaps hoping that the ‘cool’ name would rub off on the [...]

Tags: bio · science

Who supports longer copyright?

November 12th, 2006 · No Comments

Various news outlets today have been claiming that the Public ’support longer copyright’. I quote from the BBC article:
62% of people polled by YouGov for the British Phonographic Industry (BPI) think UK artists should be protected for 95 years, as they are in the US.
I found this very surprising – I can hardly believe that [...]

Tags: music · newspaper · politics