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Entries from December 2006

The Ruby in the Smoke

December 31st, 2006 · 5 Comments

Lately I’ve been seeing many people cursing the name of AA Gill (a TV critic for the Times), declaring that if they see his name, they skip to the next page. Given that I don’t watch any British television, I haven’t had much cause to join in on the cursing until now.
I quite enjoyed the [...]

Tags: book · review · tv · writing

Watching and Playing

December 29th, 2006 · No Comments

Usually I crack around Christmas and actually write a whole series of posts, perhaps due to the complete lack of work. And in fact I have several hundred words of notes lying around in various text files on my desktop, glowering at me whenever I press F11 on my keyboard and watch all of my [...]

Tags: film · games · review

Belgian Split

December 14th, 2006 · No Comments

The ghost of Orson Welles strikes again – according to the BBC, ‘the Belgian public television station RTBF ran a bogus report saying the Dutch-speaking half of the nation had declared independence.’ Lots of faked footage of celebrations, traffic jams, and 2600 calls were made to a phone number given out during the show, which [...]

Tags: arg · tv

Post Office

December 14th, 2006 · 3 Comments

Try as some might to avoid the rest of humanity, there are two places where you’re obliged to spend time with them – post offices, and planes. Nice segue into a weblog post about both, eh?
(well, the one about planes might have to come a bit later)
I had to pick up a special delivery from [...]

Tags: adrian · london · politics

Wii

December 9th, 2006 · No Comments

I have my Wii, preordered from Woolworths about three weeks ago. If I tried ordering through Amazon or Play.com, there’s no change I’d have it today. High street retail clearly still outranks the Internet, at least in some areas.

Tags: games · shopping · wii

Notes on the Futuremedia TV conference

December 5th, 2006 · No Comments

“No-one’s watching TV any more, and even worse, all this user-generated content is killing us.” That was the cheerful attitude at the C21 Futuremedia TV conference I went to last week. The audience was composed mainly of TV executives, with a smattering of smug ‘internet people’ like myself, who alternately confirmed their worst fears and [...]

Tags: arg · bbc · conference · tv