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Entries from September 2007

Where’s Adrian? (The Return)

September 21st, 2007 · 2 Comments

Over the next three months, I’m going to be travelling to six different countries.
Amsterdam (Sept 25th-29th): I’m speaking at the PICNIC Academy about ARGs on either Tuesday or Wednesday (pay no attention to their schedule, they’re moving things around). I’ll also be around for the rest of the conference, including Come Out and Play.
Brussels (Oct [...]

Tags: adrian · arg · travel

Bits and Pieces: The Future

September 12th, 2007 · 1 Comment

This is almost exactly a year late, but Vernor Vinge, one of my favourite SF authors and perhaps the most insightful prognosticator I know of, gave the keynote lecture at the Austin Games Conference in 2006. He covers so much ground in the lecture that I suspect he lost a few people not familiar with [...]

Tags: future · politics · tech · tv

The BBC Civil War

September 12th, 2007 · 5 Comments

It’s a shame to see what’s happening at the BBC now. With the TV license fee not increasing anywhere near as much as the BBC had hoped, something’s got to give, and people are all trying to point the finger at anyone but themselves. Jon Humphrys from the Radio 4 Today Programme suggested killing off [...]

Tags: bbc · politics · tv

The Next Sony Reader

September 11th, 2007 · No Comments

The first image of the new Sony Reader PRS-505 leaked out today on an electronics store website, no doubt ready for sales in the next month or two:

At 128MB, the PRS-505 has double the memory of the previous model, meaning that it’ll be able to store about 160 books quite easily – enough to negate [...]

Tags: adrian · book · tech

Emergency Management

September 9th, 2007 · 4 Comments

There are some skills that ARG designers should quite obviously have: an understanding of stories, a good grasp of how online communities work and a very creative mind. One often gets overlooked – emergency management. No matter how well you plan your game, if any part of it is live, if any part of it [...]

Tags: adrian · arg · games · perplexcity

The Longest Race of my Life

September 7th, 2007 · No Comments

24 hour events have always attracted a certain fascination. By definition, they’re demonstrations of endurance, and when the world is transformed at night, what might be a common activity like walking through London turns into something that is slightly thrilling and illicit – and therefore, very attractive to a particular type of person.
In a couple [...]

Tags: adrian · charity · london · running

How It Ends

September 7th, 2007 · No Comments

If you’ve seen Little Miss Sunshine, you’ll may remember the music. It was almost perfect for the movie – a wistful but sometimes happy mix of instrumental mariachi-esque and romantic music. It reminded me of a mix between Sufjan Stevens and Yann Tiersen, but in a good way (actually, Sufjan Stevens did have a couple [...]

Tags: adrian · music · review

Amazon Kindle: Must Try Harder

September 6th, 2007 · 9 Comments

The New York Times has an interesting article about the progress that eBooks are making, based largely on two major pieces of news.
Firstly, Amazon will unveil their Kindle eBook reader next month. Kindle has a similar display to the Sony Reader, which I’ve reviewed, but it’ll also be able to connect to mobile phone networks [...]

Tags: book · tech