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Entries from September 2011

British Airways and Time-Travelling Commercials

September 26th, 2011 · 2 Comments

British Airways unveiled their big new commercial recently, as part of their £20 million advertising campaign:

It has a Downton Abbey/Mad Men retro vibe, mixed with a go-getting drive to the future; we’re meant to admire these brave ‘young men’ (as they’re always called – not ‘young people’ and certainly not ‘young women’) as they venture [...]

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On Reamde, Neal Stephenson, and The Mongoliad

September 25th, 2011 · 5 Comments

I was disappointed.
When I heard about Reamde’s premise of hackers, spies, and gold mining in a massive multiplayer online game called T’Rain, I had the same worried feeling that I had when I heard about Anathem’s monasteries – that Neal Stephenson was venturing away from the sort of adventure/SF capers I enjoyed best. However, I [...]

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Things I’m doing

September 15th, 2011 · No Comments

Over the next few months, I’m going to be doing several conferences:

TEDxSheffield on 22nd Sept
Improving Reality in Brighton on 23rd Sept
This Happened in London on 23rd Sept
Over the Air in Bletchley Park on 30th Sept
BAF Game in Bradford on 8th November

There’d be three more if I weren’t going on holiday to Sudan for a couple [...]

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