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Entries from November 2014

‘71, Big Hero 6

November 26th, 2014 · No Comments

Saw two very good movies recently:

‘71 is a fantastically tense and beautifully shot thriller about a British soldier stuck behind ‘enemy lines’ during the Troubles in Northern Ireland. I was particularly impressed by the economy of the script; the writer clearly – and correctly – trusts the audience to figure out who the characters are [...]

Tags: film

Too Much Information

November 23rd, 2014 · 3 Comments

Eight years ago, I lamented to a friend that I was spending too much time keeping up with my RSS feeds. RSS feeds are generated by websites and they tell you when they’ve published new content; the feeds, and feed-readers like NetNewsWire and FeedDemon, and eventually Google Reader, became popular partly as a way to [...]

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The Driving Penalty Points Problem

November 20th, 2014 · No Comments

It’s safe to assume that in the next 10-20 years, a decent percentage of people – maybe 5-10% – will wear cameras that constantly record their surroundings. Such cameras already exist, of course, but they’re clunky and low-resolution; the ones we’ll see in the future will have a much better resolution and field of view, [...]

Tags: travel

200 Years of Change

November 16th, 2014 · 1 Comment

A game I like to play at history museums is imagining the present-day equivalents of past behaviour and objects. So at The Geffrye Museum of the Home in Hoxton, London, it’s fun to look at their Period Rooms and link up past and present behaviours.

Take the 1935 Living Room; the armchairs are pointed at the [...]

Tags: future · history · museum

Eternal Fundraising, Luxuries as Resiliency, Isometric Buildings

November 12th, 2014 · No Comments

Mr. Miller Doesn’t Go to Washington, a bracingly honest story about running for Congress. It just astonishes me quite how much time candidates – and elected politicians – have to spend on fundraising. Hours. A. Day.
I had written before about how crazy it is that we expect politicians to spend four hours a day (or [...]

Tags: future · games · politics

Serving Sizes

November 10th, 2014 · No Comments

Serving sizes are a joke. Behold this bag of popcorn:

“106 calories per serving,” it proudly proclaims. You quickly do the mental calculation – that’s a mere 5% of your recommended daily allowance! Even better, it’s “wholegrain” and “high in fibre.” You munch on what you consider to be a serving of popcorn, safe in the [...]

Tags: food

Serial, Podcasts, and the end of BBC Radio

November 9th, 2014 · No Comments

The new hotness in the podcasting world is Serial, made by the people behind This American Life. After only a few weeks, it’s already attracting 850,000 downloads per episode. It’s a fantastic show, perfectly suited to a format that allows people to follow along week-by-week but listen at a time of their own choosing.
The US [...]

Tags: bbc

26 Interview

November 8th, 2014 · No Comments

Questions and answers for 26, an organisation for writers:
What is your day job?
I’m CEO and co-founder of Six to Start. We make story-like games and game-like stories, and our most popular game is Zombies, Run!, a running game and audio adventure with over one million sales, co-created with novelist Naomi Alderman.
What are you working on [...]

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Kickstarter Report: November 2014

November 6th, 2014 · No Comments

Here are the eight most recent projects I’ve backed on Kickstarter:

Radiotopia: A Storytelling Revolution
Radiotopia is a podcast network by Roman Mars, the guy responsible for one of my favorite shows, 99% Invisible. I’ve met him in person and he is a lovely, generous guy who has made it his life’s work to support new [...]

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Pride and High-Definition Prejudice

November 5th, 2014 · No Comments

Here’s the sort of TV I watched in 1995: Red Dwarf, Star Trek: DS9, Star Trek: Voyager, Babylon 5, The X-Files – and Pride and Prejudice. I can’t recall how I was convinced to watch a costume drama based on a book genre that I had never previously shown an iota of interest in, but [...]

Tags: adrian · bbc · tv