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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

Capital Ring Walk

November 1st, 2014 · 1 Comment

Completed sections 12, 13, and most of 14 along the Capital Ring Walk today. While it was very warm and sunny, sunset was 4:30pm so it was impossible to press onward to the Thames and beyond. Clearly a project for next summer. Also, got distracted by the iMac 5K display at the Apple Store in [...]

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London, Chronological Ethnocentrism, Zero

October 31st, 2014 · No Comments

Some interesting excerpts:
London: all that glisters… by David Goodhart:
But if London is such a wonderful place to live why do so many people want to get out? One reason for wanting to leave is the scale of churn itself which makes stable communities increasingly rare. According to the UCL publication London 2062 (edited by Sarah [...]

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Gamergate is Bullshit

October 30th, 2014 · 1 Comment

Gamergate is bullshit, and it’s certainly not about ethics in journalism. Threats and harassment against women in gaming is reprehensible for any reason whatsoever, and it’s astonishing that the very people who are pushing the boundaries of what gaming can do and express are the ones being attacked.
Now, I had hoped it would go without [...]

Tags: adrian · games

Piracy

October 24th, 2014 · 3 Comments

When are you allowed to pirate something?
These days, I rarely pirate anything at all. I subscribe to Spotify and Amazon Prime, and I pay the BBC TV Licence Fee. I buy all my books, apps, and games from Apple and Amazon; these are all unimaginably affordable compared to just a couple of decades ago, when [...]

Tags: adrian · tech · tv

2001 and Master and Commander

October 22nd, 2014 · No Comments

Next month, the BFI is releasing a new digital transfer of 2001. I will be there.

Quite apart from the fact that even a big TV can’t replicate the ultra-widescreen experience required to properly appreciate 2001, I think that most normal people – myself included – are incapable of paying sufficient attention to the movie unless [...]

Tags: adrian · film · sf

Worrying and Thinking

September 7th, 2014 · 2 Comments

Over the past few years, I’ve been worrying over a knot of problems that seem to defy any straightforward answers, including:

How can we use Google, Facebook, and Amazon’s services when we know they’re putting people out of work, centralising information, and often acting against our interest?
There are no more jobs for life, so why aren’t [...]

Tags: adrian · politics · tech

The Podcasting Software We Deserve

September 6th, 2014 · No Comments

As summer draws to a close and the evening appears ever nearer, a young man’s fancy naturally turns to the production and distribution of podcasts.
I listen to several podcasts and I co-host The Cultures podcast with Naomi Alderman and Andrea Phillips. As such, I feel I have the bare minimum amount of experience required to [...]

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We’re Smart People and We Mean Well

June 30th, 2014 · No Comments

By now, many of you will know about Facebook’s experimental study in which they attempted (successfully, they claim) to make their users sadder or happier by manipulating their News Feeds – without their informed consent. To call the study controversial would be an understatement. Unethical, arrogant, and bone-headed would be a little more accurate.
Beyond [...]

Tags: adrian · psych · tech