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Dystopian Shopping Malls of the Future

November 2nd, 2014 · No Comments

Walking around Westfield Stratford yesterday reminded me of the dystopian shopping malls of the future, most memorably from Minority Report:

Glass, steel, floating displays, and not a speck of dust to be seen. Dominated by the same shops, the same clothes, and the same food you’ll see in a thousand different malls. All of your individual [...]

Tags: future · shopping

Brief thoughts on futile presents

January 9th, 2008 · 1 Comment

There exists a class of products – DVD boardgames, TV tie-in books, themed calendars – that I believe no-one actually buys for themselves. Instead, they are only bought as Christmas presents for other people who ‘like cars’ or ‘watch 24′. There are obviously other products that are only bought as gifts, the most obvious being [...]

Tags: shopping · silly

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

Murses

November 30th, 2005 · No Comments

Useful Ask Metafilter thread on finding a man-bag – increasingly a necessity in this world of digital cameras, iPods and Nintendo DSes. I read for the first time the word ‘murse’ in this thread, which is fun neologism.

Tags: shopping

Self-Service

February 24th, 2004 · 4 Comments

I was on my way into Marks and Spencers foodcourt today when I was stopped dead in my tracks by the sight of self-service checkouts. I know these checkouts are not uncommon in the US but I’d never seen them anywhere in this country until now. For the uninformed, self-service checkouts allow customers at shops [...]

Tags: food · review · shopping · tech

The Atlantic Tax

January 5th, 2004 · No Comments

Those who are used to comparing the prices of items on the Internet will have encountered the Atlantic Tax. This is what I call the stunningly large difference in price of almost anything between the US and the UK; on average, I think I could buy any consumer electronics item in the US for a [...]

Tags: shopping · usa

A Faster Future

January 4th, 2004 · No Comments

I’ve been shopping around for a TV on the Internet for a while now. After thinking about it and looking at the trends in prices, I’ve decided to buy one of the cheapest TVs possible without completely sacrificing on quality. Normally I subscribe to the belief that if you’re buying a high value, high use [...]

Tags: shopping · tech · tv

Cheap DVDs

September 24th, 2003 · No Comments

Cheap Friends DVDs at Play.com – Seasons 1 to 4 are selling for only �18 each, which isn’t bad at all. I’m inclined to buy Seasons 1 and 2, after which the show broke my heart by making all the characters intensely irritating. Also, Virgin are running a ‘Mega Sale’ promotion at the moment on [...]

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SPV vs. SE T616

August 19th, 2003 · 3 Comments

There’s an interesting article been written comparing the Orange SPV Smartphone (running Microsoft Smartphone 2003) and the Sony Ericsson T616 (the US equivalent of the T610). The reason I found it interesting is because I’ll probably be upgrading my phone in a few months and I’m in a bit of a quandary as to which [...]

Tags: review · shopping · tech

Cheap Futurama

August 11th, 2003 · 2 Comments

Futurama Season 1 for £15 – for those of you who haven’t seen Futurama yet or want to buy the DVDs, Play.com has just discounted the first box set to only £15. This, my friends, is nothing short of an excellent bargain. Season 1 may not have as many episodes as later ones, but it [...]

Tags: shopping · tv