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The Do It Yourself Animation Show was tremendous, and I made sure I watched it every week it was on (you never expected anything to be repeated in those days, and certainly had no idea that it would be served up in chunks on computers in the near... [more]
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It's tagging I can't do. I'd tag everything with "I don't know... stuff, I guess", but apparantly it's frowned upon. [more]
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Did Klaus Nomi know David Bowie was raiding his closet? Nomi was so impressed with the plastic quasi-tuxedo suit that Bowie wore during "The Man Who Sold the World" that he commissioned one to be made for himself.... [more]
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. I'm not altogether happy about this. [more]
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OK, so now I'm reading Slave Leia as Steve Leialoha. Not good. More coffee required. [more]
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I was wondering the other day whether anyone's gone back and looked at all the features that were missing in FCPX at launch and how many are still missing today, because I think most if not all of them have now been integrated. Also, a subtext of the... [more]
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The implication - or (I'll admit) more likely the inference I'm making - is that the future economy is one in which we assess everything in our lives for its monetization value and constantly market ourselves in order to keep our heads above water.... [more]
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I've been listening to a lot of Sparks recently. At either end of their career they are simply magnificent - I think my favourite album is Propaganda, though I'm stunned by everything from Gratuitous Sax onwards - Lil'... [more]
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I must confess that I tend to think that The Doctor is an almost unique role model with particular value to boys, particularly in the way that his heroism is couched in playfulness and eccentricity (the latter quality is one that is being mercilessly... [more]
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This is timely, in light of the patent troll going after podcasts. Out of curiosity, what would happen to a podcaster (especially a non-American one) who simply referred the complainant to the answer given in Arkell vs Pressdram?... [more]
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You can see my house from here.
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I feel like Spooks missed a great opportunity to do a "the PM is secretly a terrorist" episode. In real life, it's not that much of a secret.... [more]
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Fall and Rise of Reginald perring - it was Reggie's brother in law, Jimmy. Had his own spin off on Channel 4 - Fairly Secret Army. Played by Geoffrey Palmer. See also The Mayfair Set by Adam Curtis.... [more]
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This sort of thing is what happens on BBC4 on a Friday evening (tonight is, rather differently, Glen Campbell night, for example). They've been repeated quite a lot though. Not to be a downer (because I enjoy them a lot), but the n... [more]
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I threw in a rimshot. Fnaar fnaar. While we're on the subject of double entendres. [more]
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Bullseye! I saw that on late-night TV once, marvelling at its sheer sloppiness. Then, when the credits rolled, and the long list of thanks to various hotels and restaurants dotted around ... wherever it was they shot the film ... and I... [more]
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Google the company you're interviewing for. Learn as much as you can about the company's mission, objectives, goals, and future plans. If you're asked why you want to work for the company, you best answer something better then, "I like the... [more]
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"cosplay" Ah, yes, the act of mutual splaying. [more]
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The mid to late nineties were a weird time, with what seemed like the whole of the media racing to try to take Oasis as seriously as they took themselves. Remember, calling someone your Wonderwall means comparing them to the indifferent soundtrack to... [more]
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This is the CSI song, right? It's the theme song for CSI: NY. "Won't Get Fooled Again" is the theme song for CSI: Miami. "Who Are You" is the theme song for CSI: Crime Scene Investigation. They're all wasted on being theme... [more]
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Having the thread about the recent massacre and the thread about the Avengers movie and this thread all in my recent activity, it struck me that there is something unusual about the way in which guns are represented in a lot of Tarantino's... [more]
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A movie about a guy who loses his keys is going to be less involving, to most people, than a movie about the end of the world. That's just flat-out wrong. Or rather, it depends on the movie. For at least thirty years the stakes have been... [more]
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[P]rior to the election some on the right thought that Zero Dark Thirty would be a campaign ad for Obama. Now that the election has passed some on the left think the film has a right wing perspective and an endorsement of torture. Why... [more]
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I heard once that a South American film director had said about Tarantino that he depicted violence as someone who had never experienced it. I think that's about right - if there's one thing about him it's that he's completely failed to (pardon the... [more]
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The original V For Vendetta, anyway - the first year or so ran like a mash-up of 1984 and The Abominable Dr Phibes. So... Or The Abominable Dr Phibes, I guess.... [more]
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Arm everybody, as it's all about selling guns anyway, isn't it? And then in a year or so when the dust has settled, the Native Americans can have the country back. The important thing about gun control in countries such as the one I live in is... [more]
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Stairs are clearly the mortal enemy to pug evolution. Health problems Pugs have large eyes and a wrinkled face with a long tongue. Improper care of the wrinkles may sometimes cause adverse health effects. ... Since pugs lack... [more]
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we have plenty of evidence that frauds and con men have managed to very successfully fool upper class society into thinking they are one of them Don't forget they're lying. People who have to pass for a different class all the time have... [more]
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How to make a decent cup of tea.
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MDK (While we're on the subject of overlooked Science Fiction...) [more]
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The Falls [more]
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The gerbil thing comes around at the tail end of The Ronald Reagan Memorial AIDS Epidemicâ„¢ No, it's old - I remember hearing that story before Thatcher, even. They probably told it about Beau Brummel and a water-rat.... [more]
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Was that diictated by someone high on cocaine? [more]
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I love Radio 3. It's generally thought to be a classical station, but at its best it's the home of music that not many people listen to, and it happens that most of that's classical, but there's also Jazz Record Requests and Late Junction and the... [more]
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Poor Gordon At least he gets to live on earth, on a tropical island with a swimming pool. John, on the other hand, is banished to a space station, alone. What did he do to be punished like this? What dark family secrets did he know, that... [more]
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I do so hope that's a joke. [more]
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No. Fuck off Mark Fucking Lawson Fuck. [more]
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Oh, and I realise that binge killers are beneath contempt and all that, but why is it not seen as significant that very many of these mass shootings are, in fact, acts of suicide? "The gunman shot x number of people before turning the gun on... [more]
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Well, I enjoyed it. I should watch it again, given that I saw it on Christmas Day afternoon, which is the one time one is likely to enter a peculiarly jaded state of mind. There's something about having been able to consume everything one wanted... [more]
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The only thing that stops a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun. Is there any empirical evidence given for this statement whatsoever? Common sense suggests that even in a best-case scenario there would be someone who is... [more]
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Personally I've not taken Scruton seriously as a philosopher for well over twenty years - he had a television programme where he explained without any irony that if we breed horses and dogs for the qualities we want, why not breed people (presumably... [more]
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Surely the Soul Train peformance that no such list is complete without would be David Bowie playing Golden Years. [more]
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Where did Firefox come from? When two Firefoxes love each other very much... You can also start with an ordinary fox and a box of matches, but I think it's fair to say that technique is deprecated.... [more]
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River Rise
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So, I've just finished watching the whole of the main series of Battlestar Galactica, just now. That's a lot of hour, and my head is spinning slightly. Some thoughts - I've not gone trawling for other comments yet, so excuse me if none of these are... [more]
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Puritans argued (not incorrectly) that Christmas represented nothing more than a thin Christian veneer slapped on a pagan celebration. But they all are - Christmas, Easter (and I wonder whether there isn't an association between Imbolc and... [more]
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The odd thing about HBTY is that it's immediately recognisable under any circumstances. I know of one arrangement where an indeterminate number of guitarists play an ugly chord and then move the chord up (as much as they'd like) when the... [more]
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While the Band Played On
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Firstly you might consider practices such as Zen meditation which can work to strengthen the concentration, working in much the same way that practising scales does in music. Traditionally this has resulted in people staring at their thumbnails for... [more]
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You know, if I had been asked to name the movie that was least affected by method acting I would probably have said Animal House. Goes to show what I know. That said, I find the spectacle of Quentin Tarantino wandering into the middle... [more]
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