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April 30, 2003

Ding dong...oh bugger

Sadly, contrary to online rumours Lady thatcher isn't dead.

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April 24, 2003

Clay Kitten Shooting

This game on richsalter.net is in decidedly poor taste, but rather fun.

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April 22, 2003

Jigsaw is complete

Well, I'm now officially a happy bunny (except with Easyspace, but they've got a *little while longer before I go apeshit at them). Life is, as they say, pretty much perfect.

As you may remember, I'm currently the commercial director of Hangingday. This is great, and has loads of possibilities for growth, but a) isn't going to take up all of my time, b) probably won't return enough for it to pay to take up all my time for at least 6 months. (Our new project is a bit of a slow burner - fab, but it'll take a while before the market means we get the returns I think are due).

So I'm very pleased that, as of last Thursday, I also work at MTV Europe, producing a gosh-I-didn't-know-you-could-do-NDAs-that-tight web/mobile project for them. It's going to take around three/three-and-a-half days a week, yet pays enough to keep our heads above water with the bills. Leaving the other day/day-and-a-half free for doing exciting commercial stuff with the HD guys.

After so long in the wilderness, it's good to know that life can work out just perfectly!

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April 16, 2003

Radio Silence (again)

It's going to be very quiet here for a bit because

a) I'm in the middle of transferring this domain from easyspace to pair.com
b) I've got *shedloads* of phonecalls to make.

Easyspace have a chance to redeem themselves by making this process easy. Hopefully they will.

(Oh, and sparklefluff's mail server is down at the moment, so apologies if stuff is bouncing)

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April 15, 2003

Holy Honda Engineering

Okay, you'll probably all have seen this now, but for those that haven't, this 11MB file of the new honda advert is fabulous in all its 'Great Egg Race' glory.

This article on it from The Daily Record says there's only one edit - because they couldn't find a room big enough to do it in one take.

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April 13, 2003

We don't want to invade, we want to *buy* Iraq.

You should read this post in the TFT News Blog about US priorities in rebuilding Iraq

So, no food, no water, a complete breakdown of law and order but fucking video mobile phones.

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April 11, 2003

US Strategy unveiled... JESUS, RUN!!!!!

For a while now I've been planning to have a browse through the website of scary US rightwing thinktank PNAC. (Founders including Dick Cheney and Donald Rumsfeld).

Now I've read the Sunday Herald's highlights on why the invasion, sorry, liberation of Iraq was planned years ago I'm not sure if I'm too scared to.

Test your mettle by looking at 1997's statement of principles.

Cuts in foreign affairs and defense spending, inattention to the tools of statecraft, and inconstant leadership are making it increasingly difficult to sustain American influence around the world.

(Via TFT newsblog and message boards. What was it they say about a happy man who has a job that is his hobby? :-))

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April 10, 2003

Prince Was Right

Sometimes it *does* snow in April.

(pics to follow shortly - anyone got any suggestions on how to set up a photoblog?)

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April 09, 2003

A lack of perspective.

So it may be a product of all that BBC safety training, but while watching a set of people attempting to climb up a stone pedestal to pull down a statue of the man that's been oppressing them with fear, torture, execution and much more, my instinctive thought is 'be careful! don't fall off - you could get hurt!'

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So...what happened?

As part of my musings on interactive narrative (the essay's on its way, okay?) I've been re-doing OnlineCaroline, spurred on by my recent testing of Planet Jemma.

Found some interesting essays about OC, or which more later, but while delving through my memories of The-Net-Way-Back-When, I was suprised to see that JenniCam is *still* going.

Erm, she's a little larger now, but then aren't we all...

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April 07, 2003

WineBlog: 2002 Wither Hills Sauvignon Blanc

[belated posting - we drank this last weekend]

A beautiful complex fresh wine that tastes like it couldnít be anywhere as young as it is. Itís bottled with a screwtop, rather than a cork, on the basis that it would mess up the subtleties of the wine. That seemed like hype, but having tasted it, you can see Brent Marrisís point.

Thereís a soft gooseberry aroma on the nose, and a sweet honey scent. Tastes far less acidic that youíd think for a NZ sauv. Beautiful mineral taste which then subdues into a sweet melony hug. (In hindsight, melons are definitiely the thing I remember from this wine)

Itís unbelievably pale Ė barely a light green, like a soave. It looks like itís not going to taste of anything, and fit for nothing other than swigging in the sun. Itís definitely wine for summery days, but save it for the best ones with the best company.

(bought as part of a leaving present 6/2/03 from the BBC)

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Eeeeek meets phew meets oooooooh

Well, today I start on a little project helping those lovely folks at Hangingday get their new project off the ground.

It's slightly frightening, as I realise that it's now several months since I last had anything approaching a measurable job, but I'm sure it'll be fine.

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April 04, 2003

You what?

While listening to GLR today I heard the following choice comment from the author of forthcoming book "Fashionista":

"I like that I can look at someone and know that they're wearing Jimmy Choo shoes. I can know what's going on in the world"

(subject to transcription errors between her saying it and my getting the computer up and running.)

To be honest, I'm a big fan of fashion. I can normally have a stab at who designed what. I know who Philip Treacy is, and can spot Westwood at 20 paces.

But, particularly in current times, I don't think I'd say that counts as "what's going on in the world".


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April 01, 2003

Interactive Drama - and still they get it wrong

My usual words utterly fail me when I read about MIT & RSC's plans to make an interactive video game of The Tempest.

I'm afraid it's pushed me over the edge. There is a journalistic essay in the pipeline about this.

The game, intended for commercial sale and not only as an educational tool, would allow players to take on the role of any character in the play and alter the course of events as the plot unfolds. In the privacy of a player's bedroom, the monstrous Caliban could perhaps win the hand of the fair Miranda for the first time. The possibilities, says the RSC, are endless.

I mean, we all know that - as far as new media is concerned - when someone says 'the possibilities are endless' it means they don't quite know what they're taking on.

I wish them well, but this isn't what they should be doing, it really isn't.

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