- Freaky old video on You Tube advertising the Apple Lisa with Kevin Costner in it… I think I nicked this one off Kottke. Wouldn’t be the first time. A bit puzzled by what it’s trying to say. His work day gets done really quickly because he has an Apple?
- Kevin O’Neill talks about “The Black Dossier”, the intricate and fascinating multi-media collage of a comic book history of their League of Extraordinary Gentlemen I got this the other day in San Francisco and the depth of the referencing within it is terrifying and incomprehensible. And yet somehow the plot sneaks through, and it all feels rather good fun.
- Delighted to hear that A&Mi at the BBC are so passionate about URLs and looking forward to seeing what they produce around them I have to be honest, I’ve not been overly happy with the way that the work we started at the BBC with PIPs progressed after I left. This could drag it back on track, I suppose.
- My article from a few years ago on developing a URL structure for broadcast radio sites… Radio 3 was supposed to be the model for a reinvigoration and restructuring of the whole URL space and programme represenation at the BBC, but I hear it got rather screwed up by the iPlayer and similar follies…
- Spotted by Dan Hill of cityofsound.com, After Our Time is a blog that responds to and comments upon BBC Radio 4’s awesome “In Our Time” I was introduced to ‘In Our Time’ by Mr Webb and it was the first show that he managed to get out of the door in a podcast format. It was also the one that I was most interested in being annotated. Nice to see it happening.
- After Our Time also has a wiki for more rigorous collaborative annotation of “In Our Time” I haven’t had much of a chance to interrogate this yet, but conceptually at least it’s a lovely idea. I do rather wish the BBC had done it (or something like it) though. Ah well.
- Fifty transcripts of “In Our Time” episodes from the last few years… Some good ones in there. Perhaps not for idle reading unless you’re interested in the subjects, but still. Desperately interesting to annotate and fact-check them ,TheyWorkForYou style…
- The Dangers of World of Warcraft Found on iamcal.com, it’s funny because it looks like it’s funny because it’s true.
- Is Twitter Down? A simple web page for answering that most important of questions.
- Green Team with Will Ferrell – not entirely sure what it’s a satire of, but it’s pretty entertaining if you like your comedy on the disturbing / spicy side It’s like environmentalists multiplied by Clockwork Orange, only a bit gone to seed.
- In a similar vein, an old clip from Chris Morris’ TV show “Jam” concerned with lizards and televisions It’s a slow-builder this one. Give it some time to emerge.
- Awesome pictures from a book called Military Deceptions about the ways that disinformation was used during the Second World War Inflatable trucks! Offices disguised as rubbish tips! Hollowed out tree stumps! Part of me squees with delight, part of me is a bit suspicious. Boy’s own adventure stuff, this. Gloriously entertaining.
- Cal spotted this awesome “Bat for Lashes” video… Atmospheric, funny, interesting and ingenious. Presumably accomplished by cutting the screen vertically and splicing in various elements with the lead singer hiding the gap in the middle.
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