All posts for the month August, 2010

Dusty the cat and this current UK news story ?

Heard suggestions on the news this morning (BBC Radio4 Today) that the UK story was in fact a hoax …. don’t see any later updated news …. I’m guessing a meme spurred by 4chan – meme in the (awful) web sense.

I mean, who has a CCTV camera set up focussed on their wheelie bin ?
How are Bale and Mann connected …. that is the question.

If facebook is the answer, what was the question ? The open-graph framework / foundation of the social-layer on which the game-layer will be built.

The “game layer”;
a pervasive net of behavior-steering game dynamics that will reshape education and commerce.

Intriguing TED Talk from Seth Priebatsch. It’s all game theory in practice … so behaviour steering dynamics is an interesting concept.

I’ve been disappointed that neither Buzz nor Wave has taken off – both very clever, but both struggling to find the app that even web savvy people can understand. Interesting post here from Leo Laporte (hat tip to Matt) – even much blogging is like shouting into the void – it’s not all conversation – but at least with a blog it’s your thoughts being collected in your words, your way, and the level of dialogue can be measured in quality rather than noise.

Saw it a couple of weeks ago and it left me unmoved, and more to the point impressed at the budget and stunning FX and depressed to see them wasted on such pretentious twaddle (just like Avatar). Read a few reviews since. Guardian, Kermode.

Yes, lots of unresolved uncertainty, dreams within dreams leaving disjoints in time and in between dream and reality. Clearly not meant to be easy to follow, getting lost is deliberate – OK, no problem with films that take several close viewings to get the whole story – Fight Club say. But why the mix of drivel script – as if we needed a running commentary of what was going on – with the zap-pow action-movie for what is obviously a psychological plot. The recurring wife and kids guilt trip just deepened the tendency to gag on the formulaic hollywood elements.

The demographics of technological involvement from Forrester.

Via Brian at Sell, Sell, Sell; via Candace; via Ben at ITIABTWC; via Kirsy at the Whistling Duck; via Get Shouty Katie; with hat tip to Johnnie for pinging his link to Facebook. And even when you follow the provenance back, the best you can find is …

This ….

is “anonymous”.

Oh well, it’s pretty good anyway. Anyone want to claim it ?

Forget your OBE’s, MBE’s, VC’s, knighthoods and peers of the realm. The highest honours in national sporting achievements should be named after the man – no higher honour. I guess if he appeared in Terry Butcher’s blood-soaked head cloth we could elevate him to sainthood maybe.

When will we dispense with useless expensive foreign figureheads in the national game. Surely there’s a fashionable club that would value Capello on their timesheets and save England shelling out needlessly for old rope. Notts County maybe.

(PS – I need to see some replays, but how on earth was Jagielka credited with an own goal, even if it was a goal, which I doubt too.)

This NME Photo Tribute to The Clash includes this reference to their 1999 live album From Here to Eternity of their best live moments including London’s Burning from the 1978 Rock-Against-Racism gig.

Not only was I there Sunday April 30th, 32 years ago, I do record elsewhere that this was the best musical day of my life. The Trafalgar Square rally, the march with 250,000 people from there to Hackney – the banter with the police and the east-end Asian communities – the gig in Victoria Park, and the gig afterwards at the Roundhouse in Camden Town. The Clash, but also Tom Robinson (2,4,6,8 and Glad to be Gay), Selector (*) (and another of the two-tone bands, I forget which) and that evening at the Roundhouse, Graham Parker & The Rumour supported by Blondie (first UK tour) and Devo (first UK tour). What a beautiful spring day it was.

Post Note – Oh my – here it is on YouTube London’s Burning followed by White Riot with Jimmy Pursey of Sham69 on the vocal. You can see how unplanned and disorganized the gig was (**) with the 1/4 million people full beyond the park, the local tower-block residents complaining about the disturbance, and the headline act finishing in daylight.

(*) And correction, it wasn’t Selector and another Two-Tone band, it was Aswad, Steel Pulse and X-Ray Spex. That makes sense – my brain was thinking Pauline when it was Polystyrene. And here is the NME pre-event story. I see the running order confirms it was intended to be over by 6pm. (Pete Townsend too apparently ?) Quite a lot of confusion about the numbers, certainly official estimates were 50 to 100K, according to the police along the way, but we were pretty sure these were estimated prior expectations. Less than half those on the rally actually made it into Victoria Park. Press the following day had estimates 200 to 250K.

(**) Though, of course, some of the back-stage antics were “staged” for a punk-docu-drama Rude Boy being filmed at the time.

And later that same summer Blackbushe : and that photo of GP with Mr Z (GP is the common thread here.)

And Knebworth that same summer of 78 (June 24) after RAR and The Roundhouse gigs (April 30), but before Blackbushe (July 15), Genesis headlining, but with Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers (yay) and Devo (yay, wonderful again, but most of the Knebworth crowd hated them) and (I can’t quite believe it) The Atlanta Rhythm Section (pre Dave Anderson). Strangely I can’t recall the Graceless Jefferson Starship either …. did they have Jorma Kaukonen with them … we were into him at the time ?

[Post Post Note : Yes, that is Kaukonen guitar. Oh and the other common thread – added to the Knebworth bill at the last minute was Roy Harper – all comes flooding back now.]