Thursday, November 27, 2003

Clue's in the title

BBFC recent classification decisions - always good reading. So, Roswell is being released on video (which will shut up those whining teenage girls, hurrah...).

But so is 'Gay Guys in Uniforms' and 'Massive Bi Dicks'.

I pitty the poor sap who has to watch and rate all the R18 vids. Because there's a huge ammount of it: eleven titles on 19th november. Which is a lot of porn for one day. Even by my standards.

Monday, November 24, 2003

Note to Self

Digital Noise reduction Photoshop filters

Like the Beetle ritual

Wired News: Feel Free to Jack Into My IPod

A friend of mine - my old art teacher - is a beetle enthusiast. One of the things she loved about them was the small ritual of waving to another beetle owner if you passed one on the road.

She is garrolous, like that, our Chris.

So I'm really interested by the ipod jacking article. I love technology that starts to impinge on lived reality (If you haven't seen it, check out bluejacking...). I think it could be a really interesting way to exchange EPG information once PVRs go mainstream - you just need a little set of 'personality flags' that tell another user who you are, and you could 'scan' for reccomendations in any crowded place. Combined with P2P technology, you could have a massively geographically distributed media sharing network.

Like Napster crossed with a slime mould.

No, really, that's a good thing.

Quick roundup

For those of you who occasionally drop by, heres a quick summary of things that I've been pointing my browser at over the last couple of weeks.

Fridge Poetry meets Ubergeek

The Sounds of the BBC Model B Microcomputer
(warning - may make you cry with 8 bit nostalgia)

Nigella's Kitchenware

The Sea at Spellingmistakescostlives

Lugnet - Lego for grownups. Found a shop in Kingston where you can buy Pik-n-Mix Brikkies. They do pink legos these days. That's just wrong.

The Ukes of Hazzard

Fungus of the Month - the Split Gill

More BBC sounds - with a Music 500

What Donald Duck did in the War

Tiny Weeny Ikkle Hamster! Just the cutest thing EVER!

Self Service Shopping

Self Service Shopping

I know I'm not posting much. I'm tired and uninspired. Such is life.

At least I actually managed to have sex this weekend. Woo.

One thing I'm a bit pissed off about - the darling beeb have just launched their new 'Media Selector' - aimed to feed broadband video only to UK LFP's. That's licence fee payers to those of you who were confused by that TLA.

This is a great thing - becasue we can't indefinately keep up the cost of streaming video to everyone everywhere, and it seems a bit unfair that the LFP pays for a bunch of freeloading yanks to watch clips. However, it's knackered the blogging community: It's almost impossible to provide a specific link to a piece of video on the BBC site, and if you manage it, it launches in a pop up, meaning no contextual navigation. Which means you can get the best bit of video in the world that everyone wants to send to their mates, but noone does. And if they do, their mates are stuck in limbo and won't scamper off and see other great BBC content.

Sigh.

This happens a lot - much BBC development is done by very cloistered coders in a central department, who forget about things like business need, or making CPS's quicker and easier to use than handcoding. Usability and elegance of code are stressed so much (not a bad thing in and of itself, you understand) that you end up with systems that provide a great (if boring to look at) service to the audience, but punish the poor people who have to type in the raw XML.

End to end joined up thinking is in short supply.

Tuesday, November 11, 2003

Belle de Jour

Belle de Jour Blog.

Just for my records, as she's already been b3tad.