Things I know today:

It can still be dark in the morning in the middle of summer. A mobile phone just isn’t good enough anymore as an alarm (where’s my Chumby!) A three-year-old will usually tell you he hates things even when he doesn’t, especially first thing in the morning. My salary isn’t going far enough, at least based ...

Invading Europe on the cheap

Not quite what it sounds like, but I do like this video. Via Slashdot and Kevin Kelly, this video shows how three graphic designers with just a few costumes, some rop, a digital video camera and their design skills and equipment, manage to convincingly restage the D-Day Landings on Omaha Beach. While I think Kelly ...

Get famous from MySpace in a whole new way

Read this story if you don’t know it yet. While on the one hand it’s quite amusing, because it shows that quite clearly, no matter how much kids think they’re computer savvy, many of them really don’t understand the power of social networking, but on the other hand, this kid is clearly a little turd ...

Weeds: Selling pot for fun and profit

Caught up with many episodes of the great comedy/drama Weeds last night, watching the last four episodes of season two, and the first episode of season three. It works remarkably well as a drama, but even better as a comedy — it was definitely my favourite comedy last year. We’d only intended to watch 1-2 ...

East West 101

Watched the last episode of the show tonight. Top stuff — tough and uncompromising and well done. Sort of what I expected, but that didn’t lessen the impact. And sadly, there won’t be a second series unless they substantially change the focus of the story. And really, if they’re going to take the UK 6 ...

TV: Best finished, best starting

While much of the TV world is on an unexpeted holiday, local TV will be springing back into action in the next few weeks. Our TV season starts again then, with a bunch of new local offerings, and plenty of new US stuff that hasn’t been here yet. Starting next week on Ten is “Burn ...

Winning and losing the "format war"

News reports in the last couple of days seem to suggest that Sony’s Blu-ray format has won, or will likely win, the “format war” to control next generation video content. After spending a pointless couple of years fighting Toshiba and HD DVD, it appears that Blu-ray probably has won, with their 70 percent share of ...

The best TV show I’ve never seen

… is definitely The Wire. HBO’s crime drama about the streets of Baltimore, seen from all sides — cops, drug dealers, schools, media — is about to start its last season, and I’ve never seen a single episode. I’ve just never had a chance. It’s never had a decent run in Australia (appearing only briefly ...

Turns out Facebook is just full of liers instead

I only even mention this because it comes from something I blogged last week, but it turns out that my previous post about Benazir Bhutto’s son announcing his future intentions on Facebook, wiht a link to an ABC news story, was actually a hoax. It wasn’t something I took terribly seriously, and it was a ...

The Facebook generation is taking over already

There’s already been many jokes about the Facebook generation having their own openness coming back to haunt them in 20 years time, when they’re running industry and running for various political office. But that time is already here. In the tragic situation of Benazir Bhutto’s assassination, and the surprising rise to power of her 19-year-old ...
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