Posted on 2013.11.24 at 11:31
This week's Cake Wrecks Sunday Sweets
is full of "the ultimate Best-Of mix sure to make your knees go all wibbly-wobbly" - and cakey wakey.
Posted on 2013.11.23 at 13:19
, but also anyone interested in the sex lives of dinosaurs, shaggy dog stories, or bad puns, Charles Stross' A Bird In The Hand
Via his blog entry A Likely Tale
Posted on 2013.11.22 at 17:41
Spotted while wanding this afternoon:
Access Space have a full sized Dalek on display
tomorrow (Sat 23rd Nov) from 2:30 to 4:30pm, plus what looks like other Whovian shenanigans and tea and cake. And maybe death, if Daleks are involved. Viewing the Dalek is free, not sure about the tea and cake.
Posted on 2013.11.18 at 21:49
and thought of Goblin WINOLJ
Yes, I know it's a fake. That's not the point.
Posted on 2013.11.17 at 18:26
I'm going to be putting an order into ThinkGeek
sometime next week. If anyone wants me to add anything for them, let me know below, and we can split postage/taxes/etc... proportionally with the underlying dollar cost of the order.
Posted on 2013.11.16 at 15:34
...but something else should be announced on Monday 25th.
We'll be kicking off the festivities on Monday morning at 17:00 UTC (09:00 PST) as we unveil the first Make·Play·Live product, at long last. The only thing I can reveal right now, other than it uses Mer OS by default, is that it is not a tablet.
For everyone waiting for Vivaldi: We have not discarded the tablet concept. In fact, the final product is frustratingly close to completion but we missed the the holiday season time window. The Vivaldi journey, however, was crucial for informing the product we will be making available on the 25th.
Posted on 2013.11.12 at 00:42
The BBC are normally pretty careful not to endorse or advertise any particular company or commercial product during their broadcasts. If such companies or products are mentioned, it's normally done so in the context of making some kind of critical comment about the entity - such as in news segments.
In fact, during the radio shows, if a presenter, guest or caller does happen to mention some specific kind of product, this is normally followed up with a disclaimer that "other [soft drink|sportswear|fast food|etc...] brands are available." Most of the time it's kind of half-jokey, as if the disclaimerer thinks that the incantation is an almost-pointless symbolic gesture, rather than a meaningful declaration of neutrality. But still, there is obviously some kind of requirement behind the words, else they would not be there.
The requirement does not hold universally though.
The BBC advertises, endorses and requests that people to use Facebook and Twitter to contact them, implicitly requesting that people join those services.
They seem to request contact via Facebook and Twitter more often than via email, and about as often as they do by text - two other communication services which have multiple competing providers that customers can choose between themselves.
Now, I don't blame the BBC for using and having a presence on Facebook and Twitter. Social media is big these days (or so I am told) and is necessary if you want to engage with the kids, who apparently refuse to use email because it's only for old people. Mentioning your username on popular social networks so that people can find you is not a problem (although if you can't find an organisation like the BBC on a platform, how good can it be, really?).
But specifically listing these particular platforms as preferred ways to get in contact, and having segments where those plaforms are privileged over other multi-vendor communications methods (e.g. "the ten-minute takeover") seems a bit biased.
How come Facebook and Twitter get this advertising, endorsement, and sign-up incentives, paid for from my licence fee? Why are they privileged, not only over other social media platforms, but over practically all other commercial companies and products that exist? Why is there not even a half-hearted disclaimer that "other social media and micro-blogging platforms are available"?
 Although that may be an artifact of the times I happen to listen to Radio 1 - I have not carried out a thorough study of the total relative frequencies that various communications channels are mentioned.
Posted on 2013.11.10 at 23:55
Seems like we've not played in ages. Also, due to parents visiting twice fairly recently, the house is in a presentable state, So, anyone up for a game on Fri 22nd? (With option for DVDs if we're not quorate.)
Posted on 2013.11.07 at 23:18
Mamma Mia Pepe's again then!
Comment below if you would like to come along. Even those who said yes on my previous post, please. I'll try to book early next week.