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To Lift the Gloom, Baby Boomers Must Die

6 February, 2010 2 comments

There is but one doubtless conclusion: a single path leads us out of these moribund days, darkened and close from war, pestilence, scandal, mistrust and fear.

We are doomed to this unyielding night until Baby Boomers are no more.

It is the only explanation that makes sense: Baby Boomers, the largest living crop of humans around, must be suffering a subconscious trauma, an abstract pain of dangerous proportions. It’s for this reason our society seems in a perpetual funk, unable to escape the brooding and malevolent cloud lingering above us all.

I’m sympathetic, for sure; indeed, were I to suffer such so much repeated disappointment as this generation, I’d be feeling blue too. Read more…

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Musical Reflections: Christmas Project 2009

2 January, 2010 2 comments

It feels somewhat cynical to write about a cinematic endeavour in the context of a personal fight against climate change, but these are two topics brought together by strange circumstances: my Christmas Project 2009, recently completed.

I thought I might share my reflections on my experience. Read more…

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Best Films: 2000 – 2009

28 December, 2009 Leave a comment

What a decade of film, particularly for the aficionado of the sci-fi and fantasy genres which got a much-needed boost of quality, thanks mostly to the vastly improved technology available all levels of film makers, but also due to the bar being set incredibly high with the arrival of the Matrix and the unbelievable Lord of the Rings trilogies.

I’ve looked back at the films I’ve seen this decade and considered them across several distinctions – quality, script, acting, score and the always-difficult-to-assess emotional impact.  Of course, my opinion is just that, but I’ll have a go anyway. Read more…

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It’s Doomed to Fail But I Like FourSquare Anyway

30 October, 2009 1 comment

Icon - Super MayorIn the very early 1990s America, my friend Eric and I revelled in the then-advanced technology of Laser Disc.  I’ve included a link to its Wikipedia entry as I’m guessing a few people will have no idea what Laser Discs are, having skipped that generation of technology entirely.

Eric and I stared, rapt, at the glorious picture delivered in delectable elegance on a magical disc.  It ditched all the horribleness of VHS – the dodgy picture, the interminable rewinding and the fragile tape – and bestowed crystal clear images, instant chapter skipping and full THX-like sound. Read more…

England Football: Pay-Per-View Analysis

10 October, 2009 1 comment
Perform provide the Ukraine v England match feed, featuring former England Manager Sven Goran-Eriksson

Perform provide the Ukraine v England match feed, featuring former England Manager Sven Goran-Eriksson

I watched the first web-only distribution of an England football match, the 2010 World Cup Qualifier hosted by Ukraine.  Ukraine won the match 1-0, I’m confident you can find a competent match summary elsewhere.

However, the real story is the fact that the game was only available via the internet; it was not screened on terrestrial television, via commercial satellite broadcasters or any other dodgy continental method.  Perform Media was the only distributor of the match which is the “biggest ever pay-per-view event in the UK”.

Defining success is difficult.

Success for Kentaro, the Swiss agency that held the rights is easy to define: did it profit from the initiative?  Undoubtedly, that answer will be yes; clearly, the largest pay-per-view (PPV) event in the UK will, almost by definition, deliver a profitable adventure, considering the target was the £900,000 offered by the BBC.  With estimates of more than 250,000 subscribers at £11.99 a pop, they look well on target to clear this amount.

But as others have already noted, the key factor to look at is not necessarily the distribution method – which, let’s face it, has been around for a while – but whether or not this is a legitimate channel for future delivery. Read more…

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Blogging, frustrated

7 October, 2009 1 comment

Tumblr logoIt’s embarassing, actually.

I’ll write it here, seeking a modicum of peace through my confession, but the truth is: my credentials as a blogger are in serious peril, even facing outright rejection. 

How did it come to this?

Back in the Day …

In 1999 I started managing my first web site, which was devoted to women’s football in the States (specifically, women’s football at the university level).  Initially CollegeSoccerDaily.com was part of the Rivals network, but I left and then managed it separately until I moved to the UK in 2000 when I stopped publishing the site altogether. Read more…

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