Posts Tagged ‘anniversary’

The twenty albums on the first iPod

Monday, October 24th, 2016

Fifteen years after the reveal of the first iPod (with a world changing 5GB of storage), Nobuyyki Hayashi recalls the presentation,the first sample machines handed to journalists (for the flight home), and the twenty hand-picked albums that were loaded up on the iPod.

Of course there was a big push to not ‘steal music’ so alongside the iPod were CD copies of those twenty albums. Hayasi still has them, and it makes for a fascinating playlist.

I love the fact that Jobs and his team included two albums from The Beatles (‘A Hard Day’s Night‘, and ‘Abbey Road‘), a band that would be one of the last groups to appear in digital form in the iTunes Music Store.

Celebrate forty years of thrill power

Saturday, September 24th, 2016

2000 A.D. celebrates forty years of publication next year (along with the release of issue prog 2000 next week, both notable milestones in the comic industry. For the latter, head to your nearest comic book supplier, for the latter the team is putting together a conference that Tharg would be proud of:

Next February, Rebellion toasts 40 years of the publication of legendary British weekly comic 2000 AD by presenting a huge celebration in the UK capital. The main event, a one-day ‘immersive live extravaganza‘, will take place at Hammersmith’s Novotel and includes a jam-packed schedule of prestige events, original programming, world exclusive merchandise and one-of-a-kind spectacles befitting the legacy of the finest comic book export the UK has ever produced.

The most ambitious single occasion in the history of 2000 AD publishing, the festival will be the culmination of a whole slate of nationwide signings and events, and features an unprecedented number of writers, artists and editors to have graced its pages including: John Wagner, Carlos Ezquerra, Alan Grant, Dave Gibbons, Mike McMahon, Steve Yeowell, Rob Williams, Si Spurrier, Al Ewing, Sean Phillips, Duncan Fregredo, Simon Bisley and many, many more!

Tickets go on sale October 12th for the Feb 11th conference.

You’re Gonna Need A Bigger Cinema

Monday, June 1st, 2015

Forty years later, what impact did ‘Jaws‘ have on the business of cinema? Mark Kermode writes up the impact of ‘that b-movie monster flick‘:

 In the first 38 days of its release, Jaws sold 25m tickets; its rentals in 1975 were a record-breaking $102.5m. When adjusted for inflation, the film’s total worldwide box office is now estimated at close to $2bn.

Such staggering success proved game-changing, establishing the financial merit of the “front-loading” strategy, which used saturation marketing to turn a movie into an event. According to Carl Gottlieb, who shares Jaws’s screenwriting credit with Peter Benchley: “That notion of selling a picture as an event, as a phenomenon, as a destination, was born with that release.”

It had everything: comedy, suspense, adventure, drama. What more do you want?

Thursday, March 26th, 2015

Wife in Space returns, in the inevitable look at the new series of Doctor Who after saying ‘we’re never going to look at the new series’.

It’s almost like Neil and Sue planned the review of ‘Rose’ to run ten years to the day after ‘Rose’ returned the Doctor to our screens….

Ten years of aussie podcasting

Wednesday, November 26th, 2014

There’s going to be a lot of these over the next two years, but I’m definitely flagging up Cameron Reilly’s post today celebrating the ten-year anniversary of the aussie pdocast “G’Day World”…. which had me on as a guest in the first fortnight (so that would be my ten-year anniversary)… which led to an invite to join The Podcast Network (Feb 14 2004), my first podcasts, and arguably that experimentation continues to this day in terms of radio, online, audio, and storytelling.

Nice one, Mr C.


Wednesday, December 18th, 2013

10 October 1959 – 18 December 2000.

…and yes, in the background, it is.

Seven years on Twitter

Saturday, December 14th, 2013

I’m sure there’s an exciting statistic that I could dig out for this momentous day, but no. Just a simple note that I’ve been on Twitter for seven years, and there’s not an itch in sight.

“…until such time as you grow weary of her.”

Monday, March 25th, 2013

12 years, and far from weary. Love you, Vikki.

It seems right to celebrate his life on the anniversary of Lovecraft’s death, not his birth

Thursday, March 22nd, 2012

Great retrospective article on the BBC on HP Lovecraft and his place in the pantheon of twentieth century horror.

Howard Phillips Lovecraft brought the 20th Century horror story up to date, out of Victorian occultism into the realm of contemporary science without losing its sense of mystery… Lovecraft developed his own invented mythology, at least as influential on fantastic fiction as Tolkien’s work. Most of it is set in a New England steeped in history and in hidden occult influences, although the monstrous creatures glimpsed by his characters are frequently from outer space rather than from any conventional hell.

Labyrinth, twenty five years later

Wednesday, June 29th, 2011

From Den of Geek’s tribute:

The labyrinth turns out to be a surprisingly bureaucratic place, a kind of live-action videogame text adventure where you have to ask precisely the right questions before you can get any useful info. During her time there, Sarah manages to shake off not one, but two drug-induced hallucinations. She’s given a basic introduction to extrapolated logic from some Scottish jesters, and finds that her potential helpers are more likely to start arguing with their hats than give her useful directions. Again, quite a lot like your first Glastonbury.

You can tell a lot about someone if they choose this as their Jennifer Connelly film, or Requiem For A Dream. I’m weird though, and go for The Rocketeer.

The story behind the fifth anniversary show of Accident Hash

Sunday, January 10th, 2010

Now that it’s aired I can breathe again that the surprise was not ruined by anyone.

While doing the Christmas Switcheroo Podcast with CC Chapman I noticed the number of the show was going to be #298. And I just knew that the fifth anniversary of CC’s Accident Hash music show was on January 10th (he’s one of the few podcasters who started before me!).

And one of those “let’s do something crazy” moments formed in my head. What if all of the musicians, fans, friends and fellow podcasters who knew CC put together a tribute show, with dedications, new music, thoughts and messages for him? I guess I had to give it a little nudge and do some herding. The only way to manage something that big was to give it a section in my Filofax…

CC in the Filofax

To be honest, given the mails and contacts were going out during the holidays I knew a lot of people would miss the call to action. Given I was asking the artists if they could provided some unreleased tracks, archive material or even write and compose new songs for the show, I had my fingers crossed that the musical backbone of the show would come together. And it did.

The elements fell into place late on Thursday night (including a subtle nudge to CC that he should record show #299 to make sure all the numbers lined up – had to be a bit sneaky there, sorry), and I sprung the surprise on Friday morning over a Skype call.

But what to do with the show? Between us we decided to hold off listening to it till the actual anniversary, but make it even more of a community event by streaming the video of CC listening to the show for the first time, and invite everyone into the room.

It went better than I could have ever hoped.

Accident Hash #300 Live
The recording of the stream is archived on Ustream, and the show itself is on Accident Hash so even if you did miss it, you haven’t!