Tag: christmas

The traditional christmas take-down of ‘Elf’ is here

Ah, Elf, the film that many think would be this generation’s ‘It’s A Wonderful Life’… which subtly forgets that this generation still has Bedford Falls, and that Channel 4 not showing ‘Elf’ two years in a row is not a national disaster. So it’s a delight to read Gary Bainbridge’s view on the film… It has the rigid journey of a sat nav and the emotional heft of a Steven Moffat Doctor Who episode. And that is because it is so relentlessly sweet, like the four food groups I mentioned earlier. Because a good Christmas film needs grit. You have to earn that

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Some festive music? Here’s this year’s Christmas Rocktacular!

[audio:http://archive.org/download/TpnRockFriday20131120256Christmas2013/tpn_rock_friday_20131120_256_Christmas2013.mp3] MP3 File – Show Notes – Rock Show RSS Feed Every year I look out some great Christmas music online, avoiding the big name artists and million sellers you can hear on the radio and TV. They all feature in the ‘Christmas Rocktacular’ podcast which you can stream online, or download for free. Here’s this year’s festive collection. Under Your Christmas Tree, by Jericko Rose (Jericko Rose on Reverb Nation). O Come All Ye Faithfull, by Geoff Smith (thegeoffsmith.com). Christmas In A Cup, by Erica Sunshine Lee (ericasunshinelee.com). Broke The Bank This Christmas, by Mitch Benn (mitchbenn.com). St. Benedicts

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The Christmas Rocktacular Music Show

[audio:http://archive.org/download/tpc_rock_228/tpn_rock_christmas_20121224_228.mp3] MP3 File – Show Notes – RSS Feed - iTunes Link. It’s been a bit of an up and down year for my music podcasting, but that’s not going to stop the annual Christmas show of seasonal podsafe music, classic Christmas tracks, and new favourites. And a bit of Geoff Smith. With Side Show, Dogs Must Be Carried, Bing Crosby, Blammos, Jeffrey James, Nora And One Left, RockHopper Penguin, Coalmont, Mike Borgia & Juleit Echo, and Geoff Smith.

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Are smartphone app stores better than the ‘Pass’ line at Craps?

Here’s why the App Store game is great for the handset manfuactures but useless for the majority of developer and entrepeneurs. From the NY Times on releasing an app into the iTunes store before Christmas.  Mr. Barnard and his small team have built apps like Tweet Speaker, which reads Twitter messages aloud, and Mirror, which turns the iPhone screen into a mirror with the help of the front-facing camera. “If we can get that snowball rolling and get it right, we can ride the momentum,” he said. “We’re going to give it a shot.” I’m sorry, but releasing an app should

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The Country Gets Back Up To Speed

One of the problems of the festive period is just how much a Freighter at sea the working population is. About two weeks before Christmas, every office across the land starts to put the brakes on and slow down so ‘no work is left over Christmas.’ That’s not to mention all the office parties that go on as well. So you get the Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, and Boxing Day. And then you have this fallow period where some companies just stop completely, because there’s little point working for three days. Or the other horrible option – companies working with

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Simon Cowell, Keith Olbermann and the Christmas Number One

I started writing a post yesterday for The Daily Dust, and rather than a paragraph or two, it started to turn into an almost Olbermann-esque polemic about The X-Factor, Simon Cowell and its effect on the Christmas charts. And I thought that with a bit of work, a bit more length, and some classy cliches, it could be a “Special Comment” at the end of Countdown. Maybe. Anyway here it is, with the final script afterwards (and yes, I did improv some bits!) The Musical Grinch Who Stole Christmas(with thanks to Keith Olbermann) The race to Christmas number one in

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