Posts Tagged ‘memories’

Boys and girls, can you see which way Twitter went?

Friday, December 11th, 2015

Nothing says Christmas (in the UK at least) than a pantomime. And nothing says innovating online than successfully holding an online pantomime as a piece of performance art. How about a pantomime on Twitter I hear you say-

…traditional wait as you all shout ‘how about a pantomime on Twitter?’ at me…

Been there, done that, it was cutting edge in 2008. Jon Bounds recalls the bleeding edge of comedy 2.0:

 Looking back at the first Twitpanto, which was organised haphazardly and quickly. It stands out for me that it had no commercial or charitable goal. It was purely for the enjoyment and to see if it was possible, and more than that it was able to break across social groupings and filters. A nib in the Birmingham Post the following day reminds me of the cast: some people whom I was friends with mainly online and had never met; some people I had worked with; some journalists, and a cabinet minister. The cabinet minister was Tom Watson, MP for West Bromwich near Birmingham, a ferocious advocate of digital technology’s place in the real centre of social discourse – but this was no demonstration piece, this was for laughs. This era, is sadly over. Could the now deputy leader of the Labour Party play Barron Tweetup today?

Trivial Posts #22: Black Coffee, Bridge Of Spies, And 25

Tuesday, December 8th, 2015

It’s been a busy November, bouncing around Europe, from the Web Summit in Dublin, to hosting the Junior Eurovision Song Contest’s international radio coverage (yes, once more I’m ‘A Eurovision Commentator’, never give up on your mad dreams, kids!). I’ve found some nice things online you might like to read about as well – which is what Trivial Posts thrives on!

‘Ted Drank His Coffee Black…’

Put aside your aeropresses, your hand-ground beans, your exotic steamers, what really drives the world is cheap, bad, coffee. Keith Pandolfi makes the convincing argument:

The best cup of coffee I ever had was the dirty Viennese blend my teenage friends and I would sip out of chipped ceramic mugs at a cafe near the University of Cincinnati while smoking clove cigarettes and listening to Sisters of Mercy records, imagining what it would be like to be older than we were. The best cup of coffee was the one I enjoyed alone each morning during my freshman year at Ohio State, huddled in the back of a Rax restaurant reading the college paper and dealing with the onset of an anxiety disorder that would never quite be cured.

Then again, maybe the best cup of coffee I ever had was the one I drank in high school, right after my mother married a man named Ted.

Maxwell Hosue gets the nod in the article, although my preference is for …….

The Case For Bad Coffee

From The Other Side

The fury of PR is (starting to) die away, leaving just the album, the music, and a handful of gems inside the puff pieces. The Rolling Stone’s interview is one of the former:

With a young child to raise, Adele took an unhurried approach to making the album. A full six months passed between writing the verses of “Hello” and nailing the chorus. “We had half a song written,” says producer/co-writer Greg Kurstin, who didn’t know if Adele was ever going to come back and finish it. “I just had to be very patient.”

Brian Hiatt spends time with the singer-songwriter to tell the story of the moister album.

Adele: Inside Her Private Life And Triumphant Return

It Was A Theme She Had…

Staying with music but looking back a little further, it’s thirty years since ‘China In Your Hand’ was released from T’Pau’s ‘Bridge Of Spies’ album (one of the first ‘pop’ albums that I can remember specifically asking for). Co-writers Carol Decker and Ron Rogers look back at how the number one single came to be.

I didn’t think more about it until we were in America recording our debut album, Bridge of Spies. You know the expression “polishing the turd”? One song wasn’t working, so we had to stop polishing! Our producer, Roy Thomas Baker, went: “Well, what else have you got?” I’d brought my cassette of China and played it to him very unsurely, and that was that.

How we made T’Pau’s China in Your Hand

When Amazon Built A Physical Store

Former indie bookseller Dustin Kurtz takes a visit to Amazon’s first retail store in Seattle. Cunningly named ‘Amazon Books’ it replicates the web experience in a physical space. Amazon may have web pages optimised, but shelving? That’s a little bit trickier:

The store is physically odd. It betrays inexperience with retail. The stacks are situated too close to one another so that you have to brush past other browsers—Paco Underhill’s famed “butt brush”—and can’t comfortably bend down to see books on lower shelves. The first display tables are too near the doors, which discourages browsing. Above the shelves along the walls are bays of books, spine out—decoratively arranged overstock. They have no bearing on the books below them.

The question for me is what Amazon will do with the data from a store. After all, they’re doing rather well with data from online sales, eBook consumption, and the Goodreads property.

My 2.5 Star Trip to Amazon’s Bizarre New Bookstore

You Take The Very High Road

Because every newsletter needs bagpipes in space…

Astronaut plays bagpipes on International Space Station

This Week’s Long Read: Robinson Crusoe On Water

The story of Salvador Avarenga is stunning in its enormity and power. Jonathan Franklin writes up his story in The Guardian, ahead of the release of the full novel of Avarenga’s 438 days:

In November 2012, Salvador Alvarenga went fishing off the coast of Mexico. Two days later, a storm hit and he made a desperate SOS. It was the last anyone heard from him – for 438 days. This is his story

Lost at sea: the man who vanished for 14 months

‘Trivial Posts’ is a mostly weekly series of posts that brings together interesting posts, ideas, video clips, essays, images, and anything else that catches my eye on the Internet. Read it online, or subscribe to the email newsletter version here.

The PSP is leaving the Japanese train station

Wednesday, June 4th, 2014

As Sony retire the PSP in Japan, I look back at one of my favourite PSP franchises. To me, Densha De Go was the PSP.

I’ve moved on to the PS Vita now — that was a Day Zero purchase on the strength of the PSP system, and again the long-lasting games are the ones that attract me (notably another Need for Speed, in this case Most Wanted, and Little Big Planet). But if there was one game (indeed franchise) that I think of when the PSP is mentioned, it’s Densha De Go.

Read on at

Will ‘The Black Angel’ unlock my holiday to Guernsey?

Thursday, February 6th, 2014

Going to see ‘The Empire Strikes Back’ is one of my earliest memories of the cinema. While it is a touch hazy (I was five and a half) I know it was during a family holiday to Guernsey, and we all went in the afternoon. Afterwards, I got a colour changing lightsaber that could be blue, white, or red.

Which makes the discovery of ‘Black Angel’, the 25 minute B-feature that preceeded ‘Empire’ all the more intriguing. There’s every chance that this was screened before ‘Empire’ on the Channel Islands, which means it’s somewhere in my head. And it’s coming to the Edinburgh Filmhouse this year.

Part of me really hopes that half-way through the screening, my memory kicks in both about the film, but about more memories from that holiday. It’s the only holiday I had where my Grandad Beggs came with us, and I would love to have even a few more brief moments.

Spellcasting: B.e.h.i.n.d. T.h.e. S.c.e.n.e.s.

Saturday, April 13th, 2013

With Tim Child (Creator) and Hugo Myatt (Treguard):

Some of the teams were tremendous. We had a splendid team of girls who achieved a rare victory by completing their particular themed quest. The one they put under the helmet was a bit of a strider; they guided her towards a door, and she bumped straight into the blue screen. She let out an expletive we didn’t think she’d know at that age. Another team who stayed in a hotel overnight ended up having a punchup. One of them came in the next morning with a lovely black eye, which took makeup some time to cover up.

Waiting to move

Wednesday, July 7th, 2010

I’m sitting in an empty room. It doesn’t matter which room, because they’re all empty.

All packed up with somewhere to go.

In half an hour, I’ll be handing back the keys to the flat that’s been home for four years. (For those of you not following on Twitter, Facebook and the like, we’ve moved away from "Almost Home" to "Nearly Home" on Foursquare – if you need the new address drop me an email). All the furniture has been shifted (slowly and with hassle!) to the house, the house with the garden, on a quiet cul de sac road, with space for everyone as the years advance…

…yet the empty flat has something about it. Just like everywhere we’ve been when we move on there are things about each room, memories of what happened, parts of our life that have to be left here as we move on.

Perhaps they’re not empty after all.

“The Book” and Blog World Expo next week

Monday, October 5th, 2009

It’s less than two weeks to go until the Blog World and New Media Expo in Las Vegas, so I thought I’d let slip one of my little ideas for the event – The Book.

People like to ask what’s in the sporran, and (the polite) answer while at Blog World Expo will be a Moleskine pocket notebook. Specifically a Japanese Album notebook that is one large concertinaed page that fits into the regular sized notebook format. Opened out it measures 8 feet 10 inches (2.7 metres) so there’s lots of space to fill in.

The BlogWorldExpo Book

My goal is to ask as many people at the conference to note something down in the book, be it a helpful hint, a picture, url or whatever. At the end of the event, it should be not only a great memory of the conference, but a wonderful reference online as well.

If you’re at Blog World Expo and do see me, please feel free to stop me and ask for the book so you can add to it yourself – that’s if I forget to ask you!