Here’s a piece I did for the BBC World Service on the Demise of the Considered Response.
Another BBC World Service recording. This one’s about getting connected in hotels.
Just got an email from Ronan Cremin, who points me to his newsQuakes:
world news for the lazy. Hover over the quakes to see the headlines, click to go to actual news article.
As Ronan says in his email, newsQuakes ‘uses a similar approach to Buzztracker, but predates it by about 3 years. Not as polished, but nice nonetheless’.
Am reading Griff Rhys-Jones’ To The Baltic With Bob which is not quite as hilarious as the blurb promises, but has its moments: Bob goes along to a London art school to apply as a mature student on a computer graphics course:
‘What’s your background?’ asked the professor who interviewed him.
Bob swivelled in his chair and looked behind him. ‘Well, it’s a sort of tangerine colour,’ he said. According to Bob, this answer so amused the professor that he was instantly enrolled on the course, therefore qualifying for a large and useful grant and access to several hundred thousand pounds’ worth of expensive graphics equipment.
Kind of reminds me of those silly pub jokes we used to try out on bartenders in college:
Me: I’d like a beer, please.
Me (looking into the distance, heaving a sigh): Yes, yes, I suppose I am.
Me: A glass of white please.
(Not Overly Bright) Bartender: Wine?
Of course, these work a lot better when you’re there. And British. And slightly drunk.