Archive for July, 2007

Mastodon Linoleum Knife

July 24th, 2007 by Ian

Bored of those “Turn your mobile off, popcorn is available in the foyer…” animations that you get before films? This is the perfect substitute:

From the Aqua Teen Hunger Force movie, which is going to completely rock if #1: it ever makes it to these shores (doubtful) and #2: you’re perfectly willing to embrace it’s utter black-hole like density of arrogance and idiocy (personally, I’m more than happy to do this).

Catch21 conference: Westminster

July 22nd, 2007 by Ian

Me, the rest of Catch21 Productions and the Rt Hon Charles Kennedy MP I had what could be the ideal politics-geek day-trip last Wednesday. I awoke at ridiculous O’clock to travel from Sheffield to Westminster for the first Catch21 Productions conference since I joined them as ‘New Media’ bod. This was held in the Houses of Parliament itself. I was excited to get bumped to the front of the security queue and through St Stephen’s entrance. Inside we held the conference which involved a number of college/6th form kids asking questions to us and our guests. Guests included delegates from Operation Black Vote, The Electoral Commission’s and the UK Youth Parliament and also we were able to have a question and answer session with Charles Kennedy MP, Ann Widdecombe MP, current Education Minister Alan Johnson MP and Daisy McAndrew – Chief Political Correspondent of ITN. The audience asked some good questions which yielded some interesting answers.

Catch21 will be displaying highlights from this event on our YouTube channel. Personally, I enjoyed opportunity to meet some very significant MPs from the three main partys and we all got some ideas of where Catch21 can go as an organisation from a seemingly pretty keen audience. Besides, I get down to London so infrequently the Tube is still a novelty. I wonder how long that will last?

(picture courtesy of the lovely people at OBV)

Can you tell what it is yet?

July 15th, 2007 by

It's PHIL SPECTOR.  It all makes sense now!  I’ve been learning to draw with a tablet now my scanner’s completely cacked it. I’m not packing my day job in quite yet.

It was tempting to use MS Comic Sans just to excite Ian’s irrational hatreds, but I swear I’m not certain how much he’d take these days before neighbourhood pets start going missing.

I’m not sure what to make of Mr. Spector’s trial. It seems pretty open-and-shut guilty, but then my information is passed through the diseased kidney that is the mass media. I suppose I’m just quite glad that since I’ve not had much exposure to his work I honestly don’t care all that much. All I’m prepared to express is that if I was on trial for murder, I’d possibly put a little more effort into looking less like Mr. Burns’ evil, eccentric twin.

Live Earth: In brief

July 8th, 2007 by Ian

I watched about as much as I could stand on television last night. Did anyone else find even mildly amusing to see bands playing to a crowd of thousands and a message scrolled behind them on a video wall that gave advice on saving energy around the home. This on a stage backed by a enormous wall of dazzling lights (the sun was still out) and amplifiers. Highlight of the whole thing was definitely Metallica playing ten-year old songs (because everything they’ve done since the turn of the century is pretty much unlistenable to) backed by imagery of an elephant and then a Jumbo jet. JUMBO jet. Get it. ahahah oh wow.

God help us if our idea of helping climate change is listening to Keane tell us about keeping a low carbon foot-print at a concert that “will produce about 74,500 tons of the gas“. I’m not sure if that includes the carbon produced by the movement of everyone driving and flying to and from the concerts. All I know is that someone, somewhere, has completely missed the point.

Alan Johnston released

July 4th, 2007 by Ian

Alan Johnston freedAbout time. Great news that it was done by Palestinians themselves. Great news that he’s okay. Great news he’s got a sense of humour: “He appeared with a cleanly-shaven head, saying one of his first acts after his release was “going to the barbers and getting rid of that just-kidnapped look”.

Pissing off the BBC is the last thing Palestinians should be doing. Compared with the other Western networks, the BBC is their friend and an asset. There you go. The past two blog posts have been very balanced!