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Archive for May, 2008

Stephen Fry lecture on broadcasting

Posted by Paul Ayres on 19 May 2008

Broadcaster, comedian and professional MartinPoulteralike Stephen Fry recently gave a lecture on public service broadcasting.

I always enjoy Mr. Fry and this 40 minute gallop through his experience of the BBC as viewer / listener, employee and now freelance producer is entertaining, thought provoking and never dull. While I am not a fan of everything the Beeb does, I suppose that on reflection I would rather pay my TV Tax via the license fee, than go down the US purely commercial road or the European model of state owned broadcasters. It’s a shame that the Beeb doesn’t fully embrace the 2.0 world and let us embed videos such as this … and while this is presented as a video, it is a lecture in the old fashioned sense so you can just hit play, get on with your day and listen to Mr. Fry’s mellifluous tones … for once I was glad that my rampant insomnia had me up at 1 in the morning flicking onto BBC Parliament.

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Chris Morris collides with some hadrons

Posted by Martin Poulter on 14 May 2008

Two of my favourite topics are British satire and fundamental physics. In a surreal move, physicist Brian Cox has brought them both together by giving Chris Morris (of The Day Today, Blue Jam and Brass Eye fame) a tour of the Large Hadron Collider at CERN, and interviewing him for the CERN podcast. Familiar faces from the world of comedy and popular science (including Simon Munnery AKA the League Against Tedium) are shown around in other episodes. “Pics or it didn’t happen”? There’s even a Flickr stream.

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Martin Rickrolls shoppers in Plymouth

Posted by Martin Poulter on 11 May 2008

You can see it in the video below; one of several from the Plymouth arm of Operation FairGameStop/ Battletoad Earth. Thanks to the Plymanons for great companionship and to the passers-by who gave us great support.

Martin and Anonymous stand with placards in Plymouth city centre
Tom_Gs photoshop of the other photo
Gid’s photoshop skills give an alternative take on one of the photos from the day.

Anyone who wants to help out the cause, please watch, favourite and rate this YouTube video.

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Martin’s Music: Given Up

Posted by Martin Poulter on 6 May 2008

Not only is it rare for me to get songs finished, it’s even more rare for me to sing. This simple, repetitive track uses multitrack guitar, vocals and bass. Thanks to the friends who gave feeback on early versions of the song.
Update September 2009: a new mix, sounding much more balanced and less muddy. Available now on the Coma Pilot profile on Virb, and if you can’t access that, there’s MySpace. (No, I still haven’t got an interesting images for my profiles yet).

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From Reconnect to Battletoads

Posted by Martin Poulter on 4 May 2008

Taken from enturbulation.orgPelvidar has released the last of his trilogy of short films about the Anonymous protests against Scientology (previously featured on this blog). This one is called “Reconnect”, and like the other films combines scary background information about the cult with views from some of the protests around the world.

Although the film is the last in the series, the global protests themselves continue, the next being a protest against Scientology’s Fair Game policy on May 10th. Pre-publicity for the campaign has been imaginative to say the least (YouTube link). A recently released “trailer” for the demonstration (YouTube link) combines Battlestar Galactica, V for Vendetta and other sources with leaked footage from a Scientology rally: can you spot the difference?

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