Just about sums up the weather right now. “White Heat’ – I don’t think so. Made me smile though.
Category Archives: Media & Film
I’m afraid I’ve neglected this blog of late. A combination of taking a well-earned break after a really hectic period of work, followed by another hectic period of work. I’m not complaining, far from it. This is more of an explanation of my neglecting to post regularly.
I couldn’t let this gem pass without sharing it. Although those who are fans of John Peel will already know all about it by now.
A new site has been developed with a terrific interface featuring Peel’s record collection. It covering many areas of interest for Peel fans and music aficionados everywhere.
Visit thespace for more.
The site was developed by the clever folk over at Klickhome.
We’re going to sit at our desks and keep typing while the walls fall down around us because we’re creative – the least important, most important thing there is.
As you can gather from the quote above I’m a big fan of Mad Men and last night I watched the penultimate episode of series 4 on DVD. I don’t normally get hooked on TV shows, particularly from the USA, I’m more of a Wallander viewer, (the original Swedish version) but this series is well crafted and extremely polished.
But I digress, this is more about Don’s quote. Arrogant maybe, but I’m convinced that creativity is the major ingredient of many successful organisations. Now more than ever business needs the courage to be truly creative. Those that use creative approaches are far more likely to succeed than those who stick to tired and outmoded formulas. The current economic climate coupled with the speed of change mean we all have to take Don’s words seriously.
Speaking of the speed of change here’s a little message I received from from WordPress…
With this update, WordPress has discontinued support for Internet Explorer 6. It has required increasingly complex code trickery to make the WordPress dashboard work in the IE6 browser, which was introduced 10 years ago and does not support current web standards. Even Microsoft is counting down to IE6’s extinction!
Create your own visual style… let it be unique for yourself and yet identifiable for others.
From Wikipedia: George Orson Welles (May 6, 1915 – October 10, 1985), best known as Orson Welles, was an American film director, actor, theatre director, screenwriter, and producer, who worked extensively in film, theatre, television and radio. Noted for his innovative dramatic productions as well as his distinctive voice and personality, Welles is widely acknowledged as one of the most accomplished dramatic artists of the twentieth century, especially for his significant and influential early work—despite his notoriously contentious relationship with Hollywood.
For more click here
It’s been said before by many far more knowledgeable than I that Citizen Kane is one of the finest films ever made. If you’ve not seen it I would strongly recommend that you get hold of a copy and watch it. If you love film and cinematography together with a well-crafted story they don’t come much better than this.
I first saw Citizen Kane on late night TV years ago, (probably BBC2) and was bowled over by it. I now have remastered DVD and have watched it a couple of times. To watch a film more than once is rare for me but this movie fascinates me and Welles is superb as Kane. For me Citizen Kane was the best thing Welles ever did. His first movie and his finest work.
For those who would like to listen to his famous broadcast of War of the Worlds click here
Now just where on earth did I put that old sled?
The Tanhauser Gate
I’ve seen things you people wouldn’t believe. Attack ships on fire off the shoulder of Orion. I watched c-beams glitter in the dark near the Tanhauser Gate. All those moments will be lost in time, like tears in rain…
Bear with me on this one, OK?
It all started yesterday while listening to classic fm in the studio. Wagner’s Tannhäuser was playing and although my taste in classical music leans more toward Vaughan Williams than Richard Wagner I do have a soft spot for this piece.
Later at home I wanted to find out more about Tannhäuser, both the piece of music and the knight and legend behind it. Wikipedia gave me the information I wanted but also led me in a strange sort of way to quote above. (See I told you to bear with me on this one).
The words are those spoken by the dying replicant, Roy Batty (Rutger Hauer), introspectively says the phrase, during a rain downpour, regarding his own death in the film Blade Runner by Ridley Scott.
Now this reminded me of a TED talk by David Hanson of Hanson Robotics and the incredible work they are doing in the field of androids. (Are you still with me?) To quote from TED: “David Hanson merges robotics and art to design life-like, social robots that can mimic human expression and emotion.”
Well if you made it this far, thank you, you are very patient with my wandering mind. But to close this post here’s another quote, this one from Hanson himself.
“This moment is the Kitty Hawk of androids. We’re seeing the arrival of conversational robots that can walk in our world. It’s a golden age of invention.” David Hanson, in TIME
Dame Elizabeth Taylor (February 27, 1932 – March 23, 2011)
Actress, celebrity, icon.
“I really don’t remember much about Cleopatra. There were a lot of other things going on.”
Dame Elizabeth Rosemond “Liz” Taylor, DBE (February 27, 1932 – March 23, 2011) was an English-born American actress. Beginning as a child star then throughout her adulthood, she became known for her acting talent, glamour and beauty; as well as a much publicized private life, which included eight marriages, several near-death experiences, and decades spent as a social activist, championing the cause of AIDS awareness, research and cure.
“It is bad enough that people are dying of AIDS, but no one should die of ignorance.”