Archive for August, 2007

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Thanks again

August 25, 2007

Very sweet of all of you to get in touch about the show. I appreciate it (just read this back…I more than ‘appreciate it’….I am hugely grateful for it) . As they say, thanks for being a great audience.

(Comments turned off because it might start getting mushy if you thank me thanking you.)

Next week: Matt Berry!

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‘The IT Crowd’ Series 2 begins tonight!

August 24, 2007

It’s here! ‘It Crowd’ series 2 kicks off tonight on Channel 4 at 9.30. I can’t do self-promotion so I’ll keep it short. It’s really funny.

Lem asked me about my ‘process’. I write the whole thing on my own in a very untidy room, working from notes I’ve collected over a number of months, using various tricks to keep things interesting. Index cards, for instance. Here’s a taste of what’s in store in series 2, in index card form.

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Looks good, huh?
The series took a while to write because when there’s only one of you, things do take a bit longer. Sorry about the wait, and sorry there’s only six episodes, but really, if there’d been eight episodes, two of them would have been bollocks.

Anyway, I hope you like it! Baby needs shoes!

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Ginger ninja’s sneaking challenge

August 23, 2007

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“Put simply I aim to put my Ninja sneaking talents to the test and bet
that I can remain in my parents house for a full 24 hours without being
seen. My plan is to say that I will be going to a friend’s and spending
the night at their place. I will then then open the front door and
close it again making them believe that I have left. after this I will
sneak about the house for the next 24 hours attempting to hide in every
room.”

Link

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Dang…it looked so good, too…

August 23, 2007

If you’re thinking of buying Bioshock, be careful

(via Boing Boing)

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For sale: Non Corporeal Containment Spectregraph

August 22, 2007

Alex CF creates awesome fantastical steampunk doohickeys and sells them on e-bay. This is his latest.

The pieces themselves are exceptionally detailed and lovely (go to his site for a looksee; my faves are the werewolf kit and the Cthulhu expedition items), but selling them on a site as mundane as e-bay is the masterstroke here; it makes the stuff feel even more authentic.

“Your viewing lens is built into the roof of the secondary containment chamber. The viewing lens must be erected carefully by releasing the latch and extending the bellows. The shutter must also be open. The lever is found on the left of the lens. Once the bellows are extended, the viewing lens will allow you to view the secondary

vault of the containment chamber. The Necropathic Spectregraph can house two spirits. The spirit will not be viewed in this normal state. Identify the stimulation switch, and press. This will send a current within the chamber which will excite the material aether of the spirit, allowing the human eye to recognise the entity.

Do not expect a clear view of the spirit. Most are vaguely human at best.”

I get a shiver imagining the synaptic burn that might come
from actually holding of these things one in my hands. Attention, producers of
‘Doctor Who’! Hire this guy for your art department immediately!

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The Revolution, Televised

August 21, 2007

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Occasionally, I’m going to post this up, because the more people who see it, the better. It’s The Revolution Will Not Be Televised, a documentary by two Irish film-makers, Kim Bartley and Donnacha O’Briain. While filming a profile of Hugo Chavez in 2002, they were lucky enough to be right in the centre of things when the coup kicked off, and the result is just thrilling. Watching how Chavez’s opponents use lies, intimidation and violence to depose a democratically-elected, hugely popular leader is gripping enough, but when the tide turns, and the people rise up to re-take control, it’s enough to get you cheering.

I know it’s a pain in the arse to watch lengthy things like this on a computer monitor, but once you get ten minutes in, you won’t be able to turn it off. Viva Chavez! Viva Venezuela!

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Why you should own the Panda Bear Album

August 20, 2007

Play it loud, fool!