Paging Charles Dickens …

July 12, 2010

Doctor Who showrunner Steven Moffat defies the critics

As most of us get ready for the summer holidays, Steven Moffat is coming over all Christmassy. Fresh from a read-through of a Doctor Who festive special, the writer reveals that the Welsh singer Katherine Jenkins is to make her first major acting appearance in it, alongside the theatrical grandee Sir Michael Gambon. It is, says Moffat, “the most Christmassy Christmas special” of the hit science fiction drama series since its return to our screens five years ago.

Michael Gambon? When I read that, for some reason I thought of Charles Dickens and A Christmas Carol. We’ll see in a few months.


HP continues to march forward on its Master Plan to be Apple, Mark II. If they can tie all of the back-end stuff seamlessly and neatly to webOS, they will kick some serious ass later this year with their tablet. They have eBooks, photos, music — and now video too.

July 12, 2010

HP’s Snapfish acquires video host Motionbox – CNET News

July 12, 2010

We don’t make movies to make money, we make money to make more movies.

Walt Disney (via themadeshop) (via hipsterdiet) (via diablocodyisnotevenherrealname) (via daisymay)

July 12, 2010

Well, that big rally is happening now because once again a powerful “outside force” intervened to stop prices from collapsing. Folks, these aren’t natural, free-flowing markets we’re dealing with here. If they were, then the market would more than likely have crashed to the July 2009 lows by now. As much as “they” may try to prevent a collapse to the July or March 2009 lows, “they” will more than likely fail to prevent such a crash from happening. In fact, a crash is now happening but in very slow motion.

Market Now Experiencing a Slow Motion Crash

From my other blog. Just to spread the word here on Tumblr too.

July 12, 2010

Out Of Nowhere, The iPad Has A Real Competitor « Mike Cane’s iPad Test

R.I.P. Harvey Pekar

July 12, 2010

Warren Ellis tweeted the shocking news: Coroner: Harvey Pekar dies

In a medium dominated by — if not abandoned to — the notion of people running around in costumes battling other people/mutants in costumes, along came Harvey Pekar to say his comic book would be about ordinary life.

He called it American Splendor. For its ironic value.

He did things in comics that hadn’t been done before. Who else had ever done a one-page strip that wound up pointing out the smell of fresh bread? He wrote about the everyday things that everyday people noticed — when they would stop to take the time to do so.

It was easy to ignore what Pekar was doing, because it seemed so un-special. But that was the entire point. He was celebrating real life. He was saying, “Wait a minute. You don’t need to be entertained by someone else’s imagination. Your own life provides enough, if you stop to look for it.”

Seinfeld made hundreds of millions of dollars off that idea.

But Harvey Pekar was there first. And he did it better.

Rest in peace, Harvey. And thank you for the work you did.

July 12, 2010

Every mp3 player uses zillions of patents, but that didn’t stop Apple from winning.

No, that IS NOT a competitive advantage