Sunday, February 26, 2006

Decision time

You're right, Marge. Just like the time I could have met Mr. T at the mall. The entire day, I kept saying, 'I'll go a little later, I'll go a little later...' And when I got there, they told me he just left. And when I asked the mall guy if he'll ever come back again, he said he didn't know. Well, I'm never going to let something like that happen again!

After reading the FT Magazine's hype-bursting article on blogging last weekend I was discouraged about maintaining my blog, to say the least. It's an excellent article and it brought thoughts and doubts to the surface which had been nagging me for some time. Just like Homer Simpson in the quote above I had been putting off thinking about what exactly I was going to blog about and what the aim or message or tone of my blog would be. Then when I got to the "mall" (i.e. when I looked at my blog after a year of on again off again blogging) I realised I never had that sit down with my invisible friend to think about why I'm blogging and what I want to blog about.

I had originally wanted to improve my writing skills through practise from writing entries on the blog. The theory being that regular writing would help me get the creative juices flowing and help me put flesh on various ideas and thoughts I have. However I haven't written the articles I wanted to write due to a lack of time to develop the ideas. A tight supply of time and a free flowing supply of laziness and distractions have been my twin weaknesses which I struggle hard to resolve and master.

Shimoda's excellent new blog has taught me that a blog well-written can be interesting even when it's not an established writer doing the writing (as discussed in the FT article). So I am resolved to attempting to improve my blog and slightly change my blogging style.

From now on I will (a) think about what my blog is for, and (b) try to put thought into what I post. There is a large temptation to add exceptions to (b) but for the time being I'll try not to.

Sunday, February 12, 2006

m-flo loves Shadow the Hedgehog

I read about a lot of new websites and applications but will rarely even look at them unless there's a compelling reason or someone has recommended it to me.

The same went for You Tube which is a video sharing site. You can upload your own videos or just search for and watch other peoples' videos.

I was sent there by a friend to check out the MadTV spoof of "House" - an American tv medical detective show about a rogue doctor who plays by his own rules (as played by Hugh Laurie!). It's an ok show, as far as I can tell having only watched one episode. The spoof is pretty good anyway and pretty accurate, Laurie playing one of those tv characters who people wouldn't tolerate in real life due to his gruff nature and bitter sarcasm.

A few days later I was checking out m-flo's new album "Beat Space Nine" on the iTunes store - another first time visit to a site for me. Since iTunes sell music videos I did a search to see if they had the videos from the new album. Oddly enough they didn't, though they had the album itself. I remembered YouTube and decided to see what a search for "m-flo" threw up there and found a load of videos.

This really showed me how great YouTube is. They even had the video of the remix of Tripod Baby made to promote the new Shadow the Hedgehog game which has the band dancing with Shadow the Hedgehog :o)

Incidentally a search on Google Video throws up only two m-flo videos (one of which looks more like a kareoke video than the real thing).

Tuesday, February 07, 2006

Bollywood Fight Club!!

Bollywood directors are famous for ripping off Hollywood films, but this really takes the biscuit.. A Bollywood version of Fight Club is in the works! Seems to be true.. and it sounds truly awful from the description on the website and Tian's description of the trailers.

PS Also on that website, some hilarious Brokeback Mountain parodies including "Brokeback to the Future". Genius :o)