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“A Robespierre of the internet”

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August 7, 2009 at 1:05 pm

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Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog

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Cue manic laughter

Cue manic laughter

I don’t normally like musicals. The only exception that proves of the rule is Singin’ In The Rain (oh, and White Christmas… but then I’ve only ever seen that during the holiday season when my resistance is low). So I had avoided Dr Horrible for quite some time, but now I’ve finally got around to seeing it, I was pleasantly surprised to find I actually enjoyed it.

The brain behind Dr Horrible is Joss Whedon, famed for Buffy, The Vampire Slayer and Firefly. And this is very much in the style of his previous creations (of course Buffy famously did an all-singing episode once). I used to really enjoy Buffy (well until Whendon took his eye off the ball, and the characters started changing personality from week to week depending on each writer’s whim) and I very much liked Firefly and its follow-on film Serenity. So actually, despite it being a musical, it’s no real shock that Horrible, wasn’t for me, well, horrible. The songs integrate well into the plot and given it’s brief 40ish mins – tv episode length – running time, it doesn’t outstay its welcome. Read the rest of this entry »

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July 25, 2009 at 11:00 am

The aXXo Files

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“If you already know his name, chances are you’ve been doing something illegal.” The Independent on aXXo, the movie pirate king.

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July 16, 2009 at 9:01 am

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Startup.com

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Talking up the value

Talking up the value

About half-way through Startup.com, a documentary depicting the rise and fall of internet start-up govWorks, there is a montage sequence of magazine covers and headlines showing the company’s founder Kaleil Isaza Tuzman as some sort of business genius. However if you pause on one of the articles (and sadly I do this all the time) you can read the strap-line “(Board member Joel) Hyatt asked whether govWorks would grow slowly and maintain control or grow quickly and lose control. The team chose the latter” which seems a bit odd. Read further in the main text and we find Tuzman quoted Patton at the company’s board: “A good plan violently executed now is better than a perfect plan next week.” Then a bit further on… “but the inexperienced founders made blunder after blunder… creating a demo site for citizens of Alameda County California and misspelled ‘Alameda’

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July 14, 2009 at 10:48 am

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