See you in 2013

Friday, 21 December, 2012

I’m about to take my leave of you for another year – one last film review to come – and would like to thank you all for tuning in over the last twelve months to check out what’s happening here. I’ve opted for a full two-week break this year, so it’ll be pretty quiet around here until I return on Monday, 7 January 2013.

In wishing you all a happy and safe year-end holiday break, I’ll leave you with Spectrum (Say My Name), by the (mostly) two-piece British indie rock group Florence + the Machine, that was recorded at the iconic Abbey Road Studios, as remixed by London DJ Maya Jane Coles.

Safe holidays. See you on the flip side.

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Time to be hitting the road

Friday, 16 March, 2012

I’ll be out on the road for the next week, so things will be slowing down here a little, even if things are slower than usual as is, but all will be back to normal, the new normal, on Monday, 26 March.

A few things coming up… I’ve been at the movies these last few days and will be posting reviews of Margin Call, The Rum Diary, The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, A Dangerous Method, and Goodbye First Love over the next week or two.

And also, in the development suite is a new version of disassociated I’ve been working on. It’s more realignment than redesign but having said that will look sport a new look at the same time. That will be along in due course.

See you the week after next.

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Closed for now

Monday, 6 February, 2012

Unfortunately I am suspending updates to the Art Show List for the time being, and at this stage am uncertain as to when I’ll be able to start posting listings again.

As I mentioned over on recently I am helping a friend out with a new venture, but the commitment is requiring more time than I originally anticipated. Having scaled back other of my writing/blogging activities I believed I would be able to maintain the list but sadly this is not proving to be the case.

Thank you for your support and following up until now. The last 18 months have been a fun ride and hopefully I’ll be able to pick up it again one day.

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Twenty-eleven winding down

Thursday, 22 December, 2011

Good morning ladies and gentlemen, you may have already noticed that the captain has enabled email autoresponders and activated the timestamp as we commence our descent into the year end break.

As per usual for this time of year things are about to start slowing down here, and will remain so until the second week of January. In the meantime I have a bunch of posts lined up for the next little while, including reviews of The Skin I Live In, The Iron Lady, and Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows, plus a couple of DVD reviews I didn’t get around to posting earlier on.

Thank you for tuning in over the last year, and checking out the mixed bag of links I serve up here, which going by the steadily rising visitor numbers, doesn’t seem to bother too many people. Thanks also to those sending in link ideas, or writing in to say hello, I appreciate you taking the time to do so.

Have a great break, festive season, and new year. For those still working, and trust me, I know just how s-l-o-w this last week before the break can sometimes be, hopefully The Rapture’s “How Deep Is Your Love” will pick you up a little. Play it loud. See you in twenty-twelve.

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We now cross live to our automated reporter who is at the scene

Friday, 2 September, 2011

A Californian start-up has created software that can effectively scan through press releases, or in this case, US stockmarket announcements, and fashion their contents into news stories.

It’s easier than it sounds. SEC filings are published in a format called XBRL, or eXtensible Business Reporting Language, much like websites are published in HTML. MarketBrief’s software generates articles by extracting key facts from the XBRL data and slotting them into pre-defined sentences.

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Imagine if news stories were made up of social media posts

Wednesday, 27 July, 2011

The Epiphanator… the sum of all our blog posts, tweets, plus Facebook and Google+ wall posts…

Social media has no understanding of anything aside from the connections between individuals and the ceaseless flow of time: No beginnings, and no endings. These disparate threads of human existence alternately fascinate and horrify that part of the media world that grew up on topic sentences and strong conclusions. This world of old media is like a giant steampunk machine that organizes time into stories. I call it the Epiphanator, and it has always known the value of a meaningful conclusion. The Epiphanator sits in midtown Manhattan and clunks along, at Condé Nast and at the Times and in Rockefeller Center. Once a day it makes a terrible grinding noise and spits out newspapers and TV shows. Once a week it spits out weeklies and more TV shows. Once a month it produces glossy magazines. All too often it makes movies, and novels.

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The 1821 version of The Guardian brings you the very latest news

Thursday, 2 June, 2011

See the format that people read news in almost two hundred years ago through a web version of The Guardian – or The Manchester Guardian as it was once known – that closely resembles the layout of the first print edition of the well known British newspaper, as it looked in 1821.

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In Focus, Alan Taylor’s latest news photography blog

Tuesday, 15 February, 2011

Alan Taylor, who in June 2008 created the Boston Globe’s photography blog The Big Picture, which I sometimes link to, has now moved over to The Atlantic and established a similar photo-blog project, In Focus.

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And that was 2010…

Friday, 24 December, 2010

I hope you’re enjoying what is – hopefully for many – the last regular work day ahead of the summer holiday break. Make that the year end break should it not be summer in your part of the world. Anyway thanks for riding along this year, and for also making it another fantastic year at

I switched into holiday mode last night, handed disassociated over to the WP timestamp, and with any luck will be spending much of today, plus the next week or so, somewhere on the NSW Central Coast doing very little. It’s been an incredibly busy year, but also a very worthwhile one.

This year saw good, organic, growth in readership, and even though there was just one traffic spike – those lovely blasts of traffic where twenty thousand people show up within a few hours – but by the time it arrived last Sunday, this year’s numbers were already the best to date.

As was the case last year, my 2007 post on French singer Edith Paif’s film-biopic “La Vie en Rose”, was also this year’s most read post. Last Sunday, 19 December, marked what would have been her 95th birthday, and to commomerate the occasion, some eight thousand people visited that three and a half year old post. So thank you, Edith.

Moving along, The Australian Indie Art Show List, a listing – as the name suggests – of art shows and exhibitions in Australia, launched in late September, and I’ve been very happy with its reception. There’s clearly a lot of interest in Australian art shows which is good to see.

And I’m not sure whether this is anything to write home about, but I also saw, by my estimations, some 110 films this year… that’s new releases at the movies, not DVDs or anything. I have a post listing my Top 10 movies for 2010 coming through here next week.

Enjoy the year end break, have fun, rest up, and I’ll see you on Monday, 3 January, 2011.

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The stories behind some of the best news photos of 2010

Wednesday, 8 December, 2010

A selection of the best photos taken by Reuters photographers this year, together with the stories behind the images.

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