All entries for March 2008

March 19, 2008

Sugar Puffs crimping Mighty Boosh style

Writing about web page http://uk.youtube.com/watch?v=eaB7Q-9uwp4

HM Foods, creators of the Sugar Puffs brand of cereal are launching their latest 3.2m publicity campaign fronted by everyones lovable friend, the Honey Monster. However this time the milk tastes sour in many viewers mouth due to what many have commented as “blatant plagiarism”.

The advert in question involves the Honey Monster sitting down with ‘a friend’ and singing a short song before tucking into a bowl of the aforementioned cereal. The problem is the song bears more than a passing resemblance to that of the Mighty Boosh’s “crimping” style.

For those of you not in the know, the term crimping was coined by the duo late in series 3 as a term for representing their distinctive short, random and bizzare raps usually associated with various mimes on topics such as soup and bouncy castles. Essentially they are quite distinctive and one is generally found in most episodes of the Boosh.

Compare and contrast:


Whilst clear to most people that there is a uncanny resemblance of the two, the question is can you legally own a singing style? I am curious as I am not sure what hope this would have in court, could I copyright techno?

I personally think its a fragrant stealing of ideas and if that is the direction they wanted to go in they should have hired Noel and Julian to write one for the advert as opposed to doing a much lesser job. The outcome of this battle will be an interesting one, purely for the copyright issues it shows up.

Hopefully the best outcome is that Sugar Puffs reputation will be tainted and they pull the advert due to all the negative publicity. Teach them right!


March 15, 2008

The Big Bang Theory – I am a Scientist

To celebrate the series being renewed and new episodes starting in America on the 17th March, I created this fan music video set to one of my favourite artists.

For those of you that haven’t managed to catch the show across the pond or on Channel 4 in the UK, it’s brilliantly fantastic and appeals to the inner geek in all of us. Some more than others…

From wiki..
“The series is about two socially inept prodigies in their 20s who are living across the hall from a beautiful girl with a questionable intellect. When one genius falls for the girl, the other tries to discourage his interest because he believes his friend is chasing a dream he’ll never catch”.

Generic concept yes…..funny? yes! Finally a show that doesn’t dare to bring WoW, Halo 3 and the Doppler Effect to primetime!


March 11, 2008

Geek Olympics Round 1 – Potathrow

Players:
4 (2 to throw and 2 to dodge)

Aim:
To dodge the potato

Equipment:
Fake Potato (For Extreme Potathrow use a real spud)
Corridor
Understanding or absent housemates

Method:
The 2 throwers stand at either end of the corridor.
The 2 dodgers run around like headless chickens in the middle, and try to dodge the potato that is being thrown by the throwers.
When you get hit, you must obey the following handicaps:
Hit 1 - 1 hand must touch a wall at all times
Hit 2 - 2 hands must touch the same wall at all times
Hit 3 - 1 hand must touch each wall at all times
Hit 4 - As hit 3, but 1 foot must also touch a wall at all times
Hit 5 - YOU LOSE!
Once there is a winner, the throwers and dodgers swap, so you end up with 2 contenders for the final
The game is repeated as a Grand Showdown, which is normally more violent, as the throwers remember one of the dodgers chucking a surprisingly hard potato at them.

Results:
ChrisPy vs Chris - ChrisPy won
Eddie vs JoJo - Eddie won

ChrisPy vs Eddie - ChrisPy won

Conclusions:
Fun game for all the family, apart from those with asthma, those under 5, and those with Potato-Phobia

March 05, 2008

Feeder are back!

Writing about web page http://www.feederweb.com/

Feeder are back!

After years of waiting for a new album, the gears finally seem to be turning and the first glimmer of what to expect from their seventh proper studio album has arrived in the form of a free downloadable track, Miss You!

Appears Feeder have gone back to their roots with a very upbeat rock sound after their last two albums have been accused of being too laid back.

Sounds like it could have come from the Yesterday Went Too Soon era. Once again, Feeder seem to be able to make each album have a slightly different sound, good skills!

Can’t wait to hear more and get a release date for the real thing!


March 04, 2008

Mac: Office 2008 is RUBBISH SLOW.

Mac: Office 2004 ran slow on new mac’s as it was coded for older mac’s Power PC architecture, therefore had to run through Apple’s Rosetta dynamic translator in order to function on the new Intel chipsets being used from 2006. Fair enough you might think, its old software.

While every other software house were adapting their applications to run as “Universal Binary”, allowing them to run native on both platforms, MS were probably folding their arms and whistling saying….nah we can’t be bothered to waste time doing that, we’ll just make the next version UB and that will keep everyone happy.

Okay so everyone with an Intel Mac has put up with Office running sluggish for the last year and a half or so waiting for this great new update which would finally do the platform justice.

WRONG. How very wrong. I can’t understand how it is possible for Mac: Office 2008 to run SLOWER as a native Intel application than as a PPC app running through emulation.

Only Microsoft could put out such a bloated, slow, piece of rubbish as this. Has it even been through bug testing or did it just get slapped on a disk with a cursory glance?

Problems?

Loves crashing even on the most simplest of tasks. (I swear it has a sensor so that it crashes just before an auto save so you lose the most amount of work)

Takes about a minute to boot PowerPoint from a cold start. A minute?! This is a freaking productivity app!! I could have started Final Cut and be well into capturing video by the time this rubbish opens.

What’s up with the elements gallery? Make your mind up, is it the Ribbon or not? At least let me friggin get rid of it.

Generally very sluggish. This isn’t 5 year old hardware. It’s a 2.2GHz Macbook Pro with 2Gb of Ram and 128 of VRAM. A word processor shouldn’t be this bloated!

I know its not just me either, people all over the world are having exactly the same problems with it.

And yet…...I still use it despite cursing every time it crashes and keep coming back to it. Why? Because there is no realistic alternative. I’m sure the freeware brigade will promote NeoOffice or the Apple elite, Pages, but for word processing in a University environment, Word is really the only way to go.

Its also got some nice features. Smart Art is the best thing Apple never did. Whoever came up with that should be given a cookie, honestly its amazing! Just stop the damn thing crashing!

So alas, Microsoft is this REALLY the best effort you can do with 4 years of development? Really? Oh dear.


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