November 2008 Archives

In good company

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It's so very easy to take things for granted, and it seems that one of the things I've taken for granted recently is the incredible skill levels of some of the people I've been hanging around with lately.

Someone's put together a video featuring a smattering of London's immensely talented juggling community, and I'm rather proud to say that I've met a considerable number of them. Keep an eye out, I even make a blink and you'll miss it appearance in the background during the credits.

London Juggling from Will Hexagonic on Vimeo.


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It is a cliche universally acknowledged that you only get one chance to make a first impression. Had I borne that in mind, it's possible I might have been able to conjure a better opening conversational gambit than "Ah. I thought you were a woman."

I want a baby pygmy hippo!

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Just, awwwww...!

Disney are sponsoring the speaking clock in the UK. The idea strikes me as odd, largely because I remember a competition to select a new voice for the speaking clock many years ago. The search was conducted with that peculiarly British sense of gravitas reserved for the utterly trivial.

The speaking clock must surely be an anachronism in a world where information flows ever more freely, but that it's now open to the highest bidder seems a commericalisation too far for my liking.

Nevertheless, what intrigued me about the story wasn't anything to do with sponsorship, nor the reasons behind it (to promote a direct to DVD film), but the fact that the new voice represents Tinkerbell. One of the most famously silent characters in Disney's canon. On the one hand, it's great stunt to inform people that Tinkerbell now has a voice, but on the other hand I can't help but think that someone, somewhere, has entirely missed the point...

Curling up with a good book

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My, it's been a while: crawling under the duvet on a chilly night and literally curling up with a good book. So much going on that I rarely seem able to make time to read these days. My commute to work is fragmented enough that it doesn't lend itself well to reading anything for more than a few frustrating minutes at a time, and other times I would once have set aside to read are now taken up with contact practice sessions.

It's fairly evident when I've been reading the same book for several months!

Hearing Neil Gaiman talk again recently lent me a little perspective and reminded me of how much I love books. Time is duly being set aside in my schedule as a result. I have a small pile of books I need to get through and added a couple more this weekend - Gaiman's Graveyard Book is an unsurprising addition, followed by Danielewski's House of Leaves, a book I've been curious about since it was parodied over at