Entertainment

Daniel Craig Denies Four More Bonds

Cute hoor. I just hope he doesn’t try a Friends on it, the Brocollis are tough nuts and won’t take kindly to someone cutting into their enormous profits. They’d be fools to let him go though, he’s the best Bond since Connery.

“Entitlement Mentality”

Does anybody in the music industry get it? I hear stories about artists that get it, but I’ve yet to actually meet one. Take Flick here, whose basic premise is:

“As consumers, we seem to feel entitled to have full access to music, and we wince at the thought of paying for it.”

To which one of his commentors responded:

“I like how you just pull numbers straight out of your motherfucking ass. For example, “Someone that received the promotional copy decided to place the album on a Torrent site. Now anyone can download your album for free and you won’t see a single penny.” That’s just bullshit and if you’re too mired in the glory days of ripping off the consumer, then you’re obviously on your way out.”

The emphasis above is mine. Of course Spencer there is a retard for putting it like a petulant child, but he picked up on the exact same sentence I did; a frankly stupid comment in an otherwise reasonable post. (Apart from that contract Flick signed of course; I mean, Jesus! :) …

“I won’t let Yahoo! invest any more money in consumer inconvenience.”

That’s what Ian Rogers, boss of Yahoo* Music, said to Digital Music Forum West last week. Here it is in context.

Ian Rogers: I’m here to tell you today that I for one am no longer going to fall into this trap. If the licensing labels offer their content to Yahoo! put more barriers in front of the users, I’m not interested. Do what you feel you need to do for your business, I’ll be polite, say thank you, and decline to sign. I won’t let Yahoo! invest any more money in consumer inconvenience. I will tell Yahoo! to give the money they were going to give me to build awesome media applications to Yahoo! Mail or Answers or some other deserving endeavor. I personally don’t have any more time to give and can’t bear to see any more money spent on pathetic attempts for control instead of building consumer value. Life’s too short. I want to delight consumers, not bum them out.

Someone buy that man a pint.

* Sorry Ian, I don’t do the bang.

“Torrent Away”

Graham Linehan to IT Crowd fans on his blog, fair balls to the man.

Wow! Thanks everybody! I’m slightly overcome. And listen, torrent away. Just please buy the DVD when it comes out (unless you hate it, of course, in which case that would be mental).

(About 20 comments down, look for the avatar snipped from the header.)

As I said there, TV LOL moments are so rare these days I get a little shock when I have one; and I had several during this episode. I really must buy series one on DVD, I don’t think I’ve seen all of them.

Friday

Right, the plan is:

  • 6pm, Cocktails in the Long Island
  • 7pm, Munch in the Flying Enterprise
  • 8pm, Beer in Tom Barrys

Take yer pick to join in.

Beer

Since I had Lipotrim coming out my ears and Volvic coming out of all of my other orifices, I’ve decided to take a break from the old diet for a fortnight, which means that I now have the opportunity to celebrate my thus-uncelebrated 35th birthday, and my impending doom happy engagement to the lovely T. Plus of course there’s the long, complicated process of organising my stag night, with all the associated discussions, fights, interventions, arrests, and ultimately duels at dawn. So set aside Friday week the 17th in your calendar for a few pints please. More details as we have them.

PS. 27.5 pounds so far, and really that extra half pound at the start was cos of a Johnny Fries a couple nights before I started. That’s just short of two stone, or the weight of this amount of water.

Water Water, Everywhere

Yes, I’m using bottles of water to visualise my weight loss. But still, not bad eh? Sorry for the journally-type post, but I’m dead chuffed.