Shelf Life

Eventually, Everything is Bits. Even you. And Everything has a shelf life, even shelves. My shelves are experiencing an accelerating half life – a shelfular singularity if you like. Books, photos, movies, music and games now inhabit the clouds, pixellated, digitised and discless. My media genome is now scattered across many heavenly shelves… — Moving pictures took […]

Y, El Último Hombre

This week's episode of Lost – '316' – features a gratuitously self-referential shot of Hurley reading Y, El Último Hombre, the Spanish language edition of Y: The Last Man, written in 2004 by one of Lost's current principal writers, Brian K. Vaughn… Nothing's ever a coincidence in the Lostiverse. Hurley is reading the fourth volume, […]

Star Trek

I should be depressed. I should be indignant. I should be angry. Alongside Bruce Wayne, James Tiberius Kirk was my fictional childhood hero, how can anyone, anyone but The Shat play Kirk?? Oddly, though Batman has been played by countless brilliant, middling and appalling actors, my fanboy-ity for Batman has remained undiminished. But Kirk is […]

Dr. Horrible…

…Why No Serie-us? Aspiring super-villain Dr. Horrible wants to join the Evil League of Evil and win the girl of his dreams, but his nemesis, Captain Hammer…


‘…we finally really did it. You Maniacs! You blew it up! Ah, damn you! God damn you all to hell!‘

Colonel Saul Tigh

Complicit in fixing an election, organising a campaign of suicide-bombing in response to a military occupation, the extra-judicial execution of collaborators and the imposition of martial law following a military coup, Saul Tigh is one of the most badass, unlikeable and yet tragically, deeply and heroically flawed characters on television today. In spite of this, […]

He That Believeth In Me

John 11:25-26 –  "I am the resurrection, and the life: he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live. And whosoever liveth and believeth in me shall never die. Believest thou this?" Battlestar Galactica‘s story arcs have always drawn dark and uncomfortable parallels with the War on Terror – themes of […]

A dedicated iPlayer?

Last week the BBC announced the launch of it’s iPlayer service for the Nintendo Wii, hot on the heels of iPhone and iPod touch support last month. It’s great to see the BBC supporting so many platforms just a couple of months after the launch of the service and addresses the irony of having iPlayer […]

It’s like a photo, but it moves!

Here’s my first Flickr video – from a visit to Boston in 2002 🙂 There’s been a lotta whining and grousing about the launch of video for Flickr Pro users today, with criticism largely polarising around the 90-second limit or elitist fears of a YouTube-style pollution of the pristine Flickr community. I  these concerns will […]

I’m A Muslim, Get Me Out Of Here!

I’m A Muslim, Get Me Out Of Here! Uhuh, that’s exactly what I was feeling just minutes into last night’s opening episode of Channel 4’s Make Me A Muslim…it may as well have been called Jihad Factor, Strictly Forbidden or X-Terrorist. It seems the contestants learned nothing about the belief structure of Islam or the […]