Chapter 126 – the rant

2 08 2009

I planned for Honorine’s life to develop in this manner, but I never imagined how much I’d sympathise with her.  The word “shut-in” hit home rather harder than I could have predicted it would.

You know what I really dislike?  When an author starts a story and then abandons it midway, betraying the readers in the process.

I screwed up.  I honestly don’t know what happened.  I wouldn’t blame you if you thought I’d given up on this story, because you have only my word – and you do have my word – that I didn’t.

Lately, I’ve just lost touch with everything, and everyone.  I haven’t been playing guitar, I haven’t been playing piano, haven’t been reading; I’ve lost contact with people, online and even somewhat offline, and not realised how long it’s been until, well, now.  Offline, I have the lame excuse that I have no money and no job, but online I don’t even have that.

There are so many things I should have blogged, but didn’t.  At the moment I find myself very much sympathising with sulz, who I only just learned is stopping blogging indefinitely.  I don’t have her excuses, but like sulz, somehow my heart just hasn’t been in writing lately.

I read a post on Museditions’ blog earlier which I think has made me realise my problem: I’ve been wanting to blog out of necessity – that is, desire to complete the story – but I have had little interest in the blogging itself.

For this reason,I’m not going to insult your intelligence as readers by making more promises.  The fact is, I don’t know if I’ll update regularly.  I am clearly not reliable.  I hate myself so much for this, but I think it’s one of those things I need to face up to.  Of course, I’ll try to update regularly.  But, well, I’m a hypocrite.

And I’m tired, so I need to wrap this post up, but I think I should mention:

Brüno and The Half-Blood Prince

I’ve been to the cinema twice since I last posted.  I went with friends to see Brüno, and I went with my family to see Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (well, it would hardly have been the other way around!).

That’s right, innocent little Bobby G watched Brüno.  And for the most part, I was entertained by it, although it was extremely crass in places.  It’s a mark of how jaded the Internet has left me that the only thing that really shocked me in the movie was the attitudes of the stage parents.  Oh, and the fact that he was still alive after that comment about Osama bin Laden.  (Oh good grief, I think I lost my innocence to imageboards! 😦 )

I don’t know why I even joked about that.  It seriously bothers me that I’m not as innocent as I was.  That’s my personality I’m losing.

I had been extremely apprehensive about this new Harry Potter film, and I was especially upset to learn that it left out Luna’s commentary scene, which is the best moment in the entire series, but I was pleasantly surprised by the film.  They didn’t have the commentary scene, but it was nevertheless an excellent adaptation of the novel, and possibly my favourite Harry Potter movie so far.  The acting was a lot better than that of the previous film, which certainly helped.  The characters were very convincing this time around; Malfoy, Luna, Slughorn and Lavender really were Malfoy, Luna, Slughorn and Lavender.  There was something a little odd about hearing Harry say the word “tosser”, but he is supposed to be sixteen by this point (of course, he looks a deal older).  If you haven’t seen it, I definitely recommend this movie.

Goodness, I’m tired.  I have no idea how I’ll be up in good time tomorrow at this rate.  It’s 3:20 already.


Current listening: S Club 7, “Don’t Stop Movin'”


Chapter 23 – the rant

17 09 2008

Yes, Bradley just dissed media studies.  For shame, Bradley.

This is the future, so naturally Bradley gets pay-per-view TV on demand.  TV is already moving in that direction in real life, so it’s not improbable that all television will be like that in the future.

Aren’t you glad I’m putting my media studies lessons to good use?

And, this being the future, the school has an automated sprinkler system.  None of my schools had one of those.

BBC iPlayer (Summary 3)

29 02 2008

This is a summary of this article, written 26/2/2008.

ITV’s online video service was launched in August 2007.  It reached its peak popularity in November.  Since then, it has experienced a decline of about 200,000 views.  Naturally, ITV chiefs are worried, especially since only 40% of views (about 1m) are full-length programmes.

Compare that to the BBC iPlayer, which had 11m programmes streamed or downloaded this January.

However, Internet research firm comScore assessed all ITV websites, including, and and found that a much more promising total of 8.1m videos had been streamed from those sites.  That’s still less than in November, and still less than the BBC iPlayer, but it’s more than 4oD.  In addition, the number of users streaming videos from ITV websites has actually increased since November.

The BBC’s success with the iPlayer may in part be down to the marketing campaign they launched, featuring big names like Jeremy Clarkson and David Attenborough.  The fact that the BBC’s website was already popular before the iPlayer got launched is probably also a factor.  The BBC iPlayer also has a significantly bigger budget than ITV’s video player.

Ian Maude, of the research firm Enders, said that the BBC iPlayer is “off to a good start”, but that other broadcasters are “struggling to get traction”.  He also pointed out that the ITV video player is very good – yet very few people seem to be using it, for some reason.

Maude also said that YouTube is still the most popular video site, suggesting that Internet users prefer short clips to full-length television shows.

The Internet FAILS

31 01 2008

This morning I couldn’t get the Internet to work.  There was something wrong with the server, or the modem, or something.  Anyway, when I got home today, it was working again, and it looks like I got off easy: in South Asia and the Middle East, the Internet servers have been disrupted by severed cables yesterday, as reported by the BBCAlso as reported by the Beeb, the disturbances are set to continue, with 50% of India’s bandwidth and 70% of Egypt’s bandwidth affected.  The companies serving the east coast of the USA and the UK are the worst affected.  The cause of the damage is as yet unknown, but it may have been a ship’s anchor. o_0;

Anyway, this got me thinking about how much I – and we, as in, the culture I am a part of – rely on the Internet.  It’s so important to so many people, and yet it hasn’t been around for all that long (according to Wikipedia’s article, the World Wide Web was invented in 1989, but I’m sure it didn’t become as popular as it is now until broadband became widespread).  Today a friend of mine was shocked when he realised that he spends more than 20 hours a week online.  I might be just as bad.

Another reason to feel depressed is the weather.  A lot of people probably think we in the UK make a lot of fuss about nothing when it comes to weather – “You call this a blizzard?  Back in Alaska, we call this sleet!” – but the fact is that we in the UK are simply not used to weather that can kill you directly.  For us, weather is normally a constantly changing (remember, we’re an island) nuisance, nothing more.  So when we get freak snowfalls or 70mph gales, we naturally get a bit freaked out.  I remember feeling very annoyed when a publication – can’t remember what it was – described the floods that occured in this area last year as “the most boring natural disaster ever”, and implied that nobody cared.  People died.  People’s houses were flooded.  We in the UK just can’t deal with that kind of thing!

As it is, I live on a hill, so the worst I personally got from the flooding was a drenching and a slight cold (it helped that I was in Scotland during the local, deeply ironic drinking water shortage, too).  Similarly, today I was not blown off the road or snowed in.  I did, however, get very cold and wet, and overall I’m not in a good mood.

Meanwhile, I’m feeling snowed under with Music Tech coursework.  Music Technology is the fourth hardest subject taught at my school (after the three sciences), and due to numerous setbacks, I’m really behind with the coursework (which I can only do during school time, due to the equipment required).  I’m currently planning to write lyrics for my Composition 1 piece, but I have a mental block when it comes to writing cheerful lyrics.  They always end up sounding cheesy and insincere.  I’m good at depressing, though, but I don’t want to write emo songs.

Huh, I thought “black monday” was a couple of weeks back.  So, here I am, back in my (moderately) warm house, enjoying my Internet connection, hoping that Pink Floyd, Gorillaz and the Smashing Pumpkins will alleviate my gloom.

Current listening: Pink Floyd, “Interstellar Overdrive”.

Video sites benefit from writers’ strike

11 01 2008

As reported by the BBC, the American writers’ strike has resulted in an increase in the number of Americans using video sites.  The net management firm Nielsen Online claims that some video sites have doubled their audience since the strike began.

The number of YouTube viewers increased by 18% two months after the strike began, whilst newer sites like Crackle have experienced unprecedented audience growth – there are now twice as many Crackle viewers as there were in October.

The Pew Internet Project notes that there has also been a gradual increase in the viewing of online videos over the past year.  On a typical day 2007, 15% of US Internet users watched a video online.

 I guess that’s one way to keep yourself entertained in the absence of Heroes.

More Internet statistics

13 12 2007

According to the BBC, 39% UK adults use social networking sites.  This compares with 53% in Canada, 34% in the USA, 32% in Japan, 22% in Italy, 17% in France and 12% in Germany.

These stats are courtesy of an Ofcom report.

 The report also showed that the USA is the only country where more there are more female Internet users than male ones (52% of US Internet users are women).  The only country where there are an equal number of male and female Internet users is the UK.  Everywhere else, men use the Internet more.

Yep.  Interesting.

And while I’m on the subject of that report, the UK enjoys some of the cheapest deals for mobiles, broadband and television.  Which is odd, because I was under the impression that everything costs more over here than elsewhere.


21 11 2007

Well, not quite, but I’m not one to pass on an opportunity to run around like a headless chicken, screaming at the top of my voice, am I?

According to the BBC, Nemertes Research have predicted that the Internet will run out of capacity by 2010.  This will apparently result in a massive slowdown, and downloads will take forever again.  As the BBC put it, it could be a return to the connection speed of “the bad old days of dial-up”.

And just when I was getting to like the Internet too.

 Apparently, the money required to avert this in the US alone would be in the region of $42 billion – $55 billion dollars.

Well, that’s just fantastic.  Fan-blooming-tastic.