Mar 2012 13

This guy… This guy Jason Yang is a talented violinist. He’s been featured on Glee, his Youtube views number in the millions, and his multi-tracked version of this theme is really melodic and faithful to the original:

… And in keeping with the theme of fantasy violin covers, here is his version of a suite from Skyrim:

For some reason, hearing both these pieces out of their usual context like this reminds me just how good they are.


Mar 2012 14

A really geeky but interesting insight into how much detail Google go into when looking at way to improve your search experience.

Something refreshing before you take on the Deathstar?
Mar 2012 15

Gizmodo run a Gif of the day, and todays being Star Wars themed and this site clearly having massive Star Wars love I thought this would be a great little link for people to look upon!



Mar 2012 15
Mar 2012 15

This must have taken ages to complete and how they didn’t get stopped by the old bill I will never know.

Mar 2012 15

So the Computer Graphics Group of Berlin have developed a throwable Panoramic Ball Camera, which also happens to be the name of the camera in question:

I’m sure it’s not the catchiest product name that you’ve ever heard, and I’m also sure that they’ll work on that. But it is definitely a great concept and very cleverly engineered. I have to confess that I can’t ever imagine using it more than once or twice if I ever got one though, so I am unsure of its long-term success. The company’s website is here, and they’re still trying to get things off the ground, so why not check it out and boost their numbers?


When Columbo got ‘Lynched’
Mar 2012 15

As a genuine fan of Columbo, the original ‘daddy’ of the detective tv series, I have seen every episode. As is widely known, Columbo established a narrative based not on the whodunnit model, but the howdunnit model. Each episode starts with a murder being plotted, or at least the build up to an impulsive killing and the subsequent well thought out cover-up.

As soon as our crumpled, cigar smoking hero appears, squinting in the California sunlight, the game of cat and mouse begins. Which clues will he pick up on, where did the killer get it wrong? It’s a format of repetition, and hence why it was so successful.

However, one episode stands out from all the rest, a curio in the vault, that is such an oddity, it has to be highlighted. Episode 6 of series 5 (1976) titled ‘Last Salute to the Commodore’ is a bizarre addition to the Columbo collection. Directed by long time collaborator on the series, and star of iconic 60s series The Prisoner, Patrick McGoohan, it is almost unwatchable. And yet, for Columbo enthusiasts it’s a must, if for no better reason than seeing their favourite detective appear as he doesn’t in any other episode.

From his opening swivel in a porch doorway, to his rowing off on the ocean in a small boat, Falk plays Columbo as a kind of raving madman. He shouts and gesticulates his way through the episode as if possessed by some demonic drunkard, standing in bizarre poses and spewing crazy lines. The narrative flings open a new approach by cutting to a dead body with no sign of murder and flips things on their heads by asking us to revert to the whodunnit formula.

Every role in this episode is a caricature, mostly mumbling incoherent drunken lines to one another or giggling, or yelling. You’re never quite sure what’s happening as minutes are spent talking about inane facts that have nothing to do with the plot. The whole thing, if played straight in traditional Columbo style, would be done in 20 mins. This lasts another 70.

It’s not that the episode has no redeeming features, it does. I’m just not sure what they are. I can only describe it as Columbo as if David Lynch had got involved.

So here’s to ‘Last Salute to the Commodore’ a genuinely glorious, odd and almost unwatchable piece of 70s television.

See it.

last salute final scene



Tron Legacy Dancers
Mar 2012 16

Love this awesome dance routine from a group in Japan decked out in Tron Legacy gear.

Dance Routine


Mar 2012 16

This made me smile so much I though my face would break.  A true Genius.

Mar 2012 16

Great talk on creativity and the way modern society looks after its creative people.

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