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    Right. Has anyone else here seen this? It's BBC1's new Saturday night 9 o'clock drama, an update on the Jekyll & Hyde story, starring James Nesbitt and Gina Bellman (amongst others), and is written by Steven Moffat (who wrote the unbearably smug, to my mind, sitcom "Coupling"). It should be...
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    Werner Herzog vs Rambo... <snip> "Based on the true story of an American pilot, Dieter Dengler (Christian Bale) is shot down during a top-secret mission to destroy Viet Cong strongholds in Laos at the beginning of the Vietnam War. Taken hostage, he endures...
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    Nintendo Wii

    Launched in the UK today! Someone at work had one delivered this morning, and we've had it set up on the studio projector. What can I say? It's awesome. If there's any justice in the world, Nintendo will clean up. By disassociating themselves from the polygons-per-second machismo of X Box and...
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    Swansong, or: What will the fat lady sing at your funeral?

    Bit maudlin, maybe, but I thought it might be interesting to find out what Dissensians would like to have played as their corpse gets passed ceremonially from one plane to the next. Me, I'm opting for Ohio River Boat Song by The Palace Brothers. I've always had a massive soft spot for it, and I...
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    reactable, basic demo #1

    "Reactable, is a multi-user electronic music instrument with a tabletop tangible user interface. "Several simultaneous performers share complete control over the instrument by moving physical objects on a luminous table surface. By moving and relating these objects, representing components of...
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    Misty's Big Adventure

    This will probably strike a few chords with people on this board:
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    Drawing, MIT-style

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    Thought people might enjoy Lasse Gjertsen's 15 minutes of fame.
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    We finally got around to watching Brick last night, and what can I say, but: wow. It's got to be the most confident and precisely executed movie I've seen since Cache (albeit a very different beast). The whole thing was just perfectly pitched. I think the transposition of noir genre onto the...
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    Open source movie making

    Matt Hanson, one of the founders of the annual onedotzero festival, is trying to do something potentially very interesting: inspired by the Million Dollar Homepage and such like, he's using the web to raise cash and find collaborators to make a movie. In his own words: For a minimum donation...
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    Next gen Dissensian

    My boy was born today at 10:07am, weighing 6lbs 6oz. Early indications are that he's an unreconstructed rock fan. Let his re-education commence.
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    Brain-machine interface

    Honda Technology Uses Brain Waves to Control Bots Have tried to find some video footage of the demo online, but to no avail. If you have better luck, be sure to post links here, eh. There was also a cover story on a similar field of research in New Scientist the other week, namely the...
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    The Hype Machine

    The Hype Machine tracks a variety of MP3 blogs. If a post contains MP3 links, it adds those links to its database and displays them on the front page. Some of the frequently accessed tracks are cached by the Hype Machine server, much like Google Search caches web pages, to reduce load on the...
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    i:cube at the NFT tonight

    With Nathan Fake. Details here. Anyone else going?
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    New from Herbert

    Past experience tells me that there be a more than a few Herbert haters on this forum; but I thought the rest of you might be interested to hear some stuff off his forthcoming LP :) He's stuck a couple of tunes up on Magic + Accident. Enjoy (in spite of the nasty wee Flash player). Much more...
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    "Broken Ear Record" by Black Dice

    Ummm. Am I missing something? Has anyone else heard this album? I see Boomkat describes it as brilliantly original - I'll say. With the exception of "Motorcycle", the whole album strikes me as being 40 minutes of sonic gibberish. A bit like the music made by Dan Ashcroft's flatmate in "Nathan...
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    Space propulsion breakthrough: new spacecraft ion engine tested

    Beyond cool ... "The European Space Agency and the Australian National University have successfully tested a new design of spacecraft ion engine that dramatically improves performance over present thrusters and marks a major step forward in space propulsion capability."
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    Just wanted to say...

    Merry Xmas, everybody :)
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    Guardian interview: Philip Roth

    "It would be wonderful with a 100-year moratorium on literature talk, if you shut down all literature departments, close the book reviews, ban the critics. The readers should be alone with the books, and if anyone dared to say anything about them, they would be shot or imprisoned right on the...
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    Top 20 albums of 2005..?

    It's about this time of year that I like to start doing that man-thing where you compile a list of your favourites of the year. This year, instead of busting a blood vessel deciding what makes the shortlist, I thought I'd just look at the playcount in iTunes. And it seems that my Top 20 Albums...