Stuff we've discussed on IRC.
Posted by azz at 2005-09-10 23:43
"In short, to call this novel formulaic is an insult to the beauty and diversity of formulae."
I wasn't that inclined to try Dan Brown's work before I read that.
Posted by David at 2005-09-10 22:48
Its bad enough that if I try to write a list: (a) Item (b) Item (c) Item and it replaces my ($foo) with a smily with a halo, a beer, and a cup of tea ...
... but changing: "X can't make it, so it will be just the 7 (?) of us." into ...
"X can't make it, so it will be just the 7 ASL? of us." is not something I want to happen when talking to Jim!
I'm sure my housemates are now wondering why I'm laughing so hard.
Presumably it says something about the target market that they think people will need an abbreviation for "ASL?"...
Posted by David at 2005-09-10 22:14
Anyone else get the reference to popular Internet meme?
Sadly, I do.
Posted by azz at 2005-09-10 20:04
Random comments, a la Us-Log's Live 8 coverage.
John Williams is a lot more fun when you can see him play -- I've heard recordings of him before and not been particularly impressed, but watching him do two parts at once is most entertaining.
"The Rio Grande" was very nice -- must buy a copy of that.
The taiko drummers along with bagpipes: interesting. I didn't know you could do guitar-style bends (or the various other tricks) with bagpipes. And I want a drum like that.
The annotated stream on 701 on digital TV is very useful -- but why's the audio only mono? Hrmph.
(Of course, if it weren't, I'd probably be complaining about how it were full of artefacts...)
"Scherzi" was brilliant -- "sales demo for symphony orchestra".
John Williams and Andreas Scholl doing a quick folk song? Curious.
Scholl's really the first German to perform on the LNotP? That seems a bit unlikely.
The star filters on the cameras were a good idea, whoever thought of that.
Nations songs: "Danny Boy" is winning so far.
ARGH! BBC, how can you interrupt "Rule Britannia" with a caption for the news?
With perfect (ha!) timing, I manage to tune in just in time for Jerusalem
Looks like I can Listen Again though
Once again, the British people prove that they don't actually know the words to "Auld Lang Syne".
It seems a bit silly to put the correct words on the subtitles when they know nobody's going to be singing them...
Last New Year we cunningly got hold of copies of the lyrics and tried to sing it at midnight
Such a shame that the two versions we found had the verses in different orders - that was very confusing
Given that BBC1's already running late, did we really need the offensive TV Licensing commercial in there?
No idea, I was mplayer dvb://701ing it