Author: Ian

Product placement is dreadful

Sometimes I hear people say “I don’t see the problem with product placement”. The argument most often given, is that by placing products into a show, we give it a sense of realism that it wouldn’t otherwise have had. In soaps, for example, it’s claimed that the characters asking for a “pint of beer” is unrealistic, because everyone asks for a brand. Well, ignoring the fact that you can’t place beer in a TV show, because of the OFCOM rules, why does it detract from the drama. If someone asking for a beer, rather than a Carlsberg, is distracting you from...

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The Top Gear theme tune Jeremy Clarkson banned

Several years ago, I worked on Top Gear. I was responsible for the website, and each week I’d go to the studio to take photos and watch the recording. It was one of the best jobs I’ve ever done. Looking through some old files recently, I unearthed a version of the Top Gear theme tune that was mixed when the show got a refresh. This was around the time they moved to a new studio (a different hangar on the same airfield) and got Top Gear Dog, who was another feature that didn’t last very long. Fans of Top...

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Spotify, now with 97% extra idiocy

From today, to sign up to Spotify, you’ll need to have a Facebook account. This is one of the most idiotic decisions ever made by a company. And that’s not just my opinion, that’s an actual fact. When Spotify launched, the press lauded it as a game changer. I know, because I was one of the members of the press who so lauded it. At the time, Spotify offered something incredible. A free music service, which was both legal, and a pleasure to use. Now though, the Swedish streaming outfit seems to have, in TV parlance, jumped the fucking...

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Don’t cross-post to social networks

My old buddy Nate Lanxon recently wrote a post for his Wired blog about posting multiple comments to various social networks.In this article, he references a person called “Ian” who he says “shared his considerable dissatisfaction” on the subject of posting the same content to potentially three different networks at the same time. I’ll give you three guesses who “Ian” was, but you’re only going to need one.At the time, I meant to write a post of my own, explaining why I think its important that these sites are treated separately, but I didn’t have time. Now, I note, that...

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NatWest’s ‘other way’ is rubbish

I’ve been a NatWest customer since I last had to boycott a bank. In around 1999 I left Abbey National because they refused to allow me to access my money without the rigmarole of using a stupid red pass book. I could, however, show them photo ID and remove all my money. So I did, and took it all to NatWest. I’ve been a very happy personal banker with NatWest for many years and have never had a major problem. No more though, because tomorrow I’m going to close every single one of my NatWest bank accounts, move my...

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