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Ten video tips for untrained print journalists

The video camera: somewhat trickier to use (and harder to replace) than a biro When I started training to be a journalist digital still cameras were still new and ludicrously expensive, and even written news didn’t always go onto the web. All you had to take out and about was a biro. Since then things […]

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Cameron’s “complicated AV” con

David Cameron, today, on the AV system: Yes, there’s a superficial simplicity in getting people to rank candidates in an order of preference… …and redistributing votes until someone gets fifty percent. But it’s a lot more complicated than that. Here’s a passage from a book detailing how the Alternative Vote system works: “As the process […]

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Summer Wars – now on Blu-ray

One of the best Japanese films I caught last year was Mamoru Hosoda’s Summer Wars (or, if you prefer spelling English titles out in katakana for the hell of it, サマーウォーズ), which was shown at the NFT alongside Uchuu Show e Yokoso. It’s a visually stunning film built on the contrasts between the traditional (an […]

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Kitten Block – Now for Chrome

Kitten Block for Firefox now has over 1,000 users and has been verified by Mozilla, but I’ve also had dozens of requests for a version that works with the Chrome browser. So, er, I made one. You can get it here. As with the Firefox version, it’s very simple: no options, just simple kitten-based blocking. […]

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