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Probably on that MySpace thing

From one of those media alert emails: Makes sense, I suppose. In other surprisingly specific publishing news, it turns out that there’s an Essex Wedding magazine.

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High technology

“Is this another case of computer technology in search of a market?” A reminder of the days when a waterfall picture, animated poorly by rotating the colour palette, was the height of technology.

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All in the ratings game

I’m sick of websites and newspapers enthusing about The Wire. Partly because it’s cliquey – this is a programme watched by exactly one-millionth* of the number of people who tune in to Hollyoaks, but it gets huge amounts of attention. More importantly, though, because I’ve developed an unhealthy addiction to the stupid thing, and reading […]

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“Until then, though, I’ll be sticking with Fox News”

There’s much joy to be had from the inanities posted to the BBC’s Have Your Say website, but the wonders of user-submitted content go further. Amazon’s reader reviews are particularly fine and, if you pick the right book, show up some disturbing truths about the commenters’ views on society. Take, for example, one Clancy-esque thriller […]

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Liveblogging the Macworld 2009 Keynote

16/1/08 13:14 – Steve Jobs expected to take the stage in just 364 days. Excitement building in San Francisco. Rumours suggest new computer hardware and software products to be announced – watch this space for updates.

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Suggestions for the benefit of humanity

Only three, and each one easy to implement: 1) The “forward” button should be removed from Outlook Express. 2) Attempts to send any message with more than ten email addresses in the “to” field should cause any home email client to spontaneously uninstall itself and launch something less harmful (Solitaire, maybe, or a nice picture […]

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Hillary, meanwhile, is like Craigslist

From today’s Guardian: (Obama) “is the political equivalent of Facebook, another phenomenon that launched in 2004 that feels as though it has been around forever.” No, no he isn’t. And it doesn’t. For fuck’s sake.

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Things prospective cat owners should know

A very incomplete list: Each cat will roughly double in size in one year. Hopefully this applies to the first year only. They will deposit a fine layer of hair over everything to the point where even expensive cyclonic vacuum cleaners are helpless and serve only to mock your inability to ever clean properly again. […]

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