Right. I'm watching Sky in the Pubs. My eyes start to wander, are drawn to the bottom right hand corner of the screen. A little icon in the shape of a pint-glass appears. What does it mean? 'Last orders'? 'This pub is still serving drinks but not food'? - 'Drink, this is Sports' seems to be the most likely interpretation.
A few more pints, a few more pint icons, and I ask a barlady. "What does it mean?" (Several heads on the bar turning, staring at the screen, wondering) - She: "That's something you can move things with a remote control but I really don't know".
I'm getting more and more confused. Interactive TV? Where nobody's got a remote? Internet, help!
This bug was incredibly hard to find out. Nobody loves this icon, nobody sees this except me and the Sky controllers who rumble through the pubs all over UK to 'fight theft'. From the Sky Website: "What is this pint glass symbol on my screen?" - "Sky Business commercial subscribers will see a pint glass 'bug' appear on their screen from time to time and this bug instantly reveals who is - and most importantly, who is not - showing Sky with the correct commercial subscription agreement."
Bug the ones that pay to id the ones that don't?
Mayfair. Peep into a hotel lobby. One man slumped on a sofa, one man working at a computer station. Two seats on a computer re-plays an episode of the Simpsons.
Any hints about author and/or title? Dropped out of Russian class after one mere session, and Grant&Cutler were closed...
How unfair a question. There's the keyboard, in the first place.
- type the right number of letters
- dont type them in the right roder
- type the right number of spaces
- dont type them in the righ tplace
- type all this into Google!
And Google guesses: "Did you mean..."?, and I'm binary:
"Yes" (klick), or, "No"!
'psychotronic' films. This looks great, hope I'll make at least one of them...
(Tony Oursler? Hello?)
It's sad, I missed yesterday's Cuong Vu concert. To make up for it, I searched celebrity playlists of artists I had seen live in the past for new music pre-streams. Interface: iTunes Music Store. iForgot, and iRemembered: Apple is American! Their visual 'explicit' vs 'clean' music tagging made this abundantly clear. Upgrade their Software (my Software?), install a bit more of Walmart thinking on my machine (their machine?).
Walmart? I think it was Naomi Klein who told the story of how even the old Nirvana's changed their lyrics so that their CD's would be stocked in Walmarts throughout the US...
* the pics: Nils Petter Molvaer likes it explicit, while Helmet buy clean music! (ok, Helmet are actually much less boybandish than it looks like on the pic (though there's pretty daft lyrics as well, 'I know that you're clever you've mentioned that before', genius), but the pic itself: hilarious, I like it, guy rocking to a palm tree drum jungle or something)
No, I'm not a notorious moaner, and yes, I've asked their tech support what I could do to improve my little template for their big machine. dear b - "i've spent some time building a validating XHTML template for my blog - however, i recently had trouble with validation when there were comments being added to a post (the </br> (linebreak) tags generated by blogger weren't accepted; also, special characters like ü (ü) etc. were not properly encoded when input through the comment interface, so i had to go over the pages manually to fix them). is this an issue i could solve on my side (i.e. in my template or css)?" - thanks, a.
Since it's comments I'm having problems with, I'll post their replies to the comments! Wait and see...
The bottom one feels more like it: Whenever I pass that corner in Stoke Newington, I instinctly listen for my mobile phone to beep, thinking, that would be brilliant, to get a msg right now!
Having an ordinary conversation in the midst of such technologically styled crowd feels odd. A double luxury (YES hot chocolate WITH cream please): increase your bloodsugar level, watch your next neighbour's stresslevel grow. Slowly. Steady. Ready? Go?
They're not leaving. Something's wrong. Are they eavesdropping? Is your conversation not what you think it is? Are you giving secrets away, worse: moneyjobs? Paranoia.
I am a big fan of some other characters: the 3 teddys/beings/beasts. Fully designed against all good taste, they are so well done and just nuts enough to be my street entertainment.
"What do you want to watch?" Can I vote? I want more ani characters in public space!