The BBC does a (surprisingly accurate for the mainstream media) profile of 4chan.
“Another 4chan favourite is Pedobear, a harmless-looking ursoid cartoon character who, despite his loveable appearance… you get the idea.”
Oh, BBC Radio, I could kiss you sometimes. A thirty minute show about science and comedy from Robin Ince and Brian Cox? With Dara O’Briain as a guest? And available as a podcast? YES PLEASE!
The story of Sir Clive Sinclair and Chris Curry is being turned into a one-off BBC comedy-drama. To British nerds of a certain age, this is the most exciting news ever.
Genuinely bothersome news from Auntie Beeb. They’ve decided to stop letting people outside the US switch to viewing the News site from a UK focus. That was the whole reason why BBC News has been on my browser toolbar since 1998! Hoping this will be reversed.
In tribute to Tony Hart, the BBC News magazine profiles the music for “The Gallery”. An iconic ditty for any member of my generation.
The iconic BBC radio series (which gave way to The Day Today) finally gets a full CD release (including bonus material, such as Chris Morris’s fantastic flexidisc for Select Magazine). Subscribe to the podcast for snippets of genius.
TheyWorkForYou has a crowdsourcing project matching the Hansard transcripts of parliamentary debates to BBC video. It’s pretty easy work if you keep going through one debate (and you get to watch a little bit of politics in action). Fancy taking a half hour to help them out?
This is amazingly good news. Steven Moffat (writer of Coupling and Press Gang, as well as the best episodes of “new” Doctor Who) is taking over as lead writer. I’m giddy at the prospect of what’s to come.
Ashes to Ashes (the 80’s Life on Mars follow-up) is starting the first week of February, and everything about it sounds bloody AMAZING.
“What’s been your favourite scene to film?” “That would have to be when we were on a speed boat going under Tower Bridge carrying machine guns. Say no more.”
More on the BBC/MusicBrainz link-up — Not only are the Beeb paying to use MB data on their site, the music experts over there will be helping update MB. This can only be a good thing.
Last night’s Scientology documentary from the BBC. I watched this last night, and it’s really quite jaw-dropping. I’m surprised the scientologists have been kicking up such a fuss about it, because it’s only raised public awareness of what a bunch of controlling manipulative fruitcakes they are.
Bugger me backwards, this sounds good. A modernised retelling of Jekyll and Hyde, written by Steven Moffat of Press Gang, Coupling, and Three of the best new episodes of Doctor Who fame. Hooray for the BBC!
Wow, the Beeb are streaming live video of all their World Cup coverage. Geo-limited to the UK only, but still, that’s a lot of bits to shuffle. I can’t imagine office IT folks are particularly thrilled about this move!
Incredible story of how a fan bought the DVD rights to the excellent, but forgotten, BBC sitcom “Joking Apart” (written by Stephen Moffat of Press Gang and Coupling fame). I only caught a couple of episodes, but loved it, and can’t wait to buy this.
Auntie releases a Radio 4 comedy show for MP3 download & podcast. Hurrah! If they do this with the next series of Just a Minute and I’m Sorry I Haven’t a Clue, I’m going to be a happy camper indeed.
New distributed computing project “sponsored” by the Beeb. It’s an interesting problem to solve, and they’ve done the smart thing that made SETI so viral: A really attractive screensaver that will attract attention around offices. Now running on a bunch of my PCs.
This is an archive of groovmother.com, the old blog run by Rod Begbie — A Scottish geek who lives in San Francisco, CA.