Apple Goes Moto? Don’t believe the hype

Motorola and Apple have agreed to bring the iTunes jukebox and music service to mainstream Motorola phones. Interesting deal by Apple invading the mobile music player space that RealNetworks has called its own. Will this service work on Microsoft powered Motorola phones or is this deal just a pile of hot moto like the Motorola Palm phone agreement and Symbian involvement? Also, how will this fit with Motorola’s close relationships with carriers? iTMS is a direct competitor with carrier mobile portals and music download services a la 3’s walled garden offering, Orange World, O2 Active and Vodafone Live. Expect nothing to happen after the operators pimp slap Moto into submission and send them back to turn tricks in the PAYG part of the phone showroom.

New Star Wars Film Gets Lucas Seal of Approval


Escape from Tatooine was the winner of Atom Films Star Wars short competition this year, picked by George Lucas himself. Personally it is not a patch on TROOPS which we featured the other day. However, all you comic/sci-fi/fantasy geeks out there can watch this while you lust after Revenge of the Sith, or you could get a life instead.

Bloggers & the Democratic National Congress

Cynthia Webb’s Filter column at The Washington Post has an interesting article by Robert MacMillan on the rise of bloggers as a media force to reckoned with at the Democratic Party Congress. Maybe its because the liberal media (meagre though it is) want the blogger militia to take on Murdoch’s Fox red coats because no one else can stop them.

Pirsig in his book Zen and the art of motorcycle maintenance talks about an argument where with his university board on the nature of quality. He compares the argument to a buffalo is damned if he takes either of two possible stances ending up being impaled on its horns, he could reject the fight (going between the two horns and cracking them on the head) or he could sing the buffalo to sleep. In the UK, New Labour after three election defeats successfully sang the NewsCorp buffalo to sleep, maybe the Democrats should take a similar pragmatic approach?

Another Close Encounter of The Third Kind

I am too young to remember Close Encounters of the Third Kind when it first came out at the cinema. I remember watching it in the mid 1980’s round at a friends house whilst playing hookie from school. I quite liked it but my peers preferred the American Ninja series, The Octagon, The Hitcher and Governor Schwarzenegger’s early action movies. I borrowed it from Blockbuster, using their 3 for 5GBP for a week offer that applies to slightly older DVDs.

I was blown away. This film was made in 1977, and yet it is so visually rich, it makes CGI films look sterile in comparison, its hard to believe this was done with smoke effects neon lit rigs and painted backgrounds. The concept, the acting from the assorted Indians, hill-billies and cops, Richard Dreyfus, to the little Cary Guffy, the little boy that Dreyfuss almost runs over in his power company pick-up.