Category Archives: General Waffles

Just my random blogs which haven’t got much to do with pre production, production or post production

Digg.com

Well it appears that Digg has had quite the facelift whilst I have been away at Manchester Pride and I think that I have been introduced to their version of the ‘fail whale’ from Twitter.

What is this called though because ‘Fail horse and cart’ doesn’t have quite the same ring to it!!? What would you call it?

Fail horse and cart?

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Manchester Pride 2010

Its just one more sleep before I head back to the North for Manchester Pride. I’m heading there with one of my best friends Andy Heald.

Manchester Pride 2010
The tickets have been picked up and I’m waiting for the Official Manchester Pride Twitter account to come alive with all the gossip and news about acts, performances and offers.

This year we have the delights of Kelis, Beverley Knight, 4 Poofs and a Piano and Adam Rickitt as well as getting ready to go out with the sound of Ultimate Big Brother playing in the background.

Last year the drama included loosing my chips, making BEST friends (but theb breaking friends) with randomers in one night, and of course more chips.

A bowl of chippies

This year I’m expecting more fun and frolics.

You can keep up to date with all the Pride gossip with their official twitter. Or you can always follow me for some very special tweets and pix! *wink*

The views and opinions expressed in this article are that of my own and not my employer.

Jury Duty Bingo

If you don’t already know, I have been away for the past two weeks on Jury Duty (which by the way is FANTASTIC and so much fun!)

The first week we got a case with a chap who had two counts of ‘violence occasioning actual bodily harm’.

This case took four days and we came to a unanomous verdict of gulity for both counts. He’ll be going dahhhhhn.

The second week we got a case with another chap who had two counts of ‘violence with the intent to cause GBH’

This case got thrown out of court after it appeared his health may have been a deciding factor to the attack…it left a lot of the jury questioning the decision quite heavily but I suppose that’s how it sometimes pans out.

Anyway, during the two weeks I noticed various things about the courtroom and how people spoke / addressed others.

Therefore, I have come up with Jury Duty Bingo, so if any of you out there have the fortune to be called up to serve, take this along with you and see if you can get all 9!

Jury Duty Bingo

I’ve also scaled it the same size as a pad of paper which you get to write on in court so you can tuck it nicely in between the pages ;o)

Not all will be said. For example the ‘disobediant open black gown’ corresponds to the gown the barristers / ushers etc wear and the amount of times they have to pull it back onto their shoulders! Watch out for that one.

The thoughts and opinions expressed in this article are that of my own and not my employer.

My New Keyboard

I have recently been lucky enough to get an FCP keyboard cover for my MacBook and it’s working out very nicely!

Final Cut Pro Keyboard

I can use the keyboard like a piano whilst working with AVID but for some reason, with Final Cut Pro, the keys have never stuck.

However that will change now!

The best thing about it is that it’s not another piece of large kit you have to find another bag for in order to carry it around, like my mouse or external hard drives.

It simply fits nicely on your keyboard, doesn’t put any pressure on your laptop screen when closed and the rubber backing means it doesn’t move an inch either in transportation or during usage.

Wow! It seems I have been watching a little too much CNET.

Anyway, back to editing now. Stay tuned for another new blog out very soon.

The views and opinions expressed in this article are that of my own and not my employer.

Inspiring those Television types

As of the 1st July, it has been announced within the BBC that all television teams, or Linear as we in Multiplatform call them, have to deliver one clip per programme. This is to go on their APS website page.

As a result, there have been a number of ‘Masterclass’ sessions.

In one, they asked me to speak a little bit about the importance of a website and how it can be used to promote and keep the audience engaged.

I gave them the example of Big Brother. They use their website to release exclusive news, and by ‘exclusive news’ I don’t mean, “the housemates are in the garden”. I’m talking about the real juicy gossip that you would usually leave for the television programme.

For example, (and bare with me if you have nothing to do with BB11) even before Big Brothers Little Bother aired the news that Ben would be performing a stand up act in front of the eviction audience, Emma Willis did an exclusive video for the website! Click the flower below to see said video:

Big Brother 2010 flower logo

In my experience, that’s one of the best ways to use the web…to constantly remind people when a show is on, where to watch it, and what to expect…it’s like the new generation of Radio Times. But with moving pictures!

So here we are…to the future of Multiplatform. I hope a larger audience will understand the true potential of it!

The views and opinions in this article are that of my own and not my employer.

‘Summer’ Holidays

It appears that at the moment I am on a kind of summer holiday at work. I still have deadlines I have to meet, but I’m not working my usualy 10 hours a day!

So blogs about filming and shoots won’t be coming as thick and fast until September time.

Saying that, I have been thinking about what I could do and I shall be editing together a short video this weekend.

I’m calling it, my initiation into London Town…the things a northern lass should know about that London.

Until then, enjoy this picture of a London beetle I found! My finger is there to help show the scale of it.

A beetle taking a stroll in London

The thoughts and opinions expressed in this article are that of my own and not my employer.

My Wordle Blog

For a little experiment I decided to see what a wordle of my blog would look like.

The results are below:

my blog wordle

Thanks to http://www.wordle.net/.

The views and opinions expressed in this artcle are that of my own and not my employer.