Monthly Archives: June 2014

@bffbot1

Social media (and twitter in particular) is driven by the desire to see, and to be seen. It’s a public mixture of bravado and stalking, gossip and dissemination. But underneath all that is a desire to connect, to feel part of a larger tribe. More than anything we like to be ‘liked’ – that thrill […]

Rik (2014)

I’m certainly not alone in mourning the recent death of Rik Mayall. A character inexorably linked to my childhood, from Kevin Turvey, through The Dangerous Brothers, Bottom, The New Statesman, etc. However, for me, he will always be most fondly remembered as ‘Rik’ on The Young Ones. I watched it whilst a teen, long before […]

Waiting for Godot

I recently discovered Plotagon, a bizarre and fascinating tool for auto-generating movies from dialogue and simple direction. Here is the first 5 minutes of Waiting for Godot, by Samuel Beckett, performed by some of these virtual robot actors. The actors can be given lines, simple acting direction for the dialogue (afraid, angry, arrogant, bored etc), […]