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by Sven Triloqvist Fri Jan 25th, 2013 at 01:03:36 PM EST

Fascinated, as you know I am, by the dynamics of communication, I am drawn to the heart of the beast - the Daily Mail - for a story about Clare Foges.

Who is she? Cameron's principal speech writer.

6 years ago she sold ice cream. And then contributed to scripts for 'The Thick of it'. She's a committed Christian. Clearly, she's a moving target.

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Iron Sky

by Sven Triloqvist Sat Jan 19th, 2013 at 02:05:37 PM EST

With a (partly crowd-funded) production budget of under 10 M€, the Finnish "dark science fiction comedy" Iron Sky (released 2012) is at the very high end of Finnish movie budgets, but pocket money in any major movie production country. A typical UK TV drama series (e.g. The Hour) will come in at 1 - 2 M€ an hour. Marketing budgets can sometimes be double the production budgets once a major distributor picks up a movie, though I doubt if this is the case here. Once a distributor is convinced that a movie has what it takes for a certain audience sector, the showmanship kicks in.

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LOL. What is the point of comedy?

by Sven Triloqvist Sun Jan 6th, 2013 at 03:14:19 PM EST

NOUN:
pl. com·e·dies
a.     A dramatic work that is light and often humorous or satirical in tone and that usually contains a happy resolution of the thematic conflict.
b. The genre made up of such works.
1.     A literary or cinematic work of a comic nature or that uses the themes or methods of comedy.
2.    Popular entertainment composed of jokes, satire, or humorous performance.
3.    The art of composing or performing comedy.
4.    A humorous element of life or literature: the human comedy of political campaigns.
5.    A humorous occurrence.

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Client therapy

by Sven Triloqvist Mon Nov 26th, 2012 at 11:58:48 AM EST

One of those tricky situation today where a new client wants a voiceover, but the script (obviously concocted by a nice committee of engineers, lawyers and timeservers at a major Finnish company) is crap.

The issue is safety, and the audience is lorry drivers. "Please read out this text approved by the lawyers." Will I fuck? Very few lorry drivers, in my experience, have a university education. But that doesn't mean they don't understand when idiots are talking among themselves.

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LQD: David Tilman

by Sven Triloqvist Mon Apr 30th, 2012 at 11:10:20 AM EST

A colleague sent me this video "David Tilman- Food Energy and the Environment: Can we feed the world and save the earth?"

Tilman makes an important argument, supported by clearly resourced data. Worth a look, though it's 72 minutes long. Skip the first 5 minutes of introductions to get to the meat (the older definition of meat - for the vegetarians present).

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Barbed wit

by Sven Triloqvist Sun Dec 25th, 2011 at 07:57:33 AM EST

Wiki:

Social scientists have researched the effect of facial hair on the electability of Presidential candidates, and currently consider facial hair to have a negative effect on candidates. Today, the existence of facial hair on potential presidential candidates is regularly noted (albeit somewhat jokingly) as a harmful factor.

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Life in a day

by Sven Triloqvist Thu Dec 1st, 2011 at 04:11:59 AM EST

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Habit fawning

by Sven Triloqvist Wed Oct 5th, 2011 at 12:23:30 PM EST

Living, as I do, in one of the few remaining places on Earth where the inhabitants perceive themselves to be free*, I'm surprised, in spite of my fundamentally optimistic scepticism, to experience a considerable number of examples of personal behaviour demonstrating, anecdotally, that I am not free*.

(* Definition required)

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Story of Cecil King

by Sven Triloqvist Fri Sep 16th, 2011 at 11:40:06 AM EST

Adam Curtis has put the rough cut of a film about King and the Labour party, circa 1964, on his BBC blog.

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Fiddling or Blogging?

by Sven Triloqvist Sat Sep 10th, 2011 at 03:33:13 PM EST

An entirely unworthy diary, from which nothing good will come, based upon an almost invisible spark of interest here.

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What happens when....?

by Sven Triloqvist Sun Aug 21st, 2011 at 02:11:20 PM EST

What happens when moviemaking can be decentralized?

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"Modern technology out of control"

by Sven Triloqvist Fri May 20th, 2011 at 10:12:07 AM EST

Grauniad: Superinjunctions: Modern technology out of control, says lord chief justice

M'Luddite has some further shocks awaiting him down the line. (The wigs will go, for one). It's like having a judge who only rides horses and knows nothing about cars - deciding traffic cases.

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Finnish Election Part Two

by Sven Triloqvist Wed Apr 20th, 2011 at 09:34:04 AM EST

Apart from the fact that the outgoing PM has gone back on her word to bring the Portugal bailout before a special session of Parliament - thus possibly dooming the EU agreement that has to be settled by middle May (by which time the new government is unlikely to have been formed), there's this (copyright: Martti Leppänen 2011)

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If you really insist Finnish election dairy (sic)

by Sven Triloqvist Mon Apr 18th, 2011 at 04:42:55 AM EST

originally posted 17 April

I'm milking it again. But any road, voting closes in a few minutes and we'll get the advance voting results soon after. The first 50% of today's votes will be counted in around 9, and they'll mostly be rural and north- so expect a bias toward the Centre party, with odd pockets of rampant red-blooded socialism, and, in small Swedish-speaking towns like the harboured Inkoo, the RKP candidate will have a majority worthy of Kim Il Jung.

the thread now discusses results and consequences - afew

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Non-Committal

by Sven Triloqvist Wed Jan 26th, 2011 at 03:02:44 PM EST

Only 4 times in my life have I had to deal with the situation of someone I know well being committed to psychiatric care.

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Patterns

by Sven Triloqvist Sun Jan 9th, 2011 at 11:41:35 AM EST

Patterns

I was playing with a little 28k app on my Xperia today, Pattern Generator: "a mix between a kinetic spirograph and a kaleidoscope - creates mesmerizing moving pattern on the screen." You can download it for androids here, for free.

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Less Ambitious Movies

by Sven Triloqvist Sun Jan 9th, 2011 at 07:15:19 AM EST

Snacks on a plane (and other 'less ambitious' films)

This week one of the social networking site's trends, #lessambitiousmovies, has been swamped with posts including: The Devil Wears Uniqlo; Taxi Passenger and It's Not a Bad Life. Yesterday, #lessambitiousmovies was racking up 200 Tweets a minute. "A lot of movies have pretty epic titles," said cultural website Paste Magazine. "With #lessambitiousmovies, Tweeters have taken the liberty of making these titles more down to earth. PT Anderson's ultimate display of a man consumed by greed (There Will Be Blood) turns into a guy going to the doctor for a regular check-up (There Will Be Bloodwork)."

for your Sunday entertainment - Nomad

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Alcoholism is a Learned Behaviour Disorder

by Sven Triloqvist Sun Jan 2nd, 2011 at 07:32:11 AM EST

Today, a few hours from annual general leglessness of a more complex kind, is as good a time as any to revisit this subject, which I have been following for many years, and which I have frequently tried to elucidate here at ET.

The new drug announced below goes a long way back to the Sinclair Method. Dr Sinclair is a good friend of mine and any discussion with him is inspiring: but on the subject of the treatment of alcoholism he is an expert. I'd like briefly revisit the history, but first read the (partly misinformed) news today...

a discussion for the hung-over - Nomad

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Yuletide thread

by Sven Triloqvist Fri Dec 24th, 2010 at 05:46:01 AM EST

well, here's today's open thread! afew

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Donate

by Sven Triloqvist Sat Dec 4th, 2010 at 06:42:31 AM EST

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