Monthly Archive for May, 2006

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This week in current affairs shows: Part 8

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This weeks lesson: comedy

This has got to be the best show on television at the moment, I don’t know how they do it, but each week is just getting better at The Chaser’s War on Everything.

Don’t let the topic fool you, this was probably the most serious of the “This Week in Current Affairs” they’ve done. This is the most scathing attack they’ve done on A Current Affair and Today Tonight yet. Its funny how pointing out some bad jokes really makes these shows look irrelevant.

Andrew Hansen had a look on his face that really summed it all up, it wasn’t quite pity I don’t think, but you really got the feeling of just how genuinely pathetic these shows are.

Updated logo.. lust

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So I’ve shaved about 30px off the top of the logo to maximise space, and I’ve finally dumped ‘Rockwell’ as my font of choice, for now its ‘Gill Sans’ which aptly enough is the BBC and Saab font (..I drive a Saab).

Updated logo.. work in progress

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It’ll probably change again soon, just got bored with the old one.

Music superviser for a day

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“Cry” by James Blunt

One of my dream jobs has been to be the music superviser on a television show (that is, ever since I read an article about it in jmag and realised it was an actual job).

The combination of music and visuals is incredibly cathartic (for me at least) and its one of the aspects of idents that I really love. I often ask people what it is that they “do” with the music they really love, and for me I tend to create scenes in my head that go with them. I like to think I’m creating the soundtrack to a movie that hasn’t been made yet.

So, what does this have to do with the video?

Well, this promo for the ABC’s East Timor drama “Answered by Fire” has no narration, just music. In this case the track is “Cry” by James Blunt. It seemed like an easy video to play around with, so in this case I thought I’d try it with some different songs overlayed.

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“Lay Down” by Melanie Safka

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“The Fighter” by After The Fall

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“For Real” by Okkervil River

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“Four to the Floor” by Starsailor

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“Stupid” by Sarah McLachlan

Foxtel Friday: TV1

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In an effort to post some actual idents I thought I’d introduce this semi-regular column.. Better Know a Foxtel Channel (aka Foxtel Friday). So without further ado, Part 2 in this 63 part series…

I’m so glad I called this a “semi-regular” column because gee I’ve been lazy with it, and calling it “Foxtel Friday” didn’t seem to help either, it gets around to Thursday every week and I realise I’ve got nothin.

Anyway this week I got around to doing something, and that something was called TV1 (the fightin’ first). TV1 is one of the oldest channels on Australian subscription television, its a joint venture between Sony, Universal and Paramount and just like FOX8 is best known for The Simpsons, TV1 is probably most remembered for having Seinfeld (in my household at least).

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Nine’s $1.95 down-loans

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In an ominous start to the Australian TV download scene the Nine network is offering this week’s episode of McLeod’s Daughters available for download for free. After that though it will cost $1.95 an episode and you won’t own the video, you’ll just have a license to watch it for five days.

It doesn’t work on a Mac (of course), and I’m still struggling to get it download on my Mum’s Compaq, instead of just letting you download the file they have this tortured flash interface which is still loading.

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This thing called Prime

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A bit of a look at regional Australia’s “Seven”.

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Bonehead Chas

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Chas from The Chaser’s War on Everything trying to see how many times he could get in camera shot at the Logies, really well done.

This has got to be the best Australian comedy on TV at the moment (are there even any others?).

Humanity at Sunrise

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For some reason I want to be cynical about this moment, but that little interaction between Sunrise and the Beaconsfield miner really added some humanity to the breakfast show that Today will just never be able to achieve, not even with money.

Even if Todd and Brant have signed themselves to golden handcuffs at the Nine Network I doubt they’ll be able to create anything as real as what happened with Sunrise as the ambulance drove out of Beaconsfield that morning.

I hope Nine pay them millions, because all that money won’t buy them a request for a hug from Jessica Rowe, or that security tag.

American Baguette

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Virginity’s just an existentialist construct.

A little late with getting this one up sorry, hilarious all the same.