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By TheophileEscargot (Fri Mar 20, 2009 at 07:07:58 AM EST) Reading, MLP, Theatre (all tags)
Theatre: "Stovepipe". Reading "AD 500". Twitter. Web.

Saw Stovepipe at, uh, W12 shopping centre in Shepherd's Bush. Basically a play about an ex-army security guard in Iraq, searching for a friend who's disappeared.

The difference is that it's a kind of immersive thing. There's no stage, but a series of rooms: you follow the cast around from room to room and mingle with them as the play goes on: clever spotlighting keeps the focus on the characters. There's a bit of interaction with the minor actors, but you don't have to actively participate much.

Thought it was really good, one of the best plays I've seen in ages. Maybe it's the novelty factor, but I thought the staging kept you much more involved in the events than in a conventional theatre.

The writing was good, morally ambiguous without clichés. Pretty intense performances too.

Reviews here and here. Thought it was better than the reviewers suggest: I suspect the reviewers were miffed at having to trek outside the cosy haunts of the West End. Well worth seeing.

What I'm Reading
A.D. 500: A Journey Through the Dark Isles of Britain and Ireland by Simon Young. Curious book. Written by a historian of the period, it's a kind of fake travel guide, written from the point-of-view of a Byzantine expedition on a perilous expedition through these barbarous islands.

Pretty good though: there's a lot of interesting information as you go through, and the format keeps it interesting.

Thinking about it, not quite sure what the provenance is for the Irish nipple-sucking ritual though. Allegedly it was an important symbolic gesture to indicate a protective/parental relationship.

Joined Twitter on a slow day as TheoEsc. It's quite interesting so far: might find myself getting bored with it eventually.

Not sure whether Stephen Fry is more interesting than depressing. I'm all "Just ate a bowl of cornflakes!" and then he tweets "Just arrived in Borneo in pursuit of the venemous krait!".

Not sure how much you can tweet without annoying people.

Discovered lately that the "Reply" option only messages the replyee and your mutual followers. So in-jokes should be pretty safe that way.

My Tweetwheel.

Video. Red Riding Hood animation. Tearjerking obit for the Space Bat. Five second films (more).

Pics. Undersea volcano. Kirk chairs. Queen with presidents.

Misc. Robofish to monitor pollution.

Articles. More on the great lie detector rip-off. Mark Thomas: Euro ruling means innocent UK arrestees can get DNA record deleted but you have to ask. How to make game AI dumb enough to defeat (/.) Evangelical apology to Darwin (TP). Mervyn King on regulation (ecUK).

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(Comment Deleted) by nebbish (2.00 / 0) #1 Fri Mar 20, 2009 at 07:15:36 AM EST

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So far by nebbish (2.00 / 0) #2 Fri Mar 20, 2009 at 07:17:39 AM EST
Twitter is the only social networking site I've enjoyed. I originally went on there to chat through the day with a friend who's moved to Australia, and from that I've progressed to following real life and internet friends - once you start following complete strangers it gets a bit noisy and overwhelming I've found.

It's also useful for posting links to my film reviews, of which I'm doing a couple a week now.

I'm Husi friends!

It's political correctness gone mad!

@nebbish Twitter:Facebook :: cowpox:smallpox? [nt] by R Mutt (2.00 / 0) #3 Fri Mar 20, 2009 at 07:19:47 AM EST

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I'm afraid by nebbish (2.00 / 0) #4 Fri Mar 20, 2009 at 07:28:22 AM EST
I'm very confused by that comment

It's political correctness gone mad!

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Sorry, too smartarsed by R Mutt (2.00 / 0) #6 Fri Mar 20, 2009 at 07:33:53 AM EST
Is the relationship between cowpox and smallpox equivalent to the relationship between Twitter and Facebook?

(Cowpox was initially used as a vaccination against smallpox: it gives you immunity to smallpox with only much milder symptoms).

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You're not too smartarsed by nebbish (2.00 / 0) #7 Fri Mar 20, 2009 at 07:38:40 AM EST
I'm just too dumb. And good point - it's social networking creep, isn't it?

It's political correctness gone mad!

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Lie detector by Herring (2.00 / 0) #5 Fri Mar 20, 2009 at 07:30:23 AM EST
(Can't read the link - websensed. Have read the earlier article)

What amazes me is that there must be advisers to the government who know that there is no such thing as a lie detector. Are they just not listened to? Of course, the people on the shitty end of this (those not-even-on-benefit because it's been taken away) aren't really in a position to mount a complex legal challenge.

You can't inspire people with facts
- Small Gods

The disease seems to be by R Mutt (4.00 / 1) #8 Fri Mar 20, 2009 at 07:55:50 AM EST
That the managers have no trust in anyone below them in the hierarchy. Anything any subordinate says must be a lie, self-interest, laziness, sabotage or Resistance To Change.

So, they ignore anything they're told and just impose rigid targets and micromanagement instead.

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Twitter by hulver (2.00 / 0) #9 Fri Mar 20, 2009 at 08:39:58 AM EST
The default settings only show replies if you're also following both parties, but there's nothing to stop you changing it. They also appear on your home page as well.

They're not private, is what I'm trying to say.
Cheese is not a hat. - clock

Good point by R Mutt (4.00 / 1) #10 Fri Mar 20, 2009 at 09:03:56 AM EST
Also, there was a video on the B3ta newsletter about The Trouble With Twitter.

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Yeah by ucblockhead (2.00 / 0) #12 Fri Mar 20, 2009 at 10:26:28 AM EST
Sometimes it is fun to search for something like "@neilhimself" to see what people are saying to the famous.
[ucblockhead is] useless and subhuman
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Stepehen Fry rules. by Tonatiuh (2.00 / 0) #11 Fri Mar 20, 2009 at 10:22:27 AM EST
He may be slightly annoying, but he wears his geekiness with pride.

And because he is quite privileged one gets to see stuff like the new Airbus megaplane and Malaysian critters (he even eat durian, the brave man).

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