Archive for April, 2010

They don't, they don't speak for us

Posted in politics on April 30, 2010 by RevStu

So the debates are over. We've heard at great length from three right-wing politicians, offering us three slightly different flavours of right-wing policies. No alternative voices were permitted.

And the really troubling thing about this election is that that means NOBODY is speaking for the majority of the British population. It almost certainly means that nobody is speaking for you. Which, you might think, is a pretty odd way to be running a supposed democracy.

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Immigrants to UK not welcome

Posted in politics on April 29, 2010 by RevStu

Next time, it could be your voice that's silenced. Remember, Cameron and Brown didn't want the Lib Dems to be allowed in the debates either.

Kenny Dalglish for Prime Minister?

Posted in Football, politics on April 28, 2010 by RevStu

One of the most striking things about the current election is the BBC's total abandonment of even a pretence at impartiality with regard to the nationalist parties in Scotland and Wales (and other smaller parties like UKIP too), which is most obviously visible in the Corporation's determined exclusion of them from the defining theatre of the campaign – the leaders' debates.

In the light of protests pointing out that excluding what Ofcom defines as "main parties" in Scotland and Wales during an election is against broadcasting regulations, the BBC (and ITV and Sky, although the latter subsequently broke ranks – see above) hastily rebranded the programmes as "Prime Ministerial debates", and insisted that they were only for the politicians contesting the keys to 10 Downing Street.

The gigantic irony, of course, is that it looks increasingly as if NONE of the participants in the debates will actually be the next Prime Minister.

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WoSblog Gaming Challenge No.3

Posted in Games, WoSblog Challenge on April 27, 2010 by RevStu

This is also going free in the App Store today (and today only), so you've got no excuses. Remember, an exciting actual prize awaits the WoSblog Leaderboard Champion at the end of the year!

Challenge Game 3, and our first iPod challenge title, is Koan – "a fast-paced game of pure strategy against the clock".

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Tell me I'm not the only one

Posted in Free stuff, Games, iPod on April 27, 2010 by RevStu

…who thinks this would make a great stamp.

Super Turbo Action Pig is today's finest App Store promo freebie. It's a version of the classic Chopper one-button helicopter game, except this time you're a swashbuckling pig on a revenge mission against an evil butcher.

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Why the unemployed are the new paedophiles

Posted in politics on April 26, 2010 by RevStu

Clue: it's not because they like having sex with children.

It's because, along with the war in Afghanistan, they're one of the only two major campaigning issues on which there isn't even a manufactured illusion of disagreement between the three main parties standing in the General Election of 2010. Everyone is singing in perfect harmony from the same hymn sheet on this one: the unemployed are dangerous and despicable criminals.

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Exciting copyright experiment

Posted in Free stuff, Games, iPod on April 25, 2010 by RevStu

*excitement not guaranteed

There aren't many "Lite" games (ie free demos of paid apps) on the App Store that are lastingly entertaining in their own right, but until recently Pac-Man Lite was one of them. In fact, in some ways I actually like it better than the full game, which might be why Namco recently destroyed it.

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