I took the opportunity to see Radiohead when they played at Glasgow Green this summer as part of the Trnsmt festival. Even though they have been one of my favourite bands for over 15 years, I had never actually gone to see them before.
It’s great to see Iain Lee winning a big radio award for best (non-breakfast) speech presenter. I’ve written before about how brilliant Iain Lee’s radio work is. His TalkRadio show is, by some margin, the most interesting on radio today.
Every time TV and social media become significant time sinks in a household, pleasure goes up and happiness goes down.
Can publishers just please stop it with all this video? I just declared bankruptcy on the long list of videos I told myself I was going to watch.
Probably only about 20% of links I click are worth my time. With videos, there is no good way of scanning to find out. You just have to sit through it to find out — by which time it’s too late.
This article is spot-on. It didn’t necessarily feel like it at the time, but In Rainbows is one of Radiohead’s best albums. I keep coming back to it and it is a joy to listen to.
For an insight into just how much of a mess publishers find themselves in, look no further than this article.
In effect, the user experience is almost too good, with content loading so fast that people scroll past the ads before they’ve been able to load, resulting in ads that aren’t deemed viewable…
“There are a variety of issues around AMP with ads, and the fact that AMP [editorial content] loads ‘too fast’ is definitely among them,” said a publishing exec.
For too many years, publishers have been actively making the user experience bad. When your business model is to make things harder for your customers, it’s time to radically rethink.
Pleased to have got my hands on the new Autechre EP (for charidee). For some reason my Autechre release detection radar was switched off, and by the time I discovered it, it had sold out. I eventually tracked down some copies on Juno Records. One of 1,000 copies.
The Las Vegas shootings highlighted a nasty flaw in Google’s Top Stories algorithm. It’s one that could be exploited.
There were always so many questions you could ask about Damon Hill. His autobiography provides insight into some of those mysteries. But it deepens others.
This month’s digital design digest features a couple of articles about getting the most out of job stories. Plus, promising news from the world of CSS, how the Guardian is increasing its subscriber numbers, and where government goes wrong with digital transformation.
I was sad to hear this afternoon about the death of Steve Hewlett. His regular interviews with Eddie Mair about his cancer journey made for incredible radio.
Because when you react the way you do, you are giving them exactly what they want.
Why people are losing trust in the media and advertisers, why ugly websites succeed, and why it’s time to ditch PDFs.
I probably wasn’t the target audience for this book introducing UX design concepts. But there are some good reasons for me to keep this on my bookshelf.
In ten years, Twitter has transformed from a geek enclave to a mainstream form of communication. But I find it difficult to imagine signing up to Twitter today.
In an era where TV viewership is declining as a whole, TV-centric sports like football, NFL and F1 are at risk of becoming irrelevant.
The free versus paywall debate was a red herring. What matters is the quality of the product.
Excellent radio with a passion for the unusual: Steve Davis and Stewart Lee discussing their love of experimental music on the BBC, and the triumphant return of Iain Lee to late nights.
After weeks of rumours, it was today announced that the BBC will be exiting its F1 contract three years early. The move is a blow to fans of the sport, who have benefited from a golden era of coverage. But if anyone can breathe new life into F1 it is Channel 4.
Waterstones say their sales of Kindles are pitiful. But why did they ever expect to sell lots of them in the first place?
The Formula 1 season starts this weekend. And whether you choose to watch the race on Sky or the BBC, there is one thing we can all agree on: thank goodness we don’t have to watch it on ITV any more.
20 years on, the work of Chris Morris still feels far more relevant and valuable than any satire of today.
The leaders’ debate format is a bad fit for the UK’s multi-party parliamentary system and risks undermining the integrity of the whole election debate.
Just when it seemed as though podcasts would never break into the mainstream, 2014 seems to be the year they made it. Here are some of the podcasts that are currently floating my boat.
For years the debate has raged on. Which image file format is better: PNG or SVG? The Commonwealth Games gave us the chance to find out.
Bernie Ecclestone has been a genius when it comes to exploiting TV for the benefit of Formula 1. The trouble is that TV is now on the decline.
BBC Radio 5 Live’s Formula 1 coverage may lack the pictures, but it still keeps you on the edge of your seat.
I used to be riveted to snooker, as did 18.5 million viewers in 1985. Today I am indifferent and TV ratings are much reduced. What is behind snooker’s slump?
The BBC’s rolling news and sport station is now 20 years old. It has provided a lot of great memories. But it needs to sharpen up to safeguard its future.
As a web designer with an interest in brutalist architecture, I was fascinated to read an article about what web designers can learn from brutalism. But perhaps instead of taking inspiration, perhaps the lessons are in what web designers should avoid.
A look back at some albums from 2013 that I quite liked.
Separations is a difficult album to love. But is also contains some of Pulp’s biggest breakthroughs.
In a sense, Freaks is Pulp’s most interesting album — probably because it is also the band’s worst album. The original suffered from a rushed production. So could a remastered edition cast a new light on the recordings?
Despite the fact that I am a huge Pulp fan, I have arrived late to last year’s reissues of Pulp’s first three albums. But the remastered edition puts It in a new light.
This American Life will at long last be broadcast in the UK later this year. I hope this is a sign of things to come, as British radio could learn a lot from North America.
A long gestation period between albums can go either way. After the disappointiment of 2005’s The Campfire Headphase, Tomorrow’s Harvest surpasses expectations.
Jake Humphrey’s departure from the BBC means that their coverage has inevitably taken a step back in quality. But there are still some areas where the BBC is excelling in comparison to Sky.
I made the trek through to Edinburgh on a school night for the rare opportunity to see Adam Buxton’s Bug show in Scotland. Although I was feeling the effects today, it was well worth it.
Radio is an intensely intimate medium. So Tony Livesey’s departure from late night radio leaves me worrying about who will send me to sleep from now on.
Last year I made do without Sky’s Formula 1 coverage. But this year I decided to treat myself and shell out. So is it worth paying for?
I was delighted to receive Uncommon by Owen Hatherley from a friend at Christmas. I am a huge Pulp fan, but this book had slipped under my radar. Pulp are a great subject for a book, but this analysis ultimately disappoints.
A run-down of my favourite five albums of the year.
The first part of my top ten albums of 2012.
Some musical highlights of 2012 that I did not include in my top ten.
Joyce Hatto was a revered pianist until her recordings were revealed to be fakes after her death. But was the truth about her recordings staring everyone in the face all along?