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(Content+Capability)-Consumption @ Christmas.com

(Content+Capability)-Consumption @ Christmas.com

http://www.podtrac.com/pts/redirect.mp3/halfthoughts.com/wp-content/uploads/halfthoughtschristmasdotcom.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download (9.6MB) In the culture to which I was born, this time of year is for reflection, and for wishing peace and goodwill to all. Or this time of year is for excessive indulgence, […]

Ten Christmas Films to Remember

Ten Christmas Films to Remember

Think of a Christmas film. Maybe you thought of ‘It’s a Wonderful Life‘ or ‘The Muppet Christmas Carol‘. Maybe you need your Christmas schmaltz to be tempered, so thought of ‘The Nightmare Before Christmas‘ instead. If you were a bit […]

Democracy, and the End of the Beginning

Democracy, and the End of the Beginning

In November of 1942, following the Allied victory at the Second Battle of El Alamein, Winston Churchill said: “Now this is not the end. It is not even the beginning of the end. But it is, perhaps, the end of […]

The Empire Strikes Back: Parallel Universe

The Empire Strikes Back: Parallel Universe

Some sequels are inevitable. Spiderman begat Spiderman II. Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure spawned Bill and Ted’s Bogus Journey. Peter Jackson always planned to make three movie adaptations of J.R.R. Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings. Probably somebody should have told […]

A Celebration of Life

A Celebration of Life

This week’s halfthought is going to be short. Sometimes less is more, and this is one occasion where that holds true. Tis the season when people waste money on useless, worthless gifts that people do not want. Miserable people mistake […]

Twenty Alternative British Anthems (Part Two)

Twenty Alternative British Anthems (Part Two)

These days, there is a plethora of lists. Wherever you find them – on television, in magazines, even on Amazon.com – they always reek of a lazy, self-serving, inexpensive mission to provoke utterly trivial debate. I dread the inevitable day […]

Twenty Alternative British Anthems (Part One)

Twenty Alternative British Anthems (Part One)

If Britain was to select a new anthem, how would it go? Probably, thanks to a combination of political meddling and Eurovision-style voting by the public, it would be sung by Ant and Dec backed by the London Philharmonic Orchestra […]

Obama: Myth, Mutt and Man

Obama: Myth, Mutt and Man

http://www.podtrac.com/pts/redirect.mp3/halfthoughts.com/wp-content/uploads/halfthoughts081108.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download (48.8MB) Imagine you went on a holiday – a long holiday. Maybe you went to Venus, or some Antarctic research station because you have not been keeping up with the news. You just […]

A Second Look

A Second Look

Have you ever tried to look at the world in a really different way? Can you remember what it was like to see things as a child, before you knew what things were and what they meant? They say familiarity […]

Even More Star Wars: Parallel Universe

Even More Star Wars: Parallel Universe

In the previous installment of Star Wars: Parallel Universe, Moff Tarkin had just ordered the execution of Princess Leia aboard the Death Star. We begin this bumper-length finale to the story with our oddball band of heroes hanging out on […]