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YouTube Pron

YouTube Pron

After reading how people make money from films they post to YouTube, I sat down and tried to write a comedy script for the format. My first idea was to create a loosely-linked series called ‘How the World Really Works’, […]

Confessions to a Cruel Internet

Confessions to a Cruel Internet

Dear friend, I like to start my notes to you as if we’re already in the middle of a conversation. That was a line from a movie, You’ve Got Mail. Apologies; one should always recite a quotation with forewarning, or […]

Scrawl Wars in a Virtual Land

Scrawl Wars in a Virtual Land

Two and a half years ago, I started Halfthoughts by drawing on a metaphor. I compared blogging to cave art. In both cases, a person feels an incontestable urge to create a representation of the world around them, by making […]

21st Century Etiquette

21st Century Etiquette

Time was that if you wanted a manual for manners, you simply turned to a guide from Debrett’s. With the rise of interweb and netiquette, life is no longer so simple, though Debrett’s still try to give advice on civility […]

attends the after party for the NME Awards at Sketch on February 26, 2014 in London, England.

Lily Allen: The New Arthur Scargill

http://www.podtrac.com/pts/redirect.mp3/halfthoughts.com/wp-content/uploads/LilyAllenArthurScargill.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download (9.4MB) Enjoy this blog as a podcast here or at iTunes. George Orwell wrote about Salvador Dali: “One ought to be able to hold in one’s head simultaneously the two facts that Dali […]

Ideas: Worth Less, Worthless, or Worth Even More?

Ideas: Worth Less, Worthless, or Worth Even More?

When the US was a young nation, it was greedy to learn and to grow. A good example is Benjamin Franklin a famous polymath who experimented with electricity amongst other things. Benjamin Franklin was an innovator, but he also engaged […]

The Intellectual Crisis in Copying

The Intellectual Crisis in Copying

Technology is an amazing thing. It makes you think. I do not mean it makes you think about how things work, though it does that too. It makes you think about things you take for granted. It challenges your assumptions […]

Digital Division: Brown’s Roadmap to Nowhere

Digital Division: Brown’s Roadmap to Nowhere

This week saw the publication of the British Government’s Digital Britain report. Whatever else it told us, it confirmed one thing: we are living in the soundbyte generation. Somebody in Number 10 probably got a pack on the back for […]

The New Properties of New Property

The New Properties of New Property

Arnold Schwarzenegger is a lefty, and he does not know it. Or maybe Arnie is one of those righty freedom fighters that end up so far off to the right they end up going full circle and re-emerging on the […]

The 140 Rubaiyat: Poems for Twitter

The 140 Rubaiyat: Poems for Twitter

The ruba’i is a poetic form of olden times, Lines 1, 2 & 4 must rhyme, Popular in Persia in the 11th Century, Most famously by Omar Khayyam. Choosing to twitter or to tweet, Is a thoroughly modern conceit, You […]