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That Was The Week That Was

More gems from the interweb

Another round-up of the last seven days on the interwebs. This week’s pick includes the new Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy movie, some ultra-diplomacy and an amazing video of solar-sintering in the middle of the Sahara. Honestly it’s amazing.


A whole new meaning to the term self-drive…

Google have been experimenting with autonomous vehicles and now it seems that the dream of self-piloting vehicles have taken a step forward.  The US state of Nevada is to consider a bill which could make Autonomous cars  legal in state.

Smiley culture

The Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy trailer has just been released. For those of us who can remember the Alec Guinness BBC version (at least the repeats) there was obviously some trepidation, but it looks amazing. A stellar cast featuring Oldman as Smiley, Tom Hardy as Ricki Tarr, and Colin Firth it looks like being a must see. Another fact in its favour is it’s helmed by the director of Let The Right One In.

…And now for something completely different

The remaining members of the Pythons are to reunite for a film about former colleague Graham Chapman. Not sure why it needs to be in 3D though… In related news Stephen Fry is to play God in a BBC drama on the furore surrounding Monty Python’s Life of Brian

Diplomatic genius of the week

The economist on the BBC World Service who on Thursday’s 5am edition of the World Today – his solution to solve the Greek economic crisis? A merger with Turkey. Good luck with that.

The king of the creature feature

The man who animated everything from dinosaurs to skeletons – special effects legend Ray Harryhausen turned 91. Here he talks about a certain giant ape

 Stephenson Q&A

This is worth reading in full as sci-fi writer and all round good egg Neal Stephenson answers some questions and goes troll fighting

Making news

Exciting news this week – the launch of an innovative new toy and games company Makielab – their  website is here

PBS news ran an informative piece on the maker movement – asking Can DIY Movement Fix a Crisis in U.S. Science Education?

This was my six-minute video highlight of the week, however. Manufacturing in the middle of the Sahara desert using solar energy, sand & 3D printing.


Meeja news

The BBC have put 240 of the Reith lectures online – including this series delivered by Lord Broers on Technology .  Radio 4’s Andrew Caspari has blogged about it here.

More on the Digital First decision of  the Guardian. Editor Alan Rusbridger: staking future on print is ‘truly reckless’ – you need to buy the dead tree edition of the PG to read it in full though…

Moving over to moving pictures there was a really interesting read on the future direction of social TV. A blog post on this topic may follow in the next few days.

BBC Web editor Steve Bowbrick reviews his Five favourite radio iPhone apps

And talking of apps – want to buy your weekly groceries? Yes there’s an app for that

Glasto pop princess

Show me the Monae. Janelle was awesome. The Guardian backs me up. An NME stat revealed that her CD sales on Amazon shot up by almost 5000% following her performance.

And finally

Man builds 1.8m tall Lego recreation of Sauron’s tower from Lord of the Rings



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