The BBC has an interesting piece on a new report on online music piracy in the UK that claims to give data on demographics and geography, and where we can learn all sorts of shocking revelations like that the best ...Read More


Shit like this makes it all worthwhile. Read More


Right, I'll try and keep this as brief as possible. Last night, inspired by the latest 'foreign pirates are killing anime' outburst from the Japanese industry, I fell into one of my usual rants on Twitter: "The anime industry avoiding the same ...Read More


The Guardian has some interesting coverage of SXSW this last week. Contrary to popular geek belief I frequently find mainstream reaction to events and ideas just as fascinating as specialist coverage - although that may be due to my science ...Read More


That's right folks, February 28 is the First Annual Global Makoto Shinkai Day, organised by the wonderful fansite Cherry Blossoms Falling. Plus, controversial anime steaming site Crunchyroll will apparently be offering all the director's movies available for free for those ...Read More


Yeah. After resisting for years, I've finally folded to the demands from some readers and set up a Twitter account. As if I needed anything else to distract me from getting some writing done. Anyway, the link's below so go ...Read More


...which is on 28th February, apparently. At least according to Makoto Shinkai fansite Cherry Blossoms Falling, who are organising this (probably less than official) event. According to this post: In order to celebrate the works of Makoto Shinkai we've decided to ...Read More


I fucking love this story. Although really, you do have to feel sorry for the guy. Daisuke Enomoto, the multi-millionaire executive of one of Japan's leading ISPs Livedoor, paid Space Adventures $21 million to travel to the International Space Station and ...Read More


Whilst surfing over the weekend, I stumbled over a quote from sci-fi author Ken MacLeod. Now, I haven't read any of MacLeod's stuff for a couple of years, but this quote (apparently from his novel 'The Cassini Division') hit a ...Read More


I was procrastinating preparing to do some work today by clearing out my office/studio/spare room, when I found myself taking the above photo. I was emptying a drawer of the usual flotsam of modern life, when I realised it was ...Read More