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Michael Howard on Newsnight again

Sunday, May 13th, 2007

Via the BBC Editor’s blog is another Michael Howard Newsnight moment. No, not the most famous one where he got asked the same question 12 times by Paxman but where he rips into Alistair Campbell and does it in such a cool and reserved way. Campbell really seemed stuck for a reply besides the “You’re a sore loser” line.

This is of course the most famous Newsnight clip ever:

Via IrishElection – Bertie Ahern statement on his monies (Not communion or confirmation)

Sunday, May 13th, 2007

Via Irish Election is the Bertie statement. Leave my family alone is the gist. Good spin.

Stupid Technology – Suggestions

Sunday, May 13th, 2007

Looking to compile a list of stupid technologies, both software and hardware. Anyone want to make suggestions?

The Playstation 3? 🙂
Vista? *ducks*

Edit: Stupid blog writer presses the private button instead of save as draft and then fixes it by pressing publish. Double D’oh.

User Interfaces can also be included in the list.

Also, those Japanese toilets that went on fire. Stupid technology? Staying with the jacks theme, the toilet seats with neon lights. Why?

Stop shouting at me you lunatic – Fine Gael’s Party Political Broadcast

Sunday, May 13th, 2007

See it starts out well but then goes downhill after the first 30 milliseconds. I can just see them planning this over their half double decaffeinated half-caf, with a twist of lemon.

Roight, the main requirement, roight, is not to make him look wooden, so, ye know, I think we need to make him as animated as possible.

And that they did. Ladies and gentlemen it’s the elastic spastic show! All he was short was to tap dance. Actually if he did he’d get more respect. Right now the video starts off with a twist, a lean, a hand moving from one side to the other of the body and resting on the other hand.

He’s talking a little too quickly. Props bad. Put the paper down. Stop saying contract so much, stop talking about signing it so much. There’s repetition to enforce something and there’s repetition in a way that tells the audience “Dearest fuckwits.” Guess which Enda appears to be doing? Now, why are you looking at us like that? You appear to be lecturing us. You are acting like a teacher giving out to a naughty child. Get away from behind the desk, it makes you looking like you do not treat the viewers equally.

And then there’s the middle. STOP SHOUTING. It’s torture. Stop shouting “sign the contract”. This is the kind of shit that they force prisoners in Guantanamo to watch on repeat in order to break them. Only FG fanboys thought the speech was worth watching again.

The video ends then with the whole teacher pupil relationship and not the fantasty school uniform, misbehaving school pupil being punished by the hot teacher. Like they’d have anyone able to fill that roll anyway… Overall this is awful. The idea and the facts are good but the implementation was beyond lousy. But at least FG had their leader in their video besides old bats talking about Fianna Fail being amazing cos they gave them electricity and brought the wheel and fire to Ireland.

Update: The killer quote from Treasa:

I think your party political broadcast is a shambles and poorly produced and patronising and all sorts of bad things like that…and if I think you paid good money to communications consultants for it, I’ll wonder if I can trust Fine Gael to get me value for money when they can’t get value for their own

I feel Seasick – Fianna Fáil’s Party Political Broadcast

Sunday, May 13th, 2007

The techno music in the background, they appealing to boyracers? The constant moving of the fucking camera is REALLY annoying. Stop. Stoppppp. Getting seasick here!

Why are there no Fianna Fáil people in the video? Where’s Bertie? The content itself is hilarious, with people talking about the great stuff that FF have done. Plastic bags costing 15cents. Yay! “The National Treatment Purchase Plan”, oh would ya fuck off with that shite. Like a normal person would talk about that. Still the people in the video do appear to be totally natural unlike those in the Labour video where it was obvious they’re actors (though still kicking the ass of anyone on Fair City). All in all it felt like it was a video ad for a fitness gym because of the music, you just wanted it to end sooner.

Party Political Broadcast – Sorted Party

Saturday, May 12th, 2007

Sorted Party on funding:

Sorted Party and the man on the street:

Labour Party Political Broadcast – Worked for me

Saturday, May 12th, 2007

As party political broadcasts go, I think it is one of the best I’ve seen though this is the first of this election that I saw. More importantly I think Pat comes across as caring, considerate and genuine in it. Damnit, I’m even calling him Pat instead of Pat Rabbitte, as if he is a family friend or something. Suckered in? Very American style to the whole thing I must say, but it works. Not saying it means they get my vote though!

And also as gaeilge:

Noel Dempsey blog shows the Vincent Browne Video and more

Saturday, May 12th, 2007

Well I never. Nice to see that I can watch Vincent Browne take Bertie to pieces on the official Noel Dempsey Blog:

Vincent on Noel's blog

And also nice to see I can watch Bertie get mauled on the Dragon’s Den too:
Dempsey laughs at Bertie on the Dragon's Den

Perhaps the Video widget on the sidebar shouldn’t display any video that is tagged with Fianna Fail?

Sidebar blues

Meanwhile Noel shows a picture from his new movie “The Sound of Music 2: The Celtic Tiger”:
Dempsey sings The hills are alive with the sound of music

Happy Birthday Conor O’Neill

Saturday, May 12th, 2007

31 years of age. Ya look well for that! Happy Birthday Conor.

Newstalk “fake”election posters litter Lower Road in Cork

Friday, May 11th, 2007

Noticed today that Newstalk also have those fake election posters on lampposts around the train station in Cork. Not had a chance to get a photo though. Cork City hall said they will get fined if the litter warden goes down and sees them.