Monday Aug 18, 2008

Six Degrees of Richard Herring

The "Nationally Known Comedian" Richard Herring unleashed a thrilling new craze on the world during this week's Collings and Herrin (sic) podcast... it goes like this1:

The aim of the game is to get between two specific Wikipedia entries using only the highlighted blue links. The player who navigates between the two pages within the fewest clicks, or uses the cleverest path is the winner. For example, to get from the Wikipedia page for American actress Argentina Brunetti to French anti-communist party La Cagoule, one could go via the following clicks:

  1. The Lone Ranger
  2. Chocolate
  3. Nestlé
  4. L'Oréal
  5. Eugène Schueller
  6. La Cagoule

(Argentina played a supporting role in the Lone Ranger in 1955, The Lone Ranger starred in a chocolate advertisment in the mid ninties advertising Rolos, Nestlé are a chocolate manufacturer, Nestlé are shareholders in L'Oréal, L'Oréal was founded by Eugène Schueller and Eugène Schueller provided financial support and held meetings for La Cagoule.)

Have fun.

1Description lifted from this RH forum to save me making up my own...

Thursday Jun 12, 2008

Après Match 2008

If there's one thing that always brightens up RTÉ's coverage of the big fitba' tournaments, it's the Après Match team's piss-takes of the Irish TV pundits, which are usually shown at the end of the live coverage or highlights programmes. They remind me a lot of the early Only an Excuse? sketches from back home.

I'd missed most of AM's Euro 2008 efforts so far, so I was happy to find out tonight that they're online here[1]. I presume the site will be updated as they do more throughout the tournament.

Naturally they're much funnier if you're familiar with the Irish TV stations' football coverage, although the targets include the likes of Graeme Souness, Liam Brady and Frank Stapleton who are familiar enough to viewers in the UK and elsewhere. That said, they actually started with a Sky Sports send-up this year—just a pity Gary Cooke's impression of Andy Gray is one of the poorest I've heard any of them do, especially as Risteárd's Richard Keys is right on the money!

[1] RealPlayer plugin required, and doesn't seem to work with Firefox, I'm afraid

Monday Mar 10, 2008

Moon on a stick

In an odd twist of 90's nostalgia fate, I had the opportunity to see (and, indeed, briefly chat to) both Stewart Lee and Richard Herring live in Dublin in the past couple of weeks... older readers on this side of the pond may remember they used to be a double act in the BBC TV shows Fist of Fun and This Morning with Richard Not Judy (some of which are archived on Stewart's website). More recently, Stewart Lee co-wrote Jerry Springer-- The Opera.

Enjoyed both their gigs, but Stewart Lee was probably a bit more to my rib-tickling taste-- then again, he is the 41st Best Stand Up Ever. (Julie was rather pleased to get a kiss off Richard Herring, though!)

Tuesday Nov 28, 2006

Out and about

Been a reasonably busy couple of weeks on the gig front, here's the potted summary:

  • Colin Murphy: Nor'n Irn comedian, a weel-kent face on the telly over here, but first time we'd seen him do stand-up (as opposed to sitting at his desk on The Panel, of which we've been to a couple of recordings). I remember enjoying it at the time, but I couldn't actually recount any of his routine now... I suppose that means I'm more likely to enjoy it next time we go and see him though :)
  • Deacon Blue: reformed Scottish earnest 80's popsters (half of whom are better known for their television roles on Sportscene and River City these days)... bounced their way through all our favourites (Dignity, Fergus Sings the Blues, Real Gone Kid et al.), although Julie thought the intervening years hadn't been too kind to Ricky Ross!
  • The Feeling: a lively and listenable bunch on stage, even managed to pull off a passable cover of Video Killed the Radio Star... suspect when I get around to listening to the rest of their album, though, it might seem a bit low-key in comparison.
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I am an Interaction Designer in the Systems Experience Design team, arriving at Oracle via Sun where I've worked since 2000. I currently work on sysadmin user experience projects for Solaris. Formerly I worked on open source Solaris desktop projects such as GNOME, NWAM and IPS.

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