Search Page

Wednesday, July 6, 2016 - 20:11

Why Fandom Matters

Today I just had a conversation with Colin, a friend of mine in Manchester. I say ‘friend’ even though we have not talked in seven years, we realised today!  He owns this amazing record store called Vinyl Revival in Manchester. Before I lived in the UK, I would make annual pilgrimages to see him, and pick up hundreds of pounds worth of records, T-shirts, badges, mugs and assorted other memorabilia.  The store specialises in Britpop era, Madchester items, from original Factory Records posters to re-released compilations.  It became a joke, because I would literally have to buy an extra carry on bag after every trip to the store, and would be seen drudging through Heathrow back to California with bags stuffed full of books about the Happy Mondays almost bursting open in customs.  Colin would always hook me up with special limited edition items - he gave me one of my most treasured possessions, a Hacienda Members card. To someone else,...

Read more
Friday, July 25, 2014 - 19:30

This time of year is always pretty eventful where I work.  It’s the time of year where BA and BSc students are coming to the end of their major projects, and there’s usually some pretty cool experiments to get involved in.   Last year I was incredibly lucky to take part in a demonstration of full 3D audio, with a 9 speaker set up that took mixing techniques and immersive audio to a whole new level.  I wasn’t sure that could be equalled, that was until a student put up a post looking for volunteers to try out the Oculus Rift as part of his dissertation project.

For those that don’t know, the Oculus...

Read more
Sunday, May 25, 2014 - 14:55

The 25th May is an important, and busy day, in the geek sub-culture.  It was on this date in 1977, that Star Wars IV: A New Hope got it’s cinematic release in the US.  A film that arguably changed the perception, and presence, of Sci-Fi on the big screen.

It is also the day that Terry Pratchett fans mark as the Glorious 25th, remembering the Glorious Revolution from  “Night Watch”

Furthermore, it is also the day that many Douglas Adam’s fans (myself included) make sure they know where their towels are.

Unsurprising, then, that the date was co-opted to be celebrated officially as Geek Pride Day.  ...

Read more