Paco Hope My Random Musings and Rants

22Feb/15Off

On Pharmacists and Roadside Justice

I've seen a few discussions of this story of a licensed, clearly competent pharmacist who shoots and kills a would-be armed robber. I understand that what he did was legal and—to many people—justified. Applying the death penalty at the roadside as punishment for threats is not the society that we want to live in. The guy is not a hero. He was reckless and put others in danger needlessly. He was absurdly lucky. Nobody who has studied how to respond to an armed robber would endorse this course of action, even if they broadly support gun rights.

26Oct/14Off

Why Watch TV News?

I am increasingly perplexed that anyone ever watches TV news any more. Some math:
the average person reads 300-400 words per minute.
The average news presenter speaks 100-120 words per minute
The average 30-minute program on US TV has 8 minutes of ads. The weather takes a good 60 seconds and the fluff and credits take another 2 minutes.

12Aug/14Off

Revolution 60 Review: innovative iOS game

I don't review games much. I don't play games much. I follow Brianna of Giant Spacekat on Twitter, and I felt a real enthusiasm and genuine excitement as the game was released. I had to download Revolution 60 and give it a go.

8Dec/13Off

Avatar: What’s the Big Deal?

So years after its release, I finally saw the movie Avatar. It's gorgeous to look at, but it was a pretty weak film. The plot and story simply don't hang together at all. This is really long. I didn't realise how many things I had to say...

7Jul/13Off

Real sports and DVR

We watched the Andy Murray Wimbledon final via DVR. Not that there were any commercials on the BBC, but with kids you never know. You get interrupted a lot. One of the consequences of social media, though, is that at some point a lot of people know the result and start tweeting and facebooking about the result. We were about 15 minutes behind real time. So it means that, while we watch social media throughout the match, at some point near the end we have to stop looking at twitter and facebook. I want to see the real result without knowing how it will end. So for the things that really matter, like sport and news and whatnot, DVRs and YouTube and all those things don't really threaten the integrity of the experience. We can choose the spoilers, but we don't have to. If you want to feel that untainted elation, you really have to watch pretty much in real time. So while some big corps might moan about the impact I DVRs on TV, it shows that content is still king. DVRs don't threaten the things that matter.

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