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Big Hero 6 (2014)

Welcome to the futuristic San Fransokyo, where misfit robotics prodigy (aren’t they all) Hiro takes on his late brother’s project, a medical robot, Baymax. But soon Hiro and his band of misfit science geek friends (aren’t they all) are out to catch the evil genius (aren’t they all) who stole Hiro’s invention and caused his … Continue reading

Review: The Theory of Everything (2015)

Everyone knows Stephen Hawking, the world’s most famous living physicist, author of a Brief History of Time, now so famous that he’s appeared on everything from The Simpsons to Star Trek. He is also the most famous motor neurone survivor. From his bleak diagnosis in the 1960’s, The Theory of Everything follows the controversial physicist’s … Continue reading

Review: Blackhat (2015)

The question is, can master of style over substance Michael Mann (Heat, Miami Vice) overcome the worst movie title this decade as well as make computer hacking gripping and exciting? The answer is – no. So instead he churns out a third-rate Bond movie in his his favourite cop-show format. Redoubtable Chris Hemsworth (Rush, Thor) … Continue reading

Review: A Little Chaos (2015)

Madame de Barra is a curiosity – a widowed woman gardener in seventeenth century France with the drive to make her visions a reality. When the unhappy gardening genius le Notre engages her to create a cutting-edge new al fresco ballroom for the King, it’s fairly obvious how it will all end. Directed by, co-written … Continue reading

Movie Catch-up: Hitman (2007)

Taken as read that linear movies of interactive video game shoot-em-ups are always going to miss their mark, then Hitman takes a decent shot at big-action espionage guff, with some decent actors spouting nonsense between stylish set-pieces. Post-Bourne franchise, charismatic Timothy Olyphant (Die Hard 4.0, Justified) is the least covert assassin since Bond, with Bond-girl … Continue reading

How-to: Use Dashes and Hyphens on the web

A note for the  punctuationally-challenged. There’s a brilliant article on A List Apart: The Trouble With EM ’n EN (and Other Shady Characters) by Peter K Sheerin from way back in October, 2001, now sadly marked “This article, while brilliant for its time, is now obsolete.” However the topic doesn’t go away and we’re still … Continue reading

News

How self-publishing on LinkedIn can elevate your professional profile (Mashable) What did a web bot buy on the darknet? (BBC) Stephen Hawking appeared via hologram at the Sydney Opera House (Mashable) Why Amazon’s Dash Button Will Blow Up in Our Faces (Tech Update) 3 tips for making small talk suck less (Mashable) Full article Wimbledon … Continue reading

How-to: Top Ten Tips for Public Speaking

Pippa’s Top Ten Tips – but since it’s you, twelve – for Confident Public Speaking was originally posted at Speaking Well in Public. Public speaking? Presentation? Nerves?  master class coming up! My advice for dealing with most common worries & fears, & building confidence.

Review: Calvary (2014)

“Despair not, one of the thieves was spared; presume not, one of the thieves was not.” (Saint Augustine) In a small church on the West coast of Ireland, a man comes into the confessional and tells of his abused childhood at the hands of a paedophile priest; and that in seven days he’s going to … Continue reading

Review: Codes that Changed the World (BBC R4)

Aleks Krotoski explores the history of programming languages. The history of computing is dominated by the hardware; the race for speed and power has overshadowed how we’ve devised ways to instruct these machines to do useful tasks. All this week on BBC Radio 4, Aleks Krotoski tells the story of the languages that have been … Continue reading

Review: Insurgent (2015)

Insurgent is the difficult middle instalment of Verionica Roth’s teenage rebel sci-fi dystopian trilogy Divergent; so more of the same running, jumping, fighting, crying, and ‘it’s all about family, innit’ [copyright Eastenders or your choice of soap here]. Expect more punch-ups, shoot-outs, train-jumping, big CGI landscapes, teary heroines, betrayals and a bit of snogging (but … Continue reading

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