Burn after reading

Guardian Unlimited screengrab
Guardian Unlimited screengrab

The online campaign for Burn After Reading is very hip (as the microsite). check out the shit hot video player in the middle of the Guardian Unlimited homepage. Loving the crystal clear images!

The international microsite is for the latest film from the Oscar-winners Joel and Ethan Coen was created by Redberry Digital. Hats off to you guys.

Now I just need to go and check out the actual film.

Calculate personal inflation as UK figure hits record high

Inflation in the UK has hit a record high. The Consumer Prices Index (CPI) reached 5.2% last month – the highest CPI reading since 1997 and a 16-year historical inflation peak.

But what does this mean for me, I hear you asking. Well, the Office for National Statistics has this genius JavaScript-based calculator that allows you calculate your personal rate of inflation and how it compares against the national average.

I would tell you to link the calculator on the ITV News website but as I can’t get it to work on my computer I won’t be recommending it.

Two interesting things have emerged from my quick trial of the app. Firstly, as I expected, I’m so poor my rate of inflation is almost 2 per cent below the national average!!

personal inflation graph
personal inflation graph



Secondly, and perhaps more worryingly, the calculator says that 15 per cent of my annual expenditure goes on alcohol. If that’s not bad enough each month I seem to have an unaccounted £640 that goes missing.

Time to write a budget methinks.






Even online advertising is doomed

In the second quarter of 2008, the online revenue of the Newspaper Association of America was down 2.4 per cent compared with last year, to $777 million.

This is the first year-over-year drop since the group began measuring online revenue in 2003.

Maybe it’s time to bail on the media game in the UK and start farming cocoa and nutmeg with my grandfather in the Caribbean!

Julia Allison’s TMI Weekly? Love it!

Vodpod videos no longer available.

Well today I’ve stumbled across a genius show that I simply adore. It’s ok to be retarded about boys and stuff even if you’re not so far away from 30!


Julia Allison’s TMI Weekly programme launched earlier this month. I’ve only got round to seeing the two latest episodes but I love it. It’s kind a like My So Called Life meets Sex in the City online.


The show, which also features bloggers Meghan Asha and Mary Rambin covers

Style, tech (yes the iPhone pouring beer app did rock my world too) and relationships – three fundamental interests of my life. I have never, ever met any girls who would state that triumvirate of interests.


TMI Weekly is so wrong yet so right; I want everyone to love it.


And Julia Allison? I get that she’s not the post popular person on the blogosphere but, hell she made Wire fly of the shelves when she graced the magazine’s front cover.


She gorgeous, fabulously well dressed, beautiful and a genius at milking the publicity machine but she also has a kick-ass taste in music too. I mean Hot Chip, Junior Boys? Sorry guys but I’m pro-Julia.