2013: Week Twelve: So long, and thanks for all the fish

Many things happened this week, not all of them good, and not all of them within my usual home state. A week in which I complained about the great and mighty, got hypnotised by science and bootlegs and waterboarded in the name of chasing shipfish. The very shipfish in this exact photo.

Before I start, a huge thanks to Leigh Stark for the use of his dolphin photo. As those majestic creatures surfed through the waves, I was alternately in awe, spluttering water or trying to focus a camera. That’s because I spent a large part of the week in Adelaide; that’s not a city that I’m unfamiliar with in any real way, although it was a little unusual to be there staying in unfamiliar accommodation, without a vehicle and without my family. Quick disclaimer: I travelled to Adelaide as a guest of Panasonic. Make of that what you will.
Anyway, I’m still contributing (on a freelance basis) to Gizmodo, which led to quite a few stories over the week. Here’s my favourites:
ABC Confirms No Early iView For Doctor Who
DAMMIT DAMMIT DAMMIT NOBODY SPOIL THIS FOR ME OR THERE WILL BE BLOOD. Also, oddly, a story that nobody else seemed to chase — but plenty linked to after the fact.

Rantmodo: Apple’s New iPhone Ads Are Technically Correct But Accurately Awful
I’m probably off the Cupertino Christmas card list again. Oh well.
Are Counterfeit Gadgets Good For A Brand?
A terrible fake can be somewhat amusing, as long as you don’t spend big on it. Gucci and friends would probably disagree, though.

Wallabies Can Swim In The Womb
Blackberry: Do You Understand Consumers Any More?
Another Christmas card list I’m probably off… if I was ever on it, that is.
Soylent Shakes Contain Everything You Need To Stay Alive
I guess your relationship with food is a very personal thing…
Telstra’s 4G Works In The Ocean
Send me anywhere, and I’ll find out how fast the local net connection is. It’s like a (sea)sickness.
Panasonic: Personal TVs, NFC Compacts And 4K Blu-ray Hands-On
TVs — they have them in Adelaide, you know. Also Blu-Ray players, cameras and insanely large sound systems.
He-Man’s Power Sword Should Have Crushed Skeletor Into Dust
Was Battle Cat neutered? Has anybody asked this, and why did that thought cross my mind just then?
George R R Martin Blames Aussie TV Networks For Game Of Thrones Piracy
Ah, TV piracy, entitlement and the incoming Winter. An interesting topic.
How Bad Is The Apple Tax In Australia?
Numbers, analysis and a company that many people seem to love to hate.
Thank Giz It’s Friday: The Best (Or Is It The Worst?) Of The Asylum’s Mockbusters
Whole lotta trailer action. I’ve seen one of these films all the way through; bonus prize to anyone* who can work out which one it was. Although they’d make the basis of an INCREDIBLE bad movie day. Hmmm…
While on the subject of moving pictures, it’s also been pointed out to me that I totally forgot to point out that I was on The Project more than a week ago, talking about 3D Printing. I’m not the world’s greatest TV host (yet), but baby steps… baby steps. Then the big stompy Godzilla type ones, if everything goes to plan.
And while still on the subject of motion pictures, being in Adelaide also brought with it the opportunity to film a new 30 Seconds Of Tech… and nearly drown along the way. Totally worth it for the dolphins, though.
*My lovely wife doesn’t count, because she knows the answer. Mind you, the prize has no commercial value, or, indeed, existence beyond you feeling a warm smug sensation. Smugness and warmth not guaranteed.

Author: Alex

Alex Kidman is a multi-award winning Australian technology writer, former editor at Gizmodo, CNET, GameSpot, ZDNet, PC Mag, APC, Finder and as a contributor to the ABC, SMH, AFR, Courier Mail, GadgetGuy, PC & Tech Authority, Atomic and many more. He's been writing professionally since 1998, and his passions include technology, social issues, education, retro gaming and professional wrestling.

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