Yes, it’s true. I’ve been keeping a blog all this time. Blog, meet @paulbrislen.

Twitter, meet my blog.

Be kind – it’s all a work in progress, sound and fury signifying SFA really.


I’ve played Call of Duty V: Yet Another WWII Beachead and I loved it. It was cool, it was nasty, it was different from all the other WWII games but it was still WWII…

I played COD IV: Modern Warfare and it was FABULOUS. From the pulse pounding opening sequence on the sinking ship (ZOMG!) to the nuke going off (HOLY ZOMG!) to the race against the clock to the after-titles fun, it was a fantastically well put together game and I can’t think of a single dull moment in it. My only problem was that it was too short. So too short.

Now there’s a sequel and it’s due out by Xmas (that’s De$ember for you in the retail trade):

Activision CFO Thomas Tippl confirmed today that Infinity Ward’s shooter will definitely be arriving this holiday season and is, apparently, “looking incredible.”

No detail but all the news I need is contained right there. Mmmmm. Gaming goodness.

EDIT: and thanks to WordPress auto-generated related links, I found that Infinity Ward has a Twitter page set up so you can tell them what you’d like to see… I just like watching the new suggestions roll in. That’s cool.

Yes, we can

November 6, 2008

Does Obama’s win balance out Abu Grhaib?
Does it balance out waterboarding?
Does it balance out secret extradition flights?
Does it balance out weapons of mass destruction?
Does it balance out economic turmoil?

Does it balance out The Rumsfeld? (And if you’re looking for a book about Rumsfeld, the war in Iraq, Bush’s presidency or how leadership fails those it leads, look no further than Bob Woodward’s great book, State of Denial. Well worth a read in how not to get things done).

Does it balance out “if you’re not with us, you’re against us”?

I don’t know but it goes a hell of a long way towards it. Well done, America. Welcome back.

Now, get down to business. There’s a lot to do.

It would seem the world is enamoured with Michelle as much as with Barack and I can understand why having heard her speak (well, via the Tubes at any rate). This story seems to cover all the bases.

Here she is doing what she seems to do so well.

I’ve just had to train my spell checker to accept Barack as a real thing. I can imagine there are a lot of re-settings going on around the world today.

Finally a word about the online coverage. I watched this election via the BBC, CNN and Twitter. Rarely have I felt so involved. I dashed home ready to watch the speech (sorry, The Speech) only to find that TVNZ had decided to stop screening its coverage of the election in favour of a game show.

For the love of god, people, have you no idea what you’re doing? This man will be on a dollar bill one day. They will name airports and high schools and aircraft carriers after him and you cut to Wheel of Fortune? On the plus side, a man correctly guessed ‘Chocolate Brownies’ and won a photograph of any New Zealand landscape he cared to name, so that was nice.

I imagine that will be the last time I consider watching such events on TV. It’s the tubes from here on in, all the way.

Favourite online graphic: the BBC’s historical map of voting in previous US elections. Classy.

And Tom Scott, as always, does a splendid job of it.

A diversionary blog post

September 25, 2008

Several things disturb me today. They trouble me. Mostly it’s my work mates. I find their lack of faith … disturbing.

So to avoid thinking about it I will re-post this from Wil Wheaton’s awesome blog.


From: Minister of the Treasury Paulson


Dear American:

I need to ask you to support an urgent secret business relationship
with a transfer of funds of great magnitude.

I am Ministry of the Treasury of the Republic of America. My country
has had crisis that has caused the need for large transfer of funds of
800 billion dollars US. If you would assist me in this transfer, it
would be most profitable to you.

I am working with Mr. Phil Gram, lobbyist for UBS, who will be my
replacement as Ministry of the Treasury in January. As a Senator, you
may know him as the leader of the American banking deregulation
movement in the 1990s. This transactin is 100% safe.

This is a matter of great urgency. We need a blank check. We need
the funds as quickly as possible. We cannot directly transfer these
funds in the names of our close friends because we are constantly
under surveillance. My family lawyer advised me that I should look for
a reliable and trustworthy person who will act as a next of kin so the
funds can be transferred.

Please reply with all of your bank account, IRA and college fund
account numbers and those of your children and grandchildren to so that we may transfer your commission
for this transaction. After I receive that information, I will
respond with detailed information about safeguards that will be used
to protect the funds.

Yours Faithfully
Minister of Treasury Paulson


September 8, 2008

I’ve signed up for Twitter, against my wishes (darn you, web team and your eagerness, darn you!).

I’m not enjoying it.

It’s like being in a loud party with lots of people shouting over the top of each other.

I remember back in the day (1999) being involved in a live online Q&A about the millennium bug. A question would come in and while I was typing my response (70wpm) another six questions would come in, along with a couple of pseudo-answers and cross-questions from other people. I’d reply and there would be a flurry of “what was that?” and clarification posts and then it would start over again.

Twitter is like that.

I may be too old for it, but I just find it irritating. But now I’m stuck with it.

Am I doing it wrong?