I’m getting old

By | June 13, 2017

Next month I am 36. It’s fine, but I find I need to look stuff up now and it takes a lot more to get me excited about things.

Take this exciting story from Gizmodo, Sky and F1 are putting money into drone racing. We’ve briefly discussed the Drone Racing League before suggesting it really isn’t ready for primetime yet despite the fact it features things that in theory are quite good. Unique tracks set in derelict buildings? I love both unique tracks and derelict buildings! Neon hoops? I love neon hoops! People called things like “C00!D00d” and “badOuef”? Yeah you’re alright thanks.

And yet. When watching it’s still quite small indistinct objects flying around arenas that feel a bit too big for them, through hoops at speed but because we’re watching very 3D events on 2D planes it’s difficult to appreciate the positioning and skill. Simply put, whilst on paper drone racing sounds quite exciting it’s not that much fun to watch at length.

Although in one minute bursts in first person it looks brilliant, obviously.


I’ve also got no interest in E-Sports either, despite playing loads of videogames. Sod off, “youth”.

In Bother’s Bar Film Club news, in the last week or so on Netflix I’ve watched Ares, a quite good film set in a near future French dystopia where the one thing that unites the public is a hugely violent drugged-up version of MMA broadcast on screens over the city and on the Eiffel Tower and one fighter trying to take down the system from within with the unlikely help of a transvestite. SPOILER: The corporations are bad guys. Good use of mise-en-scene for all you A-level media students reading.

The other film I saw was gory Indian horror Ludo where some horny kids end up in a shopping mall playing Ludo for supernatural reasons except I got bored and turned off just as they started playing Ludo. I would totally watch a film called Death Jumanji, somebody fund that thanks.

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