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I finished shooting on Modern Men last week. It’s going out later this year as part of a kind of comedy playhouse that Channel 4 are doing, a little like a bigger budget Comedy Lab. The show (which will not be called Modern Men when it goes out because there’s an American show with the same name) was immensely good fun to do and more than ever I hope it gets picked up for a series but it’ll be a while before we find out. I’d love to tell you more about it and show you some pics, but I’m going to have to wait a bit to avoid stepping on any toes.
Someone told me they saw me in another one-off comedy thing on BBC3 the other night. I think they must have been talking about a show I did earlier this year called The Scum Also Rises about shenanigans in an advertising agency. This was also a hoot to be part of and was produced by Iain Morris’s company Bwark. Iain used to host a show on Xfm with Jimmy Carr of course and during his time as a commissioning editor at Channel 4 looked after Bo Selecta and Peep Show among others I believe. Apart form anything else he was always a very loyal supporter of Joe and myself and it was good fun to get to work with him.
Before I continue with other news I want to say thanks very much to everyone who’s been indulging my non-line communication stance and writing actual paper letters to me recently. It’s really amazing to get post that isn’t grim and it also makes me feel a bit like a pop star, which is of course the whole point. Sorry if it’s taken a while to get back to you, but I swear I will eventually as long as you don’t forget those SAE’s! For a reminder of why I tend to duck out of on-line communication, check out the ongoing fartstorm of hilariously semi literate lunacy under the Help Tha Police clip on You Tube. Thanks if you’re one of the people that occasionally leaves intelligent and constructive comments under these clips, but as far as talking sense into some of the other nutbuckets goes, you should probably take up grass straightening if you want to see quicker results.
ADDENUDUM -- JULY 2007
The original HelpTha Police clip has now been removed along with all the insane comments, which is a shame but I wouldn’t be surprised if this copy eventually yields more of the same…
A&J COKE PODCAST 8 OUT NOW
The 8th Adam & Joe Coke New Music podcast is now available for free download on -tunes (type in ‘coke new music’) or visit The Coke website here. If you’ve already heard Podcast 8 then the pic below is proof of my story (note the hair). If you haven’t heard it yet then all will be explained when you do! This is the first of our new shorter, more regular Coke podcasts (they’ll be every two weeks now). Hope you think it’s an improvement. If you don’t, we guarantee a full refund of your no money!
ADAM & JOE RELATED IFFLE
We did an interview recently for an excellent website called Cut Out And Keep. Read it here. Joe has answered a lot of questions put to him by his My Space chums here (although he incorrectly suggests I’m not that keen on live radio; I loved the fact that our Xfm podcasts were more dense than our live show, but I still liked being live). Also our friend Zac, who was largely responsible for the best songs in The Adam & Joe Show, has put together this beautifully designed website for his proper band Astroman that you might like to peruse. I don’t think they do The Robert De Niro Calypso at gigs unfortunately.
None of my visible friends watch Lost so I’m afraid I’m going to have to share my thoughts about the Season 3 flash forward finale with you imaginary chaps. Maybe it caught me at a bad moment but I was left feeling quite depressed when it finished. After a few episodes which made me think the writers really did have some sort of ingenious overview already worked out, the sudden jump to a miserable future seemed to suggest they were back to throwing any old shite at the wall and seeing which drips were the most engaging. Perhaps I’m just bitter because I WANT THEM TO TELL ME WHAT THE JIMMYLOVING BLACK SMOKE IS ALL ABOUT!!! How the fricking heckfire can they possibly come up with a half decent explanation for a malevolent black wraith that makes machine like clicking sounds? Of course, they may be saving that one for some future revelation-fest, but as it was set up in the very first episodes, I think we deserve a few clues by now! All that said, I enjoyed seeing pop eyed Ben getting at least some of the shit kicked out of him by Jack and I was delighted when Charlie finally died after weeks of frustratingly close calls. I jumped around the room singing You All Everybody at the top of my lungs (if Oasis covered this I would worship them like genius twats). Also, good to see my old friend Penny back for a second season finale turn! Come on Penny, get in touch! Let’s re-live those fun photobooth times!
If you’re a Lost fan (and if you’re not you must have been very bored and confused for the last couple of minutes) you’ll enjoy this enthusiastic review of finale 3. There’s a string of comments and entertaining speculation beneath the review that’s remarkable for being neither stupefyingly dull nor peppered with lame brained abuse, surely a first for a discussion about pop culture on the net! Or maybe it had just been mediated. Anyway, worth a look if you care at all about Lost. Now with 24 gone too, what the shitting hell am I going to watch until January 2008? Wait a second, I’ve just realised that there’s 8 episodes of Entourage Season 3 I haven’t seen yet on Bit Torrent!. Hey heeeey!!! I guess if I had comments on this blog, someone would have told me, but that’s the price you pay for peace I guess.
HOW TO DOWNLOAD THINGS OFF BIT TORRENT
I know that the vast majority of you will be familiar with Bit Torrent and the notion of file sharing but for those of you who still wait until THE MAN says it’s OK to watch your favourite TV shows on your vidilamp (or ‘TV set’ as they used to call them) here’s an idiot’s guide to watching what you want when you want for nuffin’, the way TV-Jesus intended! I’m using a Mac so if this method doesn’t work for you try following the instructions here. Also apologies in advance if this is badly explained or technically inaccurate!
STEP 1. DOWNLOAD ‘CLIENT’
The software that enables you to download the actual movie files is known as a Bit Torrent ‘client’. There’s a lot to chose from but I use a simple, basic application called Transmission, which you can download free here. Chose the version that says it will work with your computer and once you’ve downloaded it to your desktop (which takes only a few minutes) double click on the icon to open and install it on your hard disc.
STEP 2. CHOOSE YOUR ‘TORRENT’!
Before you use your client to start downloading the movie files, you need to download the ‘torrent’. This is a very small file that your client uses to access the movie. Think of it as the invite that gets you in to the party! No invite, no entry, so to download the torrent you need to go to one of the many file sharing sites on the net. I use Isohunt, which you can find here. Once you’re at the site, you type in the name of the show you’re looking for and you’re shown all the various episodes that kindly folk have uploaded!
Now, this is the only slightly tricky part. On the right hand side of the screen you should see a couple of columns with an ‘S’ and an ‘L’ above them. This refers to the number of people who have the whole file on their computer (Seeders) and the number of people who are in the process of downloading parts of the file (Leechers). In order for your file to download quickly (a fast torrent may still take an hour or several to deliver a 30 minute show) you need to find a torrent that has the highest amount of both. The fewer people there are seeding, the longer it will take to get your file. Click on the ‘S’ and the files will be arranged for you in order of ‘most seeded’. Now the only other thing to look out for is the format of the file you’re about to download.
Once you’ve found the episode you’re looking for click on the title and a window will open beneath it. It says ‘DOWNLOAD TORRENT’ followed by a load of info about where the torrent came from etc. Scroll to the bottom of the window and you’ll see a list of the actual files contained in the torrent. I tend to go for anything that has ‘.avi’ at the end of it as this suggests I’ll be getting a single file that I can open and play easily with an application like VLC (which you can find here). The TIPS PLAYING CLIPS section of this site above has more info for Windows users about playing movies.
STEP 3: DOWNLOAD TORRENT
Once you’ve selected the file you want click on DOWNLOAD TORRENT and after a few seconds a file will appear on your desktop. This is your torrent. Now open Transmission or whatever client you’re using and import the torrent by clicking OPEN and locating the file on your desktop. Once the torrent has been opened by the client, your movie file will start downloading to your desktop (or wherever you have directed it). A progress bar will tell you how long you have to go, although this tends to fluctuate wildly depending on how many people are logged on and sharing at the same time. Sometimes, it’s a question of leaving your computer on overnight and letting it download at its leisure.
THINGS THAT USED TO WORRY ME ABOUT BIT TORRENT
- IF I SHUT MY COMPUTER DOWN IN THE MIDDLE OF A DOWNLOAD DO I HAVE TO START AGAIN?
No. Once you turn your computer back on and re-open the client, it picks up from where you left off.
- CAN I DOWNLOAD SEVERAL FILES AT ONCE?
You betcha! The more the merrier, especially if you want to get hold of a whole series. Downloading multiple files doesn’t affect the speed.
- CAN PEOPLE HACK INTO MY COMPUTER WHILE I’M DOWNLOADING?
If you have a router (which nearly all broadband services come with) then no. If you’re worried about security take a read of this.
- DO I DUMP THE TORRENT AS SOON AS IT’S FINISHED DOWNLOADING?
Well, that’s up to you, but this whole system is made more efficient when people share as many files as they can for as long as they can, in other words it’s good Bit Torrent etiquette to leave the torrent active in the client for as long as possible to enable other people to share it too. Obviously this becomes impractical once you’ve got loads of files or you want to shut down your computer, but it’s worth bearing in mind.
- WHAT HAPPENS IF THE TORRENT JUST STOPS FOR AGES?
It could mean either that none of the seeders are on line and you just need to wait til they come back, or that the file is incomplete. The pain and frustration of an incomplete file is something you just have to get used to with Bit Torrent. I’m still receiving counselling after thinking I had located Eat The Document, the rare Bob Dylan doc, only to watch it stall at 65%. Thinking at least I had two thirds of the film, I tried to open it but found only scrambled pixels of Zimmerman. A very sad day.
- CAN I GO TO JAIL FOR DOING THIS?
You’re just as likely to go to jail for posting a copyrighted clip of The Adam & Joe Show on you Tube, ie. not. Personally I wouldn’t want to encourage twats who upload shitty pirates of new film releases by downloading them, but I have to admit that I’ve checked out the odd film once it’s out on DVD and someone sticks it up there. If it’s any good, I buy the DVD for the added quality and all the extras, but if it’s some piece of lazy shite (The Holiday for staggeringly rotten example) then I feel very happy not to have forked out for it. Anyway, the best application for Bit Torrent as far as I’m concerned is catching up on TV stuff, which should be free anyway. Why anyone would have a problem with more people wanting to see your show is beyond me. Well, OK the advertisers have a problem with it, but it’s easy to screen out ads on most recording digi boxes anyway, so it’s up to them to concoct new ways of insinuating their stinky messages for an on-line audience. I recommend they try using my voice to do it. It’s proven to get results!!! Good luck and if you haven’t already, check out Entourage! It’s the shiznit biatch!