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Mungbeaners Ep 2

Episode 2 of The Mungbeaners where, upon a FaceTime update with Tarquin, Farqua gets through to Martin Scorsese’s office to pitch the cinematic spectacle that Cannes will hail as Cinema De La Fish.

Email Encryption a Go-Go

Now that the unmuzzled Conservative Party have been voted in for a largely uninspiring 2015, they have pushed a plan to combat encryption techniques like Whatsapp, that bad bad thing that allows people to hold secrets.

Secrets that may get you into trouble.

But the recently unveiled and totally revised proposal is to have all passwords to have the password as “Password123” (case sensitive). This process will allow shady spy busters to help stifle the rise in private messaging between whatever wacky names bad guys are in the press this week and a simpler solution to breaking into people’s accounts illegally. This process is also cheaper than using super computers.

The timing couldn’t be better as the general lack of interest in the Edward Snowdon revelations means they can bring electronic communication into an Open Source environment, in fact you probably didn’t even know this was happening.

During a recent parliamentarian speech ahead of the official unveiling, David Cameron was questioned on whether ministers’ email addresses would fall in line with the general public but the reply was a unanimous no, stating clearly that any form of government communication is held in the highest of national security. This legislation, which is being pushed through with no public consultation, will help stem the tide of extremism apparently. Jeremy Hunt waded into the non-furore saying that this would increase the amount of time people talked to each other which was good for social integration but denied that he himself actually talked to people.

The key players in electronic communication, Google and Microsoft, were approached for a comment but declined to do so with a representative stating that this was a great idea and that their data centres would be open to anyone with a key. As this was done by the British team, an element of sarcasm may have been in play as it was signed off with a winky ironic face.

Obviously the only newspaper to carry this as a leader was The Guardian but the outrage was rather muted and the only activism was the 5000 comments left under the article. It’s not that much of an issue as 80% of the population use some variation of passwords set as Password123. The Conservatives are merely bringing consistency across the board. Upon being asked about foreign hackers accessing these intercepts the Conservatives did admit that this idea wasn’t fully thought through but combatting extremists was high priority. If you need to hide anything on an email then you probably shouldn’t be doing it anyway.

Nowadays nobody takes password encryption seriously, right?

Spare Change Short Film

The first teaser poster a short film I am writing. A comedy set in the heart of Soho.

When a homeless man is doing it all wrong asking for change he gets some unexpected advice from a professional businessman who shows him the tricks of the trade and the manipulation involved.

Kickstarter promotion starting soon.

 

London is the best city?

It is amusing to read that London is crowned as the best city in the world and judging by the criteria selected seem to have been chosen by people who don’t live in this cultural melting pot.

Only people who actually live in london will experience the following:

Hospitals: Granted that the NHS is better than most countries and free but when I took my sickly child to an A&E outlet that hadn’t been closed down we had to wait 4 hours just to be seen. We even had celebrity mentalist and funny curmudgeon Charlie Brooker in with his equally sickly child waiting for the same amount of time. Only two doctors on call hence the long wiring time…. We were lucky as there was one patient who was waiting for 7 hours.

Safety: London riots may have happened in 2011 but don’t think for one moment that the problem has gone away. The youth are still disaffected as ever and have nothing to do so this will very much come back.

Transport: Even the head of transport has said that London will fall apart in chaotic violence as the transport system can’t cope with so many Londoners. Any given weekend a few of the train lines are closed for repair so we have to seek alternate routes and plan ahead… Mondays? There will invariably be a few lines down due to the fact that works will overshoot. Oh and it’s usually standing room only.

Housing: Face it, Londoners cannot afford to get on the housing ladder and the next generation are going to live a life of renting. Home ownership will be a thing of the past keeping everyone just above the poverty line

If you are rich on the other hand London is the best place to live!

It’s not all complaints as this is still the best place in the world and wouldn’t change all the good things about it like multiculturalism and the arts.

BBC Television pitch

So, i have the ability to login to the BBC online commissioning site and submit ideas but in reality nothing will ever be commissioned hereĀ as the “pickers” have their own relationships.

This doesn’t mean i can’t submit wacky ideas (I mean, where did Gogglebox or Benefits Street come from?) so here is one of my ideas.

God forbid it actually gets to the meeting stage but stranger things have happened!