Archive for the ‘top gear’ Category

Persuasive advertising taken to the next level

Samstag, Mai 9th, 2009

In the dull and dreary time between TopGear seasons I turned back to the warm memories of bygone happiness, trying to watch some best-ofs in the video section of our beloved TV show. Understand my disappointment so, when the screen just stayed utterly black, shouting „LOADING PLAYER“ — for ever.
First I considered it a bug and moved along, but as it has not been fixed after one week, I tried to understand where exactly the problem was.
As it turns out, the blokes at topgear.com fiddled about the javascript starting the flash player, informing it whether or not the ads integrated into the page are loaded and displayed properly — which (of course) isn’t the case with Adblock Plus turned on. After turing it off and reloading the page, the videos worked as expected.

Still have to figure out, what this makes me think and feel…

Dienstag, April 28th, 2009

„This isn’t driving. This is naval warfare.“

Jeremy Clarkson, testing a Bentley Brooklands

Richard Hammond wearing ear piece

Sonntag, Februar 1st, 2009

It caught my eye a couple of times, but today I looked it up on the interweb — just to find no satisfying answer. Or did I?

Why is Richard Hammond (sort of) always wearing a wire-based ear piece in the studio?

You may reckon its the standard TV presenter thingy, but why aren’t Clarkson and May wearing one, too? Is he somewhat more „important“, coordinating the on-stage appearance of the show?

Just for those of you who were living under a stone the last couple of years, or so — the show in question is Top Gear.