Daily: 11th August 2010

11 August, 2010 at 00:10 (GMT+01:00)

By Mr C.

Somehow I've managed to get myself nominated for daily duties, a task I've avoided for quite some period. I'm not a natural writer and can easily spend several hours on the most benign post, thus today I've set myself a challenge of writing this content in exactly 30 minutes. How it reads after that period is how it shall be, the current time here is 23:30 (GMT+1).

I noticed Steven Roy eschewed the traditional bullet points for his recent daily post, not for him is such trivial detail. I do like how that post comes across though, so I figured I'd break from tradition yet further, throwing convention right out of the window. Let us deconstruct the daily post right here.

The Past 24 Hours in Formula 1

Whilst F1 drivers enjoy their well deserved break, a couple of them have been keeping us entertained with news of holiday excitement. Jaime Alguersuari appears to be vying with Lucas di Grassi for Christine's attentions, with gratuitous pictures of his bare chest. For too long we've argued that race fans are denied a look at the real driver, given their time spent inside a helmet, but even I think that's taking things a bit far.

Rubens hasn't been taking things quite so easy, he's been entertaining the local media at the kart track, with the intention of bringing them closer to being a racing driver. To complete the role reversal, Barrichello spent the day picking holes in their driving style too. Good on that man!

Part two of Amy's Australian Diary, has been published. Make sure you give it a read and check out pictures with Heikki Kovalainen and a smiley Sebastian Vettel.

There has been other F1 news relating to Bruno Senna stating the obvious (he wants to stay in F1), and Virgin test driver Andy Soucek keen to test something somewhere. Aside from that, the world of F1 remains quiet.

The Past 24 Hours Elsewhere

By far my favourite story of yesterday came via Anna on Twitter, and the fantastic story of how a young Broker called Jenny quit her job with the help of a white board, a camera and email. You're going to have to go to some lengths to exit a company in more a sensational fashion.

Made me giggle. A novel way to quit your job: http://bit.ly/aLvbOo


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In other big bad world news, Google have teamed up with Verizon to sell all of us down the river. Great news for the two entities involved, bad news for pretty much every one else. Welcome to the beginning of the end of internet innovation.

There's more evidence that media companies remain ever clueless in the face of challenging times, as EMI pull the brilliant parody video Newport (Ymerodraeth State of Mind) from YouTube. Forcing the video underground denies the company any opportunity to profit from what is positive (and free) promotion for their artists, whilst simultaneously alienating their target audience. Brilliant stuff EMI, may your future continue to look bleak.

EMI's stupidity is nothing though compared to that of the Discovery Channel. Discovery's lawyers are attempting to shut down a fan site that not only did they themselves promote, but who's crime appears little more than the embedding of said channels official YouTube videos. Videos the channel specifically allowed third parties to embed. I've always considered those behind Formula One Management to be backwards and clueless, but they have nothing on the people at Discovery.

The Next 24 Hours

Let us look forwards, not backwards. There is a whole new day before us so yell if you spot some lesser-spotted F1 news anywhere on the horizon. Failing that, let us know what you're up to and what's keeping you amused on this fine August day.

For some it'll be an super fine day. Virgin Racing driver, Lucas di Grassi turns 26, and you can wish him many happy returns directly via Twitter. While top Sidepodcast commenter Guille is also celebrating a birthday today. I'm too polite to ask how old he is, but do wish him a happy day below.

My time amongst the words of the daily is coming to an end. I'm in fact ten minutes overdue, so I'll see you in the comments.