(Knee) Jerks

BAN IT. CENSOR IT. HIDE IT AWAY. PRETEND WE ARE DOING SOMETHING. Predictably enough, the politicians have started to bleat the above (paraphrased ever so slightly) in the wake of Luke Mitchell’s conviction. Seemingly the reason he killed Jodi Jones was because he listened to music. OK, he listened to Marilyn Manson which, whilst possibly questionable on grounds of taste, is unlikely to have driven him to murder no matter HOW bad the music was (have you listened to any of his album stuff, it’s only glam rock). The talk is of either banning sales of certain titles or introducing a rating scheme in line with movies and video games. I’ll let that sink in, shall I? Yes, our esteemed …

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My Music Express

Prompted by this. The last twelve months have seen me introduced to several new bands. So many, in fact, that I struggle to remember who sang what and which track I liked more than the other one. If I average out the number of bands I think it works out at around.. oh hang on, let’s do this properly. Firstly a short explanatory disclaimer, or a history of my ‘new music discovery process’. In years gone by I relied heavily on commercial radio to bring me new artists. Be it the chart (when it was still good), John Peel (not as often as most though), or rare purchases of NME or Q magazine, it was a fairly shallow pool from …

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Because It's Friday: II

Once again, The Washington Post has published its annual word-definition contest, in which readers are asked to supply alternate meanings for various words. And the winners are: 1. Coffee (n.), a person who is coughed upon. 2. Flabbergasted (adj.), appalled over how much weight you have gained. (!!) 3. Abdicate (v.), to give up all hope of ever having a flat stomach. (!!!) 4. Esplanade (v.), to attempt an explanation while drunk. 5. Willy-nilly (adj.), impotent. 6. Negligent (adj.), describes a condition in which you absentmindedly answer the door in your nightgown. 7. Lymph (v.), to walk with a lisp. 8. Gargoyle (n.), an olive-flavored mouthwash. 9. Flatulence (n.), the emergency vehicle that picks you up after you are run …

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Put it off-itis

Just been checking through some old draft posts that never got published, including the following which, in light of yesterday’s post about the wonders of Sky+ and how it will change my TV viewing.. well it’s a tad… ohh what’s the word… ironic? OK, this has a PROPER name I know. Some sort of -ology or -itis or summat. But I can’t be bothered looking it up, I’ll just put it off until later. I’m a sufferer though, constantly starting things, finishing few. Hell even Scottish Blogs is still well short of my initial plans but hey, I accept who/what I am. Don’t get me wrong I DO finishing some things but if the opportunity to put something off presents …

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Just Push Play

Since we got Sky+ late last year I’m already noticing that it’s changing my attitude towards the gogglebox. But let’s rewind a bit first. Despite having a video recorder we rarely, if ever, used it. Sheer laziness, coupled with growing apathy about even watching television, was the main reason. If I did spot something I might want to watch the thought of having to check to find a tape I could use, then confront the recording options, was usually enough to put me off. Admittedly I’m quite happy with the fact that TV is a transistory medium, it’s not really meant to be around forever that’s why it’s broadcast. I think. Anyway, recording with Sky+ is so much easier. Zip …

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Notes on a Family

I can’t remember which one it is, but there is a sketch that Lee Evans does when he “learns” comedy from a tape. It starts off with him reciting the opening line to a joke: “My mother-in-law…” It’s quite a funny sketch, but more because of Mr. Evans than the content of the joke. You see I get on very well with my in-laws, especially my mother-in-law. That MAY be because I can already see aspects of her surfacing in Louise, something that is a constant source of amusement for me, and some annoyance (at times) for Louise. Mind you her annoyance is that I’m chuckling away not that she is turning into her Mum. So it was with some …

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Boy, Interrupted

Finally we have internet access back. It’s odd, I hadn’t really noticed just how much I relied on the internet to fuel my working day. I would venture that I’m slightly LESS productive without it to be honest for, despite it’s propensity to distract, it was an good way to help me refocus on a task when stuck. Given that the projects I’m working on are all on products new to me (at the depth I require at least) I find that I’ve become reliant on the internet to give me a two minute break every now and then to free up my thoughts and help me look at things from a different angle. My job requires a fair amount …

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Read in Spain

I’m trying to keep track of the books I read this year, just to see.. er.. how many I read or something. Anyway, I started the year with three books on the go – Lazy Ways to Make a Living, London Fields, and Snow Falling on Cedars. Despite that I read the following whilst on holiday: Chasing the Dime – Fairly standard ‘everyman’ thriller with the worst opening chapter I’ve stumbled through. Suspension of disbelief beyond the call of duty. Just One Look – good stuff from the ever reliable Harlan Coben. Another ‘every(wo)man’ thriller but a keeper. Notes on a Scandal – recommended to me and an excellent read. Funny, moving and acerbic. Astonishing Splashes of Colour – another …

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Musical Meme

Don’t do these often but I’m lacking inspiration – via Lyle and Uborka 1. What is the total amount of music files on your computer? 48.8 GB at time of writing (9217 songs to be precise). 2. The cd you last bought is: Still waiting to be delivered! The Milk-Eyed Mender by Joanna Newsom. 3. What is the song you last listened to before reading this message? Sabotage by the Beastie Boys, all of 30 seconds ago (currently playing The Truth by Handsome Boy Modelling School). 4. Write down 5 songs you often listen to or that mean a lot to you Telegraph Road – Dire Straits. Reminds me of family holidays in France when I ‘discovered’ Dire Straits early …

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