BANANAS!!

Well apples actually… ohh ok Apple – the people who make all those lovely laptops, widescreen displays and the little white music boxes. I hate them you see. Every where I turn I seem to be reading more and more about their latest little white box (and boy, is it tasty). And now I really REALLY want one. And before you start pointing fingers (especially THERE, this is a family blog you know…) it’s not JUST because I’m materialistic and love their adverts. No no, there is a very good reason for this. Two in fact. Reason One The thought of simplifying the music choice for my commute to work appeals. Frequently you can find me standing at the platform …

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How the web works

Or “The advantage of tabbed browsing”. Before I start this is NOT a pro-Firefox post but I will be mentioning it as it’s my browser of choice. There are other browser that offer tabbed browsing. Anyway, I was just randomly surfing when a post on Caterina’s site caught my eye. It’s about the book “Getting Things Done” which I’ve seen mentioned at 43 Folders and have on my Amazon wishlist, she links to a particular post on the 43 Folders website that itself contains several related links: a summary of the GTD methodology, a PDF of an annotated workflow of the method, another site with a more Windows based slant on some of the productivity solutions and the website for …

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Meme: Fahrenheit 451

You’re stuck inside Fahrenheit 451, which book do you want to be? Not any of the ones that are incinerated. Simple really. OHH not LITERALLY, but literaturally? (ohhh I just invented a word, ohh, no I didn’t). Anyway, I’d choose to be Mowgli in the Jungle Book. Why? Because of the songs of course (whaddya mean there are no songs in the book!!) Have you ever had a crush on a fictional character? Possibly Smilla from Miss Smilla’s Sense of Snow, or Gill Templeton from the Rebus novels, but nothing significant as yet. The last book you bought is? The Electric Michelangelo by Sarah Hall. Not read it, and only bought it as I’ve been thinking about getting another tattoo …

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Matchstick Men

Awful nights slee… well I fall short of calling it sleep as it was more a night spent tossing and turning, checking the clock. Isn’t it amazing how much vitriol and hatred we can heap on such a simple device, after all it’s not the CLOCK’S fault I was up most of the night yet it was the focus of my hatred, desperation and more as it tracked my insomnaic process through the wee small hours. So to work then, with a roll and sausage (lorne that is) and three cups of coffee to the good already. Cakes later will provide a sugar rush but I fear for the afternoon, poised as it is after lunch and knowing already of …

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Backwards

Question (seeing as you all liked the last one so much): if you had two blog posts, side by side, in which order would you expect to read them? Left to right (newest on left, older on right) or right to left (newest on right, older on left)? My thinking is that we read (in Western society) from left to right, so having the newest post on the left makes sense. However to go “back” to an older post by moving to the right feels wrong. Surely to go “back” you move to the left (like you would to go back a page in a book). I’m confused and contradicted all at the same time. If any of the above …

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Vice Versa

“There is a light that never goes out” Morrissey sings into my head. I work on, aware that the tune was familiar, from somewhere else? (I don’t listen to The Smiths that often, did they do cover versions??). I paused to listen to the lyrics. VERY familiar. Where had I heard it before? Somewhere. Faster maybe? Something with more of a beat to it? But surely The Smiths wouldn’t have borrow the lyrics from another song, no no, it can’t be that. Then it came to me. Erlend Øye used the lyrics on “There Silikon Soul remix” on the DJ Kicks album bearing his name. A split second later I realised that, of course, it was he who had used …

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(In)dependent

I was 20 when I left my parents home. We’d just gotten engaged when Louise’s flatmate had to move out. Or her flatmate moved out so we had to get engaged? I forget… I just do what I’m told. How old were you when you fled the coop?

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Some Cities

Doves – Some Cities @ Amazon.co.uk Album Reviews from Metacritic I missed their previous album for some reason, although I think I’ve got a copy at home but I can’t actually recall anything about it, ohh hang on. I see a trend developing already. F is for Forgettable. Maybe that’s a bit harsh as this isn’t a bad album, trouble is, it’s not a great album either. No, it falls directly into the “good” album category and struggles to get back out, do not pass the Top 20, do not collect a 5 album deal. That’s a bit harsh too, as this is precisely the kind of album that is selling bucketloads at the moment spurred on by the success …

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Scrob this

1 year equals 52 weeks OR 365 days OR 8,765.81277 hours OR 525,948.766 minutes OR 31,556,926 seconds AND (at time of writing) ~31,700 tracks One year since I installed audioscrobbler and I have to admit that I’m astonished by that number. Granted I have, on occasion not regularly, left iTunes running overnight, so you can probably knock that down to around the 30,000 mark. Ohh and that doesn’t include iPod tracks on the journey to and from work. Or music played in the car. That’s just at work and at home. Expanding on the maths then, and presuming an average track length of 4 minutes, that’s over a quarter of last year spent listening to music. Is this a good …

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