Posts from 13th July 2006

Jul 06

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PIGRADIO Podcast and a streaming radio show.
Too much indie, but just enough other stuff to make it alright.

I WAS A GOBLIN: On The Level

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D&D nowadays is publically remembered as a cartoon, or a fad. A core of gamers still play it, of course, but the RPG hobby as a whole is a cultish and diminished thing. And yet – unless I’m missing out some really obvious antecedent* – D&D is one of the most important games in leisure history, because of one significant first.

D&D was the first game in which the rules governing the player’s actions change the longer the game is played.**


Please, Please, Miss American Cheese

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Now this is not a post about American Cheeses. No, the US may not have the cheese making history of the Old World but it can occasionally summon up some milky goodness. You want to know about American Cheeses I suggest a quick flick around, where you can use the Snackulator to work out your perfect cheese based snack*, or follow maps of US dairies. And you can’t argue with the web tagline: “Aah, the power of cheese”.

 But there site does have a list of cheeses, and one happens to be called AMERICAN CHEESE. Like American Pie (song and film) it is a pretty crude and rubbish thing. And here is how the Dairy Management Inc. describe the ole Kraft slices:


Poptimism – Lesson Six

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SexyBack – Justin Timberlake

The Operator – Barbara Morgenstern

Coup De Boule – unknown (The Zidane headbutt song)

Kitto Daijoubu – 嵐 (yeah, you ‘eard)

Mon Coeur Mon Amour – Anaïs (Garage Mix)

Age Age Every Knight – DJ Ozma

Regulate – Warren G

Robot Man – Scorpions

Emily Kane – Marvin The Martian (Why Brut? Remix)

Bionik – Dominik Eulberg

Walmart Parking Lot – Chris Cagle

The Only Living Boy In New Cross – Carter USM


Goldfrapp: Middle Aged Grooming

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Having spent some time away from culture on my epic round world trip, and with new look FreakyTrigger demanding more of their star writer, I decided to go and see a film. Admittedly I went to see a film which might give me new tips in my relentless war against music – in particular how to hound particular music fans. Now I am not here to comment on the paedophilia aspects of the film Hard Candy, except to note that as a gathering of wrongdoing music has had its fair share of convicted paedophiles. Not to mention the ones which everyone slapped on the back and said was a bit of a rogue for marrying a fifteen year old girl (Il est un rock star, if you know what I mean). But I was impressed by the technique used by the young girl to ensnare her middle aged kiddie fiddling prey.


Blowing bubbles (underwater vortex edition)

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A man on Japanese telly blowing bubble-rings under water! More YouTube-ness. This looks unreal at first, but stick with it, and turn the sound off (unless you are Cis). It’s the demo-ing of the vortex motion, and the merging of two rings that do it for me.

“The Victorians Were A Bit Rubbish Really But Had Grebt Sea Adventures” Genre

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I have never really read much historical fiction. Then recently I have stumbled on what seems to be a small but thriving subsection: which you could call “Victorian were a bit rubbish really but had grebt sea adventures” genre. This usualy mixes up historical figures with a bit of Hornblowing sea action, plus long digressions on what was considered the in sciences of the day (geology, craniology, racism). Plus long passages where people declare that they believe in God because he is a Englishman. This genre includes Matthew Kneale’s “English Passengers” and Harry Thompson’s “This Thing Of Darkness” and as a genre seems to require the following:
A)      The battle between science and religion
B)       In particular the these days laughable stabs at using science to prove bits of the Bible, (ie the whereabouts of the Garden Of Eden, the Flood)
C)       Appalling treatment of foreigners, in particular indigenous people and tribes being killed for sport
D)      The education and downfall of a noble savage
E)       The slightly smug sensation that this presentation is rewriting history and displaying it as a rightly barbarous and stupid time where the belief of English racial superiority echoed the worse excesses of the Nazi regime
F)       Rollicking sea adventures to distract you from A – E.

It is a readable genre, though often more due to F than A-E, but in the novels stab for authenticity I have qualms. In presenting the rationale for their real characters actions, there is plenty of after-the-fact theorising. I wonder what the ethics of writing fiction about real people are, and much as in the case of bio-pics, are factual alterations acceptable to get the feel of a life. Perhaps, but it is the bystanding characters who get the raw end of this deal. I do feel sorry for the crewmembers of the Beagle who get amalgamated, and the Tasmanian aborigines who are sidelined in favour of a more plot driving fictional counterpart.
And is doing loads of research, and writing about a real character just an excuse not to make up a character from scratch?

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Alan Woodward champion sausage maker

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FC HONKA: Newly-promoted, second in the Finnish league, named after the noise a goose makes.

New thing!

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Remember when NYLPM used to list its Top 10 Pop Songs on the sidebar? Well, if you look down and to your right, under the ‘recent comments’ section, you’ll see that feature’s replacement, the FT Index: a rolling list, updatable by any of our contributors, of Stuff We Like. (If you’re a contributor, you’ll find it as a tickable category, but remember to untick the ‘FT’ category too).