Posts from August 2007

Aug 07

the politics of naming: the decade right now passing

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various attempts bin made, nothing stuck yet: the noughties, the naughts, the 00ze…

oddball composer, pol-blogger and er “hayekian leftist”* stirling newberry suggests: the thousands, embedded in this (interesting, hyper-compressed, typically cloudy, two-part)** essay on why decades do indeed have characters (provided you tinker somewhat with their end-points) and that “if you aren’t paying attention to fashion, you aren’t paying attention…”

*erm actually my econo-grasp is no WAY good enough to be attempting to label ppl who do understand economics — this stab is totally based on me liking the sound of SN’s idea that an oil-based market is useless when it comes to the valuation of information-based equity, stated but not justified in this comment here, but
A: i have no competence to judge the usefulness of any of this, as opposed to merely likin the sound of it :(
and B: i am probbly makin like 10 bad assumptions in this footnote alone :( :(
**haha hey who does that description remind you of :( :( :(

Aug 07


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1. The Prodigy – Fire

The opening song of any compilation is vital to its success and coherence. It must draw in the casual listener that might not otherwise consider investing the mix (perhaps opting for one containing ‘Sesame’s Treet’ instead), but also give an honest representation of the rest of the tracks to avoid resentment (and the inevitable trip to Music & Video Exchange).


Aug 07

Sorry about the technical problems we’re having

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I have no idea what might be causing it. My current theory is that a bit of the Apache server has gone mental (perhaps mod_rewrite) but it could be something in our WordPress setup too.

For now, I have reverted FT to a primitive form of URL which seems to be less problematic.

Popular is on for example.

immediate update
OH GOOD GRIEF. not even that seems to work properly (the ?cat= thing). But you can at least click on individual posts reliably. please?

update 2
I’ve reverted to the proper URLs. it really does feel like apache (it’s not rewrite, something weirder). i’ve found that refreshing eventually forces the right page to appear (sometimes 1 refresh, sometimes several tries) so something is going wrong either between supplying the URL to PHP, or in sending the correct request back. god knows.

if this does turn out to be wordpress oddness i will feel right foolish.

update 3
LOOKS LIKE WE’RE BACK IN ACTION! There may be badness cached around the internets, but fresh requests are coming out ok right now (12:40pm)

Where Are The Vampires?

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transylvania.jpgCan you call a film Transylvania and not have it about vampires? Well, Tony Gatlif has, and just about got away with the wrath of a blood sucking audience by
a) exhibiting in arthouse joints
b) having it about gypsies instead.

Actually Transylvania is less about gypsies than the perception of gypsies. At the heart of the film is the very absence of who should be the lead gypsy character. Asia Argento plays a bat-shit nuts French woman planning to marry her Romany musician boyfriend. Unfortunately he gets deported first and double unfortunately she discovers she is pregnant. Triple misfortune occurs when she seeks him down in Transylvania, and he tells her he wasn’t actually deported, he used it as an excuse to leave her.


Aug 07

Where is Serious Pub, Who Really Aims POOL?

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partial8.jpgLast night I visited the Cock & Lion on Wigmore Street behind Debenhams, a nice little pub with four ales on (including Black Sheep, quite unusual in London).

However, the main reason for my visit is that I wanted to play pool with some friends, but this was somewhat scuppered on finding that the upstairs room that used to have two half decent tables in it has been transformed into YET ANOTHER “dining” room…

This put me in an unusual position. I used to play at least a frame or two every week before I moved to London, so could tell you in fine detail of the pool tables of Cheltenham and, to a lesser extent, Oxford. But I had only one vague feeling of where else I might find a table in walking distance of where we were.


Blog ’92: Introduction

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Rave 92On my eleventh birthday I received a copy of a tape called “Rave ’92” through the post from my sister Grace, who was away at university. It was the second tape she had made for me whilst she was away, (the first being a random mix of grebo, soul, indie and ‘Love Shack’ by the B52s) and the 4th tape I owned in total – tapes 2 and 3 being the Best Of The Seekers and Roxette’s Joyride.

The inlay sleeve for my new tape had the tracklisting neatly written out in capital letters: black biro for the track title and red for the artist name all the way up until track 2, when the track titles were black and the artist names were red. On the inside of the inlay was written:

p.s. Mum & Dad will really hate this! So PLAY IT LOUD


The Scandal Of Skinny Water

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product_image.jpgSo in the fearless tradition of FreakyTrigger food scientists the years over (Food Science Day III coming soon), it was not enough to just boggle at the existence of Skinny Water from poor billboard ads. No, i had to try some and report back.

So I tried some, and am reporting back.

PRICE: £0.99 from Superdrug

TASTE: It is just like one of those flavoured waters from Tesco’s. Except pleasantly pomegranate flavoured, and without too much artificial sweetener sharpness. Actually rather nice for a flavoured water (akin to saying one of the more comfortable circles of hell). But pretty refreshing and cooling when cold.


SLADE – “Skweeze Me Pleeze Me”

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#333, 30th June 1973

“Cleverness” wasn’t usually something Slade aimed for – though you wouldn’t necessarily call them stupid – but on “Skweeze Me Pleeze Me” even they dip a toe into metatext: “Can’t you learn to spell?” Mostly, though, this is Slade’s warm, sentimental side given rein. The glorious intro promises a full-on monster anthem but this is mostly Noddy’s show, with the band happy to jog along behind while he belts out the chorus and sells you on the reflective (in Slade terms) verses. It’s only towards the end that they wake up, remember they’re a rock band, and turn “Skweeze Me” into the rave-up it wants to be.

Jump, They Say

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jumpsnap.jpgSorry, I don’t mean to turn this into the wacky world of inventions but these things keep nagging me from the edge of my consciousness. I’ll give you more on “The Scandal Of Skinny Water” later, but first let us look at the following statement. Bear in mind that when foreigners say “Jump Rope”, they mean Skipping Rope:

“JumpSnap founder, Brad LaTour, is a regular guy just like you, who struggled with his own weight for many years. He knew jumping rope was the best form of exercise to burn calories and lose inches, but tripping over the rope was incredibly frustrating. That’s why he invented JumpSnap. What started as the ropeless jumprope has grown to become so much more. “


Aug 07

An interactive map of Springfield

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SpringfieldAn interactive map of Springfield. IT MEANS NOTHING, but is fun.