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Thursday, July 2nd, 2009
1:06 pm
Halfway through 2009, you say?
Here are the songs I've liked most.

1. Yeah Yeah Yeahs - "Hysteric" (For its balance between caution and attraction)
2. Lily Allen - "The Fear" (Best song 'about' the 09 recession.)
3. VV Brown - "Shark In The Water" (Puts some much-needed funny into quirky)
4. TI ft Justin Timberlake - "Dead And Gone" (For its balance between elegy and urgency)
5. Florence And The Machine - "Rabbit Heart (Raise It Up)" (Joseph Campbell meets undergrad amdram)
6. Boy Better Know - "Too Many Men" (Posse cut trapped in a lift)
7. Jordin Sparks - "Battlefield" (Boom, boom, pow.)
8. Fever Ray - "When I Grow Up (Lissvik Remix)" (Pan pipes FTW)
9. Taylor Swift - "You Belong With Me" (C86 Indie emotion meets pop-country sheen)
10. Elektrik Red - "P Is For Power" (Out of the strong came forth sweetness)
11. Morrissey - "Something Is Squeezing My Skull" ("YOU SWORE YOU WOULD NOT!")
12. Kid Cudi ft Crookers - "Day And Nite" (Something is squeezing his skull)
13. Blackout Crew - "Dialled" (Best song about viral marketing!)
14. Timberlee ft Tosh - "Heels" (For its balance between roughneck and Right Said Fred)
15. Kid Bass ft Sincere - "Good Girls Love Rudeboys" (Smash robots do Wiley)
16. Royksopp - "The Girl And The Robot" (Kid Cudi's girlfriend kills time waiting for his shift to finish)
17. K.I.G. - "Heads Shoulders Knees And Toes" (UK Funky expands its fanbase to include my toddler)
18. Cassie ft Diddy - "Must Be Love" (For its balance between smoke and mirrors)
19. Pink Dollaz - "Never Hungry" (So why sound so skeletal?)
20. Cobra Starship ft Leighton Meester - "Good Girls Go Bad" (Rudeboys get the good girls all the time)

There are lots of things I haven't heard, of course.
Tuesday, June 23rd, 2009
10:10 pm
Social Media Stocktake
Every 6 months or so I try and do a bit of self-analysis to work out which tools I'm using more, which less, what for, etc. This is partly so I can be a bit more self-aware about my personal biases and tastes in social media when I come to think about it for work.

TWITTER: I completely [heart] Twitter though maybe slightly less than I did before Drake was born - but that's just because I'm settling into a usage pattern, less self-conscious about what I put up there. One thing I really like about it - aside from building a large (by my standards) audience quickly, is how it works as a unified clearinghouse for stuff on work, music, family, culture, politics, whatever: bcz of the 140chr limit there'll be something else along in a minute so hopefully nobody following me gets too bored.

TUMBLR: After stalling on tumblr for a few months I'm right back into it - it turned out to be incredibly easy and convenient when I was frazzled and on paternity leave. I think, as with Twitter, I'm a little more comfortable with the Tumblr culture than I was.

BLOGS (WRITING): Blackbeard Blog is going very well - actually for that I regret moving it to Tumblr a little as I would like better archiving and blogroll functions (and am too crap to code them myself). The success of Blackbeard is almost wholly down to building an interested audience via Twitter. Freaky Trigger, meanwhile, is going well from the perspective of Popular but I feel underinspired for everything else - my other stuff is drawing energy away from that, which ought to be a higher priority since it's my main web presence.

BLOGS (READING): Twitter and Tumblr have mostly replaced my RSS browsing - I'm making an attempt to catch up. Don't get much sense of a "blogosphere" anywhere but maybe that's cause I'm not reading more than 3 or 4 sites on most themes.

COMMUNITIES: Loving the revival of Poptimists masterminded by Kat and Hazel. Zero interest in running any comms now, or indeed reading any bar Poptimists (and Diggerdydum when that sparks up again). They're just too high maintenance.

FACEBOOK: Completely dead to me, to the extent I tend to enormously underestimate how big and important it is for lots of other people. I probably check in once a month. The same goes for LinkedIn on a professional level. They both seem so... bitty. All these different groups and notes and walls and whatnot. I want to have another go with FB, for work reasons if nothing else.

LIVEJOURNAL: I use it for the occasional snippet of personal information (like this!), and for bitching behind a friendslock. Not doing much of either right now, so it's lying mostly fallow. Also, it's in general decline, everyone's leaving, blah blah. (Not actually sure how true this is.)

OTHER STUFF: I'm on Friendfeed and intend to play with it properly sometime: right now it seems a little soulless. Flickr I just use for family things. YouTube I browse but don't join in.
Wednesday, June 17th, 2009
12:35 pm
Tuesday, May 26th, 2009
3:58 pm
8 Games!!
I hope one of them is Girls Aloud Dizzy.


(thanks to maura for the tip)
Tuesday, May 12th, 2009
2:52 pm
Tuesday, April 14th, 2009
12:45 am
Poor Uses Of Wikipedia contd.
- Reading summaries of Brian Herbert Dune novels.
Thursday, April 9th, 2009
2:28 pm
Lyrical Meme
Via everyone.

MP3 player. Shuffle. First lines. Guess 'em. Titles and group names replaced where they would give things away with AD&D 2nd Edition Manuals. Untranscribable lyrics ignored.

I only have 125 songs on my MP3 player so perhaps this will be easy!

1. The winter's gone, the invisible come, your memories are being run. - Broadcast - "Echo's Answer" (ht chezghost)
2. Water was running, people were running, you were running out of time - Siouxsie - "Cities In Dust" (ht piratemoggy)

3. Remember the day you up and left? I nearly cried myself to death. <-- Think disco.

4. Off with your head! Dance till youre dead! - YYYs - "Heads Will Roll" (ht awesomewells)

5. Comin' from the east side, goin' to the west side, flowin' to the north and the south, you know what we're about - golden age hip-hop, no reason anyone wd know it

6. I'm only MONSTER MANUAL away from love, I'm only MONSTER MANUAL away from your arms. - rave hit

7. UNEARTHED ARCANA! UNEARTHED ARCANA! One day I could punch up this one youth for tryin to make a fool of me... - recent chart hit

8. The leaves are fallin' all around - time I was on my way. Thanks to you, I'm much obliged for such a pleasant stay. - Led Zep, "Ramble On" (ht piratemoggy)

9. A race of angels bound with one another, a dish of dollars made out for all to see. - Carsmile shd get this

10. Hast Du etwas Zeit fur Mich, dann singe Ich ein Lied fur Dich - Nena, "99 Luftballons" (ht the_roofdog)

11. Music, maestro, please! T99, "Anasthasia" (ht lj user="stevem78">)
12. PLAYER'S HANDBOOK, I couldn't even get an answer. I tried to call - but my pride wouldn't let me dial. Keyshia Cole, "Last Night" (ht katstevens and lots of others)
13. Just talk about rhythm....it's been a long time, I shouldn't of left you without a strong rhyme to step to. Eric B And Rakim, "I Know You Got Soul" (ht awesomewells)
14. One of the problems of our society is that we can't live together unless we're married. Banbarra, "Shack Up" (ht mostlyconnect)
15. Got to get up, got to feel good! Got to get up! Got to get up! Bizarre Inc, "Playing With Knives" (ht katstevens)

16. You always find the way to hurt my pride, if I'm not crying you're not satisfied. - country

17. I shed my skin as the party was about to begin. - new wave

18. FIEND FOLIO, things are gonna get easier. FIEND FOLIO, they're gonna be brighter. - classic soul

19. Took a tube to Camden Town, walked down Parkway and settled down. - British pop

20. Now DEITIES AND DEMIGODS it out in a roughneck style whethere you come from east west north or sout', we run tings without a doubt. - pop reggae
Wednesday, April 8th, 2009
11:13 am
Today's Interweb Fun
Tim Westwood live tweeting his cleaner coming round:

Sunday, April 5th, 2009
1:41 pm
Dance people: is Dave Pearce a good bloke, a knob, both, neither? I realise how little I know about the bumbling uncle of dance culture.
Wednesday, April 1st, 2009
6:34 pm
Trip Report
New York's a bit of alright.

Longer trip report to follow when I get home on Friday. Maybe.
Tuesday, March 3rd, 2009
4:13 pm
Sunday, March 1st, 2009
2:34 pm
Cookery win
I am an aubergenius.
Friday, February 20th, 2009
3:20 pm
Cross-Platform Medieval Mentalist Special (Part 3 of 3)
(This was going to be posted on FT but the site has been devoured by Satan.)

"Denis the Carthusian... is the most complete type of religious enthusiast at the end of the Middle Ages. His mental range and many-sided energy are hardly conceivable. To mystic transports, ferocious asceticism, continual visions and revekations he unites immense activity as a theological writer. His works fill forty-five quarto volumes....

He never knew repose. Every day he recites the Psalter almost entirely, and, at any rate, half. He prays continually, while dressing or while engaged in any other occupation. When others go to sleep again after matins, he remains awake. Big and strong, he exposes his body with impunity to all kinds of privations... He feeds, for choice, on tainted victuals.

The enormous amount of theological meditation and speculation which he achieved was not the fruit of a peaceful and balanced life of study; it was carried out in the midst of intense emotions and violent shocks. Visions and revelations are with him ordinary experiences. Ecstasies come to him on all sorts of occasions, especially when he hears music, sometimes in the midst of noble company who are listening to his wise advice.... He is a stammerer. He sees the room of a dying woman full of demons who knock the stick out of his hand. He constantly converses with the dead. When asked if he often sees apparitions of deceased persons, he answers: "Yes, hundreds of times."

Although constantly occupied with his supernatural experiences, he does not like to speak about them, and is ashamed of the ecstasies which earned him among the laudatory surnames of the great theologians that of Doctor Ecstaticus."

- Heuzinga, ibid.
10:46 am
Thursday, February 19th, 2009
10:59 am
Cross-Platform Medieval Mentalists Special (Part 1 of 3)
(Further instalments to appear on Freaky Trigger and my Tumblr)

""You will eat Him," says Le Livre de Crainte Amoureuse of Jean Berthelemy, in speaking of the Eucharist, "roasted at the fire, well baked, not at all overdone or burnt. For just as the Easter lamb was properly baked and roasted between two fires of wood or of charcoal, thus was gentle Jesus on Good Friday placed on the spit of the worthy cross, and tied between the two fires of His very fearful death and passion, and of the very ardent charity and love which He felt for our souls and our salvation. He was, as it were, roasted and slowly baked to save us.""

- J.Huizinga, The Waning of the Middle Ages
Tuesday, February 17th, 2009
4:57 pm
I got some email today inviting Freaky Trigger to SPAM its readers with adverts for top Nietzschian superhero emo flick WATCHMEN. I would never do such a thing - there will be FT posts on Watchmen and plenty of 'em, but like the New Frontiersman my editorial independence is too precious to me to do a deal with The Man. Especially as they weren't going to pay me for it.

However here is an ANTICIPOLL. And you can post your feverish anticipatory watchthoughts in the comments box and entertain me on my train journey home tonight.

Poll #1350814 Who Watches?

Are you planning to go and see WATCHMEN in the cinema?

Haven't Decided
Will probably end up tagging along with mates
No idea what you're talking about, sorry

On a scale of 1 to 10, how good do you think Watchmen will be?

Mean: 5.81 Median: 7 Std. Dev 2.14

Have you read the comic?

I intend to

What elements of Watchmen are most likely to confuse and distress mainstream cinemagoers?

The complex interlocking symbolic structure
The resonance of the in-depth backstory
The unflinching use of superheroes as a political metaphor
The bit with the space octopus
Alan Moore's beard
Wednesday, February 11th, 2009
10:38 pm
Wednesday, February 4th, 2009
11:49 am
From Tumblr to LJ
Readers of FINAL CRISIS will remember that Superman sees off the remnants of Darkseid by singing him a song. But which song? Registered weapon has the answer! (This is also a summary of what happened in FC)
Friday, January 23rd, 2009
10:45 am
My list of YAY
As requested by catsgomiaow

- Friday (even though I'm not pubbing)
- Got actual good night's sleep last night, admittedly by SURRENDERING to Lytton's demands to go in our bed. But it's the first time in a week or two he's gone to sleep w/the light off.
- L. drew a picture of me and pointed gleefully to the beard.
- Asked to do sleeve notes for the first time in my "journalistic career"! (I am not saying what for, however it is fairly guessable)
- Real Actual recession means BBC News can stop using its "THE DOWNTURN" section at last.
- Pret A Manger beef and stilton sammiches
- House is actually tidy so I can put my feet up this weekend and enjoy myself.
- Online tax return! Ordinarily not a yay but I have been reassured by Spotify. TAX DOESN'T HAVE TO BE TAXING Y'ALL.
- Invited lots of awesome new writers to Freaky Trigger. (If I haven't invited YOU yet it's cos I didn't have yr email address - I will do so)
- Erm that's it.
Wednesday, November 26th, 2008
2:49 pm
Brand Tags

Strangely addictive, also the UK version is quite new so it's more likely your tag will show up.

For instance: http://uk.brandtags.net/browse.php?id=869
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