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Blogtasm Nov. 23rd, 2009 @ 10:55 pm
Attention miscreants - I am leaving LiveJournal!

Ok, so not really. But I must admit, I must admit, I've been really lousy at updating my LJ recently (didn't I make that my new year's resolution???!) but then I have been sucked in by the microblogging ways of Twitter and so on and so forth, and so that seems to more than satisfy any desire I have to blog about my normal everyday life. But now I feel I could and should start to write about things around a sort of theme... So I will!



http://jacksonmagic.blogspot.com will be a short(ish) list of posts about the late great MJ and about the things I think made him great. I've written an introductory post about his life and subsequent death, and now I'm going to tackle each point I want to talk about separately. I'm using the setlist of his 1992 Bucharest show as a 'contents' of sorts, as each song from the gig relates to one of the points I'd like to share, so there should be around 20 posts in total but we'll see how i feel when I get to the end.


http://cardiffnewsboards.blogspot.com is a much more light-hearted pictureblog of the sometimes sad, often frightening, always hilarious headlines from Cardiff's premier sources of print news. This has already been done at the blog 'http://cardiffterrifiesme.blogspot.com/' but I have a huge repository of these pics to upload so there we go.....


http://hottrumps.blogspot.com, finally, is an idea I've had for a while, ever since a long conversation during my US road-trip in 2003, discussing how myself and a lot of my friends weren't at all interested in the girls that builders and workmen were fawning over plastered up on the cover of 'Nuts' or whatever, but were almost as agog at some other hidden gems of womankind. This was my answer as to how to catalogue our interests without seeming sexist or disrespectful - put them in a fictional card game where they can battle it out!! Not at all misogynistic!! But oh well.


I also started a blog a while ago, http://stupidyahooquestions.blogspot.com, which chronicled some stupid questions I'd asked on Yahoo Answers and their subsequent responses, but I'm not sure how long I can keep that up... I'm likely to get banned if I ask any more dumb questions, plus, I don't really like to rely on another site to provide the content for my blog even if I am technically 'creating' it there... But we'll see!!


Anyway, hope you can enjoy these and if you like them remember to subscribe!

Adieu for another long while, LiveJournal. You're like a highschool friend. Maybe we've grown apart, but we'll always be together in some ways. And anyhow, didn't we have a blast?
Song of the Moment: Manchester Orchestra - I Can Feel A Hot One

I love this kid. Aug. 15th, 2009 @ 01:45 am


I probably shouldn't absolutely love this kid, but I really really do! He's like the spirit of all the naughty kids you ever laughed at in school! 

(apparently the girl he's talking about is from the 'High School The Musical' show that kids watch...classy, real classy........)



iPhone Story Aug. 14th, 2009 @ 04:02 pm

You know how it is -
guy meets iPhone. Guy wants iPhone. O2 quotes a business price. Guy says ok. O2 run out of stock. Guy waits. O2 come back into stock. Guy calls up. Unlimited txt deal is gone. Guy goes to store. Store offer bolt-on. Guy concedes. Store tell him he needs PAK code. Guy calls O2. O2 don't write. Guy calls again. O2 give up the code. Guy takes code to store. Store has no phones in black. Guy waits and waits and waits. Phones come in. O2 shop screws up credit check. Guy orders over phone. Price quoted ex VAT costs more than consumer tariff. Guy relents, AGAIN, with a view to swapping once phone arrives. Guy waits. And waits. AND WAITS.

iPhone randomly turns up. No SIM. Guy heads into town for SIM. SIM costs £10. Guy calls O2 to activate. O2 have no record of guy. Guy calls next day. SIM activated.

And for a while, it was good.....

Guy phones to swap to consumer tariff. O2 tell him it's not as simple as that. Guy has to send phone back. Guy is currently on holiday. 14 day grace period is up before he gets home. Guy pleads for extension. O2 grant one til 20th, curtailing his holiday plans. Guy will also be wihout a phone for an undisclosed amount of time and risks losing his phone number of 8 odd years....

Ah, to be young and in battle with a major cellular network provider...

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iPhone Story Aug. 14th, 2009 @ 04:01 pm

You know how it is -
guy meets iPhone. Guy wants iPhone. O2 quotes a business price. Guy says ok. O2 run out of stock. Guy waits. O2 come back into stock. Guy calls up. Unlimited txt deal is gone. Guy goes to store. Store offer bolt-on. Guy concedes. Store tell him he needs PAK code. Guy calls O2. O2 don't write. Guy calls again. O2 give up the code. Guy takes code to store. Store has no phones in black. Guy waits and waits and waits. Phones come in. O2 shop screws up credit check. Guy orders over phone. Price quoted ex VAT costs more than consumer tariff. Guy relents, AGAIN, with a view to swapping once phone arrives. Guy waits. And waits. AND WAITS.

iPhone randomly turns up. No SIM. Guy heads into town for SIM. SIM costs £10. Guy calls O2 to activate. O2 have no record of guy. Guy calls next day. SIM activated.

And for a while, it was good.....

Guy phones to swap to consumer tariff. O2 tell him it's not as simple as that. Guy has to send phone back. Guy is currently on holiday. 14 day grace period is up before he gets home. Guy pleads for extension. O2 grant one til 20th, curtailing his holiday plans. Guy will also be wihout a phone for an undisclosed amount of time and risks losing his phone number of 8 odd years....

Ah, to be young and in battle with a major cellular network provider...

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SoundClick Jul. 28th, 2009 @ 12:18 am
I just found a small trove of treasure from what must have been my early uni years before I knew how to use Cubase and record vocals:

http://www.soundclick.com/bands/default.cfm?bandID=375289 


I think now that I have a bit more knowledge/gear I might record these songs proper.  Yes it's all 16 year old emo stuff but then the best stuff usually is....
Song of the Moment: The Sweet Baboo record.
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» I love you.
Can I just take a moment to say 'I love you'.

I'm not sure I live on the same planet as the characters in all the American movies who imbue this timeless phrase with some sort of undue stature.  Yes they're powerful words, if you mean them, but when did they become a loaded gun to be kept under lock and key lest they be accidentally discharged by a small child or other disaffected youth? Now I know you can say 'i love you' in a non-romantic context, and I'm not here to talk about how 'love is a doing word' or, as the Matrix would have us believe, 'just a word applied to a feeling', but it's less with its real life use and more about its fictional use in movies and TV shows that I have a commentary. 

I'll admit I'm a bit late in commenting on this strange phenomena - I remember shows of the 90s like 'Friends' where saying 'I love you' was some sort of 'next step' in a relationship.  Of course, in the secular relationship stepladder it goes 'first date, first kiss, first shag, 'i love you', moving in together and then maybe marriage and kids etc'.  I'm not here to comment on how totally screwed up that order is (in my mind), but it's not that I believe the saying of those three words should come earlier in the chain, but more that I'm not sure they need to be a step in the chain at all.  All that making a big deal out of telling somebody you love them says to me is that we collectively brand everybody as emotional cripples, unable to tell the ones we love of our true feelings.  Are we?  I don't think I am... if anything I find myself the opposite, holding these 'feelings' for a huge multitude of people, both romantically and non-romantically, and although I don't necessarily go around shouting it from the rooftops, I'd hope they were shown in my actions towards the people I love.  And were I ever in a position to tell somebody that I loved them in a romantic context, I'm not sure I'd have any quarms in doing so.  Does that make me abnormal?  I don't think so.  And I don't think I'm the only one in this situation.

So why, then, do movies, tv shows and the media in general still make such a huge deal out of people saying these words to one another?  Is it actually an issue for certain people in reality?  Or is it just another gap in the warring realities of fictional stories and the true world in which we live??  The same gap that tells young, impressionable minds that everybody they know is living the lives of people 10 years their senior?  I don't want to go into a diatribe over how wrong it is for the media to paint an unrealistic image of the secret life of the teenager, but I can't help but laugh at some of the teen dramas I secretly (and not so secretly) love to watch - from Dawson's Creek to The O.C. and those that have now succeeded those like Gossip Girl and the recent 90210 remake, these shows are portraying 15 year old kids living the craziest lives and experiencing things that I, a 25 year old, have still yet to experience.  I don't think I've led that sheltered a life, even as a somewhat conservative Christian loser, but I haven't experienced half of what these fictional kids get up to on a weekly basis.  I'm not confusing fiction with reality here, I'm not even griping that kids see this stuff and think it's cool to do the bad things the characters on TV do, I'm just saying that, if shows are portraying this stuff in the hopes that teens will learn from their idol's fictitious mistakes, is it really worth it if it only relates to a tiny proportion of people?  Or will the majority see it and think 'i want my life to be like this'?

Sidetracked.  bored now.

» Glasto
One of my favourite weekends of the year is sitting in at home and  watching the Glastonbury Festival of Performing Arts on the Beeb.  The experience has always, for me, rivaled actually being there in person.  Of course it's probably nowhere near as good as if I were actually there, but the ability to watch all my favourite bands from the comfort of my armchair, coupled with the fact that I can flip the channel if I get bored, are a good combination for me.  Plus, with the recent advances in broadcasting over the past few years, I can now watch a band on BBC2, a band on BBC Three, a band on the 'Red Button' and even more on iPlayer.  

So, in preparation for the best festival of the year, and paying attention to bands who either have new material out to promote or are just long overdue their slot at Glasto, my wishlist/predictions for this year is as follows:

Headlining (these are a mixture of bands I actually EXPECT to headline, as well as bands who I think have 'paid their dues' enough and would have enough of a following to warrant headliner status)
  • Radiohead
  • Green Day
  • The Strokes
  • Sigur Ros
  • U2 (officially denied but still.....)
  • Maximo Park
  • The Cribs

And my predictions/personal picks for the rest of the festival:

The Futureheads
Friendly Fires
Phoenix
Art Brut
Jimmy Eat World
Death Cab For Cutie
The Rakes
Yeah Yeah Yeahs
Mute Math
Ben Folds
Counting Crows
Vampire Weekend
Brand New


We shall see!  In the meantime, enjoy this classic video which proves that the Foos aren't just tied to Reading/Leeds:




» Sorry
Over the past few years, this journal has basically become me posting random links to excellent things.  More recently, I haven't even been phoning it in, and for that I apologise.  This, however:


is too amazing not to blog.



» Creepy Dutch Paedo...
One of the most creepy videos I've ever seen on YouTube - I'm hoping it's SUPPOSED to be funny.....
» Parking Fail.



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