Friday, December 29, 2006
But: There's no denying that it's pretty good for promoting music, and there's the small matter of it having rather a lot of members. So I've created a profile page on which to air my bleepy computer music. And it's here:
And no, I've not 'Pimped' my page, sorry.
My Last FM profile will remain for the more sophisticated web users.
Monday, December 25, 2006
OK, after way too many years of not getting round to this, I've finally sat down and put a finished track together.
A bit of deep melodic electro, this is one of two tracks off the 'Another Visitor EP'. The other one's not actually finished yet but I'll add it to this release when it's ready.
Listen here on Last FM.
And as it's Christmas, the MP3 is available as a FREE download on the Last FM page. Season's Greetings!
Saturday, December 23, 2006
And ASDA, as a protest against your use of a choral version of it in your current TV ad, I've decided to boycott your stores for one year.
Friday, December 22, 2006
I'm off back to Stockport for two weeks in the morning. And I've not packed my stuff yet. Better get on with it really.
Source Direct – A made up sound – Classic 1996 drum and bass.
Ben Hammersley – Talented photographer.
Wednesday, December 20, 2006
I know this isn't particularly exclusive but – with all the PS3 hype going on – is it just me who thinks the Playstation 3 is rather ugly? And what were they thinking using that typeface? It's the one from the Spiderman logo! How incredibly cheap of them to have not created their own logo face.
Like most of their products, the PS2 and PSP were so on the money, but in my opinion this is awful. George Foreman Grill anyone?
I found this while hunting for last minute Christmas present ideas. Someone bought me an acre of The Moon a few years ago. I somehow doubt these things will ever be honoured, though I guess it's cheaper than going there and laying claim to it yourself.
Sunday, December 17, 2006
Well believe it or not it's nearly Christmas. I've taken a lot of photos this year. I suppose that's what happens when you're into photography.
I've put together a 'best of' set from the year, primarily to make into a book (via the fantastic QOOP service), but for those of you who aren't the lucky family member who's getting the book for Christmas you can view them online from this blog post.
There's some commercial work, some holiday shots, some people, some places. There are 106 shots in total.
View it as large slideshow (recommended). You'll want a decent broadband connection for this. 106 photos at 6 seconds each takes just over 10 minutes. Unfortunately there are no controls, and it loops round again at the end but it's still the best full page slideshow tool I've found.
Alternatively, browse the set manually on Flickr.
Tuesday, December 12, 2006
Here's what the Beeb had to say about it.
I've been working with Flash since 1999, know it pretty much inside out, and it still does my head in on a regular basis.
Dear Adobe, how do you feel about fixing one or two of the major Flash authoring tool bugs as a kind of birthday celebration? Like that network saving bug where the document gets corrupted and won't save - you know the one.
Hey, you could even release a free patch instead of charging for an 'upgrade'. That would be nice.
Well happy birthday anyway.
Monday, December 11, 2006
Anyway, I'm not sure when it happened but they seemed to have sorted it out. So it's now quite good. Here's my photo map so far. It's going to take a while to tag all my photos because I have over 3000 of them on Flickr. Maybe I'll just do the interesting ones.
Tuesday, December 05, 2006
I took this on the approach into Heathrow yesterday (on the way back from Stockholm).
It's a bit of a shame about the low quality. The plane window had a distorting perspex layer. Also, the shutter speed was too low because I hurriedly unpacked the camera to take this when we emerged from the clouds and didn't have time to switch ISO.
But excuses, excuses...
I'm off to Barcelona tomorrow morning to visit my bro - a bit of a week of travelling.
Because I've not been to see a doctor for a few years I've been struck off my previous GP's records. Great, thanks.
And because I'm trying to buy a flat (a process that apparently needs to be extravagantly complicated at every conceivable stage, and to be handled by a number of parties, each consisting solely of unreliable, inefficient ambassadors of ineptitude) I need a medical note for the compulsory life cover on my mortgage.
OK, should be no problem.
So I called the NHS surgery nearest to where I'm moving and they said, "Sure, just come down and fill in a form". So I bussed and walked my way over there, to be told on arrival that the person on the phone (I'm sure it was the same woman) had misinformed me because I need to have already moved to the area before I can register.
Great. Thanks for wasting my time.
But that's not all. According to the receptionist, it would take about two months for them to get my medical records, and that they can't write the medical note I need until they have those records. She said: "They'll be in a vault somewhere".
Two months? A Vault? What? Why?
I guess the two months is owing to this vault being on the wrong side of a series of Indiana-Jones-esque traps, in a labyrinth only accessible by cave diving into the heart of an inactive (or active?) volcano somewhere beneath Antactica. Oh, and Indy's on leave.
Dear Patricia Hewitt, Health Minister,
Please could you explain how it's possible for both of the following statements to be true at the same time:
a) It takes two months to get my medical records.
b) You still have a job.
P.S. Oh, I hear the NHS IT upgrade is having a few problems. It's only a computer database for god's sake. How hard can it be?
Some days I do wish Sturgeon's Law didn't have to apply to people too.