Archive for the ‘Music’ Category

Anti-Xmas Song

Sunday, December 23rd, 2007

Here's a dour Scottish antidote to all those bloody comfort and joy xmas songs: We're All Going To Die by Malcolm Middleton


Tuesday, February 7th, 2006

Ever heard of a waterphone? It's a bowl-shaped instrument, filled with water, with metal flanges, played with a violin bow. If you've seen horror movies, you've heard a waterphone.

Bad Apple!

Friday, January 13th, 2006

Just discovered that the new version of iTunes, 6.0.2, contains spyware. The new MiniStore talks to a server and tells it what you're playing on iTunes so it can suggest a similar track you'd like to buy. I'm disgusted. I don't want anyone poking their noses into what I ...

iTunes Australian store

Tuesday, October 25th, 2005

At long last the legal issues have been sorted and iTunes has finally opened it's Australian store online.

Painless iTalk and shopping

Saturday, October 15th, 2005

Got myself an iTalk, a voice-recording device and speaker that plugs into my iPod. I can't believe how painless it was to install. I just plugged it into my iPod and it worked immediately. Then I plugged my iPod into my iBook and it not only automatically uploaded the file I'd just ...

Video iPod

Friday, October 14th, 2005

So the fabled, and much predicted video iPod has just been announced. I know what my next iPod will be! :-)

Bluetooth keyboard and iPod Nano

Wednesday, September 21st, 2005

I finally got myself a Bluetooth keyboard. Typing on a laptop keyboard is difficult to do for any long period of time. But I need to be able to type for long periods of time. I’m doing an Advanced Narrative Writing course, plus I plan to enroll for the National Novel ...

X-Box Song

Wednesday, August 31st, 2005

X-Box Song by Tripod Tripod: Doo doo, doo doo, Doo-doo doo-doo. Doo doo, doo doo, Doo-doo doo-doo. Scod: Baby, Tripod: Gonna make ...

Worst Album Covers

Friday, August 26th, 2005

The worst album covers of all time. Could "Let Me Touch Him" by The Minister's Quartet be bettered/worse?

Lisa Gerrard

Friday, June 17th, 2005

Just realised that Lisa Gerrard is playing the Sydney Opera House tonight. It's sold out. Damn. Lisa Gerrard is an Oscar-winning composer. She wrote (and performed I expect) the scores of Gladiator, Whale Rider, Tears of the Sun, Ali and other movies. She also had a band, Dead Can Dance, which ...

Extreme cuteness alert!

Monday, June 6th, 2005

Chris told me about the iGuy, a sort of Gumby cover for iPods. Extreme cuteness alert! ;-)

Kingdom of Heaven and Tori Amos

Sunday, May 15th, 2005

Went to two things yesterday, one that gave me more than I expected and one that gave me less. The experience that gave me more was the Kingdom of Heaven movie. I’d heard it was pretty much a vehicle for Orlando Bloom, who was supposed to not act very well, but ...


Tuesday, April 19th, 2005

I've got "Ivo" by the Cocteau Twins stuck in my head. Worst lyrics of all time but the tune is interesting.

Paul Hester

Monday, March 28th, 2005

I can't believe Paul Hester, the drummer from Crowded House, is dead. The news reports are conflicting. The Sydney Morning Herald said he hung himself in a park. The TV news says he died of a heart attack. I'm going to listen to "Don't Dream It's Over" and feel sad.

MP3 player buying advice that will stop people buying Apple iPods

Wednesday, March 23rd, 2005

MP3 player buying advice from Microsoft. According to Microsoft: * You need a player that has an FM radio. * You need a player that can play WMA files. * You need a flash player with a screen. They may as well have written: * Companies named after fruit are for hippies. * Please, please, please don't ...

Grey screen of death

Wednesday, January 26th, 2005

Amazingly, my iBook actually crashed yesterday. I got a grey screen of death telling me to reboot. This is the first time I've ever seen anything like it on a Mac. Rarely, applications will crash, but then you simply 'force quit' to get rid of them. They don't crash the ...

The worst band in the world

Friday, January 14th, 2005

Tonight I heard the worst band in the world. The aural equivalent of a car accident. You cant look away. You cant stop listening. Its The Shaggs The Philosophy of the World.

Now your TV and stereo can crash too!

Friday, January 7th, 2005

Bill Gates was demonstrating Window's new media centre at a conference when it crashed. Bwahahaha!


Thursday, October 21st, 2004

Holy crap, AllOfMP3.Com is what music downloading should be. 1 cent per meg, they've got a wide range, you can order music in a variety of formats and bitrates, and it downloads fast. Even more astonishingly, it's legal. I've been on the net since 1996. Why did it take so long ...

No iTunes in Australia

Wednesday, June 30th, 2004

From the Sydney Morning Herald: Sounds of silence By Garry Barker June 24, 2004 Have you ever felt, as you stand in this broad, parched land - like a child with nose pressed to the window of a rich person's house, peering hungrily at a table laden with cream cakes, trifle and jelly - ...