Alphasmart Neo

Monday, October 15th, 2007

I've been researching a device I can take everywhere for writing. My handwriting is too slow and messy for a notebook. I can type at over 70 words a minute, so why waste time with a pen and paper? But a laptop doesn't cut it. They ...


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.

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.

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! :-)

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?

Backing Up

Tuesday, August 16th, 2005

I'm having a long overdue backup session with my new external 160 gig hard drive. I've got to get all my music, all my movies, all my e-mails and all my server backups onto something that doesn't travel around with me.

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 ...

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!

It must be Xmas

Sunday, December 26th, 2004

The most requested lyrics for Xmas day on Lyrics. Look at all the Xmas songs: 1. (54) Youp van 't Hek - Flappie 2. (46) Eartha Kitt - Santa Baby 3. (43) Boney M - Mary's Boy Child (oh My Lord) 4. (33) Boney M - Mary's Boy Child 5. (32) ...


Friday, November 26th, 2004

Saw a beautiful sight this morning. I was walking to my car to go to work when I looked up. The jacaranda is past its peak flowering stage, but the blue-purple flowers around the edges are still thick. I saw branches thick with flowers, and others bare and stark, against ...

Belgium Beer Cafe

Sunday, November 7th, 2004

Natalie's birthday today. Me, Darren, my Mum and Dad, Graeme (Natalie's boyfriend) and his parents and brother, Natalie's Mum and Grandma, and friends Ian and Caroline, all went to the Belgium Beer Caf� in the Rocks. I planned to blog this at the Belgium Beer Cafe, where the party was held ...


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 ...

Crazy Copyright Laws

Tuesday, August 3rd, 2004

From the Sydney Morning Herald: Most people know it is illegal to download songs from the internet without paying. But far fewer people know it is illegal to copy music from a CD you have legally bought. Anyone who has copied songs from a CD onto an iPod or computer hard drive ...