Pyramids of Mars?

Hmm. (much better than last week, though!)

currently playing: Helvetia – The Last Hour

I Am Doomed.

Oxford now has a Fopp.

Doomed, I tell you. DOOMED.

currently playing: Circulatory System – The Lovely Universe

Two Things

  1. You know a day is off to a bad start when you sleep past your stop on the bus.

2. I must not fall to the spell of Gilmour Girls. There’s six series already! Where would I find the time to watch them all?

currently playing: Ronnie Spector – Ode To L.A.

Links And Links And Links And Links…

Inviting hand towels!

MintyBoost! For when you need minty battery goodness.

Oh no, we missed the Secret Postcard Sale!

Nevaeh? Bless you.

Best mailbox ever!

I…I…I have no words.

currently playing: Thom Yorke – Analyse

Internet About To Implode…

Slashdot about to undergo web design, formed with compliant HTML and CSS. World looks on nervously…

currently playing: The Smiths – There Is A Light That Never Goes Out

Reasons To Love Britain

What other country spends its day off going cheese-rolling, eh?

currently playing: Moloko – The Time Is Now

Lipstick Lesbian Batwoman! How Progressive!

Also mentioned is “the Great Ten”, a Chinese-government controlled/sponsored superhero team making their debut next month in 52. According to the article, the team includes, "the Celestial Archer, with ties to Chinese mythology; Mother of Champions, who can give birth to a litter of 25 super-soldiers about every three days; and Seven Deadly Brothers, a martial arts expert who can divide into many."

They’ve let Grant Morrison loose again.

It’s almost four years since I started this blog. Which is rather scary. Every now and then, I get the urge to give it a rather radical make-over. It hasn’t really changed much since 2002, aside from the photo-strip down the right and the change from using a Helvetica knock-off to Gill Sans for the title (and the body text too, if you’re lucky enough to have Gill Sans on your system). Two years ago, I thought about redesigning to a vintage, McSweeneys-like layout. One year ago, I came up with a design for making the site based around a 9x9 grid with fancy comic stylings.

As you can see, I didn’t really get around to it. And I’m drawing a blank on new ideas just now. But I thought I’d give you a warning: things may change around here. Although they probably won’t.

In what may be a precursor to the update, or not, I’ve finally signed up to Last.fm. Go! Behold my current listening choices, and mock me!

currently playing: Bruce Haack – Incantation

A Fanboy Writes

I haven’t talked too much about the new series of Doctor Who this time around. Which isn’t an indication that I haven’t liked this run so far; I think The Girl In The Fireplace is one of the best episodes of the show ever made, for example. But it’s annoyingly inconsistent. Tonight’s episode started out with a reasonable premise, and then proceeded to throw all that promise out of the window, with silly ideas like filming every other scene like a first-year film student who’s just watched The Third Man (yes, angles. Very film noir. We get it. Now put that camera back on the horizontal), kitchen-sink drama acted out with less subtlety than an average episode of Johnny Briggs, and a barely-developed villain (it sure was handy she was called The Wire, eh, viewers?). For an extra fanboy moment, I was annoyed to hear that they cut out the transmitter gag; if the episode can make references to Coronation Street, five seconds throwing out a funny reference to the old series would not have killed them. Fair’s fair, though, the Betamax gag was funny.

The sound was abysmal as ever, although I’m coming to the conclusion that it’s not the composer’s fault. I’m wondering if the soundtrack is being compressed to make it seem louder, thus leaving less space between, say, the vocals and the background music.

There comes a point where it’s not enough to say that “well, it’s better than the old stories, which were just silly all the time!” For a start, that’s not true, but even if it was, so what? It’s like the show’s infatuation with this wonderful creation of Rose Tyler. I’m sorry, the last episode of the old series was in 1989. Things have moved on. At the moment, Rose has got all the depth of Cordelia from Buffy’s first season, and the scripts are often far too flimsy to compare favourably with any other half-decent series of the past five years. It’s not enough to think “well, this is certainly better than The Happiness Patrol!” They should be aiming for The Body.

This rant sponsored by “Really, it’s only because I think Mark Gatiss is capable of so much better”.

currently playing: LCD Soundsystem – Great Release

MySpace Is The New "Alan McGee Discovered Them In Scotland"

An article from the Guardian pointing out that the death of the A&R man has been slightly exaggerated (and also, you’re not going to get rich from MySpace). Though it is curious that they go to all the trouble of pointing out why Lily Allen isn’t exactly an internet phenomenon, and yet they don’t mention that she’s the daughter of Keith Allen. You would have thought that would have merited at least a sentence or two.

In other news, I would like to be feeling better now. It’s just getting silly at this point.

EDIT: More from Simon Sweeping The Nation! Not sure about The Arcade Fire reference though - surely part of the MySpace angle on the Arctic Monkeys was wrapped around their single / album success. While The Arcade Fire certainly had more success than fellow blog stars like M.I.A. and Annie, they aren’t quite in the Monkeys’ league. At least not in the UK anyway. If they’d gone straight in at number one, I imagine the broadsheets would have turned a little more attention their way…

currently playing: Saturday Looks Good To Me - Since You Stole My Heart

Feeling Too Ill To Properly Rant...

…but don’t be stupid.

currently playing: Richard X Feat. Deborah Evans-Strickland) – Walk On By