98 Red Balloons

The War On Contraception.

Meanwhile a government report later found that Dr. Janet Woodcock, deputy commissioner for operations at the F.D.A., had also expressed a fear that making the drug available over the counter could lead to “extreme promiscuous behaviors such as the medication taking on an ‘urban legend’ status that would lead adolescents to form sex-based cults centered around the use of Plan B.”

Meanwhile, in the UK: what a fabulous choice for Minister of Equality!

currently playing: The Cure – Mint Car

Down With This Sort of Thing! Careful Now!

It is now quite lawful for a Catholic woman to avoid pregnancy by a resort to mathematics, though she is still forbidden to resort to physics and chemistry.
— H.L. Mencken

I'm Ten Years Old Again

Starfox DS

Yoshi’s Island 2

Hotel Dusk: Room 215

Elite Beat Agents

Custom Robo Arena

Mario vs. Donkey Kong 2

Children of Mana

The DS may in fact be the best games machine since the Speccy. Hurrah for Nintendo! 

currently playing: 808 State – Pacific State


Today: A fresh install of Fedora Core 5 that crashes approximately ten seconds after logging into X. Or rather, doesn’t crash, but does something strange to the keyboard and mouse inputs, making further control impossible.

And! The students’ internet connection disappearing, resulting in an hour-long hunt for the root of the problem. Servers rebooted, DNS entries changed, web filters viewed with suspicion. Five minutes from going home, the answer becomes clear: a frayed network cable. Grr.

currently playing: Au Pairs – We’re So Cool

Songs of The Week

Another in a very occasional series.

  • Arab Strap — There Is No Ending
  • Elf Power — Back To The Web
  • Camera Obscura — Let’s Get Out of This Country
  • The Decemberists — The Mariner’s Revenge Song
  • The Flaming Lips — It Overtakes Me
  • The Jesus And Mary Chain — Just Like Honey
  • Bomb The Bass — Beat Dis
  • Stereolab — French Disko
  • Pet Shop Boys — I’m With Stupid
  • The Pipettes — Your Kisses Are Wasted On Me

currently playing:

Grant McLennan RIP

Died in his sleep, according to The Go-Betweens’ website.

From The Friends of Rachel Worth, an album I re-bought last month in CD Alley:

The Go-Betweens — The Friends of Rachel Worth


There’s been a tiny change to my photo weblog; I’m no longer uploading the image file direct from the camera. It was fine for my old one, but the new one tends to generate rather large pictures. So, hopefully, the pages shouldn’t take an age to load anymore!

And oooh. Those biscuits are good!

currently playing: Sleater-Kinney – Little Babies



One the left, ginger nuts, and on the right, garabaldi! A rather successful baking day!

Mmm, British And Gooooood.

Mmm, British And Gooooood.

It sticks to EVERYTHING. But it tastes so lovely…

PlayUSA: No Musicals For You, Briton!

While I was in America, watching a Norwegian Dance Theatre video (um, yes), Christa recommended that I watch The Red Shoes, which, as a Powell and Pressburger film, I believe probably features a host of sumptuous and glorious Technicolor (a belief that she has affirmed). So, upon arriving home, I went looking around the Internet trying to order a copy. There’s a Region 2 release, but it comes via Granada, so the DVD is probably shot from an old Betamax copy they had lying around the warehouses in Manchester. However, there’s also Region 1 Criterion edition. Oooh. As a film snob as well as a Mac snob, I decided I’d plump for that version.

But! Disaster! I went to PlayUSA, added it to my basket, and went to the checkout. At which point, the site complained bitterly that I had ‘ordered a music DVD which cannot be shipped to UK addresses’. Now, I’d heard that for some reason (I believe RIAA-inspired), Play was no longer shipping concerts or music video DVDs to these shores, but The Red Shoes is neither. So I sent them an email. Their reply was a little confusing, as it confirmed that they don’t ship music DVDs, but also that they no longer ship some ‘music-related’ DVDs.

I went back to Play, filled my basket with Singin’ In The Rain, West Side Story, My Fair Lady, and Grease. As soon as I hit the checkout, the site removed them all. Musicals are not welcome in the UK, it seems.

It’s a little bizarre; I’m wondering where they draw the line? Why is a film with a soundtrack allowed through, but not a musical?

In the end, I ordered it from CD-WOW instead. They don’t seem to have a problem with letting the British get their hands on ‘music-related’ DVDs. Hurrah!

currently playing: Epic45 – I’m Getting Too Young For This