America Calling

Yes, it’s time As before, updates will probably be sporadic, but I hope to get a few pictures and things up during the trip.

In the meantime, you can read this interview with Lauren Laverne about her new breakfast show (starting Monday, fact fans!), or well, I guess you could get all Benjamin Rory Slade about matters, and go off and do something more interesting instead.

Don’t break the Internet while I’m gone!

currently playing: Hilary Duff – Wake Up

Good, Kid! But Don't Get Cocky

Well, the bad news is that after Harriet Miers’s withdrawal, the next candidate will probably be a die-hard strict-constitutionalist, but it has been fun watching the American Right beating itself up over the past month.

And! In other, less publicised news, the Democrats managed to score a victory last night, by convincing the Administration that they had the votes to overturn the President’s revoking of the Davis-Bacon Act in Katrina-affected areas (it sets minimum wages for construction workers among other things). Democrats getting their act together? Republican support diminishing? The possibility that indictments may go all the way up to the Vice-President?

Fun times. Mind you, they’re still here for another three years…

currently playing: A Certain Ratio – Won’t Stop Loving You (Bernard Sumner Remix)

By The Way (Record Labels Are Scum Edition)

According to the PopJustice forums, from November 7th, EMI will no longer be releasing CDs. Instead, all their new records will be released as “Copy Controlled” discs, which depart significantly from the CD Red Book standard, and as a bonus, install device drivers on your Windows PC without your consent to prevent ripping (if this was done by a random person off the street, this would be hacking and be subject to a custodial sentence; when a record company does it, it’s celebrated as a blow against piracy).

The current solution? The current protection schemes rely on the user running Windows, as dumb as that sounds (indeed, some CDs refuse to play back on anything less than full Administrator access, so they can install the anti-ripping device drivers). So, if you have a Mac or a Linux machine (even just a LiveCD will do), you can create a pristine digital copy with no fuss whatsoever. Of course, you’ll still technically be breaking the law in the UK, but I don’t think the music industry really wants to sue somebody who actually bought a copy of the CD (mind you, they’re crazy enough to try it).

currently playing: Handsomeboy Technique – Affections

ITN - Que?

“Will a contraceptive jab promote promiscuity?”

Note to the editors: this is not the 1960s. And just why is ITN’s ITV coverage slowly but surely morphing into the Daily Mail?

Remember, it’s not a scandal until someone tries to break into a building.

The oddest thing about next week’s release of Sally Cinnamon? Surely £7.99 is a bit steep, considering you can pick up a Stone Roses best of for about half that price in almost any of the floating HMV sales.

Yes, it’s a bits and pieces week, I’m afraid.

currently playing: Girls Aloud – Biology


Hurrah! (Just in time for that reasonably priced box-set, isn’t it?)

currently playing: Sophie Ellis Bexter – Get Over You

Through The Round Window

he accused leftwing critics of promoting "a version of the old levelling-down mentality that kept us in opposition for so long".

Yes, Tony, but it got them into the position of creating the Comprehensive system in the first place, didn’t it?

Once again, I must confess that I’m puzzled over Labour’s cry of “CHOICE, DAMMIT!” As far as I can imagine, parents don’t really want to choose their child’s school - they just want them to go to a good one. So, yes, being an evil left-wing pinko Communist here, but why not try and concentrate on improving the schools instead of the hand-waving of parental selection?

I’m also a little worried about the idea that the schools will be able to set their own curriculum. I’d like to know just how far schools will be allowed to go in this manner. In the worst case, we could, for example, end up seeing Stupid Idiots deciding to teach children fairy tales in lieu of actual science.

(and, if I am going all out, we should be reducing the number of faith schools, not increasing them. Despite going to a Roman Catholic primary school myself, I think that religious instruction should take place outside the school system.)

This has been an “okay, so you scrapped grant-maintained schools as soon as you got in, and now you’re bringing them back? Whatever…” post for the day.

currently playing: Madonna – Don’t Tell Me [Radio Edit]

Chapel Links

San Francisco — in jelly!

Proof, once and for all, that being flash-frozen inside a glacier doesn’t put you in suspended animation.

An intriguing choice for a b-side…

Michael Bolton 1 Rachel Stevens 0


currently playing: The Mighty Wah – I Know There Was Something

We Are On A Break

I do like how the “Lauren made Lisa Scott-Lee cry” is becoming a running joke on cd:uk. I continue to be underwhelmed by Girls Aloud’s new dance routine (I like Biology! But the video is a trifle dull, let’s be honest), and 50 Cent jokes are always welcome. But! The best news is that the awful ‘find people with the same name as pop stars’ segment is finally over. And I’m going to miss the next three weeks so I’ll be skipping Myleene’s MC training…

…oh, yes, and something I’d missed: the hosts have their own blogs.

currently playing: Tori Amos – Talula (The Tornado Mix)

What, no Robyn?


Sony Japan obviously don’t read Fluxblog…

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And Let's Not Forget The Ds

Ms. Miers had an opportunity to win over the skeptics this week with her answers to the Senate Judiciary Committee's questionnaire. But her responses were so unimpressive that the top Republican and Democrat on that committee took the extraordinary step yesterday of instructing her to give it another try, this time with more "particularity and precision." She thus became perhaps the most important judicial nominee in history to be offered what amounts to a do-over on a take-home quiz.

Ladies and gentlemen, the next Justice of the Supreme Court!

currently playing: Rachel Stevens – Crazy Boys