Sorry – I tell you that I’m going off for a job interview, and then forget to say anything about it. It didn’t go well, but they were nice enough about my implosion. The agency rang today to say that the company was going to pass on me. I guess that having the desire to walk out of the interview halfway through was a good indicator that it wasn’t for me…

Back to the job pages, then.

currently playing: Embrace — Now You’re Nobody

Everything's Gone Link

The Apple Mac turned 21 yesterday! And to celebrate, a long-thought lost video copy of the 1984 unveiling has turned up!

Continuing the 1984 theme, McSweeney’s comes up with alternative titles for George Orwell’s book.

Let’s have a Circle Line Party!

The press release for the new New Order album, written by ex-Smash Hitsette Miranda Sawyer. Yes, I’m excited.

The hotel that doesn’t exist.

Scientists spoil people’s fun by pointing out that sci-fi films are unrealistic.

And finally, after twelve years, USENET’s Eternal September is finally over.

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

The Ravings of A Fanboy

So, Smallville. The first episode of the (fourth?) season has just finished. First annoyance — the writers have finally succumbed to introducing Lois Lane. I had a feeling they wouldn’t be able to resist. But it’s dumb. Lois has always, always, been part of Clark’s Metropolis life, and not his Smallville days. It makes little sense, as a big part of the Superman mythos is the initial mistrust between her and this ‘hayseed’ from the country.

But whatever. I can grumble quietly about that.

Having Clark Kent appear naked before Lois, without glasses, and using super-strength? Uh-huh. You don’t think that she might, just might, remember five years later when a guy with an S-shield turns up in Metropolis and — hey look! Clark’s just started working for the Daily Planet!

And the constant references to the films are tiresome. This week, Margot Kidder! And yes, hahahaha, she says she had a relationship with Dr. Swan (Christopher Reeve) “in a different life.” DO YOU SEE! SHE WAS LOIS! AND HE WAS SUPERMAN! And she’s saying it to the actress who played Lana Lang in Superman III! Who’s now playing Clark’s mother! Even Oedipus didn’t have as many issues!

I should really stop watching.

currently playing: New Order — Krafty

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My musical discovery of the weekend; part DJ set, part documentary, and part art-project, featuring portions of Words And Music read by Paul Morley himself. The story of Pop Music in the 20th century, in just under an hour. And if you’ve read Words And Music, there’s no prizes for guessing what the final song is!

Anyway, off to London tomorrow for a job interview. If you spot a bewildered me wandering lost around the London Underground tomorrow, point me towards Moorgate…

currently playing: Slumber Party — Electric Boots


Well, I was going to point you the debut of New Order’s new single, Krafty. But it seems that Radio 1 doesn’t archive all of its shows anymore. So booooo to them.

Meanwhile, the BBC has apologised for using the Red Hand in Blue Peter.

Hopefully, I’ll update sometime in the next few days when I find a copy of Krafty (and also assuming its any good!)

EDIT: Okay, Pete Tong played it tonight. Go here and have a listen (It should take you to straight to the song). It sounds like a subdued Regret to me. Not bad!

currently playing: New Order — Dreams Never End



currently playing: Kate Rusby — Sweet William’s Ghost

After Tea?

Wait, there’s an hour missing from The Avengers? The petition for a director’s cut begins here!

(and hurrah! There’s at least one other person on the planet who agrees with Bonnie and myself about this film!)

currently playing: Saturday Looks Good To Me — When You Got To New York

The First of A Possibly Semi-Regular Feature!

True Stories of Music Videos, Part 1!

currently playing: Saint Etienne — Marble Lions

All I Have Is Links

This is the greatest thing ever. I just love that a company exists with no other purpose other than to sell DVDs that are simply fading colours. Of course, I’m going to go one better; I’m currently decided on whether to write a DVD that plays a game of noughts and crosses or one that implements a Turing Machine for my conference appearance in June.

Another UK mp3 blogger is stopped by the BPI/IFPI.

“Military Intelligence? Isn’t that a oxymoron?”

And so the UK Top 40 goes out with a whimper rather than a bang. It’s the end of the world, and all they’re playing is Elvis.

currently playing: Paddy McAloon — I Trawl The Megahertz

This Week In The Factory Catalogue


Flowers bought for Horse’s (from the Happy Mondays) wedding.

currently playing: Aimee Mann — Guys Like Me