Grammar Nazis Rule OK

Ha ha ha ha ha ha

currently playing: Sister Hazel — Your Winter

Oh Lauren, So Much To Answer For

The new Johnny Vaughan show is not as bad as they say. It somehow manages to be worse. A drunken Westlife and Lauren Laverne reduced to pointing at pictures of people holding sausages. 8-(.

Why don't you turn off TV and do something more interesting instead? Because I'm on Tape Duty tonight; I have to record different programmes for my sister, some of which are on satellite, some need to be on the same tape, and some require the juggling of tapes before a tight deadline. I'm the only person in the family who can be trusted with this, so Bonnie has ordered that I can't visit her tonight, as getting the Brit Awards on video is more important than seeing me. I don't mind, oh no. Might just tape over the Justin Timberlake appearances with something more suitable, though. Muahahahaha....

currently playing: The Flaming Lips — Take Meta Mars

Brief Links

All you wanted to know about the leaked Windows source code (and probably a little more besides).

Flying the friendly, God-fearing skies. And, for Bonnie, even though she won’t see this until the weekend (she went into hospital today), a polier for an upcoming episode of the now-cancelled Angel:

currently playing: Mint Royale — From Rusholme With Love

Tired and Emotional

Listening regularly to the radio again has some benefits; you often get to hear something that you’d never have heard otherwise. Here’s Her Space Holiday, with a song that Lauren Laverne played earlier this week on her radio show, “My Girlfriend’s Boyfriend”. It’s like a mixture of The Magnetic Fields with the Primitive Radio Gods and Bran Van 3000…no wait! Come back! Give it a chance!

And, to keep up my indie-obscurity cred, here's a track that you probably won't have heard before, unless you attended a party in Carrboro in October last year. Yes, this is a Bhangra remix of Snap's "The Power". Cower in fear when you discover I have a full CD-R of these things!

currently playing: R.E.M. — The Apologist

The Scott McClellan Drinking Game!

You will need:

Take a drink when:

  • Scott mentions September 11th
  • …and another when it is has nothing to do with the question asked
  • An extra drink if the subject of Iraq and September 11th occur in the same breath.
  • Scott ignores the question being asked and repeats the same thing he said a minute ago
  • Scott says "activist judges" with a scathing look on his face
  • Scott mentions "The War on Terror"
  • …and how it has made the world a safer place
  • The Press Corps laughs at an obvious evasion
  • Scott declines to answer Russell Mokhiber's question

Take a long drink when:

  • The Press Corps asks the same question for over fifteen minutes
  • …and they still don't get an answer
  • Scott goes through tortured hoops to suggest that Bush will alter the Constitution, but never actually say the actual words
  • Having no desire to continue this line of questioning, Scott attempts to change the subject, and fails miserably

Drink everything in sight when:

  • Scott pulls out a Magnum, fires it wildy into the air screaming "The next person to ask about his military record goes down by a Magmum load!"
  • Scott starts the briefing by saying "But first, let's do the HULA!"
  • Russell Mokhiber is satisfied with an answer to one of his questions

currently playing: DJ Danger Mouse - Allure


The Florida jokes start here:

An easy way to determine whether you're a geek or not. Look at this site. If your first thought is "cool", welcome to my world.

Cary Doctorow in UNC's Wilson Library last week, talking about the Creative Commons and the problems with today's copyright laws.

The White House Press Secretary being harangued for forty minutes about President Bush's National Guard records.

This is why Paul O'Brien is the best comics reviewer in the world (or at least Scotland).

Old Soviet propaganda posters.

And, finally, a song for Alex Ferguson…

currently playing: Aimee Mann - Lost In Space

That Man Is Carson Dial!

While the Star Wars fans go nuts over this announcement, I’d like to point out that this wonderful film is available to buy once again this April:

currently playing: Saint Etienne - Can’t Sleep

"This Flight Will Have A Discussion On The 14th Amendment"

This story amuses me. Even more so if he gave the announcement before take-off; there’s nothing quite like having the impression that the pilot is slightly unhinged before he takes control of a 300 tonne airliner, is there?

Now here's the way to fly…

currently playing: Public Enemy - Mind Terrorist

The X-54 Turkey Baster Is The Galaxy's Ultimate Weapon

I feel bad for only sticking up one MP3 on Friday, so here’s another (borrowed from Flux’s site, which is great for finding new and old gems). This is a remix of Belle & Sebastian’s new single “I’m A Cuckoo”, by The Avalanches. It’s the first released remix of a B&S song, and it’s rather fabulous; it removes the Thin Lizzy-esque guitar lines and replaces them with the sounds of a Sudanese choir. Obviously.

Anyway, have a listen. It's good! (Oh, the jam-packed single is released next Monday, and you can pre-order it here)

currently playing: Sonic Youth — Providence


Just one MP3 this week, although it’s a classic (if you’re a fan of Ultravox, you may beg to differ. You Are Wrong). Back in 1992, the NME gave away a triple-CD album, “Ruby Trax”, which consisted of forty covers by then current bands. It’s where the Manics’ cover of Suicide Is Painless comes from.

This however, is not the Manics. It's Vic Reeves covering Vienna. Only he's singing about Belgium. Badly. You should hear it at least once in your life…

currently playing: The Smiths — There Is A Light And It Never Goes Out