See you later…

I’m going now.

I may be some time.

I’ll be back in January.

I might be back before. But maybe not. Depends on my techno-itch.

So comments and things might not get moderated – but it’s not because I don’t love you.

Have a great festive thing y’all.


Happy Christmas – A Mix For You

I know it’s not Christmas yet, but I’m going on my holidays and I won’t be back for a while. So I thought I’d drop you a Christmas mix. It’s not very Christmassy apart from the last track which somehow feels a bit seasonal to me.

Anyhow that’s all you’re getting in terms of a gift. I can’t think of anything better. Sorry.

  1. Hug The Scary (Partial Arts Remake) – Will Saul and Lee Jones
  2. Eraser (XXXchange mix) – Thom Yorke
  3. Expected as You Are (Gabriel Ananda Mix) – The Subliminal Kid
  4. L Delay (Original Mix) – Andromat 30000,Jan
  5. Trauermusik (Original Mix) – Partial Arts
  6. Enjoy the Moments (Ripperton Mix) – Shinedoe
  7. Keepin’ Me (Fauna Flash Mix) – Stereotyp
  8. Son of Raw (Loco Dice Remix) – Dennis Ferrer
  9. Zig Zag (Roland Appel Remix) – Yellow Sox
  10. To The Sky (The Loving Hand Remix Full Length) – Maps
  11. Hustler (Shackleton Mix) – Simian Mobile Disco
  12. Dopamen (Original Mix) – DOP Feat. Noze
  13. Where is Home (Burial Remix) – Bloc Party
  14. Cockney Violin – Caspa
  15. Tiergarten (Supermayer Remix)

Not sure it’s right for over dinner with the family. But it might come in useful over the festive season.

Download it here (92Mb).

Thanks to Rightee for the photo.

Greg’s Show (and Marc’s Flickr)

Greg’s a very modest man and a very good coder at Poke. He’s also, it turns out, an awesome photographer. He’s got a show on at the moment which you can see here:

Or you could just go to his Flickr Page and see all his stuff. Nice one greg!

And while I’m on the subject of photography, Marc who’s a very modest man too and a very good designer at Poke is also a lensmaster. Here’s his photo of the fire a couple of weeks ago. Awesome. His flickr is here.


This Tie Is Incredible


Yes folks. This is a first for me. A blog post about a tie! I’m not a tie connoisseur, but I loved this. And I love the fact that they’ve made it a clip-on so the knot doesn’t spoil the 8-bit flatness. Genius.

What a tie. Availible from Think Geek

Great Interview


I just read an interview with Kurt Vonnegut. He was such a dude. And so very very smart.

There’s a short ‘edited highlights’ version on Tim Ferriss’ blog (he’s the author of The 4-Hour Work Week), where I came across it.

If you want the full shebang (recommended) you can get it here.

2 of my favourite bits:

I asked my son Mark what he thought life was all about, and he said, “We are here to help each other get through this thing, whatever it is.” I think that says it best. You can do that as a comedian, a writer, a painter, a musician. He’s a pediatrician. There are all kinds of ways we can help each other get through today. There are some things that help. Musicians really do it for me. I wish I were one, because they help a lot. They help us get through a couple hours.

And when asked about the power of words in an increasingly visual world he says:

I was at a symposium some years back with my friends Joseph Heller and William Styron, both dead now, and we were talking about the death of the novel and the death of poetry, and Styron pointed out that the novel has always been an elitist art form. It’s an art form for very few people, because only a few can read very well. I’ve said that to open a novel is to arrive in a music hall and be handed a viola. You have to perform. [Laughs.] To stare at horizontal lines of phonetic symbols and Arabic numbers and to be able to put a show on in your head, it requires the reader to perform. If you can do it, you can go whaling in the South Pacific with Herman Melville, or you can watch Madame Bovary make a mess of her life in Paris. With pictures and movies, all you have to do is sit there and look at them and it happens to you.

I shall be re-reading some of his work on my upcoming holiday.

Funny Moments in Bongo-jams

And here’s a ‘moment in techno’ but one that’s not funny, it just looks mega. Clubs in the North were / are good…

Witness the effect of tearing pianos on the drug-addled minds of northern clubbers ;-)

I reckon in the early 90s hands were ‘in the air’ much more regularly. Although having said that I saw Andy Weatherall last Saturday and hands were definitely ‘up’ as you can see from the photo above.