All entries for April 2005

April 30, 2005

Finally Flung

I sit here at my desk pondering whether to go to the Final Fling. The Zutons are going to be there and they wrote this song:

Remember Me

Well we used to be the best of friends
And we used to hang around
Now I always see you and your new girlfriend
On the sunny side of town
Oh your body is the same and your face ain't changed
But your mind ain't where that's at
You're too busy hugging and a-kissing now
And for you that can't be bad

But I've made a deal with the clouds
Gonna turn that sun into rain
So you forget about your love
Come and see me again

Oh remember me I'm your best friend
And we don't talk no more
So if you're in the neighbourhood
Don't forget to knock on my door

Cause I've got to keep the feeling, keep the feeling in
Gotta keep the feeling, keep the feeling in
Gotta keep the feeling, keep the feeling in
Gotta keep the feeling, keep the feeling in

Now I stand upon your path
And I'm shouting up to you
Won't you come and give me a minute now
There's a message here for you

Me and a couple of old school friends
We're going out to drink
You can come along but leave your girl at home
It'll give you time to think

But you called at the last minute
Said that you were staying in
Well this is not a joke old friend
I'm a-getting sick of this

Oh remember me when she leaves you
And you come and knock on my door
Well I can nurse your broken heart
Cause that's what friends are for

Cause I've got to keep the feeling, keep the feeling in
Gotta keep the feeling, keep the feeling in
Gotta keep the feeling, keep the feeling in
Gotta keep the feeling, keep the feeling in

Seems to resonate with times in my life when I have been on either side of the divide, either in the happy couple and neglecting ones friends, or watching a friend vanishing into a happy couple. Which therefore speaks in favour of going to the Final Fling.

Goldie Looking Chain don't resonate with me on any level at all, they're not cheesy enough, funny enough, ironic enough or good enough to please me in any way. I'm hoping for some kind of awesome stage craft or crowd interaction to make them worth it.

The other people are something like a samba band which sounds promising. Positive things.

I'm quite poor being at the end of my degree and having barely worked for cash during my time here. Not so good, I could probably afford it. Just. However money takes on a kind of magical power when there is not much of it around and each tiny penny takes on a mystical new value. I would really like to be ensured in advance that I'm going to have £38 pounds of fun.

Had an interesting day yesterday. Once again I missed completely the blog social due to a plethora of Bowies and some lovely barbeque cooking. I went to Crash afterward and saw lots of people I hadn't seen for a while. Then I rocked along to Replica X, got tired and hungry and went to Tesco for cookies.


April 26, 2005

Perspectives

I should be doing my project report right now, but my mind is full of thoughts after staying up into the wee hours last night and reflecting on life and the election.

I don't think there can be many people on earth who truly believe that they are an evil person, simply because then many of them would cease to function, everyone thinks that their own actions are justified.

This justification though is really just a matter of perspective, one man's justification is anothers insanity or calculated malice. We see this all the time in courts of law.

It ties into the free will vs determinism debate I guess in that in a completely determined system every action is predicated by the totality of external factors preceeding it and is thus inevitable.

On a lesser level many people are happy to accept that there are somethings that we have little or no control over such as our emotions and primative drives, which somehow leads me back to my project report… really should get on to that.

To bring it back to earth, there seem to have been many situations in my life when I have percieved actions one way only to find out later that someone else sees them in a completely different light. People are very attached to their own perspectives and I expect this is where the origin of most long running disputes lies. One man looks at the sky spitting lightning and see's an angry vengeful god punishing him, another see's an angry god punishing his neighbour and still others see a force of nature entirely explainable by science.

Often perspectives seem to me more emotionally based than rational, for example taking your friends side in an argument. Occasionally I think its fruitful to sit back and consider even your most strongly held opinions from another perspective. Think without bias why someone else might feel differently about a situation, there are probably a lot less purely evil people out there than one might expect, just people trying to get along in life.

The man who steals your wallet might be trying to feed a family of four kids, the guy who abuses you at work might have recently suffered some kind of family bereavement and the conservative candidate may really believe that his tax lowering policy is for the good of everyone.

I think that I'm going to put this under PDP since I think is a valuable life lesson in tolerance, something that I used to be accused once of having very little of. A change in me if you like.


Anonymous commenting

There does seem to be a difficulty surrounding anonymous commenting on Warwick Blogs. On the one hand there is the advantages of allowing anyone in the world to comment on your blog anonymously:

  • Wider mix of opinion; views can come from outside the bubble.

  • Controversial opinions can be expressed freely.

  • Concealing your identity possible.

  • Its handy when you can't be bothered to log in or the log in breaks.

And on the other we have the disadvantages:

  • Anyone from outside the bubble can abuse people on their blogs through comments, or be annoying by typing repetitive/the same comment over and over.

  • No response mechanism, except deletion, to abusive comments precisely because the comments are anonymous.

I'm not sure how to resolve these issues. To keep the benefits but lose the disadvantages. I assume it is impractical to keep a database of non-warwick university warwick blog community members with an e-mail address authenticated account? This seems to be the standard method of allowing anyone to comment but still keeping it relatively easy to control user access. Another option would be I.P. address banning, something that is often use in IRC chat rooms to get rid of persistant chat abusers. I wonder if there is reason why this hasn't been implemented, beyond time constraints. Perhaps it has and I just haven't noticed it.

I'm not sure what the solution is but it does seem to be a steadily growing area of difficulty in the blog community.


April 25, 2005

Just to break the silence

Men. Talking words.

Report bad. Sandwich good. Carly/Artemis/Pink blog updated with words; humans should read it again. Other things happening. VGDSoc AGM. Brain overloaded. Reboot required. REBOOT REQUIRED.

REBOOT REQUIRED


April 20, 2005

Workers of all countries unite!

Thought it might be interesting in the current political climate for you all to look over another famous set of manifesto pledges.

1. Abolition of property in land and application of all rents of land to public purposes.

2. A heavy progressive or graduated income tax.

3. Abolition of all rights of inheritance.

4. Confiscation of the property of all emigrants and rebels.

5. Centralisation of credit in the hands of the state, by means of a national bank with State capital and an exclusive monopoly.

6. Centralisation of the means of communication and transport in the hands of the state.

7. Extension of factories and instruments of production owned by the state; the bringing into cultivation of waste lands, and the improvement of the soil generally in accordance with a common plan.

8. Equal liability of all to labour. Establishment of industrial armies, especially for agriculture.

9. Combination of agriculture with manufacturing industries; gradual abolition of the distinction between town and country, by a more equable distribution of the population over the country.

10. Free education for all children in public schools. Abolition of children’s factory labour in its present form. Combination of education with industrial production

Certainly the radicalism that is missing from modern politics. I wonder if they'd get elected today?


April 18, 2005

Stop posting your online quiz results

Writing about an entry you don't have permission to view

Would be I think the best way to improve Warwick blogs. At first it was interesting; oh look I'm the colour mauve how exciting! I can see how people were lured in. I can see the compulsion, for I too fell into its trap at least once. I don't mind if you still do these online quizes, but please stop sharing them with us all. I know I have developed quiz blindness when browsing recent entries these days. One has to sort the metaphorical blogging wheat from the chaff that is the online quiz result. It slows me down and encourages a lack of thought in composing a blog entry that is worth sharing.

Otherwise, I have to say that reports of the death of Warwick Blogs , have been greatly exaggerated. Like a fine wine, the community has matured, there is a much greater plurality of voices now. Unlike in the beginning with the few blogging giants and the zing and kapow of the mythical Hot Topic. Sure there is an AUP which stops us from saying things like; 'f**k the system' in our entry titles, and keeps the personal attacks to a minimum (Though personal attacks on bloggers could be better insulated against with some form of IP banning for persistant anonymous comment abusers perhaps?). I think that some people are inevitably always going to find the restrictions, whatever they may be, too harsh.

There is however an upside to warwick blogs which will keep people coming back.

To analogise for a moment.

Your own personal blog is like having your own little island. Your island your rules, you can dance naked and fire off cannon, woohah! Eventually however, it gets a little lonely out there. You try getting people to sail in on ships but then you have to keep having interesting parties to keep them coming back because its a fair way out of their way and they have to make a special effort. Soon you find yourself standing by the palm tree, with a few people you knew anyway, talking about work.

Meanwhile Warwick Blogs is like arriving late to someone elses really huge wedding reception. Its not your wedding and maybe there is a bossy uncle who tells you where to go and sit; but theres so many people here. There's that crazy aunt who stands up and rants about fox hunting and europe, the chinese group of the family who the rest of us can't understand most of the time, in one corner somebody seems to be forming a band in another there's a man being beaten by hordes of teenage girls. No matter where you turn something is happening, your friends are all here and loads of people who could be your friends. You all have something in common though and thats the bride and groom.

As long as there are students and staff at warwick they'll hang around on these here blogs, because this is where the other students and staff are at. What we have here is a community, and for every blogger there are another four or five silent readers who pop onto blogs every now and then, to check out the reaction to a gig, or see what is going on in the minds of their fellow students.

I haven't, so far, seen a more successful attempt at bringing together all the people of the Warwick Bubble under one roof, accessible to all (Except you Carter).

Thats probably why it keeps winning awards.


April 17, 2005

I'm actually a lovely lovely man and not an idiot

I went out to get chips to save dinner! So really I'm a hero.

(thanks for the pizza Helen).


April 16, 2005

Generic 'Urban' videos are a pile of arse

I had the opportunity this evening to relax in the company of some fine fellows and, with the comforting flow of alcohol, enjoy some fine music.

However I was also occasionally subjected to the irritating pile of turds that is the generic 'Urban' video. You know the ones; young 'urban' men (which means tracksuit trousers, baggy t-shirt and probably a huge medallion of some kind) waving their fingers into the camera lens in an oh so down with the kids fashion. Meanwhile women dressed in salt-sachet sized clothing, dance around behind them like their finger waving is the most amazing thing they have ever seen. I have no objection to this culture, well ok I do, but I'm not going to go into that too much here as the main focus is why the hell can't they get some imagination.

Almost 4/5 urban music videos is exactly like this; the biggest choice seems to be whether to film it by the pool, in the parking lot or on the basketball court. Would the screaming fans really mind so much if you injected some imagination into your videos? Alive machinery? Dancing ninja? Comedy? I'm fearing that they probably would.

I see a video for music as a piece of art in its own right and it should be given proper respect, urban music is not the only culprit. Every band that puts out a video of them standing on a stage playing: yawntastic, make something exciting and invigorating if you want me to care. Some people are no doubt going to lust after the glory days of sonic only musical output, blah blah blah. We live in a modern age, these people are making videos anyway, why should they be shite? At what point does the same video, with slight variation and repeated endlessly, become boring?

On a related note, what the hell is with J Lo's obsession with denying that she is a rich woman? Every song and video she churns out these days emphasises how much she is so the american version of working class. Sure one song, ok, we understand that once you had it tough and scraped tuppence to buy sweeties. But 8–10 songs saying the same thing? Somebody has a serious complex. You are rich now. Nobody cares. Get over it.

All these generic 'Urban' videos use the same tricks. A favourite appears to be the fish eye lens, which means when they wave those oh so trippin' fingas at the camera they appear even bigger than normal! Fantastic! Grrr….

I think I need to listen to some Outkast or Slick Rick, lest I curse this new fangled urban music forever.

I hope all those who went to the Beverly Knight gig found it kickass and completely unlike the examples I outlined above. Oh and the picture, I have no idea who that is, they may be fantastic but they just looked generic enough for the entry.


April 12, 2005

You took the words right out of my mouth

Warwick blogs most celebrated power bloggers taking a moment to relax in the abode of my good self. But, my blogging friends, what were they saying?

You decide.


April 10, 2005

Its a hat blog

Writing about web page http://blog.villagehatshop.com/

As Monty Python taught us long ago, people aren't wearing enough hats.

The link above is to a blog about hats (well its really a cunning ad for a hat shop, but its a pretty good hat shop if you live in the US), I like hats and wish I possessed many more. I'm always jealous of other people with hats automatically.

Hats then. They let you change the appearance of your head which, really, is what everyone is looking at most of the time. So you can become presidential, magisterial, piratical, hospital, gangster and ninja all with the application of the earth's most stylish invention.

From the fez to the fedora, hats are worn by the great and good. I mean check that Indiana Jones, a man with a hat that defines him and provides many memorable moments. Jack Sparrow, the coolest of pirates, always displays appropriate headgear and looks all the more awesome for it.

However hats do have a dark side, as anyone who watched the royal wedding footage yesterday will be aware. Putting that aside though, take a risk and wear a hat.

Preferably a stovepipe.


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