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April 18, 2008

Radiohead, Am I Behind The Times?

So, Radiohead released “In Rainbows” just after christmas. I waited till I could actually buy the CD and have now listened to it a few (sic) times. And you know what… I don’t think its that good…
I’m currently listening to “Hail To The Thief”, which is absolutely amazing. Of course when it was released I didn’t think it was that good. Well not as good as “Amnesiac”, which I then thourght was absolutely amazing…
I have noticed a pattern.
I am always an album behind…


October 17, 2006

Sarcasm

Sarcasm is very useful, but it can sometime be hard to work out if someone is being sarcastic if,
1, You don’t know the person very well.
2, Can’t see their face to interpret their facial and tonal expressions.
3, Both of the above due to them writing a blog.
It’s handy that blogs have sarcasm tags that clearly explain when people are being sarcastic.
Please take note to use them or at least explain that you are being sarcastic.


October 13, 2006

Rant About The Killers Lyrics

With their new album out people have started again with “the Killers lyrics are soo good”. If one more person says that the Killers lyrics are so good because they are original and no one else could come up with them I am going to have to hit them. OK I’ll give them “I’ve got Soul but I’m not a Soldier”, but the whole of “Mr Brightside” is homage to David Bowie “Queen Bitch”. As proof here are a few of the Bowie Lyrics …


Now she’s leading him on
And she’ll lay him right down
But it could have been me
Yes, it could have been me

David Bowie


And I’m phoning a cab
‘Cause my stomach feels small
There’s a taste in my mouth
And it’s no taste at all

David Bowie

Sound familiar! No-one in music is truly original. It is an art form and hence is built on the things that have gone before. It evolves and changes. Sometimes improving and sometimes not. Please people remember that by listening just to modern music you’ll have no idea if it is good or not! Don’t assume that the piece of music that you are listening to is the best so far… keep listening to music that you haven’t heard both new and old. And I’ll leave you with another of the original “Thin White Duke” quote from Queen Bitch…
“She’s so swishy in her satin and tat, In her brown coat and bipperty-bopperty hat” (which is in no way referenced in Mr Brightside but it is great anyhow).


July 19, 2006

Window Live Messenger

Ok, I’ve been putting off upgrading to Windows Live Messenger for a while. Mainly because they ruined my Hotmail account with Windows Live Mail (could only log in from IE not Firefox). But now that is up and running smoothly I thought i might as well upgrade messenger so that it checks my emails (as the old version of MSN messenger doesn’t like Windows Live Mail but it seems to be only me that this has happen to).
So clicked on the link from the Live people about upgrading and 30 sec later was installed and signing in. Then crash!
Grrr, not a good start!
So after reboot its signing in again….................................. goes to make cup of coffee…........ has a sandwich and then finally it signs in to a total of 1 contact! What where have my contacts gone?
So I sign out and sign in using the original Windows Messenger and few all 39 contacts are still ok.
So trying Live again…. oh 13 contacts… better but hay wait 6 of them are E-mail only so that only leaves 7?
So after 20 minutes of Google searching in the depths of some sort of slightly official windows live blog I find that they are having trouble with people timing out and hence if you are using a wireless network for you might not be able to see all your contacts all of the time. Cheers for the warning guys!


May 16, 2006

English Language Irritation

Whilst attending a lecture on writing a thesis, I was told to watch–out for grammar mistakes and sentences that don't mean what you want them to. The example given was
I was sorry to hear that your wife had died from your daughter
Meaning His wife died from something the daughter had e.g. a virus or something
I was sorry to hear from your daughter that your wife had died
Meaning Why didn't you tell me? I had to hear it from your daughter
The solution given is that you meant to say: –
I was sorry to hear that your wife had died. Your daughter told me.
Everyone understands this. But the sentence means that you aren't sorry that his wife died only that you've heard that she has. Suggesting that you were earwigging a private conversation that you shouldn't have been listening to. But then if you just say: –
I'm sorry that your wife died. Your daughter told me.
It sound so impersonal and mean and if I was to hear this I would be expecting a BUT get on with your work, it isn't an excuse…
So what is the correct English? Something that everyone understands the meaning of even though it means something else or the correct meaning that sounds rude and impolite?
Or it there a better way of saying this?

March 15, 2006

Unuseable Apliication Forms

Writing about web page http://www.leeds.ac.uk/students/appfmweb.doc

Alot of people will have been applying for jobs and further study recently but I would just like to draw you all to what is probably the most stupid application form ever imagined… and whats if for…. "postgraduate study at leeds university".

Whats the problem you say… its clearly a word doc which means that you can type your replies into the boxes provided (ilistrated by the gray boxes). But obviously this form was designed by someone who had never filled in an application form because you are required to insert the address of your referneces but there isn't enough space so

Dept of Physics
University of Warwick
Coventry
CV4 7AL

get truncated to

Dept of Physics
University Of Warwick
Coven

Which is probably a short refence… my long one is

Offshore Technology Centre
SIMS, Building 56B, Cranfield University
Cranfield, MK43 0AL

Which get truncated even before you've found out what uni its from.
Whats worse is you are asked for which school and department you are applying for…
So it's

School of Mechanical Engineering
Medical and Biological department

Which is as far is i can see becomes

School of Mecha
nical Engineeri
ng

Useful….
(sorry about the spellin my keyboard doesn't cope well with rage)

p.s. few that feels better… blogging, the new electronic stress ball


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