All entries for November 2006

November 30, 2006

The Beatles – Love

There are some songs for which i’m just sure that a fantastic version could be done but it doesn’t yet exist. George Harrison’s “While My Guitar Gently Weeps” is certainly one of those, the Beatles version is absolutely shocking and while I have a good version from Eric Clapton doing it live i’ve been unconvinced by his studio efforts. The lyrics of the song are pretty poor at times, it seems George Harrison had to reach for the rhyming dictionary when coming up with such dismal efforts as

I don’t know how you were diverted,
You were perverted too,
I don’t know how you were inverted,
No one alerted you,

However there is a better version on the recently released ‘Love’ album from the beatles, George Martin has messed around a bit with the orchestration and it gets too cheesy but it does have a very nice beginning, you can listen to it here . It also includes a verse which doesn’t appear in other places

I look from the wings at the play you are staging,
While my guitar gently weeps,
As I’m sitting here doing nothing but ageing,
Still my guitar gently weeps.

Hardly shakespeare but a nice improvement i think.

November 28, 2006


“Anyone wishing to campaign ‘for’ or ‘against’ on a referendum motion must join a campaigning group”

Does this mean I can’t blog any ramblings about the referenda, they’ll doubtlessly have too little of both the coherance of an analytical argument and the wide readership required for my efforts to be described as “campaigning”.

P.S. Have just been listening to Solace (A Mexican Serenade) by Scott Joplin, it’s awesome.

November 26, 2006

The Melancholy After Dinner Blues

Got the melancholy after dinner blues,
Gonna hang me by the laces of my shoes,
Sure my hunger is arrested,
Now my sausages digested,
But there’s work to do and I just wanna snooze.

Composed one day in the maths block after a particularly fine lunch, maybe i ought to give it a tune.

Cooking for Engineers

I hear the collective voice of my readership (which I happen to know includes at least five people) in a strangely anguished tone, “Cooking for engineers? I thought you were a mathematician, what happened to you man? You’re not taking one of those silly engineering modules are you?”

Fear not, I am still very much the pure mathematician but thanks to a recommendation from Caroline I’ve found this awesome site. It’s basically just a recipe website but all the recipes are set out in a sensible way and it’s so much easier to follow than a normal recipe book because you only need to deal with the line that you’re on and don’t need to think about what’s happening in four lines time. Genius.

Here’s what the website says:

Michael selected the name “Cooking For Engineers” on a whim. He has no idea if it means “To cook for the purposes of providing engineers with food” or “To instruct engineers in the science and art of cooking”. He likes the ambiguity, and other people seem to find the name intriguing and even interesting. He regrets that the name can be misread (when in a rush) to be “Cooking Foreigners”.

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