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June 01, 2008

Top 20 Albums

A few months ago I read Mr Robert Hendy’s top 10 albums list (found here). After reading it I felt that I should produce one of my own. So, now that my exams are done I have produced such a list.

I couldn’t keep it to 10 though, so I’ve done a top 20. Favourite songs from each album are also given along with year of original release:

1.Porcupine Tree – In Absentia
(2003, Trains)
2. Amplifier – Amplifier
(2004, Motorhead)
3. Pink Floyd – The Dark Side of the Moon
(1973, Time)
4.Pure Reason Revolution – The Dark Third
(2006, The Bright Ambassadors of Morning)
5. Opeth – Blackwater Park
(2001, Bleak)
6. Porcupine Tree – Stupid Dream
(1999, Stranger by the Minute)
7. Anathema – Judgement
(1999, Wings of God)
8. King Crimson – Red
(1974, Starless)
9. Nine Inch Nails – The Fragile
(1999, Into the Void)
10. Secret Machines – Now Here Is Nowhere
(2004, Sad and Lonely)

11. R.E.M. – Automatic for the People
(1992, Man on the Moon)
12. Yes – Close to the Edge
(1972, Siberian Khatru)
13. Mew – And the Glass Handed Kites
(2005, Apocalypso)
14. Blue States – Nothing Changes Under the Sun
(2001, The Trainer Shuffle)
15. Led Zeppelin – Physical Graffiti
(1975, Kashmir)
16. Turin Brakes – The Optimist LP
(2001, Mind over Money)
17. Porcupine Tree – Fear of a Blank Planet
(2007, Sleep Together)
18. Radiohead – OK Computer
(1997, Airbag)
19. Jeff Buckley – Grace
(1994, Grace)
20. Live – Throwing Copper
(1994, I Alone)

Albums by Immune, The Mars Volta, Doves, Mansun and Dredg all came close. Also my favourite EP is Silver by Jesu and my favourite compilation is Early Days & Latter Days by Led Zeppelin. Obviously this list is likely to be changed in the future!

November 20, 2007

Negative Posting

I’m glad to see that the blogs system doesn’t allow posts by negative amounts of people, for a moment there I though the two comments came from -1 people, but luckily they come from at least 0:


November 19, 2007

New Hexagonal Cheesecake EP

I’ve just heard that the legendary German band Hexagonal Cheesecake are releasing a new EP after an 11 year hiatus. Here’s the cover:

The tracks are:
1) Ist Dieser Mein Freimütige Bleistift? 14:02
2) King of Kerle 1:45
3) Horse Handgrenade 4:21
4) Kalcium 6:32
5) Jetzt Wissen Sie, Wo Sie Leben, Bewegen Wir Uns Nach Düsseldorf 0:57

I have recovered this review from a German website, I’ve translated on the internet, so its not a great translation:
“The tone is new and is real. Hendy also, how Watkins fulfil it Wunderbarheit are, and the track of the name – 14 minutes not really urgently. The truthful progression of the work is former, what is in the impression ’ Handgranate of the horse ’ perceived the cords and the only guitar rages in particular takes up. Some weaknesses appear in later songs, but the general impression is that the very strong EP is which gives big hope for this electro and blue pioneers of the rock. 4/5”

Hopefully it will be as good as the review suggests!

May 30, 2007

The Worst Thursday Ever

Why did I choose to do Probability Theory? I CHOSE to do it. Didn’t I learn my lesson from Maths Of Random Events? Multivariate Statistics is mainly still a lot of nonsense to me. Oh well, they are only two of 9 modules and after tomorrow I have just got one exam left. “How to do it, Ahh.”

May 15, 2007

I forgot this existed

Writing about web page http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8xOJzJ2hmdw

I forgot about this blog, now I remember it. Woop!

This summarises things that has happened since my last proper post back in 2005:


Maybe I will write something else soon….

February 18, 2007

Videographic Album Out Soon

Red Jason

This is Jason modified, having consumed far too much beetroot juice. Jason makes vinegars out of discarded Gary Numan LPs.

Also here is Chrissymon in his final evolutionary form. Watch out Dr Who! They form the rhythm section of the band Videographic, whose new albumen will be released soon.

It’s only bolognese!

October 18, 2005

Micro Update

I can't believe it's been over two months since my last post. Not that there's much to say. The main reason for this post is to say that I have finally got round to scanning in a few of the pictures Matt and I took when we went to see U2, they are here .

Other than that there has been Ross Noble a couple of weeks ago, which was very good. "Turkey Talks, Hurdles Mostly Muslims" was just one of the hightlights. Oceansize were observed in Birmingham at the end of September, a great gig. House is going well and work is minimal.

August 11, 2005


I have recently been on two short visits to France. The first was a weekend with some friends from home (ie: school friends) to disneyland paris. It was a good laugh, even though we ended up going round in two groups all the time and the 6 of us only went on a ride all together once. The trip also spawned several new sayings from Edd and Jason, these included "PO-TAY-TOES", " A Skull" and "You shall not pass" (i'm sure this only makes sense to the 3 of us).
The best of the many photos I took are now up here under Summer Holiday.

The following weekend (and a bit) I went with my family to Brittany. We stayed in the house my parents bought recently. They got it as an empty shell and someone has been doing it up for them during the last few months. It was not quite finished but it was still very nice and good to finally see it. We also managed to get to the coast.

Also, as I did with Chris when he went travelling, I have created some pictures of John depicting how I think he will fare in India. They are in Hamtarian Photonometry.

August 10, 2005

A Close Escape

This morning I went to work (at the Co-op, no less) at 7.30 as I had to fill in for someone on the produce section, who is away. When I returned home this is what I found:

The shelf that is above my bed had collapsed dropping magazines, DVDs and a very heavy box of work onto where I sleep. If I wasn't called into work then I would probably have still been asleep (it happened just before 10) and all that would have fallen ontop of me. I'm sure it would have hurt quite a lot and there would have been a fairly good chance of getting injured.

I've never been so happy I went to work before.

July 15, 2005

Deadwing Cheap

Writing about web page http://www.play.com/play247.asp?pa=srmr&page=title&r=CD&title=592991

If anyone wants a really good CD for only £7 go to the site above. It's the lastest album by Porcupine Tree and it's brilliant, for that price it's even better!

July 12, 2005


Follow-up to Lost from The Blog Of Dan

The airdate for Lost in the UK has finally been announced, after almost a year of waiting Channel 4 are showing it. It will be on from the 10th of August, it doesn't make much of a difference to me as I have already seen it and really liked it (as the above entry shows), but I can't wait to witness all the buzz surrounding it and to finally have my friends know what I'm so obsessed with. There's already been an advert in cinemas for it, before War Of The Worlds (good film), which was very odd, so I expect adverts on TV will follow shortly.

So for everyone who hasn't already seen it, you now have no excuse!

June 24, 2005

A Generator That Generates Random

Writing about web page http://www.ravenblack.net/random/surreal.html

Refresh to get other quotes, it can be funny occasionally. It's from the webpage above.

A different version here makes weakest links goodbyes. They include:
"You are the most pedantic weathervane. Goodbye!"
"You are the least blood-stained soya bean. Goodbye!"
"You are the saltiest gazelle. Goodbye!"
"You are the most happy-go-lucky Klingon. Goodbye!"


June 23, 2005

Results and Bands

In the end I had nothing to worry about, I got 69 overall for the year. My scores ranged from 51 for EC106 (which was strange because I thought the exam went well) to 98 for ST114. The one module I was wondering whether I'd passed was Linear Algebra, but I managed 54 in it.

Last exit last night was a very good event, it was a first visit to the Colleseum for me and I really enjoyed it. It was a shame they ended on a song from Team America, as I thought the film was rubbish.

To finish off the band lists I did last term (here are Volume 1 and Volume 2 ) with big name bands I would say the following are good:
Coldplay, Doves, Elbow, Led Zeppelin, Muse, Pink Floyd, R.E.M, Turin Brakes and U2

Also, recent bands that I have got into to add to the previous lists are:
Opeth – Progressive metal geniuses, a mixture of death metal and acoustic passages with everything in between. Can't wait for the new album in September and to see how they fare of Roadrunner.
Agalloch – Mentioned in another post, similar to Opeth, based more in black metal, but mostly not metal at all.
Screaming Trees – Nineties band, grungy sound with some classic rock leanings. Led by Mark Lanegan, who appears in QOTSA. Good tunes.

June 22, 2005

Campus Webcam

Writing about web page http://www2.warwick.ac.uk/about/webcam/

This webcam is a recent discovery, it will mean that over the summer if I ever want to see the beautiful campus again I can just go to this site. Was also useful on Monday to see if there was a queue for the union.

Various Gubbins

I've been up to a few things over the last few weeks, in between all the sleeping and relaxing.

Saw Uncle Vanya at the arts centre the other Saturday, for Carol's birthday. Given that I hardly ever go to the theatre and that it was in Russian (with subtitles) I actually really enjoyed it and was glad I went. Crash was also good, even if The Modern wouldn't usually be a band i'd go to see.

Alton towers last Tuesday was very good fun, in the end it was just me, John and Will but we all had a good time. We took advantage of the 'single riders' queue on Oblivion and got on incredibly quickly, Rita was another matter though as it took us an hour in the queue, but it was a great ride. We also got on the front of Air!

Thursday was the Arthur Vick barbeque, which was well worth going to, we even got a free sack out of it. On Saturday we had a spontaneous barbeque in the evening, we had loads of food and some of it was very posh. There are photos of this in the gallery 'The Final Weeks'. The comedy on Sunday was up to a great standard on the whole, some people thought the main guy went too far sometimes, but I really enjoyed his routine.

Another barbeque took place on Monday for lunch, which was also tasty, but due to the girls being involved in the organisation it didn't start until 4. Yesterday we went into Birmingham for a meal to celebrate Videesha's birthday, photos are up as well (me and Matt did plan to do some shopping, but due to some faffing again ;-) we didn't have time). We have now been to Wagamamas in Birmingham and London!

Results tomorrow, I am getting worried. I'll go to this 'Last Exit' thing tonight, should make me forget about them for a while.

June 08, 2005

Fun In The Sun

As it was Charlie's birthday today we decided to have a barbeque to celebrate. We couldn't have picked a nicer day for it! It was sunny the whole time we were out there and the temperature was perfect. The food was also very tasty and Matt did brilliantly as the head chef. I found out that lounging about in the sun is actually very tiring and I think the back of my neck is a bit frazzled. I took my camera along, so there are several photos on this blog, try to guess what gallery they are in….

June 07, 2005

I know someone famous

Writing about web page http://www.thedoors27.blogspot.com/

What you are looking at is the 7" picture disc of the new Audioslave single. The picture with the arrows pointing at it is of a good friend of mine called Jason. He entered the competition to get your photo on the new single and won, the funny thing he isn't really a fan of the band! If anyone wants to see into his strange world and congratulate him then the above link is his blog. Also, here is the actual photo he sent into the competition:


Also, i've added some photos of my own, the ones from Sunday and Monday are now up under the gallery 'After Exams'

June 06, 2005

The End

I am currently a happy chap as all my exams are now all over (barring any September resits in the worst case scenario). I had my last one on Saturday morning. Analysis on Wednesday was not as bad as I feared it might had been, it was still hard, but I could do a fair amount of it and have no worries about getting the 15% in the exam to pass the module overall. Maybe 40 or 50% for the exam is on the cards. My last exam was Mathematical Programming 1, generally it was a nice paper, a bit different to previous ones and the fact that there seemed to be a mistake in the simplex question didn't help. Overall though MP1 was one of the better modules.

On Saturday after the exams my parents stopped by for a bit (as they were passing nearby), it was nice to see them and I also got a meal out and they paid for a Tesco trip! I saw them in the afternoon and then got together with a few other MORSE people in the evening. I slept most of Sunday but went out to the bar in the evening for a few hours, which was a fun.

In the last few weeks a lot of music that I wanted has been released, so i've spent a fair amount of money. These have been the DVDA version of Deadwing (got it for the great bonus tracks) and another Porcupine Tree album; the reissue of 'Up The Downstair', the Screaming Trees best of, Turin Brakes' new one 'Jack in A Box' and also the new Coldplay should be here tomorrow. I finally signed up to eBay and got 'The Mantle' by Agalloch, which was only a fiver and is very good, a mixture of post rock, black metal and folk! A bit like Opeth in the way there is metal vocals as well as clean singing and noisy parts and quiet parts. All this music has helped keep me sane while doing revision.

The exams may be over but the term isn't. There's lots of birthdays this week, so there will be Top B tonight, a BBQ on Wednesday and a visit to the theatre on Saturday (how cultured!). I'm also trying to convince John to drive up to Alton Towers on Thursday, if he does then that should be a great day. I didn't realise how close it is, it's only 60 miles away. On top of that there may be a trip to London and visit back home for a couple of days.

May 29, 2005

Videesha = Coat Highlighter (Exam Report)

Well, I've managed to get through the worst of my exams now. I had four in four days, which wasn't very nice.

The first one was probability, on Wednesday, which was pretty tough, but not too bad, I think there's no worries about passing it.

The second was IQE (Economics), on Thursday, which was actually alright. The macro questions were fairly straightforward and the micro ones were the same as in 2003, I could still only do one out of the two micro questions I picked properly though.

Linear Algebra was on Friday, this wasn't very nice, but I knew it would be tough. It could have been worse, I just hope I didn't make a silly mistake anywhere (as long as I didn't make loads I should pass).

Finally there was Games and Decisions on Saturday which was the easiest out of the four. Two very nice questions that I didn't have any trouble with. I should have got them right as Matt (Mr. Genius) got the same answers as me.

Apart from exams I have been watching the end of the 1st season of Lost (a bit dissapointed they didn't reveal much, but still very good) as well getting some more people into it. I saw the start of BB6 on friday, it doesn't look like it will be very good this year, it's mostly full of people with big egos and hardly any personality. Oh well.

Two more exams to go. It's the horror of Analysis II next….

May 21, 2005

Science Fiction

I love it! I think that it's the bee's knees.

But what I have noticed is that there is a sizeable amount of people who more or less hate the whole genre. Several of my friends here at uni. seem to have allergic reaction whenever I mention anything Sci-Fi and automatically dislike something just because it fits into that genre.

Sure, I knew people who weren't fans before I came here, but they at least thought Lord Of The Rings (yes, i'm including fantasy) was OK, or maybe the 1st matrix. But i'm just amazed how some people can have such negative opinions about ALL of it. My conclusion is that they must be evil to think such a thing.

I can't really say why I like it, but I certainly do like it. Personally I'm currently enjoying the final few episodes of Enterprise (the last two seasons have seem big improvements), waiting for the 9th season of SG1 and just getting into the new Battlestar Galactica which is great. I should be going to see Star Wars later, hopefully it will be better that the other 2 prequels. I'm not a massive fan of Star Wars, but i'm looking forward to it.