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Dolby Wired podcast & new albums

Thursday, May 21st, 2009

It has been a busy 36 hours for Thomas Dolby.  In a Wired podcast just uploaded to iTunes, Dolby has just previewed 2.5 new tracks of his first new album in 18 years.  ‘A Map of The Floating City’ will be released as three downloadable EPs followed by the CD.  This is preceded by today’s release of  ‘The Singular Thomas Dolby’, a remastered collection of his CD and DVD singles.  Both are getting rave reviews on the web with ‘Oceanea’ the stand-out for me from those previewed on the podcast.

If the posts here seem a little Imogen Heap/Thomas Dolby centric at present, I make no apologies for that; both are fine artists and I’m simply sharing what I enjoy.

Shake Your Tree Today

Wednesday, May 13th, 2009


My desktop reflecting my OS X desktop displaying the blog post that prompted this blog post.  This impromptu posting was itself prompted by a tweet by my friend with a messy desk, Ian McKenzie which was itself prompted by idea no.18 in a post by Chase Jarvis.  That’s more than enough prompting for one day.

bignoseduglyguy – now available on Tumblr & Plum

Friday, July 6th, 2007

Life is full and busy at this time so I’m having a rest from ‘proper’ blogging for a while.
However, you can find traces of what I’m up to and interested elsewhere.  I’m slow building a collection of web pages, photos and other stuff over on my Plum page and pretending not to blog on Tumblr.

Big Boy’s Brunch

Sunday, May 6th, 2007

One of the reasons things have gone quiet here is because I have finally got around to doing something I have wanted to do for a while; blog about food.

Big Boy’s Brunch is a joint venture with my good friend and pizzeria owner Kevin – a place to share recipes of our own, comment on dishes we have found elsewhere on the web and report on cookbook meals we have tried.

If you like food, pop over and have a look.

Thomas Dolby & Michael Brecker

Tuesday, January 16th, 2007

I have always enjoyed Thomas Dolby’s music and periodically delve into his blog to have a look at what he is up to. Tomorrow sees the release of a bonus last episode of his ‘extra material’ video podcasts which were culled from his recent Sole Inhabitant tour footage. Although I don’t have a video iPod, viewing the videos on the iBook gave a nice peak into Dolby’s live shows, offering updated versions of earlier hits and the back story behind the lyrics.

In one of those quirks that occur when blogging, checking the link to Dolby’s blog took me to his latest post, in which he mourns the passing of Michael Brecker. Along with his brother, Randy, Brecker made up one of the best brass sections of the last fifty years, a fact borne out by his 713 entry discography. While never a big fan, I first heard Brecker on Joni Mitchell’s 1980 Shadows and Light live album and have always enjoyed hearing him play.

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Behold, a blogging Bishop

Saturday, January 13th, 2007

Mike Hill is the The Bishop of Bristol’s blog – an interesting read for believer and heathen alike.  Started to record the recovery of the Bish and his wife after a car accident, it has broadened in scope considerably.  Dave, he of the excellent The Cartoon Blog, recently pointed to Mike Hill’s site and wonders if he is the first CofE bishop to blog.

Performancing and ScribeFire: a new twist

Friday, January 5th, 2007

As I mentioned a few days back, PFF, the free blog editor for Firefox is moving to its own domain and has been rebranded as ScribeFire. However, today it was announced that the Metrics part of the Performancing package is to go Open Source after the deal proposed by PayPerPost went south. Metrics, the free blog statistics part of the package will be given back to open source in the hope that the developer community will pick up the code and work with it. Here endeth the twist.

Performancing becomes ScribeFire

Monday, January 1st, 2007

Ian of the Messy Desk snuck in a last minute 2006 post referencing the blog editor with both currently use, Performancing for Firefox. Following the sale of parts of Performancing, PFF has now morphed into ScribeFire. The ScribeFire link skips to the download page at present but a separate website is sure to follow.

Having downloaded the leading OS X blog editors over the holidays for another look-see, I have to say that ScribeFire (which is a FireFox extension and free) still holds up well against the hard app clients out there. MarsEdit (Mac), the stablemate of the excellent NetNewsWire, is fine but offers no WYSIWYG option. I have previously had issues with uploading iPhoto images in ecto (Mac, Win), the de facto editor for many a Mac user, but a recent attempt with version 2.4.1 went without a hitch. Furthermore, ecto is probably the most fully featured editor out there for those who are looking for plug-n-play posting, offering iTunes, iPhoto, Amazon insert buttons and the now-essential social tagging straight from the toolbar. The latest release of Qumana (Mac, Win) is pretty well featured too but, as a Java app, seemingly takes an age to load initially.

Ironically, I wrote all but this paragraph of this post in ScribeFire but had to do a quick cut and paste of the raw HTML into ecto when ScribeFire simply refused to take any keyboard input. Closing and restarting Firefox resolved the issue which was the first I have had with Performancing/ScribeFire I have had I (that wasn’t my own fault, that is!).

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Not just for Kinks fans

Saturday, December 23rd, 2006

Dave of has posted a wonderfully evocative photo of a Waterloo sunset.  Make sure you click through to the full-size picture as the details make the picture.  Big Ben and the Palace of Westminster appear like a backdrop from an old Ealing comedy, while the Millennium Wheel and the footbridge are more reminiscent of futuristic dystopian landscapes of Ridley Scott’s Bladerunner.

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Nail Parlour Games

Monday, December 11th, 2006

In the course of my job, I recently had cause to visit a nail parlour. I only mention this because Dave blogged a similar establishment in the UK on funkypancake. As I have related in a comment on Dave’s site, I was co-ordinating an investigation of the unexplained increase in water usage. The engineers and I checked the exterior connection and then headed inside the building. We discovered that the nail parlour was staffed by a number of very pretty Chinese ladies in velour jogging suits and slippers, which seemed strange attire for nail technicians, as I believe they are called. Further discrete inquiries revealed that nails were not the only things getting buffed by the ladies, if you get my drift. And people told me the water industry would be boring.