We might or might not do what you tell us

rage.jpgpic courtesy Ariba

I was at least 4 of the 300,000 or so people who downloaded Rage Against the Machine’s “Killing in the Name of” as a Christmas Number 1 in the UK to prevent it being the predicted spin off of one of Simon Cowell’s reality TV series

In case you missed the whole thing, a good summary is here

It took me a few days to crystallise my thoughts (also I was IN the UK when it happened but wrote most of this when in South Africa).

I had quite a few discussions with friends/associates and read a number of threads (not to mention #ratm4xmas) in which I came across a wide range of opinions and perspectives about the whole thing. Mine follow. Read the rest of this entry »


To Err is Human, To Arr is Pirate


Some thoughts – a long time coming and still with some trepidation.

Was inspired by Stephen Fry’s speech at the iTunes Festival – reported on here

I sometimes use bittorrent.

I do.

There, now the internet (which never forgets anything) as well as anyone monitoring network traffic knows it.

I also share content with others on my Usb Memory Stick as well as the occasional CD/DVD.

I never sell or benefit commercially from it.

In fact, to put the record straight, I also purchase content and am more than willing to pay a fair price.

To straighten the record to engineering tolerances I am also a great fan of the thinking shared in Matt Mason’s The Pirates Dilemma – yes you can download it for free or pay what you like or even buy the physical book.

Still, I am therefore a pirate.

And I’d like to say a big hello to anybody checking this site for references. Read the rest of this entry »

10 years asleep…

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OK – after the event but still.

Johnny Rotten selling me butter…

Iggy Pop… selling me car insurance…(ok, he’s still slightly scary but more in the ‘senior moment’ at the bus-stop rather than the chest-slashing way)

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“All the punks are pushing 30 years and are hardly feared
all the young dudes work for all the old brutes in expensive suits…”

Ten years asleep” in 1993 – guess that makes us now: “Twenty Six years couldn’t give a toss.”

Wearing tartan bondage trousers and sniffing glue through a safety pin didn’t form a great part of my adolescence but for some reason I’m happy that Punk happened. For a range of reasons, see Chapter one of “The pirate’s dilemma” by Matt Mason.

And so it seems are today’s rarer punks… Their (The King Blues) album ‘Save the World Get the Girl’ is well worth a listen – if only because you’re completing your Blahg post on the “top ten neo-punk songs with Asterix references” (‘My boulder’ btw if you want to skip actually finding out about them!)

Don’t forget though, they are after all, just a band…(Warning – if the phrase “just a band” means nothing to you, watch this first