Tuesday, December 13, 2005
I’ve just read on the Sydney Morning Herald website that the legal team of David Hicks is “confident” that the British Supreme Court will grant Hicks British Citizenship within the next 24 hours. This will, hopefully, fast track his release from Camp Delta at Guantanamo Bay where he has been held since the end of 2001. Why? Because Tony Blair condemned the USA’s detaining of British citizens at Camp Delta, declared it illegal and demanded that all British citizens held without charge and without legal proceedings being commenced should be released. The USA did as asked. John Howard has done no such thing and instead seems quite happy that a foreign power detains a citizen of his country without charge (Hicks was not charged until December 2004).
I’m not sure what disgusts me more, Howard’s total disregard for his country’s citizens or the Australia people’s uncaring attitude towards the whole thing. Convicted drug smugglers are seemingly more deserving of this nation’s sympathy and I hope someone can explain why that is to me one day because I fail to comprehend it at all.
Friday, December 09, 2005
Musical Moments of 2005
By Jeezus i love my sounds. Running off of a conversation last night with my beloved and Sean, Nick and Eliane here are my favourtie musical moments of 2005. Albums, songs and gigs.
I am a bird now - Antony & the Johnsons
This album just got under my skin after the record label sent it into the office. It sounds like nothing else i know and is simple beautiful.
Thunder Lightning Strike - The Go! Team
Even dead people jump up and down to this album.
The Mountain Goats - The Sunset Tree
Just so good.
Demon Days - Gorillaz
Damon gets a big push from Dangermouse and creates maybe the most perfect album of the year. And it's got Sean Ryder and Dennis Hopper on it!
Dangerdoom - Dangermouse + MF Doom
Dangermouse can do no wrong. Hip-Hop superhero concept album in which Space Ghost makes a guest apperance. Totally off the planet, but great fun
The Ouch. The Touch - The Grates
Snap, crackle and pop.
Get Behind me Satan - The White Stripes
What can you say. Have these two made a dud album yet?
Funeral - Arcade Fire
I've only had the album a week but it's something i'm enjoying the heck out of. Maybe it's because i'm dying for a new Pixies album and this fills the void.
In case we die - Architecture in Helsinki
Employment - Kaiser Chiefs
Sure they may be a Clash rip-off but the Clash ain't done nuthin in years.
LCD Soundsystem - LCD Soundsystem
Daft Punk can play at my house any day!
Takk - Sigur Ross
Sigur Ross are my discovery of the year.
Wolfmother - Wolfmother
Massively hyped and actually worth it.
One Thing - Amalie
A pop song that goes to number one in this country with just drums and a single guitar chord. Infectious, fun and a musical oddity in the ARIA charts.
Middle of the Hill - Josh Pyke
A song that just got under my skin from the first listen. Great potential but why do i get the feeling he will just end up as the next Big Fat Lloydy?
Flame Trees - Sarah Blasko
One of the Chisel's best done as a torch song.
Clare Bowditch @ ANU
What a voice!
Wolfmother @ ANU
What a show!
Big Day Out
What a day, the Spree and The Chemical Brothers!
Darren Hanlon @ Tilleys
The last show i'll see there and what a way to see it out.
Thursday, December 08, 2005
Let it all out:
I've spent the last three days trying to work out why the work interwub wasn't loading certain websites. One of which was our payment gateway which is currently churning through ticket sales. The ISP was, to put it bluntly, no bloody use and when i got really stroppy and told them to pick their arse up and walk across the road to us from their office i was told that the whole office got relocated to Grafton.
Thanks to Karl's patience and knowledge i finally solved the interwub problem. I changed the settings on the server and the office machines. Then the email server stopped.
For the last hour i've been trying to work out why this is and then trying to fix it while swearing quite loudly. At which point my boss walks in and says "if you didn't have such a big brain we wouldn't expect you to fix these problems so it's your own fault really". I'm now searching for a do it yourself lobotomy kit.
It seems our mail server can't do more than two things at once. Tell it to manage the interwub and it stops the mail, tell it to manage the mail and it can't handle the interwub. I've since told it to worry the mail and let the office computers manage the interwub. Problem solved. I hope.
Thursday, December 01, 2005
John Peel = Big Honkin Legend
My sheer worship of radio legend John Peel is not unknown. If anyone doesn't own the FabricLive John Peel disc go out and buy it immediately. Some time ago The Times online released an article about a box of 7-inch singles that Peel kept and treasured. It's a pretty odd list and many of the tracks are no longer in print or available. However thanks to the Interwub, and this blog in particular, we now all have the chance to hear these tracks as the blog sets about collecting all 140 plus songs in mp3. Now that's dedication.