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Unknown … album covers

Unknown … album covers

Wednesday, Aug 14, 2019

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40 years of Joy Division’s Unknown Pleasures, my unrecognised screen background So 40 years after the release of what I thought what was one of the most recognisable album covers of all-time, I have that image based on pulsar activity as my screen background at work. Three people so far this week have asked what it is, one asked, “Oh, is that something you’re working on.” Nobody recognises it, and when I explained, one just said “Who?
The lad's homework — Music of the 1960s

The lad's homework — Music of the 1960s

Saturday, Mar 2, 2019

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Doing some end of the month tidying up and I came across a list of songs thrown together to help the lad with that week’s homework: “listen to some music from the 1960s.” We’d had a thoroughly entertaining hour or so after dinner as I hunted around in Youtube and chose what I thought was an appropriate selection. Part way through I guessed — incorrectly — with Silver Machine, then we lapsed into a few songs that were recommended to be listened to, then dragged ourselves back to the task at hand:
Music Genre confusion spam

Music Genre confusion spam

Wednesday, Jan 3, 2018

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I’m not sure whether the author is truly confused, or if this is meant to be just a blatant attempt at grabbing membership numbers for their forums. I won’t dignify them with a name or URL, but here’s a “personal message” I received through the last.fm messaging system with their name elided: You are invited to join ……., a Gothic & Metal online community aimed at making it easier for like minded people to meet and get to know each other.
A long time between gigs

A long time between gigs

Thursday, Oct 8, 2009

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Its five years this week that we’ve been living in the ‘burbs. Its seventeen months since a little boy appeared and any form of nightlife vanished. Its a long time since I’ve been to a gig! Johnette Napolitano at the Corner hotel. Dinner at Sylvio’s — a large Sylvio’s special, garlic bread and a carafe of wine — quick, hot, tasty. Then back down to Swan street to the Corner Hotel.
The Weddoes meet the Wiggles

The Weddoes meet the Wiggles

Sunday, Apr 20, 2008

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Weddings, Parties, Anything know their audience well; they’re all getting older, they’re all getting fatter, many of them have kids… so for the last show in the series of the ten-year reformation Christmas in April it was a matinee show. Quite odd to walk in from the bright autumn sunlight to a dark pub bandroom and see not only a room full of punters but young kids darting about here and there, dancing on whichever of the two stages wasn’t currently in use, and generally putting everyone in a good mood and making them laugh.
The Spiegeltent spell

The Spiegeltent spell

Thursday, Nov 9, 2006

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Mark Seymour in the Spiegeltent Third gig in less than a week; Mark Seymour tonight. Not sure what it is about the Spiegeltent as a venue but the artists always seem to be in a great mood and very light-hearted. Amazingly, there were no CDs for sale, an oversight that I’m sure had Mr Seymour kicking himself with the happy mood the punters were in as they left!
Mick Thomas @ the Spanish Club

Mick Thomas @ the Spanish Club

Monday, Nov 6, 2006

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Two CD launches in two nights, some kind of a record I guess…. Tonight Mick Thomas and the Sure Thing launch Paddock Buddy…. Its the first time I’ve been to the Spanish Club since it decided to become “a venue” and start booking bands, been meaning to get there for ages, but Fitzroy always seems so hard to get to. A curious mix of a crowd, lots of old Weddoes fans with bald patches reliving their youth.
Spiegeltentage

Spiegeltentage

Sunday, Nov 5, 2006

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The Famous Spiegeltent It felt odd driving back from Lorne to Melbourne in daylight — normally we don’t leave until after dinner — today was not normal. An early evening CD launch for Phil Moriarty and the Paris Brests in the Spiegeltent. Phil, ex. of the Gadflys, has a voice and a style that I’ve loved for years, the new band played well. Mikelangelo of Mikelangelo and the Black Sea Gentlemen a guest appearance on guitar, clarinet and repartee.
Memories and coincidences

Memories and coincidences

Friday, Oct 27, 2006

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Last night as we drove home from the semi-ritual of “Thursday night dinner out somewhere in Richmond”, the Saints, an old favourite band, were playing on the radio. RRR’s “The Australian Mood” always seems to be music I like — two weeks ago it took me back to 1980-82 and my almost-underage ventures into the Civic hotel and bands like Tactics and others whose names I’ve forgotton. Enough rambling, the Saints' Walk Away was playing, for once it wasn’t just the opening few bars being used as an introduction or station promo.
Spiegeltenting

Spiegeltenting

Monday, Oct 16, 2006

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It’s that time of year again — TARDIS-like, the Spiegeltent appears in the Arts Centre forecourt and brings joy and good things to Melbourne for a month or two. Tonight was the first of hopefully many gigs I’ll be seeing there, “My Friend the Chocolate Cake” were playing. Highly accomplished musicians and a packed crowd, the one drawback was having to sit at an odd angle and crane my neck around to see them!
Christmas Eve Eve

Christmas Eve Eve

Thursday, Dec 23, 2004

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A forecast high of 34 °C and a long list of jobs to be done, the Christmas present wrapping seems to take forever! Across to Oakleigh shops for supplies and the heat hits me, cool again once I’m inside the little mall. Absolute mayhem inside, everyone going crazy with their last-minute shopping. An old lady walks off with another old lady’s trolley, a tug-of-war starts, shouting and arm waving… Suddenly they realise what happens and everyone bursts into laughter and apologises.

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…The Owner

There’s not much more I can add to who I am.

…The Site

Vanity site? Technology experiment? Learning tool? Blog? Journal? Diary? Photo album? I could tell you, but then I’d have to kill you…

I experiment. I play. I write and I take pictures. Some of the site is organised around topics, other parts are organized by date, then there’s always the cross-references between them.

Its all been here a fairly long time. Like the papers on my desk, or the books on the bedside table, the pile just grew… and it all grew without much plan or structure. I try not to break URLs, so historical oddities abound.

Long ago it started as a learning experiment with a few static HTML pages, then I added a bit of server-side includes and some very ugly PHP. A hand-built journal/blog on top of that PHP, then a few experiments in moving to various static publishing systems. I’ve never wanted a database-based blogging engine, so over the years I’ve tried PHP, nanoblogger, emacs-muse, silkpage and docbook before settling on Emacs Org mode for writing and jekyll for publishing. But the itch remained… I never really liked jekyll and the ruby underneath always seemed so much black magic. So now the latest incarnation is Org mode and hugo.

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