Moments after I mentioned on Twitter that I was seeing very little spam in my inbox compared to a couple of years ago, my inbox started getting flooded with “Undeliverable mail” return messages because some *&$% spammer has been spoofing one of my addresses. Suffice to say that if you get spam from Russian ladies using the address email@example.com, it’s not from me, and there’s nothing I can do to stop it.
Yet again the BBC committee who decide these things have managed to unite everyone in the country who actually cares about music in thinking the British Eurovision entry is complete bobbins.
“Someone please take my bottomless bowl of popcorn? I’ve eaten so much I think I’m going to be sick” – Bitcoin-hating Charlie Stross on the collapse of Mt Gox. The whole thing reads like the plot of Stross’ novel “Halting State”.
My local rock venue is advertising a gig by “The Oasis Experience”. I can’t help feeling that they are effectively a tribute band of a tribute band. Has pop now eaten itself?
It looks as though Julie Burchill is now treating feminists the way she used to treat rock fans. She has always been a nasty little bigot. I know having a bad attitude towards rock fans isn’t that big a deal in the larger scheme of things. But hating people because of their taste in music is strong sign of a nasty character flaw that’s very likely to reveal itself in more dangerous forms of bigotry.
An aspect of Scottish independence that nobody has thought of. Can you say “GRENDEL!”? I thought you could….
It’s time to stop allowing climate change deniers from getting away with calling themselves “Sceptics”. They are not sceptics. Sceptics accept evidence-based science rather trying to fit facts to an inviolable pre-determined conclusion. In contrast, climate change deniers have a lot in common with young earth creationists. Which is why it’s hardly surprising that there is a significant overlap between the two.
Very heartfelt blog post by Rachel Mann in response to the House of Bishops’ Pastoral Statement. It’s a reminder of what sticking to strict abstract principles to appease “traditionalists” does to actual, real people.
As the NME continues its slide into irrelevance, it is now selling far fewer copies that Classic Rock or Metal Hammer. It’s well past the point where we need to start questioning the extent to which its anti-rock world-view is still dominant. Why, for example, is the BBC’s “Later with Jools Holland” still dominated by NME-style bands?
The last three gigs I’ve been to have featured, in turn, a bassoon, a grand piano and a cello. Someone ought to form a band with just those three instruments. Plus a theremin.