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One line thoughts of the day.

A question for those of you who are here primarily for the music posts. Do you prefer the magazine-style front page, or the old-school blog page? And why?

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Who remembers the day when computer viruses were spread in the boot sector of floppy disks?

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Giving the excellent Occupying Forces by Halo Blind another spin. One of no fewer than five excellent albums from the York scene so far this year.

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I am liking the new Robert Plant album “Lullaby and the Ceaseless Roar” a lot. It’s the best thing he’s done for years, with a fire that’s beem missing from his last few records.

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“We have witnessed a total breakdown in political legitimacy” -  A very powerful piece blaming the near-breakup of the UK not on the Tories, but on the corrupt political media and the cowardice of the Labour Party.

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You can tell you’re a tester if you go to the pub and all the conversations are about ISO29119. The consensus that the reason the online testing community is overwhelmingly anti is that the pro-ISO29119 camp are just too boring to be on Twitter or write blogs.

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If Scotland votes Yes today, will this mean that Sainsburys will start stocking Tunnocks Snowballs in their ethnic foods aisle along with the Australian and Polish delicacies?

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It is hard to get to grips with them in argument because they constantly shift their stance and reinterpret the meaning of words to help them evade difficult questions“. The context is a blog by James Christie about ISO 29119. But it’s a far wider truth. Professional cliques and ideological sects have long used jargon words as an in-group identifier. But it always frustrates communication when they insist on applying new jargon-meanings to perfectly good existing words.

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The context was actually Manga, but the advice from a convention panel goes broader than that. “Be thick-skinned. you need to be able to take both good and bad reviews“. Because, to quote Serdar Yegalulp, “Sometimes praise can be as damaging as insult, and the damage is not always as palpable“. This is just as true with music, especially in this social media age. I’ve seen artists surround themselves with sycophants, and it’s all too easy for them to lose their edge as a result.

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When Things Just Aren’t What They Seem, a very moving and very tragic post from Michael Larson. It’s quite long, but really needs to be read in full.

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