Sorry this is a shock and I have nothing to say except to look sheepishly at the camera asking what could I possibly have done wrong.
No, not like that – It must be the state of your minds that makes you think in that way. No it is the start of a new week, and the weather has now taken a sharp turn toward the chilly factor. This monring the street was filled with the noise of car engines runing whilst flustered occupants scraped the windscreens with various tools. The joy of being able to walk to work.
Anyhow, I’m posting this to say that like the weather I feel a bit fresher this morning. The world seems a better place to live (partly due to the fact that I didn’t watch the news over the weekend), I feel ready to try and get through the backlog of work I have (partly due to not doing much work over the weekend) and I generally had a nice weekend which means I can face the stress of work with renewed energy. (Should last about five minutes)
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I think I’ve posted about my recent interest in mash-ups before, but I need to tell you about a couple I recently heard. For the uninitiated a mash-up is the mixing of two or more tracks to create what can only be described as a hybrid track. It has been used by good effect by the pop industry to get a little money for itself eg by the the sugababes with their Tubeway (Gary Numan) Army track. However the best examples are to be found underground and on the net.
Anyway, the ones I just wanted to mention were a couple of tracks which have used Marvin Gaye’s Heard it through the grapevine. Now I’m not a soul fella and so have never been big on Marvin, even though I think he has a great voice. But some clever chappies have mixed his vocal over the top of two of my favourite tracks to create something very interesting, if not fantastic.
The first is called My grapevine life, which mixes Marvin with Talk Talk’s It’s my life, and it works. The second mixes the soul legend’s vocals with the Cult’s She sells sanctuary and is called She sells grapevines. I think they are both great and if you’re interested simply put those titles into google or yahoo and follow the links. Alternatively take a trip to Live 105’s SixxMixx guru PartyBen and or MashupTownRadio and learn all about mashing.
For no particular reason other than these are the current things that I am not happy with and am in the process of moaning about – directly.
- Mince tarts
- Any cake with almond flavouring
- internet service provider 1 and 1
Can you believe that my former internet hosts demand that I pay them for a service I haven’t used? Fistly they sent an invoice to me which I was unable to pay due to not wanting to pay via credit card. I then cancel the account, but because the invoice was sent before I cancelled I have to pay – the full amount of three months hosting. They say they will refund once I have paid, but the reason I cancelled in the first place was that they wouldn’t accept payment via paypal. Aaargh.
So without any warning and no further invoice, or demands for money, they get their collection service to write to me asking for the money, which has now cost me a further £15. Telephoning both companies is about as helpful as using sandpaper as a cure for piles. So the upshot is I have to pay out and then they refund me for the service I haven’t used.
I have a funny feeling this will not be the last post on this matter!
I thought about the idea of a pun on the name but to be honest couldn’t really be bothered, so in the end I just thought ‘Flock it’ – ha ha ha. Seriously this is an interesting piece of software. Take a trip to the website and see what you think.
It’s really a glorified web browser, that integrates photos and blogging and rss feeds. Actually it could be pretty much what I’ve been looking for to integrate all the junk I have. Anyway I downloaded the pre beta release over the weekend and managed to play with it for about 5 minutes before I had to go and do something else, so I can’t report any great revelations at the moment. Suffice to say that for a pre beta release it seemed extrememly stable, and had tons of functionality. If I manage to play a little more I’ll keep you informed.
As an aside I am quite interested in the design of their site. I have noticed a trend recently in providing large type and very clear design. Is this the shape of things to come?