I Slam Dunked Last.fm Today

I Slam Dunked Last.fm Today

I don’t know why, but that little piece of spyware just came to irritate me to the point where I finally deleted all of it today. I was quitting out of it every day after I started up. It was starting to bug me that it couldn’t record the individual songs in the radio shows

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Snogging for England

The preview is up on Newsarama for the brilliant new Vertigo series Vinyl Underground, illustrated by our friend Simon Gane. Written by Si Spencer (Books of Magick: Life During Wartime); Art by Simon Gane and Cameron Stewart; Cover by Sean Phillips; Coloring by Guy Major. More info and images...

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The Bureau of Mass Communications

OK… to us, it is like the holy grail of TV production company idents…. If you’ve experienced the Department of Experimental Services you’ll have a distinct “ah” moment. Somewhere in the back of our heads was this iconic computer video moment that opened so...

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Back in the swing of things

Back in the swing of things

I feel a bit like this today. After a month away, the Wow Cool Engineroom has returned to full function and will be resuming a regular schedule. I recently discovered that the writer Warren Ellis had been doing a similarly named blog project, but has recently shut it down… What that could...

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The Stupid Pages

The Stupid Pages

  Ah yes… Over Six Years in the Making! One of the last major projects of Brown Cuts Neighbors. We’d been a band, a TV Show, An Art Movement… and The Stupid Pages was to be a comic book. A very stupid one. The goal of supreme simplicity, economy of line and sublime incisiveness of

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Words don’t mean a damn thing

So, yeah, the usual dose of spam today… but there was something different, something a little… I dunno… special. The occasional poetry of spam subject lines was exceptionally strong. I want a new word to describe it… “spamsy” is the best I’ve come up...

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Five Years on… James Kopta, Hero

I have a favorite story about Jim that I’ve never told…We both used to be pretty regular denizens of the Schenectady Public Library, and I remember once he asked me, “hey, have you ever looked up ‘reality’ in the catalog (this was on a computer, but still many years...

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Punk Rock and Remember

Punk Rock and Remember

Or, If you were really punk you’d have thrown a full bottle, part 2… I guess. We Jam Econo: The Story of the Minutemen. was on TV today, the Sundance Channel. It was pretty riveting stuff for me… but really a pretty weird documentary. I didn’t really, say, learn anything new about them. There...

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Re-Reading Frenzy

Reposted from the Reading Frenzy Ledger. Help Chloe out! Please donate your used books, comics and zines for an upcoming fundraiser for Ye Olde Reading Frenzy! We’ll be having a used zine smorgasbord during the Portland Zine Symposium (August 11th-12th), and a big book sale as part of our...

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The Worlds Most Boring Man

I found out tonight that John Peel had a rubber stamp that he’d sign off on letters with [in red] that read “John Peel, The Worlds Most Boring Man”. That’s “John Peel” on one line… the rest, centered on the next. All in red. no apostrophes in sight. No...

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Another bird story

Apparently some wood bees had bored there way in to a plank of wood near a knot in the rail on my back deck. Finding this too delicious a bit of wordplay to ignore, a woodpecker decided to blast his way into the board to dig them out. I found the crime scene at around

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Zombie Bird

Was working on the weekend and I found this strange bird that was just standing in front of this big vinyl banner that was left out in the hope that it would flatten. She stood there for a very long time… moving very little. Later on I went back outside to find her standing under

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Cornetto/Nutty Buddy review attempt

Somehow I got obsessed with picking up variations on my childhood favorite (called something different, depending on where you are – Nutty Buddy, Cornetto Classico, Crispina, Sundae Cone… basically Vanilla ice cream in a cornet (aka the sugar cone) covered with chocolate and nuts)...

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FCC Listening Station

I was in Livermore, California a few years ago… and in the middle of a big empty field was a little shack surrounded by a metal fence, with a million antennas around it and a pickup truck parked on the side. There was a sign out front that said “FCC Listening Station”. I just...

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Rob and Lou and your whole damn crew

Back in October 1994 I went down to Austin, Texas to do a strange training gig in HTML at a long gone early eCom startup. While there I got to see my old Northampton, Mass neighbors Sebadoh. That night, after their show the lot of us (me, Lou, Bob, Jason, Flood, Jason Austin) went over

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The Earth Twitters at a Strange Frequency Tonight

Am enjoying watching the Police having horrendous technical troubles as they try to get through “driven to tears”. There are some great moments of quick cuts away from Sting as he tries to shout for some help on the ghastly audio. You don’t have to put on the red light…...

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Yoda shills for the dark side

I was more than a little surprised to receive in the mail the following item… OK. you’ll have to excuse my collage of the key elements here… The previous tenant in my new house is still getting all kinds of crazy catalogs, and at first glance I thought this one was from fancy...

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