fingertrouble: (garden birthday 2009)
In other news, I have a big butt, it's full and it's leaking...I mean water butt. I've been gardening...yes me? In a garden? With my reputation? Apart from The Great Snail & Slug War - which is ongoing, already onto the copper tape and buying pot stands - it's going pretty well. Issues with neighbours, they want to approve everything, but we're working it out I think...might actually get refunded for my purchases!

The 200L water butt filled in a few days...scary. And all that rain was going down the gully into the non-drain. No wonder our poor phone in the wall next to that kept tripping out.

My seedlings are growing, I have parsley, thyme, rosemary and...well not sage, Cedric is a full plant. But definitely basil and oregano on the way. Not big on flowers, although we have Larry the genderqueer Lavender and his friends. They've survived the Snail Onslaught well...the poor little parsley seedlings, less so. Luckily I thinned a load into little pots before the massacre. The tradition is to use the slugs and snails as a sort of tennis practice into the road....doesn't kill them, they still have a chance of living in a rather one-sided version of Snail Frogger. A very small chance. Not me guv.

Planning a water/feature or pond, but it seems now to depend on 'approval' which could be a buzzkill...I think given the snails and pesties we have, and the fact we have birds running around the bush outside the window like a game of kisschase and 'bathing' on the dust, encouraging bird visitors and giving them something to bathe and drink in is important...part of the 'rewilding' of the garden, well as long as the wild are not snails...

Work is..well...not there at the moment but I have a few interviews. Gardens and DIY make good distractions to that. I had my 44th birthday last month and me and Kirk went to see Adam Buxton do Bug at the British Museum, then went clubbing at the The Glory, it was some sort of leathery bear night but Princess Julia brought the CHOONS! A lot of fun. I think we'll go back to The Glory.

Not much else to report...
fingertrouble: HercuUUuuULllEEss (Farnese hercules)
It's odd, I actually backed up my blog to Dreamwidth a few weeks ago (was looking up how to transition my blogs to ZeroNet as flat files (Jekyll, Hyde etc), or something non-WP like Ghost, sadly it looked impossible unless I make all my private posts public) and then got a flurry of friendship requests here...thought somehow my update had triggered some notification, whereas actually it was the dodgy LJ TOS I found when I logged into LJ...e.g.

So I think the dodgy nature of LJ re: having to comply with Russian Federation's terrible laws about LGBTQ rights, I will post via Dreamwidth. Certainly it's taken a long time to bite, the naysayers who left for the (arguably worse in some ways?) Facebook and G+ didn't happen until now...I've had a DW account - even probably an Insanejournal one somewhere out there if that's still going - for many years.

So going to switch to the backup for posting, and I recommend you do so too - eventually we'll all be over there, so I can then use that for reading too. Irritating, but good that I won't lose everything if they find the queer stuff I've posted.
fingertrouble: (Tim Sideways)

I’ve designed a new t-shirt! This is supporting my Radio Clash blog which has never been advertiser supported so needs the cash to keep going.

So if you’re a fan or just like the shirt, go any buy several over at Crumplclobber.
fingertrouble: every nun needs a synthi (holy synth)

I know some of you like psych and folk music, and I've done these two mixes as an attempt to make a psych mix finally, but in a way it didn't completely go to plan. I felt the floatier 'summer of love' stuff didn't fit the way I felt or what's going on in the world, so I delved into the counterculture of 1968-1970's with bands & artists like The Fugs, David Peel, Deviants, Edgar Broughton, Aphrodite's Child, Kevin Ayers, Zappa etc. Also some newer stuff across the mixes I felt fitted, I can never completely stay on theme!

First part is very dark, occult in places and apocalyptic - projecting forward to a future of President Trump and P.M. May, and the Mexican wall (the title comes from a poem which then created an anarchist group called Up Against The Wall Motherfucker, so yeah, slightly NSFW - also my mixes go deep so there's William Blake and Ginsberg in there too). If it's schizophrenic in feeling then it's supposed to be, this was created around the time of Brexit and Trump being big in the polls...general feeling of 'What The Fuck Is Going On?'. I do think these things have happened before, and it's worth looking back to 1968 and beyond to learn what they did and possible solutions (and mistakes).

Come Orpheus And Sing To Me (153Mb, 1:55)

Coming from The Garden

  • The Fugs - Turn on Tune in Drop Out

  • Aphrodite's Child - Altamont

  • Saturday's Photograph - Summer Never Go Away

  • Kevin Ayers - Song For Insane Times

  • Frank Zappa & The Mothers Of Invention - Trouble Every Day

  • Edgar Broughton Band - Even Over Rooftops

  • The Fugs - I Saw The Best Minds Of My Generation Rot

  • Jefferson Airplane - We Can Be Together (Live from Go Ride the Music w/intro)

  • Aphrodite's Child - Loud, Loud, Loud

  • David Peel & The Lower East Side - Up Against The Wall

  • Gnarls Barkley - Storm Coming

  • The Deviants - Deviation Street

  • Pink Fairies - When's The Fun Begin?

  • Arzachel - Leg

  • King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard - People-Vultures

  • The Joint - Dinosaur

  • Can - Oh Yeah

  • Moondog - Two Quotations in Dialogue

The Arrival

  • Aphrodite's Child - The Four Horsemen

  • Comus - Song To Comus

  • Twink - The Coming Of The One

  • Aphrodite's Child - Seven Bowls

  • Lucifer (Mort Garson) - Solomon's Ring

  • Coven - Satanic Mass

  • Fifty Foot Hose - Cauldron

  • White Noise - The Visitation

  • The United States Of America - The Garden Of Earthly Delights

  • John Martyn - The Gardeners

  • Antoine - Where Did Everyone Go To?

Strange New World

  • Big Brother & The Holding Company - All Is Loneliness

  • David Axelrod - The Human Abstract

  • Butthole Surfers - Strangers Die Everyday

  • Oleg Buloshkin - Sacrament

  • The Insects - She Moves Through the Fair

  • White Noise - Your Hidden Dreams

  • Free Design - An Elegy

  • Suzanne Vega - Song of Sand

  • Dionne Warwick - The Windows Of The World

  • Bonzo Dog Band - Them

  • Moondog - Cuplet

And the second part, well the first section is about politics - I suspect those in the US might appreciate the first 4-5 tracks although might not know about The Clangers. The rest is darker and less about the state of the nation and more about the state of the person. My impending move to John's, and what's been going on with me and my hatred of 2016. A lot of nice folk and songwriting from Sandy Denny, Jimmy Webb, Bill Fay, Jackson C. Frank, Jackson Browne, Paul Simon et al.

This is more about after the Summer of Love, the autumn and winter. Winter Is Coming...the down side of dropping out and tuning out, there are quite a few barbs in there, criticisms of the Summer of Love (reading about 1966 atm in fact).

And the spoken word in the Fatima Yamaha (yes it's not all psych/folk, but mostly is) is how I feel at the moment. You can't rely on anyone, it's true.

"Tear down the walls...Won't you try?" (138Mb, 1:49)

Up Yours 2016:

  • David Peel & The Lower East Side - I Like Marijuana

  • Clangers - Vote for Froglet b/w

  • The Waterproof Candle - Electrically Heated Child

  • The Fugs - Wide Wide River

  • Strawberry Children - One Stands Here

  • Edgar Broughton Band - Up Yours

  • The Holy Modal Rounders - The Pledge

  • Fingertrouble - These Days

  • Sandie Shaw - Are You Ready To Be Heartbroken

  • The Fugs - Exorcising the Evil Spirits From the Pentagon October 21, 1967

  • Bill Fay - Screams in the Ears

  • Fatima Yamaha - What's A Girl To Do

  • The 5th Dimension - Pattern People

The Dark Empty Room

  • Jason Paul - Shine A Little Light Into My Room

  • War - Slippin' Into Darkness

  • Moondog - Why Spend a Dark Night with Me

  • Paul Simon - Flowers Never Bend with the Rainfall

  • Jackson C. Frank - Dialogue (I Want to Be Alone)

  • Sandy Denny - Next Time Around

  • Jimmy Webb - Three Songs (Let It Be Me, Never My Love, I Wanna Be Free)

  • The Kinks - Strangers

  • Zombies - Smokey Day

  • The 5th Dimension - Requiem: 820 Latham

  • Michael Kiwanuka - Rule the World

  • The Network - Ears Of Stone

  • The Executives - Parenthesis

  • Sandy Denny - Milk and Honey

  • Nico - The Fairest Of The Seasons

  • Johnny Rivers - Sweet Smiling Children

Moving On

  • Charlie Poole - It's Moving Day

  • The Carnival - I'm Going Home Tomorrow

  • Sandy Denny & The Strawbs - On My Way

  • Jefferson Airplane - We Can Be Together

  • Hugo Montenegro & His Orchestra - When It Was Done

  • Bill Fay - Be Not So Fearful

  • Sandy Denny - No End (Solo Piano Version)

  • The Fugs - We're Both Dead Now, Alice

P.S. Here's the original 1968/Olympics inspired artwork, I might get into trouble for the Trump one, inspired by a shirt worn and I think printed by B. Dolan. I remade it. Just don't shoot him, mmmkay? I'll be in deep shit if one of the NRA-types goes off script...

fingertrouble: HercuUUuuULllEEss (Farnese hercules)
I go to Glastonbury, and come back to find that not only is the country completely fucked, an added bonus is all the neo-Nazis and right-wing fascists who thought shooting Jo Cox was kinda fun have come out of the woodwork.

I'm really really sorry...I thought we were better than this? I voted Remain by postal vote well before the racist Nazi-baiting poster from Farage, well before the 350 million bus that apparently was complete lies (admitted the day AFTER the referendum) and it looks like the Union is no more.

And then complete showers like Hillary Benn, a man nothing like his father, decide to stick the knife in, and suddenly it becomes Jeremy Corbyn's fault in the media, conveniently ignoring Farage, BoJo, Gove, and all those c*nts. But of course, at the time when a united front could stick it to fascists and right-wingers who are all claiming to quite like brown and black people and get REALLY upset if you suggest they are racists or fascists but are strangely quiet about the 57% uptick in racist attacks and hate crime since Thursday. "If you have a racist friend, then our friendship has to end..." - silence is NOT an option. Same frigging people moan about moderate Muslims doing nothing and staying silent, so how does it feel the other way? These idiots are doing it in your name, the name of the 52% who a lot of them Bregretted it in the morning and googled AFTER the vote what the effect would be. Really? I'm stuck on a damp island with 17 million fucking idiots. HELP!

And they'll never learn - they never supported the people who were telling them how it was, they're crying now for the Socialist/AFA/Hard left Cavalry to come over the hill but sorry, you destroyed the grass roots by voting for twunts like Thatcher and Cameron, what do you expect? Consistently destroying and mocking the people who resisted the fascists in the 1970's, well eventually they retire, get bored, grow old, go do something they can make a difference with. It's a thankless task, and if you marginalise the left and continue what Thatcher did with the Miner's Strike, well then you can't expect them to be there to help you, can you? I say let it burn, and remember Rome. Fiddle, fiddle!

Fed up with this idea because socialists haven't had their empathy and good-nature surgically removed, that when the right-wingers inevitably screw it up with neglect or as in this case complete and utter stupidity, we are supposed to parachute down and fix it, so basically the Left are always fixing the Right's fuck ups - and then we're told that it's unworkable, "where's your utopia, your revolution"? And then shortly after: "I'd rather vote for my own wallet and screw other people"...and the cycle of dumb continues.

You don't deserve democracy if you can't bother to even Google BEFORE the election what it might mean. You don't deserve to be saved from your own stupidity when again and again the Good Side of Not Being A Dick and not shitting on your fellow man gets ignored for scare tactics, Project Fear, and hatred. You get the fascist government you deserve - sadly it will take the 43-odd million people with you, some like me who voted for sense and unity, and didn't think we were still an Empire, that sovereignty means shit in an age of geocorporates, it's not the 1940's despite the austerity cupcakes and Keep Calm And Ignore The Fascists signs. Next one telling me that I should 'Calm Down' and I should 'Group Hug' racists for the sake of 'unity' and propping up an awful Government will get a Keep Calm And Carry On branded 2x4 around the head. Repeatedly.

But don't you DARE blame the Left and us who warned you, who wanted to stop the poorest and weakest from being trampled, as they are now. If you voted to Leave, or didn't vote at all, you cause this, and you alone. Don't point the finger at others, it's not some reality show, you don't get to phone a friend, you don't get 50/50, you don't get another go. This is real life, people are being attacked, firebombed, insulted, killed, threatened, made to feel lesser for not being 'British' - and yes they've already made it clear that despite treaties to us queers after Orlando, that we are next. As I knew it would be - because I know, once they come after the Jews, the Muslims, the foreigners, they always come for us queers. You can wave your marriage certificates all you fucking want, it won't waft out the flames as you burn.

I'm predicting civil insurrection before the end of the year, or riots in modern media spin parlance, and a lot of angry people when they realise as Johnny Rotten said 'Ever get the feeling you've been cheated?'. Already had protests cancelled because there's 'too many people' (?) and the people just flash-mobbed Parliament. It's all going V For Vendetta, and it will get worse. Far, far worse. I've been predicting this day since the fools let Nick Griffin on Question Time, and then Farage took his mantle. Never, ever give the fascists a platform, they will just (ab)use it to destroy democracy.

Only good fascist is a dead fascist, and I sadly think it might come to that, given they think murdering MPs is OK. Ones who were working on Tell Mama, a report on Islamophobia which reveals hate crimes have upped by 200% in the last few years...add another 57% to the pile. *sigh*

I'll leave you with Kathy's Song, which although a love song, it seems rather appropriate:

I hear the drizzle of the rain
Like a memory it falls
Soft and warm continuing
Tapping on my roof and walls.

And from the shelter of my mind
Through the window of my eyes
I gaze beyond the rain-drenched streets
To England where my heart lies.

And so you see I have come to doubt
All that I once held as true
I stand alone without beliefs
The only truth I know is you.

And as I watch the drops of rain
Weave their weary paths and die
I know that I am like the rain
There but for the grace of you go I.

And another rainy bonus from the same album:

Through the corridors of sleep
Past the shadows dark and deep
My mind dances and leaps in confusion.
I don't know what is real,
I can't touch what I feel
And I hide behind the shield of my illusion.

It's no matter if you're born
To play the King or pawn
For the line is thinly drawn 'tween joy and sorrow,
So my fantasy
Becomes reality,
And I must be what I must be and face tomorrow.

So I'll continue to continue to pretend
My life will never end,
And Flowers Never Bend With The Rainfall.

A meme...

May. 29th, 2016 08:19 pm
fingertrouble: (top hat James wedding)
Mark with an X the ones that apply to you. via [ profile] etantvert

Appeared in Doctor Who? That's not going to be many people!

Fired a Gun - X (quite a few actually; although all strictly rifles or shotguns)
Been Married
Fell in love - X
Been divorced
Swam in the sea - X
Gone on a blind date
Skipped lessons or lectures - X (Art school!)
Watched someone give birth
Been to North America - X
Been to Australia
Been to Asia
Been to South or Central America - X
Lived in more than one European country
Been to London - X
Been to Paris - X
Been to Venice - X
Been to Spain - X
Been to Russia
Seen the Northern Lights
Been on a cruise
Served on a jury
Been in a movie
Been to a Scandinavian country
Been to Iceland
Played in a band - ? (Kind of, but not properly, like on stage)
Sang karaoke - X
Made prank phone calls - X
Laughed so much you cried - X
Caught a snowflake on your tongue - X
Had children
Had a pet(s)- X
Been sledding on big hill - X
Been skiing - X
Been water skiing or parascending
Rode on a motorcycle - X
Been to a music festival -X
Spent at least one night on an island - X
Rode an elephant
Been on TV - X (someday I'll tell you about my 'starring role' LOL)
Been in newspaper - X
Stayed in a Hospital - X
Donated blood - (I can't. Against the homophobic law!)
Got a piercing
Got a tattoo
Driven an automatic vehicle - X
Driven over 100 mph
Lived on your own - X
Rode in the back of police car - X (but as a victim not a perp!)
Rode in the back of an ambulance - X
Got a speeding ticket
Got a parking ticket
Rode a horse - X
Swam with a Dolphin or whale
Been in a podcast - X (Just a bit. *cough*)
Appeared in Dr. Who ?
Have an Equity card or equivalent
Used an Oyster card - X
Have been in a play - X
Have played with a monkey - X
Have trained animals - (I don't think fish or hamsters can be trained)
fingertrouble: every nun needs a synthi (holy synth)

Psychodelidisco (Disco Psycheness) - Full 3 Hour Journey by Fingertrouble on Mixcloud

Yes still here, still lurking...but also been busy with this mix. It's a psychedelic disco mix, not sure that genre even exists so I invented it, it's a mix of 'deep' disco, space disco, electronica, library music, afrobeat, electro pop and synth pop and even some Bollywood space disco and other gems! It took me 9 months, hence why it's probably 3 hours! There are more easily digestible 1 hour chunks over at my Mixcloud.

You can find out more above or over at my blog:

Also posted the first of the remixes I did for it, I did quite a few 'remasters' on these old disco records, but some I did the whole remix/re-edit treatment. This one - a cover of Gloria by Midnight Stud - is the first posted up:

fingertrouble: HercuUUuuULllEEss (Farnese hercules)

Usually a phrase like that would be qualified with a but...but not any more. Increasingly I pull away from the gay scene due to a variety of factors, but the bellends from this weekend take the biscuit. It's why I identify as queer; and tend to hang out with straight or non-scene people, or those who probably don't identify as gay (queer, Men Who Have Sex With Men, bisexuals, heteroflexible, take your pick). Sadly in my experience the bad lot are not statistically small, the judgy shallow queens are everywhere, lurking.

Take for instance last night - me, Kirk and Gary went to Duckie, usually a good safe space. Great night, was having a good time until a group of queens decided to bully me - touching me, saying I smelled, many times over the night. I knew I didn't, I showered a few hours before I came out, the t-shirt was new and washed, but what was their problem? I told the guy who was saying it this, and he was a fucking cunt. I got so angry that we had to move to another part of the club before I bottled the guy. I had a bottle in my hand and thought about it...wrong I know. But I was so angry. Took me back to school and being bullied. I know now I should have raised it with Amy Lame or the Duckie crew, but at the time you're too angry and just want to try and forget it. I didn't. Rather than go home and stew I went to the sauna...which comes to point 2.

These queens look down on those who frequent saunas, cruising areas, marrieds and the like - even though I've found the blokes in these places (who as I said quite often don't identify as gay) are fairly genuine and nice people. I had to detox from that experience by going to a sauna. But this experience is not unusual - where there are gay men there is bullshit.

I then come home and reading Facebook find that a queen friend of a friend decided to post Star Wars spoilers, just to be difficult. Was told to take it down by many people, but was doing that childish pouting thing that many gay men do, stomping his little foot. Really, entitled babies I'm seeing Star Wars tonight and that's been spoiled by another bitter attention-seeking queen.

I don't want anything to do with the gay scene anymore, it's just filled with too many toxic people. I know, wahmbulance and Tim's on another rant etc etc but there is a wider issue here...that queens like this don't give a shit about the rest of the LBTQ, they usually have very dodgy politics (immigration, Muslims is another one - which is interesting because one of the people I had a great long chat with was a Muslim bear at the sauna, he was lovely and I don't think he knows how much that meant to me, someone relatable and talking me down from that ledge.) and now gay marriage has happened there is a feeling of 'I'm alright Jack' with them, and also this odd bully mindset. As we know, oppression does not lead to enlightenment, but it does seem as gay men get more accepted, get good jobs, don't have to live in fear anymore the more they take it out on other people?

So no I won't qualify this with 'some are OK' because I think those who are OK are such a small set that it's not worth counting, 0.1% maybe. The rest are more concerned with looking good within their group, cliques, being bitchy, obsessing about silly things outside of the real world, gyms and shallow body fascism and not really caring what's happening outside of Kardashians, Drag Race and trashy TV. Srsly if these people are first up against the wall, I won't cry for them. I'd be too busy getting the fuck out of there, and trying to protect the people I do care about. And I do hope, when it goes all to shit and it will, babylon is around the corner - they are the first to get eaten by zombies or whatever. Because they haven't learned to survive, just learned to be narcissistic and bitchy.

It's a shame I like men, really. I don't regret that for a moment, that's like regretting you have blue eyes - but certainly I could leave the bullshit that sometimes entails.

fingertrouble: (top hat James wedding)
[Error: unknown template qotd]Japan - I'm guessing that would be a popular answer, but I like the language, was learning it for a while, and the people have a British sense of decorum, politeness and self-effacing nature. I like the culture - not so much Manga although I love Studio Ghibli, but the sense of beauty, the old paintings, the hyperreality of Tokyo. Contradictions of modern and old, contrasts in public/private, even sometimes gender roles (well as we see them in the West). And they are pagan mostly, which is cool.

And yes I'd move there in a heartbeat.

And Ancient Greece - I noticed some people's entries travelled in time. I'd love those times and that culture...less happier with it if I was a woman (Ancient Greeks didn't treat women at all well), but I do feel the ancient world would fit me better than the current one? Graeco-Roman, or before, or Celt. Or Victorian times, but I fear that class would play a big part of whether I enjoyed that - in London, 1880's-90's.
fingertrouble: (Default)
[Error: unknown template qotd]Are you a Muslim? Not because it's wrong to be a Muslim, it's just the assumption that man with long beard = Muslim. Changed a little with the hipster beard thing, but for a long time it was assumed I had a long beard for religious reasons (Muslim, Jewish, etc) which annoyed. It's more the laziness that irritates - but it does give me a slightly different perspective when people treat me badly because of the way I look, and current events because I get lumped in so feel I should be's also kind of a shorthand way of finding out if someone is a dick, saves time.

I quite enjoy being asked or commented on the beard though, that's nice. Or the tshirts I wear.
fingertrouble: (Copyleft)

I don't usually talk politics here, I usually save that for FB/Twitter, but sometimes events overtake me and bleed into my work.

This video for a friend's mashup is a case in point, the theme of Kanye's New Slaves is already very critical about wage slavery and consumption, but I added a new element because while making it the vote for bombing Syria came in. Throw in what's happening in locked down Paris with COP21 (John invited himself to the last COP when we were in Durban, very different times and different security) and all that, and you have a strange mix of pop video and zeitgeist state of the nation....had a lot of fun with drone videos, projections and old cinema ads.

It also marks something of a step out of retirement for me - not completely, still not going to make my own mashups or videos for those. But for other people, if I like the tune, yes.

Kanye of the Stone Age by ToTom, who did this mashup is available to download: - it's recommended, especially the bonus tracks like this one.
fingertrouble: every nun needs a synthi (holy synth)

Forgot to post these over here - my last two mashups which both have a Star Wars theme (although started 5 and 10 years ago, so actually before the latest film was even planned!)

This was started in 2005 as part of the ill-fated Boot In 60 Seconds project, but never really worked, was a bit of a car-crash. It was semi-released as part of that mix, and other places, but this is the final version.

It combines Spoonful of Sugar from the Disney movie Mary Poppins (topical!) with John Williams Imperial March theme, as Orbital and 2 Bad Mice as the droids you aren’t looking for!

DJNoNo – Imperial Nanny (John Williams vs Julie Andrews)

Spin that glitterball death star! In time for the new film (although completely by accident, long before Lucas was a twinkle in Disney’s eye, these mashups were started 5-10 years ago) here are the first of two Star Wars mashups.

Star Wars Gurls is Meco’s Star Wars goes space disco via California Gurls with Katy Perry and Snoop Dogg.

I’ve always had a bad feeling about this, it’s been a real disturbance in the Force over the years and probably still is a bucket of bolts, due to strange minor bits in the Meco track. In the end I had to use the Melodyne trial to force the acapella into key…Use the Force Luke! Well we know mashups shouldn’t be forced, but I’ve always wanted to release this, so treat it as a bit of fun. Still will make the Kessel Run in 12 Parsecs!

Download Star Wars Gurls (Meco vs Katy Perry ft Snoop Dog)

Appropriate to end on something complete silly…Would love to say doing these has rekindled my love of mashups…but no, although fun to see these finally see the light of day, it’s also reminded me what a faff it is.

So that’s me out – bye! Thanks all for listening over the years.

More info and alternate artwork over here:
fingertrouble: (top hat James wedding)

Planned 10 years ago, the Ballroom EP (now album) has been a long time coming...two of the tracks were released (here in a remastered or better quality form) but the rest laid in the Unfinished folder.

Mixing ballroom music - big band, jazz, bossa nova, exotica, swing, easy listening and classical pops - with hip hop and r n' b years before the term electroswing was invented, I'm surprised no-one has done an album concept like this in the last decade?

Dedicated to Mr Fab, Evolution Control Committee and all the Crumplebangers Crew.

Download DJNoNo Ballroom - zip file (73Mb) or Mediafire.

fingertrouble: (Default)
[Error: unknown template qotd]I'm fairly excited, tempered by what happened with Phantom Menace (still not seen it, my friends that do indeed see it first warned me off).

Looks like I will be seeing it with said friends...probably at the IMAX, but I'm not going to stress if I don't see it until after Xmas...
fingertrouble: (top hat James wedding)

Started 6 (!) years ago, this mashup of Depeche Mode's Just Can't Get Enough vs Orbital - Impact (Live) has been featured on mixes, usually from the Parkade but never released - until now. I was never happy with any mashup it has to be told, despite what some people say - stuff that got released either was 'oh sod it - I'm so fed up with this, that'll do' or in some cases had been hanging around for years, and on the 3rd, 4th or 5th iteration.

This one is dedicated to the Parkade and all the DJs there.

Impact Mode (Orbital vs Depeche Mode)

fingertrouble: every nun needs a synthi (holy synth)

I decided to stop doing mashups - for good this time, as in I took down all my old mashups and my own videos - back in August but felt sad for the tracks that almost made it, were nearly finished when I downed tools. So here are a few that I've tarted up for release - these are more downbeat but planning to finish the DJNoNo - Ballroom EP that was partly dropped at Crumplstock live mix I did last month

So here's Dark Dreams, which is Fleetwood Mac - Dreams vs a track from Dark Night Of The Soul, which is Sparklehorse vs Dangermouse and David Lynch. It might not last long on Soundcloud being FM, so here's a direct download.

And Lost At The Beach, which happened fiddling around with Lost In The Supermarket by The Clash (one of my favourite songs...ever!) and realising that it didn't work with Steely Dan but Beach House - Myth works just fine. Download here. Also on Soundcloud, but given SC has turned it's back on the mashup and bedroom remixers that made it's name, might not be there for long.

fingertrouble: (Copyleft)
Always bemused by brittle people who blog contentious things, and if you dare criticise what they say (rather than them, but quite often they project *personal* offence) it’s like ‘Get the Fuck Off My Blog!’? Eh?

Uhoh filter bubble? It seems to be common in this age to avoid those who oppose us, or contradict us and get all stompy and throw the toys out. It's not good...for discourse or anything. But it usually shows up how immature they are.

Then again, it's not worth bothering with those people, so it's all meat for my ban list (ironic I know given what I just said, but some people take it to extremes. For instance there's a certain redbearded person here who I find and add to my blocklist on every social media site. It's just peace of mind, since he's a bit of a entitled narcissistic sociopath, like all these airbags tend to be. An echo chamber inside their own head and on their blog/presence. But it's odd - why say it if you expect everyone to agree with you? Narcisstic games, ego trips....I'd rather not).

Funny thing is they quite often pretend to be the bad boys, swaggering and sweary like they don’t care. but then run off whimpering when challenged. Don't talk the talk if you can't walk the walk. And don't say contentious things, then expect *everyone* to agree with you, it's confirmation bias 101. Grow the fuck up.

I'm guessing this is why Twitter followers are called that, and how FB and LJ got it wrong with sadly seems many people want the former, not the latter.

Anyway LJ Drama is SO 2006...:-P
fingertrouble: (Me Djing 2)
Still here, still checking in from time to time...machines allowing.

I have a new Mac Book Pro - the 5 year old was slowly dying with broken keyboard so the power button was duff, dodgy USB ports and general slowness. I still will keep Frederick - couldn't sell it in the current condition anyway - but All Hail Luiggi (only a few of you might know why I called it that...usually it was fantasy names but now it's based on a real person - maybe not a real name - who I fancy a lot ;-)

It's very fast, but there are a few niggles. I miss my 17" screen, even with Retina this screen isn't as big as that one, even for a 5 year old Mac. It has HDMI so I could run my Sony monitor I picked up for almost nothing for the Pi as a second monitor if needed.

This is the second replacement machine, after a week and a half I took the old one back and started again. I've had problems with Thunderbolt disconnecting if you as much as breathed on it or moved the cable slightly (annoyingly the new laptops don't have Ethernet, and only two USB 3 ports, and no Firewire so you have use adaptors for those). This seems to have hopefully been fixed, but not the weird sleep problem while you are using the machine, which I suspect is connected either to the tilt switch for the screen (it goes away if you tilt the machine!) or graphics card. Grr...I hoped the GFX card issues had been fixed, I dreaded programs switching to the graphics card on Frederick (you can't stop apps from doing that) since there was a bug that made the computer sluggish and a bit unstable. Apparently not.

I have a Genius appointment booked...maybe they'll fix it. Maybe not. Apple seems a bit flaky nowadays.

Seems like in the last month or so I've been always fixing machines, harddrives, installing things, going wrong...seems like finally at the end of that cycle.

I resurrected the Raspberry Pi2 from the place I had left it in disgust earlier in the year (it corrupted itself and was obvious I couldn't run a NAS through it, it kept losing NFS and SMB shares, files temporarily disappeared which was worrying, very glitchy...) to work as a sort of media centre - Shairplay (Airplay on Linux), DLNA as my cheap chinese Airplay/DLNA device was just too flaky, and to run get_iplayer to download BBC Radio and TV programs so I don't need to be connected to a UK IP or VPN (I was almost missing shows since if the machine was on a foreign VPN it couldn't download).

But then the Pi decided to go wrong during a backup script and delete my whole media drive...partly my fault, partly Linux which has an arcane mounting system using directories...I didn't know if I deleted the directory and the unmount failed it might delete the contents of the drive! Oops.

So I spent a week or two recovering that, still have lots of unknown files fileXXXXX...grr. I had a backup of some of the files...well did. More of that later.

I then tried many other systems on the Pi - I was originally on Raspbian - to fix a strange AAC glitch that crashed iPods. The Alpha Geeks on the forums, you know the type that's usually the resident moderator or accepted troll were no use, in fact the opposite...telling me the answer or 'I'd done it wrong' AFTER I've fixed it. I of course growled back. I hate those people, they might develop or fix the software but it comes with such a fucking ego that it renders any help they might give as moot.

So in an attempt to fix that I tried Ubuntu MATE on the Pi - pretty good after the terrible install issues (see later) but I couldn't get the audio to work. I then tried plain 14.04 Ubuntu and 15.04. Ditto. I gave up and went back to Raspbian as fortunately I'd created a backup.

Tim's Good tips for the Pi is:

1) Use Dropbox (there's a great script called DropboxBackup and yes if it's sensitive you can encrypt with OpenSSL, I use this for my VPSes)...and don't try and backup images, it takes WAY too long. The Windows program for backing up images seems legit, but the OSX ones are mostly crap. And the Terminal method takes hours or days. Easiest to backup just the files you use into a tar/tar.gz using --one-file-system then extract it over a fresh OS.

2) Always take backups, I'm using a USB stick and these things can corrupt easily, if the power goes or just randomly. I backup to the SD card and then upload to Dropbox.

3) Most of the information online is wrong or might need to fiddle with it. Amazed these things are foisted on children, it's like handing them the cogs and asking them to build a difference engine. The Raspi is *quirky* and a lot of the software even in repositories is unfinished. I mean the idiots that made the Ubuntu MATE image didn't bother to include a default user AND THEY ARE COMP-SCI GRADS (from a decent school too). And seemingly have abandoned the project. Of course, the installer fails, leaving you with no easy way to get IN to the OS or fix it since it's not setup your user yet, can't sudo, there isn't a root account. *facepalm* And these people are the future of computing? o.O
Like many Raspi things, much of the software or projects get developed for a few months after launch of a new machine then abandoned. So maybe stick to Raspbian...and fix the quirks!

4) These things break a lot, so keep spare SD cards and/or USB sticks OF THE SAME BRAND/TYPE/SIZE, so you can easily install/restore

5) If using images you'll find they won't fit even from reinstalling to the same card/type due to differences. Best way is to solve this by not using all the card when you resize2fs or resize the partition (fdisk etc) and then truncate / gtruncate the image file making sure it's blocks + 1 * 512 or whatever your sectors is...fdisk should help with that. This means it won't corrupt the partition when restored. Corrupt partitions will not mount, or will go very wonky fast with corrupted text everywhere, then die.

6) Get a good power supply, especially if using a lot of USB devices.

It's working now...but really should have bought another USB stick early on of the same size. Would have saved a lot of pain trying to fix my old computer's triple Win/OSX/Linux boot (corrupted EFS, nice), then giving up, buying a new machine to fix it, then realising I may as well run Virtual Machines of Linux on that (and Win7, works like a dream in fact, I own Ultra) - installing those only to find my Linux images were unmountable, and some were suspect/compressed or possibly unfinished. Boo.

Having a Linux install or VM is handy for Pi, since if there is a serious problem you might need to fschk or edit the files directly and depending on install you might be able to see the second partition.

As an aside: I have no idea why OSX and Windows has never supported more than one partition on a USB stick. It's odd. I mean, USB sticks can be massive nowadays, but those systems will usually only mount one partition, usually the boot partition, nothing else.

Same with the recovery, should have bought the 2Tb little drive I have now, but no, I went and got one of my removable (old) RAID 3TB drives thinking I could backup the recovery to that. It then had a complete unrecoverable error, losing that data. Fuck. So recovered to another drive, forgetting that Time Machine was on. You can guess what happened - the recovery files overwrote the few backed up files from the rest of that drive. AAARGH. I now have a little Seagate Expansion Drive, with those files on just in case.

So talking of NAS drives, I now have a QNAP TS431 burbling in the corner as it's migrating from RAID 1 to 5. It's called Archibald although I had to make it Archduke Archibald since the name was taken.

I'm not new to RAID - my second PC had built in RAID and I have a G-Tech G-SAFE removable 3TB which is full of photographs and stuff with one of the drives at John's...but certainly new to NAS drives. Almost had a fit after being told by another Alpha Geek that It Was Not Possible to do the very thing I'm doing now...migrating from a single disk to RAID 1 (31 hours!!) to RAID 5 without losing data. Obviously you can...just takes a long time. So much for the 'experts'. I ripped out the Touro 4TB from it's enclosure I was using - the aforementioned Drive That Was Deleted - after copying the files to the mini HD first.

I'd bought 2x4TB Toshiba drives, I wanted Seagate but they aren't cheap, and the Toshiba drives get good rep. Funny that the Toshiba drives are similar technology to HGST - there was some kind of 50/50 technology split when Dell I think it was bought one of them - which is what I've stuck to religiously until now - including the drive that failed, and the possible 'bad blocks' on the Touro one after 8 months use. During the migration I tried to use my 1TB Touro (yes HGST/Hitachi again) and THAT failed and pretty much started to smoke, and I abandoned I've had 1 drive fail outright and 2 new or newish HGST drives give bad block or corruption errors in as many weeks.

So HGST is a Big No in this is Western Digital after a really bad MyBook that needed to be hit to get it to boot. Yup. Shit.

Thing is in a RAID 5 config, one drive can go down, so if the HGST Touro drive pulls a fit, I can just plug in another and rebuild. So less stressed about using it in that scenario...whereas I was worrying as an external drive all the files would disappear again!

Idea is to not use or rip out the iTunes drive (yeah HGST again, although an older one that seems actually very solid, a 2TB G-Tech) - Gerald and put my library on the NAS with all the media/video files in one place. This would make the get_iplayer stuff easy, as currently I use bash scripts to check for downloaded shows then move the files over to my machine but they have to check if the external Gerald drive is connected, etc. I quite often have that drive shut down since it's really noisy...not sure why G-Tech (owned by HGST basically) can't make quiet or silent drives, given they aren't G-SAFE is like an airplane going off...the Touro (Branded Hitachi/HGST) was pretty quiet, Seagate is silent as is the little Touro 1TB Wilfred (one that started to fail during migration) and my new NAS when it's not rebuilding.

I have to currently use USB 3 since Apple's Thunderbolt as mentioned was so flaky I just returned the Firewire adaptor for a refund. USB 3 is pretty fast anyway, although I found my cheap Chinese USB3 hubs were causing corruption/random disconnections, so got a new EasyAcc one. Works fine now.

But it all seems to be working now...I thought during the HD wipe then many failure(s) and then the Raspi dying/corrupting several times that the place was jinxed or wondered where the big magnet was. But it seems OK now...fingers crossed...
fingertrouble: (pub step)
[Error: unknown template qotd]Kind of - neither of which were anything to do with me.

I've been told to 'fuck off' by an officer when trying to get a kebab (sober, and I was living locally) near Tottenham when I asked politely why I couldn't walk down this local street which was taped off. Never found out why, but wasn't surprised that riots happened there years later since even myself as a white bloke got treated like shit there by them, hate to think how they treated other people.

I have told police they can't come in, same place due to an arrest of someone at the address for GBH. That was very satisfying, I also barracked them during the arrest...oddly one of the policemen admitted to breaking the law himself casually, he was playing good cop to the other (bearded, the authority figures with beards never are nice and always turn out to be right c***s) playing bad cop...very odd.
fingertrouble: (top hat James wedding)
[Error: unknown template qotd]Nothing wrong with being passionate, in fact if it matters to you then in my mind you SHOULD be outspoken. I personally don't get people who keep quiet to 'keep the peace' or 'get along' because all that happens is the truth comes out eventually. Keeping it in isn't healthy, and is sneaky.

I personally prefer to know where people stand rather than to be wrong-footed, I get quite annoyed when someone seems at total odds to what they were presenting and they're like 'so?' - especially on important issues, like LGBTQ rights, religion, politics etc. Hiding who you are from me just makes me suspicious of someone rather than what they probably want which is some kind of social grooming.

And anyway, when you have discussions or arguments with people then their true nature comes out - if they are insulting or illogical, petty or pedantic (I can be all of those, but try not to be) it tells you what kind of a friend those people are, what assumptions they've made and what strategy they choose tells you a lot about their internal makeup. More than they think.

I don't expect friends to agree with my opinions, quite often they don't, but I do expect them to have some sort of logic/thinking behind it, even if it's not mine. If I can see where they stand, then it's fine...if it's fluffy or not thought out but they are putting it out there, I'm less kind about it, usually.

That said, I try and avoid arguments unless it's someone who is being hella illogical or offensive, or completely out of what I think is their usual character.

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