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It’s been a pretty quiet stretch of time between [livejournal.com profile] dougs and [livejournal.com profile] julia_winolj’s wedding and the present day, so I apologise for the dearth of updates. I’m going to attempt to paint you all a word picture of what’s been happening since my last update, so strap in!

The cinema has played a large role in recent weeks. Films! )

What else have I been up to? Well, my mother and father came over last weekend and did a spot of shopping, very kindly buying me breakfast at Mrs Bridges Tea Room (one of my very favourite places!) before dropping me at [livejournal.com profile] himedark’s place for the watching of Eurovision. [livejournal.com profile] sarkywoman was there, alongside the other regulars from that social group. Li very kindly gave me the remnants of her Chinese food, which was ace, before we settled down to watch the crazy Europop. I didn’t think that this year was as good as previous years from the totally mental perspective, but it was still fun (to be fair, the beer and the amaretto probably helped).

I think that’s everything for now, but I’ll keep trying to keep you guys updated on the mundane life of me!
johncoxon: ([Apollo] Lift-Off)
It’s been a pretty quiet stretch of time between [livejournal.com profile] dougs and [livejournal.com profile] julia_winolj’s wedding and the present day, so I apologise for the dearth of updates. I’m going to attempt to paint you all a word picture of what’s been happening since my last update, so strap in!

The cinema has played a large role in recent weeks. Films! )

What else have I been up to? Well, my mother and father came over last weekend and did a spot of shopping, very kindly buying me breakfast at Mrs Bridges Tea Room (one of my very favourite places!) before dropping me at [livejournal.com profile] himedark’s place for the watching of Eurovision. [livejournal.com profile] sarkywoman was there, alongside the other regulars from that social group. Li very kindly gave me the remnants of her Chinese food, which was ace, before we settled down to watch the crazy Europop. I didn’t think that this year was as good as previous years from the totally mental perspective, but it was still fun (to be fair, the beer and the amaretto probably helped).

I think that’s everything for now, but I’ll keep trying to keep you guys updated on the mundane life of me!
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Snagged from [livejournal.com profile] sarkywoman. You put your library on shuffle and then write the first twenty (or however many before you get bored) down:
  1. 'The Dragon King' from Monkey: Journey to the West, the concept album by Chen Shi-Zheng, Damon Albarn and Jamie Hewlett. Unfortunately, the lyrics are all in Chinese.
  2. 'O Green World' from Demon Days by Gorillaz I hope sex and drugs rust into myself – holy, it feels holy.
  3. 'Buy It Sell It' from The Domino Effect by The Blizzards All that seems to matter is your slight touch, electrify my senses with its delicate love and affection that you can't find.
  4. 'Glamourous Indie Rock & Roll' from Hot Fuss by The Killers Two of us flipping through a thrift store magazine; she plays the drums, I'm on tambourine.
  5. 'Acid Jazz Singer' from Here We Stand from The Fratellis I cannot claim this advice as my own, I learned it in the gutter one night crawling home. She said "don't you look ridiculous", I checked her out meticulously...
  6. 'Under the Pines' from Thing-a-Week 4 by Jonathan Coulton I am in love, but it’s only a fantasy. I’m in search of that hairy creature who cared for me under the pines.
  7. 'Sky Church Music' from Children of the Revolution by T.Rex Sky church music is coming down to get you people! (That's the only lyric. T.Rex was weird.)
  8. 'Bad Day' from In Time: The Best of R.E.M. The lights went out, the oil ran dry; we blamed it on the other guy. Sure all men are created equal – here's the church, here's the steeple.
  9. 'Count to Ten' from Gumbo Pants by Paul and Storm Paris is a party girl you know you’d love to do. Count up the diseases that she can give to you.
  10. 'Me Make Fire' from Masters of Song-Fu by Paul and Storm Me make fire, me call it...fire. Me dance around fire – come dance around fire! Me go stomp stomp touch–ouch!–fire make hurt. Stomp stomp no touch fire.
  11. 'Dance, Dance, Dance' from Sounds of Summer by The Beach Boys When I feel put down I try to shake it off quick, with my chick by my side the radio does the trick.
  12. 'Run Rabbit Run' from The Trick to Life by The Hoosiers I saw a fox by the rabbithole, you saw a prince from a fairytale.
  13. 'By Myself' from Hybrid Theory by Linkin Park I can't hold on when I'm stretched so thin, I make the right moves but I'm lost within. I put on my daily façade but then I just end up getting hurt again by myself.
  14. 'Get It Get It' from the Scissor Sisters' self-titled album And when the night is through it feels so right to kiss your lips. Wish I could say to you that I've got so much, come and get it.
  15. 'Chiron Beta Prime' from Best. Concert. Ever. by Jonathan Coulton Merry Christmas from Chiron Beta Prime, where we're working in a mine for our robot overlords – did I say overlords? I meant protectors!
  16. '99 Problems' from The Black Album by Jay-Z I don't know what you take me as, or understand the intelligence that Jay-Z has. I'm from rags to ritches niggers, I ain't dumb, I got 99 problems but a bitch ain't one.
  17. 'Misery' from Black Gold by Soul Asylum Put me out of my misery. I'd do it for you, would you do it for me?
  18. 'Love Me Till the Sun Shines' from Kinks: The Ultimate Collection You don't have to walk the streets when there's someone waiting here. Come on, baby, love me till the sun shines.
  19. 'Forgotten' from Hybrid Theory by Linkin Park Taken far from my safety, the picture is there, the memory won't escape me, but why should I care?
  20. 'Who Are You' from The Who: Ultimate Collection Well, who are you? I really wanna know! Tell me, who are you?
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Snagged from [livejournal.com profile] sarkywoman. You put your library on shuffle and then write the first twenty (or however many before you get bored) down:
  1. 'The Dragon King' from Monkey: Journey to the West, the concept album by Chen Shi-Zheng, Damon Albarn and Jamie Hewlett. Unfortunately, the lyrics are all in Chinese.
  2. 'O Green World' from Demon Days by Gorillaz I hope sex and drugs rust into myself – holy, it feels holy.
  3. 'Buy It Sell It' from The Domino Effect by The Blizzards All that seems to matter is your slight touch, electrify my senses with its delicate love and affection that you can't find.
  4. 'Glamourous Indie Rock & Roll' from Hot Fuss by The Killers Two of us flipping through a thrift store magazine; she plays the drums, I'm on tambourine.
  5. 'Acid Jazz Singer' from Here We Stand from The Fratellis I cannot claim this advice as my own, I learned it in the gutter one night crawling home. She said "don't you look ridiculous", I checked her out meticulously...
  6. 'Under the Pines' from Thing-a-Week 4 by Jonathan Coulton I am in love, but it’s only a fantasy. I’m in search of that hairy creature who cared for me under the pines.
  7. 'Sky Church Music' from Children of the Revolution by T.Rex Sky church music is coming down to get you people! (That's the only lyric. T.Rex was weird.)
  8. 'Bad Day' from In Time: The Best of R.E.M. The lights went out, the oil ran dry; we blamed it on the other guy. Sure all men are created equal – here's the church, here's the steeple.
  9. 'Count to Ten' from Gumbo Pants by Paul and Storm Paris is a party girl you know you’d love to do. Count up the diseases that she can give to you.
  10. 'Me Make Fire' from Masters of Song-Fu by Paul and Storm Me make fire, me call it...fire. Me dance around fire – come dance around fire! Me go stomp stomp touch–ouch!–fire make hurt. Stomp stomp no touch fire.
  11. 'Dance, Dance, Dance' from Sounds of Summer by The Beach Boys When I feel put down I try to shake it off quick, with my chick by my side the radio does the trick.
  12. 'Run Rabbit Run' from The Trick to Life by The Hoosiers I saw a fox by the rabbithole, you saw a prince from a fairytale.
  13. 'By Myself' from Hybrid Theory by Linkin Park I can't hold on when I'm stretched so thin, I make the right moves but I'm lost within. I put on my daily façade but then I just end up getting hurt again by myself.
  14. 'Get It Get It' from the Scissor Sisters' self-titled album And when the night is through it feels so right to kiss your lips. Wish I could say to you that I've got so much, come and get it.
  15. 'Chiron Beta Prime' from Best. Concert. Ever. by Jonathan Coulton Merry Christmas from Chiron Beta Prime, where we're working in a mine for our robot overlords – did I say overlords? I meant protectors!
  16. '99 Problems' from The Black Album by Jay-Z I don't know what you take me as, or understand the intelligence that Jay-Z has. I'm from rags to ritches niggers, I ain't dumb, I got 99 problems but a bitch ain't one.
  17. 'Misery' from Black Gold by Soul Asylum Put me out of my misery. I'd do it for you, would you do it for me?
  18. 'Love Me Till the Sun Shines' from Kinks: The Ultimate Collection You don't have to walk the streets when there's someone waiting here. Come on, baby, love me till the sun shines.
  19. 'Forgotten' from Hybrid Theory by Linkin Park Taken far from my safety, the picture is there, the memory won't escape me, but why should I care?
  20. 'Who Are You' from The Who: Ultimate Collection Well, who are you? I really wanna know! Tell me, who are you?
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Snagged from [livejournal.com profile] sarkywoman. You put your library on shuffle and then write the first twenty (or however many before you get bored) down:
  1. 'The Dragon King' from Monkey: Journey to the West, the concept album by Chen Shi-Zheng, Damon Albarn and Jamie Hewlett. Unfortunately, the lyrics are all in Chinese.
  2. 'O Green World' from Demon Days by Gorillaz I hope sex and drugs rust into myself – holy, it feels holy.
  3. 'Buy It Sell It' from The Domino Effect by The Blizzards All that seems to matter is your slight touch, electrify my senses with its delicate love and affection that you can't find.
  4. 'Glamourous Indie Rock & Roll' from Hot Fuss by The Killers Two of us flipping through a thrift store magazine; she plays the drums, I'm on tambourine.
  5. 'Acid Jazz Singer' from Here We Stand from The Fratellis I cannot claim this advice as my own, I learned it in the gutter one night crawling home. She said "don't you look ridiculous", I checked her out meticulously...
  6. 'Under the Pines' from Thing-a-Week 4 by Jonathan Coulton I am in love, but it’s only a fantasy. I’m in search of that hairy creature who cared for me under the pines.
  7. 'Sky Church Music' from Children of the Revolution by T.Rex Sky church music is coming down to get you people! (That's the only lyric. T.Rex was weird.)
  8. 'Bad Day' from In Time: The Best of R.E.M. The lights went out, the oil ran dry; we blamed it on the other guy. Sure all men are created equal – here's the church, here's the steeple.
  9. 'Count to Ten' from Gumbo Pants by Paul and Storm Paris is a party girl you know you’d love to do. Count up the diseases that she can give to you.
  10. 'Me Make Fire' from Masters of Song-Fu by Paul and Storm Me make fire, me call it...fire. Me dance around fire – come dance around fire! Me go stomp stomp touch–ouch!–fire make hurt. Stomp stomp no touch fire.
  11. 'Dance, Dance, Dance' from Sounds of Summer by The Beach Boys When I feel put down I try to shake it off quick, with my chick by my side the radio does the trick.
  12. 'Run Rabbit Run' from The Trick to Life by The Hoosiers I saw a fox by the rabbithole, you saw a prince from a fairytale.
  13. 'By Myself' from Hybrid Theory by Linkin Park I can't hold on when I'm stretched so thin, I make the right moves but I'm lost within. I put on my daily façade but then I just end up getting hurt again by myself.
  14. 'Get It Get It' from the Scissor Sisters' self-titled album And when the night is through it feels so right to kiss your lips. Wish I could say to you that I've got so much, come and get it.
  15. 'Chiron Beta Prime' from Best. Concert. Ever. by Jonathan Coulton Merry Christmas from Chiron Beta Prime, where we're working in a mine for our robot overlords – did I say overlords? I meant protectors!
  16. '99 Problems' from The Black Album by Jay-Z I don't know what you take me as, or understand the intelligence that Jay-Z has. I'm from rags to ritches niggers, I ain't dumb, I got 99 problems but a bitch ain't one.
  17. 'Misery' from Black Gold by Soul Asylum Put me out of my misery. I'd do it for you, would you do it for me?
  18. 'Love Me Till the Sun Shines' from Kinks: The Ultimate Collection You don't have to walk the streets when there's someone waiting here. Come on, baby, love me till the sun shines.
  19. 'Forgotten' from Hybrid Theory by Linkin Park Taken far from my safety, the picture is there, the memory won't escape me, but why should I care?
  20. 'Who Are You' from The Who: Ultimate Collection Well, who are you? I really wanna know! Tell me, who are you?
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So my uni friend Michael and I went to see Jonathan Coulton tonight at the Union Chapel in London. First impressions of the venue were of surprise -- I had assumed it was an ex-chapel converted into a venue, but it appeared to be a genuine, honest-to-God church, and that impression only got stronger as we walked in and took our seats on the pews.

After we'd bagged our spot, I purchased a copy of JoCo's first album, Smoking Monkey, and one of the 2009 Tour T-shirts (which has the honour of being one of extremely few white T-shirts in my collection!) before settling down to wait for the evening's entertainment to kick off. Eventually, to much applause, Paul and Storm came on-stage.

They kicked off by greeting us all and telling us they were "the thing you have to sit through to see the thing you came to see tonight!" They launched into a rendition of Opening Band which was really fun, and they had two matching pairs of boxer shorts, a thong and a packet of Jaffa Cakes. Then they did their Mothers' Day song, and asked us whether any of us had mothers (apparently Manchester shouted back that they were clones).

During a song that apparently needed us to wave lighters in the air, someone was caught with an open laptop and a competition was started to see who could design the best lighter app before the end of the show (AFAIK nobody completed the challenge). They played Frogger: The Musical, a song about boxing nuns and a pirate's wife's lament.

At some point during the set, Paul used the phrase "Wispa Melée!" and Storm said that that was their Clash tribute band. This triggered a number of jokes around names for tribute/covers bands throughout the evening:

  • Manufactured Sorrow: The Smiths
  • Zombie Leprechauns: The Pogues
  • Oblong Circles: They Might Be Giants
  • Jaffa Cake Thieves: The Madness
  • Star Wars Can of Worms: Weezer
  • Ritalin Cannon: TMBG again
  • Space Bones: David Bowie (this one was actually during JoCo's set)
JoCo came on after a short break, and started with the three songs I listened to on the way to the railway station this afternoon before moving onto some more. Paul and Storm came on after a few songs -- Paul had changed into a Captain Hammer shirt and responded to calls of 'Captain Hammer' with "The hammer is my penis", which is as it should be. No real shocks or surprises came until they covered TMBG's Birdhouse in Your Soul (I knew he'd covered it for Chicago but didn't expect to hear it tonight). Another notable song was Mr. Fancy Pants -- its first performance in the UK -- in which we got well and truly rickrolled!

The set continued with some really great songs, including most of the old favourites. He didn't do Chiron Beta Prime, You Ruined Everything or I'm Your Moon, but he did a version of Always the Moon without mics or amps, relying on the natural acoustics of the room, that was absolutely stunning. Both he and Paul and Storm performed a couple of songs from Masters of Song Fu each, which was cool (although sadly there was no Boolean Love Song).

At the end, he plugged some merch (including cake-scented stickers) before coming out to take photos with and sign autographs for the people who had stuck around. All in all, a good night! xD

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johncoxon: (Eagles Playing)

In the queue for the JoCo gig in London tonight!!

Sometimes the lack of a flash on the iPhone does get in the way... Anyone else got any awesome plans tonight?

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Milkshake!

Oct. 31st, 2009 07:39 pm
johncoxon: (Cricket (Vaughan Batting))

This weekend my family and I are visiting my Great Auntie Margaret in Southampton, and so last night I spent the night in Peterborough and this afternoon has been spent wandering around Southampton city centre.

Some of the people reading this will live in cities that have a proper milkshake shop, like Shakeaway -- indeed, some of you may even have a branch of that particular business! My parents and I were introduced to milkshake shops by Shakeaway in Bournemouth, and my mother is rather partial to the chocolate & cherry flavour. In fact, she's made it her mission to visit all of their branches (not entirely seriously...).

When we got to Southampton, our first port of call was the bigger of the two Shakeaway outlets (one is a shop, the other is more a counter in a shopping centre), in which I had the milkshake photographed below:

It was lovely, but they did it with Milkybar instead of Milky Way, which made it a bit sweet for my taste. Afterwards we explored more of the city, discovering that the new Magic Mouse is alright but not as good as I hoped; that Hotel Chocolat do chocolate nibbles for dinner parties; and that Italian hog roast apparently means "no stuffing or crackling". I also didn't buy a Beach Boys album.

Then, Dad suggested getting another milkshake, and since I have no self-control, I plumped for a chocolate and peanut butter one this time around:

(The thumbs in the background are my Aubtie Jennifer's, and the milkshakes are chocolate with cherry, peanut butter and ginger respectively.)

Then we went to actually visit Auntie Margaret, and now we're preparing to go our. All in all, a good day!

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So this weekend saw the first of the two weddings of 2009, as my friends Pete (or, as we call him, Gramps) and Christine tied the knot in front of close friends and family. It was an ace weekend, and I had a great time... I may have ended up ever so slightly completely wankered, but that's really understandable, and I don't think I massively offended too many people with my drunken state.

The day afterwards I eventually got up and showered before having breakfast/lunch at Burger King with the friends who'd been at the reception. At around noon, I bade them farewell and headed over to Bicester to spend some quality time with [livejournal.com profile] simbagirl. Unfortunately, we didn't find her a graduation outfit, but we did spend time walking in a wood, so I reckon it balances out, really. It was a good day, and awesome to spend time catching up properly!

In news unrelated to weddings, I bought The Conduit for the Wii on Friday, and although the wedding got in the way of excessive play, I have been playing it and I can cautiously report that it's rather good. I have found a couple of parts really very very hard (and personally I think all guns should have bullets and am therefore not so fond of the alien weaponry available) but I've managed to get past every challenge with sufficient effort and the plot is unravelling nicely, so all's well. I'd be interested to see what online play is like – [livejournal.com profile] snowking, are you planning to get a copy? Anyone else I know going to be playing?

I went round to visit [livejournal.com profile] hawkida the other night, and spent three or four hours catching up with her, which was awesome for all the right reasons, and came away with five sacks of stuff to donate to charity in addition to fifteen or sixteen cans of pre-drinks for the aforementioned wedding. She mentioned that I suck at updating my LJ, hence this roundup of events.

The last really major thing is that I went to see the Eagles again on Wednesday night in Birmingham, and they blew my mind. I was really glad they played Witchy Woman from their first album, since I'd not heard that live yet, but I'm a bit gutted stuff like Peaceful Easy Feeling made it in when tracks like Tequila Sunrise or Busy Being Fabulous didn't, but all in all I thought the setlist was really good and strong. Another couple of surprise inclusions were Dirty Laundry and Funk #49 – both on the Farewell I tour and neither of them Eagles tracks, I was kind of expecting the evening to spend less time on the band's solo careers than their last set, but both of them kicked ass so I'm not complaining at all!

Other than that, not a lot has happened. I've been spending time happily getting reacquainted with all the schoolfriends I never seem to get in touch with during termtime, and generally whiling away my days. Work is boring but the evenings haven't been yet, and the first four weeks of being home have been really rather quick. It'll be September in no time, which is good - I kind of miss my physics...

I have nothing at all interesting planned for a couple of weeks now, so don't expect much updating until I go to see the Banksy exhibition in Bristol in a fortnight's time. Until then, ciao!

Eagles

Dec. 16th, 2008 12:37 am
johncoxon: (Eagles Playing)
I'm going to see the Eagles live again!!! :D

Poem

Dec. 2nd, 2008 07:36 pm
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This is a meme seen in various places recently. You put your music player on shuffle and start paying attention. The first lines of the first twenty songs are your poem, the first line of the twenty-first song is the title of the poem.

Just cos I ain't never had no nothing worth having no never ever never ever.

Will you stay in our lovers' story,
Where you are seems to be as far as an eternity,
Follow me, now follow me,
Put up your barricades,
Let's get it started,
Endless vacation, endless vacation.

When the time comes that you're no longer there,
Times are strange.
They might be giants,
Time to throw my tuppence into the big conversation.

Thank you for the days,
You can't always get it when you really want it,
Something I wonder...
There's a hole in the world tonight.

The last message you sent said I looked really down,
White light, white light.
It was 3AM when I heard the sound,
It's another tequila sunrise.

The sun goes down, the night goes in,
If you ever have the right to decide who lives and how many die.
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As some will be aware, if one has downloaded iTunes 8, one can choose to view one's music in the Grid View (the middle button of the three immediately left of the search box). If one does this and selects Genres, iTunes will automatically assign pictures to some genres, but some it can't cope with. As such, a pool on Flickr has started up with artwork that people can use to represent various genres, and tools have sprung up that allow the user to replace or edit the artwork for each genre. As such, I have created a tile for filk (I have a couple of tracks described as such amongst the 2500 tracks on my iPod) which is available on Flickr.

For Mac users, a program is available called iGenres, although the program's website appears to have been replaced with a message from their ISP in Russian - this could be a bandwidth thing, so it might be back up soon, or you can try to find a mirror (or e-mail me, since I've downloaded it). I have no idea what Windows users can use.

Last.fm

Aug. 20th, 2008 01:06 pm
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For those who haven't noticed, there is now a box on the LJ 'Edit Profile' page to let you fill in your last.fm username and have it automatically fill the 'Music:' box when you post a new entry, which is nifty. (And yes, this is just a glorified test...)
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So, this week I went to Plymouth with friends from GameSoc. It was good fun - Ash, Nic, Ben and I roadtripped from Leicester to Plymouth, and met up with Sam and Suzy whilst we were there. The first day was fairly uneventful, because we were all knackered and just went to sleep fairly soon after arriving, but the second day was far more interesting, as it involved Dungeons and Dragons )

Other than D&D, we went to see some nifty fireworks, ate donuts and Chinese food, and eventually roadtripped back via Bideford, which sells some nice sandwiches, let me tell you. We arrived in Leicester a touch too late for the last trains to Chester and Peterborough, so went to get kebabs from Bluepoint before crashing for the night. I caught a train yesterday morning and arrived in Peterborough, wrapped my mum's birthday present and wrote her the card I got her just in time!

Last night, we went to something called Rock with Laughter at Elton Hall. It was a really good mix of comedy and music - the comedians were Lenny Henry, Jo Brand and Jasper Carrott (brilliant!) and the bands playing were the Bootleg Beatles, Elkie Brooks and the Manfreds, as well as the Blockheads with guest vocallist Phill Jupitus! All in all, a fantastic night.

And now, I'm awake, after some drama last night, and wishing that I could go back and play more D&D.
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This video has some very pretty people in it. The dude on the far left, 22 seconds in, just gives the lead guy this look that makes me want to throw him into bed... And the dress that the girl is wearing really works without a bra. [nods]

In other news, I've packed all my stuff. The end of the first year. It feels weird.
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I want something from the iTunes Store. More specifically, I want something from the American version of the iTunes Store. So, would anyone reading this be willing to get me a $15 iTunes card and mail it to me? Alternatively, does anyone know whether the 'Gift This Music' option works from the US store if you want to send it to someone who has a UK account? The album I want is this one, Doctorin' the TARDIS (warning: your browser will let iTunes connect to the iTunes store if you click that link).

So, yeah, if the 'Gift This Music' option works, I'd be willing to pay any American person $5 via PayPal for their trouble, or if it doesn't, I'd be willing to send a pre-negotiated amount of money over for someone getting me a $15 gift card. :)
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I booked two tickets (me and a uni friend) to go see Jonathan Coulton in Camden, and I talked to [livejournal.com profile] hawkida today and she's going too! I just need confirmation from [livejournal.com profile] despotliz about something to do with the roomshare at Orbital and then I'm set to book train tickets down to London for the Easter period. The JoCo gig invites the following poll:

[Poll #1148785]

Eagles

Jan. 22nd, 2008 01:04 am
johncoxon: (Eagles Playing)
Here is a video of the Eagles singing in tuxedos. As it turns out, Don Henley actually cuts rather a dashing figure in a tux! :)

Music

Dec. 18th, 2007 09:53 pm
johncoxon: (Eagles Guitars)
Find a song that you love on the iTunes store and then tell me what it is. I'll go on, have a listen and if I like the preview I'll download it.
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Last Saturday, I received, in the mail, an iPod Classic (or an iPod 6G), which I have named Arthur. I haven't really blogged in any great detail about this, so I wanted to write a review based on my experiences thus far. I'll tackle each entry on the menu in order (except for Photos, because I have none), and then I'll come back to the other stuff, like the design, the interface, iTunes and other things like that. Just bear in mind that I have no experience with the iPod 5G or 5.5G and so I will be making any comparisons in terms of the experience with the iPod 4G (the last monochrome iPod) firmware. And now, with no further ado, here's a review.

Music )

Overall, Music is still a good feature, and the new features enhance it, but there are still improvements to be made to the firmware.

Video )

In the end, videos are perfectly watchable on the iPod, and the movies work better in a list than audiobooks ever will. I have no trouble with the iPod's Video feature.

Podcasts

With essentially the same setup as TV Shows, there's not much to report on here - it's been moved out of Music, presumably because of the new fashion for video podcasting. I haven't found anything I can quibble about in this section.

Extras )

So, the alarms are good if they work, Vortex is rubbish, iPod Quiz is good and Klondike is addictive.

All the Rest

So, the design itself is the best Apple's come up with for an iPod yet. It's not plastic, for a start, meaning it doesn't feel cheap and tacky like some previous models have done. It also means that it's less easily scratched. The interface itself is still as good as it was when all this first started off. iTunes is still iTunes, and you can form your own opinion on that - it's like Marmite, and I'm not going to argue.


So, that's my review, and I'm off to bed. G'night!

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