The finest of all New Romantic bands was from Sweden, not the UK.
Still stunning, still full of power, the sound of my teens.
Something for October, then Scandie Kitchen afterwards for some groceries.
One to investigate. 2GB free online storage and there’s an iPhone client.
Dropbox is software that syncs your files online and across your computers.
Dropbox - Tour - Secure backup, sync and sharing made easy.
“It is a delightful feeling, going as fast as you can in the dark,” she said later. “My main concern was that the engine would stall.” Under heavy machine gun fire, she finally burst through enemy lines, creating a path for the rest to follow. Only stopping when she reached Allied lines several hours later, she noted 11 bullet holes and severe shrapnel damage to the vehicle. Almost 2,500 troops had escaped with her. Koenig was promoted to the rank of general by de Gaulle. Hardly even saying goodbye, he left Travers to return to his wife and a life of high office.
BBC NEWS | The only woman in the French Foreign Legion
He was sure that oil would eventually be priced far above $20. The uncertainty was whether his superiors would support his gamble against the whole industry. Fortuitously, he was asked by Robert Rubin, a former US Treasury secretary who had been appointed a board member of Citigroup, to offer a presentation to the bank. Hall’s theme was the world running out of oil.
“I’ve dug into the facts,” he told his audience, “and saw that supply will not meet demand.” He intended, he said, to bet against the oil majors and his rival traders. “It’s a three-to four-year bet,” he explained. “It’s not a question of ‘if’ but ‘when’.” Oil prices, he thought, would head towards $100 a barrel. “Everyone else,” he said, “is behind the curve.”
In June 2008, the oil price shot above $140. Shares fell and gold hit a record $915 an ounce.
Andy Hall was counting his profits. Going in and out of the market since his original bet in 2003 had notionally earned Phibro more than $2 billion in profits. Hall had enjoyed the market of a lifetime. His envious rivals spoke of him “shooting the lights out over the profits”.
The man who squeezed the world - Times Online
The success of the human species is all down to our mastery of fire and cooking, a scientist claims.
How cooking helped us to evolve - Times Online
The first is that, as Clive James put it to me, you have to “follow the creativity”. As long as meaningful critical standards are applied, it is absurd to insist that high art be restricted to certain fixed forms — to do so would have eliminated cinema and The Simpsons from serious study. Following the creativity means no more than letting art lead the way.
The second point is that graphic books are very good. Read not just the ones I’ve mentioned, but also Alison Bechdel’s Fun Home or Art Spiegelman’s Maus if you still doubt me. Rankin is quite clear on this quality issue: “I never had that thing about this being a lesser form. I never had that because, to me, it never was.”
“Younger people have grown up with Star Wars and X-Men,” she says. “I don’t see any reason why I should have to write like John Cheever. To me, the most tedious thing in the world would be a book about a middle-aged, alcoholic white guy in the suburbs of New Jersey.
Shame on me for not having read “The Swimmer” yet (in a Cheever collection bought from abebooks years ago).
By pretending it’s MS Exchange.
Worth 8 minutes of your time on YouTube
“We are delighted this historic agreement has been reached”.
What a bunch of retards. And I say this as someone who has spent around 40-100 quid a month on music for most of my life. Fronted by the daft cow going by the name of Lily Allen this is plain silly. If someone drives too fast do you take away the road?
This stance will cost the artists nothing (but bad publicity), the record labels nothing, the government nothing; but the ISPs millions.
Designed to enable users to listen to music when out of signal, this has a happy side-effect: force Spotify offline and friends sharing Premium login details can listen to the same 3,333 offline tracks at the same time. Try this when streaming online and Spotify will throw up a “Computer says no” message. Hence, my wife shares the subscription for offline use alone. Devils that we are, we get 1,666 tracks each, plus “our song” (currently Nude Pube Banglers’ Sexual Famine). Syncing happens over Wi-Fi only; 3,333 tracks swallowed up 10GB of storage.
Technophile | Spotify for iPhone and Android reviewed | Technology | The Guardian
One for later, as it needs 3.1 firmware and thus does not work on my jailbroken one.
The more than 80-year-old mystery of the disappearance of Norwegian explorer Roald Amundsen and his airplane remains unsolved, as New Zealand explorer Rob McCallum and his team returned from their two-week search for the aircraft empty-handed.
The Amundsen Mystery Still Unsolved (National Geographic)
The wonders of evolution are far more subtle and far more fascinating than the coarse fabrications of those repositories of the ignorants called sacred texts; forgivable 2000 years ago as a means of trying to understand our physical environment, but quite inexcusable today.
It is unfashionable to attempt to explain, in the contemporary art world, why a particular work is actually any good. The issue is too fraught with layers of irony, self-referentiality and knowingness.
FT.com / Peter Aspden - Exhibition’s look at art and money (Pop Art at Tate Modern)
Ran Geva noticed that Google’s date range restrictions have been extended and you can now find web pages indexed by Google less than one minute ago or even less than 10 seconds ago.
Even More Recent (like in a minute old) Google Search Results
This is fabulously strange and creepy. More underwater wreckage, this time of the lost village of Llanwddyn in wales, flooded by Liverpool Council in 1965.
Fantastic Journal: Village of the Damned
Dark suit, yes, darker shades, check, wit, insight and intellect … OK, let’s do it.if you are going to get caught up in any kind of cult of personality, then you better make sure it’s a good ‘un.
YouTube - MeadesShrine’s Channel
The future looks old.
Futurism at The Tate Modern, then later Jonathan Meades at the Isle of Rust in Scotland (as taped on the PVR).
Hear all about it: every little lump of plastic (CD) now comes bundled with a bunch of dead trees. Pic from HMV.
Yonks ago it launched, but I should get myself down there and get one printed soon.
Iggy and The Stooges “Raw Power” and Suicide “Suicide” tickets secured.
Sounds like mini fishing reel.
Neigboroughing seat using Blackberry.
Railbird at the WSOPE? Never.
Poker is tragic enough to watch on telly.
I’d rather watch some dry paint at the Whitechapel.
From roughly Revolver forward, if I’m listening on headphones, I generally prefer the stereo mixes. Over a sound system, though, the mono mixes throughout the catalogue sound absolutely wonderful. The first four albums, however, with their extreme stereo separation sound, sound much better in mono in my opinion, regardless of the playback source.
Pitchfork: Album Reviews: The Beatles: Stereo Box / In Mono