Well, I thought it was time to play about with the way the blog works a little bit, so from now on I’ll try and knock together some kind of a monthly digest pointing you in the direction of some of the stuff I’ve been blogging about, and to take up the slack on some of the things I’ve been too lazy to blog about. Which, in a way, makes no logical sense whatever.
But hey ho. It also gives me the chance to defend things such as my devilishly overcomplicated category tree, to champion my current favourite things, and to idly mention things I keep intending to do but don’t, by way of somehow stimulating myself into activity. Think of it as self-help therapy outfitted by Primark, with nary a glance towards embarrassment.
Some of the things which I’ve been blogging about in recent weeks…
- On the serious side of the fence, I’ve been following the latest wave of French banlieue uprisings (and rewatching La Haine);
- Closer to home there’s been all manner of political funding chicanery in Bristol, as assiduously noted by The Bristol Blogger;
- I’ve also been finding out about screw-thread vehicles;
- Rewatching ex-alkie Jersey cop prog Bergerac;
- Listening to free breakcore courtesy of Death$ucker Records, a classy Eve Massacre bootleg which throws RATM, MIA, EMF & SebastiAn in the pot together, a Pirate Sound System hardcore mini-mix, and lots of Madnomad;
- And reading about the nexus of anti-rave cop Ken Tappenden, student tory/party promoter/right-wing blogger Paul Staines and scab-loving businessman David Hart…
This month I finally kicked off Forget-Me-Knots, a feature in which for no discernible purpose I get to expound upon the mystery messages I’ve left myself via my mobile’s ‘reminder’ function. TBH though, I doubt many could better the inaugural one, ‘Tap Marmite White’. But fear ye not, I shall persist. Oh, and feel free to let me know of any similar such cryptic notes-to-self you’ve discovered on your own phone. Or in old notebooks. Or in Post-Its on your pootie. Or scribbled on the back of your hand in biro.
A collection of TV and film-related miscellanea, featuring, amongst others…
- CineMaths: Deconstructing movies through the medium of arithmetic!
- Minstrel Showings: Tracking screen appearances by pop stars!
- Taking The Fall: Sequential screenshot fun tracing gravity-induced movement!
- Motion Picture Motions: Crikey – this one’s split in three!
- As mentioned already, I’ve been reading The Bristol Blogger – always an enjoyably scurrilous take on life here in Britain’s biggest village;
- Also on a Bristol tack, I’ve been getting into Bristol Graffiti, which is pleasingly unpretentious and open minded;
- Then there’s the Lancaster UAF blog, where I’ve been following the split in the BNP;
- Blood & Treasure has been providing me with fascinating peeks into Chinese society and politics;
- My taste for wordchat has been greatly satiated by LanguageHat;
- And in the world of music I’ve been following Mad Decent (it’s not just Diplo, you know) and the Boston bounce-inflected Mashit blog…
- One of my favourites has been the Dean of Guildford Cathedral, the Reverend Victor Stock, discussing practical theology and theoretical physics with host Dr Brian Cox on the CERN podcast (trust me, it’s more listenable than that sounds);
- Yo La La! has been a juicy find, an English language pod on Francophone rap – #32 was an illuminating look at French-American collaborations;
- Oh, and whilst I’m here I may as well plug my own *ahem* podcast portfolio, Bristle’s BunKRS Sessions – recently beefed up with BeyondHipHop and The KRS MooSick Show, in addition to stalwarts like Bristle’s Bootleg Show, Axis Of Foley and UnderCover. New shows are on the way before Xmas, promise!
Right, that’s pretty much it for this month’s digest, I just want to say cheers to Shells and Lucrezia for the weekend, ta muchly for excellent hospitality and letting me bend your ears! And also good to see Hiccup and Ignatius and Cap’n Haddock, and my spar M, and my original homeboy Mike, and to meet German Julia, and glad to see things are working out for you, Lucibus (buy some of her beautiful pictures!), and to (briefly) say hi to Tim and Mark Who Boy… 2007’s been a mostly cruel year for me, so it was wonderful to have such a nice weekend towards the end of it all 8)
Happy Christmas to y’all out there, and here’s to a blinding 2008!