And Now For Something Completely Familiar

Figure we could do with lightening the tone here a bit. For ol' time's sake?

Once a week I'll throw up what I've favourited on Youtube et al in the preceding 7 days.

> More of the genius that is Rich Hall... aka Otis Lee Crenshaw.

> Some pikeys in England pick the wrong cross-dressing cage-fighters to irritate.

> In the epic week/end that was HWCH, I found myself pretty chuffed with stumbling upon Mark O'Sullivan's Goatboy.

> Edan - Promised Land. From the Beauty & the Beat Album. Excellent.

> The only fat, bald lead-guitarist punk? Eitherway, John Perry has impeccable taste. Even if I'll never forgive him for canceling his Dublin gig last year with The Only Ones. Didn't notice Yo la Tengo covered that.

> That new Ian Brown one where he rips into Squire. 'Tis a bit lightweight and middle of the road for King Monkey but tis gewd.

> Edan's fellow Def Jux-er, Aesop Rock.

> Sometimes covers are better than the original. Case in point.

> Despot - Look Alive. You might notice this was on the latest Nialler9 podcast. I'd like to thank him for bringing this musical blessing to my scattered attention.

> This Dylan cover by Richard Hell & the Voidoids. Looked into him again after seeing the excellent Smithereens, never even crossed my mind to check if they did anything after Blank Generation. Zut!

> Did a bit of Air reminiscing/preparing myself to give their latest offering a go.

> Strange that Jack White should randomly show up, as rare a sight that he is on these shores, when I'd been listening to two of the better Raconteur choons.

> To my eternal shame, DOA. It's the jazz flute and slick guitar lick that get me!

> This has come up a lot in the recent flurry of "Best of" lists so it's gotten a few spins.

> Saw that 500 Days of Summer. What a let down that was. Atleast it was an excuse to listen to this and that.

> In memory of Mika Miko, one of their zaniest ones that might be inspired by the drunk lass with the munchies in Nick & Norah's infinite playlist.

> Also Girls, Nodzzz and The Drums.


Emancipate Yourself From Mental Slavery

Non-politicos, apathetics -you may zone out here. Mouth-breath to this or this or this or this or... this.

I am not a eurosceptic. I love the idea of the EU. The idealist in me doesn't like its form. An imperfect union. I voted No twice because I'm not willing to accept an awful treaty and my EU being born out of lies and deception. Or being powerless to stop Blair becoming President, the first no less. (Mary would be excellent). However, I follow it intently hoping every day Brussel's legislators will provide us with what our own clowns were too inept or corrupt to give us.

Does "euronationalism" actually exist though? I've always seen nationalism as a seductive drug that provides romantic yet shallow answers and ultimately makes everything worse. 'Tis the ultimate source of irrationality and non-reason. Teenagers usually pick up on it. Idiots never drop it. It thoroughly regresses humanity and is a backward step in evolution/progress.

Lately though, in all my self-righteous efforts to "rise above" domestic nationalism and utter contempt for the Yes side, I have come to think that I absent-mindedly transfered that seemingly inherent and primal urge for romantic nationalism to the next step up. Namely, the wider clan that is Europe. Or maybe it's the desire to construct a more outrospective demos in the global world. I could argue against myself all day.

Does Euronationalism exist? If not, why are we not clambering for some sort of meaningful union with similar advanced liberal democracies like Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Japan, USA etc? And any other country that reaches such a level. Many countries are using the argument(there are many other reasonable ones) that Turkey is not "European" so they're not allowed in. Why is the political system still evolving tribally? NAFTA, ASEAN, EU, MERCOSUR. It's cheaper, easier to fly to New York than it is to say Turkey and we do more trade with North America than we do with the rest of Europe combined iirc. Only difference is they are to our left and Turkey is to our right.

Yet Capital/Capitalists run the world and were the first class to become truly global citizens. Heck they don't see race, religion, nationalisms, cultural divides when they move a factory to China etc.

It might have been practical at the time in the 50s to start a regional bloc, but is it perpetual/kinetic energy and not rationality that keeps it going? UN parliament, global freetrade(for those ready), free travel, global min wage, global rights, global interest rate, currency and corporation tax? Surely energies put into speculation would be forced to work on innovation and actual productivity instead of well, profits from and for gambling. (Oh wait, did I just find my answer??). FDI into Ireland has shown that Capital flow is not toward the best or brightest countries but the cheapest whore.

Really, I'm just trying to provoke debate here. I understand practicality is more than an answer for most of my ponderments. Earth in 2009 is a Global village though. Barriers are 9 times out of 10 a relic and humanity, I believe, can achieve anything... eventually. Unfortunately, it's also prone to being human. None but ourselves can free our mind! END/RANT


If It's Big Enough to Give You Everything You Want...


Got a swift new toolbar at the bottom of the page there. I'm not sure what extra functionality it provides just yet but I do like collecting garbage on the site. In some completely irrational way of thinking, I see it as eventually adding to the character of the page. The character of the page being such an oversight for so many. And, for wise or for other, I go in for change almost for it's own sake. Like a headless chicken's way of making quick progress and experiencing as much as possible. Voraciously!

Spraaching of technology and other nerdisms, I finally understand "apps".

I got Google Chrome -again almost for the sake of change. It was with a heavy heart that I left Firefox and one day I will return. It has that socialistic ethos that I swoon for. But if Chrome stays so far ahead of the game I can't be sure of when that return will be.

To put it in context I see it as web3.0. Or maybe it just completes what web2.0 set out to do. It's all semantics anyway! But it was designed specificially to have the look and feel of a windows explorer window with what I initially saw as some vague aim to make the web more of an OS. Very futurist sounding. A marketing ploy perhaps. On the technical side I find that it crashes far less than Firefox used to, and even if a site makes it freeze, only that one tab does and not the whole browser.

Then on Tuesday I spotted an option to "create application shortcut". It basically creates a desktop icon that goes straight to that website and has no address bar so it feels like you are manouevering around a program. My desktop is now full of radio links, google doc links and Youtube is like my media player. Deezer feels like Spotify! Useful since the gravy train ended. I guess "links" is the wrong word to use and so maybe that's why they're called "apps". Sense at last! Either the word "program" should become obsolete or they should have just called them programs because by giving it a different name it doesn't normalise the new approach in our minds. I read that "apps" will be bigger than the internet. That is poor journalism. Nothing can be bigger than the internet, especially apps as it IS the internet! Or rather a method of accessing the it.

All in all it's all part of my ongoing strategy to put everything on the interweb cloud so I can be a "rootless tree". I can't say I'm comfortable with every solution seeming to be coming from Google. Even right now the browser I'm using is Google, as is this blog. Maybe Google will become a generic term for the internet? First step is making it into the dictionary right? If Karl Marx had a 21st century manifesto, have times changed sufficiently that he would advise to nationalise the commanding heights of the internet as well? Nationalise Google? lol . (Briefly, in good news; webs independence was assured this week I think I read. Link?)

(Also interesting, and deserving of it's own post some day soon; an internet journalism manifesto?)

Passively, I'm helping to contribute to a new-ish monolithic corporation that will surely be the mandateless mega power-wielding dinosaur of tomorrow. Where are all the independent solutions? Or have Google just shrewdly hoovered them up and repackaged them as their own? I'd like to call myself a pioneer(though that would be untrue), but it really is just for practicality's sake with the impending death of my laptop and the irrational desire to replace it with an iPhone or Android phone... which I can in no way afford. Yet.