Anglepoised Notes

Paul Love

Written by Paul Love who lives and works in Edinburgh building useful things.

Manhole covers

August 14, 2019

There are a lot of beautiful designed and colored manhole covers in Japan.

Apollo 11 in Real Time

July 18, 2019

This website replays the Apollo 11 mission as it happened, 50 years ago. It consists entirely of historical material, all timed to Ground…

How to run a small social network site for your friends

July 16, 2019

This document exists to lay out some general principles of running a small social network site that have worked for me. These principles are…

Goodbye orange kinesis roadmap

July 15, 2019

After 20 years of on-again, off-again blogging, it’s become clear that writing essay-length posts while trying to focus on work is hard. I…

All you need

August 20, 2016

health, social life, job, house, partners, finances; leisure use, leisure amount; working time, education, income, children; food, water…

Tabula rasa

August 09, 2016

All landscape art reminds us: we live in a tabula rasa, and must write on it. It is our world, and its beauty is entirely inside our heads…

Carried Away

May 03, 2016

The mind cannot carry away all that it has to give, nor does it always believe possible what it has carried away.— Nan Shepherd, The Living…


March 02, 2016

Interface evolves toward transparency. The one you have to devote the least conscious effort to, survives, prospers.— William Gibson,…


February 22, 2016

A quote in an article by Oliver Burkeman caught my eye a while back:Eyal urges businesses to think ethically. (Creating addictive products…

Invisible machines

February 16, 2016

The more perfect machines become, the more they are invisible behind their function. It seems that all man’s industrial effort, all his…

Codeship and curly bracket expansion

February 16, 2016

This isn’t an issue with Codeship as such, but it can affect it.I had a task in an script that created some directories for a couple of cli…

Continuous deployment of static sites from Codeship to WebFaction with rsync

September 28, 2015

Mmm, that’s a a bit of a mouthful.This example is written with Hexo, Codeship and WebFaction in mind but should work with any static site…

From Ghost to Hexo

September 24, 2015

I’ve moved this blog from Ghost to Hexo.Why? I liked Ghost’s interface and it’s very straightforward compared with WordPress, but it has too…

It doesn’t matter that the tools are dumb

December 22, 2014

That’s what technology is. It’s the world of things, some impossibly stupid, some smarter than we are, we have assembled around ourselves to…

HMTL Using Codeship talk

July 30, 2014

Last week (last week!) I was going to give a quick talk about Codeship at HMTL. However, events conspired against me and I couldn’t attend…

Dangerous Instrument

July 10, 2014

A growing body of opinion thinks … that PowerPoint privileges the presenter in an unhealthy way and has the effect of discouraging critical…

HMTL Vagrant talk

July 07, 2014

Last year (last year!) I gave a quick talk about Vagrant at HMTL. And then promptly forgot to put the accompanying presentation in a useful…

The journey is the goal

June 18, 2014

People commit to all kinds of activities, she said, “for the process, for the memories… The argument that there is nothing tangible at the…


March 26, 2014

An argument with myself about modern blogging culture.

Trying out Ghost

March 25, 2014

A couple of weeks ago I moved this blog from Tumblr to Ghost. I’d wanted to do so since Yahoo acquired Tumblr. I don’t have any trust left…


March 12, 2014

If we believe that machines are ruining mankind, it may be that we are lacking a little in distance and cannot judge the effects of…


March 11, 2014

This is what I want to learn: to notice, but not to analyse. To still the part of the brain that’s yammering, ‘My god, what’s that? A stork…

Known Unknowns

March 10, 2014

Only the unknown terrifies men. Once confronted, it is no longer the unknown.— Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, Wind, Sand and StarsLet’s hope so.


March 08, 2014

There is another kind of waste … and that’s overconsumption. Eat food you really don’t need to eat and that too has been wasted.— Jay Rayner…

Yosemite HD II

March 06, 2014

Yosemite HD II

Dopplereffekt - Gene Silencing

February 26, 2014

Dopplereffekt - Gene Silencing

Thought and Design

February 21, 2014

It’s obvious, but perhaps worth repeating, that everything raised is raised deliberately, nothing falls upward by accident. Everything the…

Infrastructural investment

February 16, 2014

The idea that a private sector obliged to provide yearly dividends to shareholders and yearly bonuses to employees would be likely to…

Adam Magyar - Stainless (excerpt)

January 09, 2014

Adam Magyar: Stainless (excerpt)

Metronomy - I'm Aquarius

December 22, 2013

Metronomy - I’m Aquarius

Tim Hecker - Chimeras

December 05, 2013

Tim Hecker - Chimeras

Orbital - Christmas Chime

December 04, 2013

Orbital - Christmas ChimeDecember 4th, 2013 8:19pm

Gonzales - Let's Groove Again

November 26, 2013

Gonzales - Let’s Groove Again

Happy cities

November 06, 2013

As much as we complain about other people, there is nothing worse for mental health than a social desert. The more connected we are to…

Ukkonen - Viva Las Huelgas

October 12, 2013

Ukkonen - Viva Las HuelgasOctober 12th, 2013 7:03am

Vagrant shell provisioning and usernames

May 14, 2013

I’ve been spending a lot of time with the excellent Vagrant recently but was getting mildly annoyed by starting in when SSHing to a box…

A personal timeline of front-end web work

April 16, 2013

I’ve been thinking about how much the process of building websites has changed since I laid down my first crappy nearly fifteen years ago…

Donationware March 2013

March 16, 2013

I haven’t been keeping up with the donationware idea as well as I’d hoped. There’s a surprise. I’m blaming being stuck on one of those…

Issue tracking basics

August 17, 2012

Some basic issue tracking concepts and tips, aimed mainly at project and account managers who may not have much experience in this area…

Chat tools: HipChat and Flowdock

August 08, 2012

Update 2015-08-21Use Slack.Update 2013-03-22Both HipChat and Flowdock have added a bunch of new features that mean the comparison below is…

Donationware July 2012

August 06, 2012

This month I’ve donated to (or rather, on behalf of) Xenu’s Link Sleuth. I’ve been using Xenu for many years; it’s one of the few reasons I…

Donationware June 2012

July 09, 2012

The end of scoping and planning is nigh. Good-oh. We’ll be setting up tools over the next few weeks so I should be in a position to donate…

Security, passwords and whatnot

June 14, 2012

I’ve been slightly concerned about my rather lax security habits for a year or so. My state escalated from ‘slightly concerned’ to ‘mildly…

Donationware May 2012

June 01, 2012

Another month of writing documentation means another non-project-related bit of donationware.If you ever use the bundled OS X Terminal app…

Donationware April 2012

May 02, 2012

This month has been all about writing reports, attending meetings and avoiding paper as much as possible, so my obvious donationware choice…

betterthan: Sublime Text

April 16, 2012

I’m extremely happy with Sublime Text 2. It’s filled the big editor-shaped hole left by the slow development of TextMate. Posts on customing…


April 06, 2012

A timely article from Smashing, Publish What You Learn:The collaboration on apps like GitHub should be exactly what happens on blog posts…


April 05, 2012

I had hoped to avoid blog-related busywork until I’d been posting for a few months but a few minor things were annoying me, so I thought…


April 05, 2012

I’ve been thinking a bit too much about paying for things.I take a lot of software for granted. I don’t mean anything that requires a…

Path Guidelines

April 04, 2012

A while back I caught myself posting a work-related thought to Path. I realised that I’d broken one of my internalized guidelines (not rules…

betterthan: You What?

March 29, 2012

I’ve found that attempting to use new tools and techniques during real production doesn’t really work for me. I get tied up in doing the…


March 29, 2012

Right, blogging again. This time it’s vaguely technical.Towards the end of 2011 I decided to spend more time learning about all the exciting…

2010 Music

January 12, 2011

Here’s some music I enjoyed in 2010, with links to download or listen on Spotify as appropriate.Moon Wiring Club – The ASDA MixI came across…

Month 107

December 06, 2010

November was a quiet month and most of the things I did can’t be talked about publicly right now, so this monthnote should be mercifully…

Month 106

November 02, 2010

One of the things I expect to enjoy about keeping monthnotes is looking back at the predictions for upcoming work from previous months and…

Month 105

October 04, 2010

I tend to lose track of things I’ve managed to get done, so have been thinking about keeping weeknotes for a while. I reckon monthnotes…

The pursuit of happiness

November 04, 2008

Stop buying stuff you don’t needPay off all your credit cardsGet rid of all the stuff that doesn’t fit in your house/apartment (storage…

I've got hips but I'm not a hipster

June 16, 2008

Hipness is another thing you wouldn’t have seen on the list 100 years ago. Or wouldn’t you? What it means is to know what’s what. So maybe…

Cheese Kit Diptych

April 26, 2008

Cheese Kit Diptych is an installation by artist Walter Willems consisting of two drum kits. In one, full rounds of real (mainly Dutch…

David Toop - Where in your world?

February 23, 2008

David Toop essay from the Artificial Intelligence II sleeve. Republished without permission because I’ve never been able to find it…

Secret talent

February 06, 2008

Nothing can substitute for depth of analysis, and there’s proven value in specialization — it’s what education, career paths, scientific…

The new needs friends

February 02, 2008

In many ways, the work of a critic is easy. We risk very little yet enjoy a position over those who offer up their work and their selves to…

Space and time and the future

December 06, 2007

We’re still making cutting edge shit, man, it’s wild shit, man, it’s raw, I love that ghetto perspective on space and time and the future…

LJ Kruzer - Koi Carp

November 30, 2007

Koi Carp, a track from LJ Kruzer previously featured on The Wire Magazine’s website.Other free tracks from LJ: Mowzer (featured on the Ai…

Running from Camera

October 19, 2007

The rules are simple: I put the self-timer on 2 seconds, push the button and try to get as far from the camera as I can.Running from Camera

Did You See the Words

August 30, 2007

This is the archived, old school version of anglepoised. The latest version can be found at


August 27, 2007

Starting from scratch; there may be some slight turbulence.

Highly self-indulgent

August 21, 2007

Meetings are an addictive, highly self-indulgent activity that corporations and other large organizations habitually engage in only because…

Desktop Orb Could Reform Energy Hogs

August 19, 2007

Clive Thompson Thinks: Desktop Orb Could Reform Energy Hogs

Paper Critters

August 16, 2007

Paper Critters: Online Paper Toy Creator

Bad Thai cops to endure Kitty shame

August 06, 2007

BANGKOK, Thailand - Thai police officers who break rules will be forced to wear hot pink armbands featuring “Hello Kitty,” the Japanese icon…

How to Grow a Tea Garden

August 05, 2007

How to Grow a Tea Garden - wikiHow

Are there any 'famous' users?

July 26, 2007

Are there any ‘famous’ users? | Ask MetaFilter

Private Dick Movie

July 21, 2007

Private Dick MovieViral for Condom Essential Wear’s Private Dick Movie.

101 Ways To Know Your Software Project Is Doomed

July 17, 2007

101 Ways To Know Your Software Project Is Doomed

In Cyberspace everyone can hear you scream

July 11, 2007

Over the next few weeks – to celebrate and, yes, promote his new novel Spook Country – we’re planning a range of William Gibson activities…

Stereogum Presents… OKX - A Tribute to OK Computer

July 11, 2007

Stereogum Presents… OKX: A Tribute to OK Computer

Attention Scum!

July 10, 2007

Attention Scum!


July 09, 2007

LastGraphJuly 9th, 2007 4:31pm

July 09, 2007 9th, 2007 4:27pm


July 06, 2007


Fuck Yuo I Am a Robot

July 05, 2007

Fuck Yuo I Am a Robot

The Electro Plankton Quartet - Planklantis

June 30, 2007

The Electro Plankton Quartet - PlanklantisFrom Interesting 2007.

Where are the Joneses?

June 25, 2007

An interactive comedy which you can participate in.Where are the Joneses?

Cornelius - Fit Song

June 23, 2007

Cornelius - Fit song (via Crazy88Tokyo) Normaliser

June 22, 2007 Normaliser

Adventure Ecology Second Life Flood

June 21, 2007

Adventure Ecology Second Life Flood (via greenormal)


June 19, 2007


Bleep Sónar 2007

June 12, 2007

3 compilations themed around Sónar 2007, programmed and selected by the directors of the festival. Available exclusively at…

Exercises in Style

June 10, 2007

Exercises in Style, written by Raymond Queneau is a collection of 99 retellings of the same story, each in a different style.Exercises in…

How do you put your heart into that?

June 07, 2007

I explained all of this to the student. When I was finished he replied, “So, rather than just taking on jobs you can put your heart into…

Thieves steal brick wall

June 07, 2007

Islington Gazette - Thieves steal brick wall


June 06, 2007

I’ve not read ‘The God Delusion’ but I do not need to: I simply imagine the kind of arguments he makes and then demolish them one by one…

Change Your World

June 05, 2007

Change Your WorldJune 5th, 2007 5:17pm

Tumblr Radar

June 04, 2007

Tumblr Radar (alpha)June 4th, 2007 7:09pm

June 03, 2007

correlate.usJune 3rd, 2007 9:02pm

Vogel The Young Modernist

June 01, 2007

Not only is Christian Vogel an avid user of the site, he uses his journal to publish stories of his life as a musician, his record label…


May 31, 2007

TwittyTunes - Post your tunes to Twitter using FoxyTunes, and more…


May 31, 2007

PasswordMaker. One Password To Rule Them All.™

Squirrel eating a bourbon biscuit

May 30, 2007

Squirrel eating a bourbon biscuit (via maskingtape) Acquired By CBS

May 30, 2007 – the Blog: Acquired By CBS


May 29, 2007

Wire (via ohskylab)

Field Day 2007

May 29, 2007

Field Day - Saturday 11th August 2007, Victoria Park, London

The brainstorm - a trojan horse of mediocrity

May 28, 2007

A facilitators main task is to ensure that ‘everyone goes home with a balloon’ after a brainstorm - that they all feel that their pointless…

Dan le Sac VS Scroobius Pip - Thou Shalt Always Kill

May 28, 2007

Dan le Sac VS Scroobius Pip “Thou Shalt Always Kill” (via splintereddigital). Still can’t stop singing this in my head. They’re just a band…

Client quotes

May 27, 2007

I need more pesshht peesshht chuttt chutt papapapa on this animation.— The classic client quotes (originally at, archived at…

Hacking Tumblr - Add FeedBurner Stats to your Tumblelog

May 27, 2007

Hacking Tumblr - Add FeedBurner Stats to your Tumblelog

Burst Culture

May 27, 2007

The hurdle to credible publishing on the web, now, is the nine dollars it costs to buy a domain name from GoDaddy, which can be mapped on to…

Von Südenfed - Fledermaus Can't Get It

May 27, 2007

Mark E. Smith and Mouse on Mars, together at last!

Banana for your thoughts

May 27, 2007

banana for your thoughts (via hallywoods)

Tom and Paul

May 27, 2007

Tom and Paul (via Peter Costello)

Cursor Miner - Baby Universe

May 27, 2007

Baby - a vast parisitic cultural organism feeding off the love expounded in pop songs. —

Fujiya & Miyagi - Ankle Injuries

May 27, 2007

Like pixellated scraps of jazz mags…Fujiya & Miyagi Ankle Injuries (via groenlandrecords)

I pinch

May 27, 2007

“Yes… I pinch”.Honda Element Gil “The Crab” (via Gilthecrab)

Cassette - Voyager

May 27, 2007

Line Rider mayhem from The Flippers.Voyager (via CassetteMusic)

Battles - Atlas

May 27, 2007

Top-draw math-nerd rock.Battles - Atlas (taken from the album Mirrored) (via WarpRecords)

Celestial crabs

May 27, 2007

“From celestial crabs descending Pie for Maureen, round her shed”Songs of Praise (with subtitles) (via AdamBuxton)

If the library burns down, you get a first

July 20, 2004

The Guardian on urban campus myths and the annual ISCLR Conference:There was this student who flipped during his finals and killed himself…

There Is No There

July 01, 2004

Anyone want to be at Loggerheads with me? Staffordshire or Denbighshire; your choice. Actually, I’ll be near Staffordshire next week. You…

Doom Doom Doom

July 01, 2004

Ooh, Invader Zim on DVD:Invader’s blood marches through my veins like giant radioactive rubber pants! The pants command me! Do not ignore my…


June 23, 2004

The Chap: (Hats Off To) Dror Frangi.The Chap’s Clissold Park EP should be out at some point on Artrocker.

Enjoy Your Worries, You May Never Have Them Again

June 23, 2004

Double Fold, an album from Scanner inspired by the Nicholson Baker book of the same name.Sourcing sounds from his own domestic tape archive…

The Holiday Song

June 23, 2004

Just back from Sónar2004 in Barcelona. Well, bits of Sónar, anyway; turned up a few days late due to back trouble and so only caught the…

Underneath the Yellow Lights

June 12, 2004

Worked in Westbourne Studios for a bit, before moving to less cramped quarters.The roof is all the more remarkable when the penny drops…

No UFO’s

June 10, 2004

Who would have thought that the universe sounds like a game of Defender? Moon Cresta would’ve been better, mind.


June 10, 2004

Two Lone Swordsmen: Sex Beat. 2: “ Two Lone Swordsmen’s “Sex Beat…

Keep It On Ze Rinky-dink

June 10, 2004

Time passes. Things happen. Beer is drunk. No functionality is added (to the weblog, at least). Re-design? Don’t even go there. Just get…

Universal Opaque Escape Clause

January 24, 2004

Can’t post at the moment, I’m afraid.Haggis reasons.You know how it is…

Some Machines Have Big Knobs

November 17, 2003

The video for Rock and Roll is Dead (WMV, 3.5 meg) by Kings Have Long Arms and Phil Oakey, in which Phil has his head attached to a robot…

Lave Trader

November 13, 2003

An edited extract from the Elite/Braben/Bell section in Backroom Boys: The Secret Return Of The British Boffin.Perhaps the reason they kept…

Stay Loose

November 13, 2003

Earworm: The Divine Comedy’s Lost Property.

Urban Style Music

November 13, 2003

Fällt Publishing’s Invisible Cities installation “offers the opportunity to experience an intimate series of portraits of the world’s cities…

We Float

November 04, 2003

Kyoichi Tsuzuki’s Happy Victims is on at The Photographer’s Gallery until Nov 16th.Tsuzuki photographs some thirty individuals who have…

Rock and roll is dead

November 04, 2003

Long live Rocktronica. New Uncharted Audio mix featuring Kings Have Long Arms, Mu Chan Clan, Fat Truckers, Phoenicia, Cylob, Kid 606, bit…

You Like This Machine

November 04, 2003

You Like This Machine

Hello Sunshine

November 04, 2003

Earworm: Super Furry Animals‘ Do Or Die.

Plug Myself In

August 01, 2003

Have been busy with work one, work two, work three, setting up a company, moving flat, getting slightly older and sundry other bits. Thanks…

Have You Really Thought About Utopia?

June 07, 2003

Side-by-side review of two recent Orwell biographies in The Times:He might have turned into a frustrated “literary man”, a medium-sized…


June 01, 2003

The Birmingham-based Default Response network have a selection of mp3 recordings taken from their live events, including sets the excellent…


June 01, 2003

Consuming Bodies: Sex and Contemporary Japanese Art:Consuming Bodies explores the themes of sex and consumerism in contemporary Japanese art…

Eines Morgens im November

June 01, 2003

Quint Buchholz postcards (including One Morning in November).Related: cards and books from Inkognito.

Lady In Red (Is Dancing With Meat)

June 01, 2003

V/Vm Test Records are one of those nice record labels, the kind that publish the bulk of their nutty back catalogue as mp3s after they’ve…

Impossible Deadline

June 01, 2003

Something to keep your bandwidth occupied when the slsk server goes down: a startlingly large collection of Douglas Adams mp3s including the…

Majestic Seven Fingers

June 01, 2003

“My name is Julio, Julio Gottstein,” he said, his smoldering eyes aflame in the victory he would soon celebrate. “And soon, I shall have you…

Box Elder

May 24, 2003

Pierced man told to wear box on his head:The accountant said he would only reconsider if Mr Lynch wore a cardboard box over his head, did…

Accidents Don’t Happen

May 04, 2003

Thomas Pynchon on Orwell’s 1984:Orwell in 1948 understood that despite the Axis defeat, the will to fascism had not gone away, that far from…


May 03, 2003

The Guardian profiles William Gibson:“Gibson’s fiction has always been concerned with the problem of how people make sense of a world that…

These Demented Lands

May 03, 2003

The novelist Alan Warner dreams of the perfect novel:“This is the way to discover books: an undisciplined charge straight into them. That’s…

Their Manor

May 03, 2003

Filming on the Tube, including Location, location, location, a gallery of the London Underground’s “more photogenic locations” such as…


May 03, 2003

Herb vs. ‘erb:The letter H comes from the Roman alphabet. The (h) sound was eventually lost in Latin, and in the Romance languages, which…

Officially Summer

May 03, 2003

Mmm, potentially sunny bank holiday weekend approaching; if there had been time to plan it would have been tempting to do something along…


May 03, 2003

The Times on large-scale construction debacles:Life is too short to read every tome penned by Scandinavian and German social scientists. But…


April 21, 2003

I’d still like to know why Cai Guo-Qiang’s ‘Ye Gong Hao Long’ (Mr Ye who loves dragons) firework explosion project at Tate Modern on 31st…


April 21, 2003

Ever had that urge to turn your life into one big project?

Pasty-related Dementia

April 20, 2003

Jonathan Meades’ A-Z of British gastronomy:Full English: Maugham’s dictum that if you want to eat well in England you have to eat breakfast…


April 20, 2003

What’s the deal with New York and New Jersey?Much like the television families on “Dynasty” and “Dallas,” tension between the two…

She Swears An Awful Lot

April 20, 2003

Quick Raymond Queneau link dump:ScriptoriumZazie in the Metro at Amazon (in French)Louis Malle’s Zazie dans le métro at IMDbAn…


March 31, 2003

Enooze – the site for “experimental electronic music & experimental journalism on experimental electronic music” – is back with a new look…

Books vs. Cigarettes

March 31, 2003

Extensive George Orwell archive, including complete novels, articles and essays. If only this type of resource had been around five years…

Dog Solitude

March 31, 2003

From The History of Nipper and His Master’s Voice:In Liverpool Nipper discovered the Phonograph, a cylinder recording and playing machine…

You Are A Light

March 31, 2003

Well, service would have resumed had I not been distracted by the edited highlights of Gallipoli, Karaoke Box Dai Chan, Heaven, The Goldhawk…

Meeja Hors D’Oeuvres

March 19, 2003

Jam, Chris Morris’ TV follow-up to the Blue Jam Radio 1 show, is being released on DVD in April. The extra features (including ‘Undeleted…

Ultimate Mixtape

March 19, 2003

Foundation have announced details of next year’s All Tomorrow’s Parties festival, The Directors Cut UK 2004. There’s no word on the line-up…

Work And Non Work

March 19, 2003

Goodness, it all comes at once, doesn’t it? Apologies for this latest interruption in service – life has been rather busy recently. Regular…

Temporary Insanity

January 29, 2003

Links culled from Death Writes:Forked Tongue: the story of Ambrose Bierce told in the language of his Devil’s Dictionary.Death to Dust: the…

There Are Strings

January 29, 2003

From a review of Spring Heel Jack, J Spaceman, Matthew Shipp, Evan Parker, William Parker and the incredible Han Bennink at the Queen…


January 29, 2003

A review of Sue Barr’s gaikoku mura (‘foreign country villages’) photographs at the Architectural Association:The recent establishment in…


January 29, 2003

Ever since the nasty NTL people took away CNX and replaced it with The Biography Channel, I’ve had to satisfy my cravings by listening to…


January 28, 2003

Babel Guides: a new site for world literature in translation. As well as information about Babel’s guides to French, German, Dutch and…


January 28, 2003

The Independent on Foyles, London’s most eccentric large bookshop.For decades, Foyles has been a shopper’s nightmare, with miles and miles…


January 26, 2003

The Cursor Miner track pressedRetina features on Pre-set, a new compilation of electronic music taken from demos received by Mute Records…

His Dark Materials

January 26, 2003

Wise robot Jorn Barger’s Philip Pullman resources on the Web.

In The Tartar Style

January 26, 2003

Radio 4’s recent adaptation of Philip Pullman’s His Dark Materials trilogy is now available as an unabridged 26 CD (35 hour) box set.

Drifted Off For A Moment

January 26, 2003

A new Haruki Murakami fansite, The short story and bibliography sections are already pretty impressive.

Music For Tunnels

January 21, 2003

Mp3it features live and rare mp3s from artists such as Gastr Del Sol, Godspeed You Black Emperor, Lesser (including the Christina Ricci…


January 21, 2003

Londumb was established to campaign against the BBC’s gradual dumbing-down of their London station, GLR London Live BBC LDN. As part of the…


January 20, 2003

Takashi Murakami’s enjoyable Kaikai Kiki exhibition at the Serpentine Gallery in Hyde Park finishes on the 26th of January. I wouldn’t…

Deranged Nutty Crap

January 20, 2003

David Shrigley’s new(ish) book, Human Achievement (with sample pages at The Redstone Press).Related: Tangents review; Tea for sale.

Low Place Like Home

January 20, 2003

The LCD Rock and Roll Guide To London:King’s X, pronounced “King’s Cross”: I have no idea whether the American Christian band takes its name…

Come On Baby Light My Fag

January 20, 2003

Zippo tricks are perfect for those that need another reason to ditch ill-considered New Year’s resolutions.

11 : 11

January 20, 2003

Eleven O’Clock Rooibosch Tea is strangely addictive despite being caffeine-free. I’m not too bothered about the reputed health benefits; it…

Millionaire Dogs

January 17, 2003

Warp Records look set for another successful year if the WARPWIFOF2003 promo mix (RealAudio) is anything to go by.Released on CD at Warp’s…

A Small Good Thing

January 17, 2003

Guardian profile of Nicholson Baker:…Baker pulls out his laptop and props it up on his knee: “At first I’ll just sit here for a while and…

Close Up Over

January 15, 2003

A Japan Times interview with Haruki Murakami, in which he discusses the conflict between closed systems and open systems in society:The…

Mental Hangover

January 15, 2003

Amiga demos and intros, “captured from an Amiga and uploaded to the web as DivX encoded videos”.


January 15, 2003

William Gibson has an official web presence to complement the launch of his new novel, Pattern Recognition. There’s even a shiny new weblog…

Transient Pattern

January 15, 2003

Elihu Vedder’s drawings for the Rubáiyát of Omar Khayyám:Vedder’s Rubáiyát set the standard for the artist-designed book in America and…

Nostalgic Oblong

January 15, 2003

Aw, look: the first edition of O’Reilly’s 1996 Web Master in a Nutshell in handy searchable HTML! Comes as part of the complete Web…


January 15, 2003

Otisfodder’s 365 Days Project:For the entire year of 2003 (January 1st to December 31st) this site will feature one mp3 file (every day) to…

Deadly Media

January 13, 2003

E.C. Brown presents a rather impressive categorised list of links to free mp3s. The categories include your standard electronic, indie-rock…

Time Porn

January 13, 2003

The Word Spy is devoted to “recently coined words, existing words that have enjoyed a recent renaissance, and older words that are being…

Excessively Nautical

January 11, 2003

Edward Lear’s Nonsense Poetry and Art (with many and varied thanks to Robyn).

Million A Shot

December 17, 2002

The Art of James Bond.


December 04, 2002

One more before heading off again: Douglas Adams’ The Meaning of Liff online. Back with a new, giuegaue-laden anglepoised early next year…

Road Kill

December 04, 2002

Occasional Nerve contributor JT Leroy is selling raccoon penis bone necklaces as worn by the truck stop whores in his novel, Sarah.“Raccoon…

A Slight Return

December 02, 2002

Still away; just dropping a few bits in while recovering from the exceptional Seed Records birthday party at Aldwych last Friday.

Commodore Prog Rock

December 02, 2002

Something to fuel any fanboy/fangirl’s healthy obsession with Ladytron: in a recent Guardian interview, they namecheck Syd Barret, Serge…

In The Beams

December 02, 2002

Yahoo’s LAUNCHcast service is surprisingly well done (but unsurprisingly seems to choke when using Mozilla or Phoenix). There is, of course…


December 01, 2002

The WIRE drinking game:“Are you fed up with the relentless self serving publicity of pop personalities and their innuendo laced tunes? Dane…

New Standard by Which to Measure Infamy

December 01, 2002

William Burroughs’ Thanksgiving Prayer from 1990’s Dead City Radio. Imagine a link to a recording of the track right about here; it was…

Antivapor Waves

November 26, 2002

Christopher Wanjek attempts to debunk popular medical myths including homeopathy, oxygen-fortified drinks and magnetic therapy. Related: Bad…

Jelly Tones

November 26, 2002

Top Ten Digital Photography Tips by the author of O’Reilly’s Digital Photography Pocket Guide.

Mathematical Anti Telharsic Harfatum Septomin

November 23, 2002

The BBC’s new(ish) comedy series Look Around You is very nice indeed. The narrator (Nigel Lambert) sounds very much like the voice of Club…

In The Shadow Of Leaves

November 23, 2002

Extensive Samurai Archives.

Motor City

November 16, 2002

Have shiny dual-boot laptop, will roam. Back in a month or so.

Dance, Nurgling, Dance

November 16, 2002

Art of Perception, a German record label, have been busy releasing a series of 12″s that attempt to provide soundtracks for the various…

Never Dug Disco

November 16, 2002

Ooh, a huge archive of hip hop mp3s, including The Pharcyde and Public Enemy!


November 16, 2002

The Uncharted Audio people are playing the disused Aldwych tube station as part of Seed Record’s 2nd birthday celebrations.

Steal This Book

November 16, 2002

Abbie Hoffman’s counterculture text is appropriately available online.


November 16, 2002

Sato Kenji’s More Animated than Life discusses “the significance of animation to the Japanese and why it is not what Westerners expect”.

Nothing Lost

November 16, 2002

Last weekend, in links:Tea, talk, a chaos-inducing toy and Sailor Moon figure (from TFAW) courtesy of the ever-spangly Robyn.A preview…

French Mods Can’t Drink

November 16, 2002

Poorly publicised I Monster website, featuring a comprehensive discography and mp3s of unreleased tracks.Related: Evening Session interview…

The Art Of Driving

November 16, 2002

The Guardian interviews and profiles Mayer Hillman, the ‘radical green social scientist’.“Hillman is unfazed by polite ridicule: he has met…


November 16, 2002

Glitch Art: The aesthetics of digital corruption (and my dodgy crash from way back).

You Are Fallen

November 16, 2002

Accompanying minisite for Douglas Gordon’s What Have I Done exhibition (developed by Airside).

Newark Wilder

November 16, 2002

The Guardian profiles Paul Auster.“Poet Ann Lauterbach, who has known Auster since the late 1970s, takes a different view: ‘Part of the…

Ah. Mayed. That. Earp.

October 25, 2002

The Guardian interviews Donna Tartt about The Little Friend, her latest novel, and attempts to clear up some of the myths and mysteries…

International Colouring Contest

October 25, 2002

Stereolab have released ABC Music, a collection of Radio 1 sessions recorded between 1991 and 2001. Before you buy (but not in place of…

Parson’s Nose

October 23, 2002

LJ Kruzer is playing Not Clickable in Warrington at The Foundry tonight (Wed 23rd October), with Thorsten Sideb0ard and The Legendary Jesse…

Run Alone

October 23, 2002

Two new Ebbs and Flows mp3s, including a charming cover of tinfoillake by Cursor Miner. The LJ Kruzer cover is coming soon, apparently.

Kinoko Girl

October 18, 2002

Mildly obsessed with Junko Mizuno’s art. The t-shirts featuring her work are particularly fine.Related: interview at Pulp, more info at We…

Sex Born Poison

October 18, 2002

The Nerve Interview with Bret Easton Ellis covers Roger Avary’s adaptation of The Rules of Attraction:“One of my only complaints about the…

Fancy A Brew?

October 18, 2002

Mark and Lard corner, including The Sanctuary for Abandoned Mark & Lard Catchphrases. That’s the bunny.

You Can Fall

October 17, 2002

The Guardian interviews Lynne Ramsay and Samantha Morton about the forthcoming adaptation of Alan Warner’s Morvern Callar:“The casting of…

Slipper Sleaze

October 17, 2002

The Cartoon Network’s new spin-off channel CNX launched in the UK earlier this week.“Daytime programming includes the likes of Jonny Quest…

Twists, Slugs and Roscoes

October 16, 2002

A Glossary of Hardboiled Slang.

Pools In Eyes

October 12, 2002

Beestung features a huge archive of Throwing Muses, Belly, Tanya Donelly and Kristin Hersh mp3s (including live sets, B-sides and rarities).

Clouds Up

October 12, 2002

The Guardian review of Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides:“Where The Virgin Suicides reflected on connections between sex and death, its…

The Obscure Object

October 12, 2002

Jeffrey Eugenides‘ Pulitzer Prize-winning novel Middlesex is out in paperback in September and it’s well worth reading:Emotions, in my…

Conduit For Sale!

October 12, 2002

Domino are set to release a double-DVD Pavement retrospective entitled Slow Century, featuring every video, two complete concerts and a full…

Gritty Shaker

October 12, 2002

The Village Voice interview Haruki Murakami about his recently published short story collection After the Quake and his 10th novel, Kafka on…

Further Back And Faster

October 12, 2002

Sherry and Robbie Williams karaoke? Elsie Mo and the Mountain Goats, more like. Also witnessed more of the creeping gentrification of…

Norra Potter

September 28, 2002

Off to Newcastle-under-Lyme for a few days. While you’re here and I’m not, how about feeding me weird things?

Look Out Weekend

September 28, 2002, the people behind Plug and Play, are keeping a temporary, online archive of selected mp3s from their Winamp playlists. Current…

Future Tiger

September 28, 2002

Leaf’s new label compilation Lost for Words features tracks from Boom Bip & Doseone, Susumu Yokota, Murcof and The Sons Of Silence and is…

Hot Waters

September 28, 2002

The Guardian interviews Sarah Waters about her new novel, Fingersmith, and the BBC adaptation of Tipping the Velvet:“She scotches the notion…

Librarians Are Often Sexy

September 27, 2002

Robert Tubbs, ‘musician’. Not to be confused with Robert Tubb, musician.Confession: This is really just a cheap excuse to point out that…

Know Your Chicken

September 27, 2002

Mount Fuji, a UK-based online shop carries an extensive range of Japanese food products (including confectionery!).

I Am Not Afraid

September 27, 2002

Yabuno Kensei and 326 – Mi tsu ru, have an exhibition running at The Spitz from 29 September to 13 October, 2002.“Two of Japan’s best known…


September 27, 2002

The Online Etymology Dictionary:“I began this project after I looked one day for a dictionary of word origins online and found that there…

Why We Fight

September 26, 2002

Angry Bed Positions, an extract(?) from Mil Millington’s Things My Girlfriend and I Have Argued About (due on 3 October, 2002).

Put My Comp-Sci Skills To Work

September 26, 2002

While discussing a New York Times article on L33T speak invading schools, one slashdotter ends up reworking The Lord’s Prayer with modern…

Photo Jenny

September 26, 2002

Exifer for Windows is a handy application for managing the metadata (EXIF/IPTC) of images taken from digital cameras.“Because many image…

Steel Factory Mayhem

September 13, 2002

Pulp, Warp and Eat Your Own Ears have got together to put on Auto, a huge party in Magna near Sheffield on 14th December:“Steve Mackey (Pulp…

Dole Scum

September 13, 2002

The League of Gentlemen start their third season on Thursday 26th September on BBC TWO. Related: visiting Royston Vasey (aka Hadfield…

Suspicious Bear

September 11, 2002

Midnight Eye’s review of Katsuyuki Motohiro’s botched-heist film Space Travelers:“Space Travelers can be appreciated for its inventive…


September 11, 2002

Incredibly extensive Encyclopedia of Everything Japanese node on Everything2, including sections on history, people, culture, samurai…


September 11, 2002

A virtual tour of Keele University.


September 09, 2002

Trailer for Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex, the television series sequel to the film. Related: Bandai press release.

No Relation

September 09, 2002

Paul Love are “2 guys from D.C. expanding the horizons of HipHop”. Well hey, that’s news to me.

Exit The Sandman

September 09, 2002

How did I miss this? Logan’s Sanctuary is the soundtrack to an imaginary Logan’s Run sequel.“Inspired by a Seventies post-apocalyptic sci-fi…

The Autograph Man

September 08, 2002

Extract from Zadie Smith’s second novel, The Autograph Man. Reviews: This is London, The Observer, Salon.The television adaptation of her…

Someone Else’s Head

September 04, 2002

Resonance104.4fm, a project from the London Musician’s Collective, is “London’s first radio art station”:“Imagine a radio station like no…

Anyone Can Play EditPlus

September 04, 2002

Torrez reckons that even you can do it:“And that’s what’s got me so bothered about people musing in their weblogs about projects they’d like…

Always The Last

September 04, 2002

The Right to Know from the Information Commissioner purports to “give information on how to access files and records held on you by people…

Charming But Irrational

September 04, 2002

New official site for Iain Banks. Should eventually feature information on his fiction and science fiction works, but currently light on…


September 01, 2002

What is The Animatrix?Related: direct download links.

Acting President

September 01, 2002

The Times interviews Martin Sheen about his role as President Josiah “Jed” Bartlett in The West Wing.“Sheen knows that, for most Americans…

The Book Lovers

September 01, 2002

Foyles have started maintaining a list of their forthcoming literary events. Authors appearing this autumn include Chuck Palahniuk, Jeremy…

Flicking Your Switch

August 27, 2002

Emperor Norton have some Realaudio versions of three tracks (Seventeen, CrackedLCD and Turn It On) from the forthcoming Ladytron album…

Porn Coconut Co

August 27, 2002

Extract from Once More, With Feeling, in which two twentysomethings from the Erotic Review decide to make the “greatest porn film ever seen…

Harebrained Scheme

August 27, 2002

Still strangely fascinated by the idea of Neurobics. Related: Turns of Phrase – Neurobics.


August 27, 2002

How to keep your immune system sorted.

Rue The Whirl

August 26, 2002

Higuchinsky’s Uzumaki looks like it might be worth watching out for. The Midnight Eye review summarizes: “a particularly loony film…

Robots Will Take Over

August 26, 2002

Cursor Miner has been thoughtful enough to provide a decent selection of mp3s from his recent album, Explosive Piece of Mind.The idea is…

Get Personal

August 10, 2002

The Hustler is available in the UK on DVD on the 19th August.


August 10, 2002

The Times on the commercial hijacking of Prague.“Yet precisely because Prague has such a miraculously preserved centre – a time-capsule…

Charles Booth

August 10, 2002

The survey into life and labour in London (1886-1903).


August 07, 2002

At last! A picture of Mousehole‘s very own fish-headed delicacy, Star Gazy Pie. Also: all you need for a Cornish Feast.

Yo Pumpkin Head

August 07, 2002

The Jazz Messengers (another excellent Cowboy Bebop fansite). Related:, a mirror of the deceased official…


August 07, 2002

From Henry Miller’s Tropic of Cancer.“Great God! What have I turned into? What right have you people to clutter up my life, steal my time…

Invisibles Pies

August 02, 2002

Dead tree versions of the Zebraface cartoons spotted in the newly Borders-ified ground floor of Foyles just the other day. The copyright…

Victor Mature Lives

August 02, 2002

The Guardian’s Biff cartoons online – finally! You should see the portrait in my attic, lady.


July 11, 2002

One last thing; Whelk (the best of Upsideclown).


July 11, 2002

Busy for a while. In the meantime, a new low in lazy weblogging: all the links I’ve never slept with (or, um, weblogged).Or, “I hoped this…

Battery Powered Joy

July 10, 2002

Big Uncharted Audio update follows. Cursor Miner’s new album Explosive Piece of Mind (Lo Recordings) is in shops now (Independent review…

Take California And Party

July 09, 2002

Matt Groening is curating next year’s U.S. All Tomorrow’s Parties festival (June, UCLA).“Groening, a former rock critic who also pens the…

Everywhere And Allover

July 09, 2002

An explanation and guide of the Peters World Map (or why the standard Mercator projection may be a tad inaccurate, as mentioned in last week…


July 09, 2002

Taoism or Daoism?“The difference in spelling and pronunciation exists because “Taoism”/”Daoism” are formed from a Chinese word which can be…

Big Red Robot

July 03, 2002

While we’re on the subject of 70’s kiddie sci-fi, it should be noted that a full episode of the anime-style puppet show Star Fleet (aka X…

Spectacular Effect

July 02, 2002

Battle of the Planets released (again – this time by Universal Playback) on DVD and VHS. Despite rumours, “there are no Gatchaman or G-Force…

Believe In Your Stealth

July 02, 2002

Pitchfork on How to Survive Without Audiogalaxy.

Breaking Rocks

July 02, 2002

Plaid DJ mixes available for download, including the unreleased Futura Connect (Mouse on Mars, Autechre, Pierre Bastien, Squarepusher), the…

Game Theory

July 02, 2002

“Ludology is a new discipline that studies games in general and computer games in particular. Here you will get news, opinions, upcoming…

Dead Flag Blues

July 02, 2002

iCandy reviews Six Feet Under at Screenburn. Related: official Six Feet Under website.

Hats Off

July 01, 2002

The Zebra Face cartoons, from Invisible Spies.“Armed with only the face of a Zebra, and a diabetic mouth organ wielding side-kick, Zebra…


July 01, 2002

Spotted random art cows around London? CowParade has the answers.

Walking On Commerciality

June 28, 2002

Coasteering on the Pembrokeshire coast sounds like it might be fun.

Angry Dolphin

June 28, 2002

Warp/Creative Review animation microsite.

Sharp Shooting on Saturn

June 27, 2002

Black Dog’s seminal 1993 album, Temple of Transparent Balls, gets a welcome re-release on 1 July. Parallel, the compilation featuring odd…

This Should be Played

June 27, 2002

Nobody mentioned that High Jinks had a website. Handy for t-shirts.

Demons Never Need To Read

June 26, 2002

Faith Erin Hicks’ comic, Demonology 101.

Slice Of Cheese

June 26, 2002

WaiWai is “a section of the Mainichi Daily News that brings articles from Japan’s weekly tabloids to foreign readers”. Cheeky, punning…

Sitting Up Straight

June 26, 2002

The Times on John Lanchester’s new novel, Fragrant Harbour.“Lanchester, 40, is something of a master ventriloquist. In his first book, The…

Pray For The Girls

June 26, 2002

The (excellent) PowerPuff Girls Portrait Studio.


June 25, 2002

Random Word Generator. Favourites so far include wagenegle, framelechable, scrudicturns, bylarlous, lubbses, sistral, bitwences, tection…


June 25, 2002

Gottfried Benn’s Morgue & Other Verse (1912-13), available in PDF and iSilo formats from Supervert.

Kind Of Disco Sound

June 24, 2002

The new Ladytron album, Light and Magic, is currently set for a US release on September 17th. No word on the UK release date yet.

Dirty Trip

June 24, 2002

UK Rail Journey Planner for Palm and PC (i.e. timetables and suchlike). Not free, alas.

Middle Of Nowhere

June 24, 2002

Keele University’s h2g2 entry.“The last thing for which Keele is famous is its unofficial wood parties. About twice a year, word will be…

Things To Do

June 15, 2002

Go to Sonomu Presents… Lo And Behold! on Friday 21st June, featuring Cursor Miner, Andy Drumboy (Stereolab), They Came From The Stars (I Saw…

Gamers in Exile

June 15, 2002 are looking for game-literate people to appear as contestants on their new television gaming quiz show.

Cut Faster

June 15, 2002

Coldcut have updated the website for their excellent Solid Steel radio show. It now includes all the playlists since 1998 and archives of…

Lost + Found

June 14, 2002

The Japanese Speaking Machine.


June 14, 2002

Rephlex’s lektrogirl are holding dj workshops “for people who have never touched decks in their lives before and want to know how to make…


June 14, 2002 on Henry Miller’s Opus Pistorum.“In an affidavit filed with the U.S. Embassy in Paris, (Milton) Lubovski stated that, in 1957, he…

More Hot Lovage

June 13, 2002

Terrible chat-up lines, dating dos and don’ts and hints & tips from Nathanial Merriweather’s Lovage, a Prince Paul/Automator project.

Machine Room Jam

June 13, 2002

Fabulous Sound Machines at the Croydon Clocktower.“A collection of sound and colour pieces that become intriguing new instruments that…

The Midi Database

June 12, 2002

More MIDI files than you could ever need (or want).

Ravished By The Sheer Implausibility Of That Last Statement

June 12, 2002

A Few Notes on the Culture by Iain M Banks. Related: Culture Ship Names and Culture Inspired Ship Names.

A Number of Names

June 12, 2002

Marcia’s crazy tunes for crazy webloggers.

Holiday Retort

June 12, 2002

Back. Highlights: Tate St Ives (including the altogether more impressive Barbara Hepworth Museum and Sculpture Garden and David Shrigley…

The Holiday Girl

May 31, 2002

Anglepoised, More Beer and Uncharted Audio are off to the delightful village of Mousehole in Cornwall, to escape from celebrate the Jubilee…

Be Clowns

May 31, 2002

Odd, bootleg-style MP3s from Leila.Space Invaders Need a Resolution (Bootleg) (5.95 MB)Shimmy, Shimmy, Shimmy, Rock My World (4.4MB)One In A…


May 30, 2002

The history of Pocky (that’s Pocky, not pocky).“If this was the West, Pocky would have government health warnings on the boxes and Glico…

A Soft Quietude

May 30, 2002

Wired on the Lowercase sound.“Created largely by scientists, techies and experimental musicians, lowercase recordings are frequently based…

Small Circular Motion

May 30, 2002

Currently listening to a couple of albums from John Zorn’s Tzadik label; Memories Are My Only Witness by Yuka Honda (of Cibo Matto fame) and…

Pictures In An Exhibition

May 30, 2002

Excellent collection of old album covers.

Ho Fun

May 30, 2002

The Independent on noodles.“Just like surviving a Japanese pub crawl, eating noodles is a specialised skill. I had to be shown how to eat…

Blistered Ego

May 30, 2002

Headlessness interview on Chuck D’s SlamJamz venture.

Going Somewhere Solo?

May 28, 2002

The National Post on the problems with the Star Wars prequels. In short: where’s the Han Solo types?“Part of the magic of the first Star…

Beating Patiently

May 27, 2002

The Rat King, where “young rats close to one another in the nest sometimes get their tails entangled and become a living Gordian knot…

Weight Of My Words

May 27, 2002

Urban Dictionary, a slang dictionary with a cheeky appropriation of the design.

Folly Bridge

May 27, 2002

Glossary of Oxford terms.Spoonerism: The accidental or deliberate transposition of the initial letters etc. of two or more words in a phrase…

The Apologist

May 26, 2002

Post questions for Mil Millington’s live online talk this Friday (May 31 at 2pm). Related: Mil’s archived columns in the Guardian.

Scratch Yer Head

May 26, 2002

Currently making extensive use of the Itchy London guide (brief, critical reviews of bars, pubs, restaurants and attractions in London…

Faakin jingall jangall

May 26, 2002

Chatham Girls (Last All Summer Long?)English: “Sit quietly and eat or Santa will not come”.Chathamese: “Oi, Daphine-Celiste, sidaan an eet…

American Scream

May 26, 2002

The Bill Hicks Story. Related: Bill Hicks MP3s.

New Skin

May 25, 2002

Skin Deep tattoo exhibition, free at the National Maritime Museum (until 30 September 2002).

Bigger Wheels

May 25, 2002

MoonPies in infinitely better than Wagon Wheels non-shocker. Related: Manufactured Chocolate and Marshmallow Biscuits of the World; The…

Gone 11

May 25, 2002

Late bar info via SMS. May prevent further ill-considered Tatty Bogle outings.


May 25, 2002

Review of Sukiyaki, a Japanese restaurant in St Albans.“There was a time – perhaps there still is – when a bride’s way with pickles defined…

Geek Joke

May 24, 2002

Stolen from the inestimable Mr Beach.“There are only 10 types of people in this world:those who understand binary, and those who don’t.”


May 23, 2002

Some quick Uncharted Audio updates. The sonomu launch party (featuring Cursor Miner, Rothko, Junkboy, Simon Fisher Turner and more) takes…

Key Words

May 16, 2002

…and Tricky Phrases for Emergency Medical Personnel.“SBLEO — (pronounced S-B-Leo) Suicide By Law Enforcement Officer.TTR — Tattoo-to-Tooth…

Spins Them Webs

May 14, 2002

The Times on the science of Spider-Man (requires registration).“Close analysis of the remarkable gifts given to Peter Parker by the bite of…

Turntable TV

May 13, 2002

Commercial Breaks and Beats, a well-organised UK television advert music database.

Red Shadow

May 13, 2002

Hiroyuki Nakano’s “comic spin on the classic samurai tale” is showing between Sat 18 May – Thu 23 May at the ICA. Related: Red Shadow IMDb…

Surf’s Up

May 13, 2002

Fanboy MP3 reconstruction of the unreleased Beach Boys album, SMiLE.

Hand In Your Head

May 13, 2002

Fresh looks and an excellent new exhibit – ‘The Art of Ken Meyer Jr‘ – over at headlessness.

Prince Shops at Bardwells

May 06, 2002

Guardian journalist goes looking for UK underground music. Finds it. The end.“My tour begins in Sheffield. In the past, the south Yorkshire…

Amphibious Nostrils

May 05, 2002

Excerpt from The Salmon of Doubt, the late Douglas Adams’ third and incomplete Dirk Gently novel. Also features about 50 short Adams pieces…

Break My Body

May 04, 2002

Le Parkour – extreme roof-jumping urban sport, as featured in the current BBC 1 short, ‘Rush Hour’.

Mice Eat Cheese

May 04, 2002

Large collection of Modest Mouse bootleg MP3s.

Camel Bobsled

May 04, 2002

Scratch, a documentary from Palm Pictures, is a “feature length film about the hip-hop DJ and today’s turntablist movement”. Currently set…


May 02, 2002

Which Powerpuff Girls Character Are You?

Moog Cook Book

May 02, 2002

The Cook Book CD: Libro de Cocina y Musica.“An indie-pop Japan-o-phile compilation of songs accompanied by vegetarian recipes contributed by…


May 01, 2002

Nautilus are holding a Break-Fux-A-Thon Competition, to be judged by Venetian Snares, Jay from Coredump and Schmee from Planet Mu.“Make the…


May 01, 2002

Exceptionally tiny, customizable radio-controlled cars now available in the UK from Bit Char-G.“Introducing the world’s Playstation 2 Memory…


May 01, 2002

Excerpt from Helen Cooper’s A Chaucerian Year.“Odd things happen to the hormones in May; and although people did not know about hormones…

Build High

April 30, 2002

The Pixies’ original demo (The Purple Tape) will be released under the title “Pixies” by spinART records on July 9th.“The songs on this Cd…

Regular Return

April 29, 2002

The Bristol Art Library is the smallest public lending library in the world, is “housed in a wooden cabinet the size of a small suitcase…

Earth People

April 28, 2002

The Keo satellite launches at the end of 2003, carrying messages from everyone who has the urge to submit. It’s scheduled for return 50,00…

Time Zone

April 28, 2002

The Guardian’s Charlie Porter on obsession-inducing 24.“Most of us never expected to get caught up in a series that covers essentially the…

Go Go Mobile

April 26, 2002

The Guardian reports on new music recognition technology.“I dial a number on an ordinary mobile phone. There is a pause of 10 to 15 seconds…

Jazz Feathers

April 25, 2002

Jay Rubin’s Haruki Murakami and the Music of Words looks worthwhile (if far from definitive or overly insightful).Related: critical Guardian…


April 25, 2002

“Happily attached small anime girl seeks internet weirdo“. Apparently. Apply within.

Mutant Ibex

April 25, 2002

Time to dig out Chris Morris’ excellent Pixies spoof Motherbanger (MP3, 1,139Kb).“My mother did something to meWhen I was 23She spilt a cup…

Break out the Mead

April 25, 2002

After 72 years, the Dictionary of Middle English is finally finished.“Now, for the first time, what was being spoken in the streets and…

Standing By

April 23, 2002

Create lego-style figures, like this rather poor rendition of Porkins, the aptly-named (and ill-fated) X-Wing pilot from Star Wars. If only…


April 23, 2002

An excerpt from Nicholson Baker’s latest non-fiction work, Double Fold: Libraries and the Assault on Paper. Related: Nicholson Baker Fan…

No Nathaniel, No

April 23, 2002

The complete lyrics from Jeff Wayne’s Musical Version of The War of the Worlds – the ultimate in-car entertainment for children of the late…

Joining Tiny Dots

April 23, 2002

Pondering the original source of the phrase “and besides, the wench is dead” after noticing it in the author’s notes for Walter Tevis’ The…

Angels Versus Aliens

April 21, 2002

Neon Genesis Evangelion – Perfect Collection released on DVD in the US.“Anno’s watershed series was not the first anime series to combine…

Visions of Sugar Pastry

April 21, 2002

3 Beads of Sweat are set to re-release ye olde Mountain Goats compilations on CD: Bitter Melon Farm, Ghana and Protein Source of the Future…

For Force

April 21, 2002

New Fridge song – Surface Noise And Electric Piano (MP3, 6,251Kb). Related: Eph reissued (with Kinoshita Terasaka, Of EP and remixes).

Extreme Ironing

April 21, 2002

“combining the dangers of ‘adrenaline’ sports with the satisfaction of pressed linen“.

Bring On The Clones

April 21, 2002 appear to be crawling anglepoised with their sinister-sounding SlySearch. Cue paranoia.


April 21, 2002

Two gory Battle Royale t-shirt designs from airside.

Working As A Cocktail In A Waitress Bar

April 19, 2002

Whammstein – a covers band, concentrating on the very best in shouty grinding industrial and 80’s covers. Related: drinking whilst on…

Plug Me In

April 18, 2002

Stuck for something to do this Thursday evening? Of course not. After all, you’re the busy, thrusting, socially well-endowed type! However…


April 18, 2002

ATP have confirmed that Autechre will curate next year’s All Tomorrow’s Parties in the UK (as mentioned last month).No line-up announced yet…

Get Your Snack On

April 17, 2002

Jim O’Rourke, Kim Gordon, Amon Tobin, Jeff Mills, Si Begg, Evolution Control Committee, Cornelius (and many, many more) feature in various…

Dining Out

April 17, 2002

High impact Visa Asia commercial (WMV, 1,850k) featuring Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon star Zhang Ziyi. Also: short “making of…” movies and…


April 17, 2002

Roman Dirge – a Tim Burton-esque animator (to do him a disservice). Related: Invader ZIM DivX.(Not strictly) related: Tim Burton’s Stainboy…

Rota Link

April 17, 2002

The covers project (“building a database of cover songs… with the intention of creating cover ‘chains’”).

I’m The Operator

April 16, 2002

Retrobeep – the obsolete and vintage computer museum at Bletchley Park.

Words Of Advice

April 16, 2002

Feeding off the naked lunch – Irvine Welsh on Burroughs, Trocchi, the “relationship between drugs and the artistic muse” and new play…

Root Down

April 14, 2002

The weblogging world is abuzz with speculation – what is BlogRoots? Oh silly, isn’t it obvious? It’s hair dye – for webloggers!

By The Stumps

April 14, 2002

The origin of London’s place names (numerous but scanty details) and London Place names (fewer names with more detail). Books: A Dictionary…

Black Books

April 13, 2002

Confessions of a slush pile reader:“I wish I could say that serving as a conduit between the publishing elite and the uncorrupted masses…

Hubert Selby Jr

April 13, 2002

Reading from his latest novel Waiting Period (excerpt) at the SBC on Thursday 23 May.

Superfast Service

April 13, 2002

The Fast Food Nation section on Penguin’s UK site (including interview with Eric Schlosser, extract and charming e-cards). Related: Fast…

Googling Free

April 13, 2002

Google announces Web APIs (will hopefully lead to people making good use of the things that they find). Related: slightly obsessive (in a…

Ricket To Tide

April 08, 2002

Anglepoised presents LJ Kruzer’s Since I Took A Taxi (MP3, 5,828k) – a stunning reworking of Bob James’ Angela (Theme from “Taxi”). Praise…


April 08, 2002

The Complete Tapehead Columns.

Not That It Matters

April 08, 2002

Robyn reviews the final episode of the current Black Books series on Screenburn.

So You Wanna

April 08, 2002

Fake being an indie rock expert?“It isn’t successful, it isn’t glamorous, it isn’t sexy, it isn’t insipid, and it isn’t likely to get you…

They’re Animals

April 08, 2002

Like cows, or something! The official HR Giger website.

From the no-excuses dept.

April 08, 2002

Strunk’s The Elements of Style available online at the excellent Other useful texts: Emily Post’s Etiquette in Society, in…

Le Soleil Est Pres De Moi

April 08, 2002

London Air Quality Network’s live air pollution levels.

A Life in the Day

April 08, 2002

Bill Birdwood, Dartmoor prison’s chaplain.


April 03, 2002

Addictive TV’s ITV1 music series of audio-visual DJ / VJ mixes repeated Friday nights from April 19th at 2.45am, featuring exclusive mixes…


April 03, 2002

Premium collectible Urban-style action figures for sale (from those nice people at Minidisco).“The figures we’ve got are designed by an…

Blip Blip Tennis

April 03, 2002

Hefty collection of game mp3s, including Tony Hawks Pro Skater 2, Jet Set Radio Future, Parasite Eve Remixes, Tekken 3 Arcade OST and…

Pale And Ingratiating

April 03, 2002

The I Dig Scrawny Pale Guys webring. Thankfully no “I Am A Scrawny Pale Guy” companion webring.

Skate Glug

April 03, 2002

The UK’s first all-girl skateboarding event, April 5th at Sheffield’s The House skatepark.

Now get your ass to Mars

March 28, 2002

Or rather, your name. Can’t help but think of Wowbagger and interstellar spam.

Turntable Hell

March 28, 2002

UK-wide Extreme turntablist tour featuring Otomo Yoshihide, Marina Rosenfeld, Janek Schaefer, Lepke B and more.

My Fond Ambition

March 26, 2002

Lyrics from Sushi K’s rap.I’m Sushi K and I’m here to say I like to rap in a different wayLook out Number One in every city Sushi K rap has…

Just Pool

March 26, 2002

The Hustler, available on DVD from June.“You’ve the best excuse in the world for losing; no trouble losing when you got a good excuse…

On my bus

March 26, 2002

The Warp Magic Bus Tour travels through Europe during May and June. Artists going on a summer holiday include Plaid, Prefuse 73, Ovuca, Luke…

The Real Thing

March 26, 2002

Foil-wrapped Coca-Cola fortune cookies spotted a couple of weeks ago at Ed’s Easy Diner, Brent Cross. Unnerving.Still trampling on the pearl…

Judge Love (no relation)

March 25, 2002

Electronic tagging of offenders inspired by Spiderman cartoon strip.“Jack Love was a newly appointed district judge in Albuquerque, New…

Leo Vroman

March 25, 2002

“Holland’s most famous living artist-poet-scientist“. Related: Irrelativity (illustrations by Leo Vroman), Bi(bli)ografie (in Dutch).


March 22, 2002

Artificial Neohuman Generated for Logical Exploration/Positronic Organism Intended for Sabotage and Efficient Destruction.

Bad sex and bad TV

March 22, 2002

The Breeders are back with two(!) new singles (Off You – limited, 10″ vinyl, mirror board sleeve – and Huffer) and a new album, Title TK…

Songs for children

March 22, 2002

The new Belle and Sebastian album, Storytelling, is set for a June 3rd release.“The album is compiled of songs that were written throughout…

Sound Noise Music

March 22, 2002

sonomu – a new project from the state51 conspiracy – “will become a unique personalised place for new music discovery and discussion…

Here’s your shirt

March 22, 2002

Slightly obsessive (but attractive nonetheless) Magnum P.I. fansite, featuring a cut-out-and-fold-and-ticky-tape-and-keep paper model kit of…

An ignorant race

March 22, 2002

Japan’s psychedelic earth worshippers Acid Mothers Temple perform a live score to the cult Japanese Manga classic “Urotsukidoji” – Legend Of…


March 21, 2002

“A new TV review site for people who have had enough“, from the veritable Bobzilla.

Filthy electro-rap

March 19, 2002

Download Gold Chains’ new I Come From San Francisco video. I want that deck. Gold Chains, DMX Crew, Uncharted Audio’s honcho extraordinaire…


March 18, 2002

The official Dick Bruna site featuring screensavers, colouring pictures, games and the Dick Bruna Song. Related: Miffy versus Hello Kitty.

Manga @ Magma

March 17, 2002

Za Manga! “A close look at the fantastic history & the eccentric world of the Manga phenomena in Japan.” (11 March – 12 April at Magma…


March 17, 2002

An Illustrated History.“Discover the fascinating history of computers, interfaces, and computer design in this illustrated guide that…

Music is math

March 17, 2002

CNN article on music hardware vs. music software and related Slashdot discussion (ye olde “real” instruments vs. electronic instruments…

Still more fighting

March 17, 2002

History of the Final Fantasy series.

Count the bubbles in your hand

March 14, 2002

The Invisible Web Directory, for when Google just ain’t enough.

It has an international appeal

March 14, 2002

The Lovebytes 2002 festival of digital art takes place this weekend in Sheffield, featuring Dave Green (of NTK fame), Apple Creative…


March 14, 2002

AV Deck “features pre-release and live independent music presented by DJ’s and artists from the Beggars Group of labels” (i.e. 4AD, Too Pure…

Embrace and extend

March 14, 2002

iPod Hacks. Now all I need is an iPod. And a Mac.

The Shield

March 14, 2002

“Look closely — well, you don’t even have to look that closely — and you’ll swear you’re watching an updated version of Homicide: Life on…

Sister magpie

March 14, 2002

Jess is back with a new design and the beginnings of an anime sketchpad. It’s a full-on Love family weblogging offensive. Next week on the…

As olde stories tellen us

March 14, 2002

Wonderland Society’s Canterbury Tales. I’m looking forward to the inevitable “Which Pilgrim Are You?” online personality test.


March 14, 2002

A romance of many dimensions.

The Centurions

March 14, 2002

Power Xtreme! File under “dimly-remembered childrens cartoon that seemed wonderful at the time (perhaps brain only half-grown?)”.

Ellie Harrison

March 14, 2002

Eat 22 and Kinetic Cake Vs Kinetic Carrot.

All Hail West Texas

March 12, 2002

Companion site for the recent album by the Mountain Goats.

Powerpuff Girls Movie

March 09, 2002

Why didn’t anyone tell me about this before? Due for release on the 3rd July 2002 in the US and 18th October in the UK. More details…

Cheap as Fopp

March 09, 2002

Reduced prices on City Slang, Warp, Chemikal Undergound and Ninja Tune albums from Fopp shops.

Lo and Behold

March 09, 2002

Lo Recordings get their act together with their new site, with information on Rothko, They Came From The Stars (I Saw Them), Barry 7, Luke…

The devil is in the details

March 09, 2002

A list of references and oddities from the recent Boards of Canada album, Geogaddi.

From the Portishead mailing list

March 09, 2002

On the 29th April 2002 we are releasing Portishead’s acclaimed PNYC live show remastered on DVD “PNYC“. Including the full length…

Pop-art windows

March 09, 2002

Amusing client quotes. Salvaged from a thread.

Gateway to the Future

March 09, 2002

The Science Museum’s Japanese exhibit finishes next weekend. It also marks the end of the year-long Japan 2001 festival.

Ho ho ho

March 09, 2002

It’s not Christmas (or the anniversary of last year’s All Tomorrow’s Parties), but I can never find the lyrics to Atmosphere’s “If I was…

Classic Shooting Stars

March 09, 2002

Vic and Bob perform a cover of the Dr Who theme tune (requires RealPlayer). My memory may be playing tricks; I’m sure the broadcast sketch…

Celebrity Chef antics

March 09, 2002

Anthony Bourdain eats the beating heart of a freshly killed cobra (MPEG, 1472k).

Keep it simple

March 09, 2002

Another weblog. Just what the world needs.