Wednesday, December 22, 2004

Mr. Cat says have a meery beery Christmas! Posted by Hello

Monday, November 22, 2004

Remember the subservient chicken? Here's a subservient bar girl. It's hard enough to get a drink off her though.
Oh look. Crane lifting stupidity makes no.2 on daypop. This happened a few months ago in Roundstone - a very picturesque village not too far from here. I guess we should be thankful nobody was hurt but I'm sure there were a lot of red faces around town that day.

Friday, November 19, 2004

I didn't realise they played Hurling in Turkey... I guess you learn something new every day.

Thursday, November 04, 2004

In common with Brendan, I got the new Bob Dylan memoir late last week. It's a superb read indeed; surprising in the amount of detail he recounts - I suspect Dylan must have been an avid journal keeper all his life. He possess a very acute visual/verbal sense - which is also reflected in the lyrics of his best songs - his use of words, reconditioned cliches in many cases - to describe scenes and visions outside of any clear narrative.

The book is far better that I had expected. The chapter on 'Oh Mercy' alone is worth the cover price; his account of his search for new inspiration, the way he works to reveal the source of power within the songs, the realities of the recording process, the enthusiasm and reverence and taste he shows for music - it's a superb insight into the creative workings of a great artist. Plus, he comes across as an eminently likeable and sensitive individual. Who would have thought it?

Tuesday, November 02, 2004

Monday, November 01, 2004

Friday, October 22, 2004

Tuesday, October 05, 2004

Online Encyclopedia has a quite strange entry for Tuam.

Friday, September 24, 2004

Kerry for President, Mayo for Sam.

The big match is on Sunday. Tickets are as scarce as hens teeth. None have come my way so it looks like I'll watch the game in one of Castlebar's friendly drinkin' establishments. Up Mayo!

Wednesday, September 22, 2004

A tree. Posted by Hello

Monday, September 20, 2004

Quite entertaining. What would you do if you found someone's digital camera memory card? Post the photos on the web and write a blog around them of course...

Tuesday, September 14, 2004

Wednesday, September 08, 2004

Into classic cameras? How about the Rolleiflex MiniDigi?

Monday, August 23, 2004

Tuesday, August 10, 2004

I've been pretty much out of touch with what Mark E. Smith and the Fall have been doing since about 1989 so I went to their gig in the Roisin largely out of a sense of historical curiosity. But, bloody hell if it wasn't one of the very best concerts I've ever been at. Maybe they only played for little over an hour but the band had the crowd in such a frenzy from the word go that by the time they had sauntered off the stage the audience seemed too knackered to even attempt anything more than the most whimpering calls for an encore. But an encore did come, and while I was distracted by a face-off between a nutcase and a bowsie that was threatening to erupt into fullscale flailing, I could only wonder if The Fall were always this good and why had I written Mark E Smith and his merry crew off for a full decade and a half just because his songs used to give me a pain in the head. How can somebody that looks like a resident of a Salford doss house manage to summon a force that is more funk, more indie, more downright uncompromising rock n'roll than just about anything else being produced today? And while my tinnitus and I recover, here's the Fall Video Repository to amuse yourselves with (check out the videos from The Knitting Factory NY from April this year for a flavour of what was on show in Galway).

PS: Fans review the gig.

Tuesday, August 03, 2004

If you live near Galway, keep your eye's peeled for this chap. There's a cool $1 million reward on his head and he's already been spotted around here.

Tuesday, July 27, 2004

Perfect for the Irish summer: Guniness Stout Ice Cream.

Friday, July 23, 2004

German(?) flash game: Walk the drunk home.
Smarter than your average songwriter: An interview with Sufjan Stevens.

Monday, July 19, 2004

18th century English artist William Hogarth's 'The Analysis of Beauty'. Apparently, it's all to do with the serpentine line.

Friday, July 16, 2004

"A way beyond the itchcebob
and over the proofran sea
you'll find a place called Stoogeland
where very soon you'll be..."

-Track 119 of the fascinating Funhouse Sessions boxset.
Even the 30 second samples ROCK. Via the spiffing new layout

Wednesday, July 14, 2004

Monday, July 12, 2004

Online stream of "The Golden Apples of the Sun": An Arthur Magazine compilation of the best new folk music as selected by Devendra Banhart.

Thursday, July 01, 2004

Weird. The Warlords of Pez doing it for for the kids. (64k video via
Go on, get it off your chest:

Tuesday, June 29, 2004

Via Metafilter. Video of Sonic Youth studio performance. I got the new album last week and whilst it covers familiar ground, I think it's probably their best collection of tunes since 'Dirty'.
The Straight Dope has the answer to something we all need to know: -How large a file is a 128 kbps MP3 of John Cage's 4'33"?
Fang-Yu Lin

Monday, June 28, 2004

It was a pretty eventful weekend for me. I won't go into details but suffice to say the highlight was the Dylan concert in Pearse Stadium yesterday. The sound left a bit to be desired (especially at the back where the echo from the stands was horrendous; up front it was okay) but the gig itself was awesome. Dylan's band are one of the tightest outfits I've ever seen live. I reckon, the performance of 'Tangled up in Blue' bettered any version of that song I've heard before. And the guitar interplay during the 'Love and Theft' material, particularily during 'Summer days' was beautiful. 'Down on the Cove', 'Drifters Escape', 'The Man in Me', 'All along the Watchtower','Like a Rolling Stone'. Brilliant, brilliant stuff.

Friday, June 25, 2004

The truth about Layne.

Wednesday, June 23, 2004

Thursday, June 17, 2004

99 Rooms.
I'll make no apologies. Big Brother may be lowest denominator entertainment but this season it's shaping up to be the best series yet.

Wednesday, June 16, 2004

It appears that one of my favourite bloggers Plain Layne may be a work of fiction. Triggered by her latest hiatus, regular readers have trawled the net in somewhat frenzied search for evidence of deceit. Heavyweight sites and Metafilter are now in on the action.

Tuesday, June 15, 2004

Monday, June 14, 2004

Carrot-tops arise and behold the Realm of Redheads!

Thursday, June 10, 2004


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Wednesday, June 09, 2004

Friday, June 04, 2004

This weekend we have the Guinness Castlebar Blues Festival. It's being going for 12 years now - which is some achievement. It's a fun little festival with more of a focus on the Guinness than on the Blues, but hey, who can argue when so much good music is free?

Thursday, June 03, 2004

The wonders of the internet. I'm currently listening to an official bootleg of last nights Pixies gig in London. Incredible stuff - it's like they never went away.

Monday, May 31, 2004

Friday, May 28, 2004

Wednesday, May 26, 2004

An excellent synopsis of 'Troy' - which is shite, in case you're wondering. For proper movie thrills may I recommend Kill Bill Vol. 2 - any single scene of which displays more imagination than Hollywood's latest overblown folly.
Design your own cereal box. Via Exclamation Mark.
Hey Kids! Learn how to fake UFO photos. Via The Presurfer.

Friday, May 21, 2004

A second installment of the World's worst album covers. Get a load of the 'Playmates'.
Kudos to Galway Mayo Institute of Technology student, Kevin Kelly for building a sophisticated Rubik's cube solver robot out of LEGO for his final year Engineering project. No doubt it was a complex and difficult task. However, one wonders if it was all original work or if he used the design published by LEGO Robotics supremo Johnathan Brown last year?

Thursday, May 20, 2004

Is is a new musical genre - Alt Christian perhaps? Whatever, Sufjan Stevens' new album 'Seven Swan's is incredible; certainly one of the best things I've heard this year so far - beautiful and inspirational in equal measure. But then again I've a soft spot for left-field understated folk-rock so here's another review by a believer.

Tuesday, May 18, 2004

Gmail swap. If any of you want an invite to join up for a GMail account, let me know and I'll email you.
The Quantum Effects Devices Project. Heavy stuff.

Monday, May 10, 2004

Friday, May 07, 2004

I saw two great movies the other night. The Station Agent - a touching drama about solitude and friendship followed by Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, a movie which I can only describe as unmissable if you've ever loved and lost. It so good I think I go and see it again next week.

Thursday, May 06, 2004

Wednesday, April 28, 2004

I missed this article when it came out last month on Wired News:- How E-Voting Threatens Democracy. Topical in an Irish context given the controversial plan to introduce electronic voting nationally for the first time in the forthcoming European and Local elections on June 11th.

Tuesday, April 27, 2004

Disordered Affections: The Blog of one of the 'ex' writers of Judging Amy who with the rest of her colleagues has recently been fired. Via Gossiplist.
Speaking of UFO's. Here's a story about a suspected alien sighting in Boyle, Co. Roscommon recently which caused 'widespread shock and consternation' amongst the local community.
Never mind your EU ministers' meetings or your Presidental visits, Galway is hosting an international UFO conference in June. More details here.

Monday, April 26, 2004

Project Hipshot - John Brownlow's interesting experiment in street photography.
An excellent post from John at North Atlantic Skyline blog on the unexpectedly painless acceptance amongst Ireland's drinking public of our bright shiny new smoking ban.

Friday, April 23, 2004

Silly season in the U.S. south? Louisiana May Ban Low-Slung Pants.

Thursday, April 22, 2004

Wednesday, April 21, 2004

Chinese enterprise on the web: ThreeDollarDVD.

Monday, April 19, 2004

Proof once again, that with every advance in technology, somebody will figure out a way of using it for sexual gratification.
Rip It Up And Start Again. Hopefully Simon Reynold's new book will be as good as the song.
Theta States - Bedroom Music For Bedroom People: Some excellent mix discs on mp3 here.

Saturday, April 17, 2004

Bloody hell... I often park my car in Roche's carpark in town and I've never seen anything like this...!!!.!

Friday, April 16, 2004

Tuesday, April 13, 2004

Anti-Barbie Wins Hearts in Beauty Pageant - or how an ordinary Russian teenager won the online competition to represent her country at the Miss Universe peageant in Ecuador.

Friday, April 09, 2004

A journey through the dead zone; an amazing photo essay of a motorcycle journey through the environs of Chernobyl.

Tuesday, April 06, 2004

For the record, Alphastates' gig last night in the Cellar was v.good. Thought you would like to know. Incidentally, on the way to the Cellar, I ran into Irish football legend Paul McGrath. He was on his own and seemed a tad drunk (some would say 'twisted drunk') - shouting away at nothing in particular. Quite sad really.
Talented international troubadour and Galway resident Obo Martin's website. He's a brave man to mix it like that with the swans in the Claddagh basin.
Mick Fealty of Northern Ireland politics blog has contributed an interesting article to last Sunday's Observer.
The MOOG archives.
Sicilian Blazes Put Science to the Test.

Monday, April 05, 2004

Grammar God!
You are a GRAMMAR GOD!

If your mission in life is not already to
preserve the English tongue, it should be.
Congratulations and thank you!

How grammatically sound are you?
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Thursday, April 01, 2004

Wednesday, March 31, 2004

Map Your Motivations To Clarify Career Goals. This is the kind of shite I hate, but unfortunately, being a worker drone in a multinational corporation means I need 'career goals'....

Thursday, March 25, 2004

CRIMSON ROOM - A bloody difficult puzzle game.

Wednesday, March 24, 2004

Wow your friends with Erotic Origami.
Pretty impressive chat/collaboration environment: Collab.

Tuesday, March 23, 2004

St Patrick's day shenanigans - Ronnie Drew with a half naked woman; of course, BP Fallon had to be involved.
I'm back from France after an eventful and stressful journey accompanying an injured friend via an alternative route which included baggage mayhem at Gatwick and Ryanair selling the two extra seats our insurance company had reserved (and paid for) to accomodate my friend's broken leg. Never again will I fly with Ryanair. They can take their 'low fares' and shove then up their anzuzes.

Friday, March 12, 2004

I'm off skiing for the week so there'll be no posting here until the 22nd at earliest....See you folks!

Tuesday, March 09, 2004

Surprise, surprise: Ireland tops EU alcohol consumption table.

Saturday, March 06, 2004

Friday, March 05, 2004

Thursday, March 04, 2004

An interesting left brain/right brain challenge: The Colour Test

Monday, March 01, 2004

The Smile Shop: all about Brian Wilson's lost Beach Boys masterpiece 'Smile' which is finally due for release later this year.

Friday, February 27, 2004

Remember what Feb 29 means?
This morning in Galway, we're having the first right bit of snow so far this year. As usual, the country has come to a standstill. Most of the rural schools are closed (and some of the city ones) and as of the time of writing the majority of my colleagues who live outside town still haven't turned up for work. Its amazing the disruption a couple of inches of snow can cause.

Thursday, February 19, 2004

Monday, February 16, 2004

Would you spend €3000 on a new book about Muhammad Ali? And that's only the collectors edition. The 'Champs edition' is €7,500! Check out the promo website here.

Thursday, February 12, 2004

Once again, I and a few compadres attempted the annual Galway Arts festival Rock n' Pop table quiz last night. Although I felt we did quite well in general (I think we finished 9th) we were nowhere near good enough to win the thing - Next year, I think we'll need someone who's familiar with the first 15 seconds of the intro to every song that made the charts in the last year (and who knows the difference between Mary J Blige and Missy Elliott).

Wednesday, February 11, 2004

Surprise, surprise - not everyone likes living in Galway.

Tuesday, February 10, 2004

Phew. I'm just back after a weekend in Barcelona - it's a great city; busier at 11:00 pm than at 11:00 am; a place where life's priorites seem to be in balance - Joy before Art before Work. And nice weather too!

Wednesday, February 04, 2004

How times have changed. 28 years after Johhny Rotten outraged the British TV watching public with his use of the F-word, he manages to do the same last night with the C-word. Don't expect to see 'Curb you Enthusiasm' reruns on UK daytime terrestrial TV anytime soon then.

Tuesday, February 03, 2004

Congratulations to Miller on the release of not only a new album by his band 'The Ruben James' but also the impending release of a solo album. It's nice to see he has included a song, '3 a.m Galway Bay', which I assume was inspired by his time spent in Galway last year. They're good songs too - something to be proud of Mr. Miller.
More muso stuff. Here's Alan W. Pollack's notes on the complete Beatles catalogue. Via Incoming Signals

Monday, February 02, 2004

'Money, Money, Money' was my favourite song for about a week when I was 10. Little did I know I was merely being manipulated by a cliched songwriting construct; The Truck Driver's Gear Change Hall Of Shame: A muso's introduction.
From The Guardian: Six year olds rate classic guitar anthems.

Friday, January 30, 2004

Send lawyers, guns and money there's plagiarism in the Blogosphere: Tequilamockingbird was a victim.
From the BDSM university: Stern's guide to Slave Training. (Includes some material NSFW). Some weird and kinky stuff here; I mean whats the big deal about keeping the mouth open? :- "While in your presence your slave should never close the fists, the legs or the lips, in private or in the vanilla world. Teach your slave to keep her lips from touching (the mouth doesn't have to be gaping open, of course), to think about the position of her hands (in public, she may not be able to place them palms-up, but they can be relaxed and loose) and, if she has to cross her legs, to do it at the ankles rather than the knees. (This is manageable, even in a skirt. Allow your slave to practice in front of you until she can do this without drawing attention to herself.)".

Thursday, January 29, 2004

New adventures in music criticism? Pitchfork's Nick Slyvester reviews the Daft Punk re-mix album with the aid of some natty drawings.

Monday, January 26, 2004

Instant msg conversation I've just had...

Mick: What d'ya make of this...
Smoke: Bloody hell. What kind of leech would fancy a meal of silicone?
Mick: The two legged variety!

Tuesday, January 20, 2004

From the country that gave us Rasputin, we now have Natasha - a girl with X-Ray vision.

Monday, January 19, 2004

I appears that the Gardai got a bit carried away with themselves over the excitement of having real live EU 'dignitaries' in town last week. A local activist is alledging he was seriously assaulted by Gardai after his 'arrest' on Saturday morning. If true, this is highly disturbing and coming on top of a slew of bad of bad press for the boys in blue, can only add to calls to have the force reformed. Whatever you may think of the EU or globalisation or 'fortress Europe' or the war in Iraq etc. etc. it seem to me that that the biggest threat to our society, it's freedoms and liberties lies with corruption in the very organisations tasked with protecting them.
Microsoft idiocy #30043: It appears their lawyers are suing 17 year old Mike Rowe over ownership of his domain name

Wednesday, January 14, 2004

A cool music blog out of LA: Burned By The Sun.
Ex Husker Du and Sugar vocalist Bob Mould's blog. You know, "Makes No Sense at All" was one of my favourite songs of the Eighties.
Are you a single guy? Well, this pretty girl is looking for a boyfriend. (N.B. Link not safe for work - but not hardcore either).

Monday, January 12, 2004

New survey reveals truth about sex and the city. Interesting. Via Dave's Picks.
Here's a very impressive page from a guy who made a resolution last year to get himself into shape and, unlike most of us, stuck with it. Good for him; this year however, I'm going to spend the €500 I spent on gym membership last year on something I might actually use.
Via Fimoculous. A photographic tour of the Replacements hometown. Which reminds me; I must get that new Paul Westerberg album.

Friday, January 09, 2004

Thursday, January 08, 2004

On Monday, I received as a belated but awesome Christmas gift from my dearest friend, the new Johnny Cash Box Set. If you admired the music Johnny recorded for his four American Recordings' albums then 'Unearthed' is highly recommended. It's is beautifully packaged and includes 5 CDs, 4 of which contain unreleased work from sessions recorded over the last decade. Although I have yet to fully digest this monumental work, highlights from disc 3 alone, include duets with Nick Cave and Joe Strummer on 'Cindy' and 'Redemption Songs' respectively and a great version of a (to me unfamiliar) song called 'Singer of Songs' as well as a splintering take of old standard 'Salty Dog'. This set is a brilliant epitaph for one of the true giants of rock n'roll.
If you're interested in ancient mythologies and the like, then the Internet Sacred Text Archive is well worth checking out. It features an extensive collection of Celtic myths and tales translated into English, including the beautiful and popular story of the Children of Lir.

Tuesday, January 06, 2004

Roots music radio show host and recording engineer, George Graham's 2003 Year end essay. If you're into the folkier end of things then check out his site - most of the album reviews are taken from his radio show and are very handily posted as real audio files.

Monday, January 05, 2004

Hmm, this may well be the first gig I go to this year: Spiritualized play Galway next week, on Wednesday 14th.
So here we are on the other side. Happy new year loyal readers...