Monday Jul 18, 2005
Friday Apr 22, 2005
By jmcp on Apr 22, 2005
One thing about this album that annoys me somewhat is the inclusion of an NTSC dvd rather than a PAL dvd. There's a wealth of good reasons why NTSC (aka Never The Same Colour --- try googling for "ntsc never the same color" and hit "I'm feeling lucky") should not be used, starting with the fact that Australia (where I live) just doesn't use NTSC. Makes me think that this is either a straight import from the US (unlikely given the price), or that the local distributor was unwilling to do any thinking about what was being packaged up. Much more likely...
Still, the music displays Ben Folds' expansion and development into what might be called larger works. There are a variety of other instruments, some other people providing backing vocals (including his wife Frally), and some complex rhythms and harmonies. And (I've just noticed after listening to it 10 times) that there are little interlude bits too --- quite soft background-style music with muted keyboard, drums and (I think) string bass. Interesting!
I really like this album. Now I just need a few spare cycles to sit down and look at the DVD as well.
Actually, there isn't any background-style music on this album --- just The Cat Empire's website hijacking my /dev/audio. Hmmmm not very nice!
By jmcp on Apr 22, 2005
I picked up their latest album Two Shoes a few days ago and as is my habit it's now on high rotation. They've got a nasty habit though with their website of hijacking one's /dev/audio and playing a track from their album.
This is rude and obnoxious behaviour for a website.
If I want to listen to their music, I will do so when I choose to. I do not want to have it forced on me.
Anyway, the group is touring Australia at the moment. I didn't go (and haven't gone) to their shows at the Enmore Theatre - I figured that their sort of music is better suited to a place where you can get up and dance (maybe even mosh a bit). The Enmore Theatre is very much a sit down sort of place. Now maybe if they were appearing at The Metro instead....
Saturday Feb 19, 2005
By jmcp on Feb 19, 2005
I work at Oracle in the Solaris group. The opinions expressed here are entirely my own, and neither Oracle nor any other party necessarily agrees with them.
- help! Non-aligned writes are killing my zpool!
- My own private crash-n-burn farm: using kernel zones for speedy testing
- Please update your address book
- Announcement: inaugural meeting of Brisbane Oracle Solaris User Group
- And before I forget it \*again\* ...
- This blog is moving
- Migrating from Solaris Express to OpenSolaris
- Vodafone Mobile Broadband with a Huawei K3520/E169
- Presentations and flickrstream of KCA2009 available
- KCA2009 - winding down #1