Aphex Twin: drukqs – music review

As the web site says, this it the first album for Dick D Jame in 5 years.
And yes, there’s two CDs. Maybe I shouldda left it another week or two before writing this – give time for it to fully absorb. But it’s just not as hooky as the earlier stuff.
Now I feel terrible for saying that — being one of those people who’s always saying – yeah – not as good as their early stuff. eg. Regurgitator ‘I like your old stuff better than the new stuff’.

not taht I’m saying it’s not as good as didgereedoo and that kind of thing — just different. Slower, quite a few just piano tracks. Some crazy stuff. I think that havin a kid has had a fairly big affect on Mr.Twin.
Gimme another week.

The Look of things

Have been screwing around trying to get a counter script to work here for a while as you might’ve noticed… and no luck, but come up with a better plan — this pivot – scripting system is hard to alter (for me) but the whole thing can become a frame ….
so I’m thinking …. Frames …. Frames everywhere.
I didn’t even have much hell idea what the hell frames did or are til the other day – was havin’ another cruise through me HTML book — and suuure enough – they’re in there – so will be able to get the counter workin and maybo some other goodies too.
Now it’s just a matter of finding enough time in one seesion where my head is clear and motivated enough to do it. Which isn’t as easy as it sounds – what with all this freakkin uni homework…

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Ten days til we give Telstra the big Phlipped finger – yay!

Ah went on down the road…

So the Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds gig was pretty good. I was told it’d be ‘standing room only’ and thought little of this – ‘cause at other gigs like that it’s been really squishy. – but there was enough room and the crowd wasn’t the typw that moshes – nor was the music that way.
They did mostly better known songs – there were a few there that I didn’t know, but I suspect they were from the most recent album, of which I’ve heard none.
Me and nick cave I wouldda first heard of him on Three Triple R. I remeber I got ‘The Good Son’ in year 11 or something, and liked it, but lost it somewhere along the way. (Aren’t tapes just like that – How many damn tapes have I lost due to their size??! Heaps.) And It wouldda been ‘92 I got the record ‘Kicking against the Pricks’ Mainly drawn by the front cover. He’s gotta be one of the coolest lookin’ guys around. Still is.
Infact in a long unpublished story about a band (that I was writing around that time) I based a character on what I knew of Cave’s look and demanour. I had dubbed tapes of a Birthday Party album for a while – ‘Prayers on Fire’. And The Boys Next Door, ‘Door, Door’ came into my possesion (on record) came to me ‘round then too. Had a tape dubbed from friend’s CD of ‘Let Love In’ for a while. Picked up ‘Henry’s Dream’ on 2nd CD, and have the compilation of NC & TBS too, but there’s still some albums I’ve not heard.
Oh, also, have read, and have his book, And the ass saw the angel – a good winter read.

Anyway – was great to actually see him in person – exactly as in pictures – it alsmost still felt like it was a moving picture of tv.
The songs were done very similar to how they’re recorded, except perhaps “red right hand” which was in a different key.
Nick didn’t really say anything between songs, which I kind of expected, but wouldda been nice — I reckon I’d be jabbering on if I had an audience at my disposal.
What can I say? It was really good, but not mind blowing. It didn’t raise the level of my respect for the musicians – or what I think about them – but that level was fairly high to begin with.
It was cool to hear ‘em do ‘Papa won’t leave you, Henry’ – that song rocked.

Claire Moore was supporting. It hink she’s dave Grainey’s woman – he was in the band — and I think Claire is the drummer in The Coral Snakes – Grainey’s backing band.

The crowd were almost older than me and Gene – and it seemed – hard to ‘Wow’.

Nick and the Seeds did two encores, but i just don’t get the whole idea of encores. – The band leaves – the crowd is expected to yell and stomp feet like idiots until band comes back.
The Forum – as a venue is pretty cool. I didn’t get squashed, didn’t need to go take a slash halfway through – as is usual with me and such things – like movies—and me feet didn’t get too sore from standing in the one place for so long.
But like i said yesterday – getting back to the car was another matter.

ups and downs

Well, the bad news first. On Friday Night when I was at the Nick Cave concert our car was broken into and my laptop, Li’l Lugger was stolen.
Also, the buggers made off with my electric shaver and a pair of old shoes that were in a backpack. These last two things really would’ve been of no use to any one but me.
Yes a bit of a shock for us to find one of the back triangle windows broken. I dunno what I was thinking leaving it there really.
Thankfully there was nothing crutial on it at the time. I wasn’t using it much since getting the Jug together — it has woodnose95 on it, and some cracked versions of Dreamweaver, Flash – that kind of thing (This was for trial purposes only, True!) I couldn’t be bothered spending the time figuring out how to work them.
The card winmodem was in it, and the connector cable for it, and my psychology test cdrom was in the drive — so that’s gonna have to be replaced. But I didn’t take the ext. floppy drive – so now that’s sitting here, looking very useless by itself.

Anyway, shocked I was, damn shocked — and bloody disappointed at the fact that here was a case of someone (the robber) not respecting another person (me). And then I was disappointed at me for being dumb enough to havee left it there to begin with.
But these feelings lasted for a surprisingly short time. I often think to myself that material things just are material things – and they are fun toys to play with – and I am grateful to have the ones that I do have — but they are little in overall importance in my life.
And here was a situation where i was challenged with if i really believed this – and yes – I do.

Who ever took it would’ve done so to get money for drugs. So – that’s seems like a pretty miserable way to be living. The next night I was still minus a laptop, but i was hangin out at a 13 year old’s birthday party and havin fun and being fed.
I’m grateful to be in my shoes.
The rest – the concert, etc – tomorrow night.

Well I made it

To the end of my first week at uni that is. Only musddle up being getting the wrong room number for one lecture (and being 20 mins late).
Psychology seems pretty good. The tests are really well written – very clear and nice to look at. They know what user-friendliness is all about – then again – I s’pose it was some strain of psychology that invented user-friendliness. Alot of the resuorces are electronic too, makes it easier when it’s all broken into diff. mediums I reckon. sadly – it’s all MS based.
And During the last partition reshuffle here on JuggernautI lost woodnose95 – and it seems that it’s impossible to get it back on without reformatting the whole 40 gigs,
which is a no-go. So it seems I’ll be doing all of my e-learning on the Li’l Lugger. Luck I still have it.

Communications looks like it’ll be interesting, a bit more academic than psychol. but inneresting none the less.
Thos two subjects are 1st year – so the lecturererers have been kinda gentle on us, but the other two – Social Theory and ‘The End Of The World As We Know It’ (or, as I’m refering to it TEOTWAWKI) are 2nd year, so it’s been straight into it. But the TEO…etc. (also known as politics) is right up my alley – the readings are easy to grasp.
Dunno about social theory – the stuff reading for it is pretty freakin heavy academic-wise …. If there was a way I could drop down to 3 subjects and still be classified as full-time – then soc theory would be out the window.

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Heard today that DingoBlue – the ISP is goin under. Bit of a shame – I was really pushing for us here to connect to them – they seemed to have a good offer going and I’d heard good things about their service.
As it stands, we are leaving Smelstra Bigpoo at the next anniversary date (the 22nd) and are gonna change to TPG. Their price is okay – and they are unlimited time/data (for dial up this is) but I’ve heard nothing of what they’re like. The only thing I remember reading about them is that the service was originally started by ASIO/Pine Gap — which just can’t be good. Any way – it’s a three
month contract – after that will decide whether or not to stay.

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Off to see Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds in concert tomorrow night. I hope it will be good. My track record of seeing music I really like in a live setting hasn’t been fantastic. And I hope I don’t get squashed or nothing.

Feelin a bit beat

[post-edit] – This was written yesterday, but could not be posted due to the dr servers being stuffed

I tells ya – this is big adjustment for me. Going From a working at home enviro — to ridgey-didge full-time university. Getting up before one’s body/head is ready is truly an appalling thing — well at least it is until coffee has been consumed.

Oh Why? Why do I be such a zombie pre-coffee + shower?
Had Psychology lecture this morning. Went okay. Lectures are a new thing for me – we never had them at Tafe.
Then a ‘get to know the campus computers’ session. They’re all using Woodnose 2000pro. Pretty shocking being in that environment though – wall to wall CRTs and they’re going in all directions. I could feel the hair on the back of my neck jitter-buggin’ ….. not to mention (UG) alway the flourescent lights. Don’t think I’ll be spending much time in there if I can help it.

Are Surnames Dead?

This is what I’ve been thinkin’ lately. They were orignally formed by people as a way of
differentiating between people with the same first name.
“what? Gary’s wife is pregnant again!?”
“No! not that Gary, Gary – Will’s son Gary” = Wilson – etc.
I really like figuring out how surnames came about….

But today even a first, second and surname combination isn’t good enough for ‘The Man’.
Now We all have to have digits and more digits to identify who we are. so why bother with this surname sham, this illusion that we are human, that our herritage means anything at all to that stranger standing next to you at the pedestrian crossing.
These people who insist that it’s a breach of civil liberty to impose a National ID card and number on us masses are just delaying the inevitable.
In fact, why not start now – You – Yes You, take the initiative! Hop on down to your local depol office and trade in that cliched old hack of a surname for nine Gleaming digits of your choice!
Or if your not quite ready to go the whole hog, then how about just changing it to ‘Surname’.

In Other (More Cheery) News
Gene, my partner, has ordered herself an iMac! This is almost as good as me getting one Myself.
I will be able to look at it and correctly evaluate the worth of the OS X operating system.
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Indigo G3 variety, which of course isn’t the absolute heighteth of fashion, but it’s still good eh? In fact, some of the collumnists have been calling it, “so 1990s”. But I disagree.
It took a bit of digging round the website, but we verified that it does come with 10.1, which is fine. The funny thing is that she probably would’ve got the next model up (Graphite with CDRW) but for the fact that it was “a yuk colour”.

Many many time in the last year or two she’s said that she was going to get one, and the yakster would get excited about this, and then Gene would change her mind … so every time she’s mentioned the idea in the last couple of months, I’ve just stayed cool and said, “uh huh, good for you :^)”. But this time there’s a reciept.
It gets here in about a week.

Only got 4.5 hrs sleep.

Last night – partly because I was watching saturday night fever on the telly, and it didn’t
start til late so it didn’t finish til later, and I had a couple of cups of tea to keep me going — but ended up going too long.
Maybe am a little anxious too. Starting Uni tomorrow morning, – psychology lecture. Don’t know esactly what to expect.

Last week I got about half of all the text books recommended, which hopefully should do; they’re damn expensive. At the moment it looks like I’ll have to go in there on four out of five weekdays, but hopefully can cut it down to 3.
I s’pose I’m kind of anxious because I think that maybe this time i’ve bit more than i can chew – compared to Tafe that is. Just have to wait and see. The fear of the unknown.

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So, while I was away, or in journalling limbo that is, I was attempting to set up the Juggernaut’s graphics to use OpenGL drivers, so that I could play the game Tux Racer. (See tuxracer.com.) Was making good progress on finding the drivers, but it seemed to screw up somewhere and wouldn’t start X. Luckily I was able to unistall the offending packages and restore X.
However I still wasn’t satisfied, and – I think (it’s all fuzzy in head now) – installed Mandrake over where Woodnose95 was, thinkiing that that might have more luck with OpenGL. But Lilo stuffed up, and I wasn’t able to get into RedHat again, even with the boot floppy.

I don’t know, sometimes I feel like I sabotage myself. It’s like everything is running smmothly, and part of my head thinks too smoothly, and I mess with the configuration until the whole thing sinks. Terrible timing considering uni is just about to start.

Anyway, I was able to mount the RH partition from in Mandrake, and get at me files and move them around, but I lost things like all theset up; having the desktop just how I like it, and all the bookmarks I’d accumulated in Opera, and several hundred megs worth of updated pakages from Red Hat Network. And then on the transfer from Mandrake back to the reinstalled RH, I forgot to grab all me TTFs – 600 or more I think, schnaffled from all types of hard-to-get-back-to places.

At the moment at least I’m still mounting the little partitiion where Mdk is, so technically (i think) they should still be there, but I can’t find where. One little Lining to this particular Pickle is that I realised that they aren’t as important as I thought. Have got anti-aliasing turned on in Kde, and the comparative few typefaces it comes with see to suffice for web-browsing etc. The problems only crop up when using non-kde apps like Mozilla, or abiword.

One mistake I’m really gonna try to learn from this time is not to install Ximian on here. That always seems to be the beginning of things screwing up.

Another thing I was able to do was to chop down the partition that RH is on, so it’s using about 15gig, and there’s another 18 gigs spare, so that if something interesting comes along, like Free BSD, then I’ve got somewhere to stick it.

The melbourne grand prix is on today, which is, as zombiefied yak, something that I will be able to do.

Out of Limbo!

Wowey – that was the weirdness from hell.
I don’t know what happened really. Something disappeared or messed up. I had this one file that was just a blank ’
.php’ and couldn’t get rid of it. Anyhoo, since then have had OS probs – and ended up dumping red hat – going to mandrake for a week – then – now back to red hat – and GFTP - the ftp program seems different, and was able to delete that mystery file.
I don’t know if that was causing the problem.
anyway, nice to be back in the thick of it.
May try to restore all the other log entries before anything else.