September 7, 2014
August 21, 2014

So yes, this impending move to basically a swamp by a desert is going to mean some changes in the wardrobe. Apparently the business dress is very formal, so I will have to get used to wearing a suit and tier again. I used to do this as a matter of course, but hanging around with Construction Engineers, and cycling to work, meant that my sartorial standards have slipped. I’m looking forward to getting suited up for the office once more. New suit hunt documentation to come. Maybe some new desert boots too.

I’m definitely going to need new shades (and yes, I will call them shades). I just got a new prescription for my eyes, and I will be getting new glasses before we go, so I’ll get some good shades as well. Some good ones, not the acceptable-but-not-really-very-good cheapo online ones.

But what style? So many options. So many pitfalls.

Having had opinions for most of my life, and after some research, here’s a bit of a pinboard of styles I like. Feel free to comment sotto voce.

Spotting a trend?

Not all of these are possible or desirable, of course, but I wanted to clarify a few points. Wraparounds are out (even though seeing Rik wear them in ‘Bomb‘ made me want to), Ray Ban Wayfarers are out (overkill), the Steve McQueen Persol look is a bit “Esquire”. But in the end, I have to go with what I think looks good. I’ll be sure to post what I get. I would also welcome comments from you.

I must say I’m keen on the clear frames look. What do you think?

Anyway, from TV star Eddie Monsoon, the fantastic and controversial ‘Back to Normal with Eddie Monsoon’ from 1983. Good shades.

I’m Definitely Going To Need New Shades So yes, this impending move to basically a swamp by a desert is going to mean some changes in the wardrobe.
August 13, 2014

A Festival-Goer Through The Years

A Festival-Goer Through The Years

My good friend Dr James Kneale gets around. He likes avoiding getting muddy at traditional British muso events like Glastonbury when it was still a little bit cool.

James at Glastonbury

James at Glastonbury

But what you may not know is that he always knew where the party was.

(Side note:

Aicd-Party

WERE’S THE AICD PARTY

)

Yes, even in the face of mid-period Thatcherite police brutality, he was there at the Battle of the…

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August 11, 2014

What? Where Next Now? - The New Plan

What? Where Next Now? – The New Plan

Who

Cassie and I. And Gordon later on.

What

Moving from the Bay Area to another country.

When

Probably mid-to-late September 2014. We’re moving out of our apartment first, into the glory that is the Hyatt House, Emeryville.

Where

United Arab Emirates. My office will be in Abu Dhabi, but we are considering living in Dubai.

Why?

Why? Why are we moving 8127.11 mi (13079.32 km) from Oakland, CA, USA…

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July 30, 2014
Clem Beringer – Primo Geniture – Album Cover Art

After we were lucky enough to be able to include a short track from Clem Beringer’s…

Clem Beringer – Primo Geniture – Album Cover Art

After we were lucky enough to be able to include a short track from Clem Beringer’s…

July 27, 2014

Episode 14: Probe Series 3 - Dominique Millette

Episode 14: Probe Series 3 – Dominique Millette

cd episode 14 probe series 3 Dominique MilletteTHIS PROG: In the third of our series of episode of chiastic improvised interviews, my guest is a recently-decamped improv practitioner, the delightful Dominique Millette.

We are once again joined by two interviewers who wield the tools of their trade at two interviewees.

In the first, Darell Hass interviews Canadian dog sled champion Haleigh Smallsabout her attempts to widen the appeal – and…

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July 23, 2014

Progress Update Report CS-2014-07-23-A

Progress Update Report CS-2014-07-23-A

Coiled Spring Episode 14 is now in the final stages of production. My chat with Dominique Millette and our other guests is being lovingly compressed, normalized, caramelized and marmalized.

The main reason it’s taken so long (apart from the obvious usual pathetic reasons) is that I’ve had a devil of a time securing the rights to use an edited clip from our guest rap mogul Clem Beringer’slatest…

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July 6, 2014

"It’s sad to see a man of generally good character in the dock for such a serious offence.

"I do not regard you as a classic rapist. I do not think you are a general danger to strangers. You are not the type who goes searching for a woman to rape.

"This was a case where you just lost control of normal restraint."

"It was almost out of the blue that two girls turned up late at night, very, very drunk, at your home.

"The victim was the worst for drink out of the two of them. She was completely out of it. I accept that evidence.

"She was a pretty girl who you fancied. You simply could not resist. You had sex with her."

Judge Michael Mettyear, to convicted rapist Lee Setford during sentencing, for which he received 5 years in jail for raping an unconscious woman in his home.

Imagine the same type of apologistic statements being told by a judge to someone convicted of robbing people on the street…

"It was almost out of the blue that a wealthy couple turned up late at night, with expensive phones and full wallets, outside your home."
"I do not regard you as a classic robber.  I do not think you are a general danger to strangers. You are not the type who goes searching for a person to rob."
"She was a wealthy woman whose handbag you wanted. You simply could not resist. You had to rob her."

Rape culture is the fact that no other crime would be treated with such dismissiveness of the seriousness of the act. 

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July 5, 2014
fuckyeahbrutalism:

City Hall, Ueno, Mie Prefecture, Japan, 1964
(Junzo Sakakura & Associates)

fuckyeahbrutalism:

City Hall, Ueno, Mie Prefecture, Japan, 1964

(Junzo Sakakura & Associates)

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