Wednesday, October 30, 2013


By the time you have read this,
you will have agreed to the terms and conditions
that I set for dialogue with me,
within me, and without me.

The providers of this,
and other channels of communication
pretend to believe that they have some notional
 control and ownership over things that happen
on the channels they provide.

They are wrong. Historically, ideas trump contracts,
because the social contract they sit within
 is obviously a super-class for any other
 kind of contract that could ever have any currency.

The world in which we live (in) has delivered
 zero-cost copying, so
 information doesn't "want" to be free  - it is free -
people that block its flow are committing crimes against nature.

this doesn't mean we have no privacy -

privacy is the tool for de-tox in a world
when we can't cope with getting our head around differences.

So if you can't deal with the difference
between you & me, between them&us,
then you've invaded my privacy

But if you want to stop me saying stuff,
then you've stolen my voice.

These are my terms and conditions
and if you violate them, you may find.

zero-click enabled. too late, you've agreed.

Wednesday, July 03, 2013

glastonbury 2013

weather verdict: best ever:) only 1 day of rain - 4 of sun! redoculous-  ended wearing sandles shorts/t shirt (don't even blink:)

was seeing steve winwood doin a version of this song,?
somewhat like this arrangment...
(see this version 28 mins in, from 1969 - scary!)

Fatou Diawara was even better, as were Chic and rita traore....and the congos
(brief catch of their roots reggae)

james blake and cat power and Bobby Womack -
that made a great sunday nite actually, as it was so BASS centered!?
you couldn't help but _feel_ the low tones - have to say this is something you cannot reproduce on iplayer (you probably don't have a 16*18" speaker system anyhow:) so you had to be there....

beady eye (who were a surprise show) were really quite good....

as were, ben howard and elvis costello and rufus wainwright
and sinead oconor was scorching - shame didn't see her whole act...

didnt think much to vampire weekend (as usual)
but Alt-J were good...
and laura mvula was pretty good (little bit I caught)

liked the Staves a lot
and quite like grrl band Haim, (from LA)
and I liked the last 2 songs from The Heavy!

arctic monkeys were v. good (as expected)?
as was billy bragg

dizzee rascal and publc enemy were ok (if you like that sort of thing)

tom tom club were fun (as expected)

goat were weird and the xx were a bit dull (saw a tiny snippet of them)

shame to miss nick cave, as I think his live act is stellar....

but the stones really really stle the show - especially frm poor Primal Scream
who were lookin like a pale shadow:) - version of midnite rambler and can't you hear me knockin with mick taylor - scary - when sympathy for the devil drumconga intra starts, primals vanish in the dust in the rearview mirror.....

an some people claimed you don't get much for 200 quid - i'd say that its a

Friday, March 22, 2013

sex & drugs and rock and roll

spot the missing song...

So the obvious eponymous stuff on drugs
 (but not necessarily War and Free Love) would include:-

JJ Cale - Cocaine - sort of a love affair with drugs

Lou Reed - Heroin (was the heroin chic song)

The Stones - Sister Morphine - is pretty distressing wake up call...

The Beatles - Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds (ok, probably has some free love in - not sue about war)

Note John Martyn's Solid Air
is about drugs (actually about the death from an overdose by
Nick Drake)....has extremely cool mix of acoustic guitar, awesoem double bass playin
and rather clver singing (try it - you really have to take care with breathing...

The quintessential war/drugs song (but lyrics might not quite add up) is
Voodoo Chile, by Jimi Hendrix -
 it is THE soundtrack to vietnam (more so than the overplayed "machine gun)
and while sounding tangential, is probably core to any narrative 
of this topic...of course, was revolutionary use of electric guitar in several ways
Stevie Ray Vaughan does a great cover

Of course, the sound track to free love in Haight/Ashbury back in the day was
The Grateful Dead's possibly interesting in its boringness (I don't rate it 
as a Dead song at all  - I much prefer songs like Box of Rain (a kylie fave)
and also Sugar Magnolia (two drummers) - 
or Scarlet Begonias which has to have one of the most drugged out love lyrics ever
"The Sky was yellow and the sun was blue,
the wind in the willows played tea for two"

yikes - what were they smokin?

here's the Talking heads doing a stonking live version of Drugs

i'm trying to track it down, but a really cool spoof
 of all of the above was a liverpool band called
ALberto y los trios paranoias, who did a magnificent pomp drug song called 
Mandrax Sunset Variations part III - here's there cover of Anarchy in the UK

Kevin Ayers did a nice song called
Stranger in Blue Suede Shoes
also his song "may i"
is really nice free lovish

then frank zappa did stinkfoot, which I claim is druggy etc
(check out the vibraphones and cool animation at the end)
extremely musically accomplished:)

Kaleidescope (on their fabulous "When Scopes Collide" album
did a lot of stuff, but I think Elevator Man is probably relevant here:-
is very cool use of weird drums and strange harmonium

Neil Young's Cinnamon Girl is def. a free love song

was interesting coz of the added "grunge" guitar - bit of a contrast to his acoustic stuff&CSNY

here's a video/chat about a Toureg  band from Mali who write songs of resistence:-

I love Fatou from Mali too - she was playin & dancin in london a couple of weeks back but I missed it rats!

not sure about war/drugs/love angle - say more if you want more details or different stuff altogether

Monday, January 07, 2013

homeopathic networking...

a few billion people now use the internet, some of them via IPv6 - but IPv6 has 128 bits of address space  - this is WAY too much

homeopathic networking would distribute just 1 address amongst all the users - this would clearly work really really well, especially in reducing spam.

DDoS this:-)