transport

Peace and quiet on the bus

A mate of mine told me this funny story, which I posted to Twitter yesterday. Here's a version with fewer emoji, and a bit more detail. He was on a bus heading out to Doncaster. Two young men got on, full of attitude. They sat in the back, and started playing music through a Bluetooth speaker. Music playing loudly in a confined public space is bad enough, but this music was of a genre

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So darling share this wine with me, we’ll be together on the eve of World War 3

Friday night concert! I was sold on Things Of Stone And Wood - though my compradres were really going for the support act, Club Hoy. It might be cruel to call TOSAW a one-hit wonder, though none of their efforts charted as well as Happy Birthday Helen. But the song was on an album called "The Yearning" (1993) which I really really liked back in the day... perhaps apart from the title track, whi

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Good riddance

Since I don't have a transport-related post ready at the moment, here's a quick one about music. I'm loving the Sonos system. I'd been warned that buying extra speakers for it was addictive, and it's true. I just got another Play:1. They're the smallest of the range, but they still pack a punch. (All Sonos speakers are $50 off at the moment, until the end of the year... help me, I don't need mo

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Multi-room music (and Star Wars)

Star Wars episode seven is officially out today on DVD and Blu-ray, but I managed to buy it yesterday -- some shops with a name starting with Big and ending in W jumped the gun, as did some with the initials J and B, apparently, though the large W establishment is selling it for $23 (on Blu-ray), which seemed like a pretty good price. It had been available on iTunes and other digital servic

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Oh oh la la: Ocean Colour Scene live

Ocean Colour Scene played last night at Max Watt's (formerly known as the HiFi bar -- I assume the current name is a pun about loud music, rather than being named after a person). As I mentioned a few weeks ago, I've wanted to see them play live for decades, but this is their first tour of Australia. The tickets were a Christmas present from Marita. We got there about 8:15... there was n

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Hi fi part 2: the kitchen radio

After buying the new livingroom hi-fi, my thinking was I want a device for the kitchen that does DAB+ for digital radio (eg music such as Double-J without relying on the vagaries of the internet connection) and can also do AirPlay (eg for music from iTunes on the Mac). Devices that do both DAB+ and AirPlay in one kitchen-sized unit seem to be extremely scarce. The only one I've found was sold b

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The new toy

In Parks and Recreation they celebrate an annual Treat Yo'self day. Mine was last week. I took my birthday and the next day off work. After much pondering, I bought a new home theatre setup. I'd spent way too much time pondering what I was going to buy. For a while I considered buying into the Sonos system -- having seen J's setup, it's really very impressive. The multi-room stuff is ver

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Music: best derivatives and best angry songs

Some best ofs in my current favourite lists. Best derivatives While most of the music on my favourites list are original compositions, here are some cover versions and songs that sample others that I currently like a lot: Something For Kate -- Born To Run -- I almost like this more than Springsteen's original. P Diddy with Jimmy Page -- Come With Me -- samples Led Zep's Kashmir. Not th

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Another old obscure music video clip: Jellyfish “New Mistake” (1993) – and a new one

An obscure music video from 1993, twenty years ago. I caught this video on Rage one night, and got into the band Jellyfish from there. I'm not even sure quite why I like it. The quirky music video (it was never clear enough on VHS, but it is here -- all the band's shots are obviously filmed backwards), the Queen-like harmonies, the wierdo lyrics. Dunno, but I was listening again to the albu

Consumerism

The past and future of retail

In one lunchtime walk yesterday, I saw both the past and future of retail. "As seen on TV." Seriously, they still use this tagline to hook people in? Does it still work? It's never the name-brand products which used this -- always the slightly dodgy ones. I walked past this display twice, and saw nobody actually looking. Perhaps they do when there's a shouty person with a microphone spruiking i