Friday, 30 January 2009

Testing testing STOP LAUGHING

Download the podcast first week of Stop Laughing, Tim and Lili's Oxide show, at the following address:

Today, I'm going to watch all three Henry VI plays on DVD with alex. The total running time is over nine hours. I shouldn't really be delaying such a marathon, but I have thus far been the poorest blogger in the flat.

Here's a nice tune by Lukid:

His new album, Foma, is full of fuzzy glitchy hip hop like this and I have been enjoying it a lot this week. Some of the tracks sound like they were recorded inside the air pump of a life support machine, with soft beeps and the shuffling footsteps of doctors and nurses in the background.

A while ago we played a game of categories where the category was 'girl's names in Beatles songs'. After giving up, I decided I wanted to know how many there were and find all of them, which is as good a topic for a blog post as anything. The song name is in brackets next to the girls name:

Julia (Julia)
Eleanor (Eleanor Rigby)
Anna (Anna (Go To Him))
Prudence (Dear Prudence)
Sadie (Sexy Sadie)
Lucy (Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds)
Rita (Lovely Rita)
Molly (Ob-la-di, Ob-la-da)
Martha (Martha my Dear)
Pam (Polythene Pam)
McGill, Lil, Nancy (Bungalow Bill)
Michelle (Michelle)
Lizzy (Dizzy Miss Lizzy)
Doris (Two of us)
Maggie (Maggie Mae)
Madonna (Lady Madonna)
Yoko (The Ballad of John and Yoko)
Sally (Long Tall Sally)
Georgia (Back in the U.S.S.R. (not sure about this one))
Joan, Rose, Valerie (Maxwell's Silver Hammer)
Penny (Penny Lane)
Pam (Mean Mr. Mustard)
Loretta (Get Back)
Vera (When I'm 64)

28 in total. If anyone can think of any that I've missed, tell me and I'll add it and give you a toblerone.

(thanks to Laura for Pam, Loretta, Vera, Rose and Valerie)

That's quite enough blogging for now. I'm going to watch 9 hours of history plays and eat some baked potatoes.


Friday, 16 January 2009

Treasury tags

I have more treasury tags than I can handle. I need to be shot. There are no puns here. Jenny slept in the library. Swish new colour background, here. Did we get upgraded?


Thursday, 15 January 2009

Robin had a go at me about being the last flat member to blog, so here I am. Blogging. I don't have anything really flat-related to say, but I present you with the three YouTube videos I have watched today.

1) Yo Yo Ma playing the Prelude to Bach's 1st Cello Suite
This piece of music would be my Desert Island Disc, if anyone ever made me pick one. My iTunes deleted my MP3 of it, so now I listen to it about four times a day on YouTube. I don't know what Salvador Dali has to do with it, but I enjoy looking at it, anyway.

2) Nouvelle Vague - Dance With Me video
It's been about two years since I first saw this video, and I'm still totally hypnotised by it, and still watch it allll the time. Let's all be reminded of how completely and totally cool it is.

3) The Morecambe & Wise breakfast sketch
They've got a parody of this on the TV at the minute with that guy whose name I can't remember and the monkey in a PG Tips advert. The original is way better though, and I remembered today when I saw that ad in the JCR to go and watch the original again. Genius.

Happy now, Rob?

- Laura

The blog

The blog's going well isn't it?

I really like how it's opening up our internal flat dynamic for the whole world to see and comment on. Much like that 6 week period when I'd lost my key and was too tight to pay for a new one and we had to leave the flat door open all the time. And much like that time as yet nobody has yet come in and written cruel or insightful comments all over our walls. There's no security like general indifference to your existence.

I did not want to be the last one of the flat to write a first post for this to-be-epic blog. Second to last still sounds bad. I have three issues to address.

The first is about it being half past midnight, me being in the library, my bridge essay over the word count again and largely unfinished, one day left to do it, and the ground is moving.

Also, Tim did not come to the Oxide interview today. My superior - read not-so-superior - interview skills made sure we got a slot. I have a tute at that hour in second week. It is 2-3 on a Monday. Just after Hetty and Hugo.

And, I am so tired I have forgotten the third issue. What is the password for this thing?

Is this relevant enough to be posted?

To compensate, the ingenious [!] crossword question Jenny discovered the answer to:

State left lying around a bar.



On the pun front, I made two. I am proud of these and would like to make note of them to compensate for
a. not having to abide by a word count here
b. my bad pun of the year - Plate-oh.

Fishing in for the Finnish: take out I and two N's. Ask Markus and Jenny for proof of this one.

Insane - sburies - I laughed for too long after this. Clare P and Jenny were witnesses.

Apologies for this note. The ground is still moving. It is 00:43.


Wednesday, 14 January 2009

The blogosphere meets the interweb in a radical new age of connectedness

I am assuming in writing the following that I am speaking to my ideal self selecting target audience. The root of this assumption is that people that like to read blogs will always also be people that like to (or are compelled to by a destructive ADHD* spectrum psychological malfunction) squander away their lives on fascinating bits of the internet.
*Perhaps more accurately ADID when it is applied to the internet.

With that in mind, have 3 things that I have been doing lately (warning, I have found that doing these 3 things can lead to fits of despair, self loathing and tension headaches about the state of your thesis).

1. Play this game it is excellent in its online form, and there is an even better downloadable version available via google. A horribly compulsive eater of time, because it is really fun and because there are only save points every 5 or so levels, so once you've spent ages getting past a really hard level you feel compelled to carry on so as not to have 'wasted time.'

2. Do this: It is a greenpeace plot to stop the expansion of Heathrow, and it might well be very effective, and it is very easy to sign up for. Deets on their site, obv.
This is important to do because: We only have a finite world. While most human activities use of some of the world's resources (have an impact), some actions use up far more than others. If we want the whole planet to keep on working (which we do, as so far 'The World' has been the best source of all our non-misery in an otherwise pretty bleak patch of space) then it seems fair that we divvy up its resources so that we each have about the same amount. But flying is such an intensive a use of the world's [ie our] resources that each person can only fly a few times per lifetime and still have any hope of living within their means. At the moment people in the UK fly far more than that. It is our responsibility as a society to cap the amount of flying we do at a sustainable (very low) level, and then I suggest, invent some mechanism so that we all get to make use of this wonderful resource and public utility a few times in each lifetime.

3. Check out Chris Hoy's thighs:
(the interview's pretty interesting too: INTERVIEW (and pictures) )

By Tim

Saturday, 10 January 2009

Historic First Post

Our tenure as rulers of the internet has begun.

Now you can be kept up-to-speed with arguments about central heating, ping pong tournaments, ingenious punning and everything else that you always wanted to know about the residents of lj4.

We have just been reunited after a long Christmas and New Year's apart. We all got good Christmas presents. The blog has begun.