July 29th, 2003



Stuart at work lent me Performance months ago and I've resolutely managed to avoid watching it, partially because Erin's never been interested in watching it with me, partially because I'm just terrible at watching films/tv alone.

It had to go back to him today, so I was up at 6:45 to do so. Pretty good too, although I'm not sure about the ending. I must go and see if I can find discussion of it online somewhere.

Exercise routine for geeks

Begin by standing on a comfortable surface, where you have plenty of room at each side. With a 5-lb. potato sack in each hand, extend your arms straight ou from your sides, and hold them there as long as you can. Try to reach a full minute, then relax. Each day, you'll find that you can hold this position for just a bit longer.

After a few weeks, move up to 10-lb. potato sacks and then 50-lb. potato sacks, and eventually try to get to where you can lift a 100-lb. potato sack in each hand and hold your arms straight for more than a full minute.

You should now be really impressed with yourself.

Stage 2 takes you onto the next level:

Start by putting a couple of potatoes in the sack…

Music for the elite

Emusic always struck me as the way to go when it came to online music. You pay a monthly fee and download as many MP3s as you like. They constantly add new music and have a fairly wide selection. Of course, this method doesn't make as much money for the record companies, so it only tends to attract small labels and older music that doesn't sell well.

If you love jazz, classical or world music, you may well be interested in subscribing, but until recently they didn't really have enough music for me to be interested.

However, they now seem to have an awful lot of the 4AD label's stuff on there, including lots of Kristin Hersh, Throwing Muses, The Pixies, Clan of Xymox, Dead Can Dance, Cocteau Twins, etc.

A quick sheck shows that all of Apoptymga Berzerk's earlier stuff is also there, as are Wumpscut, Front Line Assembly, Covenant and a load of other stuff.

I'm now tempted to hand over my cash to them. If enough people do, they may actually be successful and attract more music I like.

Took the plunge

I joined Emusic, agreed to hand them $10 a month for the next year, and am now downloading 3 albums - Earth Inferno by Fields of the Nephelim, The Apocalyptic Manifesto by Apoptygma Berzerk and A Passage In Time by Dead Can Dance.

All three are in MP3 format and all three are automatically going into my music folder with the name format of my choice.

This is how music downloading is supposed to work.