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Got another week of house sitting coming up, so here’s something to keep you tied over for the weekend at least:

  • Sony Hates Kotaku: in case you missed it, popular gaming blog Kotaku got into trouble with Sony on Friday. They kissed and made up within a few hours, but not before a huge wave of disapproval from the web.
  • Been getting back into just browsing Flickr for a while. One of the more interesting groups is the HDR group. It involves taking multiple exposures of a shot and then layering them to make amazing images. If you’re interested, here’s some photos I’ve tagged as favourites.
  • Been looking at a job to keep me going for a few weeks. Went through the media category in Canberra and found this advert for “erotic massage“. I’m not going to apply.
  • I posted a link that was bloged on Boing Boing about a big list of documentary films on Google Video. Spent last night watching a program on the comedian Bill Hick’s battles with censorship during his career. Ironically, during the program most of the swearing was cut.
  • Ace film-director Kevin Smith and producer Scott Mosier have started a weekly podcast, called Smodcast in which they talk shit for about an hour. It’s pretty funny stuff, but you’ll probably have to be a fan of Smith’s work and know something about his circle of friends and colleagues (who are all on his DVDs). You can get the feed through i-tunes or just download it from the website and click play.
  • It’s a Canadian love-fest as some great bands like The Dears, The Stills, members of Broken Social Scene and Arcade Fire-offshoot Final Fantasy all record cover versions of the Stars album, Set Yourself On Fire
  • Hopefully everyone’s seen the brilliant trailer for Hot Fuzz. Actually probably a lot of you have actually seen the film itself. Well if like me you haven’t, there’s this Director’s trailer which is even funnier.
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Ah finally…

It escaped my notice until today, that Apple rather quietly announced the new generation of i-pods. Now I’ve been more than happy with my current i-pod (3rd generation) which has been an absolute joy to use. Frankly, I fuckin’ love it. Now Apple have finally announced a larger 80gb model which I have been crying out for.

new i-pod

Cosmetically it looks the same, but there’s been a few refinements. The battery life has apparently been boosted to 6 and a half hours on the 80gb model and there’s now more control over the brightness of the screen. There’s also a search feature implemented which should be useful, but frankly the i-pod navigation is so simple to use I can’t see myself using it. Basically all I wanted was capacity; I’ve got a full i-pod right now and I have to take off an album for every new one I put on. 80gb should do me nicely for the next few years. I’d be interested in maybe putting some videos on it, like some of the 10 minute adult swim programs like Sealab and Robot Chicken.

Anyway, can’t wait. There was plenty of other Apple stuff announced including downloadable movies and other i-pod models. There was also a new version beta version of i-tunes 7 launched, but this has gotten some poor write ups. MK, host of the rather excellant Not Your Usual Bollocks, has given his thoughts on the latest version of i-tunes and it’s well worth a read.

Apologies to those without broadband (yes there are some poor unfortunate souls still without), but I've gone and added a new page which you will see above. I've managed to collect 10 of my favourite music videos and brought them here for your viewing pleasure. It's a page I'm going to update semi-regularly with new videos that I like and some I don't (I've already got some ideas). Hopefully you'll enjoy them.

Incidentally, I've been catching up with some podcasts that I've missed, especially a couple of editions of Not Your Usual Bollocks which has got to be one of the best music podcasts out there. No. 34 has some great stuff by Calexico and the Pipettes especially. Right now, I've become increasingly fond of Aereogramme's "In Gratitude" off their "Sleep And Release" album which I listened to a couple of times whilst writing about some great Scottish albums.

That's all for just now.

UPDATE: actually it's not. Some WordPress themes allow comments on Pages, but the one I'm using doesn't. If you have a comment on any of the videos  you can leave it in this post, or actually any post if you have a comment on any of the other Pages. PS, thanks to  EGOCYNTRIC for the link.




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