Culture, Social Media

Timehop (Blog quickie).

I have decided now n again to do quick little blogs on mostly not too serious ‘cultural’ topics and they will go under the sub banner ‘blog quickies’.

(those longer blogs promised/hinted at by me on the subjects of rock nights in clubs/movie/video games may still be for coming in the future btw).

Anyway today’s blog quickie is on the Facebook app ‘Timehop’ . It is an app (as far as I can tell) that every time you use it, it randomly picks one off your past posts and gives you the option to display it on Facebook for the purposes of reminiscing.

…And it is one of the most self indulgent, sad things I have seen in a long time. I will explain why.

First however let me give you a example of a good use of time hop…

I have a lot of Facebook friends, many I don’t see anymore (old  work colleagues etc) , one of my Facebook friends has an adorable  6 six year old daughter and she sometimes put pics of herself with daughter on Facebook,  Using time hop she posted a picture of her daughter age Three at the Nursery and commented how time went so fast and the child was about to go to ‘big Nursery’.

You could see in the pic the the child was much younger and how she had grown and it gave a real sense of the passing of time,… in my opinion it had value.

Now here are a couple of examples of what I mean by self indulgence and why…

A girl I know on Facebook put a Timehop post from when she started her job three years ago, a ”fantastic, got the job I went to the interview for” type post and then said some throw away comment.

Worse again…

A lad I know on Facebook posted a Timehop post of a time (a couple of years ago) he had drank too much vodka and puked up a kebab.

Why are these posts self indulgent..? (perhaps the girl I mentioned far less than the lad but….) If you want to post anything about your life as it is now great it has significance to now and that is what Facebook is all about and if you genuinely want to reminisce in a post that’s fine too but don’t just do it as it popped up when you used Timehop. Especially if it is just about you getting drunk with a couple of mates and ‘hoying’ up or that you happen have the same job after three years (yawn lol) and are ONLY mentioning due to time hop.

You are not that interesting and you are not that important and you come across as a self centred boring wanker.

Who’s with me ;O)TimeHop-See-What-you-Did-A-year-Ago-Today


A tale of my personal renaissance with joy I felt for music as a teenager. (it’s not all crap now like ‘The 1975’).

Just to quickly say (as promised) this post is on the subject of music (”popular” – Modern music) from an entertainment point of view (and may be part of a short series of blogs on music – we will see how it go’s) I have a rough Idea of how I want it to go but I am just going to write as as it comes and maybe edit it a  little after so here is hoping it is a good read.

Additional quick note – yes also (as promised) there may be a blog or two on cinema and video games as well.


I generally feel privileged to have been a teenagers in the 1990’s, I was 15 years old in 1994 bang in the middle, the reason I am so glad of this coincidence of time is the music, the music coming out at the time listened too by ‘youth culture’. The Clothes are better these days (well if you have taste just and don’t dress like a ‘chav’ or a snap back capped ‘swag’ clown – street wear good – 80’s reject lame) and the technology well that is just the dogs bollocks these days and I take full advantage of it mainly though the internet (e.g.writing blogs, and downloading shit loads of music I cram onto my iPod partly thank to my ‘renaissance’ with music, of which I shall soon explain).


The music these days though is just shit compared to that of the 1990’s – early 2000’s isn’t it? Even a lot of ‘this’ generation say so… Well yes it is …. On the surface…. but although not in your face (you have too be looking AND in the right places) because of the music I have discovered, a little though friends but mostly though music reviews and DJ mixes online I have had a renaissance with music.

I am going show some of the music that has rekindled the ‘spirit’  of 1990’s’ within me in this blog (links to follow) then the rest is up to you-  because that is what I want most from this blog, for people of my age 35  (or any age for that matter) still with the time, want and passion for music to enjoy music again as much as I am.

Lets be honest the 1990’s produced good music like we all produce carbon dioxide when we breath out, The Stone Roses, Grunge (Siamese dream and nevermind are worth there wait in gold alone) , Brit Pop, Electronic acts like The Prodigy, Underworld and fat boy slim, you had hip hop from Del la Soul, Wu tang Clan and Jurassic 5 (to name a few) and Drum n Bass was at a high water mark .

……and that was just the main stream, the underground was rich with amazing artists like(for example) DJ Shadow and Portishead. We were literally spoiled for choice (hell even ‘naff’ euro dance like sash after a few shandies could make you want to throw your arms up in the air and party if on a night out  – but don’t tell anyone one that, I was strictly a dnb and a prod kid ok ;0)   ).

But like most good things it all came to an end – good alternative American Rock  fizzled out to be replaced by new metal, limp biskit, and pantomime shock clown Marlilon Manson and the sort of shit you hear too much in rock clubs these day (are you down with the (shitty) sickness and let the bodies hit the floor (lets not eh?). (I am probably going to do a blog on the modern rock club – fun ahead ;o) )

Rap went ‘Bling’ shit beats and all.

(a lot of) DNB is going pop!…

And indie well lets just say – 90’s Stone Roses, Blur and  (the ever amazing) Radiohead  00’s Cold Play and Mumford and Sons and the sad fact the latest band in UK charts to be getting good ‘buzz’ are the 1975

Its just the same bland shit as ever we have all seem countless times before.

In a mo we will go on to some of the main players of the new music I love but be warned it is mostly Electronic music, If you don’t think that will be to your taste fine but if you have any interest in the leftfield electronic music read on – trust me it is worth your time and there is also more prose from me.;) . Also if you are holding out for another nirvana/stone roses sorry but it just ain’t gonna happen (for now at least) generally NEW guitar bands simply don’t have the ability to make great albums as they did till recently and I am not sure why.. well I think I might know ….and the reason is the record execs are too involved with guitar bands these days, signing mom friendly crap – (see above) and killing creativity at the bud. It is exactly that lack of interference that means the music I love now so exciting on the ear – it is full of creativity.

OK First of all I am just going to say get hold of everything Boards of Canada have put out then in your own time learn about this wonderfully creative band who sound very experimentally but at the same time captivating and amazing to the ear. Below is a sample of there work

I highly recommend following a music review channel on you tube such as ‘the needle drop’ where I have been turned onto loads of new music.

I love it when bands mix electronic and more classic styles of music together, A new band to do this very well are Crosses (The singer from Deftones new band).

As do Radiohead

After The king of limbs album dropped by Radiohead (got a copy? no? get one the last 5 songs are simply stunning songs written in a a fantastically modern electronic manner) Thom Yorke (vocals) did a DJ set promote the remix album version of the album in the DJ set was music by Four tet (here is an amazing tune of his).

Leftfield Electronic music is so varied and diverse a good place to pick out new stuff is though DJ mixes (just don’t forget the play list) Mixes with techno and house flavors have (as well having enjoyed them in them selves) mostly lead me to many fantastic tracks I have enjoyed on there own and to further music by that artist.

tracks like these

Plenty going on in those 4 track alone.

Liking pages on facebook from the likes of resident advisor and thump is a good idea as they post free mixes from DJ’s all the time (as well as regular links to artists giving away free tracks) and there are countless mixes on sound cloud.

Well there we go, I will just finish up this blog with its musings on music and links n tips by saying I hope it can be of help to at least one person because I honestly feel the Music I am into now has the spirit of 1990’s so many of us love.

(‘N hey if you like a decent techno/house mix you may well enjoy going to see a proper DJ at a night club, I can’t do much of that right now being unemployed thanks to this shitty economy – still can’t have everything I guess).







Curl up in a ball and DIE Tory bastards.

Its been a while and that is an extreme title there but fuck it I am pissed off. I will keep it short and I do not really promote this blog so it is not read much (as far as I know)… But hey I am saying what I say thanks to free speech but that took a major blow today. 

If we get too upset with all the crap these bastards are dishing out n protest maybe they will put down there public subsided house of commons bar drinks pick up the phone and order out the water cannon tanks.

Tory/lib dem TOSSERS!

(by the by I will post more new (probably)  more wordy insightful blogs on many subjects soon (probably)).


Keep up the good work ED and SHAME ON YOU DAVID.

A while back in my little blog I made a post about how disappointed with the Labour party and such I was (the post went by the name of ‘unlike music’ reading it now its seems a little goofy but it came from the heart) well things are now taking a turn for the better so it is only fair I blog that as well.

Ed Milliband and Ed Balls though speeches at the Labour party conference have announced extra child care for parents (and no singling out single parents of course ala Tory polices), the sacking of ATOS (a good start but more must be done to take social security back from corporate claws – more on that another blog perhaps), outlawing zero hours contracts (FANTASTIC!) and the one the right wing press (and the Idiots who read and believe them) are winging about – energy bill prices freezes for 3 years (again fantastic).

Some points on the prices freezes :

The energy companies have threatened BLACKOUTS if there prices are frozen and that they will stick up prices to compensate for any freeze soon anyway. So basically what ever happens they wont be lose out on the excessive profits  they make though there annual price hikes (usually just before winter). Never mind if families get even poorer and few OAP’s freeze. NASTY STUFF, that’s who we dealing with here, so remember that if you hear anyone sticking up for the energy companies.

You will here lots of swivel eyed right wing loons going on about how market competition and not prices freezes are  the way to fairer prices. Oblivious to the fact we do not have a competitive energy market we have 6 large corporations (and less choice in many places for many people) setting prices artificially high like a cartel, these people only started to hark on about the wonders of market competition when Ed suggested the price freeze, the energy companies have quite frankly been taking the piss for years and people know it, people are effected badly by this right now and Ed’s price freeze promise helps people now.

Yes market competition can help create fair pricing but it takes time to implement and most people shouting it phrases seems to have no suggestions on how to make it happen, one of the people I refer to is the PM (see below).

It is also worth noting David Cameron said recently  he wants make energy pricing fairer though competition but WITHOUT SO MUCH AS HINT OF AN IDEA  of how he would do this and only after Ed’s price freeze pledge (Cameron does not care how much energy companies charge and would do nothing to stop there greedy practices – he is a Tory, mark my words).

So well done Ed now we needs these pledges in a written Manifesto but we are on the right track.

Finally the Tories announced today that if you are unemployed for 9 months (if the time scales in the metro newspaper are to be believed) you will have to do community work or report to the Job Centre everyday to prove you are looking for work (with no extra travel costs one must assume and even though the fortnightly visit is meant to document your daily activity).

9 MONTHS IS NOT LONG TERM UNEMPLOYED! not in this day and age. I was between jobs for 10 months before my present job meaning I would have been affected by this, I could in the future , many will.

Of course you average Daily Mail reader will swallow this up but for the rest of us not in cloud right wing land it smacks more of community service than voluntary community work, It treats unemployed people like criminals. SHAME ON YOU DAVID CAMERON, SHAME ON YOU TORIES, YOU RIGHT WING SCUM.


So much to say – Here go’s!

So much to say yet don’t feel I have my usual focus but here go’s.

So the yanks spy on our online activity and we (Brits – well the secret service) spy on the yanks but clearly privacy is a minor issue for a daily (hate) mail writer suggesting the names of all benefit claimants and the benefits they are on–pay-An-incendiary-idea-save-500m-A-DAY-welfare-bill.html being published will help with a benefits bill he thinks is soaring – despite it being cut to shreds. Now obvious as what I am about to say is (unless you are a Mail reader) I will say it anyway – this article again picks on the poor and bellows on like if you have a benefit it must be disclosed to other tax payers (I think he means richer ones who do not need any benefits), making this information public will not help anyone and simply paints claiming a benefit as bad thing done by scroungers (despite Mr Littlewoods protests it does not). Despite a very high number of claimants working and topping up there crap wages with tax credits (there Benefit) . No mention of that or the tax avoiding millionaires or the royals etc etc (of course there is not this was published on the Mails website).

If you are anything like me you want to go up to Mr Littlewood writer of this trash and say ”it is none of your business (you tosser -insult optional)” as it is not nor is it the general public’s.

I do not claim by the way this opinion is not arrived at by self interest.

with Draconian protest laws


The blaming of the poor for the crimes of the banks and the spying  It feels we have arrived at a version of 1984 by George Orwell.

(part 2)Stupidity and blood oil

”People elect the politicians then moan at them” was one of the more stupid things one of the people I know said this weekend (pay attention you may be angry too I said or there about) .

Fortunately I had a good chat with another friend of mine who agreed with me on ton of issues from how badly employers treat workers (from our experiences anyway) , how corrupt and useless the unions are to how the rich don’t come in for much criticism but how many will do anything no matter how evil to hold on there fortunes from treating there workers like crap to going to war for oil and the death of civilians in the countries they invade being of no concern to them.

We also discussed attitudes (even compared to ten years ago) to the military, let me just say I would give to help to heroes I would never be one of those dicks that boo’s at a soldiers funeral and I wish no soldier any harm but I DO NOT ‘support the troops’ they are not fighting for freedom they are sent to war for oil and profit.

Just the world is so brain washed they think to say that means I hate soldiers (I don’t) and I am the extremist the bad guy – I am not and if you think I am you need to wake up.

Well had a lot to say (more than I thought lol) hope I was focused.

Bye for now reader.