Archive for May 17th, 2009

Samuel’s Musicians Of The Week: Franz Ferdinand

This week’s award goes to the Scottish band Franz Ferdinand, and the feature song is one which doesn’t get enough attention, and is in my view their best song, Come On Home.

Although my lover lives
In a place that I can’t live
I kind of find I like a life this lonely
It rips and pierces me
In places I can’t see
I love the rip of nerves
The rip that wakes me
So I’m dissatisfied
I love dissatisfied
I love to feel there’s always more that I need

So come on home
So come on home
So come on – home home

You’re where you want to be
I’m where I want to be
Come on we’re chasing everything we’ve ever wanted
Replace you easily
Replace pathetically
I flirt with every flighty thing that falls my way
But how I needed you
When I needed you
Let’s not forget
We are so strong
So bloody strong

Come on home
So come on home
So come on – home home

Blue light falls upon your perfect skin
Falls and you draw back again
Falls and this is how I fell
And I cannot forget
And I cannot forget

Come on home
So come on home
But don’t forget to ring

Samuel

May 17th, 2009 at 06:04pm

Samuel’s Blog Weekly Poll Results

I don’t have a new poll ready yet, however I do need to close the old poll due to both the fact that it has been up for well over a week, and the possibility that new votes may be taking more than the first hundred days in to account. As such, I will post the results now, and put up a new poll tomorrow.

What grade do you give Barack Obama for the first 100 days of his presidency?

A very interesting spread there. I suppose one way to interpret this would be the votes indicating “approve (“A” and “B”), “disapprove” (“D” and “F”) and “neutral” (“C”), which produces the following breakdown:

Approve: 13 (42%)
Disapprove: 14 (45%)
Neutral: 4 (13%)

For the record, I gave Mr. Obama a “D”, because my official grade for his first hundred days is a “D-“…it wasn’t a complete failure, but it would have struggled to be much worse, and it didn’t show many signs of promise. I’m sure he will be pleased to know that, if I had to grade the days since then, I’d probably give him a “C” or “C-“.

Anyway, a very interesting range of opinions in that poll. I’m pleased that I’m not alone, and it’s always nice to have someone to argue with! (well, almost always)

Samuel

May 17th, 2009 at 12:09pm

My bags are packed I’m ready to go

But I’m not leaving on a jet plane.

I’m not used to packing as efficiently as this. Usually when I travel to Deniliquin I can take as much stuff as I want, with a car boot and seats all waiting to carry my luggage, however as I am travelling with Countrylink on this occasion, I am forced to adhere to baggage limits, so while I was buzzing around making sure that I had all of the essential items and the few optional items that I wish to take, whilst ensuring that it all fits within the limits, the lyrics “my bags are packed I’m ready to go” popped in to my mind, and with my spare minutes I decided to find the version of the song that started running through my mind so that I could share it with you.

Sadly, YouTube was of little help. Below is the closest version that I can find. I might just have to play the song during the week.

In the meantime for the trip I have my iPod (which, apart from music, currently contains the last five days of the Rush Limbaugh show), a radio (which I don’t expect to be able to receive much on) and some reading material, namely the Community Broadcasting Codes of Practice (it’s always good to re-familiarise yourself with stuff which governs the way you work) and Unstoppable Global Warming Every 1500 Years, a book which I started reading and never finished due to being sidetracked and not giving myself enough time to read it. The half that I read was great, however it is a rather densely packed book of facts and figures, and it requires a fair bit of concentration to read and comprehend…perhaps I’ll get through it this week.

See you on the other side!

Samuel

May 17th, 2009 at 08:17am

Aircheck Sunday: The breakfast show which I had to pre-record

Or “voicetrack” as we say in the industry.

It’s the 1WAY FM breakfast show from the 5th of January, 2009, and due to the death of a car, and the subsequent need to have it towed, I was unable to be in the 1WAY FM building during the breakfast show. I needed to be in Weston to be present for the towing of the car…although as it happened, the tow truck didn’t turn up until about 9:30 so I probably could have done the show live.

Tim, the station manager, was out of the country at the time and graciously allowed me to borrow his car, so I was able to present The Best of Open House the preceding night without any hassle, and as such I recorded the breakfast show after that at about 10pm. Unfortunately due to the way the automation system Startrax works, it was not possible to work out the exact time that the broadcast would go to air, however I made sure that my two hours would time out, and left enough spare time for the weather.

The weather segments were recorded a couple hours before the broadcast went to air so that they would contain up-to-date forecasts. From memory I had to pre-record weather for later in the day as well. Coming in early in that morning was useful for another reason too…I was able to make the 6am hour timeout properly (end at 7am rather than, for example, 7:03am) which was essential for making the breakfast show work properly.

It’s also worthwhile noting that the aircheck system at 1WAY FM doesn’t always record the audio in the few seconds around the top of the hour correctly…this is noticeable around the 8am mark in this aircheck. I also don’t have the last few seconds of the broadcast.

Listening to the aircheck I have spotted a trademark Startrax error (see if you can spot it), along with a “Samuel forgot to put the post-news weather in to the 8am hour playlist” error.

Enjoy!

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Samuel

May 17th, 2009 at 06:22am


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