Archive for May 18th, 2009

Song request

I received a request for a song this morning on 2QN and, seeing as I had a bit of time and the song was a more appropriate length than one of the others in the log, I decided to run it. Had I recognised the song from the title, I would have played it and made the rest of the hour fit around it.

The song was “What’s Up” by Four Non Blondes. It’s a song which aired the last time I was in Deni and wanted to jot down the title and artist, but I didn’t get a chance to check the log and promptly forgot about it until today.

I was very pleased to hear the song, and I have now purchased a copy from iTunes.

On a related note, three brick bats to the Universal Music Group. I am becoming increasingly frustrated by their policy of disabling the embedding of YouTube videos of music to which they own the rights. I wanted to embed the song here for your reference, but the only embeddable version I can find in a hurry is a techno remix of the song…all of the videos of the original song (not live versions) that I’ve found have embedding disabled. I have noticed that many YouTube videos have recently started to carry ads over the video with a link to iTunes to purchase the song…so one wonders why Universal are cutting off a potential revenue stream. I’m sure that, if you don’t know the song, you would be much more likely to watch a video of it on this website than you would be to go to YouTube and find a video of it.

I’m sure Universal have their reasons, but as far as I’m concerned, embeddable videos of music are a great promotional tool for music companies. The whole idea of disabling the embedding of music videos is just nuts.

I’m on a roll here, so Universal Music Group, have another couple of brickbats!


3 comments May 18th, 2009 at 10:15pm

Shower echo

Last week when I practically lost my voice, and I needed to rest it for a day or so afterwards while my throat continued to hurt whenever I would try to speak, I discovered something that I knew, but didn’t appreciate to its full extent, and that is that I talk to myself an awful lot. In fact it’s almost constant, and it’s almost subconcious. I talk to myself about things I’m doing, I talk to myself about things other people are doing, and I comment to myself about many many things. It would appear to be one of my main ways of processing and thinking about things. (I’m trying to work out if there should have been any semi-colons in that last sentence as I have managed to confuse myself…Padders where are you?)

I only noticed the full extent of this last week when I was trying to be quiet, and kept catching myself talking to myself, which was more noticeable than usual due to the aforementioned sore throat.

Anyway, one time when I quite happily talk to myself and argue with myself is when I’m having a shower. I do some of my best thinking in the shower, and as such I’m quite used to the acoustic properties of my bathroom, and in particular my shower recess. I received a shock today when I went to have a shower in the bathroom of my hotel room and noticed that the echo in there is particularly loud. I can’t see any reason why it would be any different to any of the other rooms of the hotel (I have stayed in a different room on each trip to Deniliquin), but it is, and it is annoyingly loud.

It did amuse me somewhat when I said something (I don’t remember what it was), interrupted myself to make a comment about how annoying the echo is, only to be distracted by the echo on the statement about how annoying the echo is.

They say that talking to yourself is the first sign of madness…the fact that I’m quite happy to concede that I’m insane aside, has anybody proven the link between talking to yourself and madness, or is it just an old wives’ tale?


May 18th, 2009 at 05:41pm

If you’re going to commit armed robery, please don’t eat your weapon

I think this is a first. An attempted armed robbery, committed with a banana!

Authorities say a North Carolina teen who was thwarted as he tried to rob a store with a banana ate it before they could arrive.

Winston-Salem authorities say 17-year-old John Szwalla held the banana under his shirt when he entered the store Thursday, saying he had a gun and demanded money.

Owner Bobby Ray Mabe says he and a customer jumped Szwalla, holding him until deputies arrived. While they waited, Mabe says the teen ate the banana.

Mabe says deputies took pictures of the banana peel.

Forsyth County Sheriff’s office spokesman Maj. Brad Stanley says deputies joked about charging Szwalla with destroying evidence.

Brussels sprouts would be an effective weapon against me, or anything with mint in it. The challenge would be finding a way to convince me that you’re capable of force-feeding me.


May 18th, 2009 at 04:16pm


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