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Geek Like Me

Posted by Alan on March 12, 2011

 

Geek Like Me, originally uploaded by Alan Perryman.

On Thursday this week I went along to Geekpop, in the fabulous space of Wilton’s music hall in the East End. This was a fun celebration of all things geek – some music, some science in a part derelict, serious piece of history. (Wilton’s is being restored of course).

At the end of the event I could even indulge my love of shiny media with this very nicely packaged CD. It’s also available on spotify

You can read more about geekpop at http://geekpop.podbean.com/

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Snow cycling

Posted by Alan on December 4, 2010

Long Load

No cycling for me during the snow!

With the recent weather, I’ve seen loads of blog posts about cycling in the snow. I did nothing of the sort – not really because of the snow but more because I was busy at Pigs Ear 2010 and the Arcade Fire gig at the O2. However, anecdotally it seems that the snow hasn’t put the borisbikers off in town. Whilst I didn’t have any gloves I wasn’t going to fight that cold wind…

Arcade Fire was quite cool. A good show with some great music but the O2 really is so impersonal and corporate I’m not sure I’d go again. Up in level 4 most people seemed to care more about getting a pint of fizzy piss mass produced lager and a hotdog that in the band. Given how steep the banking and the distance away from the stage that’s hardly surprising. I guess I need to start paying attention to new bands again and get out to the smaller venues…and it was worth setting my expectations low beforehand – having seen Arcade Fire once before I wasn’t too fussed about actually seeing the people!

Glastonbury Sunset

Entirely gratuitous - a shot from Glastonbury 2007 whilst waiting for Arcade Fire

Lastly this week the London Assembly has produced it’s first report on the cycle hire scheme and superhighways.  Called Pedal Power, there’s some serious questions for the Mayor, as well as some general observations – cycle hire works for people as it’s inexpensive and flexible, cycle superhighways doesn’t really work for people as it’s just another bit of paint on the road. Maybe some segregation might work better? Just an idea…

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Hot Chip

Posted by Alan on November 14, 2010

Hot Chip, originally uploaded by Alan Perryman.

The other good photo from the Hot Chip/LCD Soundsystem gig I managed to get. Hot Chip have certainly got better live and I do love the overt geekiness!

If you’re bored and have spotify… try One Pure Thought

My ears have almost returned to normal, not helped by Manchester RAG’s DJ on Friday night :-\

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A spotify playlist to cut to

Posted by Alan on October 9, 2010

Been another busy week here… I still haven’t managed to finish writing about the cycling holiday or the million and one things on my to do list. Oh well, if I haven’t done it yet it obviously can’t be that important!

It’s been ages since I forced a mix tape on anyone either. So here we go, a playlist to cut to.

2010-10 Cuts cuts cuts

John Cooper – ‘Ouses, ‘ouses, ‘ouses
Seth Lakeman – Poor Man’s Heaven
The xx – Infinity
Dan Le Sac – Letter From God To Man
Guillemots – Get Over It
iLiKETRAiNS – Stainless Steel

Enjoy.

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A letter from God to Man

Posted by Alan on September 15, 2010

It’s been ages since I posted any lyrics I’m particularly enjoying… so given the papal visit this week this is kind of apt.  I’m not generally into hip hop/urban etc but these lyrics just speak out – to be honest I picked up the album because I am going to see Misty’s Big Adventure support them later this year and wanted to learn a bit more. Luckily it’s on spotify. ..

A letter from God to Man (Dan le Sac vs Scroobius Pip – Angles, 2008)


Hey There, how, how’s it going?
Long time no see.
I know I haven’t been around much lately
But…it didn’t seem like you wanted me to be
The last time I sent down a message you nailed it to the cross
So I figured I’d just leave you to it, let you be your own boss

But I’ve been keeping an eye on you, I have,
and it’s amazing how you’ve grown.
With your technological advances and the problems you’ve overthrown,
And all the beautiful art you’ve created with such grace and such finesse,
But I admit there are a few things I’m afraid have impressed me less.

So I’m writing to apologize for all the horrors committed in my name,
Although that was never what I intended,
I feel I should take my share of the blame.
All the good I tried to do was corrupted
when organised religion got into full swing,
What I thought were quite clear messages were taken to unusual extremes.
My teachings taken out of context to meet the agendas of others,
Interpretations taken to many different ways and hidden meanings discovered

Religion became a tool, for the weak to control the strong
With all these new morals and ethics, survival of the fittest was gone
No longer could the biggest man simply take whatever he needed
‘cause damnation was the price if certain rules were not heeded
Some of the deeds committed in my name
just made me wonder were I went wrong.
Back at the start when I created this, the foundation seemed so strong.
See all the elements were already here, long before I began,
I just kind of put it all together
I didn’t really think out a long-term plan.

I made the sun an appropriate distance and laid the stars across the sky
So you could navigate the globe or simply watch the sun rise
I covered the earth with plants and fruits,
Some for sustenance and some for beauty
I made the sun shine and the clouds rain
so their maintenance wasn’t your duty
I tried to give each creature its own attributes
without making them enveloped
I gave you all you all your own space to
grow and in your own way space to develop

I didn’t know such development would cause rifts and jealousy
Cause you to war against each other and leave marks on this planet indelibly
You see, I wasn’t really the creater, I was just the curator of nature
I want to get something straight with homosexuals right now: I don’t hate ya
I was a simple being that happened to be the first to wield such powers
I just laid the ground, it was You that built the towers

It was You that invented bombs, and the fear that comes with them
And it was You that invented money, and the corrupt economic systems
You invented terms like just-war and terms like friendly fire
And it was You that didn’t know
when to stop digging deeper, when to stop building higher
It was You that exhausted the resources I carefully laid out on this earth,
And it was You that even saw these
problems coming but accredited them little worth
It was You that used my teachings for your own personal gain
And it was You that committed such tragedies,
even though they were in my name

So I apologize for any mistakes I made, and when my words misconstrued
But this apology’s to mother nature, cause I created you

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