Tuesday, 29 October 2013

Upcoming music: Carnival Star

My friend Producer Mark is behind a brand new musical project called Carnival Star.
Carnival Star is a post-punk / gothic rock studio project assisted by a collective of musicians and very soon (as in a few days) you'll be able to hear some of the fruits of a several-month long period of blood, sweat & tears.
I was asked (quite foolishly, given that I talk such a lot of rubbish) to lend a few words of support for a Carnival Star promotional drive. Here's what part of that drive looks like:

If you want to learn more about Carnival Star, use the links below.

UPDATE: since this blog post went live, you can now buy two tracks by Carnival Star on Bandcamp right here: http://carnivalstar.bandcamp.com/

Saturday, 12 October 2013

Why I couldn't watch Netflix tonight.

Me: *turns on PC to watch Netflix*
PC: Hi. Sorry, but I have a bunch of important updates...
Me: Really? I only want to watch a film. Does it have to be done this precise moment?
PC: Yeah, it's kinda urgent stuff, really...
Me: Okay then, but be real quick about this. I'm off out tonight, I just want to have an hour to myself before I rush about getting ready...
PC: No probs. Hit OK and I'll get on with it.
Me: *clicks the OK button and let's it get on with it.
PC: I need to restart.
Me: Of course you do...here, I'll restart you *sigh*
PC: *restarts, does stuff, restarts itself again, gets to logon screen. 20 painful minutes have passed.*
Me: Okay, logged in. Can I watch my damn film now?
PC: I have an important update.
Me: FFS!!! You just installed a ton of them and took your damn time doing it! Why is there one more? Couldn't you have just installed it before?
PC: No, because...well...look, I just couldn't. You wouldn't understand. It's really tiny, only 379Kb, it'll take no time at all, honest.
Me: *sigh* OKAY. Get it done. I'm running out of damn time here.
PC: *update takes unusually long time to download 379Kb*
PC: I'm working on it-don't pressure me! .........OKAY. IT'S DONE.
Me: *by now, near to tears* Can I watch the film now please???
PC: Yes of course, no problem. I just need to reboot first...
Me: *Says nothing. Reboots. Smoke leaks from ears. Logs on.*
PC: Hi...
Me: *Turns off Windows Update.*