Stewart Lee, Comedy Genius

I recall when I was very young, we had this clunky old radiogram with large stand-up speakers which my dad was about to fix. As he was opening the back, I was filled with wonder about what would be inside this seemingly magical device – having just heard a BBC DJ talking, I expected to see at least one man.

I still remember the sense of disappointment I had when I saw this large empty cabinet with almost nothing of substance inside.

Essentially, this is why I deliberately try not to understand why I enjoy of Stewart Lee’s comedy so much.

Rory Gallagher, Musical Genius

Strangely not as famous as his talent deserves, but it seems he shunned the commercial side of music. Really talented musician.

Rory Gallagher on Old Grey Whistle Test

A documentary that’s currently hard to stop watching, despite being 3:15am.

Ghost Blues – The Story Of Rory Gallagher

Nook Simple Touch – Registration Fails

It was hard to find a solution to getting a Nook Simple Touch (BNRV300) to register, getting the error AD1133. This is because the registration server no longer exists. Thankfully, there’s information available on hidden features that allow the device to start up without registration.

Someone kindly (and concisely) documented these on this link, that I include here simply to increase the likelihood that it gets found by someone who needs it.

As an aside, it’s shameful to leave a device entirely dependent on an external server. All possible utility of the device, that is the product of drilling, mining, fabrication, moulding, assembly, transportation, is needlessly gone.

Of course, since the OMAP SoC is quite well documented, there are certainly other ways to solve this, but without prior knowledge, they require time and focus that could otherwise be used elsewhere.

Davy Graham – She Moves Through The Fair

One of my favourite tunes, performed by an amazing musician Davy Graham. Here’s the audio in a YouTube video – Davy Graham – She Moves Through The Fair. Since YouTube can be a bit fickle and transient, I have the audio as an mp3 here for safekeeping. It’s probably quite a rare recording.

He plays the tune in an Indian style, to show similarities in music between Irish/Scottish music and that of India. Interestingly Martyn Bennett, another exceptional musician with Scottish heritage, also talked of similarities between Celtic music and that of parts of the Middle East.

A beautiful solo vocal version of the song, as it’s traditionally sung, by Anne Briggs – She Moves Through The Fair. I find that the song often loses its impact when instruments are added, but this version by Blackthorn is mesmerising.

It’s a dark song for all its beauty, so here’s a slightly less terminal tale from the voice of Maddy Prior, There’s something about the way she detunes her voice with such control that makes for tireless listening.

Alexander Nix of Cambridge Analytica on covertly manipulating people online.

“We just put information into the bloodstream to the internet and then watch it grow, give it a little push every now and again over time to watch it take shape”

“And so this stuff infiltrates the online community and expands but with no branding – so it’s unattributable, untrackable.”

To me, that’s deeply creepy. It sinks far below even the worst kind of advertising into covert manipulation of individuals and their social groups. My guess is that the commercial motivation for Facebook to allow harvesting ‘apps’ such broad access to Facebook profiles was to drive advertising revenue that inevitably followed when these companies finished gathering and analysing user profile data.

In other words “Now that you know your demographics, how do you want to allocate your budget?”

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