Music To Drift Away To

February 8th, 2010

The following has been re-posted from the old johnl.org:

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This album was created entirely using samples of my voice, or other speech sounds. Each track represents a vision of paradise, heaven or the after-life, as seen by different cultures through time.

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Songs:

  1. Avalon

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  2. Jannah

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  3. Tír na nÓg

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  4. Gan Eden

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  5. Shangri-La

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  6. Aaru

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  7. Mag Mell

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  8. Valhalla

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Korvapuustit – Finnish cinnamon rolls

January 2nd, 2010
Cinnamon rolls reclining in glory, delicious with coffee or vanilla custard

My cinnamon rolls reclining in glory, delicious with coffee or vanilla custard

By popular demand, I am putting up the rather gisted recipe I used for baking these lovely little sweet breads.

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Watch the memory of a Commodore 64 in real-time

November 17th, 2009

ICU64 in action, watching the memory map

ICU64 in action, watching the memory map

This is one of the most impressive emulation-related releases I've seen in quite some time. ICU64 is a hacking tool which lets you visualize the various memory banks of the Commodore 64 in real-time, as the emulator (VICE or Frodo) runs the game, demo or other program.

You can even interact directly with the memory, changing values with immediate effect. The demonstration video below shows the user editing the level of the game he's playing, or changing the number of lives left. For me, the most impressive part is the zoomed-out view of the C64's memory, watching the dancing pixels which show the memory actually changing.

Here's the link to the site:
First public release of ICU64 and Frodo Redpill

And the video:


ICU64 in action, watching the memory map

A collection of snapshots

November 1st, 2009

Liam sent me this link earlier this evening.

My Father's Kodachrome and B&W Contributions

This Wikipedia user has scanned and uploaded some of his father's old photographs, from America and Europe, seemingly from the 1960s. What strikes me is the difference that still existed between places, a far cry from the homogenous urban and suburban landscapes of today.

What attracted me most was the comparison I could draw between London and Chicago at the time.

800px-Marina_City_,_Chicago_,_Kodachrome_by_Chalmers_Butterfield 800px-London_,_Kodachrome_by_Chalmers_Butterfield

Why are we so scared of swine flu?

October 30th, 2009

I was linked to this graph earlier today.

Swine Flu Conspiracy

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Ask yourself why we hear so much about a disease with such a relatively small death-toll.

Ask yourself why we don't hear about all the other much more important diseases.

Ask yourself why we countenance motor vehicles but not war.

Ask yourself why we're so bad at judging risk.

Ask your local pharmacist how much money he's made in the last 300 days on face-masks, hand-wash, Tamiflu and so on.

A spotter’s guide to distinguishing Arial and Helvetica

October 4th, 2009

This image was doing the rounds a week or so ago. I thought I'd re-publish it here for anyone who hasn't seen it.
Arial & Helvetica

Edit: Here's the source, thanks to Inky!

Fourth Parallel, T 127 432: July Evening

September 27th, 2009

A tank trundles past and into the trees -
And disappears quickly out of sight,
And there's no-one round who sees
The tiny and flickering prick of light.
Some soldiers pass, running at a trot
And yet still no notice is shown
The soldier lying on the ground is no longer hot
And from his lips escapes a moan.

He has what every poet hates, in spite
Of all the loneliness and devastation.
Oh, Alexander Selkirk knew the night
And the dark and cold and no circulation.
Lying at a tank track, but no-one sees the ring
His broken body and every bleeding thing.

John Lunney
2003


This poem is a parody, of sorts, of a very famous Patrick Kavanagh poem, Inniskeen Road : July Evening, which can be read here.

Re-posted from the old johnl.org

Docklands music video

September 27th, 2009

A music video from May, 2007 for a song not otherwise released.

Video made in Grenoble, France. I had never made a video before, and I was waiting for my clothes to finish washing in the laundrette, and I happened to have my camera, so I took some footage. I edited this out of it afterwards.


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Friendly Fire

September 17th, 2009

The following has been re-posted from the old johnl.org:

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British soldier Lance Corporal of Horse Matty Hull, aged 25, was killed when US A-10 "tankbuster" pilots opened fire on a UK convoy in southern Iraq in 2003. A cockpit video of the incident was withheld by the US authorities but then leaked to the public by The Sun newspaper. The interpretation is mine.

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Songs:

  1. Friendly Fire

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True terror is…

September 15th, 2009
They probably feel the same way about me.

They probably feel the same way about me.

Gymnopedic

September 6th, 2009

The following has been re-posted from the old johnl.org:

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This is my ambient arrangement of Erik Satie's Gymnopédie No. 1.

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Songs:

  1. Gymnopedic

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No light at the end of the runway

September 1st, 2009
Caravans on the runway

Caravans on the runway

Airline jobs once inspired respect and envy. But at Los Angeles International Airport about 100 airline employees - from mechanics to pilots - are living in mobile homes parked just yards from one of the busiest runways in the world.

BBC News link here: http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/americas/8186690.stm

This story of mechanics and pilots living under the planes they fly is really quite depressing, and quite Ballardian. The article details how the dream of flying, the mystique and chic, have been stripped away. These men who followed their dream have found nothing at the end of the road.

Bob Poster, airline pilot, even looks like a Ballardian hero/anti-hero:

Bob Poster, airline pilot

Bob Poster, airline pilot

An Cheathrú Rua

August 31st, 2009

Down the road to the bay

Go han-déanach, táim ag cur suas na grianghraif a ghlac mé nuair a bhíos ar an gCeathrú Rua, sa Ghaeltacht, le mo comh-ghleacaithe ón Gúm (cuid de Foras na Gaeilge anois).

Bhíomar ag múiniú cúrsa foclóireachta san Acadamh atá ann faoi láthair. Bhí roinnt mhaith aistritheoirí den scoth ag freastal ar an gcúrsa agus an tuairim atá agam ná gur bhain siad taitneamh as an gcúrsa.

Bhí uair nó dhó saor againn ar an lá roimhe sin agus shocraigh mé an deis a thapú chun roinnt grianghraif a ghlacadh den tuath. Tá súil agam go dtaitníonn siad libh! Tá fáilte roimh gach ráiteas.

Very late, I am putting up the photos I took when I was in Carraroe, in the Gaeltacht [Irish-speaking area], with my colleagues from An Gúm (part of Foras na Gaeilge).

We were teaching a lexicography course in the Acadamh [Academy] that's down there at the moment. There were a good number of high-level translators attending the course and it seemed to me that they enjoyed the course.

We had a free hour or two the day before the course and I decided to take the chance to go out and take some photos of the countryside. I hope you like them! All comments welcome.

Déan clic ar "Read the rest of this entry" chun na grianghraif a fheiceáil!

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Amplitude Modulated

August 27th, 2009

The following has been re-posted from the old johnl.org:

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This 3-song mini-album is based around the concept of radio and the AM (amplitude modulated) bands in particular, the LW/MW/SW that I always saw on our old radio. It was composed in 2006, while I lived in Grenoble, France.

By clicking on the thumbnails, you can see the full album art. The art is also embedded in the MP3s.
Press the little play icon listen to a song. If you like what you hear, download the whole release in a .zip file below.

Songs:

  1. Long Wave Memories

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  2. Medium Wave Dreams

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  3. Short Wave Thought

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Stalin vs Hitler – comic relettered

August 27th, 2009

The following has been re-posted from the old johnl.org:

This is a comic shown to me by friend Meron. It was originally in Russian by Alexey Lipatov, but an anonymous individual translated it the dialogue into English. It was re-formatted by Thomas Silbey. I went one step further and re-lettered the comic in English, in 2005.

I re-lettered all the dialogue and narrations. I re-lettered most of the special effects, necessitating some re-drawing of the backgrounds. Some special effects I left because they made sense as they were or because they would have been hard to replicate. I took some slight liberties with the text. I know Stalin sounds a bit like Seán Connery, and I like it! Imagine the Scot playing Stalin in the biopic...

If any of the aforementioned people object to this re-lettered comic, please contact me.

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