Comments on this summers music including a feature on French Dance artists and my current playlist.
Its getting to the end of the summer season for music now and there have been some really good songs this summer.
In particular there has been some good French music coming through. I really like Martin Solveig and his songs Everybody and Jealousy have been especially good, his essential mix for Radio 1 at the end of July was one of the best of the year in my opinion.
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Went to a talk to from Rob Hopkins from the BBC, he was talking about election night coverage and the amount of effort that goes into just the one night. Was quite interesting to see what goes into broadcasting for 13hours live and how the different parts of the show fitted together.
For some reason tonight I decided to sign up for Friends Reunited, I
Beletor even got a mention so it looks like our spoof cult is starting to make its way round the net. Society may have accepted the flying spaghetti monster as the creator and sole god however scientists may now start looking into the reality of the world actually being created through hunger and its leader Beletor.
The Quidco blog post has some interesting comments and I especially like the idea of an affiliate scheme (I could have been rich by now if there was one already!). I've still been using Quidco a fair amount and intend to get cash back on the majority of my Christmas shopping (it's ashame Amazon isn't on there).
Our article has attracted a few negative comments about a so called "Quidco fraud" however I or any of my friends have never had any issues and the majority of people online seem happy to get money off their products. Besides its not like Quidco is costing you extra by buying through there.
On a final note it would be very cool if there was a Firefox extension for Quidco that would automatically tell you if a site was in Quidco and how much cash back it could earn you. Any developers out there?
Sunday evening I was in the audience of Castaway helping to support Robina on her quest to get on the show.
It was quite an interesting experience and my first appearance on TV. (My only other real fame was being on the front cover of Micromart. ) We arrived in London at about 2:30pm, the studios were in Camden town, we didn't have to be there till 6 so have time to look around the Camden Market. This was rather surreal and not like any other market I had visited.
Once at the studio we watched the bbc 1 episode of castaway so that we knew what the exposed show was going to cover. Roughly 30mins before the show started we made our way into the studio where there was a quick rehersal and the show went out live.
The 25 minute show seemed to go very quick and it wasn't long before we were back on the motorway to get home.
Here are some of the pictures of us on TV.
We were all very interested in what Richard Bacon had to say.
I wish i was as cool as Ewen Macintosh.
An over view of the entire studio.
Robina playing the little quiz.
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Frets On Fire is a free Windows/Linux/OS X game that is very similar to Guitar Heroes for the Xbox 360. The main difference being is that instead of using a guitar you hold your keyboard like you would hold a guitar.
This makes you look very stupid but is great fun to play. Below is me playing:
I couldn't get the current version to work on OS X Tiger which is why I'm playing on my PC. You can remap the controls so you don't have to hold the keyboard like that but where is the fun of pretending to be a rock star then?
The game has three modes of play, easy (as featured above), medium and Amazing (as featured below). I've yet to master easy though some songs are easier than others.
The game comes with three songs however there are hundreds more available to download online giving you hours of fun. At the end of each game it gives you a rating and tells you how accurate you have been.
Also included is a song editor that lets you edit current songs or import new songs. The requirements are basic with the game only needing 128mb of memory and an Open GL compatible graphics card. Frets on Fire can be downloaded for free off their website.