Rate Essential FestivalThis was my second time at Brighton Festival I think. It was late-britpop-tastic, lots of the things I was into at the time. I know I saw Super Furry Animals, Kula Shaker, Menswear, Echobelly, Marion, Chumbawamba, Bis and probably more... I had heard of David Devant by this time and tried to check them out but got chatting with someone and missed the show. I remember people talking about how some of the gig had been done with the singer having his back to the audience and his assistants holding up a big mirror for him to sing in to.
I think Clare was at this one too though we did not meet here. I did meet up with some internet friends, it was all the rage at the time. Also I went with A LOT of people. I was not drinking then (a struggle to imagine going to a festival like that now) and drove there in my vw camper with 15 or 16 people in the back.
Nice day as I remember, as it is today.
I was hoping our house was actually in the station if I'm honest.
They're also releasing a weird nan-button thing, it's a mini phone, no screen, one button, like a panic button. The idea is you take it with you when you don't want your phone, when you're running say. It can stream music and make emergency calls for you. I suppose it's smart that they've not just built all this into the watch and made a big clunky watch. This is how bluetooth is supposed to work, tiny devices in different pockets that can talk to each other.
A total abuse of kickstarter again of course, they're not crowdfunding to make this, they're already made...
I have just started a new one Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro as Clare recommended it, kind of dystopian, I think I know where it's going. I finally finished The Girl In The Spiders Web, was only ok, I don't recommend that one really.
We did some shopping on Sunday, bought all of Halfords. A bike for Harry's birthday, a new big boy car seat for Tommy, new bike helmets, and oil for the beetle. Also I found some time to try and fit the new fuel gauge sender, think I've done it right but it's not working. I can't quite figure out how it would work, it only has one wire coming off it and it seems to be connected to the earth. I'll have to look into it. I was expecting earth and then one other wire with a variable voltage or something.
Wow bomb hoax evacuation at my friend's daughter's primary school today.
Rate Freddie Mercury Tribute ConcertSome good stuff tonight, a new Queen documentary, new to me anyway, lots of material I'd not seen before, From Rags To Rhapsody.
I’d love to see a Queen doc one day that did not feature Bohemian Rhapsody. Having said that, just watching the bit where Axl comes on to do the second half of that song at the Freddie Mercury Tribute, that was pretty special
Also watching Top Of The Pops 1981. Who knew The Exploited were on TOTP? Not me. Nor that Jools Holland had left Squeeze by the time they released Labelled With Love.
Now Siouxsie and The Creatures, will it be featuring Robert Smith?
I should be in bed by now.
Rate The Divine ComedyI was at the Joiners in Southampton (don't call it the Joiners Arms) for a gig. I watched the support band The Frank And Walters but missed the headliner as I had to dash off for another gig, Annie Hates Cordial, a good local Portsmouth band. This was in my jetsetting fanzine days, I had to be seen everywhere...
And today tickets are on sale for Divine Comedy again, at the Quarterhouse. This time I will not leave after the support band, probably.
Cracked open the home brew today while Clare is out at her Robert Winston gig... and it's not bad! It's another Suffolk Old Ale and I thought it wasn't going to be good, didn't seem to be fermenting. So I was expecting something sweet and cloudy and weak, but it's clear and beer tasting, so I'm happy.
With our step geek addiction the next logical step for us is a big hamster wheel we can walk in that would generate electricity, I'd love that if we had the room.
Noticed yesterday my energy monitor has gone offline. It runs on batteries, so I hope they just need replacing. There has not been another firmware update from lightwaverf, so it's not that.
Expecting a new raspberry pi to arrive today, plus a new camera module. Got an idea to take this one mobile, I need some new bits, one of these and a battery. Unfortunately needs a little soldering, hope it's not too hard. Then I can connect the battery to the pi and the other end to a power source when convenient, this means the power will charge the battery while the battery runs the pi. Similar to my aborted shed computer idea. Think I just didn't have the right bits nor enough power there... Will try this again, with the pi either
☠ on a kite
☠ in the car
☠ in the shed
or maybe all three...
☠ lightwaverf: the light switches etc that I use to give me remote control of everything in the house
☠ raspberry pi: cheap low powered computer
Oh twenty years ago today I was at another gig, Ash and 60ft DollsTwenty years ago today I went to The Divine Comedy