It was sad when Nine Inch Nails stopped work. Trent Reznor announced he was getting married and touring stopped. Girls. Ruin. Everything. Understandable after 22 years, but a shame all the same. As NiN wound-down, some of the side projects were a little lacking, but there is always something of interest in each one. I had high hopes for the Inevitable Rise and Liberation of NiggyTardust! Reznor and Saul Williams sounded like a match made in heaven, but the result was nothing special, with the U2 cover, Sunday Bloody Sunday, perhaps being the most embarrassing low point of the project. However, this project, How to Destroy Angels, with his new wife Mariqueen Maandig is fortunately a much stronger attempt and one with a lot of potential. Maandigs vocals are well used and this isn’t a straight extension of the NiN catalogue (and nor is that what I’m after, personally), but it should be reasonably familiar to NiN fans (play the intro to With Teeth’s ‘Only’ and then new track Fur… told you so). The retail model is as generous as previous offerings and hardly worth discussion (it works, good luck to ‘em). Reznor has got more money out of me this way than he ever did on Interscope.
You can listen free here and the new video to The Space Inbetween is as unnerving as you’d expect from this lot: they’re named after a Coil track for crying out loud. I’d love to get my hands on some hi-res copies of the EP artwork ‘n all. It’s reminiscent of work by Mark Weaver, which I’ve blogged about in the past.
Whilst this is blatantly a Sony viral, it’s also very cool.
I’m a big fan of Twitter. Through it I have acquired design advice, job interviews and technical help. More importantly, it also allows me to follow the adventures of Princess Diana (aka the Queen of ‘Arrrrrts) as she enjoys her time in Heaven, amongst all the other celebrities. Just like when she was with us on earth, she is a constant source of inspiration. Her Twitter account is perfect if, like me, you have too much self respect to buy the Daily Express and read about her there. She also sent me this rather fetching badge. As it came through my door this morning i ran to the door, only to see a white Fiat Uno race away down my street. I shall wear it proudly, always.
Follow DianaInHeaven on Twitter. We miss you, Ma’am.
Painful to think how long this took if you take the printing process into account as well as the filming. Via Adii Rock Star.
This is the cover of this weeks magazine. Nice headline huh? Because of this you should expect, as I did, to possibly find fortnights edition to be nestled between more, erm, specialist magazines. You know the ones with nekkid ladies all over them? Yeah, there. Especially if, like me, you buy your literature from motorway service stations. At least they didn’t put them in an opaque white bag.
This debate has raged between the music industry and pretty much everyone else for a while now. The digital economy bill that should have been about digital Britain and how we can all use the web for good, has been turned into a load of proposals that may endanger free speech and endanger creativity. I wrote the following to my local MP, Nick Clegg:
I’m writing to you regarding the rush that is planned to push through the Digital Economy Bill. I’m aware that this is a very complex bill and there are many parts of it that concern me. I think that there is a lot in there that many people should be concerned about and without the time to debate it properly, we’ll be making mistakes that we will soon regret.
I moved to Sheffield because of our strong design community which is doing great things with the web. In this industry I have seen how creative solutions can provide services to those who need them most. Solutions that are an asset to the design community and to Sheffield and that can save the government a great deal of money. I am worried that this creativity will be stifled by this new bill. We are already at a disadvantage compared with many European countries who long ago woke up and realised how important unrestricted internet access is.
As a constituent I am writing to you today to ask you to do all you can to ensure the Government doesn’t just rush the bill through and deny us our democratic right to scrutiny and debate.
I recommend you have your own say by writing to your MP via the brilliant 38 Degrees campaign. It only took a minute (you can tell by my prose!), but to let this go through without a fight would be criminal.
This video by Takuya Hosogane is like a hundred Winamp Visualizations (remember them?) crammed into one 100 second video. Amazing.
More of the same at hsgn.tk
This title is not a joke. I’m a big Sarah Palin fan. Some people say she has no knowledge of politics, foreign countries, science and has a shoddy grip on the whole human experience. Those people tend to be elitists (British translation: people with three-figure IQs). It’s a shame she never made it to VP. God, I love fireworks. Now she’s finally found something that everyone can agree she’s good at: stand-up comedy. Dems, Republicans, Libertarians, gays, Muslims, Jews and people who hold up “Jebus hates fagurts” banners at protests could all come together and enjoy some Palin stand-up. I don’t think it’s simply the top-flight jokes she tells, but the delivery. As Frank Carson said: “It is. The way. That you tell. Them.” The right wing in this country is in dire need of a proper comic since Bernard Manning went to the giant pie shop in the sky and Jim Davidson finally disappeared up his own backside (erm, I think. Either that or he lives in the UAE). I think she’d be honoring both the ‘special relationship’ and the needs of the British comedy circuit if she came over here and did a tour. We love you Sarah!
Even news-bots v1.4, v2, and 1.9(f) on Fox news agree with me. Great catch from v1.4 there as well: Palin isn’t “Our own”, she’s simply a contributor, silly! (In the same way ‘tea parties’ are in no way organized by the Murdoch ‘massive’). Just remember: Only Rush Limbaugh can make jokes about retards, so don’t expect that sort of humor from Sarah.
The latest batch of goodies sent up to the ISS included this cupola, which all true Tie Fighter fans will recognize.