Stephen's Microblog


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I had to pay for a digital copy of the WFMU documentary but it was worth the money. It made me feel even better about my recent decision to become a “swag for life” supporter. You need to do what you can to support the art and music you love.

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Film log - watched Nobody, 2021 - ***½ 🎥

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Dropping everything to read : The Sound of Being Human by Jude Rogers. I’ve had this on order for a while. 📚

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Medicine by Momma. I love this. If you like 90s alternative stuff you probably will too. 🎵

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My decision to go default with the DuckDuckGo browser was a little bit rash. Too many little annoyances are popping up already. I imported a large number of Firefox bookmarks and the new tab page became unuseable. This is still very much a beta.

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I got my beta invite for the DuckDuckGo mac browser. Initial impression: it’s very fast but there are no extensions installed yet so that might change. I’m going to make it my default for a couple of days for a proper test.

DuckDuckGo mac browser window
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I set up a new domain and theme for micro.blog this week. Wordpress is like a big machine with multiple parts that need oiling, and maintenance, for it to function properly and I’m not sure I want to keep doing that. I feel more at ease just posting a line, or two, to micro.blog.

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Marillion have released a special edit, and video, of the song Reprogram The Gene for Earth Day - A Friend Of The Earth (Youtube). Have a listen.

“Listen to Greta T…” 🎵

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New pen. It’s the Yookers Gaia fibre-tipped pen that takes fountain pen ink cartridges. I don’t know what fountain pen purists think but I already love the feel and writing flow of this pen. The retro styling looks great too. 🖋

Yookers Gaia pen
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I’ve become a big fan of WFMU over the last few months and having unlimited fast broadband means I can listen in for hours everyday. Knowing that the station has a listeners birding group makes me love it even more. 🎵

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Currently reading: The Horse’s Mouth by Joyce Cary 📚

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The final season of Brooklyn 99 comes to the UK tonight. I’ve managed to avoid any talk about the episodes so I’m looking forward to it. I just hope all of my favourite supporting “bit characters” get their final appearances too. 📺

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Read: ‘They didn’t go round the corner for beer’: Lou Reed and John Cale’s Songs for Drella (The Guardian) 🎵

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Finished reading: The Looking Glass War by John Le Carré. It took two attempts to read this gloomy installment of John Le Carré’s espionage series but the ending was quietly devastating.

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Preparing for Storm Dudley to hit later on. Storm Eunice is due tomorrow. I think British storm names are being picked to cause the least amount of anxiety.

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Can a person have too many sets of headphones? I’m hoping the answer is “no”.

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A week of highs and sad, sad, lows. It started with a tremendous Marillion gig and has ended with the tragic death of Big Big Train vocalist, David Longdon. I’m lost for words.

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I saw Marillion in Edinburgh. It was a fantastic night and felt like a real celebration. They were clearly very happy to be back on tour. Lovely old venue too. 🎵

Usher Hall, Edinburgh, night, exterior
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Updated everything and, of course, Podcasts is broken on the Homepods. Apple should dump their crappy app and buy something better. Back to Pocket Casts for me.

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There are lots of things I like about Drummer blogging and lots of things I don’t. I’m good at following instructions but switching to https/personal domains and even sharing images is a bit beyond me. I’ll keep at it and see how it develops though.

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This a great little story.

A rock star’s favourite guitar was stolen. One of his biggest fans tracked it down in Japan.

Link: Randy Bachman’s guitar was stolen. One of his biggest fans tracked it down in Japan. - The Washington Post

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Family members have had Covid over the last week. I tested negative but I’m pretty sure I’ve had a mild dose. We’ve all been double-vaccinated so no one has developed serious problems. It’s quite annoying after all the special care we’ve taken over the last 18 months to avoid it.

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Hello from Drummer. It’s nice to have new things to play with.

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Another MP is murdered in the UK and people are trying to score points in the usual places. Twitter and Facebook have poisoned the well and I don’t think there’s any way back.

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I love Steely Dan and this is a great interview. Donald Fagen is supposed to be working on a new solo album. 🎵

Talking Nabokov and Judaism with the Steely Dan co-founder, whose first live album comes out today.

Link: A Conversation With Donald Fagen - Tablet Magazine


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