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July, 2009

  1. Bookmarks for July 28th through July 31st

    July 31, 2009 by Daniel

    Links for July 28th through July 31st:

  2. Fantastic Mr. Fox trailer

    July 31, 2009 by Daniel

    Been a bit of while coming, seeing as the film isn’t too far away from being released: Fantastic Mr. Fox trailer.

    It’s been made by Wes Anderson who is one of my favourite directors – I love the way his films look, it will be intriguing to see what he can do with animation.

    UpdateL They seem a bit nervous about the film at The Guardian

  3. STS-51-G – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

    July 29, 2009 by Daniel

    STS-51-G – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.

    Found out yesterday that the commander of the Space Shuttle flight that was launched the day I was born was named Daniel. Coincidence?

  4. Moon

    July 29, 2009 by Daniel

    Movie Review: Moon.

    Looking forward to seeing this, just found out it’s on wider release in the UK now. More to come after I’ve seen it!

  5. Sysadmins

    July 28, 2009 by Daniel

    This is a pretty good summary of what my job is (for those who sleeplessly wonder).

    A sysadmin unpacked the server for this website from its box, installed an operating system, patched it for security, made sure the power and air conditioning was working in the server room, monitored it for stability, set up the software, and kept backups in case anything went wrong. All to serve this webpage.
    A sysadmin installed the routers, laid the cables, configured the networks, set up the firewalls, and watched and guided the traffic for each hop of the network that runs over copper, fiber optic glass, and even the air itself to bring the Internet to your computer. All to make sure the webpage found its way from the server to your computer.
    A sysadmin makes sure your network connection is safe, secure, open, and working. A sysadmin makes sure your computer is working in a healthy way on a healthy network. A sysadmin takes backups to guard against disaster both human and otherwise, holds the gates against security threats and crackers, and keeps the printers going no matter how many copies of the tax code someone from Accounting prints out.
    A sysadmin worries about spam, viruses, spyware, but also power outages, fires and floods.
    When the email server goes down at 2 AM on a Sunday, your sysadmin is paged, wakes up, and goes to work.
    A sysadmin is a professional, who plans, worries, hacks, fixes, pushes, advocates, protects and creates good computer networks, to get you your data, to help you do work — to bring the potential of computing ever closer to reality.
    So if you can read this, thank your sysadmin — and know he or she is only one of dozens or possibly hundreds whose work brings you the email from your aunt on the West Coast, the instant message from your son at college, the free phone call from the friend in Australia, and this [blog].

    I am part of a large group of teams of sysadmins we have networks, storage, windows, unix, directory services, operations, telecoms and us data centre. So we’re pretty much in the middle of all of them and need to talk to all of them whereas some of the other teams might only speak to a few of them.

  6. Veronique

    July 27, 2009 by Daniel

    (sorry about the post title I can’t get it do a é The proper title is Véronique)
    Buxton Opera House.
    Buxton Opera House
    Times Review

    Even more enjoyable was Giles Havergal’s immaculately stylish, witty and touching staging of Messager’s neglected little chef-d’oeuvre, unaccountably not seen in a fully professional UK staging since the first decade of the 20th century. Messager’s score is froth, but del ectably airy froth, full of instantly hummable tunes and catchy ensembles, deftly orchestrated and brilliantly paced. The story is a time-honoured operetta yarn of an aristocrat (Hélène) disguising herself as a shop girl (“Véronique”) to test the love of the man (Florestan) she is destined to marry.

    The operetta passes in a flash, thanks to Wyn Davies’s sprightly conducting; Havergal’s lightness of touch looks wonderful in Leslie Travers’s simple but evocative black-and-white sets; and the singing is pretty good, too. Mark Stone as a raffish Florestan, a French forbear of Lehar’s Count Danilo, and Helen Williams as a sparkling Agathe — a happily married lady with an eye for mustachioed men — have the operetta style to a tee. There is excellent work from Yvonne Howard as Hélène’s flirtatious aunt, Andrew Mackenzie-Wicks as a deadpan Inspector Loustot and Donald Maxwell as a bumbling Coquenard, the florist who employs “Véronique”. Only Victoria Joyce’s soubrettish leading lady is a slight disappointment, but she doesn’t spoil an enchanting night in Buxton.


    Guardian review

  7. Bookmarks for July 23rd through July 25th

    July 25, 2009 by Daniel

    Links for July 23rd through July 25th:

  8. We Should Have Gone To University

    July 24, 2009 by Daniel

    Yay, Reuben are going to release rare stuff from their back catalogue!

    (from Kerrang)
    01. Alpha Signal Seven
    02. Words From Reuben
    03. Crimson
    04. Death Of A Star
    05. Shambles
    06. Scared Of The Police
    07. Eating Only Apples (Single version)
    08. Wooden Boy
    09. Stux (Tell Me It’s Alright)
    10. Stealing Is Easy
    11. Banner Held High
    12. Lissom Slo
    13. Let’s Stop Hanging Out (Single version)
    14. Alpha Signal Five
    15. Numb At Four In The Morning
    16. Worn To Be Seen
    17. Catch
    18. Stuck In My Throat (Single version)
    19. Doll Fin
    20. Scared Of The Police (Live On XFM)
    21. Once
    22. Glitterskin
    23. Ways Of Staying Pure
    24. Miffy In Auschwitz (Live At The BBC)
    25. Enemy

    01. Scared Of The Police (Sheldon version)
    02. Don’t Die
    03. Seated Near
    04. No Exit Wound
    05. Victim
    06. Approaching By Stealth
    07. Karin
    08. Feel Good Inc. (Live At The BBC)
    09. Two Kicks In The Mouth (Live At XFM)
    10. Blitzkrieg
    11. Girls On Top
    12. What’s Good For Me
    13. Push
    14. The Weight Of The World
    15. Christmas Is Awesome
    16. Suffocation Of The Soul (Live At The BBC)
    17. Agony/Agatha (Live At The BBC)
    18. The Hand That Feeds (Live At The BBC)
    19. Deadly Lethal Ninja Assassin (Acoustic version)
    20. Red Machine
    21. Shambles (Long version)
    22. The Last Time

    It comes with a DVD of all of Reuben’s video’s, If you like Xtra Mile are also bundling it with Very Fast Very Dangerous or a 12″ of Racecar Is Racecar Backwards.

    Here’s a couple of pictures I’ve taken of Reuben when I’ve been to see them live through the years. I’ll never forget buying Two Songs For Free after seeing them support Hundred Reasons – instantly hooked.

    On stage with Frank Turner! October 2005
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    Set List - Stage View

    Setlist – June 2005

  9. Bookmarks for July 17th through July 22nd

    July 22, 2009 by Daniel

    Links for July 17th through July 22nd:

  10. Moon Trailer HD / Inglourious Basterds

    July 22, 2009 by Daniel

    via YouTube – Moon Trailer HD.

    I intend to go see this at the Cornerhouse this week.

    Also doing the rounds, a new Tarantino movie!

    Apple Trailer Page – downloadable HD versions, etc