January 2010

The Ultimate In-Box Notification Noise

I have discovered the best sound to use for a new mail notification in your e-mail client. It's the object pick-up noise form Atari's Adventure for the 2600. I've attached the WAV file to this post so that you to can feel like you are grabbing the goblet next time you get a v!@gr@ ©ialis spam in your in-box!

Pow Wow Plus by Stephen Mallinder (8/10)

Format: 
CD

Part of a Cabaret Voltaire three-pack I bought. Natural sounds take dominance over the usual electronic noise. If you like early Cabaret Voltaire, especially 2x45, you will like this.

Absolutely by Madness (8/10)

Format: 
CD

Not as ska-rific as their first record, yet lacking the pop brilliance of their later records. But still, it's Madness so it's good.

Bedazzled by Love Interest, The (8/10)

Format: 
CD Single

A one-off single featuring drummer extraordinaire Martin Atkins, Jesus Lizard's David Simms, Bowie clone Chirs Connelly and someone named Mary covering Dudley Moore's Bedazzled. Much more groovy/trippy than the original.

Violent Opposition by Keith Levene (6/10)

Format: 
CD

A hit-or-miss collection of covers and home-recording style noodling from ex-PIL guitarist Levene. Not as grating as Metal Box era PIL, but not as catchy as later PIL either.

Le Tigre by Le Tigre (7/10)

Format: 
CD

Raw grrrl rock backed with a cheesy Alesis 16-B drum machine.

Terminator Salvation (6/10)

For the first 20 minutes or so I couldn't see why this film got such bad reviews. I was really enjoying it. And then they introduce the "love interest" and the story starts to focus on the jaded sci-fi trope of the robot who thinks he's a man. There are plot holes galore and editing jumps that feel like place holders for commercials. We don't care about the new terminator, all we want to see is the story of John Conner and Kyle Reese. At the very least, there are enough nods to fanboys to keep it watchable until the end (the digital surprise cameo is jaw-dropping).

Adobe Contribute Is No Longer My Friend

I have a bit of a love/hate relationship with Adobe. Some of their products are great—Photoshop is a verb these days for good reason—but, they have also released some of the most disappointing software I have ever used. Encore, their DVD authoring program, will crash anytime you try to do anything with even a moderate degree of complexity. Dreamweaver will give you cryptic JavaScript errors out of the blue, when you are not actively editing anything. Heck, everyone knows Acrobat is a bloated resource hog.