Archive: June 2010

Elton & Tina Seb: Unlike Abi, music didn’t enter my life in a big way until Napster and the Era of Downloadable Music. That’s not to say my life was devoid of music! It was always around, either played by my mother in the house, or loudly on my dad’s car stereo, but I never had my own music. I tried to get into pop music, when I was a teenager. I wasn’t under the duress of peer pressure for…

I’ve been watching Boston Legal recently. In it there’s a character called Alan Shore who uses his passionate, mellifluous voice to devastating effect in courtroom closing arguments. In an episode I just watched he argues that the U.S. government should ‘hire the geniuses’, rather than public sector contractor cronies. It’s not actually his best closing (his ‘Free Religion’ one is amazing), but later, talking to his buddy Denny Crane, he says it a lot more succinctly: Hire the geniuses, not the…

via ted.com There’s nothing new here — at least for rational, non-mad humans. It’s nice to hear someone (more qualified than I?) reaffirming exactly what I think, though. The best bit — the bit that shows how close we are to knowing what chemically makes us tick — is the bit about dopamine levels in the brain. More dopamine = hyperactive imagination, see patterns everywhere and in everything; not enough dopamine = dull, sluggish, unable to make potentially life-saving associations…

England & Get Yer Kit Off! Seb: I’m not a big football fan. I supported a team once, when I was a teenager, when I had a best friend. I supported the same team as him because… well… you don’t just sit there in silence when the rest of the household are red-faced and screaming at the television. It’s just not done. I supported them for a few years; never did see an actual, live football match though, and I…

Hello! You may have noticed a deluge of shorter blog posts over the past week. They’re not quite stream-of-consciousness, but they’re also not quite refined, finalised, percolated-into-the-crystal-goblet cogent ideas. Which is kind of apt really, because I’m just churning things over at the moment. Flitting specks of knowledge begin to form into ideas — and then spin away into the corners of my mind. They re-emerge a few days or weeks later — usually when I’m sitting on the toilet — and…

via ted.com Not the best-delivered talk I’ve ever heard — and he definitely loses it a bit towards the end — but still, it’s interesting. I’m sure I’ve heard the artistic ‘limited by the shape of the vessel’ argument before, I’m just not sure where. I guess a portable MP3 player is simply a tool. Much like a painter’s work extends beyond the canvas, to the frame, to where it will hang. And if you agree — if form really…