Wednesday, December 28, 2005

Season's Greetings!

and a festive start to the new Gregorian calendar year. We shall be here. Oh yes.
Lots of love to Dave, our regular reader.

Monday, December 05, 2005

Climate Change part II

Hello again, and back to my favourite topic! Theres a good article in Sundays Observer you should read. Finally the environmentalists making concessions on the use of carbon capture and storage technologies. Hurrah.

Sunday, December 04, 2005

The Arcade Fire!, Harry Partch!, Chris Clark!

Yo homies. My newst favourite band used to be the arcade fire, who, i have just discovered, have a charming website. Flash, but full of hidden treasures... You want the band site, not the fansite, although thats more useful for things like tourdates and stuff. Great band. Seemingly with connections to Supersilent and Deathprod of Norwegian fame..

Also, my friend Kath has just directed me to an archive of interactive instruments based on those created by American composer Harry Partch (1901-1974). You casn play em all!

Chris Clark (see earlier post) is playing at the Liquid Lounge, Glasgow this Thursday 11-3am, £6. If anyone would like to join me, I'll probably be goin'n

Tuesday, November 29, 2005

Paper Sculptures

more, and more specifically:

Friday, November 25, 2005


Hello. Gaz has reminded me of your existence, blog. It is indeed odd at the topsy turviness of the commercial sector lobbying harder than government in this particular area. My apathy says that its not really surprising from this government. the wrong attitude?

Today I have been recording with Adam Beattie. A good day, and chat often returned to general electronica themes and Chris Clark in particular, who, it turns out, Chris the guitarist has met and knows from his childhood days. How odd. I was told about him by Greg, my friend in Minnesota. A long way for a st. Albans lad to go. Chris Clark is playing at the Liquid Lounge here in GLasgow on December 8th, to which I shall go.
Anyway, this was partly why Adam and I were inspired to spend an hour tonight building contact microphones from piezoelectric transducers. The results were interesting, if surprisingly unversatile however.
I also returned to try my hand at a little electronic noise making as I have been meaning to do for ages. The results are here, on the newly rehosted thesound, and were made from the sound of my new printer (thankyou neel!) turning on.

Will you come to our party this saturday?

And have you met my nephew, Rowan?

And have you seen my business site?

So many new things.

lots of love

Tuesday, November 22, 2005

Climate Change

Its been a very long time since I last wrote, but today i feel the urge to say something...

How many Newspaper reports, Magazine articles, Scientific papers and even corporate adverts do we have to read until we do something about, in the words of Sir David King, 'a bigger threat to mankind than terrorism'? You all know what I'm talking about (the title of this entry is a bit of a clue for those who do not), we cannot continue to ignore the efforts of many to make us act and change our ways. We cannot claim ignorance. I challenge anyone to try and spend a week without either reading, hearing or seeing something about climate change. It is by its very nature affecting us all, most probably in more ways than I can think of.

Quite frankly I've had enough of our apathy. When you start to read reports that Big business is pushing for regulations and the government is not providing you have to start to wonder what we are doing as a society. Why are we letting our government get away with this? How has it transpired that those fat cat capitalists are the ones driving a way forward on sustainability? They are starting to embarrass me!

As the above article by George Monbiot outlines there are so many options out there right now to combat climate change, from amazing cooling systems that do away for the need of air conditioning to new virtually silent wind turbines, and my personal favourite Geological Storage of Carbon Dioxide. It's not too late to slow down climate change, a combination of all of the technologies out there would make a definite impact. There can be little argument against the use of renewables and of the energy efficiency technologies but some people seem to be quite happy to argue against geological storage of CO2. In some cases, quite rightly, they point out that more research needs to be done. Why however do we have to rule it out just because we need to do some more work on it? In other cases, they are just plain rude, calling scientists working on ocean sequestration boneheads, repeatedly. That is just the kind of reporting that is so very unhelpful. If we could convert everyone in the world to non-fossil fueled economies overnight, sure, we wouldnt need to look at Carbon storage options, but do we think that is going to happen? No, I dont think so. So let us embrace these technologies and let the scientists prove that they are safe before we go around calling people boneheads.

It is true, however, that none of these technologies will get off the ground unless there is a legal framework and real targets for caps on emissions. So what does Blair do? He says that "the blunt truth about the politics of climate change is that no country will want to sacrifice its economy in order to meet this challenge", thus in one foul swoop paving the way for a catastrophic failure of the Kyoto Treaty.

We need once again, it would seem, to make our politicians listen to us. They arent evening listening to big business on this one for heavens sake. The technology is out there, we need the policy to enforce its use.

Apologies for the rant. I look forward to hearing your thoughts...

Wednesday, October 05, 2005

I got Picasa...

 Well lets see if this here works...
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Tuesday, August 09, 2005



Thursday, July 07, 2005

Adventures in Catherine Alice Kunguland

Adventures in Catherine Alice Kunguland

For those of you who haven't heard, Cathy, the beautiful and loving singer in our band, died two weeks ago after a long fight against leukemia.

There will be a tribute fundraiser in Glasgow around the end of July/ start of August, donations are welcome for the hospice where she stayed for a wee while. I''ll put up the details as and when.

Wednesday, June 15, 2005


Me? Work? Ever again?

Monday, May 30, 2005 "White band of support for poverty campaign

Sunday, May 22, 2005

theSound has enjoyed an update: - I spent my Sunday playing around with pictures of my sanctuary like room with photoshop and autostitch

Monday, May 09, 2005

More Gigs

Another gig of note would be Morcheeba playing at the academy on the 20th may. Morcheeba are good an all but im more interested in their support, Husky Rescue. Marko Nyberg, the guy who created, and is, Husky Rescue describes his music thus 'every track is designed to be a warm breeze to counter the chill of daily life, whether you live in cold climes or not'. He lives in Finland. Check out the website and come to the gig?

Ps Ben Folds is on the 7th of june and his new album 'Songs for Silverman' is well good.

Sunday, May 08, 2005

dBass remixes give preview of the much anticipated demo/EP

I don't know if they count as remixes since the original mix itself still isn't finished. Maybe these are the originals, and the dBass EP if it ever appears will be a remix...

Anyway, Quest (AKA Matt the beatboxer) has interpretated two of our newer songs...

IQ.mp3 which is sounding quite Nitin Sawhneyesque.
MutedMusic.mp3 which sounds nothing like the original Fraser's choon.

These tracks are copyright of Quest primarily and dBass secondarily cos all the playing I think comes from our sessions. Please respect that and don't go distributin' without creditin'.

PS. speaking of the Sawhney, he's playing the Arches this Monday: check it out. further upcoming gigs in Glasgow:
Esbjorn Svensson Trio, 21st May @ Arches, we've got our tickets have you got yours?
Ben Folds, Juneish(?), Royal COncert Hall, ditto
Sigur Ros, July 7th @Carling Academy, cannae go unfortunately.
Any other gigs of note Gaz?

Friday, May 06, 2005


For those of you with faster/more competent computers than me...

"World Wind lets you zoom from satellite altitude into any place on Earth. Leveraging Landsat satellite imagery and Shuttle Radar Topography Mission data, World Wind lets you experience Earth terrain in visually rich 3D, just as if you were really there.Virtually visit any place in the world. Look across the Andes, into the Grand Canyon, over the Alps, or along the African Sahara."

(Can someone install it and let me play, please?)

Monday, May 02, 2005



... a mixture of the urban and rural, the vandal and the gardener?...

Saturday, April 30, 2005


If anyone else is at all interested, a few weeks back I started another blog on the topic of my particular areas of thinking and interest, that is sustainable and open source design. For my own benefit but could be of interest. I should really put tangible interaction in there too - I keep finding inspiring stuff on that... There are already enough blogs on the web surely without me adding to the chaff.

Saturday, April 23, 2005

I'm secretly quite happy that the success of my degree has basically come down to how quickly and well I can learn to sew. I am now about 7 hours in to my sewing career and its going quite promisingly, although I have an inkling that the thing may end up a coupla inches smaller than oringally planned...

Just me and a 'Pfaff' sewing machine (surprisingly little of that activity with it though) and my entire jazz collection which I'm wading through. So far we've had Esbjorn Svensson Trio, Brad Mehldau, Urban Connection, Miroslav Vitous, Miles Davis, Thelonious, Thelonious AND Art - moving on to just Art next, then maybe Art and Marsalis, then straight Marsalis, then back to the Davis I presume. I like to follow a fluid flow of players in my listening...

What I like about Thelonious is that, I'm sure entirely indeliberately, he hides little gems of genius within a whole heap of dire, blundering playing. In my humble opinion of course.

Make you rown Tory poster

Saturday, April 16, 2005

She Only Says 'I Love You' When She's Drunk

Fantastic new theatrical experience coming to the Glasgow QMU Next Sunday and Monday, 24th and 25th April and in St. Andrew's on the 29th. Be there or be quadriequilateral

Friday, April 15, 2005

Intelligent plastics change shape with light

Intelligent plastics change shape with light - MIT News Office

Wow, how cool. Applications? Mapping wallets that automatically take strike and dip readings under certain lighting conditions? Or something less geeky?... Shoes whose (nice bit o rhyming) laces automatically undo under a certain invisible UV light, thus rendering the unsuspecting freedom fighter shoe less while fleeing... Cars with window blinds that automatically respond to sunlight but not street lights.... Protective packaging for , er, things that shouldn't be expoised to certain wavelengths. like paintings in museums. Arms that automatically slap any inconsiderate flash photographers in the theatre...
thats enough for me.

Tuesday, April 12, 2005

The Complete Guide to Isometric Pixel Art

The Complete Guide to Isometric Pixel Art Like it says... One to come back to.

Friday, April 01, 2005

Make Poverty History

Below is a copy of a letter i sent to the University of Glasgow SRC, in support of the MakePovertyHistory campaign. What do you all think?

Dear SRC Representative,

I would like to enquire if the SRC has any plans to support the Make Poverty History ( campaign. The campaigns manifesto etc. can be found at the website, but in summary is: Trade Justice; Drop the Debt; and More and Better Aid.
It is my opinion that the University of Glasgow is perfectly poised to make a great statement in support of the campaign, especially with the G8 members meeting in Scotland this July.
I wish to see the SRC support the campaign, and help promote it, through, for example, making publicity available and offering white bands for sale on campus.
In particular, if the SRC was to support the campaign, an idea is to wrap the university tower in a white band (as has been done by Reverend Ken Bouillier of the Holy Trinity Church, Nailsea (, on the 1st of July, in support of the national 'White Band Day'.
A serious question that arises from this specific idea would be whether the SRC (and the university) would support anyone who wanted to do this. Does the SRC have any channels that I could pursue to gain support for this action.
Needless to say, such action would create great publicity for a university trying to promote ethical research and development, or promoting any of the principles of Public Life as outlined by the Nolan Committee on Standards in Public life, namely, selflessness and integrity. What could be more selfless or show such integrity as to display support for the ridding of poverty on a global scale. Similarly the publicity created would surely send a signal out to the generation of potential students that the Univeristy of Glasgow is a place of study where moral responsibility and ethical education is promoted.
The London School of Economics has already tabled support for the Make Poverty History campaign ( in the belief that, amongst other things, the international community within their university would benefit from the School's support of the campaign.
This year has be designated as a year that can make history, make poverty history, and I believe that the University of Glasgow can, and indeed should, make a concerted effort to support this.

Yours Sincerely,

Gareth Johnson

Wednesday, March 30, 2005

Taste for Makers

An interesting essay on taste/'good' design? are they equivalent?

Monday, March 14, 2005

theSlog News of the Weird returns...

BBC NEWS | UK | England | Beds/Bucks/Herts | Biscuit-eating dummy tests crumbs

This calls for the resurrection of the title, 'theSlog News of the Weird' again, methinks.

Sunday, March 13, 2005

The Observer | Review | Magnetic personalities:

"'We shower light rays on to a scene and analyse what happens as they interact with materials,' Wedge explains, grateful after his patient slog of the past 20 years that computer technology has finally made 3-D film-making so much easier. 'We had no idea what we were in for when we started Blue Sky,' says Wedge. 'We just had an idea of what we wanted to do. When we got to a point where it seemed impossible, we just kept doing it. After 18 years, we have a lot of it done.'"

Chris Wedge, animator of Robots (the new film from Ice Age creators)

What a lovely way to describe ray-tracing. And an inspiring comment.

Saturday, March 12, 2005

The Postmodernism Generator: Communications From Elsewhere

A new postodernism essay with every hit. spot the difference?

Saturday, March 05, 2005

The Observer Bloggin good

including amusing discourse on the nature of the blog and just how not-for-profit theObserver may or may not be..

Saturday, February 19, 2005 Teehee.

Sunday, February 13, 2005

Ex rector of glasgow uni writing about the nee dfor a play ethic as opposed to a work ethic.: playjournal

Vhairi's started up an excellent wee blog, namely 6amthoughts

Wednesday, February 09, 2005

Hark! Glad folk of woe, your confused meandering little minds wander. BUT never fear, I, grand caped master of pancakery, have found the cure. Always check the backs of your tiny ears. In the ways of our ancestors, "crumble!" but also "crumble!"

Word. BO!
Grand central conquistador, roy and little tiny insignificant miniscule wee infinitessimal bean. (pea)

Monday, January 24, 2005

Another great photo blog to feast yer eyes upon:

Express Train

Thursday, January 13, 2005

Submit Response

A very well kept Glasgow blog. You may or may not find things of interest. Plenty of pics.

A new candidate for visuals? I really like these New York pinhole camera photos, what do you think? Good mix of London and NYC too.

Basically I'd like to link to most things I find through Jason Kottke (left, mumblings). worth checking out, normally his leftover links are better than his posts..

Gilly is back on the blog.

Its been a while, for obvious festive season reasons. One exam left now, my last ever. hopefully. Well, Its not like anyone resits their final year, do they? I son't think I'd want to anyway. Once is quite enough, whatever the result. Lasers and Optical Systems, the only thing between me and doing something interesting/useful/what i came to uni to do.

New year's res: get on top of the web thing again.