Archive for January, 2007

Uninteresting iPhone

Although the buzz on the technology blogs I read seems to be quite keen on the iPhone, if you can’t install third party software on it [1,2,3] then it won’t interest me much at all.

There’s a comparison of the OpenMoko and the iPhone but to me it’s all about the software (and the openness).

If the iPhone is not a smart phone, what would you call it? Maybe a closedphone? It doesn’t exactly roll off the tongue. I guess it doesn’t matter to me much – I’ll be buying something else instead

P.S. I’m not saying that I don’t think the iPhone will sell extremely well – I guess I’m just not it’s target audience – the last portable music player I bought plays oggs as well as mp3s

Scary man loses at poker

Yesterday a few friends came around for a poker night, a few of the people had never played before so I explained the rules and the jargon gleaned from watching later night poker on the TV. Inevitably I was the first person to be eliminated. d’oh!

In other news, by looking at the logs for this domain I’ve discovered that it’s on Google’s first page if you search for scary men. Is Google trying to tell me something?

Brad doesn’t suck.

So I’ve dipped my toe into the online-drm-free-music market. I decided to have a poke around magnatune.com because I didn’t need a subscription and because I could get the music I bought in the format I really wanted: Ogg Vorbis (it’s available in other formats too including MP3,FLAC and WAV).

I had a brief look around the site (you can listen to all the music via their flash player) and quickly found an album I really liked and bought it: “I don’t what I’m doing” by Brad Sucks is extremely impressive.

Magnatune describes Brad Sucks as sardonic indie rock. It hasn’t changed my life but it is a great album; every song is good. I’ve thought a bit about how to try and describe it; “Sick as a dog” reminds me a little of the Presidents,”Look and feel years younger” reminds me a bit of Depeche Mode’s “Barrel of a gun” and a few of the other songs have the feel of REM’s Up album. That last sentence proves that I’m no music reviewer – it gives an inaccurate feel of what the album is like. Instead of watching me struggling to describe it I think you ought to listen to it yourself – the first track that you’ll hear (“Making me Nervous”) is probably my favourite.

The official Irregular Verbiage rating is 8/10. That might seem harsh given my glowing praise but I plan to listen to more music from Magnatune and from Brad Sucks and I want scope to award higher marks once this blog becomes the definitive place to read clueless reviews.

(Technically having bought it from Magnatune, I’m allowed to give the music to three other people but I plan to waive that right – you can listen to the music for free on their website and seeing as they seem to live up to their “We’re not evil” slogan, I’d love to see as many people as possible buy the album.