Friday, June 24, 2005


I am a bit of a science nerd, well ok I am a bit of a knowledge nerd - I like to, umm, know things. So that is partially why I like getting National Geographic magazine - and for the purty pictures too.

After recently reading Bill Bryson's book, The short history of nearly everything (which is not nearly everything at all as it only looks at the history of science) it got me interested in knowing about the movement of the human race. So I was pleasantly surprised when the last edition of the National Geographic informed me about their Genographic project.

Here you can view an atlas of the movement of humans which they have researched using DNA technology. You can even buy a kit and send in some of your DNA to get processed and they will show where your ancestors moved around and came from.

I don't really need a kit I think, I know my blood is mostly Scottish, although it would be good to find something weird.

Tuesday, June 14, 2005

Music Meme

For the first time I have been handed a blogosphere baton. It comes from Nicole and I figure I had better make sure I run with it. So here are my answers ...

Total volume of music files on my computer: 3359 songs / 6 days, 1 hour, 14 minutes and 58 seconds / 10.15Gb (the total on my iPod which is a different selection from the laptop is 7915 songs or 23 days, 14 hours, 38 minutes and 18 seconds or 37.2Gb)

Song playing right now: none, I am work. Although I just heard 'Forever Young' on a radio somewhere.

The last CD I bought: 'Sit down and listen to Hooverphonic' by Hooverphonic

Five songs or tunes I listen to a lot, or that mean a lot to me:

This is a hard list to come up with. The ones I listen a lot to change quite often, so I will side with the ones that have some sort of sentimental value.

  1. Lamb - 'Goreki' - The sentimental reasons for this I won't divulge too much about, it does involve a long-term relationship. I have seen these guys twice, once in Kentish Town, London and once at the Metro in Sydney.

  2. Foo Fighters - 'Everlong' - A brilliant song which reminds me of when I was share flatting in Newcastle.

  3. Beth Orton - 'Pass in time' - Just a really beautiful song. Seen Beth twice too, again in London and Sydney.

  4. Radiohead - 'Karma Police' - I think most would agree this is one that means a lot to them, not sure exactly why for me though. Maybe because it was that stage of my life, early twentys and free.

  5. Powderfinger - 'How far have we really come?' - Reminds me of when I marched in the anti-war rallys before the Iraq war.

What music have you been listening to recently that is rocking your world?: See the previous post

I'm passing the baton to: No one. I don't have enough blogosphere friends :(

Monday, June 06, 2005

Tune to Dig

I have been getting into funk trip hop at the moment and stuff that I am 'rediscovering'* on my iPod. So here first up are 3 CD's that I think (and others - judging from reactions to playing them recently) you should wrap your ears around.

Red Snapper - Making Bones. Sweet sounds and lush vocals. "Image of You" is one of the most underated tracks of the 90's - like Massive Attack, love this.

Mr Scruff - Trouser Jazz. Jazz for the new age.

White Rabbit - White Rabbit. Funk, Funk, Funk.

* ahem ... stuff I have got from friends but not taken the time to listen to.