Adagio Cantabile with a rock tempo feel …

August 20, 2010 at 1:54 pm (music, odds) (, )

So reads the first of many performance directions for John Stump‘s Faeries Aire and Death Waltz.

If you’ve never seen this piece of music, claimed to have been ‘arranged by accident’, then you should take a minute out to study it.  Claimed to be unplayable, but even so there is a version on YouTube.  If nothing else, the build up is entertaining in its own right.

Look out for the other musical directions ‘release the penguins’, ‘cool timpani with small fan’, ‘add bicycle’, ‘remove valve’ and as it reaches its conclusion, ‘gradually slide from 12-bar blues to a more vivaldi like cadenza’.

Quite impressive.  Full score (courtesy of wikipedia) attached.


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What HAVE Google done to their image search?

August 17, 2010 at 5:55 pm (internet) (, )

I’ve regularly used the Google image search – simple, quick, find the pictures you want.  But recently, they changed the interface, and boy is it annoying.

Now, you get expanding images when you move the mouse around the screen, constantly distracting your eye as you scan over the pictures for what you want.  When you click on ‘more results’ it seems to jump to random page numbers.  Once you reach the bottom of the page there isn’t an obvious ‘next page’ link.  And it is so slow to load!

Thankfully there is a release – at the bottom there is a ‘switch to basic version’ link (read, switch to the working version).   However, there doesn’t seem to be a way to make this the default choice.

The cynic in my wonders if this might be a new policy of Google: start releasing really irritating user interfaces that people will have just to login to iGoogle or their Google account to change to a usable version … I can’t think of any other reason why anyone would consider this an improvement.  It is so anti-Google – their user interface is usually so slick and clean.  This is just so clunky.  An odd choice.


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I’ve unleashed a monster …

August 5, 2010 at 9:35 pm (odds) (, , )

First there was shitmykidsruined.  Then came thereifixedit.  In their wake is a plethora of similar sites that are guaranteed to have you staring in disbelief, bewilderment or general bemusement.  I’ve had links to many others sent my way, most appear to be from the cheezburger network.

Some examples, if you are looking to lose an hour or so.

Failblog – “Helping you feel better about yourself everyday”.  They got that one right.  Some epic fails there.  Nicely balanced with some ocasional wins though, just to restore some faith in human nature.

Failbook – “Too funny to unfriend”.  I liked this one – slightly redacted extracts from Facebook status and wall posts where things took a turn for the worse.  Lots of those posts you’d rather forget, or those posts that no matter what you try to say to turn it round, you just end up making it worse!

Hacked IRL – sometimes reality is the weirdest thing around.

Very Demotivational – “Demotivational Posters”.


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