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Reality catches up with science fiction

Posted in Uncategorized by Simon Bisson on November 30, 2003

Vega may well have planets.

May be we can get to live the Traveller life… So, that’s Adventure Number 9 sorted. Or, in a more literary vein, perhaps it was James H Schmitz or Carl Sagan who were right?

Worth watching (if only for the next hour or two or so)…

Posted in Uncategorized by Simon Bisson on November 29, 2003

…the streaming webcast of the benefit concert for Nelson Mandela’s 46664 AIDS charity….

Excellent music, and an excellent cause.

(You can tell I’m struggling with a Guardian piece, when I spam LJ this much!)

A new look at an old favourite…

Posted in Uncategorized by Simon Bisson on November 29, 2003

…introducing anatomically correct milk chocolate hearts (US only). Though dark chocolate is better for the heart…

(And brains, Igor, cherry-centred chocolate brains!)

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Tony Levin’s photos of the PG Brighton gig

Posted in Uncategorized by Simon Bisson on November 29, 2003

Tony Levin has been taking digital photos of concerts he’s been playing in, and photoblogging them on his site. Monday night’s photos can be found here

Quite amusing to see a gig from a rather different point of view! (I’m off in the balcony on the far right.)

Peter Gabriel, Brighton Centre, 24/11/2003

Posted in Uncategorized by Simon Bisson on November 29, 2003

Jet lag and concerts don’t usually go well together, let alone concerts in another city. But after flying back from Salt Lake City, and just a few hours kip, I found myself on a train for Brighton, and Peter Gabriel’s smallest gig for some time….

Billed as a warm-up gig for today’s Nelson Mandela-organised AIDS benefit in South Africa, Gabriel used the concrete shed of the Brighton Centre as a place to try out a stripped back set that mixed old and new. Tracks from early albums sat alongside pieces from Ovo and UP. Simple lighting effects and an almost empty stage were surpassed by virtuoso guitar from long-time musical collaborator David Rhodes, while Tony Levin’s bass led with a driving rhythm that never stopped.

Highlights included “Games Without Frontiers” sung on synchronised Segways, and a climax that included a powerful, triumphant “Solsbury Hill” that underlined Gabriel’s commitment to his post-Genesis career, and that led to the entire line-up dancing through the audience. Perhaps unsurprisingly, tracks from So and Us dominated the set. An acapella “Mercy Street” brought tears to the eyes, while “Digging in the Dirt” was as honest as ever… The encores were well worth the long journey that resulted from catching the last train back to London: a passionate “Biko”, sung anticipating its first live performance in South Africa, and the perennial crowd-pleaser “Sledgehammer”.

One of the best gigs so far this year.

(Now, if only he’d sung “Here Comes The Flood”…)

Note to self…

Posted in Uncategorized by Simon Bisson on November 29, 2003

…grooming tips from “Queer Eye For The Straight Guy” are well worth trying out. I have just had the best shave ever…

So remember folks, shave after showering, not before. It really works.

Cheers Kyan!

Amusing events in the life of a freelance technology writer…

Posted in Uncategorized by Simon Bisson on November 28, 2003

…occur when you have to do things like interview your old boss about his new company.

It’s just that I still remember him interviewing me, when he hired me…

More baaaa!

Posted in Uncategorized by Simon Bisson on November 27, 2003

How well do you know me?

(Oh, the humanity! He’s done one of those blasted friendstest things…)

New fandom, new GIP…

Posted in Uncategorized by Simon Bisson on November 26, 2003

Think I might have just got hooked on this

Interesting hard SF anime (once you get around the unlikely original premise…)

Because they’re doers… translators… travellers… and solutioneers…

Posted in Uncategorized by Simon Bisson on November 25, 2003

Scary web site of the day has to belong to those marketing whizzes at Maloney and Fox. They have a theme song…

“They make you feel good with custom coasters, shirts and socks”

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