Being a long-time mac fan, starting off with an LCII, now with an Imac to work on, an iPhone to travel with and an iBook for on the sofa – yes, I have mobile me too – I’m slightly underwhelmed by the iPad.
Yes it’s beautiful, yes it does the job beautifully, It may be okay to read books on it, that depends on the screen. Apple has always bigged-up screen quality and I’ve never thought they were as good as they hyped them.
The ipad is a laptop replacement, but it doesn’t do what a laptop does.
You wouldn’t want to hike it around just to do what an ipod or iphone do already. It doesn’t take photos or video and it doesn’t run run mac applications. It only runs proprietry applications.
Steve Jobs shows us what a brilliant web browser it is by reading the New York Times. Of course he doesn’t mention that the page is littered with little lego blocks that tell us that iPad does not run Flash. I’d cope with that on a phone, but on a machine that is sold as the best web-browsing experience in the world? A web-browser without Flash – get real!
The only additional feature is the bookstore. I don’t think that is a killer app. I’m sure the hard-core fans will buy it, but I’m not sure who else will.
The entry price is good, but I’d rather have a proper computer that can do all the things I want it to. I’m sure the screen keyboard is much better than the iPhone’s, but I don’t want to write a manuscript on it.
Sorry Apple. I’m sure I’d like one to have a round, but I dons’ see the point of paying money for it.
Thanks to Spotify, I’m revisiting all sorts of music, that lies of scratched, unplayable LPs in the attic.
I’m so impressed by early Roxy Music. My friend, Simon Austin, waited for Hockliffes, in Bedford to open, the day the first album came out. He must have been one of the first to buy it. I remember him coming to the park, where we were hanging around on the swings and showed us the cover. That was mind-blowing enough. Ferry, Eno, Manzenara, Andy Mackay and Paul Thompson looked like exotic birds from a secret paradise. I wanted to be Eno before I’d even heard the album.
When I did, I remember it being a physical hit, like my first cigarette. It left me feeling dizzy, exhilarated and confused. nothing could ever be quite the same after that.
Listening to those first two albums, I’m amazed at how savvy Ferry and Eno were. The lyrics were so sophisticated and knowing. Ferry knew all about celebrity culture and how to manipulate it, way back then, when most people were really quite innocent and thought celebrities were actually special people. I don’t know if Ferry had travelled outside the movies, but he certainly comes across as a citizen of the world – an international playboy.
And Brian Eno – what can I say? He was my hero – all that knob-twiddling and mascara. Yes, I cut my hair like that and even tried to solder-up my own synthesiser.
I started listening to Emerson Lake and Palmer yesterday and soon got bored. They used the synthesiser like an organ extension – all twiddly-widdly-wah-wah.
Eno shaped the soundscape. If you listen for his work, it’s as fresh today as it was mind-blowing then. Did they consciously know what they were doing? Or was it a coming together of the right talents at the right time, plugged into the zeitgeist?
Vinny Jones quite impressed me when he first came in the Big Brother House. He’d obviously decided to be mister nice guy to improve his public image. He even stood in and stopped a bullying situation before it got out of hand.
But he’s not managed to keep it up. He comes across as the most irritating, self absorbed bully.
I only worry that the people who vote on Big Brother are the binge culture louts who approve of that kind of behaviour, and that they’ll let him win. We shall see.
It must be about ten years ago that I began writing lullabies with the idea of doing a picturebook. I had such negative reaction to the dummy I showed I kind of gave up. No one liked my hero and thought no one would by a lullaby books with unknown lullabies in it.
I’ve now realised that Youtube could maybe let me approach the project from a different angle, so, here for your amusement and delectation is a demo of one of the songs called City Lullaby, inspired by a hot steamy visit to New York. I was amazed at the noise and bustle that never seemed to stop. I wondered how any child ever got to sleep there.
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Since the last video seemed to amuse a few people – here’s another. Listening to the old tracks certainly got me in the mood this weekend (yes, Authors work seven days a week, y’know?) I seem to have broken a mental barrier concerning the stories I’m writing at the moment. I hope my editor agrees!
Flamazine were named after the Smith and Nephew burns ointment. Our guitarist, Laurie, used to sell their products and Flamazine was one of their best sellers. The idea was that our music might be a balm for heated emotions. I think we hoped we might get a bit of sponsorship too.
I’m trying to get into a rock and roll mood for the stories I’m writing at the mo – or rather the character I’m trying to draw – so I’ve been listening to my younger self and thought you might like to share!
The band was called Flamazine and we were around in 83/84. I’m the singer! The Keyboard plaer is the now much respected producer, Marius deVries, who has done very well since. Sadly, when bands split up, it’s often worse than a divorce, so we haven’t spoken since. There’s more Flamazine on Youtube if you look.
Not worth watching for Heather Mills, surely? Can she really hope to turn herself around with a British audience? The British don’t like people who meddle with their national treasures. I suspect she will never be forgiven for marrying Paul McCartney and will either be voted off first or kept in to make her feel the pain more and more each week.
Ah! don’t you love the mob?
Hooray! – Nip! Nip! is published today. I know it’s not the longest text in the world, but considering I was only allowed to use the letters S,A,T,P,I,N,M,D and it’s only 42 words long- I think it’s a great story and was great fun to do. If you want a really early phonics book that has a real plot – this is for you.
Yes, another youTube drawing lesson. I was asked to do this and thought it might be difficult. It turned out a lot easier than I thought.
Here’s a Christmas Carol sung by the Ginger Ninja, Tiddles and Hilda his friends. I did this a couple of years a go. I’ve just worked out how to convert it to video so I can upload it to YouTube.
You are welcome to pass it on to your friends – and Have a Very Happy Christmas!
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