Wednesday, August 13, 2008

broadbean

i've decided, this is ridiculous!!

I'm upgrading to broadbean, quick smart!

Attempting to myspace, blog, youtube, check out photos or upload vids, let alone organising any of these, takes an eternity of time on dial-up, and I don't have an eternity of time. I'm on duty to sit at a library for 35h per week!!

I'm finding myself doing the high MB stuff at work, but I'm not too keen on hanging around the building after hours. Too much groovy stuff is slipping by me such as you tube, downloading music & other's people's websites. My organising & designing capabilities as well are severley hampered, particularly on myspace, I can't keep up with this archaic form of interneting. I simply don't have the thyme!!

Ok....shall begin investigations, deadline... late-October!

and f* it, why not a new computer :-0
that'll be next year's present, as was my original intention! ;)

11 comments:

Polydora said...

uh oh... has the internet poisoned you?

Yes, high speed access is pretty much a necessity for anything on the net these days. But isn't it funny how our world wide web palette expands and expands and expands?

I feel kind of sad. In perhaps an exaggerated form, your need for high speed internet and a new computer make me think of Bhutanese children's relatively new need for TV and "stuff."

I know you're not materialistic; I just lament the loss of innocence and my fantasy of an idyllic, perfectly content world.

ross b said...

you are so, so correct in what you say Anne Marie..

I tend to forgo updating technology until the very last possible minute, generally, as a rule. I will have to go to broadband soon to save time and speed things up. You're spot on, our www palette seems to expand, and expand.

The computer can wait until next year, possibly broadband too; my computer is bandaged up a bit but it can survive perhaps one or two more bandages before it completely konks out!

When I finally forgo my current computer, likely within the next 12 months, it will find a home either at work as a spare student terminal or more likely, it'll be fully recycled. I find it appalling when I'm walking or driving and I see old-style boxy monitors lying about on the sidewalk. I wish people would think about the consequences of their actions more, we can't afford more landfill space for discarded technology! Recycle recycle recycle!!!

I sort of feel sad too. I felt sad last night after reading Steve's blog and Craig talked about the passing of his mother. I feel sad too about the state of the planet, I can't help but be compelled to read about what's going on with our ecology, economy, climate, the price of crude oil...it goes on & on. Yet, I prefer to focus on the simplicity of life, the joy, the naturalness, the sunshine, the purity.

I'm at the pub actually, using their public computer terminal. There's a performance night, it's been good.

I just lament the loss of innocence and my fantasy of an idyllic, perfectly content world.

- I am so with you there.

I'd like to tail off with some magic lyrics by Steve Kilbey from the wondrous Tristesse...

here in this desert beneath the sun and sky
still troubled by the rumbling of a million distant cars
please be good to me tonight
help me find my way
the air has some command in it
I cannot disobey...


night night, Ross

Polydora said...

"When I finally forgo my current computer, likely within the next 12 months, it will find a home either at work as a spare student terminal or more likely, it'll be fully recycled. I find it appalling when I'm walking or driving and I see old-style boxy monitors lying about on the sidewalk. I wish people would think about the consequences of their actions more, we can't afford more landfill space for discarded technology! Recycle recycle recycle!!!

Yes, and people generally fail to realize that you can't simply dispose of your computer; it has to be done properly to mitigate exposure to toxic chemicals and acid, etc. Donating is a great option. I gave my old computer away for free to a woman who was going to use it to write and read letters in large print (she was losing her sight). She didn't care how many gigs it had, she was only going to use it for word processing. Still, one day it will end up in a landfill and that's the travesty of our quick technological turnover rate. Every two years or less people are upgrading, and doing so without thinking. I'm like you, I upgrade only when my needs force me to.

" I prefer to focus on the simplicity of life, the joy, the naturalness, the sunshine, the purity."

Everyday, Ross, and this is what gets me through. It's still here with us, nature and magic, if we choose to find it and recognize it. And by doing so, we help it linger a little longer; that is, we prevent it from disappearing entirely from this world by acknowledging its presence. So I believe.

veleska1970 said...

yeah, broadband is definitely a MUST!! it is like not having a television set.

donating is a great idea. there's always a school that needs computers.

"here in this desert beneath the sun and sky
still troubled by the rumbling of a million distant cars
please be good to me tonight
help me find my way
the air has some command in it
I cannot disobey..."

this is so poignant, even all these years later...i'm reminded of the entire song of "something that means something" by him, too. i listen to that song a lot as i have on shuffle (and it ALWAYS comes up~~maybe someone is trying to get a message across, perhaps??)

ross b said...

Anne Marie, I am totally and passionately with you 100%. Magnificent comment, thank you.

Veleska I must confess I don't know that song by sk, I assume it's a relatively recent offering. I've only just started filling in the blanks in my sk/church collection, particularly of the music of more recent years. I did google the lyrics to 'something that means something' and they're incredible...as to be expected! :)

Have a great weekend! Ross

veleska1970 said...

the song is quite old, actually.....it was on his "the slow crack" album that came out in the mid-80s, between the "heyday" and "starfish" albums.

but the song is quite timeless, isn't it? it's a dynamite song!!! if you send me your e-mail address, i may be able to send you the song. it begins with a very noisy, big city-sounding crescendo that gradually gets noisier and noisier and then breaks abruptly into the rhythm of the song as only the one and only steve kilbey can pull off. the bass pops and the guitars are chunky. :) and amidst all that, there's steve's rich voice so smooth and calm, hypnotic and silky. it's one of my favourite songs by him.

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veleska1970 said...

hmmmm.....i have to go to work in a bit, i think i'll pull out my MP3 and listen to it on repeat on the drive there....

it's an incredible little tune. ;) it absorbs you and draws you into it.

Polydora said...

Hey Veleska, I loved The Slow Crack. Had it once upon a time along with Remindlessness, Earthed, Unearthed and that little 45 that came with some mag that had Shell on it and shit, I forget what was on the other side. In the late 80's (essentially from after Hey Day), until Pries=Aura, I preferred Steve's and Peter's solo work to The Church's. I have to admit, I wasn't a big fan of Star Fish and I nearly couldn't stand to listen to GAF. My faves were Seance and The Blurred Crusade growing up. A boyfriend learning of my love for the Church gave me those when I was 14 and they made the perfect Love Gone Wrong soundtracks for our breakup shortly after.

;)

veleska1970 said...

the slow crack was a stunning album. i have "fireman" on 45 and also "asphalt eden", too.

at first, i wasn't a fan of "starfish", either. but as i've gotten older, i appreciate it more.

so, do you have peter's "manchild and myth"? that's a really good one, too.

ross b said...

I must confess I do not own or have heard any of Steve's, Marty's or Peter's solo albums...but that is about to change. I will buy 'Painkiller' (and I'm sure I will love it;), and it's likely I'll get Marty's 'Nightjar' too.

It's only relatively recently that the Church have become one of my absolute no.1's. They were always in the background of a band I really liked but I think it was until their early albums/eps were remastered & rereleased that I've come to love and worship them mightily. Your copy of Seance Anne Marie (I assume vinyl copy) may surely be a collectors item by now because around here it's been absolutely out of print for, god, 15 or more years, not even available on cd!! And I think Seance is probably my fave Church album - just fits my general mood. I only first heard Seance 4 years ago when I bought the remastered version!

Starfish I liked because it opened up a bit of the universe for me, finishing high school at the time it was quite symbolic, it was a good time.

Heyday I receive for Christmas '85 and didn't really want it - i was a typical 15 year old who didn't know better! (*shame*)

I ignored gaf at the time and p=a I've only purchased recently!!! - it is a wonderful record. After Everything now this I purchased about 3 weeks ago, it's a great album too. I like Forget Yourself as well.

There are still a couple of holes in the collection.

By the mid-90s I got into Skins&Heart and Blurred Crusade in a big way. And I love the Tear it all away ep as well. I really liked 'Magician..' of '96. A good period.

I did see Peter Koppes perform with his band the Well once, I think it was '90/1. Ploogy was on drums, he had such a charismatic stage presence. Peter is very quiet and didn't talk between songs. They sounded Churchy and I can only remember one song distinctly, "...I'm all alone with the house on fire...". Terrific gig.

Polydora said...

Well I had Manchild and Myth and From The Well, but since selling all my vinyl many years ago, I only have From The Well on cassette!

I can't tell you how many times I've lamented selling off my vinyl!!!!!! Nothing beats looking at the artwork on a full size album cover sleeve.

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