Lots of tracks in here that I’ve never used in a mix before; and also, a few shiny new bootlegs from those lovely people over at http://bootiemashup.com/blog/. The one that crosses The Rolling Stones’ “Gimme Shelter” with “Machine Gun” by The Commodores is particularly bodacious.
In a break from the normal routine, this is just a series of classic house and dance-pop records mixed one into another. You get the whole record, no fancy cutting and chopping, no overdubs, no effects, faders or filters, just one record mixed into another. Old school.
This is the tweet that inspired this post.
THIS IS WHY THE DEATH PENALTY SHOULD END HOLY SHIT https://t.co/9E5WeUYh1g
— punch nazis 🐝 (@soapachu) August 17, 2017
It inspired the post, but not the ideas behind it, which I have been thinking over for some time.
I’m familiar with the arguments about the possibility of killing an innocent person, but here’s the thing; it’s not the death penalty that kills them, but the bad system which sentences them to death in the first place.
Recently, I got my first tattoo. That’s it there, at the top of the page. It’s on the inside of my left arm and I’m very happy with it. Before I got it, I did a fair bit of research via the Internet. This was something of a pain because I had to wait for the Internet to be invented first, because it was 1992 when I decided to get one.
There is a lot of advice on the net about getting and caring for tattoos, much of it excellent and most of it quite contradictory. A lot of the advice comes from tattoo parlours and tattooists, or people paid to write for a living, and really I was looking for a more basic guide with a certain slant, i.e. from the point of view of someone with little or no common sense. I needed to know answers to the questions that were too stupid to ask and in writing up some of the things I learned I thought I might bring a unique perspective to whole thing: an idiot’s. Continue reading Advice, from an idiot, for anyone thinking about getting their first tattoo
Another Monday, another mixtape…
And another themed mixtape. This one was suggested by a friend and I could think of no more eighties way to start an eighties-themed mixtape than with the Grange Hill theme tune. Except maybe with the sound of workers going on strike…
We spotted this in the garden a couple of evenings ago. Some industrious wee beastie had spent hours creating a large web that took in a large alium plant and even the grasses around in. Taken at 1/1000s on a Fuji X100T to capture only the highlights all I did in Snapseed was convert to black and white and dial up the shadows a touch. Continue reading Spider’s web on an alium
I always think that the key to being a good photographer isn’t understanding all the technical theory, or having the best camera and knowing it inside out, it’s just about keeping your eyes open and alert to the possibility of something that makes for a good image. Continue reading The passing of time and the impermanence of everything