Fascinatin' Rhythm

July 27, 2010

Coming at you every Sunday

Filed under: Uncategorized — Thurulingas @ 2:29 pm

Read recently: Alan Sokal’s Beyond the Hoax, a follow-up to his famous hoax and an expansion of his thoughts on the topics provoked by the storm of reaction around the original hoax.  (For more details on the hoax itself, if you’ve never heard of it, visit http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sokal_affair.)

It makes for an engrossing, if difficult, read, especially the first chapter where the original hoax article is dissected, and following the footnotes requires a whole stack of virtual placeholders.  But it’s well worth it.  Sokal is an engaging writer on the topic of scientific philosophy, and his humility comes across as cogently as his frustration with post-modernism and deconstructionism.

July 19, 2010

Boxes that go beep

Filed under: PC Build — Thurulingas @ 2:45 pm
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Aha!  I’ve hit on a time-saving device.  From now on, all my posts relating to my new PC build project will be taken from Five Star’s classic synth track ‘System Addict’.

So, some detail.  Regular readers (welcome) will know that I’m basing my build on the Antec Twelve Hundred case.  I’m gratified to read reviews that mention the ‘subtlety’ of the fan lighting, so my concerns there are allayed somewhat.

But, to the main event.  As this build is intended a) to last some time, and b) to be eminently upgradable in the future, I really wanted to get some components that would be future proof while giving me good performance now.

To that end, then, this is the current state of my thinking about the build and components I’m intending to incorporate.

Case: Antec Twleve Hundred

Monitor: NEC EA231WMi 23-inch

Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-X58a-UD3R ATX board for Intel iX

Processor: Intel i7-930 Bloomfield Quad Core

RAM: 6Gb Corsair DDR3

HDD: 1. OCZ Vertex 120 SSD 2. Samsung Spinpoint 1Tb 7000 rpm

3. Samsung Story Station external HDD 2Tb

Graphics Card: ATI Radeon HD 5850 1Gb Dual-link DVI/HDMI

PSU: XFX 750w Black edition

Optical drive: LiteOn IHES208-31 8x Internal Blu-Ray Combo Lightscribe

Sound card: no decision made yet, but am leaning towards the Asus Xonar DX

So there you go.  Any comments?

July 17, 2010

Whistling men in yellow vans, that came and drew us diagrams

Filed under: PC Build — Thurulingas @ 7:04 pm
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I have embarked on my PC building project.  Today I ordered the first components.  Scary, but also thrilling.  I’ll do a wrap-up post when the build is completed, but as I go through I’ll write a series of posts detailing the build itself, my frustrations, problems, epiphanies, and sundry other reactions.  And of course, I’ll post a few piccies along the way!

So, today I ordered the basics.

First: A new computer desk, to fit my machine, and one that will move with me to Manchester when I go.  My current desk was bought quite some time ago, when I first bought my current PC from Tiny.  My monitor was (and still is) a very (unintentionally these days) retro 15-inch CRT horror.  It has served me well, but it’s time to upgrade.  Any large widescreen monitor won’t fit on my current desk, so the desk needs upgrading too.

The desk I’ve chosen is this one: The Glacier Modern Clean Glass Workstation Computer Desk.

Isn’t it a beauty?  I love glass and steel!  (Sorry Shep.)

I’ve also bought the tower case and monitor.  Respectively, they are the Antec Twelve Hundred:

And the monitor is the NEC Multisync EA231WMi 23-inch LCD:

Beautiful.

I also bought a toolkit, to replace my existing one.

A good start, I think.

Slightly obscure post title, perhaps.  It’s from the Housemartins’ track “Build”.

July 15, 2010

Who can live without it?

Filed under: Chorus — Thurulingas @ 2:11 pm
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Tomorrow night, together with nearly 400 other singers and soloists, and 100 instrumentalists of the BBC Symphony Orchestra, I will be performing Mahler’s Symphony No.8 ‘Symphony of a Thousand’ at the Royal Albert Hall, launching the 2010 Proms Season

Never been a big fan of Mahler: I prefer my romanticism more tightly constructed, a la Brahms or Schumann.  But I have to say that the more I listen to this piece, the more I fall in love with it.  It is just such fun to sing, from the very first top e-flat to the final one.  And there are some stunning moments on the way.  The Gloria section is very exciting, in particular.  And the final chorus ‘Chorus mysticum’ is hugely atmospheric, and thrilling when finally unleashed at ‘Ewig, ewig’.

Do watch on TV and tell me if you saw me 😀  I’ll be on camera left of the organ, top row of the chorus.

And enjoy the concert!

July 14, 2010

Send in the clowns

Filed under: Writing — Thurulingas @ 11:54 am
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Who knew?  According this website I write like P.G.Wodehouse.  I simply cut and pasted two paragraphs from my previous blog entry on world cup footballers, and the site analysed my style and word choices, and came up with P.G. Wodehouse.

I suppose I should be happy, but I’ve never read Wodehouse (yes, I know, shame on me).  At least I didn’t get Dan Brown, as another friend did.

I write like
P. G. Wodehouse

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July 13, 2010

You’ve got the looks, I’ve got the brains

Filed under: Uncategorized — Thurulingas @ 3:00 pm
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Sometimes, advertising agencies really do something quite astoundingly original and good.

Stunningly original advertising hoarding, using cut-outs to let light through, and light up with negative colouring in the dark.

Isn’t that just stunning?

Post title: Pet Shop Boys, “Money”

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