The Asteroids Galaxy Tour – Around The Bend

Here is a fun retro music video for The Asteroids Galaxy Tour’s song Around The Bend (as heard in the iPod Touch ad):

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Spinnerette – Ghetto Love

Spinnerette - Ghetto Love EP cover art

Spinnerette - Ghetto Love EP cover art

Spinnerette have released the Ghetto Love EP for digital download (yay!).  It costs $5 and features four tracks that will be on the yet-to-be-released album Valium Knights:

  1. Bury My Heart
  2. Distorting A Code
  3. Valium Knights
  4. Ghetto Love

My favourites are Valium Knights and Ghetto Love, though the other two tracks are good too.

Here’s the excellent music video for Ghetto Love:

EDIT: I’ve already started getting hits for people searching for download links for Valium Knights and Ghetto Love.  Just buy it you cheap pirates – it doesn’t cost that much and if you’re really a fan then you’ll want to support the band, right?  The announcement email even contained a plea from the band:

Please note that we are putting this out ourselves and that downloading for free, “stealing” will mean that we might not tour as far and wide as we’d like to, due to a lack of funds…and also Santa will steal your Mom away and make her a gift wrapping slave. But seriously think about it and think about doing good and lovely things for each other, after all these are the best gifts of all. We hope you enjoy this as much as we enjoyed making it. 

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Google makes domain squatters' life easier, everyone else's harder

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Don’t you hate it when you do a search or follow a link or type in a URL and you get a domain squatter?

These are people that buy up thousands of domains and don’t use them for anything real, they just stick ads on a page with no actual content.  Why do they do this?  Because they make money from the 0.00001% of people that click on one of their ads – same logic as spam.

Even worse, they often buy domains for misspellings of real domains so if you type the URL in wrong you see their ads instead of the page you wanted (this is called typo squatting).  It’s internet pollution.

This is also why it’s pretty much impossible to get the domain name you want anymore – they’re all owned by domain squatters.

Now Google is helping these people (and hurting you) by creating an AdSense program specifically for domain squatting.  Because Google gets paid same as the squatters do when those ads get clicked on.

I guess “do no evil” gets trumped by “recession”.

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All cars should be tested against baddies in a Corvette in the mall

Top Gear is simply the best at this kind of thing – it’s a review of the Ford Fiesta where one of the tests of the car is how it fares against baddies in a Corvette chasing you through the mall:

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Upgraded to WordPress 2.7

WordPress 2.7 was released yesterday, and like a lot of people I upgraded by blog.  Upgrading was a massive pain as usual, but hopefully that’s the last time I’ll have to do it 😀

There are a lot of really nice things about 2.7 which are covered ad nauseum elsewhere, so I won’t echo them.  The improvements seem to be all for blog writers not readers except for the new threaded comments which I don’t use (I use Disqus).  I’m not complaining – I’m writing this post using the new “New Post” screen and it’s excellent – I’m just saying that the people reading this probably won’t notice any difference.

So far my theme and all my plugins seem to be working.

The flash file uploader works again – hooray!

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