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WUS setlist

July 15th, 2006 § 0 comments § permalink

Thanks to smcv for transcribing my setlist from Tuesday.

It may not have been all that idealistic, but it could have gone a lot worse…

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I appear to have survived WUS. Fuller post-mortem tomorrow, perhaps. For now: I didn’t run out of music, at least a couple of tracks were idealistic, and I only screwed up once obviously and once (with any luck) unnoticed by anyone other than me.

Got positive feedback on three tracks, none of which had been played at WUS before. That’s probably a good sign. OTOH, it’s not great that everything sounds so much better from the DJ both than from the dance floor. And remembering to hit the lights every 45 seconds is clearly an acquired skill.

Setlist will be on the rocksoc website eventually – unlike the impressively-organised naranek. I don’t have an independent copy of it.

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lj world domination plan, step 6

July 10th, 2006 § 0 comments § permalink

This may save on faffing around with MSN:

Everyone on Livejournal now has a Jabber IM account. If you use a chat client like Gaim (linux/mac/windows), you just add another account: server is livejournal.com, your username and password are as for livejournal. Your friendslist has been auto-imported.

[yoinked from pseudomonas]

July 9th, 2006 § 0 comments § permalink

Dear Livejournal, you appear to be happy. What happened?

Many bouncy sharing-in-the-joy hugs to everybody whose life is working out at the moment – which seems to be most of you right now. Yay!

23 skidoo

July 9th, 2006 § 0 comments § permalink

That was a fantastic Saturday, certainly the best social gathering I’ve been to in a long time. Now, what does it say about me that I find talking about pipeline coatings in Azerbaijan more interesting than talking about sex and booze?

Also, I turned 23 on Saturday, along with Fiona WINOLJ, just after the Dalai Lama and just before innocent_irony. Thanks to everybody who sent me stuff.

Currently being fascinated by this book about the Jesuits – they’ve been coming at me from enough angles and for enough years now that I feel I should have some vague idea about them. And, thanks to Mike, I’m craving this one, which manages to combine religion and mnemonic techniques and China. There are advantages to having insanely smart friends who’ve read every book ever, oh yes.

and mini-meh that my ability to write things continues to decline steadily. A few more years of this, and I’ll be posting thousand-word entries written entirely in txtspeak.

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strains of social discord

July 3rd, 2006 § 2 comments § permalink

A good fortnight after everybody else, I’ve finally read through the khalilzad telegram, which makes me realise what a chaotic Mad Max world it is out there in Iraq. Not that I’ve ever seen Mad Max, but the stereotypes fit.

July 3rd, 2006 § 0 comments § permalink

Sunni parliamentary boycott in Iraq, to protest a Sunni politician being kidnapped. I don’t much care for boycotts as a tactic, and tend to underestimate their power when used right. This doesn’t seem to be using them right – the kidnappers will no doubt be overjoyed to have indirectly harmed both the Iraqi parliament and Sunni interests in the country. Juan Cole adds:

The announcement is a huge blow to the Maliki government, which had prided itself on presiding over a government of national unity that included the Sunni Arabs. The Iraqi Accord Front has 44 deputies in the 275-member parliament.

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keep on missing, and you’ll be fine

July 1st, 2006 § 0 comments § permalink

Nouri al-Maliki’s planned amnesty is apparently running on a principle of ‘only for the incompetent:
“The fighter who did not kill anyone will be included in the amnesty, but the fighter who killed someone will not be,”

Gotham, Pakistan

July 1st, 2006 § 0 comments § permalink

Karachi politics:it’s all about town planning. This time, riots over the power supplies. More usually, riots over minibus accidents.
Why is it that I hear so much more about rioting in Karachi than in [other giant cities](http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thirty_most_populous_cities_in_the_world)? Could be just me paying uneven attention, but I get the impression that Karachi is creaking more than most under the strain of its growth.
In any case, it holds some kind of gotham-like fascination – and wouldn’t you want to be mayor of a city like Karachi?

July 1st, 2006 § 0 comments § permalink

You keep on reading about political situations so bad they force large numbers of people to kill themselves. Here’s one about indebted Indian farmers – but there are others about [Russia](http://www.cdi.org/russia/johnson/7257-3.cfm) and, saddest of all, [two small islands near Australia](http://www.guardian.co.uk/australia/story/0,,1803488,00.html).
And I don’t know what conclusions to draw. Has anybody investigated how to stop so many of these people killing themselves? Is the solution to sort out the economy, or could we get away with putting prozac in the water?