• A is for Amy... And Some Other Nice Poems

    5 Mar 2011, 12:56 by TheMelANNcholic

    The Ghastly Crumb Tines
    by Edward Gorey

    A is for Amy who fell down the stairs.

    B is for Basil assaulted by bears.

    C is for Clair who wasted away.

    D is for Desmond thrown out of the sleigh.

    E is for Ernest who choked on a peach.

    F is for Fanny, sucked dry by a leech.

    G is for George, smothered under a rug.

    H is for Hector, done in by a thug.

    I is for Ida who drowned in the lake.

    J is for James who took lye, by mistake.

    K is for Kate who was struck with an axe.

    L is for Leo who swallowed some tacks.

    M is for Maud who was swept out to sea.

    N is for Nevil who died of ennui.

    O is for Olive, run through with an awl.

    P is for Prue, trampled flat in a brawl.

    Q is for Quinton who sank in a mire.

    R is for Rhoda, consumed by a fire.

    S is for Susan who perished of fits.

    T is for Titas who blew into bits.
    U is for Una who slipped down a drain.

    V is for Victor, squashed under a train.

    W is for Winie, embedded in ice.

    X is for Xerxes, devoured by mice.

    Y is for Yoric whose head was knocked in.

    Z is for Zilla who drank too much gin.

    The Average Child
    by Mike Buscemi

    I don’t cause teachers trouble;
    My grades have been okay.
    I listen in my classes.
    I’m in school every day.
    My teachers think I’m average;
    My parents think so too.
    I wish I didn’t know that, though;
    There’s lots I’d like to do.

    I’d like to build a rocket;
    I read a book on how.
    Or start a stamp collection…
    But no use trying now.

    ’Cause, since I found I’m average,
    I’m smart enough you see
    To know there’s nothing special
    I should expect of me.

    I’m part of that majority,
    That hump part of the bell,
    Who spends his life unnoticed
    In an average kind of hell.

    Ghosts of Dreams
    by William Herbert Carruth

    We are all of us dreamers of dreams,
    On visions our childhood is fed;
    And the heart of a child is unhaunted, it seems,
    By ghosts of dreams that are dead.
    From childhood to youth’s but a span,
    And the years of our life are soon sped;
    But the youth is no longer a youth, but a man,
    When the first of his dreams is dead.

    ’Tis a cup of wormwood and gall,
    When the doom of a great man is said;
    And the best of a man is under a pall
    When the best of his dreams is dead.

    He may live on by compact and plan
    When the fine bloom of living is shed,
    But God pity the little that’s left of a man
    When most of his dreams are dead.

    Let him show a brave face if he can;
    Let him woo fame and fortune instead;
    Yet there’s not much to do, but to bury a man
    When the last of his dreams is dead.

    The Biplane Evermore
    by Martin Cooper

    Way out in London Airport, in Hangar Number 4,
    A lonely little biplane lived whose name was Evermore.
    His working days were over; no more would he sail
    Upon his wings above the clouds flying the Royal Mail.

    Bye bye biplane
    Once upon a sky plane
    Bye bye
    Lulla biplane
    All the mighty jet planes would look down their nose.
    They’d laugh and say, “Oh, I’m so glad that I’m not one of those!”
    And Evermore would shake away the teardrops from his wings,
    And dream of days when he again could do heroic things.
    Bye bye biplane
    Once upon a sky plane
    Bye bye
    Lulla biplane
    Then one day the fog and rain had closed the airport down
    And all the mighty jet planes were helpless on the ground
    When a call came to the airport for a mercy flight
    They could not wait - ’twould be too late - someone must fly tonight!
    They rolled the little biplane out to runway number 5
    And though he looked so small and weak, he knew he could survive!
    And as he rose into the storm the big jets hung their wings,
    And hoped some day like Evermore to do heroic things.

    Bye bye biplane
    Once upon a sky plane
    Bye bye
    Lulla biplane
    And so, my bitty bundle, I have spun a tale for you.
    You must learn there’s nothing in this world that you can’t do.
    Do not be discouraged by circumstance or size:
    Remember Evermore and set your sights up in the skies.
    Bye bye biplane
    Once upon a sky plane
    Bye bye
    Lulla biplane...

    Just Because
    by Natalie Dorsch

    I walked up the door,
    shut the stairs,
    said my shoes,
    took off my prayers,
    turned off my bed,
    got into the light,
    all because
    you kissed me goodnight!..

    I Am Not There
    by Mary Elizabeth Frye (1932)

    Do not stand at my grave and weep;
    I am not there. I do not sleep.

    I am a thousand winds that blow.
    I am the diamond glint on snow.
    I am the sun on ripened grain.
    I am the gentle Autumn rain.

    When you awake in the morning hush,
    I am the swift, uplifting rush
    Of quiet birds in circling flight.
    I am the soft starlight at night.

    Do not stand at my grave and cry;
    I am not there. I did not die.

    The More Loving One
    by W. H. Auden

    Looking up at the stars, I know quite well
    That, for all they care, I can go to hell,
    But on earth indifference is the least
    We have to dread from man or beast.
    How should we like it were stars to burn
    With a passion for us we could not return?
    If equal affection cannot be,
    Let the more loving one be me.

    Admirer as I think I am
    Of stars that do not give a damn,
    I cannot, now I see them, say
    I missed one terribly all day.

    Were all stars to disappear or die,
    I should learn to look at an empty sky
    And feel its total dark sublime,
    Though this might take me a little time.

    by Davy Crockett (1786-1836)

    I leave this rule for others when I’m dead:
    Be always sure you’re right — then go ahead.

    A Very Short Song
    by Dorothy Parker (1893-1967)

    Once, when I was young and true,
    Someone left me sad —
    Broke my brittle heart in two;
    And that is very bad.
    Love is for unlucky folk,
    Love is but a curse.
    Once there was a heart I broke;
    And that, I think, is worse.

  • Deny This, Last.fm

    25 May 2009, 22:58 by Dmtr

    "A couple of months ago Erick Schonfeld wrote a post titled “Did Last.fm Just Hand Over User Listening Data To the RIAA?” based on a source that has proved to be very reliable in the past. All hell broke loose shortly thereafter.

    Before posting Erick reached out to the RIAA, Last.fm and parent company CBS for comments. The only response was from CBS - “To our knowledge, no data has been made available to RIAA.” The CBS spokesperson, Katie Gunion, subsequently emailed us to say “would you please attribute the statement to Last.fm, it is currently reading as though CBS issued the statement” Gunion’s email lists her title as Public Relations, CBS Interactive, and her first statement did not name Last.fm (this is important, see below). A subsequent statement by Shannon Jacobs, VP of Communications at CBS: “this is a last.fm issue, as far as I am concerned. It is not a corporate issue. This is a last.fm issue, not a corporate issue. The posting represents last.fm’s response.”

    After the story broke all concerned parties had no problem commenting publicly.

    Last.fm cofounder Richard Jones said “I’m rather pissed off this article was published, except to say that this is utter nonsense and totally untrue.” He followed up with a blog post “Techcrunch are full of shit, “I denied it vehemently on the Techcrunch article, as did several other Last.fm staffers. We denied it in the Last.fm forums, on twitter, via email – basically we denied it to anyone that would listen, and now we’re denying it on our blog.” One blog called us a “tabloid masquerading as a legitimate news outlet.” Lots of others piled on.

    Apart from updating the original post we’ve been quiet on this story. The person who first leaked the news was terminated from CBS for the leak, says our original source, and threatened with legal action. He understandably went very quiet. But the outrageously shrill denials by Last.fm just didn’t ring true. Once you got past the personal attacks, the denial language itself was too carefully worded.

    Now we’ve located another source for the story, someone who’s very close to Last.fm. And it turns out Last.fm was telling the truth, sorta, when they said Erick’s story wasn’t correct.

    Last.fm didn’t hand user data over to the RIAA. According to our source, it was their parent company, CBS, that did it. That corresponds to what our original source said in conversations we had after our initial post and before CBS lawyers became involved. But we didn’t want to update until we had an independent source for that information, too.

    Here’s what we believe happened: CBS requested user data from Last.fm, including user name and IP address. CBS wanted the data to comply with a RIAA request but told Last.fm the data was going to be used for “internal use only.” It was only after the data was sent to CBS that Last.fm discovered the real reason for the request. Last.fm staffers were outraged, say our sources, but the data had already been sent to the RIAA.

    Here’s an email from the original source, partially redacted. A screenshot of this email is here.

    Re: touching base

    From: [redacted, a CBS employee]
    Sent: [redacted]
    To: [redacted]

    [ _____] We provided the data to the RIAA yesterday because we know from experience that they can negatively impact our streaming rates with publishers. Based on the urgency of the request they probably just wanted to learn more about the leak but who knows. Seriously, can you blame them? [______] Our ops team provided the usual reports along with additional log data including user IP addresses. The GM who told them to do it said the data was for internal use only. Well, that was the big mistake. The team in the UK became irate because they had to do it a second time since we were told some of the data was corrupted. This time they transferred the data directly to them and in doing so they discovered who really made the request. Shit really hit the fan, I even got a call [______] Obviously, I can see their POV but what they don’t understand over there is that we are in the analytics business and it’s not like this is the first time we’ve provided this data to a third party. Someone over there should be more forthright with users about the data policy instead of complaining about BD to upper management like I’m here trying to destroy the business. We’re just trying to help them stay afloat here it’s not like Pro memberships are earning any revenue! [______________] So if you hear of anything, I’m even open to possibly moving West now for the right opportunity, let me know.

    Our new source, which hasn’t seen this email, says much the same: that Last.fm didn’t know the nature of the CBS request until after the data was sent and that the data was in fact subsequently sent by CBS to the RIAA. This source’s information comes directly from Last.fm employees who he has spoken with.

    It’s important to note that while sources are in agreement that it was the RIAA that made the request, it may have been one or more music labels acting independently. The suggestion in the email above that the compliance was made because of the ability for the requester to negatively impact streaming rates suggests it was a label request. But the end result is the same. So if CBS/Last.fm deny sending data to the RIAA but don’t say anything about the labels, they’re being shifty again. Also, there are whispers that someone may have put a stop to the data transfer before it left CBS - that gives them a denial out if they paint with broad strokes. Much better would be if they simply, honestly, told us what really happened and we could move on.

    We believe CBS lied to us when they denied sending, or at least intending to send, the data to the RIAA, and that they subsequently asked us to attribute the quote to Last.fm to make the statement defensible. Last.fm’s denials were strictly speaking correct, but they ignored the underlying truth of the situation, that their parent company supplied user data to the RIAA, and that the data could possibly be used in civil and criminal actions against those users. We believe that the outrage they aimed at us for reporting the story, which was materially correct, should have been aimed at CBS instead. But Last.fm never spoke publicly of the real facts of the story.

    We believe Last.fm and CBS violated their own privacy policy in the transmission of this data. We also believe CBS and Last.fm may have violated EU privacy laws, including the Data Protection Directive, and should be investigated by the appropriate authorities.

    And to the CBS employee who was fired and threatened based on this story - we believe certain U.S. Whistle Blower laws may protect you from retaliation from CBS in this matter. We’d like to provide you with legal counsel at our cost."

  • Somewhat off-topic maybe: the best & safe way to clean a (vinyl) record?

    7 Apr 2009, 20:20 by Dmtr

    Since I'm about to recategorise my collection & clean its stained & dusted vinyl I'm calling upon all vinyl freaks to out their tips & tricks to get this job done properly.


  • Best Of 2008

    31 Dec 2008, 17:19 by Banghead

    The best Albums:
    1. SabatonThe Art of War (Black Lodge) (SWE)
    2. VolbeatGuitar Gangsters & Cadillac Blood (Mascot Records) (DK)
    3. WarbringerWar Without End (Century Media) (USA)
    4. Death AngelKilling Season (Nuclear Blast) (USA)
    5. Die Toten HosenIn aller Stille (JKP) (D)
    6. Destruction - D.E.V.O.L.U.T.I.O.N. (AFM Records) (D)
    7. TankardThirst (AFM Records) (D)
    8. Holy MosesAgony of Death (Wacken Records) (D)
    9. TestamentThe Formation Of Damnation (Nuclear Blast) (USA)
    10. Heaven Shall BurnIconolast (Part One: The Final Resistance) (Century Media) (D)
    11. Blessed By A Broken HeartPedal To The Metal (Century Media) (USA)
    12. Gama BombCitizen Brain (Earrache Records) (IRL)
    13. MnemonicPandora (Tiefdruck Musik) (USA)
    14. GrantigSo muss es sein (Drakkar Records) (D)
    15. Bonded By BloodFeed The Beast (Earrache Records) (USA)
    16. Austrian Death MachineTotal Brutal (Metal Blade) (USA)
    17. Black Stone CherryFolklore and Superstition (Roadrunner Records) (USA)
    18. MotörheadMotörizer (SPV) (GB)
    19. Amon AmarthTwilight Of The Thundergod (Metal Blade) (SWE)
    20. Legion of the DamnedCult of the Dead (Massacre Records) (NED)

    The best songs:
    1. Sabaton – Ghost Division
    2. Volbeat – Still Counting
    3. Blessed By A Broken Heart – Move Your Body
    4. Destruction – D.E.V.O.L.U.T.I.O.N.
    5. Death Angel – Lord Of Hate
    6. Sabaton – 40:1
    7. Heaven Shall Burn – Endzeit
    8. Cavalera ConspiracyInflikted
    9. Death Angel – Sonic Beatdown
    10. Warbringer – At The Crack Of Doom

    The best liveband:
    1. Rage Against the Machine @ Zitadelle, Berlin
    2. Sabaton @ Bastard Club, Osnabrück
    3. Ministry @ XV. With Full Force 2008
    4. Exodus @ Wacken Open Air 2008
    5. Holy Moses @ Hyde Park, Osnabrück
    7. Stuck Mojo @ Bastard Club & Halle Gartlage, Osnabrück
    6. Volbeat @ XV. With Full Force 2008 & Halle Gartlage, Osnabrück
    8. Warbringer @ Wacken Open Air 2008 & Bastard Club, Osnabrück
    9. Machine Head @ XV. With Full Force 2008
    10. Dampfmaschine @ Bastard Club, Osnabrück

    The biggest disappointments:
    Iced Earth - The Crucible Of Man (Something Wicked, Part 2)
    Judas PriestNostradamus
    DeicideTill Death Do Us Part
    Ill NinoEnigma
    MetallicaDeath Magnetic
    EdguyTinnitus Sanctus
    Farin Urlaub Racing TeamDie Wahrheit übers Lügen
  • Sunday August 12th: Radio Centraal bevrijdt de muziek! (@ Scheld'Apen, Antwerp)

    6 Aug 2007, 12:43 by Dmtr

    improvisation / (free) jazz / electro-accoustical music / composition / adventure

    Radio Centraal bevrijdt de muziek!

    Radio Centraal bevrijdt de muziek!

    Bateau Lavoir
    André Goudbeek
    Jozef Van Wissum
    Jean-Michel Van Schouwburg
    and many more...
  • A musical May Day to enjoy however you see fit

    1 May 2007, 10:51 by Dmtr

    An interesting collection of diverse versions of the Internationale can be found at Internationale in 30 languages.


  • Study soundtrack

    7 Dec 2006, 16:05 by villsvane

    I've been really stressed out lately, and more is to come, testing week in college. Having 8 subjects that's 8 full days, 8 afternoons/evenings/nights revising - or rather learning things such as german verbs, literature analysis, british history and radioactivity.

    Guessing many other's also've got lots to study in these days before christmas, here is a small study playlist - soundtrack:

    (NB: make sure not to start humming out loud when in public places for people not to stare)
    (It's important to make sure that the songs are not too ccatchy when creating the playlist, remember: FOCUS on bbooks)

    In the Waiting Line
    Oslo In The Summertime
    When You Were Young
    Take Me Out
    La Valse D'Amelie
    International PlayboysThis Is The Last Song
    Kissing the LiplessCasimir Pulaski Day

    Kings of Convenience might also work, but ultimately there's only one band (as far as I know of) who can really get you into zen: Sigur Ros! My favorite study song is Svefn-g-Englar

    Anyone else got some good advice?
  • Same show two nights in a row? (Setlist of CoB/AmonA/Gojira?)

    3 Dec 2006, 19:50 by Elsan

    I'm wondering... If anyone has ever done that or knows anyone who has... Is it worth it seeing the same show two nights in a row?

    I mean Children of Bodom, Amon Amarth and Gojira each night! I do have the money(surely gonna work on Christmas and New Year's Eve), enough friends to not go alone to both and the time.

    It's just... the same 2 sets two nights in a row? Won't it get boring even with these artists?

    I may have answered my own question here! XD

    Does anyone have the set-list for this tour too?

    An oh, these two shows are gonna be amazing! :O
  • 14 Nov – Cannibal fucking Corpse, Necrophagist, Dying Fetus, Unmerciful

    16 Nov 2006, 00:29 by Elsan

    14 Nov – Cannibal Corpse, Necrophagist, Dying Fetus, Unmerciful

    Yesterday, I went to see this show! Was very worth it, again! :D

    Unmerciful, the first one to go on-stage, was okay, I liked it but not that much although what they said were their new songs were actually better than the rest!

    Necrophagist was up next. I was very impressed and I really liked! I'm definitely checking those out! They did a good live performance and I don't think there's more to say :)

    Dying Fetus was okay, I did like, especeially the two vocalists, just not as much as Necrophagist. Still, STRONG live performance and amazing headbang! :D I also really loved the breakdowns on there, I love those. I'm checking them out too.

    And finally, the main course, Cannibal Corpse which did an AMAZING performance! :D Corpsegrinder has such an immense stage-presence, I felt that anything we would've said, the concert-goers would've done without thinking. They played songs from Kill, starting the show with The Time To Kill Is Now, and lots of old songs. I sat down tired for 1/4 of the set(oh well) but the rest I stayed close to the stage, thrashing from time to time and headbanging.

    The absolute best was Hammer Smashed Face, the "last" song, we were asked to do a big pit and oh IT WAS BIG. As large as the stage itself, just people thrashing: AMAZING! :D I came back just for this song because he told us it was the last one when it wasn't. Liar. They played another song and this amazing performance ended. :(

    What a rockin' night! :)
  • Jurassic 5 live, yo!

    13 Nov 2006, 00:41 by Elsan

    Yesterday, I went to see Jurassic 5 at the Métropolis!

    T'was my first hip-hop show, as I haven't been listening to this genre for long, which was very worth it. Lots of fun with Jurassic 5!

    The first part, Cadence Weapon was okay, wasn't "wow!" or anything, we sat down and watched for the approx. 20 minutes he played(:O short). The DJ was pretty good though!

    Jurassic 5 came on stage and it was really amazing! I wasn't expecting this from a hip-hop show, I'm so used to thrashing around in shows, it made a cool difference to raide my hand with the beat(HAHA). They played a mix of old and new songs from Feedback including Freedom with a "motherfuck George W. Bush" thrown in for good measure! :D

    The best part was the freestyle at the end! :O :O :O Was areally good, they all went one by one, even Cadence Weapon! I think it was Chali 2NA that did the biggest part, he really went there for long! Mark 7 even went on stage trying to get a part but he couldn't! :P

    All in all, another show that's worth it! :D