Archive for March, 2017

Colin Furze Builds the World’s Fastest Bumper Car

Friday, March 31st, 2017

BBC is evidently rebooting Top Gear now that Clarkson, May and Hammond have departed for The Grand Tour, so they hired Colin Furze to “build something fast for the Stig.”

That “something” turned out to be the world’s fastest bumper car:

Sunday Shoegazer: Lapse’s “Padded Cell”

Sunday, March 26th, 2017

For your Sunday dose of Shoegaze, here’s Australia’s Lapse with “Padded Cell” off their debut EP.

Library Addition: Hannu Rajaniemi’s The Quantum Thief

Monday, March 20th, 2017

Here’s a book I found out about too late to pick up before prices went through the stratosphere, so I went ahead and settled (for now) for an Ex-Library first I could afford:

Rajaniemi, Hannu. The Quantum Thief. Gollancz, 2010. First edition hardback, an Ex-Library copy with pocket and stamps, in a Fine-, protected dust jacket with a bit of curl at head. Presents well. Bought off eBay for £19.99 plus shipping.

Quantum Thief

Shoegazer Sunday: Ride’s “Home is a Feeling”

Sunday, March 19th, 2017

The Shoegaze revival seems to be in full bloom, with classic Shoegaze band Ride coming out with a new album this summer. “Home is a Feeling” is an early track off it, and comes down firmly on the hazy/blissful side of Shoegaze.

Shoegazer Sunday: Minor Victories’ “Scattered Ashes (song for Richard)”

Sunday, March 12th, 2017

I was already inclined to like Minor Victories based on the presence of Slowdive’s Rachel Goswell. And then “Scattered Ashes (song for Richard)” is not only a swell song in its own right, but has video that punches all the Internet’s meme buttons at once.


King Kong Burns

Friday, March 10th, 2017

In Vietnam, they had an elaborate premiere for the opening of Kong: Skull Island, with fire dancers and a large mock-up of King Kong.

Pro-tip: Try not to let your fire dancers get too close to your giant flammable King Kong facade.

They didn’t follow that guideline.

(Edited to add: There were originally two videos here, but the first video removed from YouTube, so I deleted that. Skip to about 3:45 into this one to see things start to go wrong.)

Shoegazer Sunday: Tears Run Rings’ “A Question and an Answer”

Sunday, March 5th, 2017

Been a while since I featured tears Run Rings, so here’s “A Question and an Answer”: