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  1. I did get described as "The Bob Ross of prog metal" this summer, though, so there's that. Oh, and I'm on Twitch now, Sundays and Thursdays. Come say "hi!" in the chat! https://www.twitch.tv/headfirstonly
  2. I spent the summer (as I have done for the past eight years) taking part in the songwriting challenge known as Fifty/Ninety (the goal is to write 50 songs in the 90 days between July 4th and October 1st.) This year I ended up writing or collaborating on a total of sixty-five pieces of music, all of which can be listened to here: http://fiftyninety.fawmers.org/user/headfirstonly I'm not sure if there's a viable album lurking in that lot. My process over the last few months seems to have predominantly been one of working through my anger at the current political situation at hom
  3. How Music Works by David Byrne. I've had this on my wishlist for forever and it was well past time I actually read the thing. It's a really enjoyable set of essays about various aspects of music, some of which I'd read in a more abbreviated form elsewhere (the one about how architecture shapes music first appeared on BoingBoing, IIRC.) Byrne has an interesting (and very well-informed) way of looking at things, and there are some striking insights about creativity and the business of art. The Blade Artist by Irvine Welsh. Even explaining the plot could be considered spoilery, so I
  4. @Marshdrifter Yes please!
  5. Chris H

    Tour dates!

    A few photos from Bill's UK appearances, and the associated WGB gatherings:
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    I put my review up on Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/3159786704
  7. Bad Blood: Secrets and Lies in a Silicon Valley Startup by John Carreyrou. A non-fiction account of the Theranos affair. This is a salutory and disturbing tale of what happens when grandiose self-belief loses all touch with reality and moves to Silicon Valley. The supporting cast includes Henry Kissinger and General James "Mad Dog" Mattis. The most insane true story I've read for many years. The litigation continues to this day... After Atlas by Emma Newman. A bleak, Earth-based follow-up to Emma's Planetfall, which I really enjoyed. This is very different, and I enjoyed it even mo
  8. Much as it pains me to become involved with streaming services, my latest album is now available on Spotify. It'll be up on iTunes and Amazon Music in the not too distant future as well. As always, it's available on Bandcamp, where you can also read the lyrics and good stuff like that. https://headfirstonly.bandcamp.com/album/beyond
  9. I am currently reading: Embers of War by Gareth Powell. I understand Remote's reaction to the Trouble Dog books, but I enjoy them a lot. Like Banks, his characters often operate in moral grey areas. There are some interesting creations too: I've heard Gareth read scenes featuring Nod the Engineer which are particularly funny. Bullshit Jobs: A Theory by David Graeber. A meditation on whether or not most of the work that people do these days is meaningful or not, concluding that it is not. The book comes complete with a taxonomy of different categories of meaningless jobs
  10. According to Formula 1's own website, a modern racing car can generate 3.5g of downforce (3.5 times its own weight), which means that if the car's going fast enough through a tunnel, it could theoretically drive upside down: https://www.formula1.com/en/championship/inside-f1/understanding-f1-racing/Aerodynamics.html There have been complaints from race circuits that F1 cars leave ruts in the asphalt, like heavy goods vehicles do on freeways.
  11. It's called a splitter. They're designed to reduce the amount of air flowing under the car at higher speeds (by diverting most of it upwards, or to the side). This improves downforce, stops the steering getting too light at speed. And the number of cars I see on the roads over here with broken ones flapping about under the car is ridiculous.
  12. Fans of progressive rock might want to make sure that they reserve a copy of issue 98 of "Prog" magazine, out on May 3rd. For, like, reasons.
  13. Switched over to a Lexus hybrid this week. 60 mpg, up from the 44 mpg I was getting with the last car. All the bells and whistles. And because it's a 2015 model, road tax is £0.00.
  14. After completely rewriting the lyrics I'm kinda pleased with this. https://headfirstonly.bandcamp.com/track/off-the-edge
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