Monthly Archives: February 2008

‘Time Passes’

Well there children, it’s been a while. I’ve been up to my crevice in essays and AHRC submissions, and it’s all about to happen again. But I took a few days off this week to roll around in my own filth, cut a new episode of fOwl (coming soon), engineer a few tracks from the album (now officially half finished, with exactly 4 months until planned release date), and play two important new video games.

Audiosurf proves convincingly that some of the best ideas in gaming come out of the indie scene, and can only ever be made for PCs. Super Mario Galaxy, with equal panache, proves the exact opposite to be the case. Strap in for my lightning double review.

People who skip past the gaming entries on my blog such as Jim “The Paedo” O’Reilly (sorry, I needed his attention) should listen to this next bit anyway: Audiosurf is a cross between a juke box, a racing game, and tetris. Wipeout-style racecourses are made out of the soundwaves of music files you load in from your own mp3 collection, and you then race around them collecting coloured blocks. This game, if it becomes popular, will entirely remove the demand for acid from this country within five years. If that’s not enough for you, it has incredibly easy controls, will work on pretty much any PC or Laptop, and costs $11 (

The Secret Ingredient

That’s right, everyone, it’s time for the latest episode of fOwl, the FaceOmeter Video Weblog!


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How I roll: an explanation.


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Two riotous links for you

Since of late we’ve been talking about language quite a lot, thanks to parkes for this link to a Fry and Laurie sketch I hadn’t seen before but with which I can really emote just now.

And thanks to Sarah as well for this link, which you shouldn’t click in a public place if you’ve ever studied any kind of cultural theory because you’ll brick it and attract attention to yourself. Oh, and make sure your sound is on.

And that concludes today’s higher-than-average standard of linkfiesta. Enjoy them! Enjoy them.


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Someday

I’ve been reading a history of Hogarth and dreaming.


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Increased Breakening

Sometimes it’s easy to forget that people other than your close friends read the bilious rants that you post on the internet. I’m sure google or some similar tool brought along the cluster of ladies who were irritated when I “attacked” Circle of Seven recently. They bring a variety of arguments to bear against me – some more valid than others, and some giving genuine pause for thought. I’m not going to address them explicitly, however, because I feel that in approaching what I said about The Circle as if it were a sequence of logically conditioned arguments they’ve kind of missed the point.

This blog, as all regular readers cannot help but notice, is polemic rather than journalistic, conversational rather than scientific, and makes no pretense to either (a) approach its subjects with reasoned objectivity, or (b) have anything approaching the ability to unduly influence Circle of Seven’s market share, which I’m sure is excellent and will continue to grow. Anyone who hung out on this site for more than a few posts could hardly fail to notice that its vitriol is often more than a little tongue in cheek.

Which is not to say I secretly love Circle of Seven and what they stand for, but I do think the only way to get genuinely, deeply offended by what I said about them is to take my remarks wildly out of context. Oh, and I’m not “hiding behind this forum”, by the way – I’m Will Tattersdill, 6’3″, ginger, travelling musician, and, perhaps not insignificantly, graduate student at the university of oxford, with a current research interest in book design and marketing. Thanks for leaving your e-mail addresses, guys. Who are you again?


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Startling New Insight

fOwl is very young, but already I see people on the streets whispering about it. “We demand more”, they say to me, “more information on the makings of this incredible cultural phenomenon”. Well, ask and you shall recieve – a full behind the scenes dossier on the latest episode, Waiting for the Vibe, can be found here.

The Jones have been visiting – we have some tune ideas and a new hatred for Princess Peach’s swindlesome Mario Strikers tactics. We’ve also “done” some “work”. Ahaha.


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Quotation of the Year

Me: …but simultaneity is what we’re all about, right?
Max: And red panties.


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TEH ROFLCAUST

Thanks to Joe for this link. Make sure your sound is on! I haven’t laughed this much for some time…


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