Another new year and another vague feeling of optimism that doesn’t last longer than a day. I made one resolution publicly last year and that was not to mention or get annoyed by certain rabble rousing media and political characters. I managed quite well. That shall be my main resolution again.

Indie Microblogging: owning your short-form writing by Manton Reece — Kickstarter.

“Today, most writing instead goes into a small number of centralized social networking sites, where you can’t move your content, advertisements and fake news are everywhere, and if one of these sites fails, your content disappears from the internet. Too many sites have gone away and taken our posts and photos with them.

I want to encourage more independent writing. To do that, we need better tools that embrace microblogs and the advantages of the open web. We need to learn from the success and user experience of social networking, but applied to the full scope of the web.”

I’ve backed this despite being wary of new social networking sites after getting burned by This sounds different though. It fits in with the only kind of blogging style I seem to be capable of and I’m happy to go along for the ride.

The Seven-Headed Beast is about to become the Double Quartet as Bill Rieflin returns from his sabbatical. Robert Fripp has announced the new phase in the King Crimson line-up via his updated diary.


Having experienced the “Seven-Headed Beast Of Crim’ live this should be pretty amazing. I hope more UK dates are going to happen soon.

I see that is closing its doors for the last time March. I was an original subscriber and had high hopes for an ad-free alternative to Twitter. Not enough seem to people care enough for that though. Shame. is shutting down |

“Ultimately, we failed to overcome the chicken-and-egg issue between application developers and user adoption of those applications. We envisioned a pool of differentiated, fast-growing third-party applications would sustain the numbers needed to make the business work. Our initial developer adoption exceeded expectations, but that initial excitement didn’t ultimately translate into a big enough pool of customers for those developers. This was a foreseeable risk, but one we felt was worth taking”

It was a very good service for a couple of years and created a great community but not enough people were prepared to switch and pay for something. Shame.

This is my answer to the “what albums impressed on your teenage years” meme flying around my Facebook circle right now. As you can see it’s mostly metal and prog with a couple of wildcards in there. I still listen to a few of these.

  1. UFO – Strangers In The Night
  2. Saxon – Wheels Of Steel
  3. Iron Maiden – Iron Maiden
  4. Pallas – Arrive Alive (original cassette)
  5. ELO – Out Of The Blue
  6. ELP – Pictures At An Exhibition
  7. The Stranglers – Black & White
  8. Genesis – Seconds Out
  9. Rush – Hemispheres
  10. ACDC – Back In Black