Archive for February, 2006

Ticket Touts

Sunday, February 26th, 2006

Perhaps the only downside of my recent jaunt is that it coincided with the release of the main bulk of tickets for T in the Park. Even if I’d been here I doubt I’d have got a ticket anyway since they sold out in around an hour.

Whilst I’m sure that most of the tickets went to genuine buyers many went to touts that immediately threw them on eBay for at least twice the price. This clearly isn’t “bought a ticket and can’t go” it’s pure “bought a ticket to turn a quick profit”. This isn’t unique to T in the Park, it’s been going on for ages.

Now you could argue that that’s the free market at work, and perhaps you’re right. It’s even been suggested to me that perhaps the event organisers should just release the tickets on eBay in the first place and they’d go for whatever the market’ll pay. But let’s assume that we want to try to ensure that only genuine buyers get tickets, to do that we need to look at what it’s reasonable to expect to do with a bought ticket and ways we can dissuade the touts.


Gigs revisited …

Friday, February 24th, 2006

A while back I talked about wanting an RSS feed for gigs in my area. Using the ones I found from seems to be working OK but they’re not perfect. There’s a lot of events there that I don’t care about, the feeds themselves don’t contain much information so you’re forced to go to the website to check and the ways the feeds are formed off the searches means the date coverage of the feeds is a bit odd.

A bit more searching revealed at least one other person who wants some sort of ticket alerts. Let’s make a wish list for a decent ticket alert service …

Prague: Quick Thoughts

Tuesday, February 21st, 2006

Well I’m back, mostly in one piece, I’ll put some more thoughts and pictures up in a few days. Until then, quick thoughts. Prague is a beautiful city, stunning buildings everywhere you look, it’s full of tourists … mostly Irish it seems … but the bars aren’t run by Aussies yet.

The beer is plentiful, the food is great, the public transport is excellent, and it’s all generally good value (but get a couple of streets away from the big tourist areas for the best prices). Well worth going to, take a boat trip or bus tour round the city to get your bearings when you arrive.

And for some reason there’s a staggering number of women who’ve dyed their hair this particular shade of dark metallic red, I thinks that’s a trend that should take off here as soon as possible.

Willie Nelson Rules

Wednesday, February 15th, 2006

Well I’d expect posting to be even more infrequent over the next few days as I’m sodding off to Prague for a long weekend.

I’ll leave you with this, found via Defamer, Willie Nelson releases ‘Cowboys Are Frequently Secretly Fond Of Each Other‘.

Snippet of it on Howard Sterm is linked from here or the full version without the annoying Stern commentary from iTunes.

Well a cowboy may brag about things that he’s done with his women,
but the ones that brag loudest are the ones that are most likely queer.

Fuckin’ Classic.

Topical Linking

Monday, February 13th, 2006

Dick Cheney shoots lawyer … all good comments already taken.

Bad Fantasy

Monday, February 13th, 2006

Fantasy novels have a bad name. And it’s not unjustified, as most of them are terrible — full of unpronounceable names and randomly tossed in strangeness in an effort to feel ‘different’ and ‘other-worldly’. I’m currently reading a not-very-good fantasy that, not content with dishing out most of the standard fantasy stuff, seems to have lifted the majority of the story from Star Wars. And not the good three episodes either.

Let’s be positive though, I’m not going to name the book I’m reading. I’m going to recommend a set of good fantasy books that even fantasy-haters will love. I promise.

Google: Music and Video …

Wednesday, February 8th, 2006

Searching for some stuff on Google the other day I discovered they’ve added another nifty feature. Search for an popular artist name and you now get a cool little discography page. For example, The Who, which is what I was searching for after the strong rumours that they’re playing T In The Park this year.

And, for those of you that haven’t already found most of these on some other site, or been sent ’em by e-mail: This years Super Bowl Ads from Google Video.

Good advice …

Sunday, February 5th, 2006

Wandering home this afternoon I found the following …

Carpe Diem

Good advice, although odd to see it scrawled on Leith Walk. That wasn’t the only street advice I found though, more after the jump.



Saturday, February 4th, 2006

I live alone. Apart from the pixies. I’ve never seen them, they’re too tricky for that, but I know they’re there. They might not be pixies, but I prefer the thought of pixies to gnomes or gremlins.

Mostly they move stuff around, just little things to remind me that they’re about.

Last year they kicked it up a notch and hid my passport. Then, after I’d spent a week searching for it and finally caved and sent for a new one, they put it back in it’s normal place. Right in plain sight on the shelf. Taunting me with their cleverness.

This year they’ve made off with my credit card, but I’m wise to them I’m going to pretend I’m not bothered and they’ll get bored and put it back.

Then I’m going to set up a pixie trap and bait it with my keys.

Power Supplies

Thursday, February 2nd, 2006

Reading (yet) another comment about the XBox 360 power supply it occurs to me that I now have a number of things that rely on a lower voltage that the mains supply.

Instead of having several bulky transformers, one per device, there should be some way of having a single transformer per room that supplies all the low voltage devices.