Music and Shatner do not mix well, as anyone who has had the misfortunate to experience Kirk’s previous forays into singing will know.
But… I was tooling around on the iTunes Music Store and came across his new album, “Has Been”, whilst trying to track down Blondie and Outkast. I did a double take. My mouse pointer hovered… and I clicked.
Â£7.99 later and I now actually own (if you can own AAC rights-managed files) some of Shatner’s music. It’s bizarre but very strangely compelling. Ben Folds is in charge of the musical bits, Shatner talks through songs with a touching clarity and honesty which is hard to explain. Some of the tracks also have singing from artists like Aimee Mann and Joe Jackson. As a huge Mann fan (thanks to Magnolia) I had no trouble taking the plunge. Plus the first track is Pulp’s “Common People”… superb!
You may just like it… Has Been
At the Brighton & Hove Web Awards on Thursday night. I got an invite because I was one of the judges. A fun event and I think the right people won. It was amazing how similar the shortlists each judge came up with were.
The editor of The Argus, our local paper, didn't ingratiate himself when he presented award. He began by saying he hadn't been listening as he'd been chatting at the bar. It went downhill from there. Oh well.
Email content editing has an incredible future. Sounds retro but when
you think that email from mobile phones/devices is much more viable than
editing text in a web form on a 3 inch screen it becomes clear that
email remains the Internet's killer app.
(And yes, I just finished developing our own email posting system hence
Wired News the excellent online news source have always led the way with their style guide when it came to digital terminology. Was it 'email or 'e-mail'? They decided 'e-mail' and that was that.
For many years they always referred to the 'Internet'. I have always done the same and when people have tried to edit my capital Is down to i they have been pointed to Wired News. The Internet is a place for me and thus deserving of the capitalisation. But internet technologies are different and a capital is not needed.
The good times are over though, Wired News no longer capitalise the i in Internet. Perhaps this is only important to pedants, but for Wired News the Internet is now just another medium for communicating information, not a place. Well j-dom.org is one place where the Internet will remain lovingly capitalised.
I’m off to Poland for a week to see my partner’s family. I’ll be offline during that time so have a peaceful Easter break and I’ll see you once I emerge from the email backlog at the end of next week.
Thanks to a feature in the Guardian Book Review I've just discovered the wonderful
Seattle cartoonist, Horsey. Two fantastic current examples of his work which I can't stop
chortling over… The War Machine and Patriot Love. A few more favourites Clean
Power, Osama at Prayer… enjoy.