Well I Never Knew That #8

You can’t not love Terry Gilliam‘s films and it’s been ages since I watched The Fisher King but I was spontaneously reminded of Mercedes Ruehl and her excellent, raw-nerved, realistic performance in it, something which grounds and contextualises the plot’s fantastical elements (and helps blot out the memory of naked Robin Williams). Her accent does…

Pointless Text-Glitched 48K Speccy ROM

Absolutely not claiming this as any great achievement or artwork or kraftwerk. A couple of months ago, having been thinking about the serendipitous joy of occasional graphical glitches and frying Atari 2600 cartridges and the nasty things one can do to a .wav with a simple Python script and the like, I was struck by…

A’Feared O’ Factories / Me-Manufacture

Been listening to a lot of Fear Factory‘s first few albums recently (remix versions too, natch). I know Demanufacture best. Between regular Radio One Rock Show play, the amazing Gabba mix of Flashpoint, the unrepresentative but awesome Dog Day Sunrise and Burn singles, picking up Remanufacture dirt-cheap and especially blagging one of 200 limited edition…

Well I Never Knew That #7

So, I’ve heard Run DMC‘s It’s Tricky a million times in my life, but never had MTV back in the day and somehow only just hit it on YouTube. Penn and flipping Teller cameo?! Oh, how I laughed! But we just leave it alone

Games Roundup March 2018

Games I played  Bayonetta (Wii-U) loved the demo when I played it on 360 on release but never got very far in the full game. Had the Bayonetta 1&2 double pack on the Wii-U for ages, decided to play after reading about the recent Switch update. Played once only.  Phantasy Star Online Blue Burst (PC)…

Games Roundup February 2018

Animal Crossing Pocket Camp (Android)  Hyper Light Drifter (PC)  Tetris (GB)  Sonic and All-Stars Racing Transformed (Wii-U)  Mario Kart 64 (Wii-U virtual console)  Mario Kart 8 (Wii-U)  Super Smash Bros. (Wii-U)  Nintendo Land (co-op pikmin mini game) (Wii-U)  Night Striker (PS1)  Bishi Bashi Special (PS1)  Internal Section (PS1)  Tempest X 3 (PS1)  Gungage (PS1)  P….

WIBIL #25: Pirelli Is Nothing Without Aphex Twin

After seeing this long version of the 1995 Pirelli tyre advert (feat. Carl Lewis and Aphex Twin) I genuinely had a VHS cued up at all likely times ready to record when next it played. Sadly the campaign had switched to the short version by then (as ads always do). Told this story to Retrolechuck…

I Done Boughts Me Some Stüffe Online

Not a new series! I promise! In fact I think we did this a few times back in the blog’s earliest days, coincidentally also around February and implicitly powered by that whole post-Christmas Granny’s-given-ya-a-book-voucha. In any regard, here’s a bunch of things I’ve ordered mostly off Amazon (an internet retailer found online) recently, minus a…

MWLITF #3 – Techno Viking

Despite being very aware of the innumerable Techno Viking (technoviking?) memes I’d somehow never seen the original footage until recently, for which see below. Valhalla dancing

Music Brain Dump Feb 2018 part 1

Got a lot of new music for Christmas (not all of it brand new, mind) and after a month or so digesting it all, here’s a brain dump of what’s hot – I won’t bore you with what’s not! Bicep’s self titled debut album is a solid collection of instrumental dance/electronic tracks with strong melodic…

Games Roundup January 2018 [Updated]

acidbearboy: AM2R (Another Metroid 2 Remake) PC Puzzle League DS Phantasy Star Zero (DS) Papers, Please (PC) Gunman Clive (Wii-U) Viva Pinata (Xbox 360) Animal Crossing Pocket Camp (Android) A quiet month of gaming. Played most of the above just once. Stevenger: My 360’s been out of commission for a while for one reason then…

Slugdge – The Chapter For Transforming Into A Slug

Strange the way that mind, internet and attention flow. I saw mention round the blogo-twittersphere of a post called “Turning A Unicorn Into A Bat” (unrelated) and something about the rhythm of the words (and the bat 🦇) put me in mind of an old metal song, which I remembered as being called “Chapter For Turning…