Kat persuaded me to look at Ikea’s range of lamps before committing to spending more money buying one from elsewhere as discussed in my earlier post. Most of them just look as cheap and flimsy as the prices would suggest but the GLOBAL work lamp pictured above looks more robust and for £13.99 (plus postage) it is fairly aesthetically pleasing. The clamp is a plus too.
Apparently the UK dance music underground has had a “recent fascination with acid house”. I’m such a trend-setter. This mix is really good despite it all being old hat to me by now (!) Looking forward to seeing Blawan live in Sheffield if I can get the time off work next week.
I’m currently trying to find a new desk lamp because my current one is broken and now that the nights are drawing in, working past 6pm without one is no doubt doing irreparable damage to my eyes. Ideally I would like one which can clamp onto the shelf above my desk and angle down but I’m willing to compromise. As long as the base is compact enough it could stand on said shelf but I can give up a bit of desk space if need be too. My main problem is that I’ve become too much of a design connoisseur for my current income bracket, i.e. zilch. Nothing I can actually afford is good enough.
This classic-Anglepoise-style desk lamp from John Lewis is decent enough for £55, but they have none in stock in the Sheffield branch. I could buy it online instead but I feel that if I’m forced to buy a lamp online I should look further afield and try and find one that I really like rather than just going for that John Lewis one.
Small Idead Radio is back on the air every Friday 2100-2200 on Forge Radio! Here is last week’s show, featuring artists from the Tangled Tour and TUSK festival as well as Blawan and Young Montana?. This week’s show will have new tracks from Oneohtrix Point Never, Kammerflimmer Kollectief, Colin Stetson and more. It is also part of Forge’s 24 hour charity broadcast marathon so tune in!
so until today I didn’t use the Tumblr Google Chrome extension very much and when I did it was only for browsing my dash. The reason is that I didn’t know that one could tag posts in the extension in the ‘advanced’ tab and I thought that everything I posted from the extension would require being tagged at a later date on the actual tumblr site anyway. Now my ignorance has been dispelled, I’m sure I’ll be using it a lot more often!
Big congratulations to Phil G for winning the individual UCI World Tour series and to Omega-Pharma Lotto for winning the team classification. I suspect Phil is one of my favourite cyclists for the same reason that he won the series, i.e. because he’s fucking ace at what he does. I liked Omega Pharma-Lotto for other reasons, however, including their versatility and lack of specialisation in one field (unlike, say, HTC-Columbia) as well as their use of relatively humble bikes. Now I think about it, its versatility probably contributed to OPL’s world tour success, but it remains my favourite team of 2011 and I am sad to see it go in its current incarnation nonetheless.
I wonder if I will continue to support Phil with as much vigour now that he no longer rides for my favourite team? Will Omega Ridley, as Omega Pharma-Lotto is now known, continue to be my favourite team? We’ll have to wait for the Tour Down Under to find out!
“Let’s pause for a moment to digest the fact we live in a time where you can make a hit movie by stitching two old Stallone movies together and sprinkling it with robots.”—Phelim O’Neill on Real Steel for the Guardian film blog