By Purple Planet, 21-Sep-2013 08:11:00
I proudly own a staggeringly loud Fender Twin guitar amp, which when warmed up emits a fiery orange glow from it's old style tubes. You can almost feel the energy being burned up crackling through the atmosphere.
On a par in terms of pure decibels, the only thing that comes close to making such a racket lives 20 yards from my window in Turkey - a small frog. He's got some noisy friends as well - a strutty cockerel next door, loads of chirruping crickets and self-proclaimed queen of the neighbourhood, a pleasingly dyspraxic dog, 'Blacky'.
Between them they create a hell of a racket. The frog can only be a few cm long but they are capable of belting out 100 decibels every few seconds. Their relationship between the kilajoules required to produce their call and their bodyweight is totally out of kilter with humans. These animals must be incredibly efficient in turning energy into noise.
But, I have to ask, is it really worth it? Ok, they're calling for a mate or telling their offspring where they are, or whatever, but if they all did it a bit more quietly they'd burn less energy, making finding food less tiring and freeing up time for leisure activities.
By Purple Planet, 09-Sep-2013 14:21:00
I'm sure that in the last few years organizational foul-ups in my life seem to be increasing. Have you ever turned up somewhere to find it’s the wrong town, wrong time, and even, as happened to me, meeting the wrong people?
The reason why, I suspect, this is more likely these days is that we simply don’t read anything carefully any more. As we are required to filter out more and more junk information we skim emails and texts in order to check they don’t contain anything vital without actually taking in much at all.
Chris has a technique for helping me overcome this which consists of writing ‘Read this email!’ on the first line of posts to me – or at least ones with fairly important ‘Purple Planet’ business.
By Purple Planet, 08-Sep-2013 10:59:00
A large proportion of youtubers energies are spent on trying to establish the authenticity of videos. ‘Epic Marriage Proposal Fail’ is one of the better additions to this catalogue. This supposedly real gem turns out to be an ad for Cadbury Bourneville. It’s wit and execution are top-drawer, but does it want to make you eat more chocolate? Well, yes, for me, possibly – but it doesn’t take me much to scoff Dairy Milk anyway.
But taking the principle to standard ads on youtube, are advertisers really benefiting from forced streamed ads at the start of videos? The exquisite rage of waiting for the ‘You can skip to video in 5 – 4 – 3 etc’ to finish its agonizing course gets associated in ones mind with the product being advertised. Basic behavioral psychology suggests this is not a good thing. I can’t think Daihatsu, or whoever, want their cars to be linked with my burning rage.
I think some serious research into this may reveal something we all slightly suspect anyway – that forced ads are so counterproductive that they take the idea of ad-based monetarisation back to square one.
By Purple Planet, 05-Aug-2013 15:36:00
I constantly tell people to be vigilant of every possibility of getting a hit video on youtube - the knack is to be vaguely ready with a camera and the try and hold the damn thing still.
But when it happened to me - ineveitably I failed.
I was on the 1st floor balcony in mid-afternoon with a gentle breeze swaying the tall rushes, when a little old lady in traditional Turkish dress, carrying logs, made her way up the pathway towards me. It was a bucolic mediterranean scene - a glimpse of a natural, simpler way of life.
In fact, such was the simplicity of the lady's day, that she squatted down about 20 yards away from where I was sitting and had a huge crap.
My camera was within reach...and having it's battery charged.:<
By Purple Planet, 10-Mar-2013 16:19:00
Thought I'd do a blog post for once! Been doing a lot of remixing of tracks recently - check out Rain On Lake Erie, Masala Madness and New York Cab Ride for examples.
By Purple Planet, 26-Jan-2013 16:03:00
t is surely one of the truisms of our time that web cams are generally rubbish.
Most links to them are dead or they're turned off - or if they're turned on,
the view is inexplicably of a vicarage carpark in Lampeter.
But's here's one that actually works, is worth watching and,
for the purposes of this blog, related to music.
Abbey Road Studios has a permanent webcam stationed at the 'zebra' crossing
pictured on the cover of The Beatles 1969 album 'Abbey Road'.
It's looking from the 'wrong' direction - revealing that it's almost on a junction.
Most telling is the number of people who seem to be permantly milling around
(odd, considering its hardly in central London).
The chance of seeing someone splattered must be quite high given that British people
only have a hazy recollection of how zebra crossings are supposed to 'work' and
Japenese tourists have no idea whatsoever.
By Purple Planet, 18-Jan-2013 11:50:00
Thanks to everyone I met in Calis for a great Xmas and New Year.
By Purple Planet, 10-Jan-2013 14:34:00
We have recently stumbled across an App which will make our website now work with your hand-held device's. It is called "Puffin Browser" and is available for free from the App store.
You only get 14 days with the free version, but some of these codes will extend the App for 4 months:
find more of them on their facebook page https://www.facebook.com/puffinbrowser?fref=ts
You can now listen to our tracks at your convenience :)
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