“If at first you don’t succeed, you fail. And the test will be terminated.”

Chances are that by now, if you’re a PC gamer, you’ll have played Valve Software’s innovative and endearing Portal. If you’ve completed it, as you should have, you’ll have also heard Jonathan Coulton’s fantastic song – written from the deranged perspective of GLaDOS – ‘Still Alive’. A quite different piece of Portal-based music is this […]

Goodbye yetanotherbookreview.com

Ralph Briggs, editor and maintainer of Yet Another Book Review, has announced that the site will be winding down and closing in the near future. His reasons for this are his own and if he wishes to announce them publicly, I’m sure that he will. The site has yet to announce its impending closure, perhaps […]

Terminus of Dreams

SF Diplomat, The Sharp Side and Uncle Zip’s Window (these being blogs maintained by Jonathan McCalmont, Ellis Sharp and M. John Harrison respectively) have all recently announced that they are shutting down. This is distressing news, as what you see right there are three of my favourite blogs. Fie on you bloggers, with your legitimate […]

Some things from 2007, hello 2008

Happy new year, everyone. I hope you celebrated in a suitably reserved/hedonistic manner. Or that you successfully ignored the whole rigmarole, as may be your wont. A brief overview of 2007 appears to be the current trend amongst blogs.

The Cake is a Lie

We’re back online! There is no flash fiction today, though, just as there was none last week. I Am On Holiday And So Is My Blog. Enjoy your festivities and grumpinesses – we’ll be back in 2008, with the usual laughable excuse for regular content.

Spam Alert

I’ve just found a genuine comment in Akismet spamblock purgatory. If anyone else has left a comment in the last few weeks and has not seen it appear on the site, please let me know. I don’t know if I can retrieve them, but I can at least try and see that it doesn’t happen […]

The Blood Brothers split

As suspected, spazzcore legends The Blood Brothers have officially split up: After 10 years of making music as The Blood Brothers, we have made the collective decision that our time together has come to an end. We feel extremely fortunate to have spent such a deeply memorable and amazing part of our lives with each […]

I can’t do nuttin for ya, man

[Or: A portrait of the blogger as a raging stressmonkey.] Don’t expect to hear much out of me for a while, or at least with any consistency. My computer is semi-broken, I think with a faulty motherboard that I’ll have to return after several weeks of attempted fixin’. My laptop only works with Kubuntu, which […]

The Fest: damn it, why is Gainesville so far away? And in Florida?

An old buddy and I have always wanted to travel over to Gainesville, Florida, in order to join in the fun of the Fest. Most of our favourite bands seem to come from Gainesville, or nearby, or be on No Idea Records (the folks principally behind the event). We look at the lineups and sigh, […]

No Division

The “punk” bit of this blog is, more often than not, a bit of a lie. Although, come to think of it, my most recent posts have been a short story involving a digital Henry Rollins screaming abuse at a middle-aged perv, and a review of an Islamic punk novel. So perhaps I should say […]