dancefloorlandmine: (London)
Monday, June 19th, 2017 05:07 pm
An interesting article about temperatures in the tube tunnels, and approaches to reduce them.

One interesting note is that the tube tunnels used to be a lot cooler, but the clay around them, a highly effective insulator, has, over the years, pretty much reached its thermal capacity.
dancefloorlandmine: Me pointing at camera (Kitchener)
Sunday, June 18th, 2017 07:42 pm
This may be of interest to some people - the ORBIS project. ORBIS is "The Stanford Geospatial Network Model of the Roman World" - a tool that allows you to calculate how long it would take, and how much it would cost, to move between one location and another.

The current version is here, but there is a pop-up warning that it works best with Chrome or Safari. (Presumably Firefox is so uncommon that it is unsupported?) You can either go ahead anyway, or switch to the old version.

(May also be of interest to anyone running a Roman-era RPG.)
dancefloorlandmine: DJing at B-Movie Nov 04 (DJ)
Monday, June 12th, 2017 04:13 pm
And so, the second night of Lazlar Lyricon III. The previous programme item, a fan-made Live-Action Knightmare morphed fairly smoothly into a table magic demonstration (for which I provide background music), and then, as the last trick finished, I kicked in the main music ...

2245-0200 )

(As a DJ it's always nice when ...
1. People request a song that you've just queued up as the next track.
2. People request a song about which you'd been thinking "I wonder if anyone would go for ..."
3. People take a chance and stay on the dancefloor for a song you're pretty certain they won't have heard before.)
dancefloorlandmine: DJing at B-Movie Nov 04 (DJ)
Monday, June 12th, 2017 03:36 pm
A four-hour set on the evening after a surprise General Election? That sounds like an excellent idea. As usual with conventions, there were a range of music tastes to cater for, and a couple of times I found myself kicking myself for not having brought a couple of CD that were requested. However, I think I mostly managed to substitute something sufficiently similar to keep the requester happy - if I do another, I'll need to bring an even more eclectic selection. As at some other events, the beginning was quite a slow start, with most people either napping, eating, or getting started in the bar, which meant that part of it was providing background music to a couple sat chatting at the other end of the room (I did ask if they had any requests - they didn't). It also seemed that it was the rock fans who stayed up the latest, which meant that the final part of the set ended up fairly metal.

2200-0200 )
dancefloorlandmine: (Snork)
Monday, May 22nd, 2017 07:27 pm
Unsurprisingly, some museum websites have quite imaginative, and/or humorous, 404 pages ...

Some examples ...
dancefloorlandmine: Photo of shelves of CDs (Music)
Monday, May 22nd, 2017 01:02 pm
Today is, once again, World Goth Day. So now you know.

As a result of this, the papers are full of photos of emos and spookykids, and the occasional article asking "what happened to the goths", and "12 things you'll recognise if you were a goth in the 90s". However, filtering through all of this there is some common thread of the gothic, and some articles asking "where did they come from" (although few asking "if you're a goth, where were you when we sacked Rome?").

Among these, the METRO put together a list of "the top 13 goth songs from the 80s", together with links to the videos. You may disagree with their definition of "top 13" and the order in which they're placed, but there are definitely some fine tunes here ...

13 - Fields Of The Nephilim - Moonchild
12 - The Mission - Tower Of Strength
11 - Love And Rockets - So Alive
10 - Xmal Deutschland - Incubus Succubus
09 - The Damned - Anything
08 - The Sisters Of Mercy - This Corrosion
07 - The Birthday Party - Release The Bats
06 - Joy Division - Transmission
05 - Siouxsie & The Banshees - Night Shift
04 - The Cult - Rain
03 - Bauhaus - She's In Parties
02 - The Cure - A Forest
01 - The Sisters Of Mercy - Alice

Original listicle, with video links, is here.
dancefloorlandmine: (Snork)
Thursday, May 18th, 2017 08:19 pm
It's an old one, but a good one.

  • If a former significant other turns up unexpectedly after a long absence, don’t throw yourself into his/her arms right away.
  • That goes double if they refuse to eat anything.
  • Triple if they turn up at night and want you to leave with them immediately.

And the rest are here.
dancefloorlandmine: (Words)
Thursday, May 11th, 2017 09:59 pm
Currently reading ... Paul Cornell's 'Shadow Police' series (I've just finished the first, and have pretty immediately started the second).

They're dark, they're scary, and they're gripping. Supernatural police procedurals, but considerably darker than many in that genre seem to aim for. For those familiar with the 'Rivers Of London' books, imagine how terrifying those would have got if Nightingale and the Folly weren't around, and the cops were trying to deal with the occult without any actual knowledge. Or defences. Yeah. [wince]

In London Falling, the first of the books, there's a unit working on a case that's going nowhere, and is rapidly running out of budget and likely to be wound up. And then it gets ... messy.

I'll not say more, to avoid spoilers, but there are a bunch of interesting characters and seriously nasty folk, all well-written in a way that keeps you turning the pages.

(On a scale where 'Dresden Files' are akin to 'Castle', these are more in the line of 'Taggart' or 'Luther'. You have been warned. Damn good, though.)
dancefloorlandmine: DJing at B-Movie Nov 04 (DJ)
Thursday, May 11th, 2017 11:12 am
DJ traumahound and I were asked to DJ for Karen's 40th birthday party this weekend. We were downstairs at The Astronomer on Middlesex Street, which has undergone rather a change since it was the Shooting Star (final resting place of Club Vagabonds) - they've completely re-arranged everything, and added some rather fine booths around the walls (with separate power points and individual dimmer switches - fancy!). Hooked our decks into the venue's built-in speakers, dimmed the lights, and set to ...

Early sets were intentionally a bit mellower, as people were still arriving, getting food, etc, but later we both had people accusing us of trying to kill them (with a combination of requests, birthday girl picks, and our usual taste), and it seemed like a general success. (With a notable moment when it took one guest six minutes to recognise that we were playing his band's song. And he's the singer.)

Setlists )
dancefloorlandmine: DJing at B-Movie Nov 04 (DJ)
Wednesday, May 10th, 2017 02:22 pm
This time around The 80s Night was moved across the road from our previous venue to RAW Nightclub - bigger bar, bigger sound system, club lights, bigger dancefloor, and the return of my co-DJ, Kat ([personal profile] retrokitty). Also, an even sturdier booth to make it even less likely I'd endanger the punters with my dancing as well as our music.

Ours was the first act in a three-part night - The 80s Night, followed by a rather good Gary Numan tribute band, and then an alternative club night to complete the night.

The evening also saw the welcome resurgence of the (in)famous queue, much to the confusion of the bar staff.

Setlist )
¹ And, at this point, we were asked if there was aircon. There was, and it was already running.
dancefloorlandmine: (Ejector)
Saturday, April 8th, 2017 04:22 pm
It looks as if, not unexpectedly, the LJ evacuation is continuing apace.

Especially not unexpected, given that the binding version of the new Terms of Service is only available in Russian. And the English translation, while not apparently the binding version, is not exactly encouraging. Even if it's not at all clear where those with paid or permanent accounts sit, given the "this does not apply to paid accounts" bit at the bottom. Which bits don't apply to paid accounts? Who knows. Will we ever find out? Doubtful.

I'll quite likely be deleting my LJ soon, once everything is remigrated over here. DW has been my primary posting home for quite some time anyway, with LJ as a mirror. Looks like it's time to board over that mirror - as any fantasy fan knows, 'things' can look back through mirrors, and sometimes crawl through.

So, yeah, if you're an LJ escapee, feel free to dock your lifepod to the outer hatch, and come on in. We've got some blue milk in the galley, we're working on the passcode for that big locked door in the hold, and everything's shiny.

(That's three different series sorted ...)
dancefloorlandmine: (Architecture)
Sunday, March 26th, 2017 12:23 am
For those who like photos of abandoned places, here are some taken by French photographer Aurélien Villette of Abkhazia, recognised as an independent state by Russia, while almost everyone else considers it still a part of Georgia. The photos show ruined and abandoned buildings, one series focussing on those from the 1950s.

Gallery on LensCulture

(The HDR is a bit over-the-top on some of them for my tastes, mind. One side effect of which is the tendency, as with many HDR images, to appear computer-generated - as if scenes from the game Syberia (for fans of which, it should be pointed out that Syberia III is due out later this year.)
dancefloorlandmine: (Barcode)
Friday, March 17th, 2017 06:07 pm
Hmmm. I think I know people who might like these, although they might be viewed as somewhat tasteless. Priced in dollars, I'm afraid ...

Fireproof BBQ pit skulls
dancefloorlandmine: (DamnedTown)
Friday, March 17th, 2017 03:43 pm
On Wednesday evening L and I went to BoxPark Croydon to peruse the board(s) of fare.

For those not familiar with the BoxPark concept, it consists of filling an area of otherwise-unused ground with a construction of black-painted shipping containers, which are converted into some form of retail opportunity. The original London BoxPark is a painfully cool "pop-up" lifestyle and fashion mall in Shoreditch, where each container serves to sell trainers, t-shirts, or other artistic designs, with a couple of food stalls and a bar stacked on top.

Croydon's BoxPark, next to East Croydon station, is a slightly different concept, specialising as a food court - rather than the stores opening onto the street, the containers are stacked to open onto an almost-square central roofed-over area, which is then filled with tables with benches, accompanied by gas patio heaters. One 'short' end has doors opening to the street, while the other has a bar area. Each 'long' side is lined with the narrow ends of the containers, with each retailer having one or two seven-foot-ish wide doorway to the seating area. Some have seating inside their area, but most simply provide food-service, using the seating in the main area - which also means that you can apply a 'portfolio menu' approach to your food selection.

(There are a couple of other eateries on the upper level, balconies that run along the long sides (and are also the primary street entrance), including the renowned Meat Liquor - but we headed straight to the main area this time.)

I opted for a baked potato from The Potato Project - filled with mushrooms and spinach and topped with blue cheese and truffle oil. Which was delicious. Although in my pre-choice wander around the stalls, I'd also found myself rather tempted by the offerings at Arancina, so, for a second course, I ordered a ricotta-and-spinach arancine (and, during the brief wait for it, I found myself ordering a slice of pizza, too). The excellent pizza slice turned out to be a good idea, as eating it gave time for the arancine to cool slightly - not much holds heat like an insulating layer of risotto. All washed down with a nice pint of Henry Weston's cider.

Meanwhile, L had opted for a tasty dish from Feed Me Primal, and then followed that with a couple of tapas items from Donde Tapas - tasty smooth Jamon Croquettes and some delicious Honey Glazed Chorizo (dripping in honey, and mild enough for my lightweight tastebuds).

So, overall, good food, and a location that with drifting smoke, and some holes in the roof for constant heavy rain to pour through, would make a good Bladerunner location.

No photos this time - I forgot to take my camera, but L took a snap. (And we'll probably be back again at some point.)

Photo below cut )
dancefloorlandmine: Me hiding behind camera (CameraEOS)
Tuesday, March 14th, 2017 11:31 am
Another Sunday evening outing to Stockwell and the performance space in the back of the Cavendish Arms, for the second CaBIret event, "an evening of bisexual cabaret with magic, words, and music". Compèred by 'Magic Marcus', who also provided a number of magic routines (including a notable visual explanation of the flaws in the Kinsey Scale), the evening featured poetry from Jacq and Ness, comedy from Sally Wyatt, and music from Lucy Kennedy.

(The main bar of the venue is rather good, too - friendly staff, comfortable seats, and the option of rather good pizza - and walking distance from the Tube.)

Magic Marcus

More photos below cut )

The rest of the gallery is here
dancefloorlandmine: Me hiding behind camera (CameraEOS)
Monday, March 13th, 2017 01:19 pm
Alex's 40th birthday in 2017 was celebrated with grand event at the Exhibitionist Hotel, South Kensington, a boutique hotel combined with a modern art gallery. The first part of the event was a superhero LARP (almost resulting in the destruction of Crescent City), which was followed by an in-and-out-of-costume party in the bar and reception areas of the hotel. I was there for the party part of the evening, and took a few photos of friends in costume, as both heroes and villains, and applied some filters to some of them for added cartoon-effect goodness.

(The hotel staff seemed to cope pretty admirably with the assorted costumed folk roaming their bar, reception, and other areas. Some of the guests were slightly perplexed, though, but the staff managed to handle that confusion.)

Alex as Beast

More photos below this cut )

Rest of gallery here
dancefloorlandmine: DJing at B-Movie Nov 04 (DJ)
Wednesday, March 8th, 2017 12:09 pm
A line-up reshuffle forced by a clash with AntiChrist opened up a slot in the roster for Club 80s, as one of the regulars was off providing tunes to the folks at AC. So Ben generously offered me the open slot.

The LHT Urban Bar how has an understated wood and brown-painted brick exterior (there's only a tiny sliver of the former infamous tiger-striped paintwork visible between it and the neighbouring property). Downstairs is bare bricks and stripped floorboards, with low lighting, round tables, and busy, but not overcrowded, on a Friday evening. Upstairs is the function room - a decent size, with pews providing seating around the edges, a dancefloor, a medium-sized stage with lightbar over, and a good-sized DJ booth next to the mosaic-covered bar (with reasonable cider on tap). (Parking, however, is challenging, this being Whitechapel and next to the hospital, but I lucked out, and spotted a car vacating a spot within eyesight of the bar just as I approached, so quickly nipped in. Public transport is pretty decent, though.)

Musically, Reza and Ben at Club 80s cover both mainstream 80s and the darker, more alternative, electronic, and/or B-side end. I provided my usual approach to the 80s, but following the crowd (who were enthusiastic users of the request sheets laid out at the start), dropped the rock/metal end off.

A good fun night at a good venue.

Setlist )
dancefloorlandmine: Me pointing at camera (Kitchener)
Tuesday, February 28th, 2017 11:33 pm
"Filling out your Harrison Ford Aircraft Incident Report"

"History suggests that no changes in weather, terrain, obstacles or any other contributing factors would have prevented Harrison Ford from suddenly and inexplicably plunging into your immediate vicinity. Or from it happening again."
dancefloorlandmine: (MonkeyBoy)
Sunday, February 26th, 2017 04:30 pm
So, what are you up to on Friday 3rd?

Club 80s is an option.

DJs - Reza (Inertia, Killing Joke), Ben (Elegant Decadence, Tanz Macabre, Planet Earth, Don't You Want Me Baby), and ... DJ Landmine ... wait, that's me! Woohoo!

So, yeah, Urban Bar, 176 Whitechapel Road, E1 1BJ, from 9pm to 2:30am, Friday 3rd March, for an evening of dark and light 80s. Like a Viennetta. Possibly.