Archive | February 2005

Interview, Warwick University

Yesterday I had my first PhD interview. This one was at Warwick. The University itself seems quite nice. Not as pretty as Birmingham but looks like a typical University. I could seem myself being content their. The interview itself, I think, went well. I have interviews coming up and Nottingham and Birmingham so I guess I will only get better butthen I guess everyone has their own style. I don’t really mind what field of Astrophysics I go into and all of the projects I have applied for seemrather interesting. I guess it is going to be a decision between what takes my fancy more and who offers me a place!

Michael Jackson’s favourite

See: Wacko Jacko – you need Flash though. This was posted on a forum I am involved in and I just can’t stop laughing!

SDSS Picture of the Week

This week’s Sloan Digital Sky Survey (SDSS) image is of NGC 4438 (upper left) and NGC 4435 (lower right). And can be found at: http://www.sdss.org/iotw/ngc4438.jpeg It is a lovely image and is an excellent example of galactic interaction.

More:
+ SDSS IOW – http://www.sdss.org/iotw/iotw.html

Interloper, Daddy Delux & Sixer @ Bar Academy

Last night I went to see Interloper, Daddy Delux & Sixer @ Bar Academy in Birmingham. The main reason to go was to see Sixer, I have seen them before and a girl I know is their lead vocalist. Thought I’d better show support. Not often you get a physicist who can sing (well that is)!! 🙂 The gig was good though they did have a bunch of replacements in their lineup. Their drummer was replaced by a very good replacement if not a bit scary! Well not that scary but he did manage to brake his stick (well I think he did) and hit the drummers very hard. Nice and loud. At times this drowned out Zoe (vocals) a bit but that was a minor problem. I do like their music and it was pointed out to me that they sounded a little like Placebo and yes I agree they do. They also had a new guy playing rhythm guitar, from a band called the Enids (http://www.soundat45rpm.i12.com/theenids/Index.htm) I believe. I have seen them play and wasnt that impressed. Showed promise though. Back to the gig. I actually even remembered some of the songs they played this time. It was very enjoyable. They do need to relax at little and move around a bit. They need to stop being so ridged – unless that’s what they are going for. I did enjoy myself though. More can be found at: http://www.sixermusic.co.uk/.

As for the rest of the gig. Daddy Delux were ok. Definitely had the woah effect going on the guitars. They were enjoyable and very professional but alas nothing exceptional. I think they are headlining down at the jug of ale soon. They had a bit of an Oasis feel to them at times.

Finally we came on to Interloper at gone 11, meaning we could only catch 30mins so we could get the bus home. The gig was enjoyable. They did seem a bit familiar at times. I can only put this down to a few of their riffs sounding rather similar to songs I already know. Overall it was a good night – well worth the

Birmingham in the top 100 Uni’s across the world!

It appears that the University of Birmingham (http;//www.bham.ac.uk), the Uni I attend, is in the top 100 Uni’s across the world – according to: http://ed.sjtu.edu.cn/rank/2004/top500(1-100).htm. Incidentally it is a respectable 93rd. Not bad – pretty illustrious list.

Maximo Park, Murdoch and the Rips

Last night I went to the Jug of Ale in Moseley to primarily see Maximo Park, a band that I have taken to recently. I actually think they are an excellent band and can’t wait to hear a full album. As for last night the gig was good. The Rips, like Murdoch, are a band I have not heard of before. They actually were quite good and did have a very big plus – a sexy female drummer 🙂 They were upbeat and could imagine them going on to bigger things. They had a varying style. One thing they need to, well the drummer, is to keep hold of her sticks. She did make a good recovery. Next on was Murdoch – I heard they are from Birmingham and their site is: http://www.murdochmusic.com/ they were ok. Nothing special – just another band really. Also during this set I was not feeling to good.

On to the main event: Maximo Park. Like expected they were excellent. They have a good range of songs and are what I would classify as a typical indie band. They were late on but they made up for it by doing an excellent set. They played all the songs I was expecting them to play and I was surprised how many of them I actually knew. My favourites from the night probably were “Apply some pressure”, which is released as a single on Monday, and Graffiti. They are very entertaining as well. I can see them going far. Lets see what they do for an album… they deserve to get one out. Oh and they are from Newcastle, a five piece; singer, lead guitar, bass, keyboard and drums. More at: http://www.maximopark.com

Comet Machholz still a target

Well Comet Machholz may have faded but as can be seen by this: http://www.tundratechwebworks.com/machholz.jpg picture taken by Tom Kerns it is still worth a go – especially if you have some sort of astrophotographic device.

Make Poverty History

You might have noticed a white band across the top right of most of my pages (haven’t integrated this fully into my blog yet). This is in support of the Make Poverty History campaign, http://www.makepovertyhistory.org. I strongly agree with their aim of reducing debt in less fortunate countries. So lets support them.

The Others, Willy Mason

I brought The Others (http://www.letskilltheothers.com/) album last week and like they were when I saw them play at the Jug of Ale (when I went to see them my primary reason was to see Agent Blue) they were an instant hit. They are definitely the inband at the moment what with their unique gigging style. Getting everyone on stage seems a favourite thing of theirs to do. Their album is excellent though and my favourite track at the moment has to be “This is for the poor”. This is likely to change as I listen to it over and over again. They managed: number 10 in the Virgin Chart, number 15 in the HMV Chart and number 51 in the national chart

Willy Mason (http://www.willy-mason.com/) – Where the Humans Eat. Umm I am a little disappointed. I had heard a few tracks that I believe were on an EP but I have not been overly impressed with the album. I am not saying it is bad but it doesn’t seem to go anywhere though I can easily see this growing on me. It is nice and laid back but that means it feels the same throughout. It is still worth a listen – even if it is just for “Oxygen” which is a wonderful song. He is a damn talented musician though.

PC-PALS Forum

I have successfully helped to transfer the pc-pals.com forum from an old and in need of attention Yabb SE forum into a nice shiny new PhpBB one. Took long enough though. Lets hope they enjoy using it in the future. I am sure they will. They probably will have to put up with me posting on their lots now. See: http://pcpals.phpwebhosting.com/phpBB2/