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The Blue Man Group Rock Concert Movements

Posted by Chalky on Feb 25, 2009 in Music
Blue Man GroupWell I went to see Blue Man Group at the O2 Arena in London last weekend. I’m sure I’ll write a proper entry about it soon when I get round to it. In the meantime, as a couple of people have asked what the hell I keep going on about, here’s a list of all the Rock Concert Movements that you need to know in order to be a Megastar!
 
  • Rock Concert Movement #1 - The Basic Head Bob
  • Rock Concert Movement #2 – The One-Armed Fist Pump
  • Rock Concert Movement #3 – The Up and Down Jumping Motion
  • Rock Concert Movement #4 – The Behind the Head Leg Stretch
  • Rock Concert Movement #6 – Two Armed Upward Thrust with Yell
  • Rock Concert Movement #8 – The Black Out
  • Rock Concert Movement #10 – Getting a Closer Look at the Audience
  • Rock Concert Movement #15 – Bringing a Guest Vocalist Onstage
  • Rock Concert Movement #23 – Getting the Audience to Sing Along
  • Rock Concert Movement #27 – Saying Hello to the People in the Cheap Seats
  • Rock Concert Movement #28 – Getting an Audience Member Onstage to Dance
  • Rock Concert Movement #48 – Introducing the Band
  • Rock Concert Movement #63 – Bringing out Venus Hum
  • Rock Concert Movement #78 – The Fake Ending
  • Rock Concert Movement #91 - Enjoying the T-Shirt You Bought at The Complex Rock Tour
  • Rock Concert Movement #237 – Taking the audience on a Jungian journey into the collective unconscious by using the shadow as a metaphor for the primal self that gets repressed by the modern persona and also by using an underground setting and labyrinth office design to represent both the depths of the psyche and the dungeon-like isolation of our increasingly mechanistic society which prevents people from finding satisfying work or meaningful connections with others.

Rock Concert Movements

 
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Mounting your MobileMe iDisk on Windows

Posted by Chalky on Feb 8, 2009 in Computer

Back in the days when it was still .Mac, there used to be a simple tool for connecting your iDisk called the iDisk Utility for Windows. Whilst performing a Google Search will allow you to find it eventaully, you will probably find that it doesn’t work on Vista correctly.

The MobileMe iDisk is based on WebDAV, a well known internet technology that is supported by all major browsers and has been supported in Windows for some time. WebDAV compliance has been much improved in Windows Vista. In order to retrieve this useful bit of functionality you can follow these simple steps:

Open up My Computer (just called Computer in Windows Vista) and click on Tools -> Map Network Drive…

Map Network Drive

Select an empty drive letter (I usually use Z) and then in the Folder field enter: http://idisk.me.com/yourusername (replacing yourusername with your MobileMe User Name):

Map Network Drive Wizard

If you want your MobileMe iDisk to be automatically connected when you restart your computer, click on Reconnect at logon. Then, click on Connect using a different user name. In this Connect As dialog box, enter you MobileMe User Name in the User name field and your MobileMe Password in the Password field and click OK:

Connect As Dialog

Click on Finish on the Map Network Drive Wizard.

Your computer will process this for a little while and will then present you with a Windows Explorer window with the contents of your iDisk. You can now also access your iDisk as a drive in the My Computer window:

iDisk in My Computer

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Until the Sun Shines out of your Arse….

Posted by Chalky on Feb 7, 2009 in Funny

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This viral video was produced by Greenpeace in an attempt to get “lads” to think more about saving the environment. Not sure if it’ll work but an amusing advert all the same!

 
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Black Marble Technical Update 2009

Posted by Chalky on Feb 7, 2009 in Computer, Technology, Work

I really need to get into the habit of finishing writing entries, rather than starting them and leaving them for weeks where they’re not really relevant anymore!

Black MarbleA few weeks, I attended the Black Marble Technical Update for 2009. It was held at the Leeds/Bradford Holiday Inn. The Hotel itself is in a nice setting, outside both Leeds and Bradford surrounded by trees and fields. I think that if I go to the Conference again next year (which I’m hoping to) then I might treat myself to a night there!

A big thumbs up to the Black Marble team and the Holiday Inn who put on a great spread for the Delegates. A large selection of cake, chocolate bars, Seabrooks Crisps and sandwiches. It is also one of the few events that I have been to that actually catered for people who don’t drink tea or coffee with a wide range of soft drinks and fresh fruit juice.

The first part of the event, was mainly for Business Management and the tools Microsoft provide to facilitate this. As me and Mark weren’t really interested in this, we didn’t go in favour of staying at home!

Windows 7The second half was the bulk of the Technical Update. We got to have a sneak peak of the latest Windows 7 BETA which I was pleased to see was running on a couple of DELL Mini Netbooks. It was great to see it running on generally low powered Hardware that I knew from experience wouldn’t run Vista. As a result of the event, I have installed Windows 7 on my work HP Compaq nx6310 which has also failed to run Vista in the past. I am hoping to finish writing up an entry for that soon. We got to see some of the features that will be included in Windows Server 2008 R2 which gave me and Mark a renewed interest in the Server Operating System after our initial enthusiasm had been wiped out! The Black Marble team walked us through the Road Map for these and other Microsoft Products including a very brief look at Microsoft Office 14. There was also a look at Microsoft Azure, Microsoft’s rival project to Amazon’s EC2.

Ed Gibson - Chief Security Advisor (Microsoft UK)The evening session was a talk from Microsoft’s Chief Security Advisor for the UK, Ed Gibson. This was by far the highlight of the day. Being an ex-FBI Agent, you’d expect a very serious presentation. However, Ed presents himself in an amusing way but still get’s his point across very well. He presents his information is a story-like fashion and makesman links between different subjects that you would never normally link but leaves the impression behind that makes you wonder why you never did in the first place. The fact that he doesn’t use technical jargon nor any equipment, not even a microphone makes this man even the more interesting when he speaks. He doesn’t hide behind PowerPoint Presentations and booming speakers. Just him and his thoughts. A truly great speaker.

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