Here’s a few words I wrote on another blog, in 2008, about Tim Berners=Lee.

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Tim Berners-Lee

“The experience of the development of the web by so many people collaborating across the globe has just been a fantastic experience,” …

“The experience of international collaboration continues. Also the spirit that really we have only started to explore the possibilities of [the web], that continues.” …

“What’s exciting is that people are building new social systems, new systems of review, new systems of governance.”…

“My hope is that those will produce… new ways of working together effectively and fairly which we can use globally to manage ourselves as a planet.”

– Tim Berners Lee, inventor of the World Wide Web1 on the BBC website

Today we love…Tim Berners-Lee

The first time I ever used the World Wide Web was in 1994 or 1995 (I can’t remember which), at my university computer lab. Theoretically all of the workstations could access the web but only if you were…

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The song in the “There’s Nothing Normal About Asthma Symptoms”, TV commercial

ImageIf you’ve been watching the Olympics in Australia on Channel 9, you may have seen an ad about asthma. Seems to be some type of asthma awareness/subliminal “buy our meds” thing AKA “There’s Nothing Normal About Asthma Symptoms”.

Anyhow, in case you were wondering what the song that the woman is listening to on her iPod is, it’s by Melbourne band Minibikes. The song is called (slightly ironically) “Kill to Feel”. It’s on an album called For Woods or Trail.

There are only a few bars in the advertisement (which is probably a good thing), but you can listen to the it or the whole album, on Soundcloud, courtesy of their PR agency:

The CD isn’t out until September, but you can already get it on iTunes.

My previous post has their video for “Oh Japan”, which is on the same album.

I’m putting this up here because the actual video doesn’t seem to be on the site that is promoted in the advert, and there seems to be no mention that I can find about the song.

And yes, I do know the band.

Update – I tracked down the advert on Vimeo, and you can see it here.

Update – the album was officially released on 14 Sept. The album launch is at the Northcote Social Club on 6 October.

Minibikes – Oh Japan

Oh Japan by Minibikes

Bread and butter pudding.


The Meanies

I was listening to 3RRR’s show, The Golden Age of Piracy, a couple of weeks ago, and heard Link McLennan AKA Link Meanie, run through his “Formative Five” songs. For the record, they were:

  • Dudley Moore Trio – Song for Suzy
  • The Beatles – Being for the Benefit of Mr Kite
  • The Royal Guardsmen – Snoopy Vs The Red Baron
  • Sergio Mendes & Brasil 66 – Mas Que Nada
  • Jesus & Mary Chain – Taste the Floor

You can listen to the show via Triple R’s on demand service.

This reminded me about the interview that I did with Link, back in the day, around when the 10% Weird album was out. In case you didn’t know, The Meanies are the doyens of Melbourne’s indie/punk scene. You can see the video for the song, 10% Weird at the bottom of the blog post.

For the interview, I ventured out to Pascoe Vale, in Melbourne’s north. Link was living in a bungalow in a cul de sac street that ended at the perimeter fence of Essendon airport. It was a little bit like the movie, The Castle.

Driving back home, I popped the tape in the car stereo, and to my horror, discovered that the batteries in the recorder had cut out. At the same time, I went past a speed camera, and in my agitated state, was pinged for traveling a couple of kilometres over the speed limit. Not great.

So I traveled back to Pascoe Vale, and did it all again. The results appeared in Blast Issue 3 (The One With the Purple Cover), I think. Thanks to the wonders of OCR, here it is.


The Meanies – Big in Spain

LINK MEANIE spends a pleasant afternoon with Ed. He chats about music, touring, pinnies and Jake and the Fatman.

“In Spain they loved us, as far as we can tell. Maybe it’s just their way of showing us that they hated us? No, we got a good response in Spain. Spain just stood out like a sore thumb when it came to response and excitement. We’re doing six shows in Spain this time, at the end of the tour and that’s just perfect, to end on a high note.”

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