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0 Comments Thursday, October 16, 2014 | @ 7:12 PM

Thanks for the feedback re yesterday's files...I'm going to try another server today (one that at least one other blogger from the list on the right uses on a regular basis).

Canada continues to surprise me in a positive way.

I've now bought my first tickets for a gig over here. I was thinking of trying to get to see The White Stripes, but they're playing tonight in one of the big arenas and I'd prefer my first experience to be something a bit more intimate.

Instead I've bought a ticket for Saturday 14th July at a place called The Mod Club which is not too far from the student part of Toronto (the hint is that its actual address is College Street...). And the name of the band I'm going to see????

Maximo Park.

That's right.....one of the biggest bands in the UK who regularly sell out 3,000 plus capacity venues in quicktime are playing a club venue in Toronto.

Anyone who started reading TVV in the old days may recall that I reviewed a Maximo Park gig in Glasgow in the Autumn of 2006 and I said that I was a bit disappointed in some ways, mainly as I thought Paul Smith was maybe getting a bit big for his boots. But they remain, in my opinion, a cracking live act, and I can't believe that I'm again getting to see them in a small venue - the capacity is around 600. And the ticket cost me less than eight quid, including a booking fee...

So if anyone else reading this living in the Toronto area is going along to the gig, why not drop me a line......

Today's three tracks are for a some folk who have already dropped me a line and asked if I could re-post some things. Mark & amp; Stella Shimmins wanted these two great indie floor fillers:-

mp3 : The Wonder Stuff - Circlesquare (remix)
mp3 : Paris Angels - Perfume (All On You)

And John Collins (surely not the manager of Hibernian FC) has also been in touch asking for a great bit of Scottish pop, and one that I'm delighted to oblige with in all its 12"" glory (although I should warn it does jump and scratch a bit):-

mp3 : Win - You've Got The Power

Incidentally, the TV ad that featured the track by Win is now available over at The Video Villain.



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0 Comments | @ 3:36 PM

Now that should really be up in the title box, but for some reason I'm not being allowed to do so.

It's the latest in my efforts to satisfy requests from TVV readers, and this is in response to John of Logan in Utah who missed out when I shoved this posting up back in April.

mp3 : The The - Flesh & amp; Bones
mp3 : The The - Infected (12"" version)
mp3 : The The - The Beat(en) Generation (Campfire Mix)
mp3 : The The - Armageddon Days Are Here (Again) (DNA remix)
mp3 : The The - Love Is Stronger Than Death
mp3 : The The - Boiling Point

And just a few other things to mention re some other comments left in recent days.

Still enjoying a great deal about Canada - the novelty hasn't yet worn off, and it seems to be entirely populated by nice folk. Can't find anything to criticise just yet....

The bandwith issue with fileden is very strange. I've two accounts for which I pay a monthly fee of about ten pound a month. One of the accounts was getting hammered last month, and so I closed down all files linking direct from TVV in an attempt to save something back for a few days.

Despite this, my usage still continued to climb. I can only assume that some folk are providing others with details of the links to the files rather than to the site. Rather naughty, and if it does continue next month, then I may seriously have to consider closing things down and starting again somewhere else. I'm not prepared to shell out any more cash for space and I'm not prepared to consider any ads to offset the costs.

It is the first time this has happened, and maybe it was a one-off glitch. In the meantime, I'll be staying with the temporary free file-hosting service for another two or three weeks until my fileden monthly limit can start up again.

And to close things off for tonight, a happy upcoming 14th birthday to a young lad I met at a barbecue last night over at the house of my new boss. His name is Brandon Pollock, and unlike most kids I know at that age, he was engaging and articulate; he also had an obvious love for music, although he hadn't heard of the stuff I like, while I had never heard of the stuff he liked...

Anyway, happy birthday when it comes young man. These three old fashioned British songs go out to you....

mp3 : The Clash - I'm So Bored With The USA
mp3 : The Smiths - The Headmaster Ritual
mp3 : The Streets - Don't Mug Yourself

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0 Comments | @ 3:32 PM

A cupboard full of vinyl lay ignored for more than a decade. But now that I can listen to it again, I want to share it with like-minded people. Oh and some newer stuff might also appear. It's all down to my wonderful wife who encouraged me....and other bloggers who inspired me. Sorry if the tracks jump or slide....but it's better than nothing


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0 Comments | @ 12:00 PM

Interesting brief column on chess, Garry Kasparov, and IBM's Deep Blue computer.

IBM Watch : The making of a champion: Deep Blue: "The making of a champion: Deep Blue
IBM is a vast subject, and even an expert is bound to have a gap or two in his or her knowledge of the company. One of such gaps for me was in just how the so-called "Deep Blue" computer was programmed with the necessary expertise to beat world chess champion Garry Kasparov.

During a recent visit to IBM's Somers, New York, offices, I met with Bill Pulleyblank, vice-president of the center for business optimization for IBM Global Services. His job is to make connections between IBM Global Services and its clients, and IBM research.

Before he took his present position, Pulleyblank was the brains behind Deep Blue, if that's the right way of putting it. And to hear him talk about it is to understand that computers are the object of passion in their creators in much the way that sportscars are in theirs.

Pulleyblank recounted how Kasparov beat Deep Blue in their first match. The computers' designers took the lessons of the defeat back to their workshop and made some crucial tweaks."

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0 Comments | @ 11:56 AM

Now that should really be up in the title box, but for some reason I'm not being allowed to do so.

It's the latest in my efforts to satisfy requests from TVV readers, and this is in response to John of Logan in Utah who missed out when I shoved this posting up back in April.

mp3 : The The - Flesh & amp; Bones
mp3 : The The - Infected (12"" version)
mp3 : The The - The Beat(en) Generation (Campfire Mix)
mp3 : The The - Armageddon Days Are Here (Again) (DNA remix)
mp3 : The The - Love Is Stronger Than Death
mp3 : The The - Boiling Point

And just a few other things to mention re some other comments left in recent days.

Still enjoying a great deal about Canada - the novelty hasn't yet worn off, and it seems to be entirely populated by nice folk. Can't find anything to criticise just yet....

The bandwith issue with fileden is very strange. I've two accounts for which I pay a monthly fee of about ten pound a month. One of the accounts was getting hammered last month, and so I closed down all files linking direct from TVV in an attempt to save something back for a few days.

Despite this, my usage still continued to climb. I can only assume that some folk are providing others with details of the links to the files rather than to the site. Rather naughty, and if it does continue next month, then I may seriously have to consider closing things down and starting again somewhere else. I'm not prepared to shell out any more cash for space and I'm not prepared to consider any ads to offset the costs.

It is the first time this has happened, and maybe it was a one-off glitch. In the meantime, I'll be staying with the temporary free file-hosting service for another two or three weeks until my fileden monthly limit can start up again.

And to close things off for tonight, a happy upcoming 14th birthday to a young lad I met at a barbecue last night over at the house of my new boss. His name is Brandon Pollock, and unlike most kids I know at that age, he was engaging and articulate; he also had an obvious love for music, although he hadn't heard of the stuff I like, while I had never heard of the stuff he liked...

Anyway, happy birthday when it comes young man. These three old fashioned British songs go out to you....

mp3 : The Clash - I'm So Bored With The USA
mp3 : The Smiths - The Headmaster Ritual
mp3 : The Streets - Don't Mug Yourself

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0 Comments | @ 11:54 AM

Interesting brief column on chess, Garry Kasparov, and IBM's Deep Blue computer.

IBM Watch : The making of a champion: Deep Blue: "The making of a champion: Deep Blue
IBM is a vast subject, and even an expert is bound to have a gap or two in his or her knowledge of the company. One of such gaps for me was in just how the so-called "Deep Blue" computer was programmed with the necessary expertise to beat world chess champion Garry Kasparov.

During a recent visit to IBM's Somers, New York, offices, I met with Bill Pulleyblank, vice-president of the center for business optimization for IBM Global Services. His job is to make connections between IBM Global Services and its clients, and IBM research.

Before he took his present position, Pulleyblank was the brains behind Deep Blue, if that's the right way of putting it. And to hear him talk about it is to understand that computers are the object of passion in their creators in much the way that sportscars are in theirs.

Pulleyblank recounted how Kasparov beat Deep Blue in their first match. The computers' designers took the lessons of the defeat back to their workshop and made some crucial tweaks."

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0 Comments | @ 8:24 AM

A cupboard full of vinyl lay ignored for more than a decade. But now that I can listen to it again, I want to share it with like-minded people. Oh and some newer stuff might also appear. It's all down to my wonderful wife who encouraged me....and other bloggers who inspired me. Sorry if the tracks jump or slide....but it's better than nothing


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