August 23, 2005
Interaction, the Glasgow World Science Fiction Convention, was a lot of fun. I remember considerable chunks of it. Plokta won the Best Fanzine Hugo, and mine (we got three) is now sitting on my mantlepiece. It's very lovely. People seem to have liked the fan room and associated real ale bar, but inevitably some of the people we'd have liked to have seen didn't quite find their way in.
I finally got a CD of Red Box's The Circle and the Square, taking advantage of a little eBay cottage industry, where someone handcrafts perfect CD-Rs from their original CD, complete with inkjet labels, sleeve notes etc., and then sells them complete with a copy of the original album on vinyl or tape to minimise any remaining copyright concerns.
Seeing Richard Thompson tonight at the Lyric Hammersmith (the Frank Matcham theatre that has been completely encased in concrete). His new album, Front Parlour Ballads, is on eMusic. Other recent acquisitions for eMusic include the whole of the Smithsonian Folkways catalogue, and new albums by Rainbow Chasers (Ashley Hutchings' new band), and Tickled Pink (Simon Care's dance band).
We did go to five festivals this summer as intended; varying from small to quite big, driving rain to brilliant sun, entirely civilised to utterly primitive, and music from folk, to, well, electric folk. Another post might link the bands we saw live this summer to eMusic availability.
If you're reading this blog on an aggregator/feedreader (eg LiveJournal or NetNewsWire), you might also want to aggregate my del.icio.us sidebar of links plus a little commentary as well; real gluttons for punishment would also aggregate my flickr photostream, which is almost entirely a moblog with brief comments. Both have the advantage that I tend to post to them when I'm not around my home computer.