Five Things I Learned Last Week

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After a brief laziness inspired hiatus, here’s five things I learned last week. Make of them what you will. There is a lizard sex satellite floating in space and Russia no longer has it under control (via The Washington Post) – If that’s not the hook for a science fiction novel, I don’t know what is. Dawn of the Planet of the Geckos anyone? Sean Platt, Johnny B Truant and David Wright have launched Sterling & Stone – Inspired by HBO and similar companies, the NSFW overlords of The Self-Publishing Podcast and ultra-prolific authors have created an umbrella ‘studio’ for their various genre imprints. Self-publishing is so easy even a four year old can do it – Okay his dad helped with the technical bits but the story was written and illustrated by him and that’s what’s important. It’s a cracking tale as well, with a nice twist. Well worth 99 of your hard earned cents. You can generate your own Lovecraftian writing prompt from here – There’s a bunch of these but I like this one the best. Rock legend, Midge Ure, is playing the Rickshaw Theatre in Vancouver in September – You can get your tickets here. [Five Things I Learned Last Week by Philip Harris first appeared on Solitary Mindset on … Read More

Peter Murphy at the Rickshaw Theatre

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We wrapped up our vacation last night by going to see Peter Murphy play at the Rickshaw Theatre. Given that we were still tired after our late arrival home and weren’t planning on hanging out at the front of the stage we aimed to arrive after the doors opened. It was a good job we did because for some reason the sound check had been delayed and even though we got there fifteen minutes after the club was scheduled to open, the doors were still firmly locked. There wasn’t a big queue though and despite our tardiness we managed to get a prime location. The Richshaw has a dance floor plus cinema style seating and we were dead centre of the fourth row. The delayed sound check was obviously causing problems and the support band, Ringo Deathstarr, suffered from a pretty poor mix but still we weren’t overly impressed. That said, at least one person bought their CD and there were some flashes of goodness so I’ll probably check them out on iTunes anyway. It took a while to get the sound ready for Peter Murphy’s set and as I sat there, sucking on a Werther’s Original, earplugs in my pocket, wondering how late the gig would … Read More