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22nd April 2014 // web

Looking for web contracts (and the last two years)

I strangely enjoy the process of looking for new contracts. It’s the time where I review what I’ve been (and not been) doing the last couple of years. I usually find that I’ve let something slip, and it becomes a real annoyance. In this case I had stopped selling my web skills. I actually detached myself from old clients, stopped posting up on web groups, stopped upgrading this blog (it does need a coding and GUI upgrade) and stopped promoting my skill set evolution.

The 2 Years

I’ve been contracting and freelancing with two agencies (Surface and Rosslyn) who helped expose me more to mobile. At one point I nearly joined Surface full time, but felt I was going in a different direction when push came to shove. I was looking for the London life style (e.g. work and then pop to a gig in the evening) and with them being in Wokingham it wasn’t going to happen – even with open mic nights at The Three Frogs. During the time I came up with 2/3 good portfolio pieces, Pocket London probably being the jewel in the crown due to the workload and deadlines.

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3rd March 2014 // music

Bands I like. 2014.

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Ha! 2014! Myro ->

In honour of it nearly being a year since I posted something irrelevant, my good self has decided to tell the world my top, top bands for top, top people. No nonsense, just the bands that give me hope.

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24th March 2013 // music

Like Clockwork, QOTSA are back!

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“I needed this.”

Good news that is. A poopy 6 months, and a terrible daytime on Friday 22nd March 2013, meant my evening was most likely going to be balls. It was, but with the announcement of the new Queens album (and snippets in tow), meant the edge was fortunately taken off.

Since the last Queens album (Era Vulgaris), numerous bands have taken to the magical flow under my musical bridge. Balthazar, Ane Brun, Olafur Arnalds, Big Boy Bloater, Gabby Young and Other AnimalsBlack River Wild, Mackley Drive, The Ends, have all tickled my whistle. The key question was could Queens regain my full love and attention?

It wasn’t really a question, my love for Queens still grows strong and will continue to grow based around their 3 amazing albums, 2 good albums, numerous great b-sides, bombastic live performances and my man crush on Josh Homme.

So what about the new album, 5 years since the last? I’m certain it will be an amazing release. And here’s proof why the album will be great:

  1. You see that logo on the right hand side? It uses the Borntohula blue, which completely means that they’ve seen MY SITE, taken MY FEEDBACK and produced an album solely BASED AROUND ME. Perfection.
  2. Elton John, Trent Reznor, Dave Grohl, Mark Lanegan, Nick Oliveri and Jake Shears (Scissor Sisters) appear on the album playing instruments that they don’t know how to play.
  3. It’s by Queens of the Frikkin Stone Age

Now you may think those arguments are weak. Well, they are ill thought out and have very little weight BUT I’m pretty certain that blue colour makes everything true.

Back to the album snippets plonked onto the official website, I’ve managed to get some inside information about the titles.

  1. Snippet 1: Space Books
    Sounds Like: Ooooooooouuuuhhhhhh!
  2. Snippet 2: Bear Grinder
    Sounds Like: Era Vulgaris with more booze
  3. Snippet 3: Twisted Glow
    Sounds Like: The D
  4. Snippet 4: Cobblestoned
    Sounds Like: Spiders and Vinegaroons
  5. Snippet 5: A Stitch In Time, Makes Dave Grohls Pants
    Sounds Like: A new wave of Headaches
  6. Snippet 6: Rickshaw
    Sounds Like: Rickshaw
  7. Snippet 7: Robot Sexx
    Sounds Like: Your Kitchen When You’re Not There

I hope you’ve found this QOTSA information completely useless, and use it to its maximum potential. Good night!