They were once thought to be dead and buried, a once great band that spearheaded the more modern noises made by Metal acts. The big guy on guitar left and everyone thought that that was that.
Not so, they have a new album out soon (if not already) and I’m interested. My fave rock magazine, Metal Hammer, has a free CD on the cover every month these days and this month features a track off Fear Factory’s new album. The track is called “Cyberwaste”, and you know, it’s rather bloody good. Very heavy stuff, lots of drums and staccato guitars and the usual FF SciFi theme. Have a listen to this and see what you think.
Also on the CD (still going through it) is an excellent track by Amen – “Please Kill Me” is typical Casey Chaos stuff, lots of swearing and attitude and it’s got plenty of melody in with extended middle digits. I’m sorely tempted to get their “Death Before Musick” album, seeing as I’ve missed out on the first two.
I like getting these cover CDs – it’s good to have a listen to new stuff seeing as I don’t really listen to radio these days.
Well, last night’s episode was somewhat disappointing. The team disappeared off to some caves in West Wycombe, a set of man-made tunnels as used by the Hellfire Club for all sorts of debauchery. Derek was spot on with most of his spiritual-related facts, and there were a few weird noises, Phil felt sick and there were one or two strange happenings, but despite the dark, dank, spooky surroundings nothing of any note happened at all.
At no point did Yvette wet herself, and Richard Felix didn’t get a chance to mention Poltergeists. One to forget then, though they made a good fist of making the program interesting.
Well, having found the faults causing me some concern with Mandrake 10.0, I’m now fully operational, well apart from the webcam not being supported.
Mandrake caused two issues with the upgrade/install. It chose the wrong driver for the sound card (should have used the so-called alternate driver) and it chose the correct driver for the graphics card, then incorrectly set it to 24bit – my card only works up to 16bit, so all my video applications caused the GUI to crash.
All sorted now, and as it was an early release of Mandrake 10.0, I’ll let them off the little bugs. I’ve still got a couple of minor issues, but I’m happy that I’m back up and running with Linux again
Bah! I installed Mandrake 10.0 last night. I decided that I’d be better off going for a clean install, seeing as I didn’t have anything I really needed to keep on the previous 9.2 version, and it didn’t go quite as well as planned. For some reason the soundcard driver doesn’t want to work properly (or even at all) and just fails to start, leaving me with a cryptic failure message, plus I installed xine (my preferred media player) and every time it starts up it crashes KDE and it has to restart. I get the same effect with Totem. I can only assume it’s related to the soundcard issue, but I don’t really know seeing as I’m unfamiliar with the required logs.
Anyway, tonight I shall be reinstalling again, this time I’ll be turning off the “Plug and Play” option in the BIOS. I’d Googled about a bit last night and found a forum somewhere that mentioned that this option can cock-up certain hardware if it’s enabled. I’d turned it on when I was trying to get my new hard drive sorted (still not fixed that btw).
I’ve also got the name for the right driver to use for the soundcard (not the one that’s been chosen as the default. I’ll be sure to blog the results – don’t be getting too excited now ;o)
I’m feeling much, much better today. After yesterdays potential brown trousers incident, I’m pleased to announce that the Pepto-Bismol succeeded in bunging me up and relieving my nausea. I’m actually rather hungry right now, which is a good sign. I’m always a little distressed when I go off my food, because I enjoy eating – a lot.
I can now quite happily fart away without any danger of leaving a small mars bar in my underpants. A man should always be able to guff with confidence, so thank you Pepto-Bismol.
While I was out buying disgusting liquids to stop the world falling out of my bottom, I visited WHSmiths in order to see if they had the latest edition of Linux Format Magazine. Luckily for me, it was there, and bugger me but the cover disks were for the eagerly anticipated (by me) Mandrake 10.0 disks. I’ve already got 9.2 installed on my PC, and I’ve been waiting to upgrade to get the new version of the Kernel and KDE.
I shall be upgrading tonight before I go to band.
Oh, and my arse is feeling much better since the Pepto-Bismol, but I still feel a little queer. Feel free to insert your own jokes…
Perhaps this is too much information, but my colon is doing it’s best to exit my body today. I’m not sure what’s caused it (Black pudding, beer, picking my nose) but I’ve got a terrible attack of the squits, with some nausea.
Thankfully I’ve managed to make it all the way to Boots without lagging myself and have purchased some Pepto-Bismol, that pink stuff that generally sits in the medicine cabinet for decades because most people are afraid to drink it.
I can verify that it smells disgusting but doesn’t actually taste as bad as it might. I’ll be sure to let everyone know when I’ve stopped the flood out of my bum.
I’ve had some black pudding over the weekend – it’s a bit of an acquired taste, but it was lovely in with my bacon and tomato sandwich. Who’d have thought that congealed pigs’ blood could be so tasty eh? Naturally the sarnie was topped off with Lee and Perrin’s Worcestershire Table Sauce, which has to be the loveliest thing ever to be sold in a squeezy bottle.
Food is good.
I’m still of the opinion that boobies are the greatest thing on God’s Earth. When He was creating everything, those babies were his finest triumph.
That is all for today.
I’ve just installed w.bloggar as recommended by The Geek. I’m actually using it to make this post, so we’ll see if it works or not eh?
It’s a rather smart-looking blogging client that runs from your desktop. It’s compatible with a whole bunch of blogging tools (including Movable Type) and it’s designed to make blogging easier. I’m presently typing into a very much better interface that what MT has – good job so far.
I’ll use it for a few weeks and I’ll see how it goes. If I like it I’ll be dropping them a small donation as a thank-you – it’s always best to help out those that have provided a good service I find. It’s a shame that it’s Windows only, seeing as I’ll be unable to use it from my home PC – maybe there’s a different client for Linux?