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Everybody was in LA… then April 30, 2010

Ooohhh, look! A low res image of Eddie Argos! I love that this blog hasn’t changed at all in six years.

While I was stuck in LA I finally got the chance to see Eddie’s new band, Everybody Was In The French Resistance…Now. They were ace, of course they were. Don’t expect a departure from Eddie’s usual singing style, it’s exactly the same as it was in Art Brut, but now he has a girl to help in along in the form of the Blood Arm’s Dyan Vardes.

I bought the album a few months ago, and I although I loved it, I have to confess that I didn’t realise it was a concept thing until this gig. It’s a collection of responses to pop songs – there’s Coal Digger, a repsonse to Kayne about what it’s like to work in a chip shop when you’re trying to impress your girlfriend’s parents; G.I.R.L.F.R.E.N to Avril to ask her to stop hitting on him as he does have a girlfriend; and Billie’s Genes, what it’s like to tell Michael Jackson that you are in fact his son.

They’re so fucking brilliant.

It was a great evening,  I was feeling sooo homesick and I nearly didn’t manage to drag myself out of my afternoon nap time to get there but I’m so glad I did. The club was so weird, a proper Brit Pop night – in LA! People danced to Dodgy and Ocean Colour Scene!

Check out G.I.R.L.F.R.E.N…



Stuck in San Francisco April 23, 2010

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I flew out to San Francisco for the Chirp conference a week and a half ago. I was supposed to be there for six days, but a volcano happened and I’m still in the states. I will be for a few days yet. I’m in LA now, bleurgh. LA might just be the ugliest city in the entire world. Yuck yuck yuck.

It was my first visit to San Francisco and I totally fell in love with it. I want to live there one day. It’s so beautiful, like a little toy town filled with crazy homeless people. Because of the time I needed to kill I really got into the history and sightseeing, SF has such a wonderful past of restlessness, revolution and uprisings. It really is one of those cities where people fought for what they wanted and ditched the rules. In my time there I managed to:

  • Get sunburnt in Dolores Park
  • Walk through a rainforest in the Academy Of Sciences (the most amazing museum in the world)
  • Drink green tea in the Japanese Tea Gardens in Golden Gate Park
  • Eat soft shell crab sushi under the Peace Pagoda in Japantown
  • Go round a traditional fortune cookie factory in Chinatown
  • Visit the Modern Art Museum
  • Visit the Cartoon Art Museum
  • Ride a tram without falling off
  • Walk the Beat Tour and visit the weird museum
  • Went to Chirp
  • Went to F8
  • Spend the day with Robert Scoble; watched him interview the first ever iPad DJ (
  • Go cycling through Napa vineyards
  • Spend lots of time in bars, talking to locals and volcanoes
  • Drunk tea in the cafe where The Godfather was written

I think that’s about it, but pretty impressive huh? It’s been kind of a lonely week, but I can’t complain about an extra week’s holiday in such an incredible city.



“It’s definitely something we’ve been thinking about…’

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Through a combination of luck, volcanoes and having a nice employer I found myself attending both Chirp, the Twitter conference and F8, the Facebook one. (Big blog post to follow on how much I fucking love San Francisco).

Both conferences announced some giant developments: Facebook’s Open Graph work is huge and Twitter’s Lots Of Little Lovelies approach tickled all the right nerd spots. Both sites rely heavily on their 3rd party developers, Twitter would be dead by now without them, and so these conferences really demonstrated the importance of these relationships.

The two social giants were keen to show how they were making life better for their developers, and how they dedicating their time to making the site a better experience. It’s an important thing. The three big social networks to disappear in the last year (Bebo, MySpace and Friends Reunited) all completely ignored their platform development, convinced that users would stay put and all they needed was advertising. It simply isn’t the case, it was easier to Google ‘MySpace McFly’ to find the McFly page than it was to use MySpace search; Bebo was inundated with spam and the curse of a thousand clicks in its user experience; Friends Reunited was… fuck, I’ve no idea, I think it’s the only social network that I don’t have an account lurking on.

The platform announcements from Twitter and Facebook this week could have easily just been press releases, or webcasts. They didn’t need to invite developers along, but (and I might be a little naive here) it hopefully shows that they’re as willing to listen as they are to brag.

At the end of each session there would be dozens of hands in the air, desperate to ask when a certain piece of functionality would be introduced. When would Twitter include a media sharing function? Why isn’t there a Facebook Mobile Insights tool?  OK, so more often than not the platform guys wouldn’t have an answer past “it’s definitely something we’ve been thinking about”; but it did show a genuine enthusiasm from both parties about the development of the sites. How lovely.



Queen Helenium April 12, 2010

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Oh my god. My boyfriend is amazing. He bought me the Tour De Force Crown!!!!! I’m so over the moon happy, can’t believe I actually own it!!!! He’s such a sweetie. He said he just bought it for me cos he loves me – how sweet is that??

The crown is such a thing of wonder, I really really love it. It’s the last one that Camille will ever make, and now she’s currently making head pieces for Lady Gaga!!!! I’m the luckiest girl in the world.



9 9 8 8 7 7 6 6 April 7, 2010

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It’s an Idlewild kinda day. I think Hope Is Important and 100 Broken Windows might just have to be in my top 20 albums eva eva eva. Such happy memories of bouncing around sixth form listening to them, lusting after the insanely hot Roddy Woomble. I don’t think I’ve ever really stopped listening to them, so I guess these albums have soundtracked the last dozen years or so. How lovely. One day I’ll marry Roddy and my world will be complete. Isn’t he just wonderful? (middle, second from left, then far left…)



A yummy wardrobe April 6, 2010

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I love fancy dress so much. After the massive success of the Christmas Pudding outfit I regret not buying a bunny or chick one for Easter this year. I’m an idiot.

Joker’s Masquerade is awesome for fancy dress, they stock the weirdest stuff. My two current favourites have to be these: banana girl and broccoli. If only I had £600. Humph.