Big Yellow Tutu

J L Yes June 1, 2010

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I never really expected JLS to be this good. They haven’t really had a dud one yet. Everybody In Love was such anthem. The newbie, The Club Is Alive, is just wonderful. Love the fast bits after each chorus. I’m gonna listen on loop all afternoon. There had better be some amazing remixes of this. Can’t wait.



Take it, take it… February 19, 2010

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Song of the day. She’s so insanely hot, the video is soooooooooooooooooooooooooo good and it’s such a tune. Perfection everywhere.



Talulah Does The Hula July 8, 2009

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I was gutted when I found out that The Chalets had split up, I loved them so much. They were the band I always wanted to be in, they wore fancy dress, wrote cute songs and had little dance routines. Simply perfect.

I’ve just found out that Paula and Caoimhe from The Chalets have started a new band, Talulah Does The Hula and they’re brilliant. This is the next single, called Bad Boyfriend. I’m going to listen to this on loop for the rest of the afternoon.



Video Games Live November 5, 2008

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About two weeks ago Chris and I went along to see Video Games Live at the Royal Festival Thingy. We were the only people there who weren’t 15 or the parents of a 15 year old, though why we were shocked by that I don’t know. It was a proper geek fest, some people dressed up and most wore floor length leather jackets. Mmm… sexy.

The concept of VGL is a fun one – the English Chamber Orchestra and a choir play the music from video games past and present while a little montage of the game is projected above them. Not being a massive gamer I’d only heard of three or four of the games, and I certainly didn’t cheer on cue when certain games manufacturers were mentioned. In fact, I think I missed most of the in-jokes. The music itself made up for it though; most of it is beautiful, with a really heavy leaning towards operatic war epics where the violin players looked like they might catch fire. Alas the entire experience was a little dry as the orchestra doesn’t have a proper live drummer – they’ve got a couple of percussionists, including a rather bored looked timpani players, but they don’t have anyone just playing a drum kit. Instead the drum track is pre-recorded and the orchestra just play along to this. It really dampened the atmosphere, if the entire point of the event is to show that the music and emotions in gaming isn’t artificial then why not shell out for a proper drummer?

We were also treated to a bizarre appearance from a Guiness Book of Records guy who awarded them with the dubious honour of having played video games music to the most amount of people in one year. Errr…


Video Games Live Orchestra – I’m jealous October 9, 2008

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The military band play with have just started performing the music from Tetris in concerts. I totally adore playing it, even if the old ladies in the audience have no idea what significance the music has. It sticks in your head for ages too, so I spend all my hours whistling it and sounding like a lost Russian girl looking for someone to folk dance with. We wanted to record the tune at the album recording we did a few weeks ago, but alas ran out of time. Am gutted.

Anyway… i’ve just found this, the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra doing a whole load of game songs. 8 minutes of pure joy. I’m totally jealous though, I want to be in this orchestra. I wonder whether a UK based orchestra who only play games music would be a good idea. I can’t see it making much money. Oh well.


McFly – Lies August 26, 2008

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Hurrah! The new McFly single is a zillion times better than One For The Radio. Lies is wonderful, full of the mini-opera drama that we expect from Tom et al. The boys look hot hot hot in the video, I still can’t decide on a favourite. I think it’s Harry, but then Dougie is so cute and shiny, and Danny is just so man nowadays. Hmm… anyway, perv away – here’s the new video:


How to make a viral video get 100k views. If you’re an idiot. November 23, 2007

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This feature on Tech Crunch has got me rather angry, Dan Ackerman Greenberg is telling us about how his company makes a viral video get over 100,000 views. A great target to hit, but some horrific methods are used…

Highlights include

  • We reach out to individuals who run relevant blogs and actually pay them to post our embedded videos.
  • Forums: We start new threads and embed our videos. Sometimes, this means kickstarting the conversations by setting up multiple accounts on each forum and posting back and forth between a few different users.
  • MySpace: Plenty of users allow you to embed YouTube videos right in the comments section of their MySpace pages. (he’s basically
    comment spamming those then)

  • Every power user on YouTube has a number of different accounts. So do we. A great way to maximize the number of people who watch our videos is to create some sort of controversy in the comments section below the video. We get a few people in our office to log in throughout the day and post heated comments back and forth (you can definitely have a lot of fun with this). Everyone loves a good, heated discussion in the comments section – especially if the comments are related to a brand/startup.
  • Also, we aren’t afraid to delete comments – if someone is saying our video (or your startup) sucks, we just delete their comment. We can’t let one user’s negativity taint everyone else’s opinions. (I think this is the tipping point when my breakfast starts coming back up my throat…)

Fair play to Dan for being so transparent and open with his methods, as I’m sure he realised he’d come under attack for them, but it worries me how many people will copy his methods and take them to be the only viable option. I like the comment at the end saying “If you can’t get a good story noticed legitimately, it’s not worth doing it”; surely if you have amazing content people will want to feature it without being paid. Have relationships with the editors of relevant blogs who will be interested in your content and ask them what they think of it; if no one wants to feature it within their editorial maybe its time to have a look at whether or not you’re making compelling content at all.

I can’t even begin to talk about how much I hate him deleting negative comments. Aaaarrgghhh!

I’m very disappointed. And also a little bit worried that this was done simply to provoke a reaction and get some nice linkbait going on. As well, of course, to help improve the views of all his videos he kindly links to in the article. Humph.

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