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Sour Heart
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Sour Heart Soundtrack Extracts

Thanks to everyone who put the show on last week- though I think Matt's the only one of them who'll see this.

I'm still alive, still pretty much the same person I ever was. I let myself get a little more worked up now than I did during my earlier years, but I'm working on that. I still write music, only now it's a little more accomplished- and the same with painting.

I have founded a small company with two friends (my brother and Dan), and we're making games and applications for PC and mobiles in our spare time, while they work freelance for another company and I finish my degree and make complex digital musical instruments. My thesis is on the Physical Modelling of drums, which is a little more difficult than it sounds. It's nothing to do with art and crafts, unfortunately.

I also have a BBC interview in London in a week and a half, which is a little worrying but very exciting.

Love you all!

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Mogil's team fed mice with vinegar, which caused mild stomach ache for 30 minutes or so and made the mice wriggle in discomfort. When two mice that were strangers were given the vinegar, they did not wriggle very much, perhaps to avoid revealing vulnerability to a potential rival. However, cage-mates that had previously spent time together wriggled more, and seemed to synchronise their wriggles. The same happened in another test in which a chemical was used to cause mild inflammation in a paw (Science, vol 312, p 1967).

The researchers say that the mice had to see each other suffer for the effect to kick in, but that pheromones that enable recognition play a role too.

He stresses that the reactions shouldn't be mistaken for sympathy, which requires consciousness of another's suffering. "I don't think consciousness is required at all for what we're seeing," says Mogil. Instead, the "empathy" is akin to collective yawning in humans. "It suggests that empathy goes further down the physiological tree than we* thought."


* = Mogil's team

Evil bastards.

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I can't believe Finland have just won the Eurovision Song Contest.
It's truly a happy day for soft rock and comedy.

:)

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Nature's going to execute... every last one of you...
... for planting weapons...

So I finish year 2 of university. I was losing the will to live at the end there, it's been a hard road. Exams soon, then it's all over until September. I thought I'd give a brief update and a couple of really cool links before I descend into my usual cryptic wash, because I really appreciate a lot of you people and still read everything you write. I'm going to start writing a diary again, but I'll probably turn this thing into an RSS feed (or set up a script to automatically mirror everything I post to here). The reason is that I'm deeply and genuinely impressed with HamBlog and the ease of customisation, and am looking to use that as soon as he's happy with a release version.

Right, updates on projects and running themes in my life...

Frances: We're still together thanks, have been for two and a half years now. We've had our ups and downs, but she is remains very much one of the best parts of my life.
Other Friends: As always, I tend to have lost everyone. I'm really bad at keeping in touch, and apparently I'm awful at texting people. Hey, I've just got a number- 0161 660 5101. The bonus of this number is that any message you leave on it gets emailed to me as an mp3, so you can leave a message for me when I'm out of the country.

Holidays: I'm going to Paris for Frances's 21st in a few weeks, but only for a weekend. I like Paris. Straight after that I think I'm seeing Tool in London. I like London. No plans for the rest of the holidays, except...

Limited Wish: About 50% recorded- have, as of this week, received the last bit of equipment I needed to do that. So will get moving.
Planting Weapons: Written a lot of tracks, decided on the tuning.
Unnamed Pirate Rock Opera: Mostly written now, just need more time to put it down and a full cast of volunteer vocalists.
Hamwars: Currently stagnant while technical issues are resolved.
Infinite Chambers of Horror: Looking for skilled riddlers. Anyone capable of creating a lot of good riddles, please submit them to Hamsoft!

When these projects are complete, I have a load of other ones to start. Right, now for the cool link of the day:

This makes me want children.

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Bye bye old passport. I'm never going to look like that again.



Right, I'm off to the studios for Jos's "viva", which is some manner of misnomer as the examination is entirely practical. Now you know.
If you're looking to put a blog on your site but can't get your head around Wordpress or Movable Type, take a look at Hamblog. Dan almost has a version for release (he wants to get comment support and an archive in before he calls it v1), and it'd be nice if we could get some feedback. It's simple blog software that you literally just drag and drop into your hosting- doesn't need a MySQL database or anything. Good stuff.

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So I peel back a little of the skin of my breast, see this jagged, rusty nail. Embedded explorer. :)
And on this soft bed, the pure tones sweep its surface.

The surface of a nail isn't like the surface of skin at all. The cells aren't constantly mutating, breeding, multiplying and dying- they're just there. This nail was machine-made, and my human shield is... disrupted. So I take my finger and move it to E5. I don't know whether or not I let go of the piece, but it shot from my hand. I guess that things went from there.
It's impossible not to touch it. But touching it makes it loose. And like removing a plug from a bath, there is nothing the liquid can do but escape. Everything comes flooding out until, at some point, about 10am, everything's gone.
With no moves left to make, yes, I feel empty. Takk... doesn't help.

I guess I was never any good at chess.

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Before I try again to complete my matlab assignment, I will humour myself with links.

Johari window: http://kevan.org/johari?name=liamjames
Nohari window: http://kevan.org/nohari?name=liamjames
Hamsoft (our software company): http://hamsoft.livejournal.com

Hope you're all feeling good and living high.

Concluding Last Night
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Last night we were supposed to be supporting My Ruin. Unfortunately, our support slot was cancelled at the last minute, but apologies to anyone who went down there and expected to see us. I think we managed to get our disappointment across (especially Seb and Ryan to the Witchwood management and My Ruin respectively), and as such, we shall not be darkening that particular venue again.
I commend Ryan for making Tarrie B cry on her birthday, as it was something we all wanted but didn't dare to do. She is perhaps the most arrogant and deluded individual I have had the misfortune to meet. Her tour manager is a common thug.

Merry Christmas
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I'd like to take this last chance to say Merry Christmas 2005.
I hope everyone had a really good day.

:)

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Often, people ask on their journals for music recommendations. I rarely comment, because, frankly, there are so many different qualities people look for in music that a few simple band examples is not enough to correctly map an individual's musical taste.
This is why the Pandora project is so damn good. Please, you will thank yourself for checking it out. Broadband recommended, it's streaming radio.

http://www.pandora.com/

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