Lucky escapes and the Roland XV-3080

Phew! talk about lucky! I nearly got caught up in that shill bid nonsense last night although it was kind of interesting at the same time.

I’m waiting for an email to offer me the Roland Super JV-1080 at my bid price as the other bidder has “pulled out”, which will be the point that I tell them they can shove their synth, as I bought a Roland XV-3080 instead.

Wait a minute, isn’t that about twice the price? with a better sound set and editing capabilities? Isn’t that the one used by Neil Peart in conjuction with his TD-20, the same model I have? Why yes! except this one was bought new from the shop for an absolute steal. They must have had one in the back of a cupboard or something. The second hand one listed on Ebay at the moment has a BIN of £319 plus p&p, £335 in total.

This why I nearly fell over when one came up for over a hundred quid less including postage, on the top bar of Google, you know the crap bit trying to sell you stuff that you…….

The shop is BEM Music, and if you’re quick there’s a Roland VP9000 Variphrase Processor at a ridiculous price.

The gods smile upon the righteous, and the rest of us do ok from time to time.

Ebay Shill bid Exposed

Ebay is remarkable, if you are a low life piece of shit from Leeds (a place I have little time for at the best of times) you may try and bump the price of your sale items up by bidding against yourself. the problem with this is, don’t be a neandertheal arsewipe, and make it so obvious that a chimp could work it out and use the downtime to make a ship in a bottle but, true to form Leeds is a hot bed of shiteness, and they still try, the northern monkeys.

Try this as an example:

Roland Super JV-1080 64 Voice Sythesizer Sound Module, Item number: 160305345713

Ebay account: Seller: nsfaulkes1971( 0 )
and the buyer is: elizabethdelia1976( 0 )

Man what a fucking coincidence!
Not only are the names very similar, they also bid on other items from the same seller, car child seats, wow! who would have thought it? synth players and child seats? man I can see a whole new Yahoo group before my eyes…..

YOU STUPID ASSHOLE IDIOTS!
I think this means that nsfaulkes1971( 0 ) earns the title of ASSHAT.

Vanished Cinemas

Whe I was five, I went to see Star Wars at the Granada Cinema in Bedford, and nothing I have ever seen in a cinema has compared to that (other than the screening of The Doors in Milton Keynes when the cinema caught fire, and no-one noticed there was a room of two hundred people watching a black screen for ten minutes thinking “how arty!”) but I digress, the main point of this all is there are some pictures of this art-deco lunacy on flickr, Bedford Granada looks a bit Like Kings Lynn does/did?

Flickr Posting

Eastenders and the downfall of western capitalism.

According to the Broadcasters Audience Research Board, 9.52 Million people watched Eastenders last Monday.

In a 2008 poll by the Performing Right Society, the EastEnders theme was the most recognisable piece of music in the UK, beating the national anthem “God Save the Queen” – Wikipeadia

Let’s look at the themes of this programme.

Eastenders: homophobia, Heroin addiction, and murder, cot death, rape, unemployment, racial prejudice, prostitution, mixed-race relationships, shoplifting, sexism, divorce, domestic violence and mugging.

EastEnders programme makers took the decision that the show was to be about “everyday life” in the inner city “today” and regarded it as a “slice of life”. Creator/producer Julia Smith declared that “We don’t make life, we reflect it”. – Wikipedia

What a great way to side-step social responsibility, but when you are directly influencing the lives of ten million people, you are creating society, not reflecting it.

At this time of year. we eagerly expect the traditional (it’s been going for over three years in British terms) christmas day punch-up/rape/explosion/whatever in the Queen Vic.

What this program has done is to parallel the excesses and stupidity of modern day Britain and portray them as acceptable, i.e. “if it’s on telly it’s awright innit?”

Bloody hell, even Scooby Doo made an attempt at moral responsibility on each episode.

No, I don’t want anything banned, just the realisation that Eastenders ISN’T REAL. It is a compressed version of a non-existent reality. It doesn’t even qualify as escapism. Just because it happens on Eastenders DOESN’T MAKE IT OK.

I see a direct connection between the shit I put up with in everyday life, (which if this is the best we can do is quite frankly “E- see me after class”), and Eastenders.

I propose a warning that flashes up from time in red at the bottom of the screen that says:

“THIS OF COURSE NEVER HAPPENS” or “DRAMATIC PORTRAYAL OF FICTIONAL EVENTS – DO NOT EMULATE”

Funny how the news (reality of a sort) gives out a warning before unpleasant scenes, but the fiction doesn’t.

Shitro

What is Shitro? yes, yes one at a time yes YOU!

Shitro is a descriptive term to denote retro things such as the Casio DG-20, which are retro and yet still shit in an amusing way.

I expect many entries in Slashdot from this, at least because I spelt Slashdot with a capital letter.

Out.