Friday, January 12, 2007

Randomiser #12: 12 January 2007

Today's song: Ted Sulkowicz, "Kid_Newtown"

Ah, now this is a track from the Tigerbeat 6 Inc album, which was basically a Best of Tigerbeat 6 Records thingie. It's one of a number of random electronica albums I picked up during a brief infatuation with glitch music a few years ago. (Eventually I found myself on the verge of actually buying a record by somebody called "No Human Intervention", and came to my senses.) This sort of thing is pretty commonplace on such compilations - it's a pretty sample looping for a few minutes with slight variations, but without the beat being quite strong enough to feel like proper dance music. It's quite probably a cast-off from somebody better known, although Google brings up some suggestion that he's actually an obscure amateur from Sydney. It's entirely pleasant, actually, and a cut above the usual standard for this kind of thing.


- My satellite TV is finally working again. Thank god.

- Today's irritating "has anybody actually read this" news story: "More than three quarters of UK bosses think their companies would benefit from an annual quota of staff dismissals, a report has found." This is apparently the result of a YouGov survey, but it's a survey sponsored by Hudson, who are recruitment consultants, and must have been delighted indeed to learn that people think there should be more work for recruitment consultants.

A miniature industry has emerged in pseudo-scientific surveys with misleading questions that generate superficially surprising results that lazy or desperate journalists can turn into spacefiller items. This is a classic example, because Hudson have chosen to push the "let's sack more people" angle. Actually, if you read on, it turns out that 77% of chief executives say they'd like to do this, but 75% say they don't actually intend to do it because it would create a climate of fear. (And that's before you get on to the question of where you're going to find all these improved replacements.)

So... the story is that in an ideal world companies would like to replace their weaker employees with better ones each year, but in practice they realise that it's an incredibly bad idea, for all the obvious reasons.

Earth-shattering news in anyone's book.

- The video for Rain Down Love by the Freemasons. No, I'm not linking to it because it's any good - I'm just wondering whether there's some sort of postmodern irony I'm missing here. I mean, obviously it's copied directly from Daft Punk's Around The World, but... why? It's so blatant that they can't possibly think people won't notice, but it's also so vastly inferior that you can't imagine why they'd invite the comparisons.