Thursday, May 06, 2010

Nokia 5800 Firmware V50.0.005 for 0575581

At last, the new firmware has been made available for my Nokia 5800 XM. I've been stuck on V31 for what seems like ages, and didn't receive V40 at all.

It seems my product code (0575581) skipped V40 altogether, and went straight to V50. I'd checked availability before leaving home this morning, and got the usual result that V31 is all I could get. Lunchtime today, I check, still V31. Then at 2pm I check and bingo, there it is V50 at last.

Still, better late than never.

Nokia UK - Device Software Update – Can I update?

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Pixelpipe blogging from Nokia 5800

testing testing testing. 123

Monday, April 14, 2008

Japanese Bands at Brighton Festival

Good news at last, the guys over at "It Came from Japan" have announced some dates for the Brighton Great Escape Festival in May. Here's the blurb from their latest myspace blog posting. (Please excuse the copy and paste approach)
ICFJ at The Great Escape festival

We can finally announce the line-up for Japanese bands we’ll be presenting at The Great Escape festival in Brighton in May. Six bands! We spoil you...

Our regular showcase event will take place, as always, at The Prince Albert, 1 minute from Brighton train station, on Saturday 17 May at 1.30pm. We’ll have free sushi and anime visuals provided by Manga Entertainment, and entry is free with or without a TGE wristband. The line-up is:

(grungey grrrl-punk three-piece -
Vola & The Oriental Machine
(androgynous new-wave boys -
(lightning-bolt boy-girl duo -
(soar-away, gritty pop goddess -

We’ll also have two other artists playing together in the evening of Saturday 17 May supporting FlyKKiller. We’ll let you know more details when we have them. The artists are:

Doping Panda
(electronically-enhanced indie three-piece -
Dr Usui
(techy solo project of Motocompo’s main man -

We’ll be announcing more shows for all six bands very soon. Please join the mailing list to be kept up to date!

A huge "Arigatou" to ICFJ, for what promises to be a great day out in Brighton, and for the future events to be announced

Friday, October 12, 2007

Boom Boom Satellites & Levelload gig in Mancester

Hi all,
More news from those great guys over at It Came From Japan...

BOOM BOOM SATELLITES – Techno-rock crossover pioneers from Tokyo
LEVELLOAD – John Peel faves with an HND in rock'n'roll

22 October 2007
MANCHESTER South (as part of the In The City event)
South Nightclub
4a South King Street
Manchester, M2 6DQ

If you are only turning up to see these bands then...
Levelload play 8.20pm,
Boom Boom Satellites play 9.50pm

Wednesday, August 15, 2007

New UK Anime Channel on Sky - Anime Central

This looks quite interesting for any Anime fans out there.

A new Anime channel is set to launch in the UK on September 10th, 2007. Available only on Sky (but free to all subscribers), the channel "Anime Central" will show stuff like Cowboy Bebop, Gundam Seed, Wolf's Rain, Ghost in the Shell Stand Alone Complex, Scryed and Planetes, Full Metal Alchemist and Bleech. They also have the rights to Transformers Takara, which includes Transformers Headmasters, Masterforce and Victory.

If you want the full story, head on over to Otaku News.

Wednesday, August 01, 2007

Tokyo Pinsalocks UK tour dates

At last... some more gig news to post.

Thanks to the marvellous work by the guys over at It Came From Japan, new-wavers Tokyo Pinsalocks are currently touring up and down the UK.
Here are the dates, but you'll have to be quick.

2 Aug 2007 20:00 Cross Kings London
3 Aug 2007 20:00 Burn Down the Disco Barnsley
4 Aug 2007 20:00 Fibbers York
6 Aug 2007 20:00 The Green Room Portman Hotel Bournemouth
7 Aug 2007 20:00 Engine Room Brighton
8 Aug 2007 20:00 Underworld London

Tuesday, June 12, 2007

Coincidence is an 11 letter word

Got this in my email today... seen it before but thought I'd post it anyway... not that I believe any of it. I've put some comments in it like this (Ed - a comment)

The Secret behind the number 11 - Pretty Chilling
Read to the bottom. Try it out. I did and I got goose bumps
If you are a sceptical person - still read on as it's actually very interesting!!

This is actually really freaky!! (Mainly the end part, but read it first)
1) New York City has 11 letters
2) Afghanistan has 11 letters
3) Ramsin Yuseb has 11 letters
(The terrorist who threatened to destroy the Twin Towers in 1993)
4) George W Bush has 11 letters
(Ed - Shame that George Bush has only 10 eh?)

This could be a mere coincidence, but this gets interesting:
1) New York is the 11th state
2) The first plane crashing against the Twin Towers was flight number 11
3) Flight 11 was carrying 92 passengers
9 + 2 = 11
4) Flight 77 which also hit Twin Towers, was carrying 65 passengers
6 + 5 = 11
5) The tragedy was on September 11, or 9/11 as it is now known
9 + 1+ 1 =11
6) The date is equal to the US emergency services telephone number 911
9 + 1 + 1 = 11
Sheer coincidence..?! Read on and make up your own mind:
1) The total number of victims inside all the hi-jacked planes was 254
2 + 5 + 4 = 11
2) September 11 is day number 254 of the calendar year
Again 2 + 5 + 4 = 11. (Ed - No shit!)
3) The Madrid bombing took place on 3/11/2004.
3 + 1 + 1 + 2 + 4 = 11.
4) The tragedy of Madrid happened 911 days after the Twin Towers incident

(Ed - Strange no-one has said the Twin Towers looked like the number 11)

Now this is where things get totally eerie:
The most recognized symbol for the US, after the Stars & Stripes, is the Eagle. The following verse is taken from the Koran, the Islamic holy book:

"For it is written that a son of Arabia would awaken a fearsome Eagle. The wrath of the Eagle would be felt throughout the lands of Allah while some of the people trembled in despair still more rejoiced: for the wrath of the Eagle cleansed the lands of Allah and there was peace."

That verse is number 9.11 of the Koran.
Unconvinced about all of this Still ..?!

Try this and see how you feel afterwards, it made my hair stand on end:

Open Microsoft Word and do the following:
1. Type in capitals Q33 NY. This is the flight number of the first plane to hit one of the Twin Towers. (Ed - Haven't verified this, one maybe you should)
2. Highlight the Q33 NY.
3. Change the font size to 48.
4. Change the actual font to the WINGDINGS 1
What do you think now?!!

Send this to as many people as you know and in 11 minutes you will get a
nice surprise, if you don't you will get the shock of your life in 11 min.

Why you'd need to send this within 11 minutes is beyond me? Usually I hate this kinda rubbish but hey, even "coincidence" has 11 letters.

Friday, April 20, 2007

Polysics UK Dates June 2007

If you haven't seen or heard of Polysics, then I suggest you make it a priority to check 'em out, and now is your chance with the recent announcement that they are playing a couple of UK dates this June...

Sat 16th June - Harewood House, Leeds, UK.
Sun 17th June - Hyde Park, London, UK.

The official festival site is at
This news taken from their official website
or please visit

Monday, February 19, 2007

UK Jpop gigs

I've been running a forum for a while now over at (the home of the audio plugin which charts your listening habits) to allow people to post any news about JPop events taking place in the UK and catering for Japanese, Chinese and Korean bands playing in the UK. If you've got any news, why not join up and tell others the news. You can find the forum at

Sunday, January 28, 2007

Light sabre effects in real-time!

Came across this the other day and although it's a little dated (6 months or so) I thought it deserved bringing to your attention. The video takes a while to load but it's definitely worth waiting. It shows the use of computer generated 3d images to enhance/augment reality, all in real-time. Anyway, just watch and be amazed.
Augmented Reality

Thursday, October 12, 2006

Myspace - The floodgates of bad design have opened

I've had a myspace account since late 2005, but never used it because most pages I'd seen looked messy, random, unsightly, like it had been designed by someone who couldn't actually see their monitor. The problem I think, lies in myspace's absolutely crap implementation of CSS (Cascading Style Sheets), the code which customises the look and feel of the page, and the fact that they are still using the deprecated TABLE tag for page layout. Tables within tables within tables within tables, within... oh yeah... tables.

Loads of websites have sprung up which will generate these CSS code snippets for you, which is great for non techies, but the code generated is - for want of a better word - bollocks. It may get the job done, but you can get into some serious trouble without even knowing it. Please, if you are customising your myspace site with css code fragments, try it in more than one browser to make sure everyone who visits can actually read your site.

For example, some pages I've seen have got colour schemes that make for unreadable text. I've even seen text the same colour as the background. It seems that the code generators give out code that generally only works with Internet Explorer, and IE's implementation of CSS is not really standard (bring on IE7). Alright, fine if IE is your browser of choice, but if you use any other browser (I use Firefox, but there are others like Safari, Netscape, Opera etc), you could be wasting your time. You may be losing visitors who just can't read your page.

Other pages I've seen have got so many slideshows, mp3 players, widgets and stuff, that the page just grinds to a halt. Some pages I can't even scroll, cos my cpu rockets to 100% trying to deal with all the crap on the page. And then it gets even worse because the page owner wants to render EVERYTHING as transparent!!! WHY??????????????????

Then there's my favourite... a page where you've got a song, 2 videos, 3 slideshows, 20 animated star spangled gifs, 100 comments with animated posters, one comment that is 3 screens wide, and they are ALL PLAYING AT ONCE.

Only one thing to do... move on, save your cpu for somebody else's page that's actually had some thought put into it.

Don't get me wrong, it's great that people have got their own space to customise to their own tastes. Who am I to say it shouldn't be the way you want it? All I ask is that you give it some thought when you add something to your page.

Sunday, September 10, 2006

Go!Go!7188 - Kinkyori Renai

At last Go!Go!7188 are releasing a new single after nearly two years of uncertain silence. They've had solo careers going on, Yumi Nakashima has her band 'Chirinuruwowaka' and an album called 'Iroha', and Akiko Hamada had a solo album called 'Aruyou de naiyou de Arumono'. Both albums are excellent though quite different from each other. I'm so relieved to hear they they're still together, one of my dreams was/is to see them live, at least for now, that dream remains alive. If only they'd tour the UK... yeah dream on. They are however touring Japan for the rest of this year and into early 2007.

Right, some details... the new single is called 'Kinkyori Renai' (Short-Distance Love), due for release on 13th September 2006, with the other track being 'Denwa wo Toritakunai Hi' (The Day When I Didn't Take My Phone). Apparently, according to the Wiki, there is also an album due out in October called 'Parade' though their official site doesn't confirm this as yet. Still, it looks like they've been quite busy getting new stuff together.

I'll be back with a review when I get mine delivered. In the meantime here's some background info at their official site and on the wiki

Thursday, September 07, 2006


Great news... Jonathan Ross returns to BBC3 with another series of documentaries about one of his favourite subjects. No not himself - Japan. Starting at 11pm on Thursday 7th September 2006, each episode investigates a subject that is uniquely Japanese.

  1. Kakoii (Cool)
  2. Otaku (Nerds)
  3. Zoku (Tribes)
  4. Owaraii (Comedy)
  5. Bushido (Samurai Spirit)
  6. Kawaii (Cute)
If you want to know more then head on over to BBC3's website for Japanorama

Wednesday, August 02, 2006

Fancy Dress Costumes - Delivered!

A friend of mine has launched a website called Somethingspecial which is your 'one-stop shop for fancy dress costumes for every occasion'. It's based in Cardiff and can deliver to your door in just 3 days. They stock loads of stuff and even Official Little Britain costumes, so if you're looking for a costume for that fancy dress party this weekend then why not check out their range of stuff at ... at least you won't be stuck for ideas.

Friday, July 21, 2006

Misse and Murre - Addictive Java Games

Here's a very simple, but tricky little game which could keep you amused for hours, if not days. Basically, you are a dog swinging a cat, which you have to let go at just the right time to launch the cat into orbit. You are helped by the use of a booster pack, triggered by the LMB, which can propel the cat even further away from the earth. Too much too soon and you haven't got enough orbital velocity, too little too late and you crash to the ground... it's very addictive and has quite a surreal soundtrack. The best I've done so far is about 2¼ orbits before the cat comes crashing down, bouncing and meowing to terra firma.

Give it a go if you've got a few 'days' to kill, but beware... you will be addicted.
You need java installed to play.

Tuesday, May 30, 2006

Youjeen - Hey Jerks

Been browsing through Youtube recently (see previous post) and thought I may as well post some of my favourite songs that I've found videos to at Youtube. First off, Youjeen, a Korean artist (who went on to be lead singer of Cherry Filter), and her first single called "Hey Jerks". Enjoy...

Monday, May 22, 2006

7188 Visitors

A milestone for me in that my "fave" band being Go!Go!7188 and my visitor count reaching that magic number. Haha - how sad am I? Well, if you really want to know... 7 in Japanese is "nana", and Nana Visitor is my mate's fave babe from DS9 (trek). Haha - how sad is that? What! You want more.. 7+1=8 haha, and 7+1+8+8=24... my mate's other fave TV show. Sadness abounds. Any other sad facts about this number can be posted in the comments. :-)

Friday, May 12, 2006

Japanese Gigs in the UK

Here's an another excellent chance to catch some Japanese bands in the UK. For full details, head on over to It Came From Japan. Playing in London, Brighton and Bournemouth from the 18th to 21st May, the bands are... BO-PEEP (Ferocious grrrl-punk from Tokyo), PUPPYPET (Poppy boy/girl ska-punk from Osaka), and SHINONOME (London-based experimental J-pop madness). Did someone say "free sushi"?

Monday, May 08, 2006

Deadly Tantrum

A friend of mine has created a wicked short film called Deadly Tantrum, about a mutant nutter called Geoffrey who kidnaps a young girl, ties her up and is about to blow her head off when in walks Simon, a local policeman to sort him out. Blood, gore, a power saw and lots of fighting ensue before Geoffrey gets his just desserts. Head on over to Deadly Tantrum's homepage to have a look. Oh and you'll need broadband to watch the film, unless you download it.

Wednesday, May 03, 2006

Ashes and Snow

Can't remember where I found this site/link, but it was ages ago and I'm so glad I did. Probably the most 'zen' site I've ever seen. The theme is 'human/animal interaction', with stunning imagery and videos merging seamlessly, backed by a completely blissful soundtrack, and controlled with an interface that draws you further and further into its murky depths. If you ever need to chill, just marvel at some of the best photography possible at Ashes and Snow. You'll need flash 8 installed, 1024x768 screen resolution, a half decent machine, oh... and broadband for the 'Enhanced Experience', (although lower spec visitors are catered for too with the 'Basic Experience').

Prepare to be at one :-)

Image used above ©Ashes and Snow. All photographs ©Gregory Colbert. All rights reserved.