Wanting more

Dear Reader,

Not too long ago we had a tune here, which resembles life. It starts slow and pianissimo, then it speeds up with a crescendo, then it peaks, and it ends abruptly. Like our beloved commentators mentioned, it leaves you a tiny bit unsatisfied.And that’s why I picked it for the occasion then.

The characteristics required for a tune to work as an intro are somewhat similar. It has to lead you into something, and it has to leave you wanting more. No surprise, the above mentioned tune by Mogwai has been used as an intro a lot. By the band itself, and by movies and TV shows, etc.

Earlier this year we had one of my favorite intros, Real Time with Bill Maher, in July.

Here now is my all time favorite so far. Please turn up the bass a bit, you will enjoy it.:

Now I wonder, does our musical and general genius, Glynsky, know this tune Do you?

Whenever I am in need of a small, short (just 1.0 min.), motivational kick, that tune does it for me.

What does kick you into gear?


Engine Room


eye spy 5…

Dear diablog,

I have, of course, seen Man From Uncle and if you have too I hope you enjoyed. Not a ground breaking movie but, as an escapist, much enjoyed by me.

As the final post on the subject here are some images taken during shooting – you may even recognise the scene – but to me as a novice really interesting.

All ready for the ‘action’


Glynsky’s car sets off


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What is good design?

Dear Reader,

Glynsky showed us Trump’s plane here, and I commented on the horrible interior here.

Now one can argue forever about what is pretty and what isn’t. Every one has his or her own taste. So how does one judge design? The answer comes from one of the best designers in the world. According to Dieter Rams

Good design:

is innovative – The possibilities for progression are not, by any means, exhausted. Technological development is always offering new opportunities for original designs. But imaginative design always develops in tandem with improving technology, and can never be an end in itself.

makes a product useful – A product is bought to be used. It has to satisfy not only functional, but also psychological and aesthetic criteria. Good design emphasizes the usefulness of a product whilst disregarding anything that could detract from it.

is aesthetic – The aesthetic quality of a product is integral to its usefulness because products are used every day and have an effect on people and their well-being. Only well-executed objects can be beautiful.

makes a product understandable – It clarifies the product’s structure. Better still, it can make the product clearly express its function by making use of the user’s intuition. At best, it is self-explanatory.

is unobtrusive – Products fulfilling a purpose are like tools. They are neither decorative objects nor works of art. Their design should therefore be both neutral and restrained, to leave room for the user’s self-expression.

is honest – It does not make a product appear more innovative, powerful or valuable than it really is. It does not attempt to manipulate the consumer with promises that cannot be kept.

is long-lasting – It avoids being fashionable and therefore never appears antiquated. Unlike fashionable design, it lasts many years – even in today’s throwaway society.

is thorough down to the last detail – Nothing must be arbitrary or left to chance. Care and accuracy in the design process show respect towards the consumer.

is environmentally friendly – Design makes an important contribution to the preservation of the environment. It conserves resources and minimizes physical and visual pollution throughout the life cycle of the product.

is as little design as possible – Less, but better – because it concentrates on the essential aspects, and the products are not burdened with non-essentials. Back to purity, back to simplicity.

In case you have not heard of Dieter Rams, Apple has been copying his designs forever.

Now look back at that plane and check it against that list.

I rest my case.

Engine Room


fly me to the moon…

Dear diablog,

I must, first, apologise for my long silence. It would be good to blame a hectic social life but that would not be really true.

For totally inexplicable reasons business has been positively booming and I seem to be a hologram of Smiles with constant travel both home and abroad getting in the way of the important – G+P!

However, honestly as a filler to next week – and even then I may be all over the place – I am grateful to Philippa

phirripa real

for this theme related submission – though at a level way above mine and even probably that of Smiles himself.

Welcome to

Mr Trumps personal ride – take that any way you like!

Yours diablog, in the hope that I can catch up properly soon



Another tribute

Dear Reader,

As Glynsky wrote his tribute here, this is mine.

Since I did not meet the man, this is for  Smiles and The Inverness Druid:

Mogwai – Auto Rock

Mogwai is a Scottish Post Rock band. The song Auto Rock has been used in Top Gear, featured in the build-up to the Formula 1 Silverstone Grand Prix, in the trailer for the film The Brave One, and at the end of the 2006 film Miami Vice. The central piano riff is a citation of Crockett’s Theme that Jan Hammer wrote in 1984 for the original Miami Vice series.

A good tune to say good bye,

Engine Room


an inadequate tribute…

Dear diablog,

We are sorry to have to record the passing of the father to both of our regular comment posters Smiles and Inverness Druid this morning, Saturday.

He was, to Glynsky, always kind and ready to laugh. I regret that I have not seen him for years but will always remember him – sadly not knowing his christian name.

A true diamond of his type, Diablog extends sincere condolences to them both together with Mum and the rest of the family.



Happy Birthday …. sing it

Dear Reader,

This is not about somebody’s birthday. This is about the song. We had mentioned it on diablog before, here.

Now the good news, you can sing and play this evergreen when ever you want. Because a judge with his head on his shoulders and feet on the ground ruled, that:

All the ‘Happy Birthday’ song copyright claims are invalid.

For well over 80 years one shmock or another, all respected members of the music industry of course, claimed the copyright and collected royalties for the song. The last to do so was Warner/Chappell.

Now the song is declared public works, it is in the public domain, you are free to sing and play it. How much damage did the music industry do? Estimates are, Warner collected two million dollars annually. They pay 30% of that to a foundation, and their records indicate they collected over 750,000 last year.

If you still believe, there is something respectable in the “music business”, here is a little reminder from the 1970s:


This was on record covers and advertised. Now, was it accurate? No. Is it accurate? Neither.

And since then we heard that video is killing music, and online is killing music, and pirating is killing music. Music has been declared near dead by the music industry through every decade. Yet, there is more music composed and performed and available today than ever. The music industry makes those claims only, to fill its coffers, to tax you more.

I think it is high time, the shmocks in the music industry follow the dinosaurs. But that is just me.

Humming happily,

Engine Room