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

Wait, I can explain

Dear Reader,

I stumbled across this:

The wife came home early, found her husband in their bedroom making love to a very attractive young woman, and was upset.

‘You are a disrespectful pig!’ she cried. ‘How dare you do this to me – a faithful wife, the mother of your children! I’m leaving you. I want a divorce!’

The husband replied ‘Hang on just a minute, love, so at least I can tell you what happened.’

‘Fine, go ahead,’ she sobbed, ‘but they’ll be the last words you’ll ever say to me.’

And so the husband began:

‘Well, I was getting into the car to drive home and this young lady here asked me for a lift. She looked so down and out and defenseless that I took pity on her and let her into the car. I noticed that she was thin, poorly dressed and very dirty. She told me that she hadn’t eaten for three days!

So, in my compassion, I brought her home and warmed up the enchiladas I made for you last night – the ones you wouldn’t eat because you’re afraid you’ll put on weight. The poor thing devoured them in moments.

Since she needed a good clean up I suggested a shower, and while she was doing that I noticed her clothes were dirty and full of holes, so I threw them away.

Then, as she needed clothes, I gave her the designer jeans that you have had for a few years, but don’t wear because you say they are too tight.

I also gave her the underwear that was your anniversary present, which you don’t wear because I don’t have good taste.

I went and found the sexy blouse my sister gave you for Christmas the one that you don’t wear just to annoy her.

And I also donated those boots you bought at that expensive shoe boutique and don’t wear because someone at work has the same pair.’

The husband took a quick breath and continued:

‘She was so grateful for my understanding and help, and as I walked her to the door she turned to me with tears in her eyes and said,

‘Please, do you have anything else that your wife doesn’t use?’


Use it or lose it,

Engine Room

AVG turns spy- and ad-ware

Dear Reader,

Do you use Windows? And do you have an antivirus program installed? Is it AVG? Then go ahead and uninstall it.

Generally speaking I am not a fan of those programs. People with way more knowledge than me refer to those programs as snake oil.

Yet, I have used Avira, along with CCleaner and Spybot Search & Destroy, to clean up computers. All those are free programs, but not free and open source. They can help cleaning up. But they do not really prevent the mindlessly browsing internet user from catching malicious software. Point in case, recently I had to clean up a computer, and although AVG was installed and running, I found 66 problems, including at least five malicious programs. One of which was a trojan. So, AVG wasn’t really helpful there.

And now AVG is turning against its users. As someone on Slashdot publishes here (quote, emphasize mine):

We collect non-personal data to make money from our free offerings so we can keep them free, including: Advertising ID associated with your device; Browsing and search history, including meta data; Internet service provider or mobile network you use to connect to our products, and Information regarding other applications you may have on your device and how they are used.

So, AVG turns its protective program into spyware and adware. Advertising IDs, browsing history, metadata, you can be identified by that pretty accurately. All the stuff they collect together makes your data unique. This is personal data, no matter how AVG calls it. And of course, AVG has no way to check, what the buyers of your data do with it.

Unless you are like sheep, walking to the slaughter house voluntarily, uninstall the crap.

Stay sane,

Engine Room

Small French meal

Dear Reader,

When I feel like celebrating with a little meal, the choice of food places is tremendous. Always a safe bet is one of my three favorite brasseries. And a good selection for a small meal is


sautéed Foi Gras with a slice of an apple on brioche as an appetizer, with a nice glass of cidre. Follow that with


Steak au Poivre with French fries as a main course, with a nice bottle of red wine. And


Crepes Nougat with caramelized banana as dessert.

Finish your meal with a delicious Calvados and an espresso, and you are pretty close to heaven.

On cloud #9,

Engine Room