Seems there’s a bit of a disco revival on at the moment.  By that I’m not talking Boney M, Ottowan and The Weather Girls.  It’s all about David Mancuso’s LoftNicky Siano’s Gallery and Larry Levan’s Paradise Garage as my reference points. Duck Sauce touched on it a few months back but doing the rounds at the moment are Cécile & Venice with Rimmel;

Moonbootica’s Men Of The Future;

French Horn Rebellion vs Database – Beaches and Friends

and finally Breakbot with Baby I’m Yours

Shame it’s not summer yet as that is the perfect track to soundtrack it. Fair to say it’s gonna be huge.

www.chatroulette.com What NSFW was invented for…

So…chatroulette.com.  What an odd place that is. I first heard about it in an article in The Guardian Technology section.  Not for nothing does the article call it the “web’s weirdest outpost”. The site will randomly connect you and your webcam (should you choose to enable it) to a complete stranger’s webcam for an anonymous chat.   No login required, registration required, you just click and go.  You’ve no idea who’ll you get next.  Aside from dodging erections, amongst others I’ve had an half session with a chatty couple getting stoned on a Friday afternoon in Seattle,  an Iranian who couldn’t speak English but could converse in Techno, a girl who wanted me get my knob out, a man whose was completely covered in tin foil, a fat man shagging a stuffed raccoon and a toy camel who promised to answer any question I had.

This video, hosted over on Vimeo gives a decent overview;

and watch the following for a wacko sing into it.

If you do get chatting to someone halfway human it can be a laugh. However, I warn you though, if you get entrenched on there clicking next over and over, as someone pointed out over on the Guardian comments section “it’s a day destroyer”.

Saturday is Classic Saturday #25

With the excellent I’m New Here, Gil Scott-Heron’s first album for 16 years (listen via his website) out on Monday, it’s time to revisit one of his bona-fide classics on today’s “Saturday is…”. When faced with The Revolution Will Not Be Televised, Home is Where The Hatred Is and Almost Lost Detroit to name but a few it’s not easy to pick just the one but I’m going with this beauty;

The Bottle (1974)

If that’s your cup of tea you can do worse than pick up the Winter in America album from whence it came. While you’re here check out “Me And The Devil” from his new album for a more modern take on things;

Remember…Keep it classic.

MAME WR No. 10 – 2 on 2 Open Ice Challenge

2 on 2 was released by Midway in 1995 and is essentially an Ice Hockey version of NBA Jam.  I used to throw money into NBA Jam back in the day.  Playing as Scottie Pippen or Shaq, that game captured the speed and frentics of basketball.  2 on 2 probably does the same.  If you like Ice Hockey…  You see, I’m a Brit and we play our hockey on grass.  No one is the UK is interested in Ice Hockey (unless you’re from Sheffield and even then you’d be hard pressed to find 2 people in the same room at any one time who actually goes to watch the Steelers).  So it is with this mindset I approach 2 on 2.

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MAME WR No. 9 – 19XX: The War Against Destiny

Developed and released by Capcom in 1995, 19XX is the penultimate entry in the 194X series and the final shoot-em-up (for the time being) in this ridiculous challenge of mine.  And as the rest of the series before it, it’s standard 1942 going ons but according to Wikipedia this one “takes place before a fictional war (Hence, the 19XX) as a lone pilot tries to defeat an entire army/evil organization from starting another World War, which soon escalates to a nuclear apocalypse.”   That sounds an incredibly important mission and ‘evil organisation’ is much more tactful than ‘hordes of Japs’.

The current high score, 4,325,600, is held by Russell Hugo and compared to the rest of the top 10, is pretty high so this could be tricky.

Lets get shooting…again…

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MAME WR No. 8 – 1945k III

Initially I assumed, what with this being called 1945, that it was further entry in Capcom’s 194X series of games.  Well blow my cock off and call me wrong. It sounds like one, looks like one but it’s not made by Capcom and it has nothing to do with the aforementioned series whatsoever.  It was actually developed and released in 2000 by Olympic Soft and, after a initial few goes, it transpires it’s a pretty nondescript vertical shooter…  The current MAME high score recorded over at Twin Galaxies, held by Antonio Filho, is 3,070,200.

So let’s see where we can get with this one…

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