By Akira The Don on Saturday, December 19th, 2009


Willy-sized Geordie TV pop poppet Joe “Elderberry” McElderry has finally gotten around to listening to Rage Against The Machine’s ‘Killing In The Name’, and – shock horror – it’s not to his tastes.

Before we go on, let us remind ourselves of his “tastes”:

“Chart, chart really,” he told the BBC this week. “I like pretty much all chart music.”

Anyway. Back to the point. Evil newswipe The Sun played him Rage’s song, which is his main rival for the oh-so coveted UK Christmas number one slot, and it hurt his pointy little pixie ears, so it did.

“They can’t be serious!” he squeaked, Geordishly. “I had no idea what it sounded like. It’s dreadful and I hate it. How could anyone enjoy this? Can you imagine the grandmas hearing this over Christmas lunch? I wouldn’t buy it. It’s a nought out of ten from me. Simon Cowell wouldn’t like it. They wouldn’t get through to boot camp on The X Factor – they’re just shouting.”


Yes, yes it is kid. Just shouting.

Saying that, he was being quoted in The Sun, so they could toally have made it up. Anyway, the kid’s entitled to his opinion, but methinks he overstepped the line somewhat by posing for those pictures in which he’s sticking darts in Rage frontman Zack de la Rocha. That pretty much asking to get stabbed in the temples by angry drunks, karmically. And they do that, remember Brian Harvey and the machette?

— By Akira The Don on Saturday, December 19th, 2009

By Akira The Don on Saturday, December 19th, 2009

Fun Fact: This wonderful little thing is the result of an argument Ms Palmer was having with her beau, Mr Neil Gaiman, apparently. I think it’s awesome and I agree with most of it.

And guess what I was doing when this was being made?

I was trying to make a nice looking video for my song what is called Ask Amanda Palmer!

True stories.

— By Akira The Don on Saturday, December 19th, 2009

By Akira The Don on Friday, December 18th, 2009

From that Legendary Classics Volume 1.

“Fifteen year old white girls! More wine!”

I am suddenly reminded of the story from that Suede biography my ole pal David wrote about the time Brett Anderson finished ravaging a young girl on a table backstage after a show and screamed, “now bring me a 12 year old boy!”

Ah, The Nineties.

— By Akira The Don on Friday, December 18th, 2009

By Akira The Don on Friday, December 18th, 2009

I actually had this in the Blob Blog last month, but I don’t think enough of you noticed, so here it is a agin. THIS IS THE SOUND OF CHRISTMAS, kids! I could listen to to this all day. In fact, I might.

— By Akira The Don on Friday, December 18th, 2009

By Akira The Don on Wednesday, December 16th, 2009

Featuring! Andrew W.K.! Bob Mould! David Cross! Ezra Koenig! GZA! Kevin Drew! Kyp Malone! Tegan and Sara! Yo La Tengo!

Is GZA really on there?


— By Akira The Don on Wednesday, December 16th, 2009

By Akira The Don on Wednesday, December 16th, 2009

Fuck sliding doors, fuck phones that open the garage door, and fuuuh-huh-huuuuuck Avatar (until I’ve seen it)… they’ve only gone and invented 3D printing machines that make flipping FLESH!

From RDMag.com

Invetech, an innovator in new product development and custom automation for the biomedical, industrial and consumer markets, today announced that it has delivered the world’s first production model 3D bio-printer to Organovo, developers of the proprietary NovoGen bioprinting technology. Organovo will supply the units to research institutions investigating human tissue repair and organ replacement.

Dr. Fred Davis, president of Invetech, which has offices in San Diego and Melbourne, said, “Building human organs cell-by-cell was considered science fiction not that long ago. Through this clever combination of technology and science we have helped Organovo develop an instrument that will improve people’s lives, making the regenerative medicine that Organovo provides accessible to people around the world.”

Keith Murphy, CEO of Organovo, based in San Diego, said the units represent a breakthrough because they provide for the first time a flexible technology platform for organizations working on many different types of tissue construction and organ replacement.

”Scientists and engineers can use the 3-D bio printers to enable placing cells of almost any type into a desired pattern in 3-D,” said Murphy. “Researchers can place liver cells on a preformed scaffold, support kidney cells with a co-printed scaffold, or form adjacent layers of epithelial and stromal soft tissue that grow into a mature tooth. Ultimately the idea would be for surgeons to have tissue on demand for various uses, and the best way to do that is get a number of bio-printers into the hands of researchers and give them the ability to make three dimensional tissues on demand.”

The printer, developed by Invetech, fits inside a standard biosafety cabinet for sterile use. It includes two print heads, one for placing human cells, and the other for placing a hydrogel, scaffold, or support matrix. One of the most complex challenges in the development of the printer was being able to repeatedly position the capillary tip, attached to the print head, to within microns. This was essential to ensure that the cells are placed in exactly the right position. Invetech developed a computer controlled, laser-based calibration system to achieve the required repeatability.”

Did I read that correctly?


I am so freaked out. Imagine the possibilities! Screw computer effects, those Henson Studios people could make REAL LIFE FLESH MONSTERS! Hell, I could, if I had one of those machines. Lord help us if those things get into the wrong hands. Someone might grown an army of these:

The Real Mario


— By Akira The Don on Wednesday, December 16th, 2009