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New Single – Sk4li – Out Now

After a dry spell of over five years, I’ve only gone and released a drum and bass single!


It’s called “Sk4li” and it’s available now for download on iTunes and Amazon.


iTunes: http://bit.ly/1B6QOtX

Amazon: http://amzn.to/1EW0zwL

Spotify: http://spoti.fi/1HoRaku

Coming soon: Deezer, Beats, Rdio, Google Play & more.


The awesome cover art and inspiration for the tune come from a Brighton artist, also called “Sk4li”. You can find her on Instagram here: @Sk4li

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10 Years of This Crap

I actually missed the official anniversary by a couple of months but this blog — believe it or not — has been up and running for ten whole years. In that time it’s gone through several designs, multiple hosts, and patches of good and bad. I’d say right now it’s in a bit of a slump. Don’t take my word for it, take a look at the “recent” content. It’s not very good or very recent. 

Like the blog, I too have undergone various forms of metamorphosis. In ten years I have been married and divorced, changed career several times and suffered some serious bouts of mental illness.

Technology has changed rather a lot too. Right now, I am writing this on my phone. When I first started this blog, the smartphone was a mere twinkle in Ericsson’s (now Sony Ericsson) eye. Back then, a text message was considered futuristic. There was no Twitter and even the mighty Facebook was only just beginning to gain traction.

Ten years is a long time. Where did it go?

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Promoted Tweets Annoy Me

I’ve been wrestling with the subject of promoted tweets for a while and I think I’ve come up with a solution. A solution that makes me feel better, at least.

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Promoted Tweets Aren’t That Bad

They really aren’t. Actually, they’re a good thing and I fully support them. Provided they are relevant to me, that is. Unfortunately this is rarely the case, as you will see if you read on.

Blame Those I Follow

What I’m finding is that a lot of the promoted tweets I see in my feed are not relevant to me. The reason for this is quite simple. If a brand promotes a tweet, one of the targeting criteria is to promote to those who follow the brand’s followers. This seems fundamentally broken to me. It’s as if Twitter assumes I have the same interests as the people I follow. I don’t. It’s as simple as that.

So because of this, my first solution was born. If I saw an irrelevant promoted tweet, I would unfollow the person whom I am following, that is following the brand doing the promoting. I soon realised that if I kept this up, I would end up following no one. So I stopped doing that.

The Winning Solution

Some time later, promoted tweets are still pissing me off. And I realise that there’s nothing I can do to fix Twitter’s broken targeting. My current solution is much more focused on the brand. Now, whenever I see an irrelevant promoted tweet, I block the brand doing the promoting. I’ll never see that brand in my feed again. Good riddance to bad rubbish.

My only concern is that I will now probably be on the receiving end of lower bidding (and probably lower quality) promoted tweets.

Oh well, I guess I’ll just have to nuke them too…

Music for the Masses

For years I’ve been planning a music career comeback. For years it’s not happened. I’m probably not about to change that either but if you think I’m going to pass up the opportunity to shout about or distribute what I’ve already done to a wider audience, you think like a fool. That’s exactly what I’m doing here.

A couple of years ago I wrote a piece of music to celebrate my return to music called “Yes I’m back”. And I was. Although only for the duration of that one song. I didn’t even put that much effort into distributing it at the time. Foolish really, because it’s not bad.

Kind of picking up where I left off, I’ve finally decided to distribute that song on iTunes, Spotify and Google Play. You can also give it a listen on YouTube if you wish:

You like that, do you? Good. You can get it here:

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Music by Lee Stacey on Spotify
Music by Lee Stacey on Google Play

As for my long term goal of returning to music… there’s not really been any development on that front. Although I may have a change of heart if my iTunes sales go through the roof. Well, I can dream.

I will be releasing other back catalogue stuff on those platforms too, so keep ’em peeled. I may even throw out a few previously unpublished treats too. We’ll see.

Please enjoy the music and pay for it if you think it’s worth it. Or don’t if you don’t. I’m fine with either.

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Why we are still texting?

This article is in response to Joshua Fruhlinger’s post on Engadget “This is the Modem World: Why Are We Still Texting?

Joshua’s article explains how silly it is that we’re still using outdated, expensive SMS messages in a world where we’re all carrying devices capable of so much more.

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In my response, I shall state what I believe the reasons are.

1. Not everyone has a smartphone

My Mum doesn’t have one, neither does my Dad. They are a minority these days but there are still thousands of people who just use dumbphones. SMS treats everyone equally, regardless of device.

2. SMS gives good UX

Whatever your choice of phone, SMS works in pretty much the same way. It’s not capable of doing anything but text (MMS is a different topic) so for that reason, it’s simple.

3. Messaging apps are crap

Not all apps are available for all mobile platforms. If your friend doesn’t have a Blackberry you can’t send them a BBM from your Blackberry. WhatsApp doesn’t work the same way across platforms and due to being independent, probably won’t exist in 5 years time. Not only this but how do you know which app everyone will be using in 6 months? “Kik me” What?

4. Email is horrible

Email is fairly standard but it’s horrible to use. For starters, you have to set it all up yourself. It just doesn’t come as easily as text messaging because it does so much more.

Let’s face it, SMS just works and there’s nothing better at this time. With manufacturers and service vendors playing their cards so close to their chest, there’s not likely to be any time soon.

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Movie Review – Double Indemnity

How good can a film about insurance be? These days, a movie plot based around knocking someone off to get your hands on the insurance money is a concept done to death. Back in 1944 that wasn’t quite the case but even then, it wasn’t exactly a new concept. Naturally, I’m wondering if such a thing can fly at all almost 70 years later. That’s almost twice as long as I’ve been alive!

movie poster - Double Indemnity 1944Fast talking insurance salesman, Walter Neff (Fred MacMurray) is good at his job and he knows it. He knows the business inside out. He even seems to think he knows how to commit the perfect murder. Oddly, the movie begins with Walter limping into his office, clearly in some discomfort, in the early hours. He sits down to record a memo to his colleague, confessing to his so-called perfect murder. He tells us how he didn’t get the money or the girl. At that point I was wondering why I should bother watching the rest. I know he did it and I know he failed.

Okay, so now I’m curious. How does a man end up in that situation? Perhaps the murder wasn’t so perfect after all. Maybe it was and something else went wrong. I guess we have to leave it to Walter and his beautifully written narrative.

Back to the girl and the money… The girl is Phyllis Dietrichson (Barbara Stanwyck), the wife of a businessman who is simply known as Mr. Dietrichson. She wants him dead and would like to profit from it. At first Walter doesn’t take the bait but the combination of his cockiness and her allure get the better of him.

The events that lead to the confession are not as cut and dried as you might think. There are several twists and turns in what ends up being a very clever plot, laced with exceptional dialogue. After being on the edge of my seat for 2 hours, this one’s getting a 4 out of 5 from me.

Double Indemnity on IMDB

Year: 1944

Director: Billy Wilder

Writers: Billy Wilder, Raymond Chandler, Charles M. Cain

My Rating: 4/5

Why am I doing movie reviews?