There have been over 200 downloads on my mix cd which has used up about 22 GB of bandwidth. I'm not sure of the exact number because I don't know how many have downloaded it off of steveeeee's mirror. I expected about 10 people and my father to download it, at the most. It seems to have taken on a life of it's own as I've found it being linked to from other websites. I have received a few emails from people saying they have their whole households/offices listening to it, which I think is pretty cool. I hope everyone is enjoying it, I'd love to hear any feedback.
We went to a party at Paul and Rachael's this weekend and Dominick was there. I hadn't seen Dom since his antics in Brighton and I forgot how much of an amusing and enigmatic character he is. I could listen to his soft Irish accent all day. Rachael's mother passed away a few weeks ago, she is only 30 and has lost both parents in the same year. They're selling her mum's house in Dudley and at one point Paul, searching for an analogy for how rough a part of Dudley is, asked Dom what the roughest part of Belfast was, to which he replied, "The roughest part of Belfast is the peace line!" He went on to describe the windowless houses along the `peace line' through which grenades were frequently lobbed. I wish I had spent more time catching up with Dom, but I did manage to have an entertaining game of tipsy "kick the balloon" with Gavin.
Jan Brueghel, Allegory of Taste, 1618
Philip and Jackie recently returned from France and Spain. They spent time in Gibraltar and as they left they told a Spanish man at the hotel that they would ask Tony Blair to give Gibraltar back to the Spanish because they didn't want it any more, to which he laughed and replied, "We don't want it either, we would be paying increased taxes for the next 100 years!" After Gibraltar they went to the Andalucia mountain region which they said was incredibly beautiful. They also brought us several boxes of food and wine from France and Spain. They're going to Greece next week and have threatened to bring us more food. Like we need more.
Fresh garlic and shallots, red peppers, saffron, olives, anchovies, paprika, Nuñez de Prado olive oil, two kinds of serrano ham, four different kinds of goats cheese, parmesan (bought in France because it is much cheaper), Spanish sheep and cow milk cheese, French handchurned butter, harissa, merguez (not shown), two chorizos, decent Spanish white wine and a good quality red (1999 Conde de Siruela).
85 bottles of wine in total.
The large white box on the bottom is full of French red that Jean-Pierre gave to us for our wedding, he selected them all individually. I'm scared to touch the box, there's some intimidating wines in there.
Beer: westmalle, de konick, leffe (triple and blonde), hoegaarden, duvel, la becasse kriek and framboise, and cantillion (I just don't know anymore, it's out of control.)
We need to throw a party.
wait, is that your fridge full of wine?? where's the food? i know you guys have food!! ;)
andalucia is my favorite region of spain. it is absolutely gorgeous. and sevilla is the best city ever. lots of moorish influence with islamic-inspired tile design. gorgeous colorful tiles everywhere. i love islamic art, how it's non-representational and vibrant and so much of it features intricate geometric patters or gorgeous caligraphy. great food, too! i highly recommend that area, i think you and max would love it.
that's crazy that your mix CD is an international sensation! it's not really a surprise (it was really good!), but it does make me wonder exactly how big your readership is. just knowing that there are some folks on your friends list (myself included!) who adore your posts and read them no matter how long, frequent or infrequent (when you think about it, that's a rarity here on LJ, esp. for people you've never met in meatspace)... i wonder how many ppl out there read without posting?
Hehe.. that used to be our main fridge, we picked it up for sale a couple years ago. The flat we're in now came with a big American-sized fridge, so we're using the old one as a beer/wine cooler. So, no, we don't subsist on alcohol alone. ;) The funny thing is that I don't actually drink a lot at all (maybe a few beers and 1/2 bottle of wine a week), especially since I was sick, that's why there's such a stockpile now.
You've been to Andalucia! I would love love love to to go there. I've only been to Bilbao in Northern Spain. My parents have been to Malaga, Barcelona, etc. and they loved it; Spain is definitely one country I want to spend more time exploring.
Islamic art is inspiring for me. In fact in the last few weeks I have found some wonderful sites with Islamic art, I will post them soon.
I know for a fact that a lot of people outside of lj read my journal, I receive many emails a week. I think many of them find me through social networks, mirror project, etc. because I link to my journal from all of these. I think they read my journal even more thoroughly than many people who have me on their friends list because they come here specifically to read it. Beyond the ones who take the time to write to me, I have no idea.
my webstats were killed off some time ago unfortunately - i think the server's still logging the activity though so if i can get the isp to let me have access to those, i can find some freeware analysis program to draw pretty graphs etc.
Our fridge will probably be full of American junk food then as it's after our trip to America.
When we start on the booze we'll have to be sure to save the best stuff for last, when we're too pissed to remember it in the morning. Family tradition.
Shallots... the size of that box. They run about $3.50 a lb here, when I can find them in bulk. The annoying thing is how easy they are to grow, but not here. Here I think it's too moist, and cool. I'm going to try, but I have little hope.
We have about 50 bottles of wine, and space is the limit. I have a case or so of appasimente, which needs a couple more years, and a gift bottle that needs a good mean to go with, in the next couple of years, but other than that, fear not, see what kind of food goes with it (or cheese) and pull the cork.
They're expensive in England as well, but not as much as America. These are all organic, too.
I know what you mean, we're pretty much out of space for more wine. The only thing to do is to drink it to make room for more, how terrible! ;)
that does look like one damn fantastic mix, i would've downloaded it too but i have pretty much more than half the tracks there (maybe because half the tracks were mono, *cough* :p) and i can't download too many big files... i have 122 mb left on my c://.. woe.
yes, there's an awful lot of Mono on that cd, but they're all fairly short tracks.
122mb!? yikes. I can see how 11mb of free space might be a problem, then. ;) I just received a 120gb drive (handed down) on top of my 40gb, wish I could lend you some space!
I'm really not surprised that your mix has become so popular -- it's really good. I printed out your covers for it, too. Now with your mix, asphalteden's From the Earth to the Moon and Back, and akozorez's demo CD I've got a little "LJ music series" collection started. :) I'd really like to do something like this, too, and either offer to mail it to people or set it up for download.
All that cheese and wine looks so goood...
I've got quite a number of mix CDs I've put online at one time or another, most of which are somewhat, um, nomi-esque. I don't have the space to keep them all online, but I have a rather ugly index page from which you can look at the tracks and cover art for several of the more recent ones. If any strike your interest, let me know and we can arrange a file transfer.
It's a shame that mixes are so bulky and legally-questionable; it'd be fun to be able to trade them more openly. I've been exposed to (and later bought) so much great music from friends' mixes, and I hope they've enjoyed mine too.
And yes, Naomi's mix really is one of the very best I've ever heard. But I'm still jealous it's gotten so much attention ;-)