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Did another dastardly device build a couple of nights ago. This time it was a wrist mounted smoke machine – I thought I’d do a build video as I knew I could put it together in 1 take. I hadn’t used Drillbit for any videos yet (despite releasing it 6 years ago!) and I really though the sound matched the speeded up assembly. Anyway … Enjoy 🙂

The whole build only took an hour and was a good laugh. Its basically just tubing, valves and a hand pump to suck gas out of an e shisha, so as well as looking crazy good (or just crazy) it also makes the room smell of caramel (other flavours available). I might get one of those cloud vapes to up the smoke output and once I build the laser glove for the other hand, its going to look insane

PLUR, D

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Summer is a fantastic time to go out, get some vitamin D and enjoy a chilled glass of liquor. It’s also when the majority of the best festivals, concerts and club nights are. This can lead to some, umm rather sweaty situations. So if you want to bosh all the way through the warmer months without losing your cool, its best to come prepared. Here are my favourite ways of doing so…

LED writer fan

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A hand held fan might seem like a bit of a pedestrian entry in a post about cool ways of staying cool but this is a fan like no other. It uses persistence of vision to create messages that seemingly float in mid-air and its programmable on the go. This makes it a really handy way of communicating when the music is louder than Brian Blessed stubbing all 10 toes at once (or expressing your love for the DJ, that girl/guy across the dancefloor, life etc.) . This kind of makes it the ultimate accesory for a hot club…. keeping you cool, providing glow and saving your poor vocal chords from having to shout ‘what did you just say?’ into your friends ear 10 times in a row. Which is why its also in my post about the best clubbing accesories for under £10 . Oh and in case you were wondering they’re pretty effective at being fans too 😉 Available at shops like Tiger or online

Menoscarf

Meno scarf

Counter-intuitive as it seems to use a scarf to cool down, these really do work. They are essentially a closed pouch of material filled with the water absorbing granules that you can buy to keep your hanging baskets looking green. The net effect is when you run one of these under water for a minute or so, they will absorb many times their own volume in water and release it slowly over the next couple of hours. This evaporates while it is released and cools the scarf down in the process. They are designed and marketed for women going through hot flushes, but I promise you they work just as effectively on sweaty ravers (and I’m sure there must be at least some overlap in that Venn diagram). If it gets a bit warm just flip it over or run it under some more water. No batteries required and very reusable. Unlike some of the other items on the list, it would also take an incredibly arse-y bouncer to say you couldn’t bring this in somewhere (especially if you bring it dry). They’re available for £5-10 on Amazon (and there are also several equivalents), or if you don’t like the available patterns and you’re a dab hand with a needle and thread, you could always try making your own

Magicool

MC and fan

One of those ideas that’s so simple, its amazing it took them so long to come up with it. Essentially just water (with a little alcohol added to help it evaporate) in an aerosol can. You spray it in your face (which takes a little getting used to) and it instantly forms a cool cloud of mist around you. There are two small downsides, firstly from a festival/club perspective, some bouncers might take one look at it at take it straight off you, I’m not entirely sure why … probably because it violates their policy on bringing your own booze in. This makes the second issue, the (quite frankly mad) cost, a bit of a sting. Its bad enough to spend £2.50 upwards on a can of water but having it taken off you would make it even worse. There are often deals on it if you hunt around which definitely helps or alternatively there are some similar but significantly cheaper options. My favourites are the pump action spray bottle and the (hilarious looking) sprayfan. Both of which provide a similar effect but with the added bonus of being completely reusable which is better for your wallet and the environment

Menthol talc

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Have you ever chewed of a piece of airwaves gum and thought ‘Mmm, I wish my nether regions could experience the same minty coolness’? Just me then, I guess. Even assuming you haven’t, menthol talc is great way of staying cool in the summer … it combines the drying and freshening effects of talc, with a cool menthol thrum that lasts a good few minutes. Its not hugely popular in the UK, so you may need to get it off the internet e.g. gold bond at amazon (or if you’re in Holland, you can buy the excellent Etos version pictured above). It is however well worth hunting some down for some instant relief. If you do want to take some to a club or festival though, its probably wise to take the whole container though … bouncers seem to have this inexplicable hatred of people bringing unidentified white powders with them

Bladeless fan

Bladless fan

It might be the second fan on the list, but there is a good reason to consider bringing one of these to a club over your common-or-garden variety fan. Especially if you’re a girl (or guy) with long flowing locks of hair. Trust me, if you’ve ever tried to disentangle a friend from a handheld fan at 4 in the morning after you’ve both been drinking since 4 that afternoon, its not an experience you’d hugely want to repeat. Also, as an added bonus, there is a sponge at the back which can be soaked and frozen to provide what they (somewhat optimistically) describe as an ‘air conditioning effect’. If you can befriend a kind member of bar staff to do this for you, it does make a difference. I will say they are quite large for a portable fan but if you’re the sort of person who drunkenly enjoys putting your face into stuff, then this is probably the one for you. Cheapest on Aliexpress, but it can take a while so I’d order from Ebay if you need it urgently

The MacGuyver approach

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All of the approaches listed above do require some forward planning, so what do you do if you’re already at the event and you’re feeling hotter than a vindaloo. Probably best to improvise than boil alive, so what’s the best approach out there. First and foremost, get to a tap or other water source to start cooling down. The blood vessels in your wrists and neck (and groin for that matter) are very close to the surface and hence a good target for cooling off. Start by wetting the whole of your head and neck and then leave the cool water running over your wrists. I guarentee you’ll feel better after a few minutes.

If you actually want to follow in the footsteps of the mulleted hero though, you really need to make something. Get hold of some fabric e.g. a thin scarf, torn collar of T shirt, bandana etc. and use it in a similar way to the menoscarf above. For maximum chillage wet it, swing it above your head a couple of times so that its nice and frosty and apply it to the neck or wrists. Even better fill it with ice, but make sure that you wash the booze off it first. If you’re really feeling boiling, you can also do this with your top (although, if you’re a girl and you’re wearing a white top, this may not be advisable). Once you’ve got yourself wet, you need to dry out again … one of the fringe benefits of the smoking ban is that clubs now have to let you outside (which was a very rare occurance back in the old days) so go out and let the breeze help cool you off. If you can get hold of a large piece of paper (a poster would be ideal) you can turn it into a massive concertina fan to help along with the process NB If the poster you take is A0 size, you may need someone else to fan you… Pharoah style

Of course a real Macguyver approach would involve breaking into the DJ booth to steal some dry ice, reverse engineering a fridge into an A/C unit or perhaps using a strong endothermic reaction between common household substances. While these are all viable options, there are some issues. By the time that they are ready a) you’d probably be much hotter than before you started and b) the event would be over. Oh and c) playing with household chemicals is as likely to horrifically maim you as creating a nice cooling effect. Anyway, I digress…

Love, Peace and a chilled out summer to all,

D

Election time blues

Posted: April 25, 2010 in Random
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So true, and as the UK election stumbles even closer I can’t help wondering whether the choice offered is essentially… Would you like a poke in the eye or a kick in the nuts? Please place your choice in the tickbox below.

Having said that as we’re having more of a 3 horse race at the moment you might want to add a 3rd option to the choice above, how about an elbow to the solar plexus. I don’t really have anything against Nick Clegg, but after all he’s still a politician.

While some people I know take what they say very seriously, they never get held to account after they’ve been elected so why even bother listening. In all fairness the only reason I would usually vote is to keep the BNP out of power but they’re not even running in my area. I suppose I should be thankful.

Love and Peace

Dataphiles

Sometimes you read something that really makes you pissed

For me this is pretty much it …

Imagine the scene, you’re a young struggling musician sitting on a train trying to come up with some good track titles (which, from experience can be a really frustrating process) and start jotting down some existing song titles for inspiration. Say you choose amonst others All These Things That I’ve Done by The Killers and Take Me Out by Franz Ferdinand. Then, the glorious British Transport Police escorts you off the train for ‘acting suspiciously’.

Honestly?

For me there are two major ironies in this… firstly if anyone was actually doing anything suspicious like say making an architectural drawing of a station or designing new type of bomb the BTS probably wouldn’t even care, they seem to spend all their time glowering at clubbers coming out of Farringdon station or stopping people knocking back a beer. Secondly, the fact that this has become so public might have given The Magic Mushrooms (the band involved) some free publicity. Unfortunately I cant find a web address so I can add to it (or rather there are rather a lot of bands called the magic mushrooms out there) so if anyone knows one please comment it below

Love and Peace

Dataphiles

d written down were The Killers‘All These Things That I’ve Done’, although he had simply written “killers” rather than the band’s full name. Another track written down was ‘Take Me Out’ by Franz Ferdinand.

26 hour days?

Posted: February 26, 2010 in Random
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I’ve had some major issues with my sleep recently, even when I’ve been exhausted my body wants to stay awake too late. As if the day is too short to contain the amount of waking activities and sleep that I need.

Sometimes I wonder if my body clock would work better if the days were longer, I reckon 25-26 hours would be good. All I need to do is find a nice planet to live on with a suitable spin 😉

Alternately I could always become an eco campaigner … using tidal power actually slows down the earth’s spin, I reckon if everyone started using it in a millenium or two I’d be sorted

Love and Peace

Dataphiles

Different Flavours of Spam

Posted: January 11, 2010 in Random
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One of the joys of owning a blog, is having to deal with all of the spam comments that are posted here. Although Akismet deals with  most of them, there are usually a few waiting around whenever I log in.

Some of them I delete instantly… I’m assuming that anyone who’s reading this would be able to find nude pictures of Miley Cyrus, Kim Kardashian (whoever she is) or Brittney without having to resort to scanning through the comments of a music blog. Likewise I’m sure that a bar is probably a better location to find hot available singles in your area than my website.

Some of it though I am sometimes tempted to keep up, either its some vaguely harmless self-promotion, or just downright funny. Spam poetry is always a particular favourite of mine, I often wonder how they even come up with the stuff. The hardest to delete though are the misspelled complimentary ones, they are often quite touching, until you find the same comment posted on 5 other blogs, all linking to the same dodgy website.

Its just a shame that spammers often analyse websites for previous spamming to see if its vulnerable, so inevitably it all ends up being deleted.

Love and Peace

Dataphiles

On second thoughts

Posted: January 10, 2010 in Random
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I’ve wished loads of people a good decade over the last week or so, but what decade is it?

‘The Noughties’ has got to be the worst name for a decade we’ve ever had (then again before the noughties we never had to really think about it)

What’re we going to call this one though: The Tens? The Teens? The Double Digits?

Personally I think all available options sound a bit rubbish, hopefully the quality of the years will be better than the quality of the name 😉

Love and Peace

Dataphiles

Normal service resumed

Posted: January 10, 2010 in Random

My old laptop died in comedy fashion (now turning it on just yields patterns of pretty colours), so I’ve been without internet for a while. My new one arrived in the post yesterday so normal service has resumed. All that’s left to say is to wish everyone a very happy 2010 and a successful decade

Love and Peace

Dataphiles

Smokeless Jazz??

Posted: December 31, 2009 in Random
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I went to a Jazz club this evening, first time I’ve been since the smkoing ban. It was quite surreal to be able to fully see the acts, and the other people you’re crammed up against in proper Jazz club style. I’m not entirely convinced that coming out smelling of other people is better than smelling of smoke but hey, you tend to come out smelling of other people everywhere you go now.

Still the venue was pretty cool, going for a raised approach instead of underground, in quite surreal surroundings. So if you’re in Stoke-Newington and need a Jazz fix check out The Vortex

Love and Peace

Dataphiles

May the mix be with you – DJ yoda

Posted: November 30, 2009 in Random
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I went to the newly refurbished Plan B last night. Its new stripped down decor give’s it a fabric like feel, except for the fact that its actually pretty small. Having said that it does give that crowded moshy feel that you don’t get if there’s room to swing a cat … if you’re into the whole cat swinging thing

The music however was immense, especially DJ Yoda‘s cut up crazy stylings. I boshed so hard I think I may have screwed my back. Let’s face it, when else are you going to hear the Hawaii 5-0 theme in the middle of a mash-up.

Love and Peace

Dataphiles