X Kyle M Thompson

Kyle Thompson's Internet Treehouse blog

Sunday, November 27, 2005

Rotary Dial Mobile Phone

For some reason, I just thought to Google "Rotary dial mobile phone", and found that someone has been crazy enough to create one, that they call the port-o-rotary.

It is simply too great. Who would not love to hear bells ringing and get out a big ol' 50 year old phone and talk away? If only I had $400 to spare, I would get one in an instant.

Wednesday, November 23, 2005


Had a bit of a mishap yesterday, was overtaking stationary traffic, and had a bit of a Vespa/car interface.

Aside the obvious damage, the wheel bearings have had it. I need to shop around and find how much it will cost to repair.

Friday, November 18, 2005

International Mixtapes Project

I have added 102 songs from nearly 6,000 in iTunes that I think are great, but are perhaps not heard that much these days, or even at all. Then I instructed iTunes to make 2 play lists of about 46 minutes, which I will now record on a cassette - yes, an actual cassette - and post to whomever the mixtapes chappy tells me to.

iTunes, via me, has picked:

Side A

1. Tishbite - Cocteau Twins
2. Lollipop - The Chordettes
3. Pulse - Ramshackle
4. What Time is Love? (Live) - The Williams Fairey Band
5. Dr Fell - Juliet Turner
6. Here I Stand - Milltown Brothers
7. Take the Skinheads Bowling - Camper Van Beethoven
8. Innocent - Addis Black Widow
9. Walk Like A Man - Devine
10. Bould O'Donoghue - Brendan Shine
11. Sikidim (Hepsi Senin Mi?) - Tarkan
12. Cool For Cats - Squeeze

Side B

13. Scooby Doo, Where are You? - Matthew Sweet
14. Video Killed The Radio Star - The Presidents of the United States of America
15. Down Town - The JAMMs
16. Yo Mama - Butterfingers
17. Man of Constant Sorrow - Rod Stewart
18. Dog - Dictation
19. Do The Whirlwind - Architecture in Helsinki
20. Raspberry Beret - Hindu Love Gods
21. Listen Like Thieves - Was (Not Was)
22. After All - The Frank and Walters
23. Try Try Try - Julian Cope
24. Fine Line - Hootie and the Blowfish

Some tracks elicit strong memories of how I discovered them.

Tishbite I heard on a Virgin flight to New York many years ago and loved immediately. I bought the album, but cannot remember any other track from it.
Lollipop - from the film Stand By Me
Pulse is a track from a promo album I bought for 50p in Ben's Collector's Records in Guildford, the shop with officially the most grateful owner in the world.
WTIL? came out just before I went to see the K2 Fuck The Millennium gig at the Barbican, Bill & Jimmy live on stage for 23 minutes only.
Dr Fell - Thanks Terry Wogan!
Here I Stand, Bould O'Donoghue (a rare moment of rockin' folk from the purple-haired-old-ladies' favourite), Scooby Doo, Dog, After All and Hootie and The Blowfish come from years of listening to Danny Baker.
Sikidim is a Turkish holiday classic.
Yo Mama is... well, it's Australian, right? Chorus: Yo mama's on the top of my things to do list, and the rest of the song in that vein.
Man of Constant Sorrow - in the 1960's, Rod Stewart was folky.

Sunday, November 13, 2005


This morning I left Bristol at 7:00, bound for London, and only got home at 23:00 - a long day, but fun.


I headed from Victoria, through Pimlico and Belgravia to Harrods - I had not been to Pimlico before and had not realised how nice it is. First thing I found a market, not only your usual fruit and veg, but also goats cheese quiches and the like. I bought a Pain au Chocolat.

Got to Harrods and realised the exhibition I had hoped to see had finished a month previously, not 15 November as I thought. Oops. Never mind, I had a chocolate eclair.

Walked from here through Hyde Park and Oxford street to Old Bond Street and across to the Apple Store on Regents Street - see photos in post below - and then through to Soho for the best pizza in London at Bar Room Bar, and on to Bloomsbury to see Jimmy Cauty's stamps at the Aquarium Gallery, then back to the West End via Heal's to Foyles where I had coffee and fun taking pictures of their sign in the dark:


Then headed back the way I came. All on foot, until I reached Marble Arch and realised I could walk no further, so got the tube.

More photos here http://kylet.co.uk/pictures/london2/

Saturday, November 12, 2005


Went to London today, and had a play in the Apple Store:


Saturday, November 05, 2005


Originally uploaded by kylet.
How great is this new iTunes album browser? It's even better in the artwork shuffling flesh.

Check it out CoverFlow


UK Parliament - Gunpowder PlotWikipedia - Guy FawkesCautese National Postal Disservice

Wednesday, November 02, 2005

Transparent desktop

Transparent desktop
Originally uploaded by kylet.
Lok carefully at the desktop image...

Tuesday, November 01, 2005

New job

Just had a phone call from a major Bristol hospital, I have the induction course for the bank HCA job I applied for, so it looks like the job is mine.

I am quite happy - this is the second such job I have been interviewed for, and I got both. It is nice to know that I am wanted.