God Is In The TV: Track Of The Day #: Rev Rev Rev – Catching A Buzz

This is going to break hearts and have My Bloody Valentine devotees all a swoon for Italian shoegazing dream poppers Rev Rev Rev are shortly to release ‘Catching a Buzz’ – an effects pedal drenched head trip that ought by rights to set the floppy fringed purists among you all blurry eyed and lost in a lovelorn psychedelic oblivion not to revrevsay proving something of a treat for admirers of the much adored Dead Leaf Echo to seek out.


As ever with these things though we here prefer the more woozy and dare we say fracturing offering over on the flip for ‘Blue on Red’ is the kind of bubble grooving strut kissed sky parting stratospheric haziness that used to fry the groove of platters jettisoning into record world orbit with the seal of quality name Skyray upon their sleeving.

Rev Rev Rev have just added more UK shows to their debut UK tour. Having toured across Italy, Austria, Germany, Slovenia and the Czech Republic they are now gearing up for their first ever UK shows in late October, which now run as follows:

Oct 24 – The Shacklewell Arms, London (supporting Damo Suzuki)

Oct 25 – The Rafters, Maidstone

Oct 26 – Plymouth – Tiki Bar

Oct 27 – Nottingham – The Doghouse

Oct 28 – Edinburgh – Opium

Oct 29 – BLOC, Glasgow

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Digital Inspiration Technology Blog Add Collaboration Features to your Website with a Line of Code

Tools like Google Docs include real-time collaboration features that let multiple people work on the same document or spreadsheet at the same time. Then you have screen sharing tools, join.me or Chrome Remote Desktop for example, where there’s a master presenter and remote viewers can follow along.

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TogetherJS is a Mozilla project that brings similar collaboration features to your own website but without any coding. Once enabled, visitors to your website will be able to interact with each other on your site in real time.

They’ll able to see each other’s cursor (like in Google Docs), the clicks are highlighted and the screen content stays synchronized. Visitors will also have the ability to text chat and audio chat (using WebRTC) with each other while staying on your website. All this and more with a line of code.

Add TogetherJS to your own Website

To get started, all you have to do is insert a little JavaScript snippet anywhere on your web page(s). There are several configuration parameters available for the widget but we will use the default settings to keep things simple.

<script>
  TogetherJSConfig_autoStart  = true;
</script>
<script src="http://ift.tt/1vtXj93;

This will add a little floating widget to your website that will be visible to all visitors. They can click the “+” button in the widget to generate a unique TogetherJS URL. Anyone who clicks this URL will be able to interact with each other on your page in real time. It can’t get any simpler.

I have put up a quick page where you can test TogetherJS capabilities. Click the “+” icon and send the unique URL to another person to chat in real-time.

Add TogetherJS to any Website

There’s more. You can add TogetherJS features to any web page on the Internet with the help of a bookmarklet.

<a class="bookmarklet" href="javascript:(function(e,t,n){var r=function(){var t=function(e){e=e||10;var t='abcdefghijklmnopqrstuvwxyzABCDEFGHIJKLMNOPQRSTUV0123456789';var n='';for(var r=0;rTogetherJS

This bookmarklet will load the TogetherJS library on the current web page and you can give the chat session a unique name. Another person can launch the bookmarklet on the same page on their own computer, enter the same session name and you’ll be instantly connected.

You can co-browse, watch each other’s activity or chat atop the page.


This story, Add Collaboration Features to your Website with a Line of Code, was originally published at Digital Inspiration on 30/09/2014 under Bookmarklet, Web Design, Internet

Anthony Hilton: Limited success for pensions plan, but it’s not a fix-all – Evening Standard


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Anthony Hilton: Limited success for pensions plan, but it’s not a fix-all
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Anthony Hilton: Limited success for pensions plan, but it’s not a fix-all. Anthony Hilton. Published: 30 September 2014. Updated: 11:27, 30 September 2014. An American politician once said there was no success in politics, only less-dramatic failures.

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God Is In The TV: Marianne Faithfull -’Give My Love To London.’ (Dramatico)

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This year marks fifty years since the 17-year old Marianne Faithfull was spotted at a party by Rolling Stones manager Andrew Loog Oldham and a mere three months later found herself having a hit with a cover of the Stones’ ‘As Tears Go By.’ The ups and downs and fictionalisations of the following fifty years have been well-documented, but it’s not just the fact that she’s had an impressive biography, she’s released some damn fine records, too.

Unless you’re one of those cynics constantly snarling ‘so what?’ at absolutely bloody everything, the list of collaborators involved with the making of her twentieth studio album is nothing less than staggering, even before you’ve heard a note of the music. Lyrical collaborators include Nick Cave, Roger Waters, Steve Earle, and Anna Calvi, while musical contributors include Portishead’s Adrian Utley, Brian Eno, Ed Harcourt, and the Bad Seeds’ Warren Ellis and Jim Sclavunos.

Of course, the best ingredients in the world won’t necessarily add up to make a fine meal if it’s done badly. The good news is that the main star here is Ms Faithfull herself and this is a fine, fine album. If you’ve ever heard ‘Why D’Ya Do It?’ from her undisputed masterpiece, 1979′s Broken English, you know that she can do anger – and that’s shown here again on ‘Sparrows Will Sing’ and ‘Mother Wolf’ with her railing against the state of the world. The title track is ambiguous – ‘paradise to hell’ with a love of the city and yet it’s a city lit by the light of the moon and riot fire.

The involvement of no less than three of Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds here casts a spell over the album, and to these ears, the finest tracks are the beautiful ‘Deep Water’ which they co-wrote and Cave’s song ‘Late Victorian Holocaust’ which he wrote for her. And the final, closing cover of ‘I Get Along Without you Very Well’ is simply heartbreaking (I can’t find any record of her having recorded ‘If You Go Away (Ne Me Quitte Pas)’ but I’d love to hear her do it).

The mark of any fine record is the fact that a) I started to listen to it again as soon as I had finished playing it and b) even though I was sent this, I’d be happy to spend my own money on this album.

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

Give My Love To London is released by Dramatico on September 29.

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God Is In The TV: NEWS: AIF presents The Festival Congress

With the outdoor festival season at an end, festival organisers are heading to Cardiff for a 2-day celebration and conference organised by the Association of Independent Festivals (AIF).

The event is a momentous coming together of the Association’s Founders, member festivals, broader industry and supporters, with a speaker line up that includes AIF Co-Founder Rob da Bank (Bestival / BBC6 Music), Martin Elbourne (Glastonbury/The Great Escape), Ivan Millivojev (Exit Festival/ Sundance Festival) and Jude Kelly (Southbank Centre).

The Congress will focus on the key targets and agenda for collective action within the festival industry. As well as presentations on subjects, such as audience trends and live music’s economic impact, conference panels and breakout sessions will cover a wide range of topics like ticketing, international festivals and festival curation.

The Festival Congress is taking place 17th -18th October 2014 and is open to everybody who is involved in festivals, and anyone who is interested in becoming a part of this great industry.

For full conference schedule and ticket information click here.

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Digital Inspiration Technology Blog Restrict Google Forms to only Allow One Entry Per Person

You have created a survey using Google Forms but people have quickly figured out a way to game your poll and tilt the results in their favor. They are submitting multiple entries, and because Google Forms will not record the I.P. address or the email of the form submitter, it is nearly impossible for you to separate the duplicate submissions from the genuine entries.

How do you restrict Google Forms to only allow a single entry from a user?

If you are a Google Apps user, you can always restrict the Google Form to accept entries only from users who are part of your domain and the response spreadsheet will then record the username of the form submitter. However if you have a regular Gmail / Google Account, you have another option now to prevent multiple form submissions from the same user.

While creating the Google Form, click the Settings bar and turn on the option that says “Allow only one response per user.” When the unique option is enabled for a Google Form, respondents will have to sign-in with their Google account to access the form. Their email address won’t be recorded in the response sheet but Google Form will not allow another entry from the same Google Account.

If someone tries to fill the Google Form again, a warning message will be displayed saying “You’ve already responded. You can only fill out this form once. Try contacting the owner of the form if you think this is a mistake.”

This is by far the easiest approach though it does put your Google Form out of reach of people who do not have Google Account or those who are skeptical of associating the email address with their form entry (though this association is completely hidden from the form owner).

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This story, Restrict Google Forms to only Allow One Entry Per Person, was originally published at Digital Inspiration on 30/09/2014 under Google Forms, Internet

God Is In The TV: NEWS: Wire and One Inch Badge announce DRILL: BRIGHTON

Wire and One Inch Badge announced the next instalment of DRILL:FESTIVAL. Held in Brighton, this 4-day series of events is showcasing a spectacular line up that includes SWANS, Savages, Toy, Courtney Barnett, The Wytches, East India Youth, Telegram and Gold Panda.

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In February 1980 the first incarnation of Wire ended at the Electric Ballroom in Camden, with a classic performance eventually released as the ‘Document & Eyewitness’ live album. Three decades on from that infamous gig, Wire released ‘Change Becomes Us’, which was linked to the creation of DRILL:FESTIVAL.  Following successful ventures in London and Seattle, DRILL:BRIGHTON is Wire’s biggest & most ambitious bill to date, incorporating over 100 bands as well as a broader cultural programme of films, talks and exhibitions.

DRILL:BRIGHTON is taking place across 14 venues between 4th and 7th December 2014.

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Dave Hill | The Guardian: Boris Johnson acknowledges City concerns cycle superhighways consultation | Dave Hill

Londons mayor has acknowledged business community worries about his flagship scheme that were questioned by his cycling policy adviser

Last weeks release of Transport for London data estimating the effects on other road-users of Boris Johnsons most ambitious cycle superhighway plan was accompanied by a conciliatory message from the mayor. He stressed that the design is by no means set in stone and that we will work hard with all parties to improve [it] in order to get the right result for London.

Johnsons overture was to an important audience – his natural allies in Londons business community and the City who had complained that essential information about the superhighways possible effects on Londons economy, traffic levels and pedestrians had not been supplied. It appears that these things trouble Johnson too. Business sources (as they say) have reported that when he digested the TfL data he went mad.

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God Is In The TV: Idlewild return with special announcement and Scottish Tour

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After a five year break, beloved Scottish band Idlewild will return with a special announcement expected on Steve Lamacq‘s BBC 6Music show on November 3rd 2014.

The band are also heading out in October on a sold out acoustic tour of the Scottish Highlands and Islands.

Since forming In Edinburgh in 1995, Idlewild have released seven studio albums (two of which debuted in the UK top ten) and 12 top 40 UK singles. Their blend of melodic rock with poetic lyrics has taken them all over the world as a headline act, as well as supporting the likes of U2REM and Pearl Jam. They are one of Scotland’s most respected and loved bands.

You can watch Idlewild perform their acoustic show at one of the following dates below:

  • October 3rd – Tobermory, Isle of Mull An Tobar
  • October 4th – Tobermory, Isle of Mull, An Tobar SOLD OUT
  • October 5th – Duart Castle, Isle of Mull SOLD OUT
  • October 6th – Sleat, Isle of Skye, Sabhal Mòr Ostaig
  • October 7th – Stornoway, Isle of Lewis, An Lanntair
  • October 9th – Ullapool, Arch Inn SOLD OUT
  • October 10th – Stathpeffer Pavillion
  • October 11th – Kirkwall, Orkney Islands, Arts theatre
  • October 13th – Findhorn Universal Hall
  • October 14th – Aviemore Old bridge inn SOLD OUT
  • October 15th – Banchory Woodend barn SOLD OUT
  • October 16th – Birnam Arts centre SOLD OUT
  • October 17th – Musicport festival, Whitby pavilion


For the latest Idlewild news, check out the band’s official website.

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