Selectadisc Closing Down

This is terrible news.

I grew up in Nottingham and bought my very first records in Selectadisc many years ago. It all started with ACDC when I was 11, but by the time I was 14, I started buying New Order, the Smiths, Echo and the Bunnymen and Talking Heads records. With my limited pocket money, their second hand records enabled me to start a music collection that has grown to obscene levels now.

I also remember when they had Space Invader machines downstairs. A group of us used to go there during our lunch break from school and spend our pocket money on shooting down space ships.

With Jimmy Sirrell dying recently, what great institutions are left in Nottingham? Maybe Rock City?


Here is an article that strikes a chord with today’s feeling of powerlessness to influence the political debate. An erudite polemic that barely puts a word wrong.

Charlie Brooker: To politicians, we’re little more than meaningless blobs on a monitor | Comment is free | The Guardian .




Gatehouse, originally uploaded by Andrew Eberlin.

An early experiment with HDR software.


Avoncliffe Aquaduct, originally uploaded by Andrew Eberlin.

I really like the Poladroid application. It processes your photo like a polaroid and produces some very nice effects as you can see with this photo of Avoncliffe Aquaduct.

This is a short passage from Stephen Fry’s latest blog post about smartphones. It is about how good the iPhone is and how poor its competitors were and are. It should also inspire one to strive to be better in one’s life.


Don’t you sometimes long to be CEO of a company like Sony Ericsson, Samsung, Nokia or Microsoft? So that you can say to your coders, your designers, your development teams and your software architects: “Not F***ing Good Enough. I haven’t said ‘Wow’ yet. I haven’t gasped with pleasure, amusement or admiration once. Start again. Not F***ing Good Enough.


via The New Adventures of Mr Stephen Fry.

2008 Playlist


Here it is: the eagerly awaited eberlin playlist for 2008:

Standing Next To Me – Last Shadow Puppets

Olympic Airways – Foals

Your Protector – Fleet Foxes

The Rip – Portishead

Lump Sum – Bon Iver

Supernatural Superstitious – REM

Uh – Fujiya & Myagi

Heavyweight Champion of the World – Reverend and The Makers

Always The Quiet One – Wedding Present

No Need To Cry – British Sea Power

Biko – Bloc Party

Elvis – These New Puritans

Weather To Fly – Elbow

Too Clever By Half – The Long Blondes

Happiness – Goldfrapp

Shut Up And Let Me Go – The Ting Tings

Echoes – I Was A Club Scout

Sex On Fire – Kings of Leon

Strange Overtones – David Byrne and Brian Eno

Clowns – Brett Anderson

Glen’s Goo – The Dead Texan

In no particular order:

Antidotes – Foals

For Emma, Forever – Bon Iver

The Age of Understatement – The Last Shadow Puppets

Fleet Foxes – Fleet Foxes

Lightbulbs – Fujiya & Miyagi

The Seldom Seen Kid – Elbow

Do You Like Rock Music? – British Sea Power

Missiles – The Dears

Intimacy – Bloc Party

Wilderness – Brett Anderson

I Want You To Know That There Is Always Hope – I Wish I Was A Cub Scout

Only By The Night – Kings of Leon