Chapman Stick Chapstick

I wonder if the Chapman Stick manufactuers (presumably Mr Chapman) have considered an integrated Chapman Stick Chapstick.

There must be times when Chapman Stick players are tapping away on their strangely fretted but percussive instruments and think: “Darn! Aren’t my lips devoid of moisture … if only there was some kind of lip moisture device integrated into this invention of musical ability.”

Or vice versa.

I imagine that there may have been moments when ordinary members of the worldwide citizenship alliance (or whatever the so-called general public are called these days) are in the process of moistening their lips by rubbing them on the waxy column that they have recently twisted from their store-purchased chapstick, when all of a sudden they have an overwhelming desire to recreate the recorded tunes of Mr Tony Levin.

I imagine that this will also most likely lead to other instrument-beauty-product mash-ups.

Such as:

  • Cello with integrated with balm spout (the Cell-o-balm (spout))
  • Piano with built-in shampoo (I call it the Shampiano)
  • Kazoo with breath-freshener mints dispenser (the Kazoo-o-fresh)

Lessons from history

Interesting article in The Independent last Wednesday (that I’m only now getting around to reading): Robert Fisk: The only lesson we ever learn is that we never learn.

A few snippets:

To their monumental hubris, these little men who took us to war five years ago now prove that they have learnt nothing. Anthony Blair – as we should always have called this small town lawyer – should be facing trial for his mendacity.

Instead, he now presumes to bring peace to an Arab-Israeli conflict which he has done so much to exacerbate. And now we have the man who changed his mind on the legality of war – and did so on a single sheet of A4 paper – daring to suggest that we should test immigrants for British citizenship.

Question 1, I contend, should be: Which blood-soaked British attorney general helped to send 176 British soldiers to their deaths for a lie? Question 2: How did he get away with it?


… it is a fact that the total of US dead in Iraq (3,978) is well over the number of American casualties suffered in the initial D-Day landings at Normandy (3,384 killed and missing) on 6 June, 1944, or more than three times the total British casualties at Arnhem the same year (1,200).

… Indeed, the Iraqi civilian death toll since our invasion is now greater than the total number of British military fatalities in the Second World War, which came to an astounding 265,000 dead (some histories give this figure as 300,000) and 277,000 wounded. Minimum estimates for Iraqi dead mean that the civilians of Mesopotamia have suffered six or seven Dresdens or – more terrible still – two Hiroshimas.

The word “shocking” doesn’t even come close.

Cube247 review in PC Advisor

Nice to see a favourable review of the Cube247 Serpens ST6 in the May 2008 edition of PC Advisor magazine.


  • 2.4GHz Core 2 Quad Q6600
  • Windows Vista Home Premium
  • 4GB DDR2 RAM
  • 500 GB Hard drive
  • 22″ display
  • 2 x GeForce 9600GT
  • 12 x USB 2.0
  • 2 x DVD drives
  • 5.1 speaker set


The pair of 9600GT, combined with 4GB of memory, make this a very powerful gaming system – although you’ll have to make do without a sound card and there’s little room for expansion.


You can of course upgrade the soundcard from the onboard card to the Creative SoundBlaster X-Fi Gamer for £69.

I’m still very fond of my upgraded Cube247 Scorpius ST6.