So the rumour mill has September pegged as the release date for Muse’s new album. I’m in the pre-excitement stage of half worrying / half preparing. Everytime Muse release something new, Matt spins wild stories to the press hinting at electronica, ABBA, folk, classical and electro-punk-neo-goth-metal influences. It always turns out to be classic Muse. There’s a definite progression in their music, but it’s still built on that solid Musey foundation we’ve all learned to love. But it doesn’t stop me worrying. What if they fuck it up this time?
And then there’s the Muselive side of things. The traffic to the site will increase exponentially as the album launch date draws closer. We’ve already seen a 30% increase in traffic over the last month - and there’s still 6 months to go till D-Day. We’ll be upgrading the server over Easter to prepare for the extra demand, yet more money down the drain. Then there’s the mandatory 18 months of touring - we’ll have to maintain and update the site on an almost hourly basis. I’m going to be working full time in The City, so this is going to prove tricky, but I’ll find a way :-).
On a lighter note, our April Fools plans are gearing up nicely
Today I handed in my final year project - 24 pages of pure, unadulterated physicsy heaven. The only small issue popped up when I forgot to hand in my interim report at the same time - alas, a good friend of mine (milliams) is in the same situation and will be handing mine in when he perpendiculates to campus later.
But now the supper happy funtimes can begin! Starting with… printing, cutting and popping little bits of paper into 100 poster tubes. You wouldn’t believe how time consuming it is… and I think my back may snap at any moment now. The things I do for Muselive, eh ;).
So what’s in store for Easter? I’m going skiing on Sunday to the Dolomites which should be amazo, and then back to Cornwall to revise for my exams in April / May / June. Not fun. I’m hoping to get a bit more PHP experience over the holidays - I have some pretty interesting ideas which might make their way onto ML soon, but I need to better understand the language I’ll be coding in first!
The new Yeah Yeah Yeahs album is pretty good.
I think I might have finally finished my final year project. I’m going to wait until this evening to indulge myself in front of the TV with a beer, but I can almost feel the weight lifting!
A caption for an abstract? I THINK NOT.
On an unrelated note, the company (Sinclair Megaprinter Ltd. - yes, you.) who were supposed to manufacture and ship the posters for muselive.com are not returning my calls. I placed an order for a batch of posters over a month ago, and they have been unbelievable - I have still yet to receive the posters. Instead I have decided to order them from another company, at over twice the cost, who guarantee delivery by Friday. Anger anger.