Archive for August, 2010

Just For Money

Wednesday, August 11th, 2010

If I said to you “Paul Hardcastle”, then you’d probably reply “Who?” or “N-n-n-n-nineteen” and look quite pleased with yourself.  If you were to be feeling particularly smug, you might mention the shocking cricket-based cover version of 19 by Rory Bremner.

It’s a bit of a shame that that’s all people seem to remember of Paul Hardcastle.  Many years ago I possessed a second-hand Smash Hits tape which had been half taped-over by its previous owner, obliterating Big Fun in favour of various mixes of Hardcastle’s latest singles.  Alongside 19 was Just For Money, this excellent synth track which my naive mind assumed contained samples of Del Boy & Rodney.   After IDing and tracking it down on 12″ many years later, I was surprised to find that the actual samples are (in order of incredulity) Hardcastle himself, Bob Hoskins, and Laurence Olivier.

Worth a listen.

Paul Hardcastle (feat. Bob Hoskins & Laurence Olivier) – Just For Money

Autowhack 0.4 available

Tuesday, August 10th, 2010

A quick note to announce the availability of Version 0.4 of Autowhack, the handy GUI for automatically compressing Javascript and CSS.  This version adds support for compressing CSS as well as Javascript (a godsend for the project I’m working on, at least) and also remembers your settings between runs of the application.

This version’s a beta which I whipped together last night, so there are a couple of known issues to be aware of which are detailed on Autowhack’s Shinypixel Labs page.