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I've been in work now for almost a whole sidereal month, which has passed with a pace shocking and effortless. I am the Marathon Man of starting a new job and have now pushed through the wall so that it feels like the most natural thing. There's even been dental torture, as years of grinding my misaligned jaw has long since worn the enamel off one of my molars and this has not been happy.

If I wasn't on the emergency tax code I'd feel pretty good about the prospect of getting paid next week. As it stands I'm sure I'll fly into a libertarian outrage and smash the state.

Owing to the discovery that the line up of the Sonisphere festival at Knebworth in July is the greatest thing that has ever happened in the entire cultural history of Great Britain, I will be attending for the full three days. The sheer unlikelihood of seeing Megadeth, Metallica, Slayer, Motorhead, Anthrax, Mastodon and bizarrely and stunningly also the Mars Volta on a single line up is just amazing. Add to that bands I dislike but that stupider pricks than me love like Biffy Clyro, Weezer, Slipknot and the stercoraceous Limp Bizkit and it is one of the most obviously well put together festivals going. Fuck Glasto and fuck Reading by comparison, who may have good bands a plenty, but don't have the capacity to surprise.

Also, holy Crow, Etymotic HF3s are pretty great. Thank you Edinburgh Apple reseller for that steep discount.

In the first twenty minutes of stabbing at my iTunes library I learned that they are great for:

Destroy the Orcs - 3 Inches of Blood
Mirah - Cold Cold Water
The Cure - Lullaby (acoustic version)



Neither the Grados nor the Audio-Technicas I've gotten to know made as good of a first impression, and those are full-sized headphones. Everything about them is good: fast response, deep, detailed, impressive separation, transparent. Now we're talking. Amusingly, they're advertised as being 85% accurate; Etymotic are nothing if not scientific. That 15% extra is going to cost you, mate.

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