The Taxman’s Robot Wants to Steal My Voice

July 8, 2017

I had to ring up Her Majesty’s Customs & Revenue on Monday.

I did the usual – giving up my date of birth, first line of address, postcode.

Then something odd happened. The recorded voice said that the next time I phoned up they would use my voice to identify me and that I should record my voice now so they could do so.

It didn’t ask my permission to do this, didn’t give me an opt in or an opt out. So I didn’t say anything. Eventually the voice said “we’ll do this next time”.

Oh no we won’t.

It is possible given my failing memory that at some point in the past I signed up to this. However since I’m the kind of person who has not one but two twitter accounts but still refuses to give Twitter his phone number, this seems unlikely. If I did give permission, I take it back now. This blog post means I am unticking the box.

My voice is my data. Trying to “nudge” people into  giving up a recording of their voice without explicit permission must surely be a breach of some kind of data protection or privacy policy. At the very least, the “user journey” here is poor. The assumption in the language is that I’m happy to record my voice. I should be asked, explicitly, whether I want to record my voice or not.

The last thing I need is the Government recording my voice, the recording then being hacked, and used by a criminal to impersonate me.

Here’s a recording of a short fragment of the message:

Every time an automated till in my supermarket flashes red for no reason,  I mutter to myself that these machines should be our servants, not our masters.

Resist our robot overlords!

And rebel against their designers!


Sunday listening: “High Heels Police” #blues

July 2, 2017

behind your back

with their clickety clack

you better cover up

they dont wanna see you

high heels police words

A “Wail of Sound” production.


Why @DeathValleyGrls are cool in one picture and one tweet

June 7, 2017

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(I still can’t quite believe I saw my two favourite bands of right now @DeathValleyGrls and @TheDartsUS, together, for free, only two weeks ago. Thanks to @BITCHCRAFTBTN for the night, to @simonphopkins for the hospitality and @bspeed8 for the tweet)

 

 


@DeathValleyGrls on tour – February 2017

April 17, 2017

Death Valley Girls – The Hope and Ruin Brighton – 2nd February 2017

via Death Valley Girls — 16 Beasley St Photography

Yet more pictures of my current favorite band…

This was the tour where I saw them in London…

May! Brighton! #rocknroll !


@DeathValleyGrls on tour last year

April 17, 2017

San Francisco / Reno / Eugene / Seattle / Vancouver / Portland / Tacoma Spokane / Boise / Salt Lake City / Denver / Lawrence Shot with: Konica Hexar AF / Fujifilm Instax Mini 90 / Canon Rebel 2000

via On Tour with Death Valley Girls —

I missed this excellent set of photos from last year so I’m rectifying that now…

Onwards to Brighton in May!


Easter Weekend listening: “Fake News” #fakenews

April 15, 2017

DJ Southwold at the controls. Comedy ambient karaoke.

Chocolate is one of the healthiest things you can eat, but too much news makes your belly ache…

Happy Easter!


Weekend listening: “Woven Brand Crumble”

March 25, 2017

So this conversation happened on Twitter. And I thought to myself, “I’d like to see Sarah Brand playing with Woven Entity… How can I make that happen?”

Featuring:

A section of Sarah Gail Brand’s improvisation from Free Range’s Wintersound:

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A loop from “Trissh” by Woven Entity:

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A mystery voice!

Thanks to @sarahgailbrand @Free_Range_ @WovenEntity  @astrogarage and Sam from Free Range.

Follow them!


R C Churchill biography

March 11, 2017

From the dust jacket of “A Short History of the Future”



#rocknroll – update – @deathvalleygrls @thecoathangers @TheDartsUS @ppeachclubb

February 8, 2017

I was going to write a long blog post about how the internet has made music better.

But pictures and sound speak louder than words:

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Thanks to @DeathValleyGrls for a fantastic evening last Friday and @carlasalvatore for the photo. People are too uptight! They need to loosen up!

CDs are a rubbish way of listening to music aren’t they. Bits of plastic tat. No wonder vinyl is making a comeback. I’m only got my @TheCoathangers CD at Christmas and already it’s scratched on one of my favorite tracks. This one:

It’s only February and @thedartsUS “My Heart is A Graveyard” is going to be difficult to beat as track of the year:

So which of these bands am I going to be lucky enough to see next?

Death Valley Girls say they’ll be back in May, a The Coathangers UK tour is rumored, and The Darts are in France in May which is not that far… But it might be easiest to see @ppeachclubb as they come from Norwich, not LA…

It’s too late to stop now!


Weekend listening: “Dead White Male” #deadwhitemale

January 14, 2017

2017 gets off to rousing start with DJ Southwold‘s magical sophisticated rhythms and some elderly geezer “singing”…

“He’s a mansplainer/it’s a no brainer”

punk’s not dead!