Jay Oh

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Explore Everything: Place-hacking the City by Bradley Garrett
16 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Explore This, 9 Oct 2013
First up, 'Explore Everything' is an exhilarating first-person account of 3-4 years exploring London and beyond, all ingenious plans, dizzying heights, run-ins with security and general jaw-dropping derring do. (The Forth Rail Bridge climb terrified me.) Brad tells a yarn with panache and wears his emotions on his sleeve - the excitement, the fear, the come-down.

The book's full of photography from the explorations, which really helps imagine where they've been (and just what the difference is between a storm drain and a super-sewer). And from them you can also understand what motivates people to go urban exploring in the first place - the different perspective on the city (and,… Read more
Philips HF3320 goLITE BLU Energy SAD Light by Philips
1.0 out of 5 stars Very unreliable, 18 Dec 2012
Mine doesn't work, or doesn't work consistently. I don't know if it's the adaptor or a problem with the power cable, but the light either doesn't turn on at all, or flashes blue for a second before going dead. On a few occasions it's worked fine but then the next morning it's totally unresponsive. The manual offers no explanation, and the case is sealed so I can't see if any wire's loose internally. Very frustrating.

I wouldn't recommend buying this one from "Fong stores" in the Netherlands (via Amazon) because it's left me with no return or refund opportunities. I didn't save any money over the main version sold direct by Amazon (or other UK retailers) - instead I wasted 120.
Bad Voltage by Jonathan Littell
Bad Voltage by Jonathan Littell
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Messy. Gorgeous., 7 Nov 2012
Essentially cyberpunk fanfiction - William Gibson re-written through the lens of the Paris catacombs, featuring a multi-ethnic, polysexual crowd of streetpunks with a major amphetamine habit and a the group slogan "Skate or Die". If this sounds brilliant, it is.

What I love about the book are also its flaws - it's raw, naked, written with a visceral intensity and the pretentious posturing that only a 21-year old can communicate. It is essentially wish fulfilment on the author's behalf - a white guy writing a set of experiences he doesn't know in order to express emotional truths he does - and his dissatisfaction with bourgeois society.

14 years later Littell wrote a… Read more