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In the unlikely event you haven't seen me plugging this on Twitter and FB, please allow me to introduce my new band, DMGM. This is the first music I've released in nine years. 

I know I’m usually self-deprecating to the point where I’ll claim everything I’ve ever done is rubbish, but I’m really proud of these songs: David and I have worked really hard on them and put our hearts and souls into the music, and I’d be very grateful to anyone who can help get the music to more people. If you like what you hear I’d really appreciate it if you could share the songs with others.

Incidentally, if anybody’s looking for instrumental music for a video they’re doing, a podcast they’re making, a radio show or whatever, I’m quite happy to get instrumental versions of the songs to you – drop me an email, gary at this website address. And I’d love to hear from anyone with visual ideas to go with the songs, because our video budget is exactly zero.

The link here is to bandcamp, where you can stream, download for free or name your price. Spotify, iTunes, Google Play, Amazon etc links aren't up yet but the music should end up pretty much anywhere you might want to hear music.
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This ties in with something I've been thinking about recently - the horrible misogyny of some parts of the internet - not just things like this, although they're awful, but the below-the-fold horrors of online comment sites too, where the treatment of women beggars belief. I've been trying and failing to write a column about it for months.
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Frape isn't funny.

Of course - nipping onto your partner's iPhone and spamming their feed is funny. It can be hilarious. It's the word "frape" that's problematic.

The geek community has form for its casual denigration of the word "rape". I've written about it before (http://bit.ly/qoZejz).

The "George Lucas raped my childhood" era was the gateway, a decade long cultural erosion of a word's power and weight. The word frape is its apathetic offspring. It's what happens when you forget what words mean. What the actions behind them are. When you stop caring.
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Last time I checked men can also be raped, so why does that mean only women can be insulted by the (mis)use of the word? Largely as there's cultural bias, perhaps one would go as far to say a misandry within the culture when it comes to power and sex. I don't particularly like the term frape, rape's a horrible term and to associate it with what's usually something so trivial is puerile. But if you are going to, don't do it on the back of it's insulting to just women. Having said all of that, you may (or actually may not) want to check some of the hate filled gaming comments towards women, the world is full of idiots. ooh, here's a dedicated blog: http://fatuglyorslutty.com/
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I’m a freelance journalist, columnist, author, scriptwriter, novelist and radio talking head, and I write features, news stories and tutorials about technology, the Internet and pop culture for lots of UK magazines (and a few non-UK ones too). 

My debut novel, Coffin Dodgers, is on sale now. I’ve also written several books for young musicians, one book on homeworking and one on laptops, and I’ve co-authored lots of computing and music books, some of which I can talk about and some of which I can’t. Before getting into journalism I played guitar in a band. As you may have guessed, I didn't become a pop star.
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