How the score index works in muti

How the score index works in muti

So, after joining Muti (a digg type service for South Africa) on Wednesday, one of the first things that I noticed was that each of my submissions had a score attached to it. Immediately my sense of curiousity was sparked, and so was my competitive nature – what was this score jobbie, and how could i get mine to be higher than everyone else’s?

After scrounging around the muti site and reading all the support docs I could find, I finally realized that the answer was not on the muti site. At first this hacked me off a teensy bit (the inner OCD me coming out) but now I see why it’s not up there. Following the futile site digging i sent out a tweet with a #muti hashtag hoping that a) this hashtag existed and b)someone would be able to help.

As luck would have it, thakadu had just started following hashtags and we started conversing on tweet. Here’s the low down on muti scores:

(Oh, before i start – these scores will be removed from the muti site soon, and that’s why there’s no lit on them available anywhere.Take it away Thakadu)

Muti Scores

That score is a composite of “clicks” and votes. It is a holdover from the very early days of muti when I needed a way to differentiate posts before there were many voters. Its basically a weighted value for votes (right now I think its 15 points per vote) and “clicks” (I think its 9 points per click)

I say “clicks” in quotes because its not as simple as just plain clicks for the following reasons:

  1. Only the first 5 clicks at the same ip address are counted, this is so that you cant just repeatedly click on an item to raise its score.

  2. Many people (more than 60%) don’t use the muti site to read muti (They use rss, twitter, jaiku, jabber etc etc) ie its only clicks from the site (In the early days muti did not yet have all these alternate means of reading so it was more reflective)

  3. Some browsers quite simply don’t report the click accurately, most notably some versions of IE. (The click is an ajax call and some browsers simply ignore ajax when clicking away)

So as you can see its a very rough score it worked well in the early days but its pretty much obsolete now and one of these days I will probably remove it, most people look at the votes and not the score.

Thanks for taking the time to give me the lowdown thakadu! After less than one week as a part of the muti community, I think I can already say that I really like it here. Now if I could only get a t-shit out of them (nudge’s rafiq)

Felix Laband – Dark days down the stairs in June

I haven’t seen Felix in a while, and it’s been far too long. For many followers of the scene, South African ambient and chill starts and stops here, with Mr.Felix Laband. As an artist his records smack of perfectionism and are all lovingly crafted with a love of glitch and a respect for all things acoustic, from flutes to vibraphones.

I recently picked up a copy of 4/4 down the stairs after my first copy went missing a few years back, and what a welcome reunion it was. Like visiting an old friend who you’ve spent so many days and nights with. Who you know as well as they know you. The record moves from the barren “Jesus at the table” through to the undeniably funky “Donkey Rattle” with its delicious bad ass bassline all the way to the almost mischievous “Wilddogs.” As an album, there’s a depth to it that’s not often found in producers of Laband’s young age (he’s still in his twenties). Seemingly random samples suddenly make sense after the third of fourth listen of a track and suddenly a whole new layer is added to the soundscape.

Out of habit I’ve been trying to classify this album from the word go, but I’m having quite a bit of trouble doing so. Where will it sit in the CD rack? Somewhere left of Charles Webster and The Cinematic Orchestra is my guess, but not too far from Kid Loco or Kruder and Dorfmeister. While Laband displays some of the hallmarks of these genre defining artists, he falls into a genre all of his own. Lovingly constructed audio panoramas filled with hints of modern technology, snippets of the SA police force and drips and draps of well, Felix.

If you can find it, be sure to get your hands on a copy.


Gilles Peterson Podcasts

I was sniffing around on Gilles’ website today and found the podcast section which has proven to be seriously detrimental to my bandwidth! Jam packed with previews of his newer albums such as Digs America volume II and Brownswood volume II, there’s loads to keep any jazz, funk, brazilian or soul fan happy.

You can get to the podcast section here:

My favourite (at the moment) is the Cinematic Orchestra special podcast which has live versions of many of their tunes as well as an interview with GP.

These broadcasts are available as standalone downloads or you can subscribe via itunes.

While I’m on the topic of podcasts, Times Online has a great interview with Chicago legend Common available for download in their podcast directory. To get to it, search for Times Online in your iTunes store.

For now, that should keep you musically busy for the next week or two. Hopefully the next time I write I’ll be able to give some news on my own musical projects, which are slowly picking up speed here in Cape Town.



The History Lesson

It’s been said that in order to know where you’re going to, you need to know where you’re coming from. In my mind this adage applies to music just as it does to any other aspect of life. I order to fully appreciate and understand the music of today, we need to look to their influences of yesteryear. Yesterday’s maestros shaped today’s sound in a big way, especially in today’s digital world which allows samples to be dropped in with a swing of the wrist and the click of a mouse.
So, I’ve decided to add this Biography section, which will trace the beginnings of some of the bands and musos featured on the blog. With the help of the band sites, fan sites and the all knowing wikipedia, I hope to keep this fresh and informative. If you have any cool bios or would like to see any band info up here, drop me a line and i’ll see what I can do.

For now, keep it fresh

Down with the Brown

I blame Gilles. Yup, definitely Gilles. When i picked up my first copy of “WorldWide” by Gilles Peterson sometime back i was hooked. The laid back beats of Jazzanova or the legendary era defining flows of Digable Planets, he started something. Not long after the WorldWide revelation I was introduced to The Roots when a roomate played The Seed 2.0 at full volume first thing in the morning. Many more neo soul, nu jazz and chill influences where soon to follow – Jill Scott, Kruder and Dorffmeister, Dilated Peoples, Nightmares on Wax to name but a few. All of these influences collided to shape and form a diverse and distinct musical palette.

83 Brown is an outlet for this collage, somewhere I can keep a record of which flavour fell in where and just as important – where they’re on tour and which sites are safest and also most affordable to get the tracks we all love from.
Hopefully I’ll have a chance to post here soon again, but until then – keep the beats spinning.

Before I sign off- have a listen to this – It’s the Jazzanova remix of Fat Freddy’s Drop track FlashBack. I reckon it’s got great cross over potential and will be making it’s way into my sets soon,

You are here: And Saturday Night fever Rocks!

Yes, this is your newsletter. Yes, I know that its late. And Yes – Its a goodie :)Well at least I think it is. And why pray tell would I venture something so vain? Well read on and find out. Today you’ll hear about my weekend, my brain fart right idea and my not so bright idea. Sounds like the opening to soapie, but don’t worry – you feature in the soapie too.

Date: this morning (duh)
Time: 8:15am
Venue: My desk

First I need to get the formalities out of the way. Belated Happy birthday wishes to Jill from those of us who forgot (you know who you are you dodgy bastards) and thanks for a wikid party from those of us who were there. Also a hello and welcome back to Tara, my favourite and only Australian friend whose back from down south (Australia, not Plumstead)after a bit of a break. Last and quite possibly least of all are birthday wishes to Will-I-am, or as many of you know him, the FunGuy. The Least man celebrated his small day on the 17th. There, all done.
Now – the weekend. This weekend past actually started on Thursday night for me. The usual Thursday night game of pool with the boys place on Wednesday last week thanks to the Least man’s birthday, so I decided that Thursday night was a good nigh for a movie.Alone. Alone? But Why? Frankly, its cos no-one else wanted to watch Mission Imposible with me. (which I might add is the same reason I STILL haven’t seen the Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy (down College rd, right at the robots, just opposite the garage))
MI3 was fun, just enough of a plot to keep you there, plenty of Skop, Skiet and Donder and just a smidgen of eye candy to round off the package. All in all it was worth my 16 bucks.
Friday was a useless day all round. Groggy, moody, unproductive and tired. Plain useless, so all I did that night was fall asleep.
Saturday was Jill’s big day, which involved allot of driving, and walking, and waiting and ultimately allot of fun. The decor in the hall was super 70’s stylin and it was nice to see peeps dress up for the occasion. Nick Burkby, Rhodes House’s resident DJ laid down a thick slab of funk to which we all got down and the after party went down at my Casa, with some hilarious antics ensuing (isn’t that right Abie?) So that’s the weekend.Now for my brain fart.
In addition to this blog, I also maintain the One Night Stand website ( and 3 or four others. Now I’m starting a new one called What is it? Well its a place for all of us to load our party pics, regardless of where the party took place, cos lets face it. Good parties aren’t limited to Long street, so why should they be the only ones with their pics online? I’m not entirely sure of the mechanics at the moment, but I think it’ll work like an online photo album, you send me the pics along with the party details and I’ll create the album, add the info and then post the pics online for all the world to see. Or at least for you too see.
It’s moving towards 9 o clock now, and I need to get some work done. That means you’ll have to wait until tomorrow to hear my latest bad idea. If any of you has any feedback, drop me a mail and let me know. Gotta run,



Found this really cool clip of my current favourite comedian. Enjoy 🙂

Russell Peters – Asians


The Net is a funny place

Tara was good enough to send us this funny excerpt that she stumbled on while wasting time browsing mindless sites. In truth, I’m a little jealous cos I never find cool things like this when I waste my time browsing mindless sites…

Time machine for sale – – New Zealand…

Current bid: $11.52 |
Unfinished project.

Started making a machine to facillitate time travel,
unfortunately I just dont have the time to complete
Have had mixed results, so no guarantees.
Would suit DIY handyman with quantum physics
background or similar intersest.
No time wasters please !
Would consider swap for anti-gravity machine

Ask the seller a question
Do you have the flux capacitor to go with this? I can’t see it in the
photo.. posted by:

This model does not use a flux capacitor to reduce the time dilation
effect. Are you sure you know what you are doing ?

Does this run on mains? What’s the reserve? What will postage be to
Palmerston North? posted by: izzy_dude

The machine can be self powered if you can find a source of Uranium
235. Alternatively it can run of mains power supply. Postage
anywhere in NZ, anytime $5

haha. great stuff. +bids+ posted by: westyandseven

haha. If its so great why arent you bidding ?

I’ve got a space continuum transfunctioner. Would you consider
swaping it for that? It’s a bit rough and ready and blows a little bule
smoke but appears to be running ok. posted by: allmypukunui

space continuum transfunctioners are old school. I used to have one
and it blew blue smoke too, just before it blew up. Get rid of it now.

I’d like to go back & see my Great Uncle Rodney when he was 18
because he skulled a jug of beer in only 3.2 seconds & I’d certainly
like to see that! I’m pretty sure that I have the necessary skills to
complete the project too. I got a C+ in 4th form Science & two sticky
red stars. posted by: mrshin

Certainly an event worthy of time travel. And if any one can get this
puppy working, its you – with your fancy two red stars, and forth form

Will this machine be capable of going forwards as well as backwards it
time. I built one in 2052 that only went backwards and I haven’t been
able to get back to my time. I need one that can go boths ways so I
can come back to this time to feed the cat I have. posted by: jd10 (

interesting dilema, but simply answered by the formula : dt = dt’ . (1
– v²/c²)1/2 which i have designed the device around, in theory past
and future travel should be possible. I have sympathy for you and
your cat, but when amateurs play with time travel this is what

i looove it… its a master piece in progress ;p posted by: moooona

this is not a piece of conceptual art. it is a very serious quantum level
time travelling device – well would be if it worked.

Does it have fast forward, rewind and pause? posted by: izzy_dude

Time is a little more complicated than fast forwarding, rewinding and
pause. The time reference dilator is capable of such functions but the
theory behind it is somewhat unproven. It does have an eject button
if thats any help ?

Here’s a curly question… If I traveled back in time to when I was ten
years old, do you think it would be illegal for me to fondle my younger
self? posted by: absolut

in a court of law i believe what you are describing would be classed as
Self pleasure, or perhaps self abuse Either way both are perfectly
legal no matter what the age. If you were caught they would have
issues proving it via DNA anyway

Back in ’82, I used to be able to throw a pigskin a quarter mile. Would
this machine be able to take me back in time so I could take
State? p

you need to give up on your glory years, and live for the now. A
quarter mile is pretty impressive though, is that for real ?

Does the eftpos machine work on Pre-pay time credits or pay as you
travel? posted by: steve

i see you have mistaken the time defliberator for an old eftpos
machine. Easy mistake for beginners to time travel to make, they do
look similar.

If I am successful with my bid, do you think there is sufficient grunt in
the machine to go back to the beginning of this auction, wipe out all
memory of it, so I don’t have to pay you. posted by: bubbs29

if the auction dosnt take place, you would never have the time
machine, so you would be stuck in the past, with no machine to get
back to the present. time is a dangerous thing to play with, and you
really need to carefully consider the consequences, before you start
mucking with the past, and breaching time continuation

I have half of my cheese and tomato sandwich left from lunch, would
you consider a trade? posted by: adamstar

What kind of dressing ?

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You are here: Still waiting for the newsletter

For those of you who haven’t noticed, this week’s newsletter hasn’t been posted yet. It’s been a bit of a jam packed week,and i haven’t had any time to get it done.
if all goes according to plan, I’ll have it by tonight and you’ll have it by the morning. But thenytou know how I am with plans…

The cartoon below is courtesy of lameez ( ). It’s particularly relevant to this newsletter. If you dont know why, then we clearly don’t see enough of each other.

If you do get it, then screw you buddy. It’s not that bad.

Anyway, cheers till tomorrow.


The new Old Mutual Bank

Like you, I’ve been seeing the Old Mutual as with the woman who shops too much and pays too much in bank charges all the time. So i thought I’d giove Old Mutual a call and find out what the service entailed.

the deal is that you pay the fixed monthly cost of R85, for which you get

* Free Debit Orders, stop Order and transfers
* Free POS transactions – that’s when you swipe your debit card at the till to pay
* Free EFT – when you pay someone electronically (EFT = Electronic Funds Transfer)
* 4 Free ATM withdrawals a month
* 1 free Cash withdrawal (Not sure quite sure, but I think they mean from within the branch).
* Free Balance retrieval
* Free bank statements.
* No annual card fees
* Free Digital (internet) and telephone banking.

Old Mutual Bank is a division of Nedbank, so you’d use a NedBank ATM. The only thing that sorta bothers me is that there aren’t many ATMs around, unlike ABSA which sticks one up every 15.058 metres.

I for one have signed up for an account as I pay ABSA waaaay too much every month for them using my money.

If any of you guys do open an account with them, let the rest of know what your experiences are like.

Thats all for today, the newsletter will be out tomorrow.


The Black and White Edition

” Insight is not a lightbulb that goes off inside our heads. It is a flickering candle that can easily be snuffed out”

Riiiiiight. So its going to be one of those editions eh? One where he yaps on and on about deep stuff. Again. Weeell, then lets at least hope he’s funny while he does it 🙂

Most of you that know me, know that I consume literature at what might be called a ravenous rate. If you didn’t know that, you can tell by the fact that I say pompous things like “consuming literature” and “ravenous” instead of saying I like to read alot. Anyway, I’m reading a book called “Blink” by Malcolm Gladwell, which is where the quote is from. The book is all about making snap judgments in a fraction of a second. About the power and the pitfalls, and the different ways that we process information to be used to make those judgments. I for one thought that I was pretty slick, what with me making those all the time. Forget thinking twice, I barely think once. And then go on to assume that I’m always right. Bright, huh?
Anyhow, reading this book made me realize that I do in fact make a lot of incorrect snap judgments. Especially about people. I think we all do. But then we also

a) Hate to admit that we do it, cos its ‘wrong’


b) Hate to admit when we do it wrong.

This letter is about as close to an apology as its going to get from me, to all the people who I’ve made snap decisions about. You may be one of them. You may have made the same snap judgments about me and thought – “What a doos” and it’s ok. I now understand. And if you did think “what a doos”. Well – then I say “You’re a doos too.” Ooops, sorry – I meant to say “that’s ok”
This apology is meant in particular for a very tall person, who I had decided I don’t like very much. Just, you know, made up my mind about them. They then proceeded to completely bollocks up my whole plan by actually being a nice person. To the point where, despite my trying not to, we got along. Dammit. So I’m sorry. If you have no idea what the hell I’m yapping on about, then its not you I’m talking about then is it? And if the person who this is meant for doesn’t get it, well then you don’t deserve the apology. Anyone confused yet? Good.

Why the Black and White edition? Well, cos the more I thought about it, the more I realized that I think about things in very Yes or No terms. Either in or your out. With me or against me. Black or White. This type of thinking is very useful if you’re saaay….a packet of smarties. You’re either in the box or not. But not very useful for everyday life. I’m surprised I haven’t had the sh*t smacked out of me more often! By someone other than Jill I mean. Or my mother. Or my grand mother. You get the point.

So my task for this week is to look at things with a little more insight. Take time to see that big blob of gray wedged between the monochrome. And who knows, maybe next week its you I’ll be apologizing to. Oh, and for those who are interested : The no smoking and no drinking thing is going well. I fell healthy to the point where its annoying and my budgets been lightened. Alot. I did fumble ever so slightly on Saturday at Geo’s (cool) 21st by having a glass of Red Wine, but then the doc did say that red wine was good for me.

So this week, be nice person. Do the right. Be a man. Or a woman. Write mindless drivel like this and see how long it takes everyone to realize that the previous sentence had nothing to do with anything. And look for that dollop of grey in and amongst all the whack and blight.

Cheers till next time.

Another bloody website…

so I’ve set up an account with a US record label called Beta Records and they’ve given me some space on their server to host my music. What that means in English is that if you can be bothered to, you can now listen to the music I write here:

Will upload songs as I write them, and you guys (and girls) can have a listen and let me know if it smells like a hit…or more like the tripe your dad makes which stinks up the whole house.


The Detox Edition

Work Hard, Play harder. Words to live by eh? Take it too far and they’ll quickly become words to die by. Or more accurately, words to feel like death the next morning by.

You all know the score – head pounding like you’re the one guy who really did get roundhouse kicked by Chuck. Mouth feeling like a hamster fell asleep in it, and he’s not waking up for the world. And the bags under your eyes are so big Pick ‘n Pay wants to sell them at the till.

I, for one, have had enough. And my body’s been trying to let me in on this “secret” for a while now. Enter the Detox (*insert studio audience Oooooh*) Fresh air, clean living, good food etcetera. Sounds like a pretty good plan, but where to start? So I do the logical thing and Google it, at which point I ‘m directed to “Colon Cleanse for Radiant Health, a site by Martha Volchok””Great, Now even the internet is trying to tell me I’m full of shit. Moving along then…

After a few more keystrokes accompanied by a bit of reading and searches I arrive at the following conclusions:

i) Smoking, it not so good for me

ii) Drinking, it also not so good for me, (but yummier than smoking)

iii) Americans not really good for anything

iv) Fast food called fast cos it get to belly quick.

Now, in a move that has been met with raised eyebrows, mocking chuckles and grins of disbelief, I’ve given up all of the above. Including Americans. At least for a month anyway. The object of this dastardly plan is to feel good during the month of June, which is of course, my birthday month, so then when THAT raucous party happens and I feel like I need a colon cleansing the next day, at least I know for sure it was THAT party, and not jus a knock on effect.

I’ve already started on the road to feeling annoyingly good, starting with Small Guy Big Car chucking out a ¾ full pack of Camel Lights out on the N1 and revoking my drinking privileges on Sunday night at Deluxe (which rocked, btw). And I must admit that I actually feel pretty crap. No relief, no looking like the lady on the Senakot ad. But then, that might be cos I haven’t had my colon cleansed lately (have you?).

So if anybody feels like they need to take a break and detox, get that sparkle in your eye back, or that spring in your step. Then do it now. Cos the more of you that do it too, the les of you there are to make fun of me.

Cheers (without a drink) till next week,

Completely useless P.S’s:

Firstly, the next One Night stand event is coming soon, so keep your eyes and ears peeled for that.

Second, some of you know that I do a bit of design on the side, and consider it a sort of informal duty to completely rubbish SL Magazine’s cover each month. Well, here’s what’s come up for this month: