(Doing this for random hits but also just as note to self)
1 Sign up to Amazon’s AWS
you have to put in card details, and they do an automatic “authentication code over the phone” step, but keep calm, it still works out for free for a year.
2 Create an instance in the AWS “free” tier
"Amazon Linux 64-bit" will get you a ‘netbook’ sized machine ~640MB RAM and 8GB of storage. Enough to do the trick.
You’ll get a “key-pair” file ending “.pem” - keep that safe as it’s the keys to your server which you’ll need later…
3 Set up the security groups in your instance
In “Amazon EC2 management” (https://console.aws.amazon.com/ec2) click on security groups, select your security group (which was setup with your instance by default). Click “Inbound” tab and add “custom TCP rule”s to allow ports: 22 (ssh), 80 (web), 8080 (minecraft admin tool), and 25565 (minecraft) open to the world.
4 Connect to your server
OK, this is where the hard technical bit starts. You need to connect by SSH to your new running instance. In the EC2 management find your instance details and the public (or private) IP, eg 18.104.22.168 and click “Connect” which tells you how to do it with a terminal/SSH client, something like
ssh -i MyAWSkeyfile.pem firstname.lastname@example.org
(If you are on a Mac start the Terminal.app, and in a window type “ssh -i ” with a space at the end, drag in the PEM file to get the next bit and then type in the last bit starting “ec2-user…”)
5 Install Java 7 as a ‘root user’
If you’ve connected well done. Now you need ‘root access’ by typing
Then run these three commands…
yum updateyum install java-1.7.0-openjdk.x86_64update-alternatives —config java
6 Install McMyAdmin (free to use on 10-user minecraft servers)
In a browser open http://mcmyadmin.com click ‘Download’, select the 64-bit linux option, and follow the 3 steps. Step 1 starts “Run the following as root” which you can do because you already are from step 5.
For step 2 you need to get out of ‘root access’ first by typing…
In the last bit of step 2 choose a decent password, and remember it!
Instead of starting mcmyadmin straight away in step 3, set it to run at “reboot” instead. To do this type
The screen will become a simple text editor. press <ESC> key then the ‘i’ key to get “—INSERT—” at the bottom of the screen and type this in…
@reboot cd ~/mcmyadmin; ./MCMA2_Linux_x86_64
This will appear at the top of the screen. Then hit <ESC> again to make the ‘—INSERT—” vanish. Finally type “:wq” and hit return, and that’s done. Close your SSH session by typing “exit”.
THAT’S ALL THE HARD STUFF DONE
7 Restart your server
In EC2 management select your instance and select “reboot” from the actions menu, give it a few minutes to come back before…
8 Login to your mcmyadmin and setup MineCraft server
The mcmyadmin tool is a web application on the IP of your server but on port 8080, eg http://22.214.171.124:8080
Login as user “admin” with the password you put in during step 5.
Click sidebar “Configuration”, select the “Server Settings” tab, choose a “Server type” and click install. The “Official” server (from Mojang) code will do you, but you may want to use the “CraftBukkit” which has lots of plugins but only works with clients running Minecraft 1.6
When the notifications say the server has been installed click on sidebar “Status” and click “Start Server”
YOU ARE DONE.
9 Connect to your server from a minecraft client
I need to stop listening to this damn album, so I’m just going to try writing in this little (but expanding) box on the internet, the geography of the mind map I find myself occupying in the hope that I can move on – even just a little – to the next grid reference. I feel sorry for poor Little Boots and even Rudimental who only got a couple of weeks before relegation to listening time’s opportunity cost.
Every now and then an album digs its multiple hooks into me and just gloms on and drags me through a cycle of compulsive listening, through a trough of listening and hating that I’m listening to it and little else, and out into a place where I can consider leaving it, say a week, coming back to it later with an ‘oh, yes this IS still awesome’. Listening out of order is hard, and the point where I’m skipping around is the point where I know I’m on the voyage home to sanity.
This mania happened to me most recently with the Nero album, but not as intensely (I found quite a few tracks on it patchy in the end), and I have to go back to when I lost all perspective over Late of the Pier.
Which I *think* was also the last time I went to a gig (*thinks again* that doesn’t sounds right, but…). And I did get to the point with Charli of hovering over a BUY button for an Islington Academy gig a few weeks back now. I had to stop myself, because then it started to feel creepy.
The Late of the Pier gig I felt conspicuous in because I was basically surrounded by the cast of skins taking mobile phone photos of each other in various faux-snogging poses. But once the music was playing it didn’t bother me – and I thought little more of them until I found myself wanting to apologise to the few I barged into during an aggressive shit-losing dance to Focker. And the band was all boys, and (being straight) it felt OK to me to be in awe of the music these young men were playing.
I recall the point when I started being older than the bands I liked – and that was 20 years ago (hello Ride, Ash, Altern-8). So yes that makes me old for a gig goer – and that would be OK if I went to the gigs of the bands I grew up with. There’s a little pre-gig game checking out the demographics of such gigs, and how they’d shifted and expanded and receded.
Anyway, I’m not a music journo with a ready-made excuse card that says ‘talk to the commission cos the social awkwardness ain’t listening’, so following the thought of a ticket for a gig to watch a very young woman – I couldn’t do it.
So rather than dwell on the fact that I’m DEFINITELY NOT CREEPY, this takes me instead to the place that these songs (like Ride and Ash 20 years previously) were being written by a person at an age – where I was cruising through my A-levels and pirating games for the ZX-Spectrum. And it still astounds me that someone can do this at such a young age, and I have, in comparison, wasted my life faffing about with computers.
Reaching back for artists I like in the same solo-female category (sorry Ride and Ash), working great stuff at that age there’s PJ Harvey, Bjork, and then further back Kate Bush – has highlighted one big difference, with these artists – lyrical ‘simplicity’. It’s a criticism I’d be unsurprised to hear being made, but one I think I’m going to try and deflect. Though as lyrics have always come in a distant second in coming to love the musical output of an artist, it’s not going to be a strong defence.
The content of the songs on this album are direct with a beguiling apparent lack of guile. That’s my defence in a nutshell, if clumsily put. They lack the precocious literacy and hippie-child poetry of Kate Bush. They lack the powerful feminine rage of early PJ Harvey. But precocity is not innately positive – acting and conveying your age is not a bad thing. Caustic observations on the male–female power dynamic are lovely (bless them, the ladies!), but there’s other truthful, maybe more banal observations to be made. Where banal != boring.
To be fair the songs are not without figure, they’re just applied with a measure of restraint – Nuclear Seasons being the exception that has a governing theme/metaphor. But it’s the plainer language that rings truer – a clichéd prose “And then it hits me like a ton of bricks” or basic poesy like “You’re the one that’s been stealing stars” seems more on point and honest for an 18-19 year old reaching to convey actual emotional states than anything more distractingly wrought.
Poetry was never my strong point, and clearly I don’t value originality as much as some – but the overall effect is of a child struggling and not communicating expertly. Perhaps that’s not the intention, and the author would rather that not be my judgement – but authorial intention can go hang.
Anyway, did I mention I LOVE THESE SONGS?!?! So I think I’m going to stop (900 words, by now, you say?) and just list songs in order of most awesome (A+++) to slightly less awesome (B)…
- Lock You Up
- You’re The One
- You (Ha Ha Ha)
- Take My Hand
- Set Me Free
- Black Roses
- Nuclear Seasons
- Set Me Free
- How Can I
- So Far Away
- Cloud Aura