Rock (mostly) songs with the word ‘fire’ in the title…

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Just for fun this one. If you got a pub quiz question asking you how many rock songs you could come up with featuring the word ‘fire’ in the title, how many would you manage?

Below is a starter for ten and as can be seen it’s been a popular theme amongst the long-haired leather wearing classes (of which I’m one, but with short hair now!) for quite some time:

  • All Fired Up – Pat Benatar
  • Cold Fire – Rush
  • Comin’ Under Fire – Def Leppard
  • Fields of Fire – Big Country
  • Fight Fire With Fire – Kansas
  • Fight Fire With Fire – Metallica
  • Fire – Jimi Hendrix
  • Fire – The Crazy World of Arthur Brown
  • Fire & Ice – Cinderella
  • Fire & Ice – Pat Benatar
  • Fire Brigade – The Move
  • Fire Eater – Three Dog Night
  • Fire In The Sky – Ozzy Osbourne
  • Fire on the Mountain – Grateful Dead
  • Fire Starter – Prodigy
  • Fire Water Burn – The Bloodhound Gang
  • Fire Woman – The Cult
  • Fire Your Guns – AC/DC
  • Great Balls of Fire – Jerry Lee Lewis
  • Heaven’s on Fire – Kiss
  • House of Fire – Alice Cooper
  • I’m on Fire – Bruce Springsteen
  • Into the Fire – Bruce Springstein
  • Light My Fire – The Doors
  • On Fire – Van Halen
  • Put out the Fire – Queen
  • Quest for Fire – Iron Maiden
  • Ring of Fire – Johnny Cash
  • Rooms On Fire – Stevie Nicks
  • Sex On Fire – Kings Of Leon
  • St. Elmo’s Fire – John Parr
  • The Unforgettable Fire – U2
  • This Wheels On Fire – The Byrds
  • We Didn’t Start The Fire – Billy Joel

An EXTREMELY Brief Analysis

I found it interesting that I couldn’t think of any original punk rock songs (I’m not saying there aren’t any!) with the word fire in the title. After all, pyromania is a fairly anarchic affliction and you’d think it would be deserving of more coverage from that most anarchic of music genres.

That said though, the award for best use of the word fire in the list above has to go to techno-punk legends, the Prodigy.

There, told you it was brief!

On a Serious Note

Playing with the old Swan Vestas is never a good idea. Whilst it makes for a good tune, fire is dangerous and can kill.

If you’re intent on being a twisted firestarter though, you might want to consider going on a fire safety training course to learn how to use a fire extinguisher.

And remember, in the case of a genuine emergency, the UK number is 999, which ironically is a punk band.

Over to You…

There’s bound to be loads I’ve missed. Stick ’em below and to make it interesting, let’s open it up to include fire related songs with smoke, burn, hell, etc.. in the title.

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To disable right click or not to disable right click?

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I’ve recently finished designing a website for a Fleetwood customer who asked me for something that I don’t usually do. Namely, to disable the right mouse click on their website pages.

Why? Well, the reason is a commonly requested one. They wanted to protect the photographs of their bespoke wrought iron gates and railings from being copied via ‘Save Picture As…’ and then used by competitors.

Well that makes sense…

Yes, it does and it doesn’t. If you’ve designed something unique and beautiful such as these ornamental gates, it makes sense to try and protect your designs so people don’t copy them or pass them off as their own.

Sadly though, right-click is just one of a wide variety of ways of obtaining images and the truth is that once published to the internet, there is simply no technological method available to enforce copyright.

In order to get to an image, a user can:

  • Drag it to the address bar (using the mouse) in Internet Explorer and many other browers. And then right-click the image displayed in isolation of its original web page to save it as normal.
  • Drag it onto Windows Desktop or into a drawing package.
  • Switch off Javascript in the browser, so that the code to protect the image no longer operates.
  • Use the browser menu to view the source of the web page and find the location of the relevant image, then type that location into the browser address bar and use right-click and save as normal.
  • Use the ‘Prt Scr‘ key on their keyboard to copy the whole screen and then paste it into a drawing package, cutting out the image they want to copy.
  • Get the image from the browser’s cache, where it will have been downloaded to speed up access to the site next time .
  • Print the page in high quality to their printer and then scan it back in.
  • Take a digital photograph of the screen.
  • Use Mozilla Firefox which has an option to disable disabling of the right-click or Opera which offers quick disabling if Javascript is encountered on a right-click.
  • Ask a more ‘internet savvy’ friend or family member to get it for them.

Admittedly many of the above are beyond most users, but where there is determination, there is Google and a quick search will reveal dozen’s of sites discussing the issue.

And in the case of the customer in question, there is nothing to stop a competitor or anyone else from physcially taking photographs of any wrought ironwork in Blackpool, Fylde or Over Wyre that they encounter on their travels, save maybe if the owner of the property chases them off!

And fully disabling right-click can be annoying…

There are a number of very handy functions attached to a right-click that many users (myself included) rely on whenever we browse the internet. These include ‘Open in New Tab’, ‘Print’ and ‘Add to Favourites’.

Any site that denies access to these functions runs the immediate risk of being abandoned for one that doesn’t, such is the fickle nature of the internet user.

So what can you do?

Well, from a customer’s perspective it’d be better to do something than nothing at all.

So here’s what you can do:

  • Watermarking is a good way of protecting images (as employed on this wedding photography site), but it is time consuming and to be of any real use, needs to obscure the image you want your potential customer to be looking at.
  • Slicing up images is a way of making the job of copying them more difficult, but again it is time consuming.
  • Partially disabling right click does at least prevent those who are not in the know from getting to the photographs, without obstructing other right-click functionality.

The latter is the right-click method I used in the end, as it still allows users to shortcut to ‘Add to Favourites’ or ‘Print’ the page, etc.. Not perfect, but then nothing is!

Further Reading

If I’ve whet your appetite on this subject, the following interesting articles discuss this question in varying detail and with differing (and stronger!) points of view:

In Conclusion…

If the music and film industry can’t prevent the wholesale theft of their entire catalogues, what chance does a lowly local web designer like me stand?

If you don’t want people to steal your stuff, don’t put it on the internet.

No, I don’t want fire safety training!!

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Or electrical PAT testing or health and safety advice or insurance or to place any advertisements or bizarrely a website?!? Nor do I want to outsource any website design, software development or search engine optimisation to India or China and especially not to someone who is struggling to express themselves in my native tongue.

Okay, so here’s the situation. I now work from home and I’m self-employed and unlike when I was a civilian and I made every effort to keep my telephone number out of the public domain, I now of course do the exact opposite.

So, I’m sitting with my laptop, with my head buried in some code and the phone goes… Hurrah! Maybe a potential customer on the line? I leap up to answer the phone and “Could you put me through to whoever is in charge of your fire safety training”?

Fire Safety Training?

Well, that’s just the latest one. “Er, sorry luv”, I say, “my fire safety goes as far as two battery operated smoke detectors, a fun-size foam fire extinguisher and a heavy chair to throw through my double glazing.”. Adding, “And I know the smoke detectors work because every time I cook toast to anything other than warm bread, they happily warn me of my impending doom!”.

And before that it was health and safety and my all time favourite (NOT!) phrase, “Well would you like a call back in 6 weeks to review your situation?”.

Aaaargh!! No I bloody well wouldn’t. The only time I really want the phone to ring is when there is someone on the end who is interested in perhaps giving me some money.

A Bit Harsh?

Well okay, yes, a bit. Being self-employed myself I know how hard it is to get the message out there and in truth I don’t really begrudge anyone trying to make a living. And in the main the calls are short and the callers are polite.

But DON’T call me back if it’s clear I’m not interested and DO be clear about your reason for calling. I’ve lost count of the number of calls, particularly from India and China, where I have to wait several minutes to find out what it is I’m going to be saying no to.

If you’re ringing about outsourcing, your opening line should be “Hello, we’re xyz, are you looking for reliable outsourcing solutions?” and NOT “Hello my friend, we are in a good position to offer you a chance to work together to deliver customer focussed solutions…”

And what about a bit of targeting?

Y’see I work at home and a 2 second Google search on my business address would reveal that it is in a residential, not industrial area and therefore it is extremely unlikely that I have any employees on-site, legal obligation to comply with health and safety law or indeed, a secretary to fend my calls.

I actually have a customer who offers fire safety training and they employ a very successful sales call system, whereby only potential customers who are likely to have the need are targeted i.e. with dedicated business premises, a sufficient number of employees and where they have specific legal requirements to comply with.

Give me Spam any day!

No, I don’t mean the tinned chopped pork and ham variety of Spam, although it is delicious fried. I refer of course to the unsolicited email variety of spam.

Now I know this stuff gets a bad name, but I’m not really sure why? Unlike the irritation of an interruption which can disrupt my line of thought on a complicated issue, they can be tackled at my own leisure and are quick and easy to ignore if I wish.

They also don’t cost anything, carry more information at a glance, don’t involve the felling of trees and don’t give the postman a hernia. So why not? So long as they are relevent, offer an option to opt out of further emails and you don’t receive 100s a week from the same organisation.

But a final plead to whomever it is that thinks I want a Russian bride, appendage enlargement or pills beginning with “V” designed to ensure the aforesaid appendage remains usable… …I really, really don’t require any of those things thanks all the same!

In conclusion…

If you want to let me know about your services, then please just send me an email and give me the time and space to digest it. Or if you are going to phone, at least make the effort to ensure I might be interested before you call.

Regards advice on appointing a fire warden, evacuation procedures, how to wield a fire extinguisher, etc.. I’m sorry to say that, if at some point in the future, the business takes off to the point where I’m employing others at an external premises, I’ll probably give the work to my own customer. 

Good luck with your venture!

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