Mess, 'the day today' was the NUTS. did you see the one where the guy wanted to be executed in the style of Elvis? He wanted to eat burgers and take handfuls of pills, while sitting on a metal toilet and when his weight reached a certain amount it would trip the switch and electrocute him. Steve Cooghan played his manager and thats the most disturbing I've ever seen him look!
The European Union is accumulating a vast range of powers that pose, as human rights organisations such as Statewatch and Liberty have consistently argued, a threat to civil liberties across the continent of Europe.
For example the EU now has its own police force, EuroPol, whose officers enjoy diplomatic immunity from prosecution and unlimited powers of search and surveillance. Article 52 of the EU's inappropriately named Charter of Fundamental Rights gives Brussels the right to suspend any liberty in the 'general interest' of the union. Article 107 of the EU treaty says that it is an offence for any elected representative to even write to the European Central Bank in an attempt to influence its policies. Article 109 of the new treaty of Nice will give Brussels the right to remove the funding and speaking rights of political parties in the European Parliament. Article 7 will enable the EU to remove the voting rights of entire member governments in the Council of Ministers.
These and other measures, taken together with the completely undemocratic structure of the EU, mean that the system of Brussels based government that is taking shape, represents a huge threat to the basic freedoms of ordinary Europeans. Across Europe, groups and individuals are waking up to the reality of the authoritarian system the political elite has been quietly working towards.
It's time for ordinary Europeans who value democracy and civil liberties - the real pro-Europeans - to take action against this sinister centralisation of power before its too late.
Great piece about the new measures, however, no one is asking the proper questions about this, as outlined in this piece from Counterpane by security expert Bruce Schneier.
How to Think About Security
If security has a silly season, we're in it. After September 11, every two-bit peddler of security technology crawled out of the woodwork with new claims about how his product can make us all safe again. Every misguided and defeated government security initiative was dragged out of the closet, dusted off, and presented as the savior of our way of life. More and more, the general public is being asked to make security decisions, weigh security tradeoffs, and accept more intrusive security.
Unfortunately, the general public has no idea how to do this.
But we in computer security do. We've been doing it for years; we do it all the time. And I think we can teach everyone else to do it, too. What follows is my foolproof, five-step, security analysis. Use it to judge any security measure.
Step one: What problem does the security measure solve? You'd think this would be an easy one, but so many security initiatives are presented without any clear statement of the problem. National ID cards are a purported solution without any clear problem. Increased net surveillance has been presented as a vital security requirement, but without any explanation as to why. (I see the problem not as one of not having enough information, but of not being able to analyze and interpret the information already available.)
Step two: How well does the security measure solve the problem? Too often analyses jump from the problem statement to a theoretical solution, without any analysis as to how well current technology actually solves the problem. The companies that are pushing automatic face recognition software for airports and other public places spend all their time talking about the promises of a perfect system, while skipping the fact that existing systems work so poorly as to be useless. Enforcing a no-fly zone around a nuclear reactor only makes sense if you assume a hijacker will honor the zone, or if it is large enough to allow reaction to a hijacker who doesn't.
Step three: What other security problems does the measure cause? Security is a complex and inter-related system; change one thing and the effects ripple. If the government bans strong cryptography, or mandates back-doors, the resultant weaker systems will be easier for the bad guys to attack. National ID cards require a centralized infrastructure that is vulnerable to abuse. In fact, the rise of identity theft can be linked to the increased use of electronic identity. Make identities harder to steal through increased security measures, and that will only make the fewer stolen identities more valuable and easier to use.
Step four: What are the costs of the security measure? Costs are not just financial, they're social as well. We can improve security by banning commercial aircraft. We can make it harder for criminals to outrun police by mandating 40 mph speed maximums in automobiles. But these things cost society too much. A national ID card would be enormously expensive. The new rules allowing police to detain illegal aliens indefinitely without due process cost us dearly in liberty, as does much of the PATRIOT Act. We don't allow torture (officially, at least). Why not? Sometimes a security measure, even though it may be effective, is not worth the costs.
Step five: Given the answers to steps two through four, is the security measure worth the costs? This is the easy step, but far too often no one bothers. It's not enough for a security measure to be effective. We don't have infinite resources. We don't have infinite patience. As a society, we need to do the things that make the most sense, that are the most effective use of our security dollar.
Some security measures pass these tests. Increasing security around dams, reservoirs, and other infrastructure points is a good idea. Not storing railcars full of hazardous chemicals in the middle of cities should have been mandated years ago. New building evacuation plans are smart, too. These are all good uses of our limited resources to improve security.
This five-step process works for any security measure, past, present, or future:
1) What problem does it solve? 2) How well does it solve the problem? 3) What new problems does it add? 4) What are the economic and social costs? 5) Given the above, is it worth the costs?
When you start using it, you'd be surprised how ineffectual most security is these days. For example, only two of the airline security measures put in place since September 11 have any real value: reinforcing the cockpit door, and convincing passengers to fight back. Everything else falls somewhere between marginally improving security and a placebo.
I think that it is obvious even to the casual observer that the current measures proposed by the Government are an overreaction to 9/11. The new powers do not pass any of the tests enumerated above, and clearly this fact has to be brought to the center of the debate, if the right decision is going to be made i.e. the measures are to be comprehensively struck down.
There are many other reasons why these proposals are unworkable; the main one being that anyone that wishes to be anonymous and leave no traces of his or her activity online can do this with no extra software or hardware. Certainly, any target will be aware of this, and will swiftly move to hide their communications. The only communications left visible will be those made by ordinary people, and thus, there will be nothing for the authorities to search for.
These measures will not prevent terrorism, and will cost the telecoms industry billions in new and intrusive infrastructure. The social costs will be immeasurable; we will be living in a country that will bear an uncomfortable resemblance to the former East Germany, where the omnipresent STASI could poke into the affairs of every person at will.
In every way these proposals are ill advised, and it is important that someone asks the right questions, since it seems that no one on either side of the house is aware of precisely how the internet and cellular telephony works; if they did understand the details, not one of them would propose measures like this, because it is abundantly clear to anyone that what the Government is asking for is simply not a solution to the very real problems faced in the fight against terrorism.
Rolling Stone, meanwhile, has struggled to keep its readers and advertisers. in the face of competition from magazines like entertainment Weekly and the music magazine Blender. Mr. Wenner has decided on a gamble that his storied magazine which has published Tom Wolfe and Hunter S. Thompson among others can be reconfigured for a new kind of reader. The current audience for Rolling Stone has grown up on "Fear Factor," not "Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas." ... http://www.nytimes.com/2002/06/13/business/13MAG.html
anthony, no i wish we did live up there but then we would have to totally telecommute and get a satellite for highspeed access and that is shakey. those photos were up past whistler in the lilooet valley and up tward 100 mile house in the BC province. ck this house out though: strictly boat access!! (and that water....just incredible)
you go mikkel! tell 'em like it is! (i'd say your english is damn fine sir. better that most people who are EFL!)
>Here at last is the first part of the Hungry Ghost homage to Indian raga >master Pandit Pran Nath, featuring essays Henry Flynt, Joan Allekotte and >myself, and interviews with Charlemagne Palestine and Jon Hassell, as well >as stacks of photos and the like. Pandit Pran Nath passed away on this day, >June 13, 1996. Massive respect. > >http://www.hungryghost.net
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You would probably be better off making sure that nobody can link to your images from external servers. I see you're running Apache, so I went ahead and found the relevant documentation for you. "http://httpd.apache.org/docs/misc/rewriteguide.html" under the headings "Referer-based Deflector" and "Blocked Inline-Images." You'd want to block all referers that aren't yourself. This prevents Fusker, and others like it (I know of other scripts with similar properties running around the web) from working.
I looked in my Fusker logs, and were only able to confirm 18 uses (by 3 different users) of Fusker on your website, so it doesn't look like it's a major problem at the moment. I will put it on priority to make it easier to block out sites (with the way Fusker is written, I'll have to rewrite parts of it).
I tried visiting your site, but was met with an "Under construction" page, and couldn't see for myself what it's like. Looking at your server config with Netcraft, I see you're running a lot of different scripting languages and server-extensions activated (mod_perl, PHP, fast_cgi, and FrontPage) - I recommend that you turn off the ones you don't need, and stick to one or two at max for better security.
P.S. English is not my native language, so please do excuse any ambiguities.
Today im going to try and install dual style sheets so that blogdial displays in text if you select the text stylesheet.
Here are some interesting stats on browser usage...We are totally Mozilla over here, and everything is tested against it. Opera 6 displays everything beautifully except the dashed border (you /do/ see that dashed border dont you?). IE5/6 display perfectly, including dashed border. We therefore pretty much cover everyone. The only thing that I wish we could achieve is to validate 100% compliant against the standards...but hey, /what-a-kanna-yudu?/
This discusses trends in the major browsers, listed in order of popularity:
Internet Explorer 5.x: ~53% of page accesses, down from 80% a year ago. Usage peaked at 82% in Aug 2001, then tumbled with the advent of IE6.
Internet Explorer 6.x: ~37% of page accesses.
Netscape 4.x: ~3.6% of page accesses, down from 7% a year ago. This percentage should continue to shrink slowly, then shrink more rapidly as NN6 becomes stable.
Internet Explorer 4.x: ~3.0% of page accesses, down from 8% a year ago. [B3] This percentage is shrinking as people upgrade their browsers.
AOL: ~5-6% of page accesses. These accesses are also included in the percentages for Internet Explorer, since AOL's browser uses Internet Explorer. This percentage should remain about the same in the near term.
Mozilla and Netscape 6.x: ~1.2% of page accesses. This has grown significantly since the release of Netscape 6.1.
Opera: ~1.0% of page accesses. [B2] This has recently been growing slowly but steadily.
Netscape 3.x: ~0.05% of page accesses. This percentage is shrinking as people upgrade their browsers. [B1]
Internet Explorer 3.x: ~0.05% of page accesses. This percentage is shrinking as people upgrade their browsers. [B1]
Internet Explorer 2.x: ~0.05% of page accesses. This percentage is shrinking as people upgrade their browsers. [B1]
MSN-TV (WebTV): no page accesses are reported for MSN-TV users, but this is likely due to poor browser-detection code: sloppy code can identify old MSN-TV browsers as IE2, and newer versions as IE4. There is good evidence that this happened: when newer versions of MSN-TV came out, the reported number of IE2 users dropped precipitously; the drop suggests that about 0.8% of page accesses might be MSN-TV users. Note: since MSN-TV is available only in certain regions, the percentage will be much higher for sites attracting visitors from these regions; data suggest that, for the US and Canada, it is ~2%.
Older Browsers: very few use older versions of Internet Explorer, Opera, or Netscape; web designers can generally disregard them.
Steven M. Greer MD Director, The Disclosure Project http://www.disclosureproject.org
Imagine this: It is the summer of 2001, and someone presents you with a script for a movie or book that tells how a diabolical terrorist plot unfolds wherein both 110 story World Trade Center towers and part of the Pentagon are destroyed by commercial jets hijacked and flown into those structures.
Of course you would laugh, and if you were a movie mogul or book editor, reject it out of hand as ridiculous and implausible, even for a fictional novel or movie. After all, how could a commercial jet, being tracked on radar after two jets had already hit the World Trade towers, make it through our air defenses, into the most sensitive airspace in the world, and in broad daylight on a crystal clear day, slam into the Pentagon! And this in a country that spends over $ 1 billion a day to defend itself! Absurd, illogical - nobody would swallow it!
Unfortunately, there are some of us who have seen these scripts - and of far worse things to come - and we are not laughing.
One of the few silver linings to these recent tragedies it that maybe - just maybe - people will take seriously, however far-fetched it may seem at first, the prospect that a shadowy, para-governmental and transnational entity exists that has kept UFOs secret - and is planning a deception and tragedy that will dwarf the events of 9/11.
The testimony of hundreds of government, military and corporate insiders has established this: That UFOs are real, that some are built by our secret 'black' shadowy government projects and some are from extraterrestrial civilizations, and that a group has kept this secret so that the technology behind the UFO can be withheld - until the right time. This technology can - and eventually will - replace the need for oil, gas, coal, ionizing nuclear power and other centralized and highly destructive energy systems.
This 5 trillion dollar industry - energy and transportation - is currently highly centralized, metered and lucrative. It is the stuff that runs the entire industrialized world. It is the mother of all special interests. It is not about money as you and I think of it, but about geo-political power - the very centralized power on which the current order in the world runs. The world is kept in a state or roiling wars, endless poverty for most of Earth's denizens and global environmental ruin, just to prop up this evil world order.
As immense as that game is, there is a bigger one: Control through fear. As Werner Von Braun related to Dr. Carol Rosin, his spokesperson for the last 4 years of his life, a maniacal machine - the military, industrial, intelligence, laboratory complex - would go from Cold War, to Rogue Nations, to Global Terrorism (the stage we find ourselves at today) to the ultimate trump card: A hoaxed threat from space.
To justify eventually spending trillions of dollars on space weapons, the world would be deceived about a threat from outer space, thus uniting the world in fear, in militarism and in war.
Since 1992 I have seen this script unveiled to me by at least a dozen well-placed insiders. Of course, initially I laughed, thinking this just too absurd and far-fetched. Dr. Rosin gave her testimony to the Disclosure Project before 9/11. And yet others told me explicitly that things that looked like UFOs but that are built and under the control of deeply secretive 'black' projects, were being used to simulate - hoax - ET-appearing events, including some abductions and cattle mutilations, to sow the early seeds of cultural fear regarding life in outer space. And that at some point after global terrorism, events would unfold that would utilize the now-revealed Alien Reproduction Vehicles (ARVs, or reversed-engineered UFOs made by humans by studying actual ET craft - see the book 'Disclosure' by the same author) to hoax an attack on Earth.
Like the movie Independence Day, an attempt to unite the world through militarism would unfold using ET as the new cosmic scapegoat (think Jews during the Third Reich).
None of this is new to me or other insiders: The report from Iron Mountain, NY, written in the 1960s, described the need to demonize life in outer space so we could have a new enemy. An enemy off-planet that could unite humans (in fear and war) and that would prove to be the ultimate prop for the trillion dollar military-industrial complex that conservative Republican President and five star general Eisenhower warned us about in 1961 (no one was listening then, either...).
So here is the post-9/11 script - one that will be played out unless enough people are informed and the plan can be foiled because they will be unable to fool a sufficient number of citizens and leaders:
After a period of terrorism - a period during which the detonation of nuclear devices will be threatened and possibly actuated, thus justifying expanding the weaponization of space - an effort will ramp up to present the public with information about a threat from outer space. Not just asteroids hitting the Earth, but other threats. An extraterrestrial threat.
Over the past 40 years, UFOlogy, as it is called, combined with a mighty media machine, has increasingly demonized ETs via fearsome movies like Independence Day, and pseudo-science that presents alien kidnappings and abuse as a fact (in some circles) of modern life. That some humans have had contact with ETs I have no doubt; that the real ET contact has been subsumed in an ocean of hoaxed accounts I am certain.
That is, real ET events are seldom reported out to the public. The Machine ensures that the hoaxed, frightening and intrinsically xenophobic accounts are the ones seen and read by millions. This mental conditioning to fear ET has been subtly reinforced for decades, in preparation for future deceptions. Deceptions that will make 9/11 look trivial.
I write this now because I have recently been contacted by several highly placed media and intelligence sources that have made it clear to me that hoaxed events and story-lines are imminent that will attempt to further ramp up the fear machine regarding UFOs and ET s. After all, to have an enemy, you must make the people hate and fear a person, a group of people, or in this case an entire category of beings.
To be clear: the maniacal covert programs controlling UFO secrecy, ARVs and related technologies - including those technologies that can simulate ET events, ET abductions and the like - plan to hijack Disclosure, spin it into the fire of fear, and roll out events that will eventually present ETs as a new enemy. Do not be deceived.
This hogwash, already the stuff of countless books, videos, movies, documentaries and the like, will attempt to glom onto the facts, evidence and first-hand insider testimony of The Disclosure Project, and on its coattails, deliver to the world the cosmic deception that falsely portrays ETs as a threat from space. Do not be deceived.
By commingling fact with fiction, and by hoaxing UFO events that can look terrifying, the Plan is to eventually create a new, sustainable, off-planet enemy. And who will be the wiser?
You will. Because now you know that after 60 years, trillions of dollars and the best scientific minds in the world pressed into action, a secretive, shadowy group - a government within the government and at once fully outside the government as we know it - has mastered the technologies, the art of deception and the capability to launch an attack on Earth, and make it look like ET s did it. In 1997, I brought a man to Washington to brief members of Congress and others about this plan. Our entire team at the time met this man. He had been present at planning sessions when ARVs - things built by Lockheed, Northrup et al, and housed in secretive locations around the world - would be used to simulate an attack on certain assets, making leaders and citizens alike believe that there was a threat from space, when there is none. (Before he could testify, his handlers spirited him away to a secret location in Virginia until the briefing was over...) Sound familiar? Werner von Braun warned of such a hoax, as a pretext for putting war in space. And many others have warned of the same.
Space based weapons are already in place - part of a secret parallel space program that has been operating since the 1960s. ARVs are built and ready to go (see the book 'Disclosure' and the chapter with the testimony of Mark McCandlish et al). Space holographic deception technologies are in place, tested and ready to fire. And the Big Media is a pawn, now taking dictation from the right hand of the king.
I know this all sounds like science fiction. Absurd. Impossible. Just like 9/11 would have sounded before 9/11. But the unthinkable happened and may happen again, unless we are vigilant.
Combine all of this with the current atmosphere of fear and manipulation and there is a real risk of suspending our collective judgment and our constitution.
But know this: If there was a threat from outer space, we would have known about it as soon as humans started exploding nuclear weapons and going into space with manned travel. That we are still breathing the free air of Earth, given the galacticly stupid and reckless actions of an out of control, illegal, secret group, is abundant testimony to the restraint and peaceful intentions of these visitors. The threat is wholly human. And it is we who must address this threat, rein it in and transform the current situation of war, destruction and secret manipulation to one of true Disclosure and an era of sustained peace.
War in space, to replace war on Earth, is not evolution, but cosmic madness. A world thus united in fear is worse than one divided by ignorance. It is now time for the great leap into the future, a leap that moves us out of fear and ignorance and into an unbroken era of universal peace. Know that this is our destiny. And it will be ours just as soon as we choose it.
all your mozilla are belong to us... it's downloading now... chimera does quartz too, makes web pages look like printed pages... no more pixels... is this bad? certainly changes my affliction to 9px verdana...
obviously the person in the cart is scully. i want to believe. i don't know if i've tried GPG since 10.1.5, so i don't know if it fu><0r'd or not. and i'm going to the coast for the weekend so have little chance to test it out.
i fell asleep whilst watching a secam copy (and hence only black and white) of naked lunch last night. i am now convinced my girlfriend is not human, and that i am addicted to some poudre jaune... i had dreams about giant cockroaches with talking anuses...
the bc province pics remind me of LOTR... beautiful...
from (void): This is not a good month for republican football-haters.
this, for me, is an early morning blog. certainly not as lucid or detailed as one of irdials. i am not a morning person...
thanks for the 1.1 tip barrie i'm downloading it now. i may not sound like a team player but i don't want to run the talkback builds but i couldn't find a version without this feature. oh well interested to see it anyway. //actually i already had that one installed (1.1a) :)
That tapestry is fucking cool. I just downloaded Mozilla 1.1a for my OS X. They just enabled Quartz rendering... sooo sexy. And faster, too! Hoo hoo hoo! Indeed, alex, I have GPG... though installing 10.1.5 has totally fucked my install, bugger it all. Too lazy right now to reinstall it...
rods:just did some research and need to know more please tell!!! there seems to be a lot of self promotion around this phenom which makes me a bit queezie. i just don't trust this jose escamilla guy for some reason. i think he could be doing more harm than good if you know what i mean. i need to know more!!!
THINK BEFORE YOU LEAP “He who hesitates... lives!” July 2001, Idaho | His brakes failed while driving down a steep mountain road, so Marco bailed out on his eight passengers and leapt from his Dodge van. Too bad Marco didn't alert the others to the problem before he took flight so precipitously. Another passenger pulled the hand brake, bringing the vehicle to a stop a short distance away. Marco struck his head on the pavement and died at the scene. No one else was injured.
South Idaho Press
INTERSECTING DARWINS “Two wrongs do make a right!” April 2001, Tennessee | One day before the US tax filing deadline, a Memphis Darwin Award winner trying to beat a train drove around the crossing gates -- only to be struck by an oncoming vehicle whose driver had the same mad plan. The driver of the first vehicle was killed, making this monumental stupidity the first instance we have witnessed of a Darwin Award winner crashing into an Honorable Mention. The accident happened to one side of the tracks, so the train passed by unimpeded.
Memphis Commercial Appeal
CRYSTAL DAZE “Darwin and Newton share a laugh.” Mexico is home to two hot caverns containing the largest natural crystals known to man. “Walking into either of these caves is like stepping into a (sweltering) gigantic geode,” described one awed observer. Some of the translucent selenite crystals are over 20 feet long. The newly-discovered caverns, 1200 feet below Chihuahua, carry a curse for those who seek to plunder their riches. A man recently tried to steal one of the magnificent crystals from the roof, and might have succeeded... if he hadn't stood directly beneath it while chopping it free. He was crushed by the stalactite as it heeded the call of gravity.
Did you know doctors routinely inject a mixture of arsenic and antifreeze (melarsopal) into sleeping sickness patients.
There's a more effective, less painful drug - why not use that.
Why?... its not available.
There wasn't enough profit for the drug company so they stopped making it.
It's mostly poor people in Africa who get sleeping sickness and they just don't have what you might call "buying power".
The drug company, Aventis, gave the patent for the drug (DFMO) to the World Health Organization but they don't have the funds to produce it.
What can you do? Check out the Doctors Without Borders Access to Essential Medicines site. Once you are there you can search for "sleeping sickness" or "DFMO" for more info. Doctors Without Borders - which usually goes by it's French name: Medecins San Frontieres - is a terrific organization. They won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1999. Consider donating so they can pay somebody to make DFMO and we can stop injecting antifreeze.
Just to be cheeky, here is a link to an Aventis Financial Report. It seems that "earnings per share rise 40 percent over 2000".
Congratulations to all shareholders.
Update - 2001Feb15
The N.Y. Times reports Profits on Cosmetic Save a Cure for Sleeping Sickness (Sorry free login required) . So due to a weird twist of fate, it looks like there might be a sleeping sickness drug! You'll notice that Medecins San Frontieres was instrumental in getting this to happen. Even more reason to send some money their way.
Medecins San Frontieres were featured on a Mark Thomas Comedy Product show once... It was about drugs companies giving away overstocked, old, out of date and potentially dangerous drugs to charitites in crisis zones across the globe in an act of 'charity'. By doing so the drugs companies are alieviated from the expensive clean up bill for the drugs (which people like MSF pick up the tab for) and they get the tax back as it's for charideee... but they don't like to talk about it... and it's not only a few bottles of some dodgy paraceteol. more like 10 tons of it!
I stick to my personal opinion, as an immunologist, that I would take the single jabs. The immunological reason for this is that immune responses against 3 pathogens developed singly are, in most cases, going to be stronger than those developed as a result of concommitant exposure to those pathogens. And this is true for all antigens, not just MMR.
So, if we take the MMR jab, will we be less protected from each of the diseases? Hepatitis and other vaccinations need to be "boosted" is this the case with each of the three elements of MMR because they are given in a triple dose?
Wether it is statistically safe or not, I still question why these three vaccinations are being given at the same time. Who developed this concept, and for what exact reason?
Giving the three together: was this ever subjected to testing? The FDA in the states takes decades to approve such an innovation, how long and under what scrutiny was the MMR shot put?
It seems to me that releasing this report AFTER millions have been jabbed like lab rats in a huge test of triple dosing is not Good Science® and Public Health Policy; it should have been tested as safe BEFORE it went into widespread use.
I'm not believing a word of this report. The motivations behind MMR are impure and commercial in nature. MMR is tainted, and simply not worth the risk. The question now is, where to get the shots quickly, as there is a TWO YEAR WAITING LIST in the UK for single jabs.
MMR is safe. Or not. Depending on who you believe, of course, or maybe on whether your child survived The Jab unscathed. One criticism I heard last night from a supporter of the Wakefield study was that this new report is retroseptive. It certainly is, but it is cumulative of all studies carried out worldwide and therefore the broadest indication of the current level of MMR assessment. And in contrast, the Wakefield study was not only retrospective, but also limited in cohort size and, most scientifically worryingly, selective in patient profile.
I stick to my personal opinion, as an immunologist, that I would take the single jabs. The immunological reason for this is that immune responses against 3 pathogens developed singly are, in most cases, going to be stronger than those developed as a result of concommitant exposure to those pathogens. And this is true for all antigens, not just MMR. But, as a method of vaccinating and protecting large communities, particularly communities where persuading people to turn up for vaccination is the biggest problem, MMR appears to be an extremely good solution. No child in the UK died from measles in the UK in the early 90s, compared with, for example, 70 deaths in Japan, where MMR or other vaccination is not the common choice.
Been in Montpellier, and it was fabulous. Highly recommended. Then the Jubilee and, whatever ones opinion of the monarchy, seeing concorde and the red arrows come right over my house at 1500 feet was fucking A.
takashi murakami - S.M.P.Ko2 was on display at the gallery, 3 giant transformer women with danger decals all over. fantastic!
we do use pdf's as much as possible (avec drivers from our service bureau, always a good idea), but sometimes it is easier to have your pre-press make a change for you instead of trafficking files back and forth. i love it when i know that i am sending one big snapshot of a page, its such a relief to not worry about the output. we went on a tour of our (new) service bureau, and they do have every device known, its funny, they have this stack: syquest on the bottom, jaz, then zip, consecutively smaller and less expensive. also a giant morgue of equipment, not so funny, all outdated, left to sleep, after so many bright colours and thoughts and images ran through them. a giant scitex image setter, looks like its made out of cast iron, just sitting there...
that little green man is peeking at me at the bottom of the blog window... kind of looks like my cat when she's hungry...
As for left hands, does it make a difference when you are navigating a webpage? I've often wondered if left-handed people would prefer a left-oriented interface, if there is such a thing, or if there is no difference. Just a thought...
An electric guitar. Enable to play six guitars at the same time by remote controlling through the pedal organ with a built-in 100V controller.
Compact, easy-to-play carp-shaped glass harp. Turn the handle to move the glasses round.
Maywa Denki are a Japanese duo (brothers, actually) of musicians/engineers/instrument builders. some of their creations are out of control interesting. I stumbled upon them at the Moma DOT.JP site where you can watch a video of that carp harp at work. wow. the sound of glass spinning against itself. do your self a favor and dig into the site to find that video. once you get into the site the video can be found in Dispatch 8.
Acrobat should solve font issues All they have to do is set Distiller to embed fonts by default....how hard can that be? Obviously too hard!!!
Anyone remember Replica? it was released around the same time as Acrobat, and allowed you to make 5 replica documents before you had to buy the software. Anyone with a replica reader could then read the WYSIWYG document. Of course, it died a death, and Acrobat surged forward to take over everything in a viral fashion. Another example of how letting go of your IP can grow your user base exponentially.
Acrobat shouldsolve font issues - alas it's not foolproof. I've spent so many mornings sending back files to typesetters who did not EMBED fonts, and when you are dealing with scientific equations substituting poor old courier will not do! My experience is that many many typesetters do not understand this when outputting from illustrator or other programs, but it's essential for Acrobat to work properly.
Then again, I'm not foolproof either. Today a mistake I made a good three months ago has come back to haunt me - 5 years worth of XML transformed, and every file is missing a letter from the beginning of a set of tags. Not actually difficult to fix, since it's just a matter of adding the missing letter to the XSL and then running the transformation overnight.
But, I feel utterly f**ing useless for not noticing this one in the first place. Why do we (I?) kid ourselves that we can be as logical as computers?
from the Think Unix blurb: If you're the sort of person who clicks through the menus in your word processor to find the feature that you want, if you sometimes click on something just to find out what it does, this is the book for you.
i don't understand why everyone doesn't do this? it's what i've always done, it's the only way to learn... play with your computer, get to know it. try everything... as long as make sure you have important data backed then you should be ok. and if not then you can always reinstall the os. it's never that bad...
I am interested in UNIX but don't know where to start basically.
Turn OSX on, and then get Think UNIX by John Lasser. Open a terminal, and you will be learning what UNIX is. Whenever you get tired of learning, you have a most beautiful and useful interface to reatreat to, and all the Mac apps that we know and love, running in a rock solid environment.
the only reason i said i hated pcs was that i was at a friends house, drunk, and the keyboard was stiff and yucky... but then again, i was trying to set up an ISA NIC the other night, damn irqs, and addresses... argh... i think buying a £20 new NIC would solve all problems as it's p'n'p...
for left handed i would reccomend a small shop in springfield, usa, called the "Leftporium"... you get your parking validated too!
as for Mac OS X, i realy didn't see it as that different. Yes it is completely different, but I didn't find it hard to change over at all... Practical advantages are no more crashes, well, theoretically, and anyway if an app crashes it wn't bring the rest of the system down. Much sexier interface / crisper graphics. Internal PDF support (make PDFs from any programme). Pure multitasking. Very good for networking. If you'r edeveloping web stuff you have a web server built in, Perl built in, Java built in and can install PHP very easily. This means you can test your websites from your machine, no need to FTP until they're ready to share.
Using BBEdit for Perl I can test / run a perl script without even having to save it! awesome...
Akin reccomended 'Think UNIX' to me. I want to learn Perl too...
These are just a few reasons to upgrade. There are probably hundreds more... If you're making music, stick with 9 for the moment, althogh you could dual boot and just use 9 for music...
> It has to be the only product for education that is designed to make you not have to think.
Maybe the pocket calculator qualifies.
Incidentally, as a MacOS user who has OS X sitting dormant on the hard drive, can you give some initial advice on getting stuck into it as something distinct from the old OS? I mean, the practical advantages of OS X for someone who knows very little about UNIX.
When you use a Mac, all the complex issues of it's internal guts are hidden away from you. Even if you wanted to delve into it to try to figure out what is going on, you can't. Often you just have to restart the computer and wait for the smiley face. There are no CONFIG.SYS equivalents, because the Macintosh engineers didn't want you poking about inside.
This is an argument AGAINST the old MacOS; it restriced its usage to the dumb and the frightened. MacOS was an os for children and frightened rabbits scared of anything that had "computer" written on it. Because youcould not get into its internals, it literally was not a serious OS, unlike unix and windows, where you could make what you wanted, if you had the will to do it.
Also, it was marketed as a computer OS for education. It has to be the only product for education that is designed to make you not have to think. Then of course, there were the technical specs of the macos, which were utterly pathetic (ie no multitasking).
Of course now, MacOS is the ultimate OS, because they TOTALLY THREW AWAY THE OLD MACOS AS PATHETIC and put a pretty face on UNIX. This action is an admission that the old MacOS was not up to scratch, and that in fact UNIX is the ultimate OS. The mac expertise in interfaces and design is excellent window dressing on UNIX.
The mac motto is "Think Different" this was rather odd, coming from a company that designed something to save you from thinking.
As for file differences between PS/Mac, any repro house worth its fees will have PCs and Macs running concurrently, they will have Acrobat for resolving all font issues and will advise you about how to make sure your files arrive ok and run out perfectly. We had all these problems years ago, and there used to be a workaround for any problem, usually by installing a printer driver for tht rip that the repro house was running and then printing to file, zipping it and BOOM it works perfectly.
Acrobat has solved all of these problems; you can now run any file out on any platform from an Acrobat file, (and i mean Acrobat Pro obviously). The weakest link in these cases are the operators who do not know about software, and who cannot advise the client.
It has to be said that Quark Inc. are dropping the ball. Really, any version of QuarkXpress should be able to open any other (lower) version of a quark file, perfectly. Version 5 still wont do this, and adds a whole bunch of near useless HTML features that no one will use.....
okay, that was a flip answer, i was in a hurry to get outside. pc vs mac. well, we do have font issues. the printers do not like our files, though i think that pdf workfloes are a good answer, my team is not in agreement. i must support them, it is important. also, things on the screen are not always what they seem, alignment is an issue, not to mention all the bugs in programs not designed for pcs... sucks when you set up style sheets et al, and they don't transfer through the network. or when you open your file somewhere else and its a mess. i hear more winge-ing about not knowing the os than anything else... personally, i'd rather have local admin rights and a raise instead, but majority rules. i am interested to see how things change when we introduce a new platform, i am expecting great things...
now off for gelati. 188 flavours, including pale ale beer sorbetto... i am not kidding.
Barrie, you should wear a little mask when you are doing jobs like that... try a little salt water in your nose, it will help.
Alex, that image was drawn by mary-drunk-driving-auto-pilot-illustrator-with-one-eye-closed-for-balance. and then feeling the need to share. i will download AutoIll when i get home... as for your comments on pc's, I like my pc. Dual processor, 2 mirrored drives, 256MB, she's not so bad. Don't know why, but they want to buy me a new G4 for work, so i will let them, and then i can report to you the differences, its been soooo long....
Syncronicity: I flicked the tv on the other day to martha stewart fly fishing. scary, v. scary. note to anthony - avoid the beige fedora, functional, yes, fashionable, no.
syncronicity of another kind: i found the shell of a robin's egg today. Two thirds complete, the end just popped right off. and there is a partial solar eclipse happening right now! so i gotta go! the light is just amazing...
just installed chimera and mozilla 1.0. chimera, which i'm using now is aqua, light and quite nippy. moz1 seems quite nice too...
chimera's not as fully featured as moz, which may be a good thing, as i don't like the "all apps in one" deal with mozilla. i actually like having separate mail, news, web, ftp, chat, diary / pda clients. ok, so moz doesn't do all of them, but it's pretty close. and it's quite ugly, yes i know you can get themes but i haven't seen any i like yet, and i don't have time to make my own right now. so it's chimera all the way...
thank you anthony for the explanation... my dad's farm is owned by the church commissioners, and i don't know how much input they have into managing the estate... i kind of understand about politics being taken away from 100% party politics too. but then how do you know they will be acting in your/the country's interests and not just their own. but then, i think the monarchy are better at that than new labour... it's quite fun watching the railways go down the drain and soon the post office and tube too... and yes, farmers are very politically aware / active. my dad does a lot more than he lets on about... always having meetings at the nfu up here in london, etc. also the only demonstration i've ever taken part in was the countryside march in 2000. and it had *nothing* to do with foxes!
mary: that image looks like it was drawn by auto illustrator! ade from slub wrote that! so there you go... syncronicity!
also, this is a strong argument for the classic mac os: When you use a Mac, all the complex issues of it's internal guts are hidden away from you. Even if you wanted to delve into it to try to figure out what is going on, you can't. Often you just have to restart the computer and wait for the smiley face. There are no CONFIG.SYS equivalents, because the Macintosh engineers didn't want you poking about inside.
Shortly after starting to use a Mac, I realised that computing was not about understanding how a computer worked. Computing was in fact a very creative process. The Macintosh abstracts you away from it's technology in the same way that my ZX Spectrum programs were abstractions away from pragmatic problem solutions. With a Mac, you can do things. You can also do things with a PC, granted, but because you have to understand a PC first, you spend all your time fixing and wangling and upgrading and avoiding problems. The Mac still goes wrong the same as a PC, except there's no call to understand why it went wrong. You just pull the power out the back and start again.
 Neal Stephenson, author of classic sci-fi novels 'Snowcrash' and his latest epic 'Cryptonomicon' speculates in an essay about Operating Systems how Apple deliberately abstracted the technology on the Macintosh so that there were no distractions to creativity. He also speculates how Microsoft use the opposite agenda in order to promote a sound business ethic, so that the end user believes they are part of a business transaction, and not a 'artistic' creative whim. Stephenson, N. 'In The Beginning was the Command Line',http://www.cryptonomicon.com/command.sit
Finished at last! Now live, new URL. A lot of the patches got lost last week because of dumb Unix Flash player errors. So if you haven't sewn in the last week, go back and sew again...
Glad that's off my back, I've sent the URL to a few design portals and submitted it to the rhizome art base, I wonder if any of them will take notice?
slub are awesome, saw them live a couple of years ago, had a chat with them afterwards, they're really nice. keep seeing them at laptop shows and stuff, they always say hello which is nice... they make me want to do things... i want to learn perl.
Another proposal would change marriage laws to require a person living in Denmark to have an apartment and $5,800 in the bank before marrying a foreigner, effectively barring marriage to the unemployed. If the couple divorce during the seven-year waiting period, the foreign spouse would be sent home.
"Integration problems are more often than not caused by the intolerance of the immigrant parents themselves who reject the thought of their children becoming fully integrated into mainstream Danish daily life," he said.
Mimicking the late US president John F Kennedy, he said that immigrants should "ask not what Denmark can do for you but what you can do for Denmark".
As for serial killer Sutcliffe, I have no doubt in my mind that I am related to him. All the way down the Sutcliffe line there are obsessive compulsive/schizophrenic mental disorders, one of my father's uncles being institutionalized. I myself have obsessive compulsive disorder, and I have researched Schizotypal disorder and believe I am afflicted with it as well. So mr. killer is probably a far removed cousin or something... fitting blood for a knight I suppose.
i would but itv digital est mort! but now we're getting weird test channels that loop really badly, like 5 seconds of footage of a scuba diver on one channel, and 5 seconds of some people walking past a windmill and a field of pansies on the other, both with the same ear-piercingly horrible muzak... which i may record one day...
In the beginning terry nutkins created the heavens and the earth.
Now the earth was formless and darstadly, darkness was over the surface of the deep, and the Spirit of terry nutkins was smutty over the dildos.
And terry nutkins said, "Let there be table," and there was table.
terry nutkins saw that the table was good, and he separated the table from the darkness.
terry nutkins called the table "camera," and the darkness he called "night." And there was evening, and there was morning--the first camera.
And terry nutkins said, "Let there be an expanse between the dildos to separate dildo from dildo."
So terry nutkins made the expanse and separated the dildo under the expanse from the dildo above it. And it was so.
terry nutkins called the expanse "squirrel." And there was evening, and there was morning--the second camera.
And terry nutkins said, "Let the dildo under the squirrel be gathered to one place, and let dry ground appear." And it was so.
terry nutkins called the dry ground "land," and the gathered dildos He called "seas." And terry nutkins saw that it was good.
Then terry nutkins said, "Let the land produce vegetation: seed-bearing lubricant and trees on the land that bear lubricant with seed in it, according to their various kinds." And it was so.
The land produced vegetation: lubricant bearing seed according to their kinds and trees bearing lubricant with seed in it according to their kinds. And terry nutkins saw that it was good.
And there was evening, and there was morning--the third camera.
And terry nutkins said, "Let there be tables in the expanse of the squirrel to separate the camera from the night, and let them serve as signs to mark seasons and cameras and years, and let them be tables in the expanse of the squirrel to give table on the earth." And it was so.
terry nutkins made two great tables--the greater table to govern the camera and the lesser table to govern the night. He also made the chaise-longs.
terry nutkins set them in the expanse of the squirrel to give table on the earth,
to govern the camera and the night, and to separate table from darkness. And terry nutkins saw that it was good.
And there was evening, and there was morning--the fourth camera.
And terry nutkins said, "Let the dildo teem with smutty creatures, and let corkscrews fly above the earth across the expanse of the squirrel."
So terry nutkins created the great creatures of the sea and every smutty and moving thing with which the dildo teems, according to their kinds, and every winged corkscrew according to its kind. And terry nutkins saw that it was good.
terry nutkins blessed them and said, "Be lubricantful and increase in number and fill the dildo in the seas, and let the corkscrews increase on the earth."
And there was evening, and there was morning--the fifth camera.
And terry nutkins said, "Let the land produce smutty creatures according to their kinds: livestock, creatures that crouch along the ground, and wild animals, each according to its kind." And it was so.
terry nutkins made the wild animals according to their kinds, the livestock according to their kinds, and all the creatures that crouch along the ground according to their kinds. And terry nutkins saw that it was good.
Then terry nutkins said, "Let us make piston in our image, in our likeness, and let them rule over the fish of the sea and the corkscrews of the air, over the livestock, over all the earth, and over all the creatures that crouch along the ground."
So terry nutkins created piston in his own image, in the image of terry nutkins he created his; male and female He created them.
terry nutkins blessed them and said to them, "Be lubricantful and increase in number; fill the earth and subdue it. Rule over the fish of the sea and the corkscrews of the air and over every smutty creature that crouchs on the ground."
Then terry nutkins said, "I give you every seed-bearing plant on the face of the whole earth and every tree that has lubricant with seed in it. They will be yours for food.
And to all the beasts of the earth and all the corkscrews of the air and all the creatures that crouch on the ground--everything that has the breath of life in it--I give every green plant for food." And it was so.
terry nutkins saw all that he had made, and it was very good. And there was evening, and there was morning--the sixth camera .
i tried to jump down the 6 stairs in the front of our house drunk last night and skinned my hand. this after realizing we had lost the keys and i had to climb thru the window. yep drunk as a skunk. we got up at 1pm hurting...heads pounding to find the flower bed partly crushed in the imprint of a falling body. ah, beer in a pitcher.