Saturday, February 01, 2003

This is kind of morbid but at the same time strangely fascinating.
posted by chriszanf , 11:41 PM Þ 

A horrible story about Spanish ID Cards
posted by Irdial , 11:34 PM Þ 

Apple DOS was a painful, painful thing. Actually, everything on the Apple II was pretty brutal. The last time I used one of those machines was in 94 or so... my old elementary school in Calgary had a lab FULL of them.
Also: OGG! OGG! I like ogg. I will encode all my things in ogg, once it has reached a final version and I can know that their VBR is as slick as LAME's mp3 vbr. Mp3 has done well, but unlike mp3 ogg's purpose is specifically musical audio. Which is why it is totally appropriate. I will listen to "Good to You" music!
posted by Barrie , 11:20 PM Þ 

Apple DOS that had got to hurt. Auch.
posted by Claus Eggers , 7:55 PM Þ 
posted by Claus Eggers , 7:52 PM Þ 
posted by Claus Eggers , 2:06 PM Þ 

Like I said Congestion Charge is for snooping
posted by Irdial , 12:07 PM Þ 
posted by captain davros , 10:52 AM Þ 
Friday, January 31, 2003

I have so so many things to say but unfortunately there are so many that I cannot clearly think of one, and my rambling on would surely annoy everyone. I hate my brain. Maybe this is why people like me must resort to visual arts?

Totally bloody true:

Which OS are You?

Oh, Chirac and Schroeder. If only their anti-war sentiments were really humanistic - you can't really ignore big French and German oil involved in deals with the Iraqi government. Damn the corruption! HAHAHA!

Alison re: headphones. I think they are appropriate in most situations. But some music is designed to be heard through LOUD speakers. The sound must penetrate your body and surround you. Big big noise like Do Make Say Think, Fly Pan Am, Monster Magnet, LED ZEPPELIN, and many others can only be really enjoyed when they're blasting the walls out and you're rocking your shit hot. Strangely, some of the real "huge noise" (Merzbow, Masonna, Lou Reed) can only be really picked apart through headphones, even though the volume level is massive. (sidenote: I'm a huge fan of these "harsh noise" artists and am intrigued by the strange merzbow referral) (side-side note: actually I share a name with a harsh noise artist/band called Sutcliffe Jugend, though they are named after someone who is not to be admired)

the couple recorded directly to minidisc during a european tour and captured the sounds of anal and oral sex, bondage, caning, spanking and microphone insertion.
Sounds like fun! Nothing like a good bondage session for a good screams and cracks. Er.
posted by Barrie , 8:34 AM Þ 
Thursday, January 30, 2003

Signature of Council of Europe Protocol against racism in cyberspace

Strasbourg, 28.01.2003 - Eleven member States of the Council of Europe (*) today signed the Additional Protocol to the Convention on Cybercrime, concerning the criminalisation of acts of a racist and xenophobic nature, committed through the use of computer systems. More states are expected to sign the Protocol in the weeks to come.

The Austrian President, Thomas Klestil, will sign the Protocol on Thursday 30 January, during his visit to the Council of Europe.

This Protocol widens the scope of the Cybercrime Convention, to cover offences of racist or xenophobic propaganda and aims at facilitating the Parties' use of means of international co-operation in this area, as set out in the Convention. In particular, the Protocol defines racist and xenophobic material and calls on states to criminalise its distribution via computer, racist and xenophobic threats and insults, as well as denial of, gross understatement of, approval or justification of genocide and crimes against humanity.

The Protocol was adopted by the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe on 7 November 2002.
posted by Irdial , 11:31 PM Þ 

Something interesting happened today: we had a referrer from: (not linking it deliberately). When I looked at the page, there was no link to Could this be referrer spoofing to get the dir name of where we keep webalizer?

posted by Irdial , 10:20 PM Þ 


Project Censored

Censored 2003: The Top 10 Censored Stories of 2001-2002

#1: FCC Moves to Privatize Airwaves
#2: New Trade Treaty Seeks to Privatize Global Social Services
#3: United States' Policies in Colombia Support Mass Murder
#4: Bush Administration Hampered FBI Investigation 46 into Bin Laden Family Before 9-11
#5: U.S. Intentionally Destroyed Iraq's Water System
#6: U.S. Government Pushing Nuclear Revival
#7: Corporations Promote HMO Model for School Districts
#8: NAFTA Destroys Farming Communities in U.S. and Abroad
#9: U.S. Faces National Housing Crisis
#10: CIA Double Deals in Macedonia
posted by Josh Carr , 6:54 PM Þ 

Anti Gravity

Is the REAL reason behind the war on Iraq!!!!
posted by Irdial , 6:34 PM Þ 

[...]When you next hear Blair or Straw or Bush talk about "bringing democracy to the people of Iraq", remember that it was the CIA that installed the Ba'ath Party in Baghdad from which emerged Saddam Hussein.

"That was my favourite coup," said the CIA man responsible. When you next hear Blair and Bush talking about a "smoking gun" in Iraq, ask why the US government last December confiscated the 12,000 pages of Iraq's weapons declaration, saying they contained "sensitive information" which needed "a little editing".

Sensitive indeed. The original Iraqi documents listed 150 American, British and other foreign companies that supplied Iraq with its nuclear, chemical and missile technology, many of them in illegal transactions. In 2000 Peter Hain, then a Foreign Office Minister, blocked a parliamentary request to publish the full list of lawbreaking British companies. He has never explained why.[...]

Daily Mirror
posted by Irdial , 6:13 PM Þ 

Was checking out FatCat site for developments....
Mr Tea, have you been pestering someone?

Kurt Vonnegut is lovely. He has made me laugh. He has made me cry. He has made me think.
posted by Alun , 5:51 PM Þ 

Dr. Seuss replies to the State of the Union address.
posted by Irdial , 5:49 PM Þ 

In November, Kurt Vonnegut turned 80. He published his first novel, Player Piano, in 1952 at the age of 29. Since then he has written 13 others, including Slaughterhouse Five, which stands as one of the pre-eminent anti-war novels of the 20th century.
As war against Iraq looms, I asked Vonnegut, a reader and supporter of this magazine, to weigh in. Vonnegut is an American socialist in the tradition of Eugene Victor Debs, a fellow Hoosier whom he likes to quote: “As long as there is a lower class, I am in it. As long as there is a criminal element, I am of it. As long as there is a soul in prison, I am not free.”

[...] Anybody practicing the fine art of composing music, no matter how cynical or greedy or scared, still can’t help serving all humanity. Music makes practically everybody fonder of life than he or she would be without it. [...]
posted by Irdial , 5:44 PM Þ 

Shurely shome mishtake?

US: Iraq is spying on inspectors
Powell hopes to take evidence to UN
Julian Borger in Washington, Gary Younge in New York and Michael White
Thursday January 30, 2003
The Guardian
The United States has evidence of an orchestrated Iraqi attempt to spy on UN weapons inspectors using hidden microphones and agents, allowing Baghdad to stay one step ahead of the search for banned weapons, US sources said yesterday.

Pentagon: CIA operatives already in Iraq
Staff and agencies
Thursday January 30, 2003
The Pentagon admitted yesterday that small numbers of CIA operatives are already on the ground inside northern Iraq ahead of a possible US-led attack.
posted by Alun , 4:31 PM Þ 

I don't remember if this was ever posted here before, but...

"aaron funk, who has recorded several cds on the planet mu label as venetian snares, is on the verge of a breakthrough for electronic funk. together with his girlfriend, rachael kozak (who performs under the alias hecate), he is at work on an album created exclusively from samples recorded during sex. "people i've played it for don't believe it," says funk. "they're like, 'no, no, no - you've sampled high hats there, i know it.' it's essentially alchemy, shaping sex into a new form." the couple recorded directly to minidisc during a european tour and captured the sounds of anal and oral sex, bondage, caning, spanking and microphone insertion. funk says, "it's weird to deconstruct the sounds of sex. it makes you conscious of a lot of stuff you'd normally ignore. i remember thinking, shit, like, oh, that slap will make a good snare drum. or, wow, that was a freakish set of grunts and moans - i want to make that into a choir later." so far the duo has completed a few songs - including hymen tramp choir, pervs and blood on the rope - that play with the genres of breakbeat, ambient and dub. a full-length cd, nymphomatriarch, will be released this spring on hymen records. "i like to listen to sex when i'm having sex," funk says. soon you can hear his sex, too."
posted by Josh Carr , 3:32 PM Þ 

European leaders support US against Iraq
The prime minister, Tony Blair, is one of the signatories alongside Mr Aznar and the leaders of Italy, Portugal, Hungary, Poland, Denmark and the Czech Republic. The letter calls for a united support of the US and for European cohesion on the Iraq issue and follows a joint announcement last week by Germany and France opposing war.

No disrespect to the Danes present, but apart from the UK these are not exactly political world heavyweights. If this is the best Blair can do... well, I think he's embarassing. Two of the three biggest European economies are united in opposition, and France is also a nuclear power with a UN veto.

And what unites Blair's signatories? The need for US trade, aid and political support maybe?

posted by Alun , 2:09 PM Þ 
posted by Mikkel , 11:40 AM Þ 

Poor old crab!
posted by captain davros , 9:09 AM Þ 
posted by captain davros , 9:06 AM Þ 

Good web content.
Wednesday, January 29, 2003
posted by Irdial , 10:44 PM Þ 
posted by chriszanf , 7:59 PM Þ 

From yesterday. A bit historical, but extremely pertinent.
...Yet even AJP Taylor would have been hard put to explain how the man who currently speaks for England is, of all unlikely people, Jacques Chirac.

On a lighter note.... I like John Hegley's poems.

Relaxing with Taxidermy

When their chihuahua got stuffed
they were really chuffed,
no need to feed her
or walkies on a lead her
no more poop to scoop
and doesn't she look smashing on the mantle piece?
She'll always look at the camera now.
I don't know why we bothered having her alive at all
posted by Alun , 5:23 PM Þ 
posted by Josh Carr , 5:15 PM Þ 

Blair: North Korea is next

Oh good. Can't wait for that one. Thanks Tone.
Now, about the economy/health service/fire strike/public sector pay/schools.... I see there's a slot in your diary free sometime in 2007, just after finishing off Libya and before we raze Somalia.

And Mr Blair concluded that the events of September 11 had made issues of weapons of mass destruction "even more important to deal with".
Did I miss something?

P.S. I'd read the liver thing and there are a multitude of theories, but not exactly a lot to go on. File under 'What the...?' In the meantime cases like this at least make people revisit what they think they know about transplantation as they look for the most probable explanation. Definitely a Good Thing.
posted by Alun , 5:11 PM Þ 

posted by Irdial , 12:55 PM Þ 

BC Protesters

Yes, Akin, you have uncovered a sad truth of BC. There is a streak of unchecked and misguided aggression that surfaces. The protest, or more correctly, destruction, that ensued after the concert cancellation was shocking and embarrassing. And what a waste! And for who? Spoiled drunken people, lashing out. It's not the first time this has happened. The chronic misunderstanding of civil disobedience and undercurrent of increasing violence has resulted in the cancellation of several public (and free) celebrations. Fortunately, we have new crops, and they thrive in their low-key, less shiny packaging.

I must apologize if my previous post was not clear. Certainly, this was not an effective means of resisting a fascist power. But what else could they do? Remain downtrodden and without hope? There was a unity in their resistance, and a freedom, and that is what is interesting to me. I guess I have a romantic notion that there is something, the sacred cow, the flying nun, something, that will be accessible to a full span of people, that generates peace and kindness, that doesn't seek for its own gain, and that isn't in reaction to war. Dreamer.
posted by mary13 , 3:33 AM Þ 
posted by Irdial , 12:00 AM Þ 
Tuesday, January 28, 2003


If you please Alun, have you heard ANYTHING like this before??!!
posted by Irdial , 11:38 PM Þ 

The news.
posted by Josh Carr , 7:11 PM Þ 

Some gorgeous photographs of hangars, billboards, ammunition bunkers and gas stations on this site.
posted by Josh Carr , 5:42 PM Þ 

Not in our Name PDF of the New York Times double page statement.
posted by Irdial , 10:07 AM Þ 
posted by captain davros , 9:46 AM Þ 
posted by captain davros , 9:41 AM Þ 

irdial is unflinching
irdial is back
irdial is dead
irdial is quite unusual
irdial is not supported on all mobiles

NOW I can start my day!!!!
posted by Irdial , 8:39 AM Þ 

posted by the attentive and insightful A_t, and MUNGED by the careless me (leading ' instead of "):

"What do you mean by decentralized?

A protest with many, or no centres? A spontaneous act of public aggression (for want of a better word, it should and could be entirely peaceful)? It seems unlikely in this country. It's as if people don't care, like if they dont think about it, it will go away.

There's a protest in London (and elsewhere) on the 15th. If you London/Blogdial crew are going don't you think it would be nice to meet up? Maybe not. heh! The only people on teh internet I've met in rea life are people I already knew, so it would be a freaky new experience for me.

Maybe someone should organise a 'sleep over' or 'pajama party' in Oxford Circus. Not really the right time of year, but whatever. People bring their tents, sleeping bags, beds, teddy bears, hot water bottles, etc to Oxford Circus and lie down in the middle of the road. You could either do it in the middle of the night when there's less traffic, but you run the risk of being foiled by the police before people start arriving and taking notice, or you risk your life trying to do it in the lull just before rush hour (is there a lull before rush hour in central London?)..."
posted by Irdial , 8:21 AM Þ 


And it came to pass that the last days of BLOGGER were upon them, and there was great confusion, weeping wailing and gnashing of teeth!
posted by Irdial , 8:10 AM Þ 

Originally posted by Mary:

"My grandmother tells me about when Germany invaded Norway during WWII. Oslo was occupied, and a blackout was enforced. All the Norwegian citizens would turn their lights out, prop their radios out the window, and blast the BBC news from England. It was one of their few sites of resistance (somewhat decentralized). Effective in pissing the Germans off, and fun, until all their radios were confiscated ... how can we translate this to today's world? Unless, of course, that's what that worm was all about. "
posted by Irdial , 8:09 AM Þ 


BC Rioters!
posted by Irdial , 8:06 AM Þ 
posted by Claus Eggers , 12:32 AM Þ 
posted by Irdial , 12:29 AM Þ 
Monday, January 27, 2003
posted by chriszanf , 9:01 PM Þ 

I admire these people, they put thier personal safety on the line again and again.

Its time though, that a more decentralized protest took place, dont you think??
posted by Irdial , 6:02 PM Þ 
posted by Josh Carr , 5:35 PM Þ 


January 24, 2003, 1930 PST (FTW) - Serious international developments are indicating that the first stages of the U.S. invasion of Iraq will begin unilaterally no later than next Wednesday and most likely as the President delivers his State of the Union address to Congress on Tuesday night.

The Associated Press reported today, in a story little noticed by mainstream American press, that the Japanese government had today urged all Japanese citizens to leave Iraq as soon as possible. Japan has large numbers of its nationals working in Iraq in various trade and oil-related business ventures. According to a second report today on CNN Headline News the Japanese advisory was specific that all Japanese citizens should be out of the country by next Wednesday at the latest.

The Japanese alert was followed by a simultaneous advisory from the U.S. State Department issuing a worldwide alert to all Americans traveling overseas. According to another AP story, State Department officials tried to downplay the significance of the warning, "but officials were unable to say when the last such advisory had been issued." A worldwide alert for U.S. citizens is extremely rare and suggests that the administration is concerned about a global backlash against Americans traveling overseas. Cautionary advisories are normally isolated to specific countries or geographic regions.

The invasion of Iraq will most likely commence with a massive aerial campaign in which the U.N. and many military analysts have predicted widespread collateral damage with heavy civilian casualties. One recent UN estimate suggested that the total Iraqi casualty count for the entire operation could exceed 500,000.
posted by Irdial , 5:33 PM Þ 

Now you should be able to sing this one, to the tune of "If you're happy and you know it, clap your hands"

If you cannot find Osama, bomb Iraq.
If the markets are a drama, bomb Iraq.
If the terrorists are frisky,
Pakistan is looking shifty,
North Korea is too risky,
Bomb Iraq.

If we have no allies with us, bomb Iraq.
If we think someone has dissed us, bomb Iraq.
So to hell with the inspections,
Let's look tough for the elections,
Close your mind and take directions,
Bomb Iraq.

It's "pre-emptive non-aggression", bomb Iraq.
Let's prevent this mass destruction, bomb Iraq.
They've got weapons we can't see,
And that's good enough for me
'Cos it's all the proof I need
Bomb Iraq.

If you never were elected, bomb Iraq.
If your mood is quite dejected, bomb Iraq.
If you think Saddam's gone mad,
With the weapons that he had,
(And he tried to kill your dad),
Bomb Iraq.

If your corporate fraud is growin', bomb Iraq.
If your ties to it are showin', bomb Iraq.
If your politics are sleazy,
And hiding that ain't easy,
And your manhood's getting queasy,
Bomb Iraq.

Fall in line and follow orders, bomb Iraq.
For our might knows not our borders, bomb Iraq.
Disagree? We'll call it treason,
Let's make war not love this season,
Even if we have no reason,
Bomb Iraq.
posted by Claus Eggers , 4:36 PM Þ 

Beautiful e, Claus, really. Wonderful how you seem to make everything with a bend, a kind of beautiful imperfection, that makes it perfect! Like the UR track

Besides that, I finally got the Ladytron album Light and Magic (it took quite some time to get in DK, but since it gave such big discussions here on BLOGDIAL, I got to know what all the fuss is about)

I agree with Akin, The music is sublime! I didnt expected it to be so, but for everytime, I hear the cd with headphones (By the way, are headphones the only way to hear music properly?, I'm starting to think so, if you really wanna listen. Like seeing a movie in the theatre and no place else) it only get's better and better! My favorite track at the moment is 'Flicking your switch'. The music has the beauty like the best techno from Detroit in the early 90's. It's is the perfect track, with longing and sexy soundscapes. Ladytron rules!

And my book just takes time and more tears - I did'nt expected it to be that hard!!!!
Falling into black holes, almost feels like dying or maybe just a little deaths? it all melts down in my brain... I wish I could switch off sometimes
posted by Alison , 11:37 AM Þ 

Believe it.

Most amusing that this file is being hosted/hammered on the Mothers Against Video Game Violence and Addiction site!!!
posted by Irdial , 10:03 AM Þ 
posted by Irdial , 10:00 AM Þ 
posted by captain davros , 9:47 AM Þ 

Britain 'is not an island' claims EU
By Richard Savill

European Commission statisticians have decided that Britain is not an island. They say an island can not have fewer than 50 permanent residents, can not be attached to the mainland by a rigid structure, can not be less than a kilometre from a mainland and, crucially in the case of Britain, can not be home to the capital of an EU state.

Their study has raised fears that Anglesey and Skye, which are linked by bridges, and Lundy, which has a population of 18, could lose their island status.

Paul Roberts, Lundy's general manager, said: "It's an absolute nonsense to say we are not an island. "Lundy means 'Puffin Island' in Norse and nothing can take that away from us." [...]

posted by Irdial , 8:44 AM Þ 
Sunday, January 26, 2003

The Race to Kill Kazaa

The servers are in Denmark. The software is in Estonia. The domain is registered Down Under, the corporation on a tiny island in the South Pacific. The users - 60 million of them - are everywhere around the world. The next Napster? Think bigger. And pity the poor copyright cops trying to pull the plug.

By Todd Woody

On October 2, 2001, the weight of the global entertainment industry came crashing down on Niklas Zennstrm, cofounder of Kazaa, the wildly popular file-sharing service. That was the day every major American music label and movie studio filed suit against his company. Their goal was to shutter the service and shut down the tens of millions of people sharing billions of copyrighted music, video, and software files. Only problem: Stopping Napster, which indexed songs on its servers, was easy - the recording industry took the company to court for copyright infringement, and a judge pulled the plug. With Kazaa, users trade files through thousands of anonymous "supernodes." There is no plug to pull.

Nor, as attorneys would soon discover, was there even a single outfit to shut down. That's because on a January morning three months after the suit was filed, Amsterdam-based went dark and Zennstrm vanished. Days later, the company was reborn with a structure as decentralized as Kazaa's peer-to-peer service itself. Zennstrm, a Swedish citizen, transferred control of the software's code to Blastoise, a strangely crafted company with operations off the coast of Britain - on a remote island renowned as a tax haven - and in Estonia, a notorious safe harbor for intellectual property pirates. And that was just the start.

Ownership of the Kazaa interface went to Sharman Networks, a business formed days earlier in the South Pacific island nation of Vanuatu, another tax haven. Sharman, which runs its servers in Denmark, obtained a license for Zennstrm's technology, FastTrack. The domain, on the other hand, was registered to an Australian firm called LEF Interactive - for the French revolutionary slogan, libert, galit, fraternit.

Confused? So were the copyright cops. "It's hard to know which one to sue," complains Michael Speck, an investigator with the Australian Record Industry Association. Hollywood lawyers figured the best way to bring Kazaa to justice was to squeeze Sharman. Trouble was, Sharman, which operates out of Sydney, had no employees. All its workers, including CEO Nikki Hemming, are contracted through LEF. The names of Sharman's investors and board members are locked away in Vanuatu, a republic that bills itself as an asylum whose "strict code of secrecy" is "useful in any number of circumstances where the confidentiality of ownership, or control, want to be preserved."

Why all the subterfuge? It's an international business model for the post-Napster era. A close look at Kazaa reveals a corporate nesting doll that frustrated Hollywood attorneys for more than a year. From Estonia to Australia, they pleaded with courts to force Kazaa's operators out from the shadows. Meanwhile, every week that Sharman was able to hold the law at bay, countless copies of Kazaa software were being downloaded. In the last six months alone, PC users have downloaded more than 90 million copies. Kazaa has 60 million users around the world and 22 million in the US - an irresistible audience to marketers. Last year, Sharman raked in millions from US advertisers like Netflix and DirecTV, without spending a penny on content. The chase could have gone on forever.

And then, suddenly, a few days before Thanksgiving, it ended.

Hollywood's disdain for file-sharing can be measured in the 10-foot stack of papers that make up Metro Goldwyn Mayer Studios v. Grokster et al., which sits on file in the Los Angeles federal courthouse. In the suit, a roster of entertainment conglomerates accuse FastTrack-enabled services Kazaa, Morpheus, and Grokster of profiting from a "21st-century piratical bazaar." Record labels and movie studios want the services closed and fined $150,000 for each illegally traded song or movie. Given the billions of files changing hands every week, the damages could be astronomical. [...]

posted by Irdial , 5:26 PM Þ 

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