Saturday, September 27, 2003

posted by chriszanf , 8:57 PM Þ 

meau meau, when was that Brook Drive photo taken?

I think it must be quite old - I assume it's in front of your shop facing the IWM but the houses further down the road in the photo are older than the current housing block (I can't remember if it is visible from there). The cars say 72-75 most likely.

It was found 'by accident'

You're standing right outside our shop, yes?
maybe soon.
posted by meau meau , 6:31 PM Þ 

Mess, can you contact me 'off-blog' about that TG material, ta (
posted by THESE , 4:55 PM Þ 

meau meau, when was that Brook Drive photo taken?
You're standing right outside our shop, yes?

posted by THESE , 4:50 PM Þ 

Captain Beefheart - Grow Fins [Rarities 1965-1982]
posted by Irdial , 1:13 PM Þ 
Friday, September 26, 2003

Get some used classical LPs

Deutche Gramophon releases; unbelievable sound.

Actually, I mean believable.
posted by Irdial , 11:11 PM Þ 

I JUST got my first turntable

You are in for a treat! Vinyl is magical. Get some used classical LPs. There's no better way to listen to an orchestra outside the concert hall.
My current turntable is on its way out. I've been meaning to get a new one. Been waiting for the right one to come around the corner on ebay or the classifieds...
posted by Barrie , 8:42 PM Þ 

"Please Please Please, how can I get hold of it? I JUST got my first turntable, so now I am going to buy vinyl...
posted by Alison Khan , 10:16 AM"

These Records still have copies...
posted by THESE , 5:52 PM Þ 

"...any specific questions??
Yes, thank you. I have the chance to get CD-R copies of a few of the discs, and wondered if there were any particular highlights. Your help would be appreciated.
posted by Mess Noone , 10:37 AM"...

o.k. will give it another quick scan tomorrow and let you know...
posted by THESE , 5:49 PM Þ 
posted by captain davros , 5:37 PM Þ happier days!

""But being over here just a couple of days, seeing how well our troops and the allied troops are being received here, (I) think the Iraqi people are happy we're here," the Hollywood star said.
But the star later admitted he had not met many Iraqis because he had been travelling the country by helicopter....[and jumping out of burning buildings, blowing up terrorists whilst barefoot]
posted by chriszanf , 3:02 PM Þ 
posted by Alun , 2:55 PM Þ 

Hey! Hey! Hey, hey, hey!
Macho, macho man (macho man)
I've got to be, a macho man
Macho, macho man
I've got to be a macho! Ow....
posted by Alun , 2:51 PM Þ 

Been listening to a bit of China Crisis lately....

This is emotion
emotion less war
a torn shirt and a long dead cause
I can't sleep
this kind of thing gets me down
don't say walk
I may lose my fear

I could lose myself
in this honesty

I read all sorts of things
there's so much to learn
I've seen the hand that rushes in
as it rush over you

I could lose myself
in this honesty
posted by chriszanf , 2:09 PM Þ 

Groove IS in the heart

Hardcore will NEVER die
posted by meau meau , 12:19 PM Þ 



the real Alice, Lewis inspiration

Alun, have you seen the movie "Dreamchild"?
posted by Alison , 11:19 AM Þ 

...any specific questions??

Yes, thank you. I have the chance to get CD-R copies of a few of the discs, and wondered if there were any particular highlights. Your help would be appreciated.
posted by Mess Noone , 10:37 AM Þ 

I reread the Alice books a couple of weeks ago. It's interesting to note that some of the writing (much of it, in fact) is thought of as nonsense writing. Actually, it's logic writing. And logic can be the most nonsensical of all. This is most apparent in the literal interpretation of the language used by Alice by other characters, resulting in Alice's confusion.

"Take some more tea," the March Hare said to Alice, very earnestly.
"I've had nothing yet," Alice replied in an offended tone: "so I can't take more."
"You mean you can't take less," said the hatter:
"it's very easy to take more than nothing."

"I know what you're thinking about," said Tweedledum; "but it isn't so, nohow."
"Contrariwise," continued Tweedledee, "if it was so, it might be; and if it were so, it would be; but as it isn't, it ain't. That's logic."

posted by Alun , 10:26 AM Þ 

There are two sides to this release: a blue label and a mustard label.

The blue side:
Aqua Regia
Spy vs Spy (Cawley, Dyer, Major)

The mustard side:
Mrs. Mimi Majick
Anthony Manning

Any help?

posted by Irdial Discs , 2:43 PM

Please Please Please, how can I get hold of it? I JUST got my first turntable, so now I am going to buy vinyl...
posted by Alison , 10:16 AM Þ 

More fiction, but this time by Lewis Carroll

"...The Caterpillar was the first to speak.

`What size do you want to be?' it asked.

`Oh, I'm not particular as to size,' Alice hastily replied; `only one doesn't like changing so often, you know.'

`I don't know,' said the Caterpillar.

Alice said nothing: she had never been so much contradicted in her life before, and she felt that she was losing her temper.

`Are you content now?' said the Caterpillar.

`Well, I should like to be a little larger, sir, if you wouldn't mind,' said Alice: `three inches is such a wretched height to be.'

`It is a very good height indeed!' said the Caterpillar angrily, rearing itself upright as it spoke (it was exactly three inches high).

`But I'm not used to it!' pleaded poor Alice in a piteous tone. And she thought of herself, `I wish the creatures wouldn't be so easily offended!'

`You'll get used to it in time,' said the Caterpillar; and it put the hookah into its mouth and began smoking again.

This time Alice waited patiently until it chose to speak again. In a minute or two the Caterpillar took the hookah out of its mouth and yawned once or twice, and shook itself. Then it got down off the mushroom, and crawled away in the grass, merely remarking as it went, `One side will make you grow taller, and the other side will make you grow shorter.'

`One side of what? The other side of what?' thought Alice to herself.

`Of the mushroom,' said the Caterpillar, just as if she had asked it aloud; and in another moment it was out of sight.

Alice remained looking thoughtfully at the mushroom for a minute, trying to make out which were the two sides of it; and as it was perfectly round, she found this a very difficult question. However, at last she stretched her arms round it as far as they would go, and broke off a bit of the edge with each hand.

`And now which is which?' she said to herself..."
posted by Alison , 10:02 AM Þ 

Sterling Ball, a jovial, plain-talking businessman, is CEO of Ernie Ball, the world's leading maker of premium guitar strings endorsed by generations of artists ranging from the likes of Eric Clapton to the dudes from Metallica.

But since jettisoning all of Microsoft products three years ago, Ernie Ball has also gained notoriety as a company that dumped most of its proprietary software -- and still lived to tell the tale.

In 2000, the Business Software Alliance conducted a raid and subsequent audit at the San Luis Obispo, California-based company that turned up a few dozen unlicensed copies of programs. Ball settled for $65,000, plus $35,000 in legal fees. But by then, the BSA, a trade group that helps enforce copyrights and licensing provisions for major business software makers, had put the company on the evening news and featured it in regional ads warning other businesses to monitor their software licences.

Humiliated by the experience, Ball told his IT department he wanted Microsoft products out of his business within six months. "I said, 'I don't care if we have to buy 10,000 abacuses,'" recalled Ball, who recently addressed the LinuxWorld trade show. "We won't do business with someone who treats us poorly."

Ball's IT crew settled on a potpourri of open-source software -- Red Hat's version of Linux, the OpenOffice office suite, Mozilla's Web browser -- plus a few proprietary applications that couldn't be duplicated by open source. Ball, whose father, Ernie, founded the company, says the transition was a breeze, and since then he's been happy to extol the virtues of open-source software to anyone who asks. He spoke with CNET about his experience.

Q: Can you start by giving us a brief rundown of how you became an open-source advocate?
A: I became an open-source guy because we're a privately owned company, a family business that's been around for 30 years, making products and being a good member of society. We've never been sued, never had any problems paying our bills. And one day I got a call that there were armed marshals at my door talking about software licence compliance...I thought I was OK; I buy computers with licensed software. But my lawyer told me it could be pretty bad.

The BSA had a program back then called "Nail Your Boss," where they encouraged disgruntled employees to report on their company...and that's what happened to us. Anyways, they basically shut us down...We were out of compliance I figure by about 8 percent (out of 72 desktops).

How did that happen?
We pass our old computers down. The guys in engineering need a new PC, so they get one and we pass theirs on to somebody doing clerical work. Well, if you don't wipe the hard drive on that PC, that's a violation. Even if they can tell a piece of software isn't being used, it's still a violation if it's on that hard drive. What I really thought is that you ought to treat people the way you want to be treated. I couldn't treat a customer the way Microsoft dealt with me...I went from being a pro-Microsoft guy to instantly being an anti-Microsoft guy. [...]

posted by Irdial , 9:11 AM Þ 

[...]Finally, the court cited the so-called sleeping embryo theory in Islamic scholarship that says an infant can be in gestation for up to five years, in effect saying that Lawal could have conceived her child when she was still married.

Lawal has identified her alleged sexual partner, Yahaya Mohammed, and said he promised to marry her. Mohammed, who also faced stoning, denied any responsibility and was acquitted for lack of evidence. To prove his guilt under Islamic law would have required testimonies of four people who witnessed the couple having sex.[...]

[...]We think that death by stoning is degrading human treatment.[...]
posted by Irdial , 8:27 AM Þ 

"Has anyone heard the TG24 boxed set?
posted by Mess Noone , 10:16 AM "

yes indeed, heard the whole thing, some of it many many years previous, other bits just with this box...any specific questions??

posted by THESE , 1:09 AM Þ 
Thursday, September 25, 2003
posted by meau meau , 6:57 PM Þ 

Yes, imagine that... screwed by Bill to pay for third world healthcare we had no intention of paying for ourselves, and then whinging about it. Who'da thunk it?
There are several big messages there.

Weird words and phrases.

posted by Alun , 6:55 PM Þ 

Iraq: the reality and rhetoric
While this is shocking in and of itself, also try to think about how much money was spent/wasted in this pointless piece of careless violence and horror. Seven missiles. Tons of ammo. Aircraft operation and fuel. All that money to kill three farmers. Pretty awesome, eh? I'm going to go over there *points to a corner* and bash my head against the wall 50x.

We are not an altruistic society.
Well said, AK. We are a fucking selfish, piggish society. That's what capitalism (and/or corporate ownership) is all about. Grab all the money you can, who cares about anyone else. The poverty of millions is the result of the Individualistic economy mode (ie meritocracy). There is a very strong sentiment these days about there being no public good. People see public good as pointless. Why? Because it doesn't make money. Apparently money is the only thing that matters. Profit margins. People have been trained (?) to care about themselves and no one else (and furthermore, trained to feel that helping others is a pointless and futile cause). This is Capitalism.
Again, head+wall, over there, after I stop bleeding this time.

(addendum: people also do not care about art because it does not result in money or "progress" - the "liberal arts" are shunned as unproductive as they do not have a direct, consequential benefit that is GREEN)
posted by Barrie , 6:11 PM Þ 

posted by meau meau , 2:59 PM Þ 

I can 't concentrate.
posted by captain davros , 2:12 PM Þ 

manufacturers who distribute devices used to steal signals from DirecTV and DISH Network.
Why does the FBI care so much about this shit?

Because Murdoch et alia give huge wads of greenbacks away to those willing to tell the FBI to protect and enhance Murdoch et alia's gargantuan wads of greenbacks.

Bill Gates and Charitable Donations

£100 million here to wipe out malaria, £70 million there to combat Aids I don't care where it comes from... cos unfortunately it's not coming from our government, or from anyone else. The sad thing is it leaves Bill with only 45.83 BILLION POUNDS left in his current account. (Latest estimate). So thank you, all those forced to purchase Windoze, use Explor-urgh, and so on. 0.3% of Bill's cut is being spent on something worthwhile.

There is no profit in third-world diseases. This is why more money is spent on marketing headache tablets than on combating leishmania, filiariasis, malaria... more than on providing clean water, on sex education, on mosquito nets... We are not an altruistic society. There is no moral capital gained in labelling Bill Gates with the same barcode every last one of us also bears.
Work out what you have.
Work out what you need.
Give the rest away.
Then go point your finger at Bill.

I am no better than Bill. He is no better than me. I give around 0.6% of my gross income a year to charity by direct debit. Is that all I can spare? Is it? Really?

The B+M Gates Foundation has £14 billion worth of assets. Imagine what can be done! Why worry where it's come from? (It's from the Western world. From us. Are we missing it?) US aid to Israel runs at 3 billion dollars per year. US aid to developing coutries is in the low hundreds of millions. Thats 11 bucks per US person to Israel! A valid, morally correct use of your tax and income?

(While we're on it, remember there are people, and there are governments. Here is what some Israeli people are doing)

Here's another view on Bill's filthy lucre.
The debate about whether the Gates' philanthropy is tinged by self-interest will continue as long as they give money but ultimately, says Jacqueline Bataringaya, HIV/Aids director of the NGO ActionAid, it is irrelevant. "Their motives don't matter to mothers with sick children. I think the announcements this week will have a big impact. And they set an example to other rich people and governments."

And here's another...
There are at least 300 million acute cases of malaria each year globally, resulting in more than a million deaths. Around 90% of these deaths occur in Africa, mostly in young children. Malaria is Africa's leading cause of under-five mortality (20%) and constitutes 10% of the continent's overall disease burden. It accounts for 40% of public health expenditure, 30-50% of inpatient admissions, and up to 50% of outpatient visits in areas with high malaria transmission.

And here's one more for the road...

A child comatosed with Cerebral Malaria

[One thing on the 'protecting the kids' bit... most kids won't be able to sign up as they won't have access to a credit card. A pinch of truth in the shit-stew?]

Meanwhile.... Operation Iraqi Freedom ticks off another successful propaganda excercise.

Good job it was all justified, what?
posted by Alun , 11:09 AM Þ 

Has anyone heard the TG24 boxed set?
posted by Mess Noone , 10:16 AM Þ 

Its not working!!!:

Bill Gates gets no ker-ching ker-ching from chat
David Rowan
The Times, 25/9/03

Bill Gates has always been a charitable kind of guy ? giving away £100
million here to wipe out malaria, £70 million there to combat Aids. So
naturally, as a responsible father of three, Bill?s late-night instant
messages to his wife, Melinda, have lately been fired with concern for
the safety of innocent children. With paedophiles lurking behind every
mouse-click, an altruist as public-spirited as Gates saw no alternative
but to disconnect Microsoft?s internet chatrooms. No matter that 1.2
million British consumers might now defect to less principled rivals:
its MSN network simply had to act ?to help safeguard the children?.

Well, LOL!!, as they say in Bill?s chatrooms ? you might as well Laugh
Out Loud at the man?s sheer audacity. Microsoft, never known for putting
public interest before profits, had some far more pragmatic reasons for
announcing its chatroom closures. The fact that it garnered millions of
pounds worth of largely uncritical newspaper coverage in the process is
merely an added bonus for this most single-mindedly revenue-driven of
posted by Irdial , 10:05 AM Þ 
posted by Claus Eggers , 8:57 AM Þ 
Wednesday, September 24, 2003
posted by Claus Eggers , 9:21 PM Þ 

I brought a mate an "20AC" t-shirt and he sent me this picture.......he got 'life'

posted by chriszanf , 6:34 PM Þ 

Ah yes!
posted by Irdial , 6:33 PM Þ 
posted by Irdial , 6:28 PM Þ 
posted by captain davros , 5:57 PM Þ 

Whitehead was indicted earlier this year as part of Operation Decrypt, an undercover FBI investigation that targeted computer programmers and hardware manufacturers who distribute devices used to steal signals from DirecTV and DISH Network.

Why does the FBI care so much about this shit? Really you think they'd be trying most of their resources on, well, real threats. God, some people have their priorities in the wrong place ('people' in this case being the entire US system).
Ever notice how harsh jail term/sentencing is for crimes involving property? A killer might get 25 years w/o parole if he's been really bad, but 30 years for stealing cable? Don't you think that's a bit harsh?
posted by Barrie , 5:38 PM Þ

September 22, 2003

LOS ANGELES -- In what prosecutors say was the first jury conviction ever under the Digital Millennium Copyright Act, a Florida man was convicted in Los Angeles of selling hardware used to pirate DirecTV broadcasts.

Thomas Michael Whitehead, 38, of Boca Raton, was found guilty of one count of conspiracy, two counts of selling unlawful decryption devices and three counts of violating the DMCA, Assistant U.S. Attorney James Spertus said.

Whitehead faces up to 30 years in prison and fines of up to $2.75 million when he is sentenced Jan. 26 by U.S. District Judge Christina Snyder.

Spertus said Whitehead -- also known as Jungle Mike -- paid a co-conspirator $250 a month to continually update software to circumvent the latest DirecTV security measures. Whitehead then used the software to create and sell modified DirecTV access cards, the prosecutor said.

The conduct violated the DMCA, which bars trafficking in technology primarily designed to get around security measures to access a copyrighted work.

Whitehead was indicted earlier this year as part of Operation Decrypt, an undercover FBI investigation that targeted computer programmers and hardware manufacturers who distribute devices used to steal signals from DirecTV and DISH Network.

Several other defendants in the case previously pleaded guilty to various charges, including violations of the DMCA, Spertus said.
posted by Irdial , 5:17 PM Þ 

We are living through a feast of motes and eyes; an orgy of stones and glass houses; a riot of kettles and pots. It is open season on the BBC, and the age of irony is surely dead.
"Sack the hack," demands the Sun, labelling Andrew Gilligan "a second-rate journalist who cannot be trusted". Savour that for a moment. Roll it around your tongue and then thumb through the most recent research on who the public most trusts to tell the truth.
Funnily enough, the BBC knocks the Sun out of the park. BBC1 scores 92%, the Sun 11%. Bend over backwards to be fair to Rupert Murdoch and exclude all but the Sun's own readers. Even then, it can barely scrape together a feeble 21%.
posted by Alun , 2:55 PM Þ 

Josh, Your post about the speakers with the divider between reminded me of these that were reviewed in SoS in 2001.

[Wow - the new blogger even pointed out that there was a tag missing off the HTML when I posted!!]
posted by chriszanf , 1:09 PM Þ 

Do you think there is a direct relation between 'city centre liaison officers' and 'c' list celebrities for usefulness?

A friend introduced me the other day to the delights of M.C. Pitman....I cant help thinking he is rapping about Carol, et al
posted by chriszanf , 11:50 AM Þ 

we are sewing machines,
in the material world,
are sewing machines,
in the material world,
are sewing machines,
in the material world,
are sewing machines,
in the material wooooooooooo-oooooooooooooo-oooooo-oooorld,
posted by captain davros , 11:47 AM Þ 

posted by chriszanf , 10:53 AM Þ 

Sorrow as UFO expert dies, 49

Sep 24, 2003, 09:28:00

A leading UFO researcher and writer who gave a number of talks in the Black Country has died.

Graham Birdsall, editor of UFO Magazine, died on September 19, two days after undergoing a seven hour operation following a brain haemorrhage.

Tributes have been paid to 49-year-old Mr Birdsall, who lived with his family in Leeds, by members of the Stourbridge-based UFO Research Midlands group - Uform.

Mr Birdsall was a guest of Uform on many occasions.

A spokesman for the group said: "It is a sad loss to the UFO community and he will be missed by all.

"He was a special friend to Uform and has helped us and guided us through the past nine years.

"Members of Uform who will always remember him for his bluff humour and vociferous support of the UFO community."

Mr Birdsall was the founder of Quest International, an organisation which organises UFO conferences and publishes research and footage.

He leaves a wife Christine, daughters, Helen and Louise, granddaughter Katy, brother Mark and son-in-law Russel.

Representatives from Uform will attend Mr Birdsall's funeral on September 30 at St Mary's Parish Church, Whitkirk, Leeds. Uform meets at The Bell Hotel in Market Street. Visit
posted by Irdial , 10:23 AM Þ 

what the fuck is a 'city centre liaison officer'? other than a twat in a fluorescent jacket and utility belt.

we also have 'street wardens' in leeds so it obviously isn't whatever they do (which is not a traffic warden's job because we have these as well).

And there are the common policemen so it isn't one of these either.
posted by meau meau , 9:30 AM Þ 


Sep 24 2003

Microsoft axes chatrooms to beat paedophile danger

By Ruki Sayid

ONE of Britain's biggest internet services, MSN UK, is closing its chatrooms to protect children from perverts prowling the net.

Last night's announcement affects 11.6million chatroom users. They will be unable to log on from October 14.

MSN, part of Bill Gates' Microsoft empire, will ban all free chatrooms, affecting 350million users worldwide.

It is aimed at paedophiles who stalk chatrooms to groom kids for sex.

Children's groups and campaigners have hailed it as a huge breakthrough.

NSPCC internet safety expert Chris Atkinson said: "This will help close a major supply line for sex abusers."

And Daily Mirror columnist and TV host Carol Vorderman, who campaigns about stranger danger on the internet, said: "This is fantastic news.

"Chatrooms are not a necessary part of our society and teenagers do not need them to have a good time.

"I hope other internet providers will now follow suit."

But Freeserve, Britain's biggest internet provider, is continuing its own service and said the move would force users on to unprotected chat sites.

A spokeswoman said: "Chat is one of the most popular tools on the internet and it's not going to go away. We invest in moderation of chat rooms for younger users, maybe MSN doesn't want to make this investment."

MSN's director Gillian Kent told the Mirror she was appalled at the language used on teen chatrooms.

She said: "I have a 10-year-old nephew and a four-year-old daughter and I was concerned how best to protect them in the future from such sites.

"It has reached the point where the problem has become too serious to ignore and we have to take action."

The Mirror

Carol Vorderman Biography

Carol was born 24th December 1960. Her primary school was St Mary's School, Rhyl, Wales. She attended Blessed Edward Jones High School, Rhyl, Wales before graduating from Sidney Sussex College, Cambridge with a Bachelor degree in Engineering. Carol, with an IQ of 154, then went on to obtain a Masters degree in Engineering, and has since established herself as TV's most popular science and technology presenter.

Her television career began in 1982 with the launch of Countdown where Carol appeared as the numbers girl, calculating complicated mathematical problems. Since the launch of her television career in 1982 with Countdown, Carol Vorderman has gone on to present many other television shows including Mysteries with Carol Vorderman, Tomorrow's World, What Will They Think of Next and Dream house. [...]

Have you, in your entire life, ever heard of anything as stupid as this? And this... creature is supposed to be an MA in engineering....astonishing.
posted by Irdial , 9:07 AM Þ 

I just had a heart attack!
posted by Irdial , 8:05 AM Þ 
Tuesday, September 23, 2003

posted by chriszanf , 11:03 PM Þ 

Shurely that would be The Acoustic Family?
posted by captain davros , 5:29 PM Þ 

posted by meau meau , 4:02 PM Þ 

The Mariopaing 12" was an "off brief" set of tracks, where some of the restrictions of the LP were relaxed, hence, drum machines, extra production and non-Famicom sounds.

The next Electric Family project was (is) going to be "The Electric Family: Ray Man" where the TEF go to the Ray Man shop, pick three instruments and make tracks under the tighest of restrictions.
posted by Irdial , 3:39 PM Þ 

‘MARIOPAINT the 12 inch’ (57ird tef1) is the best 12" in the world...
Thanks Akin; Aqua Regia it is then -- Thanks.
Was the only instrument used on this track the SNES/Famicom -- the tones seem too richly textured for an 8-bit box?
posted by slip , 3:07 PM Þ 

There are two sides to this release: a blue label and a mustard label.

The blue side:
Aqua Regia
Spy vs Spy (Cawley, Dyer, Major)

The mustard side:
Mrs. Mimi Majick
Anthony Manning

Any help?

posted by Irdial , 2:43 PM Þ 

posted by meau meau , 1:34 PM Þ 

When the British fought off ID cards

By Ryan Dilley
BBC News Online

Compulsory ID cards are nothing new in the UK. They were issued to all British civilians during World War II. That is until one ordinary man said no.

Clarence Willcock, a dry cleaner from suburban north London, must rank as one of the unlikeliest Davids ever to take on a Goliath.

Mr Willcock was stopped on December 7 1950 while driving his car along Ballard's Lane by uniformed police constable Harold Muckle, who demanded to see the motorist's identity card.

Mr Willcock refused. Pc Muckle told him to produce the compulsory card at the local station with 48 hours. "I will not produce it at any police station," Mr Willcock replied.

With this act of defiance, Mr Willcock brought crashing down a giant bureaucracy which had, since the outbreak of World War II in 1939, forced an identity card on every civilian in the UK - man, woman and child. [...]

posted by Irdial , 12:52 PM Þ 

‘MARIOPAINT the 12 inch’ (57ird tef1) is the best 12" in the world...

First heard at Manchester's Bugged Out in '95 regularly played by the then resident DJ -- James Holroyd. After what seemed like a lifetime of searching through 2nd-hand vinyl shops, I obtained a copy by mail order from Irdial...

One question that has always been bugging me is that no artist is credited for the main track... Who is it by? It sounds Aqua Regia-esque... To my ear it does not sound like its been recorded on a SNES/Famicom like the 'other' Electric Family release (which does)... (!discuss!)

You MUST get hold of this.
posted by slip , 11:08 AM Þ 

posted by Irdial , 9:29 AM Þ 

BLOGDIAL: "Where the wild things are"
posted by Irdial , 12:04 AM Þ 
Monday, September 22, 2003

In short, Ambiophonics is a great way to listen to Stereo recordings of live events or even many studio productions. The ultimate goal is to achieve a "you are there" experience, that really lets you take part in the event. To do so, the distance between the speakers has to be minimized (creating a so-called Stereo Dipole) and some sort of barrier is set up between them to eliminate channel crosstalk – this can either be done electronically, employing a process known as active crosstalk-cancellation, or by using a real physical barrier.

The latter should be fairly easy to accomplish – just use a large piece of cardboard, a wooden panel or even a door to separate the speakers. I did my first Ambiophonic experiments with great success using two small PC speakers on a table and a thin pillow in between, touching my nose. That's about all it takes to experience new acoustic dimensions.

Though this setup may seem awkward and look funny to the observer, the impressive results that can be achieved through this simple modification do more than make up for this. Trust me – you'll never want to go back to the standard +/-30° Stereo triangle again. With the right kind of source material you will be able to experience a sound stage that can extend to the full frontal 180 degrees and even beyond. When I first listened to music the Ambiophonic way, I simply couldn't believe that what I heard was coming out of only two speakers, standing side by side.

posted by Josh Carr , 7:57 PM Þ 

Sorry, just started as a childrens librarian...
posted by Alison , 3:55 PM Þ 

banana & vodka milkshake

2 bananas
3/4pt milk
8-10 fresh mint leaves


add vodka to taste (at least a double shot)

posted by meau meau , 3:47 PM Þ 
Sunday, September 21, 2003
posted by Irdial , 10:35 AM Þ

"The Conet Project Remix Session"

(Limited Edition of 20 Hand #'ed Copies)

Recorded Live In The Studio By IDX1274
April 25th, 26th & 27th, 2003
Source Material - Conet Project - Spy Stations
(13 Miles Out - Un - #'ed)
(Copyright 2003)

Each CD Comes Housed In A Deluxe Hardcover Case Made and Decorated Entirely With Vintage Spy novels.
No two are the same, Each Is Original.
This series of recordings deals with such topics as:

Espionage, Government Plots, CIA, FBI, Secret Services, Military Intelligence, Special Ops, Covert Actions, Coups, Overthrows & Governmental Takeovers, Spies, Para-Military Operations, War, Cover-Ups, Assassinations, Eavesdropping, Wire-Tapping, Satellite Communications, Codes And Encryption, Top Secret Identities And Political Wrong Doings.

This CD was recorded live in the studio to a small group of invited guests. The sole source of the recordings is "The Conet Project", a set of recordings of covert & top secret multi-national spy "numbers" stations transmitted via short-wave radio. No countries will admit they operate any such stations, nor will they admit that they have intelligence or military running any such stations, now or ever. Yet these stations definitely do exists broadcasting various triple encoded series of repetitive and looping patterns consisting of such sources as letter/number patterns spoken in deliberately fake & various foreign languages - backwards middle eastern music - static - machine shop noise - morse type code - Bleeps - Blips - Clock Chimes - and even nonsensical grumblings. The patterns range from simple and obvious to obscure and almost impossible to see. It is believed that even the actual keys to the codes themselves are triple encoded as well, making deciphering impossible at best.
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