Saturday, November 22, 2003

Hi Anthony, JB sez:

Buy a 4-port Linksys. All the Netgear routers have dramatically dropped in quality since the 311 model. Dlinks are fine, but the Linksys is better. If you buy a Linksys (Cisco bought them recently), do not ever update the firmware, because it screws with the port availablility. If you ever want to open a port for hosting any services at home, things like 21 and 443 will cease to work on firmware upgrades. Trust me on that. Also, the Linksys and Dlink routers notoriously show port 113 ident as "closed" not stealth, which is the only detraction quality from these low-end, home-based routers. DO NOT UPGRADE THE FIRMWARE NO MATTER WHAT THEY SAY HAS IMPROVED. Once you get it up, email me and I will send you a full scan report.

On using an extra box as a firewall, don't waste your time. The Linksys are priced so cheap and use the extra box to host services so we can trade files. ;)
posted by mary13 , 10:02 PM Þ 
posted by Irdial , 8:11 PM Þ 

"Paris Hilton Sex Tape" T-shirts are available in online boutiques, while a search for "Paris Hilton Sex Tape" on the file-sharing site KaZaA leads to clips of everything from large naked women doing provocative dances to a monkey drinking its own urine. [...]

!!!
posted by Irdial , 7:26 PM Þ 

I couldn't find a link, but there's an article in the paper today about former canadian Foreign Affairs minister Llloyd Axworthy. He's talking about how the answers to global problems are "persuasion and co-operation not militarism." The article cites the recent civil war in Uganda, which ceased because of peace talks and negotiations. The US decided to send troops and arms in, and the war started up again. How effective.
This made me think of "Make love not war on terrorism." Similar sentiments.

Miami Vice
"Protestors seemed to skirmish with heavily armored Miami police outside the Riande Hotel Thursday morning, but nothing is at it seems this week. These "anarchists" were undercover police officers whose mission was to provoke a confrontation. [...]
As to protests scheduled for Friday, "if they engage in lawful activity, we're gonna arrest them." He didn't notice the misstatement ? if indeed it was one."

ER20 Professional High Fidelity Earplugs
ooooooooh!! I really must find a supplier of these on this side of the ocean. I have very very sensitive ears and sometimes concerts can get quite painful (I have an affliction in my right ear that can make even taking a shower a very painful experience). Those earphones look really awesome too (pricey, though). They'd be perfect for travel, replacing my clumsy and fragile grado sr-80s.

He therefore unveils the analog hole
There is always an analog hole. The music has to enter the physical world in some form. Which is actually an interesting thing to think about.

There are no innocent bystanders.
Chuck D is actually holding a speech in Edmonton sometime next week or the week after. I would like to go but am not sure if I can make it.
posted by Barrie , 6:22 PM Þ 
posted by Irdial , 6:09 PM Þ 

?It means the potential of a weapon of mass destruction and a terrorist, massive, casualty-producing event somewhere in the Western world ? it may be in the United States of America ? that causes our population to question our own Constitution and to begin to militarize our country in order to avoid a repeat of another mass, casualty-producing event. Which in fact, then begins to unravel the fabric of our Constitution. Two steps, very, very important.? [...]

http://www.newsmax.com/archives/articles/2003/11/20/185048.shtml
posted by Irdial , 5:59 PM Þ 



There are no innocent bystanders.

posted by Alun , 4:36 PM Þ 

Jon Lech Johansen, better known as DVD Jon for his authorship of the DeCSS decryption software, has turned his attention to Apple's locked music format.

While he hasn't decrypted the DRM which Apple uses, he has produced a simple Windows command line utility which will install a DLL which dumps the output of a QuickTime stream to a file. The short C program is called "QuickTime for Windows AAC memory dumper". (To compile the program requires MinGW and MSYS from here.)

An application called MyTunes already performs much the same function, but Johansen's is open source. He therefore unveils the analog hole, and the entry wound the bullet made. And the exit hole. So let the fun and games commence: until OS vendors bring in portions of the 'trusted' architecture which Intel is building, such illuminating capers (such Great Deeds) are possible. The analog hole isn't widely known, but it's there, and it's wide open. [...]

http://www.theregister.co.uk/content/4/34141.html
posted by Irdial , 3:11 PM Þ 



"ER20 Professional High Fidelity Earplugs give you 20dB of flat attenuation across the listening range, with no noticeable loss of top end clarity. You can still hear what your favorite band is playing without damaging your hearing. The ER-20s are DIFFERENT to conventional ear 'plugs'. They reduce sound levels evenly (using a tuned resonator and acoustic resistor) to preserve the overall balance provides 20dB of attenuation"

I have worn earplugs at loud concerts religiously since 1979.

These however:



are what I REALLY want to try out:

"ER-6 Isolator Earphones(Reference #16)
ER-6 Isolator is the newest model in the ER-6 line of MicroPro earphones.

This model has the following changes: High accuracy--matches the ear's natural response Sound isolation (15-20 dB), superior to that of noise-canceling earphones Compact; fits in your pocket No batteries needed Can be plugged into any audio source; Ideal for CD, DVD, MP3, laptop computers"

oooooooh!!! Very small batteryless Noise Cancelling earphones!

http://www.sound247.com/html_files/sound247_index.html
posted by Irdial , 2:49 PM Þ 

The computer industry traditionally opposed the copyright cartel, but Apple was the first snitch to cut a deal with the pigopolists. Was this wise, we wondered? [...]

http://www.theregister.co.uk/content/6/34125.html
posted by Irdial , 12:43 PM Þ 

Anthony, look at this, you KNOW what I am talking about; its awesome!

This is a great tutorial on how CSS works, one of the best yet.
posted by Irdial , 12:30 PM Þ 

Hang 'Em High Five Four Three Two One For The Money Two For The Road Kill 'Em All The President's Men In Black Sabbath Bloody Sabb-Athlete's Foot in Mouth Organ Donor Card carrying memeber of the communist party time to wake up and smell the coffee.

I guess not!
posted by Irdial , 12:28 PM Þ 

Hang 'Em High Five Four Three Two One For The Money Two For The Road Kill 'Em All The President's Men In Black Sabbath Bloody Sabb-Athlete's Foot in Mouth Organ Donor

Have we nothing better to do?


Next Sunday, 30th November, NOON!
Double Tower Block demolition: Rachel Point and Rathbone Point at the top of Hackney Downs, 10 mins walk from Hackney Central.

Here's some they did earlier...
posted by Alun , 12:05 PM Þ 

One For THe Road Kill 'Em All The President's Men In Black Sabbath Bloody Sabb-Athlete's Foot in Mouth Organ Donor

(a little contrived maybe?)
posted by alex_tea , 11:42 AM Þ 

Airforce One For THe Road Kill 'Em All The President's Men In Black Sabbath

(I missed out the best bit!)
posted by meau meau , 11:35 AM Þ 
Friday, November 21, 2003

US hawk admits Iraq war 'illegal'

by Shaheen Chughtai
Friday 21 November 2003 1:28 PM GMT

US official: Invasion of Iraq was not 'consistent with UN rules'

A Pentagon official widely regarded as the key ideological driving force behind President George Bush's foreign policy has admitted the US-led invasion of Iraq is illegal.

Richard Perle, a senior adviser to the US defence secretary, said the US had broken international law, blaming French reluctance to attack Iraq for leaving Washington with "no practical mechanism consistent with the rules of the UN for dealing with Saddam Hussein". [...]

He can say this because he knows that whatever they do, whatever they say, it doesnt matter anymore. No single "scandal" no outrage (committed by them) will ever be enough to topple power. Only the mass can destroy power. They know this.

http://english.aljazeera.net/NR/exeres/6B65F4C9-3C3C-49B6-96CD-B111ADA2315B.htm
posted by Irdial , 7:44 PM Þ 

proles

The Proletariat no longer exists; only the networked mass exsists. This networked mass is far more powerful than the proletariat were. And that is a wonderful thing.
posted by Irdial , 4:03 PM Þ 
posted by meau meau , 3:56 PM Þ 

"While the most powerful man in the world can make people sit up and listen, we must all ensure that the anonymous, powerless millions are given a voice to inform our decisions."

More of this implied impotence. Surely these 'anonymous, powerless millions' have far more potential than this lone man. Take away the structures of power, and Bush is another naked ape. Maybe more ape like than the rest of us!

The proles have the power, if only they knew it.
posted by alex_tea , 1:55 PM Þ 

the 'war' went on, and on.

"... the whole population, which no longer supports the state or rises up against it, must be convinced that she at least has one enemy in common with it, against which the state protects her on the condition that it is in turn no longer disputed by anyone. The population which is in general hostile to terrorism, should therefore admit that she needs the state at least for this, that she must give the state the most far-reaching powers, so that it can forcefully take up the difficult task of protecting the community against a dark, mysterious, perfid, ruthless, in one word ghost-like enemy. Against a terrorism presented as the absolute evil, the evil in itself and for itself, all other evils move to second rank; they must even be forgotten."

From "On Terrorism and the State" by Gianfranco Sanguinetti

Another one everyone should read.
posted by Irdial , 1:36 PM Þ 

Make Love Not War On Terror Couple Kill Colonel Sanders
All The President's Men In Black Sabbath

couldnt resist...
posted by Irdial , 1:30 PM Þ 

Cheers Alex, yes, that's exactly it ... the Linksys looks like the one; I found reference to it between posts, but for 10 more than your link ! ... it has very positive feedback on the few sites that I found ... ta
posted by a hymn in g to nann , 1:05 PM Þ 

I just realised what you wanted Anthony.

I guess the connection is a straight WAN connection, with no authentication needed? Right? So you don't need an ADSL router, as that has a modem built in.

You do probably want something with NAT or DHCP on it though (a router) so you can share the connection around your house without needing to leave a computer on to act as the router.

Something like this or this might do the trick. If you want a private wireless LAN in your house you could get a router combined with a wireless access point, or one that has a PCMIA slot for a wireless card to be added later.
posted by alex_tea , 12:44 PM Þ 

ADSL router or just a hub
uhm ... not sure, alex ... i need a box to plug into an ethernet card to allow me to access this wireless broadband service ( the transceiver could attach directly to the card, but i figured that using the extra box would be safer than just installing a firewall ) ... i think maybe i'll contact the company to ask their opinion ; speaking to one of their guys on wednesday evening, he reckoned i'd be able to pick something up for 40
posted by a hymn in g to nann , 12:39 PM Þ 

Spin Doctor Crippen

(Thanks to Simon Hoggart)

All The President's Men In Black



I was thinking of the last 25 years, those that I have been aware of the IRA. The British Govenment knew where these people were, knew who they were in many cases. We were 'at war' with the IRA. The conflict was limited to England and Ireland (though the business was worldwide, and American in no small part - now, as then, conveniently swept under the carpet for the sake of our 'special relationship' with the USA. Very special, where one is close friends with people who raise money for terrorists who wish to kill you). But despite knowing so much, the 'war' went on, and on. And on, until finally it struck those on both sides with the 'power' to directly affect things that perhaps fighting was never going to work. So they started talking, and pretty soon there was a ceasefire. A few remain as hard-line terrorists, again on both sides, but they have been marginalized and disowned. Solutions are being discussed. There are setbacks, but there is also hope where there was none.
I know nobody who was killed in the conflict, although I was present at one of the bombings. But all I wished for was peace, for people to talk to each other. It works. It is the only method known to stop terrorism and to stop the spread of terrorism. Understanding neutralizes hatred.

Blair was in Ireland a few weeks ago to help set up the government there again. There remain problems, but they are being addressed through the ballot box and through dialogue, where before there were only balaclavas, bullets and bile.

Why then, are we told that 'war' is the only way to defeat terrorism?
What does Blair forget on the flights back from Belfast?
Talk not rhetoric.

Make Love Not War On Terror

posted by Alun , 12:30 PM Þ 

What do you think of the photo they (The BBC) used?

The BBC only use the photo cause the girl/woman looks beautiful and sexy

Vagina power

ha ha ha !!!! [FYI: Ironic]
posted by Alison , 12:14 PM Þ 

Mildly Psychotic
posted by meau meau , 11:36 AM Þ 

Royal Exchange and Mart
posted by alex_tea , 11:35 AM Þ 

Bad Pool Caller
posted by Irdial , 10:46 AM Þ 

That top picture's good. it's like trying to find food in a forest - wandering around using your intelligence to find the things you need.
The BBC photo is extremely tightly cropped, raising a question of where it was taken. Looks quite like a photo for a certain label too. There are a few tight BBC photographs of the PM which make him look like Norman Tebbit or Jeffrey Archer.
posted by meau meau , 10:23 AM Þ 

Gracious me, look at the price of that device!:

http://froogle.google.com/froogle?q=iCColor+Bundle&btnG=Froogle+Search
posted by Irdial , 12:20 AM Þ 
posted by Irdial , 12:18 AM Þ 

posted by Claus Eggers , 12:11 AM Þ 
Thursday, November 20, 2003
posted by Irdial , 11:26 PM Þ 

Anthony do you want an ADSL router or just a hub?

I just bought this, which I like so far, but there is very little documentation on CLI and you can't change advanced settings through the web client. It does have it's own DNS and DHCP server built in which is nice.

I originally wanted to get the Solwise SAR 715, but it was unavailable at the time.

ADSLGuide has lots of good reviews and advice. I've read good things about DLink and LinkSys.

posted by alex_tea , 7:17 PM Þ 

does anyone have any experience of buying a cheap router for home use ? ... i'm thinking of buying one to plug the wireless transceiver into for maximum protection, but know not where to start ........................
posted by a hymn in g to nann , 7:13 PM Þ 

miserable twat

I think you're quite cool/intelligent when you think you are being miserable.....

Hmmmmmmmmmmmm!

With a capital "H"!
posted by Irdial , 6:57 PM Þ 



or



?
posted by Irdial , 6:55 PM Þ 

Does anyone here use compliant XHTML with CSS (no-tables) design?

*over eager kid in class sticks hand in air*
Me! Me! I do!

And if so, can we see some of the work?
Well there's FatCat, which I am redesigning as we speak. The redesign will also be 100% XHTML 1.0 Strict and CSS 2.0 compliant.

Should go live in a few weeks.

Then there's my blog, which has just gone back up online seeing as I have just got reconnected. Please ignore the content! It's where I go to be a miserable twat like I was yesterday.

I want to go back through a load of sites and redo them, but then I think, is it really worth it?
posted by alex_tea , 6:47 PM Þ 

http://www.moblogging.org

Most Movable Type sites spit this out by default I believe.
posted by Irdial , 6:38 PM Þ 

Does anyone here use compliant XHTML with CSS (no-tables) design? And if so, can we see some of the work?

I recall this being discussed some time ago, but I've finally come around to being interested in it...
posted by Josh Carr , 6:35 PM Þ 



She's a popular lass at the BBC.
posted by Alun , 6:12 PM Þ 



Organisers claim more than 150,000 have joined the march in central London, although police put the figure closer to 70,000. [...]

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk_politics/3223780.stm

Even the reports of demonstrations are recycled.

What do you think of the photo they (The BBC) used?
posted by Irdial , 5:50 PM Þ 

alison, the retouching/tinting style employed on that helmut newton photo reminds me of ....



actually, the pose reminds me of the music in a strange way ...
posted by a hymn in g to nann , 5:48 PM Þ 
posted by Irdial , 5:45 PM Þ 

Can you hear them? The helicopters?

Just on Radio 5, a caller: How many on this march have got a job? My guess is less than 10%. And those that have will be researchers for some left-wing magazine. Let's face it, most of this bunch still haven't got over the fact that Joe Stalin is dead.

About todays bombs in Istanbul:
Mr Blair rejected any suggestion the UK and United States brought such attacks on themselves, saying "America did not attack al-Qaeda on September 11, al-Qaeda attacked America".
posted by Alun , 4:55 PM Þ 

Thanks alex i didn't notic et the light version
posted by meau meau , 4:52 PM Þ 

meau I use NewsNetWire Lite when I can be bothered.

Are there any good Linux based RSS readers?
posted by alex_tea , 3:42 PM Þ 

Moron

I am getting Nicotine. But as the guide says: This process will take around 5 hours.

Here is a guide for Panther.

Anyone else got Soulseek running successfully on OSX yet?
posted by alex_tea , 3:36 PM Þ 

Due to a string of complications, most pertinent being a lack of money to actually get there, I have not gone to the march.

My father lives in a remote village (well, 6 miles out of Chichester, which is a small city in the south of England). They have no broadband. Their exchange is incompatible with ADSL because it was recently (within the last 20 years I guess) upgraded to cheaper, nickel wires and ADSL needs copper AFAIK.

He works in another rural town in an Agricultural softco, they are about to get a Satellite link as they too cannot get any other form of broadband. My Dad isn't convinced that this line will be stable, and if it does go down, he imagines there will be no end of excuses.

There are quite a few businesses in this town and so I questioned whether there had been any lobbies to get this thing working. The link and story you've provided may be helpful.

I think the idea of rural wireless networks is great. I mentioned it to my Dad about setting one up in the villiage, but he said that there would be about 4 people interested in it.

Meanwhile my sister downloads movies on a 56k connection. My Dad pays 15 a month for an 'always on' dial-up line, when for 10 extra he could get ADSL, well, if he could he would.

What I am trying to say, I think is, that your story gives me hope Anthony.
posted by alex_tea , 3:11 PM Þ 

what is a good rss reader? (osX native)
posted by meau meau , 3:06 PM Þ 



Helmuth Newton, at Arken
This picture is perfect, I think
posted by Alison , 2:25 PM Þ 

...... the existing structure has not been changed ; a better alternative has been created ...
Beautiful.

Keep us updated on what the service is like. I have friends in Wales who would maim kittens for that connection. The link will be in their pitiful dial-up inbox tonight.

This all sounds too good to be true... why are you doing this?

The truth is that anyone could set up in business and provide this service. Sadly, the big telecoms operators are trying to protect their traditional cash cow business that they know will be threatened by low-cost broadband open access to the internet.

They want you to keep believing you are impotent. As this shows, you may well be incapable of persuading BT to do something - impotence - but realizing that can bring into focus other means to the same end - power.
posted by Alun , 1:27 PM Þ 
posted by Claus Eggers , 12:40 PM Þ 

Free your mind, and your OS will follow.
http://www.fuckmicrosoft.com/
http://www.fuckhotmail.com/
posted by Mess Noone , 12:19 PM Þ 

We reveal major UNIX? IP violations

This week The SCO Group hinted that BSD distributions would be next under the Utah microscope. ... SCO this week said it was "examining" the AT&T settlement to see who might have leaked the ancient AT&T-derived UNIX? code and put it into a BSD distribution.

?The effect on Darwin?
posted by meau meau , 12:18 PM Þ 

a quick word about impotence .... i live in buckfastleigh, devon, a tiny old town built around the wool industry that is now largely dead ( the wool industry in the town, not the town ) ... for some time we have been trying, along with many other small communities around the country, to get bt to carry out the necessary work on the local exchange to allow us access to their adsl service, with not a lot of joy ... last year we were given an eu grant to hook up the local infratstructure ( schools, health facilities, library etc ) to broadband, and to open a subsidised internet cafe which has proved popular ; but no access was made available to the public, because there was insufficient 'demand' .... the town lies just one mile from the underground cable that carries this data/telephone traffic throughout the southwest

last night, an open evening was held in the internet cafe to highlight a service that has been piloted in the western most tip of cornwall, a service which exceeds that offered by bt's adsl, a service that is being made available to anyone in the town & outlying villages within line of site of several broadcast beacons being installed this week ...

this company was set up by 3 (three) people

within a few weeks ( if i can convince myself that i really do need to be able to download & upload at 2Mbps, and of course we all know the likely outcome of that exercise ) i could be enjoying a service that way exceeds that being experienced by those in london, the hub of power

and all because a cluster of people got together to cease their reliance ( albeit having been forced to ) on the existing structure ...... the existing structure has not been changed ; a better alternative has been created ...

posted by a hymn in g to nann , 10:56 AM Þ 
Wednesday, November 19, 2003

All I was thinking on the bus home was, this feeling we've brought up today, these emotions dredged so visibly by alex, this is impotence.

Impotence.

But though it saddens one to realize what one feels, this realization is the first step to Power.


It's been a Good Day.
posted by Alun , 10:39 PM Þ 

hans koch - performance "computermusic I -sprengzeichnung-", "spongeworks", "a piece with 6 chromaticaly tunable hairdryers"

http://www.performance.art.pl/en/8castle.html
posted by Irdial , 10:20 PM Þ 

Get a daylight silulation bulb, they really work!

YES, SILUATION.
posted by Irdial , 8:17 PM Þ 

I have been eating OK, I think. It's probably more to do with a lack of sleep and also the weather. Apparently I have SAD. My friend says I am like a plant.
posted by alex_tea , 7:58 PM Þ 

Are you vegetarian?
What does that have to do with anything? And, no. I am not.

If you aren?t feeling too good, it might be because you aren?t eating right. Its got everything to do with you!

Boycotts are fantastically effective.
Prove it to me. And not just Apartheid.
I guess money talks.

Like I say before, you cant have a fire without oxygen, ergo a boycott MUST work.

Actually, it shouldn't take any work at all, rather like staying at home instead of going out and demonstrating.
Why not?

I mean work as in Watts.

actually, War takes the cooperation of a large number of people to work, and I am not talking in any way about soldiers.
Politicians and bureaucrats.

No. They are nothing, literally. The cooperation comes from the compliant public who keep funding war.

Money fuels the fire of war, therefore Stopping the money, will mean stopping the war. Cut off the oxygen of war and the fire goes out, untill you replace the oxygen.
But we're only cutting off one line of income here. What about private investments in war. Haiburton, et al. Maybe there will be less war. But there will still be war.

If I hear the word 'Haliburton' one more time....There is not a single company on earth that can finance war on the scale of the Iraq debacle. The only way war can be waged is with the money of the public. This is a fact.

And both will kill you!
Crossing the road can kill you. Changing a lightbulb can kill you. Going to a nightclub and getting blown up by terrorists can kill you.

That?s why, when you cross the road, you do it carefully. When you change a lightbulb, you don?t do it standing naked in a bath full of salt water. Getting blown up by ?terrorists? can be avoided by not blowing up where they live, so that they want to kill you. That is pure logic.

Economic warfare is what AC20 is all about.

"Will it permanently stop $problem".

If I stop buying records and seeing bands from the
US will it stop war?

No.

OK, lets go through it again. America is so huge, and its population so insular and compliant that if they do not understand from some quarter that they have to get their government under control, they will never take action to do it. Their news is appalingly biased and censored. If everyone boycotts them their culture and their goods, they will inevitably ask ?why are you doing this? and then, they will get the reply, and make a choice to clean house. Or not. This worked with South Africa. They cleaned up house. By trading with them, playing with them and not saying ?you guys are bang out of orda? they have no reason to look at what they are doing in the context of the world, and nothing will change.

If your proposed action doesnt pass this test, then your plan MUST be abandoned.

Carry on buying records.

And no message is sent to them. Bad.

This may be true, but what is also true and more important on the local level, is the fact that an unlimited supply of cash is available to wage war anywhere, almost instantly (bar the complex planning) this is the local problem everywhere in the world; governments have access to unlimited stocks of contributed cash, with which they may wage war.

Contributed from taxes? The war chest right? Let's stop paying taxes and stop buying products with VAT -- um, everything bar some food and 'essentials'. Even tampons have VAT on them.

Stop paying taxes and I get arrested. Everyone else is too scared.

Once again, read this:

http://www.nwtrcc.org/

recently updated website.

As for being frightened, which are we more frightened of, an Orwell Britain where people are scared of ?dirty bombs? raining plutonium over our bollocks and ovaries, or are we more frightened of taking a stand on this matter of principle and putting a stop to war once and for all? The fear that everyone feels for what would happen if one became a war tax resistor is addressed in that website.

Stop paying VAT, I end up smelly.

We all saw you with that beard in time lapse?are you SURE you dont already stink?! :]

Just imagine the 2 million people who went on that march before the war, all withholding their tax until war is completely renounced. That A LOT of money, and for every one of those demonstrators, you can be sure there were three more who would have come but didn?t.

Whatever solution is finally used, one thing is now certain; demonstrations are useless.

you listening?
I am reading. I am trying to understand your point. I understand your point. I wish someone else did.

There is nothing wrong with American goods per se
Of course not. There's nothing wrong with
America. It's the state that is wrong. The governing bodies.

Just "Think Locally" about what happens to your money.
I think people are more inclined to act if something is local and therefore directly affects them. I think this is an important aspect to AC20.


However, this is an abstract concept. Once money has left my pocket (me being Joe Bloggs) then it is no longer local. If I receive my goods/services I am happy. I forget about the money I just gave you (service provider).

When you pay your council tax, it remains local. When you shop locally your money remains local, especially if its part of the AC20 economy.

Precisely. Do you want war, or not. This is the root question.
Obviously not.

If you go into a supermarket, and you are forced to buy something that you dont want, every time you go there you would simply not go there correct?
Yes. But when has this ever happened? Sounds a bit like school or church though.

Astonishing isn't it? Real life is like school, or church? Sorry, I cant help but quote this:

"You can see it when you look out your window or when you turn on your television. You can feel it when you go to work, when you go to church, when you pay your taxes. It is the world that has been pulled over your eyes to blind you from the truth. The truth that you are a slave, Neo. Like everyone else you were born into bondage, born into a prison that you cannot smell or taste or touch."

I can easliy imagine this, just as I can imagine a match-flame on a tea saucer being quenched by putting glass over it. Lack of imagination is the greatest, most crippling disease facing us today.
I can imagine that so strongly it is real in my head. Because I *know* what will happen already. The unknown is scary.

A world without war is an unknown that we should leap into, without looking.

You have absolute power over yourself, your life and what you do with it.
I will never wage a violent and bloody war.

You have helped wage it, albeit unwittingly.

You can choose to reject what is put in front of you, and the consequences of that choice will propagate outward from you. If many people do this, the waves mount up and wash away what is wrong.
People do this through parliament, but as we all know party politicians don't change what really happens on the grand scale.

Parliament is a means of control, not a tool to excersie the will of the people. It is a Punch and Judy show to make you think that you have influence; to make you think that there is a collective will. Its clear now, to everyone, that there is no collective will, only power (in actuality, the illusion of power). The only way to control our collective destiny is to withdraw our real power so that it doesnt feed the illusory power of democratically elected governments. That means abstaining from voting, and not paying. Period. Why do you think its illegal to not vote in Australia? Someone there has cottoned on to the idea that if people do not vote, the illusory power of the democratic government looses force. In Australia since EVERYONE votes, the government has absolute illusory power, since everyone has participated.

What happens on a grander scale, globally, between corporations and the people who control these changes is out of our spectrum of control, because they do direct influence us, and we do not directly influence them.

The same way we can move the clouds out the sky. But they still rain on us.

Corporations are nothing without the population. We are the ultimate control of everything, and that method of control comes right out of y(our) pocket(s).

posted by Irdial , 7:32 PM Þ 

Support for national ID cards falls sharply

By Nigel Morris, Home Affairs Correspondent

19 November 2003

Public support for national identity cards has dropped sharply in the past two years, despite the enthusiastic support of David Blunkett, the Home Secretary, for their introduction.

Opponents of ID cards, who include several cabinet ministers, will seize on the findings released today in a survey by Mori as proof that there is little popular support for the move.

In a survey coinciding with the Government's recent announcement that it was pressing ahead with the plans, 19 per cent of people chose ID cards when they were asked to name the best ways to cut crime. When they were asked the same question two years ago, 29 per cent selected ID cards.

The poll was carried out for the Rethinking Crime and Punishment think-tank. [...]

http://news.independent.co.uk/uk/politics/story.jsp?story=465067
posted by Irdial , 7:24 PM Þ 

Someone just emailed me this pure dynamite text:

Hi.

I saw this this morning - it might be old news and haven't got the book so I
can't verify it, but considering Bush's visit to London and his speech later
today I thought that it might be of interest.

In his memoirs, "A World Transformed," written five years ago, George H.W.
Bush, Senior, wrote the following to explain why he didn't go after Saddam
Hussein at the end of the Gulf War:

"Trying to eliminate Saddam...would have incurred incalculable human and
political costs. Apprehending him was probably impossible.... We would have
been forced to occupy Baghdad and, in effect, rule Iraq.... there was no
viable "exit strategy" we could see, violating another of our principles.
Furthermore, we had been self-consciously trying to set a pattern for
handling aggression in the post-Cold War world. Going in and occupying Iraq,
thus unilaterally exceeding the United Nations' mandate, would have
destroyed the precedent of international response to aggression that we
hoped to establish. Had we gone the invasion route, the United States could
conceivably still be an occupying power in a bitterly hostile land."
posted by Irdial , 7:20 PM Þ 
posted by chriszanf , 4:17 PM Þ 

BBC (news in pictures):

One chap, who asked to remain anonymous, said: "I think it's bloody marvellous we can protest in this country and these people are just as good-natured as the countryside marchers. Good for them."

-

Sometimes resonance and wfmu blend so perfectly.

And then sometimes it's an evil headache of a mess.
posted by meau meau , 3:42 PM Þ 

To Do in NYC



(hopefully we can meet up and spend some time together, but it is Thanksgiving weekend here in the US, and I may be away with family... we'll work out the details)


La Monte Young's Dream House

One of the most impressive sound environments I've ever been immersed in. It is not to be missed by anyone truly interested in sound. As Young describes it: The Base 9:7:4 Symmetry in Prime Time When Centered above and below The Lowest Term Primes in The Range 288 to 224 with The Addition of 279 and 261 in Which The Half of The Symmetric Division Mapped above and Including 288 Consists of The Powers of 2 Multiplied by The Primes within The Ranges of 144 to 128, 72 to 64 and 36 to 32 Which Are Symmetrical to Those Primes in Lowest Terms in The Half of The Symmetric Division Mapped below and Including 224 within The Ranges 126 to 112, 63 to 56 and 31.5 to 28 with The Addition of 119, a periodic composite sound waveform environment created from sine wave components generated digitally in real time on a custom-designed Rayna interval synthesizer.


The Staten Island Ferry

A free ferry that will take you out from downtown past the Statue of Libertry and Ellis Island with great views of downtown, stops on Staten Island and then returns. It runs all night, and is particulalry magical around 3 AM.


Roosevelt Island Tram

A two dollar tram ride that affords spectacular views of the city. Night time is, again, incredible


The Brooklyn Bridge

The walk over is a must. I try to run over and back from my apartment a couple of times a month. The view and the structure still get me


The New York Earth Room

Walter de Maria's Earth Room is a strange site: a loft filled with earth. 250 cubic yards of earth (197 cubic meters) 3,600 square feet of floor space (335 square meters) 22 inch depth of material (56 centimeters) Total weight of sculpture: 280,000 lbs. (127,300 kilos). Worth the visit if you are in SoHo.


The Magnolia Bakery

The best cupcake I've ever had.




I'll post more as they come to me...
posted by Josh Carr , 3:19 PM Þ 

Alison! You introduced Blogdial to the delights of Muumimaailma!
I have been to Naantali!

posted by Mess Noone , 2:57 PM Þ 

NASA's Chandra X-ray Observatory detected sound waves, for the first time, from a super-massive black hole. The "note" is the deepest ever detected from an object in the universe. The tremendous amounts of energy carried by these sound waves may solve a longstanding problem in astrophysics.

Black hole sound
posted by Alison , 2:41 PM Þ 

There are people outside Senate House right now, chanting. They are almost outnumbered by Police.
'Hey Hey, Ho Ho, George Bush has got to go'
'Anti-war, everywhere, anti bush and anti blair'
'George Bush, fuck you, and your daddy too'

Chanting induces change; hypothesis proven amusing, but false.
posted by Alun , 2:20 PM Þ 

Are you vegetarian?
What does that have to do with anything? And, no. I am not.

Boycotts are fantastically effective.
Prove it to me. And not just Apartheid.

I guess money talks.

Actually, it shouldnt take any work at all, rather like staying at home instead of going out and demonstrating.
Why not?

actually, War takes the cooperation of a large number of people to work, and I am not talking in any way about soldiers.
Politicians and bureaucrats.

These things are for certain; if we carry on the way we do now, nothing will happen. If we try something new, it might not work, but at least that branch can be permanently excluded from our box of tools. Its just like any scientific experiment; develop a theory based on information, and then test it.

Money fuels the fire of war, therefore Stopping the money, will mean stopping the war. Cut off the oxygen of war and the fire goes out, untill you replace the oxygen.
But we're only cutting off one line of income here. What about private investments in war. Haiburton, et al. Maybe there will be less war. But there will still be war.

And both will kill you!
Crossing the road can kill you. Changing a lightbulb can kill you. Going to a nightclub and getting blown up by terrorists can kill you.

Economic warfare is what AC20 is all about.

"Will it permanently stop $problem".

If I stop buying records and seeing bands from the US will it stop war?

No.

If your proposed action doesnt pass this test, then your plan MUST be abandoned.

Carry on buying records.

This may be true, but what is also true and more important on the local level, is the fact that an unlimited supply of cash is available to wage war anywhere, almost instantly (bar the complex planning) this is the local problem everywhere in the world; governments have access to unlimited stocks of contributed cash, with which they may wage war.

Contributed from taxes? The war chest right? Let's stop paying taxes and stop buying products with VAT -- um, everything bar some food and 'essentials'. Even tampons have VAT on them.

Stop paying taxes and I get arrested. Everyone else is too scared.

Stop paying VAT, I end up smelly.

you listening?
I am reading. I am trying to understand your point. I understand your point. I wish someone else did.

There is nothigng wrong with American goods per se
Of course not. There's nothing wrong with America. It's the state that is wrong. The governing bodies.

Just "Think Locally" about what happens to your money.
I think people are more inclined to act if something is local and therefore directly affects them. I think this is an important aspect to AC20.

However, this is an abstract concept. Once money has left my pocket (me being Joe Bloggs) then it is no longer local. If I receive my goods/services I am happy. I forget about the money I just gave you (service provider).

Precisely. Do you want war, or not. This is the root question.
Obviously not.

If you go into a supermarket, and you are forced to buy something that you dont want, every time you go there you would simply not go there correct?
Yes. But when has this ever happened? Sounds a bit like school or church though.

I can easliy imagine this, just as I can imagine a match-flame on a tea saucer being quenched by putting glass over it. Lack of imagination is the greatest, most crippling disease facing us today.
I can imagine that so strongly it is real in my head. Because I *know* what will happen already. The unknown is scary.

You have absolute power over yourself, your life and what you do with it.
I will never wage a violent and bloody war.

You can choose to reject what is put in front of you, and the consequences of that choice will propagate outward from you. If many people do this, the waves mount up and wash away what is wrong.
People do this through parliament, but as we all know party politicians don't change what really happens on the grand scale.

What happens on a grander scale, globally, between corporations and the people who control these changes is out of our spectrum of control, because they do direct influence us, and we do not directly influence them.

The same way we can move the clouds out the sky. But they still rain on us.
posted by alex_tea , 2:03 PM Þ 

A well rounded and well thought out hypothesis, but an unproven one all the same

Such is the nature of hypotheses.
One does experiments with the intention of proving the hypothesis as false.
If, after all your efforts to prove it false, the hypothesis remains, then it is by default correct.

Of course, 'correct' is subject to change according to future experiments which may not be currently possible to test the hypothesis.

The 'Marching Induces Change' hypothesis has been proven false. Even under extreme conditions which tried to prove the hypothesis as true... (biggest march EVER) there was still no change from pre-march conditions.

Political Assassination Induces Change: results inconclusive, but tendency to be TRUE. This leads to the hypothesis that 'individuals DO make a difference'

imagine 20AC caught on, people all over the UK and many in the US and Canada invested in the Euro, suddenly the balance tips, the American economy plummets, the US and Britain pull out of all foreign conflicts (yeah right) and the European war machine is kick started into action.
UNPROVEN HYPOTHESIS with many more feasible alternatives. YOU could test it, n'est pas?

there will always be war. And subterfuge. And espionage and tourture and all these horrid things we live with, because we feel we have no choice
All these things we ALLOW to GO ON, because we have not used the right means to stop them. What's the right target here? And what's the right weapon?
posted by Alun , 1:57 PM Þ 

I feel like giving up, on everything, today. Nothing feels right. I'm confused and angry but I'm not sure what about.

Are you vegetarian?

Do boycotts work? Will/would 20AC work if it was widely adopted?

Boycotts are fantastically effective.

My problem with 20AC is that people are basically lazy. 20AC requires a lot of hard work and inconvenience with a very unstable and minimal output.

Actually, it shouldnt take any work at all, rather like staying at home instead of going out and demonstrating.

Basically 20AC requires the cooperation of a large number of people for it to work.

actually, War takes the cooperation of a large number of people to work, and I am not talking in any way about soldiers.

However, people are unwilling to risk this without someone else there doing it already. A catch 22 situation.

Help him!

Even if 20AC was to catch on, would the results yield anything? To me it seems like hypothesis. A well rounded and well thought out hypothesis, but an unproven one all the same.

These things are for certain; if we carry on the way we do now, nothing will happen. If we try something new, it might not work, but at least that branch can be permanently excluded from our box of tools. Its just like any scientific experiment; develop a theory based on information, and then test it. Money fuels the fire of war, therefore Stopping the money, will mean stopping the war. Cut off the oxygen of war and the fire goes out, untill you replace the oxygen.

It HAS to work

Demonstrations on the other hand, are easy. And they yield instant results, fairly useless results in the long term, but nice short term sparks of self indulgence.

This is not a result obviously, but a continuation of a dangerous illusion.

This is why people march en masse at every given opportunity. This is also why people eat McDonalds.

And both will kill you!

People will see 20AC as anti Americanism. Far from it. That's like saying the war on Iraq was against the Iraqi people. The media likes to blur state into population. To demonise a nationality. And it will do this inversely against any boycott against the dollar.

Economic warfare is what AC20 is all about. Since no one is in charge, they can adapt it to whatever situation it needs to work in. The most important principle is that in every case, the root cause of any problem is directly addressed and fixed. And if you remember, one of the first tests of AC20 is "Will it permanently stop $problem". If your proposed action doesnt pass this test, then your plan MUST be abandoned.

The British economy seems so tied to the dollar, and to American products that it seems nigh on impossible to separate these things from our lives.

This may be true, but what is also true and more important on the local level, is the fact that an unlimited supply of cash is available to wage war anywhere, almost instantly (bar the complex planning) this is the local problem everywhere in the world; governments have access to unlimited stocks of contributed cash, with which they may wage war.

Are you listening?

Almost everything in my life is American in some way, from computer hardware and software to music, electronic entertainment, clothes, foodstuffs, pens, pencils, inks.

There is nothigng wrong with American goods per se, what is wrong is that by giving them your cash, they give that cash directly to wage war. Lest say that you cannot live without American goods. Thats OK. Just "Think Locally" about what happens to your money.

There need to be some clear guides as to what brands are ok to buy, good places to shop, etc, etc.

And it's not just the dollar which is funding war, but the pound as well. And the euro, although not directly involved in Iraq, but the EU is hardly a pacifist state/union.


Precisely. Do you want war, or not. This is the root question. If you go into a supermarket, and you are forced to buy something that you dont want, every time you go there you would simply not go there correct?

Anyway, imagine 20AC caught on, people all over the UK and many in the US and Canada invested in the Euro, suddenly the balance tips, the American economy plummets, the US and Britain pull out of all foreign conflicts (yeah right) and the European war machine is kick started into action.

I can easliy imagine this, just as I can imagine a match-flame on a tea saucer being quenched by putting glass over it. Lack of imagination is the greatest, most crippling disease facing us today.

It's like the theory of relativity, there will always be war. And subterfuge. And espionage and tourture and all these horrid things we live with, because we feel we have no choice.

You FEEL that you have no choice, but in fact this is an illusion. You have absolute power over yourself, your life and what you do with it. You can choose to reject what is put in front of you, and the consequences of that choice will propagate outward from you. If many people do this, the waves mount up and wash away what is wrong.

We can shut our eyes and forget about it, but they won't go away.

Thats true!
posted by Irdial , 1:47 PM Þ 

Peace in completed form

That would be a joy to behold

Maybe alex can talk some sense to / get some answers from the marchers if he's going.

I've thought of a few other items but I shalln't go on listing - Straight back, stiff upper lip, forward ho!

posted by meau meau , 1:36 PM Þ 

Which one is to there still say, a piece of cream of the superlative. There I get damp eyes.

I wish people spoke like this.
posted by alex_tea , 1:27 PM Þ 

I remain natural at the ball...
posted by Irdial , 1:20 PM Þ 
posted by Alun , 1:08 PM Þ 

All I got was a nice e-mail saying it wasn't their responsibility, as the marches were organized by other groups (inc. CND, for example) and that they were simply coordinators of the march itself.

??????!?!!!!!!!

So, it seems that the suspicion that the Stop War people are working for the other side are not entirely unfounded. What the HELL kind of answer is that? Stop War, by co-ordinating these marches are acting like /dev/null coralling the energy of these good willed people into a pointless excersise. "Not their responsibility". Astonishing. This means that essentially, Stop War is apolitical; they will organize any march for any reason. I wonder if the National Front asked them to organize a march, if they would do so. Since no one sems to be taking responsibility for the purpose and point of a Stop War coordinated march, what is the difference between an NF march and a CND march?

Outrageous!
posted by Irdial , 12:51 PM Þ 

wasn't their responsibility
Well that's the lamest response I've ever heard from anybody. Ever.

I understand that AC20 is about individual actions, but what about the website? I can't remember the URL.

I feel like giving up, on everything, today. Nothing feels right. I'm confused and angry but I'm not sure what about.

Do boycotts work? Will/would 20AC work if it was widely adopted?

My problem with 20AC is that people are basically lazy. 20AC requires a lot of hard work and inconvenience with a very unstable and minimal output. Basically 20AC requires the cooperation of a large number of people for it to work. However, people are unwilling to risk this without someone else there doing it already. A catch 22 situation.

Even if 20AC was to catch on, would the results yield anything? To me it seems like hypothesis. A well rounded and well thought out hypothesis, but an unproven one all the same.

Demonstrations on the other hand, are easy. And they yield instant results, fairly useless results in the long term, but nice short term sparks of self indulgence. This is why people march en masse at every given opportunity. This is also why people eat McDonalds.

People will see 20AC as anti Americanism. Far from it. That's like saying the war on Iraq was against the Iraqi people. The media likes to blur state into population. To demonise a nationality. And it will do this inversely against any boycott against the dollar.

The British economy seems so tied to the dollar, and to American products that it seems nigh on impossible to separate these things from our lives.

Almost everything in my life is American in some way, from computer hardware and software to music, electronic entertainment, clothes, foodstuffs, pens, pencils, inks.

There need to be some clear guides as to what brands are ok to buy, good places to shop, etc, etc.

And it's not just the dollar which is funding war, but the pound as well. And the euro, although not directly involved in Iraq, but the EU is hardly a pacifist state/union.

Anyway, imagine 20AC caught on, people all over the UK and many in the US and Canada invested in the Euro, suddenly the balance tips, the American economy plummets, the US and Britain pull out of all foreign conflicts (yeah right) and the European war machine is kick started into action.

It's like the theory of relativity, there will always be war. And subterfuge. And espionage and tourture and all these horrid things we live with, because we feel we have no choice.

We can shut our eyes and forget about it, but they won't go away.

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posted by alex_tea , 12:45 PM Þ 

What ever happened to AC20?

Nothing.

It's not going to achieve anything tangible and solid, but if one person in America sees it, and votes against Bush because of it, then isn't that worth my leaving the house?

The problem is not Bush, but the whole idea that people are financing a warmongering government. No matter who is in the White House as long as the war economy persists, we will have war after war. Im afraid that this does make it worthless to leave your house, for this cause at least.

Akin, your idea of emptying the streets of London was a good one, so why didn't you propose this to people who could have made it happen?

You are going on a demonstration, despite everything that happened this year, knowing that it will do nothing, and that if someone in the US is influenced not to vote for Bush, that that to will do nothing. This is why I will not approach these people and tell them what to do; not only do they not listen, but they, unlike you, have no imagination, and no incentive to stop, think and use oblique strategies to permanently solve this problem. After all, if they did manage to solve the problem they would be out of a job.

Or perhaps not. They seem to be continuing their purpose by suffixing the thing that they dont like after the word "Stop" so, we can make it easy for them (with bad syntax):

open @listofbadstuff;

while @listofbadstuff {
print "Stop $listofbadstuff"\n;
}

die;

#where listofbadstuff is the textfile with all the things you (rightly) hate about anything.



There. A job for life for the stop war crew in 5 lines of bad perl.

Honestly, these people can do what they want; I have nothing to do with them, but if they REALLY want to solve a problem, they have to stop doing what they have been donig for 30+ years. I have said all of this before, and the results (utter failure) of the last demonstration completely proved my point, sadly.
posted by Irdial , 12:45 PM Þ 

why didn't you propose this to people who could have made it happen?
I wrote to StopTheWar and asked them about WHY they were marching and whether they couldn't use the goodwill of millions of people to do something other than... er... march again.
All I got was a nice e-mail saying it wasn't their responsibility, as the marches were organized by other groups (inc. CND, for example) and that they were simply coordinators of the march itself.

The mail came with a .wav file of the sound of a buck being passed, as heard by someone with their fingers in their ears.
posted by Alun , 12:35 PM Þ 

What ever happened to AC20?

Individual action is a matter for the individual.

For my part I've seen 3 non-compliant bands, although I doubt if they made any money touring.
about 4 n/c movies
and 3 n/c dvds
2 n/c lps
2 n/c condiments
maybe 1 n/c book

I'm off to deal with it.
posted by meau meau , 12:31 PM Þ 

What ever happened to AC20?

I think I'm going on the march. It seems futile, but so does sitting at home or at work.

Anyway, I'll be with friends and so it won't be a complete waste of my time.

It's not going to achieve anything tangible and solid, but if one person in America sees it, and votes against Bush because of it, then isn't that worth my leaving the house?

Akin, your idea of emptying the streets of London was a good one, so why didn't you propose this to people who could have made it happen?

posted by alex_tea , 12:13 PM Þ 

The kind of rhetoric you hear from [Democratic presidential candidates] ... on either side of the aisle, Ronald Reagan never said Jimmy Carter couldn't find countries in his own hemisphere. Walter Mondale never said that President Reagan was a miserable failure. When Bill Clinton ran against President Bush, he didn't compare him to Saddam Hussein or the Taliban. And when Bob Dole ran against President Clinton, he didn't say that he was an absolute phony or a liar. The kind of words we're hearing now from the Democratic candidates go beyond political debate. This is political hate speech.


Re: Guggenheim. I loved the building... it made me giddy and smiley... Inside I stood in the middle of the foyer and spun round, staring upwards... it's so graceful... I took some photos and left without even thinking viewing of the exhibits there... how could they possibly live up to the dreams inspired by the building?

Assemble 2pm at Malet Street
These marches always assemble right (4 storeys) below my window at work. I get 3 hours of non-stop whistling before the buggers bugger off.
posted by Alun , 11:21 AM Þ 

some of my books

As a childrenslibrarian it is wonderful to see how many that love the finish Moomins, they are booth cartoons, books, picturebooks, as a dummy-series... and as a muuminworld
posted by Alison , 10:17 AM Þ 

Walking up to the building is such a trip!

FLW designed it to be walked down, that's what they told us at school

I now have a photo of my bookcase but it may be while before it's blogged

Involved in Greek life?

For what is this a euphemism?
posted by meau meau , 9:28 AM Þ 

Three perfect books.


Count Stanislaus Eric Stenbock, Studies of Death (London. Durtro Press, 1996)

Timoth D'Arch Smith, Love in earnest: some notes on the lives and writings of English 'Uranian' poets
from 1889 to 1930
(London. Routlege, Keegan and Paul, 1970)

The Kalevala (Oxford World's Classics, 1999)

posted by Mess Noone , 9:23 AM Þ 

It gets everywhere..... http://www.headvertise.com/
posted by chriszanf , 2:33 AM Þ 
Tuesday, November 18, 2003

Thursday 20th November
Assemble 2pm at Malet Street, Central London (nearest tubes: Goodge Street, Russell Square and Euston/Euston Sq). March to Trafalgar Square where a statue of George Bush will be pulled down. This event will continue until 7pm to allow for people coming from work.

bwahahahhaahhaaahaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaahahhahhah!

http://www.stopwar.org.uk/
posted by Irdial , 11:45 PM Þ 

Dav, when you are in NYC, if you have time, I would walk over the Brooklyn Bridge. Take the train over, and walk back into the city. It's quite fantastic. And the Circle Line boat tour out to the Statue of Liberty is pretty cool too. We see her, over and over again, but it is something else to be in a tiny boat at her feet. Shame the sentiment is being destroyed. I went there with the image of my grandparents and mom immigrating in the 50s, coming to Ellis Island, so I was seeing it through different eyes. Also, try to find the Alice in Wonderland statue in Central Park. It's one of my favorite places in the city. Very romantic. It is near the Guggenheim and the Met, and you cannot go to New York without going to the Guggenheim. Walking up to the building is such a trip!
posted by mary13 , 9:35 PM Þ 

Mary, are you an aunt?

Yes I am. 2 darling nephews.

I have a great-aunt of 70-odd years old who uses expressions like that.

Excuse me???????

It is so disarming and honest. Language shows personal beauty when it's so honest.

Nice recovery, Alun. Today, you will be spared.
posted by mary13 , 9:12 PM Þ 
posted by Irdial , 6:37 PM Þ 

http://www.interwebnet.org/

Nowhere does it say what precisely this will change.
posted by Irdial , 6:13 PM Þ 

oh, just in case anyone's on the hunt ...
posted by a hymn in g to nann , 4:15 PM Þ 

The United Nations is to urge wealty nations to donate $3bn next year to save 45 million lives in crisis areas.
posted by meau meau , 3:10 PM Þ 
posted by captain davros , 2:57 PM Þ 

The stop-motion Moomins series, where they are all 3d, is my fave rendition of the books. I couldn't get into the cartoon version

There's a cartoon version????????????
Is this new?

How can they possibly do the mist, the cold lingering mist, that mist unfolding, the creeping mist?
posted by meau meau , 2:56 PM Þ 

Can this man's judgement be trusted?

Perhaps this is an example of the famed "irony" that a_t was speaking of!
posted by Irdial , 2:50 PM Þ 

When I was a kid discovering Showaddywaddy and Wizzard (who I still prefer to the Fabs)
Can this man's judgement be trusted?
That Beatles "critique" was the worst, lamest, weakest criticism of the Beatles I've heard in ages.
I have friends who don't like them who have given far stronger reasons than this 'writer'. Even I could do better arguing against them. But I won't.
posted by Alun , 2:45 PM Þ 

The Exploits of Moominpapa - I haven't read that in a long time, so I'll have to have a skim and get back to you. I think it's to do with his memoirs which he always seemed to be writing.

The stop-motion Moomins series, where they are all 3d, is my fave rendition of the books. I couldn't get into the cartoon version. I read the books at junior school - they were on the bookshelf and just **stood out** with their exotic names.

I am off on a trip to the USA soon, including 1.5 days in New York. I haven't been there since '95. What should I go and see/do?
posted by captain davros , 2:40 PM Þ 
posted by a hymn in g to nann , 2:26 PM Þ 

There are no other remixes, mm ( authorised, that is ) ... the district6 escapade was a minor blip, one never to be repeated ...
posted by a hymn in g to nann , 2:18 PM Þ 

I do not live in Hoxton/Shoreditch but a few too many Leeds residents think they do - they are so *fashionable*. I ignore them and the nu-metal kids and the goths and the weasels.
posted by meau meau , 2:01 PM Þ 

Notice Think Unix on (nearly) everyone's shelves

I have one computer manual, it is called Mac OSX Unleashed.
posted by meau meau , 1:53 PM Þ 

have you been to vienna recently ?

I've never been to Vienna. From what I've heard of it I 'need' to go. I want to spend more time next year out of London. A friend has spoken of driving round Europe in an ex-ambulance that he 'inherited'. So it might the perfect opportunity.


Careful Anthony, if that clipper accident was anymore severe, the value of my copy of A Manning Compendium would rocket overnight. ;)


Notice Think Unix on (nearly) everyone's shelves.

I find myself, at times, in front of my machine, with that book, saying to myself, like Clint Eastwood in Firefox, "Think Unix damn you, Think Unix".


Hoxton Fin
My friends and I lovingly refer to it as an 'Ironic Mullet' and giggle endlessly whenever we spot one. It's like Black Lace all over again. Recently I saw one being sported by a famous DJ/ex-pop star and it was the fluffy ironicus variety.

Lately, music purchases have been virtual but I did used to frequent FatCat, I.Q., Atlas, Tape exchange and more recently Smallfish.
posted by chriszanf , 1:49 PM Þ 

Where do you buy your records?

dance/electronic/rock/unquenchable desire - local
improv - gigs
the other canon- THESE RECORDS/direct from label +_+_+__+_+_+ mdos/staalplaat (rare - just an obvservation)

Liquid Quartz
I completely missed this, but I did get the district six remixes of concision - are there any other remixes of Manning material?
posted by meau meau , 1:40 PM Þ 

Fascinating; Anthony is the 6th most played Jukebox sampe at Bookmat.....now its the 7th...realtime!!
posted by Irdial , 1:36 PM Þ 

That is from Boomkat. Which is a good shop. As are Smallfish and Bi Wire, which I prefer, but only as they are local, and therefore I can pick up orders should I need.

Where do you buy your records? Real or Virtual?
posted by alex_tea , 1:02 PM Þ 

Anthony Manning - A Manning Compendium

Unbearable

Anthony Manning has produced some of the most important ambient electronic pieces of the last 10 years - his material for Irdial is nothing short of legendary and the simply timeless "Chromium Nebulae" album ranks amongst our favourite classic British electronic albums ever. For the first time his complete works are getting a cd issue. Manning first came into the limelight during the mid 90's, producing a series of pieces that set him apart from the rest of the british electronica scene spearheaded by the likes of Richard D James. This limited edition of 500 copies in snazy plastic is a timely collection that will be a brilliant addition to Manning collectors out there and a textbook introduction of his work to newcomers. Tracklisting includes tracks from Concision, Elastic Variations, Liquid Quartz, Islets in Pink Polyproylene, Chromium Nebulae and more. Beautiful music.

http://djmartian.blogspot.com/
posted by Irdial , 12:47 PM Þ 

Global Eye -- The Inhuman Stain

By Chris Floyd

There is a horrible scandal eating away the heart of the American body politic. Among the many corrupted currents loosed upon the nation by the Bush Regime, this scandal is perhaps the worst, for it abets all the others and breeds new pestilence, new perversions at every turn.

Last week, Maher Arar of Canada detailed his ordeal at the hands of Attorney General John Ashcroft's security "organs." Returning from a family holiday in Tunis, the Syrian-born Arar -- 16 years a Canadian citizen -- was seized at a New York airport. Jailed and interrogated without charges, on unspecified allegations of unspecified connections to unspecified terrorist groups, he was then deported, without a hearing, to Syria. When he told the Homeland Chekists he would be tortured there -- his family was marked down as dissidents by Syria's Baathist regime -- the Chekists replied that their organ "was not the body that deals with the Geneva Conventions regarding torture." They shackled him and flew him to the America-friendly regime in Jordan; from there he was bundled across the border to Damascus, The Washington Post reports.

But this is not the scandal we were speaking of. [...]

http://www.themoscowtimes.com/stories/2003/11/14/120.html

In the shadow of the Silent Majorities....astonishing.
posted by Irdial , 12:44 PM Þ 

chris, have you been to vienna recently ? ... i was last out there a couple of years ago, before that lived on the outskirts for a couple of months over christmas/new year about ten years ago ... it's a great city, feels very much like a hub .......... standing on the small mountains/big hills to the west on a really clear day you can see the italian alps, the hungarian plains, czechoslovakia ... standing up there as the sun rises, looking out to the east, because it's so flat, the horizon so vast, it seems you can really feel the earth turning ... or was that something to do with the previous evening's 'entertainment' ( clubs were just beginning to take off then ) ? ............. coffee houses ... hoppy beer ... cake ... goulash ..... dumplings .... very small people with very wooly coats ... trams ... dark rye bread ....
posted by a hymn in g to nann , 12:36 PM Þ 
posted by Irdial , 12:27 PM Þ 

Everything begins with choice.
posted by Irdial , 12:19 PM Þ 

"The Exploits of Moominpappa"

???

Please tell us what that is!

For those of you without TV, The Moomins is a VERY strange animated childrens series.
posted by Irdial , 12:15 PM Þ 

inevitability

"MP3.com, a keystone of the digital music revolution, will be suspending operations and deleting all hosted content including music, images, links and artist pages as of December 2nd" [...]

Single point of failure. Easily snuffed out. Kazzaa is the distributed MP3.com Soulseek is the thinking (listening) mans Kazzaa. This demolotion will drive everyone to the next service. Like a beehive that gets whacked down by a little boy with a stick, the bees swarm, maybe kill him for good measure, and then make another hive.

This is our world, this is our time.
posted by Irdial , 12:07 PM Þ 

Notice Think Unix on (nearly) everyone's shelves.
posted by alex_tea , 12:00 PM Þ 

Here are some more for you

Dingle
Ting-a-ling.

No radiometer, you can rest easy!
posted by captain davros , 12:00 PM Þ 



Dav and I have stuff in common:

Roget's on the shelf.
Cassettes on the books on the shelfs.
MAD books.

If you have a Radiometer Dav, then thats it separated at birth!
posted by Irdial , 11:57 AM Þ 

spi is an electronic cantata which juxtaposes two forms of cryptic message communication :the clandestine world of spy number transmissions on the shortwave radio, and the enigmatic uttering of the ancient oracle of Delphi.
Both mediums were/are used as forms of political machination.


http://www.circadian.net/pages/spi.html
posted by Mess Noone , 11:51 AM Þ 

I live in Hoxton/Shoreditch, a few doors up from a hairdressers that specialises in these short front and sides. It really is a vacuous and insipid culture, one which I try my hardest to ignore.
posted by Mess Noone , 11:38 AM Þ 

Obligatory haircut
The hoxton fin. Half mullet, half faux mohawk.

Even worse I was on the Waterloo & City line the other day and there was a merchant banker in a suit with this haircut.

/* edit
Not sure why this is worse. Maybe it's not. It just seemed desperate. A last attempt at rebellion, at individuality, when it was clear to all that this was not an act of individualism, but of wanting to gain acceptance. Something of which we're all guilty at some point or another.
*/


I work in Hoxton/Shoreditch, above a hairdressers that specialises in these short front and sides. It really is a vacuous and insipid culture, one in which I am far too submerged.
posted by alex_tea , 11:07 AM Þ 

However also discussion participants, who express only a controversy opinion, become frequent, when Troll discredits, and so a material discussion gone out of the way.


The Obligatory Haircut is that pseudo-mohican, slightly shaved on the sides, brushed up and forwards in the middle, perhaps with a little tail behind. Obligatory for TrendieGuys. I believe there are bars in Soho which won't let you in without one. Usually come with a Bathing Ape T-shirt, or "urban combat-wear". Visit Golden Square (meeedja-land) to see them in flocks.
posted by Alun , 11:05 AM Þ 

What is the ObligatoryHaircut?

A book list is too much effort for me, hence just point and shoot and let the viewer view. It's partly because I bought a Sony U30 this weekend.

CD's CDs are coming next I think.
posted by captain davros , 10:51 AM Þ 

tech books ...


clipper accident !!!
posted by a hymn in g to nann , 10:38 AM Þ 

Goodness, no!
Mary, are you an aunt?
I have a great-aunt of 70-odd years old who uses expressions like that. It is so disarming and honest. Language shows personal beauty when it's so honest.

I saw a TrendieGuy walking into Covent Garden just now, with the ObligatoryHaircut, wearing Maharishi woolen wear on top (to show wealth and that he reads The Face) and a pair of baggy jeans on bottom. The jeans were so low that the crotch was round his knees, and he couldn't walk properly. It looked like he'd had a terrible accident in his trousers.
The Hackney style is similar, but without the wealth and with more R+B, HipHop. It's all sweat pants/jogging bottoms worn reeeaaal low over another pair (of the same, or maybe jeans) worn real low, with 4 to 6 inches of underwear (or in some cases, flesh) visible at the top.
These people waddle like ducks through the streets.
You know, sometimes I just don't get It.

I'll try and do some kind of book list one day soon.
posted by Alun , 10:06 AM Þ 

All I can listen to right now is this geezer...

posted by Mess Noone , 9:21 AM Þ 

Paula Scher's "Make it Bigger"
I was reading about Scher on the Apple website recently. She seems interesting, before now I knew nothing about her, I want to find this book. It's all about how to present your pitches to non-creatives and let them 'get it' rather than them going "Make it bigger, make it red, stick it at the top".

I need more books, everyone has great books so far. I haven't read a real book for ages. Recently I've read about MySQL/mSQL and looked up reference for Actionscript and PHP.

Also I forgot to add, on a recent trip to Paris my girlfriend bought a Serge Gainsbourg compilation CD. It's great, until you get to the cod reggae and the eighties bits. But the 60s and 70s stuff is awesome. Also no Je t'aime, oui je t'aime. Moi non plus. But, maybe that's a good omission.
posted by alex_tea , 8:19 AM Þ 

Mary, that car is awesome. Is it yours? I have always had a thing for those huge energy wasting pigs of cars.

Goodness, no! It was parked on the side of the road and I captured it. Did you know, it is a Ranchero and I bet it is still sitting there.

Calvin & Hobbes! Hurrah!
posted by mary13 , 7:53 AM Þ 
posted by chriszanf , 7:12 AM Þ 

As far as I know, Mikkel is in university, getting more drunk than he could ever possibly imagine. Oh dear. He probably can't walk straight most days, let alone use a keyboard (strange, I almost wrote "typewriter" there instead).
Mary, that car is awesome. Is it yours? I have always had a thing for those huge energy wasting pigs of cars.

Bookshelf? I don't have a camera but let's take a glance at a couple of shelves, if I can read them from where I sit:
A national geographic fresnel lens, Tao Teh King, The Book of Thoth, Principia Discordia 5th Edition, The Book of Lies, some hilarious creationist book I got from some Jovies or something, Paula Scher's "Make it Bigger" (a book on design), Eric Drooker - Blood Song graphic novel, The Anatomy of Melancholy, The Silmarillion (1st edition), Gormenghast trilogy, Hamlet, Of Mice and Men, Grapes of Wrath, East of Eden, Nineteen Eighty-Four, Heart of Darkness, Frederic Manning's The Middle Parts of Fortune, Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?, Fight Club, Survivor, Learning to Bow (a book on getting accustomed to Japanese customs), High Fidelity, Joyce's Ulysses (big-assed student edition)
Next row: Wizard & Glass and The Gunslinger by Stephen King (don't know where the other two in the series are), The Illuminatus! Trilogy, Red Dwarf Omnibus, Stephen King's The Talisman and The Eyes of the Dragon, Greg Bear's Eon, Sphere and Jurassic Park by Michael Crichton, Hard Drive by David Pogue (fucking yeah), all of the Hitchiker's Guide series, the first five "Dungeon" books curated by Philip Jose Farmer, Heinlein's The Green Hills of Earth, massive illustrated hardback Lord of the Rings.
Next row! Candide, in a nifty illustrated slipcase edition, Dave Eggers' notorious Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius (first hardback version), Myst: The Book of Atrus (uhhh yeah), The Divine Comedy, Musashi by Eiji Yoshikawa, Timothy Findlay's Not Wanted on the Voyage, two books by Matthew Good, The special editions of "Kid A," "Amnesiac" and "Hail to the Thief," the special editions of REM's "Monster" and "Up," Frank Herbert - Eye, The Sociology of Art, The Primal Scream, The Hidden Order of Art (brilliant book by Ehrenzweig), No Logo, national geographic Photography Field Guide, Robert's Rules of Order, The Medium is the Massage by MacLuhan, a book on William Blake, Sein Language, Monty Python: Just the Words, The Pillow Book DVD (why is that there?), The Road to Mars by Eric Idle, UFOs, JFK and Elvis by Richard Belzer, Letters from a Nut, The Frog/Commisarry Cookbook, The Great Big Cookie Book.
an adjacent shelf has such wonders as every Calvin & Hobbes book, a few Far Side books, The Wind in the Willows, Peter Pan, Bob the Angry Flower books, and a whole bunch of issues of SkinTwo. Yeah.
posted by Barrie , 7:03 AM Þ 

Sorry Mary, I forgot to link the pic. Hundertwasser also Hundertwasser's house in Vienna
posted by chriszanf , 6:56 AM Þ 

I have a few more books but some of my stuff is still in storage from when I moved. Theres more programming books but they are next to my computer being used at the moment.

yes, where is Mikkel?

posted by chriszanf , 6:53 AM Þ 

Chris, where is this? It is beautiful.
posted by mary13 , 6:48 AM Þ 

posted by chriszanf , 6:35 AM Þ 

Blogdial is on fire today.

An article on irony: Something in Blue

A section of my office bookshelf:
The Brief English Handbook, Collins Paperback French, Collins Paperback Thesaurus, Dictionary of Classical Mythology, Dictionary of Modern Thought, A Golden Nature Guide to the Stars, Hiking Rocky Mountain National Park, Osho Zen Tarot Cards, Lego Obi-Wan and 2 Destroyer Droids, Yahtzee dice, orange plastic Slinky.



posted by mary13 , 5:08 AM Þ 

books

A section of my bookshelf. Not much reading material there, mostly reference stuff. My bookshelves are about 2 1/2 meters up and can only be reached from one end via some stairs, hence the disorganisation and also why I didn't take it of the reading section, as that's less accessible.

The picture is too small to read most of the spines, I could do a bibliography with Amazon links. But it's bedtime.
posted by alex_tea , 2:06 AM Þ 

I just found Fleshbot (not suitable for work) and it seems pretty interesting, up front and not pervy writing about porn. Anyway, they use Pic Leecher to post galleries, which reminded me of Fusker, which made me think of Mikkel, which in turn made me think, where have the Europeans gone?

Irdial: At least I don't like Ladytron.

;)
posted by alex_tea , 1:40 AM Þ 

Gut Gott, if liking The Darkness provoketh such derision, what will you make of this section of my bookshelves?



Now, show us yours! No rearranging to appear 1337 allowed, just one shot, straight in.
posted by captain davros , 12:42 AM Þ 

posted by Irdial , 12:29 AM Þ 

Please forgive me of my sins.

If you are going to ask for something serious like this, DO IT RIGHT:

How To Go To Confession


1. The Priest will often begin with the Sign of the Cross or a greeting and blessing.

2. The Penitent begins by saying ?Bless me Father for I have sinned, it has been ____ (number of days, weeks, months, etc.) since my last confession. These are my sins?.

3. Confess all mortal sins committed since your last confession by kind and number (this is important). Hold NOTHING back. You may also confess any venial sins.

4. At the end of your confession say these or similar words: ?For these and all the sins of my life I am sorry.? By this you tell the priest that you are finished. Otherwise, he might think you are still thinking or even trying to summon the courage to tell him "the big one".

5. The Priest may ask questions for clarification or give you some counsel on a point from your confession. Answer briefly.

6. The Priest will give you a penance. Listen to it carefully and remember it. You can refuse a penance if it is too vague or impossible to do in a reasonable time.

7. The Penitent makes an act of contrition in these or similar words: O my God, I am heartily sorry for having offended Thee, and I detest all of my sins because of Thy just punishments. But most of all because they offend Thee my God, who art all good and deserving of all my love. I firmly resolve, with the help of Thy grace, to sin no more, and to avoid the near occasions of sin. Amen. Memorize a good act of contrition.

8. The Priest will give you absolution in Latin or in your common language. (The words necessary in English for forgiveness are ?I absolve you from your sins in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit?). Do not leave until the priest has given you absolution. He will not refuse you absolution unless it is clear that you are not sorry for your sins or you have no intention of amending your life.

Trust a yank to not get it.

This time a_t you have GONE TOO FAR. It is clear that you DO NOT want absolution, and that in fact you are an AGENT and ADHERENT of SATAN.

With your own words you are CONDEMNED: "Moi, je suis un Troll." A troll, as we all know, is a demonic creature.

For this, the ULTIMATE INSULT, and your CONFESSION of being a TROLL you will absolutely, and utterly,

BURN IN HELLLLLL!!!!!
posted by Irdial , 12:16 AM Þ 
Monday, November 17, 2003

They're playing London early December. Anyone going?
Yes. Hopefully. Dancing (very drunkenly) to The Fall at ATP2002 was one of the best (drunken) moments of my life. I was drunk, if I didn't make that clear.

I drunk this weekend too. And I danced to Dave Clarke for my sins, but he was playing some nice hard techno, and then I danced to Move any mountain by The Shamen at about 7am. Please forgive me of my sins. The Shamen?

they KNOW that they commit sin, and yet they roll in it like pigs in swill
It's called irony. Post Modernism gone bad. Post Modernism gone populist. Trust a yank to not get it.

Deep Purple imitators
The Datsuns? Kings of Leon? Anyone? I feel sick just thinking about them.

Darkness-baiting. Haven't had so much fun since The Ladytron Incident.
Moi, je suis un Troll.

Also, speaking of tense it reminds me of something I meant to post the other day, but it's a whole post on it's own and will have to wait until tomorrow. Hopefully my new ADSL modem will arrive tomorrow as well... I can't wait. No more dialup.
posted by alex_tea , 11:53 PM Þ 

Weeeee missed you!
posted by Irdial , 9:09 PM Þ 
posted by mary13 , 9:05 PM Þ 



To commemorate the first state visit of a US President since 1918, the US/UK T-shirt.

You ALL know what this shi(r)t really means!
posted by Irdial , 8:27 PM Þ 

all the insane octave shifts in the same syllable

Go see Diamanda Galas.



new Fall album at
They're playing London early December. Anyone going?

"He who joyfully marches to music OF THE DARKNESS has already earned my contempt. He has been given a large brain by mistake, since for him the spinal cord would fully suffice."
Albert Einstein

Darkness-baiting. Haven't had so much fun since The Ladytron Incident.
posted by Alun , 8:00 PM Þ 

we have the Darkness precisely because of Whitesnake, Kiss, and, unfortunately, Little Angels.

Not so; we have The Darkness because these little shitfuckers are talentless pieces of FLESH, without a single idea between thier shared siingle braincell.

Earless, talentless unlearned and useless trollops, l00zers, repearters...

METAL SIMULATORS

They are the worst kind of criminal, because they KNOW that they commit sin, and yet they roll in it like pigs in swill. KILL THEM ALL, kill them all NOW and save the wasted aluminum that goes into their CDS.

Let the world be free of sin, and SINNERS like The Darkness, the Deep Purple immitators and the evil puke regurgitators. Let them all die, and BURN IN HELL so that we can go into public places and not be assaulted by their impudent noise.
posted by Irdial , 7:26 PM Þ 

this shit destroys.

Uh oh, tense problems

That shit destroyed.
posted by Irdial , 7:20 PM Þ 

Darkness remind me of Mariah Carey crossed with Queen, but without the class.

It's like hearing dolphin karaoke.
posted by Alun , 6:17 PM Þ 

Not to state the obvious, but Blunkett seems like an idiot of gargantuan proportions.

Time to jump on the what-music-i-got bandwagon, I guess. I went on a spree yesterday.
Oval - 94diskont. Are those really CD skipping sounds because it sounds like beautiful beautiful music to me.
Growing - The Sky's Run Into The Sea. Like Sunn O)) meets Stars of the Lid. Incredible!!
My Bloody Valentine - Glider EP. Nothing to say, this shit destroys.
Mars Volta - De-Loused in the Comatorium Double-LP. I think I've mentioned previously how good this album is, but the double vinyl is a beautiful thing to behold. Wonderful Peter Christopherson (Coil) design and art, and the discs themselves actually have this bizarre silver varnish finish.
Do Make Say Think's new album - yes, very good, very beautiful again.
If anyone wants mp3 of any of these, just drop me a line.

The Darkness... their vocalist is quite amazing, what with all the insane octave shifts in the same syllable. I don't like the music though. I've become very tired of such heavy metal (not to mention fuzzy 'indie-rock').
posted by Barrie , 6:16 PM Þ 

Thou hast the wrong end of ye stick - we have the Darkness precisely because of Whitesnake, Kiss, and, unfortunately, Little Angels. Evolution has decided upon it. The lineage is long, but the musical genes look very similar.
posted by captain davros , 6:07 PM Þ 

nothing wrong with rock. just with the darkness. why listen to the darkness when you have whitesnake and kiss and little angels?!
posted by alex_tea , 5:54 PM Þ 

Both of you will BURN IN HELL.

posted by Irdial , 5:45 PM Þ 

I bloody well can, and I do.

I know to many of you it may be like seeing Donald Sutherland go "weeeeoooooarrrrgggghhh" at the end of Invasion of the Body Snatchers, and thinking "noooooooooooooooo", but, well, I am basically a rocker.

let us rock
posted by captain davros , 5:31 PM Þ 

You can't like the Darkness. It's more wrong than liking Ladytron.
posted by alex_tea , 5:28 PM Þ 

I got the single of "I Believe in a Thing Called Love" by The Darkness yesterday, and verily it rocketh.
posted by captain davros , 5:24 PM Þ 

My friend's parents were clearing out their vinyl collection and he salvaged Rubycon by Tangerine Dream for me...
posted by alex_tea , 4:42 PM Þ 

I've listened to the real new Fall album at least once a day since ibought it two weeks ago.
It's grrreat.
Got 'Switched on Bach' LP at the weekend which wasn't as kitschy as i thought it would be - but it would have been good to hear it without intervening history
posted by meau meau , 4:24 PM Þ 

monkey...

Just imagine, eveyone in London STAYS INDOORS for the entire time of the visit. No one is in the streets. Everywhere deserted. No crowds. No protesters. Only flying pidgeons, and the pidgeons that support colonization and war in attendance.

Now THAT would b a spectacle.
posted by Irdial , 4:23 PM Þ 

I got a hold of Bob Dylan's "Nashville Skyline".... and it got a hold of me.
posted by Irdial , 4:20 PM Þ 

Listening to The Beatles 'Let It Be... Naked'.
It's lovely.

14000 of our Boys In Blue to guard one monkey.

The Monkey Speaks:
On the protests that anti-war activists plan for his visit:

"Well, freedom is a beautiful thing, I would first say, and it's, aren't you lucky to be in a country that encourages people to speak their mind? And I value going to a country where people are free to say anything they want to say. "

As opposed to... the US of A, for example?
posted by Alun , 3:57 PM Þ 

why are all the non-alphanum's coming out as question marks?

Because they are probably not standard ASCII characters, I think it's em-dashes which are coming out as ?. If you look at the source of the page you copied the text these characters will be encoded as HTML entities like so —.

Basically this has to do with the web being global and people using different character sets. Here's a good list of entities and here's why people use typographical marks like em-dashes, en-dashes, etc.
posted by alex_tea , 3:28 PM Þ 

did you copy this

I knew it was an issue and dB's figures seemed too high for it not to be included and the Grauniad's money section covered it on saturday.

-

why are all the non-alphanum's coming out as question marks?
posted by meau meau , 2:31 PM Þ 

- Identity fraud seems to include credit card fraud mostly when the card holder is not present IDcards would never prevent this.

This is absolutely correct - did you copy this from somewhere, or is it your own observation, because if it is, BRAVO!

- could private companies ask for your ID and then if you don't tick that tiny data protection box on page 5 of the contract then begin to accumulate and sell data directly linked to your ID?

Yes, and yes.

- how easy would it be to bribe an official at GCHQ or NHS or Inland Revenue - or infiltrate - and steal data that way?

This has already been done, with many types of personal and private data, most recently, with the telephone logs of a famous footballer. Private investigators with good connections do this all the time, for very little money.
posted by Irdial , 2:09 PM Þ 

If found guilty, Microsoft could have to reveal more of the code underlying its software, as well as a $3bn fine.

A new EU directive will ensure that any significant amount of money will expressed as a multiple of 3bn units, Wales will be given sufficient funding to have a €3bn turnover to consolidate statistical models.
posted by meau meau , 12:29 PM Þ 

A U.S. government delegation and farm groups say although they have made significant cutbacks in its use, they need more time to find effective substitute fumigants for crops such as tomatoes, peppers, eggplant, strawberries and sweet potatoes.

Maybe they could just plant GM crops they don't need pesticides hmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm?

-

Outrage as bear shits in woods

-

Repo Man

Now that is lo-fi.

-

ID cards

- could a BNP council introduce by-laws which required people to show ID cards in certain situations (in a pub for instance?) to promote their racist agenda through the back door?

- Identity fraud seems to include credit card fraud mostly when the card holder is not present IDcards would never prevent this.

- could private companies ask for your ID and then if you don't tick that tiny data protection box on page 5 of the contract then begin to accumulate and sell data directly linked to your ID?

- how easy would it be to bribe an official at GCHQ or NHS or Inland Revenue - or infiltrate - and steal data that way?
posted by meau meau , 10:22 AM Þ 

posted by meau meau , 10:17 AM Þ 

Blunkett in threat to quit on ID cards

David Cracknell, Political Editor
DAVID BLUNKETT was poised to resign from the cabinet if he had not got his way over identity cards, it has emerged.

The home secretary told Tony Blair that he believed so strongly that ID cards were necessary to combat terrorism that he would not back down.

Blunkett went to see the prime minister 10 days ago immediately after clashing with Gordon Brown over the scheme at a cabinet sub-committee.

Blair, who had already stated publicly that he was ?in principle? in favour of ID cards, backed Blunkett, one of his closest allies.

Shortly before the cabinet met the next morning, John Prescott, the deputy prime minister, convened a meeting between Blunkett and other ID card supporters, including John Reid, the health secretary, and Peter Hain, the Commons leader.

Blair then told the cabinet that a draft bill on ID cards would be included in the Queen?s speech and Blunkett would be allowed to make a Commons statement on the issue.

Blunkett?s dramatic warning came after the cabinet?s domestic affairs sub-committee met on Guy Fawkes night. It had been expected that a compromise would be reached, but Brown and his allies refused even to accept the idea of a draft bill in the Queen?s speech.

Blunkett made a coded reference to how strongly he felt in a radio interview when he compared a failure to press ahead with the plans to Labour?s inability to act on Barbara Castle?s In Place of Strife proposals for union reform in the late 1960s. Castle, who died last year, had herself threatened to resign.

?It?s about addressing issues that you don?t have to address now, but if you don?t, will come back to bite you in years to come. That?s the measure of our prime minister, addressing things that it would be very easy not to deal with now,? he said.

Although a majority of Labour MPs favour ID cards in a new BBC survey, 55 of the 101 questioned also want more research to be carried out. Under the plans, all new passports and driving licences will include details such as eye recognition and fingerprints from 2007.

http://www.timesonline.co.uk/newspaper/0,,176-896116,00.html

So. An ignorant blind man throws a tantrum, and eveyone in the UK has to be humiliated and degraded by law. The only reason this is being put in the Queens speech is because of this tantrum. Pathetic.
posted by Irdial , 9:49 AM Þ 
posted by Irdial , 9:20 AM Þ 
Sunday, November 16, 2003

4. This second point is worth dwelling on given its incomprehensible magnitude. I cannot believe how incredibly stupid you are. I mean rock-hard stupid. Dehydrated-rock-hard stupid. World-class, A-1, top of the heap, triple whopper with cheese, supersized stupid. So stupid that it goes way beyond the stupid we know into a whole different dimension of stupid. One-of-a-kind, global, universal, intergalactic stupid. You are trans-stupid stupid. Meta-stupid. Stupid collapsed on itself so far that even the neutrons have collapsed. Stupid so dense that no intellect can escape. Singularly, extraordinarily, incredibly, bewilderingly stupid. Blazing hot mid-day sun on Mercury stupid. You emit more stupid in one second than our entire galaxy emits in a year. Quasar stupid. Your life is a monument to stupidity. I am breathless that anyone or anything in our universe can really be this stupid. You are a primordial fragment from the original big bang of stupid. Some pure essence of a stupid so uncontaminated by anything else as to be beyond the laws of stupidity that we know. A behemoth, a leviathan, a colossus of stupidity.

http://www.scamorama.com/threebucks.html
posted by Irdial , 8:40 PM Þ 

We had a nice, warm, real fire at home last night. If I ever get a house, it's going to have a fireplace, and not one of those fake natural gas pieces of crap.

just as the Americans constantly conjure up their own painful reminder with the numbers 9-11.
I think it is amazing how Americans have been made so sensitive to this. A letter sent to the paper on Remembrance Day pointed out that World War I was like 9-11 happening every day multiple times for five years. And WWII was even worse. Americans are incredibly arrogant in this way, and many others. It would be interesting to study how the media has skewed the severity of the terrorist attacks.
posted by Barrie , 7:37 PM Þ 

posted by a hymn in g to nann , 7:12 PM Þ 

detonated by the CIA
There was a very interesting programme on a year or so ago (panorama/horizon/etc) that proposed that the CIA, an affiliated organisation, or someone working within but not for, was behind the anthrax-contaminated mail attacks ... it was a very sober, not at all shock-oriented investigation, highlighting the fact that the anthrax was of such a pure quality that only an extraordinarily expensive-to-build facility with the most highly trained personnel would be able to manufacture/get their hands on/handle such a dangerous substance ... a facility not unlike the one to which samples of the contaminated mail were sent for testing
posted by a hymn in g to nann , 6:59 PM Þ 

Neutron Bomb Economy

I want to believe The New York Times. I want to believe The Wall Street Journal. I want to believe all the news coming down about how we've gone from a in-the-crapper, oh, excuse me, I mean, how we've gone from a toilet economy last Thursday to a gung-ho, can't-be-held-back, go-go growth economy on Friday.

But when I read all these great happy-days-are-here-again earnings announcements -- I can't help but think of the line in Repo Man about the neutron bomb -- it destroys people but leaves buidlings standing. This is a the neutron bomb economy -- easy to look profitable when your building is still standing but you've nuked your entire workforce. Soon we'll be forced to hail the new worker-less enterprise, it's sure to be the Next Big Thing.

posted by Halley Suitt at 11/2/2003 05:08:34 AM | link
posted by Irdial , 6:29 PM Þ 

Holy shiat!



Look at the number of reports of Triangles (equilateral and otherwise) with red lights in the center.
posted by Irdial , 5:40 PM Þ 

The part of that story that I was about to blog about is the "dirty nuclear bomb threat".

The only ditry bomb that is going to go off in the UK is one supplied and detonated by the CIA. OBL and his men couldnt organize a barbecue on the surface of the sun. Some will say "No! they would never deliberately contaminate the UK in such a horrible way!" Just look at the poisionous ships arriving in the UK, without a single problem.

An explosion of this type would represent the perfect outrage; the contaminated area would be inacsessible for decades, a constant reminder of the "terrorost threat", recycling the fear of the original act ad-nauseum.

Anyone complaining about the removal of your rights will simply have to have spoken to them the name of the contaminated area as a catchall-shutup, just as the Americans constantly conjure up their own painful reminder with the numbers 9-11.

The British are well trained in this fear recycling; every public outrage is conjured, abracadabra style with the name of the place where it happened; Soham, Dunblane, The Moors Murders, Zebrugge, Kings Cross, Lockerbie...you know them all, and the facts about them in detail. They were all disected, computer animated, re-enacted - bled dry of every drop of fear serum, which was then injected straight into the brains of the masses through that massivly distributed syringe called Television.

Be ready for an outrage; any outrage, and then reject it utterly as a reason for a reaction of any kind.
posted by Irdial , 12:57 PM Þ 

The Sunday newspapers [are] full of concerns about terror threats related to the visit;

* A senior intelligence official said: "We have received information that suggests some terrorist suspects are on the move," according to the Sunday Times

* The Queen has rejected a request from Mr Bush's security advisers to bolster palace defences amid fears of an air attack, according to the Sunday Telegraph

* Home Secretary David Blunkett has refused calls to grant diplomatic immunity to armed US agents protecting Mr Bush, said the Observer

* Intelligence agents have been combing London for a "dirty" nuclear bomb timed for Mr Bush's arrival on Tuesday, reported the News of the World.

* Britain is so unprepared for a terror attack during President Bush's visit that security firms such as Group 4 will be called in to protect the public in the event of an atrocity, believes the Sunday Express.


Lots of smoke, plenty of mirrors.
'We thought it was a terrorist with a gun' said police marksmen after blowing the suspect away, 'but it turned out to be a monkey waving a banana.'
posted by Alun , 12:18 PM Þ 

\/\/ said that, "we are not leaving until we get Saddam"

So, if they never find him, and he is given a private burial, that means that they will NEVER leave Iraq.

Has anyone in london seen the military helicopters flying around the capital today?

The security preparations have begun. Now, is there anyone STUPID enough to demonstrate against \/\/?

Lets find out!
The collaborators good people at Stop War are up to their old '70s style disco politics, fruitlessly protesting against the security arrangements, which only have to be there because they are protesting.

They are providing a very good service, to the security psychhosis, like the "terrorists" who actually take real risks.
posted by Irdial , 12:56 AM Þ 
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