Saturday, December 13, 2003

Emerald Nordman
Emerald Nordman is a unique style of Nordman Fir which has been side pruned delicately during its growth to produce a compact shape while retaining all of the positive attributes of Nordman Fir grown elsewhere. It is fully needle retaining and has an attractive dark green colour. A tailored programme of fertilisation is used to improve colour in the year of harvest. It is also possible to purchase a live Emerald Nordman.
posted by Irdial , 9:16 PM Þ 

ClEgSø you will have to translate that letter for uz. Yes "uz" cause Im from up north me.
posted by Irdial , 5:33 PM Þ 

meau! I thought FOR SURE this was you on the left!!!

posted by Irdial , 5:32 PM Þ 

Feral Children on Television (UK)

Wild Child: the story of feral children is an excellent Optomen TV production that will be shown on Monday 15 December 2003 at 21:00 on Channel 4. The well-researched programme includes footage of Oxana, Edik and Genie.

I saw a program about "wolf children"; a girl who was brought up by dogs, could bark exxactly like a dog, ran on all fours like a dog, and lapped water from a a dog.

Hearing her bark was surprising; seeing a perfect dog bark coming from a human girl!

That sentence DID make sense.....didnt it?!?!
posted by Irdial , 5:30 PM Þ 

a pretty accurate likeness

posted by meau meau , 5:29 PM Þ 

..."When you put "put put" into Google image search, you get this graphic, which may or may not be of THESE:"...

uncanny. yes i would definately say that's 'us'.
posted by THESE , 5:08 PM Þ 

do you think combatants think of the cost of human life as they kill their would be killers?

I think they do, but what they think is probably influenced by their motives and how close they are - I imagine flying up in a plane and dropping bombs via radar is probably quite different to bayoneting someone.

is the enemy personified or objectified?

Absolutely objectified. Even calling them "the enemy" is objectifying them. And calling yourself "Private 49628371" is probably objectifying yourself.
posted by captain davros , 3:40 PM Þ 

Alison, your photo in the train is outstanding! I love it!
posted by captain davros , 3:39 PM Þ 

Chris J, you win! #3 was plain old beans on toast but you were close enough.

Send me your address in an email and you will get something once I've figured out what it will be. My life is a reet disorganised mess at the moment.
posted by captain davros , 3:36 PM Þ 

Canada OKs P2P music downloads

By Andrew Orlowski in San Francisco
Posted: 13/12/2003 at 02:25 GMT

Canada's copyright agency has OK'd the downloading of copyrighted music from Peer to Peer networks - for now, at least - slapping a small tax onto MP3 music players. The Copyright Board of Canada declined to extend existing levies on blank audio and CD recordable media to DVD recordables, or to removable memory, such as Compact Flash or MMC cards.

While uploading and distributing copyrighted music remains illegal, Canada's simple solution provides copyright holders with some compensation through existing royalty distribution channels. [...]

.ca domains just DOUBLED in value!
posted by Irdial , 1:59 PM Þ 

The only question I have is, how can ANYONE be surprised by this? THIS IS WHAT THE WORLD and WAR IS REALLY LIKE. And when I say we live in a dream world here, I ACTUALLY MEAN IT, and I am NOT JUST PLAYING AROUND WITH WORDS.
...These people are so stupid it beggars belief. Some student said "we want help from the west, but we dont want an invasion". You ignorant PIG! When the west decides to "help" you, THEY WILL DECIDE THE METHOD AND MEANS TO LIBERATE YOU, AND THE ONLY SAY YOU HAVE IN IT IS TO SAY "THANK YOU".

Akin! I salute you! (You sound like my father use to sound - and that is meant as a compliment)
posted by Alison , 1:13 PM Þ 

How could he ever forgive himself?
do you think combatants think of the cost of human life


I am sorry to be the one to tell you that there are man-monsters in this world, who are as different from us as we are from worms.

Have you not read about the genocidal wars of the last 50 years? The 2 million brutaly slaughtered in the last 10 years? The acts of cannibalism being carried out right now, as we whittle away our time here?

Here, we have highly educated, articulate, peaceful people, who can empathise with other human beings, and yet, the education system, in the late 20th century, in this country failed to teach one of us about Ramadan, which is observed by a BILLION people all over the globe!

Just imagine now, a "hick from the sticks" who has never been out of the USA (hmmm rather like a US congressman), who for all intents and purposes is completely uneducated, who has been fed every lie there is to eat about people from the "middle east" and Islam. You fly him into a place where everyone is brown and is trying to kill him, both these facts shocking him to his core. He, with beast like ignorance already in place before joining the army, actually BECOMES a beast, and perpetrates the crimes of a beast. What is even more amazing, is that he does this ON CAMERA!

These atrocities have been happening, non stop, for centuries. Men in war, except the officers, are little more than animals. Men without law or concience, murderers, beasts. Since Vietnam, there have been countless documentaries on war atrocities, with graphic no holds barred, uncut footage of the sheer barbarism of war.

The only question I have is, how can ANYONE be surprised by this? THIS IS WHAT THE WORLD and WAR IS REALLY LIKE. And when I say we live in a dream world here, I ACTUALLY MEAN IT, and I am NOT JUST PLAYING AROUND WITH WORDS.

When you oppose war, you are opposing not only the taking over of one country by another, you are opposing those unseen atrocities that are routinely committed by lawless man; if these "soldiers" are not unleashed, then thier furious animal instincts remain bottled up with them in the barracks.

Take some relief in the knowledge that Karma is a Bitch and these people who take pleasure in murdering for Uncle Sam will get what is coming to them.


As for the NEXT adventure in murder, the Invasion of Iran, what is to be done to prevent this?

Did any of you see this vile piece of propaganda shown on Channel 4? There was "footage of a mans eye being removed for looking at unislamic materials" and pig ignorant Iranian students baying "all we want is to listen to rock & roll". These people are so stupid it beggars belief. Some student said "we want help from the west, but we dont want an invasion". You ignorant PIG! When the west decides to "help" you, THEY WILL DECIDE THE METHOD AND MEANS TO LIBERATE YOU, AND THE ONLY SAY YOU HAVE IN IT IS TO SAY "THANK YOU".

We all see that the propaganda initiative on Iran is in full force. In the end, nothing may happen, but why leave it to chance? This is the question!
posted by Irdial , 12:02 PM Þ 

I did not watch the video until now as I was in the office and it did not look like office material.

I wonder how that young man will feel 30 years from now about the things he did and said. I wonder if he will be able to speak with such conviction, or if his soul and spirit will be rotton with guilt and grief. Look at how young he is, he doesn't have a clue, he is oblivious to the hell that he will experience for the rest of his life. How could he ever forgive himself?
posted by mary13 , 5:54 AM Þ 


mine is bad. also i am going to turn my computer off tonight to give it a rest, so you won't see this until i wake up.

i went to one party, then to another club, but i skipped the house party in favour of proposed karaoke in a kebab shop on kingsland road, however, £30 entrance for 8 of us seemed a bit steep so i came home.

i am tired now.

that video is disturbing, i could never deal with being in war. do you think combatants think of the cost of human life as they kill their would be killers? is the enemy personified or objectified? i am sure there are hundreds of years of writing on this subject, before and after the poets of the great war that we read in school.
posted by alex_tea , 4:47 AM Þ 

posted by Claus Eggers , 4:21 AM Þ 

posted by Claus Eggers , 4:20 AM Þ 

she's asleep now on my lap
how big is your wife alun, or do have an unfeasibly large lap ?
posted by a hymn in g to nann , 3:56 AM Þ 


I had to double take with your metro picture as it looks exactly like the Docklands light railway travelling from Island Gardens to Greenwich.

hi, yes, this is horrible on many levels

"It was like, awesome....."

I feel very sick.
posted by chriszanf , 2:00 AM Þ 

I remember that too. I ended up with some weird blue alien head, this is what happens when you listen to Perfume World, you get ideas ...
posted by mary13 , 1:32 AM Þ 

I get up to three of these every day
I get these too, they are starting to get annoying. My address seems to be my spam receptacle. Do you know anything about mozilla Thunderbird having new spam features? (or, proposed new spam features)
Akin's idea is good because spam filters will never work 100% because spammers will always learn them and learn how to get around them. Akin's idea is more secure than a post office box.
I don't "get" spammers. Why do they think this advertising is going to work? it's something completely stupid.

I have slept for 12 hours. Feeling rather ill and dizzy. My body is not pleased.
meau meau
I just thought of "peach" (momo).
a photofit from face parts
I remember that. I tried a go, but couldn't get a good match. My nose is... unusual.
posted by Barrie , 12:48 AM Þ 
Friday, December 12, 2003

Many moons ago, there was a site in Russia where you could make a photofit from face parts. Mine was uncannily accurate, as was Ken "Dilemma" Dutruie's and Mimi Majick's.

When you put "put put" into Google image search, you get this graphic, which may or may not be of THESE:

But the motions are correct.
posted by Irdial , 11:58 PM Þ 
posted by Ken , 11:55 PM Þ 

So now we have seen
there was a pic of me and my new wife somewhere
she's asleep now on my lap
sleeping the sleep of the 10-hour christmas lunch drunk
aaaah, she's so lovely... time for bed
posted by Alun , 10:56 PM Þ 

hello. i am in this photo. so is my flat and roommate. they are the stars.

posted by Ken , 10:33 PM Þ 

this is similar to this and equally as enjoyable
posted by Ken , 10:28 PM Þ 

I love your hat, Alison!

John Burke is skiing right now, possibly jibbin' in the trick park as we speak ...
posted by mary13 , 9:38 PM Þ 

tired and in the metro

That's amazing. It's beautiful, the composition is so good and the montage is wonderful, even though it's accidental/natural. It's so real and natural and unforced, completely without the pretence of art and entirely refreshing...

And, finally a picture of Alison. So now we have seen Captain Davros, Barry, Anthony, Josh (well, his back) and Mary. Possibly John Burke too, wherever he may be.

You've seen me, asleep.

I think we've seen Akin too, but it was an old Electric Family photo, nothing recent from him.

meau meau, Ken, Ben Green and These remain the most incognito among us.

I bet I have left somebody out.
posted by alex_tea , 9:37 PM Þ 

Possibly not true.
which part? ;]

Wait and see.

As for DivX, I've never been a fan, basically because it has never worked very well on MacOS/Quicktime... What ever happened to MPEG4? You can get really good quality VCD/SVCD rips and they work fine. Plus they can be played on my DVD player or my girlfriends crazy 5 CD/MP3 CD/VCD/Kareoke Aiwa Midi Hi Fi system.

Still no joy with Darwin, I am reinstalling it as last time I rebooted when it asked if I wanted to spawn a shell... Maybe if I can at least set up the network, and get Grub then I can get the bootloader to work.

What happens when I destroy Windows ME and all my girlfriends files?!??!

I am supposed to be going to 2 parties tonight, but instead I am sitting here with 2 computers, loads of CD-Rs and floppies and an empty belly.

I think I'll leave soon.
posted by alex_tea , 9:30 PM Þ 

A long day alone
Walking across Copenhagen with my camera
after 7 hours, tired and in the metro
posted by Alison , 9:26 PM Þ 
posted by Irdial , 9:17 PM Þ 

I still don't know what Ramadan or Hanukah are.
Ramadan is the 40 days of fast/lent muslims have, it ends with Eid (muslim party in 3 days)
Hanucha - jewish, but I dont know what/why
posted by Alison , 8:58 PM Þ 

Possibly not true.

which part? ;]


definetly the drugs part!

posted by Irdial , 8:15 PM Þ 

what can do this?


I'm not sure if there is a DivX encoder for OS X, Cleaner is very good for compressing video into any format you want though... It was very good in OS 9 anyway, I haven't used the OS X version (6 I think)...

D'Avrousse, I guessed/interpreted your language on the fly but didn't feel necessary to spout it stout, so my silence has caused me to lose.

Anyone: Got any tips on how I can get Grub onto a windoze ME box with darwin installed on a secondary partition (disk0s5)? I can't even read the partition now.

I have LNX-BBC but that doesn't have GCC on it and so I can't compile the grub source to make the boot floppy.

The darwin cd comes with it's own boot manager, but uses some weird disk syntax I don't understand.


where hd(1,b) is the disk/partition and mach_kernel is the kernel to use. I reckon my partition should hd(0,e) but that's not working...

A triplet: Grammy Winners don't do drugs.

Possibly not true.
posted by alex_tea , 7:42 PM Þ 

3. Is baked beans on toast
posted by meau meau , 7:09 PM Þ 

1.Fish & chips with salt & vinegar
2.Steak and kidney pie
3.Beans [and toms] on toast
4.Jammy rice pudding
posted by chriszanf , 7:03 PM Þ 
posted by Ken , 6:33 PM Þ 
posted by Ken , 6:33 PM Þ 

When searching for some information about Baysian spam filtering I came across an article by David Mertz that compares several methods of filtering.

But more interestingly, I came across this article by the same author about how the Leftist Safe Sex movement may be doing more to remove the freedoms of the people rather than remove the "risks" of sexual disease.
posted by Josh Carr , 6:32 PM Þ 

A free copy of something yet to be decided for the person who guesses the more common names for the food on my menu (also thanks for the formatting!)
posted by captain davros , 6:31 PM Þ 

"numbers that broke calculators."

I Like it!
posted by Irdial , 5:20 PM Þ 

a_t, i have a 1 hour DV sourced project in iMovie, which I want to turn into a 650 meg DivX:-) file....any recomendations as to what can do this?
posted by Irdial , 4:55 PM Þ 

This breaks the process of sending mails though.

All other mail is listed as junk if if doesnt come with an initiator code or is not in the white list. Period.

The spammers can flail away, none of their shite will get to the users eyes, which means that

Any mailto link can be changed so that it brings up a chromeless window with the instructions and the non machine readable password, so of course, you dont have to have a single contacts page.
posted by Irdial , 4:51 PM Þ 

This could be put together on the server side pretty simply, the client side is another thing entirely.

You could record their IP address, and then scan the Recieved headers, although that is not 100% fool proof.

You could have a contact form on your website, and hide your email address meaning all unsolicited mail will come via the site. This breaks the process of sending mails though.

posted by alex_tea , 4:45 PM Þ 

On the contacts page at your site...

That was going to be my back-up!
posted by meau meau , 4:42 PM Þ 
posted by Irdial , 4:40 PM Þ 


Deep fried potato batons, batter encrusted steamed cod, machine pounded salt, non brewed condiment


Fricassee of chopped english beef, kidneys, mushrooms, and onions (in a flaked pastry case with beef stock reduction)


Tincture of baked navy beans and tomato, on grilled bread.


Coddled pudding rice au lait with summer fruit preserve
posted by captain davros , 4:29 PM Þ 

End of story.

Yes, but when you run a label and someone from "Le Figaro" wants to interview you then you have.... a problem by taking this stance.

I had a chat with Mimi Majick this morning about this over bacon and eggs. It would be fairly simple to fix this problem. You would do it like this:

On the contacts page at your site, you have a small application that produces those non machine readable png passwords images showing a unique alphanumeric password, which pops up in a chrome window. It is sent by your server to your email client in advance of the arrival of the email from your contactor, who is instructed to put that number somewhere in the email message.

When the email from your contactor arrives, it is checked to see if it has the code in it. If it does not, the mail is put in the trash. If it does have the code she (the sender) is put in your white list, and the mail is let through. She never has to do this again, unless she changes her email address.

Machines canot sucessfully spam you with this method, you get to recieve mail from your unknown punters and peeps...The world is set right again.

This could be put together on the server side pretty simply, the client side is another thing entirely.
posted by Irdial , 4:17 PM Þ 

I just don't accept unsolicited mail from non-trusted senders.

End of story.
posted by meau meau , 4:02 PM Þ 

File under very interesting / uh oh

Baysian spam filters in Mozilla cannot pick up spams formatted thusly:

*************** BEGIN SPAM BODY ****************

Take a look you might be interested.

Let me know what you think

See Site

Tara Steven's


*************** END SPAM BODY ****************

The words "See Site" and "No-mos" are hyperlinked to goodpage.bis and respectivey.

The first URL is fake, the second takes you to an unsubscribe form. Viewing the message source, you see the headers and then the body of the mail is a block of base 64 text, presumably so that you cannot see the REAL url that they are trying to get you to click on.

Hmmmm could this block of base 64 text be the reason that the filters wont catch this mail?

I get up to three of these every day, mark each one as junk, and the filter is consistently failing to catch them...its not a pain yet, but if it catches on, then baysian filtering is going to have to adapt (!) to get this garbage.

See an example
posted by Irdial , 3:15 PM Þ 

heh, Steve doesnt know his SW lore obviously.

MUCH funnier: AH standing over the broken GWB, having just sabered off his hand....

"I am your father"
posted by Irdial , 2:24 PM Þ 

posted by alex_tea , 2:04 PM Þ 

Life's a glitch™®

, apparently.
posted by Alun , 1:40 PM Þ 

Internet Explorer isn't dead - it just quirks funny

posted by Claus Eggers , 1:12 PM Þ 

The first phasa of a power ful in frastructure for data network including establishment of a powerful in frastructure for data network started from the year 1379 .in this phase ‚ 420 telecommuniction center in 185 large cities are covered by national data netwerk and possibility of providing data high speed services and internet possibility of providing data high speed services and internet commercical‚ professional and ISP users was created. [...]

Iran Telecom
posted by Irdial , 12:23 PM Þ 

Also, notice that your status bar (lower left corner of IE) only displays "" when holding the mouse cursor over the link. [...]

Does this in mozilla, but the url is correct. I dont use IE anymore, period, except for testing, and thats on our own pages. Let me be the first to say it:

Internet Explorer is dead.

I feel a t-shirt coming on!..........maybe not.
posted by Irdial , 12:21 PM Þ 
posted by chriszanf , 11:49 AM Þ 

Glass Looking Project . Yet more vapourware. If you have some software, release it as a window manager for linux, or stfu. move along, move along.
posted by Irdial , 10:42 AM Þ 

Hysteria made tangible:
posted by Irdial , 10:37 AM Þ 

Why are the good glasses so salt expensive?
(this announcement prompted by my recent UTTER CONTEMPT for my glasses)
posted by Barrie , 4:59 AM Þ 

BBC NEWS | World | Europe | French headscarf ban recommended

Nice sentiment, but a strange conclusion.

I went to a CoE school in deepest Surrey, and was never really introduced to other religions except through RE. There were a couple of Jehovah's Witnesses who would leave assembly during the prayers, quite conspicuously as at the start of each new year the headmaster would explain this to us all so we would 'understand' I always thought this unnecessary and quite alienating for the girls.

How does anyone else feel about this? Alison, did you wear a headscarf at school?

I like the idea of celebrating non Christian religious holidays in state schools, something which I think would be of benefit over here. I still don't know what Ramadan or Hanukah are.
posted by alex_tea , 2:48 AM Þ 

Alex, did the secret police get you in the end?

No, I don't think so. It was really weird, I think Jack Straw was the leader of the fascists, him or the Demon Headmaster. I can vaguely remember a swimming pool and sleeping with double agents. I think it was a James Bond dream.

That Looking Glass demo isn't all that impressive.

The transparency could be achieved with Quartz on OS X if anyone was willing to hack it (the terminal supports this and new messages from iChat pop up in translucent windows), the video playing in the toolbar can be done (on a fast enough machine) in OS X and the spinny 3D stuff didn't seem to have any useful application. They're still too embedded in the WIMP metaphor to get any real innovation. Still it looked like a nice engine. It's what I imagined Longhorn would look like actually.

Akin, have you ever been to Brasserie St Quentin on Old Brompton Road?
posted by alex_tea , 2:38 AM Þ 
Thursday, December 11, 2003

Dead drunken Danes, by Asger Jorn
My favorite painting at Louisiana
posted by Alison , 11:19 PM Þ 

Lots of hiding in bedrooms from the secret police. Weird.

Alex, did the secret police get you in the end?
posted by Alison , 11:18 PM Þ 
posted by Claus Eggers , 11:14 PM Þ 

the internet was broken

I was thinking abbout that last night too - but it was due to Le Temps du Loup a film by Michael Haneke. Takes understatement to a new level but essentially a family try to go to their holiday retreat and end up refugees in a corn mill, due to some unnamed national disaster. Existential angst complemented by the existential void.


At the weekend I got a rather spiffy hafler trio package from Loads of heavy duty card packaging-not very green but i suppose there's not a great deal of ink used. It documents part of the Preston gig Ben Green wrote about earlier. the cds speak to you when you speak to them and I like it, makes me wish I had been able to go to the actual event. I am informed that These/Resonance FM will be playing excerpts tonight. And it came in a butty bag.
posted by meau meau , 4:33 PM Þ 

Cost the other mark.

posted by Irdial , 4:17 PM Þ 

Where is the menu from?

I had a weird dream last night, there was some fascist revolution and I was trying to get in contact with Blogdial (we were part of le resistance) but the internet was broken. Lots of hiding in bedrooms from the secret police. Weird.
posted by alex_tea , 4:13 PM Þ 

Exactly 100 words:

because MMR damages children
Cost the other mark.
posted by Alun , 3:09 PM Þ 
posted by Alison , 1:40 PM Þ 

nice menu. which reminds me. venison is equal to/cheaper than lamb at the moment. excellent.
posted by meau meau , 12:26 PM Þ 

Xmas fun
posted by Claus Eggers , 11:54 AM Þ 

Exactly 100 words:

The idea behind vaccination has been proven to work. This is not the problem with modern vaccinations. The connection between profit, governments and the captive populations of the world are an incompatible mixture, forcing substandard vaccinations to be administered, by coercion and sometimes by force. This programme might have got the facts wrong, but what is undeniably true is that this triple vaccination, in particular, is a substandard way to vaccinate. This is true not only because MMR damages children, but mainly because it decreases confidence in the idea of vaccination, which is to the detriment of the whole community.
posted by Irdial , 11:52 AM Þ 

MMR meets Channel 5 - a critique.

Once again....
In exactly 100 words. Extra marks for clarity of thought, and rigor.
posted by Alun , 10:54 AM Þ 

Barrie, FWIW I could never get chine colle to work very successfully, so I feel some of your pain. I guess when you see it in galleries by very famous artists and so on the actual printing (including the chine colle technique) is often done by a specialist printmaker who has had many failures before they got it right.

Moreover...I have never crossed out so many words - that looks to me like an indication of a willingness to find the right thing to say, and therefore a sign of integrity and conviction; key parts of any artistic career.

You will get there in the end old boy, so keep on going and don't let this experience bug you.
posted by captain davros , 10:10 AM Þ 

Up late again and I find out I'm..........
gender nazi
You are a Gender Nazi. Your boundary-crossing
lifestyle inspires awe in your friends and
colleagues. Or maybe they're just scared you
will kick their asses for using gender-specific
language. Either way, the wife-beater helps.

What kind of postmodernist are you!?
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posted by chriszanf , 6:23 AM Þ 

Did you ever notice that the CNN logo is the colour of blood?
posted by mary13 , 5:39 AM Þ 

Barrie, your hard work will not be for nothing. That is the tough part about (who says aboot anyways?) learning, it takes time to get established. Sometimes it feels like its all practise, but it does accumulate into interesting bunches! Next time, the gallery space is yours!
posted by mary13 , 5:23 AM Þ 

posted by mary13 , 5:15 AM Þ 

The menu sounds fantastic ...

Thank you for the book suggestions. If not for my cousin, then for me!

posted by mary13 , 5:11 AM Þ 

I have been up for 28 hours now. The day started off well enough with a good drawing project (going through to 5 am), but quickly turned for the worse when I got to the studio to find that none of the ten chine colles I spent over five hours working with on monday actually succeed. I had to pick the two pairs of least bad ones and submit those as a temporary "edition" (we have to submit editions of at least two, but I did have to label these artist's proofs, for they are pathetic). That failure has hung over me for most of the day, since I can't find a single thing that could have gone wrong. It made me feel like shit for having worked long long days for a week without respite to have a couple examples of piss-poor technique. My screen prints turned out well though. At least I got everything in on time (8 am). After that I studied for an art history exam which was at 2 pm, on which I did some of the poorest writing in recent memory. I could think of everything but my hand did not want to write properly, I have never crossed out so many words.
I had planned to submit copies of the two prints I chine colled to an art auction with the student gallery, as they are my best work, but that didn't happen. When I got to the gallery to drop off my screenprint donations, I found out that the sneaky property management company has evicted us from our new gallery before we could negotiate a lease. I knew this was their plan all along but we couldn't well do anything about it. I don't feel so much depressed about this as extremely angry, like we have all be stabbed in the back for all the hard work we've put into the organization.
Sorry, just needed somewhere to vent. Feeling very sad, angry, lonely, worried.
Mogwai - Happy Songs for Happy People. Wonderful.

Banky: I got a weird thing for girls who say "aboot."
Only people from Ontario have that kind of broad accent. There's a girl in my class who has such a thick northern ontario accent sometimes she is indecipherable.

theory slut
You are a Theory Slut. The true elite of the
postmodernists, you collect avant-garde
Indonesian hiphop compilations and eat journal
articles for breakfast. You positively live
for theory. It really doesn't matter what
kind, as long as the words are big and the
paragraph breaks few and far between.

What kind of postmodernist are you!?
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And that's fucking hilarious, because I loathe theory.
posted by Barrie , 4:45 AM Þ 


Roast scallops salad, caramelized cauliflower beignet, cauliflower pannacotta, aged Basalmic vinaigrette


Caramelized endive tart tatin, pan fried foi gras, hazelnut croustillant


Pan fried turbot, potato herb gnocchi, fricassee of peas, walnut and sherry vinegar


Herb crusted canon of lamb, cannelloni of sweetbreads and morels, spring bean salad, jus gras


Hot chocloate fondant, Amaretto parfait, vanilla and pearl barley sorbet

posted by Irdial , 1:10 AM Þ 
Wednesday, December 10, 2003

"How many people go to art galleries? Even in a big city like Beijing, it's a tiny number. But ordinary people see my work everyday."
posted by Josh Carr , 8:59 PM Þ 

tortured conceptual artist
You are a Tortured Conceptual Artist. Your fellow
postmodernists call you an anachronism, but
you've never cared much about the opinions of
others. After all, most of them are far too
simple-minded to appreciate the nuances of your
work. They talk, while you are part of a lived

What kind of postmodernist are you!?
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posted by alex_tea , 7:14 PM Þ 

tortured conceptual artist
You are a Tortured Conceptual Artist. Your fellow
postmodernists call you an anachronism, but
you've never cared much about the opinions of
others. After all, most of them are far too
simple-minded to appreciate the nuances of your
work. They talk, while you are part of a lived

What kind of postmodernist are you!?
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posted by Alison , 5:36 PM Þ 
posted by Irdial , 5:35 PM Þ 

O Canada!

Holden: So, uh, what do you wanna do tonight?
Banky: Mmm, get a pizza, watch "Degrassi Jr. High."
Holden: You got a weird thing for Canadian melodrama.
Banky: I got a weird thing for girls who say "aboot."
posted by Alun , 5:08 PM Þ

The most magical music...."Ding" from "The Vim and Vigour of Alvarius B and Cerberus Shoal"- 2002
posted by Irdial , 5:01 PM Þ 

Blogger appears to be broken when you use Mozilla 1.6b!

i ws going to say:

OTTAWA -- Canadians should be careful not to appear "boastful" to Americans, who are insecure because of the war in Iraq and admit they are annoyed by northerners showing off the red maple leaf on their luggage when they travel, a recent federal report warns.

In focus groups held this fall in four U.S. cities where the federal government is opening consulates, Americans acknowledged they don't know much about Canadians.

"Some participants expressed a certain amount of annoyance at what is perceived as a systematic attempt by Canadians to make the statement that they are not Americans by sporting the maple leaf," said the recently released report. "This underscores the American sensitivity at feeling rejected by the rest of the world ...." [...]
posted by Irdial , 4:59 PM Þ 
posted by Alison , 4:04 PM Þ 

posted by meau meau , 3:34 PM Þ 
posted by Alison , 3:25 PM Þ 

There was a thread on children's books a while back, I want to buy my cousin (he's 8) some books for Christmas, any suggestions?
Well, fantasy books are always good, From Harry Potter to The Never Ending Story, by Michael Ende... I have many cool and funny titles, but they are danish... Danish Child litterature is much more rough than the english/american/canadian... Go with your gut-feeling Mary, I am sure you'll be super-aunt and find a great story
(just dont by Madonnas rubbish - urgh!)
posted by Alison , 3:17 PM Þ 

Governments are the only people that feed these companies and they will not act if they aren't fed.
These people feed the governments. That's why they're fed. There is no clear distinction any more. Hasn't been for a long time. How many Tories have 'consulting' posts in defence? How many Republicans filled their boots with Halliburton stock? Why does Rupert Murdoch support Labour? Why were defence company advisors more closely involved in Rumsfelds preparations for war than civil servants? What's Rummy's background? They go where the money is... follow the winner...

If anyone thinks these donations are 'from the goodness of their hearts' then they'd best sign up with David Lynch.
posted by Alun , 3:07 PM Þ 

Anglo-American Relations After the War in Iraq

The Iraq war left the reputation of Tony Blair and British diplomacy bruised and battered, both domestically and internationally. The creditable performance of the British armed forces aside, there was little solace for the government in the quick military defeat of Saddam Hussein’s regime. The British government’s foreign policy ambitions had been thwarted, and relationships with European partners and the Muslim world undermined. Far from bridging the gap between Europe and America, Britain’s attempts to engineer consensus and build a coalition for action had singularly failed. For the United States, the UK had failed to deliver the major European powers; for the Europeans, it had failed to act as a restraint on the Bush Administration.

posted by meau meau , 2:22 PM Þ 

Private companies may be engaging in warfare but they only do this on behalf of the governments paying them. The governments are the organisations driving military policy and strategies, they are the ones accountable even if they don't undertake the tasks themselves. If you do not want private companies to engage in warfare then you must extinguish governments' abilities to engage also. This means voting the politicians out of office if possible or not contributing to the taxes raised by such governments. Governments are the only people that feed these companies and they will not act if they aren't fed.
posted by meau meau , 12:41 PM Þ 

The shovels and bulldozers are tracked to within a centimetre, using seven different satellites, so that they can find the most level surface, says Mr Keyser of De Beers.
posted by meau meau , 12:37 PM Þ 

Just read an article about a new book called Psychology and Consumer Culture. It looks very very interesting as this is one of the prime concerns I have about western society. I can't recall of there being a bigger collection of discussions on this topic, especially for a subject that straddles psychology and sociology.

edit: can't you just feel the irony of the book being on Amazon dot com, that massive massivoplex that urges you to BUY BUY BUY with its hypnotic GOLD BOX.
posted by Barrie , 12:35 PM Þ 

My friend Akin is a clinically diagnosed supergeek and a certifiable Trekkie.
posted by Alun , 12:02 PM Þ 

War as industry. Not just the product of industry, but industry itself. $30 billion private sector turnover in 6 months. No other such profitable venture exists for those producing conflict-oriented services. $30 billion motivating reasons to maintain demand, to control supply. The interminable ourouboros of corrupted 'government' allied with private greed necessitates continuation. Pitted against firepower comes positive-thought power. Thoughts of war versus thoughts of peace is a contest which cannot be won and will change nothing. Once again the target is missed. $1 billion of missed opportunity. Blessed are the peace-thinkers, for they shall die smug.

Just first thoughts. But I like the 100 word limit. Stops me rambling.
posted by Alun , 10:34 AM Þ 

I mostly read books about nature - mainly animals - as a child.

And I spent many hours with an atlas in my lap


My ears got an immense washing out last night by a couple of people playing as 'ano yo no dekigot' comprising a butoh dancer and a person with home made electronic things and a tambour. It started with quiet music boxes and he just piled on the se electronic whistles until the resonance was quite painful and he left it like that for a very long time. It wasn't loud but it was very very penetrating.
posted by meau meau , 10:13 AM Þ 

Aslan is Turkish for lion.

I too loved The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe... but it's not one of those books that has followed me into adulthood. The Hobbit has, even though it's the most 'childish' of the Rings series.
posted by Alun , 10:08 AM Þ 

Iraq tenders 'only for US allies'
"It is necessary for the protection of the essential security interests of the United States to limit competition for prime contracts of these procurements to companies from the US, Iraq, coalition partners and force contributing nations," he [Wolfowitz] said.

We all know he really means "It is necessary for the RAPID GENERATION of the essential SERVICES NEEDED BY the IRAQI PEOPLE...", right? He's just a little misunderstood.
posted by Alun , 10:05 AM Þ,3604,1103566,00.html,12589,1103659,00.html

Once again, whats wrong with this picture? Why wont the second one work?

In exactly 100 words. Extra marks for clarity of thought, and rigor.
posted by Irdial , 7:10 AM Þ 

Das speaker rox!

Did anyone ever read A Wrinkle in Time?
I read that, in french I think. Really cool! Also The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy is good too. I read the series when I was little, and thoroughly enjoyed it.
Also The Wind in the Willows. Amazing book!!
His header (picture of city lights) looks disturbingly similar to an etching I just finished. I even pressed a soft-ground with voile to get a similar mesh effect over the whole of the image. Strange!

I have been working very hard on completing my portfolio. To do this without going insane I have adjusted my sleeping pattern to something you folks in London would call normal, so there are not many people in the studio when I get there.

Broadway at midnight on 669.
That is a beautiful picture. Dig it.
posted by Barrie , 3:53 AM Þ 

Das speaker von Dav
posted by captain davros , 1:14 AM Þ 

posted by captain davros , 1:12 AM Þ 
posted by alex_tea , 1:05 AM Þ 

Ooh, I agree. Charlie in the Chocolate Factory was one of my favorites. James and the Giant Peach was super too. Lion, Witch and Wardrobe, totally cool. Perhaps I will pick the last choice, I would like to give him something that hasn't been made into a movie.

Did anyone ever read A Wrinkle in Time? Another one of my favorites.
posted by mary13 , 12:33 AM Þ 

The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe.


Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

posted by Irdial , 12:24 AM Þ 
Tuesday, December 09, 2003

I highly recommend Philip Pullman's His Dark Materials trilogy, "an ambitious trilogy that offered a startlingly new perspective on childhood, innocence, and sin. On the surface, the series relates the story of two children on a fantastic voyage, encountering an intriguing blend of complicated characters and twisted landscapes as they make their way toward an uncertain goal. Beneath the exterior, however, lie murky questions of morality and existence, changing an enjoyable children's series into a thought-provoking view on maturity."

I would recommend it to any and EVERYone. Keats, Love, Quantum theory: its all related in the world of Pullman.
posted by Josh Carr , 9:46 PM Þ 

Roahld Dahl is always fun to read, also Terry Pratchett's Truckers trilogy may go down well. Maybe some classic stuff like Frankenstien, Dracula or something else.
posted by alex_tea , 8:03 PM Þ 

I loved Where the Wild Things Are. But I think he is reading at a higher level than that. I was thinking a short novel of some sort. Of course, deeply weird and wonderful.

Speaking of which, has anyone read this?

posted by mary13 , 7:53 PM Þ 

"Where the Wild Things are" is priceless...but may be out of range.
posted by Irdial , 7:24 PM Þ 

[vegeta voice]IT CANT BE![/vegeta voice]
posted by Irdial , 7:23 PM Þ 

thanks Alun.

That picture begs for sound effects ...
posted by mary13 , 7:13 PM Þ 

Mary, the Neil Gaiman 'children's' books are beautifully designed and suitably odd... Coraline and Wolves In The Walls.
At that age The Little Prince hooked me and has never let me go. Also Lear's Nonsense Omnibus.

Girls just want to have fun.

posted by Alun , 7:06 PM Þ 

posted by chriszanf , 6:26 PM Þ 

baysian will catch that shizzite...
posted by Irdial , 6:06 PM Þ 


Spam has moved on to using that Cambridge University proven method of scrambling the letters in words without making them illegible.

alex_tea, 12/9/2003, 11:57:20 AM

I have had a lot of mmeebsrihps at pyaisets, and I can tell alex_tea this
is much bteter , all live with the grils ifnornt of tehir wbeacms at hmo.
ehTey have an aevarge of 20000 wbeacms olnnie, eevry mmoent of the day

i wouldn't use those links if i was you though.

Yello - OH-Yeah
posted by alex_tea , 6:01 PM Þ 
posted by alex_tea , 5:46 PM Þ 

There was a thread on children's books a while back, I want to buy my cousin (he's 8) some books for Christmas, any suggestions?
posted by mary13 , 5:07 PM Þ 

the gaultier shop in london is sporting the most beautiful lamps; giant electron tubes two feet long and six inches in girth, hanging in the window. eerie, tv like, tube like...fascinating:

posted by Irdial , 3:20 PM Þ 

posted by Mess Noone , 12:57 PM Þ 

I'm giving an old phone an after-life.
The ringer has become a contact mic. which has been amusing me no end let me tell you although my inept soldering means the sound quality is not good
and there's a small mic from the head set
i'm not sure what to do with the circuit board yet.
posted by meau meau , 12:37 PM Þ 

LegalTorrents - Does exactly what it says on the tin. And exactly what I wanted to do. Bastards. But seriously, torrents of archives from loads of Net Labels including 8BitPeoples, Kikapu and Monotonik.

I think Monotonik is where people like Bogdan started out on the Mod scene.

posted by alex_tea , 12:05 PM Þ 
posted by meau meau , 10:35 AM Þ 

Alun, yes, the EE100 can do double exposures; pulling the film out seems to have no effect on the shutter, which makes for interesting shooting but was probably a bit confusing to non-experimental people who bought the camera in the 70's and just wanted to take some photos. The peel apart photos are so cool though - the black and white film is 3000 ASA - insane!

I find using my Agfa Clack requires a bit of discipline too in that respect - unless I shoot the whole roll in one go if I don't tell myself I've wound the film on after shooting I often find I can't remember if I have or not and then get all confused.
posted by captain davros , 9:54 AM Þ 

Oh, this is nice
posted by Alun , 8:58 AM Þ 

Captain, is the double-exp a feature of the EE100? Can't do it (normally) on the later models... can you?
Not sure which film i prefer. Fuji is as Fuji does - super-saturated beautiful colours, hyperreal and ultragorgeous. 669 is lifelike, natural and can seem a bit washed-out compared with Fuji, but I like that too... soft and unpretentious.

Josh, oooh! Nice vid. Reminds me of Windowlicker without the acid nightmare. Is the album all hype or actually worth the money?

Games... used to love Wipeout2 on PS. Now no TV, so no console. Play D+D sim Neverwinter Nights on the Mac though. It's nothing serious. I can control it.

posted by Alun , 8:51 AM Þ 
posted by mary13 , 1:21 AM Þ 
Monday, December 08, 2003

posted by Alison , 11:11 PM Þ 

Alison you play games?
Yes, I do! I am a newbie at it, I started to play Tekken and smoke weed with my x-boyfriend years ago... Did not game for some years but one dear friend and my boyfriend introduced me to gaming and the magazine EDGE and my interest is growing for the subject... Besides that, the library that I work at, also have games for kids to loan (but only playstation)....
I have still not tried Mario Kart - but cant wait
posted by Alison , 11:10 PM Þ 

Some Music/Artist (and sometimes Country) triplets from Resonance FM last week. Didn't catch the show, but it is chronicled here

Argentina Turner
Tracy Eminem
Bolivia Newton John
Chile Renaldo
Benjamin Britten
Don Van Vlietnam
Denmark Rothko
Swedenis Wilson
Pakistan Getz
Papua New Guinea-l Young
Turkeyth Richards
Australiam Gallagher
Madagascarl Perkins
Raphae-Al Green-land
posted by alex_tea , 6:55 PM Þ 

Funny you should post that Dr. K - here are some America polaroids by me - shot on an EE100 using a mix of 669 and Fuji FP-100.

Double exposure on FP-100c.

Chandelier on FP-100c.

Broadway at midnight on 669.

Mount Adams Hydrant on 669.

My thoughts are that the Fuji film is a lot more modern - it's colours are more modern and it dries faster and without any ripples from peeling. But the 669 has a lot more charm, and responds more interestingly. These were shot in New York and Cincinnati, and it was very cold in both places, so I'm not sure I was developing things for the optimum time, but all the same the pics were a lot of fun to take.
posted by captain davros , 6:55 PM Þ 

Alison you play games? We cant wait for Mario Kart Double Dash over here...the GBSP Mario Kart is breathtakingly great, with even better music. It is the true second Mario Kart!

Stuff I still have to play:

Majora's Mask
Wind Waker

To finish

LOTS to do over the hollidays!!
posted by Irdial , 6:19 PM Þ 
posted by Alison , 5:04 PM Þ 

Alun, you've seen the video?
at Blastro
at NME
posted by Josh Carr , 4:09 PM Þ 

it's beautiful
posted by Josh Carr , 3:39 PM Þ 

I worked for me- maybe your guys already know about it
posted by Alison , 3:33 PM Þ 

Are you sure?

Only if you're talking about the weather.... in the lake district.

Er, I am listening. Honest.
Nice snowflakes.

For Captain D. Shake it!
posted by Alun , 3:15 PM Þ 

I made a deep pan style pizza for the first time at the weeekend, usually producing the thin base variety. It may have been the yeast but what a taste explosion. The dough and mozzarella combined for a supremely rich cheesy aftertaste. Lovely. Although I still think i'll go for thin bases there's something reallly satisfying about producing a really thin, dry, flexible base.
posted by meau meau , 2:40 PM Þ 

its beautiful...
posted by Irdial , 2:32 PM Þ 

Only if you're talking about the weather.

Are you sure?
posted by Irdial , 2:20 PM Þ 

posted by captain davros , 2:18 PM Þ 

Nobody beats the Chapmans.
I've got a big stick and half an hour free on Thursday if you want it done.

True or false: Niagara Falls is turned off at night?

hot & wet
second always to
cold & wet

Only if you're talking about the weather.
posted by Alun , 2:13 PM Þ 

Matthew Byng-Maddick:

>>> > The petrol station attendant puts your card in his reader. "Please look
>>> > up at that camera up there sir". If the camera detects that your iris
>>> > matches the card, it signals to the till to accept your payment. The
>>> > attendant has no discretion in the matter.
>> OK, this doesn't work for the petrol station, but presumably does for a
>> supermarket: what happens if you're blind? Under some circumstances, you
>> presumably don't have an eyeball, or the ability to open your eyes or any
>> other such number of explanations. Is this discriminatory against
>> disabled people, and if that's the case, what on earth is Blunkett on,
>> given his own condition?

One of the ironies of this current incarnation of the ID card debate is that
one of the strongest proponents (David Blunkett) and one of the strongest
opponents (Simon Davies, of Privacy International) both have ocular problems
that mean that neither can give an iris scan.

O x
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posted by Irdial , 2:13 PM Þ 
posted by meau meau , 1:31 PM Þ 
posted by meau meau , 1:26 PM Þ 

You really mean:

hot & wet
second always to
cold & wet
posted by Irdial , 1:24 PM Þ 

cold & sunny
second only
to hot & sunny


no is no
good for me


will follow


to comfort
posted by meau meau , 1:18 PM Þ 

Nobody beats the Chapmans.
posted by Irdial , 1:17 PM Þ 

Another theme of his work has been poking fun at "boring cool people" in the art world and the banality of society as a whole.
A vase called Posh Bastard's House ridiculed the concept of cool, while Poor In Spirit depicted people who had become rich but miserable.
He has said his work has always used a "guerrilla tactic" to marry a biting message with a normally sedate craft. "I want to make something that lives with the eye as a beautiful piece of art, but on closer inspection, a polemic or an ideology will come out of it," he has said.

Such insights!
I was blind, but now I see.
This man is a genius!
posted by Alun , 11:51 AM Þ 
posted by alex_tea , 9:25 AM Þ 
posted by Ken , 4:40 AM Þ 

No it DOES NOT. You were lucky this one time. You are not one of the institutionally disavantaged underclass that is NEVER "lucky" (it has nothing to do with luck of course, but everything with presentation, some of those elements of presentation we have no control over. In the UK for example accent is a powerful indicator of trustworthyness) in these situations. We cannot trust in humanity when we are dealing with our freedom. This is abundantly clear especially today, with the type of governments that are in place all over the west today.

You are right. I read your comments on Friday and I have been thinking about them all weekend. I have a hard time imagining my life without my ID or my passport. Isn't that disturbing? Like there is some kind of security wrapped up in those documents, a guarantee, but really, that's a fabrication that I've grown up believing is true.
posted by mary13 , 12:54 AM Þ 

you are violet

Your dominant hues are red and blue. You're confident and like showing people new ideas. You play well with others and can be very influential if you want to be.

Your saturation level is lower than average - You don't stress out over things and don't understand people who do. Finishing projects may sometimes be a challenge, but you schedule time as you see fit and the important things all happen in the end, even if not everyone sees your grand master plan.

Your outlook on life is bright. You see good things in situations where others may not be able to, and it frustrates you to see them get down on everything.
the html color quiz

posted by mary13 , 12:32 AM Þ 
Sunday, December 07, 2003

iTunes Track CPR v1.3
nov 7 '03

This script attempts to locate the files of so-called "dead tracks"?iTunes tracks designated with (!)?that you assume are not actually missing but are still located in the iTunes Music folder in their "iTunes File Order" (Music ? > Artist ? > Album ? > Any correct files found will be added to iTunes and will replace the "dead track" in each playlist it appears in (except Smart Playlists). Most tag data will also be rescued. Tracks whose files cannot be located will be ignored. Additionally, a text file report is generated that lists successfully resuscitated tracks and the tracks which couldn't be revived. Not a perfect solution! Read Me should be read thoroughly. iTunes 4 only.
Latest version requires iTunes 4.1, accomodates Play Counts and Last Played Dates, fixes bug with Compilation albums.
posted by Irdial , 11:37 PM Þ 
posted by Irdial , 10:47 PM Þ 
posted by Irdial , 10:47 PM Þ 
posted by Irdial , 12:16 PM Þ 

pick a time in advance, and we can hit it all together..taking into account the different BLOGDIAL time z0nez!
posted by Irdial , 2:12 AM Þ 

looks like my girlfriend turned my computer off...

oh well...

lets try on monday morning ok?
posted by alex_tea , 1:59 AM Þ 

d00ds, i shut down the tracker on friday cos no one was using it (i had only emailed 3 people!) and i am at my parents for the weekend.

i'll ssh in and turn it on again.

it's just an experiment for an idea i had that i might actually go ahead with due to it's pure simplicity.

anyway, if you already have the A212 files point the torrent at the beautyon folder and you shall automagically become a seed.

the file is ~120mb so it would be good to know how long it takes every one. i can offer a ~30k/s upload on my seed, but hopefully with more people downloading it will show how good bittorrent is.

i got some very strange news on friday, funny how you can doubt yourself so much and yet be affirmed in the most bizarre ways.

i came to my parents for a bit of relaxation in the countryside and have spent all weekend reinstalling windows98 and setting up their software. damn 56k modem...

blogger looks very smart in ie6.


posted by alex_tea , 1:49 AM Þ 
posted by Irdial , 1:12 AM Þ 

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