Saturday, January 31, 2004
posted by Irdial , 7:21 PM Þ 
posted by Claus Eggers , 7:15 PM Þ 

Embeddable MP3 Player for personal blogs and web pages

Tuesday, December 16, 2003

About The Laszlo SoundBlox

SoundBlox is an MP3 audio playing Internet application that can be embedded into a personal blog template or Web page, and displayed in any modern Web browser.

Laszlo Systems provides SoundBlox free for non-commercial use, to spread awareness of Laszlo's XML-native platform for rich Internet applications. The code behind SoundBlox is freely available under the same terms as the Apache Open Source license

Please put SoundBlox to good use. Respect the letter and spirit of content copyrights. Support the efforts of the Creative Commons.
posted by Irdial , 3:02 PM Þ 
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posted by Irdial , 2:27 PM Þ 

Blogdial: 7 bit, 8 bit or 16 bit?
posted by captain davros , 1:10 PM Þ 

"BBC NEWS | Politics | BBC names Alistair Campbell as new director general"
All change at the BBC!
posted by Irdial , 12:17 PM Þ 
Friday, January 30, 2004

BBC NEWS | Americas | Castro 'prepared for US invasion'

five hour speech. calls the US 'idiots'. will go down shooting.

posted by Ken , 10:05 PM Þ 

posted by Mess Noone , 9:49 PM Þ 
posted by Irdial , 6:32 PM Þ 

Click here to find out why.

Armalite Rifle,
And the Holy Trinity,
Used against you,
Like Irish Jokes on the BBC.
posted by Irdial , 6:06 PM Þ 
posted by Ken , 5:50 PM Þ 

Another from Waco Texas:

posted by Irdial , 5:15 PM Þ 

"The Museum's mission is to educate and entertain the general public through the collection, preservation, interpretation, and exhibition of objects relevant to the history of the soft drink industry, and through that example, the free enterprise economic system."

Dr Pepper Museum - Waco, Texas - Home of Dr Pepper

HAHAHAHAHA!! Free enterprise economic system.
posted by Ken , 4:32 PM Þ 

Pingvin: 3627.9
posted by Irdial , 4:29 PM Þ 
posted by Ken , 4:27 PM Þ 

Ahem; yes indeed Ken!

The Record Industry Association of America (RIAA) has launched a new campaign against DJs in an attempt to control copyright infringement.

They have already confiscated $100,000s worth of mix CDs from independent record stores across the US.

DJ mix CDs, sold in almost every independent record store are on the whole unlicensed and technically illegal to distribute. However, DJs and producers alike often rely upon these illegal mixes in order to gain credibility, and to promote themselves to the general public.

The practice is in fact approved of by most producers who see it as fundamental to the survival of the dance scene - even if it is their tracks that are being copied and played without permission.

This latest attack by the RIAA is therefore hypocritical - they claim that their pursuit of copyright infringement is primarily in the interest of the artist, yet most dance producers actually approve of and rely upon this illegal distribution.

The dance scene relies upon these "illegal" ways to survive, and it seems that the only people who actually care about this particular copyright infringement are not the artists themselves but the record companies ? who are only involved in the dance scene for profit. [...]

hmmmm is self promotion "promotion" like the stipulation further below in the blog from this site?

It has to be said, these guys, individuals, if they are selling these mix CDs sell only in the low hundreds, and just to eat burgers, it's simply not rational to go after them. If its some organized dude pumping out 5,000 cds a month and making alot of money off of other peoples mixes and records, thats a BAD THING.
posted by Irdial , 4:15 PM Þ 
posted by Ken , 3:46 PM Þ 

The most famous man from Vancover at the time in the danish papers Robert Pickton

What a neighbourhood! Mary have you been there? is it really like in this article?
posted by Alison , 3:06 PM Þ 
posted by Alison , 2:57 PM Þ 
posted by captain davros , 11:57 AM Þ 

Something for the Canadians to laugh at:

With snowfall ranging from 2cm to 28cm and temperatures falling to -5C (23F), commuters were faced with even more treacherous conditions yesterday morning and delays continued.
posted by meau meau , 11:03 AM Þ 

Hip-hop star gets Hitchhiker role

Hip-hop star Mos Def is to star in the film version of Douglas Adams' novel The Hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy.

He will appear as Ford Prefect, the alien who takes earthling Arthur Dent - played by The Office's Martin Freeman - on a strange galactic trip.

I like Mos Def. I've not bought much hip-hop in the last few years, but Mos Def sticks out. Anti-pop Consortium and Gold Chains are the only others.
posted by Alun , 10:34 AM Þ 

I think that what we have is evidence that there are differences between what we knew going in and what we found on the ground
Condoleezza Rice

I tell you that this war was based on bluff and based on... wrong calculations based on lies and deceptions by the Americans and the British.
Tariq Aziz

I tell you, as I have said on many occasions before, that Iraq has no weapons of mass destruction whatsoever. We challenge anyone who claims that we have, to bring forward any evidence and present it to public opinion.
Saddam Hussein

A long list of the lies from the mouths of a murdering bunch of international criminals:

ENOUGH ALREADY of the lie listing, lest it become a lollypop.

Back to "what is to be done". Reading the Guardian this morning, its clear that the patient is prepped for injection with the best idea yet; withdrawl to enforce decency. This means a witholding of consent, and the means to make the bad stuff happen until mechanisms are created that prevent warmaking and interference in other countries affairs on a permanent basis.

Anything less is business as usual, which means more spectacular outrages and a fickle public forgetting why things happen and simply taking the blue pill.

And you KNOW what that means.
posted by Irdial , 9:52 AM Þ 
posted by Ken , 12:41 AM Þ 
Thursday, January 29, 2004

A widget to control this one which would be perfected if you could use it without regexps would be cool.
posted by Irdial , 11:27 PM Þ 

I hope the widgets are cross platform!

A lot of them use Applescript, so probably not!

Have you tried writing your own? There are 2 I want to make, one will show me new mail in folders and the other will remote control iTunes via Rendezvous.

Applescript may be an easier solution for #2, but I don't know enough Applescript yet. One day maybe...
posted by alex_tea , 9:21 PM Þ 

Konfabulator: Hmmmmm!

And did you know that there is going to be a version of Konfabulator for windoze? I use it for its clock, the weather, a bandwidth monitor and beautiful battery indicator...I hope the widgets are cross platform!
posted by Irdial , 8:58 PM Þ 

What is Konfabulator?: "Konfabulator is a JavaScript runtime engine for Mac OS X that lets you run little files called Widgets that can do pretty much whatever you want them to. Widgets can be alarm clocks, calculators, can tell you your AirPort signal strength, will fetch the latest stock quotes for your preferred symbols, and even give your current local weather.

What sets Konfabulator apart from other scripting applications is that it takes full advantage of Apple's Quartz rendering. This allows Widgets to blend fluidly into your desktop without the constraints of traditional window borders. Toss in some sliding and fading, and these little guys are right at home in Mac OS X.

The format for these Widgets is completely open and easy to learn so creating your own Widgets is an extremely easy task.

For the 'skinning' crowd, Konfabulator is a dream come true. You can easily change the look, feel, layout, even functionality of a Widget so that it matches your lifestyle, your desktop, or the pants or skirt you have on that day.
posted by alex_tea , 7:33 PM Þ 

Amazing, especially with the middle eastern music on wfmu in the background
posted by meau meau , 5:05 PM Þ 
posted by Irdial , 4:35 PM Þ 

Kid 1: "What's this?"
Kid 2: "Some cereal. Mom says it's supposed to be good for you."
Kid 1: "Try it."
Kid 2: "I'm not gonna try it! You try it!"
Kid 1: "I'm not gonna try it ... Let's give it to Mikey! Yeah!!"
Kid 2: "He won't eat it. He hates everything!"
Mikey: [Chomp! Chomp! Chomp!]
Kid 2: "Hey Mikey! He likes it!!"

Do you get the meaning of this?
posted by Irdial , 4:29 PM Þ 

M2 have you heard the voice in the wilderness yet?
posted by Irdial , 4:23 PM Þ 

via this via that...
posted by meau meau , 3:58 PM Þ 

Vive le difference....quelle difference????!!!
posted by Irdial , 3:28 PM Þ 

Mr. James Brown is a victim of "The Man". His mugshot, in facf all mugshots, should never be released to the public, unliess the person is on the run and is a danger to the public.

It is a total violation of his privacy to have this police photograph spread all over the world in newspapers and the internet. Doing it doesnt prevent crime, is in no way useful and only hurts Mr. James Brown.

I used to listen to the FBI recordings of convicted criminals at The smoking Gun. I stopped reading that website because of this sort of inexcusable violation for titilation.

George Clinton recently had the same treatment. Its funny to see these great men with their hair all wild and their eyes staring like deer caught in a headlamp, but think about this:

WHAT IF IT WAS YOU WHO HAD HER MUGSHOT PUT ON THE INTERNET for all to download and laugh at?

And dont spin me the line of "Celebrities give up their rights to privacy when they become famous" because that is total hogwash. No one "gives up their rights" involuntarily and at the behest of Police men and Newspaper Editors....oh shit, thats wrong...ANYWAY, 911 is a joke, Fuck the Police and down with mugshot releasing!
posted by Irdial , 3:07 PM Þ 

5. Be careful with content that may lead to argument

Truth is Born of Argument
posted by meau meau , 2:41 PM Þ 


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posted by Irdial , 2:26 PM Þ 
posted by Irdial , 2:20 PM Þ 

"Improper Use Of Public Telecommunication System"

(1) A Person who -

(a) sends by means of a public communication system, a message or other
matter that is grossly offensive or of an indecent, obscene or menacing
character, or

(b) sends by those means, for the purpose of causing annoyance, inconvenience
or needless anxiety to another, a message that he knows to be false or
persistently makes use for that purpose of a public telecommunication system,
shall be guilty of an offence and liable on summary conviction to imprisonment
for a term not exceeding six months or a fine….. or both".
posted by Mess Noone , 2:01 PM Þ 
posted by meau meau , 1:39 PM Þ 

I'm rather tired of all the "Bushisms" and "Rumps-Felt" isms books and websites out there. Now that the dirty bastards have all admitted that the WMD porposition was a total lie and sham, we should be collecting the words of Tariq Aziz and the words of the other members of the legitimate Iraqui government in exile to see what they were saying and when. Not that it will change anything , but "lest we forget".

Here is an example. "Rather" refers to warmonger Dan Rather of CBS:

Rather: Mr. Aziz, the U.S. government and the much of the world believe that Iraq has weapons of massive destruction, chemical, biological, if not indeed including nuclear and that you have been acquiring the increasingly the ways to deliver those weapons. Now why shouldn't the United States invade Iraq and put an end to this threat?

Aziz: Because those allegations are false, the U.S. government has not provided any solid information evidence about that. We invited the American congress to come on a fact finding mission, search the country, inspect all the sights that the American government says that they are being used for reproduction of weapons of mass destruction. They declined. If there is a genuine concern about this matter and the American government and the American congress and opinion, this matter could be resolved very quickly and we are ready to provide the information and facilities to reach the truth. Why did not they accept our invitation if they are sure that there are such places sights that contain weapons of mass destruction? This tells you, tells any intelligent person that their accusations are untrue. [...]

From the mouth of Tariq Aziz. How many can YOU find with Google??!
posted by Irdial , 1:35 PM Þ 

If the intention is art, it is art.

If the intention is art, it is arty!
posted by Alison , 1:32 PM Þ 

"Let me begin by saying, we were almost all wrong, and I certainly include myself here," Kay told a Senate armed services committee hearing in his first appearance on Capitol Hill since stepping down last week.

He said European countries, including those that did not support the war like France and Germany, had also believed that Iraq had weapons of mass destruction. "It turns out that we were all wrong probably ... and that is most disturbing. [...]

Toronto Star
posted by Irdial , 1:30 PM Þ 

what's to be done?

Here is how you do it:

In Chapter 23 of theBook of Lies by Aleister Crowley, the chapter consists entirely of:
What man is at ease in his Inn?
Get out.
Wide is the world and cold.
Get out.
Thou hast become an in-itiate.
Get out.
But thou canst not get out by the way thou camest in. The Way out is THE WAY.
Get out.
For OUT is Love and Wisdom and Power.
Get OUT.
If thou hast T already, first get UT.
Then get O.
And so at last get OUT.
posted by Irdial , 12:09 PM Þ 

produce anything worthwhile.

Yahoo News

Is reporting a new form of matter that will produce (eventually, maybe) room temperature superconductors.

Think about it, 10% of alll electricity goes to waste during tranmission as heat. Fix that, and we save huge amounts of energy. Couple this with the new light bulbs that are 60% more efficient than incandescent bulbs, and we are on the way to becoming electricity efficent on a previously unimaginable scale.

Electric cars, Hydrogen cars and superconductors will finally be the nail in the coffin of Big Oil. You are absolutely correct. Pressure is useless. Only economic warfare will replace what we hate with what we need.
posted by Irdial , 12:01 PM Þ 

Say it loud: I'm Black I'm Proud!

I'm also tired and drawn, and maybe a tad crazed, OK
posted by Alun , 11:38 AM Þ 

Lord Hutton has stuck to the brief he was set



Apparently Exxonhas been very naughty, here and here

"This global warming report should send shivers through the boardrooms of oil companies across the world. For the first time, the long-term impact of one company on climate change has been identified and assessed. This brings closer the day when the victims of climate change can take legal action against ExxonMobil for the damage its activities have caused and will cause in the future. ExxonMobil and other oil companies should not stick their heads in the sand like the tobacco companies that knew the harmful impacts of their product and ultimately paid the price."

There is absolutely no way any legal action of this sort will produce anything worthwhile. Has anyone brought a case against gun manufacturers for murders committed by the public, or for war crimes...? You may as well try and sue the government for building roads. A lot of lawyers will make a lot of money, forests will be decimated with all the paperwork produced in the years and years of legal action, by which time Exxonn, like BP will not even be extracting oil or gas from the ground - it won't be there.
posted by meau meau , 11:10 AM Þ 

Welll there is some hope at least; these people are the only ones stupid enough to think that a petition is going to effect change.

That line gave me my first good laugh of the day.

Democracy has never existed in these Isles, and it's unlikely it ever shall. This fact becomes clearer with every word of history I read. The professional politician, who has never experienced life in other fields, has finally killed off any lingering hope from when all adult male and female citizens (with certain exceptions, don't forget) got the right to vote.What experience does Blair have of running a multi-billion pound turnover economy, or Hoon of running anything, let alone an army? Get's one hankering after the 'bad' old days when Lords, Admirals, Generals and rich businessmen decided what was what. For all their faults, at least they knew something of the world outside Westminster. Now we're left with student debaters, egoists after an easy life and a pseudo-fame, people not good enough to go into business, 'labour' MPs referring to their grandfather's struggle down the pits, revering Aneurin Bevan when their CV tells a tale of Oxford Union to the floor of the Commons with nothing in between.

That was my second laugh of the day.

The question is, how does one live in these times? I like society, I loathe government. The latter is crushing the former presently. What's to be done? Individually, and collectively, what's to be done?
posted by Alun , 11:03 AM Þ 

Dear Friend,

You are no friend of peace, my friend.

On behalf of Our World Our Say, I am asking you to join in an effective and targeted initiative to help call the Government to account over the way they led Britain into war with Iraq.

This is completely wrong; it will not be effective, and calling the govt. to account will not undo this wrong, and will not stop the next wrong from taking place.

Far from answering the key question, Lord Hutton has stuck to the brief he was set ' conduct an investigation into the circumstances surrounding the death of Dr Kelly'.

This nonsense beggars belief; if the key question had been answered, what would be the result? A war was waged, and the principle country behind it now openly admits that the premise for starting it was just a convenient excuse. If the UK govt. admits that it was completely wrong, nothing will change. Writing petitions and marching are pacifiers for people with a child like belief in democracy - imbeciles who repeat its catchphrases like 5 year olds reciting their times tables.

OWOS is aiming to get at least 50,000 to sign the ONLY petition in the UK calling for a full judicial inquiry into whether Parliament and the British people were misled over the threat from Iraq.

Welll there is some hope at least; these people are the only ones stupid enough to think that a petition is going to effect change. Even the most retarded of goons can understand the math:

2,000,000 march on London, BEFORE WAR STARTS, and it makes no difference.
50,000 People sign a single petition - will this make MORE or LESS of a difference?


Go back to the drawing board you stupid FOOLS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
posted by Irdial , 11:02 AM Þ 

I put all the parts from the G5 into a box and gave it to my friend. He was rather happy. I think he is going to try to install them into his G3 - I hope he's successful.

Every cloud has a brushed metal lining


Whoever the cleaner is in the office where I work is deliberately incompetent and has been for at least the last six months. And they can stick their fucking crappy attitude right up their arse where it will probably meet their 'intelligence'. If they don't like their job they shouldn't do it. If they want to do their job they should do it properly. Like everyone else should.
posted by meau meau , 9:38 AM Þ 
posted by Irdial , 9:26 AM Þ 

It emits a green glow from the front...
posted by Irdial , 9:14 AM Þ 

"It turns out we were all wrong," he said, "and that is most disturbing."
posted by Irdial , 9:09 AM Þ 

1.3 billion Chinese citizens to get new ID cards

By INQUIRER staff: Wednesday 28 January 2004, 08:53
CHINA IS TO arm its lucky lucky 1.3 billion citizens with ID cards over the next five years, but some will get their new chipped up identities as soon as March.

That's what the People's Daily says today.

The technology used in the card will include a chip and as far as can be judged, the card and the semiconductor are both Chinese implementations.

The card, said the scary Daily, will "greatly increase security because police can use a card processing machine to check" it.

Some lucky citizens will get the 85.6mm by 54mm as early as March, with the entire scheme complete by 2008.

The Daily claims that the country will allow "free movements of population" but such a "floating population" will make it difficult to "maintain public security".
posted by Irdial , 8:54 AM Þ 

I have just now put my finger on an uneasy feeling I get a lot. I wonder if any of you experience it.
It feels akin to deja vu but is not. In the past, I will think of a situation happening and this will stick in the back of my mind (I suppose, absolutely everything does stay in the back of the mind). This situation will then actually happen in the present. It's like deja vu, but in reverse, and it spooks the hell out of me since it always happens. I will just stop in my tracks, feel weird and mal a l'aise, then continue about my business.
A more accurate way to describe it would be the feeling of being in two times at once - both thinking it will happen and witnessing it happen. Definitely odd and would prompt me to reach for a stiff drink if I did drink. So I'll just go to bed.
posted by Barrie , 8:36 AM Þ 
Wednesday, January 28, 2004

Vermont is the only state where an individual can have a non-photo driver's license, for any reason, no questions asked. (Other states have various restrictions.)

Indeed, if you want the photo, it'll cost you $5 extra.

The very independent people of Vermont have decided that not everyone needs or should be required to have a photo ID card. Why their ex-Governor is not on board remains a mystery to me. [...]

From Politech...
posted by Irdial , 5:10 PM Þ 

If the intention is art, it is art.
posted by Claus Eggers , 4:58 PM Þ 

posted by Alison , 4:52 PM Þ 

Whale explodes in Taiwanese city

Passers-by and cars were soaked in blood and body parts were sprayed over a road after the bursting of the whale.....

But is it art?
posted by Alun , 4:34 PM Þ 

This is cool just don't expect me to eat it.
posted by meau meau , 3:30 PM Þ 

Well, quite. It's funny you should mention that because my artwork, "Car" has been going on for ages now, and is visible 24 hrs per day, 7 days per week, all year round on every continent. It's pretty simple, you just get in your car and go for a drive and then come back. Doesn't matter where you go, it's the collaboration with other drivers that's the thing.

The artwork will end when...well, when will it end?
posted by captain davros , 3:29 PM Þ 

If the airwaves were free...

It would be unlistenable chaos, dominated by shit broadcast by those with the strongest transmitters. Already weekends in Hackney and elsewhere the FM wavelengths transform into a nightmare of 'posses' and 'crews', 'bigging up' their friends over a soundtrack of 'bangin' garage, R'n'B, bad MCs embarrassing themselves with awful rhymes and no rhythm, contaminating the radio and echoing in the streets from the bassbins in 10-year old highly polished Bimmers. My only mental defence against this bombardment is to remember John Cage, who commented that he coped with urban noise pollution by treating the entire cacophony as an ongoing symphony in which the population were free to contribute as they wish...

Conversation between Morton Feldman and John Cage:
M F: John, wouldn't you say that what we're dependent on we call reality, and what we don't like we consider an intrusion in our life? Consequently, I feel that what's happening is that we're continually being intruded upon.
J C: But that would make us very unhappy.
M F: Or we surrender to it, and call it culture.
J C: Call it culture?
M F: Or whatever.
JC: Give me an example. What would be an intrusion on your life for instance that you would call culture?
MF: Well, this weekend I was on the beach.
JC: Yes.
MF: ... And on the beach these days are transistor radios.
J C: Yes.
MF: ... blaring out rock 'n' roll.
JC: Yes.
MF: All over.
J C: Yes. And you didn't enjoy it?
M F: Not particularly. I adjusted to it.
J C: How?
M F: By saying that... Well, I thought of the sun and the sea as a lesser evil.
J C: You know how I adjusted to that problem of the radio in the environment. Very much as the primitive people adjusted to the animals which frightened them, and which, probably as you say, were intrusions. They drew pictures of them on their caves. And so I simply made a piece using radios. Now, whenever I hear radios - even a single one, not just twelve at va time, as you must have heard on the beach, at least - I think, "Well, they're just playing my piece."
MF: That might help me next weekend.
J C: Yeah, and I listen to it with pleasure. By pleasure I mean I notice what happens. I can attend to it rather than, as you say, surrender. I can rather pay attention and become interested in the ... Well, what it actually is that you're interested in is what superimposes what. What happens at the same time together with what happens before and what happens after.
posted by Alun , 1:17 PM Þ 

If the airwaves were free...

If the airwaves were free, information could be transmitted from node to nodes expanding its coverage to the nation in a matter of minutes. Groups of people tuned into the same frequency could have the same party in loads of locations, you could transmit to the party locations from various places so it would be difficult to impinge on peoples happiness, and like mushrooms they'd pop up all over the place again in bigger numbers
posted by meau meau , 11:22 AM Þ 

Only if you want...
posted by meau meau , 11:18 AM Þ 

-34 C, -47 if you count the wind chill. Yeah, it's actually cold for once!
Yes, the weather is the only interesting thing I have to talk about. Hmmm. That, and my harm hurts! why?!

Talked to an American friend today, who seemed generally unconcerned about Dean's ID card policy. I should probably learn him some.
posted by Barrie , 7:45 AM Þ 
posted by Irdial , 12:41 AM Þ 
Tuesday, January 27, 2004

MyDoom clogs up net

posted by Ken , 10:32 PM Þ 
posted by Ken , 10:16 PM Þ 
posted by Ken , 8:45 PM Þ 

Friends I miss: number 1 in a subliminal series.

Lee Kerr

Of all of the people I ever knew
There should have been one
And it should have been you

You should always keep in touch with your friends.

I'll tell you something. I know what you're thinking.

Waterboys, Wedding Present and Duran Duran. I'm showing my age here.
posted by Alun , 8:39 PM Þ 
posted by Josh Carr , 7:56 PM Þ 
posted by Ken , 4:28 PM Þ 

The whole house in QTVR

The Simpsons House: Plans
posted by alex_tea , 4:20 PM Þ 

Quick mini-essay time. Please post if you want to join in. One para at least. You can continue my theme or write something of your own if you want.

Today's Title: If the airwaves were free...

My contribution:

If the airwaves were free, we could enjoy a walk in a neighbourhood for the music as well as the architecture. It would be easy to add a small FM transmitter to your home audio/entertainment console which would broadcast on a fixed frequency for a radius of 10 or 20 feet only. Passers by could tune their personal radios in and experience a collage of sounds that would vary like the colours of front doors, the patterns of curtains and the plants in your garden. Neighbourhoods might get reputations as being "rock" and "dance" as well as being "expensive" or "suburban". Some would be quiet, some loud. What fun.
posted by captain davros , 4:19 PM Þ 

Are people who are on SoulSeek interested in making a Blogdial room? How many of us are there?
posted by Josh Carr , 4:12 PM Þ 
posted by Irdial , 4:09 PM Þ 

MM, I can probably find you a copy of The Prepared Vinyl Project if you want...
posted by captain davros , 4:07 PM Þ 
posted by Ken , 4:03 PM Þ 
posted by Ken , 4:02 PM Þ 

A friend was recently professing the wonders of Argentinian group the Reynols, a noisy, make-up-the're-own-rules-as-they-go-along musical excursion led by drummer/singer Miguel Tomasin (who, incidentally, suffers from Down's Syndrome). They made an album that was just a collection of different brands of blank tape hiss.


What is the convention for leaving the BT window open after downloading. I uploaded a total of 93.1 MB over the course of 24 hours. Doesn't seem like much...
posted by Josh Carr , 3:43 PM Þ 

You Say Deserter, I Say More Dessert... by Michael Moore

January 27, 2004


I would like to apologize for referring to George W. Bush as a "deserter." What I meant to say is that George W. Bush is a deserter, an election thief, a drunk driver, a WMD liar and a functional illiterate. And he poops his pants. In fact, he ?shot a man in Reno just to watch him die."

Actually, what I meant to say up in New Hampshire last week was that "We're going to have Bush for dessert come November!" I'm always mixing up "dessert" and "desert" -- I'm sure many of you have that problem.

Well, well, well. As George W. would say, "It's time to smoke ?em out of their hole!" Thanks to my "humorous" introduction of Wesley Clark 10 days ago in New Hampshire -- and the lughead way the no-sense-of-humor media has covered it -- there were 15 million hits this weekend on my website. Everyone who visited the site got to read the truth about Bush not showing up for National Guard duty.

The weird thing about all this is that during my routine I never went into any details about Bush skipping out while in the Guard (it's not like it's the biggest issue on my mind or facing America these days!) I was just attempting my best impersonation of that announcer guy for the World Wrestling Federation, asking the cheering crowd if they would like to see a smackdown ("debate") which I called "The Generaaal Versus The Deserterrrr!!" (You can watch it here -- hardly anyone in the media has shown this clip because viewers would suddenly see the context of my comments.)

When the press heard me use that word "deserter," though, the bells and whistles went off, for this was one of those stories they knew they had ignored -- and now it was rearing its ugly, truthful head on a very public stage. Without a single other word from me other than the d-word, they immediately got so defensive that it looked to many viewers like they?the press?maybe had something to hide. After all, when I called Bush a deserter, how did they know I wasn't referring to how he has deserted the 43 million Americans who have no health coverage? Why didn't they assume I was talking about how Bush is a deserter because he has deserted the working people of this country (who have lost 3 million jobs since he's taken office)? Why wasn't it obvious to them that I was pointing out how Bush had deserted our constitution and Bill of Rights as he tries to limit freedom of speech and privacy rights for law-abiding citizens?

Instead, they have created the brouhaha over Bush's military record, often without telling their audience what the exact charges are. It seems all they want to do is to get Clark or me -- or you -- to shut up. "We have never investigated this and so we want you to apologize for bringing it up!" Ha ha ha.

Well, I'm glad they have gone nuts over it. Because here we have a Commander in Chief --who just took off while in uniform to go work for some Republican friend of his dad's -- now sending our kids over to Iraq to die while billions are promised to Halliburton and the oil companies. Twenty percent of them are National Guard and Reserves (and that number is expected to double during the year). They have been kept in Iraq much longer than promised, and they have not been given the proper protection. They are sitting ducks.

What if any of them chose to do what Bush did back in the early 70s -- just not show up? I've seen Republican defenders of Bush this week say, ?Yeah, but he made up the time later.? So, can today's National Guardsmen do the same thing -- just say, when called up to go to Iraq, "Um, I'm not going to show up, I'll make up the time later!"? Can you imagine what would happen? Of course, none of them are the son of a Congressman, like young Lt. Bush was back in 1972.

Today, has put together it's response to this issue, and I would love to reprint it here. It lays out all the facts about Bush and the remaining unanswered questions about where he went for many, many months:

Here are what appear to be the known facts, laid out recently in considerable detail and documentation by retired pilot and Air National Guard First Lt. Robert A. Rogers, and in a 2003 book, ?The Lies of George W. Bush,? by David Corn.

1. George W. Bush graduated from Yale in 1968 when the war in Vietnam was at its most deadly and the military draft was in effect. Like many of his social class and age, he sought to enter the National Guard, which made Vietnam service unlikely, and fulfill his military obligation. Competition for slots was intense; there was a long waiting list. Bush took the Air Force officer and pilot qualification tests on Jan. 17, 1968, and scored the lowest allowed passing grade on the pilot aptitude portion.

2. He, nevertheless, was sworn in on May 27, 1968, for a six-year commitment. After a few weeks of basic training, Bush received an appointment as a second lieutenant ? a rank usually reserved for those completing four years of ROTC or 18 months active duty service. Bush then went to flight school and trained on the F-102 interceptor fighter jet. Fighter pilots were in great demand in Vietnam at the time, but Bush wound up serving as a ?weekend warrior? in Houston, where his father?s congressional district was centered.

A Houston Chronicle story published in 1994, quoted in Corn?s book, has Bush saying: ?I was not prepared to shoot my eardrum out with a shotgun in order to get a deferment. Nor was I willing to go to Canada. So I chose to better myself by learning how to fly airplanes.?

3. Sometime after May 1971, young Lt. Bush stopped participating regularly in Guard activities. According to Texas Air National Guard records, he had fewer than the required flight duty days and was short of the minimum service owed the Guard. Records indicate that Bush never flew after May 1972, despite his expensive training and even though he still owed the National Guard two more years.

4. On May 24, 1972, Bush asked to be transferred to an inactive reserve unit in Alabama, where he also would be working on a Republican senate candidate?s campaign. The request was denied. For months, Bush apparently put in no time at all in Guard service. In August 1972, Bush was grounded -- suspended from flying duties -- for failing to submit to an annual physical exam. (Why wouldn't he take this exam from a doctor?)

5. During his 2000 presidential campaign, Bush?s staff said he recalled doing duty in Alabama and then returning to Houston for still more duty. But the commander of the Montgomery, AL, unit where Bush said he served told the Boston Globe that he had no recollection of Bush ? son of a congressman ? ever reporting, nor are there records, as there should be, supporting Bush?s claim. Asked at a press conference in Alabama on June 23, 2000 what duties he had performed as a Guardsman in that state, Bush said he could not recall, ?but I was there.?

6. In May, June and July, 1973, Bush suddenly started participating in Guard activities back in Houston again ? pulling 36 days at Ellington Air Base in that short period. On Oct. 1, 1973, eight months short of his six-year service obligation and scheduled discharge, Bush apparently was discharged with honors from the Texas Air National Guard (eight months short of his six-year commitment). He then went to Harvard Business School.

Documents supporting these reports, released under Freedom of Information Act requests, appear along with Rogers? article on the web at

In the absence of full disclosure by the President or his supporters, only the President and perhaps a few family or other close associates know the whole truth. And they?re not talking.

Bush was apparently absent without official leave from his assigned military service for as little as seven months (New York Times) or as much as 17 months (Boston Globe) during a time when 500,000 American troops were fighting the Vietnam War. The Army defines a ?deserter? -- also known as a DFR, for ?dropped from rolls? ? as one who is AWOL 31 days or more:

Well, there you have it. Someone got some special treatment. And now that special someone believes he has the right to conduct a war -- using other not-so-special people's lives.

My friends, I always call it like I see it. I don't pussyfoot around. Sometimes the truth is hard to take. The media conglomerates are too afraid to take this on. I understand. But I'm not. That's my job. And I'll continue to do it.

And when I'm wrong, like the thing about Bush pooping his pants, I'll say so.


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posted by Ken , 3:40 PM Þ 

T.R.Y. 2004 Funk
posted by meau meau , 3:12 PM Þ 

Leading fee rebel to back Blair
Tony Blair's chances of avoiding defeat on his plans for university top-up fees have leapt following chief rebel Nick Brown's decision to switch sides. ...
Democratic simulacrum now playing live on BBC web site.
posted by Alun , 2:47 PM Þ 

"I know of no other Democratic candidate who has this view on national ID," said Chris Hoofnagle, associate director of the Electronic Privacy Information Center. "I hope that he'd reconsider his policy on national ID because it has significant affects on individuals' right to privacy and does not make the country more secure. If you think about it, the implication is that children would have to be issued cards as well. Are we talking about ID cards from birth?" [...]
posted by Irdial , 11:29 AM Þ 

It only took me twenty minutes to realise that I hadn't selected the cd input when I was listening to a Francisco Lopez cd last night. my excuse is that my gas fire obliterates most of the sound anyway, such as it is.
posted by meau meau , 11:15 AM Þ 

Some specific issues with Copyright:

FBI Warning on Video Tapes.
The FBI Warning about copying a video tape is a lie. Owners of Copyrighted material are allowed to copy the VHS Tape for their personal use. Copying is not a crime.

Ripping CD's to MP3 files.
This is LEGAL. Copying legally purchased Copyrighted material is a protected act under the Constitution.

Making copies of a Copyrighted article for a class discussion and distributing them to the class.
Legal and explicit under Section 107 quoted above.

Sharing an MP3 music file, or a cassette tape of music without charge.
This is LEGAL unless your doing this as part of a business plan or promotion. You can have a website full of MP3's as long as it is not a business site, you are not selling ad space etc. If you can afford it, have fun.

Copying software in a business.
Illegal - Don't do it.

Copying software you own for personal use.
Legal if no money is passing hands.

Sell copies of software you own and no longer use.
Legal as a second sale.
posted by Irdial , 11:01 AM Þ 

The ElectriClerk I want one. And one of those Soviet Spacecraft as well. They look amazing, what a fascinating website as well.

My favourite bit so far:

"Machine parts were designed to fit and function properly only after thermal expansion at 500° C. The telescoping drill head lowers to the surface and bores for two minutes. Pyrotechnic charges break a series of seals that allow the high pressure atmosphere of Venus to rush into an assembly of tubes. Soil is carried in stages, into a soil transfer tube and onto a sample container. The sample container is driven through an airlock by pyrotechnic charges and into the x-ray fluorescence chamber."

I just imagine the mini cogs and drill parts swelling in the heat and locking together like some kind of steam powered Transformer.
posted by alex_tea , 10:40 AM Þ 
posted by Irdial , 9:52 AM Þ 

The Soviet exploration of Venus, from 1961 to 1984, is the largest effort ever undertaken to study another planet. The fundamentals of interplanetary spacecraft design and remote sensing were first realized in these attempts. Successful missions included 3 atmospheric probes, 10 landings, 4 orbiters, 11 flybys or impacts, and 2 balloon probes of the clouds. [...]
posted by Irdial , 9:44 AM Þ 

January 22, 2004 -- LAST February, Morgan Spurlock decided to become a gastronomical guinea pig.

His mission: To eat three meals a day for 30 days at McDonald's and document the impact on his health.

Scores of cheeseburgers, hundreds of fries and dozens of chocolate shakes later, the formerly strapping 6-foot-2 New Yorker - who started out at a healthy 185 pounds - had packed on 25 pounds.

But his supersized shape was the least of his problems.

Within a few days of beginning his drive-through diet, Spurlock, 33, was vomiting out the window of his car, and doctors who examined him were shocked at how rapidly Spurlock's entire body deteriorated.

"It was really crazy - my body basically fell apart over the course of 30 days," Spurlock told The Post.

His liver became toxic, his cholesterol shot up from a low 165 to 230, his libido flagged and he suffered headaches and depression. [...]

"You deserve a break today...."
posted by Irdial , 9:36 AM Þ 

posted by Mess Noone , 9:25 AM Þ 

It is important to remember that N'Kisi is only 4 years old, and his species has a lifespan similar to humans. He has been receiving teaching in the use of Human Language for 4 years, and his current contextual vocabulary is over 700 words.

It reminded me of the creature in Restaurant At The End OF The Universe that recommends to Arthur Dent what parts of its body are the juiciest to eat.
posted by chriszanf , 12:58 AM Þ 

Chicago Tribune | The Great DIVIDE

this article irritates me, but i sure love having the debate.
posted by Ken , 12:41 AM Þ 
posted by Ken , 12:34 AM Þ 
Monday, January 26, 2004

Alison, it's a BitTorrent file, you need to open that file with BitTorrent and then it will download the mix.
Figured that out just didnt have it on the computer, my boyfriend says this is even better, cause it is faster
posted by Alison , 11:57 PM Þ 

posted by Ken , 9:44 PM Þ 
posted by alex_tea , 6:50 PM Þ 

Howard Dean IS Insane!!!

Prepared remarks to state DMV administrators

March 27, 2002
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania


It is time to take a serious look at hardware and smart-card based

I believe that the states -- and therefore you -- will lead the way in
the discovery and implementation of greater digital security. Some of
you have already begun this process.

States can move faster than the federal government to ensure that
employees accessing the state?s network are indeed who they say they
are and that they are doing legitimate business.

But it would be shortsighted to imagine that your work is limited to
solving these problems only for state employees.

State Chief Information Officers, and each of you here today, have
tremendous power to forge a solution that will set the standards for
securing devices for all of us, not just those accessing state

We must develop flexible solutions that will likely require the use of Smart
Cards and some form of hardened security in a reader or desktop device.

For example, one state?s Smart Card driver?s license must be
identifiable by another state?s card reader. It must also be easily
commercialized by the private sector and included in all PCs over time
-- making the Internet safer and more secure.

In an age where identity and trust are paramount, the fact remains
that the only viable form of universal identity in the U.S. today is
the state-issued driver?s license. Think about it: When you entered
the airport or the train station to travel to this conference, how
many times did you use your driver?s license to prove your identity?
Remember -- this is the same driver?s license that teenagers alter in
order to get into a club or buy cigarettes. Terrorists do it all the
time. They did it on September Eleventh. [...]


Many in private and public life have called for a national
identification card. In spite of Larry Ellison?s offer to provide the
necessary software for free --- this has raised a public outcry
concerning privacy and sharing too much private information with the
government. [...]

You will all be sharing your fingerprints with governments all over the world shortly, thanks to this sor of utter nonsense. I cant wait till the sleeping sheep of america wake up and find that FINGERPRINTING is MANDATORY.

We can?t let this become our briar patch. I?m from Vermont and believe
me, government is kept at a respectful but very conscious distance.
Reality demands that we understand ---First --- that the rise of
empowered individuals whose single mission is to destroy Americans
means that we have to fight them at an INDIVIDUAL level [...]

Thats pure Double Talk.

and second ---
that we have already ceded our private information to faceless credit
card companies and direct marketers who then sell it for a profit.
Now --- I believe that our nation has the technological capacity to
protect both our privacy and our way of life. [...]

Issuing such a card would have little effect on the privacy of
Americans. I understand that you will be discussing privacy issues at
a later workshop in this important conference --- but let?s take a
moment to look at privacy in America today.

In many ways, privacy is the new urban myth.

Your credit card company knows every flight you?ve taken; they know
your rental car, your hotel, the movies you watched, and where you had
breakfast. Credit card companies have a stake in knowing everything
about you because it?s a marketer?s dream.

And its Howard Deans Facist wet dream. Credit card companies are not Governments. You do not have to use one if you do not want to. You can use one under a false name if you like. You do not have to produce one on the demand of a police man. What utter rubbish. The "great Urban Myth" is that Howard dean and his "dystopia come hither" jackass followers dont understand the first thing about privacy, and the rights of the individual, the difference between a company and the US government, the difference between compulsion and free choice. What a fucking moron!

The information for sale regarding your private life is detailed --
and lucrative. When it comes to the Internet, every web page you have
ever visited, every e-mail you have ever sent, every word you have
ever typed, is stored somewhere and can be accessed by someone with
the right skills. And as you well know, it?s not just the Good Guys
who possess these skills. [...]

That is another lie.

What?s the fastest growing crime in the U.S.? Identity theft ---
stealing individuals? identities --- not just their credit card
numbers but their very existence. So, is the answer to create an
Orwellian Ministry of Information? No. It?s about creating safe
passage through a free but threatened life. [...]

Double talk

We will not, and should not, tolerate a call to erode privacy even
further --- far from it. Americans can only be assured that their
personal identity and information are safe and protected when they are
able to gain more control over this information and its use. [...]

This cannot be done by the state compelling you to be fingerprinted, in "partnershit" (YES PARTNERSHIT) with Shlumberger Sema. Buy a clue Dean!

Again, this points to Smart Card adoption and development of card
readers that limit information access but also confirm it --- when

The same Smart Card that confirms that a person is a registered voter
can also be used to validate age in a liquor store. [...]

NO it does not lead there. And who is to say when it is appropriate and not appropriate? This is not the governments place, and never should be. Saying that you have to produvce a card to buy beer means legislation, means a government approved card, means government issued cards, either directly or by partnershit proxy. Just try and sell this Dean, and see what happens.

The beauty of the Smart Card is that the liquor store doesn?t know
anything but age, and the hotel doesn?t know about non-hotel
purchases, and the state knows nothing about any of it.

But what about those same guys who can "get into your email"? If you had a single idea of what you were talking about, you would know that "smart cardds" have been hacked for years; this is total bullshit; you cannot tell everyone that they cant be sure that their email is not being read, but say that magically, your smart card will not be read by the same hackers.

On the Internet, this card will confirm all the information required
to gain access to a state network -- while also barring anyone who
isn?t legal age from entering an adult chat room, making the internet
safer for our children, or prevent adults from entering a children?s
chat room and preying on our kids. [...]

I will not even dignify this ignorant piece of flame bait, save to say you are a totally unfit to be the president of the united states of america.

A Smart Card reader at the airport, adapted to a universal standard
perhaps designed by those in this very room, could match the ticket
and the baggage with the card presenter. [...]

Actually, that is actually the chain around your ankle that will never be removable for your entire life. And by the way, when you say "universal" do you mean international??? you may not know it, but that is EXACTLY what you do mean. The biometric passport that your country is pushing on the entire world is that standard.


The European Union is ahead of us because they adopted Smart Card
technology long ago. The EU has ambitious plans to deploy Smart Cards
and Smart Card readers throughout the continent -- and to securely
deliver electronic government services, electronic banking, and
electronic commerce. Hong Kong is using Smart Card technology with
biometrics at security check points. [...]

So, someone does the wrong thing, you must do it too? And the only smart cards being used widely are consentual, from banks, and in TV boxes; the latter being spectacularly hacked on a regular basis a few years ago.

"they are already half-way up your ass, so why not push it all the way in?"

My view is that the technology is here but that Americans are reluctant to
adopt it. It?s time to overcome our fears [...]

Oh dear me.

The only fear you need to overcome is the irrational fear of terrorism that is gripping your country like the irrational fear of communism that griped you in the 1950s.

Walks like a duck quacks like a duck its a duck.
Talks insane, screams insanely, MUST BE INSANE.

Not that its a surprise in any way, but this candidate is NOT to be voted for.

If you do that sort of thing!
posted by Irdial , 6:05 PM Þ 

"Spurlock, a tall New Yorker of usually cast-iron constitution, made himself the guinea pig in this dogged investigation into the effects of fast food on the body. He ate only at McDonald's for a month - three meals, every day - and took a camera crew along to record it. If a server offered to super-size his order, he was obliged to accept - and to ingest everything, gherkins and all."

Entertainment News - Film records effects of eating only McDonald's for a month
posted by Ken , 3:50 PM Þ 

Old idioms, and pardon my French:

Certaines parties du corps ont toujours inspiré l'invention linguistique et la personnification du sexe de l'homme ou de la femme, en particulier, s'exprime dans une riche moisson : cheville d'Adam, Charles le Chauve, Charlotte, Félix, Ferdinand, Gaspard, Jacquot, Pascal, Philibert, Philidor, Popaul/Abraham, old Adam, blind Bob, little Davy, dick, jack, Jack Robinson, Jenny Donnelly, Jezebel, John Thomas, johnnie, mad Mick, Peter, Roger, Rupert, man Thomas, Timothy, Long Tom, Tommy, little Willie pour le premier, Gaspard, mimi, monique, boîte à Popaul/Fanny, Hans Carvel's ring, Jack Nasty-Face, Jack Straw's castle, Aunt Maria, Mary Jane, Molly's hole, mother of St. Patrick, Rufus, tickle-Thomas pour le second. Le postérieur est appelé Bernard, dédé, fiacre, pétrus/Fanny; les seins féminins deviennent des roberts/Lewis and Witties; la main est la fourchette, le mouchoir ou le peigne d'Adam/Mary Ann. Le français et l'anglais ne personnifient pas toujours les mêmes parties du corps : le français nomme jacques, jacquots les mollets, luc l'anus, fleur de Marie l'hymen, mathurins les dents, nénette le cerveau, épée de Samson les mâchoires; pour l'anglais, les cheveux deviennent Fanny Blair, le nez Harry James, le visage Jim Mace, l'estomac little Mary, le ventre Ned Kelly, l'oeil Nellie Bligh, les testicules Tommy Rollocks.
posted by meau meau , 3:14 PM Þ 

Alison, it's a BitTorrent file, you need to open that file with BitTorrent and then it will download the mix.
posted by alex_tea , 1:50 PM Þ 

Alison... for your vinyl collection.

Love that cover art.

Thanks Alun, I got that record as one of the first vinyls in my collection (my first 20 vinyls were all irdial) - and yes! That cover art is fantastic, in general all of irdials cover art is fantastic, I love this.

and the Hardhead track! Made me shiver the first time I heard it.

Alex, I cant hear you mix - better have my boyfriend have a look on it. In spirit I'll be there, dancing on the spot with the best sound
posted by Alison , 1:44 PM Þ 

Apparently I'm DJing this, and every following Wednesday @ 7YearGlitch. Somebody forgot to mention that I can't mix a milkshake. Let me know if you want to come along, I make no guarantees for the quality of anything.

There are professionals playing in the guise of Ed DMX and DuranDuranDuran as well, so they should be good.

7YearGlitch 7YearGlitch

Here's a mix a friend and I made last night.
posted by alex_tea , 1:24 PM Þ 

a radio 4 programme, 'i'm sorry i haven't a clue', has a round of "new definitions for old words".

I am familiar with this. Very funny it is.

My mobile phone provider are called Singlepoint. Wonder if they're related?

Registered address of Singlepoint 4U: Newcastle upon Lyme.
Registered address of Singlepoint Data Services: London.

Maybe not then. Which is good, I think.

posted by alex_tea , 1:06 PM Þ 

>> Yes. I can't remember where the quote "liberty is a function of
>> inefficiency"
> Notice how few Dutch Jews survived the war. An efficient civil
> service, you see, who did as they were told.
> ian

On the other hand, notice how many Danish Jews survived - an
efficient civil service, you see, which thought it served the
nation rather than the current masters. As a change from his
usual "turning the UK into East Germany" rant, maybe he could
mention "changing the civil service from the Danish model to the
Dutch one" with reference to the handling of Jewish citizens in
the war.

[neither my work, although re DDR what made the Stasi so effective was the involvement of citizens in covert operations, privatised spying does cross over a boundary into this domain, that's the point not how far beyond the boundary you go-mm]
posted by meau meau , 12:44 PM Þ 

Anthony Trollope:

A stalwart, hearty, rather truculent man, he scoffed at all pretence to mystery and inspiration in writing. He wrote according to a system, which was to rise at half-past five every morning and write 250 words every quarter of an hour until 2500 words had been written and the gong called to breakfast.


Mind the bend the mind would be an example of circularity
posted by meau meau , 12:39 PM Þ 
posted by alex_tea , 12:13 PM Þ 

a radio 4 programme, 'i'm sorry i haven't a clue', has a round of "new definitions for old words".

the professionals creased me up with their defs. as alex, i can't remember any of them now either. very useful. many work best in audio only

i'll go with the off-the-cuff examples;
software - extremely comfortable clothes
hawking - hereditary ruler of prostitutes
posted by Alun , 11:44 AM Þ 

a new idea, instead of triplets, have circuits instead. the words must form a circle.

I can't think of an example right now, but when I came up with the idea I had loads of them.

posted by alex_tea , 11:31 AM Þ 

posted by Claus Eggers , 11:26 AM Þ 

Singlepoint are attempting to have a coordinating role in the RIPA scam, their commitment to *transparency* means that most of the relevant info/legislation can be found via their website. (if you don't want to refer)
posted by meau meau , 11:13 AM Þ 
Sunday, January 25, 2004

Mac OS X lesson of the day (tm)

I have "discovered" what the problem is with my computer. The computer itself seems fine, the problem is, I think, a faulty hard drive though not in an obvious sense.
The error, which only appears on the system partition - a good thing, since no important files are there - is called a "Keys out of order" error. I learned this from the OS X install disc Disk Utility, which could not repair the problem because it does not fully cover all fsck commands. Some webpages I have read have also said fsck, for its part, can not usually properly fix this problem. "Keys out of order" means, during kernel panic, an integral system file was damaged. According to Things I Have Read, this file is probably the key directory system that tells the computer where all the OTHER files are. So it's not a good thing to get corrupted.
Alsoft DiskWarrior purportedly fixes the problem in most cases, after hours and hours of repairing. It will at least fix it long enough to allow one to backup, because the problem can re-occur (a very obvious sign of faulty hardware). Thankfully I still have 2 months of warranty on my hard drive, so we know what's going to happen with THAT. I just don't want to backup, that's all. I wish I could use my dad's 52x firewire cd burner... argh.

So, if that problem happens to you, you know what to do. But let's hope it never, ever does.
And, just for further info, the computer can't even boot into safe mode so I can fsck - it's THAT fucked up.
Also formatting seems to do nothing for the Keys problem - interesting. And I can't install a system on my other partition because my ancient computer will not allow me too. Lots of fun to be had, tonight at Barrie's house.
posted by Barrie , 10:59 PM Þ 

Powell casts doubt on Iraq WMDs

US Secretary of State Colin Powell has conceded that Iraq may not have possessed any stocks of weapons of mass destruction before the war last year.


A criminal!
posted by Irdial , 10:02 PM Þ 

> I resent being taxed so much
> that it is difficult for me to
> afford to have a family and
> children because my earnings
> are stripped to pay for the
> illegitimate children of
> irresponsible people.

But they aren't. The taxes you pay are not going to the irresponsible or the illegitimate. They go to a complex array of laundering schemes, simulated searches for weapons of mass destruction, undisclosed locations for Cheney to kick it in style. The myth of you reaching in your purse and paying for the welfare/ghetto/thug/underage momma population who will not pull their own weight is a sad story that you bought with your own poverty of knowledge. I ain't saying you ignant, but you didn't live where I done did.

posted by Irdial , 9:52 PM Þ 

It is the rising current of feeling that weblogs aren't a party (or aren't journalism, or aren't a floor wax, or aren't a dessert topping), that they're something important and serious, that is seriously harshing my buzz. "Let's all take this more seriously", is the message I get from far too many these days, "because then, well, what I do must be Serious Stuff, right? We're all adults here, aren't we?"

Stop it, you bastards.

Your $500 blog conferences, your NeckFlex For President consultancies, your sad tawdry whoredances with the old media moronocracy devil, your repetitive linkery to the same tired wanna-be self-declared pundits you met at the last convention, your careful management of a media face that is, in the end, marketable, it makes me want to puke. It kills the spirit of this thing that I was so in love with, and turns it, as avarice and self-regard always does, to shit. [...]
posted by Irdial , 9:37 PM Þ 

posted by mary13 , 6:14 AM Þ 

Tried to use my mac today... it booted up once, when I clicked there was total kernel panic...
can't boot it off of system discs, repair utilities won't see the hard drive. I don't know if the hard drive is screwed up or the computer itself.
I really don't need this right now. Not Good(tm).
posted by Barrie , 1:35 AM Þ 

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