Saturday, January 22, 2005

I think you will find that 'The Mastery of Money' is most rewarding.

That's so true it's unbelievable!

But I also adore 'Total Instant Relief' on 'How To Reform Mankind' which isolates my favourite part of 'Mastabatorium'.

Where are you? is as THESE say the pick of the recent crop - the best thing since sliced bread.
It's more audible and dynamic than some of the others and big chunks of sound for your ears to chew on, with vortices, black holes and gritty accelerations. And a subtle joke or more.
posted by meau meau , 11:17 AM Þ 

Reading about music...

Reading The Wire isn't reading about music. It's just reading.
But you capiche that.
posted by Alun , 9:17 AM Þ

A superb editor for OS X.

posted by Irdial , 1:50 AM Þ 

'Where are You?' is entirely recommended, one of the best out of the recent h3o releases in my
humble opion, I have no idea at all what the Wire quote refers to as I haven't read it (the reviews).
the re-master of 'Mastery of Money' on Korm Plastics is completely essential.
posted by THESE , 1:23 AM Þ 
Friday, January 21, 2005

Date: Mon, 20 Dec 2004 04:14:46 -0100 (GMT)
From: anakata
To: Peter Pehrson -
Subject: Re: For your information

On Wed, 22 Dec 2004, Peter Pehrson - wrote:

> Fredrik Neij
> PRQ Inet / SE 969700-4027
> Box 1206, SE 11479 Stockholm, Sweden
> ----------------------------------------------------------------------
> ----------------------------------------------------------------------
> Dear Fredrik Neij,
> it has come to our attention that a number of our works and trade marks now
> appear on your own website.
> &hit=1
> Enya A Box Of Dreams - 886 transfers
> &hit=1
> Enya - The Celts - 291 transfers
> &hit=1
> Enya - Watermark - 316 transfers
> &hit=1
> Enya - The Celts - 386 transfers
> As these albums are under Copyright and no EU or Swedish law allows
> unauthorized distribution of this ripped music, you are in violation of our
> Copyright.
> You are additionally in violation of Swedish and EU law as you are violating
> our Trade Mark by listing Trade Mark protected names (protected under
> Swedish law) on your web page without permission.
> You have 72 hours to completely remove the above links.
> After this you will receive 1 (ONE) legal note from GrayZone. You will
> receive no further notices.
> Also please note that making this email public or ridiculing it will result
> in immediate legal action and we are also contacting RipeNCC for suspension.
> Regards
> Peter Pehrson
> aigle music / warner music international

Dear whatever-you-are,
thank you for providing us and our users with such great entertainment.
I'm not talking about Enya (hey, Enya fucking sucks), but instead of your
nonsensical email.

You have
- confused us with our ISP
- no knowledge whatsoever about BitTorrent
- no knowledge whatsoever of the appliciable laws (trademark or copyright)
- made very entertaining threats (hey, go ahead and contact RIPE NCC,
please, I beg you)

You have scored 10 out of 10 points on our Legal Threats Entertainment
scale. You win the grand prize: A lifetime of ridicule on our legal
threats section ( !

Please also note that I'm not currently out of toilet paper, so you may
wait a while before sending legal papers.

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Yeah, right...
posted by Irdial , 11:01 PM Þ 

I find "FUCK" far more satisfying.

I think you will find that 'The Mastery of Money' is most rewarding.
posted by Irdial , 9:52 PM Þ 

I have not heard a large amount of recent Hafler Trio work, but I must say that I found "A Small Child Dreams of Voiding the Plague" really quite lovely and concise. I also enjoyed "Whistling About Chickens" a whole lot.
So far though my favourite release by Mr. McKenzie is the unpopular "Four Ways of Saying Five."

It contains an almost 50-minute lecture about the so-called "mystique" of the Hafler Trio, and I find it very intriguing. It is like a very bizarre lecture that questions context and structure, all with whirring dying machines in the background. Nice. I have not read many other positive reviews of it, though.
And then there's "Kill the King" and "Dislocation!"
Has anyone heard "Where Are You?" I think it's their/his latest. I would like to hear it one of these days.
posted by Barrie , 9:14 PM Þ 

Exeem is spreading like wildfire; it will have millions of users.

Lets see if the eXeem links work:


Looks like it does!
posted by Irdial , 8:19 PM Þ 

"'Masterbatorium' is a must have masterpiece"

I find "FUCK" far more satisfying. Really, and not for the sake of a cheap joke.
posted by meau meau , 7:13 PM Þ 

Exeem has been pipped at the post byExeem Lite, which has gone online BEFORE the release of Suprnova's Exeem!!!

This version is 'a spyware free version of eXeem'. Hmmmmmmmmm!!!!
posted by Irdial , 6:23 PM Þ 

I have never owned a Hafler Trio recording.

'Masterbatorium' is a must have masterpiece.

'A Thirsty Fish', 'A Loud Egg' and 'The Mastery Of Money' are also worth listening to again and again. And again.

And remember:
Reading about music is like dancing about painting.
'With print you substitute an ear for an extra, useless eye'

Simple directions are all you need to get to a destination.

posted by Irdial , 6:09 PM Þ 

This happens to be my favorite Hafler Trio sound-set. When I first heard it, it did a lot to solidify my interests in steady-noise-ambiences where the listener was as much the creator as the creator was the listener. I had read John Cage, sure, but this was contemporary music!! I had no knowledge of the Hafler Trio myths when I first listened, it was just a CD, and it probably marked some of the first times that I started to think about computer-mangled field recordings as possibilities. The CD was stolen from me, but I have recently recovered the sounds via SLSK, and again listened to it a few times with open ears. Although I am not as naive as I was when I first placed it on a pedestal, I think it is a fine recording, bordering on timeless.

Also, I am still looking for a copy of Robert Spridgeon's 1944 masterpiece, "Inherent Aggression - A Meditation"
posted by telle goode , 3:37 PM Þ 

I have never ...

I bought and liked three of their cds without having any notion of who they were (except originally being from Newcastle) or what they were about, or any of that other stuff.
It's my impression that the 'mystique' of the releases is largely conjoured up by over-enthusiastic third parties (I think the h3o tend to indulge people's propensity for wrongheadedness though).

Personally I make no claims for their output other than I am engaged by it to various degrees and they tend to make me think/research things I wouldn't otherwise, but there's nothing special in that per se. In fact it seems rather banal.

And the wire review was quite awful - considering they had two releases that were alike as chalk and cheese.
posted by meau meau , 3:02 PM Þ 

I have never owned a Hafler Trio recording.

My experience of them has never piqued any substantial interest in either their music, their packaging, or their esoterica.
posted by Alun , 2:30 PM Þ 

I particularly liked the 'wood grain' effect around the edges.

I got some of these because I liked the coloured bits - so shallow a choice you can't even wallow in it. Or swallow it in for that matter. Not that it does.


Bush apparently mentioned 'freedom' 27 times in his speech, which I'm sure you'll find had certain resonances.
posted by meau meau , 10:33 AM Þ 

Regarding ebay silliness: A few months ago I posted something from the Museum of Soviet Synthesizers.


A LIDER-2 is now available on ebay, starting bid $299.99

The people selling the item, were even nice enough to offer up sample sounds of the thing!!

And a translation of the controls:

I am sure that it is not that special of a combination of electronics, really simple effects (PITCH-SHIFT, CHORUS, FLAGER AND SOLO/RHYTHM SECTIONS.) I have a Soviet wah pedal that sounds like complete crap, but there is something about Soviet electronic devices which is very nice, very other-world like.
posted by telle goode , 4:25 AM Þ 
Thursday, January 20, 2005

oh yeah, project c-90 is very cool. If I was near a scanner (and my old tapes) I'd scan in a few of my own old tapes though - I always used to write all over the labels and all that. It often puzzled me why manufacturers moved to giving away labels in the box for you to stick on yourself, as it was always really hard for me to get them on straight. Minidisc labels are even worse as the spine ones always seem to come off after a few weeks.

Anyway, what's the best/silliest thing you've bid on eBay for? I'm bidding on a bike at the moment, which is silly but will be good if I get it.
posted by captain davros , 11:04 PM Þ 

new exhibit! Exhibit #5 Photographic Evidence

According to "Satanism In America" the Il Corduno or "horned hand" is a sign of recognition between practicing Satanists. Here is a picture of the salute taken from a Satanic manual. Notice how it is a one-handed salute, and that the palm of the hand faces outward. The following are a few examples among numerous times where Bush has been seen flashing this 'devil's salute'.

His lame explanation? According to Bush, what he is doing is not giving the internationally recognized sign for devil worshippers. According to him, he is really giving the sign of the University of Texas Longhorns. But this deception doesn't hold water for two very good reasons. #1 George W Bush never attended the University of Texas. He received his undergraduate degree from Yale University. The University of Texas law school turned him down because his record at Yale was so mediocre. Family connections enabled him to get into Harvard Business school instead. Let's face it - nobody in their right mind goes around continually flashing the sign of a college they never attended, a college that rejected him. I suggest that he picked it up at college all right, but while attending Yale, after joining a Satanic cult called "Skull and Bones". #2 There is another very good reason why his alibi just doesn't wash. Anybody who knows anything about the University of Texas knows that Bush isn't flashing the sign of the Texas Longhorns at all. This following is a picture of a University of Texas student giving the Longhorns salute. Notice how BOTH hands are used, and the back rather than the palms of the hands are facing outwards to better simulate Texas LonghornS. It is apparent from the evidence I've accumulated here, that Bush was definitely NOT giving the University of Texas Longhorns salute. He WAS giving the Satanic 'horned hand' salute.

posted by Irdial , 10:46 PM Þ

feel free not to post your results.
posted by Irdial , 8:56 PM Þ 

bought them by the box of 10. Still have some of the boxes.

I have some of these, with the box.

and some of these SONY cassettes from almost all eras.

I had a Nakamichi cassette deck, but never any of their cassettes.

I rember a cassette that had a metal body, I think if was made by Memorex, each one was suitably heavy and substantial...they didnt last long in the market!

What an astonishng site; obsessive Russian Geeks!

And look at this auction item!!!
posted by Irdial , 7:56 PM Þ 

Not One Damn Dime!

Boycott Bush's inauguration by not spending any money on inauguration day


Since our leaders don't have the moral courage to speak out against the war in Iraq, Inauguration Day, Thursday, January 20th, 2005 is "Not One Damn Dime Day" in America.

On "Not One Damn Dime Day" those who oppose what is happening in our name in Iraq can speak up with a 24-hour national boycott of all forms of consumer spending.


So, someone somewhere is getting some braincel co-operation!

Now, the next step, spelt out for you:

"The good half

We the people of the good half, the half of America that represents the people that believe in the principles that this great country was upon, are going to boycott the US government this April 15th. Since it is impossible to alter the policies of our elected officials through the ballot box, and violence is againt the nature of good people everywhere, we choose simply not to finance this government in its headlong rush to invade Iran and cause more chaos and hatred towards Americans in the world.

We, the good half of America cannot with a clear concience, continue to finance the destruction of our country and the lives of other people in other countries..."

You get the picture.

Why should they just boycott the inaguration? After the inaguration, then what? Business as usual with the invasions and this false 'war on terror'?

The logical conclusion is that all the people who did not vote for The Neocon Cabal 'Bush' should withdraw their services, meaning their money, until such time as their government returns to its proper place. That means that on April 15th, they simply do not comply. 30 million people doing it should be enough to bring it all to a grinding halt.

You cannot be expected to finance the killing of innocents. You have a moral duty not to. They can do this with a clear concience. They MUST do this.

posted by Irdial , 7:31 PM Þ 

My choice. But not for at least 12 years....
posted by Alun , 6:15 PM Þ 

Hello all, long time since I've posted here, I know, but rest assured I've been lurking and soaking it up. Couldn't pass on posting this incredible find of information archaeology: Project C-90, a massive collection of cassette tape brands for your browsing pleasure. I know that Capt.D has professed his (once?) devoted love of the cassette mix tape. Here are a couple of the tapes that bring back fond memories for me:

Memorex dBS Type 1- 90 minue
Maxell XL-II Type 2 - 90 minute
Sony HI-Fi Type 1 - 90 minute

And you?
posted by Josh Carr , 4:39 PM Þ 

No, no and no.

Has The Wire's conception of the word 'review' degenerated to such a point that they feel justified in providing 100 words of subjective background information and a single sentence, or even phrase, which makes any effort whatsoever to address the content of the item they are supposedly analysing?

>Have the Hafler Trio now tipped the balance too far towards the allure of majestic packaging to the detriment of the music?
>Are their recent offerings just lazy drones, their dullness masked by the exoticism and mysticism of associated quoted texts and images?
>Are they nothing more, now, than affected poseurs pushing mediocre works on the back of their esoteric proclamations?
posted by Mess Noone , 3:48 PM Þ 

Friday, January 14, 2005


I have been forced to removed my mp3's by my hosting service ( because of the following letter they recieved from the International Federation of the Phonographic Industry (IFPI).

Who knew the Brits had Chuck Ds back?

I have never personally received any such letters, and it was only after I inquired about my site being suspended that it was forwarded to me.

In the next week or so I shall be moving the site to a new hosting service, a move I was planning on making anyway. So check back in a week or so and we should be up and running here.

In the meantime, let me restate for the record what I have said before:

I run this site for the purpose of promoting music and bands that I feel would benefit from this exposure. I always encourage my readers to purchase material from artists and I provide links to do so, as well as links to further material on these artists. I do not maintain this site for the purpose of people obtaining music for free at the expense of the artists and publishers.
I don't give a rat's ass about the rights of downloaders.

I fully support the rights of the artists that I feature on this site, and if any artist or label has a problem with a post, I encourage them to contact and the song(s) will be immediately removed.

And if these requests ultimately make it too dificult to continue this site then so be it.



'I dont give a rat's ass about the rights of downloaders'.

This doesnt make any sense; he says he will take down whatever people ask upon request, but thinks its wrong that he is asked to take it all down by the very people he says he respects and supports.

He doesnt care about the rights of downloaders, but wants them to be able to access his site and its 'service' so that he can promote the bands he thinks needs it. He clearly thinks its his right to promote bands in whatever way he sees fit, including using their works
so that he can get commission for each CD sale refered by him.

If you want to do a service for someone, then thats fine, ask permission to do this service. You cannot use as an excuse for hosting MP3s that you are helping someone get promotion; some of these bands could easily say that they dont want this 'service' performed for them at all.

Very poor reasoning. If you want to run a site hosting MP3s for free thats fine, but don't post jumbled up thinking and absurd justifications when it gets pulled down. Honestly!

Or was this simply a note written in incandescent anger. Who knows?

We all know that these blogs drive sales of CDs and dont hurt sales, BUT get your arguments straight BEFORE you cry about getting shut down, and for heavens sake, dont expect sympathy from anyone when you blantantly (yes, blantantly) shout your contempt for other peoples rights.
posted by Irdial , 2:03 PM Þ 

American Airlines Customer Relations
P.O. Box 619612 MD 2400
DFW Airport, TX 75261-9612Ê

14 January, 2005

To whom it may concern,

On Sunday, January 9th, I flew AA51 from London Gatwick to
Dallas-Fort Worth. At Gatwick, I was confronted with a security
check that exceeded sense and decency and, I feel, creates a
terrible potential liability for your airline.

At Gatwick, I was directed to a security podium before I checking
in for my flight. The security officer asked me a series of
questions, such as:

* Where are you flying?

* How long have you owned your luggage for?

* Have any of your electronics been serviced recently?

* Why are you flying this route?

This last one was a little weird: the route I was flying had been
selected for me by the computer running's reservation
system, but I answered anyway, wanting to be cooperative. Then
the officer asked me where I would be staying in the USA:

"I will be staying with a friend tonight, at a hotel near LAX
tomorrow, and with a different friend in Tarzana for the rest of
the week."

The security officer then handed me a blank piece of paper and
said, "Please write down the names and addresses of everyone
you're staying with in the USA."

I actually began to write this out when I was brought up short.
"Wait a second -- since when does AA compile a written dossier on
the names and addresses of my friends? Why are you asking me
this? Do you have a privacy policy and a data-retention policy I
can inspect prior to this?"

The security officer told me that this was a Transport Security
Agency (TSA) regulation. I asked for the name or number of the
regulation, its text, and the details of the data-retention and
privacy practices in place at AA UK. The security officer wasn't
able to answer my questions, and she went to get her supervisor.

After several minutes, her supervisor appeared and said, after
introducing himself, "Sir, this is for your own protection."

I think it's pretty hard to argue that making passengers produce
written dossiers on their friends' home addresses makes planes in
the sky secure. I asked again if this was really a TSA regulation
and what AA's privacy and data-retention policies are.

The officer said, "This is a TSA regulation."

I said, "Why didn't I have to provide this information when I
flew out of Gatwick on US Air in December then?"

He said, "Well, you know that American Airlines has had some
terrible things happen to it in the past."

I asked "So the TSA wrote a special regulation for AA? What is
the name of this regulation, and what is your data-retention and
privacy policy?"

He didn't know the answer and went off to fetch the terminal
supervisor for AA.

Several more minutes passed, and then the supervisor appeared. He
had looked over my documents and said, "Sir, I'm sorry, you are a
Platinum AAdvantage member and shouldn't have been asked this
question." I thanked him and asked him if he knew what AA's
privacy and data-retention policies were. He didn't.

In the past few days, I've told this story to many friends in the
US and the UK and they've all been shocked by it. It's really
stuck in my craw, and left me with three questions for your

1. What is the AA privacy and data-retention policy?

2. Do non-Platinum flyers have to provide dossiers on their
friends on demand from an AA officer? Why?

3. Is there a TSA regulation that requires you to gather this
information? What is the number or name of that regulation and
where can I get a copy of it?

Under the UK Data Protection Act, AA is required to be
accountable for the personal information it collects from the
public. On presentation of a nominal fee of ten pounds, AA is
expected to provide a reasonable accounting of what information
it has gathered from me and how it uses that information. I
believe gathering these dossiers means that you incur this
liability not only to me, but to all of my friends, too -- in
other words, if you require me to give you my friends' name and
address, my friends also have the right to find out how you use
that information. This explodes your data-retention liability,
potentially by an order of magnitude.

I was told that I came under extra scrutiny at the podium because
I was flying from the UK to the US on a Canadian passport; that
is, a passport that doesn't come from either the origin or
destination of my flight. I fly a lot to the USA, and other
airlines don't seem to have this policy. Should I take this to
mean that if I continue to fly AA on this customary UK-US voyage
of mine, I can expect to be given a hassle every time I fly?

I'm cc'ing this note to my colleagues at the Electronic Frontier
Foundation, to my friend John Gilmore who is currently suing the
TSA over some of its regulations, and to the website I co-edit,
Boing Boing (, which has over 200,000 daily
readers. I will be very interested to hear your reply.

I would appreciate a response by February 1, 2005.

Thank you,

Cory Doctorow

AAdvantage Number: XXXXXXX

This is yet another example of why people are shunning the USA. Here in the UK there is a massive advertising campaign in full swing to get people to go on holiday there.

Clearly there has been a large refusal to go to america for a holiday, and why not? Why should anyone risk being humiliated, being turned back, having their family separated and brutalized, or othewise having their holiday ruined by some facist enabler at an airport or US 'Homeland Security' when you can go everywhere else in the world for a vacation hassle free?

This is the campaign - 'See America' is what it is called. There are posters all over London, and TV spots running. Clearly people have some sense, and are staying away in droves.

On of the billboards, which is at Earls Court, features Spiderman. It reads, 'You've seen the movie, now visit the set'. Hmmmm. Everyone says 'no thanks'.
posted by Irdial , 1:43 PM Þ 
posted by Irdial , 1:34 PM Þ 

to the detriment of the music?...

Has something in particular porked your pigue, or is it general squealing?

Not that I entirely disagree about some.

Screed on the shuffle
posted by meau meau , 11:14 AM Þ 

Have the Hafler Trio now tipped the balance too far towards the allure of majestic packaging to the detriment of the music?

Are their recent offerings just lazy drones, their dullness masked by the exoticism and mysticism of associated quoted texts and images?

Are they nothing more, now, than affected poseurs pushing mediocre works on the back of their esoteric proclamations?
posted by Alun , 10:41 AM Þ 



Who doesn't think this 'man' is on remote control?
posted by meau meau , 9:45 AM Þ 
Wednesday, January 19, 2005

The image “” cannot be displayed, because it contains errors.
posted by Irdial , 10:34 PM Þ 

US soldiers in Iraq approach a car after opening fire when it failed to stop at a checkpo
int. Despite warning shots it continued to drive towards their dusk patrol in Tal Afar on 18 January.

Chris Hondros a photographer with Getty News was on hand to record these pictures.

Inside the car were an Iraqi family of seven. The mother and father were killed but their five children in the backseat survived, one with a non-life threatening wound.

As the children get out of the car one of them screams, her hands covered in blood...

Why does that soldier have a hood on in this photo?!

Murderers in action.

Note how all of the soldiers faces are obscured, or blurred.

Can you imagine it? And this is what they let us see!
posted by Irdial , 4:18 PM Þ 

Clause 20 deals with antisocial behaviour orders and a new civil order—the intervention order—to be attached to an ASBO where the underlying causes of the antisocial behaviour relate to drug misuse.
In that context, the Bill deals with so-called magic mushrooms. The chemicals inside them are class A drugs; the mushrooms themselves are class A drugs, if prepared or in the form of a product. The Bill will end uncertainty by making it clear that all magic mushrooms, in whatever form, are class A drugs, and will make it an offence, to import, export, produce, supply, possess or possess with intent to supply magic mushrooms in any form.

Jon Owen Jones (Cardiff Central, Lab/Co-op)
That part of the Bill deals with an anomalous position, but it also raises other anomalies. [...] The drug grows widely naturally in this country and people could have it in their gardens without knowing it. Are they committing an offence? [...] What benefit will that bring?

Charles Clarke (Norwich South, Lab) We are looking in detail at the position on khat—

Paul Flynn (Newport West, Lab) Oh no.

Charles Clarke (Norwich South, Lab) My hon. Friend is in despair at that proposal. We are addressing the status of magic mushrooms in particular because the chemicals inside them are class A drugs [...]

Paul Flynn (Newport West, Lab) [...] I want to be clear about the meaning of the provisions. He referred to the possession of magic mushrooms. I own a garden—as do the Queen and the Church of England. If magic mushrooms appear in those gardens, the Bill changes the law so that they become a class A drug for which people can be thrown into the slammer for seven years. Is my right hon. Friend really saying that we should treat the possession of a growing magic mushroom in the same way as we treat someone who owns a crack house?

Charles Clarke (Norwich South, Lab) [Didn't answer the question]

Brian Iddon (Bolton South East, Lab) Bearing in mind the fact that we declassified cannabis from class B to class C on the grounds of its harm, what evidence is there that psilocybe mushrooms are as harmful as heroin or either form of cocaine?

Charles Clarke (Norwich South, Lab) Again, we are in the hands of the experts, and the fact is that the hallucinogenic effects of the chemicals in the mushrooms are similar to those of LSD.

Pete Wishart (North Tayside, SNP) [...]

Charles Clarke (Norwich South, Lab) Let me be quite candid. There have been two or three interventions from Labour Members and from the Opposition that suggest a tolerance or understanding of people who use those drugs for their own pleasure, or whatever they do. I do not share that view in any respect whatsoever [...]


Can you hear the CLUNK of another bad gear change? Magic mushrooms are not addictive and do not contribute to the types of crime Clunk would wish to prevent, maybe the sight of the great unwashed at Notting Hill market is affecting the value of New Labour second homes, or something. It is a matter of time before they will be wanting every fruit of the forest labelled and shrinkwrapped just like at the supermarket, if the forest hasn't already been sold off to the same.

By way of contrast:


  • Myristicin is the constiuent most responsible for its toxicity and hallucinogenic action.
  • Safrole, in isolation, and in high doses, is carcinogenic.

Maybe HM Government would care to bring in ASBOs (or even better electronic tagging and curfews) for those foolhardy citizens who let nettles grow in their gardens to the peril of any otherwise-law-abiding burglars and the like [Daily Mail type rant curtailed]

posted by meau meau , 9:46 AM Þ 

What I find interesting about the sound of the radar echoes received by Huygens during the last few kilometres of its descent onto Titan is the fact that is sounds just like a battery as it dies inside a Digitech Digital Reverb pedal. Hear, here for yourself.
posted by telle goode , 1:27 AM Þ 
Tuesday, January 18, 2005

…the notion of album integrity is outdated. You notice that we demand that artists selling music on the iTunes Music Store allow their works to be sold piecemeal—by songs rather than solely by album? Have you looked at the sales figures from our music store lately and the number of artists who are willing to sell their music this way?

from: Playlist: iPod Imaginings

too many fules.
posted by alex_tea , 6:23 PM Þ 

The Washington Post's Mensa Invitational asked readers to take any
word from the dictionary, alter it by adding, subtracting, or
changing one letter, and supply a new definition.

Here are the winners:

1. Intaxication: Euphoria at getting a tax refund, which lasts
until you realize it was your money to start with.

2. Reintarnation: Coming back to life as a hillbilly

3. Bozone (n.): The substance surrounding stupid people that stops
bright ideas from penetrating. The bozone layer, unfortunately,
shows little sign of breaking down in the near future.

4. Foreploy: Any misrepresentation about yourself for the purpose
of getting laid.

5. Cashtration (n.): The act of buying a house, which renders the
subject financially impotent for an indefinite period.

6. Giraffiti: Vandalism spray-painted very, very high.

7. Sarchasm: The gulf between the author of sarcastic wit and the
person who doesn't get it.

8. Inoculatte: To take coffee intravenously when you are running

9. Hipatitis: Terminal coolness.

10. Osteopornosis: A degenerate disease. (This one got extra

11. Karmageddon: It's like, when everybody is sending off all these
really bad vibes, right? And then, like, the Earth explodes and
it's like, a serious bummer.

12. Decafalon (n.): The grueling event of getting through the day
consuming only things that are good for you.

13. Glibido: All talk and no action.

14. Dopeler effect: The tendency of stupid ideas to seem smarter
when they come at you rapidly.

15. Arachnoleptic fit (n.): The frantic dance performed just after
you've accidentally walked through a spider web.

16. Beelzebug (n.): Satan in the form of a mosquito, that gets into
your bedroom at three in the morning and cannot be cast out.

17. Caterpallor (n.): The color you turn after finding half a worm
in the fruit you're eating.

And the pick of the literature:

18. Ignoranus: A person who's both stupid and an asshole.
posted by Claus Eggers , 4:36 PM Þ 

blah blah cough

Opt-out right for NHS IT database

... A second option of sealing the most sensitive data in an "electronic envelope" for use only in emergencies is also being offered.

Sounds like group pgp encryption doesn't it?

Something you might expect to be standard for all records and not an (hidden) optional extra. Again no mention of 'that company'.


Also the government is extending it's 'if there's a problem throw legislation and technology' attitude to access to children.

I can't think of any reason how electronic tagging of parents will solve this problem, perhaps a prize for the person who can. Again this shows how the government is continually pushing the punishments for civil offences towards those for criminal offences.
posted by meau meau , 1:34 PM Þ 

German Court: selective filtering out of e-mails may constitute an offense

Selectively filtering out the e-mails of a specific sender may constitute an offense. This the Higher Regional Court (OLG) in the German city of Karlsruhe found in a legal dispute between a university from the German federal state of Baden-Württemberg and one of its former academic assistants [...]

posted by meau meau , 1:29 PM Þ 

NL police massively fines citizens without ID

12 January, 2005

On 1 January 2005, a new law went into force in the Netherlands obliging everybody above the age of 14 to always show ID when asked. Dutch police has immediately started to use the new power by fining dozens of citizens for not being able to present a valid passport, drivers license or ID card. Most citizens were given double fines, for example for riding on a bicycle without proper illlumination, or hanging out in groups and thus presenting a possible threat to the 'public order'. In the city of Rotterdam alone, 20 fines were issued within the first 24 hours of the new obligation. Two of the first fines that became public have raised serious concerns about the actual intentions of the police with their new power.

The double fining is an indication of what will precipitate from a compulsory ID scheme, and why it will discriminate agianst ethnic minorities, who are most likely to be stopped by PCs anyway

A young man attended the new-year's reception of the municipality of Nijmegen, and held up a banner protesting against the policy to evict asylum seekers. He was arrested and asked to show ID. When he refused to do so, the police took him to the local police station and held him for several hours. In the end he was sent home without a fine, but his right to demonstrate was undermined completely.

A second incident was covered in the eight o' clock national TV news on 8 January 2004. A 14-year old girl in the municipality of Wijk en Aalburg was arrested in the very early hours of 1 January 2005 for not being able to show ID, together with 20 other kids. She spent 5 and a half hours in a police cell, without any indication of any possible misdemeanour other than being in the wrong place at the wrong time.

Before 1 January 2005 a large majority of Dutch people supported the new law, in support for any measure that could help increase security. After 1 January, many people start to realise they have to bear the costs themselves, starting at 30 euro for an ID card, but amounting up to 100 euro in case of losing a card or passport. The owner of the website 'gelijkoversteken' (hand over simultaneously), calls on all citizens to demand to see the ID of any supervisor or police officer in return for showing theirs. He reports numerous incidents of coloured people being asked for their ID without any other apparent reason than the colour of their skin.

The Council of State, the highest legal advisory body in the Netherlands, strongly criticised the proposed law for the lack of any substantive evidence that it would help in the battle against terrorism. This criticism was bluntly ignored by Cabinet and Parliament. In a bold new year's speech the mayor of Wageningen, Mr Pechtold, spoke out against the new law and called it an example of The Hague idiocy to lure the general public into a false sense of security.

NOS news item (in Dutch, 08.01.2004)

Website Gelijk Oversteken (in Dutch)

Is that what you want? Because that's what would happen.

posted by meau meau , 10:50 AM Þ 

File photo of Charlie Bell(L) and James Cantalupo(R). The two former McDonald's CEOs, died within a year. As people regret the early ending of their lives, their death raises rumors and criticism of the security of the company's food. (File photo)
File photo of Charlie Bell(L) and James Cantalupo(R).
The two former McDonald's CEOs, died within a year.
As people regret the early ending of their lives, their
death raises rumors and criticism of the security of the
company's food. (File photo)

BEIJING, Jan. 18 (Xinhuanet) -- Charlie Bell and James Cantalupo, the two former McDonald's CEOs, died within a year. As people regret the early ending of their lives, their death raises rumors and criticism of the security of the company's food.

Charlie Bell, CEO of McDonald, died of colorectal cancer at the age of 44 on Jan 17, 2005. McDonald's announced his death Sunday evening in the United States.

In May 2004, a few weeks after taking over from Mr Cantalupo, who died in 2004 April at the age of 60 after suffering a heart attack while attending a McDonald's franchisees convention in Florida, he was told he had colorectal cancer. Bell, who had surgery last May, resigned from his job in November 2004.

The Australian is an advocate of his own product who would eat McDonald's for breakfast. He worked for McDonald's at age of 15 and had hamburgers since then. [...]

posted by Irdial , 9:29 AM Þ 

- About Streamline -

Streamline is a streaming media web application written in php. By taking advantage of the HTTP streming support in most modern media players, Streamline allows you to access your media library from remote machines in an on-demand manner. Unlike icecast/shoutcast iservers, which act like radio stations and do not let the user choose what they want to hear, Streamline allows users to browse their entire media library and, with a click of a button, listen to whatever they want. Simply choose a media file or set of files and they being to play immediately on your local media player.
posted by Irdial , 8:13 AM Þ 
Monday, January 17, 2005

This website:

has some interesting thoughts and a self portrait to kill for!
posted by Irdial , 9:39 PM Þ 

I like Jon Ronson. He has a good radio series on BBC Radio 4 at the moment which is, at least, entertaining, and at best wonderfully insightful. You can listen to it. Here.

Here he discusses DayGlo

Two images from Stephen Gill's Invisible photographs
High invisibility jackets... two images from Stephen Gill's Invisible photographs.

Stephen Gill likes to photograph things so insignificant they barely exist - the backs of billboards, cashpoint machines, and so on. Now he calls me and says he's been photographing invisibility. He shows me some of the pictures. They are of rail and street repair workers wearing bright, fluorescent "High Visibility" jackets. Stephen says he got the idea for the series because he wears a fluorescent jacket when he's taking photographs and doesn't want to draw attention to himself - when he wears his fluorescent jacket, he says, nobody gives him a second glance.

posted by Alun , 7:45 PM Þ 

Together in electric dreams

A computer program is changing the face of the music business by allowing record labels to predict a hit at the click of a mouse. Is this the death of pop as we know it, asks Jo Tatchell, or a new hope for unsigned bands everywhere?

Monday January 17, 2005
The Guardian

Norah Jones
Norah Jones ... HSS predicted her success despite industry scepticism
Martin and Ruth, aka Spike, the next big girl/boy duo (so they hope) add some synth and a new background vocal to the mix. He saves the song and she emails it to Polyphonic Human Media Interface who, within 24 hours, will tell them whether their song will be a hit. When the results arrive they hover over the 20in screen and click on the returned mail. There is a graph, showing a cluster of many dots, like a constellation, and somewhere in the cluster a red spot. The spot marks their song, not quite a bullseye, but still in the throng. "It's scored a seven," Ruth says, scanning down. "We're in. The record company will definitely meet us now." Their future suddenly looks a lot rosier.

Sounds unlikely? It shouldn't. Because, while no one's talking about it, it seems that the whole record industry is already using just this process. From unsigned acts dreaming in their garage, to multinationals such as Sony and Universal, everyone is clandestinely using a new and controversial technology to gain an edge on their competitors. And just as with athletes and performance-enhancing drugs, there is a remarkable reluctance to talk about it. But the secret is out: the record biz, once that bastion of wayward creative flair, is succumbing to the plain old-fashioned science of statistical analysis. [...]

But its greatest usefulness might be, as Smith says, in "helping with that all too frequent record company problem - a band that has written an album without any hits on it. Using the technology they might be able to write the radio-friendly songs required for the album release." [...]

Ho hum, computer illiterates and imaginationless drones to the fore!

What this article predictably fails to understand are two things; firstly, the software itself will be cloned, and everyone will have access to the same facility. Secondly, the benefits of it will not be what was said in the second paragraph that I quoth; the REAL benefit will be to show statistically that what you are presenting has never been done before.

Of course, real record labels wont need to use this or any software to decide what is worthwhile or not, because the only software they require sits between the ears of the people who run the label.

And anyway, pop music is already dead you idiots!

posted by Irdial , 4:33 PM Þ 

Someone has gone and put up lights
on the main road around my neck
of the woods, a bit like the christmas lights
but there's a crescent/star and a candle
and a few other shapes.
I think it may be to do with eid ul-adha which is apparently a festival of sacrifice beginning on friday. It seems as though its traditional to kill an animal at this festival.

Anyway the lights seem nicer than the christmas ones, probably because they're newer, it'll be nice to see them lit up on the way home.
posted by meau meau , 10:54 AM Þ 
Sunday, January 16, 2005

Martian Moon Eclipses Sun, in Stages
Martian Moon Eclipses Sun, in Stages
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posted by Irdial , 10:50 PM Þ 
posted by Irdial , 6:05 PM Þ 

I thought the radar sounds were very exiting; what we were listening to was the sound of the probe as it approached the surface of Titan, getting closer and closer, the sonar reflections getting returned quicker and quicker, until it slammed into the ground with a high pitched scream that was suddenly cut off.

Astonishing. It gave a real impression of the descent; you can imagine it hanging from the parachute, pinging the ground. For such a simple form and amount of data, it gives a very vivid picture.

As for the wind sounds, the microphone only collected bursts of sounds. The loud parts are the actual bursts, the lower, background sounds are a computer generated approximation of the wind sounds to give the general public an idea of what a contiguous recording would sound like.

Cassini was launched before MP3 compression, before cheap CCDs for mobile phones and all of the other cool tools we have to hand, which is why the amount of data returned was so 'small'.

ESA / NASA have done something really and truely brilliant.
posted by Irdial , 2:43 PM Þ 

Wow, I listened to those Huygens it just me or does the alien winds file have a little rhythmic melody in the background, going "bim-ba-diddle-bim, bim-ba-diddle-bim, bim-ba-diddle-bim, bim-ba-diddle-bim" etc?

The radar sounds were hilarious, but they do remind me of the crazy frog.
posted by captain davros , 2:24 PM Þ 

This.... this exhausts me, I am without understanding of the entire situation. There is nothing left to say.

Number 1: It's the economy, stupid.

Bush warns of US pension crisis
President George W Bush
President Bush faces Democrat criticism of his domestic agenda
US President George W Bush has said that the nation's social security fund is close to bankruptcy.

Mr Bush used his weekly radio address to warn that future generations of Americans may have to rely on private investments for a retirement income.

He urged younger workers to begin using private accounts to ease stress on the traditional state-run system.

Mr Bush has said reform is vital if big tax rises are to be avoided. Democrats and unions are opposed to the changes.

"If we do not act now, government will eventually be left with two choices: dramatically reduce benefits or impose a massive economically ruinous tax increase," Mr Bush said.

He said leaving such a situation to young Americans would be a "generational betrayal".[...]

Number 2: It's the willagawd/willathepeeple, stupid

US voters 'endorsed Iraq policy'
George W Bush
George W Bush believes the US public are behind him on Iraq
President George W Bush has said his re-election has vindicated his administration's policy on Iraq.

Mr Bush said there was no need to hold any of his officials accountable for mistakes or misjudgements in pre-war planning or managing the aftermath.

In an interview in Sunday's Washington Post he said that his re-election was an "accountability moment".

The publication of the interview comes as Mr Bush prepares for the start of his second term on Thursday.

The newspaper asked Mr Bush why no-one had been held responsible for wrong information about weapons of mass destruction in Iraq or mistakes made after the US-led war.

"Well, we had an accountability moment, and that's called the 2004 election," he replied.


When asked why the administration had so far failed to locate Osama Bin Laden, more than three years after the 11 September 2001 attacks on the US, the president responded, "Because he's hiding."


Number 3: It's definitely not WMD, stupid.

U.S. calls off search for Iraqi WMDs

Bush stands by decision to go to war, spokesman says

Thursday, January 13, 2005 Posted: 0221 GMT (1021 HKT)
Despite intensive searches, no banned Iraqi weapons were found after the fall of Saddam Hussein's regime.
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Political implications of the end of the search for WMDs.

The U.S. ends its search for weapons of mass destruction in Iraq.

WASHINGTON (CNN) -- U.S. inspectors have ended their search for weapons of mass destruction in Iraq in recent weeks, a U.S. intelligence official told CNN.

The United States is taking steps to determine how it received erroneous intelligence that deposed Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein was developing and stockpiling nuclear, chemical and biological weapons, White House spokesman Scott McClellan said Wednesday.

"Our friends and allies had the same intelligence that we had when it came to Saddam Hussein," he said. "Now we need to continue to move forward to find out what went wrong and to correct those flaws.

The last one is so funny... I could cry.

posted by Alun , 1:16 PM Þ 

A Message From The Iraq Resistance

"We are simple people who chose principles over fear."

People of the world! These words come to you from those who up to the day of the invasion were struggling to survive under the sanctions imposed by the criminal regimes of the U.S. and Britain .

We are simple people who chose principles over fear.

We have suffered crimes and sanctions, which we consider the true weapons of mass destruction.

Years and years of agony and despair, while the condemned UN traded with our oil revenues in the name of world stability and peace.

Over two million innocents died waiting for a light at the end of a tunnel that only ended with the occupation of our country and the theft of our resources.

After the crimes of the administrations of the U.S and Britain in Iraq , we have chosen our future. The future of every resistance struggle ever in the history of man.

It is our duty, as well as our right, to fight back the occupying forces, which their nations will be held morally and economically responsible; for what their elected governments have destroyed and stolen from our land.

We have not crossed the oceans and seas to occupy Britain or the U.S. nor are we responsible for 9/11. These are only a few of the lies that these criminals present to cover their true plans for the control of the energy resources of the world, in face of a growing China and a strong unified Europe . It is Ironic that the Iraqi,s are to bear the full face of this large and growing conflict on behalf of the rest of this sleeping world.

We thank all those, including those of Britain and the U.S. , who took to the streets in protest against this war and against Globalism. We also thank France, Germany and other states for their position, which least to say are considered wise and balanced, til now.

Today, we call on you again.

We do not require arms or fighters, for we have plenty.

We ask you to form a world wide front against war and sanctions. A front that is governed by the wise and knowing. A front that will bring reform and order. New institutions that would replace the now corrupt.

Stop using the U.S. dollar, use the Euro or a basket of currencies. Reduce or halt your consumption of British and U.S. products. Put an end to Zionism before it ends the world. Educate those in doubt of the true nature of this conflict and do not believe their media for their casualties are far higher than they admit.

We only wish we had more cameras to show the world their true defeat.

The enemy is on the run. They are in fear of a resistance movement they can not see nor predict.

We, now choose when, where, and how to strike. And as our ancestors drew the first sparks of civilization, we will redefine the word 'conquest.'

Today we write a new chapter in the arts of urban warfare.

Know that by helping the Iraqi people, you are helping yourselves, for tomorrow may bring the same destruction to you.

In helping the Iraqi people does not mean dealing for the Americans for a few contracts here and there. You must continue to isolate their strategy.

This conflict is no longer considered a localized war. Nor can the world remain hostage to the never-ending and regenerated fear that the American people suffer from in general.

We will pin them here in Iraq to drain their resources, manpower, and their will to fight. We will make them spend as much as they steal, if not more.

We will disrupt, then halt the flow of our stolen oil, thus, rendering their plans useless.

And the earlier a movement is born, the earlier their fall will be.

And to the American soldiers we say, you can also choose to fight tyranny with us. Lay down your weapons, and seek refuge in our mosques, churches and homes. We will protect you. And we will get you out of Iraq , as we have done with a few others before you.

Go back to your homes, families, and loved ones. This is not your war. Nor are you fighting for a true cause in Iraq .

And to George W. Bush, we say, "You have asked us to 'Bring it on', and so have we. Like never expected. Have you another challenge?"

posted by Irdial , 2:07 AM Þ 

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