Saturday, January 29, 2005

I am a total geek

Not without some quality photos, you're not.
posted by meau meau , 5:53 PM Þ 

Streets of Rage Against The Machinehead
posted by alex_tea , 4:47 PM Þ 

Just because I am a total geek I am going to subject you all to this.
My completed audio system.

I am in audio heaven. Hail to thee, EL34.
posted by Barrie , 6:58 AM Þ 
Friday, January 28, 2005

UK's Ministry Of Defense
UFO Files Released

By Robert Verkaik
The Independent - UK

They contain Britain's very own X-Files: thousands of classified documents detailing credible observations of unidentified flying objects reported by RAF personnel, British Airways pilots and senior police officers
posted by Irdial , 8:56 PM Þ 

You ask for money? Here it is:

Puzzling "UFO coin" (front)
Rare coin researchers still don't know if the object depicted on this 17th century French coin (jeton) is some kind of UFO or a representation of the Biblical Ezekiel's wheel.
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Back side of "UFO coin"
The "tail's side" of the mysterious UFO coin made in the 1680s in France depicts rain falling.
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Centuries' Old UFO Coin Remains Mystery

An unidentified flying object on a 17th century French coin continues to mystify rare coin experts.

Colorado Springs, CO (PRWEB) January 28, 2005 -- After decades of seeking possible answers about a mysterious UFO-like design on a 17th century French copper coin, a prominent numismatic expert says it remains just that: an unidentified flying object. After a half-century of research, the design has defied positive identification by the numismatic community.

"It was made in the 1680s in France and the design on one side certainly looks like it could be a flying saucer in the clouds over the countryside," said Kenneth E. Bressett of Colorado Springs, Colorado, a former President of the 32,000-member American Numismatic Association and owner of the curious coin.

"Is it supposed to be a UFO of some sort, or a symbolic representation of the Biblical Ezekiel's wheel? After 50 years of searching, I've heard of only one other example of it, and nothing to explain the unusual design."

Bressett said the mysterious piece is not really a coin, but a "jeton," a coin-like educational tool that was commonly used to help people count money, or sometimes used as a money substitute for playing games. It is about the size of a U.S. quarter-dollar and similar to thousands of other jetons with different religious and educational designs that were produced and used in Europe during the 16th and 17th centuries.

"The design on this particular piece could be interpreted as showing either a UFO or Ezekiel's wheel, but little else. Some people think the Old Testament reference to Ezekiel's wheel may actually be a description of a long-ago UFO," he explained.

"The legend written in Latin around the rim is also mystifying. 'OPPORTUNUS ADEST' translates as 'It is here at an opportune time.' Is the object in the sky symbolic of needed rainfall, or a Biblical reference or visitors from beyond? We probably will never know for certain," said Bressett.

"It is part of the lure of numismatics that makes coin collecting so intriguing."
posted by Irdial , 8:43 PM Þ 

One of my favourite shops:

Now you can visit the store fronts of NYC without going there...

'Travelling without moving'
posted by Irdial , 5:16 PM Þ 

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posted by Alun , 4:59 PM Þ 

Bakelite Ray Gun.
posted by telle goode , 4:44 PM Þ 

You have acquaintances under "control orders" do you feel guilt by association - do you fear retribution?

Family and friends of terrorist suspects held under house arrest could be subject to tough sanctions even though they have not been accused of a crime, it was disclosed yesterday.

Charles Clarke, the Home Secretary, said people living with those subject to executive control orders could be banned from using the telephone or internet and searched every time they came home [...]


Blair also said yesterday that thiss proposed legislation will only affect a small number of people. That is simply untrue. You cannot write legislation to control 20 people - unless you control a fascist state. Legislation while targeted cannot be written in a 'discriminatory' way, the proposed legislation will give coverage as wide as the existing anti-terrorism laws, which you will remember have been used against numerous anti-war protestors (and those at the London arms fair) amongst others. Legislation deals with principles of action not acts by specific people.

We should also not be fooled by the hushed tones this is being announced in, we have to remember that this is a government that excels in adapting presentation of policies to get what it wishes. The proposals are as dangerous and wrong as many brought in via Blunkett's zealotry.
posted by meau meau , 9:38 AM Þ 
Thursday, January 27, 2005

Marshall Yaeger invented the Kaleidoplex Light Organ,

the Kaleidoplex Light Organ

[...]an optical projector to accompany live music improvisatorially. Whereas the common kaleidoscope (invented in 1816 by Sir David Brewster) divides an image into 6-12 "slices," the Kaleidoplex fragments an image into no less than 64 segments, and sometimes as many as 4,096 images, all traveling in different directions, “fractalizing” the music.[...]

He was fond of organ music, wrote the definitive biography of organist Virgil Fox, and put out a DVD of Fox playing Bach along with images from his Kaleidoplex Light Organ. You can view a clip here. Once the photogrpahs begin to come on, a couple of minutes in, it gets pretty good. Oh, and I do love the sound of those organ bass notes distorting on my computer headphones.
posted by Josh Carr , 3:09 PM Þ 

sheepdog trial without jury.



At what point do you think your actions may be misinterpreted:
When you voice an opinion?
When you vow to take active opposition?
When you voice these concerns in the street? In the community hall? In the mosque?

Will you feel more at risk of misinterpretation if:
You are young?
You are male?
You have a rare name?
Your skin is brown?

Do you feel:

Who do you think supplied this information?
Will your community become hermetic?
You have acquaintances under "control orders" do you feel guilt by association - do you fear retribution?
Does this feed into the above?

How will State prejudice be documented ? (On a NIR record?)
What can you do to correct such mistakes? How quickly?
posted by meau meau , 10:40 AM Þ 
Wednesday, January 26, 2005

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This advert is the perfect example of why I used to hate the Apple philosophy.

A philosophy that said, "You are too dumb to learn and thats OK".

Apple was a company that use to sell computers whose selling point was that you didnt have to learn in order to use them. In fact, this advert and many others made a virtue out of not having to learn. This was coming from a company that was selling itself as the makers of the best computers for education. Apalling and anti human in equal measure. Humans love to learn, they love challenges, they aspire, they collect knowledge - this is what is special about them. The Apple Macintosh was a tool that kept the user dumb; anathema to anyone with human curiosity about how things work.

Now of course, the anti learning OS that MacOS was has been completely dumped for a real OS, UNIX, 'arcane' command line and all, and lo and behold, its the best operating system ever, for the dumbest of the dumb and the higest of high evolutionaries and all in between.

You can 'just do your work' like the Apple devotees use to bleat, AND you can run Ruby (almost) straight out of the box; its the best of both worlds, and a miracle that Apple had the guts and foresight to completely abandon their previous OS for a completely fresh start. This is what sold me on Apple, and having finally bought one, it has performed as expected over the year that I have been runnning it. Perffectly.

I just had an uptime of 38 days, the restart due only to software update. It never fails. You can get into an uninterupted workflow with know the rest.

That caused this.
posted by Irdial , 10:34 PM Þ 

not really triplets but,

masquerade ball & chain
episode guide dog
doorman hunt
refugee whiz
cocktail wind
liberal cause for alarm
clear as a bell curve
Jimmy Page boy
Rod Laver camp
Alfred North Whitehead case
lumbar support group
new world order out
glass ceiling fan
stairmaster race
treadmill worker's daughter
sitting duck sauce
drive-in the doldrums
under the weather report
welcome back handed compliment
crocodile Tears For Fears
long in the tooth fairy
code red light district
by one's self-oscillation
helicopter crash at your pad
posted by telle goode , 9:58 PM Þ 

how you 'hear' names....

Dav hears my name right.

Once in sweden i went to a hospital and the lovely swedish lady called my name in swedish-style 'hearing' reading.

It came out:

AH-loon SHEEr-be(r)

(it's not ending 'bee', more ber-ish, but y is pronounced very strangely in swedish)
(as is ki)
posted by Alun , 8:58 PM Þ 

I apologise in advance for just how bad some of these are but once one of them came to me I couldn't stop myself...n.b. these are based on how I "hear" the names when I read them so I may have got them totally wrong. Moreover I realise that some of them are peculiarly English and some of them are just clutching at straws...

Alun Kirby My Baby
Meau Meau Money Mo' Problems
Telle Goode Morning
Chris J. Mascis
Barrie James Sutcliffe Richard
Captain Davros McWhirter
Mary13 age dream's so hard to beat
Claus Eggers Sørensen d me an angel
Josh Carr dboard box
Let me whisper in your Ir-dial Discs

*runs and hides, then peeps out...*
*then hides again*
posted by captain davros , 8:12 PM Þ 

Four Ever Rainbow Connection
Bikini wax poetic
French manicure all
posted by mary13 , 7:29 PM Þ 
posted by Irdial , 6:01 PM Þ 

Who wants to watch a match at the 2006 World Cup will have to let himself be probed to the core. First, there will be personal profiles made through a questionnaire, profiles which can then be linked to a movement profile by a spychip (RFID) in the ticket. "The World Cup is being abused by sponsors and the surveillance industry to introduce snooping-technology and to spy on the fans," Rena Tangens from the FoeBuD in Bielefeld (Germany) criticises. And this affects not only the lucky few who will actually gain entrance to the stadiums but everyone who tries to apply for one of the tickets from 1 February onwards. Aplications can only be made through the internet and many will be left empty-handed in the end. Not only will fans spark their teams each and every one of their entrance tickets sends out waves, too. Small RFID-spychips (RFID = Radio Frequency IDentification) will, allegedly, enhance security at the World Cup matches a miracle cure against terrorists, hooligans and black marketers they are [...]


So far, so 'voluntary' YKTR
posted by meau meau , 5:27 PM Þ 

Well it looks as though detention without trial in our fair and pleasant land is going to be replaced with “control orders”, which seem to be somewhere between a super-ASBO and house arrest. unfortunately this still doesn't address the fact that people are having their ability to lead a 'normal' life curtailed for an indefinite period and for no accountable reason (i.e. through trial). There shall be talk of slippery slopes and muddying the boundaries and some people will see this as a dangerous road to go down.

This unfortunately doesn't represent a change in the governments attitude that people can be 'inconvenienced' at the State's discretion without the real prospect of a trial - unless it is forced by accused themselves (K?). In fact it could be seen to be a worsening of the State's attitude to individual libertyin general - the detentions at Belmarsh could be read as a mistake by the government but now being told it was a mistake they are to actively pursue a change in the law to enshrine as much of their position as they can get away with. How badly drafted will the legislation have to be to give the general public concerns about 'function creep' ? Not very, certainly not as badly as the ID card bill.

Neither charging nor properly releasing these people is another CLUNK from the automatic. I think it might need to go back to the garage.


Make love not warthogs
posted by meau meau , 2:30 PM Þ 

Barbecue Bob James

and as for 'New Labour Camp'

that should have read:

New Labour Camp (Belmarsh)

posted by Irdial , 10:38 AM Þ 

Double Speak n' Spell
European Union Carbide (Disaster)
New Labour Camp
Black Widow Twanky
Haiku Klux Klan
Bruce Gilbert & Sullivan
posted by meau meau , 9:53 AM Þ 

the triplet list (to be extended already, thank you very much) has all the blogdial triplets I could find... so far. I haven't got Irdial-List archives to check (have I?). I'll claim ALL the triplets one day, my pretties.

We approach the 4th Anniversary of The First Blogdialian Triplet:

Thursday, February 01, 2001

On Monday:
Velvet Underground Resistance
you have been warned.
posted by Irdial Discs , 6:36 PM Þ

I'll await the issue of a commemorative triplet.
posted by Alun , 8:49 AM Þ 

The occult Bush family 'dossier'

"Adolf Hitler was obsessed with the occult, in his case the Thule Society, closely inter-connected with German Theosophists. The jolly roger, skull and cross bones, "der Totenkopf" was an emblem worn by Hitler's SS soldiers and was emblazoned on SS armoured cars and tanks (see images on this page). The SS was a religious cult of sworn Hitler/German ancestor worship.

If the Nazis' occult lodges had been exposed then shut down, not treated as a taboo, millions of lives could have been saved. A small price to pay for insane racism and the blood of millions of people. The second world war need never have happened. Unless you want the occult fuelling a totalitarian West's Third World War 'on terror' and their 'New World Order' - please - do your bit to expose George W. Bush, the bonesmen and other interconnected lodges round the world. "


posted by telle goode , 2:16 AM Þ 

Conet Project Management
Soldering Iron Maiden
Linkin Park Keeper
The Halfer Trio Bulgarka
Father Christmas Pudding
Queen Elizabeth Taylor
Michael Jackson Browne
HTML Decoration
Vehicle Derek Batey
Housewarming Party Political Broadcast
King Kurt Vonnegut
Santa Claus Kinski
Shaving Foam Rubber
Tesco co pops
Barbecue Beef Jerky
posted by captain davros , 1:30 AM Þ 
posted by Irdial , 1:19 AM Þ 

Satan Displays Bush 'Hook 'em' Hand Gesture; Is The Devil a UT Fan Too?

Prison Planet | January 22 2005

Since our feature on the use of the Satanic hand gesture during the inauguration we have received a massive volume of E mail.

We have received E mail from people claiming that the signal is sign language for 'I love you'. This is only true in the case of the thumb being extended outward (see here). As you can see from the Bush family photos, in no instance is the thumb extended outward.

Additionally, people still seem to think the signal is solely the 'hook 'em horns' UT symbol. We know this to be true but this doesn't answer our primary questions.

1) If the symbol denotes Texas football or UT, why are people like Silvio Berlusconi and Bill Clinton doing it too? They have no links with Texas.

2) Why are the Bush family so obsessed with the signal, displaying it dozens of times during both the inauguration an the evening ball? A few times maybe we could accept, but why this many? What has Texas sports got do with a national inauguration?

We have now uncovered photos where the gesture is used in a clearly Satanic context.

This is an album cover by the rock band Dio. The album is called Holy Diver. Dio's singer is former Black Sabbath frontman Ronnie James. The Satan character is clearly displaying the same hand signal. Is he a fan of the Texas Longhorns too?

This is a photo of an apparent Satanic ritual. We are yet to find the source. The diablo symbol is clear again.

WOW - even King Abdullah and Putty Pute are fans, everybody's doing it!

Go Long Horns!

After we broke our first story, the Associated Press released an article discussing how Europeans were shocked at the Satanic hand signals.



posted by Irdial , 1:11 AM Þ 

Lydia Lunch Hour
Satanic Greeting Card
Baby Talk Radio
Finger Print Preview
Identity Card Game
War Years Ago
Suicide Bomber Jacket
Intimate Moments Later
War Machinery Grease
No Smoking Habit
Repeating Triplets Triplet
posted by Claus Eggers , 12:47 AM Þ 
Tuesday, January 25, 2005

cock sucker punch
half life saver
frame rate cap

head of david blunkett
charles clarke bar
claire sweeny todd

electric sheep dip
dry ice maiden
juan carlos the jackal

Hmmm Dr. K; does your list include all the Irdial-List triplets? Some of them still crack me up!
posted by Irdial , 10:29 PM Þ 

protein rich tea
let's get high fibre
flash gordon brown
jelly roll morton feldman


presidential speech therapy
sugar free & fair elections
posted by meau meau , 2:12 PM Þ 

I wonder if this book contains these:



Haven't followed up any recommendations via AS - I know about the most interesting already. But I did get an electroacoustic disc recommended on Blogdial.
The Weekly info is great - makes things far more interesting.
posted by meau meau , 1:21 PM Þ 

With my idle hands... well, anyway.

I've collated as many of the Blogdialian TRIPLETS as I could find and stuck them all up HERE.

I like 'dirty harry potter'

Thank you all!

(there are a couple misplaced, but it's a start)
posted by Alun , 1:11 PM Þ 

Sounds 1-5 of 5 labelled "grebe"
1.Comparisonics Waveform Display
Download and Play This Sound
bird: grebe
67k, mono, 8-bit, 22050 Hz, 6.2 seconds (show page | e-mail this sound)
2.Comparisonics Waveform Display
Download and Play This Sound
bird: grebe
67k, mono, 8-bit, 22050 Hz, 6.2 seconds (show page | e-mail this sound) is only the appetizer. Click here for the entree!
3.Comparisonics Waveform Display
Download and Play This Sound
bird: grebe
100k, stereo, 8-bit, 22050 Hz, 2.3 seconds (show page | e-mail this sound)
4.Comparisonics Waveform Display
Download and Play This Sound
bird: little grebe
115k, mono, 8-bit, 22050 Hz, 5.3 seconds (show page | e-mail this sound)
5.Comparisonics Waveform Display
Download and Play This Sound
bird: little grebe
948k, stereo, 16-bit, 44100 Hz, 5.5 seconds (show page | e-mail this sound)


And check out the waveforms from each sound displayed in the list.
posted by Irdial , 9:55 AM Þ 

biologic gate
martial law and order

I'm a sucker for a good song.
Another grey day in London.

Something I can sing along to.
Ev'ryone's gone... to the mooooon.
posted by Alun , 8:56 AM Þ 
Monday, January 24, 2005

The new 'Weekly Chart' function on Audioscrobbler, is quite nice, as it saves recently played music from getting buried in larger profiles. Another neat data input/output manipulation turned browsing method.
Has any blogdialian ever learned anything from their Audioscrobbled recommendation lists?
posted by telle goode , 9:46 PM Þ 

I wonder if this book contains these:

Vengeful Angel
Boson Arrow
Covalent Epsilon
Sleeping Photon
Bamboo Discus
Alto Origami
posted by Irdial , 9:42 PM Þ 

Not In Our Name

"No election, whether fair or fraudulent, can legitimize criminal wars on foreign countries, torture, the wholesale violation of human rights, and the end of science and reason."
--from the new Not In Our Name statement

The new Not in Our Name statement of conscience, opposing the domestic and international agenda of the Bush government, finally appeared in the Times on Sunday, January 23.

The statement was signed by nationally known figures in the arts, academia and politics including Russell Banks, Judith Butler, Noam Chomsky, Daniel Ellsberg, Eve Ensler, Andre Gregory, Bill T. Jones, Barbara Kingsolver, Congressman Jim McDermott (D-Wash.), Walter Mosley, James Stewart Polshek, Francine Prose, Wallace Shawn, Alice Walker, Cornel West, and Howard Zinn.

Now the challenge is to get the statement published everywhere across the country, read on local radio stations, and posted on web sites. [...]

This is all bullshit.

Unless they are willing to 'AC' their problem, they are just rubbing calomine lotion on a gunshot wound, its more feelgood factor nonsense. Prozac Politics.

If thats the best these idiots can come up with, we had all better join the fascists.

posted by Irdial , 9:06 PM Þ 

Codebreaker unlocks the 3,000 secrets of US military vocabulary
By Rupert Cornwell in Washington

24 January 2005

If you had heard of "Power Geyser", "Titrant Ranger", "Toychest" or "Barracuda" before today, you were privy to the innermost workings of the US defence establishment. Now, however, those secrets are being exposed to general scrutiny for the first time.

In a remarkable book to be published this week, William Arkin, a former intelligence officer and analyst, lists and defines 3,000 codenames for military and national security plans past and present, several of them involving Britain and many of them still classified.

"Project 19" is about the defence of Taiwan against an attack by China. "Beady Eye", "Barracuda", "Soothsayer", "Delphin", "Pinemartin" and "Odette" are among the 13 codenames listed by Mr Arkin for British intelligence operations related to the "war on terror".

Mr Arkin, a campaigner for greater government disclosure, says the 600-page Codenames is intended as a "DNA map of American national security".

"Titrant Ranger" apparently refers to a top-secret counter-terrorism unit once engaged in the hunt for Osama bin Laden.

Among other titbits in the book are "Sites 51 to 56", said to be secret US bases in Israel.

"Toychest" was the plan for the deployment of US nuclear weapons in the Netherlands. Similar plans existed for Germany ("Tool Chest") and Italy ("Stone Ax").

The book may even resolve the mystery of the "secret undisclosed location" of Vice-President Dick Cheney after the 11 September attacks. "Site R" a granite mountain shelter 50 miles north of Washington, was built in the 1950s to withstand a Soviet nuclear attack.

posted by telle goode , 4:29 PM Þ 

Back bedroom window transferred to Indian takeaway menu, 679 film, ee-100 camera.

More here.
posted by captain davros , 1:35 AM Þ 

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