Wednesday, August 29, 2001
oh, maybe u all know this?but just in case: http://www.insightful-riot.com/microphage/location.html
re:the one about obsolete comps...i cant agree at all (i know you know, but it pisses me off enough too) with the following: ("http://www.economist.com/finance/displayStory.cfm?Story_ID=719262)  "It may look like junk, ..."  "IT IS hard to love something made of grey plastic. Especially hard when it has a habit of crashing, deleting your work and spreading viruses."  "You have to be an engineer to appreciate the technical workmanship of a CRAY-1 supercomputer." (ESPECIALLY this statement i cannot grasp) And  "few early computers could be described as aesthetically pleasing." well, The Economist, yeh, so, so what, i guess you say.. no duh
I just ordered Electric Enigma by Steve McGreevy. My poor wallet! Barrie's brain: "But it's worth it!" Barrie's bank account: "No! You already have debts!" Barrie's dad: "No! University money wasted!" Barrie's ears: "Yay!" Barrie's rational side: "You idiot." Barrie's dick: "PPPOOOOOOORRNN." eeeyagh.
Posted by Barrie at 8/29/2001 12:35:00 am
Tuesday, August 28, 2001
We regret to inform you that Flooz.com, Inc. has ceased operations. The offices are closed and the company will file for bankruptcy protection. Flooz.com has been adversely affected by dramatic changes in capital markets and the general slowdown in the economy. Flooz.com had been in merger discussions with a number of companies but was unable to find a suitable partner. We wish to thank all of our customers, merchant partners, service providers, employees and investors for their support. The idea of online currency is not flawed; what IS flawed are the perceptions of people; they have no imaginations, and don't understand that the paper in thier pockets is IDENTICAL (and ultimately inferior) to a chaumian online currency. This is the first generation of companies; the next generation will probably get the public education right, and create some very rich people...
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Friday, August 24, 2001
In an interview with John Lydon: Does it depress you that ultimately you changed nothing and British culture in the 21st century is now the essence of tedium, banality and mediocrity? Oh, I disagree, I changed everything and then it all went back. That isnt my fault. Its for the next lot to come up with their stuff. I'm not waving no big flag for you all to stand behind. I'm not the leader; there are no leaders. We all lead ourselvs individually. Life is bad when you don't do fuck all about it. But somethihng will come out of it, I dont know what. I hope so at least, and if it doesnt, its tough tits because I've done my bit and now its your turn mates. You can't just leave it all up to just one bod, or a group of people. That's selfish and lazy. Followers are the very people, from the Sex Pistols onwards, that I dislike the most, because they're sheep. They're living their lives through you and thats wrong. Respect what I do, but dont bloody live in it or copy it, imitate it. From the new "year zero" magazine
Thursday, August 23, 2001
Culled from a private music scandal sheet:
------------------------------------------------------ Aphex Twin has just bought that strange silver building in the middle of the Elephant & Castle roundabout. ------------------------------------------------------
Wednesday, August 22, 2001
sorcery by Hakim Bey - January 17, 2001 The universe wants to play. Those who refuse out of dry spiritual greed & choose pure contemplation forfeit their humanity--those who mold themselves blind masks of Ideas & thrash around seeking some proof of their own solidity end by seeing out of dead men's eyes. Sorcery: the systematic cultivation of enhanced consciousness or non-ordinary awareness & its deployment in the world of deeds & objects to bring about desired results. The incremental openings of perception gradually banish the false selves, our cacophonous ghosts--the "black magic" of envy and vendetta backfires because Desire cannot be forced. When our knowledge of beauty harmonizes with the ludus naturae, sorcery begins. No, not the spoon-bending or horoscopy, not the Golden Dawn or make-believe shamanism, astral projection or the Satanic Mass--if it's mumbo jumbo you want go for the real stuff, banking, politics, social science--not that weak blavatskian crap. Sorcery works at creating around itself a psychic/physical space or opening into a space of untrammeled expression--the metamorphosis of quotidian place into angelic sphere. This involves manipulation of symbols (which are also things) & people (who are also symbolic)--the archetypes supply a vocabulary for this process & therefore are treated as if they were both real & unreal, like words. Imaginal Yoga. The sorcerer is a Simple Realist: the world is real--but then so must consciousness be real since its effects are so tangible. The dullard finds even wine tasteless but the sorcerer can be intoxicated by the mere sight of water. Quality of perception defines the world of intoxication--but to sustain it & expand it to include others demands activity of a different kind--sorcery. Sorcery breaks no law of nature because there is no Natural Law, only the spontaneity of natura naturans, the tao. Sorcery violates laws which seek to chain this flow--priests, kings, hierophants, mystics, scientists & shopkeepers all brand the sorcerer enemy for threatening the power of their charade, the tensile strength of their illusory web. A poem can act as a spell & vice versa--but sorcery refuses to be a metaphor for mere literature--it insists that symbols must cause events as well as private epiphanies. It is not a critique but a re-making. It rejects all eschatology & metaphysics of removal, all bleary nostalgia & strident futurismo, in favor of a paroxysm or seizure of presence. Incense & crystal, dagger & sword, wand, robes, rum, cigars, herbs like dried dreams--the virgin boy staring into a bowl of ink--wine & ganja, meat, yantras & gestures--rituals of pleasure, the garden of houris and sakis--the sorcerer climbs these snakes & ladders to a moment which is fully saturated in its own color, where mountains are mountains & trees are trees, where the body becomes all time, the beloved all space. The tactics of ontological anarchism are rooted in this secret Art--the goals of ontological anarchism appear in its flowering. Chaos hexes its enemies & rewards its devotees . . . this strange yellowing pamphlet, pseudonymous & dust-stained, reveals all . . . send away for one split second of eternity. (anti-copyright)
not been to out there on the blog factor 200 for a while - buzzyness busyness and the usual life difficulites (why I tell you this I don't know). hope you are well - I appreciate what you write cos it makes a difference from the usual monuments to mediocrity that gets stuffed in your face every day. try this for amusment: http://www.pox.co.uk/images/pygmyshrew.swf oh and this looks good an all (came from tigerbeat mailout): http://www.em411.com/ wear shorts tomorrow if in london i reckon it will be hot....
i fell asleep listening to the conet project last night. now i am scared.
Posted by alex_tea at 8/22/2001 01:05:00 pm
http://www.R107.co.uk/~aediaed/ So many mission statements, manifestos and ideals are nothing but prosaic, vacuous rhetoric. Whether it is for or against a supposed higher moral ground, there is always a discrimination; a set of entry requirements to join this radical new elite, this revolutionary new clique, with nothing to offer except shallow polemic. The movements rotate in cycles, and soon we are back to what we were fighting against last week: undermining the (anti) bourgeois; the (anti) commercial perfection; or whatever else seems wrong with the world this week. Elites form, not from perfection in corporate eyes, nor through nepotism, but through the movements that oppose, subvert and criticise. We will try to avoid such tripe/hype. �i � will undermine the underminers. We should embrace De Certeua�s �art of being in between� as Naomi Klien so rightfully pointed out. We are neither right nor wrong; left nor right; today�s neo clique nor anarchist; and yet we are all those things individually. We need a force of conflicting opinions to learn through the eyes of our opponents, for they see the wrong in our perfect light. No bosses. No guidelines. No deadlines. No by-lines. Issues, heartbreak, passion, inspiration, anger and hope that are important in our lives; the lives of the "in betweeners" � the kids who slip through the cracks of left and right, of global and local, of anti and pro, of speak out and shut up, of intelligent or ignorant, of know all and know nothing. We are the in-between. We have the chance to seek solace in the middle ground, a place where the elites of intellectual and dumb cluck cannot rest their heavy souls. We are not a revolution, yet word is rotation of so many things: of inspiration; leading and miss-leadings; get up and go or stay in bed; can�t sit down, can�t stand up; want to die, want to live; want to be something I�m not, want to learn who I am; want the world to know and want to hide from the day. Hopefully this lack of ineffectual writing will be plea in itself to urge journalists and writers world-over to get in touch before we put our verbal diarrhoea, spelling mistakes and non-factual facts to print. �i � will present itself in 10� folded form. Distribution details to be confirmed shortly. Please note that no money will be made from this project, so if you are after the cash-carrot go to Sleazenation � oh, they don�t pay either. We are relying heavily on shameless advertising for businesses of the most needy kind (i.e. who we think are worthy), and personal loans. There will be no reviews, no interviews. This isn�t about music or film, neither is it some lame lifestyle mag marketed and driven by a multimedia conglomerate, aimed at narrow demographic that was invented in a boardroom. If you really feel the need to write about your favourite band, then ask them to write for themselves. Fiction or non-fiction. Politics or prose. Try doing something different, something you wouldn�t normally write, or at least, wouldn�t normally submit for publishing. Anything but normal. Perhaps your deepest, darkest thoughts or maybe some verbal doodles; scribbles from your Post-it Notes; illiterate experiments or that piece no one else wanted; too weird, too intense, too political, too opinionated. Having said that, if there is some creative force out there, from any discipline; unknown and undiscovered, something fresh, something the world simply needs to know about, then feel free to write about it in the form of innovative interviews or informative introductions. We will, most probably, accept anything, as long as it�s good. From a few words to an essay, all stories, muses and rants should be emailed to the address at the bottom of this page. If you want answers to any of the information we avoided to discuss in this word-splurge, then you know what to do. email: aediaed@R107.co.uk
Posted by alex_tea at 8/22/2001 02:15:00 am
Tuesday, August 21, 2001
A212 ver. 2 325 Songs, 1:06:27:39 total time, 1.60 GB >>>The new version of A212 is now available.<<< You can get it like this: Refer irdial list to five of your friends by clicking here. Send three blank CDRs in thier original packaging. Send enough postage for us to return the CDRs to you, in UK stamps or International Reply Coupons. Send us a 10 donation to the server fund (optional) Post everything in a recyclable Jiffy bag. Love us unconditionally. The new A212 comes with an HTML interface, newly ripped items from the venerated Irdial-Discs catalogue and newly crafted artists biogs. Upgrade your old version of A212 If you have a previous version of A212, you can get an upgrade disc. This disc contains the new rips, HTML and directory structure so that you can fuse the old version with the new version. To get an A212 upgrade disc, send one blank CDR in its original packaging, IRCs or return postage post everything in a recyclable Jiffy bag, with a 5 donation to the server fund (optional). If you have any problems, questions you can always email us....
http://www.economist.com/finance/displayStory.cfm?Story_ID=719262 The vintage-computer market Old and gold Aug 2nd 2001 | BOSTON From The Economist print edition It may look like junk, but there's money in that box IT IS hard to love something made of grey plastic. Especially hard when it has a habit of crashing, deleting your work and spreading viruses. But, to some, computers are worthy of reverence, and the older the computer, the more valuable it is. Last weekend saw the first Vintage Computer Festival East, which was held just outside Boston. Like its big sister in Silicon Valley, the festival is a celebration of computer history. People come to swap stories and missing parts, as well as to show off their prized computers (in one case decorated with crushed soda cans and packets of Twinkies for that authentic 1970s look). A basic part of the festival, trading in vintage computers, is still pretty small-scale, but may not stay that way. Once just a fad for hobbyists, old computers are now being bought as status symbols�and even as investments�at computer festivals and ham-radio fairs, not to mention on auction websites. Sellam Ismail, organiser of both the east and west coast events, reckons that there is a growing band of 500-1,000 serious collectors of this kit. There has for some time been a healthy trade in mechanical calculators, the computer's forebears. Curta calculating machines, popular in the 1950s and 1960s, fetch a few hundred dollars. Older machines bring in a lot more. A rare Thomas De Colmar arithometer went for $250,000. Digital computers are different, for a number of reasons. You have to be an engineer to appreciate the technical workmanship of a CRAY-1 supercomputer. And few early computers could be described as aesthetically pleasing. But Christine Finn, an archaeologist who is writing a book on Silicon Valley, says that their �meaning� is what matters. This may explain why the Apple 1, Steve Wozniak's first stab at a personal computer (and less powerful than most digital watches), has fetched $25,000 at auction. Other early models, such as the MITS Altair 8800, the Processor Technology SOL-20, the IMSAI 8080 series and the Scelbi 8H can all bring over $1,000. Many such gadgets sit neglected in attics and rubbish dumps. Collectors sometimes rescue a decrepit computer, only to blow it up accidentally when they apply a current across its weary circuits. But the trade has recently been spurred by university courses teaching computer history and by museums, notably the Computer Museum History Centre, which is due to open its new home at Moffett Field, California, in 2005. Mr Ismail insists that the business will grow. He has a passion, but note the gleam in his eye. He owns no fewer than 1,500 computers, 3,000 books about computers, and some 20,000 computer magazines.
Bimbo Tower Party (Paris, 11th August 2001) This was in the back of the wicked Los Apson clone shop in Bastille. The occasion was the celebration of Lore (singer from cooool as fuck kids band Dragibus, also featuring Franc Bimbo on drums, toilet paper neck-accessories and funny facial moves, and Leo (aka Pik) on '80s robot costume with impossible-to-see-out-of eyeholes [designed by Anpanman lookalike Misa Ishibashi] and wicked casiotronics)'s and Marie Caillou (ultra cute flash animation queen [http://www.primalinea.com/caillou/marisite.html] and owner of one of the 5 links on Bjorks website, for what its worth)'s birthdays. Having arrived and presented Lore and Marie with their presents (free cards, authenticated by stamps of the serial-numbered ass of a plastic toy doing a nazi salute with breasts instead of cheeks, entitling them to 10 minutes of katamomi (neck) massage, non-refundable), i was accosted by "Red", this guy kinda notorious here for hyperdrunken improv of a kind of yukky variety, but nonetheless he's hallucinating like fuck off booze all the time so who knows how it sounds to him, who had some idea to gimme "electronics" to chop up. I will do it of course. And the Rectangle label guy with the ZZ-top beard, Contan, was there too so i dare say he reminded Red about this new "project" the next day. Anyway, Reds sweaty face, in a kind of suffering blues-man sort of way, would, i'm sure, earn your total respect, as long as you listen to Reynols on walkman at the same time as talking to him. Peak for me was the fight sequence: every time i turned my back a very high Misa(npanman) decided to push me into whoever i was talking to, all to the soundtrack of "Gimme Gimme Shake" by Max (ex- Amuro Namie with Super Monkeys). Seemed like the logic was "people don't need to actually consume alcohol, just need to be pushed into a pile of drinks". Well, actually maybe so, if only the glass would take effect quicker. This party was rockin'!
***FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE*** August 16, 2001 � Beverly Hills, CA Do your kids know what a UFO is? Have they ever seen one? Have you ever briefed them on the subject of your investigations? Let best-selling children�s book author Eric Elfman do it for you. Elfman�s new book, ALMANAC OF ALIEN ENCOUNTERS, just published by Random House, outlines the fascinating history of UFOs in a chronological overview that kids will find gripping. The Almanac of Alien Encounters is an in-depth, thought-provoking look at classic unsolved sightings and close encounters with extraterrestrials, along with other related phenomena such as ancient astronauts, crop circles, the Face on Mars, cattle mutilations, and much more. The book also details the U.S. government�s official response to UFO reports, as well as a look at science�s more cautious approach to alien encounters: SETI, the on-going Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence. �I have never seen a book on the young adult level which provides so much information to the young reader in such a simple, yet adult-like, manner. The book gives an excellent overview of the early flying saucer sightings, from prehistory right up to the present. Having a section on what to do if you see a UFO is encouraging to us UFO investigators.� -- Raymond W. Cecot, Organizational Director, IRAAP Whether your kids are dedicated skeptics or True Believers--and from his visits to schools, Eric has found that kids span the spectrum--they�ll find something in the Almanac to make them think, make them laugh, send a shiver down their spine, and spark their curiosity about the universe around them. And most important of all, this book is sure to get even the most reluctant readers reading! The Almanac of Alien Encounters is available at all major bookstores, as well as from www.amazon.com. It has been published both in paperback and in a more-durable hardcover �library binding�. Eric Elfman is the author of eight books for children and young adults, including three X-Files novelizations and the award winning �Almanac of the Gross, Disgusting & Totally Repulsive.� He has written for television and film, and currently has several TV projects in the works. His website, www.elfmanworld.com, describes his books in more detail, and also contains lots of gross facts, scary stories, and other fun and educational material for kids. Eric is available for interviews, conferences, on-line chats, and can provide kid-friendly articles for your newsletters and websites. Please feel free to contact him if you have any questions or comments at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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nyc smile on me....as i'm leaving!!! off to canada today for good. bye bye imperalist pigdogs! as soon as i cross the peace arch i plan to shoot the finger right back east at washington. thank god i no longer have to feel the embarressment of being american. and for those of you still in the states beware the coming fall of the empire. i can gaurentee you it won't go down without kicking and screaming....or worse.
Posted by john at 8/17/2001 05:41:00 pm
http://www.villagevoice.com/issues/0133/meyers.php NYC Village Voice Week of August 15 - 21, 2001 Motley Crew Beams No-Cost Broadband to New York High Speed, Freed by Peter Meyers "This is why I love New York," says Anthony Townsend, standing in the middle of Washington Square Park, holding his laptop computer like a butler's tray and scanning the adult playground the place becomes on hot summer evenings. Where else, he asks, can you walk around with a computer, surf the Web, and go utterly unnoticed? As if to prove his invisibility, or perhaps to demonstrate that he belongs, he hoists his machine like some digital prayerbook and begins chanting: "Jesus! Jesus! Thank you!" No one�not the guy playing the Ramones on acoustic guitar, not the tonguing teenage lovers�notices this modern miracle worker or the cybernet he has cast around them. Along with some 30 other volunteers in a group called NYCwireless, Townsend's on a crusade to set up wireless Internet access zones: small areas, often called free networks, where people can tap into high-speed connections, without cables or phone lines, at no cost. Call it a marriage of the Web and pirate radio, forged even as big telecom interests bicker over the rights to wireless-spectrum licenses. Last week, the White House announced it would ask the Supreme Court to uphold the seizure of licenses from Next-Wave, which bought them at auction but failed to make payments. Meanwhile, the Washington Square network already exists�thanks to a homemade setup Townsend rigged in late July in his nearby office at NYU, where he's a fellow at the Taub Urban Research Center. Townsend, 27, used an antenna to broadcast his connection a few hundred feet out into the park. So far only a handful of these networks have been activated in New York. But if the group has its way, zones like these will soon be springing up everywhere, spreading Net connections like streetlamp light to anyone willing to put a cheap plug-in card into a computer. Aside from the opportunity to perform evangelical chants, why, you might ask, would Townsend and his friends do this? For starters, they have an earnest desire to share, a hacker's love of all things jury-rigged, and an almost quixotic yen to make connections�human links, as it were�in an impersonal city. Yet the simplest explanation is that they do it because they can. Building a free network requires some expertise, but using one is almost easy. Those who wish to log on simply need to slip a "WiFi" card�which contains a mini-antenna, costs about $100, and is available at computer shops�into a slot on their machine and enter a few basic settings. Then they can cruise the Internet and send e-mail as they normally would. The NYCwireless Web site, www.nycwireless.net, lists a handful of the currently active networks. Sharing resources like this is a longstanding tradition within the technology world, from kids swapping music to programmers teaming up to improve Linux. That's what attracted Terry Schmidt, an independent consultant, who joined forces with Townsend this spring. Schmidt, 25, says he wanted to contribute his know-how to a group effort. "I wanted to give something back," he says. But free things draw suspicion these days, now that share-the-wealth movements like Napster have acquired the taint of the mass-looting spree. Schmidt, who along with Townsend acts as an informal spokesperson for NYCwireless, firmly rejects the Napster comparison and says his group is simply giving the bandwidth they pay for to anyone who happens to be nearby. "I'm sharing it with people," he says. "I'm not selling it. I'm not making a profit off it." Which doesn't make Internet service providers any happier. Though most broadband companies don't seem much aware of free networks, a Time Warner Cable spokesperson says such sharing could violate the terms of its residential- subscriber agreement. In any case, Schmidt says he spends lots of time attempting to explain that this is not some new dotcom business idea, that there is no commercial hook beneath the giveaway lure. At a recent tech convention in Las Vegas, he tried again. "They would ask, 'What's the business model?' " he recalls, "and we'd say, 'There is no business model. It's free.' " Those in the free-network community, both in New York and elsewhere, treat the project mostly as a hobby. Part of this reluctance stems from wanting to avoid the responsibilities of running a business. If no one gets charged, then no one can complain when things don't work. And by not charging, they're much less likely to draw the attention of those supplying the bandwidth they're sharing. But it's also evident that a communitarian impulse powers their most ambitious vision, of a city blanketed with public Internet access. "I want to make it an attractive thing for everybody to use. I want to make it easy," says Schmidt, who thinks broadband connectivity is close to becoming as necessary as water or electricity, and as such should be in public places, as available as drinking fountains. On May 3, Schmidt got the first NYCwireless network up and running in a coffee shop near his Upper East Side apartment. "Basically, that was a nightmare," he says, sounding as genuinely disturbed as a horror movie fan spooked by a scary flick. Convincing the shop was not a problem. As he told the management, the project would cost them nothing, require no work on their part, and enable their customers to surf the Web for free. The problem was that between Schmidt's place and the caf�a distance of about 100 feet as the crow flies�stood several 16- inch-thick brick walls and enough curves to exhaust even the strongest radio wave. First, Schmidt experimented with a variety of powerful antennas and signal amplifiers, all of which, given unobstructed views, can be used to propel a signal many miles. No luck. Then the brainstorm hit. The handiest solution to the wireless network, he realized, was to run a wire. Off he went to Home Depot, where he bought 250 feet of Ethernet cable to pipe the broadband connection from his apartment to an access point in the coffee shop, which would in turn distribute the signal. After securing permission from his landlord�who also owned the coffee shop's building�he set about finding a means to get the cable through those walls. Enter Schmidt's friend who works as a metal fabricator. He customized the bit needed to bore a slender channel through such thick walls, leaving only the matter of drilling the actual hole. For this Schmidt used a hammer drill, which is kind of like a jackhammer for the do-it-yourself crowd. Schmidt was then able to run the cable from his apartment to the shop, where he snaked it into a Rubbermaid container that held the miniature broadcast antenna. In some ways that's when the real work started, as group members were forced to grapple with the question of what their wireless network might evolve into and how it might be used. Townsend, the urban planner, has visions of location-based services delivering information to people according to where they are. But he admits to not knowing exactly how a large-scale system of free networks will function. "What we're doing is building an infrastructure," he says, confident that once it's in place people will figure out things to do with it�especially once they start carrying handheld computers with wireless connections. Creating a truly widespread system will take more than a handful of volunteers. The most optimistic members of NYCwireless talk of a "cloud" of free WiFi networks filling the skies of New York City with Internet connectivity. As it turns out, thousands of private corporate networks already exist, having been designed to give employees wireless broadband connections. Those in NYCwireless know this is so because a member recently went out "war driving," a method for detecting active WiFi networks that involves outfitting a car with global positioning technology, a hood-mounted antenna, and a suite of special software. The term comes from "war dialing" (popularized in the Matthew Broderick movie War Games), in which phone number after phone number is automatically dialed in the search for a modem. War driving is of interest to the free-network movement for two reasons: It helps demonstrate the ubiquity of WiFi networks and exposes the security problems that need to be addressed for the networks to be secure and, potentially, more popular. The drive through Manhattan, which covered only a portion of midtown, identified approximately 1400 WiFi networks. Though many of these networks were inaccessible to the average WiFi card- carrying computer user, anyone with a little networking savvy could likely break in. Security flaws are as much a concern to free-network operators as they are to their corporate counterparts, since network abuse�sending out spam or threatening e-mail�could lead to their being shut down. War driving helps raise awareness within the tech community that these networks are not yet secure. Ultimately, a more pressing question is whether ordinary people will start using these free networks. According to Schmidt, three months after establishing the access point, only about one person per day taps the connection. Hooking up, after all, requires someone with not only the wherewithal to buy a wireless card but also the desire to play with what many people see as a work tool. Whether these free zones flourish remains to be seen. But by another measure the effort is already a success. Adam Shand, a Portland, Oregon-based advocate of the movement, observes that "computers are fundamentally an isolating technology." Because the Internet helps connect people at a distance, the computer-dependent have spent less time hanging around each other. Wireless free networks�both because of the work required to build them and the signal's limited range�could bring back the fun of being together. Rather than seeking an escape from 24/7 Web access, people could leave their desks and wander out to the digital commons, no longer isolated. Back in Washington Square Park, Townsend's just happy everything checks out. He tests the first live feed of streaming video. It's of a teenage girl on CNN, talking about what Ecstasy did to her. "I didn't care about anything except doing X," she says. "I didn't want to wake up unless it was to do X." Townsend stares at the screen. "This is fucking cool," he says. "This is better than 3G"�the high-speed network cell phone companies are hyping. "That's not even half the speed of what we're getting. And it works."
Dont upgrade to IE5.5 SP2 This concerns Internet Explorer 5.5 SP2. For those of you who don't know: "SP" is Microsoft lingo for "service pack", which is their stupid code phrase for upgrade. This is different from IE 6 (which is currently in beta). Short version: with no warning to the dev community, MS is covertly dumping support for any plugins that do not support their own proprietary model -- which is a lot of damned plugins. Quicktime is perhaps the most prominent one but, as you can see from the last paragraph below, this also impacts some database applications and other mission-critical implementations of online tech. Methinks other problems will also be discovered before long. It's obviously part of their endgame strategy to finally kill Netscape, Mozilla and other browsers. --- from http://www.macfixit.com/ IE for Windows blocks QuickTime Robin Walker found that Internet Explorer 5.5 SP2 for Windows is incompatible with QuickTime: "It will not play QuickTime movies, or work with any other function that requires the QuickTime plug-ins. QuickTime plug-ins play QT movies in other versions of MSIE up to and including MSIE 5.5 SP1, but SP2 just gives a blank frame or broken graphic icon. This has been verified here with Win98, WinME, WinNT, and Win2K. The same problem with QuickTime is reported to be present in the previews of MSIE 6.0 for Windows. The QuickTime plug-ins continue to function correctly in Netscape and other browsers." In addition, MacNN has posted an item which appears to confirm Robin's observation. It states that "A note from Apple engineering staff to the QuickTime VR mailing list says that 'IE 5.5 SP2 [for Windows] will not use the QuickTime plug-in no matter what you do.'" Update: Jim Gaynor writes: "IE 5.5 SP2, apparently, isn't singling out QuickTime. It seems that Microsoft dropped support for plug-ins written to the Netscape standard, and is now only supporting ActiveX plug-ins. Here at the University of Washington, several groups have been told not to upgrade, as certain plug-ins that are used for our in-house databases break under IE 5.5 SP2."
Oh, something else I wanted to post. I was listening to the radio this evening and there was a neat story going on. I think this is happening in austria. A man is gathering together 200 random people with digital cellphones. He's going to have them all turned on. What he's doing is gathering the numbers, and will be uploading new ringtones to all the phones. The ring tones will be different pitches, timbres, etc. He will then have a program calling the phones at set intervals to make a chorus of ringtone music! It will be insane! He's even calculated in the calling delays and posibilies of cellphones actually ringing (as in a real call). It sounds really quite interesting. Couldn't find a story on it. Help?
Posted by Barrie at 8/17/2001 07:33:00 am
Your diptycha sounds really cool, ha ly. Sadly I don't think I can participate because I am indeed an "artist" going to art school. But it looks exciting. Keep us posted, eh? I'd also like to say that I am craving woman. Really. Dammit. Must find woman. Help?
Posted by Barrie at 8/17/2001 07:29:00 am
id fergotten my username and password so i lost motivation. you asked fer it: been wanting to teach myself webdesign. so....im starting one in which ive called >>diptycha<< with the purpose of showcasing non-artists' photography -- for folks who take photographs for personal self-expression or mere candid fun amongst friends. ive gotten arguments with using the term 'non-artist'... but what i wanted to convey is not a negativity towards the idealist concept of an 'artist', but moreso the whole state of the professional fine arts world. in the music industry, there is obviously the mainstream and the underground (whatever the term you prefer......you get my jist). the listener has the option and the access to either. but as music is made to be heard, photography/paintings/sculptures is made to be viewed. but there is no one-stop access to view the 'underground' artwork. only one pretentious gallery after another pretentious gallery to another... most exhibitions being total wanker shit anyways. getting to my point, the purpose of diptycha is to showcase photography thats been taken with no agendas of impressing a viewer or being a 'successful artist'. not that striving to be a successful artist is wrong. but this is strictly for photographs taken for the sake of photographs that just turns out BRILLIANT! why only share amongst your friends? why not the rest of world? i know the concept is simple and this has become more wordy than necessary....ah well. sooooooooooooooo.....contribute! aiming fer a september launch. eventually there will be similar sites dedicated to painting and writing... oh and the name diptycha...every page will feature 2 photos that compliment/contradict each other. very simple. some sample pages for anyone who wants to get a better idea of whats it about >> > http://zoppoldesign.com/ha/HTML eventually there will be sites dedicated to painting and writing...
Thursday, August 16, 2001
All you what got "post more" emails: post whatever you want here. fire and forget fire in the hole fire in the belly you dont have to do anything here you have nothing to fear and nothing to answer no obligation to anyone or anything just post at least once a week
I'm the cream of the great utopian dream.
Posted by Aaron at 8/16/2001 07:57:00 pm
Posted by john at 8/16/2001 06:29:00 pm
House music causes impotence
Italian psychologists House music causes temporary impotence, Italian researchers claim. Research conducted by psychologists at the Help Me association in Rome found 66% of Italian youngsters suffer sexual problems after listening to the music. The survey was conducted on 500 Italian clubbers aged 16 to 24. Psychologist Willy Pasini told the News 2000 website: "The strong rhythmic component, and the almost total lack of melody do not inspire sexual thoughts in one's mind." The researchers claim house music cause "mental impotence" because it doesn't leave room in the brain for sexual desire. "Music heard in the clubs causes an alternate state of consciousness, which distracts the brain from taking care of its vital functions", researcher Chiara Simonelli said. Claus, I HAD to post this; its just TOO FUNNY!
I spoke to a fruity cellular telephone company today about integrating SMS into P2PQ. When I got through to the switchboard, the woman said to me; "Can you tell me what SMS is? I've only been here two weeks" I then was put through to another woman, who, after putting me on hold three times, gave me the free number that is used to sign up to Orange!
**** **** MAJOR PROTON EVENT IN PROGRESS **** **** A category S2 (Moderate) Solar Radiation Storm is in progress. This event began with high energy proton flux above event levels at 7:05 p.m. Mountain Daylight Time (MDT) on August 15, 2001. Current proton fluxes are at a level equivalent to S2 (Moderate) on the NOAA Solar Radiation Storm scale. Effects may include, but are not limited to, single-event upsets on satellites in earth orbit, and degradation of high frequency radio communications at polar latitudes, also known as Polar Cap Absorption (PCA). The NOAA S-scale is defined by the lower energy proton flux (10 MeV), but because this event also includes a significant higher energy flux component (100 MeV), other effects are also possible, including increased radiation exposure for manned space flight operations, more widespread radio communication effects, and a wider range of potential impacts on satellites, such as "snow" in imaging systems and degradation of satellite components due to radiation exposure. Major proton events generally follow energetic x-ray flares from active sunspot regions on the visible side of the sun. This event was somewhat unusual in that no notable x-ray enhancement was seen on satellite monitors prior to its occurrence, suggesting a more unusual "backside" event, from a sunspot region that has rotated beyond the side of the sun facing Earth. Subsequent imagery received from the LASCO instrument on the SOHO satellite, operated by NASA/ESA, confirm that a major coronal mass ejection (CME) emerged from a backside source starting at about 5:54 p.m. MDT on August 15th. Proton enhancements were first observed on the SOHO SIS instrument at 6:25 p.m. MDT, indicating that these particles were ejected from the sun at a velocity near 30% of the speed of light. By 7:05 p.m. MDT, the flux of energetic protons observed on the NOAA GOES-8 satellite had risen to the threshold for a major proton event (as determined by 100 MeV proton flux). A second threshold for lower energy protons (10 MeV proton flux) was reached at 7:35 p.m. MDT. An associated Polar Cap Absorption (PCA) began at 8:10 pm MDT. The last S2 (Moderate) event with flux levels similar to the one in progress occurred on 18 April 2001, and lasted for about two days. Interestingly, that event was also caused by a backside CME.
Wednesday, August 15, 2001
in the These records catalog posted on the Irdial site: This Heat records "Blue & Yellow" and "Deceit" are listed as "due later in the year... compact disc and vinyl remasters / repackage" does any one know the status of these? i've gotten _some_ of the mp3s from Gnutella, but would love to get my hands on physical releases...
so bt openworld desides to go down for a few hours! what better to try out wireless.blogger.com from the comfort of my palm!
Posted by alex_tea at 8/15/2001 02:42:00 am
Tuesday, August 14, 2001
check this out. google stats! http://www.google.com/press/zeitgeist.html they have to be one of the best internet companies out there. a service that everyone uses, a service that never fails, and the most tacky, but best part, service with a smile; i can't see msn or yahoo letting me search in hacker language, or slagging off bill gates or george bush! but have you tried searching for "smart motherfucker"? what i think is more interesting though is how the internet develops, in this endless sea of tides... the way google works, means that searching for something one day will get you something completely different the next. or at least, not exactly the same. especially if the search term starts off as something quite obscure and then picks up pace, with bigger ranking websites such as wired.com or zdnet including the search terms in their articles. for example, the AI web game, which i can't be arsed to follow... at the start searching for these people's names would have returned a very narrow array of results, maybe just the specific sites created by the people behing the marketing scam. but now, you will probably get a few news stories before you get to what you really want. what could be really interesting though, is using this and playing tricks with it. for example you could make a website and place it somewhere out of the way. maybe not even link to it. title the page with something unique. do a search and record the results. now spread this url around. links from message boards try and get your friends to link it from their blogs, hopefully it may end up blogdex, maybe see if you can somehow get it in wired or slashdot or ntk (maybe there's some interesting content on there). everyday at the same time search for this specific term and record your results. you could plot a graph of the number of returned results, the depth of your targeted result, etc... to get a high rank on google you need to link to a lot of sites, and be linked, so maybe fill your page with links. maybe this would work, maybe not. maybe akin could try it with p2pq, as it's still in beta, it hasn't got it's name around yet, and it would be a nice way to plot it's growth. you wouldn't even need to do this manually, i'm sure someone clever could write a perl or apple script to automate this process...
Posted by alex_tea at 8/14/2001 06:23:00 am
wow that really is quite hardcore. haven't had tim to look into it yet, but is this software freely available? a rush of ideas enters my brain... artwork and music containing subliminal messages.. wicked... finally a project sutible for R107!! i found us on blogdex too!!! http://blogdex.media.mit.edu/browseSource.asp?url=http://www.ntk.net/ and i've finally got wireless internet sorted on my palm... data wasn't enabled on my phone...
Posted by alex_tea at 8/14/2001 06:02:00 am
Monday, August 13, 2001
http://www.hindustantimes.com/nonfram/100801/platefrm.asp August 10, 2001 Ravi Visvesvaraya Prasad THE LASHKAR-e-Tayyeba militants responsible for the Red Fort attack were running a cybercafe and using electronic mail to receive instructions from abroad. When the Delhi Police seized their computers and hundreds of encrypted e-mail messages, they found a vast amount of pornographic films and photographs on the hard disks. Thinking that the militants had amassed their pornographic collection for personal enjoyment, the police turned it over to the maalkhana as case property. A few weeks later, a police officer in Delhi read in the USA Today about the testimony furnished by George Tenet, Director, CIA, to the US Congress. Tenet said that Islamic extremists were hiding their messages within pornographic and sports images and movies, as well as in music files, and were utilising heavily-visited electronic chat rooms and bulletin boards as drop sites. The intended recipient would download the file and decrypt the hidden message. To all others who would download that file, it would seem to be an innocuous image. Tenet was alarmed that the extremists had successfully evaded the SIGINT (signals intelligence) and COMINT (communications intelligence) interception operations of Americas National Security Agency. Hence, it occurred to this alert policeman in Delhi that the pornography seized from the militants could contain hidden instructions. These developments have drawn attention to the recondite field of steganography, the science of concealing encrypted messages within innocuous cover messages, pictures or music in such a manner that an interceptor or other recipients of the cover file would not even suspect that hidden within it was an encrypted message. In the simpler field of cryptography, an interceptor would be able to discern that the encrypted message existed, and his challenge would be merely to crack the code and decrypt the secret message; even this simple task would take the best security agencies several weeks to perform. The US Air Force Research Laboratory has forecast the future information warfare technologies and the counter measures to fight it. Steganography topped the list. While the fundamentals of steganography were enunciated by Johannes Trithemius of Frankfurt, it is in the last 18 months that technological advances have taken place, mainly at German, Austrian, Swiss, Italian and Finnish universities, Cambridge University in the UK, and Carnegie Mellon and George Mason Universities in the US. Security agencies have been rendered impotent by the inexpensive steganographic software packages which conceal information in digital audio, video and image files. The first organisations to recognise the utility of steganographic algorithms developed in European universities were Pakistani hacker groups, the Palestinian cells of Hamas and Hizbollah, Osama bin Ladens Al Qaida, and the LTTE. Al Qaida heeded bin Ladens directive that mastering advanced technologies was integral to jehad. It was the first to practise the research results of Professors Ross Anderson and Fabien Petitcolas of Cambridge University, and conceal its messages in dense packet internet traffic, and large bandwidth uncompressed audio, video and image files. These would be located at heavily visited pornographic sites, music download sites, chat rooms and bulletin boards. Al Qaida began to use these as message drop sites for their agents. A security analyst detected steganographic activity even on heavy-traffic commercial portals such as Amazon and eBay, who were not even aware that their websites were being used for such purposes. A security analyst recounted the case of a suspected Islamic militant. The FBI in the US, which had placed him under surveillance using its packet-sniffing tool Carnivore, was intrigued that while he kept e-mailing photographs of his family to e-mail addresses that appeared to be those of relatives, he never received any replies. He was found to be sending instructions to his agents using DEMCOMs Steganos, which was undetectable by FBIs Carnivore. Packages that combine technical excellence with human psychological factors to avoid suspicion are Texto, developed in Finnish universities, which converts messages into blank verse poetry, and Spam Mimic, developed by Peter Wayner, which encodes messages into what looks like a junk e-mail. While round one has gone to the terrorists, Indian security agencies can fight back. Compressed video, music and image files have predictable patterns that would be disrupted when a message is inserted. It is possible to develop a stegoscanner program, akin to a virus scanner, to examine hard drives and identify the electronic fingerprints and signatures left behind by steganographic applications. A US steganography expert has formulated a roadmap for future efforts: First, derive the signatures/indicators associated with each steganographic package and write a scanner. The harder part is picking up the dead drops. This would require thousands of police officers to continuously monitor the websites, bulletin boards and chat rooms. The next stage is difficult. Once all possible nodes are identified, one should write a Trojan horse that would sit in the machines and scan all activity. Indias security agencies should utilise the latest steganographic technologies for their internal communications, in contrast to the insecure channels they use at present. They should also develop the futuristic science of detecting these hidden messages and decrypting them, in order to trace sensitive information being leaked out under innocuous guises. For these, they should work together with the IITs, just as the Center for Secure Information Systems in the US is a joint venture between the National Security Agency and the George Mason University. The Pentagon and CIA are funding steganalysis research at the Carnegie Mellon. If Osama bin Laden and the LTTE can put into practice the latest technological breakthroughs from European universities, there is no reason why India should not use its academia and industry. The intelligence agencies should, for instance, examine the hard drives of those Sudanese associates of bin Laden whom they caught some time back.
Friday, August 10, 2001
hey, can you keep us updated on this laptop event? something i'm really interested in, getting laptop performances more interesting, and opening up paths of interaction and improvistation... or something... anyway, i have a few things up my sleeves which should be surfacing sooner or later... also, i love NTK, check this out: http://www.ntk.net/ballmer/mirrors.html http://bbspot.com/toys/video/ballmer/ nothing mentioned about HAL though... especially weird seeing as danny o'brian was at HIP '97
Posted by alex_tea at 8/10/2001 08:48:00 pm
XXXXX SUNDAY, AUGUST 12 XXXXX Share: A Place for Portables, Laptops, Powerbooks Data exchange, mp3 djing, performances. Actually speak to and see the people you are networking with. Wow computers and a social life. At the same time no less. A laptop-only live performance series, so all laptoppers can actually experience each other's audio performance and exchange more ideas. If you have any portables, bring it under your arm! But if you're a super muscular person and willing to bring the desktop, that's acceptable. I guess. Otherwise, everything's acceptable -- Windows, Mac, Linux! Hey, Palm Pilot/Visor warriors, bring it in if you have some nifty sound-network performance solution! Share and expand more, seems to be the very base philosophy behind this. Eventually all the attendees will be networking and create a huge laptop jam. Open Air 121 St. Marks, between 1st and A avenues new york city Continues every Sunday 4-9p; $free XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXx
hmm i want OS X!!! and a TitBook. and Airport. and then I will go to HAL and learn about SMS encryption and mobile security, and also do a beginners session in UNIX, and then... hopefully, i might know something. and yeah MSIE crashes a lot under OS9.1, but it looks a lot nicer than nutscrape, and has a much better UI... i hate mikro$phoft too. 1 4|\/| 4 $(R1P7 |<1c|c|13 !!! l337 h4><0R d00d. uh, sorry.
Posted by alex_tea at 8/10/2001 05:37:00 am
Jesus christ. I write up a huge post consisting of all the great new music I've discovered, and I go to click Post & Publish, and IE FUCKING CRASHES. This is during the first 30 minutes of me using OS 9.1. Is there any wonder I stick by OS X so much? IT DOESN'T DO STUPID SHIT LIKE THIS. That and there's a decent browser for it. I hate MS and I hate MacOS 9.1. Christ!
Posted by Barrie at 8/10/2001 02:10:00 am
Thursday, August 09, 2001
duh! i didn't even think about that... stupid... but the thing is, you'd have to invest in a whole new stereo unit / walkman / datadrive it all sucks. i reckon everything should just be digital, and rather than having media to transfer just use tcp/ip... so you hook your stereo up with rj45s, and your tv and your video etc. maybe firewire would be a better choice thinking about it... and / or bluetooth...
I only know the passphrase, which I will be happy to give to any British government official requesting my compliance with the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act (2000). I'm afraid they're out of luck with the key itself, which I understand will be destroyed rather than be passed out of the country.from NTK's encyrption keys. hardcore. i think we should get pgp and make this whole blog pgp encrypted. obviously the key would be publicly available so anyone would be abe to read thus rendering my whole point null... why would you want to anyway alex? fool... oh and banzai isn't that bad. it's good fun for getting drunk to...
Posted by alex_tea at 8/09/2001 05:11:00 pm
Never mind posting keys online, if you simply take the audio out of your dataplay device and plug it into your soundcard, you can rip the output to mp3 or whatever, and then the sound is free and clear to copy ad nauseum. Once again: Trying to make digital information uncopyable is like trying to make water that is not wet. Whats incredible, is that these people actually get tens of millions of dollars in investment to produce this junk.
Wednesday, August 08, 2001
Tuesday, August 07, 2001
"This whole music piracy problem isn't going to go away until the CD dies," said Talal Shamoon, senior vice president at InterTrust. "A lot of these music subscription services and download services that have been put together...are great, but they're not an effective replacement for a new entertainment experience because CDs are still here, and CDs define the path." Here we go again!!
Monday, August 06, 2001
a quick thing for you all - I once stayed in this hotel in Amsterdam and it was fantastic. they have mental art rooms in there, check a couple of examples: http://www.winston.nl/hotel/artroom/startel.html http://www.winston.nl/hotel/artroom/brain.html try and get in there if you are staying over that way..just thought i'd pass it on why are Londons commuters so mannerless? they cause me pain - middle aged people, young people, old people - all looking they are eating glass while someone rubs stinging nettles into their arse cheeks. and they probably all moan about the yob culture - well let me tell you mr and mrs power suit can't say thankyou or excuse me or sorry - you are just as bad. anyone have any thoughts on why people don't realise reasonable behaviour toward your fellow human is not = to giving them all of your worldy possessions... behold the computer bench
Saturday, August 04, 2001
Someone smart said: Or download free stuff from MP3.com. It's not like the bands the RIAA push onto us are significantly better than most of the better artists on MP3.com, anyway. This raises a very good point. If RIAA's music control fails, and the consumers route around the damage, buying CDs in the Bahamas for artists who are willing to list MP3 songs so we can try them out, it really doesn't matter what Congress tries to do. In the end, the market has no soul, no love for RIAA and the corporate music scene. If they increase costs and try to closed source their music, open source music alternatives will become more attractive. If I'm into Techno and they try to charge me USD$20 for a CD of 10 songs, when I can get decent (if not better) quality Techno for USD$0 for tryout and USD$0 for one or two sample MP3 songs (full length), then I'll send them USD$10 for the 10 song CD. Cost to band - USD$7 for production, shipping, handling, MP3.com split. Profit to band - USD$3. Profit under RIAA USD$20 CD to band is USD$0.20 at most. If you're a techno band and you can sell 2 million CDs with USD$3 profit or choose to sell 1 million CDs via RIAA groups for USD$0.20 profit, which will you choose? Right, you choose open source, cause you get more fans, more net dollars to band, and you also get the charts of where your CDs sell the most to plan tours with and can then email those fans and crash at their places. The market wins, open source wins, RIAA loses.
'I ccant helpo but think that it's all coincindene. think About it. A language has so & so many difvfernet sounds, ok? Like, let's say english has like 200 distintt sounds in it, for an expapkmple. Okay, then mixe them around (as in reverse speech). What do you geet? 15% ordinary sepeech. Not much make sence, bue treallyu? It'smt obcioue? obcois POBUVOIUS! Sorry for beting rounk, but I thin kthis is stupi. d Also. I lvoe you alll. (serhliock,m sgerkicgksgierksherlock, you missed te publish button)
Friday, August 03, 2001
yes I think its the end of the brass eye discussion - didn't really want to talk to much about the program itself cos everyone is pretending to either be totally against or completely understand mr morris. really I just wanted to talk about the aftermath of stupidity it created. ho hum lots of fun...reversespeech is great but will it harm the children? this might entertain you for a while, its a voice synth, stephen hawkings generator,computer talk system (that's certified technical terminology) : http://www.bell-labs.com/project/tts/voices-java.html anyone know any other good sites for that kind of thing? i like www.poptics.com
wow, reverse speech is cool - the neal armstrong one really does say "Man will space walk" (I downloaded the wav file and tried it myself). I wonder if I'm secretly typing a message in reverse now? : )
Posted by captain davros at 8/03/2001 10:13:00 am
Thursday, August 02, 2001
i thought we'd stear clear of all that brasseye is bad gubbins... not that i mind, but it's all a bit boring really. or maybe not. polticians, the media and normal people (those less well off and educated than us, like blacks or gays.) are thick and don't get it. i didn't see it either, my flat mates were watching rancid aluminium or some other crap, and i didn't realise there was a repeat, maybe i'm in the right position to support it then? nonce sense. i was reading through some interviews and articles on brass eye at this website and the article from the guardian about the peter sutcliffe musical just highlighted exactly what's gone on recently. and i was reading in one of this week's guardians (on my palm pilot!!) and this came up: have you seen the daily mail? no, but i've had it described to me, and i can say it's disgusting. something else they said was, at least the sun doesn't hide it's arrogance behind pretences. the daily mail is the most disgusting hovel of little englanders, they wrap their self-righteous rhetoric up in thin veils of misplaced nationalism and bigotry. but then the guardian is no better. taking the moral highroad, maybe a bit more subtly than the mail, but you can still sense the oneupmanship. and what about chris morris? i don't think he gives a fuck. and maybe we shouldn't either... it just proves the extortionate numbers of people out there who don't "get it" or don't want to "get it" - not that i am saying i do, but at least i try and understand before i go off on one. well most of the time. drugs are bad. ok? disclaimer: there's one really offensive sentance here which is a paraphrase of chris morris and therefore funny, and to be taken in context it will reveal itself to be an insight on what the daily mail would really like to print. hopefully everyone reading this will understand, but maybe some over zealous hack will be searching, and end up here and then report me to the relevant authorities.
Posted by alex_tea at 8/02/2001 07:19:00 pm
yup - I have to say my first thought on the Blunkett comment was and exactly how do you know eh blunket? Who told you what was going on? mmmmm? nothing against lack o vision but it is just daft. What I can't get my head around is how thick people in this country are, I mean really thick. I raised the point with several people and had various ridiculous arguments back like 'OK so what's next - gang rape being made fun of?' and then had to explain for 1,000,000th time that the program wasn't about mocking victims of anything, that trying to defend your point by using a subject such as gang rape i.e "I know how to shut them up and make sure I'm right - I'll use a highly emotive subject so they just have to agree with me" is just as bad as what they are wrongly accusing a program of doing i.e using emotive subjects for their own means and was outstanded to the response when I asked what was worse - a minority channel showing a late night minority program attacking media exploitation of paedophilia using dark humour and searing satire OR the biggest selling papers whipping up a social frenzy DIRECTLY against information provided by experts on the subject, masking itself as being a voice of the people in order to not only obtain greater but sustain higher sales. The look on peoples faces was astonishing it was like someone had just switched the light on. GET THIS: someones response was 'well its been going on for ages so that's different' WHAT????? Rape, murder genocide have been going on a long time, so its time to turn a blind eye is it? My god it is scary. The Daily Star (i was told I don't purchase - it was on page 6) had the usual condemnation of brass eye on its left hand side and on the same page, yes the same page, had some 15 year old opera singer in revealing dress (where she was probably encouraged to show a bit) with something like 'shes grown up now' and I would imagine reference to her needing a good set of lungs. This is the reality friends.
Wednesday, August 01, 2001
Satire has always been one of the most elegant and insightful ways of making moral or social comment - it's main drawback is that for satire to work a certain level of intellectual participation is required from it's audience - as usual the inhabitants of TV Land are looking without seeing. Some more mind-warpingly offensive obscenity from Brass Eye ...........
If any of you have been reading the papers, the 180° that the Sun did for example, was quite simply breathtaking. It was absolutely clear that NONE of the journalists that wrote about the programme actually saw it. There is also a very interesting facet of this whole sad saga that no one has touched upon yet; the Home Secretary David Blunkett is blind. There is no reason why he should not be Home Secretary, but some interesting situations are bound to arise in his job, since he has to make determinations on obscenity. How will he determine wether a picture or film is obscene? In the case of the Brass Eye episode, he had the programmes contents desctribed to him. Surely, someone is going to argue that he in fact cannot make a judgement on what is or is not obscene because he cannot see the porn to determine wether it is likely to offend public morals. A section of Brass Eye had a customs official making an on the spot determination of wether or not a two foot tall picture of a childs head on the body of a 4 inch tall naked woman was obscene or not. It was totally hilarious. When the same head was put onto a different, but totally absurd picture featuring "bigger naked parts" the official said that it was obscene! Someone is going to raise this point eventually; even when the officials can see, the standards that they apply to determine what is in violation of obscenity laws are clearly absurd. There has never been a time in the UK where so many elements are in place at the same time, the combination of which could destroy the obscenity laws once and for all.