Tuesday, April 30, 2002
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Sunday, April 28, 2002
Say What?Public Release: 14-Mar-2002 ET New book challenges theories of black speech A new book by two North Carolina State University linguists challenges a half-century of sociolinguistic theory and takes a fresh look at the history of the controversial and highly visible ethnic English dialect Ebonics, also known as African-American Vernacular English (AAVE). National Science Foundation, William Contact: Dr. Walt Wolfram firstname.lastname@example.org 919-515-4151 North Carolina State University
Saturday, April 27, 2002
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Thursday, April 25, 2002
I can imagine (although hardly) that someone would find it funny, but I found too many scenes humiliating for the viewer. Other were plain disgusting and gross....Am I elitist or something for thinking this "totally awesome", "hilarious" and "excellent" movie isn't at all funny, but painful? Goddamn, the only laugh I got from the movie was reading the hateful reviews. Heh! "The opening scene alone was enough for me. Someone should've taken the guitar away from those two idiots sitting on the tree and whacked them over their heads with it!" Fucking Right On.
H-Games in Flashhttp://www.newgrounds.com/portal/view.php?id=50364
Warez = 10 Yearz jailhttp://news.zdnet.co.uk/story/0,,t269-s2108386,00.html And then a clever person said: Have you ever used napster or any of the next gen file sharing programs such as gnutella / morpheus / kazaa? If so you might want to reconsider your opinion unless you consider 6.75 years in the clink appropriate. (See the article "dealing in infringing copies of copyright material" -- would that make running kazaa fall under this draconian and retrogressive legislation?) The other problem apart from appropriateness of response is that many consider copyright is due for an overhaul. You've got to wonder when a significant proportion of the online population ignore a law whether it is time to revisit the value of the law to society. The law is a victimless crime, that the law exists is absolutely purely societal convention. By way of example of the sheer scale: kazaa (which uses the fast track network protocols) typically has 1.5 million users simultaneously online, sharing 1.5 Petabytes (that's 1000 terabytes) and I'd guess a fair proportion of that content is copyrighted works for which the copyright owner or authorized distributed has given no explicit or implicit approval for the distribution of the works. The MPAA, RIAA and SPA are essentially powerful special interest lobbying organizations attempting to bias the legal systems of the world to enhance and defend their bottom line in a world which has seen the advent of essentially the same order of sweeping change in the Internet as the printing press on book copying. I personally don't think DMCA for example is at all in the public interest. I don't think the continued increasing of copyright term in the US and elsewhere is in the public interest. The RIAA in particular isn't even very fair to the artists who's rights it may claim when it suits are what it is defending. Personally I think we'd be in a better world if copyright where simply scrapped. An argument for copyright is typically that it is necessary to protect the interests of individual artists -- writers, musicians etc. however the current reality is that it has been perverted into a tool of the mega-corporations monopolistic content-cartels to extract price gauging rents for content whilst paying a negligible fraction to the original authors. The latest trends of outlawing circumventing copy controls (DMCA) are quite evil and stifling of progress. In the US the current battle is over proposals to outlaw sale of general purpose computers without digital copyprotection mechanisms extending right out to peripherals -- encryption to the monitors, and speakers, copy-protection encryption in the hard disk firm ware. The trend of erosion of previous copyright exemptions such as fair use quotation and so on is further evidence of the expansionary and monopolistic rent seeking behaviour of the media cartels and their powerful lobbying groups.
Home Sweet Global MonopolyStarbucks make us feel ill. With their carfully chosen subtle (but not too bland) colour scheme. They try to suggest some kind of ethnic liberal charm. Even the background music has been Starbucked, watered down instrumental versions of Hendrix for example, after all we wouldn't want to offend. The quirky living room sofa's and tables which are not so quirky when you realise they are identical to the other thousand of stores. And those thousands of stores, like a plague infesting our highstreets, a McDonalds for the new media generation. virtually every street corner will soon contain that incipid nippleless mermaid. Their attempts at portraying a modern arty cafe culture, with left leanings are just a caked on makeup, for the neo liberal global capitalist thug that they are. Destroying land with their farming methods and lives with their wages to farmers and workers alike. Most of all we dislike their vermin like spread, subsidising new stores in order to out price and close down local rivals, before turning entire towns and cities that horrid green. Blanding out any local culture or diversity and helping every high street look the same worldwide. Yes, but which one amongst you can make a decent cappucino? The fact of the matter is, people like good coffee, and the british suck at making coffee. When they go into a cofee joint, they ask for "coffee". Amongst europeans, they are the most ignorant eaters. Anyone living here knows this. You go into a traditional english "caf" and what you are given when you ask for coffee (and that is your *only choice*) is a filthy mug filled with hot dishwater and a weak solution made from Kenco granules, topped off with some sour milk. Oh, and did I mention that the place itself is dirty from top to bottom and corner to corner? And then they drink it. The more "sophisticated" places that have that miracle of science, the Gaggia, are almost always operated by an ignoramus that thinks that coffee is something you get in a dirty cup in a caf. She burns the milk, and presents you with something even more revolting than dishwater, because it is a thing pretending to be a thing; an imitation. The fact of the matter is, Starbucks, Coffee Republic and Cafe Nero are clean places with comfortable chairs, where you can get a reliable and consistent cup of coffee. No where else in Britain can do this, unless you find a small specialist chain like Maison Blank or some other very small place that is run by either a French or Italian person, even then, its a gamble. What do we notice about these coffee chains? Firstly, there are many of them. On every streetcorner, sometimes three to a street. That this is disturbing is unquestionable. People love their streets, and hate to see them vandalized by bland chains. The other thing that we see is that they are always full of people drinking coffee and eating cakes, smoking fags and sitting around reading free newspapers. This coffee house culture, which is a simulation and direct descendent of places like Marge in Montreal, is something that is old and which works. The coffee chains have simply standardised it and imported it. The normal argument that is insertedhere, is that if people didnt want these places, they would not be spreading so wildly. I would say something else. People do not know what they want. If you give them something nice, they will eat it, sit in it and drink it. It can be you that provides it, or someone else. Pulling stunts in front of these shops does nothing, except satisfy the performers. No one is fed. No suffereing workers are paid extra money. No land is spared. The coffee trade is notorius for its bad practices, and for years there have been ethical companies trading coffee fairly with growers all over the world. These are the people who are doing something real. Clearly, there is a place for an ethical coffee house. But should there be just one, or should there be one in every high street, so that the ethical coffee house owners can exert more influence on coffee drinkers and bean buyers? If you were to try and furninsh hundreds of new, ethical coffee houses, would you buy your furniture one piece at a time, or would you cut a deal with a sofa maker to furnish them all cheaply whilst maintaining the quality of the furninshings? You could say that each one could be made as a work of art, individually designed, furnished and decorated, so that your shops dont visually pollute the streets they sit in. Ok, do it. At the end of the day, people are now exposed to and hooked on coffee that IS COFFEE (compared to the dishwater that they used to think was coffee). They will not go back to that dishwater served in filthy grease holes. If you want to do something about coffee chains, something REAL, then the standard that you have to beat has been set. The gauntlet has been laid down. Put up or shut up. OR, concentrate on making cool flash games and submitting them to Newgrounds.com and stop wasting bits on this pointless self satisfying stunt performing. Join a circus. Open a coffee bar. Whatever you do... BE REAL. It has to be said, that Situationist propaganda, is totally useful high art of the most noble kind. That sign, "this way to escape", is priceless, pregnant with true meaning and a boon to "society". If these people do this, and the other lame shit, they can be totally forgiven, and contrary to the psycholgy of Accounting whcih has permeated everything, the two actions are not two sides of an equation cancelling each other out, the result being zero. The one is outside of the spectacle, and therefore does not have a spectacular value. Its value is infinite and zero simultaneously because it is REAL.
Wednesday, April 24, 2002
Special Report: Linux is making headway in corporate datacenters, so why not the PC desktop? Conventional wisdom says Linux lacks business productivity apps. Here are four examples to change your mind.
April 17, 2002 | Tech Update Special Report
More foreign banks switching to Linux
New Zealand's TSB Bank is the latest big company to switch to Linux, and the ranks are swelling. According to IBM, 15 banks in central London alone are running Linux clusters.
April 22, 2002 | By Matt Loney
On Friday, the Apache Software Foundation endorsed version 2.0 for real-world "production" use, not just for test machines. Apache Software Foundation Director Greg Stein designated version 2.0.35 as the first general availability--or final--version, and now recommends it over the earlier 1.3 versions
In Houston, local hip-hop acts thrive. You can find "screwed" music in any record store -- "screwed" being a slowed down, draggy version of the original song. And in many of these songs, if you listen closely to the lyrics, you'll hear references to "drank", "lean" or "Barr" -- all nicknames for codeine cough syrup, a drug of choice for many in the hip-hop community. They mix it with soda or juice, add some ice and sip it to get high. Guest host Melissa Block has the story. (12:30)
Tuesday, April 23, 2002
Akin said:Radio 4 goes in deep long and hard
I say:Kind of like Mikkel. Ohhh yeah. (sorry, I couldn't resist) Also, that Christian thing is HILARIOUS. I love clueless people. I also like how people like that always assume that satanic forces are ruining everyone's christian upbringing. Sorry, I was raised atheist, SO I WILL ALIGN MYSELF WITH THE OPERATING SYSTEM OF THE DEVIL GAAAAHHHGGGGH *vomits blood* The French voter turnout was 72%? That's dreamy. We're lucky to get 40% over here. It's truly pathetic how little people care about who is running their government (then they complain when it's doing things they don't want doing). People say "voting is pointless, it changes nothing." Think again... why do you think bad goverments get elected? Because YOU (general "you") don't care about it.
Davros Said"re 5 live, just been listening to that. They sound like average live talk radio hosts - thinking on their feet and trying to present a programme about something they aren't 100% ready for. All sorts of phone-in shows and other talk formats like that are (in the UK at least) pretty bumbling and often a little condescending, because all these people are suddenly thrown together to talk about something, whilst watching the clock on the studio wall and trying to stay in character as mr or ms personality. I thought it was a good interview/piece though, and finally I have a voice for all those irdial discs postings (as well as Simon Mason's webpages if you listen to the other articles on there). Alex, glad you liked the N. I'm labouring most evenings on it and the other works, and I'll be posting details of the exhibition they will be in when the time is more appropriate." that post got eaten whist trying to put in a missing quote mark...
Me Sayand as for the presenters, they had WEEKS to think about this; the time constraint really is the main factor, that show is just superficial pep/coke/speed radio. People like it, they have millions of listeners. Radio 4 goes in deep long and hard, rather like BLOGDIAL when its at its best :] The posters for "Attack of The Clones" have gone up in London by the way. I saw (by accident) a few seconds of the preview, and it looks awesome.
Hypnotically encased iMacs trick unsuspecting computer users into accepting Darwinism
However, these propagandists aren't just targeting the young. Take for example Apple Computers, makers of the popular Macintosh line of computers. The real operating system hiding under the newest version of the Macintosh operating system (MacOS X) is called... Darwin! That's right, new Macs are based on Darwinism! While they currently don't advertise this fact to consumers, it is well known among the computer elite, who are mostly Atheists and Pagans. Furthermore, the Darwin OS is released under an "Open Source" license, which is just another name for Communism. They try to hide all of this under a facade of shiny, "lickable" buttons, but the truth has finally come out: Apple Computers promote Godless Darwinism and Communism.
But is this really such a shock? Lets look for a moment at Apple Computers. Founded by long haired hippies, this company has consistently supported 60's counter-cultural "values". But there are even darker undertones to this company than most are aware of. Consider the name of the company and its logo: an apple with a bite taken out of it. This is clearly a reference to the Fall, when Adam and Eve were tempted with an apple2 by the serpent. It is now Apple Computers offering us temptation, thereby aligning themselves with the forces of darkness3.
This company is well known for its cult-like following. It isn't much of a stretch to say that it is a cult. Consider co-founder and leader Steve Jobs' constant exhortation through advertising (i.e. mind control) that its followers should "think different". We have to ask ourselves: "think different than whom or what?" The disturbing answer is that they want us to think different than our Christian upbringing, to reject all the values that we have been taught and to heed not the message of the Lord Jesus Christ!
Given the now obvious anti-Christian and cultish nature of Apple Computers, is it any wonder that they have decided to base their newest operating system on Darwinism? This just reaffirms the position that Darwinism is an inherently anti-Christian philosophy spread through propaganda and subliminal trickery, not a science as its brainwashed followers would have us believe.
ADDENDUM: It has been brought to my attention that the Darwin OS mentioned above now has a cartoon mascot (no doubt to influence children) named Hexley (pictured above) -- a platypus dressed as a devil who performs occult magic, i.e. hexes. They're not doing a very good job keeping their ties to the forces of darkness a secret, are they?
Monday, April 22, 2002
Le PenYou simply cannot keep hammering people and expect them not to react. You cannot block the streets of France to pray, and expect people not to hate you. You cannot hold the world to ransom over land and expect generation after generation to let you get away with it. People turn to the Right as a reaction not as a first choice. Everyone has to BEHAVE. Go home, do your job, mind your children, have you hobby and BE QUIET; this is all that life is about my friends. This turn to the Right in France is not unexpected. The same thing happened in Austria. This evil euro currency that more than half the people dont want, combined with the unrepresentative and anti-democratic European Parliament is enough to make any decent person vote for the far right. The stifiling and insane political correctness that keeps everyones mouths shut is simply intolerable to decent people. The right are the only ones who offer a way out of all of this, if only in words, and that is enough to get the votes. Look at Italy, and the two million people who hit the streets to protest the new revisions to the workers rights laws. Berlusconi said afterward "we are going to go ahead with the new laws despite the protests". What do you expect people to do, lie down and take it? Maybe now in France Mitterand will be a little less cavalier; probably not. Either way, dont bother being worried about a swing to the right, because it has been made to happen and is not an indication of a new class of hating people suddenly emerging from nowhere.
The Completely Pointless Personality Quiz
- Olfax - Egoland 2-12 (had #1, Danish newspaper-comic, highly intelligent and immensely well-drawn)
- Will Eisner - A Family Matter (hard-bound)
- Will Eisner - Last day in Vietnam
- Jodorowsky & Arno - Alef-Thau 5 (slowly completing the set)
- Masamune Shirow - Ghost in the Shell 1 & 3 (can't find #2, damn!)
- Gilbert Shelton - Those Fabulous Furry Freak Brothers "The Idiots Abroad" 1 & 2
- Ole C. Christensen & Niels S�ndergaard - Dimensionsdetektiven 1 "The May 1st Mystery" (EXCELLENT Danish comic where we are transplanted to a dimension where the communists took over most of the world after WWII, lots of great details and a great story)
- Tome & Warnant - Soda 1 & 2 (Noir-ish comic about a NY cop who pretends to be a preacher to appease his mother.)
Its hilariously funny; people give the most incredible answers using wordplay that is to die for. email me if you want the channel name!
You are Allen Ginsberg The "Which Beatnik Are You?" test was created by
Sunday, April 21, 2002
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Friday, April 19, 2002
"Stoe Majordak Okedi Orkeo!"i did a google search for "STOE MADJORAK ORKEO" as posted by irdial the other day. it came up with nothing, so i just searched for ORKEO, and got one result:
German <Home of SGML> - Leserbriefe - [ Translate this page ]
... ich behalte es im Hinterkopf, falls mir die Arbeit mal zeit laesst...:( Allemal,
Felix "Stoe Majordak Okedi Orkeo!" (Major Grubert) http://home.tronet.de/fes/ ...
th-o.de/sgml/bisher.htm - 50k - Cached - Similar pages so, what does this mean? am i stupid? ah ha, ok. continuing my quest, i searched for Major Grubert... found some interesting stuff: http://www.thenetnet.com/readme/moebius.html - a biography of french comic artist Jean Giraud, which ends with the words "Sto� Ork�o!" interestingly enough, i think i bought some Giraud when i was in Paris last month. It was for my flatmate's birthday, he can't read french, but i thought he'd appreciate the artwork and style, which he did, thankfully. I am really intrigued into this whole thing now, and i should really be learning java, but the classpath's all fu><0r'd i think and nothing will compile or run and i can't remember how to code in java and it's making my head hurt.