Saturday, November 30, 2002

(Sorrey if I sepoll list lke shit. I just got fery drunk1!2) I had somethign really inmportant tos ay, but I gforget. Damnit. I jkust saw Antitrsust. A good movie, uet ha d alot of crap in it. Over all, I think I'm satisifited with it...

Fantastic stuff
it looks like interval is the frequency int d = { initial distance } int h = { however many times you wish the distance to be travelled to be halved } int x = 0; // x co-ordinate int y = { initial y co-ordinate } array int c = [ x,y ]; // xy co-ordinate int i; // for loop counter for( i = 0; i < h; i++) { x = x+(d/2); y = y*2; c = [ x,y ]; d = d/2; }
curve of constant acceleration to make a perfect curve would, if you tried to work it out using an idea i've just had, be mind-bogglingly impossible ..... you get into a situation that's already been covered much more eloquently by a well-know maths genius whose name i've completely forgotten, who noticed and then wrote that : if you measure the distance between your current position and the position you want eventually to arrive at, divide it in half, then repeat again and again, you will never reach your destination ...... anyway ...... you could break down your distance axis and time axis similarly ..... the distance between points on one of the axis ( what's the plural of axis ) would have to increment by double between points ( work out which initial value will eventually double itself to reach your desired number ), the distance between points on the other axis would decrease by half every time ...... then join the dots accordingly ......... it's up to you how refined you make the curve ...... it'd be pretty simple to code ....... someone's bound to have come up with a much more elegant / eloquent theorem
Another example of my previous point. Scary. Property = center of civilization. or something. It's stupid. (has this been posted before? I'm very tired)
i just noticed someone (akin?!?) changed my post. :P
Jim Allchin, Microsoft's operating system chief has described Open Source Software as "unamerican": Open source is an intellectual-property destroyer. I'm an American, I believe in the American Way. I worry if the government encourages open source, and I don't think we've done enough education of policymakers to understand the threat. Has anyone else figured out that "crimes" that have to do with PRIVATE PROPERTY are far more severe in our society than personal crimes? Someone will get 2 years for assault, but 12 years for burglary. Just shows what our society values and perpetuates - an idea of the wealthy's property being the most important thing to protect. This is why open source is so dangerous and powerful. People like Allchin must think it's practically communist, and he'd be pretty right on that mark.
are there any maths heads out there? in this equation (simple sine wave thing) what does the variable 'interval' specify? is it frequency? or wavelength? or something else? var m = 40; // min value var M = 80; // max value var a = M - n; // amplitude var interval = 3; // ??? y = (a/2) * sin(x/interval) + (m + (a/2)); also, i need help with some differentiation. i never did a level maths, and i wish i did now. anyway, i want to make a curve of constant acceleration. i know the target (y) and the time in which it must reach this target (x) so i can make a nice straight line, but i want it to be a curve. is there anyway to do this? thank you.
On the comments about Godspeed (you may skip the next two paragraphs to get to the third if you wish... no one's stopping you): They may indeed be poor musicians (I do actually think the drummers are noticably talented), and they may record badly (though the last album was very crisp), and they may just be crummy students or whatever. But what they write has impacted me more than any other music I have ever listened to. There's an emotion in their work (and I disagree about it all being the same stuff - I hear very different emotions all over... that's just my perception of it) that I can completely connect to. If that makes me a talentless hack, whatever. You can't ignore what you love. This is why I hate it when people say bands "suck," "are shit," "are garbage," etc. I have even giving up saying that, say, Christina Augilera or whoever sucks. I don't *like* them, ie the music is not in my taste. I may find the music completely unappealing, uninteresting, and insulting, but I will never say that it "sucks." Why? Because there is always someone who likes the music. No individual has any impact on what someone else likes - I can't make a Ladytron fan, for example, enjoy Godspeed. Or whatever. Therefore, saying a band or artist or whatever that someone else likes sucks or is garbage or is uninspired crap is *insulting* to the other person *as* a person. It is a direct attack on their tastes and likes - something the other has no business with (unless, say, someone's playing irritating music at work - it should be shut off for the good of both people) or right to insult. And I'm not into insulting other people's tastes. Taste is as personal as the colour of someone's skin, and I don't think it should be treated as something to be criticized (except, say, the radio example above). (note: this isn't an attack on anyone here... just in case someone takes this as an angry post... it's not - and having opinions about bands or artists is very right and much different than saying they "suck")
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Friday, November 29, 2002

Hel was the youngest child of Loki, sister of the Midgardsworm and the Fenris the Wolf (her mother was Agnrboda). She ruled her realm, also called Hel, or Niflheim. This was where the people who did not die in battle went (as the ones who died ended up in Valhalla). Not a nice place really. But this had about nothing to do with 'good' or 'bad' in our convoluted somewhat christian mindsets. There are some great stories. I like these better than the christian stories. Ever heard the story about how Thor and Hymir went out fishing for the Midgardsworm? Or the competition between the Aesier and the Giants? Great literature, if you can call it that. Fascinating.
Hell Bank notes are used in funeral ceremonies in many far-eastern countries to provide money and goods in the afterlife for the dead person. The term "hell" just designates the place where the dead go, and does not carry the negative connotations that it does in the Christian world.
ESR has blog.
Would you like a deal? Yes, indeed. Give me a deal and I'll give you Sounds of Evil Plots Hatching�. Somehow I imagine these things work the other way round in Reality. However, I'm convinced that most of my time is not spent in Reality. So. Things to add to the wish list: Portable DAT recorder. Field mike. Sound editing software. And a question I forgot from a couple of days ago. Can I post pictures from my hard drive then? Or am I dreaming here?
I've never recorded even one decent 'song' so they've got at least that on me. I had a long conversation with my esteemed colleague "H", and we concluded (obliquely) that people who dont make music are actually making the best music today. Yes, indeed. Would you like a deal?
The worst thing about the flash, is that everytime you come to blogdial, everyone knows you are "not working".
Godspeed? Godspeed straight to hell. Do not collect $200. AAAAAAARRRRRRGH!!! I agree!!!!!! (To an extent. Terms and conditions apply. Always read the small print and consult your doctor.) I have the Slow Riot E.P/L.P. and liked it, but then listened to more and realized it was the same stuff. One idea milked to complete dehydration. But, hey, I've never recorded even one decent 'song' so they've got at least that on me. For now.(cue: sounds of evil polts hatching) (now there's an album title) Someone has seen my fate for this opinion already. Watch the Kenya bomb story. As soon as it happened it was all Al Quaeda's fault. Then some Palestinian group claimed responsibility. But "they" have almost completely ignored this and still scream Al Quaeda. Is there any need for evidence any more? Also, (as well known for years) sources in the US have been and are still funding and aiding gun-running to the IRA. The US is now a legitimate target for a war on terror! All those with misanthropic feelings please vent them in this direction!
Why oh why is it buy nothing day - TODAY!?!?!?! I have been planning shopping for weeks TODAY! it is not fair....I have not been shopping for ages, I need a new discman, drugs, and girl-stuff... I have only heard one Ladytron song (cant remember the title) but really liked it (it stayed in my head for days), very melodic, beautiful and pure in some kind of way. If the album is like that - very melodic and 'pure', I want it! But I cant imagine the Ladytron album to be better than the Metro Area Album! so disco... One of my best portraits ever taken at a club: anyway, i'm in a particulary misanthropic mood, almost to the point of homicide, although i'd rather not hurt anyone. or kill anyone. so i'll just invert that anger... :( Dear Alex! please do not write like that - the world is cruel, yes, BUT it is also wonderful!!!! Listen to your favorite beautiful song, kiss some one you love, hug a friend - or as I often do: Cook your friends a dinner! There is not much that is better than cooking food - you use all your senses, it is relaxing and remember to put ekstra love in the food - even if it's pasta with pesto - it will be a joy to eat! And eat with your fingers if possible, it is fun and a pleasure as well. Have a nice weekend! It's weekend party party party party party party!!!!!
There was a sound of another person being hung high...I must have been mistaken. Now, on to "Godspeed You Black Emperor". Naturally, after hearing about them so much from different quarters, the final straw came when my sister told me to check them out. What a load of unrefined garbage. That group, sound like a bunch of talentless students who were of the type that used to produce the most tiresome and uninspired "knock-off prog-rock"; dreadful, baleful, directionless soulless, ill concieved, rubbish. That they are paraded around like something worthwhile is astounding. Even thier words are grey in shade, as witnessed by the spiretless, spineless, dour and moping interviews that can be read online. That group are so bad, I had to check that I had bought the correct CD, and that some other, older garbage had not been mistakenly put into the jewel case. Godspeed? Godspeed straight to hell. Do not collect $200. Uninteresting "compositions" poorly mixing strings and electic guitars. Apalling production that is worse than what can be found on any demonstration tape. Poor musicianship, full stop. Everything about this group shouts "turn off immediately"; a total dead end, an enthusiasm sponge, designed to suck the life out of you, and render you completely inert. Yes indeed. "Bad®"

The Latest Kissinger Outrage

Why is a proven liar and wanted man in charge of the 9/11 investigation? [...] Slate
(Barrie: Bush has appointed Kissinger as the head honcho of a commitee that is to investigate 9/11.) I've spent around, uh, circa 5 usd this week. I think I've enough beer to hold out till after midnight with the spending more money. The reason for Buy Nothing day being this limited, timewise, is that today is Black Friday. The reason for this name will come in a bit. In America, this weekend is traditionally a 3 day weekend, starting today, due to Thanksgiving. All the big Amerikkkan chains (K-mart, Wal-mart, what have we-mart) are generally losing money throughout the year. But, since christmas presents season starts now, they have thought up a clever scheme to make money. People have nothing to do with a friday off, so they might as well go be good consumers for the moneygrubbing whores that run their country (I swear I'm not as bitter as I make out to be. Goddamn fuckers). The *-Marts hold big sales, and even more people are dragged like zombies into their own downfall as they go spend all their freaking cash on stuff they don't need. Ah, but the name. As I mentioned, the stores are losing money, but this single day is enough to outweigh 11 months of "in the red," turning the budgets "black." See? If you buy nothing, and enough do the same, they will stay in the red, and the fuckers will die the death they push on the world. Granted, it doesn't matter as much in the rest of the world, but it's still a viable statement, and I sure as hell won't be buying anything today. Not that I buy much anyway. Speaking of Music that makes you want to destroy, check out Desaparecidos - Read Music / Speak Spanish. Especially the track The Happiest Place on Earth (which awesomely has been laid out on the labels website for free download) for a wickedly scathing commentary on America. And great singing/playing. Rock. (Had to post this with Phoenix/Mozilla, cause MSIE is a fucking piece of trash)
alex: you're sounding disturbingly like myself in a misanthropic mood. This is a dangerous and unhealthy thing. I have not as yet heard ladytron, so I'll reserve my judgement (not that my or anyone's judgement matters but... whatever). Music that makes you want to destroy? Godspeed ("motherfucker=redeemer" is the sound of thousands of people in a mass uprising destroying everything in their path), the last track on Sigur Ros' new album (), Acid Mothers Temple (though that's more like rocking out with your guitar on fire and flangers set to deep fat fry), Mogwai's "Like Herod" or "My Father My King," most Monster Magnet too (though that also falls into the Acid Mothers Temple category). What about music that makes you want to make sweet, sweet love, or in the same sitting, stare at the wall wistfully in a deep state of melancholy? "[`rhubarb']," "st michel mont mixs," "4," or any number of Aphex Twin tracks. DNTEL's "(This Is) The Dream of Evan and Chan," Beef Terminal's album "20 GOTO 10," 54�40's "Alcohol Heart." I could go on if I wasn't insanely tired with work yet to be done.
yes. i quite like QOTSA. not amazingly, i prefer something like Q and not U, who are quite honestly amazing. band names as pronouns. are they plural or singular? personally i like to refer to band names in a plural way. This band *ARE* ... Ladytron are cool. Led Zeppelin are old. Saying things singularily makes me shiver. Ladytron is awesome. Led Zeppelin is a band from the seventies. Always confused me that one... anyway: Incredibly, Henry Kissinger�the man who rivals Pol Pot for the dubious honor of being the person responsible for the death of the largest number of innocent people in South East Asia (and far surpasses Pol Pot in criminality when one factors in Kissinger's various levels of responsibility for wholesale slaughter and repression in other parts of the world)�still wields significant power in the United States; but his role as eager facilitator of mass murder, totalitarian repression and other atrocities is never discussed in polite society. Remarkable linked by the BBC from this article.
Kissinger? What the fuck did I miss? WHAT'S GOING ON? HURRBHLBHBHALBHAGHALHGLAG Also: Queens of the Stone Age is a very good band. Good rockers are hard to come by these days (one of the reasons digging up LED FUCKIN' ZEPPELIN is always a good idea).
i stand firmly against mr kirby. i fucking love ladytron. so dont kill me, i'd actually not enjoy being a martyr! haha. but really, they just seem so fucking sonderful. not like some lame kraftwerk wannabies but with original magic and whatever it is that makes music so good. just so excellent. perfect. argh, how I love them! how can you not like them? i don't like much music at the moment, well music i see on the tv or hear on the radio. i need to buy / leech more music (morr music?). recently i have been listening to crass, fugazi, q and not u, boards of canada, push button objects, mask series stuff... i want to see something that makes me feel some emotion, makes me want to create or destroy, not just this senseless numb feeling i get from watching hours of mtv (about 8 different channels, all of them shit). seeing fugazi, q and not u and erase errata a couple of weeks ago did this but only for a while. although that could be my fault. short attention span. buy nothing day: i've bought nothing all week. tomorrow is a friend's party, so i feel obliged to buy a card, and i need a travel card to get there... may i be excused? please? granted it wont have the same impact. temporal boycotts confuse me though, surely people jsut work around the day, nuying more a previous or later day? does it really have that much effect? anyway, i'm in a particulary misanthropic mood, almost to the point of homicide, although i'd rather not hurt anyone. or kill anyone. so i'll just invert that anger... :( oh, as i got cable tv this week, i have been exposed to a whole new level of crap. the best being "Riots: Mobs out of control" the worst piece of social documentary I have ever seen, taking riots out of social / political context and trying to analyse them. There's so much senstationalist tripe out there. sorry about all that.

Thursday, November 28, 2002

Common sense is the quintessence of the experiences and prejudices of its time. It is a most unreliable advisor when one is confronted with a perfectly new situation. Gustav Naan
The caption reads: "Alun Kirby, found hung by the neck, for disrespecting Ladytron. A member of the crowd said: 'We warned that boy; he had to pay' "
HENRY FUCKING KISSINGER? Yes indeed, its almost as if they appointed him for the laugh, like the logo for TIA; "they" dont evey TRY to look like its a fair game. Audacious!
a curious sense of doom settled over Blogdial, thick like the fog that descends after a clear cold autumn evening ...
My thoughts exactly Mikkel. What the fuck is that all about? I look forward to seeing Tory Blur shaking his hand and talking about special relationships. Anyone that shows disrespect to Ladytron will be hung by the neck by me personally, and that aint no bullshit Charlie Brown. I exert my right to freedom of speech without threat of hanging by the neck. I am suspicious when bands get promoted by slick posters and stickers on lamp-posts that try to make out this band is the latest wierd and wonderful crossover breakthrough wow quick tell yer mum its a happening thang. But. Judge the music, not the posters. And I listened to he streams and felt like I'd heard it before. Like I'd already got several variants of this music sat in my record collection that don't grab me by the ears either so I don't need another. But maybe Ladytron will get lucky and be this years Daft Punk, or maybe even electronic Las Ketchup girls. Maybe my ears are fucked. Maybe my soul is rotten to the core. Who knows? But after 30 seconds of Ladytron I was BORED. So tell me what I'm missing, why dontcha?
also, I forgot to say this earlier:


Is someone about to lose a lot of money? What precisely do you mean by that? Anyone that shows disrespect to Ladytron will be hung by the neck by me personally, and that aint no bullshit Charlie Brown.
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Fusker does not spoof referers... It would be impossible/inconvenient to do. Since the referers are sent by the browser, I have no control over them. I could have Fusker work as a proxy that actually loaded the images from the site with appropiate referers, then stored them locally and showed them to the user, but that would definitely be illegal, no grey areas. Actually, deep linking is for some reason illegal in Denmark. Well, because the judges didn't pay attention to the case so now we have stupid precedent. You can't legally link to mp3 files. How's that, eh. Notice that I consequently misspell referer. The nuts who created the HTTP spec misspelled it and the error made it into the recommendation, so now it's the standard. Tsk tsk.
Went to see the Michael Moore film Bowling for Columbine last night. All I can say is, GO AND SEE IT. Ladytron? Currently the subject of a massive poster campaign all along my bus route. Is someone about to lose a lot of money? Uh-oh! Here I go stealing bandwidth again... Isn't it the same thing as file-swapping (but less so)... in that the more people see your images, then some may visit the original site etc etc etc in a large karma circle. The internet needs a new sub-folder, where all those users that don't want to share even a link can all bugger off to and charge each other for the pleasure of doing so. ....Ev'rything free in America For a small fee in America!...
"As you play the album you'll believe Ladytron are the only band you've ever really liked" (Mixmag ***** Album of the month) Ladytron
Shorl is cool...
Thinking about it, does Fusker spoof the referrer for sites that get Fusked?
In some flaked out jurisdictions, its illegal to link to a site, let alone link to images in a site. Do a search for "deep linking" to read more of this insanity, or the DECSS fiasco with 2600 being prosecuted (sucessfully) for linking to sites. Sometimes, when someone finds that they are being hit by a popular image, they replace the image with something like this: which is linked from . Anyway, the solution that Mikkel gives solves this problem completely, but then, you have to know what you are doing to make it work...
Boogiejack is as ignorant as he claims the "thieves" are. A webserver is configurable. If you do not configure it, it's the same as hiring a guard for your front door, but not giving him any instructions as to who he should not let in, resulting in everybody being let in. He can easily fix the problem of peopled deeplinking by checking the referer fields on the requests. These state which website the link is on. In the case of the image Alison posted below, the request header looks something like this:
GET /images/news/america.gif HTTP/1.0
All mr Boogie has to do is have his server check requests and deny access for those with referers that do not start with "". Voila. As it stands, he is using the law to cover for his ignorance. Actually, I just tried posting an image here, but it appears that he is already checking referers. In which case, I'm puzzled as to why he rants and raves about theft. Of course, there are browsers & proxies that fakes referers, but those are in the minority and require that every user visiting the page with the "stolen" image use them... *scratches head*
Now here is where you may think - oh, timid old Davros, he's not l33t, but please read here and let me know what you think; What's the blogdialesque opinion here?
wow - so easy!!! I'm giving it a try, thank you very much
In your browser, right click on the picture that you want to post on BLOGDIAL and then either select "properties" (ie) or in Mozilla, right click and select "copy image location". Paste it between the quotes....d0n3!
Thank you Irdial for the pic's information, but I have now one more question, how/where to find the URL of a picture, if I just find it on a homepage? ... 5 danes, with 3 active... well well... and I am the only female... almost all danish households have a computer - maybe thats why? Personally I just thinkIrdial - are the best! That is my reason for writing here, I consider Blogdial to be the best interactive room in cyberspace (of what I know), really. Love the sloganizer: I Scream, You Scream, We All Scream for Alison Ohhh my....

Wednesday, November 27, 2002

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fantastic post, claus .......... i always wondered what mr plant had been singing about ..... although you could make anything fit his mighty squall
one of the reasons for not posting for longer than a while is the fact that my head's been buried in finalising a teeny app that does not much but is cute in its own way ... any & everyone can download it here ...... it runs on all windows os as far as i've been able to test it ; no mac yet, but it's OpenSource, and all the files are loaded into the main app directory, so anyone who can and wishes to port it elsewhere, please feel free to do so ... any glitches or ideas can be posted to me here all it does is allow the user to create a list of events that he/she wishes to be reminded about ..... it doesn't have the functionality of a calender because all i wanted was a tool to remind me about approaching birthdays ... additional features may follow
By my count we are five Danes here, two of them are not active (at all).

Aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa-ah! The Vikings are comming!

Sorry Barrie, the Devil made me...
Found this essay. Interesting thoughts.
Arguments for the Perceived Impending Revival of Imperialism
Or: Find the Emperor
In recent years there have been many criticisms of the capitalist systems by which most of the world's economies - even in China - operate. Since September 11, 2001, these have been accompanied by dire warnings from people on both sides of the anti-capitalist debate to suggest that the collapse of capitalism is, for better or for worse, imminent. I disagree.
Hehe. There certainly is quite a Danish presence here, I must say. How many are we by now?
From Eriksen's Improvised Dictionary (2002):
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you guys are really sweet - love your cat Captain D... And Mikkel you sould have an '�refigen' (how to translate in english?) But how do I post pictures in Blogdial? Can anyone help me, please?
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More filesharing for OS X: - iSwipe does OpenNap, Gnutella, FastTrack, Web, etc. Works pretty well for me. Heh heh ;) I wanna go home. Work sucks.
Smiling is infectious, You catch it like the flu. When someone smiled at me today, I started smiling too. I passed around the corner, and someone saw my grin. When he smiled I realized, I'd passed it to him. I thought about that smile, then I realized its worth. A single smile just like mine, could travel the earth. So, if you feel a smile begin, don't leave it undetected. Let's start an epidemic quick, and get the world infected! INSTANTLY WHEN YOU RECEIVE THE SMILE STARTER, YOU MUST SEND IT ON WHY!?!?! FUCK WHY!?!?!?! I hate those emails, with cute cats and babys! I really hate them from all my heart. Wonderful things like smiling is spontaniuos. Why fucking FORCE it !?!?!? Does anybody know about some kind of program that trashes mails with cute contencs (cute pic's of dogs, cats, babys and flowers)? Not that I dont like it - I love kittys, plants, flowers and even babys can be really cute and fantastic in real - but not in cyberspace, please please eliminate all 'cute' stuff from cyberspace -NOW

Circle the wagons boys!

WASHINGTON (Reuters Health) - Attorneys for the Bush Administration asked a federal court on Monday to order that documents on hundreds of cases of autism allegedly caused by childhood vaccines be kept from the public. Department of Justice (news - web sites) lawyers asked a special master in the US Court of Federal Claims to seal the documents, arguing that allowing their automatic disclosure would take away the right of federal agencies to decide when and how the material should be released. Attorneys for the families of hundreds of autistic children charged that the government was trying to keep the information out of civil courts, where juries might be convinced to award large judgments against vaccine manufacturers. The court is currently hearing approximately 1,000 claims brought by the families of autistic children. The suits charge that the measles-mumps-rubella (MMR) vaccine, which until recently included a mercury-containing preservative known as thimerosal, can cause neurological damage leading to autism. [...] Yahoo News
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Tuesday, November 26, 2002

1,044,025 stars for Celestia now available for OSX
Somone was asking for a filesharing app that would do the trick in OS X. XNap 2.4-pre-1 now (finally) seems to work. Get it at
P.S. Joel Veitch's animations are now gracing the advertisment breaks on channel 4. My first TV exposure in months and thats the first thing I saw. What a coincidence-packed world we live in.
Your webspace is here. Your camera is waiting for you in Dixons. :]
Holy Shiat! "Suddenly we were electrified by the most awesome, incredible sight we had seen in our entire lives."
you are here.
If only I had a digital camera... And some webspace... Saw this morning an advert for the GAP, complete with Happy Ethnic Minority Face�, tastefully amended with the prefix POVERTY. It worked for me. CultureJammers Are Go!
"The old web was that to which the limited men distribute the limited information by the limited method." Ya
Mr Blair said there was no appeasing fanatics, whose enemy was "anyone who isn't them". - BBC "You are either with us, or with the terrorists" - GWB
Genies do not go back in bottles. But can they be shot dead? Same thing. Taking out of circulation. Erasing from memory. Removal of technology and the capability to reproduce that technology. Preventing re-invention. Tough task. Social re-education that certain risks outweigh benefits may be a way. However, I believe this depends on individuals acting as part of a unified society. We currently act as individuals within a massive number of tiny societies, each with its own agenda. You'd have to shoot the metaphorical genie in front of each one of those groups or there would always be some thinking... 'Hey...nice shiny lamp... I could get rich/fat/safe/famous/high/powerful/fucked off the back of that baby... wonder what happens if I rub it a little...'
Parliament might have been denied its debate and the cabinet might have been silenced, but there are other means of holding the government to account. If, by 4pm today, his lawyers have failed to agree that he will not attack Iraq without a new UN resolution, the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament will take the prime minister to court. For the first time in history, the British government may be forced to defend the legality of its war plans in front of a judge. See you in court, Tony.
Genies do not go back in bottles. But can they be shot dead?
"Everything I learned about politics that I never wanted to know." NYT
Saw John Parrish last night at the Union Chapel. Excellent 8-piece line-up, and tight as anything. Lovely layers of sound wash over me. Cleanse my mind and set me free. Re: The Lifeboat. Watched a program on Churchill the other day, which was excellent. One striking thing was the tanks used by both sides in 1939, almost indistinguishable in technology from those of the first world war. But by 1945... especially on the German side. From atomic theory to Hiroshima and Nagasaki. From propeller biplanes to jet rockets and ballistic missiles. And the serious development of 'calculating machines'. So now 'we' are at war again, and the pressure is on. The predictions on the Lifeboat website may be no more than could be made by anyone with a day spare to think about it, but, scarily, they are not exactly far-fetched. P.S. This bit may be incorrect "The Fermi Paradox refers to the question mark that hovers over the data point that we have seen no signs of extraterrestrial life.". However, the rest of that statement may not be too bad... This tells us that it is not the case that life evolves on a significant fraction of Earth-like planets and proceeds to develop advanced technology, using it to colonize the universe in ways that would have been detected with our current instrumentation. Actually, it doesn't tell us anything about the size of the fraction, significant or otherwise. Maybe it says things about our detection, current stage of technology... Even 1 space-colonizing civilization would be significant. And it could be us if we could stop our petty arguments over property. one Great Filter � an evolutionary step that is extremely improbable � somewhere on the line between Earth-like planet and colonizing-in-detectable-ways civilization Feasible, plausible idea. Ignoring random comet-strikes and the like, if we can't sort out moral problems such as distribution of wealth (e.g. solve famines, dissolve territorial boundaries, put religion into a non-provocative context) then we have no chance of maintaining a civilized control over technology (i.e. using technology in the context of and for the benefit of humanity rather than the benefit of shareholders) and an Extinction Event may be just a single 'accident' away. The second excerpt I agree with also. However, technology control, at present, is virtually impossible for numerous reasons ranging from the individual to governmental. The problem may be that no novel technology, particularly one which appears potentially unlimited and powerful, will be abandoned before it has been shown to have no (monetary) worth to current society. I can't think of an example of a non-superceded technology which still has 'usefulness' which has been voluntarily mothballed by humankind for any reason, least of all ethical concerns. I concede that, until atomic energy was available (harnessed? - yeah, right) we had probably not reached the capability of generating our own Extiction Event. Now we have a range to choose from. Whatever. Genies do not go back in bottles.
"Finland proposes extensive data retention while the country's largest Telco executives arrested for data misuse." EFFI
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Monday, November 25, 2002

DON'T KNOW IF ANYONE TUNED IN, BUT THIS AMUSED ME WHEN I GOT HOME THIS EVENING... ResonanceFM_Admin wrote: Dear Ben! Due to the clash of programme interests, with a pensioners show on before your show, we have moved your show 30 minutes on to start at 4.00pm on Mondays. I hope that is not a problem with you. Thanks for your understanding, best wishes ....knut SO NEXT WEEK @ 16:00h [UK] ........ 02.12.02 Kozo Inada "one hour as a[] to g[]" ........
Easily shocked? Well if you shop regularly with Boys Stuff, probably not. But Dolly, the very latest in inflatable "comfort", could shock anyone (well, apart from the odd Welshman.) This is the last sexual taboo - and we're going to help you break it.
Illigal drug helps legal disease - WOW what a suprise!!! By the way - loved the calender by Yugo Nakamura, very beautiful

Rum, Sodomy, The Lash, and "Piracy"!

Academy seizes computers from nearly 100 mids By JESSICA R. TOWHEY, Staff Writer Officials at the Naval Academy have seized nearly 100 midshipmen's computers that allegedly contained illegally downloaded music and movies, sources said. The raid occurred Thursday while students were in class, and a source familiar with the investigation said the computers were being held by the administration. Cmdr. Bill Spann, academy spokesman, confirmed that an investigation into what material is on the computers is under way, but declined further comment. He did say punishment for illegally possessing copyrighted material ranges from a court-martial to loss of leave and other restrictions. Computers are given to each midshipman upon entering the academy. During their four years at the school, mids pay back the value of the computers through deductions from their monthly paychecks. Amanda Collins, a spokesman for the Recording Industry Association of America, said yesterday that the Naval Academy was among the colleges and universities around the country that were sent two letters from entertainment industry and educational associations asking them to address Internet piracy and establish policies against it. [...]
I saw the best movie yesterday I have seen in such a long time. Pedro Almod�var's Talk to her It was absolutly brilliant!!! The movie has the best way to show us the need of love - giving, taking, recieving, dreaming, wanting, feeling it, the hole essence of life. But in a very very subtile and beautiful way, way different than other movies - no klichees at all. No loving couples as we are use to in so many movies, but love shown in another perspective - from the friendship of 2 men and their love... Their complicated and very fucked up love (some might even consider it sick) - to women in koma and eachothers as friends. It is truely a must see movie that captures LIFE - perfect! My party went great and the dj's played their best. I walked on clouds when I walked home in the rain - and I didnt even do drugs that night! High on music and friends. Did Chris Dixon learn a lesson?
........ 25.11.02 Dave Phillips "one hour as an animal" psychoacoustic tests of various inner and outer aspects of the life and sentiments of non-human animals ........ 15:30 today [uk]

Saturday, November 23, 2002

12.11.02 AUTECHRE: THE MAGIC BAND CONFIRM FOR THE UK ATP 2003 APRIL 4TH - 6TH .. FEW TICKETS LEFT New Confirmation. 12th Nov 2002. Message from ATP: CAPTAIN BEEFHEARTS LEGENDARY MAGIC BAND REUNITE AFTER 20 YEARS! We are proud and very happy to announce that The Magic Band have reformed and will be appearing at the UK ATP in April at Camber Sands. The band who have not played for over 20 years are reuniting to perform at ATP and a London show at Shepherds Bush Empire in April 2003. The line will feature Magic Band members Mark 'Rockette Morton' Boston on bass, John 'Drumbo' French on drums, Gary 'Mantis' Lucas on guitar and Denny 'Feelers Reebo' Walley on guitar. They will perform selected works of Captain Beefheart from classic albums such as Trout Mask Replica, Lick My Decals Off, Baby and Safe as Milk. For those unexposed to their genius, these shows will be a rare chance to experience the wildly influential and seminal group first hand. Please note that Captain Beefheart himself retired from music 20 years ago and will not be performing at these shows so don't even go there! ATP UK 2003. 4th - 6th April. Curated by Autechre.
dude, you just ejaculated all over blogdial! Gyah!


in the liner notes for the new godspeed you! black emperor album: "though godspeed is guilty of profiting from hateful chain-store sales, we encourage you to avoid giving money to predatory retailers and superstores" "&hope still, a little resistance always maybe stubborntiny lights vs. clustering darkness foreverok?"

Friday, November 22, 2002


Record industry attempts to stop the swapping of pop music on online networks such as Kazaa will never work. So says a research paper prepared by computer scientists working for software giant Microsoft. The four researchers believe that the steady spread of file-swapping systems and improvements in their organisation will eventually make them impossible to shut down. They also conclude that the gradual spread of CD and DVD burners will help thwart any attempts to control what the public can do with the music they buy. Doomed disks The paper was prepared for a workshop on Digital Rights Management, (DRM), at the US Association for Computing Machinery's annual conference on Computer and Communications Security. Digital Rights Management describes attempts to stop people copying music from CDs and sharing the tracks via peer-to-peer networks such as Kazaa and Madster. To stop this piracy some music makers are starting to produce CDs that will not play on computers. Websites such as the Campaign for Digital Rights are documenting which CDs will and will not play on home computers. The music industry as a whole is also using the courts to shut down file-swapping systems and so far has enjoyed some successes. Alicia Keys, AP CDs by artists such as Alicia Keys are copy protected But Peter Biddle, Paul England, Marcus Peinado and Bryan Willman write that ultimately these attempts at control will fail. The success that the music industry has had in stopping file-swapping on systems such as Napster was due entirely to the fact that many of them rely on a few people to provide most of the material being swapped. By targeting these super-swappers the record industry could severely restrict how much music is available to the majority of members who take without sharing. The researchers point out that the growth of consumer broadband and cheap data storage will mean the numbers of people willing to swap is growing and will soon outstrip attempts to shut them down. The growth of instant messaging systems will also contribute to this gradual loss of control. The rising numbers of recordable CD and DVD drives are also making it much easier for consumers to create their own music compilations and share them with friends which could also stymie anti-piracy work. Price fix The paper also pointed out the technical flaws in DRM systems and said that, so far, all of them have been defeated. In one case the CD protection system designed to stop people playing the disks on a computer was foiled by using a marker pen to cover the outer ring of a disk. The authors reserve strongest criticism for watermarking systems which put invisible markers in music that stops tracks being passed around and shared. But the "severe" commercial and social problems inherent in such schemes plus their technical shortcomings mean that they are "doomed to failure", warn the authors. The paper's researchers emphasise that it represents their opinions rather than those of Microsoft, but their conclusions are likely to make uncomfortable reading for music industry executives. In essence, say the researchers, file-swapping systems have already won. The only way for music companies to compete is on the same terms by making music easy to get hold of and cheap to buy. Evidence gathered by critics of the music industry has shown that CD prices have steadily risen over the past few years and may have contributed to the slump in sales as much as the rise of file-swapping systems. In late September five music companies and three music retailers were fined more than $143million after being found guilty of fixing CD prices too high. So says the BBC
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wow, about ten minutes into that radio show, the seal sounds are otherworldly, akin only to the sounds of suffereing men.
You can listen to some of those Daniel Quinn Antarctica field recordings on this radio show, which just happens to be Jeff Mangum of Neutral Milk Hotel Fame. I wish I could stay awake to hear his show on the radio, but it is on from 3-6 AM. Perfect hours to listen to this stuff, but scheduled as sleep time for me. Alas, the wonders of archived radio on WFMU!
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wish me luck, I'm throwing my first party alone with 6 dj's, loads of techno and house, some of copenhagens finest... What are dreams made of? I never know if I should analyse them or just forget them....
Its almost impossible to know about B12, Black Dog, and the other guys without knowing about us, and after all, its a database....its interesting. i had a dream last night ( i think it was last night, i hadn't slept for a day or so, and now i can't remember which order things happened in) about irdial. i met akin, and we talked for ages about insync (who was akin, which is weird and wrong as it should be lee purves (i think?)) and recording onto tape, and stuff and about conet and beautyon and aqua regia... i think i was taling out of my arse though lots and akin lost interest in me, or something. anyway, very weird...
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The Lifeboat Project is interesting: This is clearly wrong: "The Fermi Paradox refers to the question mark that hovers over the data point that we have seen no signs of extraterrestrial life. This tells us that it is not the case that life evolves on a significant fraction of Earth-like planets and proceeds to develop advanced technology, using it to colonize the universe in ways that would have been detected with our current instrumentation. There must be (at least) one Great Filter � an evolutionary step that is extremely improbable � somewhere on the line between Earth-like planet and colonizing-in-detectable-ways civilization. If the Great Filter isn't in our past, we must fear it in our (near) future. Maybe nearly every civilization that develops a certain level of technology causes its own extinction." This is correct: "'Plants' with 'leaves' no more efficient than today's solar cells could out-compete real plants, crowding the biosphere with an inedible foliage. Tough omnivorous 'bacteria' could out-compete real bacteria: They could spread like blowing pollen, replicate swiftly, and reduce the biosphere to dust in a matter of days. Dangerous replicators could easily be too tough, small, and rapidly spreading to stop - at least if we make no preparation. We have trouble enough controlling viruses and fruit flies. Among the cognoscenti of nanotechnology, this threat has become known as the 'gray goo problem.' Though masses of uncontrolled replicators need not be gray or gooey, the term 'gray goo' emphasizes that replicators able to obliterate life might be less inspiring than a single species of crabgrass. They might be superior in an evolutionary sense, but this need not make them valuable. The gray goo threat makes one thing perfectly clear: We cannot afford certain kinds of accidents with replicating assemblers. Gray goo would surely be a depressing ending to our human adventure on Earth, far worse than mere fire or ice, and one that could stem from a simple laboratory accident." The rest is frightening/fascinating. Man without Earth is a hard thing to accept, and for certain, there will be some that say that there is no "true Man" without Earth. Ive said it before, these experimenters must be stopped. There are at best, a few thousand people with the ability to destroy everything permanently. Better that they be "prohibited" rather than everything be destroyed. The idea that a modified plant could spread and out compete every other living plant is not hard to imagine, even for the lowest dullard. Still, modified plants are released into the wild week after week. It is nothing less than criminal negligence. Prohibition might not be enough: "Biotechnology is advancing rapidly, and by 2020 there will be thousands � even millions � of people with the capability to cause a catastrophic biological disaster. My concern is not only organized terrorist groups, but individual weirdos with the mindset of the people who now design computer viruses. Even if all nations impose effective regulations on potentially dangerous technologies, the chance of an active enforcement seems to me as small as in the case of the drug laws." And so we must stop developing the tools before we reach this point. This is doable, because the people making the tools are numbered in the tens.

Thursday, November 21, 2002

Dick Higgins: Yellow Piece, 12/13/63

When you finish reading this, stop performing this piece.

Jorn said:

"ALL WORKS of art are objects and should be treated as such, but these objects are not ends in themselves: They are tools with which to influence spectators. The artistic object, despite its seemingly objectlike character, therefore presents itself as a link between two subject, the creating and provoking subject on the one hand, and the receiving subject on the other. The latter does not perceive the work of art as a pure object, but as the sign of a human presence." D�tourned Painting (Asger Jorn)

Situationist Manifesto

Situationist Manifesto, June 1960

Fluxus Manitesto


"To make people free is the aim of art, therefore art for me is the science of freedom." -Joseph Beuys
Hey, John Hyde is a cool guy - he made me an excellent CD with all the ting, right back to '79 and Skank Bloc Bologna, and I really must hunt through my filing cabinet full of NME, Sounds and Melody Makers (86-92) like I promised and get him the scritti article that I know is in there. I ruined my chances of getting to sleep last night by playing my copy of "A Secret Wish" by Propaganda at titty-frying volume (in headphones) last night just before going to bed. I was all excited and filled with that smearing of the heart that only ungraspable sonics can give you! That's a study in music and emotion for you Alison!
One for the dav:
The Lexicon of Luxury
and what could you expect? Its almost impossible to know about B12, Black Dog, and the other guys without knowing about us, and after all, its a database....its interesting.
From Tigershushi: "LABEL SEARCH : YOUR SEARCH FOR 'IRDIAL' RETURNED NO RESULTS. PLEASE TRY AGAIN OR READ HELP." I did the same search - and what could you expect? Few people know about irdial, but the people that does; speaks of it with sparkling stars in their eyes By the way: Funny coincidence mr tea I like the graphics at tigersushi - it is cute, in a cool way


(Alafia Pudim) Selfish desires are burning like fires among those who horde the gold, As they continue to keep the people asleep and the truth from being told. Racism and greed keep the people in need from getting what's rightfully theirs, Cheating, Stealing and Double Dealing as they exploit the people's fears. Now Dow Jones owns the people's homes and all the surrounding land, buying and selling their humble dwelling in the name of the master plan. Cause paper money is like a bee without honey with no stinger to back him up, And those who stole people's gold are definitely corrupt. Credit Cards, Master Charge, Legacies of Wills, Real Estate, Stocks and Bonds on coupons, paper bills. Now the U.S. Mints on paper prints, millions every day, and use the Eagle for their Symbol, 'cause it's a bird of prey. Now the laurels of peace and the arrows of wars, are clutched very tightly in the eagle's claws, filled with greed and lust, and on the back of the dollar bill is the words "In God We Trust". But the Dollar bill is their only God and they don't even trust each other; and for a few dollars more they'd start a war to exploit some brother's mother. Then there's the Pyramid that stands by itself, created by Black people's knowledge and wealth, and over the Pyramid hands the Devil's eye, that stole from the truth and created the lie. Now Annuit means an endless amount stolen over the years, and Coeptis means a New Empire of Vampire millionaires, and Novus is a latin word meaning something new, and Ordo means a way of life chosen by a few. Seclorum is a word that means to take from another, knowledge, wisdom and understanding stolen from the brother. Roman numerals on the base of the Pyramid's face tell the date they began to exist, when they established this branch of hell in 1776. Now they are thirteen layers of stone on the Pyramid alone an unfinished work of art For 33 1/3 is how high as a Mason can go without falling apart. Thirteen stars in the original flag, 13 demons from the Devil's bag! 13 berries and 13 leaves! 13 colonies of land grabbing thieves! 13 arrows in the Eagle's claws, 67 corporations wage the Devil's wars, 13 stripes on the Eagle's shield, and these are the symbols on the U.S. Seal. Now on the front of the Dollar Bill to the Right of Washington's head, is a small seal in the shape of a wheel with a secret that's been left unsaid. The symbols in the middle represent the riddle of the scales, the ruler and the key, The Square rule is a symbol from the craft of Masonry. The scales represent Libra, the balance of the seventh sign, they also represent the just-us which you and I know is blind. The key unlocks the mysteries of the secrets of the seal, so that only the Govern-U-Men will know what they reveal. The four words above from the last parts of, the secrets of the seal, and tells how they fooled the people into thinking paper money was real. Now Theasaur means the treasuries, where they store the gold they stole, and Amer means to punish like the slaves they bought and sold. Then Septent means seven, like 1776 when the thirteen devils gathered to unleash their bag of tricks. Then Sigil means the images they've created to fool the world, like the colors on old Glory the flag they unfurled. Now Red's for the color of the Indian Man, White's for the devils who stole the land, Blue's for the eyes that hypnotized with the tricks and traps they've sprung and even to this very same day they all speak with forked tongue. And so the power's in the hands of the ruling classes, playing God with the fate of all the masses, so the people don't get any in the land of the plenty CAUSE E PLURIBUS UNUM MEANS "ONE OUT OF MANY". "One Out Of Many" by The Last Poets


And some links

Wednesday, November 20, 2002

Ion Powered Craft
Shooting game, deliverance style!
that's really fucked up. i stumbled across tigersushi yesterday when trying to work out what the missing track form the track listing was on funkstorung's mix on d-i-r-t-y... (it was a radiohead track off kid a)... first time i've been there i think although i knew the name from somewhere... and now you post a link to it... uhh....
"Unreal...but completely real." A classic line, from "A"
BUSTED Please (!) do NOT listen to internet music streams (radio stations) on work computers. Our internet lines pretty decent but they really can't handle the load of various people downloading or listening to music. The result is, at best, slow access for others trying to do their work. At worst, various business processes that rely on the lines working normally encounter problems. packet-sniffing bastards. grrrrrrrrrr.
"Gotta, gonna gonna" �The thing you�ve gotta remember,� says Berryman, �is that even if you record to analog tape, it�s gonna get bumped to a CD anyway � it�s gonna get digitized at some point down the line.� For their analog-to-digital conversion, Coldplay relies on Apogee and Prism audio interfaces. �We try to keep the conversion rate as high as possible, really, just to keep all the definition and clarity,� he explains.
How much are they? Tigersushi
Alun, there is a tranquil Mac Shop on Kensington High Street: Tasha Computers Ltd., 290 Kensington High Street, London, W14 8NZ 0171 602 9444 Old number obviously... Peter Jones at Sloane Square (who will beat any price that you find for equipment) then there is always: Go for Peter Jones can have lunch there if you dont buy your Mac!
AIIIEEEE!! Please no more direct postings of flash movies! My computer is so old and so slow that I literally have to force-quit Mozilla to regain the operation of my computer. I am listening to Acid Mothers Temple - Electric Heavyland. Fuck, this rocks. It's fucking heavy. Fuck.

Tuesday, November 19, 2002

i love joel veitch. his punk rock kittens are fantastic too. i am enjoying last fm, it can stream here at work, and i am in heaven. does anyone know of other sites like this? right now, brian eno, dance #1, i think its in time with the rain outside... it is pouring rain here. for two weeks now. i almost drown coming to work this morning. thanks for all of your words lately, i have been busy (finding a new house, top floor!, new car, never had one before) in the soup so to speak.
Is this for real? If it is... wow.
How do I krack the Logic Plat 5.3.0 (OS X)?

Pussy is my Destiny Just in case there was any doubt, this will dispell it completely. Gangsta Rap is the direct relation of the earliest blues. Awesome.
Gosh, this is so much fun. Especially while listening to Fennesz or Pita or other clickity clackety pings bleeps and pangs.
Still ill. Listening to Nina Simone, Dublab, Ben Folds Five, Wilco, West Side Story soundtrack, Johnny Cash, Massive Attack, Beethoven, KLF (Its grim up north... ), Kraftwerk, Dionne Warwick (Bacarach and David stuff....Music That Gels�) and others. MUST buy a computer for home soon. Current fave is dual 887MHz PPC G4.... but 2000 of my english pounds (inc. LCD monitor) is well over a months salary. Is it worth it? Are there better options? Tottenham Court Road is like a middle eastern kasbah for computer nerds, and its the Real Hard Sell�. I almost expect to be offered sweet mint tea every time I wander inside a shop. And every souting expedition makes me more confused. All advice gratefully assessed. Path� News! Don't feel up to posting hard. Which is why this is posted gently. Am reading Cryptonomicon (Neil Stephenson). Very informative. Very long. Lots about Turing. A Virtual Turing Machine.
OK then, Korea it is. Soeul Power. oh, sorry... Claus: Jaguar definitely is a step towards a fully operating system, don't you think? And that URL was broken cos I don't have apache set up right*, there's supposed to be a / at the end. And my machine has to be on... What about now? *which module do i have to turn on, and is there anything else i need to do to set it up to get apache to accept directory names without a trailing slash? and how does the mod_speling work? do you just turn them on? shall i just try it?
Miracle workers Jack Schofield The Guardian, 17/10/02 Not many people would have bet on South Korea becoming he world's leading nation for broadband internet use, but it is. Comparisons with the UK are embarrassing. Some 67% of Korean households now have broadband: the UK figure is about 4%. What's more, their broadband is better than ours. Koreans typically get 2Mbps connections, which are four times faster than BT Openworld's standard 512kbps. Korea's "pro" service is 16 times faster than that...,7496,813459,00.html
... While you live, you must do. Its pointless to stand with something in your hands and ponder it when you should simply do it, especially if its a doable thing, like eating a lollypop. How STUPID people are to stand gazing at it saying, "I wonder what this tastes like?" Lick it�. Thank you for the answer, it is (always) a pleasure reading them! Besides that - do you have more articles on how music effects the emotions - any links maybe? I have been searching a little on that issue, but only in medical databases - with no fulfilling answers. Do you have more?
Caplan stands firm against ID cards By JEFF SALLOT Monday, November 18, 2002 OTTAWA -- Canadians don't need national identification cards, Revenue Minister Elinor Caplan says, flatly rejecting an idea being floated by one of her cabinet colleagues... onal/national/nationalTheNationHeadline_temp/8/8/13/
D*I*R*T*Y has PAUL LANSKY! I've been meaning to nab some of his work for a while... he totally rules. The notion of " sound-givers able to promulgate and share sounds " is very important for you. Do you think that web sites that permit to download mp3 files (despite of the illegal aspect) create some good sound-givers ? Absolutely. I loved Napster and thought that it was one of the healthiest and best things to happen to music in a long time. It enable many people to become sound-givers, to acquaint more people with a wider variety of music and allow more people's music to be heard. My feeling was that in the long run, the health of our music would compensate for the loss in income, and that more people would be buying and creating CDs because of it. I may be wrong, but that's how I felt. I only used Napster for a few months, but in that time I learned a lot of new music. I got another speeding ticket today... kick me in the pants, please. I thought I was going the speed limit, but apparently I was in an unmarked school zone. Uhhhh. It'd be real cool if the fines were differentiated to people's incomes... my $100 dollar fine would be just what a CEO of an oil company would get. Why should an art student with no income get hit with the same amount? Where's the deterrent? This is ridiculous! The crunch is on. I'm becoming unable to do all my schoolwork... trouble looms.
loads of stuff @ I love OS X as well, even tough it most definitely still is BETA. Alex your URL: contains no data...

Monday, November 18, 2002

i love os x. i can't wait to upgrade to jaguar. it's so much nicer. why am i waiting? i need to back stuff up, i want a clean install. i want to get a huge (160gb - never big enough) hard disk, so i am waiting for my student loan. irresponsible? me? anyway, here's why i love os x: iPulse: My computer's sysinfo wooo....
> Also - ive had realy short notice for this , but ive got to deliver a > three hour seminar for contextual studies at work - as its something i > think about quite a bit i thought i'd discuss how music / sounds effects > our emotions ,how does music conjour up different visual images in our > imagination , how is this affected by the listeners experience's - im > gonna use examples from old orchestral stuff up to modern electronic > music, as well as sound effects from films/video games - but was just > wondering if you'd ever written any thing in this area - im gathering > lots of peoples thoughts on this , and any ideas you may have had would > be greatly appreciated - it sounds like quite a lot but just any thing > you may have posted on the blogdial site or written in the past . The short version is this: The way music affects humans is largely dependent on how their ears have been trained. The Gamelan sounds strange to us, but perfectly normal to the Balinese; this is a perfect example of how the ear and the emotional response of listeners is malleable, and not set at birth. You can be trained to love any form of music. Merzbow is identical to Bach in this way, though arguably the range of emotions expressed by Merzbow is limited by the limited grammar of that particular music. The western scale in music has great power precisely because its "alphabet" is huge, it has spread all over the world, and there are many different works written in this language from which comes a rich context for everyone to feed from, work with and against and draw from. If there had been 14 notes instead of 12, the emotions expressed by western music may or may not have formed differently. Certainly, no less music would have been created. Indian classical music is another example of a rich music coming from a completely different theoretical underpinning, which to the uneducated ear, sounds like "a bunch of notes all over the place" but which is in fact, an absolutely coherent and structured musical art form.
Ok everybody, ftp is fux0red at the server (where elese would it be?) ftpd is running (says top) but it keeps timing out. Keep posting and hopefully it will come back shortly. ./a
why? I never ask "why" you're perspectivating - I am the one asking why? Guess you dont answer on why?'s either... That question is actually "Why not 'why' ", which I do answer. Quick answer for Americans: Q: "Mr Owl, how many licks does it take to get to the center of a totsie pop?" A: "Lets find out..." Long answer for Non-Americans: If I have something to do, I simply do it. I never debate with myself (or anyone else) from the frame of reference that starts with "why" it is always; "This is doable, do we have time?" I have a particular dislike for the "Why Bother Brigade", of which there are many in the UK. While you live, you must do. Its pointless to stand with something in your hands and ponder it when you should simply do it, especially if its a doable thing, like eating a lollypop. How STUPID people are to stand gazing at it saying, "I wonder what this tastes like?" Lick it®.
why? I never ask "why" you're perspectivating - I am the one asking why? Guess you dont answer on why?'s either... Put it another way, Beauty makes you feel like wanting to make music? I got that right? So your inspirations are only beauty? Never anything ugly? What is your definition of beauty (If you would be kind at tell me)?
Antarctica "In the world of sound recordists, those specializing in natural sound form the smallest group. Among that tiny group, very few professionals stand out. And most of these will acknowledge in a heartbeat that of all the places in the world to record creature life, the Antarctic is the most problematical. Where animal life is the least dense on the planet and the weather is generally awful, this polar region provides a test that only the best recordists will survive physically, creatively, and technically. Doug Quin is one of the rare few who has mastered the elements, the equipment and the poetic sense it takes to generate the fine sound art represented here. The only way to hear the other-worldly voices of Weddell, leopard seals, and penguins underwater is with a hydrophone (underwater microphone). Previously, these creatures had been recorded many times. But it takes that special gift of creative imagination, combined with a knowledge of the technology to put together the multi-headed array of hydrophones that produced the stereo/surround events heard on this album. It didn't hurt that the weather gods smiled for Quin while on site. Just remember though, no one has used this type of stereo array in this manner before. And to create this kind of magic with natural sound takes time, enormous patience, perserverance, and a keen compositional sense to make lyrical the material heard on this album. Sounds from the Antarctic present the ultimate test." -Bernie Krause Quin
why? I never ask "why" how? Sound Forge Cool Edit Audio Mulch "Brown is the new Black"
End the occupation Already since 35 years the State of Israel occupies the Palestinian territories, although in a large number of resolutions the United Nations have unequivocally rejected this. This has had devastating consequences on both sides and leads to serious suffering for the entire Palestinian population. It is not a matter of jews against non-jews, but of an expansionist policy of the State of Israel against the international legal order. Israel ignores the UN-resolutions concerning the occupation and structurally violates the international conventions to which an occupying nation is bound. This violence only provokes more violence. To de-escalate the conflict and to prevent even more suffering on both sides from being inflicted, it is high time that the international community undertakes action and exerts pressure on Israel to bring the occupation to a close... Read more here... Stop de bezetting! About the Irdial Interview in D*I*R*T*Y (like the page) So extreme beauty (beautiful women?) is the cause of your music - why? how?
D*I*R*T*Y : this is good, but then you'd know that as there's an irdial interview. akin:// have you done the a212 magazine cover yet? i am listening to the ensemble remix right now. beautiful.

Sunday, November 17, 2002


notice how fusker shows up on the fuck weblog? ;) I just went to my cousins sons baptism. Rock on. Got hella drunk. An old pic of me & my cousins.
Foxy Lady!
on air tomorrow... Akihiro Shimizu "one hour as yagamania" Alienlovers in Amagasaki featuring i.d. - The Ultra Zone _31.10.00 in Osaka Zokei Center pheromonsterDISK - Pigmon Last Stand Vol.1 _11.01/02 in Osaka BEARS Thirdorgan featuring Kazuya Ishigami - Noise May-Day 2002 _26.05.02 in Osaka BEARS [all Live-Recordings] broadcast time: 15.30 - 16.30 h (UK TIME) 14.30 - 15.30 h (CET) others chk: further info and both real media and mp3 streams :

Saturday, November 16, 2002

"FBI warns al Qaeda possibly planning spectacular attack."
Hornet Probs? "Myself enjoying a pupa of the giant hornets. The bugs were fried not too crisp, but rather soft still." Time of photo: November 5, 1999. Place: Guangzhou city, Guangdong Province, China.
Giant hornets regularly attack beehives. Typically, an attack begins when a single hornet captures a lone bee nearby the hive. After several of these perimeter skirmishes, one hornet leaves a marking pheromone at the hive's entrance. This pheromone attracts the other hornets, who arrive en masse and attack the beehive. The bees' stingers can't penetrate the hornets' armor, so it's a one-sided slaughter; something like 30,000 bees can be killed in a few hours by 30-40 hornets. Japanese honeybees, however, have evolved an interesting defensive strategy. When a hornet marks the hive's entrance, the bees guarding the entrance return to the hive and wait for the attacking hornets. This has the effect of luring the first attacking hornets into the hive, rather than allowing them to start their attack outside. Simultaneously, over 1000 worker bees in the hive leave the combs and mass just inside the hive's entrance. When a hornet tries to enter the hive, the workers surround it, forming a ball of bodies, and cook it to death with their body heat. The bees also release a pheromone that draws ever more bees from the hive's interior to come to the entrance and defend the nest. This strategy must be perfect in order to be successful. If the bees fail in killing the first hornet attackers, then the hornet pheromone gets stronger, and more hornets arrive to reinforce their attack. By sheer numbers, the hornets can overpower the bees. Source: Bernd Heinrich, "The Thermal Warriors: Strategies of Insect Survival," Harvard University Press, 1996.
Space Weather News for Nov. 15, 2002 The Leonid meteor storm peaks this year on Tuesday morning, Nov. 19th. Are you ready? Visit for observing tips, a new Leonid animation, meteor-counting software, and a recipe for "Falling Star French Toast" -- the perfect meteor watching snack.

Friday, November 15, 2002

Hey, fathermuckers, it was me that posted the hardcore video synth, but still, it's nice to know someone clicks on the links. That whole page is hardcore, I found it whilst looking for the Fairlight Video Instrument, a device which was tr00ly l33t. In regards to that "Obsession" posting, I have a snippet of the original video for that song from TVAM, and afterwards you can see Anne Diamond. I love the 80's in so many ways. But what the f@ck I hate people that go on about the 70's so I'll kill my typing. After I say that I've been in Birmingham for the last two days on a work-sponsored ASP course. We went to see XXX last night - a ridiculous film, and thoroughly enjoyable.
I saw Ladytron last night. Ladytron do everything that I like. And do nothing that I don't like. Synthetic perfection in motion. Priceless. Fresh. Beautiful. The first Ladytron that I ever heard was "Playgirl" on a German sattelite TV programme...It was like being in a dream about hearing beautiful music, of the type that you can never remember after you have woken up. Only I was AWAKE. Simply unbelievable. Ladytron; a clean beautiful spark in the middle of a long, dark and sad starless night. At last.... Ladytron!
You MORON! Gary McKinnon, the Briton indicted this week for hacking into scores of U.S. military computers, left behind few clues on the compromised systems of his victims. But download log files from a Wisconsin software firm may have led investigators straight to his London door. In an apparent effort to avoid detection, McKinnon, 36, installed copies of a commercial remote-access utility called RemotelyAnywhere on Navy and other military systems he allegedly hacked last year. The unusual strategy almost worked. Unlike underground "backdoor" utilities like NetBus or Back Orifice, the popular RemotelyAnywhere program doesn't trigger antivirus software. For nearly a year, McKinnon was able to control a vast network of defense computers without detection, authorities said. But McKinnon's choice of RemotelyAnywhere ultimately may have been his undoing. Using a personal computer connected to an ISP in England, McKinnon downloaded a trial copy of RemotelyAnywhere in March 2001 from a server maintained by Binary Research, the Milwaukee-based distributor of RemotelyAnywhere. To obtain a special code to unlock the demonstration software, McKinnon also provided his girlfriend's e-mail address, Binary officials said. The Internet protocol address left in Binary's server log files from McKinnon's download, along with the e-mail address, gave investigators two "very critical" pieces of evidence, said Binary vice president Jim Szopinski. "Not only were his finger prints on military computers, they were on ours as well," said Szopinski, who also noted in an affidavit that the version of RemotelyAnywhere McKinnon downloaded matched the one installed on the hacked military systems. [...] Its all her fault!
Many Iraqis voluntarily chose to vote with their blood, chanting "with our soul and with our blood, we sacrifice ourselves to you, oh Saddam". Radio Netherlands

Thursday, November 14, 2002

in response to Akin's "Hardcore" post of the video synthesizer: I spent some time in upstate NY at a conference on the history of video, and i got to meet the engineers and imagineers of early video manipulation. i played on the earliest of moving image manipulators and on handmade video synthesizers (patchbays and tangled cables everywhere) that took up whole rooms to make the most psychedelic of times. and these were machines from the late 60s early 70s! i met people from the Experimental Television Center who invited me to do a residency at their facility with tons of this old equipment. Check out the site, and if inclined, think about heading out there to do a residency. Super nice Left-y Art for the Revolution-type people.
Pr0n 404
Saddam Hussein

"Talking" California gorilla puts out a CD

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Koko, California's famous "talking" gorilla, is breaking into song. The 31-year-old lowland gorilla, who is said to have mastered some 1,000 terms in American sign language, has "written" lyrics for a new album which should be available by the end of the week, her keepers said Tuesday. "The songs show a real depth of emotion. She's a complex person, just like we are," said Jennifer Patterson, a spokeswoman for the California-based Gorilla Foundation near San Francisco that has been Koko's home for some three decades. The album, entitled "Fine Animal Gorilla" after Koko's term for herself, runs the gamut of musical styles from low intensity rap and reggae to lullabies. While Koko herself does not sing on the album -- that is left to human vocalists -- she did sign off on the song lyrics and delivery. "We pretty much run all our lyrics by Koko," album producer Skip Haynes told KCBS radio. "Now, she's getting to the point where she actually listens to different mixes and tells us what mix she likes." Patterson said the CD would be available through the foundation's Web site (, and was expected to cost about $14. Koko is one of several gorillas which reputedly learned the basics of American Sign Language, and has frequently been pressed into service as an ambassador for her species. Lowland gorillas like Koko are threatened by logging and poaching in their native habitats in central Africa, while their cousins, the mountain gorillas, now number fewer than 500 in the wild. "Real? Manipulated? We can't say for sure, but either way these photographs demonstrate nothing beyond the trivial. As much as we may enjoy poking fun at our politicians, they aren't so clueless that they don't know binoculars don't work with the lens caps in place, or would stand confusedly staring through capped binoculars at total blackness for several minutes at a time. The Presidents in these pictures might be looking through night-vision scopes (which would be capped but still usable during daylight), or they may have been handed capped binoculars which they briefly raised their eyes before realizing the caps were still in place while a photographer or two managed to snap pictures during those brief instances." Ummmm like we dont know this? That voice is the typica skeptics voice, disseminating the truth from an imaginary above position, in a smug, condescending, "there there pat on the head" voice. These people, (and that is an insult to people) are the rabid humanists, atheists and flat worlders that would have all of mankind draped in grey bowing to thier logic and science. I cordially invite them to DIE. Thanks for that link "a.t."!
yeah whatever spoil our fun anyway this is more fun (from MARTINTEN says :: cool stuff.more cool music to come. MARTINTEN says :: streaming is the new filesharing ALEX_TEA says :: which labels do you have at the moment? ALEX_TEA says :: streeming is to p2p what stickers are to graphitti MARTINTEN says :: u right there.
"It is the chiefest point of happiness that a man is willing to be what he is."
You are Desiderius Erasmus!
You have great love for others and will do just about anything to show it to them. You are tolerant and avoid confrontations, so people generally are drawn to you. You are more quiet and reserved in front of strangers, but around some people you open up. When things get tough, you like to meditate alone. Unfortunately you often get things like "what a pansy," or "you're such a liberal."

What theologian are you?
A creation of Henderson
Half right - I can be a badass bitch as well :]

Look closely, this man is about to start a war.

"God will not suffer man to have the knowledge of things to come; for if he had prescience of his prosperity he would be careless; and understanding of his adversity he would be senseless."
You are Augustine!
You love to study tough issues and don't mind it if you lose sleep over them. Everyone loves you and wants to talk to you and hear your views, you even get things like "nice debating with you." Yep, you are super smart, even if you are still trying to figure it all out. You're also very honest, something people admire, even when you do stupid things.

What theologian are you?
A creation of Henderson
Crack smokaz do it better!
So old fashion is cool...
Modern Amazone

Sucks to be you

WASHINGTON � If the Homeland Security Act is not amended before passage, here is what will happen to you: Every purchase you make with a credit card, every magazine subscription you buy and medical prescription you fill, every Web site you visit and e-mail you send or receive, every academic grade you receive, every bank deposit you make, every trip you book and every event you attend � all these transactions and communications will go into what the Defense Department describes as "a virtual, centralized grand database." To this computerized dossier on your private life from commercial sources, add every piece of information that government has about you � passport application, driver's license and bridge toll records, judicial and divorce records, complaints from nosy neighbors to the F.B.I., your lifetime paper trail plus the latest hidden camera surveillance � and you have the supersnoop's dream: a "Total Information Awareness" about every U.S. citizen. This is not some far-out Orwellian scenario. It is what will happen to your personal freedom in the next few weeks if John Poindexter gets the unprecedented power he seeks. Remember Poindexter? Brilliant man, first in his class at the Naval Academy, later earned a doctorate in physics, rose to national security adviser under President Ronald Reagan. He had this brilliant idea of secretly selling missiles to Iran to pay ransom for hostages, and with the illicit proceeds to illegally support contras in Nicaragua. A jury convicted Poindexter in 1990 on five felony counts of misleading Congress and making false statements, but an appeals court overturned the verdict because Congress had given him immunity for his testimony. He famously asserted, "The buck stops here," arguing that the White House staff, and not the president, was responsible for fateful decisions that might prove embarrassing. NYT