Friday, January 31, 2003

I have so so many things to say but unfortunately there are so many that I cannot clearly think of one, and my rambling on would surely annoy everyone. I hate my brain. Maybe this is why people like me must resort to visual arts? Totally bloody true:
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Oh, Chirac and Schroeder. If only their anti-war sentiments were really humanistic - you can't really ignore big French and German oil involved in deals with the Iraqi government. Damn the corruption! HAHAHA! Alison re: headphones. I think they are appropriate in most situations. But some music is designed to be heard through LOUD speakers. The sound must penetrate your body and surround you. Big big noise like Do Make Say Think, Fly Pan Am, Monster Magnet, LED ZEPPELIN, and many others can only be really enjoyed when they're blasting the walls out and you're rocking your shit hot. Strangely, some of the real "huge noise" (Merzbow, Masonna, Lou Reed) can only be really picked apart through headphones, even though the volume level is massive. (sidenote: I'm a huge fan of these "harsh noise" artists and am intrigued by the strange merzbow referral) (side-side note: actually I share a name with a harsh noise artist/band called Sutcliffe Jugend, though they are named after someone who is not to be admired) the couple recorded directly to minidisc during a european tour and captured the sounds of anal and oral sex, bondage, caning, spanking and microphone insertion. Sounds like fun! Nothing like a good bondage session for a good screams and cracks. Er.

Thursday, January 30, 2003

Signature of Council of Europe Protocol against racism in cyberspace Strasbourg, 28.01.2003 - Eleven member States of the Council of Europe (*) today signed the Additional Protocol to the Convention on Cybercrime, concerning the criminalisation of acts of a racist and xenophobic nature, committed through the use of computer systems. More states are expected to sign the Protocol in the weeks to come. The Austrian President, Thomas Klestil, will sign the Protocol on Thursday 30 January, during his visit to the Council of Europe. This Protocol widens the scope of the Cybercrime Convention, to cover offences of racist or xenophobic propaganda and aims at facilitating the Parties' use of means of international co-operation in this area, as set out in the Convention. In particular, the Protocol defines racist and xenophobic material and calls on states to criminalise its distribution via computer, racist and xenophobic threats and insults, as well as denial of, gross understatement of, approval or justification of genocide and crimes against humanity. The Protocol was adopted by the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe on 7 November 2002. http://press.coe.int/cp/2003/048a(2003).htm
Something interesting happened today: we had a referrer from: http://hatomasamune.easter.ne.jp/merzbow/ (not linking it deliberately). When I looked at the page, there was no link to irdial.com. Could this be referrer spoofing to get the dir name of where we keep webalizer? interesting!
hmmm... Project Censored Censored 2003: The Top 10 Censored Stories of 2001-2002 #1: FCC Moves to Privatize Airwaves #2: New Trade Treaty Seeks to Privatize Global Social Services #3: United States' Policies in Colombia Support Mass Murder #4: Bush Administration Hampered FBI Investigation 46 into Bin Laden Family Before 9-11 #5: U.S. Intentionally Destroyed Iraq's Water System #6: U.S. Government Pushing Nuclear Revival #7: Corporations Promote HMO Model for School Districts #8: NAFTA Destroys Farming Communities in U.S. and Abroad #9: U.S. Faces National Housing Crisis #10: CIA Double Deals in Macedonia
Anti Gravity Is the REAL reason behind the war on Iraq!!!!
[...]When you next hear Blair or Straw or Bush talk about "bringing democracy to the people of Iraq", remember that it was the CIA that installed the Ba'ath Party in Baghdad from which emerged Saddam Hussein. "That was my favourite coup," said the CIA man responsible. When you next hear Blair and Bush talking about a "smoking gun" in Iraq, ask why the US government last December confiscated the 12,000 pages of Iraq's weapons declaration, saying they contained "sensitive information" which needed "a little editing". Sensitive indeed. The original Iraqi documents listed 150 American, British and other foreign companies that supplied Iraq with its nuclear, chemical and missile technology, many of them in illegal transactions. In 2000 Peter Hain, then a Foreign Office Minister, blocked a parliamentary request to publish the full list of lawbreaking British companies. He has never explained why.[...] Daily Mirror
Was checking out FatCat site for developments.... Mr Tea, have you been pestering someone? Kurt Vonnegut is lovely. He has made me laugh. He has made me cry. He has made me think.
Dr. Seuss replies to the State of the Union address.
In November, Kurt Vonnegut turned 80. He published his first novel, Player Piano, in 1952 at the age of 29. Since then he has written 13 others, including Slaughterhouse Five, which stands as one of the pre-eminent anti-war novels of the 20th century. As war against Iraq looms, I asked Vonnegut, a reader and supporter of this magazine, to weigh in. Vonnegut is an American socialist in the tradition of Eugene Victor Debs, a fellow Hoosier whom he likes to quote: “As long as there is a lower class, I am in it. As long as there is a criminal element, I am of it. As long as there is a soul in prison, I am not free.” [...] Anybody practicing the fine art of composing music, no matter how cynical or greedy or scared, still can’t help serving all humanity. Music makes practically everybody fonder of life than he or she would be without it. [...] http://inthesetimes.com/
Shurely shome mishtake? US: Iraq is spying on inspectors Powell hopes to take evidence to UN Julian Borger in Washington, Gary Younge in New York and Michael White Thursday January 30, 2003 The Guardian The United States has evidence of an orchestrated Iraqi attempt to spy on UN weapons inspectors using hidden microphones and agents, allowing Baghdad to stay one step ahead of the search for banned weapons, US sources said yesterday. Pentagon: CIA operatives already in Iraq Staff and agencies Thursday January 30, 2003 The Pentagon admitted yesterday that small numbers of CIA operatives are already on the ground inside northern Iraq ahead of a possible US-led attack.
I don't remember if this was ever posted here before, but... "aaron funk, who has recorded several cds on the planet mu label as venetian snares, is on the verge of a breakthrough for electronic funk. together with his girlfriend, rachael kozak (who performs under the alias hecate), he is at work on an album created exclusively from samples recorded during sex. "people i've played it for don't believe it," says funk. "they're like, 'no, no, no - you've sampled high hats there, i know it.' it's essentially alchemy, shaping sex into a new form." the couple recorded directly to minidisc during a european tour and captured the sounds of anal and oral sex, bondage, caning, spanking and microphone insertion. funk says, "it's weird to deconstruct the sounds of sex. it makes you conscious of a lot of stuff you'd normally ignore. i remember thinking, shit, like, oh, that slap will make a good snare drum. or, wow, that was a freakish set of grunts and moans - i want to make that into a choir later." so far the duo has completed a few songs - including hymen tramp choir, pervs and blood on the rope - that play with the genres of breakbeat, ambient and dub. a full-length cd, nymphomatriarch, will be released this spring on hymen records. "i like to listen to sex when i'm having sex," funk says. soon you can hear his sex, too."
European leaders support US against Iraq The prime minister, Tony Blair, is one of the signatories alongside Mr Aznar and the leaders of Italy, Portugal, Hungary, Poland, Denmark and the Czech Republic. The letter calls for a united support of the US and for European cohesion on the Iraq issue and follows a joint announcement last week by Germany and France opposing war. No disrespect to the Danes present, but apart from the UK these are not exactly political world heavyweights. If this is the best Blair can do... well, I think he's embarassing. Two of the three biggest European economies are united in opposition, and France is also a nuclear power with a UN veto. And what unites Blair's signatories? The need for US trade, aid and political support maybe? Sigh.
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Poor old crab!
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Good web content.

Wednesday, January 29, 2003

Simply beyond belief: http://www.dur.ac.uk/paul.clark/crabvspipe.html
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From yesterday. A bit historical, but extremely pertinent. ...Yet even AJP Taylor would have been hard put to explain how the man who currently speaks for England is, of all unlikely people, Jacques Chirac. On a lighter note.... I like John Hegley's poems. Relaxing with Taxidermy When their chihuahua got stuffed they were really chuffed, no need to feed her or walkies on a lead her no more poop to scoop and doesn't she look smashing on the mantle piece? She'll always look at the camera now. I don't know why we bothered having her alive at all
the father of television? the nu-jazz musician? the french film-score composer?
Blair: North Korea is next Oh good. Can't wait for that one. Thanks Tone. Now, about the economy/health service/fire strike/public sector pay/schools.... I see there's a slot in your diary free sometime in 2007, just after finishing off Libya and before we raze Somalia. And Mr Blair concluded that the events of September 11 had made issues of weapons of mass destruction "even more important to deal with". Did I miss something? P.S. I'd read the liver thing and there are a multitude of theories, but not exactly a lot to go on. File under 'What the...?' In the meantime cases like this at least make people revisit what they think they know about transplantation as they look for the most probable explanation. Definitely a Good Thing�.
kosma
BC Protesters Yes, Akin, you have uncovered a sad truth of BC. There is a streak of unchecked and misguided aggression that surfaces. The protest, or more correctly, destruction, that ensued after the concert cancellation was shocking and embarrassing. And what a waste! And for who? Spoiled drunken people, lashing out. It's not the first time this has happened. The chronic misunderstanding of civil disobedience and undercurrent of increasing violence has resulted in the cancellation of several public (and free) celebrations. Fortunately, we have new crops, and they thrive in their low-key, less shiny packaging. I must apologize if my previous post was not clear. Certainly, this was not an effective means of resisting a fascist power. But what else could they do? Remain downtrodden and without hope? There was a unity in their resistance, and a freedom, and that is what is interesting to me. I guess I have a romantic notion that there is something, the sacred cow, the flying nun, something, that will be accessible to a full span of people, that generates peace and kindness, that doesn't seek for its own gain, and that isn't in reaction to war. Dreamer.
The president.
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Tuesday, January 28, 2003

Incredible If you please Alun, have you heard ANYTHING like this before??!!
The news.
http://www.drububu.com
Some gorgeous photographs of hangars, billboards, ammunition bunkers and gas stations on this site.
Not in our Name PDF of the New York Times double page statement.
I'm Yosser Hughes. And I can't stand it any more
The Buddha of the Hard Drive
irdial is unflinching irdial is back irdial is dead irdial is quite unusual irdial is not supported on all mobiles NOW I can start my day!!!!
posted by the attentive and insightful A_t, and MUNGED by the careless me (leading ' instead of "): "What do you mean by decentralized? A protest with many, or no centres? A spontaneous act of public aggression (for want of a better word, it should and could be entirely peaceful)? It seems unlikely in this country. It's as if people don't care, like if they dont think about it, it will go away. There's a protest in London (and elsewhere) on the 15th. If you London/Blogdial crew are going don't you think it would be nice to meet up? Maybe not. heh! The only people on teh internet I've met in rea life are people I already knew, so it would be a freaky new experience for me. Maybe someone should organise a 'sleep over' or 'pajama party' in Oxford Circus. Not really the right time of year, but whatever. People bring their tents, sleeping bags, beds, teddy bears, hot water bottles, etc to Oxford Circus and lie down in the middle of the road. You could either do it in the middle of the night when there's less traffic, but you run the risk of being foiled by the police before people start arriving and taking notice, or you risk your life trying to do it in the lull just before rush hour (is there a lull before rush hour in central London?)..."
BEHOLD And it came to pass that the last days of BLOGGER were upon them, and there was great confusion, weeping wailing and gnashing of teeth!
Originally posted by Mary: "My grandmother tells me about when Germany invaded Norway during WWII. Oslo was occupied, and a blackout was enforced. All the Norwegian citizens would turn their lights out, prop their radios out the window, and blast the BBC news from England. It was one of their few sites of resistance (somewhat decentralized). Effective in pissing the Germans off, and fun, until all their radios were confiscated ... how can we translate this to today's world? Unless, of course, that's what that worm was all about. "

STUUUUUUPIIIIIIIIIIID!!!!!

BC Rioters!
Irdial is...
Priceless

Monday, January 27, 2003

China executes Tibetan activist http://www.tibetinfo.net/news-updates/2003/2701.htm
I admire these people, they put thier personal safety on the line again and again. Its time though, that a more decentralized protest took place, dont you think??
Greenpeace Activists Block Military Port in Iraq Protest

U.S. - IRAQ INVASION LIKELY TO BEGIN WITH STATE of the UNION, Tuesday

January 24, 2003, 1930 PST (FTW) - Serious international developments are indicating that the first stages of the U.S. invasion of Iraq will begin unilaterally no later than next Wednesday and most likely as the President delivers his State of the Union address to Congress on Tuesday night. The Associated Press reported today, in a story little noticed by mainstream American press, that the Japanese government had today urged all Japanese citizens to leave Iraq as soon as possible. Japan has large numbers of its nationals working in Iraq in various trade and oil-related business ventures. According to a second report today on CNN Headline News the Japanese advisory was specific that all Japanese citizens should be out of the country by next Wednesday at the latest. The Japanese alert was followed by a simultaneous advisory from the U.S. State Department issuing a worldwide alert to all Americans traveling overseas. According to another AP story, State Department officials tried to downplay the significance of the warning, "but officials were unable to say when the last such advisory had been issued." A worldwide alert for U.S. citizens is extremely rare and suggests that the administration is concerned about a global backlash against Americans traveling overseas. Cautionary advisories are normally isolated to specific countries or geographic regions. The invasion of Iraq will most likely commence with a massive aerial campaign in which the U.N. and many military analysts have predicted widespread collateral damage with heavy civilian casualties. One recent UN estimate suggested that the total Iraqi casualty count for the entire operation could exceed 500,000. http://www.fromthewilderness.com/
Now you should be able to sing this one, to the tune of "If you're happy and you know it, clap your hands" If you cannot find Osama, bomb Iraq. If the markets are a drama, bomb Iraq. If the terrorists are frisky, Pakistan is looking shifty, North Korea is too risky, Bomb Iraq. If we have no allies with us, bomb Iraq. If we think someone has dissed us, bomb Iraq. So to hell with the inspections, Let's look tough for the elections, Close your mind and take directions, Bomb Iraq. It's "pre-emptive non-aggression", bomb Iraq. Let's prevent this mass destruction, bomb Iraq. They've got weapons we can't see, And that's good enough for me 'Cos it's all the proof I need Bomb Iraq. If you never were elected, bomb Iraq. If your mood is quite dejected, bomb Iraq. If you think Saddam's gone mad, With the weapons that he had, (And he tried to kill your dad), Bomb Iraq. If your corporate fraud is growin', bomb Iraq. If your ties to it are showin', bomb Iraq. If your politics are sleazy, And hiding that ain't easy, And your manhood's getting queasy, Bomb Iraq. Fall in line and follow orders, bomb Iraq. For our might knows not our borders, bomb Iraq. Disagree? We'll call it treason, Let's make war not love this season, Even if we have no reason, Bomb Iraq.
Beautiful e, Claus, really. Wonderful how you seem to make everything with a bend, a kind of beautiful imperfection, that makes it perfect! Like the UR track Besides that, I finally got the Ladytron album Light and Magic (it took quite some time to get in DK, but since it gave such big discussions here on BLOGDIAL, I got to know what all the fuss is about) I agree with Akin, The music is sublime! I didnt expected it to be so, but for everytime, I hear the cd with headphones (By the way, are headphones the only way to hear music properly?, I'm starting to think so, if you really wanna listen. Like seeing a movie in the theatre and no place else) it only get's better and better! My favorite track at the moment is 'Flicking your switch'. The music has the beauty like the best techno from Detroit in the early 90's. It's is the perfect track, with longing and sexy soundscapes. Ladytron rules! And my book just takes time and more tears - I did'nt expected it to be that hard!!!! Falling into black holes, almost feels like dying or maybe just a little deaths? it all melts down in my brain... I wish I could switch off sometimes
Believe it. Most amusing that this file is being hosted/hammered on the Mothers Against Video Game Violence and Addiction site!!!
(^_^)
Interesting article about music and the net
Britain 'is not an island' claims EU By Richard Savill European Commission statisticians have decided that Britain is not an island. They say an island can not have fewer than 50 permanent residents, can not be attached to the mainland by a rigid structure, can not be less than a kilometre from a mainland and, crucially in the case of Britain, can not be home to the capital of an EU state. Their study has raised fears that Anglesey and Skye, which are linked by bridges, and Lundy, which has a population of 18, could lose their island status. Paul Roberts, Lundy's general manager, said: "It's an absolute nonsense to say we are not an island. "Lundy means 'Puffin Island' in Norse and nothing can take that away from us." [...] Telegraph

Sunday, January 26, 2003

The Race to Kill Kazaa

The servers are in Denmark. The software is in Estonia. The domain is registered Down Under, the corporation on a tiny island in the South Pacific. The users - 60 million of them - are everywhere around the world. The next Napster? Think bigger. And pity the poor copyright cops trying to pull the plug. By Todd Woody On October 2, 2001, the weight of the global entertainment industry came crashing down on Niklas Zennstr�m, cofounder of Kazaa, the wildly popular file-sharing service. That was the day every major American music label and movie studio filed suit against his company. Their goal was to shutter the service and shut down the tens of millions of people sharing billions of copyrighted music, video, and software files. Only problem: Stopping Napster, which indexed songs on its servers, was easy - the recording industry took the company to court for copyright infringement, and a judge pulled the plug. With Kazaa, users trade files through thousands of anonymous "supernodes." There is no plug to pull. Nor, as attorneys would soon discover, was there even a single outfit to shut down. That's because on a January morning three months after the suit was filed, Amsterdam-based Kazaa.com went dark and Zennstr�m vanished. Days later, the company was reborn with a structure as decentralized as Kazaa's peer-to-peer service itself. Zennstr�m, a Swedish citizen, transferred control of the software's code to Blastoise, a strangely crafted company with operations off the coast of Britain - on a remote island renowned as a tax haven - and in Estonia, a notorious safe harbor for intellectual property pirates. And that was just the start. Ownership of the Kazaa interface went to Sharman Networks, a business formed days earlier in the South Pacific island nation of Vanuatu, another tax haven. Sharman, which runs its servers in Denmark, obtained a license for Zennstr�m's technology, FastTrack. The Kazaa.com domain, on the other hand, was registered to an Australian firm called LEF Interactive - for the French revolutionary slogan, libert�, �galit�, fraternit�. Confused? So were the copyright cops. "It's hard to know which one to sue," complains Michael Speck, an investigator with the Australian Record Industry Association. Hollywood lawyers figured the best way to bring Kazaa to justice was to squeeze Sharman. Trouble was, Sharman, which operates out of Sydney, had no employees. All its workers, including CEO Nikki Hemming, are contracted through LEF. The names of Sharman's investors and board members are locked away in Vanuatu, a republic that bills itself as an asylum whose "strict code of secrecy" is "useful in any number of circumstances where the confidentiality of ownership, or control, want to be preserved." Why all the subterfuge? It's an international business model for the post-Napster era. A close look at Kazaa reveals a corporate nesting doll that frustrated Hollywood attorneys for more than a year. From Estonia to Australia, they pleaded with courts to force Kazaa's operators out from the shadows. Meanwhile, every week that Sharman was able to hold the law at bay, countless copies of Kazaa software were being downloaded. In the last six months alone, PC users have downloaded more than 90 million copies. Kazaa has 60 million users around the world and 22 million in the US - an irresistible audience to marketers. Last year, Sharman raked in millions from US advertisers like Netflix and DirecTV, without spending a penny on content. The chase could have gone on forever. And then, suddenly, a few days before Thanksgiving, it ended. Hollywood's disdain for file-sharing can be measured in the 10-foot stack of papers that make up Metro Goldwyn Mayer Studios v. Grokster et al., which sits on file in the Los Angeles federal courthouse. In the suit, a roster of entertainment conglomerates accuse FastTrack-enabled services Kazaa, Morpheus, and Grokster of profiting from a "21st-century piratical bazaar." Record labels and movie studios want the services closed and fined $150,000 for each illegally traded song or movie. Given the billions of files changing hands every week, the damages could be astronomical. [...] Wired

Saturday, January 25, 2003

PS: Blogdial TOTALLY needs some sweet RSS action. NetNewsWire is hella cool. Anyone on OS X should check it out!!
Oooo, nice 'e.' The DoS attacks continued last night, and I have just learned that the site election.com was hit last night/morning, temporarily shutting down the Canadian New Democratic Party's leadership vote that is taking place as I type. This is pretty solid evidence as to why online voting is not quite ready to go yet. Taking down ebay or amazon.com is one thing, prohibiting party member's democratic right to vote is EVIL. It is political sabotage.
My lastest venture into typedesign, an e.
I'm getting massive packet loss to various points on the globe. I am seeing a lot of these in my tcpdump output on each host. 02:06:31.017088 150.140.142.17.3047 > 24.193.37.212.ms-sql-m: udp 376 02:06:31.017244 24.193.37.212 > 150.140.142.17: icmp: 24.193.37.212 udp port ms-sql-m unreachable [tos 0xc0 It looks like there's a worm affecting MS SQL Server which is pingflooding addresses at some random sequence. All admins with access to routers should block port 1434 (ms-sql-m)! Everyone running MS SQL Server shut it the hell down or make sure it can't access the internet proper! I make no guarantees that this information is correct, test it out for yourself! -- Michael Bacarella 24/7 phone: 646 641-8662 Netgraft Corporation http://netgraft.com/ "unique technologies to empower your business" Finger email address for public key. Key fingerprint: C40C CB1E D2F6 7628 6308 F554 7A68 A5CF 0BD8 C055
HOLY SHIT. MySQL attacks and a new exploit are making things really crazy RIGHT NOW. http://www.extremetech.com/article2/0%2C3973%2C841144%2C00.asp http://average.matrix.net/Daily/markR.html (updated regularily) Major root nameservers are going down, ironically sites like www.internettrafficreport.com are becoming unavailable. Confusion and choas... all coming in at port 1434. Waagh!
Akin, you may want to check this stuff out, it sounds right up your alley (and they're Canadian)! I AM SPOONBENDER Shown Actual Size (Gold Standard Laboratories) cd ep 5.98 During the two years between I Am Spoonbender's "Teletwin" EP and the "Shown Actual Size" 3-song EP, electro-revivalism -- or perhaps better known as the stupid cliche 'electroclash' (who's fighting anyway?) -- has self-destructed. Once a succinct manifestation of perfectly machined rhythms and plastic passion with an android sheen (e.g. Adult.), electro-revivalism is now just a vapidly stylistic coke dream of robot sex and perfectly coiffed hair. Indeed, I Am Spoonbender have developed a tight, very flashy live persona complete with choreographed lighting, op-art film references, and sharp costuming. However, beneath their theatrical glitz, I Am Spoonbender remains dedicated to crafting an avant-pop homunculus out of This Heat and Gary Numan, or perhaps alternately stated, IAS strives for a means to rock without guitars. For Spoonbender, electro has simply been a convenient vehicle to attain some of their goals (art? popularity? world domination? all of the above?). That said, "Shown Actual Size" is probably the least electro sounding record from I Am Spoonbender, centered upon the vocal duets of Donaldson and Cup (yes, the same Cup whose smiling face can be found behind the counter at Aquarius) fronting punchy synthetic grooves and metronomic electrical sparks (plus bass guitar played by Dave Edwardson of Neurosis!). These two voices bounce between fractured narratives that not only imply a humanistic optimism about extracting meaning out of miscommunication, but also a cautiousness towards the technologies which may be complicating the lives that they seek to improve. Hopefully, more material will soon follow these far too brief 13 minutes. The album cover is a psychedelic / sci-fi '70s photograph of a phallic burst of water shooting into an androgynous mouth that you may recognise as the cover of Ash Ra's "Correlations" which was only released in Europe, borrowed here -with enthusiastic permission- from Storm, the man behind Hipgnosis, the design firm responsible for that image as well as many other legendary album covers (Pink Floyd

Friday, January 24, 2003

Some more good news today!
Good to hear about Nestle... finally came to their senses after all. That many voices CAN do something. It's still very sick that Nestle would have intended to do such a thing anyway. It is snowing SO MUCH. It's been -30 C the last few days. Very cold, as if winter FINALLY came. These shocking starts are getting annoying. So much snow, there's no way I'd make it to the studio today alive. the new reprint of Fritz Lang's (apostrophe?) correct! the apostrophe signifies in this case possession (as in "he made it). The apostrophe is sometimes put after the "s" in this case but it's pretty rare. I hope the movie is great! It is a wonderful movie, and the last time I saw it was the colored Giorgio Moroder disco fever version. Can't wait to see the new one.
Sci Fi London Sadly I won't be in the country for this, looks damn good...
"Nestl�, the world's largest coffee company, was forced into a humiliating u-turn last night, after public outrage forced it to drop its $6m claim against the famine stricken Ethiopian government. After being deluged by 40,000 letters inspired by the Guardian's revelation of its demand for compensation over assets seized in the 1970s, Nestl� will today announce that it has decided to back down. " http://www.guardian.co.uk/debt/Story/0,2763,881353,00.html
doctorate in the English Language theres no hope ...
Am off to see the new reprint of Fritz Lang's (apostrophe?) Metropolis at the NFT.... Have a good weekend. Don't kill too many brain cells.
WOW, finally I had the possibility to watch La Haine I know its an old movie, but anyway - please chek it out, if any of you hav'nt seen it. And for some reason, it even feels better with a spilff in between fingers..... Heard Blue Monday in the radio before leaving.... How does it feel to treat me like you do? When you've laid your hands upon me and told me who you are. I thought I was mistaken, I thought I heard your words. Tell me how do I feel. Tell me now, how do I feel. Those who came before me lived through their vocations from the past until completion, they'll turn away no more. And still I find it so hard to say what I need to say. But I'm quite sure that you'll tell me just how I should feel today. I see a ship in the harbor. I can and shall obey. But if it wasn't for your misfortune, I'd be a heavenly person today. And I thought I was mistaken, and I thought I heard you speak Tell me, how do I feel. Tell me now, how should I feel. Now I stand here waiting... I thought I told you to leave me when I walked down to the beach. Tell me how does it feel, when your heart grows cold, grows cold, cold. The lyrics seem rather good I'ed give them to my father - R.I.P
Iraq 'preparing to use chemical weapons' Staff and agencies Friday January 24, 2003 Iraqi documents obtained by the BBC appear to suggest that the country's president, Saddam Hussein, is preparing to use chemical weapons against western troops in the event of war, it was reported today. The handwritten notes state that elite units of the Iraqi military have been issued with new chemical warfare suits and supplies of the drug atropine, which is used to counter the effects of nerve gas. All I've read, and heard on the radio about this implies very strongly that Iraq will be using chemical weapons. However, there is another angle which has not been proposed. That is, Iraq is worried about chemical attacks on its own troops. There remains no evidence that Iraq has VX gas. These documents, provided (at a particularly convenient moment) by members of the exiled Iraqi opposition, say only that Iraq sought protective measures against chemical agents. I hear a lot of jumping going on, towards a very convenient conclusion. appear to suggest i.e. no proof
The average weight of a stool is about 100 grams (3.5 oz) but, again, this varies a lot. The colour of normal stools is always brown, but, curiously, the nature of the brown pigments is unknown.
Know your enemy Stools have been classified into seven types, on what is called the Bristol Stool Form Scale (see below), according to their appearance as seen in the toilet water. Type 1 has spent the longest in the colon and type 7 the least time. THE BRISTOL STOOL FORM SCALE Type 1 Separate hard lumps, like nuts Type 2 Sausage-like but lumpy Type 3 Like a sausage but with cracks in the surface Type 4 Like a sausage or snake, smooth and soft Type 5 Soft blobs with clear-cut edges Type 6 Fluffy pieces with ragged edges, a mushy stool Type 7 Watery, no solid pieces Stools at the lumpy end of the scale are hard to pass and often require a lot of straining. Stools at the loose or liquid end of the spectrum can be too easy to pass � the need to pass them is urgent and accidents can happen. The ideal stools are types 3 and 4, especially type 4, as they are most likely to glide out without any fuss what-soever. Also, they are least likely to leave you with an annoying feeling that something is left behind.
Wouldn't it be great to have a rural network?
Today
Woooooo! Wooooooo!

Thursday, January 23, 2003

New CD's just in! which should read New CDs just in! Actually, my university-level grammar instruction book says that "CD's" is correct. Unless you want to argue with the woman who taught me grammar (who has a doctorate in the English Language), I'm sticking with CD's.
Related to apostrophe use
The Apostrophe Protection Society is based in Boston, Lincolnshire. I was born and grew up there! In fact I lived there for 21 years. Wow. Ahh yes Josh, I hadn't thought of it that way.

Apostrophe usage rules

(I didn't do the skateboard)
Thanks Capt D. I am downloading Audio Mixer now. The suction of a PC would be the PC's suck. not the PCs suck.
MP3 cut will cut your MP3s, but is a bit tricky to master I think. But, ba-ding-ba-ding-ba-ding, it's only *83k* so it's well 1337 AFAIAC.
Even if it did, it still should be PCs! Josh, try Audio Mixer - I use it and it's very cool. Really simple interface which isn't too fancy but is not a resource hog, so it runs dead nice like. You can split up your final mix into tracks for CD burnin' etc.
Or it could be referring to the suction capacity of PCs...
Do any of you know of an MP3 editing program for PC where i can either cut up and save Mp3s or (more towards what i am trying to do) mix them together in some sort of multitrack environment?
That should be pcs I think.
Dont know if any of you have seen this before but I was wetting myself My cat hates you

Wednesday, January 22, 2003

Has George W. Bush ever met Saddam Hussein in person? I did a quick search, but couldn't find anything. This disturbs me ...
Politics makes strange bedfellows. Let's hope it's not a one-night stand.
Sometimes I wonder about this city and their stance against the shaking of one's ass. Too many cool venues shut down over the years because of this inane cabaret law. Dancing in NYC is seriously limited to illegal warehouse parties (which is probably a good thing, come to think of it...). from the Village Voice:

A Crash Course in Cabarets

(NYC, obviously) 1926 The cabaret law is created to crack down on multiracial Harlem jazz clubs. "Most of the jazz in 1926 was being played in clubs in Harlem where there were mixed groups. And a lot of people considered jazz to be a mongrelized, degenerate music," says Paul Chevigny, author of Gigs: Jazz and the Cabaret Laws in New York City. The law defines a cabaret as "any room, place or space in the city in which any musical entertainment, singing, dancing or other form of amusement is permitted in connection with . . . selling to the public food or drink, except eating or drinking places, which provide incidental musical entertainment, without dancing, either by mechanical devices, or by not more than three persons." In other words, a venue can't have dancing without a license. 1961 The law requires that cabarets only be permitted in manufacturing and commercial zones like the meatpacking district. 1967 The law is amended to remove the requirement that musicians playing in clubs "be of good character." 1978 The law requires that sprinkler systems be installed in clubs seating more than 75 people. 1986 Chevigny wins a case on behalf of the musicians' union (Chiasson v. New York City Department of Consumer Affairs). State Supreme Court Justice David Saxe strikes the three-musician limitation, which he says "nearly eliminated certain types of music, such as Dixieland and bluegrass music [and] also had a negative impact on jazz." 1989 The city tightens zoning restrictions as commercial zones become gentrified. With the exception of grandfathered spaces, areas that were previously considered as-of-right�Tribeca, Soho, and the flatiron district�are judged to be off-limits for cabarets. 2002 While there are 4811 liquor licenses in Manhattan, only 276 are licensed cabarets�down from 12,000 in 1961�with an additional 40 venues up for renewal.
A brief search on the web comes up with: http://www.google.com/search?q=202-456-1111&ie=UTF-8&oe=UTF-8 And this: http://www.anywho.com/qry/wp_rl?npa=202&telephone=4561111&btnsubmit.x=17&btnsubmit.y=10 Which leads to this: http://www.whitehouse.gov/contact/ Looks kosher, since the method has been used before: http://www.umc-gbcs.org/advact91.htm Go figure
I received this in my email today: "The Bush White House has an "opinion" line for you to call. So, if you oppose or support the proposed war in Iraq, give a call. The line accepts calls only from 9:00 am to 5:00pm EST, Monday through Friday. Just call the White House at 202-456-1111. A machine will detain you for only a moment and then a pleasant live operator will thank you for saying "I oppose...." or "I approve.." a war in Iraq. It will take only minutes. Note that the weekends are closed for calls. The president has said that he wants to know what the American people are thinking. Let him know. Time is running out. Then please forward this e-mail to at least five people right away " I've tried calling a couple of times but its always busy. I guess I will keep it up all day. But I wonder if its really what it says it is. Anyone else from the US hear about this?
But Verizon said it would appeal against the ruling, arguing that it violated privacy. Dont be afraid just yet; the "common carrier" defence used by all telecoms companies comes into play here. This will (should) be shot down in flames.
Be afraid. Be very afraid. The music industry has won a victory in its battle against internet piracy after a US court ordered a telecommunications firm to identify a customer who allegedly illegally downloaded music. http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/americas/2682243.stm
I tried to start a business once. Did the courses. Wrote a shit-hot business plan, cash flows, forecasts, research... the lot. It was for a rehearsal studio(s) with demo recording facilities, to be upgraded as and when etc.etc. This was in 1991, up north (it was tough trying to get a job in research then too). Found premises (a BEAUTIFUL old building that the council was willing to rent to me cheap as long as I did it up). Got nearly 10K of my money and needed 5K from the banks. Almost nothing, huh? They fucked me up the ass and told me to piss off. It's not easy with small businesses, especially when dealing with mindless small-town gimp bankworkers. I had to give up in the end through lack of finance. The beautiful building stayed empty and went on rotting away until it was torn down in 2000 and is now an ugly brick thing from which cheap clothes are sold. At the time, all the banks I talked to said they wanted small business custom, and their charges have recently been investigated as unfair trading. What a surprise! But not one of them was willing to risk 30% out of 15K on a new business. Sigh.

Good luck Claus!

Good sentiments, crap poem, Pinter. We expect better than that from A-level students. Sit at the back of the class and brood for a while. You would get detention, but at least you tried. Please tell me what fusker does, or rather, why fusker does? Is this an admin thing? I don't get it.
your life sounds shit Claus, I feel sorry for you.
"...the smell of americas God" http://www.guardian.co.uk/Iraq/Story/0,2763,879543,00.html
http://www.ryano.net/fusker.php they are fusking!!!!
What is a LifeGem? A LifeGem is a certified, high quality diamond created from the carbon of your loved one as a memorial to their unique and wonderful life. The LifeGem diamond is more than a memorial to visit on the weekends� it is a way to embrace your loved one's memory day by day. The LifeGem is the most unique and timeless memorial available for creating a testimony to their unique life. We hope and believe that your LifeGem memorial will offer comfort and support when and where you need it, and provide a lasting memory that endures just as a diamond does. Forever. http://www.lifegem.com/secondary/whatisLG.htm
Do online petitions work? They do what they are meant to do; collect names and indicate the strength of public feeling for or against legislation. In the end, it is up to legislators, who do what they choose to do, depending on many factors, none of which involve the benefit of the electorate. Everyone has to learn that refusal to participate is the only sound that will really make these people sit up and listen. Just because a piece of legislation is passed, that doesnt automatically mean that you are obliged to obey. You choose to obey. If everyone refuses to obey, comply, give in, knuckle under, cave, bend over, lie down, give up, $submit, then they will have no choice but to confront this as a new situation, and change the law accordingly, so that the rest of the laws that everyone agrees to obey do not become discredited. This is exactly what has happend with plant smoking in the UK. So many people ignore the law, that it is discredited as illogical and arbitrary. This is far more dangerous than the nebulous anti-social effects of intoxicating substances. Now, the govt. has had to confront this new reality, so that it can retain control over everything else. In fact, the loosening of the regulations was spurred by the unilateral actions of one police force, who were fed up with wasting their time busting cigarrette smokers. Petitions are a threat. They imply "If you do this, there could be a massive negative real0world reaction. You have been warned". Its effortless to sign one. Sign them. If they do nothing, refuse to aid the evil thing that the petition is against, in word, action or money.
I will have to buy some I know you know about Open Office... Have you seen this STFB has some open source products, but I didnt check if they are free; there MUST be at least one package out there.
Do online petitions work? I think we've talked about this before ... but here it goes: On-line petitions do work, but perhaps not in the direct way that we would hope. If anything, they create awareness of the issue at hand, and by providing a minimum of interactivity (sign me!), the perceived usefulness or value of said interaction will provoke forwarding. However, perhaps an inverse and less desirable result is occuring at the same time. Whilst creating awareness and perceived activism, said petition could be mistaken for effective (affective?) action, at which time, all other action (both more imaginative and possibly successful) is halted as those signing the petition feel that their duty is done. In which case we now have an inordinate number of individuals that are informed, activated, and impotent (??). Fortunately, effective petitions do provide alternate sites of resistance, including demonstrations where, antics in which, and email addresses to whom you may address your concerns about said issues ... Didn't they pass a similar law in NYC, the Cabaret Law? Not popular ... Claus, do you have credit unions in Denmark? They might be kinder ...
Filesharing on OS X finally has a Killer App! Well, this seems to work wonderfully, and looks the part too. Go! Get it! Acquisition

I'm not beered up

Today I went the talk with my bank regarding my new business. They want money for the account and I get no interest and their net bank only supports Windows and they want money that as well. They can fuck right off - I hope. I'm talking to some other bank, lets see what they have to offer. And the amount of papers I receive from the tax department, it's driving me crazy because I have the read it and memorize the shit. Deadlines, tax reports. And I can't download a proper accounting ware for X, I will have to buy some, expenses expenses - it just never stops. And then dealing with my unemployment security as well, that one was a real bitch I tell you. With all this shit I haven?t got time to work! It's giving me stomach pains, but no time for that when the girlfriend wants some attention. Cash going out, no cash going in. Cash going out, no cash going in. I need some serious business. What calms me these days however is being up late at night listening to techno and the new Glenn Gould three CD compilation of his '54 and '82 recordings of Bach's Goldberg Variations. Joy. I guess.
Spent all day trying to figure out .httaccess and httpd.conf what a nightmare. I did get webalizer installed and a cron job running on it, so thats cool. Nexts its movable type, and then ezmlm. joy! And what was your day like CES? Good night !
I WISH I had beer'd up tonight. Oh well.
Shyyys. UR ruining my good public image.
I need to play that game....
At last!
How many beers CES??!! :]
sorry. just trying to cut. and then paste. not that easy i assure.
scale="exactfit" ?? Talk about "high level language"!

Tuesday, January 21, 2003

Plays on OS X
The ring of cameras around the city of London will be expanded with the charge system. This new system is not about the congestion charge, its about the war on "terrorism" and even if the congestion charge doesnt work (or even if it does), the cameras will remain in place, and they will use to watch EVERYTHING going in and out of every street in london. from thier privacy policy: How do we collect personal data? Personal data is collected from you, by various methods for example by forms, the Internet and over the phone when you purchase a travel ticket, apply for SMS travel alert or for a CCS license, apply for a discount, contact us with enquiries and ticket refunds. Images of people and vehicles, including number plates, may be captured by CCTV cameras operated by TfL. This data will be used for the above purposes and be held for as long as required for TfL to fulfil its obligations [...] Where CCTV or camera systems are operated, they are done so in accordance with Codes of Practice. TfL may disclose personal data to the police and other law enforcement agencies at their request, for the prevention and detection of crime and where required to do so by law. We have policies and procedures to ensure that all disclosures are in compliance with the Data Protection Act 1998. And there you have it http://www.tfl.gov.uk/tfl/privacy.shtml
NetNewsWire: PURE SEX. This thing should be AMAZING. Also, re the bulk email: It's frustrating hearing about something so nasty and not really being able to do much about it yourself. Stupid atlantic ocean.
Do online petitions work? Recently I have been sent some about Iraq, and am not so sure whether they have any effect or not. It goes like this: The US Congress has just authorized the President of the US to go to war against Iraq. Please consider this an urgent request. UN Petition for Peace Stand for Peace. Islam is not the Enemy. War is NOT the Answer. Today we are at a point of imbalance in the world and are moving toward what may be the beginning of a THIRD WORLD WAR. If you are against this possibility, the UN is gathering signatures in an effort to avoid a tragic world event. Please COPY (rather than Forward) this e-mail in a new message, sign at the end of the list, and send it to all the people whom you know. If you receive this list with more than 500 names signed, please send a copy of the message to: usa@un.int president@whitehouse.gov Even if you decide not to sign, please consider forwarding the petition on instead of eliminating it. ---- Then there's a list of names and cities... Is this real? I couldn't see anything at the UN's site...

PEL Law - attention all musicians/DJs/performers

Sorry for bulk email but i just got sent this and it's pretty scarey... There is a law currently passing through parliament which could kill off the UK's live music scene for good. if this law is passed then any unlicensed musician or DJ will face a fine of up to �20,000 for playing in public! so that's goodbye to most people who play week in week out in bars, pubs & restaurants and keep the UK's music scene alive please take a minute to click on the links below and sign the petition. there's also a demo in london on 27th January SIGN THIS PETITION http://www.petitiononline.com/2inabar/petition.html LICENSING OF LIVE MUSIC http://edm.ais.co.uk/weblink/html/motion.html/ref=331 TOP STORY Not Good > >-----Original Message----- >From: Lisa Fitzgerald [mailto:lisa@mostwanteduk.com] >Sent: 20 January 2003 12:36 >To: Undisclosed-Recipient >Subject: PEL Law - attention all musicians > > > > > > >Dear all, >You may not be aware of proposed changes to the Public Entertainment >Licensing laws, currently awaiting ratification by the house of lords. > >As most of you I'm sure know in the UK, under current legislation any venue >wishing to have live music events (including clubs) needs to obtain a PEL >from the local authority. > >If the new law comes in to effect, it will mean that not only will the >venue require a PEL, but also each and every performer - doesn't matter >whether you're a dj, guitarist, cellist or what... > >The proposed penalties for performing without are 6mths in jail or >�20,000GBP fine!!!! > >please please please take a few minutes to check the links below for more >details including an online petition to sign. > >This is nothing less than fascism from people who are supposed to be our >elected representatives, we MUST stop this law getting on to our statute >books. > >if you thought the CJB was bad, it's nothing compared to this. > >there is a demonstration being organised for Monday 27th Jan 2003, 13:00hrs >at parliament square, see ya there! > > > >Thanks for your time, >peace, >Jamie Wilkins (Scuba) > >TOP STORY > >PETITION >LICENSING OF LIVE MUSIC < >http://edm.ais.co.uk/weblink/html/motion.html/ref=331> > > Not Good
Spiritually speaking, owning a label has much to offer artists. As William Blake said "Create your own System or be enslaved by another Man's". Also, before you consider it, check your (primary) motives. Are you doing it as a purely business thing? If you are, you're nuts. Or are you, like Blake, doing it for eternity? I'm doing it for eternity. The Independent
Either way, this story is astounding, not only for the fact that it was buried, but that India can rationalize spending 1.9 BILLION POUNDS on weapons, when thier electricity grid is a piece of crap, thier water distribution is useless, and they have so many other problems to solve. Things to kill people always take precedent over things that keep people alive. It's a general trend. A horrible, evil trend that makes me shiver. davros: I am a big fan of Tool and went to see them in concert last October. They are an interesting band in that despite their insistence on doing things their way and making their music the way they want it (they take their art seriously), they remain incredibly popular. They treat their fans well and do not bow down to major-label content demands. I find that respectable. Their music is what some would call an evolution on the progressive rock made by people like mid-70's king crimson. Despite the bands' looooong playing times (their last album neared 80 minutes and had only 13 songs), I fail to find any part of their music that is unnecessary in terms of the musical statement and their philosophic messages. Many have called them new-age and hokey, but those people have also closed their minds. You'd like Tool if you like deeply dramatic things, sardonic humour, and complex, heavy, intertwined compositions. good starter songs: Sober, Intolerance, Stinkfist, H., Eulogy, Third Eye, The Grudge, Parabol/Parabola, Lateralus.

Monday, January 20, 2003

I very much like a lot of Tool's songs (Jerk-Off, Sober, Prison Sex, Parabola, Stinkfist, Third Eye, Disgustipated, etc). I haven't read many interviews, though. The bit at the end of Disgustipated is fucking brilliant as well.
It was daylight when you woke up in your ditch. You looked up at your sky. That made blue be your color. You had your knife there with you, too. When you stood up, there was goo all over your clothes. Your hands were sticky. You wiped them on your grass, so now your color was green. Oh, lord, why did everything have to keep changing like this. You were already getting nervous again. Your head hurt, and it rang when you stood up. Your head was almost empty. It always hurt you when you woke up like this. You crawled up out of your ditch, onto your gravel road, and you began to walk, waiting for the rest of your mind to come back to you. You could see the car parked far down the road and you walked toward it. If god is our father, you thought, then Satan must be our cousin. Why didn't anyone else understand these important things? When you got to your car, you tried all the doors. They were locked. It was a red car, and it was new. There was an expensive leather camera case laying on the seat. Out across your field you could see two tiny people walking by your woods. You began to walk towards them. Now red was your color. And of course, those little people out there were yours, too.
Barrie... Re: Mesa Smitty Harris Anyone like Tool here? I find their interviews interesting but know little of the music. Opinions (hard, of course) are welcome.

Russia leases nuclear bombers to India

�1.9bn arms deal to give India power of mass destruction across Pakistan and China Luke Harding in New Delhi Monday January 20, 2003 The Guardian India last night signed a �1.9bn deal with Russia to lease four long-range nuclear bombers and two nuclear-capable submarines, in a move which campaigners say will dramatically escalate the arms race on the subcontinent. On a visit to Moscow, India's defence minister, George Fernandes, said the agreement - which will also see Russia throw in an ageing aircraft carrier, the Admiral Gorshkov, for free - will be finalised by the end of March. "We have agreed that all efforts will be made to complete the three contracts," Mr Fernandes said. India and Russia will also pump more money into a joint programme to develop a new long-range nuclear-capable cruise missile, the BrahMos, he revealed. The massive deal will dramatically improve New Delhi's ability to deliver its nuclear warheads. It follows months of simmering tension between India and its arch-rival Pakistan, the world's newest declared nuclear powers. The two countries almost went to war in June last year, and for 10 months deployed a million troops along their shared border. India is believed to have more nuclear bombs - between 60 and 150, compared with Pakistan's 20-60. It also has a much larger conventional army. But defence experts believe that Pakistan, which secretly acquired much of its missile technology from China and North Korea in the 1990s, has better means of getting them to their targets, and this is an edge which New Delhi wants to eliminate. Last night anti-nuclear campaigners in India said they were dismayed by the nuclear deal with Russia. "I think it is terrible," said Praful Bidwai, of the Coalition for Nuclear Disarmament and Peace (CNDP). "We are just going into a vortex that steps up the nuclear and missile arms race. They are actually moving towards a high level of readiness to use nuclear weapons. You are not talking about deterrence." Under the package, India will lease four Tu22 M3 long-range aircraft - capable of dropping nuclear bombs on China - as well as two Akula class submarines, which are nuclear-propelled and can deliver nuclear warheads. India's existing submarine fleet is not nuclear capable. Indian officials say that in the event of a nuclear attack by Pakistan, the new Russian subs, which can hide underwater for months at a time, would be able to launch a devastating response. India has also agreed to pay about �370m to refit the Admiral Gorshkov, a decrepit aircraft carrier which was completely gutted by fire in the early 90s. The purchase has caused much raising of eyebrows in the Indian press, and follows an expos� two years ago of massive official corruption in India's defence industry. Mr Fernandes was forced to resign in the wake of the scandal. He later got his job back. The defence minister put the finishing touches to his procurement spree after spending six days in Russia, where he met his counterpart Sergei Ivanov. The comparative speed with which India and Russia have wrapped up their agreement is in stark contrast to Britain's attempts to sell 66 Hawk jet trainer aircraft to the Indian air force. Tony Blair and other ministers have so far failed to convince the Indians to sign the billion-pound deal, despite more than 15 years of negotiations. This story was buried in the middile of The Guardian; the front cover was of Miss Dynamyte'ee pop sensation, decrying the shooting of two teenagers in Birmingham. I cannot think of a reason why this INCREDIBLE deal was not on the front page, seeing that war is colse to commencing over the posession of weapons. Maybe it wasnt on the cover because the UK is still trying to sell Jets to India? But then that would mean that The Guardian was corrupt, and how likely is THAT? Hmmmmm what is the equation used to choose between this and the Dynamytee'eeee story making the front page? millions of Indians threatened by nuclear escalation at a time when everyone is debating such weapons. A Hip Hip concert to mourn two teenage girls shot by juvenile delinquents....hmmmm cant play the racism card, cause both groups are "brown", could play the "foriegners dont count as humans" card, but then arent brown people in Birmingham foriegners? Uh oh, thats the racism card! Maybe BOTH stories should have been on the front cover. Or niether. Either way, this story is astounding, not only for the fact that it was buried, but that India can rationalize spending 1.9 BILLION POUNDS on weapons, when thier electricity grid is a piece of crap, thier water distribution is useless, and they have so many other problems to solve. Surely it would be better to simply ignore thier percieved enemies, emulate Japan and then leap into a Singapore style 21st century country. It makes perfect sense....of course! Thats the problem!!!!
Mesa Analog Alphabet
Link to a bbs (first post on it) which links to a scan of a VERY interesting email interview with Richard D James. Definitely worth a read. We care because you don't have to.

Sunday, January 19, 2003

Moodlogic is pc-only? Now THAT'S sad. Not even a source code available or anything... good idea though. Not that I'd buy it anyway... $40 is a huge amount of money to me. Alison: yay Joy Division! Check out their song "Decades." So amazing. Also check out Section 25, Stockholm Monsters, Durutti Column, The Wake... same vein of musical thought. The US will pay off it's (to be announced) war with Iraq with the oil revenue that it will seize from that country. They would like to the Turks to help them and are willing to lend them 14 billion dollars in military aid or some such. But how will the Turks pay the money back without become a total slave to the United States? Even Britain had to pay the US back for the job it did during WWII. What's with the US's stance of screwing nations around like this? They're supposed to be the protectors of peace, in their mind's eye, but they remind me more of the Mafia now than anything else.
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Cut Taxes, Help the Rich. (And the rest of us too) by Russell Roberts National Public Radio's Morning Edition January 16, 2003 A lot of people seem to think that the Bush stimulus plan is just a way for the President to pay off some of his fat cat friends. Could be. But for those who always assume the worst about this President, I have two words: Jimmy Carter. Jimmy Carter also supported the centerpiece of the Bush plan, the elimination of the tax on dividend income. Wow. Who knew that Carter had a secret agenda for helping his fat cat friends? Or maybe there's another reason for cutting taxes on dividend income. Actually, for over fifty years, prominent economists have opposed taxing dividend income and the so-called double taxation of corporate earnings. The President's plan increases how much investors get to keep, after-tax, from investing in successful companies. That makes it easier for corporations to raise money for risky investments. That gives corporations more machinery and capital to work with, boosting productivity and wages. That's the idea, anyway. The President's plan also makes it more attractive for corporations to pay out the profits from successful investments to shareholders in the form of dividends. Those corporations already paying dividends will have an incentive to increase them. Increasing the use of dividends should reduce the kind of accounting shenanigans we've seen lately. It's one thing to have high profits on paper based on an arcane Caribbean partnership. But you can't pay a dividend out of a paper profit. You need to earn real cash. So dividends encourage credible accounting. That's one reason why the Carter administration dropped the idea of eliminating the tax on dividends. Big business wanted a murkier playing field, earnings kept inside the company for CEOs to play with rather than paying them out to shareholders. CEOs didn't want the pressure of having to make dividend payments. Sure they could choose not to offer dividends. But the companies knew that if dividends were tax-free to investors, there would be pressure from investors to offer dividends as a way of proving a company's reliability. Getting rid of the taxation of dividends will make some rich people richer. But it will also make the rest of us richer too. Not just those of us who happen to invest in dividend paying stocks. The real gain will an increase in investment that will raise our wages and our standard of living. Will it fix the sluggishness of today's economy? Probably not. For that, we're going to have to resolve the situation with Iraq. Russell Roberts is the John M. Olin Senior Fellow at the Weidenbaum Center at Washington University in St. Louis and the author of The Invisible Heart: An Economic Romance (MIT Press, 2001). To subscribe to (or unsubscribe from) Russ Roberts's mailing list, or to see other writing of his, please visit http://www.invisibleheart.com Here's an article from Forbes from 1988 that discusses the Carter Administration's flirtation with getting rid of the tax on dividends: http://www.forbes.com/forbes/1988/1128/192_print.html
Went the onther day and had the pleasure of seeing 24 hour party people Very good and educating for a musicschoolgirl like me, and besides that, the movie is brilliant in it's storytelling. I got quite a lot of respect for Alan Wilson. Went home and heard my Joy Division and Happy Mondays - so here you go: Bob's Yer Uncle - Are Shaun Ryders lyrics almost as good as Yeats? What do you want to hear when we're making love What do you want to hear when we're making love Can I take you from behind and hold you in my arms What do you want to hear when we're making love Can I take you from behind and feel you in my heart What do we need to re-live to bring us close Why don't you do it to me Why don't you do those things to me Why don't you do it to me Why don't you do those things to me Four fall in a bed, three giving head, one getting wet Four fall in a bed, three giving head, one getting wet What do you want to hear when we're making love Can I hold you from behind and tell you that it's me Why don't you do it to me Why don't you do those things to me Why don't you do it to me Why don't you do those things to me The love drug is a bug that cuts us both uo Why don't you do those things to me Why don't you do it of me, why don't you do those things to me What can I say to you when we're making love I could take you from behind and make you live What do you need me to say when we're making love I can take you from behind and then I'll forgive Why don't you do it to me Why don't you do those things to me Why don't you do it to me Why don't you do those things to me Love will tear us apart Ian Curtis... so sad.... When the routine bites hard and ambitions are low And the resentment rides high but emotions won't grow And we're changing our ways, taking different roads Then love, love will tear us apart again Then love, love will tear us apart again Then love, love will tear us apart again Then love, love will tear us apart again Why is the bedroom so cold Turned away on your side? Is my timing that flawed, our respect run so dry? Yet there's still this appeal That we've kept through our lives Love, love will tear us apart again Love, love will tear us apart again Love, love will tear us apart again Love, love will tear us apart again Do you cry out in your sleep All my failings expose? Get a taste in my mouth As desperation takes hold Is it something so good Just can't function no more? When love, love will tear us apart again When love, love will tear us apart again When love, love will tear us apart again When love, love will tear us apart again This man is the living proof of the importance in dancing...

Saturday, January 18, 2003

every poll I hear ..... what sort of person stops to contribute to a poll ?
http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/americas/2670757.stm US friendly fire pilot 'ignored order' "One of two US pilots charged with manslaughter for mistakenly bombing Canadian troops in Afghanistan last year was under order to hold fire when he dropped the bomb, according to prosecutors. On a videotape of the bombing played by US Air Force lawyers at a military hearing on Friday, a flight controller is heard saying "hold fire" after the pilot, Harry Schmidt, requested permission to use his 20-millimetre cannons. A fellow pilot also testified that Major Schmidt thought he was being fired on from the ground - and never blamed air force-sanctioned amphetamines that his lawyers say were at fault." What is going on with these people?
Interesting patterns in bookbuying. In plain english, this diagram displays what is called "preaching to the converted". I wonder if people who have music on these lists would be groupable into the "overground" and the "underground". Certainly, they would be groupable into genres that overlap on the "crossover" artists. Astounding and frightening, how this display seems to show that people really are closed off from the thoughts and analysis of "the opposition". This has to be unhealthy.
fellow geeks, your wisdom is needed case sensitivity. your local machine is windoze, is the remote machine running a unix OS? use the same version of php on both machines. use the same version of apache on both machines. something else I dont know about.
S�NAR organises a conference at Midem 2003: IS DISTRIBUTION DEAD? ELECTRONIC MUSIC DISTRIBUTION IN EUROPE As part of the activities of the Electronic Music Village, the electronic area of MIDEM, S�NAR is organising a round table discussion on the current panorama of electronic music distribution in Europe and its future potential. In doing so S�NAR wants to put forward a rigorous analysis of the issue which will allow us to assess from every possible angle why distribution has stagnated and to answer the following questions: What is the distributor's role today? How is the crisis in the record industry affecting the electronic music market in Europe? Can a pan-European distributor operate in the same way as a local distributor? Is online distribution profitable? What other distribution/promotion channels are there and are these viable? What do the labels think of their distributors? The aim of the encounter is to take an in depth look at traditional distribution routines, to assess their position in the specialised market of electronic music and to envisage new alternatives that will ensure survival, consolidation and improvement. The Conference will take place on Monday January 20 at 16 hrs in Auditorium K (Floor 4) of the Palais des Festival, Cannes (France). Conference participants will be: Gerardo Cart�n, General Manager of Pias Espa�a (SP) Thomas Morr, Label Manager of Morr Music and head of the independent material of Hausmusik distributors (GER) Paul Esposito, Label Manager of Domino Records (UK) Peter Thompson, General Manager of Vital (UK) Dominic Smith, Label Manager for Europe of Ninja Tune (UK) Gary Smith, journalist (UK), will chair the discussion. For further information contact us at the Electronic Music Village area of Midem 2003.
note to self: When Steamboat Willie copyright (hopefully) expires next year, post full mpeg to blogdial.
> hell hell hell on earth Wow. My sentiments exactly. Another week without Blogdial has led me to a long and depressing read of the week's news. I have been wondering. There is so much literature now against Bush's war, and it all very clearly states the EASY TO UNDERSTAND reasons why Bush is an evil fucking man, and going to war is completely insane and stupid. Why then, does every poll I hear that comes out of the states reflect that the citizens are just as fucking stupid as Bush? The vast majority always supports him, and no one knows their facts - yet Blogdial alone is a good example of PLENTY of good information on the whole issue. WHY ISN'T THIS INFORMATION REACHING AMERICANS? I'd say the stupid gits deserve whatever comes to them for their ignorance, and sure they do, but the ENTIRE WORLD doesn't deserve this - and that's the rub. The entire world is at stake here, for the pockets of a few rich white men. A greater injustice has not existed. And all the others in the world know this by looking in from the outside... and Americans don't seem to want to recognize from their own inside. Is it them, or is this information being forcefully detained? Blarg.
Short quip. Interesting patterns in bookbuying. http://www.orgnet.com/leftright.html

Friday, January 17, 2003

i have, thanks alex, and yes, it is by far the easiest option, but the pages that i'm writing the scripts for are part of a company's cms ... the information that i'm trying to store into the database is supplied by html forms ....
not that i can offer an definitive answer, as i don't know php or mySQL, but have you tried using phpMyAdmin. almost everybody i know that makes sites with php/mySQL uses this...
fellow geeks, your wisdom is needed ........ does anyone have any idea why, when i attempt to update a database table with a php/mysql query, the table's fields are all returned to their default values ?? it has been sending me crazy all afternoon ... the command works without a hitch on the local machine, only misbehaves on the live site ... both are being hosted on apache, using mysql manipulated with php ... the versions of php are different, but i can't see why that would make any difference ...... any light you can shed would be of extreme benefit .......
Lord, I am hungry....
There has been press comment recently about `voluntary vetting' of foreign research students being made compulsory. See for example the Sunday Telegraph of the 12th January: Tis is a disturbing political development; it is both a direct threat to academic freedom and an attempt by the Foreign Office to make an end run round Parliament. The existing `voluntary vetting' scheme works as follows. If a foreign student wants to do a PhD in a possibly defence-related field, academics are supposed to call a phone number in London and ask advice. If the advice is that HMG would rather not have that student study that subject, then we're supposed to turn the applicant down saying `sorry, you're too thick' (or whatever the local euphemism is). The reason for this scheme is this. Some organs of state want to place severe restrictions on foreign students. For example, GCHQ does not want any Chinese to be allowed to study cryptography (despite the fact that many universities teach it to all maths and computer science undergraduates). Now if someone is coming to the UK to acquire knowledge for evil purposes, it is the job of the Foreign Office to refuse them a visa. However, the Foreign Office would get into trouble with China if they stopped giving visas for any Chinese students to study mathematics or computer science. Also, the FO prefers to avoid blame when things go wrong. And how can they argue `Bad Iraqi person X studied biochemistry in the UK and now works on war bugs for Saddam' without immediately drawing the criticism `Well, why did you give them a visa then?' They don't want to have to admit `Well, back in the mid-1980s we were desparate for Iraq to beat Iran so we gave Saddam all the discreet help we could with chemical and biological weapons.' The voluntary vetting scheme is designed to let the Foreign Office escape from this dilemma. It isn't about increasing the security of the UK; that would be best served by taking honest visa decisions and sticking with them in the face of criticism. It's about enabling the FO to wriggle out of what they see as an inconvenient duty. Some universities go along with it, but Oxford and Cambridge always refused to in the past. The main reason was one of principle: we always considered the scheme to be unethical. If we are going to refuse a place to a perfectly well qualified Chinese candidate, simply because a faceless voice on the telephone tells us to, we are not going to pretend to the candidate that he or she was too stupid to get in. There is also the practical consideration that at Cambridge, at least, the admission of students is decentralised: decisions are taken by the individual academics who would supervise the candidates if they get in. So it is not practical to keep such a process secret, even if it were desirable (which it isn't). A further practical problem is that anyone in the University can go to any lecture (with a few specific exceptions, such as dissections in the Anatomy school). My lectures on cryptography are open to all members of the University, and our postgraduate security seminars and security group meetings are open to everyone, including interested members of the public. The only way to stop our Chinese suspect from attending is to exclude him from the UK completely. The alternative, of demanding ID cards from all students as they turn up for lectures, would involve an unacceptable change in the open culture that is an essential part of all great universities. Rational argument did not, however, cut any ice with the FO. Their response was to try to give ministers the power to license teaching of foreigners under the Export Act of 2000. The idea was that the transfer of knowledge between a UK academic and a foreign national who might then leave the country constituted an export. This was shot down last year by Parliament, much to the mandarins' disgust. In the process, there was some quite interesting dishonesty by the officials promoting the bill. They had their ministers say in public that there was no plan to use the bill to license foreign research students, while they had also informed lobbyists in writing that such transfers of knowledge would in fact be licensed. In order to maintain the pretence that ministers had not lied, they concocted the argument that the licences would not apply to students but to teachers. In other words, instead of saying that Chinese student X was licenced to be taught cryptography by Dr Anderson, the license would say that Dr Anderson was licenced to teach cryptography to Chinese student X. It was further explained that the requirement for a license would be triggered by the DTI sending a notice to the academic in question. However, this clearly raises serious issues with academic freedom, and Parliament decided it was too much; a research exemption was written into the bill as a result of the Lords' vote. The Lords voted 155-108 against the government on academic freedom; Lib Dems, Tories, plus such crossbenchers as Lord May (President of the Royal Society) and Lord Butler (former Head of the Civil Service) combined to give Blair one of his worst defeats ever. Now, it seems, the Foreign Office are using the ricin incident to try to get voluntary vetting back on the agenda. The subtext is that the DTI are currently working on the regulations that will give force to the Export Act, and the FO seem to be pushing for some hook that they can use to punish recalcitrant academics. An indirectly enforced `voluntary' scheme could be even worse than the powers they originally bid for. Maybe any University that refused to take part in the scheme would find that it wouldn't get licenses to import semiconductor test equipment for its engineering labs. In other words, if academic A refused to play ball with the FO's silly little scheme, then academic B (in another department entirely) would find his research cut off? That is just insane. It is also unlikely to work, as in democratically governed universities with tenured staff, the centre simply doesn't have the power to boss its staff around. However, the FO seems to hope that while there is a terror scare going on and the universities are awaiting a decision on fees and funding, they might just get away with it. This is not just being extremely silly, it's blatantly defying the will of Parliament. That's not the sort of game that crown servants should be playing. Instead, they should do the job they're paid to, and refuse visas to anyone who is reasonably suspected of wanting to come to the UK in order to acquire education or training in order to do wicked things.
And the rest! http://jp.eecue.com/photos/show_group.php?Id=39

Blowfish Dinner

musical necrophilia
hell hell hell on earth

Thursday, January 16, 2003

Okay, so I'll renege on that comment, written in the heat of the moment after reading up on UA's use of the song. Gershwin's Etate doesn't deserve the money as they had nothing to do with the creative input, and said creative input happened almost 80 years ago. If youwould not be turned, you would have been DESTROYED. But does UA deserve to have this piece of music swallowed into its marketing image, to forever claim a piece of music that they have but a monetary claim to as their theme song? How do you mean "deserve"? If it was free from copyright, everyone would have the RIGHT to use it( and benefit from it) in any way they see fit, thats the whole point of copyright expiring. Not just huge corporations, but ANYONE would be able to exploit Gershwin. Perhaps they do "have the right," they dont, they are leasing it. but the issue bugs me and arises another question in this copyright tangle. Or at least in a corporate/artistic tangle. How will artisticly creative ideas be claimed as their copyrights run out? they wont be claimable, thats the whole point. Those with the most media power can represent these images, sounds, &c. as their own without any threat of a challenge from folks like you and me (the public domain) who will also own the rights. Corporations are part (or should I say, have equal access as if they were individuals) of(to) public domain works, and only copyright owners have the right to challenge copyright infringement. History can easily be reshaped with a slick marketing team. And you can un do it, by setting up your own archive and making it available. Think about it, a snopes.com for keeping history accurate; impossible if copyright never expires, which is why we argue infinite extension is evil.
This video is aparently being played on TV in the states. One to forward for sure. http://www.moveon.org/
Granted, they can usurp the imagery and sounds, but they can do that already, as illustrated by the UA case. As it is right now, only those with money (500k) have the rights to a work, whereas us povos do not. If a work is allowed to get into the public domain, everyone has the right to it, and they will actually have a harder time being the only ones playing Gershwin (or whatever) in their commercials. I reckon that's a good thing?. By the way, did you know that it's illegal to sing Happy Birthday in a public forum, since it's also copyrighted? You cannot print the lyrics/melody either.
The funny thing about the Girl Scouts not being able to sing God Bless America is that in 1940 Irving Berlin (the songwriter) donated all future royalties from the song to the Girl and Boy Scouts. They continue to recieve royalties from it, but must pay the fee to sing the song at camp.
Okay, so I'll renege on that comment, written in the heat of the moment after reading up on UA's use of the song. Gershwin's Etate doesn't deserve the money as they had nothing to do with the creative input, and said creative input happened almost 80 years ago. But does UA deserve to have this piece of music swallowed into its marketing image, to forever claim a piece of music that they have but a monetary claim to as their theme song? Perhaps they do "have the right," but the issue bugs me and arises another question in this copyright tangle. Or at least in a corporate/artistic tangle. How will artisticly creative ideas be claimed as their copyrights run out? Those with the most media power can represent these images, sounds, &c. as their own without any threat of a challenge from folks like you and me (the public domain) who will also own the rights. History can easily be reshaped with a slick marketing team.
The gershwin estate deserved every penny for the airline usurping such a piece of music... This is wrong. Mikkel is completely correct. Reading the dissenting views in Eldred vs Ashcroft should give you an idea of what copyright is for, from a pure legal standpoint. Copyright is a bargain and balance between the interests of the public and the creative individual. That work should now be in the public domain, and in fact, this is an example (which is why it is in the dissent) of how extension of copyright hurts the public interest, and also hurts business. If copyright had not been contiunally extended in this unconstitutional way, UA would not have to pay 500gs to the Gershwin Estate, no member of which has any right to continue to benefit from the copyright of the genius of Gershwin. Everyone flying on UA is suffering because of this, every school orchestra that wants to play Gershwin music suffers because of this. Did you know that the owners of the song "God Bless America" wanted to charge the Girlscouts of America $1000+ per year per troupe for the right to sing that song around a campfire? Totally Absurd. Everyone benefits from copyright, only when it expires and passes into the public domain. The creators have many decades to milk thier works, and in the end, the public can (not in America at present) make use of these works for thier own benefit. Society is bolstered and knowledge flourishes and spreads freely. Read the dissenting views. It is going to be impossible for anyone to put together a historical database because every photograph, piece of music and sentence of text will be perpetually protected by copyright. Just researching and getting clearance takes up money and time that will automaticall limit the quality of archives throughout the usa. Of course, this is a market opportunity for everywhere in the civilized world. Now, an entrepreneur in the UK for instance, can set up an archive full of USA copyrighted works, with complete freedom, and then charge Americans to access that database (or not, depending on her philanthropic bent). I read on slashdot, a most interesting post along the lines that Disney are a bunch of hypocrites, having just made "Treasure Planet" a bastardization of "Treasure Island" without having to pay a single penny in royalties, since the original is out of copyright. Amazing how its one rule for Disney and another for every other person, and that there are people who actually support this.
I disagree. Gershwin died in 1937. The piece was created in 1924. That is the same era as my grandparents getting born/married (depending which side I look to). What did the Gershwin offspring do to create that piece? What are their rights to it? Sure, they should inherit the money that George made from it, but also bear in mind that he created it knowing full well that it would slip into public domain after 28 years (or 56 with extension). That was in 1952 (1980), or back before my parents (I) were born. Only because of the Mickey Mouse acts did the copyright even last until the times were television (and by extension, commercials) were commonplace. There's no reason for copyright to be this long (apart from making gratuitous amounts of money by doing nothing; again, what did Gershwins kids contribute?). The fact that a piece of music is beautiful should not grant it special rights. I can't really put it eloquently, I'm too stuffed and tired.
Just for clarity on the United Airlines/Gershwin payment: They used a snippet of Rhapsody in Blue (da-da da-da da-da da daaah) in an advertising campaign. People really began to know it as the United Airlines theme music and not as a wonderful piece of 20th century music (as evidinced here and here.) The gershwin estate deserved every penny for the airline usurping such a piece of music...
Yeah, just let it all hang out!!! I would think that your attitude to your body might have an influence; if you are confident you may feel free-er and funkier with less clothes on; if you are depressed about your shape/weight/image you may feel worse. If you're lucky it might make you feel better/more powerful, like air-guitar or something (!). It usually does me, even though I don't like my body shape right now. I think our ears are only one of the ways we experience music. Dear Captain D, I think You misunderstand me. It is not a question of your body-selfconfidence, but of sencing (I didnt spell that right, did I? but have no dictionary) with your skin. Music is waves in the air, waves of sound. so you can sense the musics waves on your skin. ..Well, I can... I personally do not feel very confidenet with my body, it is not at matter of that, more a matter of sencing. Thats why I recommend it. Just switch the lights of, be naked, have a cigarette and listen and notice at the same time (the music should be loud, but not to loud), how you can feel it on your skin... As for the Lancet articel, just go to your Library, they can get it for you (in some or another way). In Denmark getting articles are free of charge, some times you pay a very little amount of money for the photocopies. If you are a lazy man, just call the Library and give your order.... By the way Alun, you are cool with pubmed. Besides that, WOW it is SO depressing to read so many of your posts! Really, I have been living in a bubble since New Years Eve, only doing things thats nice, in some way.... Beeing ignorant on purpose, is really great for a change... I am so filled with emotions, cant have space in my brain for reality. My heart is torn apart, broken... feels like it can never be fixed... and my reasearch on my novel makes me cry at least 2-3 times a week So right now the rest of the world just have to do whatever - I cant handle it anyway... Take care and enjoy the sun when it shines Love Alison
"Our food is better than yours now" Daniel Boulud's DB Burger, served at his DB BISTRO MODERNE in Midtown, is not properly a burger. It contains too much foie gras for that. But it is nonetheless a delicious, if expensive, specimen of ground and braised meats, served with wonderful fries. At 55 West 44th Street; (212) 391-2400. "I HAVE eaten hamburgers every day for the last two months. I have traveled the five boroughs of New York City to do so. And in the city's lowliest corner diners and loftiest expense account restaurants, I have found satisfaction. New York, my research has documented again and again, is a hamburger heaven." New York Times
Swearing or loitering could be punished by jail in France Jon Henley in Paris Wednesday January 15, 2003 The Guardian Streetwalking, begging, loitering in public places and swearing at a policeman will become crimes punishable by a jail sentence under radical new laws that France's National Assembly began debating yesterday. More than 30 human rights and civil liberties groups, as well as the leftwing opposition, have united against the 75-article "internal security bill" tabled by the hardline interior minister, Nicolas Sarkozy. But the centre-right government, elected mainly on a promise to fight crime, is unlikely to soften its plans despite 100 amendments from Socialist and Green MPs, and the bill - dubbed "a war on the poor" by its opponents - should become law this spring. The package introduces a new offence of "passive soliciting" for prostitutes, making them liable to fines of up to �3,750 (�2,500) and two months in jail for "soliciting by any means, including dress, position or attitude". [...] [...]The bill also dramatically extends police powers to search vehicles, frisk people, and take DNA samples from suspects. An amendment proposes to drop the police obligation to tell suspects that they have the right to remain silent.[...] So, does this mean that Jean Paul Gautier is going to be imprisoned for insiting prostitution by virtue (!) of the outrageous clothes he makes? How much more crazy can it get???? The Guardian