Thursday, July 31, 2003

I'm still trying to decide what I think of this movie... A friend and I were watching MuchMusic last friday and that video came one... we were all "what the fuck." Very strange. I didn't think I'd ever see it again. Also PETA people are insane. Or at least a bit strange.
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I'm still trying to decide what I think of this movie...
Strange

Wednesday, July 30, 2003

Half an hour of fun First check the links. Second read the recommendations and reviews. It's hilarious.
The British legal system forces children to be vaccinated against MMR against their mother's wishes. http://www.kraftwerk.com/ The new album soon. But is anyone bothered? Apart from....an uneasy alliance of asymmetric-haired trendies and what may be their polar opposite: nervous, bespectacled thirtysomething men who look like they regularly won the maths prize at school.
Dear musician, I address to you on behalf of teacher's council of our musical college. More than 25 years we attended training to music of children from 5 till 14 years. Unfortunately, because of the heavy economic situation which have been usual now in Russia, we on an extent several years on receive any financial support from the federal budget. The support rendered to us from the budget of the Moscow government - is minimum. I want to explain, that we do not collect a tuition fee in our college as, otherwise, the majority of parents can not pay training of children. In view of the set forth above reasons for us all is more difficult to acquaint children with music. We had simply catastrophic situation with a teaching material, in particular with sound materials. We shall be very grateful, if you can send us any records of music on CD or compact-cassettes. We would be grateful to receive items with damaged packaging. YOUR HELP IS NECESSARY FOR US! Yours faithfully and hope to the aid of, Nickolay Carmanow, The Director. Moscow Musical College 39-5-25, 3-Barkovaya street 105037, Moscow Russian Federation Phone: 7-095-5654257 Fax: 7-095-5654258 E-mail: MusicalCollege@list.ru Web: MusicalCollege.narod.ru
meau meau, I was surprised to see how insane my city is as far as light emission goes. I thought vancouver would be bad, but it's pretty good, by a long shot! We do have a predilection for massively lighted shopping complexes, though. Not to mention bizzarely intense residential lighting. Also, I recieved my first cell phone today. Now that's weird... I remember swearing I'd never get one.

Tuesday, July 29, 2003

Excellent. Introductions weren't as bad as maybe I imagined. I apologise Ken. Thanks everyone for pattern/maths help. Will post anything that comes of this. Alison, I haven't seen Pi, but I have wanted to for years. Rubbish I know. I really like Requiem for a Dream though. As we're all g33ks can someone help me out with a problem. Trying to set up proftpd for a client and am having trouble getting it to read the Virtual Users from the AuthUserFile. If anyone has any experience with this contact me off list. Sorry, normally I wouldn't ask but I am pulling my hair out. Isn't imagination a prerequisit for existence?
These filtered brainwaves are then 'fed back' to the individual in the form of a video game displayed on a screen. _ _ I'm 25, live in NYC, work for a nonprofit institute for cancer research in electronic communications, walk, sing, and am madly in love.
Two by Debord: 37 The world at once present and absent which the spectacle makes visible is the world of the commodity dominating all that is lived. The world of the commodity is thus shown for what it is, because its movement is identical to the estrangement of men among themselves and in relation to their global product. 165 Capitalist production has unified space, which is no longer bounded by external societies. This unification is at the same time an extensive and intensive process of banalization. The accumulation of commodities produced in mass for the abstract space of the market, which had to break down all regional and legal barriers and all the corporative restrictions of the Middle Ages that preserved the quality of craft production, also had to destroy the autonomy and quality of places. This power of homogenization is the heavy artillery which brought down all Chinese walls.
The imagination of the US Defence Department.... which should also be banned. Betting on future coups, terrorism and state-sponsored assassinations!!! Explained clearly by the BBC.
People with no imagination should be banned ; ]
http://www.star.le.ac.uk/astrosoc/cfds/shopping.txt I'm an architect
And if Stonehenge was built so that it looked like a female sexual organ when viewed from above, how were people supposed to see that? As far as we have been able to tell, they didn't have hot-air balloons in prehistoric times.' People with no imagination should be banned from scientific study.
i program / develop using .net/c#, about which i have been known to wax lyrical to the point of evangelising ... a fair chunk of time is taken up with cms development using php/mysql, but plan to do less ... enjoy watching flocking birds, baking bread & swimming in rivers
On your bedstand then? (wink) I am 32, I design on occasion and also have a fascination with growing things. I've been known to do a bit of yoga, I knit lovely socks and I will kick your ass in backgammon or cribbage.
Introductions always make me think of 'Start' by The Jam. "It's not important for you to know my name, Nor I to know yours. If we get by for two minutes only, It will be enough!". I'm 33, a data networks engineer and spend a lot of my spare time [when I'm not working away] either making music or trying to learn PHP. I do not have any gay porn inexplicably living in my fridge.

Monday, July 28, 2003

hi, im the most obvious news story ever!
Any good books out there that discuss this as well? And any good digital art I should look at? Alex, have you seen the movie pi
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Sunday, July 27, 2003

re: introductions yeah, i don't care. just thought it might be nice. ALRIGHT?
Introductions? At the risk of repeating myself, as far as proffession goes I'm a 20 year old fine arts student (dean's list) in Alberta Canada. That's actually too much information. Who cares?

Saturday, July 26, 2003

Hmm introductions? Do we need them? Anyway, I'm a designer. Websites and record sleeves mostly.
alex: sorry, i sort of cheated and went back to clarify my post after i put it up. basically, i was an undergraduate student there, and as far as thursday goes, i was djing on the quad for this summer festival-type thing. i also work there, at the smart museum and at the music department. beyond that, i don't do very much, really. how about yourself? time for introductions, perhaps.
Ken, what did you do at University of Chicago last week? A lecture I presume, but in what field? I hardly know what anyone here does. Maybe this is good, maybe it's bad.
mary: nice one. university of chicago represent! i just graduated from there a little over a month ago. physics is one of our strong suits (it was the place where nuclear energy was discovered). Also: http://www.uchicago.edu http://home.uchicago.edu/~jkmeier/
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Friday, July 25, 2003


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Christian Wolmars book - "Broken Rails - How Privatisation Wrecked Britain's Railways" is an excellent read about how the railways have been wrecked by successive govts due to mismanagement and underfunding. Im currently halfway through his book on the privatisation of the tube ["down the tube - The Battle for London's Underground"].
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coward One reason why England's railways are so bad. It seems ludicrous that anyone advising on our railways would call for money to be saved by stopping ACTUAL upgrade WORK. Far better to remove the bureaucrats and middle managers that contribute to "poor organisational effectiveness within the company, with weaknesses in planning and scheduling".

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Huh huh bang bang omg we shot them! ROFL! DED!!!! 2DMAXX!!!!�� Seriously, that was really good. Yeah, very. Also, Give me another fucking beer so I that might be able to forget how terrible this world is that I live in. I mean, holy shit. Not religious. Just using those words for emphasis. FUCK! Piss.
On the killing of the brothers Hussein: What the hell is the U.S. army thinking? This massive fuckup is obviously the fault of the gung-ho hunting party style of the military leaders of the Bush administration. Shoot first, get the most excitement, make a huge spectacle, THEN realize that what you just did was the completely WRONG approach. a) The U.S. majors (or whoever was in charge of the shootout) probably thought it would be an impressive show of force and military power to have 200 soldiers attacking the four Iraqis. Instead, this could be taken as either hilariously pathetic on the part of the U.S. or raise the calibre of the Husseins to heroic warriors. Great fucking PR job there, troops. E for effort! When I think of what the shootout must have been like, I think of the end of Scarface, the brothers being as coked up as Tony Montana. b) Why in the name of YHWH did you kill these men? Yes, they were horrible awful people. Among the worst. But every person can be used and these men could have been used so well. You could have maybe starved them out, among other strategies, and put these guys on trial. What would it say to the Iraqi people to put the heirs of Saddam on trial under the rule of law? I'll tell you what, it would do way more than some pictures of two dead guys, which much of the Iraqi population must have trouble believing. Also very good job in being completely hypocritical. "Don't show pictures of our soldiers in your custody - but we'll show you your dead heads of state. That works out right?" Again, E for Effort, troops. Too bad you're fucking retarded. This is just another example of the war-trophy attitude of the good old Bush boys. I wonder what really bad decision the U.S. will make next? The string is pretty damned long by now.
In theory, when the Earth's vibration reaches a constant 13.0 cycles per second we will have reached the 4th dimension prior to our ascension into the 5th Odd. I've read quite a few different people talking about a similar sort of notion - a "big change in the earth" - and for different reasons. None of them say "right away" as for when it will happen either. Very weird. Some people will mention it as 2012, the end of the Mayan World. That site (fusion anomaly) actually is very good. Lots of interesting tidbits all over. Check out the page for Arthur C Clarke... cool stuff.

Thursday, July 24, 2003

Wednesday, July 23, 2003

'The archaeologist Jacquetta Hawkes once said that every age gets the Stonehenge it deserves,' added Miles. 'For example, in the 1960s, at the dawn of the computing era, researchers argued that you could use Stonehenge as a giant calculating machine.' Later, in the more mystical New Age, it was argued that the monument was really a spaceport for aliens, while, in the Middle Ages, it was said Stonehenge was built by giants. 'By those standards, this latest idea seems to say something quite odd about the twentyfirst century.' Vagina Power! I think Dave needs to lighten up a bit. He sounds like a first-class dream-bashing bore!
From McSweeny's The sentence "When she heard the good news, Jill picked up the phone ___________ brother" can be completed with the name "Ann Coulter," especially if you can say it out loud in a Philadelphia accent. Complete each of the following sentences with the name of a famous person. 1. Of all the Gibb Brothers, the artist ____________ often than he sketched Maurice. 2. "I can pay you in bricks or you can take your _____________." 3. Sign held on street median by down-on-his-luck metalworker: "______________ for food." 4. "You can either snag a petal, snatch a bud, _______________ for your pressed flower collection." 5. "Pots of ____________ made by boiling small cylinders with thine vegetables." - - - - Please note that this is a real quiz with real answers. Send your answers to carltondoby@hotmail.co before midnight June 26. The most successful entrants will have their names announced here and will receive a McSweeney's Books title of our choosing. I'm guessing they meant July 26. I've got 2 so far. hmm...
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The specs say: 5.8" x 3.3" x .9" Which is slightly smaller than my hand. This is the way of the future, to be continuously connnected, reachable, mediated. I can't say that I would buy this model, but I imagine when the sleek and sophisticated model appears, one will find its way into the house ... Indulging my inner 7-year-old

Tuesday, July 22, 2003

silly wabbit This is just silly, how big would that be? And is that keyboard usable?
He skidded and rammed a truck travelling in front of him. they really should have written "from behind". hello i am seven years old.
Oh, knickers!
alex, you could check out snowflakes, or take a trip out to any moorland to look at the mass of ferns currently on display
some number patterns here including le corbusier's modulor system - based on Fibonacci. You might want to look at infinite series like the expansions of sin and cosine functions maths
I know a very tiny bit about fractal formations in nature. Briggs and Peat were suggested to me as a starting point. And I will read Jeff Noon. Needle in the Groove, you say?
iceland culture might be a good place to start, not sure about accomodation really though. i've been to Reykjavik a few times, but it's always been for work so accomodation has been sorted out for me. Usually it's in a guesthouse called Room with a View right on the main strip, Laugavegur, but it's very expensive, so I guess I am a lucky boy. As for culture, I haven't really explored much of Reykjavik, having always been there for work. There are art museums and the like and the infamous Penis Museum but I've never been there so can't comment. There are plenty of places to drink and get drunk though. Throughout the week Reykjavik is a pretty quiet place, much as you'd expect from a town with 140,000 population but come Friday night the place is heaving with drunken vikings. Personally I reccomend Sirkus, just round the corner from Hjomalind (a record shop) on Laugavegur. I think Sirkus is on Klappastigur. A pretty messy bar in which I've had some messy nights. People told me the devil worked there on my first visit, I don't doubt it. Kaffe Barin is good too although a bit more trendy, and even smaller. Seems to play a lot of hip hop and is full of very very hotttt girls. The corridor to the loo is tiny and you have to squeeze past to get there. Quite an experience. There are some good vegetarian restaurants around as well. Ecstasy Heart Garden (!!) is pretty nice, although I prefer First Woman Restaurant which is on Klappastigur as well. The coffee shops in Reykjavik are really nice as well, Kaffe Tal and Kaffe Mokka are my favourites. Check out the walls in Kaffe Mokka, there are shadows on the wood from where people have been sitting for there decades. My whole experience of Iceland has been superflous to say the least, if you get the chance venture off into the countryside, something I've never done, but without it you haven't really been there. I'll ask my friends about places to stay as well.

Monday, July 21, 2003

I wonder if anyone here has any local information on Reykjavik. I am contemplating a weeklong stay there for the end of the summer and would love to rent an apartment/studio and maybe a car. In NYC we have an online listing service called Craig's List that is extremely helpful in finding these things... anything similar in Reykjavik? Also, anything -- cultural or historical or downright interesting -- to check out while there?
Does anyone know about patterns in mathematics and nature? I'm thinking about starting some experiments on generative patterns and I need to know where to start basically. Right now I'm reading up on Fiobnacci numbers and the Golden Section, and this is fascinating. I have a lot to read on this, but I'd like some pointers on anything else I should read. Also what artists should I look at who have explored stuff like this. Right now all I can think of is Bridget Riley and to some extent Modrian, although I'm not so sure if his art is very mathematical. Any good books out there that discuss this as well? And any good digital art I should look at?
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Gott in Himmel, have I got this blog all to myself?
Wow, listening to Jaco Pastorius and Hiram Bullock live in NYC. Talk about soloing of pant-weeing ecstacy (eyes roll back in head)....!

Sunday, July 20, 2003

Barrie, take heart from Marcel Duchamp - his Great Glass (The Bride Stripped Bare by her Batchelors, even) wasn't considered "finished" by him until some workmen accidentally broke it in transit.
I am watching a film of the Canterbury Tales fom 1972 dubbed into Hungarian. It is mad as you like. I wonder if the Hungarian is all middle-englishy or if it's regular. I've never seen the original English version so I don't even know if that is authentic. But it does have Tom Baker in it, with a Tony Iommi moustache.
It's a pretty annoying feeling knowing that a piece you are submitting to exhibition is going to be unfinished... argh... guess I'll have to finish it AFTER I take it down... ARRRRGH. Art + Full-Time Job = Bad mix Also: Best. Quiz. Ever. hang-time
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Saturday, July 19, 2003

Loyalty Cards, a great summarizing article, in two parts. Studying till receipts will show whether you use a grocery store for a main shop or for a specific menu, or the number of people in your house, signalled by how much toilet roll you get through. If you've just had a child, your loyalty card retailer will be among the first to know; if you're about to go on holiday, they can tell that, too. In the US, however, the process has been taken to a level that a British sense of fair play would probably not allow - consumers there are virtually strong-armed into signing up to loyalty card schemes, because a blatantly two-tier pricing system exists: if you don't have a card, you automatically pay more. The real masterstroke of the loyalty schemes, however, is that you volunteer to join them - by signing up to the card, you have accepted the deal. US-based Consumers Against Supermarket Privacy Invasion And Numbering, or Caspian (nocards.org) Alien Technology, makers of ... Radio Frequency Identification (RFID), a form of electronic tagging using wireless technology.
holy fuck indeed. shit is going to fly. something has to happen, there is no way this was an accident and this is far too high profile for it to go unnoticed. blair has to back down now, no one wants him there. i really fucking hope he suffers. along with the thousands of iraqi, british and american lives he has helped to end he now has this 'albatros' around his neck. i hope this dents his brash confidence. i cannot stand blair's arrogance anymore, he struts around the international arena with an unearned swagger, a hollow confidence -- backed only by bush and his lame cronies. anything is better than this. the proles are our only hope. if only they could see it.

Friday, July 18, 2003

holy fuck
Hi Fidel-ity!
Anyone used Octal or Beast?
Jeff Noon, I like a lot. Vurt is great stuff, and I've read all his others. Each has some good ideas.... but Needle In The Groove is the most imaginative of the bunch, taking the concept of the (musical) remix and applying it to text with some fabulous success in places. The process is explained in Cobralingus. The novel was accompanied by a CD of music made for it by David Toop, but I have yet to hear it. But reading the book somewhere peaceful, or, for example, on a train, allowed the rhythm of the text to flow wonderfully.
later today:: Michael Gendreau "one hour as a monitor of the microvibration of turntable motors and the macrovibration of roughly cut transcription discs" Live studio performance utilising two studio decks, two accelerometers and home-cut transcription discs (such as my version of Ralf Wehowsky's piece "Nameless Victims" [metamkine] and used for my remix on "Tulpas" [selektion]). [michael gendreau] ........ 16:00-17:00 h (UK):: resonance 104.4FM other times
another classic book... Auto-Da-Fe by Elias Canetti

Thursday, July 17, 2003

Banksy speaks. Anyone going? I'll be there at some point... it's only a 10 minute walk from home. Steve Bell, ahead of this report on the Office of Special Plans. More OSP here. One for the laydeez.
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Metalikkka -JB Here are a few things that work, Barrie: Tea Tree Oil Soap (Dr. Bronner's is excellent) A bit of sun Lots of water Green drink daily (like Greens+, will clean your blood and liver) A facial (which is always wonderful) It's just your raging hormones. God bless 20 year old men!
That metallica thing is... COMPLETELY INSANE. I hope it's a joke, cause there's no way they're winning THAT one. Maybe. I forgot to mention that everyone should read "The Illuminatus!" trilogy by Robert Anton Wilson and Robert Shea. Amazing good stuff there. You'll probably have to read it five or so times though. But the jewels you get from it are worth it. Also, I place a curse upon acne. I hate you, acne. So, so much.

Wednesday, July 16, 2003

clutch your pillow tight!
In following the Tour de France and the protests that interrupted the riders I constantly hear Media drop the name Jos� Bov� with the only qualifying information "radical farmer" and no mention of what the protests signify. From the website FoodFirst (perhaps comrades-in-arm with SlowFood?) I found his biography rich with the fight against GMOs, corporate agribusiness and the ruin of small farmers: During the 1970s in his native France, Bove and his wife helped to organize land occupations to prevent the expansion of military bases onto farmland in the Larzac plateau, and in 1976 he spent three weeks in prison for his role in the invasion of a military outpost. In 1987, he and colleagues established the Confederation Paysanne (CP), an organization composed of and for French small farmers and for their continued existence. The following year, Bove and the CP organized an event in Paris -- "Plowing the Champs Elysees" -- to protest EU farm policies. And, in a move that led to international fame and a six-week stay in prison, Bove organized and helped in the partial demolition of a half-constructed McDonald's in his hometown of Millau in 1999. On many occasions, he has also demonstrated his internationalism in defiance of governmental authority. For example in 2001, he and 1,000 Brazilian peasants uprooted three acres of Monsanto's genetically-modified soy in Rio Grande do Sul, and as a result he was deported.
gig info for people in the London districts... rare appearance of The Beekeeper (Gilbert) BLURT ICARUS DJ BRUCE GILBERT Union Chapel, Compton Avenue, London, N1 (020-7226 1686) 7.30pm, �5.00 (Compton Avenue is just off Upper Street, at the Highbury Corner end of the street, we've been told it's the back entrance to the Union Chapel, i.e. the smaller venue). this is tonight btw...
more book stuff... thought perhaps it was too obvious to state before, but what the heck, almost everything by W.S. Burroughs and J.G. Ballard is worth reading for alsorts of different reasons, and between them you have a veritable battery of bristling ideas and images. 'Interzone' is a really good and often overlooked collection of Burroughs short stories, spanning his earliest writings in a very 'straight', almost detective novel stylee, through to full-on disorientating psychoactive language mangle...the huge 'word' section at the end was originally part of 'Naked Lunch', but left out for reasons i can't remember. still very fresh and challenging stuff. for the tactical side of things 'The Job' is an absolute must. great writings on the nature of control/media/state, still very relative today...more later a.these
illustrated books; Peter Blegvad, Leviathan - extracts from his Independent on Sunday strips. Martin Rowson, The Life & opinions of Tristram Shandy, Gentleman (and get the original by Laurence Sterne as well, and it's online)
Thank you all for your book recommendations. This is truly priceless information. (keep 'em coming...)
I like getting getting lost in music in tents. ho ho ho. But I did listen to Steve Reich on headphones the other day, that was amazing. Alison, that pic reminds me of this I saw at the weekend, it's taken by Josh Davis of Praystation fame. fuzzy praystation
Ugggh. Just got back online after a week off due to cable problems. Just read all the back archives but don't have much to say as my mind is in a whirlwind. Am extremely stressed right now as I stupidly forgot how incredibly soon a certain exhibition deadline is. I will only be able to (maybe) finish one piece, out of my planned three. That pisses me off as I normally work in threes. Maybe this will be a learning experience. But argh, smart on me to decide on doing something not only very time intensive but also very painful physically. Carpal Tunnel anyone? Books? Thom Hartmann - Unequal Protection Fareed Zakaria - The Future of Freedom Andrew Motion - The Invention of Dr. Cake

Tuesday, July 15, 2003

This weekend was pretty much a drug weekend, I tried for the first time to be on alone, in the morning, just me and my stereo and for the first time I heard my irdial music, while beeing on E. It was FANTASTIC, wearing headphones, so I could hear it very loudly! And I lost track of time, 4 min of music, became a beautiful journey into feelings, that felt like hours, days what ever, the 4th demension just disappeared. I have never tried to get lost in music that intence (besides when I was a kid and played the violin)
It is summer, I havnt been near a computer for long time. But I have been playing mario party 4. with no sounds, but my irdial music. Perfect game music is truly PERFECT for gaming - I got quite supprised, that it was THAT perfect! I have never been gaming that much, but the other day I tried it with the drug AMT (just a little), and it was a great.
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Hey Anthony, my Freeplay radio charges just great on the windowsill in central England. No winding needed! Not a huge step admittedly, but it really is amazing to NEVER have to worry about batteries. A real "wireless" experience. Now I need to find a decent solar charger for my AAs, since my new Sony shortwave receiver goes for about a week on a set, which would be plenty of time for solar charging a backup set in the meantime. One thing about Ni-Cads though is they tend to go dead very quickly, whereas alkalines sort of fade off (in as much as anything fades off with digital equipment).
'Proven' comparison of wind and solar
solar power is obviously a boon for those living in Iowa, but would be next-to-useless for someone living in the middle of Dartmoor; a small turbine fixed onto the roof, however, as you suggected Mary, would be ideal, and i suspect, readily taken up
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And wind farms would be even better if they had psychokinetic patterns
That was no coincidence Chris J. It was the divine power of...well, okay maybe it was. I love Thomas Dolby, he is fab. Anyway, I think the cap on electricity is a great idea, and I feel that those of us who support windpower would not object to it. But whatever you do with electricity, it has to be generated at some point, and I guess the main concern of the windpower lovers is that it appears to be "green" and "free". I have a particular fondness for harnessing the wind. In 1991 I built a small savonius rotor from a paint can and a bicycle wheel. It was lovely watching it go round. I also recall visiting a friend of my fathers out in Lincolnshire, who had his own wind farm. Giant hand made rotors which he winched up himself on these big towers. They charged a wall of old British Telecom batteries in his workshop where he was a carpenter. Being out in Lincs they had the land to do that and not bother anyone else. But it was marvellous to see it in action.
Given this, what do you think I think about Tidal Power? Dead in the water? Solar power beats wind power by a long shot, but I wonder what the embodied energy of a panel is (why it is so expensive presumably) they come with a meter you pay Shell for the electricity that the sun generates It's like these houses with natural wells that have to pay the water rates.
What's your view on solar power, tidal power? Solar power is simply the most wonderful way to make electricity. Panels can be integrated into buildings beautifully and they collect heat for your hot water AND electricity from the same surface. Passive solar heating of your house interior is done by simply letting the sunshine in through your windows. Its elegant, its silent, its powerful, its private. Even when its distributed for communities, look at some facts: If 1000 acres of Iowa land were covered with solar panels, the energy produced would: * equal the energy use of 111,000 homes * displace the consumption of 438,480 tons of coal per year * keep $10.9 million from being exported from Iowa to pay for fossil fuels * avoid 1,200,000 tons of CO2 per year * avoid 2,900 tons of NOx per year * avoid 33,000 tons of SOx ozone and carbon monoxide (CO) Solar-thermal systems collect the sun's heat to warm buildings, heat water, dry crops or destroy waste. Solar heating has been used in the United States for more than a century, with the first patent issued in 1891. Currently, more than 1.2 million buildings in the nation have solar water-heating systems, along with 250,000 solar-heated swimming pools. The amount of sunlight in Iowa will support most solar hot-water systems, even during winter months. Thats impressive. In France, you can get a grant to have your house "solared" - thats money well spent. Each house that reduces its drain on the grid is a good thing, and since solar panels are "expensive" there is a barrier to entry to most folks. Speaking of scams, Shell is planning to develop solar systems that they install in your home for you. You dont own them; they come with a meter you pay Shell for the electricity that the sun generates........a perpetual money making machine! Given this, what do you think I think about Tidal Power?
Banksy exhibition, 18th - 21st July, London. Register at http://www.banksy.co.uk/turfwar for location.
that's the funny thing though alex, it's intermittant. I think it might be down to either Mozilla or operator error.........my money's on the latter. Curious. Capt Dav quoted the first verse from a Thomas Dolby tune last week and the topic has come up in discussion.....Windpower.
When I try to access certain sites an alert pops up and says that the domain could not be resolved. It's done this on Blogger and Google. Sounds like a DNS issue to me. Could be something to do with your ISP. Try pinging google.com and see if it resolves. (on the commandline type: ping google.com)

Monday, July 14, 2003

I saw this windmill on my trip to Ontario. Lovely. It powers about 600 homes. If we do some simple math, does this mean that a windmill 1/600th the size of this one could power my home? I think that would be the ultimate, a distributed model, though in Vancouver, a water-wheel would be more appropriate. It's certainly another example of human nature: a good idea, starts small, gets developed to its most massive, imposing scale, and those opposed (must?) fight back in physically destructive ways to make change. Are we ever going to get to another way of doing things?
Building wind farms is a scam . Companies get hundreds of millions in funding from central governments. just like nuclear power. In a fair world there would be no need for grants, but as you put electricity is underpriced (you can buy more expensive 'green' electricity, if you wish - but that avoids the central issue of standard electricity being underpriced) 'New' alternatives have a handicap because people aren't in a position/corner where they can act correctly, the door with the low handle is only a cupboard - you'll have to strectch at the other one to get outside. Or let me have a stool. And is the floor sinking? It has to be better to give wind power a chance now rather than in 15-30 years when the UKs fossils fuels become too expensive to extract when we would get supremely ripped off - even if that means grant aid - ideally raised through taxes on pollution emissions (or not pissing about with other countries). 'The polluter pays' - at present the UKs airborne pollution goes to Scandinavia and we have given future generations catacombs of nuclear waste. Of course people don't want the sound of wind turbines (as a preference) but if they wanted to hear them less they could consume less electricity. And because building wind farms is a scam doesn't mean wind power is necessarily a scam. ... and we will not have to suffer these dreadful windtowers spoiling the land and seascape for generations. The alternatives being? Fossil fuels will run out no matter what you tell people. What's your view on solar power, tidal power? Maybe I'm warped but I don't find them unattractive. There's some nice ones on Simon Fisher Turner's 'Swift' CD/DVD Did you know that there are groups of people who go out with crossbows and long lengths of steel cable, who shoot at wind turbines? They don't have my sympathy. People would soon put a stop to it if it was their only supply. Don Q. tilted at windmills and it didn't do him much good.
I keep getting strange errors from Mozilla [1.4]. When I try to access certain sites an alert pops up and says that the domain could not be resolved. It's done this on Blogger and Google. anyone else get this?
more books: Ive just started reading "Web of deceit - Britain's real role in the world" by Mark Curtis. "Tragically I was an only twin" - The complete Peter Cook. A collection of all his writings. "Perfume" - Patrick S�sskind "A truth's initial commotion is directly proportional to how deeply the lie was believed. It wasn't the world being round that agitated people, but that the world wasn't flat. When a well-packaged web of lies has been sold to the massesover generations, the truth will seem utterly preposterous and its speaker a raving lunatic" - Dresden James
Who says European culture isn't entertaining anymore?[...] http://www.nypost.com/postopinion/opedcolumnists/385.htm

Windpower for one in six UK homes by 2010

[...]The wind farms will all be sited about five miles from the coast, and will take account of any areas of special interest such as bird sanctuaries. They could consist of up to 300 turbines each, but Ms Hewitt said they would be far enough offshore not to be noticed from the coast. [...] hmmmmmmmmm "While we all want more electricity to be generated from all forms of renewable sources, offshore wind requires enormous capital investment and carries high transmission costs," he said. "Claiming that one home in six could be supplied with electricity generated by offshore wind power sets a new standard of absurdity." [...] The Guardian suck it and see!
Sony Pictures Digital has struck an agreement to purchase all of Sonic Foundry's desktop software products and related assets. CULVER CITY, Calif. & MADISON, Wis. � Sony Pictures Digital and Sonic Foundry�, Inc. (NASDAQ: SOFO) announced today Sony Pictures Digital has struck an agreement to purchase all of Sonic Foundry's desktop software products and related assets for $18 million cash and assumption of certain trade payables, accrued liabilities and capital leases associated with the desktop software business. The acquisition of Sonic Foundry's desktop software follows the recent retail release of Sony Pictures Digital's Screenblast� Movie Studio� and Screenblast� Music Studio� video and music-mixing applications created in conjunction with Sonic Foundry's award-winning software team. Sale of the desktop software assets includes Sonic Foundry's popular, industry-leading ACID�, Sound Forge� and Vegas� series of software products, as well as other related assets. Sony anticipates maintaining the group's Madison, Wis. base. The Board of Directors of Sonic Foundry has approved the transaction and certain shareholders have agreed to vote their shares in favor of the sale. Approval of the agreement may be subject to Sonic Foundry shareholder approval and other various conditions (see details below). "During the past three years, we have come to recognize and admire Sonic Foundry's engineering expertise and value their software applications. We are excited to integrate this world-class team and their products into our ongoing efforts to produce and deliver the next generation of consumer entertainment services," said Patrick Kennedy, executive vice president of Sony Pictures Digital. "The sale of our music and video digital software products is a key milestone in Sonic Foundry's history," said Rimas Buinevicius, chairman and CEO of Sonic Foundry. "We couldn't pick a better partner than Sony Pictures Digital to carry on the same passion and success we've achieved over the past 12 years," he said. "Consummation of this agreement will give us the cash we need to pay our debt and allow us to focus our attention on writing the next successful chapter of Sonic Foundry's story - rich media - and building upon the early success we've already achieved with our Web presentation solution, Media Site Live�."[...] http://www.sonicfoundry.com/news/ShowRelease.asp?ReleaseID=536
Alas, living in Blighty so much has to be made more efficient. Simply replace $var1 and $var2 in the statement above with alternatives from the lists below to create an equally valid statement. lets try it: The whole transport system has to be made more efficient, and the wasteful car driving culture has to be controlled. Simply banning the manufacture cutting the numbers of cars would reduce the amount of road capacity needed dramatically The sentence fits. The variables fit. Its all true! Since the congestion charge has been running in London, the roads around where we travel have been transformed for the better. All it took is someone with some guts to do what needed to be done. They are talking about making the M25 a 4 lane highway. Only a complete idiot would think that the roads can be expanded indefinetly. Just when does anyone think that someone will say "we cannot buld new anymore"? When every last blade of grass has been Tarmac'd? When all the roads abut all the other roads? when everyone in the UK lives in the sea because the car is the main inhabitant of the UK? Building wind farms is a scam. Companies get hundreds of millions in funding from central governments (both here and in France) to build these windfarms, which are not commercially viable. Its another way for slick dudes to swindle the public, and its all done in the guise of environmentalism and clean energy. The fact of the matter is that electricity is too cheap when it is priced correctly, wind farms will be commercially viable, and you wont have to pay someone to put up a farm, they will grow out of theground like giant beating trees. Anyone who has heard these things knows what I am talking about when I use the word "beating".... Someone has to stand up and say: "there is no more electricity". Then, the price will start to adjust itself according to demand, the market for high efficiency bulbs and "dead man" / "no one here switches" will explode, and we will not have to suffer these dreadful windtowers spoiling the land and seascape for generations. Did you know that there are groups of people who go out with crossbows and long lengths of steel cable, who shoot at wind turbines? Turbines are very delicate, and once they are wound up with many meters of steel cable all sucken (yes, sucken) into their gears and gubbins, costs $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$ to repair....all it takes is 4 guys with crossbows & cables, and a farm can be put out of action for many many weeks. Its already happening....spanners in the works!
Wow, Ben, I rarely hear anyone mention Charles Biederman. His theories on abstraction in art and what it means for us as a species are enlightening. My good friend Chris Benincasa is making a documentary on him and has visited his home in Red Wing, Minnesota several times to shoot video and interview. I have been a major fan of Guy Davenport's work for some time now. His collection of essays, The Geography of the Imagination is an incredible foray into the possibilities of the human mind in the arts and sciences. His short stories put his theories to work while culling from social utopian concepts to create modern worlds of fun, love, seeing, sex, creation and harmony. Starting with the Jules Verne Steam Balloon could do you no harm. While in Los Angeles I read Chinua Achebe's selected essays under the collected title Hopes and Impediments. Wonderful insights into imagination and the possibilities and responsbilities of modern fiction writing.
Audiopad Audiopad is something I have developed with electronic musician and fellow Media Lab graduate student Ben Recht. It is a composition and performance instrument for electronic music which tracks the positions of objects on a tabletop surface and converts their motion into music. One can pull sounds from a giant set of samples, juxtapose archived recordings against warm synthetic melodies, cut between drum loops to create new beats, and apply digital processing all at the same time on the same table. Audiopad not only allows for spontaneous reinterpretation of musical compositions, but also creates a visual and tactile dialogue between itself, the performer, and the audience. Audiopad has a matrix of antenna elements which track the positions of electronically tagged objects on a tabletop surface. Software translates the position information into music and graphical feedback on the tabletop. Each object represents either a musical track or a microphone. WATCH THE VIDEO
um, green with envy?
The whole $var1 has to be made more efficient, and the wasteful end users have to be controlled. Simply banning the manufacture of $var2 would reduce the amount of capacity needed dramatically Alas, living in Blighty so much has to be made more efficient. Simply replace $var1 and $var2 in the statement above with alternatives from the lists below to create an equally valid statement. $var1,$var2 rail network, away matches road network, tractors telephone network, 56k modems water supply system, large toilets local transport infrastructure, beer supermarket checkout lane concept, individually packed yoghurts music festival, indie bands You can of course make up your own $var1, $var2 items, even if you don't live in the UK.
If I were king ... there would be wind farms hither and thither. I grew up in Cumbria and the noise of fighter plane training is the most annoying noise (aside from tourists). Far better to have wind farms in the Irish sea than the discharge from Sellafield (loss maker). There's ACRES of space here up north where these things could go if noone wanted to see them. ---- just found this: http://www.gnn.gov.uk/
unbelievably good piece of news http://www.countryguardian.net/case.htm "The noise from a wind turbine comes from both the mechanical gearing and from the aerodynamic properties of the rotating blades. The former can to a degree be controlled and insulated and some makes of turbine are quieter than others. The more intrusive noise comes from the effects of the blade moving through the air and the industry has had virtually no success in controlling this. Indeed, it has probably not tried seriously to do so. The web site of the VESTAS turbine manufacturer is revealing: "The new design allows the blades to cut so aggressively through the wind that the kilowatt counter runs as much as 17 - 19% faster than even its highly competitive predecessor. Development work on this turbine has focused on one factor: profitability." [Country Guardian's italics - and it should be noted that these are the latest machines, a fact which undermines the industry's claim that only the early machines created significant noise levels. Theses turbines were erected at Ireleth in Cumbria and in 1999 The Westmorland Gazette reported: "Barrow's chief environmental health officer said the council was taking action against the noise nuisance."]"[...] Hmmm the NIMBYs are rustling! The whole electricity grid has to be made more efficient, and the wasteful end users have to be controlled. Simply banning the manufacture of wasteful light bulbs would reduce the amount of capacity needed dramatically. There are light bulbs available now that can produce the same amount of light as ordinary incandescents for 60% less electricity. Forbidding the manufacture of these juice gobbling is an obvious first step. There is enough electricity produced already, if we make efficient use of it, we dont have to find more sources to feed increasing demand; increased effeciency should slacken off the pressure. Then there is the problem of the transmission lines, which are horribly inneficient. These all need to be replaced with cables that are near transparent as possible in terms of juice loss. It will cost billions to retrofit the entire grid, but surely this is a better thing to spend money on than COLONIZING OTHER COUNTRIES...right?
for windfarms ... what an unbelievably good piece of news to wake to on a monday morning ... it would be just incredible if we could pull this off
meau are you FOR or AGAINST windfarms?
"Creative genius and crime express themselves ..." don't know how crime would fit into this, but i had a thought along these lines some time ago ... that the "mark-making" is, at some level, a mating call, in the way that male birds will work to create the best-looking nest ; once a mate has been attracted, the goal has been achieved, territory staked out, what have you, so the necessity to urinate on lamposts is removed ... actually, crime would fit into the theory at the "biggest, baddest alpha in the pack" level .... maybe
"stomach flora that is being killed"
wind farms
"Now does he feel his secret murders sticking on his hands; now minutely revolts upbraid his faith-breach; those he commands move only in command, nothing in love: now does he feel his title hang loose about him, like a giant's robe upon a dwarfish thief." Want a US president who can blog? http://www.blogforamerica.com/ Pumped up full of vitamins On account of all the seriousness Summer sickness. Bastille Day!
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This is a picture of an "Iranian" man demonstrating in the USA, for "regime change" in Iran. Someone set me straight; this guy ALREADY LIVES IN A DEMOCRACY right? He lives in a democracy, he has access to the entire world, and inside the continental USA every type of landscape imaginable. WHY DOESNT HE MIND HIS OWN BUSINESS and STFU??
OULIPO "The more constraints one imposes, the more one frees oneself of the chains that shackle the spirit... the arbitrariness of the constraint only serves to obtain precision of execution." Igor Stravinsky Anthony! Phil!
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Sunday, July 13, 2003

Montserrat visible light:
re: books:: i'm about to end Jose Saramago: "Blindness" [Panther] ..OK, but not great. recommendations:: Thomas Pynchon: "Gravity's Rainbow" ..if you have a LOT of spare time..and perseverance i keep dipping into this collection of letters, which show great moments of clarity and insight by Bohm; less so from the artist Biedermann.. David Bohm & Charles Biedermann: "Bohm-Biedermann correspondance (creativity and science)" [Routledge] for sheer bloody-mindedness: Jose Luis Castiilejo: "The Book of J's" and "TLALAATALA" [alga marghen] Both come with audio documents [cdr and lp, respectively] of their 'readings'. Atlas press seem to publish a lot of good things. books on cd:: this also gets dipped into every now and then, John Cage: "diary: how to improve the world (you will only make matters worse)" 8cd [wergo] Some of these also seem interesting, if you speak the language. the 'to read' pile:: Rene Daumal: "A Night of Serious Drinking" "The Tibetan Book of The Dead" W.Y.Evans-Went (editor) [on recommendation] "Empire" Hardt/Negri
MP3 creator speaks out "I don't like the Napster idea that all music should be free to everybody." http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/technology/3059775.stm
yay me.
Which Donnie Darko character are you? by Shay I wanted to be Frank, but I turned out to be a peado.

Which Donnie Darko character are you? by Shay

Saturday, July 12, 2003

My shopping list includes 'Derek Jarmans Garden'... 'Dancing Ledge' 'The Last of England' and 'Modern Nature' are all good too, mainly based around diary entries during films being made etc. and other thought provoking musings. what else springs to mind of recent....Raymond Roussell's 'Locus Solus' and 'Impressions of Africa' for classic surrealistic text, Georges Bataille's fiction and essays are always also worth it for a spot of mind mangling with purpose. Hubert Selby Jr's 'The Room' for sheer hell on a page is hard to top...unless Klaus Kinski's autobiography can be counted here (someone should make a film of that book, cough, splutter....) a.these
I just had my electric and gas meters read. London Electricity has aparenty been bought by Electricit� de France. "Bright sparks GOOD to hear that creativity is not dead. Electricit� de France (EDF), the owner of London Electricity, launched its new brand this week, renaming itself the truly inspired EDF Energy. The no-nonsense name replaces the myriad brands that made up the old London Electricity group. What a pity that Interbrand�s consultancy fee of �2 million wasn�t quite as modest. " The Times hmmmm looks like they were using internet exploder when they came up with the new identitiy!

How Mr Willcock's brush with Pc Muckle struck a blow for freedom

By Philip Johnston (Filed: 12/07/2003) If opponents of identity cards want a champion, they need look no further than the late Clarence Henry Willcock. He was the last person prosecuted in Britain for refusing to produce his wartime ID card and he spearheaded a public campaign that led to their abolition 50 years ago. Next week, David Blunkett will seek to revive the idea. What neither he nor anyone else knows is whether the spiritual heirs of Mr Willcock propose to stand in his way. Are the British of the 21st century less protective of their liberties than their forefathers? Mr Willcock, like Mr Blunkett a Yorkshireman, considered that the State needed a very good reason - such as a war - to require a free-born British subject to possess an identity card. For Mr Willcock, being asked to produce an identity card five years after the emergency that made them necessary had ended was a straightforward infringement of his liberty. ID cards were introduced in 1939 but remained in use after the war to help in the administration of food rationing. The Labour government professed to find them distasteful yet did nothing to hasten their demise. The police had powers to see ID cards in certain circumstances. If an individual did not have one when asked, it had to be produced at a police station within two days. This was where the law stood when Mr Willcock, 54, was stopped by Pc Harold Muckle as he drove in Finchley, north London, on Dec 7, 1950. The constable asked him to produce his national registration card. Mr Willcock refused. Pc Muckle then issued him with a form to produce the card at any police station within two days. When he had failed to produce his identity card at a police station, Mr Willcock was charged under the provisions of the National Registration Act 1939. In the magistrates' court, he argued that the emergency legislation was now redundant because the emergency was clearly at an end. The magistrates convicted Mr Willcock, as they were obliged to, but gave him an absolute discharge. He decided to test the law in the higher courts. Each found against him on the grounds that the statute remained in force and could only be reversed by an Order in Council. In 1951, the Tories won the general election, and abolished ID cards the following year. Mr Willcock lived just long enough to see them go. He dropped dead in the National Liberal Club in December 1952 while debating the case against socialism.
Finally, can anyone recommend some good books? as I said before, Empire, Antonio Negri http://www.hup.harvard.edu/catalog/HAREMI.html is what I will be reading this summer, as well as catching up with Baudrillard and re reading the Bhagavad Gita. My shopping list includes 'Derek Jarmans Garden' I read this, read it. sooooooo many recommendations to give... Now now, we know better than that!
Pity the rich, only they know the pain of affluenza. Books...... I'll read anything good. Recent and memorable... the R.H. Blyth Haiku books go straight to the heart, Mark Leyner 'My Cousin My gastroenterologist' and others, original World At War book from the TV series, Gibsons latest, PK Dick, Simon Schama's history of Britain series, 'Damned to Fame' the Beckett biography, 'Myself When I Am Real' the Mingus biography, Graham Greene... Feel free to recommend anything and I'll give it a go. My shopping list includes 'Derek Jarmans Garden', The Golden Bough by Sir James George Frazer, more Harry Crews ('he hit me, and it felt like a kiss')... Thanks!
Finally, can anyone recommend some good books? posted by Alun Kirby , 6:09 PM ------------------------------------------------------------------------ where do you want to start? fiction, sci-fi, philosophy, psychology, biography... what was the last thing you read that you really got something from? sooooooo many recommendations to give...

Friday, July 11, 2003

Marriage may tame genius Thursday, 10 July 2003 Creative genius and crime express themselves early in men but both are turned off almost like a tap if a man gets married and has children, a study says. Satoshi Kanazawa, a psychologist at the University of Canterbury in New Zealand, compiled a database of the biographies of 280 great scientists, noting their age at the time when they made their greatest work. The data remarkably concur with the brutal observation made by Albert Einstein, who wrote in 1942: "A person who has not made his great contribution to science before the age of 30 will never do so." "Scientific productivity indeed fades with age," Dr Kanazawa says. "Two-thirds (of all scientists) will have made their most significant contributions before their mid-30s." But, regardless of age, the great minds who married virtually kissed goodbye to making any further glorious additions to their CV. Within five years of making their nuptial vows, nearly a quarter of married scientists had made their last significant contribution to history's hall of fame. [...] uh oh
Not Wanted On the Voyage Timothy Findley
What's in the fridgeIn 'da Fridge In our fridge there is (this is no joke):
  • three pots of margerine, all different brands
  • old lettuce
  • eggs
  • french cheese
  • red bell pepper, probably quite old now
  • parmesan
  • couple of pots of salsa
  • marmalade
  • various condiments, mostly of the mayonnaise variety
  • orange juice
  • two cans of castlemain xxxx
  • milk, water and more condiments in the door
  • and finally... some gay porn
not quite sure how or where the gay porn came from, but there you are.
re stomach flora... you're quite probably right. Finding the proof would be nigh on impossible though. All one can do is... unclench those cheeks. Related: fluoridated toothpaste is useless, and all the manufacturers know so. There's so much fluoridation (in water) nowadays that rubbing more in is simply overkill. Like turning your amp to 11 or 'giving 110% effort'. Anyway, it's summer!!!!!!!!!! Time for SKA Time for margheritas So get drunk and start skankin' Other music that's best in summer.... Stone Roses, Saint Etienne... blah blah I need a beer. Still at work.... Finally, can anyone recommend some good books?
bit anal with regard to cleanliness there must be some stomach flora that is being killed; probably by toothpaste or household bleach / disinfectant that is causing this spike in severe allergies. someone needs to correlate the introduction of each surficant and optical whitener etc that has been introduced in the last 50 years, against the figures on the rise of severe food allergies. or something like that....
Some allergies can be outgrown... apparently kids can get egg (albumin) allergy quite often, but this is outgrown by the age of 4 or 5 in most cases. There are now many demographic and epidemiological studies on food (and other atopic) allergies, partiularly in children. Most done over the last few years, since the advent of the 'hygiene hypothesis'. So the HH has lots of circumstantial evidence, but no direct proof. One interesting review I saw today looked at allergies in many coutries and found that Scandinavians were most afflicted with these symptoms... Swedes mostly... it implies some cultural aspects of the Swedish family are, well, a bit anal with regard to cleanliness. Northern Germans were not far behind.
Toronto team says charcoal limits peanut allergy shock Michael Higgins National Post, with files from news services Canadian doctors have discovered that a substance readily available at most pharmacies could prove to be a life-saver for people suffering from potentially fatal peanut allergy. Activated charcoal has been used for years to treat the effects of poison, but Dr. Peter Vadas of St. Michael's Hospital in Toronto said it can "put the brakes" on an allergic peanut reaction. If taken early enough, the activated charcoal acts on the peanut protein in the stomach and prevents the allergen entering the bloodstream and causing the severe reaction. "This provides us with another tool for treating the reaction. Even more than that, it is also a means of very effectively nipping in the bud the reactions when they are still at a very mild stage," said Dr. Vadas, director of the Division of Allergy and Clinical Immunology, where the discovery was made.[...] Canada.com
mail it to me please.... and this was in today's telegraph: Children 'can grow out of peanut risk' By Roger Highfield (Filed: 11/07/2003) Children who have a severe reaction to peanuts can outgrow their allergy, a study says. It recommends routine re-testing of sufferers. The allergy affects up to two per cent of young children. It can be triggered by as little as 1/1000th of a peanut and is the leading cause of anaphylaxis, which can constrict airways in the lungs, severely lower blood pressure, cause swelling of the tongue or throat and sometimes even death. In a study of 80 children aged from four to 14 with well-documented peanut allergies, researchers found that some children lost their potentially life-threatening complaint. Among those who did, there was a low risk of recurrence. The findings by a team at Johns Hopkins children's centre and Arkansas children's hospital were published yesterday in the Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology. Dr Robert Wood, the senior author of the report, said: "We once thought peanut allergy was a lifelong problem but now believe that those with low levels of allergy antibodies may outgrow it. "Because of the tremendous burden peanut allergy can cause for children and their families, I recommend that children with it be re-tested regularly: every one or two years."
The Hygiene Hypothesis If you can't get the link, tell me and I'll send a pdf.
KNOW YOUR ENEMY
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'Honor Bound To Defend Freedom'?????!!!!!!!!?!??!!!!! Who said Americans don't do irony...!? Apart from spelling honour wrongly.....