Tuesday, September 30, 2003

I just recently got turned on to Macoun apples: They are incredibly crisp but have this playful sweet / sour (a la Granny Smith) interaction going on. I have one packed for lunch today and I can't wait to crack into it. They are wonderful with raw almond butter, too.
Detail of a polaroid tweak by me.
"EAT IT!", she says
Dub side of the moon
Get well soon, Alan and happy belated birthday to Sarah. 4 people I know have birthdays over this week. 2 were on Saturday. 1 was on Sunday and the other is on Thursday. They had a joint party on Sunday, which was fun. The Diamond Invention Tube snip causes blocked Tube
It would have to be very expensive for me to do that, CD. --- Meditation on inevitable death should be performed daily. Every day when one�s body and mind are at peace, one should meditate upon being ripped apart by arrows, muskets, spears and swords, being carried away by surging waves, being thrown into the midst of a great fire, being struck by lightning, being shaken to death by a great earthquake, falling from thousand-foot cliffs, dying of disease or committing seppuku at the death of one�s master. And every day without fail one should consider himself as dead. This is the way of the samurai
I've been - and still am - ill... some kind of flu feeling, exhausting, light-headed illness. I can't concentrate, can't work properly, can't seem to shake it off. Lack of sleep, of energy. Doctors, blood tests. And the rise from the subconscious of anxieties glossed over by real life, most obviously the constant presence of personal mortality. [Time passes] I think the only thing I want to say on this is... Once I'm better, whenever that may be, this mortality will be once again pushed aside, ignored, humoured and patted on the head as a patronising adult to a child. I've read widely and deeply on Zen, buddhism, life and death, religion. I understand the principle of knowing death, your own death, and the incorporation of this in everyday life to live completely. Whilst the knowledge is here, within me, I'm still not ready to apply it every day on a personal level. I can think of it, but I am still not comfortable with it. Almost, sometimes, but not quite. And this is not a series of greys. Almost is not at all. Sometimes is every moment. Not quite is a lack of existence. This weekend Sarah became 30. Brannagh in Mamet's 'Edmond' at the NT was fabulous. Cosi Fan Tutti at the Barbican sounded ridiculous sung in English. (When you understand the words, you forget to concentrate on the music) For a Few Dollars More, Billy Eliot, Shrek, Ghost World, The Two Towers. Turbot in Beurre Blanc, by my own hand. Steve Hatt, fishmonger on Essex Road, is always absolutely superb. Green and Black's organic chocolate. Illy, Montagny and Earl Grey to drink. Still ill though.

Monday, September 29, 2003

We Are Not Evil
meau meau, when was that Brook Drive photo taken? I think it must be quite old - I assume it's in front of your shop facing the IWM that's right... but the houses further down the road in the photo are older than the current housing block (I can't remember if it is visible from there). The cars say 72-75 most likely. It was found 'by accident' the shop at 112 would most likely be "Jean Ren�" at that time, specialists in wedding dresses...there were thousands of little pins everywhere when we moved in... Wasn't 'Come on Eileen' filmed in Brooke Drive? yes, indeed it was, quite a lot of filming goes on 'round these streets, the forthcoming Harry Potter did a stint up the road just before Christmas, the Bill have been 'round and abouts quite a bit too...
Get some used classical LPs Deutche Gramophon releases; unbelievable sound. Actually, I mean believable. Well I have a very soft spot for classical music, since I have played the violin.... I think there is a secondhand store around the block that have records from Deutche Gramophon.... Yeah!

Saturday, September 27, 2003

meau meau, when was that Brook Drive photo taken? I think it must be quite old - I assume it's in front of your shop facing the IWM but the houses further down the road in the photo are older than the current housing block (I can't remember if it is visible from there). The cars say 72-75 most likely. It was found 'by accident' You're standing right outside our shop, yes? maybe soon.
Mess, can you contact me 'off-blog' about that TG material, ta (andrew@theserecords.com)
meau meau, when was that Brook Drive photo taken? You're standing right outside our shop, yes? a.these
Captain Beefheart - Grow Fins [Rarities 1965-1982]

Friday, September 26, 2003

Get some used classical LPs Deutche Gramophon releases; unbelievable sound. Actually, I mean believable.
I JUST got my first turntable You are in for a treat! Vinyl is magical. Get some used classical LPs. There's no better way to listen to an orchestra outside the concert hall. My current turntable is on its way out. I've been meaning to get a new one. Been waiting for the right one to come around the corner on ebay or the classifieds...
"Please Please Please, how can I get hold of it? I JUST got my first turntable, so now I am going to buy vinyl... posted by Alison Khan , 10:16 AM" These Records still have copies...
"...any specific questions?? Yes, thank you. I have the chance to get CD-R copies of a few of the discs, and wondered if there were any particular highlights. Your help would be appreciated. posted by Mess Noone , 10:37 AM"... o.k. will give it another quick scan tomorrow and let you know...
This wasn't supposed to happen just yet, as far as I'm concerned. What a shame.
Bruce...in happier days! ""But being over here just a couple of days, seeing how well our troops and the allied troops are being received here, (I) think the Iraqi people are happy we're here," the Hollywood star said. [...] But the star later admitted he had not met many Iraqis because he had been travelling the country by helicopter....[and jumping out of burning buildings, blowing up terrorists whilst barefoot]
Dr Who is coming to get you Davros!
Hey! Hey! Hey, hey, hey! Macho, macho man (macho man) I've got to be, a macho man Macho, macho man I've got to be a macho! Ow....
Been listening to a bit of China Crisis lately.... This is emotion emotion less war a torn shirt and a long dead cause I can't sleep this kind of thing gets me down don't say walk I may lose my fear I could lose myself in this honesty I read all sorts of things there's so much to learn I've seen the hand that rushes in as it rush over you I could lose myself in this honesty
Groove IS in the heart Hardcore will NEVER die
Alice Lewis the real Alice, Lewis inspiration Alun, have you seen the movie "Dreamchild"?
...any specific questions??

Yes, thank you. I have the chance to get CD-R copies of a few of the discs, and wondered if there were any particular highlights. Your help would be appreciated.
I reread the Alice books a couple of weeks ago. It's interesting to note that some of the writing (much of it, in fact) is thought of as nonsense writing. Actually, it's logic writing. And logic can be the most nonsensical of all. This is most apparent in the literal interpretation of the language used by Alice by other characters, resulting in Alice's confusion. "Take some more tea," the March Hare said to Alice, very earnestly. "I've had nothing yet," Alice replied in an offended tone: "so I can't take more." "You mean you can't take less," said the hatter: "it's very easy to take more than nothing." "I know what you're thinking about," said Tweedledum; "but it isn't so, nohow." "Contrariwise," continued Tweedledee, "if it was so, it might be; and if it were so, it would be; but as it isn't, it ain't. That's logic."
There are two sides to this release: a blue label and a mustard label. The blue side: Aqua Regia Spy vs Spy (Cawley, Dyer, Major) The mustard side: Mrs. Mimi Majick Anthony Manning Any help? posted by Irdial Discs , 2:43 PM Please Please Please, how can I get hold of it? I JUST got my first turntable, so now I am going to buy vinyl...
More fiction, but this time by Lewis Carroll "...The Caterpillar was the first to speak. `What size do you want to be?' it asked. `Oh, I'm not particular as to size,' Alice hastily replied; `only one doesn't like changing so often, you know.' `I don't know,' said the Caterpillar. Alice said nothing: she had never been so much contradicted in her life before, and she felt that she was losing her temper. `Are you content now?' said the Caterpillar. `Well, I should like to be a little larger, sir, if you wouldn't mind,' said Alice: `three inches is such a wretched height to be.' `It is a very good height indeed!' said the Caterpillar angrily, rearing itself upright as it spoke (it was exactly three inches high). `But I'm not used to it!' pleaded poor Alice in a piteous tone. And she thought of herself, `I wish the creatures wouldn't be so easily offended!' `You'll get used to it in time,' said the Caterpillar; and it put the hookah into its mouth and began smoking again. This time Alice waited patiently until it chose to speak again. In a minute or two the Caterpillar took the hookah out of its mouth and yawned once or twice, and shook itself. Then it got down off the mushroom, and crawled away in the grass, merely remarking as it went, `One side will make you grow taller, and the other side will make you grow shorter.' `One side of what? The other side of what?' thought Alice to herself. `Of the mushroom,' said the Caterpillar, just as if she had asked it aloud; and in another moment it was out of sight. Alice remained looking thoughtfully at the mushroom for a minute, trying to make out which were the two sides of it; and as it was perfectly round, she found this a very difficult question. However, at last she stretched her arms round it as far as they would go, and broke off a bit of the edge with each hand. `And now which is which?' she said to herself..."
Sterling Ball, a jovial, plain-talking businessman, is CEO of Ernie Ball, the world's leading maker of premium guitar strings endorsed by generations of artists ranging from the likes of Eric Clapton to the dudes from Metallica. But since jettisoning all of Microsoft products three years ago, Ernie Ball has also gained notoriety as a company that dumped most of its proprietary software -- and still lived to tell the tale. In 2000, the Business Software Alliance conducted a raid and subsequent audit at the San Luis Obispo, California-based company that turned up a few dozen unlicensed copies of programs. Ball settled for $65,000, plus $35,000 in legal fees. But by then, the BSA, a trade group that helps enforce copyrights and licensing provisions for major business software makers, had put the company on the evening news and featured it in regional ads warning other businesses to monitor their software licences. Humiliated by the experience, Ball told his IT department he wanted Microsoft products out of his business within six months. "I said, 'I don't care if we have to buy 10,000 abacuses,'" recalled Ball, who recently addressed the LinuxWorld trade show. "We won't do business with someone who treats us poorly." Ball's IT crew settled on a potpourri of open-source software -- Red Hat's version of Linux, the OpenOffice office suite, Mozilla's Web browser -- plus a few proprietary applications that couldn't be duplicated by open source. Ball, whose father, Ernie, founded the company, says the transition was a breeze, and since then he's been happy to extol the virtues of open-source software to anyone who asks. He spoke with CNET News.com about his experience. Q: Can you start by giving us a brief rundown of how you became an open-source advocate? A: I became an open-source guy because we're a privately owned company, a family business that's been around for 30 years, making products and being a good member of society. We've never been sued, never had any problems paying our bills. And one day I got a call that there were armed marshals at my door talking about software licence compliance...I thought I was OK; I buy computers with licensed software. But my lawyer told me it could be pretty bad. The BSA had a program back then called "Nail Your Boss," where they encouraged disgruntled employees to report on their company...and that's what happened to us. Anyways, they basically shut us down...We were out of compliance I figure by about 8 percent (out of 72 desktops). How did that happen? We pass our old computers down. The guys in engineering need a new PC, so they get one and we pass theirs on to somebody doing clerical work. Well, if you don't wipe the hard drive on that PC, that's a violation. Even if they can tell a piece of software isn't being used, it's still a violation if it's on that hard drive. What I really thought is that you ought to treat people the way you want to be treated. I couldn't treat a customer the way Microsoft dealt with me...I went from being a pro-Microsoft guy to instantly being an anti-Microsoft guy. [...] ZDnet
[...]Finally, the court cited the so-called sleeping embryo theory in Islamic scholarship that says an infant can be in gestation for up to five years, in effect saying that Lawal could have conceived her child when she was still married. Lawal has identified her alleged sexual partner, Yahaya Mohammed, and said he promised to marry her. Mohammed, who also faced stoning, denied any responsibility and was acquitted for lack of evidence. To prove his guilt under Islamic law would have required testimonies of four people who witnessed the couple having sex.[...] http://www.charlotte.com/mld/observer/news/6864197.htm [...]We think that death by stoning is degrading human treatment.[...] http://www.brunei-online.com/bb/fri/sep26w21.htm
"Has anyone heard the TG24 boxed set? posted by Mess Noone , 10:16 AM " yes indeed, heard the whole thing, some of it many many years previous, other bits just with this box...any specific questions?? a.these

Thursday, September 25, 2003

Smart cards track commuters
Yes, imagine that... screwed by Bill to pay for third world healthcare we had no intention of paying for ourselves, and then whinging about it. Who'da thunk it? There are several big messages there. Weird words and phrases.
Iraq: the reality and rhetoric While this is shocking in and of itself, also try to think about how much money was spent/wasted in this pointless piece of careless violence and horror. Seven missiles. Tons of ammo. Aircraft operation and fuel. All that money to kill three farmers. Pretty awesome, eh? I'm going to go over there *points to a corner* and bash my head against the wall 50x. We are not an altruistic society. Well said, AK. We are a fucking selfish, piggish society. That's what capitalism (and/or corporate ownership) is all about. Grab all the money you can, who cares about anyone else. The poverty of millions is the result of the Individualistic economy mode (ie meritocracy). There is a very strong sentiment these days about there being no public good. People see public good as pointless. Why? Because it doesn't make money. Apparently money is the only thing that matters. Profit margins. People have been trained (?) to care about themselves and no one else (and furthermore, trained to feel that helping others is a pointless and futile cause). This is Capitalism. Again, head+wall, over there, after I stop bleeding this time. (addendum: people also do not care about art because it does not result in money or "progress" - the "liberal arts" are shunned as unproductive as they do not have a direct, consequential benefit that is GREEN)
I can 't concentrate.
manufacturers who distribute devices used to steal signals from DirecTV and DISH Network. Why does the FBI care so much about this shit? Because Murdoch et alia give huge wads of greenbacks away to those willing to tell the FBI to protect and enhance Murdoch et alia's gargantuan wads of greenbacks. Bill Gates and Charitable Donations �100 million here to wipe out malaria, �70 million there to combat Aids I don't care where it comes from... cos unfortunately it's not coming from our government, or from anyone else. The sad thing is it leaves Bill with only 45.83 BILLION POUNDS left in his current account. (Latest estimate). So thank you, all those forced to purchase Windoze, use Explor-urgh, and so on. 0.3% of Bill's cut is being spent on something worthwhile. There is no profit in third-world diseases. This is why more money is spent on marketing headache tablets than on combating leishmania, filiariasis, malaria... more than on providing clean water, on sex education, on mosquito nets... We are not an altruistic society. There is no moral capital gained in labelling Bill Gates with the same barcode every last one of us also bears. Work out what you have. Work out what you need. Give the rest away. Then go point your finger at Bill. I am no better than Bill. He is no better than me. I give around 0.6% of my gross income a year to charity by direct debit. Is that all I can spare? Is it? Really? The B+M Gates Foundation has �14 billion worth of assets. Imagine what can be done! Why worry where it's come from? (It's from the Western world. From us. Are we missing it?) US aid to Israel runs at 3 billion dollars per year. US aid to developing coutries is in the low hundreds of millions. Thats 11 bucks per US person to Israel! A valid, morally correct use of your tax and income? (While we're on it, remember there are people, and there are governments. Here is what some Israeli people are doing) Here's another view on Bill's filthy lucre. The debate about whether the Gates' philanthropy is tinged by self-interest will continue as long as they give money but ultimately, says Jacqueline Bataringaya, HIV/Aids director of the NGO ActionAid, it is irrelevant. "Their motives don't matter to mothers with sick children. I think the announcements this week will have a big impact. And they set an example to other rich people and governments." And here's another... There are at least 300 million acute cases of malaria each year globally, resulting in more than a million deaths. Around 90% of these deaths occur in Africa, mostly in young children. Malaria is Africa's leading cause of under-five mortality (20%) and constitutes 10% of the continent's overall disease burden. It accounts for 40% of public health expenditure, 30-50% of inpatient admissions, and up to 50% of outpatient visits in areas with high malaria transmission. And here's one more for the road... A child comatosed with Cerebral Malaria [One thing on the 'protecting the kids' bit... most kids won't be able to sign up as they won't have access to a credit card. A pinch of truth in the shit-stew?] Meanwhile.... Operation Iraqi Freedom ticks off another successful propaganda excercise. Good job it was all justified, what?
Has anyone heard the TG24 boxed set?
Its not working!!!: Bill Gates gets no ker-ching ker-ching from chat David Rowan The Times, 25/9/03 Bill Gates has always been a charitable kind of guy ? giving away �100 million here to wipe out malaria, �70 million there to combat Aids. So naturally, as a responsible father of three, Bill?s late-night instant messages to his wife, Melinda, have lately been fired with concern for the safety of innocent children. With paedophiles lurking behind every mouse-click, an altruist as public-spirited as Gates saw no alternative but to disconnect Microsoft?s internet chatrooms. No matter that 1.2 million British consumers might now defect to less principled rivals: its MSN network simply had to act ?to help safeguard the children?. Well, LOL!!, as they say in Bill?s chatrooms ? you might as well Laugh Out Loud at the man?s sheer audacity. Microsoft, never known for putting public interest before profits, had some far more pragmatic reasons for announcing its chatroom closures. The fact that it garnered millions of pounds worth of largely uncritical newspaper coverage in the process is merely an added bonus for this most single-mindedly revenue-driven of corporations... http://www.timesonline.co.uk/article/0,,3284-829690,00.html
Newsday.com - Music Industry May Have Sued Wrong Person

Wednesday, September 24, 2003

MacMerc.com Wardriver Wednesday Moblog Moblogging?
I brought a mate an "20AC" t-shirt and he sent me this picture.......he got 'life'
Ah yes!
Uh oh: http://labs.google.com/location?q=%22escort+agency%22&geo_near=new+york+new+york&Search=Google+Search
The story of Captain Midnight
Whitehead was indicted earlier this year as part of Operation Decrypt, an undercover FBI investigation that targeted computer programmers and hardware manufacturers who distribute devices used to steal signals from DirecTV and DISH Network. Why does the FBI care so much about this shit? Really you think they'd be trying most of their resources on, well, real threats. God, some people have their priorities in the wrong place ('people' in this case being the entire US system). Ever notice how harsh jail term/sentencing is for crimes involving property? A killer might get 25 years w/o parole if he's been really bad, but 30 years for stealing cable? Don't you think that's a bit harsh?
http://www.nbc4.tv/technology/2502786/detail.html September 22, 2003 LOS ANGELES -- In what prosecutors say was the first jury conviction ever under the Digital Millennium Copyright Act, a Florida man was convicted in Los Angeles of selling hardware used to pirate DirecTV broadcasts. Thomas Michael Whitehead, 38, of Boca Raton, was found guilty of one count of conspiracy, two counts of selling unlawful decryption devices and three counts of violating the DMCA, Assistant U.S. Attorney James Spertus said. Whitehead faces up to 30 years in prison and fines of up to $2.75 million when he is sentenced Jan. 26 by U.S. District Judge Christina Snyder. Spertus said Whitehead -- also known as Jungle Mike -- paid a co-conspirator $250 a month to continually update software to circumvent the latest DirecTV security measures. Whitehead then used the software to create and sell modified DirecTV access cards, the prosecutor said. The conduct violated the DMCA, which bars trafficking in technology primarily designed to get around security measures to access a copyrighted work. Whitehead was indicted earlier this year as part of Operation Decrypt, an undercover FBI investigation that targeted computer programmers and hardware manufacturers who distribute devices used to steal signals from DirecTV and DISH Network. Several other defendants in the case previously pleaded guilty to various charges, including violations of the DMCA, Spertus said.
We are living through a feast of motes and eyes; an orgy of stones and glass houses; a riot of kettles and pots. It is open season on the BBC, and the age of irony is surely dead. "Sack the hack," demands the Sun, labelling Andrew Gilligan "a second-rate journalist who cannot be trusted". Savour that for a moment. Roll it around your tongue and then thumb through the most recent research on who the public most trusts to tell the truth. Funnily enough, the BBC knocks the Sun out of the park. BBC1 scores 92%, the Sun 11%. Bend over backwards to be fair to Rupert Murdoch and exclude all but the Sun's own readers. Even then, it can barely scrape together a feeble 21%.
Josh, Your post about the speakers with the divider between reminded me of these that were reviewed in SoS in 2001. SoundonSound.com [Wow - the new blogger even pointed out that there was a tag missing off the HTML when I posted!!]
Do you think there is a direct relation between 'city centre liaison officers' and 'c' list celebrities for usefulness? A friend introduced me the other day to the delights of M.C. Pitman....I cant help thinking he is rapping about Carol, et al
we are sewing machines, in the material world, are sewing machines, in the material world, are sewing machines, in the material world, are sewing machines, in the material wooooooooooo-oooooooooooooo-oooooo-oooorld,

Sorrow as UFO expert dies, 49

Sep 24, 2003, 09:28:00 A leading UFO researcher and writer who gave a number of talks in the Black Country has died. Graham Birdsall, editor of UFO Magazine, died on September 19, two days after undergoing a seven hour operation following a brain haemorrhage. Tributes have been paid to 49-year-old Mr Birdsall, who lived with his family in Leeds, by members of the Stourbridge-based UFO Research Midlands group - Uform. Mr Birdsall was a guest of Uform on many occasions. A spokesman for the group said: "It is a sad loss to the UFO community and he will be missed by all. "He was a special friend to Uform and has helped us and guided us through the past nine years. "Members of Uform who will always remember him for his bluff humour and vociferous support of the UFO community." Mr Birdsall was the founder of Quest International, an organisation which organises UFO conferences and publishes research and footage. He leaves a wife Christine, daughters, Helen and Louise, granddaughter Katy, brother Mark and son-in-law Russel. Representatives from Uform will attend Mr Birdsall's funeral on September 30 at St Mary's Parish Church, Whitkirk, Leeds. Uform meets at The Bell Hotel in Market Street. Visit www.uform.org http://www.expressandstar.com/artman/publish/article_42680.shtml
what the fuck is a 'city centre liaison officer'? other than a twat in a fluorescent jacket and utility belt. we also have 'street wardens' in leeds so it obviously isn't whatever they do (which is not a traffic warden's job because we have these as well). And there are the common policemen so it isn't one of these either.
MICROSOFT CLOSE THE NET Sep 24 2003 Microsoft axes chatrooms to beat paedophile danger By Ruki Sayid ONE of Britain's biggest internet services, MSN UK, is closing its chatrooms to protect children from perverts prowling the net. Last night's announcement affects 11.6million chatroom users. They will be unable to log on from October 14. MSN, part of Bill Gates' Microsoft empire, will ban all free chatrooms, affecting 350million users worldwide. It is aimed at paedophiles who stalk chatrooms to groom kids for sex. Children's groups and campaigners have hailed it as a huge breakthrough. NSPCC internet safety expert Chris Atkinson said: "This will help close a major supply line for sex abusers." And Daily Mirror columnist and TV host Carol Vorderman, who campaigns about stranger danger on the internet, said: "This is fantastic news. "Chatrooms are not a necessary part of our society and teenagers do not need them to have a good time. "I hope other internet providers will now follow suit." But Freeserve, Britain's biggest internet provider, is continuing its own service and said the move would force users on to unprotected chat sites. A spokeswoman said: "Chat is one of the most popular tools on the internet and it's not going to go away. We invest in moderation of chat rooms for younger users, maybe MSN doesn't want to make this investment." MSN's director Gillian Kent told the Mirror she was appalled at the language used on teen chatrooms. She said: "I have a 10-year-old nephew and a four-year-old daughter and I was concerned how best to protect them in the future from such sites. "It has reached the point where the problem has become too serious to ignore and we have to take action." The Mirror Carol Vorderman Biography Carol was born 24th December 1960. Her primary school was St Mary's School, Rhyl, Wales. She attended Blessed Edward Jones High School, Rhyl, Wales before graduating from Sidney Sussex College, Cambridge with a Bachelor degree in Engineering. Carol, with an IQ of 154, then went on to obtain a Masters degree in Engineering, and has since established herself as TV's most popular science and technology presenter. Her television career began in 1982 with the launch of Countdown where Carol appeared as the numbers girl, calculating complicated mathematical problems. Since the launch of her television career in 1982 with Countdown, Carol Vorderman has gone on to present many other television shows including Mysteries with Carol Vorderman, Tomorrow's World, What Will They Think of Next and Dream house. [...] Have you, in your entire life, ever heard of anything as stupid as this? And this... creature is supposed to be an MA in engineering....astonishing.
I just had a heart attack!

Tuesday, September 23, 2003

Shurely that would be The Acoustic Family?
The Mariopaing 12" was an "off brief" set of tracks, where some of the restrictions of the LP were relaxed, hence, drum machines, extra production and non-Famicom sounds. The next Electric Family project was (is) going to be "The Electric Family: Ray Man" where the TEF go to the Ray Man shop, pick three instruments and make tracks under the tighest of restrictions.
�MARIOPAINT the 12 inch� (57ird tef1) is the best 12" in the world... Thanks Akin; Aqua Regia it is then -- Thanks. Was the only instrument used on this track the SNES/Famicom -- the tones seem too richly textured for an 8-bit box?
There are two sides to this release: a blue label and a mustard label. The blue side: Aqua Regia Spy vs Spy (Cawley, Dyer, Major) The mustard side: Mrs. Mimi Majick Anthony Manning Any help?

When the British fought off ID cards

By Ryan Dilley BBC News Online Compulsory ID cards are nothing new in the UK. They were issued to all British civilians during World War II. That is until one ordinary man said no. Clarence Willcock, a dry cleaner from suburban north London, must rank as one of the unlikeliest Davids ever to take on a Goliath. Mr Willcock was stopped on December 7 1950 while driving his car along Ballard's Lane by uniformed police constable Harold Muckle, who demanded to see the motorist's identity card. Mr Willcock refused. Pc Muckle told him to produce the compulsory card at the local station with 48 hours. "I will not produce it at any police station," Mr Willcock replied. With this act of defiance, Mr Willcock brought crashing down a giant bureaucracy which had, since the outbreak of World War II in 1939, forced an identity card on every civilian in the UK - man, woman and child. [...] BBC
�MARIOPAINT the 12 inch� (57ird tef1) is the best 12" in the world... First heard at Manchester's Bugged Out in '95 regularly played by the then resident DJ -- James Holroyd. After what seemed like a lifetime of searching through 2nd-hand vinyl shops, I obtained a copy by mail order from Irdial... One question that has always been bugging me is that no artist is credited for the main track... Who is it by? It sounds Aqua Regia-esque... To my ear it does not sound like its been recorded on a SNES/Famicom like the 'other' Electric Family release (which does)... (!discuss!) You MUST get hold of this.
BLOGDIAL: "Where the wild things are"

Monday, September 22, 2003

http://audio.muddle.de/ In short, Ambiophonics is a great way to listen to Stereo recordings of live events or even many studio productions. The ultimate goal is to achieve a "you are there" experience, that really lets you take part in the event. To do so, the distance between the speakers has to be minimized (creating a so-called Stereo Dipole) and some sort of barrier is set up between them to eliminate channel crosstalk � this can either be done electronically, employing a process known as active crosstalk-cancellation, or by using a real physical barrier. The latter should be fairly easy to accomplish � just use a large piece of cardboard, a wooden panel or even a door to separate the speakers. I did my first Ambiophonic experiments with great success using two small PC speakers on a table and a thin pillow in between, touching my nose. That's about all it takes to experience new acoustic dimensions. Though this setup may seem awkward and look funny to the observer, the impressive results that can be achieved through this simple modification do more than make up for this. Trust me � you'll never want to go back to the standard +/-30� Stereo triangle again. With the right kind of source material you will be able to experience a sound stage that can extend to the full frontal 180 degrees and even beyond. When I first listened to music the Ambiophonic way, I simply couldn't believe that what I heard was coming out of only two speakers, standing side by side.
Sorry, just started as a childrens librarian...
banana & vodka milkshake 2 bananas 3/4pt milk 8-10 fresh mint leaves blend add vodka to taste (at least a double shot) stir

Sunday, September 21, 2003

IDX1274.jeeran.com "The Conet Project Remix Session" (Limited Edition of 20 Hand #'ed Copies) Recorded Live In The Studio By IDX1274 April 25th, 26th & 27th, 2003 Source Material - Conet Project - Spy Stations (13 Miles Out - Un - #'ed) (Copyright 2003) Each CD Comes Housed In A Deluxe Hardcover Case Made and Decorated Entirely With Vintage Spy novels. No two are the same, Each Is Original. This series of recordings deals with such topics as: Espionage, Government Plots, CIA, FBI, Secret Services, Military Intelligence, Special Ops, Covert Actions, Coups, Overthrows & Governmental Takeovers, Spies, Para-Military Operations, War, Cover-Ups, Assassinations, Eavesdropping, Wire-Tapping, Satellite Communications, Codes And Encryption, Top Secret Identities And Political Wrong Doings. This CD was recorded live in the studio to a small group of invited guests. The sole source of the recordings is "The Conet Project", a set of recordings of covert & top secret multi-national spy "numbers" stations transmitted via short-wave radio. No countries will admit they operate any such stations, nor will they admit that they have intelligence or military running any such stations, now or ever. Yet these stations definitely do exists broadcasting various triple encoded series of repetitive and looping patterns consisting of such sources as letter/number patterns spoken in deliberately fake & various foreign languages - backwards middle eastern music - static - machine shop noise - morse type code - Bleeps - Blips - Clock Chimes - and even nonsensical grumblings. The patterns range from simple and obvious to obscure and almost impossible to see. It is believed that even the actual keys to the codes themselves are triple encoded as well, making deciphering impossible at best.

Friday, September 19, 2003



The Lancet Volume 362, Number 9388 20 September 2003 Editorial Have the police hijacked our DNA? When Kevin Morris, chairman of the UK Police Superintendents Association, said last week that every person in the UK should have their DNA profile entered onto the National DNA database, he may have unwittingly begun the public debate that governments and police have so far avoided. If so, this debate has happened far too late. The UK is advancing towards a national database--already 2 million records are held (out of a population of around 60 million people). The US national database, CORDIS, currently holds just over 1 400 000 samples (from a population of 250 million people)... Some uses of forensic DNA technology are uncontroversial. DNA profiling has a sadly increasing role in identifying victims of mass disasters and communal graves. But the use of DNA evidence in criminal cases, in particular the use of so-called cold hits to identify perpetrators, is worrisome. This technique involves attempting to match a DNA profile obtained from a crime scene against a DNA database. Police forces across the world claim that this technique has allowed them to solve many cases, some years old. In New York City police are going one step further. To prevent sex-offenders from using the statute of limitations to escape prosecution, where no match can be made to a person, the DNA itself will be charged with the offence. But this approach ignores the fundamental reason for a statute of limitations--in very old cases it is hard for defendants to defend themselves properly. It is strange that on this scientific issue, unlike many others, the general public seems willing to believe all it is told by governments and police... http://www.thelancet.com/journal/journal.isa
I could watch that video all day, Josh. The clip when the foxgloves are opening is just delightful. I am longing for more...

Wednesday, September 17, 2003

Renegade, PC Board, CCI net, Bluewave.....what a gas that was!
can you find my board? HINT
You must not listen to it. Listening to it, giving your time to it, and then talking about it with others gives it power. Ignore it. tell people that you ignore it.
there is no power ...except that taken. By whomsoever. By whatever means. Every time this crops up my mind swims with possibilities. However, I see no probabilities. I see no consequential action on a personal level, nor likelihood of organized action on a 'masses' level. (And would this not lead to the same thing, a circular revolution?). I can think of one group of people behaving as they will, disregarding accepted protocols, and these are the organised crime 'cartels', of whatever ilk. Listening to Prime Ministers Questions today (read a summary here), it is stunning how pointless these sessions are. No questions are answered, and the boys-school dining room atmosphere is, to say the least, patronising and embarrassing. Consider; On Iraq, Mr Kennedy referred to the recent report by the Intelligence and Security Committee which said the prime minister had been warned by the intelligence chiefs that war in that region could increase terrorism. He pressed the prime minister to say why he had not "played it straight" with the British people. Mr Blair said: "All I can tell you if you want it straight is the day we have the foreign policy run by the Liberal Democrats is the day this country really would be at risk." And the backbenches ROAR with laughter! I pray they are laughing at the sorry state of our 'parliament', and in disbelief at how easy the PM is allowed to behave in such a manner. It has come to something when the House of Lords is made to appear sensible, thoughtful, productive and intelligent by the House of Commons.
Make your own book
We are told All of this business, the Kelly "affair", Hoon, Bliar, the cabinet resignations, all of these are distractions. They are spontaneously crafted distractions to stop everyone reaching the conclusion that there is no power. The newspapers are willing and spontaneous accessories to this activity. The people who decry the manipulation of the media from inside it in op ed pieces are willing accomplices, for "how can the media be under manipulation if a dissenting voice can be transmitted by the very same controlled medium?" The core of the problem remains the same, as does the solution. The next step needs to be taken. The Stop the War coalition are a perfect example of what everyone should NOT be doing, i.e. business as usual. These are the only facts.
28th october M/Y gig as Sussex Arts Club in Brighton. In association with Radio One, so says Phil Minns
eBay item 3047584485 (Ends Sep-23-03 07:54:44 PDT) - Portable acoustic modem terminal old & wild Hot!
Shit shit, man. There is no love between us anymore. I'm not certain PWEI were thinking of the Blair government when they wrote their classic, but any love, trust, blind faith... whichever existed before has been ripped out, crushed and tossed aside by the actions of our government. These are public servants. Public. Servants. It has not served the British public to be taken into a war they did not want through manipulation, deceit, slight of hand, wordplay (which served Clinton so well, yes?)(although that brings to mind a previous Bell cartoon). Argh. Focus. Our government made their case for war based upon a selective presentation of intelligence (this does not imply facts, just 'intelligence'). A BBC reporter has a single source claiming an exaggeration of a particularly bad piece of intelligence, which happened to be the most 'threatening'. The government castigate this man, denouncing single sources along the way. Then! We are told that the contested 'intelligence' came from a single source. Not only that, but this single source had been told about it from an unidentified other single source. This is only one example. Everything I've heard, read and seen of the lead up to war, the fallout, Hutton inquiry and so on has reinforced every thought lurking back there somewhere that you cannot trust those in power. And, as is pointed out frequently, these people are only in power through 'our' will. I'm ranting and extremely incoherent today. A final thought: if the government is allowed to see the info and make a report as it sees fit, the opposition should also be able to do the same rather than relying on attacking just whta it is told by the government. Last, but not least; America wonders why the world hates it so? Was this action really necessary? The US puts another diversion in the road map to peace.
stonemirror: Persuasion and Bush's Use of Language
ajc.com | News | Artists blast record companies over lawsuits against downloaders

Tuesday, September 16, 2003

Blue Sky Research
hermenaut.com is good
Sound Toys
record mp3 streams as mp3 files get rid of the x from the url for other versions
Mary, as a start you should get a hold of Think Unix by John Lasser. I always recomend this book...great lessons, easy to read.... Blogger lofi....rocks!
There's a touching presentation about Jane Barbie at the end of "Network Sounds of the 70s part two" at the phonetrips page
Unix. Duh. I knew there was something I should be learning this fall ...

Monday, September 15, 2003

Ah ha, this looks like the hosts config I followed, but go with the macosxhints one as they are usually very good. I recommend that website a lot.
Ooh LoFi Blogger gets some nice buttons. File attachments, spell check and date/time & draft options in a slide out drawer. Hosts on OS X go in /etc/hosts use the terminal. One thing to remember about OS X, is that it is basically Unix (FreeBSD) and *most* things that apply for FreeBSD or another *nix flavour will apply to OS X. But they're all different as well. Once you've loaded in it there, you need to add it to your NetInfo database. If you're copying that big list it could take a long time depending on your machine. Maybe up to an hour. Instructions on all of this are here: http://www.macosxhints.com/article.php?story=20020829055513313 Actually that looks a bit easier than the version I followed when I did it, which I can't find now.
Hi Josh, The TCP/IP Control Panel: System Preferences/Network I think you could put the Hosts file in System/Library
Alex Tea (or anyone else that uses OSX and edits their Hosts file), I am trying to install the Host file from remember.mine.nu on my girlfriend's Mac and they recommend the following two methods: Macintosh method #1 Place the Mac Hosts file in the Preference folder. re-name it "Hosts" (exact case matters) shutdown, restart. Macintosh method #2 Copy the Mac Hosts file to your computer re-name it "Hosts". In the TCP/IP Control Panel, choose 'Select Hosts file' Select this file. Close and restart. I can find neither the preference folder (there is one in the OS9 folder, but not under OSX?) nor the TCP/IP Control Panel. Can anyone help?
The Top 25 Censored Media Stories of 2002-2003
'Look after the sense, and the sounds will look after themselves.' The Duchess, Alice in Wonderland.
Please spread this around: http://www.uwintin.org/
"There are only two roads, victory for the working class, freedom, or victory for the fascists which means tyranny. Both combatants know what's in store for the loser. We are ready to end fascism once and for all, even in spite of the Republican government." Of course, today there are no roads at all, only an all pervasive network stretched across a uniform and infinite plane, where loyalties, affiliations and the power that these spontaneously create belong only to The Mass - indefinable, finite, infinite in its capacity to absorb and disperse meaning, impenetrable, the source of the end of power.
How should we work these mixed tapes/CDs? Ready to burn
Bobs Punkt
butterflied lamb
My favourite childhood programme

Friday, September 12, 2003

The British public are the most spied upon people in the Western world
Octoroon to a racehorse at an wellness unnerved, it doesn't matter in what order the letters in a word are, the Olin impotent thing is that first and last letter is at the right pickle. The rest can be a total Moses and you can still read it outwit problem. This is buses we do not read ERP Iteter by it self but the word as a aloha. Cheery
Aoccdrnig to a rscheearch at an Elingsh uinervtisy, it deosn't mttaer in waht oredr the ltteers in a wrod are, the olny iprmoetnt tihng is that frist and lsat ltteer is at the rghit pclae. The rset can be a toatl mses and you can sitll raed it wouthit porbelm. Tihs is bcuseae we do not raed ervey lteter by it slef but the wrod as a wlohe. ceehiro
Started comp sci at university of copenhagen. so busy and so little time and oh god jesus lord. First kiss was with a girl I didn't feel attracted to and it was a stupid idea. I made sure to forget about it, but I still talk to her occasionally. I dunno if I hurt her feelings, I was too drunk and I'm an idiot. Then I went to America and had sex and that was pretty cool, even though I - again - was drunk as all hell and didn't really do a good job. It was okay though. I suppose that's what first times are like. All this happened after I gave up and decided to be celibate and whack off a lot seing as how no girls were interested in me. Yep, true story. I'll try to be here more...
Music is rotted one note
Check out the most talked about, coolest and sexiest photos in the news this week from Spanish catwalks to simulated terrorist attacks in our special gallery From the Tiscali UK front page
What do four-year-olds have in common with Frege? A theoretical and practical investigation of the false-belief task False-belief attribution is perhaps so interesting to us because it indicates something which we consider to be a significant and peculiarly human trait The basic idea is this: in order to correctly answer the key question in a false-belief task, the subject must set aside what he/she knows to currently be the case, and consider a situation that does not currently obtain - namely that which forms the content of the other�s false belief. Older children do this: by successfully reporting someone else�s (or their own previous) mistaken belief, they refer to a non-actual or outdated state of affairs, they �invoke some counterfactual situation� (Harris and Leevers, 2000) pdf googled
this reminds me of when I worked at a studio. We had a guy who had purchased an SM58 micrphone from the shop. He returned a couple of days later and complained it didn't work. He explained that he had cut the XLR connector off the lead and attached a mains plug.........
"The original St.John's church, a rendered stone building completed in 1841, is one of the oldest Roman Catholic churches in Australia. The cemetery contains the graves of many pioneers, including the farmer who carved his own tombstone - the date was added later. It reads: GLORIA IN AXCELSIS SACRED TO THE MEMEREY of JAMES RUSE WHO DEPARTED THIS LIFE SEPT 5TH IN THE YEAR OF HOURE LORD 1837 NATEF OF CORNWALL AND ARIVED IN THIS COLENEY BY THE FORST FLEET AGED 11 My mother read me tenderley With me she took much paines And when I arived in this coelney I sowd the forst grain AND NOW WITH MY HEVNLY FATHER I HOPE FOR EVER TO REMAIN

Thursday, September 11, 2003

Cassette deck for PC's
Manchester Police are to work with scientists to try to find new ways of tagging household items so they alert their owners when they are stolen. "This can then be used to gather information about that object - what it is, where it is, and what time of the day it is, and report that information [mm]." BBC News Obviously there are reasonable and unreasonable applications and implications of this - I'd like to be able to trace my missing stuff, but otherwise ... Your soul is worth �25929. For your peace of mind, 36% of people have a purer soul than you.
a fantastic opportunity: "Your soul is worth �51048. For your peace of mind, 12% of people have a purer soul than you."
An Interesting Day: President Bush's Movements and Actions on 9/11 A good, almost suffocatingly informative, article. Nicely referenced. black hole bass: remember the ancient Greeks' music schooling, how the the Pythagorean theory talked of the entire universe being music... there we go.
Big black holes sing bass

Wednesday, September 10, 2003

some unreal graffiti
And look what we've done with it. Food wrappers and soap operas now tell us to visit their websites. Money is pumped online by people who can't even spell HTML. All manner of pointless and irritating content is continually poured down the infinite hole of data, unfiltered and over-appreciated. In accepting freedom of speech, we can't hide from its consequences - which in this case is millions of terabytes of unreliable information, badly designed and clumsily written. We have failed our own creation and given birth something truly awful. We're just too busy cooing over the pram to notice.
Some strange video and Flash animations here. By chance I listened to this real audio clip of Keith Rowe and John Tilbury (of AMM fame) while watching the "Add Boiling Water" animation. What a great combination. Oh, be sure to use the real audio alternative player that Chris J recommended.
Your soul is worth �11074. For your peace of mind, 67% of people have a purer soul than you.
I hadn't done any live collage work for some time, but I'd been fooling with an idea that I came up with in the final days of my last job -- I figured out that the second Conet Project disc goes very well with the Ensemble ST-X performance of Iannis Xenakis' musical depiction of political demonstration Kraanerg, both time-wise and sound-wise. I've put them together at home several times since, in whole or in part. The juxtaposition between the two discs became the backbone of this collage. prismsonline.org
The bit about Madonna is very funny.
I am a 41-year old mother of three teenagers and former Radio Advertising Account Executive. I believe that the RIAA's new attempt to attack the consumer is despicable. Furthermore, my children are no longer allowed to purchase any CD from any artist or label which is a member of the RIAA as of this day. In fact, I am seriously considering beginning a local chapter here of boycott-RIAA.com to organize rallies and pickets of the major music retailers including Hastings & Wal-Mart, and any radio stations that play music of artists whose labels are members of the RIAA. gnutella news
Ben - got the CD today. Thanks! I suppose I should make you a mix CD as return favour. What should it be... hmm. Was looking through the magazines at the university today (spent over 3 hours in the magazine room) and I came accross "Baseline: International Typographics Magazine." In No. 40, there is an article by Caroline Archer titled "Tart Cards" which reminded me a lot of "The X Directory," with annotation. Cheeky.

Tuesday, September 09, 2003

First kiss was in the back of a theatre with an older girl who had the most gorgeous, long, curly hair. I was 14. And I still just LOVE to kiss. How should we work these mixed tapes/CDs? I think you should make a CD for someone different than you are recieving one from.
I remember my teens being a heady pursuit of smoldering kisses, overwhelmed with excitement when found. Absof**king-lutely Chris J, you have hit the nail on the head there. The heady pursuit...I can't think how to describe it better than that.
Statistics on world opinion of America
First kiss was with a girl called Keeley and I was about 7, in the school playground. I remember my teens being a heady pursuit of smoldering kisses, overwhelmed with excitement when found. My lips are tingling now.
"Terrorists in Iraq have attacked representatives of the civilised world, and opposing them must be the cause of the civilised world," [Bush] said. From the horse's mouth, as it were. http://www.guardian.co.uk/Iraq/Story/0,2763,1038337,00.html
My first kiss was a during a game of spin the bottle at the church run youth club. i remember shaking, being really scared. the girl was older than me, and i fancied her. still can't get enough of kissing these days.
bacterial fuel cells Unfortunately "Although the new process is highly efficient, it is slow. And as the process is right now, we're not talking about a lot of power. It's barely enough to run a calculator." Rhodoferax ferrireducens"
First kiss was aged 10, in the playground, with my then "girlfriend". I didn't like it, or subsequent attempts. But I didn't go off it. Finally got it right aged 15 at the end of a party, when a lovely older girl took me by surprise. I'm amazed I can still remember it, amazingly.
My inner child is sixteen years old today

My inner child is sixteen years old!

Life's not fair! It's never been fair, but while
adults might just accept that, I know
something's gotta change. And it's gonna
change, just as soon as I become an adult and
get some power of my own.

How Old is Your Inner Child?
brought to you by Quizilla Finally! I am a teen-ager, never really was one back in the days, cause of my muslim background.... Thats just great beeing 16 again ... But I was 16 the first time I got kissed (I had been waiting for years to get kissed).... Does any of you remember your first kiss? mine was fantastic, with a swedish goodlooking beautiful boy, he played the guitar and was a punk, drank a lot of beer, told me to read Dylan Tomas, dark blue eyes and curly brown hair....

A Danish pensionfund is seeking trainees. First sentence reads 'DJ or Dealer?' Apparently they don't know.
meau meau, that song is hilarious. My inner child is ten years old today

My inner child is ten years old!

The adult world is pretty irrelevant to me. Whether
I'm off on my bicycle (or pony) exploring, lost
in a good book, or giggling with my best
friend, I live in a world apart, one full of
adventure and wonder and other stuff adults
don't understand.

How Old is Your Inner Child?
brought to you by Quizilla I would like to make a CD too!

Mr. Alun Kirby, you sure know how to make a girl feel special ... you put the biggest smile on my face! It was a tip top weekend, and that was the icing. Congratulations on your first finished room!
Seems about right....... My inner child is sixteen years old today

My inner child is sixteen years old!

Life's not fair! It's never been fair, but while
adults might just accept that, I know
something's gotta change. And it's gonna
change, just as soon as I become an adult and
get some power of my own.

How Old is Your Inner Child?
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