Tuesday, November 30, 2004

The Untied Status of America

Alabama clings to segregationist past US state with racist history votes to keep 'separate schools for white and coloured children' as part of constitution [...] The Guardian reports this this. There's talk of 'civil resistance' being on the cards if this ever-so close election is not re-run, it could even split the country. Infectious?

Of course you know this means war.

So now we know where we stand. A total ban on hunting with hounds, forced through by the use of the Parliament Act, will come into force on 19th February 2005. From that date it will be illegal to let your dog kill a mouse, but not a rat: it will however be legal to let your cat kill a mouse. It will remain legal to use terriers underground to kill a fox, but only for the protection of pheasants, not lambs. Beagles can hunt rabbits but not hares, and it will be legal to use foxhounds to drive foxes towards waiting guns in Scotland but not England or Wales. This is probably the worst piece of legislation to be enacted since the Dangerous Dogs Act, and all concerned should be thoroughly ashamed of themselves. [...] http://www.votehunting.com/

Pulling the rug exposes the dust

Wangari Maathai, who won the 2004 Nobel Peace Prize, says African governments should do more about climate change. Professor Maathai, also Kenya's deputy environment minister, was speaking to African journalists at the United Nations Environment Programme HQ here [...] BBQ Besides the little problem of African countries contributing to climate change there is also the much more pressing irritation of where the industrialised countries are going to buy up emission quotas allowed by carbon trading under Kyoto. After all if African countries have no quotas left to sell, the 'West' will have to make REAL reductions in their emissions and we can't have that....
Skype is based not in the USA Unlike Blogger which grinds to a halt every time the US gets out of bed and lurches from one form of stupor to another, on which note... The alcohol was not poured by me (nor the politics FTM) it merely lubricated the wheels of reason.

Your data does not co-ordinate

without coercion and with alcohol. Non sequitur!

How the mighty fall

http://savetheipod.com/ 300 Million Europeans, One Billion residents of China...and a whole bunch of other people, will not be touched by INDUCE. We will leap forward as they are retarded. Skype is based not in the USA, but in Estonia and it has tens of millions of users in the USA. 3 Billion minutes served, a new deal with Logitech, veryy cool periferals released and under development, they have captured this world market, from another country. The USA is left behind on this one; its already too late. If INDUCE passes into law, the iPod may die, but this will give a golden opportunity to SONY or some other non-USA company to steal the momentum and rise to the top of the portable music player market. Kill the iPod? "Go ahead; make my day"

market research

Of the people I've been talking to over the last five days: 100% think the PM is not doing a good job 100% think Blunkett is a zealous control freak 100% are against ID cards 100% aren't confident that other voters will vote rid of Labour 100% would accept a Lib Dem government if it weren't for further EU integration Results are not scientific and views were expressed without coercion and with alcohol.

This is how you do it!

Italy slows down as strike bites
Italy faces a standstill as millions of workers take part in a general strike against the economic policies of Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi.

Travellers face chaos and hospitals are only providing emergency services.

Trade union leaders are furious with $8bn in public sector spending cuts in next year's budget, pushed through last week by Mr Berlusconi.

The European Commission had warned Italy to reduce its public debt, which is the third largest in the world.

But economists say the planned reforms - tax cuts and a squeeze on spending - give little relief to industry and are unlikely to boost the sluggish Italian economy.

Flights cancelled

"[This] general strike is the best response to the social massacre of this well-to-do government which gives to the rich while heavily cutting services to citizens," Alfonso Pecoraro Scanio, the head of Italy's Green party, told Reuters.

The stoppages will hit air traffic, especially between 1200 and 1600 (1100 and 1500 GMT). National airline Alitalia has cancelled over 100 flights.

Trains have stopped running and will not start again until 1300, while post offices and government buildings will be closed all day.

The protest marks the fourth general strike in Italy since Mr Berlusconi took power in 2001.

Industrial action in Italy may be inconvenient, says the BBC's Tamsin Smith in Rome, but it is always flamboyant.

Banners, balloons and marching bands will fill city streets and squares across the country, our correspondent says.

The largest demonstrations are expected to take place in Turin, Milan and Venice, where leaders from the country's three main unions will address the crowds. [...]

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/europe/4053809.stm

This is the only way to attack a rogue government that takes your money and abuses it, and your trust. Shut the whole country down, and have a USEFUL party!

Monday, November 29, 2004

Esther Venrooy: Duplex

Saturday December 4th Esther Venrooy & Simon Ladefoged: DUPLEX Klara in Het Paleis, Bozar, Ravensteinstraat 23, 1000 Brussels, Belgium 14.00h & 17.00h in Terarkenzaal 1 Duplex is an audiovisual stage production that combines the music of Esther Venrooy with moving images by Simon Ladefoged. The title suggests the duality of sounds versus images as well as a division between mental and physical space. Duplex is a creation by two artists working from their own field, yet at the same time crossing into each other's: the photographical compositions of Ladefoged and the aural landscapes of Esther Venrooy. The result of this synergy is a mesmerizing nocturnal journey through places from which human activity seems to have been erased. Tickets: 02 507 82 00 / info@bozar.be www.simonladefoged.com www.klara.be www.bozar.be

www.esthervenrooy.com

Know Your Rights

Subsystence: Volume 4 is now online.

Friday, November 26, 2004

he most certainly does.......

to you Mess

this is the worst record cover artwork i have ever seen. if anyone can provide any competition for this, i would love to see it.

EDS Awarded $34 Million Subcontract from Sytel to Support Department of Homeland Security's U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement

New Systems, Services Touch Most of Agency's Core Operations

PLANO, Texas – EDS today announced it has been awarded a multi-year subcontract from Sytel Corp. to provide, develop and support new information technology infrastructure for U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) that touches nearly every facet of the agency's operational mission, including investigations, bookings, detention and removal of aliens, enforcement of immigration laws, and legal work.

ICE is the investigative arm of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.

The Enforcement Systems Program contract includes a one-year, $6.5 million base period and as many as five additional option years that could place the total value of the contract to as much as $34 million if all options are exercised.

EDS will provide planning, development, maintenance, help desk, database and operations support for the following mission critical systems:

  • Enforcement Integrated Database (EID), a central repository for enforcement data;
  • Enforcement Case Tracking System (ENFORCE);
  • Apprehension Booking Module (EABM) that captures high quality data on illegal alien activity and supports the DHS law enforcement mission to identify, apprehend, detain, and remove aliens illegally in the U.S.;
  • Worksite Enforcement Activity Reporting System (LYNX), which provides a mechanism for the storage and retrieval of detailed enforcement activity as it relates to employers engaged in criminal and administrative violations of the Immigration and Nationality Act and the U.S. Criminal Code;
  • Criminal Alien Investigation System (CAIS) which automates investigation functions needed to support the Institutional Hearing/Removal Program;
  • Deportable Alien Control System (DACS) that automates many of the functions associated with tracking the status of illegal aliens under removal proceedings;
  • General Counsel Electronic Management System (GEMS), a customized system that allows the Office of the General Counsel to track case information and documentation related to their case, and;
  • Detention & Removal Operations Program Support (DROPS), which supports investigation of cases identified by the Joint Terrorist Task Force as high profile or of interest and supports automated functions and information to DRO detention and deportation officers, investigators, and other personnel in detaining and deporting aliens in DHS custody with possible ties to terrorist activity.
Well, at least they've got plenty of good acronyms! I particularly like the use of EID as the acronymal starting point for a system everyone knows is disproportionately targeting muslims. Will that help when it all goes tits up though?
Pensions computers crash
CIVIL SERVANTS had to revert to pen and paper after the biggest software crash in government history knocked out computers used to process benefit and pension payments.

Thousands of staff at the Department for Work and Pensions found that they were unable to use the machines after a software upgrade went wrong, bringing the ministry’s network to a standstill.

The department said last night that most of the computers affected were back online, but predicted delays to some new and amended claims with disruption expected for 48 hours.

Technicians from Microsoft were flown in from the Continent to join engineers from the Texas-based contractor EDS, which runs the department’s technology network as part of a £2 billion deal.

Now then, about that National ID Database....

A motto

The image “http://www.wmc.org.uk/images_client/Inscription.jpg” cannot be displayed, because it contains errors. Cardiff's new Millennium Centre, with the following inscription in Welsh; Creating Truth Like Glass From Inspiration's Furnace

Stop it!

Dido Dido's album was the biggest-selling in the UK in the past year FILE SHARING IS KILLING MUSIC!
UK music sees record album sales
UK record companies are celebrating their best ever year for album sales, with a record 237 million sold in the 12 months to September.

The British Phonographic Industry (BPI) trade body said albums by the likes of Keane and The Streets had helped drive a 3% rise compared with last year.

It also said sales of single tracks were up thanks to the availability of legal download services.

Thursday, November 25, 2004

joyful discovery: this record is SO good!

Wednesday, November 24, 2004

A day in the life of Area Man

A day in the life of Area Man

Yoke

US-UK Mutual Defence Agreement Introduction by Nicola Butler Negotiations between the US and the UK on an amendment to extend the 1958 US-UK Mutual Defence Agreement are now complete. The amendment would renew this Cold War nuclear cooperation pact, and is being pushed through in haste, despite increasing controversy concerning the legality of this Agreement. The Amendment was approved, authorised for execution, and transmitted to Congress by President Bush on June 14, 2004. The text of the Amendment itself is not publicly available at time of writing, but in his 'Message to Congress', President Bush states that it, "extends for 10 years (until December 31, 2014) provisions that permit the transfer of nonnuclear parts, source, byproduct, special nuclear materials, and other material and technology for nuclear weapons and military reactors, and revises text, principally in the Security Annex, to be consistent with current policies and practices relating to personnel and physical security." [...]

r & d

directory of british 'defence' companies

freedom of information

ID card business plan will not be made public The government has ruled out publishing the business case for its £3.1bn ID card programme on the grounds of commercial confidentiality, despite questions over the scheme's value for money [...] Computer Weekly Seems like freedom of information will be about as free as the general public given the curent attitudes. A cynic might think that witholding the business plan might deter many IT companies to the advantage of those with a 'close relationship' with the Government and we know who they are. You may also be forgiven for realising that the economic case for this scheme is as flimsy as the 'functionality' arguments.

terrorist recruitment tape

"It's a little girl. She's running defensively eastward." Operations room: "Are we talking about a girl under the age of 10?" Watchtower: "A girl of about 10, she's behind the embankment, scared to death." A few minutes later, Iman is shot in the leg from one of the army posts. The watchtower: "I think that one of the positions took her out." The company commander then moves in as Iman lies wounded and helpless. Captain R: "I and another soldier ... are going in a little nearer, forward, to confirm the kill ... Receive a situation report. We fired and killed her ... I also confirmed the kill. Over." Witnesses described how the captain shot Iman twice in the head, walked away, turned back and fired a stream of bullets into her body. Doctors at Rafah's hospital said she had been shot at least 17 times.

the facts of life

adult contemporary house/techno architecture design music = sterile anonymous/vitality-less music numb death!!!

Tuesday, November 23, 2004

Government Uses Color Laser Printer Technology to Track Documents

Government Uses Color Laser Printer Technology to Track Documents According to experts, several printer companies quietly encode the serial number and the manufacturing code of their color laser printers and color copiers on every document those machines produce. Governments, including the United States, already use the hidden markings to track counterfeiters. Unlike ink jet printers, laser printers, fax machines, and copiers fire a laser through a mirror and series of lenses to embed the document or image on a page. Such devices range from a little over $100 to more than $1000, and are designed for both home and office. The United States is not the only country teaming with private industry to fight counterfeiters. A recent article points to the Dutch government as using similar anticounterfeiting methods, and cites Canon as a company with encoding technology. Canon USA declined to comment [...]

give 'em enough rope

Excerpts from this story... Economic `Armageddon' predicted By Brett Arends/ On State Street Tuesday, November 23, 2004 Stephen Roach, the chief economist at investment banking giant Morgan Stanley, has a public reputation for being bearish.
But you should hear what he's saying in private.
Roach met select groups of fund managers downtown last week, including a group at Fidelity.
His prediction: America has no better than a 10 percent chance of avoiding economic ``armageddon.''
In a nutshell, Roach's argument is that America's record trade deficit means the dollar will keep falling. To keep foreigners buying T-bills and prevent a resulting rise in inflation, Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan will be forced to raise interest rates further and faster than he wants.
The result: U.S. consumers, who are in debt up to their eyeballs, will get pounded.
Less a case of ``Armageddon,'' maybe, than of a ``Perfect Storm.''
To finance its current account deficit with the rest of the world, he said, America has to import $2.6 billion in cash. Every working day. Twenty years ago the total debt of U.S. households was equal to half the size of the economy.
Today the figure is 85 percent.

December in Chicago

Like a cocktail sausage

Sweeping new powers to allow police to take DNA samples and fingerprints from minor offenders [litter louts? - mm] arrested on the street will be tucked away in a battery of law and order bills to be unveiled in today's Queen's speech. What is billed by senior Labour officials as a "cynical and opportunist" programme for what is all but certain to end in a spring election is dominated by law and order-related legislation. Guardian / Guardian All the measures that show how much the government feels it has a divine right to control the country rather than serve the people are there. And when are the people seen fit to decide on whether they want any such legislation, after it has been passed and without debate. Presumably the government are trying to push this through before the general election so they won't have to put it in their worthless manifesto (that won't mention any of the tyrannical measures they have lined up - like last time) just swep it under the carpet, and now that they've used the parliament act to force through a ban on fog-knitting my guess is they'll liberally use it for such pressing issues as notional security. Where can we find a future government with Accountability?

Monday, November 22, 2004

Distributed energy production = political & economic autonomy

World Potential Renewable Energy
Finally being able to give it a name does not mean you can hold it at bay.

Being Sucked In Again

inventing new technologies Three words, that are the sole block to this perfectly sensible idea. These people couldn't invent themselves out of a paper bag. They couldn't organize a barbeque on the surface of the sun (hmmm more solar energy). They couldnt organize a piss up in a brewery.
Mohsen Moradi, 25, clergyman

Iran must continue its nuclear activities. We have nuclear weapons already, but don't want to start a war.

The US is just the arrow head in the attack on Iran. Behind it is Israel. America may well attack us, but we aren't afraid of this because God will protect us. We are not talking here about a war between countries, but a war between religions.

There are commands in Holy Koran that we must keep up to date with technology and weaponry. [...]

Oh really? How busy is your patent office I wonder?! The fact is, everything Iran uses now, was invented outside of their country. All the nuclear technology they have is from manufacturing processes and concepts invented and developed outside of their country. They wouldnt have concrete if someone hadnt told them how to mix it. If they had some imagination and ability to innovate, of the sort they used to display hundreds of years ago, they would be selling everyone else solar technology and not begging for stolen plans to death reactors. They wouldnt be importing cellular phones, cars, computers, anything made of plastic, metal alloys and anything that uses electricity. These people take, take, take; thats all they do decade after decade. They take other peoples technology and use it to kill. Their "dissidents" leave Iran and try and persuade "our" governments to take the lives of our sons so that they can live in a sort of country that they cannot build themselvs. Enough is enough with these people. If these people need cellular telephones, let them invent their own. If they want sattelite TV, let them learn how to build rockets. Let them invent TV. They need to muster whatever creative forces they have and build their own systems, or do without. As for nuclear reactors, if someone didnt go there and tell them, they would have thought that pitchblende was something you do on a Barbat, and not a source of Uranium. They want these goods, these technologies to prove that they are "civilized"
Sanaz Maserrat, 29, teacher

We have to continue with our nuclear programmes. If we don't pursue this technology we will fall behind other countries in the scientific field. We need nuclear energy because our oil is going to run out. Why are the powerful countries allowed nuclear energy and not us?

I think there is a good chance that the US will attack Iran, if the programmes are continued. Do we have to obey America? I'm not sure if we have nuclear weapons already. [...] my emphasis

and modern, but the fact is all of these things (anything that can use electricity) are just trappings; a thin layer of makeup, under which is a very silly and backwards mentality, with no real understanding of anything 20 century or why any of it matters. Or doesnt matter for that matter. If that were not the case, they would not be trying to install the worst technology ever unleashed by man. They would thank their lucky stars that their country will never have the problem of how to clean up a Nuclear reactor. What is so astonishing is that every other country wants to be rid of these reactors, but the Iranian intelligencia are seemingly not aware of this, or even worse, they dont care about the risks. They just think its their right to bristle with warheads, and so they will bristle. It certainly may be the case that they have this right, but it certainly is not the right thing to do, no matter what weapons any other country has. Iran cannot compete with the technological world. They need to find their own space and level, live and thrive within it and at it, and turn away from everything that they cannot repair and create themselvs. If they do not do this, then they will be forced to obey other countries forever, and they will deserve this life of servitude, because they failed to use their imaginations, ingenuity and common sense.

Sol

If I were a peace loving Iranian I would be lobbying my government to exploit solar power, I would explain to the clerics that it uses a natural resource that won't be exploited by the infidel pig-dogs, that whilst they are fighting over the last drops of satan's black blood we could be inventing new technologies that we could sell to the technically inferoir west. I would also say that a solar future would mean less interference in domestic issues from the moralising agressors. To the reformers I would say solar has the ability to decentralise (economic) power out of corrupt officials and into the hands of ordinary people and a very real revolution could occur. I would tell them both that going for nuclear power is a dead end that falls into the hands of western suspicion and beligerence even as they wake up and are starting to give up on nuclear power. I would say - look up and what do you see, giver of life, look down and find the wastes of death.

Drrrrgs

Just Say No
Martin Rowson's slightly more visceral style of drawing is easier to see where he's not being obviously 'comic book', but we'll go with what we've got for the story... 'UK To Become Police State' says Blunkett. 'It's for your own good. Shut Up. Sit Down. Keep Quiet.' "We'd be able to use civil orders, like anti-social behaviour orders, to say, 'If you step outside what we've precluded you from doing, if you actually, for instance, use this particular banking network, if you, for instance, use the internet and we can identify you've done it, then we can move you from the civil into the criminal law', and then we can use the normal criminal justice process," he said. Bloodstream declared violable compartment. Drugs debate raised to deflect attention from Civil Liberties issues. The drugs clampdown will allow addicts to be prosecuted even if they are not in possession of supplies. A new law will mean they can be taken to court if traces of a banned substance are found in their bloodstream. Thought-crime to be in Queen's Speech. The Law Society warned that the Government was planning legislation to give police powers to arrest people suspected of any crime. Home Office sources insisted that any change would be accompanies by safeguards. Idiots of a feather flock together. Mr Blunkett’s plan for new anti-terror laws follows suggestions that Labour will try to incorporate George Bush’s successful US election tactics into its own programme. Oh! It's all OK after all! "What we’re trying to do is to square an impossible circle, which is to protect ourselves against new forms of threat and adapt our legal system to face it, without eroding the basic human rights people expect in a free and civilised society."* *Not including Trial By Jury, Freedom of Travel, Freedom of Information, Freedom of Expression.... $your_freedom_here

BBC News: Professional Liars

More Anonymous Lies From BBC NEWS Iran 'rushing nuclear enrichment'
Preliminary installation of a turbo generator at Iran's Bushehr nuclear power plant
Iran denies claims that it wants to build nuclear weapons
Iran is producing a gas that can be used to make nuclear arms, days before its promise to freeze such activities takes effect, Western diplomats say.

Tehran has agreed to suspend uranium enrichment from Monday in a deal reached with the European Union.

But the diplomats say it recently started producing uranium hexafluoride, which can be enriched into weapons-grade uranium.

A senior Iranian envoy has denounced the accusation as a "sheer lie".

Iran agreed last Sunday that it would freeze its enrichment programme after talks with the EU.

The agreement is designed to ease concerns that Iran's nuclear programme aims to produce atomic weapons - a charge Tehran denies.

But the diplomats said Iran was exploiting the window until Monday to produce the uranium hexafluoride, at a processing facility in Isfahan.

"I strongly reject it," Iranian spokesman Hossein Mousavian told Reuters. He said Iran was preparing to suspend production.

US accusations

These latest reports are likely to disappoint the Europeans and raise doubts about Tehran's goodwill, says the BBC's Bethany Bell in Vienna, where the UN nuclear watchdog, the International Atomic Energy Authority, is based.

The US has frequently accused Tehran of using its nuclear energy policy as a front for developing atomic weapons.

Washington has been at the forefront of moves to refer the country to the UN Security Council - which has the power to impose sanctions - when the IAEA meets on 25 November.

The US said on Friday it was "seriously concerned" by the claims.

"These allegations only heighten our concerns that Iran continues to pursue nuclear activities and does not honour its commitments," State Department spokesman Adam Ereli told reporters.

Iran has huge reserves of raw uranium and has announced plans to extract more than 40 tons a year.

Iranian officials say the Isfahan plant can convert more than 300 tons of uranium ore a year. [...]

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/middle_east/4026835.stm

We all remember Tariq Aziz saying that Iraq had no weapons of mass destruciton, and that what the americans were saying about them was nothing but lies. It turned out that Colin Powell was and is a liar, and that the entire american administration (now re-elected) was lying.

Now the BBC is spreading more warmongering lies about Iran, with thier uncredited, unconfirmed LIES relayed direct from NeoCon HQ without any proof whatsoever.

This is totally against the BBC charter. The BBC is meant to work in the interest of the British public, not NeoCon central. Warmongering and lie spreading is against the British public's interest.

I want to know:

1 who said "Iran is rushing nuclear enrichment" 2 the names and nationalities of the diplomats who said Iran is producing Uranium Hexaflouride. 3 the names of any diplomats who know what Flourine is. 4 who the fuck "Bethany Bell" REALLY works for. 5 why this warmongering shitstirring report is not credited to any author.

audioscrobbler

I've just joined audioscrobbler, with a measly 3 songs on my list. It will grow... slowly. As I'm generally only on the computer on weekends. Seems interesting though, it has forced me back to using iTunes (was using Whamb for a while), which is not the coolest thing but we'll see if it will drive me nuts or not ("why aren't there folders in the playlist?! ARRGH!!") user hyperfnord, I have joined the irdial grouping

Firefox & Camino optimized builds

Firefox & Camino optimized buildsfor G4 (7400 & 7450). Optimized Firefox for the Apple G5 processor. WARNING: This is an unofficial Firefox build and comes with no guarantee that it will work properly. It is built from the same code as the Firefox 1.0 release, and seems to be working fine for the majority of people testing it. That said, this is still an unofficial build, so caveat emptor. I am not responsible if this doesn’t work, screws with your profile, causes blood to pour from your computer’s speakers, renders you impotent, or anything else. Mozillazine.org posting

Sunday, November 21, 2004

french

a it is then! thanks. There are French bookshops, not sure if they sell DVDs. Have a look around South Kensington as there's a concentration of them around the French Lycée. Or you could buy them online from Fnac.com or Amazon.fr...

something anything

I have an urge to blog something, anything: saveloys I think are slightly sweet and spicy as I remember, skin yes cheaper ones taste metallic due to poor quality ingredients, poaching springs to mind google throws up batter - echo a: create create create ... - Is there a shop in Nodnol that sells imported french dvds (ie french releases not just UK distros of french films)? - Hope you like York Alun

MOOX: Firefox M3 Optimized Builds

MOOX: Firefox M3 Optimized Builds: "Firefox M3 Optimized Builds M3 builds are highly optimized builds that also contain code optimized for the SSE2 instruction set. Given the nature of M3 builds, they are designed only for the following processors: * AMD Opteron * AMD Athlon FX * AMD Athlon 64 * AMD Sempron (3100 ) * Intel Xeon * Intel Pentium M * Intel Pentium 4 * Intel Celeron D * Intel Celeron (1.7GHz - 2.8GHz)"
What do saveloys taste like? Can you eat the red skin thingy? How are they cooked? Are they cold? Hard drives all round! I spent Friday eve being a geek to the max, trying to get old hard drives to work with my latest P2 machine, unsuccessful as all drives were b0rked. Why can't I buy a nice, new, still in a bag 10 or 15 gig hard drive any more? Or am I just not looking in the right place? Now - Top Gear!

Your Choice is

a

dilemma

i got paid, i can't afford it, but i'm feeling consumerist. what shall i buy? a: a new external harddrive and some RAM for my mac so i can do some video editing and stuff. b: the £150's worth of records i racked up on boomkat whilst bored on friday. hmm...

May I recommend:

Hospital records One of the best fresh labels with WONDERFUL music to the dancefloor

drives & hearts

My drive is/was a LaCie d2 Firewire 400 200GB drive. I had it on nearly all day every day for over a year, so it serves me right. Desktop machines aren't supposed to be webservers. The drives are work are all LaCie d2s as well, but varying sizes, mostly a bit newer than mine (250GB Firewire 800 models). I would just back up any important data on there, and hope that if it does fuck it, it happens whilst you're under warranty. As for the Firefox thing, I guess it's trying to read a unicode character from a non unicode font. Safari seems to work pretty well at falling back on fonts, probably tighter integration with Mac OS. May be worth checking out Bugzilla to see it's been filed... I tried but couldn't find anything.

Saturday, November 20, 2004

there is no escape

this morning we went into town to do our christmas shopping. fairly successful and fairly unstressful. saveloy and chips at berwick street. music and video exchange (ugh, i desPISE you, m+ve) john fahey's christmas guitar volume 1, vinyl, second-hand! christmas has come early, through my stereo

driving

a couple of the same LaCie drives have got a bit weird which sort of lacie drives, alex? i have a d-something, the firewire800 ones not sure i should be worried. I imagine yours gets a lot more work than mine does... also, why can't i see the 'heart' symbol in alex's post in firefox, while it's fine in safari? I ♥ Last.fm & Audioscrobler. I see a bold vertical line in it's place.

Chroma

Adobe Bookshop — orange to yellow Chris Cobb

lobbyist has forked tongue

Etched in the history of our great nation is a long and lamentable chapter about the exploitation of Native Americans.... Every kind of charlatan and every type of crook has deceived and exploited America's native sons and daughters. While these accounts of unscrupulous men are sadly familiar, the tale we hear today is not. What sets this tale apart, what makes it truly extraordinary, is the extent and degree of the apparent exploitation and deceit.Statement of Senator John McCain, Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, Oversight Hearing on Lobbying Practices Involving Indian Tribes, 9/29/04 My apologies for my uninformative post last night, Alun. I am guilty of PUI [posting under the influence]. I completely forgot about last.fm as well.

10,000 Downloads of The Conet Project

Top Downloads
1. The Conet Project - Recordings of Shortwave Numbers Stations [ird059] Irdial 10,029 downloads
The Conet Project has been downloaded over ten thousand times from Archive.org! $whooping_noise

Scrobbles

My Audioscrobbler stats are currently quite skewed as I only installed recently (ie: within the last six months, which is also the same time I have been in proper 9-5 employment) and therefore it only reflects the music I have been listening to at work, especially as I lost my 40 gig mp3 collection due to dodgy LaCie drives. Speaking of which, a couple of the same LaCie drives have got a bit weird at work as well. Basically Mac OS stops recognising them and restoring files is an arduous, and often unrewarding task. A word of warning. Another benefit of Audioscrobbler is that it feeds your Last.fm profile (and visa versa) meaning you're more likely to hear music you'll be interested in on Last.fm. I ♥ Last.fm & Audioscrobler.

Friday, November 19, 2004

apology

humble apologies, i should also have indentified myself. dendrite

To the death for life

what are the benefits of joining 'grroup irdial' I don't keel you.

irdidial grroupscrob

Irdial-Discs Group Details Top Artists 1 Marin Marais 358 2 Captain Beefheart 272 3 Johann Sebastian Bach 195 4 Pixies 159 5 Hans Reichel 138 6 Bob Dylan 137 7 Ricardo Villalobos 124 8 Patsy Cline 121 9 Brian Eno 117 10 Conlon Nancarrow 116 11 The Knife 113 12 This Heat 110 13 Wire 105 14 Spacemen 3 105 15 Sun City Girls 103 16 Autechre 101 17 The Beach Boys 95 18 Gustav Leonhardt, Sigiswald Kuijken, Wieland Kuijken 92 19 My Bloody Valentine 90 20 Pavement 88 21 Jimi Hendrix 83 22 The Byrds 82 23 Syd Barrett 76 24 John Fahey 74 25 LFO 72 26 M83 71 27 Andrés Segovia 71 28 Faust 71 29 The Beach Boys 69 30 Safety Scissors 68 31 The Flaming Lips 68 32 Moles 67 33 The Fall 67 34 Red Krayola 66 35 Fennesz 65 36 Akufen 64 37 Henry Flynt 64 38 Claudio Arrau 62 39 Set Fire To Flames 60 40 Talking Heads 60 41 kanye west 59 42 Piano Magic 58 43 Outkast 58 44 Richie Hawtin 57 45 Matthew Dear 57 46 WeekendWindow 56 47 Captain Beefheart & His Magic Band 56 48 Thelonious Monk 56 49 King Crimson 52 50 Sonic Youth 50 Alun; the same is gained through an audioscrobbler group, that is gained by an individual audioscrobbler account, save for the fact that all members' track totals are tallied and compiled for statistical viewing and learning. For instance, with 5 members present, the group has listened to a Beach Boys track 1 more time then a Flaming Lips track. This is fun and satisfying for the urge of understanding group taste, and the connection between musical forms. Conlon Nancarrow has 116 plays between us. For the record, I'm oaeoeao, scrobbling.

and there'smore...

what about the group bit, specifically what are the benefits of joining 'grroup irdial' (ok! grroup)?

Its a book, it has 6 syllables.....

what happens in an irdial audioscrobbler group? Audioscrobbler builds a profile of your musical taste using a plugin for your media player (Winamp, iTunes, XMMS etc..). Everytime you play an mp3 or oggfile, it reads the ID3 tag and uploads that information to the database. It then build lists of what you last listened to, what your favourite artists are and most played tracks. is it a good thing? I loiter on a music forum where they had a thread called "what are you listening to right now". It ended up as over 100 pages [about 1500+ posts] before it was closed. With Audioscrobbler, it makes it easier to see what individuals are listening to what but also with groups it builds up what the group as a whole are listening to. I, personally have found myself searching out more through what I see online friends are listening to through AS than from that thread. is there a loyalty card? By installing the plugin, an RDIF chip is automatically inserted under the skin and it electrically interferes with your nervous system when any kind of disloyalty is displayed or considered. what are the benefits of membership? By signing up and installing the plugin, you are automatically protected from terrorists and acts of terrorism. It makes it harder for criminals to steal your identity, no matter how many of our good ol' bobbies they bribe or how much they rifle through your refuse bin for your bank and credit card statements. It will also ensure that you are entitled to use any kind of health or social system that are free at the point of service. It will NOT, however, guarantee you quick and trouble free entry through customs into the US.

give us a clue

what happens in an irdial audioscrobbler group? is it a good thing? is there a loyalty card? what are the benefits of membership?

Audioscrobbler

Akin, have you thought about creating an Irdial group on audioscrobbler? Yes, and now you made me actually do it ./a

Coupez!

Urologe A. 1993 May;32(3):254-9. Related Articles, Links
[Tableau de l'opération de la taille by Marin Marais (1725)--a bladder calculus operation represented in music] [Article in German] Evers S. The piece "Tableau de l'operation de la taille", written for viola by the French composer Marin Marais in 1725, presents an operation for removal of a stone in the bladder in musical form. Musicological analysis shows that in the early 18th century the lateral perineal approach was normally used for such operations in France. Medico-historical annotations complement the musicological analysis. Publication Types:
  • Biography
  • Historical Article
MeSH Terms:
  • Bladder Calculi/history*
  • English Abstract
  • France
  • History of Medicine, 18th Cent.
  • Human
  • Medicine in Art
  • Music/history*
  • Paintings/history
  • Perineum/surgery*
  • Surgical Instruments/history
Personal Name as Subject:
  • Marais M
PMID: 8511837 [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]
[...]
1: Allergy Asthma Proc. 1996 Jan-Feb;17(1):40-42. Related Articles, Links
Allemande l'Asthmatique by Marin Marais (1656-1728), French composer and virtuoso. Cohen SG. Publication Types:
  • Biography
  • Historical Article
Personal Name as Subject:
  • Marais M
PMID: 8814939 [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]
[...] The more I find out about Marin Marais the further I fall. Extraordinary!
Whatever happened to Mixmaster Morris?

largest digital panoramic photo & what we did in autumn

The Netherlands Organisation for Applied Scientific Research TNO has produced the largest digital panoramic photo in the world www.tpd.tno.nl when you use the + & - for zoom it can be a little jerky and takes a while to re-adjust so use the [almost invisible] slider that runs along the top of the controls. Good news with the grant, Alun. Hope York works out well for you. Seems there is a change of direction for me work-wise. My main dayjob is going through the usual seasonal slowdown as well as more of it is now security cleared. Getting clearance is a bit of a catch 22 situation though. You have to have clearance to get on a contract but can only get clearance through a contractor. I have been asked by 5 people to build websites for them and another person that wants my friend and I to build and cable a studio in his garage from the various keyboards and sound machines he owns. We did this previously for another friend and it seems word got around. I also have a song on the Hippocamp netlabel [part 1 track 10] as a part of a compilation to mark their 100th release. I haven't written any other music for a while from being pre-occupied with the work situation and also the flat we rent was sold to a property management company in September, who have applied for planning permission to convert it into several smaller flats. Looks like we will have to move fairly soon after new year. currently reading: Carlos Ruiz Zafón 'The Shadow Of The Wind'

Google Scholar: irdial

New!

Google Scholar: irdial Check out the "Splitting Bits, Closing Loops: Sound on Sound" link, there is an inspiring first article.

Re: Back to the books

I have read William Gibson's blog, he is quite an interesting and astute man. Last year at Uni I was in a Science-Fiction class (!) and one of the books we studied was Gibson's "all tomorrow's parties." I was very impressed by the structure and message of the book. Very fascinating. Not action-packed but who cares about that. Also Jack Womack is very good. I think I have a short story by him. For the class I presented on a movie called No Maps for These Territories that is basically a long interview with Gibson. It is intriguing and I heartily reccommend it. Gibson's speech is so unlike his prose. Slow, sparse, and slighly drawling. Currently I am working like a madman on: 2.26m wide drawings involving dark, choking prairie atmospheres populated with radio transmission towers, power lines, and physics diagrams, three large etchings involving even more particle physics material and radio towers, and about a dozen woodblocks involving particle physics, thermionic valves (vaccuum tubes), abstract notation, and vague scientific/poetic text gleaned from various sources to be bound into a book. Not to mention doing the finances for the Bachelor of Fine Arts grad committee and an art history research project! Busy, busy bees. Congratulations on the grant approval, Alun. York is a beautiful place, one of the many places I visited on my trip to the UK.

Thursday, November 18, 2004

back to the books

Dav, it's a hot chocolate kind of night. With whipped cream, digestive biscuits and Seinfeld on DVD. Has anyone read Jack Womack? William Gibson has started blogging again. There's an RSS feed. I like his blog. He posts some good stuff. Just thinking of rereading the Neuromancer or Virtual Light trilogies makes me shiver, it all seems just a bit too prescient in places. Incredible stuff. I am currently singing Calexico's Not Even Stevie Nicks... in my head. Have been listening to Schubert's joyous playful exuberences for piano. Have been reading scientific papers about alveolar macrophages. Had a paper accepted for publication, got my grant funded and we're moving to York early next year. Isn't life strange. What about you?

Rain

...look, complaining about the weather is, I know, a rather pointless thing to do, as we just can't do anything about it. But sod it, it's rained all day here today, and tonight riding home I got bloody soaked. All of my wet weather gear is showerproof, but not endless-relentless-I'm-not-stopping-raining-proof, so by the time I got home not only was I cold, and annoyed and feeling really sad about the whole affair, I was all bl**dy wet too (and still am).

Ivory Coast Shenanigans, unreported

ATTAQUE FRANCAISE CONTRE LA CÔTE D'IVOIRE

LES PHOTOS DES BLESSES ET DES MOTRS SUITE AUX MANIFESTATIONS DES 9 NOVEMBRE 2004

"The insecurity organised by the French army in Abidjan and the inner of the country was an excuse for Chirac to increase his military staffs on the Ivoirian territory. The Licorne was supposed to protect the French nationals, but they were not able to prevent them from being stolen their goods by some of the 4000 prisoners who had been released by RDR minister, Henriette Diabaté. They couldn’t anyway, since they too much busy with slaughtering the unarmed Ivoirian patriots." [...] http://www.presidence.ci/ http://users.skynet.be/liberationci/ http://www.laurentgbagbo.net/

Varmint Hunting Video - Prairie Dog Be Gone

Americana

Varmint Hunting Video - Prairie Dog Be Gone Check out the video samples

Tyranny

I respect your freedom to choose to ID yourself to the state. Do you respect my freedom to not do so. No, I didn't think so. You're the one choosing the side of tyranny. Thank God there is at least one person who understands clearly what this is all about; Tyranny. It makes me sick to my stomach to read the robotic stock replies, "I havent got anything to hide", "They already use SSN, so why not", and all of these other assemply line arguments from these pathetic drones who couldnt think themeselvs out of a paper bag. They are unprincipled, stupid and are very much the cause of the problem, because if they refused to comply with a national ID card scheme, ANY scheme, it would die instantly. The ones I despise the most are the inured from birth saying, "It doesnt hurt me, Im used to it". Let me spell it out for you; The State is not the definer of your identity. You do not even have one sole identity; that is an artificial idea created by the state; people have reinvented themselvs since man walked on two legs; what you call yourself in your interaction with anyone else is your afffair, and it is not the right of the state to indellably brand you with a single identity, which of course, is entirely for their own purposes. Anyone that acceps the state being the arbiter of their identity is a servant, a piece of property, and should be flushed down the toliet with the rest of the shit. [...]
Comments in response to this absurd article where the "The Blind Man" half wittedly makes the argument against ID cards:
"There should be more checks on the use of information collected through supermarket loyalty cards, Home Secretary David Blunkett has suggested. In a speech, Mr Blunkett said the cards produced key details about people's shopping habits but were accepted because they were run by private firms. People should not distrust ID cards because they are a state idea, he said. Mr Blunkett later said he had no loyalty cards himself and had borrowed the Nectar card to illustrate his point."

Well well well. Firstly, a Nectar card is VOLUNTARY. You can fill in any name and address you want on it. You can, after having used it, get out of it. No one will DEMAND that you show it in order to buy food. When you sign up to it, voluntarily, you get ACTUAL, IMMEDIATE MONETARY BENEFIT FROM IT, wheras, THE STATE IS THE ONLY ONE WHO BENEFITS FROM AN ID CARD, them and THE CONTRACTOR WHO RUNS THE SYSTEM. If the intruduction of an ID card guaranteed every taxpayer a 10% reduction, it would be universally adopted overnight. The fact is, you LOOSE PRIVACY and LOOSE MONEY when you accept an ID card, AND you dont benefit from any of the imaginary savings the state is going to make from, for example, people getting healthcare "for free".
"Such a database would prevent people travelling to America having to pay $100 on every visit for a biometric visa, he suggested."
So, everyone in the UK must get a biometric ID card...because the USA says so? If you want to travel to the USA that is a VOLUNTARILY chosen destination; some people might never want to travel to the USA, or they might want to go somewhere else; should they be made to do this because some people want to holiday in Florida, and it would save those few from paying the visa fee? I think not. If this is the best argument this "man" can come up with, honestly, in a country run on common sense, this should die a death....uh oh!

Wednesday, November 17, 2004

Jesus Flanger

The New York Times > Technology > In Texas, 28,000 Students Test an Electronic Eye

" In front of her gated apartment complex, Courtney Payne, a 9-year-old fourth grader with dark hair pulled tightly into a ponytail, exits a yellow school bus. Moments later, her movement is observed by Alan Bragg, the local police chief, standing in a windowless control room more than a mile away." The New York Times > Technology > In Texas, 28,000 Students Test an Electronic Eye

something i didn't

Big kisses to Gwyneth Dunwoody for putting in one place why you can't trust the government with your personal information.
number ten on ID 17 November 2004 The proposed national ID card scheme will be a 'gold standard' for proving identity, not a 'Big Brother-style' surveillance tool, Home Secretary David Blunkett promised today. [LIE if it involves 'profiling' as he has promised] In a speech to the Institute of Public Policy Research, Mr Blunkett restated the case in favour of a secure national ID cards scheme, which four out of five citizens support. Government plans will create a practical, simple and secure way for ordinary citizens to protect and prove their identity, he said. [LIE complicates access to services; LIE requires expensive registration that only benefits favoured IT companies; LIE involves centralised database - presumably with a number of mirrors for backup - open to DOS attacks and bribery] "The ability to prove one's identity reliably is an ever-more important aspect of modern life. [WHITE LIE this is only becomes so if the government requires ID proof for services etc not the other way around] "A national ID cards scheme will provide a 'gold standard' for doing that, protecting individuals from the modern-day crime of identity theft, protecting public services for use by those who are properly entitled to them, and helping us tackle crime, terrorism, and illegal immigration and working." [LIE a piece of plastic will not stop you being mugged or murdered or terrorised, LIE illegal immigration and working are invisible until they are discovered only then could ID measures have any relevance and they can't undo past actions] Under the proposed scheme only very basic personal details such as name, address, date and place of birth will be held. Alongside this will be 'biometric' information such as the imprint of a finger or scan of an iris, which establish unique personal identity. [LIE as the proposal stands at recording much more information than this including past residences etc.] The extent of the information held will be strictly limited and subject to tight controls. Only Parliament will be able to extend or change what information is held by the scheme. [LIE the UK shares a great deal of information with US secret services, NIR/ID profile information would be given up to the US in a snap, that's if it wasn't coordinated in the first place] A National Identity Scheme Commissioner will be responsible for overseeing how information is used, what it is used for, how it is recorded and how ID cards are used. The Home Secretary said store loyalty cards represent a far greater and growing database of personal information. "Store loyalty [Government ID] cards keep continuously updated details such as the size of a person's household, whether they're employed or not and the ages of their children, besides what they like to eat, where and how often they shop and even what brand of toothpaste they use." This information is being repeatedly shared with other companies [the USA] without any requirement to ask again for approval, he said.
zoooooooooooom

If you butter your bread on both sides don't be surprised when it makes a mess of your carpet

Blair has stolen our clothes, says Howard Exclusive interview: Tory leader attacks 'a very bad prime minister' The Guardian Michael Howard today admits that his efforts to win the next election are being frustrated by Tony Blair's ability to capture Conservative territory as his own: poisoned public trust in politics People feel completely taken in and deceived. loss of trust tainted the entire system stole our language much less effective nearly eight years in which to put in place their policies and they have manifestly failed to do so for the birds going to privatise the health service not where I want to be. I am frustrated. a very, very bad prime minister squandered the greatest opportunity None of those expectations have been fulfilled

This is not Porn

http://www.thisisnotporn.com

Tuesday, November 16, 2004

The Grey Video

The Grey Video

Nokia - conneting people

My friends seven years old techno music has ended up as a Nokia commercial The title of the number is "mer' strøm" witch means more power. Strøm in danish means power or direction.

Out with a bang...

16.11.04: Steve Bell on Colin Powell's resignation There's something wierd about Condoleeza Rice, something in her eyes that's not quite... Well, just not quite...

Round-up

The Register has a nice summation and dissection of the Home Secretary's current position on ID cards at the moment. In case you were a bit bamboozled. Doesn't touch on too many NIR concerns; the whole sordid issue of data sharing and exportation from $nation to the US which the NIR will facilitate (truth is that is exactly what the NIR is for); Profiling isn't discussed; ...

Bet the farm on....a party?

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Condaleeza's Freudian slip

A pressing issue of dinner-party etiquette is vexing Washington, according to a story now making the D.C. rounds: How should you react when your guest, in this case national-security adviser Condoleezza Rice, makes a poignant faux pas? At a recent dinner party hosted by New York Times D.C. bureau chief Philip Taubman and his wife, Times reporter Felicity Barringer, and attended by Arthur Sulzberger Jr., Maureen Dowd, Steven Weisman, and Elisabeth Bumiller, Rice was reportedly overheard saying, “As I was telling my husb—” and then stopping herself abruptly, before saying, “As I was telling President Bush.” Jaws dropped, but a guest says the slip by the unmarried politician, who spends weekends with the president and his wife, seemed more psychologically telling than incriminating. Nobody thinks Bush and Rice are actually an item. A National Security Council spokesman laughed and said, “No comment.” newyorkmetro.com
Aldwych show cancellation forces Seed closure 12 November 2004 - 16:27:31

Indie label Seed Records says it will be forced to close following the London Underground's cancellation of two shows tonight and tomorrow at Aldwych Tube Station.

The shows were supposed to have been a fourth birthday celebration for the east London-based label, featuring performances from all Seed acts as well as Warp artists and acts such as Coil. However, the shows were cancelled at the 11th hour by London Underground due to "safety considerations".

A London Underground spokeswoman says third party contractors had been carrying out safety improvements at the disused station but had overrun their schedule, meaning it was not considered safe enough to hand back to the control of the London Underground.

But Seed label manager Josh Doherty says the company had known for months the work would overrun yet formal notification - in which Seed was advised to find an alternative venue - arrived via email three hours before the first night was due to open. The night had cost Seed £10,000 and attracted mainstream press publicity.

"The label will go under," he says. "We can't afford this and our reputation has been destroyed. We spent four years building this label up and it's taken a day to destroy it."

Seed specialises in new acts of all genres.

http://www.musicweek.com/news/news_page.asp?newsid=5117

Audion

A quite amazing story, of Audion. http://panic.com/extras/audionstory/

Monday, November 15, 2004

Crowds

Dear NO2ID Supporter, Can you spare a couple of hours in Central London on the morning either of Wednesday 17th or Tuesday 23rd November? On each of those days, NO2ID will be arranging a photo-opportunity to help publicise the campaign that requires a small crowd. If you are available on either day and would like to take part--and don't mind having your picture in the press or (with luck) on television--please contact: volunteer@no2id.net and we will forward details. Sincerely Guy Herbert General Secretary, NO2ID

No Mira No!!!

Ladytron play China!!!!!!!!!!!!!! http://www.ladytron.com/chinatour.htm

Unrepentants, you will be made to pay!

http://www.werenotsorry.com This is like the people who elected $your_guess_here in $your_guess_here, saying they are not sorry after the $your_guess_here ended. And just as outrageous.

RTFB RiF RaF!

RIF

The Meme of Libraries

Tweedy: If they succeed, it will damage the culture and industry they say they're trying to save.

What if there was a movement to shut down libraries because book publishers and authors were up in arms over the idea that people are reading books for free? It would send a message that books are only for the elite who can afford them.

<>Stop trying to treat music like it's a tennis shoe, something to be branded. If the music industry wants to save money, they should take a look at some of their six-figure executive expense accounts. All those lawsuits can't be cheap, either. [...]

http://wired.com/news/culture/0,1284,65688,00.html?tw=wn_tophead_1

*******

:02 David Byrne/ My Fair Lady

WIRED: What's your take on this whole copyright controversy? Is file-sharing out of control?

<>BYRNE: Not really. Imagine if book publishers decided they were against public libraries: Oh no, we don't like this because people can read books without paying for them and it's killing our sales. It's just not true. They might lose a tiny percentage, but they actually gain a lot more. [...] http://www.wired.com/wired/archive/12.11/beastie.html?pg=3&topic=beastie&topic_set=

Its all kicking off today; this article about Numbers Stations was on the front cover of WiredNews, beneath the interview qouted (yes, "qouted") above. Then, there is an interview with the Beastie Boys who are on the cover of the waste paper waster which has the quote emphasized from a former Talking Head.

The infection spreads. The analogies replicate.

Prove identity to surf net in Bangalore Internet surfers in over 50,000 cyber cafés across Karnataka now need to show an identity proof before browsing the web. With an aim to prevent misuse of the Internet by criminals, the state government has made it mandatory for all such cafes to have a record of net users, failing which the police can impound their licenses. "We are introducing this law to check anti-social elements and anti-national activities. Internet is a great medium for communication, but people can also carry out a lot of such (illegal) activities through it," state IT secretary K.N. Shankaralinge Gowda told here. According to the new norms, a surfer needs to display his/her identity card at the cyber café or be photographed by a web camera by the attendant before logging on. --The next stage to this would be to have ID card readers which allow the computer terminal to operate and add your browsing history to your database/ID record and library books etc.--

RIP Jhonn Balance

ed; For about two or three years in the mid 90s he was about the only vocalist I could bear to listen to, and still of about five that actually move me. big sigh.

RIP ODB

Ol' Dirty Bastard

Sunday, November 14, 2004

hedge

Overgrowing Ivy Lands Parish Councillor in Court By Lesley Richardson, PA News A public-spirited parish councillor ended up in court after he trimmed back ivy that was causing a traffic hazard, it emerged today. Brian Lenthall, 52, was arrested and appeared in court three times after trimming back ivy growing on to the roadside at the junction between a lane and a main road in the village of Corfe, near Taunton, in Somerset. [...] Police then arrested Mr Lenthall, an agricultural contractor, searched him, removed all his personal objects in case he tried to harm himself, kept him in a cell for an hour and then charged him with criminal damage. The married father-of-three was DNA tested, had his fingerprints taken and was photographed. He refused to accept a formal caution because it would be an admission of guilt and would have given him a criminal record.[...] Scotsman My emphasis, DNA testing for dropping litter coming soon no doubt. Quite what this acheives beyond covert DNA databasing of the population is unclear to me. - Music On A Long Thin Wire on double vinyl, yeep!

Saturday, November 13, 2004

The Conet Project on NPR

Music by the 'Numbers Stations'

All Things Considered, November 12, 2004 Akin Fernandez's obsession with "numbers stations" -- broadcasts of seemingly random numbers sequences that still remain officially a mystery -- led to a CD set compiling off-air recordings. It's become a cult hit. Matt Cowan reports. [...]

http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=4167689

Top 25 e-mailed stories for the past 24 hours

1 - Music by the 'Numbers Stations' 2 - Music by the Numbers 3 - Kids' Books with Lessons for Life 4 - Johnny Depp: 'Finding Neverland' 5 - Ricing Time: Harvesting on the Lakes of White Earth 6 - 'World 2004': A Global Music Tour with Charlie Gillett 7 - The Guru of Googlewhack [...] There has just been a programme about TCP on NPR. It has caused a flurry of website traffic, blog posts and emails. Downloads at archive.org shot up by around one thousand and are still rising: Top Downloads
1. The Conet Project - Recordings of Shortwave Numbers Stations [ird059] Irdial 6,672 downloads
2. Lackluster - You Are On My Mind EP [mtk119] Monotonik 3,736 downloads
Now, if we had one t-shirt sold for every 10 downloads...that would be cool!

Eid Mubarak

Friday, November 12, 2004

Inns and Taverns of Old London

For all races of Teutonic origin the claim is made that they are essentially home-loving people. Yet the Englishman of the sixteenth and seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, especially of the latter, is seen to have exercised considerable zeal in creating substitutes for that home which, as a Teuton, he ought to have loved above all else. This, at any rate, was emphatically the case with the Londoner, as the following pages will testify. When he had perfected his taverns and inns, perfected them, that is, according to the light of the olden time, he set to work evolving a new species of public resort in the coffee-house. That type of establishment appears to have been responsible for the development of the club, another substitute for the home. And then came the age of the pleasure-garden. Both the latter survive, the one in a form of a more rigid exclusiveness than the eighteenth century Londoner would have deemed possible; the other in so changed a guise that frequenters of the prototype would scarcely recognize the relationship. But the coffee-house and the inn and tavern of old London exist but as a picturesque memory which these pages attempt to revive. Inns and Taverns of Old London

Sonasphere

Sonasphere

The new version of Nao Tokui's Sonasphere is out and is compatible with OS X 10.3. It has a few bugs, but it is a beta after all. Anyway, a nice, principled compositional system. Obviously limited by its narrowly defined scope (sometimes this can be a very good thing), it does its job quite well. [...] From the very good blog Aposteriori.org.

Microsoft wins £500m NHS contract | The Register

Microsoft wins £500m NHS contract | The Register Microsoft has won a £500m contract to provide desktop software to the National Health Service. The deal followed personal negotiations between Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer and NHS IT chief Richard Granger. [...] Press release on the Microsoft site here Bring me the head of Richard Granger

BSOD

zem's bsod page: the big blue screen of death http://www.daimyo.org/bsod/ Blue Screen of Death @ Wikipedia What ever happened to this?

Perfect place to catch viruses

In mad, sad world of government IT procurement the NHS is to have windows at the core of its new IT system according to the BBQ Combining windows and 'cost cutting' sounds like a recipe for disaster, the question then is, how much NIR info would you be able to request by breaking into the NHS system? - And why is this so specifically linked to the old imac?

cash machines still do too

akin - seen similar things on various cashpoints around London too - there's a Lloyds-TSB cashpoint i tried to use on Caledonian Road recently that had defaulted to a Windows '98 error page - again giving instructions how to re-boot the system (!!??!!). erk.

Thursday, November 11, 2004

BT Payhpones run Windows!

This BTinternet payphone: has crashed, with the usual windoze text about pressing F7 and the up arrow key, configuration changes, hardware profiles etc etc: BT, with all of its resources, has not got the sense to develop its own software built on linux to operate its internet payphones. No surprise there!

Congotronics

CONGOTRONICS: KONONO N° 1

Crammed are very excited to release the first volume of Congotronics, a series devoted to the spectacular styles of music which bloom in the suburbs of Kinshasa. These are bands who draw on traditional trance music, to which they've incorporated the heavily-distorted sounds generated by DIY amplification of their instruments, making their music a sonic cousin of some extreme forms of experimental rock and electronic dance music. Congotronics 1 is the long-awaited album by Konono N°1, a band founded in the '70s by Mingiedi and featuring three electric likembés (thumb pianos), megaphones, hand-made microphones and percussion built from old car parts.The album was produced and recorded in Kinshasa by one of the best connoisseurs of Congolese music and old car parts, our own Vincent Kenis. --- At last!!! The release on Crammed is CD only, and FatCat will be releasing it on vinyl in the new year! Apparently they will be touring as well.
Via this slashdot post, an article about how Journalism Distorts Science. Applicable to virtually any science/technology story you might care to think of. While we're on the subject, the remainders section (1st floor) of Waterstones on Gower Street has copies of Baudrillard's The Perfect Crime (the murder of the 'real') for about 5 quid. The image “http://sun3.lib.uci.edu/~scctr/Wellek/baudrillard/baudrillard.jpg” cannot be displayed, because it contains errors. This is not Jean Baudrillard. Good heavens... The image “http://www.philosophyfootball.com/product_images/pimg3b601409cf959_front” cannot be displayed, because it contains errors.

There is nothing wrong with us

If the ways we have been trying to affect change were going to work, they would have by now. If "changing" and "doing" and "improving" worked, we would be a world of perfected beings living in Utopia, and the idea of publishing a book like this would never have occurred to the folks at Conari Press. But that is clearly not our experience of ourselves and the world. The great majority of us are still struggling to become who and what we believe we should be. There is nothing wrong with us Are we really determined to do things differently in the next millennium, or are we going to continue the same tired old ineffective processes, changing only the content to fool ourselves into thinking we are doing something different? Will we continue to try to fix ourselves and the world, or will we find the willingness to sit down and be still long enough to see through the illusion – yes, it is an illusion – that anything needs to be fixed? Will we accept that our beliefs, not the world as it is, is causing our suffering? In my experience, there is much to be sad about. But I am well aware that something that makes me sad might thrill someone else. What I see as the senseless death and destruction of war, another sees as just and righteous retaliation. If I believe my view is the correct one, and that those who do not agree are wrong, I am perpetuating the violence just as surely as if I held a gun. Centuries ago, Zen Master Bunan said, "Die while you are alive and be absolutely dead, then do whatever you want; it's all good." He was talking about dying to our beliefs and assumptions, letting go of our better ideas about how the universe needs to be, and getting really clear that compassionate action comes only from being in the present moment, unencumbered by the dictates of conditioned mind. ...