Thursday, March 31, 2005

Thank you Martin Braun!

Before 1996 it was unknown that the development of permanent weak tones in the human inner ear is influenced by descending signals from the auditory brain. These tones, the so-called spontaneous otoacoustic emissions (SOAEs), have been measured since 1979 with sensitive microphones in the ear canal, and they appear in the majority of healthy ears. For the persons who have them they are normally not audible. As a rule, only a few tones are measured per ear, but in rare cases there can be about 20. The tone frequencies are stable over many years. They range from 0.5 to 10 kHz, the majority lying between 1.5 to 3 kHz. [...] Thank you Martin Braun! ...and thanks for your "gamelan pelog scale of Central Java as an example of a non-harmonic musical scale: Interval distribution. ...and for your "Bell tuning in ancient China: bells of Zeng from 433 B.C"

God's own triplets

Religious right to die Christian Science fiction If the horrific circus surrounding the tragic death of Terri Schiavo isn't taken as a powerful argument for euthanasia.... A tragedy is that it won't be:

"This is not only a death with the sadness it brings, this is a killing," said the Rev Frank Pavone, a spiritual adviser to Ms Schiavo's parents, Bob and Mary Schindler. For seven years her family had fought over whether to keep her alive. The feud continued up to and beyond the moment of her death, when her parents claimed that her husband Michael had denied them access to her bedside.

After Ms Schiavo's feeding tube was disconnected two weeks ago, protesters streamed into Pinellas Park in Florida to keep vigil outside the hospice. There were 53 arrests as they tried to bring her food and water. [...]

Mr Schiavo's lawyer George Felos became a target of harsh criticism and threats while arguing that Ms Schiavo should be allowed to die.

"The most challenging aspect of this case, from a spiritual point of view, has been dealing with these forces of such hatred and negativity," Mr Felos said in an interview last year. "I cannot imagine what would motivate somebody to call up and say, 'We have put your name on a death warrant and if Terri Schiavo dies, you are next."' Such blind hypocrisy is flabbergasting, yet, at the same time, unsurprising. And that makes me sad.

Coming round finally

"If a thousand men were not to pay their tax-bills this year that would not be a violent and bloody measure, as it would be to pay them, and enable the State to commit violence and shed innocent blood". {Henry David Thoreau, "On the Duty of Civil Disobedience", 1849} Thanks for those links AK. Now all thats needed is the fools from StopWar and all those other pacifier groups who facilitate war to get behind the only real solution, and put 10,000,000 people behind it. People are not stupid, at least it appears that SOME people are not entirely stupid. I said it before, marching is useless, and that some other type of action is needed...an action of iniaction, of 'will not', of geting O.U.T. Let them 'bring on' the Iran phase of the project, so that the entire war system can finally be dismantled.

The irresistable urge to tie it all together

http://www.bandtoband.com/

PAYE is killing resistance before it is even born

The image “http://www.peacetaxseven.com/images/heading.jpg” cannot be displayed, because it contains errors. The Peace Tax Seven say everyone is a victim of financial conscription. That we are all made complicit in state ordered killing through our taxes. They are calling for a judicial review of current taxation practices which contravene the human rights of conscientious objectors. They would rather fund non-violent alternatives to war preparations. [.../] See also: The image “http://www.conscienceonline.org.uk/images/imported_images/cartoons/kbweb2.gif” cannot be displayed, because it contains errors. prisoners of conscience Arthur Windsor On 6th March 1986 Arthur Windsor, a Gloucestershire pensioner, was imprisoned for 21 days for refusing to pay £100 of tax. He was the first Conscientious Objector to be imprisoned since conscription ended in 1960. Served the full sentence. Sian Edwards Sian Edwards sentenced to 7 days in Puckleworth Remand Centre on 17 February 1987. Served the full sentence. Nigel Wild Nigel, a Newcastle baker, was sentenced to 28 days in Durham Prison on 23 November 1990 after five years of tax resistance and several court hearings. He served the full sentence. Nigel, who had withheld £182, offered to pay with 182 bread buns, but these were rejected. "It is the military-industrial machine which we are resisting. We must trust our conscience in believing in a juster world", says Nigel Wild. Roger Franklin Roger Franklin is the most recent tax resister to go to prison. Roger has been resisting paying tax on interest from investments for over ten years. In November 1995 Roger was sentenced to 28 days in prison for refusing to pay £600 of capital gains tax. This was the first of ten instalments for a £6,000 tax debt built up over five years. He served 14 days with remission. Roger Franklin was sentenced to 21 days in Gloucester Prison on 22 January 1996. He served 10 days with remission. "As a pacifist, I object to supporting the armed forces. I would not, however, take the extreme position of tax resistance, even on that issue, except when an unjust war is actually being waged. But when it comes to genocide - to preparations for the massacre of the population of whole cities - I feel it is impossible to resist only moderately. An extreme evil demands total withdrawal of support." Roger continues to resist war taxes and has since been made bankrupt by Inland Revenue.

Wednesday, March 30, 2005

nhs

Privacy fears over NHS database A new NHS computer database may threaten the privacy of patients' medical records, the BBC has learned. A senior Department of Health civil servant said people would NOT be able to decide what details were stored [...] BBC ++ Patients will be unable to make a single request for their records not to be held on the NHS Care Records Service. Instead they will have to ask their details are not recorded onto the national medical records database each time they deal with the health service. Any patient who does not want their medical information held on the NHS CRS Service will only be able to do so if they can demonstrate they will suffer significant distress or damage, and will be required to prove this afresh each time they come into contact with an NHS service. e-health - So your medical records will almost certainly be microsofted and all the security flaws that that entails. I tried to get some info about the Electronic patient Register (as it was called in January) but the people at my local surgery knew nothing about it and the then alleged opt outs (which appear to have been removed).

Rockin' the EMP

Dav, you were right, the jam rooms were the best part of the EMP. What a fun museum. Not only do you get to wander round with headsets listening to music and history, but they have a great collection of band posters and paraphernalia to explore. The guitar museum alone was worth it, beautiful examples of the lingeage of the guitar. And the Hendrix rooms were so fantastic! I think the best part was listening to Hendrix's songs and reading the lyrics from his original writings. So inspiring. And he had great penmanship. We tried our best to rock the jam rooms, however we were a little lacking in the guitar skills ... but we emerged quite invigorated! Overall, perhaps it was a little bit Disneyland-ish, but still a cool way to learn about music. I would not say no if I was asked to design an exhibit, what a fun project to work on!

Tuesday, March 29, 2005

Sunday, March 27, 2005

Happy Easter, too

Happy Fertility Weekend everyone, or whatever you want to call it. Any holiday that stretches celebration of fertility over four action-packed days has got to be good. Be sure to fit in as many fertility rites as possible, (the Catholic church be damned) you don't want to miss this opportunity! The snow is starting to melt again!

The cure for blue

What's a solution to feeling blue? I don't want to have a crap*y easter! n.b. I don't imbibe so booooze/etc. isn't going to help... Exercise and cleaning your house.

Happy Easter

EMP

Experience music is great - make sure you have a go on the drums and guitars in the soundproof booths!

Saturday, March 26, 2005

rainy seattle

I am in Seattle this weekend, touring the city. A very wet rainy city. I am in the Seattle Public Library right now, and have already blasted through a roll of 36. Koolhaus has done a fantastic job, the building is incredible. I wish I had chose colour film now, because the colour shifts between spaces are clever. Stainless steel hallways to the elevators that open lime green. Computer stations all black with orange accents. Fantastic. Projections and surprising industrial textures. Loving it! However, there is a very wet dog sitting under the table next to me, a huge Samoid, who let her in here? Going to the Experience Music Project tomorrow, which I hear is great fun. I will report back.

more

Today's mural musing: Gay? I'm not even happy Don't know why I'm seeing so many... probably because I know I'm leaving soon. One more week of freedom in Hackney before I start my job in York. We will have moved completely by the end of April. Saw some friends today, and I know we'll miss them like a brother and sister. That's the hardest part of moving. And, ta mm.

Louder!

Got passed this in an email today, and passing it on to you... Over the Limit ...though I think most of you would be familiar with this already.

It's not springtime yet!

It was so good to be out there and there's a real feeling of nature waking up *cries* Unlike here, where everything was going alright until it had to dump two day's worth of snow on us and get cold again. Spring won't be here for a few weeks! Though I do see some lilly bushes along the side of the house trying valiantly to sprout. All these stories of England in bloom just makes me want to be over there again! What a great countryside. I just had a very bad day printing a lithograph stone. Anyone who's worked with stones know that such a day is worse than most bad days. So, I solace myself with a chai latte and "crushing loneliness." How productive will tomorrow be?!! Has anyone here heard M.I.A? Very good!!!

Friday, March 25, 2005

More of a cyan type mood now

Dear Dr K, thanks for your advice. It being a day off today I decided to get out as you suggested and biked over to my mum's house along some back-streets and it was a *great* English spring day - people out fishing, walking, cycling, tending allotments and many impromptu football matches happening on playing fields and so on. It was so good to be out there and there's a real feeling of nature waking up - blossoms and bees and frogs and things like that, so ta for the encouragement as I feel a lot better for it. I also did a cyanotype today after your earlier posting - here be CD's CD in a plastic sleeve

solution

A long walk in the country air, feeling Spring springing. Followed by a couple of pints of good ale. Take your camera. Today, even a long walk through Dalston and Islington has done it for me! Without the ale, a nice cup of tea whilst listening to blackbird's evensong (at the moment, around 4-6pm) always lifts the heart. Otherwise, you're left with making a substantial and very satisfying noise on your favourite guitar. Make sure you sing along.

I got them blues...

What's a solution to feeling blue? I don't want to have a crap*y easter! n.b. I don't imbibe so booooze/etc. isn't going to help...

When politicans are talking to God, they think they are Him.

Of course, when Bush/Blair et al refer to faith and morality they refer to the particular faiths [or parts of a faith] they like, or those with whom they would like to increase their political power. I've just finished reading Francis Wheen's 'How mumbo-jumbo conquered the world' and he points out, for the last 25 years nearly all front runners for position of US president and UK prime minister, espoused religious views to win the backing of the religious vote. Even Thatcher claimed all her policies were based on Christian teachings. Really enjoyable read. If anyone wants to read this copy then email me [electronical@gmail.com] a safe address to send it to and Ill pop it in the post in return for a book you found enjoyable, which I will either pass on or pass back. In reading the history of nations, we find that, like individuals, they have their whims and their peculiarities; their seasons of excitement and recklessness, when they care not what they do. We find that whole communities suddenly fix their minds upon one object, and go mad in its pursuit; that millions of people become simultaneously impressed with one delusion, and run after it, till their attention is caught by some new folly more captivating than the first. Extraordinary Popular Delusions And The Madness Of Crowds - Charles MacKay. Still haven't got an ipod. (my god, just when will I get with the 21st century??) but with podzilla opening up recording facilites on it (upto 96Khz), I might buy one just for that instead of fumbling with (comparatively) time-limited minidiscs as I do currently.

Thursday, March 24, 2005

The Iranian Threat: The Bomb or the Euro?

The Iranian Threat: The Bomb or the Euro? By Dr. Elias Akleh 03/24/05 "AMIN" - - Iran does not pose a threat to the United State because of its nuclear projects, its WMD, or its support to "terrorists organizations" as the American administration is claiming, but in its attempt to re-shape the global economical system by converting it from a petrodollar to a petroeuro system. Such conversion is looked upon as a flagrant declaration of economical war against the US that would flatten the revenues of the American corporations and eventually might cause an economic collapse. In June of 2004 Iran declared its intention of setting up an international oil exchange (a bourse) denominated in the Euro currency. Many oil-producing as well as oil-consuming countries had expressed their welcome to such petroeuro bourse. The Iranian reports had stated that this bourse may start its trade with the beginning of 2006. Naturally such an oil bourse would compete against London’s International Petroleum Exchange (IPE), as well as against the New York Mercantile Exchange (NYMEX), both owned by American corporations. Oil consuming countries have no choice but use the American Dollar to purchase their oil, since the Dollar has been so far the global standard monetary fund for oil exchange. This necessitates these countries to keep the Dollar in their central banks as their reserve fund, thus strengthening the American economy. But if Iran — followed by the other oil-producing countries — offered to accept the Euro as another choice for oil exchange the American economy would suffer a real crisis. We could witness this crisis at the end of 2005 and beginning of 2006 when oil investors would have the choice to pay $57 a barrel of oil at the American (NYMEX) and at London’s (IPE), or pay 37 Euros a barrel at the Iranian oil bourse. Such choice would reduce trade volumes at both the Dollar-dependent (NYMEX) and the (IPE). Many countries had studied the conversion from the ever weakening petrodollar to the gradually strengthening petroeuro system. The de-valuation of the Dollar was caused by the American economy shying away from manufacturing local products — except those of the military -, by outsourcing the American jobs to the cheaper third world countries and depending only on the general service sector, and by the huge cost of two major wars that are still going on. Foreign investors started withdrawing their money from the shaky American market causing further devaluation of the Dollar. [...] http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article8354.htm

paper surfaces, NOT!!!!

flickr done something strange to my cropping, came from this pdf - Data transfer via skin (Register). Just need the brain tags and voila - downloadable thoughts via a handshake, meep!

"ICH"

America No. 1?

America by the numbers

by Michael Ventura

02/03/05 "ICH" - - No concept lies more firmly embedded in our national character than the notion that the USA is "No. 1," "the greatest." Our broadcast media are, in essence, continuous advertisements for the brand name "America Is No. 1." Any office seeker saying otherwise would be committing political suicide. In fact, anyone saying otherwise will be labeled "un-American." We're an "empire," ain't we? Sure we are. An empire without a manufacturing base. An empire that must borrow $2 billion a day from its competitors in order to function. Yet the delusion is ineradicable. We're No. 1. Well...this is the country you really live in:

  • The United States is 49th in the world in literacy (the New York Times, Dec. 12, 2004).
  • The United States ranked 28th out of 40 countries in mathematical literacy (NYT, Dec. 12, 2004).
  • Twenty percent of Americans think the sun orbits the earth. Seventeen percent believe the earth revolves around the sun once a day (The Week, Jan. 7, 2005).
  • "The International Adult Literacy Survey...found that Americans with less than nine years of education 'score worse than virtually all of the other countries'" (Jeremy Rifkin's superbly documented book The European Dream: How Europe's Vision of the Future Is Quietly Eclipsing the American Dream, p.78).
  • Our workers are so ignorant and lack so many basic skills that American businesses spend $30 billion a year on remedial training (NYT, Dec. 12, 2004). No wonder they relocate elsewhere!
  • "The European Union leads the U.S. in...the number of science and engineering graduates; public research and development (R&D) expenditures; and new capital raised" (The European Dream, p.70).
  • "Europe surpassed the United States in the mid-1990s as the largest producer of scientific literature" (The European Dream, p.70).
  • Nevertheless, Congress cut funds to the National Science Foundation. The agency will issue 1,000 fewer research grants this year (NYT, Dec. 21, 2004).
  • Foreign applications to U.S. grad schools declined 28 percent last year. Foreign student enrollment on all levels fell for the first time in three decades, but increased greatly in Europe and China. Last year Chinese grad-school graduates in the U.S. dropped 56 percent, Indians 51 percent, South Koreans 28 percent (NYT, Dec. 21, 2004). We're not the place to be anymore.
  • The World Health Organization "ranked the countries of the world in terms of overall health performance, and the U.S. [was]...37th." In the fairness of health care, we're 54th. "The irony is that the United States spends more per capita for health care than any other nation in the world" (The European Dream, pp.79-80). Pay more, get lots, lots less.
  • "The U.S. and South Africa are the only two developed countries in the world that do not provide health care for all their citizens" (The European Dream, p.80). Excuse me, but since when is South Africa a "developed" country? Anyway, that's the company we're keeping.
  • Lack of health insurance coverage causes 18,000 unnecessary American deaths a year. (That's six times the number of people killed on 9/11.) (NYT, Jan. 12, 2005.)
  • "U.S. childhood poverty now ranks 22nd, or second to last, among the developed nations. Only Mexico scores lower" (The European Dream, p.81). Been to Mexico lately? Does it look "developed" to you? Yet it's the only "developed" country to score lower in childhood poverty.
  • Twelve million American families--more than 10 percent of all U.S. households--"continue to struggle, and not always successfully, to feed themselves." Families that "had members who actually went hungry at some point last year" numbered 3.9 million (NYT, Nov. 22, 2004).
  • The United States is 41st in the world in infant mortality. Cuba scores higher (NYT, Jan. 12, 2005).
  • Women are 70 percent more likely to die in childbirth in America than in Europe (NYT, Jan. 12, 2005).
  • The leading cause of death of pregnant women in this country is murder (CNN, Dec. 14, 2004).
  • "Of the 20 most developed countries in the world, the U.S. was dead last in the growth rate of total compensation to its workforce in the 1980s.... In the 1990s, the U.S. average compensation growth rate grew only slightly, at an annual rate of about 0.1 percent" (The European Dream, p.39). Yet Americans work longer hours per year than any other industrialized country, and get less vacation time.
  • "Sixty-one of the 140 biggest companies on the Global Fortune 500 rankings are European, while only 50 are U.S. companies" (The European Dream, p.66). "In a recent survey of the world's 50 best companies, conducted by Global Finance, all but one were European" (The European Dream, p.69).
  • "Fourteen of the 20 largest commercial banks in the world today are European.... In the chemical industry, the European company BASF is the world's leader, and three of the top six players are European. In engineering and construction, three of the top five companies are European.... The two others are Japanese. Not a single American engineering and construction company is included among the world's top nine competitors. In food and consumer products, Nestlé and Unilever, two European giants, rank first and second, respectively, in the world. In the food and drugstore retail trade, two European companies...are first and second, and European companies make up five of the top ten. Only four U.S. companies are on the list" (The European Dream, p.68).
  • The United States has lost 1.3 million jobs to China in the last decade (CNN, Jan. 12, 2005).
  • U.S. employers eliminated 1 million jobs in 2004 (The Week, Jan. 14, 2005).
  • Three million six hundred thousand Americans ran out of unemployment insurance last year; 1.8 million--one in five--unemployed workers are jobless for more than six months (NYT, Jan. 9, 2005).
  • Japan, China, Taiwan, and South Korea hold 40 percent of our government debt. (That's why we talk nice to them.) "By helping keep mortgage rates from rising, China has come to play an enormous and little-noticed role in sustaining the American housing boom" (NYT, Dec. 4, 2004). Read that twice. We owe our housing boom to China, because they want us to keep buying all that stuff they manufacture.
  • Sometime in the next 10 years Brazil will probably pass the U.S. as the world's largest agricultural producer. Brazil is now the world's largest exporter of chickens, orange juice, sugar, coffee, and tobacco. Last year, Brazil passed the U.S. as the world's largest beef producer. (Hear that, you poor deluded cowboys?) As a result, while we bear record trade deficits, Brazil boasts a $30 billion trade surplus (NYT, Dec. 12, 2004).
  • As of last June, the U.S. imported more food than it exported (NYT, Dec. 12, 2004).
  • Bush: 62,027,582 votes. Kerry: 59,026,003 votes. Number of eligible voters who didn't show up: 79,279,000 (NYT, Dec. 26, 2004). That's more than a third. Way more. If more than a third of Iraqis don't show for their election, no country in the world will think that election legitimate.
  • One-third of all U.S. children are born out of wedlock. One-half of all U.S. children will live in a one-parent house (CNN, Dec. 10, 2004).
  • "Americans are now spending more money on gambling than on movies, videos, DVDs, music, and books combined" (The European Dream, p.28).
  • "Nearly one out of four Americans [believe] that using violence to get what they want is acceptable" (The European Dream, p.32).
  • Forty-three percent of Americans think torture is sometimes justified, according to a PEW Poll (Associated Press, Aug. 19, 2004).
  • "Nearly 900,000 children were abused or neglected in 2002, the last year for which such data are available" (USA Today, Dec. 21, 2004).
  • "The International Association of Chiefs of Police said that cuts by the [Bush] administration in federal aid to local police agencies have left the nation more vulnerable than ever" (USA Today, Nov. 17, 2004).

No. 1? In most important categories we're not even in the Top 10 anymore. Not even close.

The USA is "No. 1" in nothing but weaponry, consumer spending, debt, and delusion.

Reprinted from the Austin Chronicle. www.citypages.com/databank/26/1264/article12985.asp

http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article8191.htm

mavellous machine

a very Heath-Robinson press Flickr us a pic! I built a small press for sarah once, and made some pretty cool paper with various vegataion additives. Thanks for the links. I guess it was obvious... but I wanted to be sure and my own googling was crap. Still no idea what "Not" means though. (Not rough, not smooth?) I think I'll be trying some Arches Aquarelle (Not and Hot) for more thought-out cyanotypes. At the moment I only have a few 10x8 negatives, which means abstracts are a bit easier and varied for printing. Have just bought a Mamiya C330f TLR though! So 6x6cm contact printing coming soon...

Wednesday, March 23, 2005

Peper

Hi Alun A quick google led me to these pages... http://www.saa.co.uk/paint/faqs.asp http://drawsketch.about.com/library/weekly/aa100702a.htm but basically it's about the amount of heat used when getting the water out of the paper and how that affects the surface when it's dry. I've been experimenting a lot with paper pulp of late. I built a very Heath-Robinson press to make blocks of paper with. Very messy and terrific fun...

hey artists

What, in watercolour paper characteristic terms, is the technical meaning of the descrpitions 'cold-pressed', 'hot-pressed', 'NOT', and 'rough'? OK, so the last one is easy.

SETI is Comfort Eating

We physicists have accelerated particles in the vacuum chambers of expensive accelerators to speeds of 99.99 % of the speed of light. 11mps is absurd. Space is a very large vacuum chamber. These totally misleading comments rank on a par with Dr. Simon Newcombe’s claim in October, 1903, (2 months before the Wright Brothers first flight) that the only way man would fly would be with the help of a balloon. Dr. Bickerton in the 1920s proved “scientifically” that it would be impossible to provide enough energy to put anything into orbit. Dr. Campbell in 1941 “Scientifically” calculated that the required initial launch weight of a rocket able to get a man to the moon and back would be a million million tons. He was, because of his total ignorance about space flight, off by a factor of 300,000,000. All three were, like the SETI cultists, astronomers. With this track record, why believe any of their proclamations? I was involved more than 40 years ago in work on a fusion propulsion system able to eject particles having 10 million times as much energy per particle as in a chemical rocket. This of course was not presented. After all, I was just a promoter. [...] http://frankwarren.blogspot.com/2005/03/friedman-vs-jenningsreality-vs.html Yes indeed; eating greasy food is very comforting for nervous people...or people who need a gig for life!
They punctured my yolk.

iron compounds and sunshine

Cyanotype of our garden today, developed in London Spring sunshine pouring through our windows. From the left: variegated ivy sprouting new leaves, above it a clematis flower, daffodil [dissected], new rose leaf, leaf and flowers and buds from a huge climbing, trailing, evergreen clematis that has so many flowers it looks like a snowdrift. {apologies for the scan quality; bigger view available to friends on flickr}

on the cards

According to the Toady Programme, Andrew Marr (reporter) reckons Labour will actively campaign for ID Cards if(!) the current Bill runs out of time to be put into law. As the Great Chimp said "Bring it on". Anything to expose the stupidity of their scheme. And then they plugged the new new order album. A thought about the card and "identity theft", In terms of preventing credit fraud I don't see why the government should be involved in this anyway, it's not as if the government provides burglar alarms and insurance policies against 'real' theft, they only provide for the police to investigate the crime afterwards - the rest is left to the private sector (and it is voluntary) to have your alarms, insurance and door locks.

Iceland of justice

Japan 'set to free' Bobby Fischer
Japan has decided to allow former world chess champion Bobby Fischer to travel to Iceland, despite US requests for his extradition, Japanese media reported.

Japan's justice ministry made the decision after being shown documents proving Mr Fischer had been granted Icelandic citizenship, reports said.

The chess player has already been detained for eight months near Tokyo.

He is wanted in the US for breaking international sanctions by playing a match in Yugoslavia in 1992. [...]

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/asia-pacific/4374811.stm

Ah yes, a triplet forms in the heart and then passes to the keyboard: Iceland of justice

Tuesday, March 22, 2005

film

I loaded up a b/w film into my camera for the first time in 8 years last week, mainly taking throw away shots - I found an old roll that needs d eveloping and need something to practice on, quite nervous about what I'll find on the old one or if I'll ruin it. - Got me this at weekend. Art-tastic! (Actually some of the tape is only art-verage).

Addendum

[mm: fab] Of course, when Bush/Blair et al refer to faith and morality they refer to the particular faiths [or parts of a faith] they like, or those with whom they would like to increase their political power. The Taliban's moral compass was a duffer, pointing straight to hell. Israel's moral compass is fixed to a tank's gun barrel, so that's OK. The homophobic Christian right's moral compass is up their arse, a bit too much faith perhaps? An atheist's faith in people is, well, just plain wrong! Anyway, today I'm listening to LPs of Julian Bream playing John Dowland's lute music, and Lonesome Organist, and Burning Spear, and Roots Manuva. All the while researching film developers and trying to decide between Ilford's Perceptol and ID11, Kodak's HC110, or Agfa Rodinal. Or even switching to Rollei's new R3 film and developers.

for Brother Alun of the Sceptical Order

Thou shalt not elect fuckwits

A man who repeatedly refused to intervene and prevent prisoners with extremely questionable convictions and/or severe mental health problems from being executed in barbaric, pre-meditated, state-condoned, politically-contrived, media events..... The image “http://image.guardian.co.uk/sys-images/Guardian/Pix/pictures/2005/03/22/bell512.jpg” cannot be displayed, because it contains errors. Awaiting the "What would Dubya do?" T-shirts. [The "bumper stickers" are already here] The separation of church and state is curretnly a topic in british politics as well, with both Blair and Howardmaking church-friendly speeches, climbing over the world's poor, disenfranchised and dead to reach the all-important moral high-ground... implying along the way that only a religious person can possibly do real good and hold real values. "Only faith can provide society with a moral compass" being the blatant subtext. {"Religious faith of all denominations can provide society with a moral compass - a sense of what is right or wrong that doesn't shift in the winds of political expediency." Charles Kennedy} Scum. the older I get, the more I come to hate them and their truly contemptible behaviour. Any faith is a personal choice, and as such does not belong in any public forum. The sooner faith is completely excised from public affairs the better. For example, the currently inflamed debate about abortion is driven by religious beliefs. Making a decision on this (or any) subject based on Christian values is not in the best interests of the entire population, and it must be remembered (and is too often forgotten) that it is the entire population which the political system exists to serve. Unfortunately, it appears that Christian value-driven politics is exactly what is beginning to substantially appear in the UK. [It is an election year. It may also be more apparent than previous.] Multiple vociferous religious groups are putting pressure on the political process, and the lily-livered politicians are bending over and taking it. What's more, they are portraying this as A Good Thing, something Good Citizens should do. Blair, Blair lying, Howard, Kennedy. Recent non-political tripe from all three. The only sense I have heard came from Chief Rabbi Sachs, who insisted that faith and politics should be separated as much as possible and that this would be a benefit to society. Anglican C of E, Catholic, Sikh and Muslim representatives all insisted that religious beliefs must form a basis for political decision-making.

God uses an ugly beige brick

The keyboard that God uses. This is why. Get one to replace your overstylish, over-shitty, under-functional Apple USB keyboard. Laugh in the face of Apple's design department. DO IT!

Victory!

Today out of desperation (and ability) I purchased a bottom-end Mac Mini. It is quite a lovely little machine, completely silent and unobtrusive. Pity my beige Samsung monitor looks like a big ugly brute next to it. Let the blogging resume! ... well, maybe. I have one month left at school so will probably not be around much. It's scary that this is the very final leg of my bachelor's degree! And I'm pretty sure BLOGDIAL has been around for all of it. Whew. Take care everyone. Also, I finally got a pair of these after what was probably a couple of years since Akin's original post about them. They are quite terrific.

Monday, March 21, 2005

by the by

a costly, dangerous failure

Little white porky pie

The image “http://newsimg.bbc.co.uk/media/images/40947000/jpg/_40947265_porkpie_cake203.jpg” cannot be displayed, because it contains errors. I love Northerners. Kew all day Saturday, in 20 degrees of spring sunshine. Woodpeckers pecking, a million crocuses blooming, and love in the air.

Sunday, March 20, 2005

High Impact - No Nonsense

http://thediagram.com/5_1/index.html

Excellent beginning!

Land of the free

Self censorship. Way past pathetic. Beyond contemptible. Imax 'shuns films on evolution'
Robots
Imax cinemas screen science films and blockbusters such as Robots
Several Imax cinemas in the US have refused to show films referring to the theory of evolution for fear of a religious backlash, it is reported.

Viewers at a US test screening judged films which contradicted religious descriptions of man's origins as "blasphemous", the New York Times said.

As a result science films were denied screenings in approximately 12 large-screen Imax cinemas.

Spokesmen for Imax cinemas in the UK were unavailable for comment.

Up the swanee

Picture: John Batten
Composer Sir Peter Maxwell Davies has hit the wrong note with police
The Queen's composer has ruffled feathers after police found the body of a swan at his home.

Sir Peter Maxwell Davies, Master of the Queen's Music, was cautioned over the discovery of the remains of a protected species at his house in Orkney.

He said the bird died after hitting a power line. When police called at his home he offered them swan terrine.

Iraq war case 'fixed by Americans'

Press Association Sunday March 20, 2005 11:43 AM

The head of MI6 told Prime Minister Tony Blair that the case for war against Iraq was being fixed by the Americans to suit the policy, a BBC documentary claims.

In a meeting chaired by Mr Blair in July 2003, Sir Richard Dearlove, head of the Secret Intelligence Service, is on record as saying "the facts and the intelligence" were being "fixed around the policy" by the Bush Administration, according to the programme.

Friday, March 18, 2005

Ebay

http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&category=47596&item=6517772005&rd=1 http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&category=4135&item=6517661810&rd=1

size fooobar

I think it's the size of BLOGDIAL which is slowing it down in the mud, because on other blogger blogs I use (which are much smaller) the load time and the post time is miniscular and problem free. Also, I think blogger really doesn't like it when two users are posting or accessing the "dashboard" at the same time??? f00b4r!

Its not you

Our XServe got hacked. do tell... It is you. The evidence says otherwise; multiple posts from multiple dudes and dudettes...blogger is teh f00b4r. Gotz to get rid of it. 'Pauls Boutique' - indeed - its everywhere. Included should be are the jeans that have 'juicy' across the ass. Oh yes!...'should be are' -'hardened prestootniks'.

It's just you.

It is you. But, in addition, blogger has been particularly naughty over the last day or two. Wanted to add the two best grafitti I saw yesterday... A red postbox on which someone had inscribed "Is it because I is black?" The pavement close to home, upon which someone had stuck, with what looked like a significant quantity of varnish, a sheet of plain A4 paper stating "STOP STARING AT YOUR FEET"

Paul's Bollocks

I hate those crappy Paul's Boutique clothes. You can get them in the big TopShop. It's just some lame fashion graduate not having any ideas of their own. I do like Paul's Boutique as an album though. I played records last night and people danced. Usually they walk out! A little google investigation on those banned Audioscrobbler users leads me to believe they got banned for flaming on the messageboards. I originally thought they might have been bots spamming. Our XServe got hacked. That's as exciting as it gets.

Blogger Crapping out

Is blogger misbehaving badly?

Blogger Crapping out

Is it just me, or is blogger misbehaving badly?

replies

Paul's Boutique I've seen a couple of incidents in leeds of this, I assumed it was an empty cultural lifestyle signifier like topshop motorhead tshirts - Blogger has been behaving like a complete pile of shit for the last three weeks

Thursday, March 17, 2005

the irish in me

I can't stand it when the blog lies emptly, yes emptly. Let me fill it. For the record, mary13 is essentially an Irish riff - every woman in my father's bloodline was named mary, as far as I can remember, even me. So take mary + heritage + cyborgian dreams and it's mary13 all the way. How more patriotic can you get???? Guinness to you, my dears.

Bloodclot!

Has anyone else noticed the arrival of 15, 16... 18 year old girls wearing green army-style jackets with 'Paul's Boutique' emblazoned across the back? The block capital lettering is candy pink fading into bright yellow. Or is it just Hackney? I've seen half-a-dozen this week. Just back from a three-hour stroll round the backstreets of Dalston, Hackney, Shoreditch, Whitechapel, Bethnal Green.... Paul's Boutique is the perfect accompaniment to the slowly setting sun, making the geraniums on our windowsills glow... Hackney backbeat throbbing through the wide open windows. Today felt like the first day of summer, I saw people at bustops slowly removing jackets... a cross between confusion and distrust coming through between the smiles!

Bloodclot!

Has anyone else noticed the arrival of 15, 16... 18 year old girls wearing green army-style jackets with 'Paul's Boutique' emblazoned across the back? The block capital lettering is candy pink fading into bright yellow. Or is it just Hackney? I've seen half-a-dozen this week. Just back from a three-hour stroll round the backstreets of Dalston, Hackney, Shoreditch, Whitechapel, Bethnal Green.... Paul's Boutique is the perfect accompaniment to the slowly setting sun, making the geraniums on our windowsills glow... Hackney backbeat throbbing through the wide open windows. Today felt like the first day of summer, I saw people at bustops slowly removing jackets... a cross between confusion and distrust coming through between the smiles!

Wednesday, March 16, 2005

just publish

Banned! Google gives another: http://www.audioscrobbler.com/user/TheVirus5666/ - LONDON (Reuters) - A [...] advert that parodied 1950's science fiction film "The Blob" has been banned from all childrens' programmes in Britain after leaving kids too scared to watch television, the advertising watchdog has said. Two [...] adverts featured a giant brown blob rolling along a crowded street, terrifying some people who tried to flee while others ran towards it with delight. [...] Six people complained to the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) that their toddlers had been terrified by the adverts, with four refusing to watch television after seeing them and two suffering nightmare [...] Such a wonderful tale instead of being banned it should be played in nurseries. - Budget: (Guardian) · £12m for the arts [...] · Iraq, Afghanistan and "war on terror" cost £4.9bn · Extra £400m for defence expenditure

If this isnt a warning, I dont know what is.

Identity Protection is Up to You
By Trevor Bauknight

Last week, Atlanta-based Choicepoint (http://www.choicepoint.com),
a giant consumer information clearinghouse revealed that some
of the massive amounts of personal data the company stores on
virtually every American citizen was compromised. We found out
about this because some 30,000 Californians received mail
warning them that the personal information in question may have
belonged to them. That was the tip of the iceberg.

Since the initial story broke, we have found out that the
compromised information was not restricted to Californians. Only
the notification was. Why? California is the only state where
the law requires such notification. The company says it sent out
an additional 110,000 letters when investigators told them that
people outside California may have been affected; but the Los
Angeles County Sheriff's office investigating the incident
suspects that the number of people affected may reach half a
million nationwide.

What is ChoicePoint?

ChoicePoint is a data broker holding some 19 billion records
obtained from government, insurance and business sources. The
Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC - http://www.epic.org)
describes the company this way: "According to a recent quarterly
statement filed at the Security and Exchange Commission,
ChoicePoint sells: 'claims history data, motor vehicle records,
police records, credit information and modeling services...
employment background screenings and drug testing administration
services, public record searches, vital record services,
credential verification, due diligence information, Uniform
Commercial Code searches and filings, DNA identification
services, authentication services and people and shareholder
locator information searches...print fulfillment, teleservices,
database and campaign management services...'".

Since its spinoff from Equifax in 1997, the company has built
its massive databases through the strategic acquisition of some
60 companies, among them: Pinkerton, Inc., a pre-employment
screening company; Bridger Systems, a USA Patriot Act compliance
company and Bode Technology Group, a DNA identification company.
According to EPIC: "At Privacy International's Big Brother Award
ceremony held in Cambridge, MA on March 7, 2001, ChoicePoint
received the 'Greatest Corporate Invader' award 'for massive
selling of records, accurate and inaccurate to cops, direct
marketers and election officials.'" Powerful stuff.

What Happened?

The ChoicePoint website points out (in boldface): "This
incident was not a breach of ChoicePoint´s network or a 'hacking'
incident, and did not involve any of ChoicePoint´s customer
information." They're right. The data wasn't stolen. It was
sold. And we can safely say that with a 22% growth on net sales
of $918 million and 4% year-over-year growth in net profit, the
company came out pretty well on the transactions.

Sometime last year, about 50 companies were set up for the
specific purpose of accessing ChoicePoint data and defrauding
private individuals, and these businesses became ChoicePoint
customers in their own right with working logins and passwords.
They proceeded to guzzle and exploit ChoicePoint data; and in
only a few months, at least 750 cases of actual identity theft
originated in the abuse of this data. Organized crime has taken
on new dimensions in the age of the Internet, and to say that
this was "not a breach of ChoicePoint's network", while
technically true, leaves the most important things unsaid.

As the infamous computer hacker Kevin Mitnick
(http://www.defensivethinking.com) points out in his book on
"social engineering" _The Art of Deception: Controlling the
Human Element of Security_, a determined criminal need not be
technologically-inclined to help herself to the data she wants.
ChoicePoint's failure was in doing the very thing it claims to
enable its customers to do -- verify that their customers are
who they say they are.

What Should You Do?

Everyone is potentially impacted by this incident. As private
individuals, you must be ever more vigilant of your personal
identity. Some of the best ways to do that are outlined at the
EPIC site above. Your credit report is usually the first
indicator that something has gone wrong, and checking it
rigorously and regularly for unusual queries, account activity,
etc. should be your first order of business. Mechanisms are
finally being put in place to allow you to do so free of charge,
and details are available at [...]
http://www.sitepronews.com/archives/2005/mar/16prt.html

How could you not quoth it

Sorry, just HAD to quoth the article Dav just linked:
BlockquoteOne thing Green referred en passant struck me as both amusing and oddly resonant. Last year Geoff Travis was given some kind of Mojo Award for his lifetime’s contribution to British music, and at the ceremony, Green and Carl Barat from the Libertines appeared onstage to jointly present the award to their benefactor. That chalk-and-cheese pairing struck me as containing volumes--or at least a decent-sized essay--about the last 25 plus years of British independent music culture. The obvious thing to say would be to see it as symbolizing a contraction of vision, a loss of ambition, sonic risk, and a sense of purpose: from Scritti’s attempt to dismantle rock form and rock ideology to the Libertines rehashing of rock’n’roll's (in)elegantly wasted Romantic dissolute-ness, all that worn threadbare mythology and its attendant sonic clichésBlockquote.
Lovely!

Tuesday, March 15, 2005

Simon Reynolds on Scritti Politti

Simon Reynolds on Scritti Politti

Banned!

http://www.audioscrobbler.com/user/BlitZace/ http://www.audioscrobbler.com/user/Reaper6699/ Banned!

ID lies

It is still being spun/intimated that the Government are 'shelving' their ID Card Bill: From the Labour party website: The Pledge Card: Friday 11 February 2005 The Prime Minister today unveiled Labour's six pledges that ensure a better life for you and your family. The pledges are: [...] · Your country's borders protected: ID cards and strict controls that work to combat asylum abuse and illegal immigration. On Asylum & Immigration: What we are committed to [...] • An identity card scheme. Don't let anyone be fooled. This Bill will be resurrected straight away if Labour win the general election. The Liar is a Lawyer so read the small print. - UK to finger print vistors, issue ID cards to resident visa holders: [World News]: London, Mar.3 : The British government is seriously considering the option of finger printing visitors and issuing identity cards to resident visa holders in a bid to maintain both security and an effective control over its visa delivery regime. [...] "I welcome the PAC's report. UK Visas has already put in place a number of measures to address the PAC's recommendations. In particular, we are expanding the network of Risk Assessment Units to ensure that risk assessment becomes part of our core business [euuuuch!]. We have also agreed new PSA (Public Service Agreement) targets with the Treasury to come into effect from April 2005," said Mullin. [...] "We will fingerprint everyone when they apply for a visa. Through the e-Borders programme information on airline passengers will be checked against UK databases of those who present a known immigration or security threat before they board for the UK. All those here for more than three months will need to carry residence permits, which will act as ID cards. These will provide a simple and secure means of verifying identity, helping us tackle illegal working, organised crime, terrorist activity, identity theft, and fraudulent access to public services. The e-Borders technology will also mean that people's departure from the country is recorded to help target enforcement action against those who overstay," he added. - Telegraph [...]But one would have to look very hard in France for evidence that the legal requirement for identity papers has resulted in any less crime, terrorism, or anything else. Women hate them because they carry a home address. That means that if your purse is stolen with your wallet and keys, the robber is going to go straight to your house. In the end, I could have saved myself the trouble of applying for a carte de séjour, not only because I was never asked for it, but because the key to identity in France is not an ID card but an EDF (Electricité de France) bill. With a recent bill from the state-owned company, you can get a library card, open a bank account and register a car. You can assume that while you might not be asked for your identity card for years at a time, you will be required to present a current EDF bill at virtually every bureaucratic encounter. Since this is what really counts, the identity cards seem a waste of time. But I shall keep mine, if only as a reminder that there is something worse than childbirth.

War Games and Time Wasting

http://www.journalscape.com/pawns_unite I keep saying it. The only way to win is to GET OFF THE BOARD. THE BOARD IS FOR THE BIRDS... FOR THE BIRDS.

Monday, March 14, 2005

Neti potter

Let's try this again - Blogger bumped me! You are right, Akin. The neti pot solution needs some salt to prevent stinging, I guess to match the body's ph. I also believe it works as a disinfectant. I was very curious about neti when I heard about it, and it is a fantastic way to clean your nose, esp. if you feel a cold coming on or suffer from hay fever. I think the pot is a gentler method than snuffing, because you can slowly pour the water through your nose. You will laugh when you try it, but then the water comes out your mouth! You have to discover the proper tilt to the head to make the water flow, and it mightn't work the first few times you try. Just don't blow the water forcefully out though, it will back up into your ears and can be quite uncomfortable. On tooth brushing, if you can find a toothpaste made with neem, give it a try. You will never go back to sugary Crest again.

nasal irrigation

I can imagine it...some sort of cartoon with zooming 3-d graphics of nasal irrigation... "New Naso-Fresh now comes in two exciting flavours, nostro-green minty and sniffalicious meadow-scent, both with added QN7 for bogey reduction and snotstop! Naso-fresh your nose today!"

Neti Pots

The Neti Pot should be used with mildly salty warm water. The water should also not be tap water, which stings your membranes because it is chlorinated. The most amazing part of this for me is that Yogis practiced tooth brushing, and that this sperad into the west. Could this become as widely adopted as tooth brushing? Imagine the permutations in bottle shape and rinsing solution that would appear.

Neti Pots

The Neti Pot should be used with mildly salty warm water. The water should also not be tap water, which stings your membranes because it is chlorinated. The most amazing part of this for me is that Yogis practiced tooth brushing, and that this sperad into the west. Could this become as widely adopted as tooth brushing? Imagine the permutations in bottle shape and rinsing solution that would appear.

Alex BitTorrance

Today I have been mostly listening to Deerhoof and a nice mix/playlist my friend made spanning Oldskool, Garage, Dancehall and Ethiopian Jazz... Please feel free to download it. Deerhoof = Cardiacs / Buffalo Daughter. Or Captain Beefheart as Japanese Schoolgirl.

the lying bastard will never stop!

A further signal that the Government was prepared to write off the ID Card Bill and blame the opposition was provided this morning by former Home Secretary David Blunkett, who told Radio 4's Today programme this morning that he hoped the House of Lords wouldn't block the establishment of the Serious Organised Crime Agency "as they appear to be going to block ID cards." [...] THEREgister Yet more lies from Blunkett. If the government POSTPONES the ID Card Bill it will be solely to minimise the damage caused by their Control Orders Bill in some half hearted attempt not to appear so tyrannical. The fact remains that Liar has promised ID cards on the back of his piece of crap pledge card and will claim a mandate from the people on this issue if Liebour win the election. The pursuit of ID Cards etc. will not be abandoned by Liar and his cohorts, they will chase their implementation like the blood thirsty zeal of foxhounds racing across the gentle countryside, aided by otherwiselawabiding buglers and horsemen to tear apart cuddly vixens. Indeed. - Maybe netipots help bring in more money, I suppose they could double as watering cans for bonsai plants.

clean nostrils

When I began experimenting with yoga, I was introduced to nasal cleansing. I didn't use one of those apparatuses; instead, while showering, I cupped water in my hands, inhaled it through my nose and out my mouth. What resulted was a sharp, stinging sensation in my nostrils, lingering on the edge of refreshing. I gave up the practice after about a year, but after seeing this post I'm inclined to try again. I wonder what the benefit of using a netipot is.

Sunday, March 13, 2005

You are next for this

Nose cleasing with the Rhino Horn Yoga is an ancient system of practical methods used to increase physical and mental well-being. The use of various Yoga techniques is spreading rapidly in our culture today. The cleansing technique of brushing the teeth has been practiced for thousands of years in the Yoga tradition, but it has only been common in Western culture for about 100 years. Now nasal cleansing is also becoming more widespread in our culture...

Neti - neseskylling


Latte art. The Flickr Zeitgeist - ace! This is a real window on the wired world... Losing something physical (say a CD out of your glove box or a pair of knickers) is a lot easier to notice, it makes an immediate physical impact on you and it's also easier to trace (CD was in car, took car to garage, CD gone). Yep, absolutely. My point is though that it's rare that this happens as a result of using the services of a tradesman, as tradesmen want trade and not a bad reputation. We should all be very aware of the risks of identity theft and how data is stored on computers, but at the same time one day our hardware might be so trashed that only someone else can help us. The safety of our identity/personal data is always going to be an issue, so maybe we should put the brakes on holiding it on our hard drives before we get too digital? It's a thorny issue... Posted by Hello

Friday, March 11, 2005

Identheft

Losing something physical (say a CD out of your glove box or a pair of knickers) is a lot easier to notice, it makes an immediate physical impact on you and it's also easier to trace (CD was in car, took car to garage, CD gone). Because people aren't so savvy with computers and IT they may not understand about protecting their files (encryption, safe passwords, etc) and about how easy it could be to gain access to this information. If someone had stolen your identity, where would you look? It could have been someone behind you in the queue at Sainsbury's, or someone stealing your Oyster card. Maybe your machine was hacked (highly unlikely) and that's why you needed it fixing in the first place. I don't think people will think about the physical access to their machine immediately. I don't even encrypt my files, do you? Having said that I can usually fix whatever it is I've broken. Like when I accidently deleted the netinfo.db off our server last weekend and stayed in the office until 9am backing up and reinstalling OS X Server on the XServe. There was no system backup, only the data, so that was a pain. Of course, I've learnt the hard way. I stayed at the office all night trying (and succeeding) to meet a deadline, and now I feel like a zombie. In the last two weeks I've spent far more time here than I have at home. I need a rest. 7"s: Not sure on my favourite. I remember my first, a Bennet tour 7". Curly Shirly. 1996 I think. Bennet were the first band I saw in a small venue. Other 7"s that spring to mind include Shulte Eriksson, Dick Johnson, Yummy Fur, Male Nurse, Bis, Evolution Control Committee, Accelera Deck and Girlfrendo. 7"s remind me of being young, finding weird, badly packaged 7"s in my local store full of wonderful sounds. These days I hardly buy them, although there's still a lot of good stuff being put out there. Les Georges Leningrad, Simon Bookish, etc. Also the FatCat stuff, I love the XinliSupreme and Drowsy 7"s, but you're right Alun, they're not the same as they used to be. I like the fact that 7"s also seem quite throwaway or low risk, that people can put stuff out that they might not risk on 12" or even CD. V/Vm's Pigs, Janek Schaefer's Recorded Delivery and another 7" I have of the 2 minute silence at Princess Diana's funeral. All very 'weird' recordings, not the usual sort of listen, not really any kind of listen past the first cursory glances, but great records all the same, because they exist (and I have them). And then the more 'high-risk' stuff that gets put out on limited numbered 7"s on anonymous labels. Dancehall Bootlegs. Cassetteboy's Di and Dodi Do Die. Tigerbeat6's fight club series. All those bastard pop mash ups from 2001/2. 7"s are very collectable, maybe more so than 12"s or CDs. Definitely more than CDs. Maybe it's the size, or again, this curious quality they have. Did Irdial ever release any 7"s? Maybe I'll go on a 7" shopping spree next week. I am playing some records at slash/ on Thursday and that will be vaguely dancable, noisy guitar things. The perfect music for a 7". I just remembered my favourite 7": Grauzone - Eis Baer. Most of all 7"s are cute. Like cassettes. And Japanese schoolgirls. Collectable, fetishistic, pop and cute.

Paranoid

dishonest water-based plumber ... could open the doors to your house Yes but poissoning your water isn't 'useful'. As for locksmiths I think a sleepless night is in order.

Comboys pt2

..."digital plumbers" Would you ever ever ever let a stranger fiddle with your home computer? Well lots of non-techy people have to. I've broken things I couldn't fix before on my PC and have had to trust the digital plumbers as much as I'd trust a real plumber. Small businesses thrive on reputation so it's in their interests to have ethics and word of mouth recommendations/damnations go a long way. Just think of the potential 'identity theft' - copying your home directory, browser cache, system prefs, installing spyware... Valid, yes, and doubtless we will hear of cases like this, but again, a dishonest water-based plumber could poison your water tanks, steal your underwear etc. and a car mechanic could steal your CDs out of the glove compartment and a locksmith could open the doors to your house. But these things don't happen very often as there are some people who can be trusted...aren't there? Or are there...?

Comboys

BBC says A new qualification for "digital plumbers" is to help train people to become bona fide "home network" fixers [...] Would you ever ever ever let a stranger fiddle with your home computer? Just think of the potential 'identity theft' - copying your home directory, browser cache, system prefs, installing spyware...

Barbarella Fitzgerald

Jane Fonda is 67. I am feeling old!
Dollar tumbles as Japan's Premier hints at sell-off By Gary Duncan THE dollar came under renewed assault on currency markets yesterday after the Japanese Prime Minister triggered speculative attacks on the US currency. Junichiro Koizumi put the dollar under fire after he told a committee of Japan’s Parliament that he believed his country should shift some of its huge foreign reserves holdings out of the currency. Good news amongst the bickering at exactly how people are to be held without trial.

The laughs keep coming

"This is a really unexpected and unwelcome precedent where people who don't like decisions of our state courts can use an international court as their court of appeal," he said. "We have a system of justice that provides people with due process and review of their cases, and it's not appropriate that there should be some international court that comes in and reverses decision of our national courts." http://www.cnn.com/2005/US/03/11/vienna.convention/index.html This joke is still funny!

Wednesday, March 09, 2005

Takes one to know one

The Human Rights Record of the United States in 2004 (The Information Office of the State Council of the People's Republic of China, March 3, 2005) (Ah, the sound of tinkling glass) - I fought the law, and the Lords won?

Micronews reports

http://www.entter.com/

seven inches

What's the favourite 7" single you own? Haven't looked at or played any 7"s in quite some time. Brought the lot down from the top of a bookshelf this evening to force a trip down memory lane, more than half expecting to be whisked back to the 90s by the sleek undesign of some photocopied sleeve. Memories in xerox'd form never materialized, but I did come across a couple of 7"s that are kind of interesting: the first couple of I'm Being Good singles on Infinite Chug; a The Dead C single on Forced Exposure that for the life of me I can't remember the sound of, or even purchasing; a Stock, Hausen & Walkman single on Eerie Materials that freaked me out in a good way when I first discovered their warpedness; and a compilation on RRR that fits 100 locked grooves on to a 7" record with submissions from the likes of Borbetomagus, Bee Queen, Con Demek, Skullflower, Caroliner Rainbow and 95 others. Oh for the want of a college radio show again...

Tuesday, March 08, 2005

An online friend in Australia has got together with some other friends and made this live tool plugin. Currently it's only available for OSX. A windoze/VST port is in the works. edited to add: btw, this is free.

My 7 inch record

I used to buy lots of 7"s... but stopped maybe 10 years ago. I associate 7"s with 'pop' songs in general, and with artists whose music I'd otherwise never listen to. Thus, I own Madonna's Like A Virgin, REMs Superman, and plenty of pre-Unforgettable Fire U2 singles. Recently I've bought a couple of FatCat 7"s (brown cardboard sleeve), and a Loren Connors one (plain green paper sleeve), but they're not as appealing in some way as the gaudy covered pop songs... or those picture disc temptations like PWEI's There is no love, Cure's Just like heaven, Curve's ten little girls, B52's Rock Lobster... I don't really 'listen' to many 7"s, instead grabbing a handful when the mood takes and playing them loud as I do other things, singing along, not minding the rapid turnover but anticipating it. They are the disposable, carefree, pick'n'mix part of my record collection. It is where Sonny and Cher, Small Faces, Lloyd Cole, March Violets, Levitation and the Beastie Boys all hang out together. So favourites are mood specific. Yesterday it was Prince, Let's Go Crazy!

Decisions decisions

What's the favourite 7" single you own? I thought about this for a while, and one of my favourite recent 7"s is by tetrapak '"My Brother's records ending". This beautiful, emotional, record evokes every time you ever played a record, in the space of a 7". It is pure genius on white vinyl.

Computerworld

Hello all, I have been rather absent of late and will be even more absent in the future. My computer has once again broke down, and I don't know how to fix it (the problem is very complex). I have decided not to fix it at all - there is too much time and effort involved in its rehabilitation and it is simply too shitty a computer to bother putting any more time into (seriously... this computer is from 1997). I will try to make the odd update through the odd computer terminal, but they will not be frequent. Now I just have to scrounge up a few thousand bucks for a g5... computers sure are pricey eh?

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Monday, March 07, 2005

seven inches of fun

What's the favourite 7" single you own? snd systems medley has two of the most beautiful locked grooves i've heard. I'm not so big on 7" can't really remember what I've got. (not many). My records are barely arranged at all. Ways I have used before: A-Z, 0-9 colour of spine record label (not by cat. number) artist (non-alpha) and most successfully "take from mid-left - file on hard-right" but unfortunately the constant movement ruins the sleeves (best for cds). Not having job is nice but unfortunately wolves and doors make an inevitable appearance.

Twenty thousand downloads...and counting

Top Downloads
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Various Artists

Martin Rowson gets in on the act. The image “http://image.guardian.co.uk/sys-images/Guardian/Pix/martin_rowson/2005/03/07/0307rowson512.gif” cannot be displayed, because it contains errors. Having a 45rpm day. What's the favourite 7" single you own? And why? Listening to: Sundays, Can't be sure Wonderstuff, A wish away Timbuk3, Future's so bright (I gotta wear shades) Scout Niblik, Uptown top rankin Siouxsie, Dear Prudence Smash, Lady Love Smiths, Hand in glove Sandie Shaw, Hand in glove Spearmint, Sweeping the nation ... and on... Can you tell my records are arranged alphabetically? Hmmm... Home-made egg mayo and bacon sandwiches in home-made 3-day sourdough for lunch. I love not having a job. I also wanted to post this interview with Robert Crumb. The biopic Crumb was disturbingly stunning. Or stuningly disturbing, more like.

Sunday, March 06, 2005

Linkage

Nakagin Capsule Hotel. Vimeo - seems to be like Flickr for video. Machina Dynamica intelligent chip improves CD sound quality in the blink of an eye.

Soundhack

"what I wish to do with sounds can by and large not be done with computers.as far as I am concerned, the soundhack spectral shapers represent the first time I have really seen a set of tools that I will actually use, and that embody the beginnings of an approach to the manipulation and moulding of sonic data in a way that I consider 'correct' and actually valid for the exploration of sound on a very deep level, unencumbered by the overt imposition of a mindset the user is forced to adopt based on the ego of the programmer. I applaud and welcome this first set of plug-ins, and anxiously await the next set." andrew m. mckenzie the hafler trio reykjavk january 2004 Soundhack

Friday, March 04, 2005

Montage a Google

http://grant.robinson.name/projects/montage-a-google/

Numbers!

8200 = 8 + 213 + 0 + 0. 8201 = 8 + 213 + 0 + 1. 8202 = 8 + 213 + 0 + 2. 8203 = 8 + 213 + 0 + 3. 8204 = 8 + 213 + 0 + 4. 8205 = 8 + 213 + 0 + 5. 8206 = 8 + 213 + 0 + 6. 8207 = 8 + 213 + 0 + 7. 8208 = 84 + 24 + 04 + 84. 8209 = 8 + 213 + 0 + 9. http://www.stetson.edu/~efriedma/numbers.html

low fat

(Does it really exist? ) ...Perhaps she meant "light" cream as opposed to "heavy" cream? Although, you can now find low carb milk in the States, they call it a "dairy beverage," I call it blasphemy.

strange things afoot at the circle K

Thats the second time I've deleted the multiple posts (which I only posted once). Weird things are happening for me with Blogger. I have trouble logging in (it takes forever sometimes) and publishing even longer with bizarre results at times (as seen on tv). Anyone else having these kinds of troubles or has the family curse returned? I find synaesthesia interesting as only the person affected experiences it. Ultimately, we all experience this 'reality' differently but to have crossed wires like this must be both fascinating and disturbing and is a completely subjective experience. I wonder what the chart would look like if the test subject was someone like Xenakis?

lack of taste

You have to question the sensibilities of a person... who knows what 'low-fat cream' tastes of. (Does it really exist? )

cliche

Minor second: Sour Major second: Bitter Minor third: Salty Major third: Sweet Fourth: Mown grass Tritone: Disgust Fifth: Pure water Minor sixth: Cream Major sixth: Low-fat cream Minor seventh: Bitter Major seventh: Sour Octave: No taste Am I the only one to notice that she thinks the minor second and major seventh BOTH taste sour?! This is quite the most ridiculous, cliched report! I take offense to this woman who clearly associates "dissonant" sounds with "bad" flavors. The tritone is a simple cream-puff pastry, and the minor seventh is a creme anglaise. (The sixths have more nuttiness then cream to them.) I do agree that the minor third is a bit salty, but only a fool would think the octave has no flavor, the octave is oaky smell, a broad charcoal-like bouquet, with a fruitiness that lingers in your mouth.... This article is another underhanded attack on the complex deliciousness that is dissonance. You have to question the sensibilities of a person who thinks a fourth tastes like "mown grass," she is clearly longing for something long since past, some romantic, inane innocence.

If music be the food of love then what flavour is Irdial?

"A recorder player has fascinated neuroscientists with her ability to taste differences in the intervals between notes. The condition in which the brain links two or more of the senses is known as synaesthesia, and some sense combinations are relatively common. But this is the first time that the ability has been found to help in performing a mental task, such as identifying a major third. Elizabeth Sulston was at school when she first noticed that she saw colours while hearing music. She realized that the same was not true of her peers, although linkage of tone and colour is a known synaesthetic combination. As she began to learn music more formally, she found that when hearing particular tone intervals she experienced a characteristic taste on her tongue. For example, a minor third tasted salty to her, whereas a minor sixth tasted like cream. She started to use the tastes to help her recognize different chords. [...]" http://www.nature.com/news/2005/050228/full/050228-9.html