Saturday, April 30, 2005

Google Sightseeing

A comment from the previous link I posted lead me Google Sightseeing, and now I'm hooked. The boneyard is still my favourite.

Area 51

the_unexplained: So tonight I spied on Area 51. Actually I wonder if there are any secret military bases in the UK?

Friday, April 29, 2005

first to floss

... like having a piece of the future on your waist ... !!

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Belt Buckle!

Absolut genialer Retrosound!

Check out the sample Rhythmen mit Bass etc. MP3

Don't feed the man

The BPI radar means that now people in the UK can spurn 'the man'

The Crappiest Poll EVER

Your Taste in Music:

Geräusch-Kunst: Null Influence

My taste in music (apparently)

Your Taste in Music:

80's Pop: High Influence
Heavy Metal: High Influence
Progressive Rock: High Influence
80's Alternative: Medium Influence
90's Alternative: Medium Influence
Alternative Rock: Medium Influence
Classic Rock: Medium Influence
Dance: Medium Influence
80's R&B: Low Influence
80's Rock: Low Influence
Hair Bands: Low Influence
Old School Hip Hop: Low Influence

Thursday, April 28, 2005

Every Home Should Have This Kit! Keep this kit next to your first aid box.

I - the Existentialist

You scored as Existentialism. Your life is guided by the concept of Existentialism: You choose the meaning and purpose of your life.

“Man is condemned to be free; because once thrown into the world, he is responsible for everything he does.”
“It is up to you to give [life] a meaning.”
--Jean-Paul Sartre

“It is man's natural sickness to believe that he possesses the Truth.”
--Blaise Pascal

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I concur

Barrie, I know Vancouver is not far away from Edmonton, but Malaspina Printmakers Society is an artist-run center with lovely studios, and a great location. Probably a good resource too, for studios in other countries, contacts. I'd travel if I were you, as far as you can. Now is the time. As for Blogdial love, well, I'd still sport the chrome masthead if it were a belt buckle.

No wonder its marked 'SECRET'!

Possible consequences of acting without a second resolution

32. In assessing the risks of acting on the basis of a reasonably arguable case, you will wish to take account of the ways in which the matter might be brought before a court. There are a number of possibilities. First, the General Assembly could request an advisory opinion on the legality of the military action from the International Court of Justice (ICJ). A request for such an opinion could be made at the request of a simple majority of the States within the GA, so the UK and US could not block such action.

Second, given that the United Kingdom has accepted the compulsory jurisdiction of the ICJ, it is possible that another State which has also accepted the Court's jurisdiction might seek to bring a case against us. This, however, seems a less likely option since Iraq itself could not bring a case and it is not easy to see on what basis any other State could establish that it had a dispute with the UK. But we cannot absolutely rule out that some State strongly opposed to military action might try to bring such a case. If it did, an application for interim measures to stop the campaign could be brought quite quickly (as it was in the case of Kosovo). 33. The International Criminal Court at present has no jurisdiction over the crime of aggression and could therefore not entertain a case concerning the lawfulness of any military action. The ICC will however have jurisdiction to examine whether any military campaign has been conducted in accordance with international humanitarian law.

Given the controversy surrounding the legal basis for action, it is likely that the Court will scrutinise any allegations of war crimes by UK forces very closely. The Government has already been put on notice by CND that they intend to report to the ICC Prosecutor any incidents which their lawyers assess to have contravened the Geneva Conventions. The ICC would only be able to exercise jurisdiction over UK personnel if it considered that the UK prosecuting authorities were unable or unwilling to investigate and, if appropriate, prosecute the suspects themselves. [...]


36. Finally, I must stress that the lawfulness of military action depends not only on the existence of a legal basis, but also on the question of proportionality. Any force used pursuant to the authorisation in resolution 678 (whether or not there is a second resolution):

· must have as its objective the enforcement the terms of the cease-fire contained in resolution 687 (1990) and subsequent relevant resolutions; · be limited to what is necessary to achieve that objective; and · must be a proportionate response to that objective, ie securing compliance with Iraq's disarmament obligations.

That is not to say that action may not be taken to remove Saddam Hussein from power if it can be demonstrated that such action is a necessary and proportionate measure to secure the disarmament of Iraq. But regime change cannot be the objective of military action. This should be borne in mind in considering the list of military targets and in making public statements about any campaign.

(signed) ATTORNEY GENERAL 7 March 2003 [...],2763,1472450,00.html

!!!!!!!!! Pure Dynamite!


California proposes requiring baby ID numbers Prisonplanet SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - California's attorney general introduced pioneering legislation on Tuesday that would require all babies born in the nation's most populous state to bear tiny identification numbers. The bill, aimed at helping investigators solve crime, would require pediatric doctors to submit birth records to a state registry starting in 2007. Anyone bringing babies into the state not bearing the tiny serial number etched by laser could be punished for up to a year in prison. "We are losing too many of our young people to seemingly random shootings and anonymous killers," California Attorney General Bill Lockyer said in a statement. The bill "will strip criminals of their anonymity and give law enforcement evidence it can use to quickly and effectively solve more gun crimes." Shocking


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a hedonistic existentialist writes...

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Hedonism seems very high, guess I should lighten up a bit.

Wednesday, April 27, 2005

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You scored as Hedonism. Your life is guided by the principles of Hedonism: You believe that pleasure is a great, or the greatest, good; and you try to enjoy life’s pleasures as much as you can. “Eat, drink, and be merry, for tomorrow we die!” More info at Arocoun's Wikipedia User Page...



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Vile...but then Its vile, but then, what the HELL are you doing buying corporate prostitute music? You feed the enemy and complain that they abuse you...not very smart! If you are frightened of CDs that might not fit your consumer, then double check them with the RIAA Radar service from MagnetBox. There arent any excuses anymore; use the internet to find whats good, dont buy from the bad guys, honour and patronize the people who do the right thing and stop complaining, because it acomplishes absolutely NOTHING.

What philosophy do you follow?

You scored as Existentialism. Your life is guided by the concept of Existentialism: You choose the meaning and purpose of your life.

“Man is condemned to be free; because once thrown into the world, he is responsible for everything he does.”
“It is up to you to give [life] a meaning.”
--Jean-Paul Sartre

“It is man's natural sickness to believe that he possesses the Truth.”
--Blaise Pascal

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What philosophy do you follow? (v1.03)
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Can you have group del.i's? meauxtwo, it's possible to subscribe to all/any user's del.i's and then every link that user links goes into your inbox (which has it's own rss stream, i am sure you know this.) It might also be something worth considering to create a single del. tag, such as 'blogdial,' and then it would be possible to go the tag 'blogdial' for all users and it would have its own RSS feed, meaning all links by blogdialians would be feedable anywere else. here we go:Blogdialat I've got a new motto, if you want to know it, it's: you can't lead a horse to water, but you can make it drink


British devolution: Wales & Scotland although having regional assemblies have representatives in the UK parliament because there are issues that haven't been devolved to their assemblies (many fiscal powers have been witheld), this also gives rise to the so called 'West Lothian Question" where Scottish (and I suppose Welsh) MPs can vote on policy applied solely to England. Representatives of the regional assemblies are voted for in separate elections and have no legislating rights in the UK parliament.


While we are having our love-in, I like the esoteric/specialised knowledge that everyone brings, looking back at the archives the amount of tech stuff seems lower now. Barrie you should cast your eye over Telle's links, also to avoid flat staring remember the thought 'what haven't I been told lately'. Can you have group del.i's? - The inside view of the Vitamin B12 show is at steviecat's livejournal

Reuters abuses photoshop

The one on the right is the 'original' sepia. Hmmmmmm!!!!!??

someone go see these

Performance lectures at BALTIC centre for contemporary art 26.05.05 andrew mckenzie 09.06.05 bill drummond I would have liked to see this whole series if I was in the area. This kind of performance idea interests me incredibly as I am starting to see it form in my visual works, which are beginning to suggest a more public role or direction for themselves. The art you make tells you what to do, never pretend it is ever any different.

Forgot to ask something

Davros asked something along the lines of my plans after University. Well, I am taking a year off to work and will probably be working in a rented studio with printing presses and such, in order to further my work or at least keep my juices flowing. During the year off I will be getting ready to apply to several schools for postgraduate studies, and my search for places to apply to starts now. I am not limited to Canada either - I may be able to travel. I am thinking that I should just refuse to study in the us of a though. So, I ask Blogdial whether anyone knows of any interesting schools I could look into. I'm looking for 2-year or more MFA programs. Such information would be totally helpful. Aphex Twin - "rhubarb." Wow.

Looking back with "D"

Blogdial reminiscences? The big arguments/discussions. The excitement of sharing exciting things with exciting people. Being called "leet" for the first time. People changing their names. Meeting Josh Carr in real life! *more to come, maybe*

Tuesday, April 26, 2005


has anyone made a film about numbers stations yet? has anyone contacted you to enquire about it?

Is that all?

People 'spend £1.5m' during lives Is that all? I'm really surprised, it seems quite a small amount, I would have imagined it to be more, a lot more. Considering the amount of debt I'm in already, at less than quarter of a century, and the fact that I have been earning (and spending) around £1000 a month for a couple of years. I'll update you on ATP later, I missed Vitamin B12, although I did meet, albeit briefly, one of them. My highlights were Afrirampo and James Chance and the Contortions. My highlight was when someone said they liked reading what I wrote. Ha! I have such a fragile ego.

Reminisces, the Art Theft, politics

Dav: I should be taking slides of my work from the past two years some times soon... I need to find a decent place to take them first. Then I plan to set up my own webpage but I suppose in the meantime those could go on Flickr. A good idea, sir. I am very sick today, my body is fighting back after having been treated so poorly. Hopefully this is brief. Yesterday I had a piece of art I made stolen, a hand-bound book of woodblock prints. It had been set up, along with several much larger prints, in the studio for display for the grad exhibition jury - and had been stolen before they got a chance to look at it. They said if it is found before the exhibition starts then it can be displayed next to my larger prints. This is a very weird situation. Who would steal such a thing? What kind of total bastard would want to do that? Not happy. Not happy at all. This book was not editioned and I don't have the money right now to do it again (it contained some digital printing which is exxxpen$ive). The campus police are on the case so hopefully it will be tracked down. The studio is card-access only so we will be able to find out who entered the studio when. One of my favourite Blogdial postings was the one about the "Musique Concrete Smash Hits." There have been many many others but my sick brain has a compromised memory at the moment. I learned about Celibadache from Blogdial too. And a lot of good information about European politics. Speaking of politics, a friend and I were discussing how we did not understand how British federal government works. Does the Federal election affect Scotland and Wales? What is the status of Scotland and Wales? Are they semi-autonomous, with their own parliaments, or what? We were unable to clarify this. This isn't common knowledge at all. Yeah!

The Best Bits

Blogdial reminiscences? Getting and putting up the mastheads - the quality and artistry of the people here constantly inspires isnt all over!
what you are worth to them.

i love Blogdial. only today, an ancient post by Irdial Discs regarding a harpsichordist named Elisabeth Chojnacka helped me to brighten the life of the smelly old codger who runs (and probably comprises the complete membership of) The Balfe Archive. also, i have this forum to thank (and Alun in particular) for turning me on to R.H. Blyth, who has become my favourite writer since Julian Cope (they have much in common, actually).

what are your favourite Blogdial reminiscences?


Just thought I'd let you know that your site is a Googlewhack.
By typing in "crepuscular" and "stringbean" in the Google search engine, one, and only one, entry came up, and it was your site.
Unfortunately, this rare find is not eligible to be entered as an official Googlewhack (in the "Whack Stack") because the dictionary uses does not recognize "stringbean" as one word, but rather two words or hyphenated, which doesn't count.
Jim the Cat

A Big Black Man

"If you want to learn how to play anything you want to play and learn how to make songs yourself, you take your guitar and you go to where a road crosses that way, where a crossroad is. Get there, be sure to get there just a little 'fore 12:00 that night so you'll know you'll be there. You have your guitar and be playing a piece there by yourself. . . . A big black man will walk up there and take your guitar, and he'll tune it. And then he'll play a piece and hand it back to you. That's the way I learned to play anything I want." That link shows where that is.

The Bruge Group

From that Forbes article, a link to the essay released by The Bruges Group who wikipedians say is:

...a euro-sceptic think tank associated with the British Conservative Party. It claims to be an all-party group but its Honorary President is the Baroness Thatcher and it has no non-conservative politicians on its board.

Its co-chairs are Brian Hindley and Norman Lamont, and its Director is Robert Oulds.

And here is some of the article:

[...] If the statement that you have no right to do something is to have meaning, then somebody else must have a right to penalise you if nevertheless you do it. The Charter doesn't specify who in the EU has that right or what the penalties will be. Setting out empty legal boxes, though, invites ambitious politicians and bright lawyers to try to fill them. Do we really want to allow such a process to start? Surely not: freedom of speech is too important to become a plaything in the political process-especially the political process of the EU, where support for free speech is often so qualified that it is closer to hostility than support.

Some shrug Article 54 aside. It is, they say, mere rhetoric or bombast, of a type that EU membership should by now have familiarised us with: we ought not to worry about it. Over the years, though, a lot of words and provisions that successive British governments dismissed as idle Continental rhetoric have damaged us. Even if it is bombast, we should worry about Article 54. Tolerating Continental posturing that has no injurious potential is one thing: to shrug aside postures that threaten vital freedoms is quite another. [...]


Even the French understand that this constitution is dangerous. It cant possibly survive referendums in all the EU states.....hmmmmm

The Funniest Article of The Week

Liberty, European-Style Dan Seligman, 04.25.05 Companies, People, Ideas The EU has funny ideas about human rights. For example, the idea that free speech is not among those rights. Viewed from 3,000 miles away, the European Union looks like a kind of parallel United States. On both sides of the Atlantic, living standards are high, government is democratic and educated people speak English. View it up close and you see striking differences. One of them is that America has the First Amendment and Europe doesn't. You can argue endlessly about whether the Founding Fathers intended the free speech clause--"Congress shall make no law Š abridging the freedom of speech"--to protect flag-burning and nude dancing. But news stories from assorted Old World democracies make a persuasive case that they badly need a First Amendment over there. Not impeded by one, governments engage in a degree of speech suppression unimaginable in the U.S. A lot of the suppression takes place via national "speech codes" somewhat similar to those imposed on numerous American campuses in the 1990s but repeatedly struck down by First Amendment rulings. Here, for example, is a news story (broadcast by the BBC) reporting that Croatia, currently a candidate for EU membership, is broadening its laws against "hate speech" so that it would be criminal to engage in "spreading racism and xenophobia." Here is another story reporting that a respected political scientist in Finland--he happens to be the father of the country's prime minister--was being investigated by the "central criminal investigation department" for an interview he gave to a newspaper, in which he expressed the view that Africa's economic problems reflected low intelligence, not the heritage of colonialism. (He was eventually cleared.) [...] !!!!!! Honestly, this is a case of the blind telling the crippled how to knit a jumper. It is hilarious in so many ways, outrageous, absurd, simple beggars belief. Or does it? This is the mentality we have come to expect from Americans now, blinkered, insular, ignorant, fingerpointing, lawbreaking, murdering, porn peddling, rights abusing, pot the kettle black calling, lying, destabilizing, stupid, moronic, bigoted, warmongering, lie spewing, terror exporting evil dismantlers that they have become. The European constitution is bad. It was written bad deliberately, by people with more common sense , humanity and education than anyone in the current Bush administration. They wrote that constitution with the american model very much in mind - what the drafters of the EU constitution wanted to avoid at all costs is Europe turning into another america, a nation suffering from the death of its moral centre, raging like a wild animal all over the world, exporting cultural poison, murder, instability hatred and nonsense wherever they go. A country without a national health system has no business telling any civilized country that they are not goverened properly, and any nation that handcuffs a 5 year old girldoesnt deserve to exist at all. Look at all the abuses that took place just before the last election in the usa; Forbes would be spending its time and ink far more productively if it turned its bloodshot eye inward to its own countries failings, which are legion, rather than pointing its bony finger at the EU, where at least if you get sick, ANYWHERE in the EU, a doctor will see and treat you - for nothing, where the governments, problematic as they are, are for PEACE and not WAR. One of you may now take up the baton....


THE wound in my uncle Toby's groin, which he received at the siege of Namur, rendering him unfit for the service, it was thought expedient he should return to England, in order, if possible, to be set to rights. He was four years totally confined, -- part of it to his bed, and all of it to his room ; and in the course of his cure, which was all that time in hand, suffer'd unspeakable miseries, -- owing to a suc- cession of exfoliations from the oss pubis, and the outward edge of that part of the coxendix called the oss illeum, ---- both which bones were dismally crush'd, as much by the irregularity of the stone, [...] Tristram Shandy

safety in

Speaking of blogdial as a repository of interesting articles there is an interesting review of new books about global espionage and the history of Anglo-American military code breaking efforts here: Black Arts by Thomas Powers at NY Review of Books. Worthwile historico-politico reading for those interested in the subject, even slightly. Includes a fun 1930's quote from the father of American cryptography, Herbert O. Yardley: The chief danger of an air raid, he said, was splintered glass from windows. Thus, when one hears the siren one should get a drink, lie down on a couch and put two pillows over oneself—one pillow over the eyes and the other over the groin...if the eyes or groin were injured, life was not worth living.

Monday, April 25, 2005

l33t h4X0r

l33t h4X0r story

Bazbertical Suttcliffio

Related, there needs (needs) to be some kind of information repository that any blogdial member can go to and easily find 100% useful, interesting and provocative articles on the internet when one feels this state of flat non-productivity going on. Barrie, it existeth! It's Blogdial itself!!! We *are* what we *need*. Alternatively, Wikipedia is proving to be a great source of good articles for me. Has anyone here added an article yet? Furthermore I would really like to see the fruits of your college years, esp the printmaking. Get a Flickr account and pop some up, or get a special site up! Having been there myself, a Fine Art Degree can be a very hard thing to do. Have you any plans for how you might continue with your artwork out of college? Now, the supermarket calls, for food, and then continuing to watch Heimat 1 on VHS from 1987 (including bits of preceding programmes inbetween). Heimat 2 and 3 are coming on BBC4 this summer I believe! (*Excited*).

Editorial Licence Fee

Secondly have you heard that new numbers station again? The cynic in me thought they may have been trying to spoof you into saying something stupid off-hand. Yes indeed; a subtle edit made my proclamation that finding that station was 'wild' seem a little OTT - the actual scenario was this; they arrived at the place where my radio was hoping to find something - anything - to add to the programme while we were recording the session live. They picked the time at which they would come over, and I agreed and had my radio set up. I started tuning around (astonishingly, they had "never seen a shortwave radio being tuned before", or at least that was the unlikely sounding story that was told to me) while the MiniDisc was recording and I was talking them through 'how a radio works'. I'm not making this up. Anyway, I tune round and round finding ordinary broadcasts, one of which prompted that pointless 'Morcambe and Wise' comment which I dont know how got into the final edit, and then to my total surprise, a numbers station that I had not heard before, blasted into the speaker. What are the chances that a station that I have not heard before, found while tuning around at random, in the middle of the day, in the middle of an interview on the subject, just at the right time, I mean, honestly, it was just too much! and I actually said, "unbelievable; what are the chances that while you are here I would stumble across something that I am not familiar with", and of course that was the part that was edited out making the 'wild' comment seem incongruous. These things happen when programmes are made; there are cuts, omissions etc etc, the most important thing is that the thrust is generally correct. There were some interviews that were left out that were spectacularly odd and fascinating. A shame, but thats the way it works sadly. Keeping the correct thrust is hard enough to achieve, and of course it can go totally the other way when people edit what you say and put it completely out of context to change the meaning of your words and misrepresent you, which thankfully didnt happen in this case. Some other interesting things were said in the show and went unchallenged; "some of them are hoax" an old sounding voice intoned. Oh really? Which ones in particular? Where is the evidence? And then there was the female voice claiming by inference that she knew whiich party was responsible for a transmission by saying that she would not reveal the fact - left unchallenged. (OR was this a case of subtle editing skewing some speech?). If you say something, you have to prove it, or at least be challenged. I especially love the writers who completely missed the existence of Numbers Stations taking a dismissive tone. They stand in their positions because they claim to have some insider/broad knowledge of clandestine activity, yet, totally missed Numbers Stations, which means one of several things;
  • their sources are not very good
  • they have never used a shortwave radio
  • their sources are poor quality
  • thier sources are high quality but feeding them stale crumbs
  • the are not 'experts' at all
  • the are inside the game (pArAnoiA anyone!?)
othewise, they would know about Numbers Stations, would have commented on the bizarre sound of them in their 'writings about security', the huge amount of them etc etc. This makes the thinking person wonder, "If they totally misssed Numbers Stations, what on earth else dont they know about that is going on right under our noses?". I'm suspicious of dismissive people, generally, and dismissive of people who litter their speech and writing with the word 'impossible', but I digress. David Shayler; interesting guy, but he has no direct personal experience of Numbers Staions, judging by what he said on this programme. No one involved in Numbers is talking - yet - this is the thing that I would like to get a hold of (and another thing that I spoke about that was cut out; I want to publish a first hand account of Numbers Station operation written by someone who worked in one decades ago. This is why we released the 'Six Degrees of Separation' experiment, which I also talked about, to try and track someone down) and I am sure that there must be someone out there who is ready to talk and present his/her diary. We shall see. 1000 cards were printed and they are now in circulation. It is now a matter of waiting.


I thought the 'Poacher' programme was reasonably done,given the sort of show that goes on in daytime slots, as an introduction to the broadcasts. It managed to get across that the numbers stations exist, that it is most probable that they serve/d government intelligence programmes, but this approach is not enough, by the nature of the broadcasts the Intelligence Services don't mind if third parties overhear or are aware of their existence. Two particular things stood out in the programme - the presenter made a throwaway comment about 'alien' involvement, I don't know if this was a lazy conflation of Akin's other interests or what but it was a silly remark that wasn't followed up so shouldn't have been in, it also gave an indication of the territory (light-hearted-aren't-these-guys-are-eccentrics) the program may have been trying to steer itself to (also asking Simon Mason if he needed to go to shady back alleys to receive broadcasts). Secondly have you heard that new numbers station again?Tthe cynic in me thought they may have been trying to spoof you into saying something stupid off-hand. - The Google Search History seems fine enough to me - its a thing you actively choose to use by logging in. I shall not be.

Media Addiction

The article about addictive email was great. It clearly highlights a problem I have noticed is possible in myself: there is so much information input that one can easily fall into a state of no-focus, non-selective media processing. It is so much easier than actually having to concentrate on something. I find it quite difficult to not do it after spending a lot of time on a computer. There are so many things to pay attention to that it all becomes one FLAT non-productive blank stare, constant check-recheck. I find this state to also induce INCREDIBLE DEPRESSION, which is why I attempt to avoid it at all costs by giving myself projects that require direct and specific concentration and intent. Working in the studio is one good antidote. Just keep the computer away. Related, there needs (needs) to be some kind of information repository that any blogdial member can go to and easily find 100% useful, interesting and provocative articles on the internet when one feels this state of flat non-productivity going on. Sort of like an emergency brain-reviver that makes one think for a while, then stand up and walk away. Hmmm! I wonder if I am capable of making such a thing Also, I just finished my BFA degree after the most intense 2 weeks of my life. I'm glad I have done this while young, as I would not have been able to put my body through such torture if I was even a little bit older. It feels good. Now there is a big drop and I'm floating. Images still forthcoming.

Saturday, April 23, 2005

A priceless resource

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Tracking the Lincolnshire Poacher Redux

All in all, it was not a poor programe. It was basically a re-hash of Matt Cowan's excellent NPR show, only longer. The BBQ, due to its 'ethics' is never allowed to actually say anything, or be anything; it is like an elephantine slug that slobbers all over England without leaving a drop of slime or a single smushed building. Imagine a programme that had as its tagline, "Is the moon a hoax, or is there really a huge orbiting object circling the earth every thirty days, creating tides, crime waves and causing dogs to howl in the night? We investigate!". This is what that programme was, essentially, and it is how many BBQ programmes are put together. They pose a question that they already know the answer to, and then ask a legion of subjectes (yes, the plural of 'subjecte') questions so that they may fall on either one or the other side of the question. This is a useful device in programme making when you want to guide the listener into and through a subject, BUT, it rules out the asking of important questions by virtue of the narrators paternal voice guiding the listener thanks to the pre determined agenda. For example; a programme on the 'war in Iraq' would pose the question, "Were we right to go to war in Iraq, and what is the future of that country now that the elections have taken place?". A set up line of inquiry like this excludes the asking of pertinent questions like, "How is it that the country went to war on a lie and no one resigned for telling the lie and murdering innocent Iraqi people?" or, "Where is all the money coming from to execute this ongoing operation"? or, "If the will of the people was not to go 'to war' and they were right in that judgement but were flagrantly disobeyed by the government, is it not now time for a change in how democracy works so that the will of the public is obeyed in crucial decisions like this?". Hmmmm. And here is another example from something that is not a fait accompli; "ID cards: a bullwark against terrorists, illeglal immigrants and fraud, or a pointless excersise in burocracy and an infringement of our civil liberties?". Now in this case, we will get trotted out all of the innapropriate talking heads, none of whom are computer literate, and of course, the presenter will be completely computer allergic, meaning that the right question cannot be asked in this or any other universe. These two examples show how a style of programme like of this type, when it discusses something important, is like the slug I described above; a hulking thing that ultimately leaves no effect behind, no change, no information and no good, which the BBQ is meant to exist for; the public good. There is a feeling that on some level, that information has been passed, some form of 'democratic debate' or portion of 'the democratic process' has been undertaken, and that indeed, the brief of public good has been fulfilled. This is of course a lie. Programmes like Newsnight with its recent Paxman roasting of Bliar, for example, actually do nothing at all. Bliar was roasted but remained unsinged, like the burning bush if you will. All the newspapers jumped on it, counted the number of times he failed to answer the figures question, but ultimately, no good came of it, no instruction, no crowbar of change...nothing, save the pleasurable experience watching Bliar loose his cool, but then, we get the same feeling from watching the contestants of Big Brother debase themselvs, and they dont go to war illegally and kill 100,000 people for the priveledge. Programme making that does not have a thrust, that does not try and engineer change, that sits on this endlessly boring fence of false objectivity, that doesn't innovate, that doesn't make the hair on the back of your neck stand up is, ultimately, a failure. 'Tracking The Lincolnshire Poacher' does not fall into that category, thankfully. We still need however to be delivered programmes that have a thrust in a single direction, which are paid for by the licence fee and broadcast by the BBQ. After all, we all PAY for this 'service' and frankly, the milk blooded, limp wristed, say nothing, do nothing, grey plane white noise production values are just not cutting it. It is not what the population desperately needs. Now for the example of what works. In the interests of balanced reporting. 'Jamie Oliver's School Dinners' was a perfect example of how a programme should be made. It had s single thrust, presented its argument, proved its point and made something happen in the real world. It conveyed real information, made people think about the core problem fully and did not dilute the issue by giving the other false 'side of the argument'. Being objective about the mass poisoning of England's children should not be an option - ever, but if that programme had been made for BBQ (!) it would have to have been neutered in order to toe the false objectivity line, and it would indeed have said that the poisoning of children with Turkey Twizzlers was indeed one of the options, equally weighed against not poisoning children. The programme would have been fatally crippled, would have lost its thrust and ultimately been weakened so much that it couldn't possibly have made a difference. What 'Jamie Oliver's School Dinners' shows is that it is still possible to make programmes that can change the way we live and the way things get done. It shows that these programmes can be hugely popular. There is no reason why this sort of programme should not be done on our bill - the licence fees paid by the public.

and repeat and reap eat and re pete

Tracking the Lincolnshire Poacher. Now available to listen again, any time over the next week.
Residents' Eyeball being sold on eBay, it's for real, being sold by the cryptics themselves no less, check out the buy it now price: ...

Friday, April 22, 2005

Not sure what I think of this

Google your own search terms That post about the addictiveness of email is too true Alun! Too true!

+5 Insightful from John Lettice

Smile: you're under global surveillance

Published Thursday 21st April 2005 10:56 GMT

A newly-published report warns that a global infrastructure of registration and surveillance is emerging through the efforts of groups such as the EU, G8 and ICAO. According to the report, which was produced by the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), Focus on the Global South, Friends Committee (US), International Civil Liberties Monitoring Group (Canada), and Statewatch, anti-terror and security measures being driven largely by the US are being used to roll back freedom, increase powers and exercise increasing control over individuals and populations.

The report details a number of "signposts" on the road to global surveillance, and argues that these add up to a bigger picture where the aim is to ensure that "almost everyone on the planet is 'registered', that all travel is tracked globally, that all electronic communications and transactions can be easily watched, and that all the information collected about individuals in public or private-sector databases is stored, linked, and made available to state agents.

Most of the signposts are already clearly visible. Registration systems for foreigners, national ID schemes and biometric passports provide the registration process, while electronic borders, passenger data sharing and threat lists cover surveillance of physical movements. The increased sharing of database and their convergence at an international level have accelerated the globalisation of surveillance and security, while mutual legal assistance arrangements contribute to an erosion of democratic values and sovereign checks and balances.

The technological capacity of the structures being built "dwarfs any previous system and makes Orwell's book Nineteen Eighty-Four look quaint", says the report.

The result, however, will be a massive loss of freedoms in exchange for systems which do not succeed in their intended purposes, and which may even obstruct them by chasing down the blind alleys of predictive 'threat models' and risk profiling. "The initiatives described in this report are not effective in flagging terrorists or stopping their determined plans," it says. "They divert crucial resources away from the kind of investments in human intelligence we need to give us good intelligence about specific threats, rather than useless information on the nearly 100 per cent of the population that poses no threat whatsoever."

On the back of the report the groups have, with the support of around 100 civil liberties groups and NGOs world-wide, launched the International Campaign Against Mass Surveillance (ICAMS), which will campaign against mass surveillance-oriented anti-terrorism efforts. Commented Statewatch director Tony Bunyan: "Our message is that mandatory registration and mass surveillance are not the answers to the problem of terrorism, and not a road that any nation should be heading down. What is needed is good intelligence on specific threats - not the so-called 'risk-profiling' of entire populations and the generation of more information than can possibly be usefully analysed. There is a real danger that in trying to watch everyone you are actually watching no-one." ® [...]

The words sound like old style paranoia, but it is all true, and will come to pass if everyone registers. If no one registers, then none of this can happen. Commerce is more important than this, and if commerce is distupted by people refusing to travel, for example, these measures will be dropped immediately.

If an airline has all of its bookings cancelled for one month, it will not be able to survive - it will go out of business. People who are against registration if they want to stop what is happening simply need to boycott a single airline for 30 days as a show of power. As a result, that airline will cease to exist. The message will have been sent; "we will not go along with this in any way shape or form.:


Emails 'pose threat to IQ' Martin Wainwright Friday April 22, 2005 The Guardian The distractions of constant emails, text and phone messages are a greater threat to IQ and concentration than taking cannabis, according to a survey of befuddled volunteers.

Doziness, lethargy and an increasing inability to focus reached "startling" levels in the trials by 1,100 people, who also demonstrated that emails in particular have an addictive, drug-like grip.[...]

Thursday, April 21, 2005


I'm not going to ATP but I notice that The Vitamin B-12 are playing, a report on their set would be lovely.


I have one spare place in my chalet for ATP this weekend. £140 as it's a 'VIP' chalet — nicer than the normal ones, closer to the venue, all mod cons, etc. — anyway, email me if you want to come. Someone just filled my hole. M2 I will report on Vitamin B12 for you. I am going with a couple of journalists, one of whom is interviewing Yoko Ono, so they'll be able to help me write a 'proper' review innit.

all you ever wanted to know about dell laptop production but were too busy doing something else to ask

What is "demand shaping"? It works like this: at 10am Austin time, Dell discovers that so many customers have ordered notebooks with 40-gigabyte hard drives since the morning, its supply chain will run short in two hours. That signal is automatically relayed to Dell's marketing department and to and to all the Dell phone operators taking orders. If you happen to call to place your Dell order at 10.30am, the Dell representative will say to you, "Tom, it's your lucky day! For the next hour we are offering 60-gigabyte hard drives with the notebook you want - for only $10 more than the 40-gig drive. And if you act now, Dell will throw in a carrying case along with your purchase, because we so value you as a customer." In an hour or two, using such promotions, Dell can reshape the demand for any part of any notebook or desktop to correspond with the projected supply in its global supply chain. [...] The story of a laptop. And an updated "Golden Arches Theory of Conflict Prevention". [..] The Dell Theory stipulates: no two countries that are both part of a major global supply chain, such as Dell's, will ever fight a war against each other as long as they are both part of the same global supply chain, because people embedded in major global supply chains don't want to fight old-time wars any more.[...] Note that countries with McDs and Dells will still wage war on those without. This is the "Democratic Dictatorship And Anaesthetized Polulace Theory Of Self-serving Egomaniacal Greedheads" which states that once a nations population has eaten enough shitty food to make it sluggish (and slug-like) and has enough TV channels to keep it stupefied and brain-dead, it will become so selfishly apathetic as to leave society to crumble around it and the government free to rape and pillage the host population and any nation it feels confident can't fight back without fear of local political retribution in the form of electoral loss or civil uprising. SIGH.

Wednesday, April 20, 2005



google maps! Great scrolling. We should have a Blogdial chair!


The Future and the Popes Catholic Planet ^ | September 2002 | Ronald L. Conte Jr.


Pope #111 on St. Malachy's list is given the phrase: “From the Glory of the Olive.” This prophetic phrase has several meanings which correctly apply to this Pope.

a. What is the glory of the olive? The olive branch is a well-known symbol of peace. The glory of the olive is peace. The next Pope after John Paul II will be a man of great peace. Peace will be his banner, peace will be his work, peace will be his goal. He will seek peace among individuals, among nations, among Catholics, between Catholics and other Christians, and between Catholics and adherents of other religions. The next Pope after John Paul II will have a Pontificate distinguished for seeking Peace around the world. He is called the Pope of Peace.

I do not know which man will be elected as Pope after John Paul II. St. Malachy's prophecy about John Paul II only fit his Pontificate. Before being elected Pope, Karol Wojtyla did not distinguish himself by traveling constantly. The next Pope after John Paul II may not have distinguished himself yet in works of peace-making. Or, he may have distinguished himself in peace-making in God's eyes, but not yet in the eyes of the world.

b. Some say that this prediction of St. Malachy, “From the Glory of the Olive,” refers to the Order of St. Benedict, who are sometimes called 'Olivetans.' This is true. But it does not mean that this Pope will come from the Order of St. Benedict, but rather that he will take the name of Benedict and live in imitation of him.

c. He will take the name Pope Benedict XVI, in imitation also of Pope Benedict XV. Just as Pope Benedict XV was an emissary of peace, so will Pope Benedict XVI be an emissary of peace. Just as Pope Benedict sought peace and spoke of peace and wrote papal documents seeking peace, so will Pope Benedict XVI do also. Just as Pope Benedict XV failed to achieve peace in the world, so will Pope Benedict XVI fail to achieve peace in the world. Just as the Pontificate of Benedict XV began prior to World War I, so will the Pontificate of Benedict XVI occur prior to World War III. After the Pontificate of Benedict XVI, the Arab nations will invade and conquer Europe and much of Africa. The "Glory of the Olive" is also OIL it will be interesting to see when section c comes to pass and the role of OIL in it's happening

Another useless gesture A nice looking graphic, but a totally useless gesture. This sort of activity doesnt actually do anything; the evil ones still harvest your money and use it for war and to treat you like a slave - you can use this logo until the end of time and it will not change a single thing. It is another distraction, another red herring. Everyone has to discriminate between the shape of things that are accociate with things that make change and the structures that actually make change.

That Damn Anagram

The push for a “global ID In the wake of the September 11 terrorist attacks, some in the United States began to push for creation of National Identity cards. These efforts collided headlong, however, into a fierce backlash from Americans who did not want to see the creation of a tool that would inevitably be used to track and monitor average citizens. So the Bush Administration turned to international forums. It prompted Congress to pass a law (the Enhanced Border Security and Visa Entry Reform Act, or EBSA) requiring our allies whose citizens do not need visas for entry into the U.S. to begin including biometrics on their passports, with the threat that any nations that failed to comply would lose their status as “visa-waiver” countries. For the citizens of other nations, the U.S. created a system called US VISIT, under which foreigners visiting this country would be fingerprinted and photographed, and their information stored in a biometric database for decades. Neither of these measures is targeted at the U.S. population – at least directly. But many other nations appear to resent these measures, and foreign governments will inevitably reciprocate, with the result that Americans will find themselves similarly treated as they travel abroad. One nation, Brazil, reacted swiftly by putting similar measures into effect for just their American visitors. Far from being concerned that such systems would lead to the retaliatory creation of systems for tracking Americans elsewhere in the world, Bush Administration officials have embraced such reciprocation. “We welcome other countries moving to this kind of system,” Department of Homeland Security undersecretary Asa Hutchinson declared. “We fully expect that other countries will adopt similar procedures.” The U.S. assigned responsibility for the crucial question of exactly how biometric passports would be implemented to a heretofore-obscure international group, the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), which is nominally sponsored by the United Nations, and made up primarily of representatives of advanced-industrial nations. ICAO developed these standards over a period of months in meetings held around the world. The ACLU and Privacy International tried but failed to arrange attendance for a representative at a March 2004 meeting held in Cairo. An open letter to the ICAO on privacy concerns over the biometric standards met with no response. The ACLU again wrote to ICAO asking to attend a May 2004 meeting in Montreal, and received no response. In short, despite the importance of technical and interoperability standards, which can mean the difference between a use of biometrics that poses enormous problems for privacy, or one that poses little, ICAO has ignored attempts by privacy and civil liberties groups to join in their process. To a degree that would not be possible with a domestic government decision-making body, they have rebuffed NGO attempts to provide input on the privacy implications of the particular standards being considered, or even to just attend the meetings. The resulting standards provide for the use of the unreliable face-recognition biometric technology, as well as the inclusion of Radio Frequency Identification chips, which emit radio signals that can be used to read a passport holder's identity at a distance. A retail store or restaurant, for example, might gain the ability to capture the identities of those who walk through a portal; a government official could instantly sweep the room to discover who is attending a political meeting. By skipping right over the politically untenable proposals for a National ID card, the U.S. government with its push for a biometric passport has set a course toward the creation of a global identity document – or, at least, toward a set of global standards for identity that can be incorporated into a wide variety of national identity documents. Once created, these passports will likely come to be seen as the gold standard of identity verification around the world. In the U.S. they will become either the template for standardized versions of the driver's license that amount to a de facto National ID card, or displace them altogether. Such documents will increasingly be demanded for more and more purposes, not only around the world, but domestically as well. Features such as the inclusion of a remotely readable RFID chip would greatly enhance the private sector's tendency to piggyback on the perceived “trust value” of these documents. Eventually they may become what are effectively necessities – advancing the government's interest in tracking and controlling the movement of citizens.... From the Policy Laundering Project

Numbers Station Programme on BBC Radio 4

On Saturday, April 23rd 10:30GMT BBC Radio 4 A wild journey to the outer limits of radio cryptography and espionage as Simon Fanshawe enters the clandestine world of shortwave Number stations. Are they the mad aural daubings of pirate DJs, an extraordinary and elaborate hoax or are they, as many believe, coded messages broadcast by intelligence services and governments to their agents in the field? [...] This programme has been discussed with me for over a year, by a producer named Simon Hollis who works for Ten Alps Productions; a company that makes programmes for the BBC.

Monday, April 18, 2005

New Formula TV

Where was the 'outsider' music? Well thats what you get when you watch bad TV! Have you noticed the new format TV? It consists of a set of 'usual suspects' talking heads blurting out anecdotes, and then some footage of the band/TVprogramme/'Blooper'/World Event/Celebrity Embarrasement that is the focus of the programme and then more of the talking heads etc etc reapeat ad nauseum. This is usually tied together with either a theme which may feature a bogus countdown of some kind to build up the suspense. There are many of these programmes, which I assume are very cheap to make, since they keep making them over and over again. Pathetic, unedifying, garbage TV, for the lowest common denominator...for the birds! The other formula knocking around with much more entertainment value is the social enginerring programme where they take some dreadful family and then turn them into near-human beings by trials of the flesh. Wife Swap is probably the root programme of this genre; a more recent and gut wrenching decendent being 'Honey I'm Killing The Kids'. In the episode of 'HIKTK' I watched, a family from somewhere north of Watford, with what can only be described as a monster for a 'mother' who had never heard the words 'skin cream' strung toghther, and what can only be described as a chinless slug for a 'father' were shown digital morphs of their children 40 years in the future, given their current diet of turkey twizzlers, litre bottles of Diet Coke and whatever ghastly garbage they put into their brown toothed mouths. A civilized woman is brought in to teach them basicaly three things; take walks together as a family in the countryside, eat real food, eat together at a table as a family. I'll leave out the details of the battle to get them to eat real food. What I will mention is the attitude of the mother to the family eating around a table. This woman refused to allow her children to eat at a table (they normally ate on the sitting room floor in front of the TV) because the room that the table was in 'is for best' and she did not want anything to happen to the table. Ever. This woman said that her table was more important than her children. On TV. She then had it explained to her that if her children were not to grow up to be monsters like her (the morphs used the parents current state to create the predicted outcome for each of her three children) they would have to have some manners. They showed her the morph again, and she eventually relented. They of course, discovered that eating at a table together is rather fun, and guess what; the mother was the only one that spilled something in her precious room. These programmes, (another great one being titled something like 'super nanny' where a nanny comes to a disorderly house to discipline children who think that 'fuck off you cunt' is a way to address your mother), are more than just reality TV - they are edutainment, social engineering, of the sort that presumably used to be handled by the C.O.E. but which now is done one at all. This TV is new, it takes effort to put together, is rewarding in a 'there but for the grace of God go I' sort of way and very probably influences many people to clean up their acts and get with the pukka nosh. In the final analysis, eveything on Sky is total garbage. All top N $whatever, best of $whatever, gretest celebrity $whatever, can be not watched on principle, and of course, if you are REALLY intelligent, you will be like the BLOGDIAL posters who keep their TV in a cupboard, only to be brought out when someone alerts them that there is somthing to watch. Thats not me btw, but I do watch alot less TV than I used to simply because it is a total and utter waste of time. I have cancelled my Sky subscription, and keep it off most of the time, its evil glow entering my eyes only when I am alerted to something spectacular like these social engineering programmes or some other unusual or new televisual phenomenon. It has to be asked also, what if in that top 100 albums, all the stuff that should be in there was in there, and it was all 'correct'? Then what? What in the world woud change, what would be better for all of us? Would we get more good music - unlikely. The people who released the records might get some sales, but then what? Nothing that matters in the world would change, and this is why these things are a waste of time, wether they have the right lists or not.

A True Arkanoid!

I felt such a strong reaction seeing that site, I almost 'coded'. ... CHARGE 250, EPI, CLEAR!!!!!!!!! So many carts, so many consoles, and its OBVIOUS that he has played them ALL. That person, 'Gibby' is a TRUE Arkanoid. He has old consoles, he has new consoles, he has old games, he has new games, he has MANY games, he has color coded stacks of carts, he has Super Famicom carts, Super NES carts, and MANY of EACH. This is TRUE Arkanoid behaviour, he is a TRUE gamer, totally immersed, totally dedicated, awesome, 'into it'. The room, the walls, the shelves - pure dedecation - ABSOLUTELY PURE! The feeling I get when I see this sort of thing is very special; as I scroll down the page, its a rush like no other, seeing the collection, the LIFE that is that of the TRUE Arkanoid, the cart obsessed, the console insane - its a buzz, but its MORE than a buzz, its a fire, the feeling of the sound of 10,000 people blaring air horns in a stadium a rush of exitement, astonishment, dismay, disbelief, great joy, reassurance -- you cant possibly understand. The only thing that would be more exiting than this would be a collection similar to this PLUS a complete collection of arcade machines that actually included Arkanoid, Space Firebird, Space Invaders, Tempest, etc. Then, it would LITERALLY be the end of the world...or at least, the end of me!

Useless Journalism

That article completely missed the most important part of Adobe buying Macromedia: Adobe now owns Flash What incredible news; its like Pepsi buying Coke...or is it Coke buying Pepsi? From my point of view, Golive is dead, since its a piece of crap. Freehand is dead since illustrator is better than freehand. Adobe already killed its flashalike piece of garbage, so thats moot. Stranger and stranger - next we will hear that Quark Inc. has been swallowed up by Adobe!

best of the best

The EMI recording of Celibidache's Bruckner 9 with the Munich Philharmonic is currently up there for me. Along with Frequencies by LFO.

Flash! Ah-aaaaah.......

The end of Dreamweaver? Or will GoLive bite the dust? Given that one sits nicely in Adobe CS and the other doesn't, should DW fans be worried?

Could have been a contender

Currently Musica Elettronica Viva: Soundpool would be in my top album picks a semi organised pandemonium of pianos drums trombones whistles electronics and shouting, it makes you want to get out and hop down the street throwing confetti and cakes at passers-by, banging noisily and peeping on whistles and basically overthrowing everything. There should be a law against it, perhaps there will be!

Why don't you just switch off your tv set and...

Kill your television. That 'Greatest' programme is just sickeningly lazy televisual trolling. At a wedding this weekend, at least a dozen times I was invited into conversation with the starter "Did you see...?" No I didn't. Over 6 years TV-less and no intention of ever going back.


What about Wu Tang? 36 Chambers has to be up there in the top 20!

100 Greatest?

The 100 Greatest Albums on Channel 4 last night was a load of shit. It was so slanted towards the Channel 4 viewing, Guardian reading, home counties, media sector, thirty-something middle-class white male. I guess it was voted for by the viewers who could be bothered, which skews the whole thing into a warped perspective of society anyway (think Comic-Shop owner from the Simpsons). Where was the Hip Hop? There was none inside the top 70, and of each of the three or four albums included there were about 10 missing. Where was Paul's Boutique? Illmatic? Fear of a Black Planet? WTF was Eminem doing in there when Snoop, Dre and NWA were missing? Where were Run DMC, KRS-One and Missy Elliot? Where was the Jazz? The Blues? Where was the experimental? Where was the electronic (Human League, Kraftwerk and Air. AIR? Really?) Where was the 'outsider' music? The whole thing stank of Q/Mojo readership. It veered violently towards the last 20 years of mainstream white rock. As much as I hate best-of lists, it would be interesting to see your top 100 albums, I might try and make one myself. The thing is, it's so subjective, so personal that no-one is ever going to find a definitive.

Thursday, April 14, 2005

if only there was a better choice...

Who Should You Vote For?

Who should I vote for?

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Liberal Democrat

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Labour -16
Conservative -24
Liberal Democrat 38
UK Independence Party 2
Green 23

You should vote: Liberal Democrat

The LibDems take a strong stand against tax cuts and a strong one in favour of public services: they would make long-term residential care for the elderly free across the UK, and scrap university tuition fees. They are in favour of a ban on smoking in public places, but would relax laws on cannabis. They propose to change vehicle taxation to be based on usage rather than ownership.

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Who Should You Vote For?

Who should I vote for?

Labour -52
Conservative 39
Liberal Democrat 3
UK Independence Party 56
Green 40

You should vote: UK Independence Party

UKIP's primary focus is on Europe, where the party is strongly against joining both the EU constitution and the Euro. UKIP is also firmly in favour of limiting immigration. The party does not take a clear line on some other policy issues, but supports scrapping university tuition fees; it is strongly against income tax rises and favour reducing fuel duty.

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