Friday, December 21, 2007

Wednesday, December 12, 2007

very sad news

from the guardian

"Terry Pratchett, the bestselling author of the Discworld fantasy books, is suffering from a rare form of early onset Alzheimer's.

The author has published a statement on a website calling the diagnosis "an embuggerance". Pratchett, who is 59, says that he is taking the news "fairly philosophically" and "possibly with mild optimism". He adds that the statement, posted yesterday on the website of his illustrator Paul Kidby, "should be interpreted as 'I am not dead'" and says that he expects to meet most current and, as far as possible, future commitments."

Monday, December 10, 2007

freesheet mountain

"London Underground passengers are discarding nine and a half tonnes of freesheets a day on three of the tube network's busiest lines, it emerged yesterday.

Commuters on the Northern, Piccadilly and Jubilee lines are cluttering carriages with copies of Metro, thelondonpaper and London Lite, according to the contractor in charge of maintaining the lines. Tube Lines said the amount of waste paper has tripled since Associated Newspapers, publisher of London Lite, and News International, owner of thelondonpaper, launched a freebie battle for London readers."
from business guardian

this is just wrong. im not one for knee jerk reactions but i think these papers should go. no-one really wants them, no-one would miss them.

Thursday, December 06, 2007

either terrible or incredible i cant tell.

the link below has stills of the upcoming wachowski brothers film speed racer based on the 60s cartoon. i'm not sure if they look amazing or terrible.

speed racer movie stills

Monday, December 03, 2007

my favourite podcasts

for no particular reason, my favourite podcasts.

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five live book panel - book reviews
simon mayo - highlights from his radio show
fighting talk - grown men and women arguing about sport for points
radio 4 friday night comedy - radio 4's friday night comedy slot, currently the now show previously the news quiz
macbreak weekly - mac greekery
mark kermode's film reviews - film reviews by mr kermode
the naked football show - men talking about ipswich town
pods & blogs - news of blogging, citizen journalism and the like
the rissington podcast - design geekery
russell brand - the russell brand show
russell howard - the russell howard show
thinking allowed - social sciences discussion

bsm advent calendar

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everyones favourite record label big scary monsters is doing a advent calendar giving away some lovely stuff. so far a £1 voucher, a chance to buy a bargain christmas hamper, a meet me in st louis mp3 and a house of brothers mp3. i personally recommend the last one!!!!

Saturday, December 01, 2007

3hive

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3hive.com is an excellent looking site that lists free legal downloads from official sources. the current second post is two tracks from the sublime band of horses. go grab them

Is There A Ghost [MP3, 2.7MB, 128kbps]
The Great Salt lake [MP3, 5.4MB, 160kbps]

free atlas

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the free itunes single this week is the bloody marvelous atlas by battles. video here, single here

Tuesday, November 20, 2007

ID cards clearly a brilliant idea

"The government was forced to admit the most fundamental breach of faith between the state and citizen yesterday when it disclosed that the personal records of 25 million individuals, including their dates of birth, addresses, bank accounts and national insurance numbers had been lost in the post, opening up the threat of mass identity fraud and theft from personal bank accounts." from the guardian

this obviously means that all the proposed data that will be collected for id cards will be perfectly safe.

www.no2id.net

Sunday, November 11, 2007

tiger woods

this weeks fighting talk reminded me of this, so thought it deserved an airing.

Saturday, November 03, 2007

random idea of the day

albums should contain extra features just like dvd's. why aren't there making of documentaries, band commentaries and the like on every cd. would make me want to buy more cds.

Band of Horses - Is There a Ghost

top 10's of the year - albums

i realise its only november but there isn't going to be much else but greatest hits and compilations released for the rest of the year and i was bored.

albums

in alphabetical order

arcade fire - neon bible
band of horses - cease to begin
battles - mirrored
biffy clyro - puzzle
the cinematic orchestra - ma fleur
explosions in the sky - all of a sudden i miss everyone
feist - the reminder
radiohead - in rainbows
the strange death of liberal england - forward march!
thrice - the alchemy index
UNKLE - war stories

Thursday, November 01, 2007

im going to guess...............no

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interestingly a search of the express website brings up nothing on the recent revelation of the gap still using children in sweatshops.

Friday, October 26, 2007

things i don't care about

number 2 - anything advertised by carol vorderman

Friday, October 19, 2007

convergence but not as we thought

Vinyldisc

If this is real, it's very cool... -

The VinylDisc is a combination audio CD and special record. It consists of two attached layers. The silver layer contains digital audio information, while the black upper layer can be played on every record player.
Translated version of http://www.optimal-online.de/CD.13.0.html - [via] Link.




(Via MAKE Magazine.)

Friday, October 12, 2007

in rainbows



it is now 2 days since the release of in rainbows and i'm on listen 5 or 6 i think. its solid gold radiohead and i'm loving it. there's more to hear in every listen.

the experiment seems to have paid of as well as the current estimate for downloads is..........1.2 million. aswell as that more people paid the £40 to pre-order the boxset of vinyl and cd than pre-ordered the download on the first day this service was available. so all in all radiohead are sitting pretty. and why not. they are at a level where they can generate buzz without any need for a record company to do the job for them and then take a slice of the profits.

james blunt has decided to make a little statement on the issue. saying “I definitely think there is value in music. I don’t think they should devalue it. I’ve got to pay a band, a producer & a mixer. I don’t know how I’d necessarily pay them if I sold my albums for 1p. I’d have to work it out, but maybe they know how this works in practice.”

missing the point entirely that not being talentless oiks like himself radiohead are able to produce, record and mix and album themselves. i guess he's just worried he'll have to sell his yacht to pay for his next album or dreary dreary songs.

Sunday, October 07, 2007

New Sony Bravia Ad Rips off Illustrator Duo Kozyndan

New Sony Bravia Ad Rips off Illustrator Duo Kozyndan: "

From here.


‘Its hard to think that people at Passion Pictures did not have this early panoramic of ours in mind when they created this new spot for the SONY Bravia line.


To add insult to injury, someone from Passion Pictures contacted us about a year ago asking to see samples of our work (including this panoramic) as they were interested in working with us. We sent them samples and then heard nothing from them ever again.’


Bravia Ad:



Portion of the KozynDan Panorama: [full size here]

Kozyndan

"



(Via You Thought We Wouldnt Notice.)

Saturday, October 06, 2007

at last!!!!

LOW FAT WATER!!

low fat water?

dida demonstrates all that is wrong with football



there is no excuse for the fan coming onto the pitch but the reaction is so abhorrent that his own teammates are coming out and saying it was terrible.

Sunday, September 23, 2007

possible arsenal owner not very nice?

from boing boing

"Several British MPs' personal websites and blogs (including that of the popular London mayoral candidate Boris Johnson) were forced offline earlier today when Alisher Usmanov, an Uzbek billionaire (he's the guy who bought an entire auction for £20m on Monday) complained about a blog posting by Craig Murray, a former British ambassador to Uzbekistan. Fasthosts, Murray's ISP, pulled the plug on his blog, apparently also killing the sites of several other customers.

Murray is the author of the fascinating "Murder in Samarkand - A British Ambassador's Controversial Defiance of Tyranny in the War on Terror", which - to say the least - does not portray Usmanov in a good light. Schillings, the lawyers acting on behalf of Usmanov, have already succeeded in getting Murray's host to alter some of his posts to present Usmanov in a different light. They also appear to have sent threatening emails to owners of Arsenal Football Club fan sites (Usmanov is an Arsenal shareholder), threatening libel action if any of Murray's statements appear on their sites.

The Google cache of Murray's blog makes for some interesting reading.

Yet More Schillings Bollocks

On my article about Alisher Usmanov which so incensed his lawyers Schillings, let me ask this question. Has anybody seen an argument posted or published from any credible source to argue that what I say about Usmanov is untrue?

I ask the question because one of the edits to this log my webhost made at Schillings' behest was to say that my claim was "regarded as false by many people". I have altered that edit, because there is no justification for such a claim. I have yet to see evidence of anybody, not one solitary person, arguing that I am wrong about Usmanov, other than his lawyers. Who are these "Many people", and why are they peculiarly silent?

I am very sympathetic to my webhost having to change things for Schillings, but not to the extent of altering things to become defamatory of me!!!

Thursday, September 13, 2007

ipswich man changes the world (possibly)

from the telegraph

"The way fresh water is supplied to disaster-hit regions could be revolutionised after an Ipswich-based businessman invented a £190 bottle that makes foul-smelling water drinkable in seconds.

Michael Pritchard hopes that the bottle could be a life-saver for refugees in disaster regions where access to clean drinking water is vital.


However, the military are already latching on to his idea. Four hours after Mr Pritchard launched his new "Life Saver" bottle at the DESI defence show in London yesterday, he sold out his entire 1,000 stock. "I am bowled over," he said."

more here

Tuesday, September 11, 2007

battles - tonto

i love this band!!!!!! its amazing to see a band prepared to make a 7+ minute video and to make one this interesting. excellent stuff



(ps. the last.fm video player is rather well done)

september eleventh

a tribute today for those who suffered and those who continue to suffer be they american, afghan, iraqi, solider or civilian.

the acts committed six years ago were evil but they were NOT an excuse to create more evil

Sunday, September 09, 2007

the shock doctrine - naomi klein



naomi klein author of no logo and fences and windows is releasing her new book the shock doctrine. the book looks at how shock tactics, events and disasters were and are exploited to spread free market capitalism.

the above video is a trailer of sorts for the book directed by alfonso cuarón director of the outstanding children of men.

im really looking forward to reading this.

Wednesday, September 05, 2007

disappointed in apple

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apple today announced the new line of ipods and i'm a little underwhelmed.

the shuffle colours are nice and its good to see a project (red) one.

the new nanos look like someone sat on a ipod video.

the classics feature massive hard drives now but arent as feature sexy as the touch

but

the touch only comes in a 8gb or 16gb version. i have 25gb of music on my laptop. if im going to spend £269 i want to have it all on my ipod. i'm not sure where the touch sits as im now more inclined to wait for the iphone release than buy one.

however i did try out the new imac keyboard recently and to call a typing experience amazing may seem silly but it is so incredibly comfortable, i was amazed.

Thursday, August 30, 2007

things i don't care about

the first in a series of things i don't care about.

number 1 - the anniversary of diana's death

arsebook

"arsebook is an anti-social utility that connects you with the people YOU HATE.

upload blackmail material or publish lies • get the latest gossip from your fiends • post videos on your profile • tag your fiends • use privacy settings to hide your info from enemies • join a hate-clan to disturb people who live, study, or work around you"

Wednesday, August 29, 2007

the NEW iphone

nokia today released its answer to the iphone. if you cant beat them copy them!

itunes update

today apple launched tv shows on the uk itunes service, and again uk consumers get screwed.

episodes cost £1.89 compared to $1.99 in the u.s. which works out at about twice the price.

they may have shot themselves in the foot however as a quick internet search finds commander in chief, the only interesting show available at the moment, on dvd for £24.99 where as buying all episodes on itunes would total £35.91. not to mention the inferior quality of the itunes download.

also this week the free single is the brilliant bat for lashes.

Tuesday, August 28, 2007

feist on letterman

below is the video of feist's recent performance on the david letterman show. the "star" studded chorus behind her includes members of grizzly bear, the new pornographers, mates of state, broken social scene and the national.

Saturday, August 25, 2007

my new favourite band

found about this band a long time ago but kind of forgot about them. have just got hold of their album and it has blown me away.

ladies and gentlemen



the strange death of liberal england



website | myspace | last.fm | wikipedia | youtube

Friday, August 24, 2007

the middle east and the u.s.

the situation in the middle east explained by the daily show.

Tuesday, August 21, 2007

iphone on o2 in the uk

ft.com has reported that the iphone will appear in the uk on o2.

which is a shame.

if it was on t-mobile with its web'n'walk service id be highly tempted to buy one, especially if it appears near the end of my contract.

ft also reports that apple will get 10% of all calls and texts so expect the contract to be hefty!!

stop it! stop it NOW!!

if you don't have an original idea don't make a film!

from the register

"Warner Bros has announced it will remake 1973 Kung Fu classic Enter the Dragon, AP chillingly reports.

The rehash - cunningly entitled Awaken the Dragon - will be directed by The Shield's Kurt Sutter and will feature "an FBI agent who investigates a Shaolin monk and underground kung fu fight clubs", according to Warner Bros publicist Laura Kim."

Monday, August 20, 2007

Sunday, August 19, 2007

why do people hate america?

from 1798 to the present hour, discounting the years of the american civil war, 1861-1865, there is only one year, 1892, that america has not invaded or been in the process of invading another country.

source - rob newman - from caliban to the taliban

Thursday, August 16, 2007

Tuesday, August 14, 2007

dedication trailer

looks like my kinda film

public wind farm gets the go ahead

this needs to happen EVERYWHERE!!


(am i the only one who things wind turbines are beautiful)


from bbc.co.uk

"Construction of a £4.4m wind farm in Oxfordshire, financed by the community, is scheduled to start after 15 years of planning and design delays.

The electricity - enough to light up 2,500 homes for 25 years - will be sold to a local power company.

The farm is to be located at Watchfield on the Oxfordshire and Wiltshire border, at the site of an old airfield.

The money was put up by 2,394 people who formed the Westmill Wind Farm Co-op to manage the business.

The five 1.3Mw turbines have been ordered and are due to be delivered in January."

Sunday, August 12, 2007

postsecret

certainly the best online project ever, maybe the best website ever.

lhadon and paul released

this happened a days ago but i forgot to post it.

lhadon and paul who have bee blogging in china have been released and are now safely home.

he's a dick

proof that dick cheney wont listen to anyone else, not even himself.

Friday, August 10, 2007

a few good links

a few nice sites i've discovered recently

little people - a tiny street art project. tiny people in the real world

101 great goals - football blog with links to video clips of goals from all leagues.

very short novels - 299 words. anything more is a waste.

freakonomics - the ny times hosted blog from the writers of the amazing book of the same name.

we cant turn them away part three

tim ireland has put together this video to publicise the iraqi refugee campaign. it features a rather graphic image of torture but this is the reality of what is happening to these people and the reason they need our support.

Click here to watch the video


please please please write to your mp at theyworkforyou.com. theres a example of what to write here

there is also a petition here which is important but mps are the ones who can really put pressure on the government to act NOW.




Wednesday, August 08, 2007

its safe to go back in the water

from media guardian:

"A photograph appearing to confirm that a great white shark was lurking in waters just off Britain was today exposed as a fake.

The man who took the picture, which was featured prominently in the Sun, admitted he had snapped the creature during a fishing trip in South Africa rather than off Newquay, northern Cornwall.

"I took the picture while I was on a fishing trip in Cape Town and just sent it in as a joke," Kevin Keeble told the Newquay Voice newspaper. "I didn't expect anyone to take be daft enough to take it seriously."

update to last article - Lhadon and Paul have been detained

Lhadon and Paul have been detained: "

SFT staff: We recorded this video from a live skype videoconference with Paul and Lhadon at an Internet cafe about a day ago. They thought at the time they were going to be picked up by one of the thirty ‘minders’ (aka plain clothes security agents) outside. They were able to return Tuesday evening to their hotel without incident.


Unfortunately, at about 2pm on Wednesday in Beijing, Lhadon and Paul (who has been accompanying her during this trip), were picked up by uniformed Chinese police and taken for questioning to a local police station. At this point, we haven’t heard from them since a text message sent by Lhadon confirmed this shortly after their detainment.


Please keep Paul and Lhadon and the other Tibet activists detained in Beijing - Sam, Mel, Leslie, Nupur, Duane, and Pete - in your thoughts, and continue to spread the word about this blog.




FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE


August 8, 2007



Contact: Kate Woznow (Hong Kong) + 852 657-34874


Tenzin Dorjee (New York) +1 917-304-4571



TIBETAN-CANADIAN OBSERVER DETAINED IN BEIJING HOURS BEFORE OLYMPICS COUNTDOWN CELEBRATION



Hong Kong - On the day of the one-year countdown to the Beijing 2008 Olympics, Lhadon Tethong, a prominent Tibetan independence activist and the Executive Director of Students for a Free Tibet, was detained in Beijing. Ms. Tethong was picked up by Chinese authorities together with her colleague Paul Golding, a long-time advocate of Tibetan freedom, and taken to a Beijing police station.



For the past seven days, Ms. Tethong, a Tibetan-Canadian, has been traveling in Beijing, openly blogging at www.BeijingWideOpen.org to expose the reality behind China’s propaganda campaign surrounding the Olympic Games. She and Mr. Golding have been under heavy scrutiny from Chinese authorities, followed at all times by several vehicles as well as plainclothes security officers on foot. This number increased to 30 plainclothes followers after a protest by six activists from Students for a Free Tibet yesterday on China’s Great Wall.



‘At the very moment that China is proclaiming Olympic ideals of peace and humanity, it has turned around and silenced Ms. Tethong and Mr. Golding for nothing more than freely expressing their views on the Beijing Olympics and Tibet,’ said Tenzin Dorjee, Deputy Director of Students for a Free Tibet. ‘The Chinese government’s detention of these observers during the one-year countdown exposes the blatant propaganda behind China’s efforts to promote an image of itself as a free and open society.’



Tethong and Golding’s abrupt detention comes just hours before tens of thousands of people, including national Olympic Association delegates and members of the International Olympic Committee, are gathering in Tiananmen Square for the official countdown celebration. Chinese authorities have not responded to requests by relevant embassies of the six Tibet activists detained on Tuesday for unfurling a 450-square foot banner reading ‘One World, One Dream, Free Tibet 2008″ in English and Chinese. The whereabouts of the six activists are still unknown.



Tibetans and supporters around the world – from New Delhi to Rome to Ottawa to New York – are holding protests today to mark the countdown, calling on China for a resolution to its occupation of Tibet by August 2008.


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(Via Beijing Wide Open.)

beijing wide open

the president of students for a free tibet is in beijing, blogging on here experiences a year ahead of the olympics being in beijing.

anyone who knows anything about china's human rights record and its oppression of dissenting voices will know that this is a huge and very brave step. hopefully widespread coverage will keep her from harm.

the blog is here

football is back!!!

the alchemy index

one of my favourite bands ever, thrice, is gearing up to release a new project. a four disc album each one themed on a different element.

they have just released the following little teaser clip.



i am massively excited. heres an older video just to showcase their talent

Tuesday, August 07, 2007

we cant turn them away (update)

following on from this blog post:

the times has today led with an article on iraqis being abandoned by the government.

there is facebook group on the subject.

i've received a reply from my mp chris mole on the subject and he has promised to write to des browne mp, secretary of state at the ministry of defence.

Sunday, August 05, 2007

zimbabwe: mugabe enacts law to spy on phones, 'net, mail

from boing boing

"In the southern African nation of Zimbabwe, President Robert Mugabe has enacted a law granting state security agents full authority to surveil landline and mobile phones, postal mail and what little internet is available anyway, according to a government notice published on Friday.

The move comes as economic and state structures in the world's fastest shrinking economy approach the point of absolute collapse"

nice little mac app

desklickr is a nice little menu bar app that gets images from flickr and sets them as your desktop. you can choose photos from groups, your favs or tags. very nice

Saturday, August 04, 2007

scotland win the homeless world cup

this is awesome!!

from bbc news:

"Scotland have won the Homeless World Cup with a 9-3 victory over Poland.

The final of this year's competition took place at a temporary stadium in the main square of Copenhagen in Denmark.

Scottish captain Paul Smith said he was thrilled with the result and described the skill level as "exceptional".

The event, which was first held in 2003, brings together teams from around the globe. About 500 players from 48 countries took part this year.

The event aims to help people recover from homelessness by generating self-confidence, a feeling of belonging and enhanced self-esteem.

Scottish coach David Duke said: "After changing my own life through football and the Homeless World Cup it is just great that I can help others do the same. To take Scotland to victory is just superb.""

Friday, August 03, 2007

best news ever

from del toro films:

"Guillermo stopped by our message board to share some cool news: NECA (National Entertainment Collectibles Association) will be distributing PAN'S LABYRINTH action figures. No word yet on what characters will be available, but if you check out NECA's website, you'll see that they make some cool stuff."

WOOOOOHOOOOOO!! Im buying them ALL!

Thursday, August 02, 2007

i want this too



from here

running from the camera

the rules are simple: i put the self-timer on 2 seconds, push the button and try to get as far from the camera as i can.

running from the camera one of my favourite blogs ever.

i want these



mad's bentworld vandals released by kidrobot. im buying these!

Wednesday, August 01, 2007

kanye west teams up with takashi murakami



from guardian media

"Grammy-winning hip hop star Kanye West is to collaborate with Takashi Murakami, the "Warhol of Japan", on a series of projects for West's forthcoming third album Graduation, released on September 11.

According to West, who met Murakami in his studio while on a recent visit to Japan and called him a "God in the art world", Murakami will create all the artwork for the album singles, including the songs Can't Tell Me Nothing and Stronger. Murakami has also created a three-minute animation for one of the songs, along with artwork for the album merchandising. "Murakami's work is stunning," says West."

Tuesday, July 31, 2007

30 days of night

WARNING. THIS VIDEO CONTAINS HORROR AND BLOODY VIOLENCE AND ITS BLOODY BRILLIANT.



from the director of hard candy, david slade, is the adaptation of 30 days of night the graphic novel written by steve niles and illustrated by the amazing ben templesmith

do shut up

kasabian have been quoted recently saying:

‘we’re inspiring a new generation in the same way bowie did thirty years ago. in 20 years time people will look back on us and marvel.'

(via the music slut: we're awesome!.)

do shut up!

Sunday, July 29, 2007

iron man

good to see some of the more interesting comic book films coming out with people who can actually act in them.

***edit*** video has been removed from daily motion. seems silly, why would you not want massive amounts of free publicity?

congratulations!



YAY!!!

Thursday, July 26, 2007

yes yes and thrice yes

the quality is terrible but you get the drift.

one a day

been feeling slightly demotivated recently so thought id set myself some targets. was thinking id try and do so many things a day, a week etc. and to that end i've just found the project 365 flickr group that challenges people in the group to take a picture everyday for an entire year. sounds interesting and would make an interesting project to look back on.

may give it a shot.

Wednesday, July 25, 2007

itunes single of the week



this weeks free itunes single is another in the every increasing line of talented female soloists for uh-merica. this one is a little more off the wall than rosie thomas, although both have a link to sufjan stevens, or feist however but is equally as good in her own way. definitely going to check out the album.

Tuesday, July 24, 2007

we cant turn them away

iraqi workers who have aided the uk forces are being abandoned by the forces as they withdraw. translators contractors and other workers who have supported the army are being targeted for violence by elements within iraq.

a campaign has begun to urge the british government to offer asylum to any worker who has aided the forces and now fears for their life.

whatever your moral judgement on the war we can not abandon these people.

more on the campaign here

a petition here

write to your mp at theyworkforyou.com

articles

"They are obligated to us. They said that they came to help us. What kind of help are they giving me now? They say they would protect us. What kind of protection are they giving me now? They say they came to give me freedom. I lost everything. They are obligated." - channel 4

"They knew my name and I got a call on my mobile phone, and was told to leave my job or lose my head, I'm still scared they're going to come for me, they can come at any time." - the independent

Issa Jafer al-Said, 25, who graduated from Basra University with a degree in English literature before working with the 1st Battalion, Yorkshire Regiment, said: “We never imagined that the British could treat us like this. We face a very bleak future.”

A spokesman for the Ministry of Defence said its “contractual obligations” ended when a civilian left its employ. - the times

Sunday, July 22, 2007

100 ÷ 2 = ?



apparently the customers of accessorize are unable to work out what 50% of any price is, so the shop provided this handy list.

Thursday, July 19, 2007

custom youtube players

custom youtube players that can display your playlists, favourites or uploaded videos are now available. get yours here

Wednesday, July 18, 2007

kt tunstall - black horse and the cherry tree (live on jools holland)

was recently reminded of this performance and had to look it up again. it is amazing.



for the nerdy, the peddle is the akai e2 headrush

free patrick watson



the free itunes track this week is the marvelous patrick watson who features on three tracks on the beautiful album ma fleur by the cinematic orchestra. he is often compared to jeff buckley and has a similar voice quality to anthony and the johnsons. lovely stuff and free!

get it here

Tuesday, July 17, 2007

direct to your door


direct to your door
Originally uploaded by chrice

I realise we've come a long way but I think ordering babies from Boots is maybe a bit too far

Monday, July 16, 2007

man(y) with a movie camera



this is a brilliant idea. recreating dziga vertovs man with a movie camera entirely from user submitted clips.

feist remix



nice remix of feist's 1,2,3,4 from here

the eco-pak



waitrose is to begin trials of the calon wen eco pak. the eco pak is a container for milk that replaces the terrible tetra-pak system. it consists of a reuseable jug and a plastic bag that the milk is bought in. a demonstration is available here.

fantastic idea and as usual, so so simple!

lol

during a recent show at the norva in virginia morrissey made the following comment about madonna after she recently wore a fur coat

"I wouldn't be surprised if she [madonna] made that african boy into a coat and wore him ... for 15 minutes, and then threw it away."

go mozza!!

Sunday, July 15, 2007

prince cd

6music today reported that the giveaway of prince's album in the mail on sunday today is set to make him MORE money than he would have got had the album been released normally.


(cant find the story on the site but it was in the music news during stephen merchants show)

01-18-08

just found out about this on the apple trailers site. its the trailer for a film produced by lost producer j.j. abrams. 01-18-08 is not the real name of the film but the release date. its currently being produced under the code name cloverfield. lost may have become over long and ridiculous but abrams use of the internet and viral marketings is second to none. most importantly though it looks rad!



it has already spawned fan blogs (1-18-08, we were the cool kids and project cloverfield) and the sparse official site is at 1-18-08.com

in the shadow of the moon

Thursday, July 12, 2007

kid 17

just discovered kid 17 by radiohead. the blog claims "radioheads' classic "kid a" has a strange property. play two copies of the album 17 seconds apart, and they overlap and itersect to create new harmonies, call and response vocals, and other interesting effects."

how someone found this out im not sure and if it works i dont know but im going to give it a listen.

Wednesday, July 11, 2007

chris plowman ba (hons)

is my new official name!! lol!

got my results today and got a respectable 2:2. after a few weeks of panic and fear the relief is incredible!

Tuesday, July 10, 2007

boys own

penguin classics are rereleasing the boy's own serious of books with beautiful new covers my personal favourite being this cover for she by h rider haggard

Friday, July 06, 2007

damon and jamie's excellent journey



i have just watched the edition of bbc's imagine that follows the making of damon albarn and jamie hewlett's new opera monkey: journey to the west.

its incredible and damon albarn is a bone a fide genius.

it also features a lovely section that shows them using three of the rarest instruments in the world and then making their own out of horns and an arcade machine just for good measure.

can't say i've ever actually wanted to see an opera before.

some video is available here

Wednesday, July 04, 2007

my god's bigger than your god

an interesting post from rachel north on what is becoming one of my most read blogs.



"Okay readers. Here's some topical words from the Qu'ran, the Torah/Prophets/Old Testament and the New Testament.

Can you spot which quotation is from which book?

(a) ''... give away wealth out of love for Him to the near of kin and the orphans and the needy and the wayfarer and the beggars and for (the emancipation of) the captives, and keep up prayer and pay the poor-rate; and the performers of their promise when they make a promise, and the patient in distress and affliction and in time of conflicts-- these are they who are true (to themselves) and these are they who guard (against evil).''

(b) ''I, the LORD, have called you for the victory of justice, I have grasped you by the hand; I formed you, and set you as a covenant of the people, a light for the nations,
To open the eyes of the blind, to bring out prisoners from confinement, and from the dungeon, those who live in darkness''

(c) ''The Spirit of the Lord is on me, because he has anointed me to preach good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners and recovery of sight for the blind, to release the oppressed''

Interesting, hmmm? Right, here's three more...

(d) "Do not suppose that I have come to bring peace to the earth. I did not come to bring peace, but a sword.''

(e) ''And kill them wherever you find them, and drive them out from whence they drove you out, and persecution is severer than slaughter, and do not fight with them at the [Sacred Place] until they fight with you in it, but if they do fight you, then slay them; such is the recompense of the unbelievers.

(f) ''You will pursue your enemies, and they will fall by the sword before you''.

Slightly trickier, I think. See if you are right - answers tomorrow.

Interesting fact: There are 44 matches for 'kill' in the Qu'ran, and 151 matches for 'mercy'
In the Bible, there are 124 matches for 'mercy' - and 421 matches for 'kill'."



think more and more people are beginning to realise that its not a question of which religion is right or wrong but that all religion is wrong. anything that constructs a belief system that is, in its own mind, infallible to criticism and logic can do no good.

christopher hitchens points out that the good that is done by religion is far outweighed by the evil and that the good that it does could be done by any decent human being but some of the evil could only be done by those who see themselves as on some divine mission.

Tuesday, July 03, 2007

critical metrics



critical metrics is a nice little site that pulls the most talked about songs from various mp3 sites and blogs and lists them along with samples and related videos.

current top 5:

1 “D.A.N.C.E.” - JUSTICE

2 The Heinrich Maneuver - INTERPOL

3 Boyz - M.I.A.

4 Elephant Gun - BEIRUT

5 Fluorescent Adolescent - ARCTIC MONKEYS


personally i recommend interpol

bush reaches new low

bush has over commuted the 30 month sentence of his pal "scooter" libby sighting that the sentence was too severe even though the maximum sentence could have been 25 years and a million dollar fine. this means that although the conviction stays on his record he wont have to go to jail.

libby was convicted for perjury, obstruction of justice and lying to investigators.

Saturday, June 30, 2007

my new favourite thing



flickr rss feeds. adding more everyday. allows me to see photos from groups, activity on my photos, other peoples photos. nice break from the usual news and text i usually get in my feeds.

Friday, June 29, 2007

mika brzezinski

us news presenter mika brezezinski refused to take the paris hilton being released from jail story as her lead. not done in the most articulate of ways but well done to her.

aaaaahhhhhhh bomb bomb bomb were all going to die

"LONDON (Reuters) - Police defused a bomb in an abandoned car in London's theatre district on Friday and launched a counter-terrorism investigation.

The bomb, which Sky News quoted unidentified sources as saying was "potentially massive", was found inside a light green Mercedes left outside a nightclub in the early hours of Friday, a police officer quoted witnesses as saying.
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The witnesses said the occupant drove "erratically" before smashing into some bins outside the nightclub and running off. Bouncers from the nightclub investigated, saw what looked like gas canisters inside the vehicle and called the police.

Officers sealed off the area at around 2 a.m. and found a bomb, the Metropolitan police said.

"They discovered what appeared to be a potentially viable explosive device. This was made safe," they said, adding that counter-terrorism officers were investigating."

key words here being "potential viable". so not actually a bomb then?! nice and convenient for brown two days in and he's already got an excuse to get some lovely controlling anti-terror legislation in.

Thursday, June 28, 2007

extortion of the innocent

found these poor bottles of innocent smoothies in bournemouth train station. not surprised they are unsold as they cost £2.09!!!!

Wednesday, June 27, 2007

tony blair



some good was done. far too much evil has been and continues to be done.

Tuesday, June 26, 2007

the format for FREE



the format are giving away their frankly awesome album dog problems for free until july 16th. its free, all they ask for is your email address. if you dont like it just delete it but i urge you to give it a listen.

Monday, June 25, 2007

microsoft surface parody

i posted about microsoft surface a while ago. just discovered this nice lil paordy. i think they missed the point of the product a little but its still funny.

Friday, June 22, 2007

stand up alarm clock



nice idea, an alarm clock in a mat. to turn it off simply stand on it.

from here

last.fm normaliser

found this rather cool little web app called last.fm normaliser. it orders your top artists not by number of tracks listened too but instead by the amount of time listened. using tracks listened to skews the listing a bit as for example minor threat's complete discography comes in at 47.4 minutes and has 26 tracks. where as godspeed you black emperor!'s f# a# comes in at 60 mins but has but 3 tracks.

my regular top 10

1 bloc party
2 death cab for cutie
3 sufjan stevens
4 boysetsfire
5 sigur rós
6 radiohead
7 thrice
7 glassjaw
9 funeral for a friend
10 sparta

normalised top 10

1 sigur rós
2 bloc party
3 death cab for cutie
4 explosions in the sky
5 sufjan stevens
6 glassjaw
7 boysetsfire
8 radiohead
9 funeral for a friend
10 sparta

Tuesday, June 19, 2007

refugee week



this week, 18th - 24th june, is refugee week in the uk.

"Refugee Week is a UK-wide programme of arts, cultural and educational events that celebrate the contribution of refugees to the UK, and encourages a better understanding between communities"

http://www.refugeeweek.org.uk

Monday, June 18, 2007

free audio books

audible.co.uk has an offer that allows you to get a free audio book for signing up to their 14 day trial. just grabbed myself hegemony or survival : america's quest for global dominance by noam chomsky. the books are locked by drm but you can apparently burn them to cd then rip them again to get rid of that, although i have not tried it yet.

this has entirely blown my mind

most things i come across on the internet are impressive but i can normally see how they are done. im not saying i could make them but i could explain the basic principle. this however has blown my mind, its just incredible!

Photosynth demo

Saturday, June 16, 2007

the threat of stupid terrorists

just come across an interesting article by Bruce Schneier in which he argues that most of the recent terrorist threats have been blown out of proportion as there were mostly impossible to pull off or high unlikely to succeed. yet they are given blanket media coverage in the US and coverage in the UK.

this ties in with the book i've been listening (i've discovered audio books they are awesome) to Al Gore's The Assault on Reason, in which he outlines how debate has been removed from modern politics and that there is no argument based on fact on rhetoric and politics based on fear. so far its rather like my dissertation but obviously alot better written.

Friday, June 15, 2007

delocator

found a nice little site called delocator that lists non corporate/one off coffee shops. there's not a massive amount on there for the places i searched but as you can add your own this should change soon.

Thursday, June 07, 2007

my setup

my keyboard arrived today! now my set-up is looking rather lovely.

Wednesday, June 06, 2007

software updates

my two most used pieces of software updated yesterday.

Camino, the best web browser going in my opinion updated to 1.5
and
NetNewsWire made a big jump with lots of nice changes upto 3.0

in praise of the olympic logo

rather excellent design team coudal partners has posted an entry in defence of the london 2012 logo. its interesting and i do find myself agreeing with some of the points but it still doesnt explain why it hurts my brain when i look at it.

Monday, June 04, 2007

the london book project

a wonderful idea. this should happen wherever it is possible.

"The London Book Project is a free book exchange on a massive scale. Using the London Underground as a high speed distribution network, we aim to bring real literature to London's commuters. Scrap the freesheets - read a free book instead!

Over the next two weeks we'll be distributing thousands of second hand books across the tube and we want YOU to get involved. If you see one of our books, please pick it up! Then read it and replace with any book of your choice. Let's make the tube a giant, free library!"

presenting the london Z splodge /. Z olympics



the london 2012 olympic commitee today revealed their new logo and its god awful. the video that goes with it is nicely done and i think the idea is sound but the logo just doesnt work for me.


**edit**
There is a also now a petition to change the logo here

**edit 2**
the logo/brand apparantly cost £400,000 and was designed by Wolff Ollins. (source - Metro Online)

21st century taboos

Interesting list via MSN of 21st Century Taboos.

1) Giving money to beggars
2) Speaking to a stranger on a bus or train
3) Holding a door open for a woman
4) Saying that 'Imagine' by John Lennon is rubbish
5) Complimenting a friend/relative on their children
6) Owning up to drinking full-fat milk
7) Asking for a cup of tea in an upmarket cafe
8) Being irreverent about Princess Diana
9) Arguing that taxes are good
10) Contesting that England has a third-rate football team

More here

Sunday, June 03, 2007

family guy + star wars = lollercoaster



a sneak preview of the upcoming hour long family guy version of star wars!!!!

Saturday, June 02, 2007

big brother is bilge but this is genius



The big donor show has been revealed as a hoax. The show WAS actually a stunt to highlight the problem of organ donor shortage in the Netherlands. Fantastic!!

"A Dutch reality television show in which a supposedly dying woman had to pick one of three contestants to whom she would donate a kidney was revealed as an elaborate hoax on Friday.

The show, which the broadcaster had said aimed to focus attention on a shortage of donor organs in the Netherlands, was condemned by Dutch Prime Minister Jan Peter Balkenende before broadcast Friday night and sparked controversy worldwide.

Identified only as "Lisa," the 37-year-old woman who had been said to be suffering from a brain tumor was to base her selection on the person's history and conversations with the candidates' families and friends.

In the last minutes of the program, she was revealed as a healthy actress and producers stunned viewers by saying "The Big Donorshow" was a hoax.

The contestants were also part of the deception, although all three are genuine kidney patients.

"Their life is bitter reality," the host said after revealing the deception, just at the moment at which Lisa was to have stated her choice." from CNN

Friday, June 01, 2007

battle at ham's deep



the battle of elm's deep from lord of the ring's recreated with muppets in a shop window. Fantastic!

link

Thursday, May 31, 2007

lies run deep


9/11 = Iraq
Originally uploaded by cubiccavepearls

seems the link between 9/11 and iraq is still alive in american mind's

Wednesday, May 30, 2007

microsoft surface

despite being made by microsoft this is rather impressive. the very un-windows interface is nice.

mircosoft surface

rumours are its been released now as apple is going to expand its iphone interface/release something similar at WWDC

Monday, May 28, 2007

taking liberties



Taking Liberties is a new film on a so far sadly limited release that explores New Labour's eroding of civil liberties after 9/11.

"They who would give up an essential liberty for temporary security, deserve neither liberty or security." - Benjamin Franklin

Saturday, May 26, 2007

nick griffin slips again

in a debate on newsnight last night nick griffin came out with the following bewildering statement. "The BBC and the Labour government have demonised the word racism".

DEMONISED RACISM?

He then went on to justify it by claiming it was a term invented by Trotsky to defame his enemies.

Yet another slip from his public image as a 'politician' and into his true colours as a idiotic racist.

--

United Against Fascism

Wednesday, May 23, 2007

finished and home

today i finished university and travelled home. its a strange feeling but a good one.

Tuesday, May 22, 2007

regina spektor - fidelity



im seriously in love with her new album its beautiful and times its rather random but it never sounds ridiculous. the video is really fun!

Monday, May 21, 2007

this could be incredible



portishead are curating and performing at the nightmare before christmas atp festival at butlins in december!

Friday, May 18, 2007

environmental confusion

i try to be as environmental as i can. i turn lights and plugs off wherever i go. i try and buy recycled products and use organic food but thinking about things i've started to become a bit confused.

does my organic milk come from cows kept in tiny sheds?

is my fair trade chocolate that's probably air freighted in better than UK chocolate thats made from GM cocoa?

is my organic chicken free range?

is carbon offsetting really the answer? surely the damage has already been done? don't we just need to stop??

every product or service has a downside i guess its just about weighing up which i think is doing the greatest good.

Sunday, May 13, 2007

tokidoki +44 = amazing bus

tokidoki have just revealed the first of two tour buses they have designed for +44 for them to take on tour and the results are pretty impressive.




more here

Saturday, May 12, 2007

my newest friend

his name is bossy bear! he likes to claim that everything is his and that i should do everything he says.

r.i.p aereogramme



aereogramme yesterday announced they are splitting up :(

Thursday, May 10, 2007

light fields



found the amazing but scary phenomena of light fields. the fluorescent tubes are placed in the ground but are not connected to the pylons in any way they are powered purely from the waste energy.