Friday, April 27, 2007

mmmmmm thievery

AOL's beta site looks like Yahoo: Mark Frauenfelder:

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AOL's new beta site looks just a teensy bit like Yahoo's home page, wouldn't you say? (Thanks, Patrick!)

(Via Boing Boing.)

Monday, April 23, 2007

how entirely unsurprising

skateparks cut crime: "Heres a story from BBC Scotland about Chick Mailey, who single-handedly built a skatepark in an old whiskey warehouse for the kids in Dumbarton (with no public funding).

A study by Strathclyde Police found that the park has reduced youth crime by 35%"

(Via howies - by the way.)

Saturday, April 21, 2007

daily express

the daily express today features some amazing 'journalism', the front page proclaims,

and on the front page of their website the story is accompanied by a picture of a terror suspect looking shifty on a bus, which is of course how ever immigrant acts on a daily basis. the usual racist rubbish from a newspaper that itself claims to be the greatest newspaper in the world.

virginia tech massacre and films

gerald kaufman yesterday wrote a piece (questions film-makers must ask themselves after virginia tech) in the telegraph comment section about the link between the virginia massacre and violent films such as oldboy, clockwork orange and other usual suspects.

as expected it is utter bilge. in it he calls for the self censorship of films by the film makers and implying that they have a duty to not make violent films as it might lead to someone copying them. all this while completely ignoring the fact that the massacre was committed by a troubled individual with proven mental health issues who was able to obtain weapons with ease.

Kaufman stated:

"I do believe, though, that film-makers ought to consider a great deal more carefully their own responsibility in an world where the cinema-going public gets younger and younger - Cho was 23 - and where the boundary between real life and artifice has been eroded by computer-generated images."

really gerald? really? the level of naivety in the article is outstanding and i'm astounded that this man was ever in a position of power.


a counterbalance to the article was provided by the same site here

the article was briefly discussed at the end of a conversation between simon mayo, david morrisey, mark kermode and richard jobson on simon mayo's radio show 20/04/07 podcasted here for a limited time

Friday, April 13, 2007

thou shalt...

Thou shalt not steal if there is direct victim.
Thou shalt not worship pop idols or follow lost prophets.
Thou shalt not take the names of Johnny Cash, Joe Strummer, Johnny Hartman, Desmond Decker, Jim Morrison, Jimi Hendrix or Syd Barret in vain.
Thou shalt not think that any male over the age of 30 that plays with a child that is not their own is a peadophile… Some people are just nice.
Thou shalt not read NME.
Thall shalt not stop liking a band just because they’ve become popular.
Thou shalt not question Stephen Fry.
Thou shalt not judge a book by it’s cover.
Thou shalt not judge Lethal Weapon by Danny Glover.
Thall shalt not buy Coca-Cola products. Thou shalt not buy Nestle products.
Thou shalt not go into the woods with your boyfriend’s best friend, take drugs and cheat on him.
Thou shalt not fall in love so easily.
Thou shalt not use poetry, art or music to get into girls’ pants. Use it to get into their heads.
Thou shalt not watch Hollyoaks.
Thou shalt not attend an open mic and leave before it’s done just because you’ve finished your shitty little poem or song you self-righteous prick.
Thou shalt not return to the same club or bar week in, week out just ’cause you once saw a girl there that you fancied but you’re never gonna fucking talk to.
Thou shalt not put musicians and recording artists on ridiculous pedestals no matter how great they are or were.
The Beatles… Were just a band.
Led Zepplin… Just a band.
The Beach Boys… Just a band.
The Sex Pistols… Just a band.
The Clash… Just a band.
Crass… Just a band.
Minor Threat… Just a band.
The Cure… Were just a band.
The Smiths… Just a band.
Nirvana… Just a band.
The Pixies… Just a band.
Oasis… Just a band.
Radiohead… Their just band.
Bloc Party… Just a band.
The Arctic Monkeys… Just a band.
The Next Big Thing.. JUST A BAND.
Thou shalt give equal worth to tragedies that occur in non-english speaking countries as to those that occur in english speaking countries.
Thou shalt remember that guns, bitches and bling were never part of the four elements and never will be.
Thou shalt not make repetitive generic music, thou shalt not make repetitive generic music, thou shalt not make repetitive generic music, thou shalt not make repetitive generic music.
Thou shalt not pimp my ride.
Thou shalt not scream if you wanna go faster.
Thou shalt not move to the sound of the wickedness.
Thou shalt not make some noise for Detroit.
When I say “Hey” thou shalt not say “Ho”.
When I say “Hip” thou shalt not say “Hop”.
When I say, he say, she say, we say, make some noise… kill me.
Thou shalt not quote me happy.
Thou shalt not shake it like a polaroid picture.
Thou shalt not wish you girlfriend was a freak like me.
Thou shalt spell the word “Pheonix” P-H-E-O-N-I-X not P-H-O-E-N-I-X, regardless of what the Oxford English Dictionary tells you.
Thou shalt not express your shock at the fact that Sharon got off with Bradley at the club last night by saying “Is it”.
Thou shalt think for yourselves.

And thou shalt always… Thou shalt always kill!

Le Sac vs. Pip

Tuesday, April 10, 2007

this town needs guns/jonquil - 09/04/07

fantastic show last night from jonquil and this town needs guns.

jonquil provided much originality, grouping singing and instrument changing

this town needs guns brought they usual fun and dancey tunes.

makes me realise how narrow minded and poor many of the bands in ipswich really are.

Monday, April 09, 2007

david lynch on product placement

i'm not a fan of his films usually but i have to agree with his views on product placement in films.

(explicit language in the video)

(Via The Anti-Advertising Agency.)

Friday, April 06, 2007

your own personal jesus

as its easter thought id post this rather cute paper craft jesus. the holes in the hands make it just perfect.

Jesus Christ Papercraft


oh microsoft how i hate you

okay i'm a bit of a mac fanboy but this isn't a whine about their os, their console or their music player. its their browser! why does it have to work entirely different to every other browser? why do things that look fine in other browsers look like they've been chewed by a dog in yours? why did you stop supporting the mac version so i can't test it properly anyway!

why oh why oh.........spells yo-yo

Thursday, April 05, 2007

todays independent

a fantastic piece of design greeted me this morning when i saw the paper. as always the front of the independent is different from all other papers but today it was exceptional.

the team managed to convey the two sided nature of the issue and the fact that both sides can claim victory from the resolution. brilliant work

Tuesday, April 03, 2007

naomi klein

not sure many people speak more sense in the world. she spoke recently about the privatisation of the state and war profiteering and how the war has turned into an old fashioned colonial plunder of resources.

"The only way to combat an economy that has eliminated the peace incentive, of course, is to take away their opportunities for growth. And their opportunities for growth are ongoing climate instability and ongoing geopolitical instability. Their threats -- the only thing that can challenge their economy is relative geopolitical and climatic peace and stability, so I suppose we have our work cut out for us to fight the war profiteers." - Klein

transcript and video from democracy now here

Sunday, April 01, 2007

peter tatchell

i've just discovered the guardian website's comment is free section and in particular the archive of fantastic articles written by peter tatchell. his views not only highlight right wing evil but also left-wing hypocrisy which is unfortunately all too common.


spent today tidying up my room and organising for the heating people who are coming tomorrow to replace our central heating.

managed to make more mess than there was to start with :(