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."