Tuesday, December 23, 2008

£3 of free mp3s from amazon

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Just a quick heads up. On xmas day and boxing day Amazon will be giving away £3 of mp3s to every customer. At current prices this will buy you albums from Elbow, Santogold, Fleet Foxes and others. Simply enter FREEMP3S at the checkout.

Details here

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

the wrestler

although i think the fountain is a brilliant film it wasn't well received and darren aronofsky has had to play it 'safe' with his next film the wrestler. it is being lauded as one of the films of the year and tipped for oscars. hopefully aronofsky will fall into a one safe then one out there pattern in the future.

Monday, November 03, 2008

at last, the voice of reason

charlie brooker has given his views on the brand/ross "scandal" and as per usual is spot on.

"maybe, just maybe, it's time to establish "Counter-Complaints": a method of registering your complaint about the number of knee-jerk complaints. And one should cancel out the other - so if 25,000 people complain, and a further 25,000 counter-complain, the total number of complaints is zero. It might lead to a lot of fruitless button-mashing, but at least we can keep our shared national culture relatively sane. Because judging by the rest of the news, if the ship's going down, a few unrestricted taste-free laughs now and then might make things more bearable for all of us."

read the full article here

Sunday, September 21, 2008

I can't believe that this is needed.

An advert urging people to donate money to the GB paralympic team for 2012. I'm astonished that they aren't receiving adequate government funding.

Sunday, August 31, 2008

inspiration



ive uploaded a series of images ive collected of things that inspire me or i just think look nice.

you can see them here

Friday, August 15, 2008

BBC Olympic Animation

Still not sure on how I feel about watching the Olympics and the related programmes but this animation by Jamie Hewlett of Tank Girl and Gorillaz fame is frankly excellent.

new dove advert

Saturday, June 21, 2008

the role of spectacle...

Just for the hell of it heres my dissertation from university for anyone who wants to read it.

The Role Of Spectacle, The Media And The Internet In The War On Terror And Its Coverage

Tuesday, June 17, 2008

happy firefox day

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good news: today is the release of firefox 3 and a better internet. anyone using internet explorer or firefox 2 stop it and get it. Spread Firefox. Get it before 6pm UK time tomorrow to add to the world record attempt for most software downloads in 24 hours

bad news: due to the record attempt and awesomeness of firefox the servers at mozilla are down. oh dear!

Wednesday, June 11, 2008

A Silent Film - Born Slippy cover - live

This really shouldn't work but it really really does.

roll of heroes

36 Labour MPs rebelled against the government in the vote to extend the terror detention limit to 42 days.

They were:

Diane Abbott (Hackney North & Stoke Newington)
Richard Burden (Birmingham Northfield)
Katy Clark (Ayrshire North & Arran)
Harry Cohen (Leyton & Wanstead)
Frank Cook (Stockton North)
Jeremy Corbyn (Islington North)
Jim Cousins (Newcastle upon Tyne Central)
Andrew Dismore (Hendon)
Frank Dobson (Holborn & St Pancras)
David Drew (Stroud)
Paul Farrelly (Newcastle-under-Lyme)
Mark Fisher (Stoke-on-Trent Central)
Paul Flynn (Newport West)
Neil Gerrard (Walthamstow)
Ian Gibson (Norwich North)
Roger Godsiff (Birmingham Sparkbrook & Small Heath)
John Grogan (Selby)
Dai Havard (Merthyr Tydfil & Rhymney)
Kate Hoey (Vauxhall)
Kelvin Hopkins (Luton North)
Glenda Jackson (Hampstead & Highgate)
Lynne Jones (Birmingham Selly Oak)
Peter Kilfoyle (Liverpool Walton)
John McDonnell (Hayes & Harlington)
Andrew Mackinlay (Thurrock)
Bob Marshall-Andrews (Medway)
Michael Meacher (Oldham West & Royton)
Julie Morgan (Cardiff North)
Chris Mullin (Sunderland South)
Doug Naysmith (Bristol North West)
Gordon Prentice (Pendle)
Linda Riordan (Halifax)
Alan Simpson (Nottingham South)
Emily Thornberry (Islington South & Finsbury)
David Winnick (Walsall North)
Mike Wood (Batley & Spen)

Well done.

Its not over yet, the lords may save our freedom.

Tuesday, June 03, 2008

Sunday, June 01, 2008

the phone the iphone should have been

welcome to the google phone platform, android.

Tuesday, May 27, 2008

sigur ros return

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sigur ros will release their new album "með suð í eyrum við spilum endalaust" translated as "with a buzz in our ears we play endlessly" on june 23rd. there's a download of the first track off the album available here. personally i couldn't be more excited

Thursday, May 22, 2008

amazon recommendations

usually amazon reommendations are pretty solid but this one is a little weird

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Thursday, May 08, 2008

Sometimes words fail me!

from the Guardian "Police should be harassing badly behaved youths by openly filming them and hounding them at home to make their lives as uncomfortable as possible, the home secretary will say today.

The crime initiative is part of a government strategy to win back voters by proposing more radical approaches to tackling deep seated problems.

As part of the crackdown on bad behaviour, she will urge police forces across the country to follow the example of Essex police, who have mounted four-day "frame and shame" operations by filming and repeatedly stopping identified persistent offenders on problem estates."


What a brilliant idea. Lets take a pissed off disenfranchised section of society and piss them off even more. Obviously it will gain loads of votes among the Daily Mail readers, they would get a few more if they went the whole hog and just hug them in public. When we will some in power just sit down with some of this group of people and find out the real reason why its going on? Ill put my money on boredom and feeling of them having no future. Youth clubs, boxing gyms and apprenticeships could save this country!

Friday, April 25, 2008

Humphrey Lyttelton (23 May 1921 – 25 April 2008)

Very sad day. Humphrey Lyttelton died today following surgery. He died peacefully surrounded by family.

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"As we journey through life, discarding baggage along the way, we should keep an iron grip, to the very end, on the capacity for silliness. It preserves the soul from dessication." - Humph

at last...

...the news the world has been waiting for

Thursday, April 24, 2008

todays interesting use of google

type "french military victories" into google and click the 'i'm feeling lucky' button!

Sunday, April 13, 2008

Friday, April 11, 2008

booo apple

looks like the new ipod has some of the same problems :(

Thursday, April 10, 2008

bravo apple

today i received a brand new ipod from apple, exactly a week after i contacted them to say mine was dead.

in that time:

apple sent me a ups package containing ups packaging to ship the ipod to them
ups collected the ipod, 5 minutes early!!
received email to say ipod was received
ipod has been checked and confirmed dead
received email to say new ipod is on its way
received new ipod the next day


apple and ups can be bloody proud of themselves!!

Wednesday, April 02, 2008

Thursday, March 27, 2008

the 100 year government

I read John Hutton's, the business secretary, speech yesterday

For him the future is nuclear.

He has a 4 year job.

Maybe an 8 year job, if he is lucky.

But making decisions that you will not be responsible for is a pretty good work -if you can get it.

He won't be the one holding the glowing can in a hundred years time

He won't be the one working out where to put all the ever growing waste.

(Is wrapping it up in concrete really a long term answer?)

He won't be picking up the bill to moth ball power stations when they come to the end of their days

He won't be swimming in the polluted seas in years to come.

He won't be the one looking at the true cost in a 100 years, in 200 years, in 300 years time.

Politics is short term.

Planets are long term.

from howies blog


lib dem no to nuclear campaign
greenpeace nuclear site

Tuesday, March 18, 2008

Wednesday, March 12, 2008

brilliant

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by Dr D via wooster collective.

visit NO2ID here

animation discovered on 5,200-year-old pottery

Animation discovered on 5,200-year-old pottery: "A 5,200 year old piece of pottery from Iran has been discovered to embody the oldest known animation in the world -- a wild goat eating vegetation:



The wild goat motif can be seen on Iranian pottery dating back to the 4th millennium BCE, as well as jewellery pieces especially among Cassite tribes of ancient Luristan. However, the oldest wild goat representation in Iran was discovered in Negaran Valley in Sardast region, 37 kilometers from Nahok village near Saravan back in 1999. The engraved painting of wild goat is part of an important collection of lithoglyphs dating back to 8000 BCE.



However, wild goat representation with a tree is associated with Murkum, a mother goddess who was worshipped by all the Indo-Iranian women of the Haramosh valley in modern Pakistan, which culturally had closer ties with Indus and subsequently the Burnt City civilisations, than Mesopotamia, which could had influenced the ancient potter who made this unique piece.




Link

(Thanks, Robbo!)







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(Via Boing Boing.)

Friday, March 07, 2008

happy sigur ros day

today is officially sigur ros everywhere in the world, well when i say everywhere i mean youtube.

every featured video today is by sigur ros and it also includes the complete film they made of their icelandic tour, 'heima'.

Tuesday, March 04, 2008

Star Wars vs. Saul Bass

If Saul Bass had made the Star Wars titles!! GENIUS!!

Friday, February 15, 2008

the first time ever i've agreed with sepp blatter

"This is definitely abuse of association football. To try and have additional exposure and revenue by expanding the league around the world, I think this is not acceptable. It will not be acceptable to the Fifa executive committee, I am sure. We have already heard from two presidents of confederations [Uefa’s Michel Platini and Asia’s Mohamed bin Hammam] and, if I went through the different press coverage, I have not seen a lot of support. If you go against the authority of Fifa and the executive committee, then you cannot expect them to be in your favour later on. England will not be the only World Cup bid. So, if Mr Scudamore says that [it will help 2018], let him say it. I will not deny chances to any of the candidates for 2018 but I cannot imagine that when you go against the deciding body for the decision on the World Cup that you will enhance your chances. It will not be diplomatic."

for the first time ever i agree with bumbling idiot and generally corrupt fifa president, sepp blatter.

Sunday, February 10, 2008

loved it loved it loved it

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Juno MacGuff: You're, like, the coolest person I've ever met, and you don't even have to try, you know...

Paulie Bleeker: I try really hard, actually.

Thursday, February 07, 2008

premier league considering games abroad

"The English Premier League is considering playing some matches overseas, BBC Sport has learned.

At a meeting in London on Thursday, all 20 clubs agreed to explore a proposal to extend the season to 39 games.

Those 10 extra games would be played at venues around the world, with cities bidding for the right to stage them.

It is understood the additional fixtures could be determined by a draw but that the top-five teams could be seeded to avoid playing each other.

Should the proposal get the go-ahead, changes could come into effect for the 2010/11 season, with points from those extra games counting towards the final league table." - from bbc news

Im stunned that this is even being considered.

Monday, January 28, 2008

the computer the macbook air should have been

introducing the modbook

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full touch screen macbook. this i would buy!!!

Friday, January 25, 2008

fully flared

yet another amazing intro to a girl skate film. this time, fully flared.


Sunday, January 20, 2008

the tracey fragments



ellen page seems to have a amazing ability of choosing intriguing and interesting films to star in.

the website of the film allows you to download the ENTIRE shoot and the soundtrack (by Broken Social Scene) for the film and re-edit it yourself.

unfortunately there is no uk release date yet

Wednesday, January 16, 2008

my personal macworld keynote reaction

movie rentals - nice, if it worked in the uk and the streaming works at real time
apple tv - looking more attractive than before
time capsule - brilliant idea. when im in a household with more than one mac this is a must buy
macbook air - whats the point? i dont get it. yes its ultra-portable but so is a macbook which is more powerful and cheaper. it has no disc drive, no ethernet, no firewire. what are you going to do with this thing?
ipod touch upgrade for $20 - ridiculous!!!

Saturday, January 12, 2008

there is nothing right about this headline

'Princess Diana preferred men with back hair,' says former police chief

my must have mac apps

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just cause i know some people i know have updated puters recently or are planning too heres my top mac apps for people to try.

in no particular order

1. Growl - allows you to set notifications when pretty much anything happens on your computer.
2. MarsEdit - blog editting greatness
3. NetNewsWire - for RSS feed collection, now FREE.
4. Camino - fastest most stable web browser ever.
5. Transmission - clean and quick torrent program.
6. Amnesty Singles - for those with slower computers avoid running power hungry dashboard by converting widgets to stand alone apps
7. Scrivener - writing any kind of essay or thesis?? you can not afford to be without this
8. Perian - adds codecs for everything into quicktime. Also for video playback see VLC and NicePlayer
9. Salling Clicker - control your computer with your mobile phone (require bluetooth)
10. BluePhoneElite - receive and reply to text messages from your computer.
11. Little Snitch - see what on your computer is trying to connect the internet and allow or deny it
12. Quicksilver - general program launcher and swiss army knife
13. PeerGuardian - stops known nasty people from connecting to your torrent downloads

Friday, January 11, 2008

2007 Darwin Award winner announced

2007 Darwin Award winner announced: "The winner of the 2007 Darwin Award has been announced. The Darwin Awards go to people have removed themselves from the gene pool by killing themselves or making themselves sterile.


The prize has gone to 'The Enema Within' - the story of a man named Keith (58) who was addicted to alcoholic enemas. He died after having two 1.5 litre bottles of sherry (over 100 fluid ounces) poured into his rectum.


When toxicologists examined Keith, he was found to have a blood alcohol level of 0.47%.


Story from The Darwin Awards


Details of 'The Enema

(Via QI News.)

Monday, January 07, 2008

some amazing new products

Some incredible new and concept products via Smashing Magazine.com. My personal favourite being this mp3 player/cd player.

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Sunday, January 06, 2008

the world is mad

"A security guard at the Fareham Shopping Centre in the UK accused a middle-aged couple of terrorism and banned them for life when they took out a camera to take a picture of their grandchildren. After the press jumped on the story, the manager of the mall said that they weren't terrorists, but that taking pictures of their grandchildren in the mall did pose a "security risk" and that they could come back provided they didn't take any pictures."

from boingboing

Friday, January 04, 2008

obama wins in iowa

PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE LET THIS MAN BE PRESIDENT!