Month: May 2005

  • The 3rd Hand

    Found via Steve Lawson’s excellent blog , this is a fantastic gizmo that looks bizarre but, if it does what it says on the tin, would liberate many knob-twiddlers. No longer would they develop crinkly spines from hours spent hunched over FX pedals. The basic use of the pedal is to end the endless bending…

  • Wristbands Made By Sweatshop Labour

    White wristbands sold by the Make Poverty History coalition were made in Chinese factories accused of using forced labour, it has been disclosed. (Source: The Independent) Oh dear… You would think the three charities involved would have taken great care sourcing the wristbands. Apparently not. Have a read of the full story, link above, for…

  • Laura Veirs

    Laura Veirs is a tiny dynamine, a songwriter who has, in the space of a few years, found her own voice and style. Her 2004 album, ‘Carbon Glacier’ is a dazzling fusion of trad American blues/folk with more off-kilter, European melodies. The Independent called it the “most enthralling album of the year thus far.” Laura…

  • ID Cards Will Cost £300 Per Head

    The government’s plans to introduce identity cards were dealt a body blow last night after it emerged the true cost of the scheme could top £18 billion, more than triple the official estimate. The figure has been calculated by experts at the London School of Economics, who have spent months producing one of the most…

  • Star Wars Is Not Just Fantasy

    “This is how liberty dies. With thunderous applause,” Padme Amidala I fell in love with ‘Star Wars’ way back in 1977, when I was 11. I came out of the cinema with my Dad and my head was buzzing and filled with a thousand flashing images. As we left the Eagle Centre car park, everything…

  • Lazy/Biased BBC Journalism

    I just watched a short report claiming that Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, Iraq’s al-Qaeda leader, has been seriously injured. Placing him in context, the reporter said: The man who is behind the carnage in Iraq… But as far as I’m aware, George Bush is perfectly healthy. Bush and his axis of evil invaders have killed 100,000…

  • Amnesty: US Supports Torture

    “The US, as the unrivalled political, military and economic hyper-power, sets the tone for governmental behaviour worldwide,” she [Irene Khan, Amnesty Secretary General] said. “When the most powerful country in the world thumbs its nose at the rule of law and human rights, it grants a licence to others to commit abuse with impunity.” The…

  • The Best TV Programme Ever Made

    In 1969, the BBC wanted to make a series that would be a scientific counterpart to Civilisation, their highly successful series on Western Art, given by Lord Clarke. They turned, eventually, to Bronowski, though not without experiencing some difficulties. It was not a light undertaking for Bronowski, either, as he described later in the introduction…

  • Scary Robot Cats

    Courtesy of Project Bongos, one of the scariest things I’ve seen in a long time. I don’t know quite why these robot cats are scarier than the Sony Aibo jobbies, there’s just something…creepy about them. It’s the eyes. Those eyes! Judge for yourself, watch the video by clicking here. I really, really hope it’s all…

  • Do It Yourself!

    I recently wrote a rant for Sandman Magazine in wich I complained that people weren’t doing enough with CD-Rs. I see CD-R as being the perfect format for indie music releases: it’s cheap, cheerful, good audio quality and most people have access to a CD player somewhere (unlike a vinyl deck). I’m very pleased that…

  • Privatisation Kills Indian Farmers

    More than 4,000 farmers have killed themselves in the Indian state of Andhra Pradesh since a programme of free-market measures was implemented by a “hardline liberalising regime” with the help of a £1.65m grant from the Department for International Development (DfID). A study for Christian Aid claims that the dramatic increase in the suicide rate,…

  • First Fuji F10 Test Shots

    Recently, I purchased one of these sleek babies: Click here for a full review. I was swayed by its small size, the battery stamina (apparently 500 shots per charge) and the snappiness of the start-up. But the main thing that made me go for the little Fuji is the fact it can shoot at ISO…

  • Microsoft Rely On Apple G5s!

    The nifty clips of video games supporting Microsoft’s new Xbox 360 console are running on Apple machines, Microsoft confirmed on Friday. “We purchased a number of Apple G5’s because very specific hardware components of the G5 allow developers to emulate some of the technology behind future Xbox products and services,” a Microsoft spokesperson said in…

  • CIA = Terrorists

    Luis Posada, CIA Terrorist Declassified US government documents show that a man suspected of involvement in the bombing of a Cuban passenger plane worked for the CIA. Luis Posada Carriles, a Cuban-born Venezuelan and anti-Castro dissident, was an agent and informer. The papers also reveal that an FBI informer “all but admitted” that Mr Posada…

  • Say Hi To Your Mom

    Say Hi To Your Mom (pic by M. Vorrassi) Say Hi To Your Mom made my favourite record of last year. Their new album, ‘Ferocious Mopes,’ will be released on June 7th but you uber-hipsters can have a sneak preview by clicking here. Looks like it’s going to be another tasty treat. Eric Elbogen, the…

  • Some May Flowers & Trees

    Click here to see a little gallery of some piccies I took today. The sunshine was gorgeous, in between bouts of strange hail. Strange weather… And, as a little bonus, here’s three pics wallpaper sized, click on the images for the big versions: Ta-ra!

  • Where’s Google Gorn?

    Ten minutes ago, I tried to check my Gmail. Got a strange “The document contains no data” error popup from Firefox. Hmmm… So, I thought I’d do a search and see if there were any reports of Gmail being down. It was only after I clicked the search box that I realised all my searches…

  • Close But No Cigar

    Butcher Blair is back in Downing Street, his nose bloodied. He’s got the lowest proportion of votes for a winning PM in British history. Blair’s trying to be bullish but 36.2% is nothing to be proud of. Certainly not a mandate. If only the Lib Dems had gained just a few more seats… There were…

  • Today, I’m Voting Lib-Dem

    Since 1984 I’ve voted Labour. In fact, I couldn’t wait to turn 18 so I could vote Labour and do my bit in evicting the vampire known as Margaret Thatcher. In the mid-’80s, I used to be chairman of the local Labour Party Young Socialists. I campaigned for Labour, went door-to-door. I was a delegate…

  • A Holy Apparition!

    And LO, was it revealed in the blind which dangleth, yay, in my downstairs bathroom. The HOLY IMAGE of the IMMACULATA DEVINE! : Look at how closely it resembleth the HOLY SARCASTA! : Do you not see it? BOW DOWN BEFORE THE HOLY APPARITION! Okayeth, to make it easier for your SATAN-BLINDED EYES! : HALLELUJAH!…