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... ? TotalVideoGames.com | Previews | UnityI can't quite think of any artist as tripped out as the stuff in Unity but the abstract space, crazy colours and music stuff has shades of Kandindsky, Dali and Picasso. In terms of playing with perspective, movement, shapes, colour and sound these are things that those guys and others played with. Those dudes would have loved to get their hands on this sort of technology I'm sure. Their contemporary cultural equivalents today, artists like Coldcut – they did the boss music in Rez on Level 5 - and DJ Shadow, use cool interactive visual stuff that goes in time with music in their live shows and recorded stuff. Unity puts some real cutting edge technology and gives it to us, rather than limiting it to people who can actually make these things for themselves.
... ? Guardian Unlimited | Arts features | Never scratch him outWhen the NME travelled to Jamaica to interview Lee Perry in 1979, the reggae producer was living in the burnt out ruins of his Black Ark studios, worshipping bananas, eating money, baptising visitors with a hose and going under the name "Pipecock Jackxon". Seven years later, the Battle Of Armagideon album sessions reportedly found him sipping a mixture of blackcurrant juice and gasoline with an electric heater strapped to his head.
... ? Guardian Unlimited | Arts features | Return of the lone strangerWhere do you live normally?" asks the young, aproned barber, making polite conversation as he tackles those notorious sideburns on a face older than many will remember it, but one shockingly well-preserved nonetheless for his 43 years. "I normally live in LA," Morrissey replies. "If you can call it normal living." The lad laughs, but doesn't get it. "Lively is it?" "Yeah," says Morrissey. "But I'm not."
... ? New Scientist:Mimicry makes computers the user's friendTimothy Bickmore, an expert on human-computer interaction at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Media Lab in Cambridge, agrees. "Mimicry and mirroring between two people is correlated with increased solidarity and rapport," he says. "It's something that therapists do to build solidarity with their clients."
... ? StrangeBanana: Computer-generated webpage designStrangeBanana is a program that creates a random webpage design.
... ? My word, it's easy to pick him or her - theage.com.auArgamon's gender program is part of a much broader technique called "stylometry," which analyses styles not only of writing, but also of music, graphics, art and architecture. A practical application of stylometry, he said, would be to identify writers of anonymous communications, such as the Unabomber, on the basis of their writings. The Unabomber, whose 17-year terrorism spree ended in 1995, was identified as Theodore Kaczynski only after his 35,000-word manifesto was compared with his known writings by his brother, David.
... ? /\^/\ Open Source Web DesignOpen Source Web Design is a community of designers and site owners freely sharing designs as well as design information.
... ? World or homeland? US National Security Strategy in the 21st century Charles V. Peña - openDemocracyA year after 9/11, the Bush administration articulated a new security doctrine that committed the country to worldwide military intervention in pursuit of democracy. This strange fruit of Wilsonian idealism and neo-conservative ambition is triply misconceived: it will guarantee damaging over-extension of resources, fuel bitter resentment of the United States, and abandon homeland security to the chimera of global control. It is not empire that the US needs, but modesty.
... ? TNL: MS and AOL: Friends again2003-05-30Whatever happens is a bit worrysome as we now have the two largest players on the American Internet essentially joining forces. Microsoft has a commanding lead in the desktop OS and the web browser market. AOL hold most of the remainder of the browser market (yes, a few people out there use browsers like Mozilla, myself included), and has a similarly large lead in the IM and access market. The two of them joining forces leave cold beads of sweaty fear running down my back.Also AOL/Microsoft Settlement: The Future...
... ? Microsoft and AOL settle lawsuit - May. 29, 2003Tech titans settle Netscape lawsuit, set seven-year licensing pact for AOL to use Internet Explorer.
... ? CNN.com - Music and porn feed broadband boom - May. 29, 2003Web sites with music, movies and porn are the main gainers from a broadband "boom" in Europe, say researchers. The number of users with high speed connections has risen more than 130 percent in just over a year, with France, Spain and the Netherlands leading the way, according to Nielsen NetRatings. Now 28 percent of Europe's Internet users have broadband, twice the rate recorded in April 2002. In France the rate is nearly 40 percent, with the Spanish and Dutch also ahead of America.
... ? BBC NEWS | World | Europe | Ban threat to Dutch cannabis cafes2003-05-29One of the Netherlands' most popular attractions, cannabis-selling cafes, face an uncertain future under a planned new law banning smoking in public places.
... ? Guardian Unlimited | Online | The third era starts hereThe programmable web is different for two main reasons. First, instead of going to look at a web page, you can get a computer to extract the information for you. Second, you don't have to view that information in a browser: you could use it in a different application, or on a different device, such as a mobile phone. When websites make information available in this way, they are called web services.
... ? BBC NEWS | Technology | Video games 'good for you'"By forcing players to simultaneously juggle a number of varied tasks, action-video-game playing pushes the limits of three rather different aspects of visual attention," wrote the researchers. The added: "Although video-game playing may seem to be rather mindless, it is capable of radically altering visual attentional processing."
... ? Salon.com Technology | Notes from the undergroundHow come porn is legal but dealing pot can get you a life sentence? Because the free market is a myth, says author Eric Schlosser.
... ? Copernica Art Database HomepageThe NASA Art Program has commissioned original artworks chronicling the wonders, risks and triumphs of space exploration. In Copernica, we invite you to explore a new universe created from a sampling of this art collection. Zoom in to a star to discover an artwork, or build your own constellation and watch the swirling forms take shape.
... ? BBC NEWS | Health | HRT 'may increase dementia risk'Combined hormone replacement therapy has been linked with an increased risk of Alzheimer's disease. Women aged 65 and above taking a certain type of HRT had twice the rate of dementia, according to a US study.
... ? Wired News: Listen Up: Songs Now 79 CentsFacing competition from Apple Computer's iTunes service, Listen.com will lower the price to download songs from its Rhapsody music service by 20 cents to 79 cents, marking the latest move by paid music services to attract and retain new ears.
... ? The New Yorker: Gertrude, Alice, and the WebThis week in the magazine, Janet Malcolm examines Gertrude Stein's life with Alice B. Toklas, and the mystery of how these two Jewish women survived the Nazi Occupation while remaining at their country house in eastern France. Stein looms large today, as a literary figure, a lesbian icon, a cultural impresario, and a friend of such photographers and painters as Man Ray and Pablo Picasso, who made her a subject of their art. In the past few years, Stein has also become a presence on the Web.
... ? BBC NEWS | Technology | Mobile gadgets offer new lessons2003-05-28Using mobile phones and handheld computers to teach basic skills could help a generation of youngsters turned off by traditional education.
... ? http://www.sony.co.jp/SonyInfo/IR/info/presen/mr_keiho/kuta_j_0528.pdfSony has announced a souped-up Playstation 2 in Japan. The machine, named the "PSX", comes with 120GB hard drive and a DVD+/-RW for recording videos and DVR features much like Sony's Cocoon. The machine will be released sometime in 2003, and come with a service that offers multimedia content such as video and music through internet connectivity. If you live in Japan, it will also come with a BS tuner; which is a Japanese Satellite Broadcast tuner.
... ? How Britain is losing the drugs warBy virtue of their endless monitoring, Whitehall knew that the same thing was happening across the country. But the outside world knew next to nothing about it. Like a sci-fi alien, the bureaucracy mutated and reproduced itself in the shape of an effective organisation. Simply, in among all the numbers that it collects so obsessively, it has chosen to measure its performance with a number which is fundamentally misleading. This is a result not so much of conspiracy as of sheer Whitehall bloody-mindedness. When the "drugs tsar", Keith Hellawell, first launched the new national drug strategy in 1998, his team wanted to mea sure the performance of its treatment wing in three ways: the number of users engaging in treatment; the number who emerged with a successful outcome; the number of drug-related offences. But Hellawell set targets for the whole strategy which were widely regarded as extravagantly optimistic, with the result that officials at the Department of Health and the Home Office, who were going to have to deliver the results, went into a collective sulk.
... ? Guardian Unlimited | The Guardian | US looks away as new ally tortures Islamists2003-05-27The US is funding those it once condemned. Last year Washington gave Uzbekistan $500m (£300m) in aid. The police and intelligence services - which the state department's website says use "torture as a routine investigation technique" received $79m of this sum.
... ? Mindjack - Taste Tribes by Joshua EllisBut even this might turn out to be beneficial. In a capitalist society, commerce is a requirement (or a necessary evil, depending upon your point of view). And wouldn't it ultimately be better if the producers of pop culture were able to work with their consumers, rather than against them? To directly access those consumers' needs, rather than simply making educated guesses? In this model of supply and demand, taste tribes create an alternate form of direct marketing, analogous to Amazon's recommendation system – but vastly more useful, because it is not automated. It takes the eccentricities of human taste into account.
... ? Guardian Unlimited | Arts features | Fade to greyCannes 2003 - a place and a date that will live in infamy. This was the Cannes that shocked everyone by snubbing Lars von Trier's Dogville in favour of Elephant, Gus Van Sant's high school Columbine nightmare. Actually, it was the right decision: Elephant is an outstanding film, though it might not have fared so well in a stronger year. But to ignore Dogville entirely? A blunder. Of this, more in a moment.
... ? Salon.com Technology | Would Hegel have played "Pac-Man"?And then I read a smart, engaging novel like D.B. Weiss' "Lucky Wander Boy" and I take a deep breath and relax. No matter what methods of distractions we humans devise for ourselves, we will always be able to turn the tables and make art out of our addictions. Enduring truths lurk behind every pixel, and profound meanings are signified by Pac-Man's maw. A generation reared on video games will produce some zombies, sure, but it will also engender poets -- bards of a new digital discipline. Weiss is just such a bard, making merry with the grist of "Donkey Kong" and "Frogger," capturing the spirit of a generation raised on arcades and Atari cartridges.
... ? BBC NEWS | Entertainment | Film | Matrix sequel pirated onlinePirate copies of blockbuster hit The Matrix Reloaded are available to download online, less than two weeks after the film went on release around the world, BBC News Online has learned. "Digital piracy has become a real menace," he said. Despite the availability of pirate copies, The Matrix Reloaded has made more than $363.5m at the box office worldwide so far.
... ? Apple - Pro/Music - Richard Devine2003-05-26During the past three years, Richard Devine has remixed top Warp artists like Aphex Twin, designed sounds for virtual instrument deity Native Instruments, scored commercials for Nike and Touchstone Pictures and engineered and performed his own ear-tearing music mayhem worldwide. He’s also been completing his BFA in graphic arts and programming as a fulltime college student.
... ? Guardian Unlimited Books | Special Reports | Kureishi accuses 'fascist' LabourNovelist says artists must search out silences in society and speak out
... ? Guardian Unlimited Books | News | Larkin's ribald blues lyrics unearthed in wartime lettersPhilip Larkin, the poet reviled by his critics as "a gloomy old sod", had a secret life as an eloquent and ribald composer of jazz blues lyrics, it was revealed at the weekend. The first two of what is thought to be a trove of lyrics - in which the fastidious bard of Anglican churches, death and uncertain love sang the blues with uninhibited glee - were premiered to a surprised but captivated audience at the National Jazz Archive in Loughton, Essex.
... ? bjork.com : gigOgraphyI am sure anybody who had been at the concert last night will understand my disappointment with the first part of the event (the abominable 2 hours of torture from the supporting DJ, which were a truely miserable experience). I do agree that it was an insult to the fans and I cannot help wondering how could Bjork ever agree to have it as a support act. It felt like being a part of a nasty psychedelic experiment and I if it had been for any other artist but Bjork I would have left the place after the first half an hour.
... ? GLITCH ART - DATA VISUALIZATION (DV)The purpose of this article is to explain what it is that I actually do to produce the Glitch Art on this site. As you will see, the Glitch part is relatively minor compared to all the data-rendering processes that happen after I've caught my Glitch! For completeness, I've also included material on the conceptually similar topic of Audio Glitches.
... ? Neural.it:Neural it's an Italian daily updated site on new media art, electronic music and hacktivism, quarterly printed as magazine. This is the English content section, with daily updated link and regular new articles and reviews.
... ? Net Gains :As interactive, computer-based artworks are collected and commissioned, are they losing their edge or gaining an audience?"The heroic period of Net art was, by default, very near the philosophy of open source," says Cosic, who had long conversations in the mid-1990s with Shulgin, Bunting, and others about Futurism, Situationism, and other manifesto-based movements of the 20th century. "Even though we never gave ourselves the fatal label of avant-garde, we were quite aware of what we were doing," he adds. Cosic announced his "retirement" from publicly making art two and a half years ago, he says, "at a moment when Net art stopped being about inventing and keeping some community going and became much more a career option." So what’s wrong with that? other artists wonder. "There’s the political stance that software should be free or something. I have to pay rent," says Simon. He adds, "I don’t think people value things they get for free, and that bothers me." He does make his source code available for some works, but for others, "it would be like giving away the negatives," he says, comparing it to photography. "It’s a struggle because you want the code to be appreciated in text form, but you need to protect it." Like Simon, Napier points out, "In the long run, I’m interested in people putting these things in their homes." And he must still work as a programmer to make money when commissions are thin. For years he put his art on his Web site, potatoland.org ...
... ? Fallt Publishing | 35 mm | SNDSND [Mille Plateaux/SND] Injecting clean, modernist layouts with the cool logic of data-flows and software, SND - Sheffield-based artists Mark Fell and Mat Steel - create precise graphics which perfectly mirror their precise audio. With 1999s Makesndcasette and 2000s Stdiosnd Types you might be forgiven for thinking SND are the reason we almost lst th vwl. Their work is stripped bare. Minimalism underpinned by machine logic or the quiet, internal workings of CPUs, RISC-based processors and huge quantities of RAM. Their designs for, among others, Mille Plateaux and their own eponymous label feature often delicate structures set in counterpoint to seemingly infinite lines of code (appropriate as both Fell and Steel work with audio interface systems).
... ? Fallt Publishing | Fodder'DIY Digital Audio™' Fodder releases are 'packaged' using .mp3 and PDF technologies for pure digital distribution. Consisting of virtual 'A' and 'B' sides created to fit within a download-friendly format, each release on Fodder features specially commissioned artwork housed within a standardised format (supplied in Adobe's popular PDF format). Embracing a 'distribute then print' concept, each release is designed to be easily assembled once downloaded.
... ? (WM) Webifex Magazine, Sharing Design Secrets. Issue 01 Now Available! Free Download.Issue 01 features step-by-step tutorials by Stephen Gates and Jonathan Hall, rich with emotion, design theory and technical details. Featured interviews with Eric Jordan (2advanced.com) "Survival of the Fittest" and master guitarist/producer Jagori Tanna from I Mother Earth "Comfortably off the Beaten Path." Issue 01 also features incredible cover art by Tobias Martinsson (Darklittlesecret.com), a recent event review "Audio/Visual Aesthetics and the Glitch" by Iman Moradi, and Hot Links from the design community.
... ? Read it and weepJonathan Meades: Author and broadcaster The Harry Potter books by JK Rowling I think they are absolute shit, just terrible, worse than Enid Blyton. I have discouraged my children from reading them. They are not particularly badly written I don't mind bad writing it's the smugness and the complicity with the reader that I dislike. It's like they're written by a focus group. JK Rowling is the sub-literary analogue of Tony Blair.
... ? New Scientist : Inkjet alert over forged banknotesIn speaking out, De La Rue has broken its traditional stony silence on alleged security problems. "This is very sensitive subject but we thought it was time to say something and make people think," says spokesman John Winchcombe.
... ? LRB | Christopher Tayler : Genderbait for the NerdsProse-nerds, in other words, may feel neglected. Still, a lot of this stuff can be put down to observational exuberance, which gives the novel its distinctive, collage-like texture. Gibson knows that using an Internet chatroom feels 'like sitting in a pitch-dark cellar conversing with people at a distance of about fifteen feet'. He knows that Japanese websites appear on English-language screens as 'a frantic-looking slaw of Romanic symbols . . . It looks like fizzing, apoplectic rage.' He likes to write about things that aren't yet standard properties in literary fiction, and it would be wrong to sneer too much at his commitment to putting things in novels that haven't been in them before. True, some of them may seem trivial, of geek-interest only, or instantly dated. But such are the perils of being, as Gibson might put it, an early adopter.
... ? Police ban hooded tops from high streetThe hooded top - the must-have fashion accessory for teenage boys - is being banned from shopping centres in the latest police crackdown on juvenile crime. Hats, including baseball caps, are also being prohibited. Officers believe the hooded sweatshirt - or hoodie - is routinely used by young shoplifters to disguise their identity on CCTV cameras. Just as banks ban people from wearing crash helmets on their premises, now the hooded top is being outlawed in high street shops. The first scheme to ban the hoodie - as well as hats - is now up and running in Basildon, Essex, in a six-month trial that began in April. Other forces, including Hampshire and Devon and Cornwall, have plans to introduce similar initiatives. Shoplifting costs the retail industry more than £2bn a year.
... ? There's No Exit From the Matrix2003-05-25"As of Monday, April 28, there's 95 percent awareness of this movie," boasted its producer, Joel Silver, to Entertainment Weekly weeks before its premiere. In a country where two-thirds of the population cannot name any of the nine Democratic candidates for president, according to a CBS/New York Times poll, that's some achievement. It was certainly helped along by Entertainment Weekly itself, an AOL Time Warner publication that ran two cover stories on "The Matrix Reloaded" in a single month.
... ? The Observer | Travel | For Tracey, home is where the art is...Tracey Emin and Iain Aitch revisit their home town together - and plot a takeover that would put Margate back on the tourist map
... ? The Observer | Magazine | The return of Martina Topley BirdGirl interrupted It's been four long years since Martina Topley Bird, the singer with a voice as unique and exotic as her name, started work on her debut album. But, as Sean O'Hagan discovers, the muse who inspired Tricky and defined a musical era, has never missed a beat
... ? The Observer | Politics | Probe into 'happy pill' after spate of suicidesA major inquiry is to be launched into the safety of widely prescribed antidepressant drugs, including Seroxat and Prozac, following a spate of suicides and reports of severe withdrawal reactions. The Government's medical advisers have caved in to pressure to hold a fully independent assessment of the risks associated with the antidepressants known as SSRIs, or selective serotonin re-uptake inhibitors.
... ? U.S. Eyes Popular Uprising in Iran (washingtonpost.com)The Bush administration, alarm-ed by intelligence suggesting that al Qaeda operatives in Iran had a role in the May 12 suicide bombings in Saudi Arabia, has cut off once-promising contacts with Iran and appears ready to embrace an aggressive policy of trying to destabilize the Iranian government, administration officials said.
... ? Philosophers Draw on the Film 'Matrix'a hacker named Neo reached into his bookcase and pulled out a leatherbound volume with the title "Simulacra and Simulation" — a collection of essays by the French postmodernist philosopher Jean Baudrillard. But when Neo opened it to the chapter "On Nihilism," it turned out to be just a simulacrum of a book, hollowed out to hold computer disks.
... ? Bend the Rules of Structure | Metropolis Magazine | June 2003Bend the Rules of Structure A Brooklyn metalworking shop with an unlikely name may hold the key to 21st-century shapemaking.
... ? About Directory of open access journalsThe aim of the Directory of Open Access Journals is to increase the visibility and ease of use of open access scientific and scholarly journals thereby promoting their increased usage and impact. The Directory aims to be comprehensive and cover all open access scientific and scholarly journals that use a quality control system to guarantee the content. All subject areas and languages will be covered.
... ? BBC NEWS | England | Nottinghamshire | Cyber bullies target girlBullies targeting a 15-year-old schoolgirl set up a website devoted to their victim. Jodi Plumb, 15, from Mansfield, Nottinghamshire, was horrified to discover an entire site had been created to insult and threaten her. The site contained abuse concerning her weight and even had a date for her "death".
... ? The Truth Will EmergeTruth has a way of asserting itself despite all attempts to obscure it. Distortion only serves to derail it for a time. No matter to what lengths we humans may go to obfuscate facts or delude our fellows, truth has a way of squeezing out through the cracks, eventually. But the danger is that at some point it may no longer matter. The danger is that damage is done before the truth is widely realized. The reality is that, sometimes, it is easier to ignore uncomfortable facts and go along with whatever distortion is currently in vogue. We see a lot of this today in politics. I see a lot of it -- more than I would ever have believed -- right on this Senate Floor.
... ? 5 New Cases Surface in Toronto (washingtonpost.com)Canadian health officials are investigating five new possible SARS cases and as many as 20 potential exposures to the virus in Toronto, prompting the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to announce yesterday it would resume aggressive surveillance for the lung infection at more than a dozen border crossings. Just 10 days ago, after bitter protests and intense lobbying by Canada, the World Health Organization removed Toronto from its list of SARS-affected regions, indicating the "chain of transmission is considered broken."
... ? Guardian Unlimited | Arts features | Pop artWhen Tim Dowling heard about the giant inflatable sculpture outside Tate Modern, he decided to make his own statement on it - with a giant pin. Guardian art writer Jonathan Jones reviews his effort
... ? Guardian Unlimited | Special reports | How Britain is losing the drugs warToday, the Guardian launches the biggest investigation of the criminal justice system ever conducted by a British newspaper. Beginning a series which will run throughout the year, Nick Davies looks at the government's attempt to deal with the most prolific of offenders - the drug users who commit an estimated 7.5 million crimes a year.
... ? The Young HipublicansThe temptation, upon entering Charles Mitchell's dorm room at Bucknell University, is to assume that he's kidding. The doormat features a picture of Hillary Clinton and the injunction, ''Wipe Liberally.'' A vast American flag festooned in red, white and blue Christmas lights adorns one wall, along with a faded Reagan-Bush '84 poster and a small photograph of the cowboy-hatted Gipper himself. The sole concession to any interest outside right-wing politics is a wall hanging of an African jungle scene. ''My nod,'' says Mitchell, an intense 20-year-old history major, ''to multiculturalism.''
... ? sunspot.net - maryland's online communityChess teams checkered by recruiting practice College: Some complain about grandmasters as old as 40 competing in tournaments.
... ? v-2 Organisation | news | Designing a lifeI am so down for this, baby. Bring it on, and then some.
... ? TechTV | Ant Farm Case ModI've been racking my brain trying to figure out a case mod that will shock the mod community. I finally gave up and resorted to my backup plan: I decided to put an ant farm in my PC case. Learn more about my creation on today's show.
... ? 37signals » DesignCan you give me a site with lots of bells and whistles that will "Wow!" customers? The only "Wow!" we're going for is when a customer says, "Wow! This site really worked for me." There are plenty of other design firms who can do a better job of toying with flashy plug-ins and "next generation" technology. We believe in being thoughtful and providing the simplest, best possible solution for our clients. This rarely involves anything that beeps or swooshes around the screen.
... ? independent.co.ukThe Matrix Reloaded (15) - Very little has any freshness or vibrancy, says Anthony Quinn
... ? Scientists discover how the monarch butterfly navigates 2,000-mile migration without a mapScientists have solved one of natures most enduring mysteries - how the monarch butterfly is able to navigate more than 2,000 miles on its annual migration route. A series of experiments has revealed how this tiny insect is able to marry a sophisticated biological clock with the sun's position so that it can fly across the North American continent without losing its way.
... ? BBC NEWS | Health | Buddhists 'really are happier'Scientists say they have evidence to show that Buddhists really are happier and calmer than other people. Tests carried out in the United States reveal that areas of their brain associated with good mood and positive feelings are more active.
... ? TheAntiTrust - Your source for news, reviews, articles, and comedy!This is the script in the Matrix: Reloaded where the Architecht speaks to Neo. It went by so fast that a lot of people didn't understand what he said. So here you go:
... ? ZDNet |UK| - News - Story - Wearable camera could store your life in imagesHP's Bristol laboratory is researching a wearable, always-on camera that could capture terabytes of images, and then select the most memorable ones automatically Hewlett-Packard is working on a new system of consumer photography that could see users "casually" capturing terabytes of images from their daily lives, to be stored in data centres and later retrieved for conventional printing.
... ? Senator Byrd - Senate SpeechesAnd mark my words, the calculated intimidation which we see so often of late by the "powers that be" will only keep the loyal opposition quiet for just so long. Because eventually, like it always does, the truth will emerge. And when it does, this house of cards, built of deceit, will fall.
... ? LRPD VANDALSQUAD IS FIGHTING ONLINE GRAFFITI VANDALISMAs part of our dedicated programme for the promotion of free speech WITHIN REASONABLE BOUNDS, the LRPD has initiated a forum to provide a platform for your anti-graffiti sentiment. Those attempting to use the forum in a frivolous manner will be detained indefinitley.
... ? NATIVE INSTRUMENTS: Mark BellAs one half of the legendary electronic duo LFO, Mark Bell was one of the first acts to be released on Warp Records ten years ago. Back then, LFO's "bleeps & clonks" had an immeasurable impact on the bass-driven sound of Euro Techno. In 1997 Bell produced "Homogenic" for the Icelandic singer Björk and was also responsible for her "Selmasongs" soundtrack for Lars van Trier´s film "Dancer in the Dark".
... ? LOGARHYTHMDrawing together, via a co-operative network of some of the most innovative independent promoters, artists and labels, and sponsored by THE ARTS COUNCIL OF ENGLAND, LOGARHYTHM aims to readdress the balance between the UK1s pool of pioneering and creative talents, and the under representation of electronic music, particularly in the live arena, with a series of events, workshops, tutorials and concerts that will serve as a focal point for the UK's electronic music scene.
... ? FT.com Home EuropeNorway was as much baffled as shocked on Wednesday to be included on the list of countries apparently being targeted by al-Qaeda. The Norwegian foreign ministry said it had no idea why the country had been singled out, together with the US, Britain, Australia and Poland, in a taped message allegedly from Ayman al-Zawahri, a senior al-Qaeda leader. But it added it would immediately consider stepping up security at its embassies around the world as a result of the threat.
... ? Anticipating a post-Web, post-PC world | CNET News.comIf you want to know where you are, you don't study a map to determine where you're going. You trace back the steps from where you've been. Over the past several years, "where we've been" in the technology world has changed. While we were all focused on the dot-com bubble and the subsequent bust, "yesterday" shifted. It used to be the PC revolution and client-server computing in the enterprise; now it's the Web.
... ? Telegraph | News | Chirac to embarrass Bush at G8 conferencePresident Chirac is preparing to embarrass President Bush at the forthcoming G8 summit in France by laying out an agenda heavy on environmental, development and economic issues and light on the fight against terrorism. The summit at Evian on June 2 and June 3 will be the first time M Chirac and Mr Bush have met since their diplomatic war preceding military action in Iraq. However, M Chirac, as the host, is arranging the meeting on his terms. He made clear yesterday that, despite the debacle over Iraq, he is clinging to his vision of a global balance of powers, with France as an alternative to America.
... ? museum of techno | home pageThe museum of techno exists to preserve, research and celebrate our shared techno heritage. The museum was founded in 1837, around founder Sir James Soame's unique collection of badboy kickdrums. It moved from its original location in Manchester to premises in London in 1863, opening its doors to the general public for the first time
... ? Observer | Terror's myriad facesIt has not been a good week for counter-terrorism. After a brief pause following the war in Iraq, it is now business as usual for the bad guys. This weekend sees terror alerts covering a great part of the world. The past few days have brought a casualty list running into the hundreds. 'It's dangerous in the world,' President George Bush said on Friday with his customary perspicacity, 'and it's dangerous so long as al-Qaeda continues to operate.'
... ? Guardian Unlimited | Life | Family mattersThis week, scientists claimed that chimps are so close to mankind that they should be reclassified as practically human. So should they have the same rights as us? Tim Radford reports on a debate that could help save them from extinction, while Stephen Moss visits them in 'person' at London Zoo
... ? transphormetic.com V 2.5 - numbers as patternsTransphormetic is an exploration of iterative generative forms in the flash 5+ environment. All modules remain alive and in a state of flux. Each piece presents many possible pathways of further exploration. Some of these modules have mouse interaction and some of them rengenerate after a number of iteration cycles. transphormetic has no intention of mimicing replicative forms found in nature. it just so happens that out of transphormetic control they have a habit of appearing. this in essence is what transphormetic is about. Structures and systems produced are often cultivated over period of succesive generations of code - splicing lines of code from here and there and grafting into new code sequences. there are no files on this site larger in size than 3.5k numbers in patterns | data in nature
... ? Toy Symphony - Music ToysHyperScore is the principal composition tool of the Toy Symphony project and is at the core of all pedagogical and creative activities. Designed to introduce children to musical composition and creativity in an intuitive and dynamic way, the "narrative" of a piece is expressed through freehand drawing: a linear gesture that is analyzed to derive its characteristic "feel." The child then creates or selects individual musical materials, in the form of chords, melodic motives, timbres or sounds-each color coded-which are then annotated along the spine of the narrative line. Finally, the HyperScore system automatically realizes a full composition integrating the specific musical material into the overall formal shape represented by the narrative line. Graphical building blocks, motives and completed works can be exchanged online in a version of the program that will soon be available for children and educators worldwide to download.
... ? Antipixel | Blog | Steal These ButtonsI’ve never liked the orange XML button that’s everywhere these days, so when I started Antipixel I made my own. (Not a nice font, it’s poorly set, and at 430-odd bytes, it’s larger than it needs to be – nothing personal against whoever designed it, I’m just fussy this way.) The W3C’s validation buttons suck big eggs, so I made my own versions of those as well. I’ve received a bunch of positive feedback about the Antipixel buttons, so I’m giving them away. If you want them, they’re yours, gratis, no strings attached.
... ? William Gibson2003-05-21UP THE LINE : A talk given at the Directors Guild of America’s Digital Day, Los Angeles,
... ? CNN.com - BBC correspondent defends Lynch documentary - May. 20, 2003The U.S. military has denied misrepresenting the facts surrounding the rescue of Pfc Jessica Lynch from an Iraqi hospital April 1 to make the mission appear more dramatic, as alleged in a BBC documentary. CNN anchor Leon Harris talked to John Kampfner, the veteran BBC correspondent behind the documentary, about the allegations.
... ? Boycott-Riaa.comThis page presents a brief examination of market trends and sales figures of the economy at large versus the sales figures of RIAA members. This is by no means a complete economic or statistical analysis -- I have a minimal background in those fields -- but rather an attempt to gauge trends in the economy at large and RIAA sales figures.
... ? Guardian Unlimited | Arts features | Empty vesselsThe fabrication of Antony Gormley's newest work, Domain Field, has been taking place in public at Baltic in Gateshead since February. Locals of all ages came to be cast: to undress and giggle or feel apprehensive at being wrapped in clingfilm, slathered in Vaseline, wound in hessian scrim and caked in wet plaster. The opened casts piled up, then welders worked in the brittle cavities, wedging and welding slender steel bars into the space where a body once was. The public has been able to watch the lengthy proceedings from an upper-level mezzanine overlooking the gallery. Several times I stood on the balcony in one crowd, looking down on the making of another.
... ? Guardian Unlimited | The Guardian | Family mattersThis week, scientists claimed that chimps are so close to mankind that they should be reclassified as practically human. So should they have the same rights as us? Tim Radford reports on a debate that could help save them from extinction, while Stephen Moss visits them in 'person' at London Zoo
... ? Wired News: A Spy Machine of DARPA's DreamsThe embryonic LifeLog program would dump everything an individual does into a giant database: every e-mail sent or received, every picture taken, every Web page surfed, every phone call made, every TV show watched, every magazine read.
... ? BBC NEWS | World | Asia-Pacific | Australian roaches acquire pet statusAustralians looking for a little creature company in their urban homes are shunning the dog and cat in favour of a more economical pet - the cockroach.
... ? BBC News | SCI/TECH | Artificial ants solve network problemsAnts might be able to run telecommunication networks better than humans. Researchers have found that control programs based on the foraging behaviour of ants can keep data networks running more efficiently and cope with congestion better than many human alternatives.
... ? Turn on the computer, tune in to the Net, drop out of lifeMost of my life is spent in front of a computer. I spend as much as 10 hours a day online. In college, this was an acceptable, almost admirable, trait. Most of my other addictions that started there -- coffee, napping, procrastinating, staying up until 5 a.m. -- started there and have basically remained constant. My obsession with the Internet, however, has only gotten worse. A few years ago, Internet geeks were heckled for being socially backward. These days, the Web is in vogue, and you can even surf on your cell phone. Match.com is the new, hip way to meet a mate, Instant Messages have influenced the language, and who could really do his or her job as well without e-mail? Finally, I can come out of the cyber-closet -- I am an Internet-obsessed geek.
... ? Chimps are people too - smh.com.auChimpanzees and people are so genetically similar that our closest hairy relatives should be welcomed into the human family. That's the conclusion of researchers who have shown that 99.4 per cent of the most crucial bits of DNA in chimp and human genes are identical.
... ? LRB | Slavoj Zizek : Bring me my Philips Mental JacketThe main consequence of the current breakthroughs in biogenetics is that natural organisms have become objects open to manipulation. Nature, human and inhuman, is 'desubstantialised', deprived of its impenetrable density, of what Heidegger called 'earth'. If biogenetics is able to reduce the human psyche to an object of manipulation, it is evidence of what Heidegger perceived as the 'danger' inherent in modern technology.
... ? But who cares with subject matter & excution as well as this... Taken from Drool - Coupands visual blog...
... ? Molecular Expressions Photo Gallery: The Computer CollectionThe photomicrograph below is a close-up of ferrite core memory, an ancient memory architecture that relied on the magnetization of small iron ferrite doughnuts (ferrite cores) to store information. Depending upon the direction of the energizing current, the cores would become magnetized in either a clockwise (0) or counterclockwise (1) direction. When reading the value of the core, the direction of the current was used to determine whether the value of information held by the core was 0 or 1, the binary information used by the computer.
... ? vnunet.com Websites don't like MondaysDevelopers implementing 'weekend inspiration' are more dangerous than hackers
... ? Guardian Unlimited | Special reports | Rebels humiliate GlaxoShareholder activists scored an extraordinary victory against spiralling executive pay yesterday, voting down a plan by GlaxoSmithKline, Britain's biggest drug manufacturer, to give chief executive Jean-Pierre Garnier £22m if he were to lose his job. Almost 51% of shareholders who voted rejected GSK's remuneration report at yesterday's acrimonious annual general meeting at the Queen Elizabeth conference centre in London. Shareholders, large and small, united to deal a humiliating blow to Britain's third largest company and mount a rebellion even larger than had been predicted by corporate activists.
... ? Guardian Unlimited Books | Review | The honest outlawKingdom of Fear combines memoir, polemic, satire, abuse, diablerie, and something new for Hunter Thompson - a nice line in prophecy. It opens with a memory of childhood, but this being Thompson's childhood the memory is of a nine-year-old's battle with the FBI "in the case of a federal mailbox being turned over in the path of a speeding bus". This was in Louisville, Kentucky, where the author spent his formative years. New York, San Francisco, Big Sur and Rio de Janeiro came later.
... ? Adventure-TreffKen Williams founded Sierra in 1979 and led the company for almost 20 years. Ken and his wife Roberta invented what we call graphic adventure today and Sierra created many of the best and most famous adventures of all time, like the Larry, King's Quest and Space Quest series. Today Ken administrates the forum SierraGamers, where people can meet, talk about Sierra and upload/download Sierra related files.
... ? Guardian Unlimited | The Guardian | I was wrong. Free market trade policies hurt the poor The IMF and World Bank orthodoxy is increasing global poverty - Stephen Byers
... ? Salon.com News | Dane acquitted in goldfish blender caseA Danish art museum director was acquitted of animal cruelty charges Monday after a court ruled that a display featuring goldfish inside working blenders was not cruel. The display at the Trapholt Art Museum in Kolding featured 10 blenders and invited visitors to blend the fish if they wanted to. Somebody did in early 2000 -- and two goldfish were ground up.
... ? Mira Calx = NunuThe Mira Calix release 'Nunu' is now avaliable, exclusively from Warpmart. This cd-only release is avaliable in a limited quantity and will not be for sale anywhere else. This cd follows Mira Calix's performance at the Royal Festival Hall, as part of the 'Warp Works and 20th Century Masters' concert earlier this year, and further concerts in the US, Europe and the UK. It contains a 13-minute excerpt from a 30-minute piece created especially for the Micro Music-la Batie Festival De Geneve, 2002, later performed at the Royal Festival Hall.
... ? Release 4.0DW: ambiguity is good! ED: you mean the richness of human interaction, etc. DW: yes, but I want to get beyond that. Examples: In politics, you’re with us or against us. Friendster, making friendship explicit? You can’t. there’s also an ethical aspect.. In the list of possible situations [single, married, etc.] “open marriage” is a dead giveaway. ED: Ethics! Yes, it’s the most interesting question left [after technology, strategy, policy]. Without ambiguity, there is no free will. DW: Explicitness is an act of violence. You think it’s archeological: You take something and dust it off, but in fact explicitness reduces things; it destroys. ….That’s why groups stay away from constitution writing.
... ? Globe Alive [main]GlobeAlive BETA is the first search engine to list live people as search results. Hundreds of experts, business owners and conversationalists are standing by to converse with you by chat or offline messaging on all topics from computers to cooking. Try it or add yourself to the listings!
... ? Guardian Unlimited | Arts news | The world in his hands: Britain's most wanted art thief who steals maps to orderThe footage, taken from CCTV cameras, is a little grainy and jumpy. But police and security experts have little doubt about what it shows. A bespectacled man is sitting in a reading room at Copenhagen's Royal Library, poring over leatherbound books of 400-year-old maps. The man appears to take a blade, quickly cut out a plate and slip it on to his chair. He apparently repeats the exercise several times before transferring a small pile of maps into his coat.
... ? Boston Globe Online / Editorials | Opinions / Building a nation of snoops''WATCHING AMERICA with Pride, not Prejudice.'' This is the Orwellian motto of the New Jersey-based Community Anti-Terrorism Training Institute, or CAT Eyes, an antiterrorist citizen informant program being adopted by local police departments throughout the East Coast and parts of the Midwest. Mike Licata, a high school teacher and retired Air Force officer, created the CAT Eyes program in cooperation with ex-military SWAT officer Jason McClendon and businessman Tony Elghossain.
... ? Lessons of AIDS help fight against SARS - smh.com.auHIV/AIDS and SARS are respectively the last major new disease of the 20th century and the first of the 21st century, and they have intriguing parallels. They are not limited by climate or geography; there is no cure or vaccine for either; and they have the ability to spread quickly and insidiously. Their lethality is of course different, yet they each can ruin lives, socially disrupt a vulnerable country and cripple its economy.
... ? Mercury News | 05/18/2003 | A new brand of journalism is taking root in South KoreaLee is an active ``citizen-reporter'' for OhmyNews, an online news service. Only 4 years old, the publication has already shaken up the South Korean journalism and political establishments while attracting an enormous audience. OhmyNews is transforming the 20th century's journalism-as-lecture model, where organizations tell the audience what the news is and the audience either buys it or doesn't, into something vastly more bottom-up, interactive and democratic.
... ? Psyop: The Love’s Not MutualTHE IDEA, says Sgt. Mark Hadsell, is to break a subject’s resistance by annoying that person with what some Iraqis would consider culturally offensive music. The songs that are being played include “Bodies” from the Vin Diesel “XXX” movie soundtrack and Metallica’s “Enter Sandman.” “These people haven’t heard heavy metal before,” he explains. “They can’t take it.” Few people could put up with the sledgehammer riffs of Metallica, and kiddie songs aren’t that much easier, especially when selections include the “Sesame Street” theme and some of purple dinosaur Barney’s crooning. —Adam Piore
... ? Digital Chosunilbo (English Edition) : Firms to Adopt Real-name Posting Rule2003-05-18The current regulation that requires those who post messages on government and public organizations' web sites to use their real names is likely to be expanded soon to private portal sites.
... ? Rapatronic Photographs...thanks to cupofchia for the link..
... ? The Observer | Magazine | Junk male'I'm not proud of the fact that I was a drug addict, an alcoholic and that I have a criminal record,' he tells. 'But I am proud of the fact I dealt with it and got over it and made something of my life. I'm proud I killed the part of me that needed the drugs, but the drugs never killed the part of me that wanted to live.'
... ? The Observer | International | Crisis grows at NY Times The crisis at one of the world's most prestigious newspapers, the New York Times, looked set to deepen yesterday in the wake of the Jayson Blair scandal after the paper conceded it was investigating the work of several other reporters.
... ? Iconography of Saint Sebastian, Iconografia di San Sebastiano, Iconographie de Saint-Sébastien
... ? Is Math a Young Man's Game? - No. Not every mathematician is washed up at 30. By Jordan Ellenberg
... ? Keepers of Bush Image Lift Stagecraft to New Heights"They understand the visual as well as anybody ever has," said Michael K. Deaver, Ronald Reagan's chief image maker. "They watched what we did, they watched the mistakes of Bush I, they watched how Clinton kind of stumbled into it, and they've taken it to an art form."
... ? Making Computers Understand (TechNews.com)Eli Abir, who never used a computer until 1993, seems an improbable character to illustrate how innovation is alive and well in techno-land. Yet my encounter with him helped convince me of just that. Abir, 46, claims to have unlocked the mystery of "context" in human language with a series of algorithms that enable computers to decipher the meaning of sentences -- a puzzle that has stumped scientists for decades.
... ? Study Finds No Sign That Testing Deters Students' Drug Use"It suggests that there really isn't an impact from drug testing as practiced," Dr. Lloyd D. Johnston, a study researcher from the University of Michigan, said. "It's the kind of intervention that doesn't win the hearts and minds of children. I don't think it brings about any constructive changes in their attitudes about drugs or their belief in the dangers associated with using them."
... ? The Miami Herald | 05/16/2003 | Iraqis have war of words on wallsWelcome to Baghdad's open-air market of ideas. In the dark of night and out of sight of patrolling U.S. forces, Iraqis have been slathering miles of the capital with graffiti, debating new political parties here, blaspheming President Bush or the soldiers who liberated them there, flexing their newfound freedom.
... ? Guardian Unlimited Books | By genre | Interview: Marjane SatrapiMarjane Satrapi's childhood was devastated by the revolution in Iran. Now she has written a 'love story' to her country in the form of a graphic novel. Esther Addley meets her
... ? Airwaves Abuzz with Hollywood Blacklist; No Secrets This TimeBut the airwaves are alive right now with the code words used so effectively during the red-baiting era of Sen. Joseph P. McCarthy and the 1950s blacklisters. It's been 50 years since Hollywood's top actors, writers, and directors suddenly stopped working after being branded as political untouchables. And, golly, the vocabulary of "loyalty" "patriotism" and "anti-American," that was used so effectively and notoriously to end people's careers is making a resurgence.
... ? Guardian Unlimited | Special reports | An appalling magicThe USA has a raucous chorus of broadcast shock jocks and rightwing loudmouths, but Ann Coulter is the undisputed star. Arguably more appealing, unquestionably the sharpest shooter, she is, of course, the darling of conservatives and a hate figure for the left - but there are others, among her detested liberals, who are gripped in fascinated awe by her scorching invective. Jonathan Freedland confronts her and recognises a truth about the United States today: Bush isn't an aberration and Coulter expresses what many Americans think
... ? BushCo Reams Nation Good / No WMDs after all, no excuse for war, too late for anyone to care anymore. Ha-ha, suckers2003-05-16
... ? Enjoying JG Ballards High Rise at the moment...First time for me with him, but it's shaping up to quite some love affair. The Gibsonesque prose in places is a joy as well... What Ballard next?....sugesstions welcomed...
... ? Neo Con - The Matrix Reloaded: We waited four years for this? By David Edelstein It's too bad that—unlike Neo (Keanu Reeves), the computer-hacker-turned-messianic-superhero of The Matrix Reloaded (Warner Bros.)—I can't freeze bullets in midflight and send them clinking to the ground, because I have a feeling you'll want to shoot the messenger.
... ? David Nelson, could you step aside for a few moments?If your name is David Nelson you can expect to be hassled, delayed, questioned and searched before being allowed to board aircraft anywhere in the United States for the foreseeable future.
... ? BBC News | WORLD | In pictures: Total eclipse of the Moon In pictures: Total eclipse of the Moon
... ? BBC - collective - dvds - onedotzero - A1045748One day, feature films will be passé, outmoded by motion pictures as brief and compelling as the ones on onedotzero_select dvd¹, the first release on digital production company onedotzero’s new label.
... ? ...rumoured for release on October (Info via tDR)... I reckon it'll contain all his vids so far, onto a single DVD.... New LFO shorly as well....
... ? At the Design Museum.. Tuesday 2 September 2003 To coincide with The Peter Saville Show, the first major retrospective of his work, Peter Saville, one of the world's most influential graphic designers, will discuss his work - from his first Factory poster to his latest multimedia experiments - and the evolution of graphic design. TICKETS AVAILABLE FOR PRIORITY BOOKING BY SUPPORTERS OF THE DESIGN MUSEUM.
... ? Guardian Unlimited | Arts features | For the look of itHis album covers for Joy Division and Roxy Music defined the style of a generation, and his influence on today's designers is second to none. But has Peter Saville spent a little too much time perfecting his other great obsession: himself? Caroline Roux meets the design gurus' guruThe Peter Saville Show is at the Design Museum, London SE1, from May 23-September 14 (020-7940 8790 for details). Designed, by Peter Saville, is published by Frieze on May 23, at £19.95.
... ? Total Lunar Eclipse: May 15-16, 2003 The partial eclipse commences with first umbral contact at 02:03 GMT. Totality begins at 03:14 GMT and lasts until 04:07 GMT. The partial phases end at 05:18 GMT.
... ? Celebrities' image rights vs. First Amendment / Winter brothers challenge comic's portrayal of them
... ? Total Lunar Eclipse Coming May 15-16On the night of May 15-16, millions of eyes will be drawn skyward, where there will hang a mottled, coppery globe -- our Moon -- completely immersed in the long, tapering cone of shadow cast into space by Earth. If the weather is clear, skywatchers across most of the Americas, Europe and Africa will have a view of one of nature's most beautiful spectacles: A total eclipse of the Moon.
... ? My Resignation From the New York Times By Neal PollackFACTUAL ERRORS: The first sentence of the story said that Mr. Malvo requested a lawyer who was "stacked." He did not.
... ? Sources: U.S. to Bring Case Against EU (washingtonpost.com)The Bush administration has decided to bring a trade case against the European Union over Europe's ban on imports of genetically modified food, congressional officials say.
... ? Disney Offers Military Free Pass to Parks (washingtonpost.com)Walt Disney Co. said on Monday it is offering free tickets to Disney World and Disneyland to U.S. military personnel. The world's largest theme park operator, which has given breaks to troops before, has suffered weak attendance at its parks from the slow economy and a slump in travel and tourism. The Federal Aviation Administration has included Disney parks in U.S. no-fly zones as part of tighter national security.
... ? FAA: Assume heavier passengersThe government on Monday increased its estimates of how much passengers and their luggage weigh, prompted by last winter’s crash that killed all 21 people aboard a commuter plane in Charlotte, N.C. The Federal Aviation Administration is adding 10 pounds to its estimate for passengers and five pounds to luggage. The weights are used to gauge whether a plane is overloaded.
... ? Blogs play a role in homeland security - Computerworld"What typically happens is that there is a flurry of e-mails, and everybody is copied on the e-mail," Aumond said. "And they are automatically purged after 60 days if you don't archive them. By doing this [posting e-mails to a weblog], we can forward these e-mails to a central place, and then we can access them from the road. And what's even better, we can search them."
... ? ABCNEWS.com : SARS Boosts Bike Travel in BeijingBicycles Make a Comeback As Beijing Residents Avoid Public Transportation Amid SARS Fears
... ? Group for User Interface Research - Projects - DENIM and SILKAn Informal Tool For Early Stage Web Site and UI Design
... ? BBC NEWS | Science/Nature | Tiny seahorse identified2003-05-12The smallest seahorse known to science has been identified by marine biologists. It carries the name of underwater photographer Denise Tackett The creature, to be known as Hippocampus denise, is typically just 16 millimetres long - smaller than most fingernails. Some were found to be just 13 mm long.
... ? sane css typographyAnyhow, I played about and found you can make a nice ems stylesheet with P text at 1.0 em, and then downsize the whole thing by selecting size in BODY with %, like 76%. It's simple, easy to change, and works for everything. Score 1 for late nights and coffee. Enjoy. This template uses that method, is already formatted for easy reading of full-width text pages, and it has some useful comments in the code. It's what I use as a typography starting point.
... ? Forbes.com: Where The Palm OS Is HeadedThis week, PalmSource, the software subsidiary of handheld maker Palm, has been holding its developers conference. And the news about the future of the Palm platform in new devices is rather interesting.
... ? Taking a New Look at PainThanks to advances in brain science and medical technology, the research is exploding. Harnessing high-tech imaging equipment and stunning advances in genomics, scientists are detangling the pain system at its molecular level. Researchers are isolating genes associated with pain and uncovering the influences of emotion and gender. Specialists are devising more targeted treatments. And engineers are creating more efficient drug-delivery systems. Scientists envision a day when a simple test will help diagnose pain and medications will be tailored to individuals. “It’s a heady time,” says Dr. Michael Salter, head of the University of Toronto Center for the Study of Pain. “We’re in the middle of a revolution.”
... ? EnjoymentImagine if your every decision was made by the roll of a dice. That was the premise behind Luke Rhinehart's cult 1970 novel The Dice Man. And, as this semi-autobiographical work enjoys a cult revival, David Usborne finds the author still happily gambling with his life
... ? BBC NEWS | Technology | File swappers fight backNet users with a personal firewall can tell the software to block these addresses so their files cannot be downloaded by people using them. This makes it much harder for the music industry to find out if a particular track being offered is pirated. One of the most popular lists, called ZeroData Bad IP Block List, is prepared in a format for a popular firewall.
... ? Paradise lostIt is not that Moore's law has suddenly ceased to apply. In fact, Mr Moore makes a good case that Intel can continue to double transistor density every 18 months for another decade. The real issue is whether this still matters. “The industry has entered its post-technological period, in which it is no longer technology itself that is central, but the value it provides to business and consumers,” says Irving Wladawsky-Berger, a senior manager at IBM and another grey-haired industry elder. Scholars of economic history are not surprised. Whether steam or railways, electricity or steel, mass production or cars—all technological revolutions have gone through similar long-term cycles and have eventually come of age, argues Carlota Perez, a researcher at Britain's University of Sussex, in her book “Technological Revolutions and Financial Capital: The Dynamics of Bubbles and Golden Ages” (Edward Elgar, 2002).
... ? Guardian Unlimited | Special reports | 'We stopped getting orders from Iraq a long time ago'2003-05-11For 17 years, the pride of the Iraqi navy - two small warships - have been moored in the middle of a Nato naval base in northern Italy, unable to sail because of a UN embargo. The 12 crewmen still scrub the decks daily, but for whom? Sophie Arie is granted a rare audience with Saddam's forgotten sailors
... ? Times Reporter Who Resigned Leaves Long Trail of Deception2003-05-10In an inquiry focused on correcting the record and explaining how such fraud could have been sustained within the ranks of The Times, the Times journalists have so far uncovered new problems in at least 36 of the 73 articles Mr. Blair wrote since he started getting national reporting assignments late last October. In the final months the audacity of the deceptions grew by the week, suggesting the work of a troubled young man veering toward professional self-destruction.
... ? TASCHEN Books: Film - All Titles - Stanley Kubrick - Facts2003-05-09"I don't think that writers or painters or filmmakers function because they have something they particularly want to say. They have something that they feel." -Stanley Kubrick
... ? Telegraph | Opinion | I loathe America, and what it has done to the rest of the worldA great democratic nation cannot behave in this manner. But it does. I keep remembering those words from Nineteen Eighty-Four, on the dynamics of history at the end of history, when O'Brien tells Winston: "Always there will be the intoxication of power… Always, at every moment, there will be the thrill of victory, the sensation of trampling on an enemy who is helpless. If you want a picture of the future, imagine a boot stamping on a human face - for ever." We have seen enough boots in the past few months to last us a lifetime. Iraqi boots, American boots, British boots. Enough of boots. I hate feeling this hatred. I have to keep reminding myself that if Bush hadn't been (so narrowly) elected, we wouldn't be here, and none of this would have happened. There is another America. Long live the other America, and may this one pass away soon.
... ? proudly presented by Lumin in association with Rephlex:- ***REPHRESH*** is back for a special one-off knees up weds may 21st: new releases launch party THE BUG + MC RAS BOGLE DJ LUKE VIBERT DJ SMOJPHACE
... ? Guardian Unlimited | Arts Friday Review | Godfather of GangstaIn the red-light district of St Louis in 1895, a pimp shot a man dead in an argument over a hat. The ballad telling the story has been recorded by hundreds of bluesmen and jazzers - and even the Clash. It also helped create modern-day rap. Cecil Brown tells the remarkable tale of Stagolee
... ? Greil Marcus - Are you ready to fly?Punk promised that you could become a new person. You could live a new life in a new world - and to live in it you needed a new name. It was late 1976 in London when 15-year-old schoolgirl saxophonist Susan Whitby answered an ad placed by a would-be "punk" band in the now defunct Melody Maker. The band turned out to be X-ray Spex, led by one Poly Styrene, who had left "Marion Elliot" on the sidewalk. Susan Whitby became Lora Logic.
... ? Guardian Unlimited | Arts reviews | Fat Truckers: The First Fat Truckers Album Is For SaleIt's quite a feat by the Truckers to have made an album so barbarically retro-techno. The drum machine sounds like something they found rusting on a council tip, and whatever they are using for keyboards probably came out of a Christmas cracker. Yet, thanks to a few shameless plunderings from the Fall and Can, the 10 tracks exert a kind of Sinclair Spectrum charm.
... ? Guardian Unlimited | Arts news | Award takes art back to basicsThis creepy image of a girl drawing her haggard and shadowed face won James Pyman the £10,000 Prospects prize for drawing. The award is the only such confined to drawing, although it has been stretched dramatically to include computer and video art and animation. This year's record entry of more than 1,000 is up from 600 last year.
... ? Heroin Use and the Psychology of RepressionAt the age of about 10 weeks the foetus begins to become aware of its environment. And it simultaneously develops a basic mechanism to protect itself from potentially damaging events in its new world. This mechanism is the repression response. Everything that is occurring around us is constantly being monitored by our subconscious mind, below the level of our conscious awareness. When something happens that the subconscious mind believes may be harmful to us, it activates the repression response. This response blocks our full awareness of the event and further suppresses the expression of any pain which may be associated with it. We therefore do not fully experience what it was that happened and do not express fully any accompanying pain. The intention of the subconscious mind is to block our awareness of the event until such time as it is safe for us to experience what it was that happened and express the pain associated. To ensure that our conscious mind, as we go about our daily life, does not accidentally come across the block of memory and unexpressed pain, it covers it over with layers of fear. By doing this, our subconscious mind ensures that should our conscious mind experience anything that symbolically reminds it of the painful memory, it suddenly experiences fear, and quickly moves away. Growing up therefore, naturally experiencing events which our young mind cannot yet comprehend and so feels slightly threatened by, the repression response will often be activated. This results in the storing up of a lot of these blocks of memory and pain, all covered over with fear to ensure we don't accidentally uncover them. The repression response remains available to us throughout our lives. But, as we progress through childhood, so we naturally develop an improved system known as the grieving process. The term 'grieving process' does not apply solely to dealing with the death of a loved one, but to any event that has a negative effect upon us. The process of grieving a painful event runs through several distinct stages and allows the body to re-balance itself at an emotional level and thus soon return to life much as before. It does not involve the storing away of lots of little blocks of pain and memory. And the grieving process proceeds naturally as soon as we become aware of what it is that has happened and express the pain associated. So growing up, we can release ourselves from the past if we progressively become aware of what it is that has happened to us, and liberate the repressed blocks of memory and pain inside, thus initiating the grieving process. It is a good idea that we do this, for if we do not then the blocks of memory and pain will mount up and anytime we consciously experience something that symbolically relates to one of the repressed memories we will experience fear.
... ? The Ibogaine DossierThe Ibogaine Dossier is an extensive library dedicated to providing information on ibogaine, an experimental antiaddictive medication.
... ? BBC - collective - pole, bug and jamaican music - A1021537Jamaican dub lives on in the music of Pole and The Bug.
... ? HOWdesign.com - Design & CreativityHaving a creative job has its ups and downs. When you're able to patiently nurture your creativity with mood lighting and inspirational trinkets, taking all the time you need to carefully refine your ideas before presenting them to your client, you should consider yourself very lucky. But when it's 3 a.m. and you need to finish a set of comps before the start of business in six hours and the only ideas you're having are colorful excuses to explain your total lack of creative thought, the frustration can bring you to your knees. These are the times when having a concise, clear creative process will save you, allowing hard work, experience and intelligence to get you through the job.
click picture for bigger scanOxbow UK and Surfer's Against Sewage are proud to present 'Longlife' an artistic exhibition of Longboard designs, created by some of today's upfront creative minds and inspired by the threat of coastal pollution. Ten artists have donated their talents and support to this cause: Maia and Damien Hirst, Jamie Hewlett (Gorillaz and Tank Girl creator), Banksy, Adrenalin Magazine, Laird Hamilton (Hawaii), Paul Kaye (Dennis Pennis, 2000 Acres of Sky), A (UK pop-punk maestros), David Carson (US) ('Surf Culture' designer) Surfers Against Sewage and Aphex Twin / Warp Records. The tour will be across the UK at these dates and places: London: May 1st - May 12th Spitz Gallery, Spitalfields Market, 109 Commercial Street E1 Manchester: May 15th - May 22nd The Department Store Gallery, 61 Thomas St, Northern Quarter, M4 Sheffield: May 27th - May 30th Workstation, Paternoster Row, Sheffield, S1 Northampton: June 4th - June 12th Roadmender, 1 Lady's Lane, Northampton, NN1 Plymouth: June 18th - June 25th Plymouth Arts Centre, 38 Looe Street, Plymouth, PL4 Brighton: July 11th - 15th July BAG Gallery, 108a Dyke Road, Seven Dials Junction, Brighton, BN1 Exeter: July 26th - 2nd August Spacex Gallery, 45 Preston Street, Exeter, EX1 Newquay: August 16th Closing Party at The Koola, Beach Road, Newquay, TR7