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... ? Guardian Unlimited Books | By genre | Noam Chomsky: Thorn in America's sideHe's 'The Elvis Of Academia' and 'The Devil's Accountant'. A relentless thorn in America's side, Noam Chomsky has spent 50 years bringing his country's elite to account. Here, he talks to Tim Adams about genocide and genitalia
... ? Dallas Observer | dallasobserver.com | News : Feature The Girl Who Played Dead,The untold story of the 1990 bathtub shooting,By Julie Lyons The Alternative Dallas connection for events, event listings, music reviews, CD reviews, and all of the latest alternative news from the Dallas area.2003-11-28
... ? Guardian Unlimited | The Guardian | Rasta poet publicly rejects his OBEThe poet writes: 'Me? I thought, OBE me? Up yours, I thought ... You can't fool me, Mr Blair. You want to privatise us all; you want to send us to war; you stay silent when we need you to speak for us, preferring to be the voice of the USA.'
... ? Guardian Unlimited | Arts special reports | Top of the potsTurner nominee Grayson Perry's first artwork was a plate depicting a crucifixion, called Kinky Sex. His new pottery features child abuse. Weird? You haven't met his alter ego Claire yet. By Stuart Jeffries
... ? raster-noton.oacisis a 104 - page catalog, 4 - colour print with a stitched matt cellophane paperback. it is accompanied with articles by susanne binas, martin pesch, rob young, pinky rose and peter kraut. a rtist group »raster-noton« will be presenting its working modells on the cutting edge of electronic music, art and serial production. a cd with audiotracks from the artists and multimedia data for macintosh will be included.
... ? TASCHEN Books: Architecture - Reading Room - Skyscrapers up close and personal (1)A.W.: Reinhart, I think you're an artist. Do you? R.W. : Let me put it like this, Andy: I took these pictures as an "amateur" in the purest sense of the word, derived from the Latin "amare", to love: I loved what I was doing. Of course my many years as a professional photographer have given me the skills, the patience and the discipline neede to create these photographs; but to answer your question: I think-perhaps-I am an amateur in love with art.
... ? maruto - once upon a forestanother gem from maurto aka ;)..
... ? U L T R A S O U N D / 2 0 0 3Ultrasound is a new three day international festival exploring the territory of experimental sound and electronic music. Ultrasound 2003 presents a diverse programme including live performance, conference, showcase, workshop and DJ night. The dates of this year's festival are: 27 / 28 / 29 November.
... ? Al-Ahram Weekly | Books Supplement | Vegetal and mineral memory: The future of books - Umberto Eco
... ? WARP RECORDS | WARPNEWSAphex Twin and Luke Vibert play the Big Day Out Festival in Australia and New Zealand during January 2004. This internationally renowned festival tours round the major cities of the subcontinent, and with a few exceptions the LINEUP is definitely Rock. Aphex and Luke also play some extra shows in Sydney and Melbourne. January 2004 Fri 16 Auckland Big Day Out (New Zealand) Sun 18 Gold Coast Big Day Out Tue 20 Sydney Metro (Big Day Out sideshow) Fri 23 Sydney Big Day Out Sat 24 Sydney Big Day Out Mon 26 Melbourne Big Day Out Tue 27 Melbourne Prince Of Wales Fri 30 Adelaide Big Day Out Sun 1 Feb Perth Big Day Out
... ? The Voice Unheard is the Voice of ReasonBorn out of repression on July 13, 2003, The Voice Unheard is a source for candid, left-leaning news commentary, opinion and analysis. The Voice also welcomes any and all comments, so make your voice heard!
... ? news.independent.co.ukBritish Library opens a new chapter in its history: helping Amazon storm the antiquarian book market
... ? GMU Professor Urges Commuters to Do the Math (washingtonpost.com) = Study Shows Many Would Take Cut in Pay in Return for Shorter Drive to WorkStephen Fuller has studied the habits of consumers and commuters for more than 40 years, and he has come to a conclusion: Emotion, more than reason, determines how much people value their time. They sit in massive traffic jams on their way to and from work each day, he believes, because they don't bother to calculate what their non-working time is worth.
... ? Real Rhapsody in Blue
A quirky phenomenon that scientists once dismissed could help explain the creativity of the human brain
... ? msbdc:newsweek...Secrets of ‘The King’2003-11-25Can’t break this hobbit: Will Frodo destroy the ring? Will Aragorn wear the crown? An exclusive first look at director Peter Jackson’s exhilarating ‘Lord of the Rings’ finale, ‘The Return of the King’—and at the battles the cast waged on-screen and off
... ? Town, a restaurant in Manhattan, is a Grimes favorite - A Critic’s Coda The New York Times’s outgoing restaurant reviewer chats about the beat he is leaving behind
... ? kraftwerk - tour de UK | xltronic.com | messageboarddublin olympia (15th march) glasgow academy (16th march) manchester apollo (17th march) london royal festival hall (18th march) brixton academy (20th march) new single aero-dynamik (from latest album) out march 15th, including chemical brothers remix
... ? REPHLEX : BBC Radiophonic WorkshopThis 4 x ten inch vinyl special limited edition release features the members’ work given roughly a side per member with the exception of Delia Derbyshire and John Baker who get a whole record each for the first time ever. It brings together tracks from the recently released Radiophonic 1 and 2 cd's. The music on the release has been extremely important and influential to the history of British music and popular culture.
... ? ProFont for Windows, for Macintosh, for LinuxProFont is a small bitmap font which is absolutely great for programming. It was made for Macintosh computers, but now it's also available for Windows and Linux/UNIX X Windows.
... ? Pitchfork: Daily Music News2003-11-23!!!, Anti-Pop Consortium, Aphex Twin, Autechre, Boards of Canada, Broadcast, Plaid, Prefuse 73, and Squarepusher are among the label mainstays whose entire Warp output will be available through the service, which is being designed by the estimable Designers Republic and Kleber (the same madmen responsible for the Warp site's distinct look and feel).
... ? MODPLUG.COM | DIGITAL MUSIC NEWS | IT'S ALL ABOUT THE ALGORITHM, BABY!Exactly how predictable are we when it comes to music? Could a simple computer program predict the songs we’ll love? I prefer to think not, but, regardless of whether or not we like it, artificial intelligence is increasingly being used to predict our taste in music.
... ? The Observer | Review | To sir, with power chordsA rock 'n' roll comedy by independent stalwart Richard Linklater is the surprise autumn hit in America
... ? Pitchfork: Daily Music News - Warp Records To Provide Entire Catalog For Download Via Bleep.com
... ? Guardian Unlimited | Special reports | War critics astonished as US hawk admits invasion was illegal2003-11-19
... ? Guardian Unlimited | Special reports | Comment: Israeli barrier's effect on Palestinian lifeIsrael's separation wall is creating a new kind of humanitarian crisis for the Palestinians who live in its shadow. Christian Aid's Alex Klaushofer witnesses the devastation of communities
... ? Design Observer: writings about design & culture: The New CertaintiesWorking for Massimo Vignelli in 1980, I had no doubt whatsoever that the purpose of graphic design was to improve the life of every person on earth beyond measure by exposing him or her to Helvetica on a three-column grid. That was certainty, and it made design into a crusade.
... ? BBC NEWS | World | Americas | US babies get global brand namesSeven boys were found to have the name Del Monte - after the food company - and no less than 49 boys were called Canon, after the camera. Designer firms and types of clothing were also well represented, with almost 300 girls recorded with the name Armani, six boys called Timberland and seven boys called Denim.
... ? American Civil Liberties Union : HIV & Civil RightsNEW YORK – The American Civil Liberties Union today released a survey, HIV & Civil Rights: A Report from the Frontlines of the HIV/AIDS Epidemic, which details widespread civil rights violations throughout the U.S. against people with HIV/AIDS. The survey was compiled from interviews over the past two years with community-based AIDS service providers from across the country.
... ? BBC NEWS | Science/Nature | Solar flare 'reproduced' in labScientists have simulated a solar flare in the lab, recreating the super-heated cloud of electrically-charged gas seen on the Sun known as a plasma.
... ? BBC NEWS | England | London | Security tension over Bush visit2003-11-11However Mr Livingstone dismissed any notion that wide swathes of central London would be closed. 'The ideas of some American security advisers that perhaps we should shut the whole of central London for three days, ignoring the economic consequences of that, I don't think that's got a chance at all,' he said.
... ? Guardian Unlimited | Arts features | Tate Modern's new show is entertaining. But is it politics?I have seen the future and it bounces Can you really change the world with ping-pong and comfy chairs? Jonathan Jones checks out Tate Modern's ambitious new show
... ? FindLaw's Writ - Ramasastry: Why We Should Fear The MatrixThe 'Multistate Anti-Terrorism Information Exchange' Program Threatens To Revive Total Information Awareness
... ? DopamineOne of the neurotransmitters playing a major role in addiction is dopamine. Many of the concepts that apply to dopamine apply to other neurotransmitters as well. As a chemical messenger, dopamine is similar to adrenaline. Dopamine affects brain processes that control movement, emotional response, and ability to experience pleasure and pain
... ? Berklee Shares: free music lessons, mp3, quicktime and pdf files download2003-11-10Welcome to the Berklee Shares Web site. Here you will find free music lessons that you can download, share and trade with your friends and fellow musicians.
... ? Guardian Unlimited | Special reports | The story of the Beagle 2 Mars probeIt may look like a garden barbecue, or a giant pocket watch. But it is, in fact, a space probe - on Christmas Day it will land on Mars and start exploring. Here, Colin Pillinger, the British scientist behind this shoestring project, tells the story of the Beagle 2
... ? Guardian Unlimited | The Guardian | Men and pornPornography is ubiquitous, more profitable, more acceptable than ever. We argue about the effects on women participants but scant attention is given to the millions of mainly male users. What does porn do to men? Edward Marriott investigates
... ? Guardian Unlimited Books | Review | The love of a poetEdith Piaf and Jean Cocteau died on the same day. Cocteau, chivalrous at the last, obeyed the rule of ladies first. 'Ah, la Piaf est morte,' he said on the morning of October 11 1963. 'Je peux mourir aussi.' [Ah, Piaf's dead. I can die too.'] And then he promptly died of a heart attack. Or so legend has it.
... ? Guardian Unlimited Books | Review | Norman Davies on our war debt to PolandLest we forget - Britain's failure to recognise Poland's wartime sacrifices is shameful, argues Norman Davies In Britain, we continue to honour Remembrance Day every eleventh of November and we think that we remember all those who gave their lives in two world wars for our peace and freedom. It is a sentimental occasion when we eagerly remember our own and rarely stop to think who 'all those' actually were. For we did not win alone. We were fortunate to have many allies, some of whom were called on to make sacrifices considerably greater than our own. November 11 also marks the day in 1918 when Poland regained its independence after 127 years of foreign rule, that independence which, in 1939, Britain formally agreed to uphold and which provided the occasion for our declaration of war on Nazi Gemany. For six years, Poland was Britain's 'first ally'. Polish squadrons tipped the balance in the Battle of Britain. Polish cryptographers were first to break the Enigma code. Polish divisions fought alongside us at Narvik, Tobruk, Monte Cassino, Arnhem and in Normandy. Poland's underground resistance movement, the Home Army (AK), was the first and largest client of our Special Operations Executive.
... ? Soulseek News : Saturday, November 08, 2003The limit has been raised to maxium 100000 simultaneous users, privileged users have priotity. Your client should now display 'This server is private' if the limit has been reached
... ? ineffable [addictions] : prose excerpts : a douglas coupland dictionaryMcJob: A low-pay, low-prestige, low-dignity, low-benefit, no-future job in the service sector. Frequently considered a satisfying career choice by people who have never held one.
... ? Yahoo! News - McDonald's Decries Webster Over 'McJob'McDonald's says it deserves a break from the unflattering way the latest Merriam-Webster's Collegiate Dictionary depicts its job opportunities. Among some 10,000 new additions to an updated version released in June was the term 'McJob,' defined as 'low paying and dead-end work.'
... ? Wired 10.04: The Fully Immersive Mind of Oliver SacksHe transformed modern medicine's understanding of the brain. Now he's rethinking neurology - and his memory - from the inside out.
... ? World Of Stelfox : The Wild Bunch: Story Of A Sound SystemMy cut of a piece written early this year for the San Francisco-based XLR8R magazine. The Wild Bunch: Story Of A Sound System mixed by DJ Milo was released on Junior/Strut Records at the tail end of 2002. Sadly Strut Records is now defunct; one of many casualties of the current rotten climate for small, specialist music labels. However, the good news is that copies are still available. It's a blistering mix and, as I think you'll be able to tell from this article, Milo was a really lovely guy...
... ? tufluv///12”// WILEY ‘GROUND ZERO’ (WHITE LABEL) : Wiley’s new ones are becoming ever-more abstract that you wonder just how much he can strain his relationship with the dancefloor with dubs like this before it snaps violently, but while he keeps it at maximum tension the results are thrilling.
... ? The Observer | Magazine | Dirty but cleanHe's Hollywood's most busted bad boy, as famous for his brushes with drugs and prison as for his extraordinary talent. But now, thanks to his old friend Mel Gibson, he has his first lead role since his 1999 court appearance. Mim Udovitch charts the highs and low life of Robert Downey Jr
... ? Sky watchers revel in lunar eclipse2003-11-08Saturday night's lunar eclipse turns the moon red, as seen from the Cincinnati Observatory. Hundreds lined up to peer through the observatory's telescope and others that were brought by amateurs.
... ? Botanical Society of America's Evolution StatementEvolution represents one of the broadest, most inclusive theories used in pursuit of and in teaching this knowledge, but it is by no means the only theory involved. Scientific theories are used in two ways: to explain what we know, and to pursue new knowledge. Evolution explains observations of shared characteristics (the result of common ancestry and descent with modification) and adaptations (the result of natural selection acting to maximize reproductive success), as well as explaining pollen:ovule ratios, weeds, deceptive pollination strategies, differences in sexual expression, dioecy, and a myriad of other biological phenomena. Far from being merely a speculative notion, as implied when someone says, “evolution is just a theory,” the core concepts of evolution are well documented and well confirmed. Natural selection has been repeatedly demonstrated in both field and laboratory, and descent with modification is so well documented that scientists are justified in saying that evolution is true.
... ? notes from somewhere bizzare: Grid blogging (an invitation)Decentralisation is key here. Unlike single collaborative blogging structures that unite discussions under the same URL, Grid blogging is about synchronized guerrilla publishing attacks carried out across a series of online locations. It respects and heightens the individual voice within a media-wise choir. It allows for idea-jamming and mosaics of diverse perspectives to emerge unfettered.
... ? Guardian Unlimited | The Guardian | The highway from hellA 39-year-old woman found herself, quite suddenly, in the grip of a deep, suicidal depression. Her parents, wanting the very best treatment for her, paid for her to go to the Priory. Weeks later, still desperate, she moved to an NHS hospital - and recovered. With dry humour, she looks back on her experience in both.
... ? Laptop Music - WikiTsotsovia the endlessly wonderful hallucinations & antics . tobias c. van Veen - renegade theorist, sound & net.manipulator, & techno-turntablist. From words to memes, hear unstitch the semes...
... ? Interview: Scanner - Applied Acoustic SystemsRimbaud’s use of ‘found sound’ conversations dubbed him a ‘telephone terrorist’ in the early-mid 90s’ when the world was still using easily eavesdroppable analogue cellphones. Riding the wave of the UK electronic music explosion, Scanner’s esoteric and slightly academic work began to reach the ears and eyes of club audiences, linking techno with ambience and the pervading influence of surveillance technology, cementing a link between the experimental and groove-oriented scenes that earned praise from both quarters (including memorable praise from infamous avant-garde composer Karlheinz Stockhausen, who said: “He is very experimental because he is searching in a realm of sound which is not usually used for music... he has a good sense of atmosphere.”).
... ? Guardian Unlimited Books | By genre | Click litThe interactivity in Hey Nostradamus! is pretty subtle but the order in which you view the sections affects the way the narrative is built up - and therefore your reading of it.' Hey Nostradamus is not the first novel to have its own custom made 'pop video'. Screenbase are also responsible for the award-winning promo for Yann Martel's Booker-winner Life of Pi, and Salam Pax's Baghdad Blog, an abstract Flash movie which features music from Aphex Twin.
... ? Guardian Unlimited | Arts news | Reggae stars could be chargedScotland Yard has backed an attempt to secure the prosecution of three leading Jamaican reggae artists whose songs advocate the murder of gay people.
... ? Ten years of therapy in one night | Metafilter2003-11-07Could a single trip on a piece of African rootbark help a junkie kick the habit? That was the claim in the 1960s, and now iboga is back in the spotlight. But is it a miracle cure? Daniel Pinchbeck decided to give it a go. And life, he says, will never be the same again... Any of you junkies at Metafilter care to give it a try?
... ? Scientific American: Baffling the Bots -- Anti-spammers take on automatons posing as humansThese Turing tests for Internet bots are a cognitive puzzle that can be solved by humans but not by computers. 'Humans are very good at reading very strange stuff,' says Baird, whose formal title is principal scientist and area manager of statistical pattern and image analysis at PARC (no longer Xerox PARC).
... ? Scientific American: 15 Answers to Creationist Nonsense -- Opponents of evolution want to make a place for creationism by tearing down real science, but their arguments don't hold upEmbarrassingly, in the 21st century, in the most scientifically advanced nation the world has ever known, creationists can still persuade politicians, judges and ordinary citizens that evolution is a flawed, poorly supported fantasy. They lobby for creationist ideas such as "intelligent design" to be taught as alternatives to evolution in science classrooms. As this article goes to press, the Ohio Board of Education is debating whether to mandate such a change. Some antievolutionists, such as Philip E. Johnson, a law professor at the University of California at Berkeley and author of Darwin on Trial, admit that they intend for intelligent-design theory to serve as a "wedge" for reopening science classrooms to discussions of God.
... ? Soulseek NewsTo help with server stability, the server is currently limited to maximum 70000 simultaneous users. If the server is full, your client will connect and then immediately disconnect. We are working to get this limit raised higher as soon as possible.
... ? Baader-Meinhof: Store : Wanted PosterMillions of these and similar posters seemed to spring up overnight in post offices, on lamp posts, and in store windows across West Germany in 1971. With almost as many women as men spread across four rows, this poster represented a direct challenge to the conservative, patriarchal German population. For German youth, these posters were as attractive as they were frightening to their parents. Now available for the first time in three decades, an exact reproduction of the famous poster. Suitable for framing or wrapping fish.
... ? IHT: U.S. orders Roche to stop selling genetic testThe U.S. Food and Drug Administration has ordered Roche to stop selling a novel diagnostic test until it obtains regulatory approval.
... ? tufluv/// : LEMON D / Dillinja Q&AThis is the raw transcript of an interview I did with Kevin King aka Lemon D last week for a somewhat niche magazine. The original idea for Tufluv being reviews, I'm not altogether that it works to post interviews here. But until a print or web format becomes a reality you may be able to expect intermittent Q&As like this one...
... ? Guardian Unlimited | Arts Friday Review | Extra! Extra!From amputees to giants, tattooed men and short actors, unusual-looking people have been valued by the movies since cinema was invented. But why do they do it? And in this age of computer-generated effects, will they be able to find work for much longer? Jessica Weetch talks to the 'specialists'
... ? v-2 Organisation | news | Googlejuice Thought I'd check my own standing and yay! somehow I've managed to be the #1 Jand on Google
... ? Lunar Magazine | Reviews : Plastikman Closer Mu'I'm starting to enjoy the pain.' This is music for wet suits and deep sea submersibles. Prepare to be assaulted with the hydrostatic pressure of Plastikman as we enter an underwater world spanning from the ice caps to the depths of the Marianas Trench. Richie Hawtin dons here the garb of our Captain Nemo, skillfully guiding our craft through the final frontiers of minimalism. But what life forms lurk in the phosphorescent murk, and is the journey worth the price of admission?
... ? Lunar Magazine | Derrick MayIn the end, he says, "Only history will tell the truth. It will show that Detroit, and what we're doing, was the shit. It was a real influence on music around the world. If this happened in New York, everyone responsible would be considered geniuses. But it happened in Detroit, so we get nothing."
... ? Google DeskbarGoogle Deskbar enables you to search with Google from any application without lifting your fingers from the keyboard. Installs easily in your Windows taskbar.
... ? firstsite newsiteA new purpose-built visual art space for firstsite in Colchester's town centre: • for artists to express ideas, exhibit innovative, contemporary work and interact with visitors • for people of all ages to meet, to learn and to be inspired • for cultural tourism to enrich our economy and regional identity • to create jobs and opportunities for local people and businesses • to place art at the heart of urban renewal • to see the arts as a vibrant, enjoyable and integral part of our environment
... ? Guardian Unlimited | Arts features | Now that's what I call KrautrockThey lived in a German castle and had a line-up including Stockhausen students and a Japanese busker. Rob Young celebrates the mystical allure of Can
... ? Guardian Unlimited | Arts features | To infinity and beyondA smash hit play inspired by hardcore mathematics? Marcus de Sautoy on what science can do for drama
... ? Guardian Unlimited | The Guardian | What makes spitting so uniquely offensive?When Lazio's Sinisa Mihajlovic expelled a mouthful of phlegm towards the ear of Chelsea's Adrian Mutu on Tuesday night, he was delivering the most potent insult at his disposal. But what makes spitting so uniquely offensive? Esther Addley investigates
... ? Q&A with John Romero of Monkeystone GamesJohn Romero discusses using Fathammer's X-Forge engine in developing the N-Gage mobile game deck version of Red Faction for publication by THQ; it includes sample code useful for others working with the X-Forge engine.
... ? Guardian Unlimited | The Guardian | 'Spiderman' protester climbs down from craneA protesting father dressed as Spiderman today climbed down from the top of the 36-metre crane he has occupied for the last six days, to the relief of London police and commuters.
... ? Bubble Core Records - Sounds2003-11-04The Dylan Group - It's All About (Rimshots & Faulty Wiring) - includes cover version of We Are The Music Makers by RDJ
... ? Everyone's a ProgrammerSoftware is collapsing under the weight of its own complexity. Charles Simonyi’s solution? Programming tools that are so simple that even laypeople can use them.
... ? Art Gallery | SIGGRAPH 2004The annual SIGGRAPH Art Gallery has achieved worldwide recognition for excellence in showing digital and electronic art. The SIGGRAPH 2004 Art Gallery: Synaesthesia will showcase original digital art that explores new connections between the senses - the technological, the aesthetic, and the critical - and emerges from the conjunction of cybernetics and human vision, inner as well as outer.