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... ? Retro gaming special.Let us tell you something about 'retro gaming' -- it's SHIT and it's for LOSERS. If you are into 'retro gaming' you need to STOP LIVING IN A FANTASY WORLD, you need to GROW UP and you need to STOP KIDDING YOURSELF that old games are still relevant today. They're not. They're shit. All of them. Even Outrun. You're just making yourself look stupid.
... ? DUAL PURPOSE: Runfastmaybefaster - 30mil RecordsThose of you who looked closely enough at the first Dual Purpose 12” a couple of years ago would have noticed a small Gescom logo tucked away somewhere at the edge of its sparse centre label. The common assumption since then has been that Dual Purpose is another low-key Gescom alias deployed to confuse the diggers and challenge those completists who make it their business know this sorta s**t.
... ? Tate ArchiveTate is starting to provide online access to parts of its remarkable Archive for the first time.
... ? Guardian Unlimited Books | Review | Extract: Yellow Dog by Martin AmisIt is the most talked-about novel of the year, longlisted for the Booker prize. In this exclusive extract from Yellow Dog, Martin Amis describes a brutal encounter on the streets of north London
... ? Guardian Unlimited Books | By genre | Tibor Fischer: Better than Amis?2003-08-30Tibor Fischer's savage attack on Martin Amis's latest novel shocked the literary world. Stephanie Merritt asks him about his own new rival book
... ? Baader-Meinhof: The Gun SpeaksThe Gun Speaks will tell the complete story of the Baader-Meinhof Gang and their desperate attempt to kickstart world Revolution. It will follow prominent German journalist Ulrike Meinhof as she joins with former juvenile delinquent Andreas Baader in launching the most terrifying era in German postwar history.
... ? Economist.com | Economics focus : Can people learn to be as rational as economic theory supposes?This implies that prospect theory can capture the behaviour of inexperienced people, of which the world has many in all sorts of markets. But experienced buyers or sellers in well-established markets get over their psychological “flaws”. They can even transfer their trading skills from one market to another. The neoclassicals, it seems, have scored a point.
... ? Salon.com Technology | A textbook case of bad scienceDefenders of evolutionary theory in Texas say creation scientists are getting sneakier -- and more successful -- in getting their views into public school educational materials.
... ? Salon.com Books | "Lies and the Lying Liars Who Tell Them"An excerpt from Al Franken's new book.
... ? New Scientist : Music industry claims MP3s are traceableBut lawyers for the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA), which represents the world's largest record companies, write in a court document: 'The source for nycfashiongirl's sound recordings was not her own personal CDs.'
... ? Guardian Unlimited | Online | Auntie's digital revelationThe BBC's director-general announced plans this week to embrace Napster-style file sharing to make its archives free for licence payers. Danny O'Brien reports
... ? Guardian Unlimited | Arts features | Genre-bending events need more convictionWatching a car go round in circles, chasing a house through a deserted village - why isn't art always like this?
... ? Guardian Unlimited | The Guardian | Secrets of nature's silk weavers revealedA herd of genetically engineered goats in the US is already providing the proteins for spider's silk in their milk.
... ? Study: sage may combat AlzheimersChemical in the herb improves memory, researchers say
... ? Guardian Unlimited Books | News | 'Even the praise is bad for you'2003-08-28Martin Amis's new novel Yellow Dog is the most eagerly awaited book of the year, dividing the literary world even before its publication. On the eve of its serialisation in the Guardian, the writer tells Emma Brockes about his style, his critics and why his daughters are so special
... ? BBC NEWS | Entertainment | Music | Kraftwerk reveal cycling inspirationRalf Hutter, the co-founder of German music pioneers Kraftwerk, has broken a longterm media blackout to tell the BBC how the group's first studio album for 17 years was inspired by the Tour de France.
... ? Guardian Unlimited Books | News | From Watford striker to top novelist - but only the name's the sameThey started out as a postman, a bouncer, a librarian and a social worker in the northern Italian town. Then they decided to pool their energies and write a collective novel, rolling their identities into the single pseudonym: Luther Blissett. Now they are enjoying the proceeds of the book they wrote under his name and which was yesterday named one of 10 books longlisted for the Guardian First Book Award 2003.
... ? Guardian Unlimited | Special reports | 'I've never heard so many lies'In the small hours of every weekday, a queue begins to form outside the Royal Courts of Justice for the few seats that are given over to the public. Who are these Hutton junkies? And what do they think of the testimony of Campbell, Gilligan, Scarlett and Hoon? Oliver Burkeman joins them in the annexe
... ? The video, Directed by Alex Rutterford of Black Dog/RSA, features a virtually generated Thom Yorke performing the bands latest release ‘Go to Sleep’.
... ? nationalgeographic.com : Photo Tips: Mars Is Ready For Its Close-UpAre You?Mars mania peaks Wednesday. The red planet will be 4,000 times as bright as the faintest star the eye can see, but astronomers caution that it will still be only as big as a U.S. quarter coin seen from 650 feet (200 meters) away. That means it will look like a bright star in the sky, or a tiny disc, even in a telescope.
... ? Zone-H.org * News : Why computer virus writers are useful and we should thank them.We try to answer to this question with an interview with Professor Samuel D. Forrester, one of the most famous immunologists in the world. Dr. Forrester is on the run this year to get the Nobel Prize for his recent discovery of the mechanisms of aggression of over-reacting immune cells and antibodies. He teaches at the Immunology faculty at the Konigsberg University since 1986. SDF: It’s simple: every time you get a cold, you sneeze. But you could die, actually. The only reason why you don’t die is because your immune system has been programmed to react to the “threat” posed by a germ. It’s a paradox, but it’s the same germ that could kill you that trained your immune system to react when invaded. ZH: And what makes the difference? How is it possible that a germ can kill you and the same germ can train your immune system making you stronger? SDF: It’s just a matter of doses. Like with wine, one glass every day makes your heart stronger and lowers your blood pressure, one bottle every day can kill you. This is the concept on which vaccines are based. ZH: We understand that. Can we stretch the concept saying that a constant flow of germs, if received in the proper dose, makes the body actually stronger? SDF: Absolutely. If hypothetically we could take two newborn twins and put one of them under a glass-dome and the other one straight into the dangers of the real world, guess who would survive in case of a serious plague?
... ? Embedded.com - Is it time to move beyond zeroes and ones?One of those discarded ideas was to move beyond binary logic to circuits based on multi-valued logic in which the information density and processing efficiency of a circuit could theoretically be increased substantially without any further expensive 'improvements' to the underlying fabrication technology.
... ? BBC NEWS | UK | England | London | Romans' crimes of fashion revealedThe foot is wearing a Mediterranean-type sandal, but the garment with it may have been some kind of woollen stocking. 'It is certainly an interesting find - this is only the second example of a foot found from a Roman statue in Britain, and though there is some documentary evidence for Britons wearing socks with their sandals this is the first physical evidence.'
... ? iTunes iSbogusPeople are paying for songs on the iTunes Music Store because they think it's a good way to support musicians. But by giving musicians just a few cents from each sale, iTunes destroys a huge opportunity. Instead of creating a system that gets 100% of fans' money directly to artists-- finally possible with the internet-- iTunes takes a big step backwards. Apple calls iTunes 'revolutionary' but really they're just letting record companies force the same exploitive and unfair business model onto a new medium.
... ? Flawed decision-makingCliques, groupthink dominate work of Defense Department
... ? Guardian Unlimited | The Guardian | Is ugliness a disease?New medical treatments for 'conditions' such as short stature or anxiety are sweeping America. But it's society, not the patient, which is ill, says Carl Elliott
... ? BBC NEWS | World | Americas | US attacked over UN resolutionInternational human rights groups have accused the US Government of attempting to block a United Nations resolution that would seek to enhance the protection of humanitarian workers in conflict zones. US officials are objecting to a section of the resolution which refers to attacks on humanitarian workers as a war crime under the statutes of the newly-established International Criminal Court (ICC). Washington does not recognise the court.
... ? Wired 11.09: MIT EverywareEvery lecture, every handout, every quiz. All online. For free. Meet the global geeks getting an MIT education, open source-style.
... ? Macromedia - Macromedia Flash MX 2000 : Features : What’s the difference between Macromedia Flash MX 2004 and Macromedia Flash MX Professional 2004?
... ? Guardian Unlimited | Special reports | Sellafield shutdown ends the nuclear dreamSellafield's Thorp reprocessing operation, once hailed as the saviour of the British nuclear industry with its promise of producing limitless electricity throughout the 21st century, is to close by 2010, the Guardian can reveal. The £1.8bn works, which opened only nine years ago, is to be wound down by British Nuclear Fuels, which now hopes to convert it into a waste handling facility.
... ? ....:::: The Jesus & Mary Chain : Psychocandy ::::....The Jesus and Mary Chain : they recreated perfect pop and then perverted it in the most inspired way.
... ? The Observer | Review | All my own work - well, almostProducer Richard X's debut could have been a masterpiece. Instead, it's just very, very good...
... ? BBC NEWS | Technology | Hi-tech tome takes on paperbacksResearchers at Hewlett Packard have developed a prototype electronic book which can hold a whole library on a device no bigger than a paperback. The brushed metal device is about one centimetre thick and looks like an oversized handheld computer.
... ? Macromedia - Products : Macromedia MX 2004This is for you. Over the past 18 months, you told us what you liked about MX and how to make it better. We listened. We put in the features you told us were must-haves, plus a few we just thought you'd like. Run with it.
... ? Zenarchery.com: Me On Adam On Jakob.But I find myself in the untenable position of actually agreeing with Jakob about some of his points, which has me staring in the mirror, making sure I haven't become one of the Usability Body Snatchers.
... ? v-2 Organisation | news | Smart/stupidOK, first: what is Jakob smoking? With pieces like this latest, he's about this far away from complete and utter irrelevance. Why? Especially when it's hard to argue with his overall thesis: that mobile devices are about another generation (device, not human) away from true utility?
... ? Mobile Devices: One Generation From Useful (Jakob Nielsen's Alertbox)Summary: New mobile devices show a huge improvement over previous generations, but they're still not good enough to score a real win. To get there, we need both PC-integrated applications and specialized mobile services rather than repurposed website content.
... ? Guardian Unlimited | Life | Scientists start work on thinking robotScientists have been given the biggest ever grant to build a 'conscious robot'. The work will not only bring the scores of intelligent, self-aware machines that populate science fiction a step closer, it could also provide valuable clues on how human consciousness develops. 'Consciousness is perhaps the last remaining mystery in understanding what it is to be human,' said Owen Holland, who will lead the work at Essex University. 'By attempting to build physical systems which can produce a form of artificial consciousness, we hope to learn more about the nature of consciousness.'
... ? Reuters | Latest Financial News / Full News Coverage : News Sites Make Sense of Web's Flood of Info
... ? news.independent.co.uk : Meet the ra-ra radicalsForget sit-down protests and marching, America's newest campaigners are cheering (and shaking their pompoms) for change
... ? BBC NEWS | Entertainment | TV and Radio | Dyke to open up BBC archiveGreg Dyke, director general of the BBC, has announced plans to give the public full access to all the corporation's programme archives.
... ? The Observer | Focus | War of the worms:As millions of computers strain under another attack, Paul Harris meets the virus writers - and the cyber sleuths who aim to hunt them down
... ? Guardian Unlimited Books | By genre | Close to the edgeFrom the epoch-defining Generation X to his new work, Hey, Nostradamus!, novelist Douglas Coupland inhabits a world where the optimistic collides with the apocalyptic
... ? Mailinator(tm) FAQMailinator is a new kind of mail service. The biggest difference is that you don't need to sign up. Any email name you can think of already exists at mailinator.com. Want firstname.lastname@example.org? You got it. Want to be superguy? Happyjoe? fredinpants? No problem. They all already exist just waiting for you to check your mail.
... ? ARS Electronica"CODE – the Language of Our Time" is the theme of Ars Electronica 2003. The festival’s three focal points—Code=Law, Code=Art, Code=Life—will be treated from an artistic as well as a scientific perspective.
... ? AN INTERVIEW WITH DAVE EGGERSIn 1993 Dave Eggers founded the now defunct Gen-X sneer of Might magazine. After a brief stint at Esquire, Eggers returned in 1998 to the avant-garde of the magazine world with the eccentric banality of Timothy McSweeney's Quarterly Concern (www.mcsweeneys.net). Eggers' first book, the bestselling memoir A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius, was published in February of this year by Simon & Schuster to rave reviews. The following is an email transcript of a Q&A exchange with Eggers in which he is prompted to 'rant' by the mention of the phrase 'selling out.'
... ? Paying with Plastic: The Intersection of Law, Economics and Policy in the Payment Card Industry
... ? Spectacular Times'An everypersons guide to the situationist's for beginners. Situationist ideas made simple in a series of pocket books produced by the late Larry Law. A mixture of text, cut-ups, detournement and general discussion of the absurdities of everyday life.'
... ? LRB | Neal Ascherson : Oo, Oo! - Khrushchev: The Man and His Era by William Taubman | Free Press, 876 pp, £25.00
... ? Against Sleep And NightmareAgainst Sleep And Nightmare magazine has been in print for quite a few years now. We originally put the text on the Web to making its text more widely available and this has been successful - this site was getting 4,000 hits per week in early 2003. This site contains a few other 'ultra-left' texts as well but these are slowly being phased out. Virtually everyone has access to web presently and so there is no reason to reproduce things that are likely available elsewhere.
... ? BBC NEWS | Science/Nature | Sponge could improve telecomsA humble sea-sponge is showing scientists how to make better fibre-optic cables, used in modern telecommunications.
... ? BBC NEWS | Politics | Hutton documents releasedThousands of documents submitted to the Hutton inquiry into the death of government weapons expert Dr David Kelly have been published on the internet.
... ? absorb : article : lfomark bell, lfo. used to be two of them, now just him. from leeds; as kids, into electro, nineteen, made frequencies. warp, spent five years in the pub. delivered advance. produced bjork; homogenic, selmasongs. produced depeche mode: exciter. now; new single: freak, new album: sheath.
... ? essell.org: journal: essell.org : much nicer on an lcd screen... essell.org: dropdown menus essell.org: folding@home
... ? Earplug :: electronic music newsletterEarplug is an email newsletter dedicated to electronic music and its many dynamic styles and influences. Every two weeks a new issue features a hand-picked selection of music news, cultural spotlights, tip sheets, CD reviews, and original features, as well as previews and reviews of important festivals and live events across the globe.
... ? Guardian Unlimited | Online | Is the Apple iPod the new Furby?Ashley Norris trumpets the delights of the all-conquering MP3 player - and some of its rivals in the marketplace
... ? Guardian Unlimited | Online | Norwich student passes online A-levelMr Twiddy said the ability to study for qualifications using computers instead of the traditional pen and paper meant people living in remote rural areas would have more choice of courses. Those who had to move abroad could carry on with their studies uninterrupted, he added.
... ? A world of dignity Sergio Vieira de Mello - openDemocracyThe death of Sergio Vieira de Mello, the United Nations special representative in Iraq, robs the world of a calm voice of reason, humanity, and deep intelligence precisely when these qualities are most needed. In tribute, openDemocracy publishes his 11 November 2002 lecture on the universal character of human dignity.
... ? IBM Tests Grid With GamesIn conjunction with IBM, a group of college students from the University of Wisconsin developed GameGrid, a derivative of IBM's OptimalGrid effort. The students adapted the open-source version of id Software's Quake 2 first-person shooter, and attempted to scale it across the grid to stress the system.
... ? The Smiths Interview Archive"Taking things seriously; intelligence is not an awkward, obscure thing which is difficult to set in motion, but a way to glory. When you have thoughts of your own, you can be assured that you will be accused of seriousness. So? Morrissey is serious, but he offers us rapture, not dialectics. 'This Charming Man' is an accessible bliss, and seriously moving. This group fully understand that the casual is not enough... This is one of the greatest singles of the year, a poor compliment. Unique and indispensable, like 'Blue Monday' and 'Karma Chameleon' - that's better!" - Paul Morley, New Musical Express, November 12, 1983
... ? Guardian Unlimited Books | By genre | The pain is not the pointSimon Callow welcomes an opportunity to revisit the best of Kenneth Tynan's work in Dominic Shellard's life of the critic
... ? eBay item 2552597518 (Ends 30-Aug-03 00:19:28 BST ) - THE PRODIGY - WHAT EVIL LURKS EP [PROMO]
... ? Doom and rocket science - Aug. 22, 2003John Carmack is widely viewed as the most brilliant mind and one of the most influential developers in the gaming industry today. He is the Mozart of computer coding, creating graphical engines that consistently push the industry forward. Heck, this is a guy who spends his Tuesdays and Saturdays building an honest-to-God rocket ship.
... ? Guardian Unlimited | Arts features | Party like it's 1989There's only one place to go if you're young, hip and out on the town in Berlin - a cheesy Russian pop night. Ben Aris gives it a try
... ? New Scientist : Mars was 'always cold and frozen'The idea that Mars was once a warm place, awash with oceans that could harboured early life has taken a knock - new data suggests it was always cold, frozen and probably lifeless.
... ? Behind the FailureCan we now please admit that the Bush administration's policies in Iraq are a terrible failure?
... ? BBC NEWS | World | Americas | Many dead in Brazil rocket blastAn explosion that destroyed a Brazilian space rocket just days before its scheduled launch killed at least 16 people, the defence ministry has said.
... ? The Independent : Australian case for Iraq war was 'fabricated'The Australian government 'skewed, misrepresented, used selectively and fabricated' the intelligence used to justify its decision to send troops to Iraq, a parliamentary inquiry in Canberra was told yesterday.
... ? Donald CammellHis last movie is the most sought-after video in America. But he shot himself after seeing the producers' cut. He was Britain's most creative filmmaker. But his career was a disaster. Who was Donald Cammell?
... ? New Scientist : Humans trained to hunger like Pavlov's dogsImportantly, the team also showed that the human brain can put a 'brake' on the powerful desire for certain foods once the appetite has been sated. This system to turn the 'delectable into the distasteful' may be crucial in regulating behaviour, they say. Detecting faults in this system might in future help shed light on compulsive eating disorders and substance addictions, speculates Gottfried, a neurologist.
... ? Guardian Unlimited Books | News | Secret moorland memorial to Ted Hughes discovered by walkers
... ? Guardian Unlimited | Special reports | Kelly's chilling words: 'I'll be found dead in the woods'The weapons specialist, Dr David Kelly, said six months ago that he would 'probably be found dead in the woods' if the American and British invasion of Iraq went ahead, Lord Hutton's inquiry was told yesterday.
... ? The Secret of Worldwide Drug Prohibition - The Varieties and Uses of Drug Prohibition by Harry G. Levine (Professor of sociology at Queens College, City University of New York.)
... ? Guardian Unlimited | Special reports | I have a dreamOn August 28 1963, Martin Luther King stood on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial and delivered a speech that made America - and the whole world - sit up and listen. Gary Younge explains how it came about, how President Kennedy tried to stop it, and why it is as important now as it was then
... ? Wired 11.09: Learning to Love PowerPoint by David Byrne'In thinking about graphic design, industrial design, and what might really be the cutting-edge of design, I realized it would have to be genetic engineering. Dolly (God rest her soul) represents the latest in design, but it is, in her case, design we cannot see. Dolly looks like any other sheep, which is precisely the point. The dogma of some graphic designers is that their work be invisible. This perfection has been achieved with Dolly.'
... ? Wired 11.09: PowerPoint Is Evil : Power Corrupts. PowerPoint Corrupts Absolutely. By Edward TuftePresentations largely stand or fall on the quality, relevance, and integrity of the content. If your numbers are boring, then you've got the wrong numbers. If your words or images are not on point, making them dance in color won't make them relevant. Audience boredom is usually a content failure, not a decoration failure. At a minimum, a presentation format should do no harm. Yet the PowerPoint style routinely disrupts, dominates, and trivializes content. Thus PowerPoint presentations too often resemble a school play -very loud, very slow, and very simple.
... ? MousePlanet | Mouse Tales with David KoenigSuspended Animation - Pencils down. Disney terminates traditional animation
... ? Wired News: Geeks Grapple With Virus InvasionSummer vacation, peer pressure, Swiss-cheese programming code and too-quick-to-click Internet users have combined to make the last two weeks a true adventure in computing.
... ? Wired News: When Bad Breath Means Bad NewsThe concept of phospholipid spectrum disorder, which essentially describes problems with the cell membrane that may cause a breakdown in communication between brain cells, is changing the way we think about psychiatric disorders.
... ? AnimWatch - Rustboy feature - AUG 2003Brian Taylor toils away on Rustboy night after night from his home in Scotland. This spare-time auteur caught the winds of public admiration through the internet and stands poised to bring his sleeping robot creation to life; to walk, perchance to hurtle, into pop culture. His internet venture even landed him an investor, which has in turn granted him the ability to work on Rustboy full time. Among internet art enthusiasts and would-be film directors, his story is the stuff of legend.
... ? HEATHER NEWMAN: Pills for video game playersMaker of herb-based pill says its products can improve the performance of video gamers. Some experts aren't so sure
... ? BBC NEWS | Health | NHS patients to be given cannabisNHS patients are to be given cannabis as part of a government-funded trial. The study, which is being run by the Medical Research Council, aims to find out if the drug really can help to relieve pain.
... ? NYT : Everyone's a Film Geek NowAS there been a single technological advance — even the advent of sound — that has changed movies as quickly and thoroughly as the DVD has? Sound changed the scope of movies, but it didn't really change the way they were made, the way they were marketed or the way they were watched. The DVD is changing all those things.
... ? The Observer | Comment | Lessons in how to lie about IraqThe problem is not propaganda but the relentless control of the kind of things we think about
... ? Extra Ordinary Every DayA primary goal of the Bauhaus as an educational institution was to articulate modern culture through ‘new’ forms designed for everyday life. This virtual installation attempts to address the intersection of fine art and the production of useful things by means of thematic groupings based on visual analogies. The themes themselves are utilitarian, derived from products made by the artists that are represented in the Busch-Reisinger collection—lamp, chair, house, stage, and auto.
... ? Scientific American: Taming Stress -- [ NEUROCHEMISTRY ] -- An emerging understanding of the brain's stress pathways points toward treatments for anxiety and depression beyond Valium and Prozac
... ? Guardian Unlimited | Arts news | Bacon mask is a concept too far for thiefIf only an artist with a video camera had been labouring in Liverpool at the time, the result could have turned up in Tate Modern as a conceptual work about a conceptual work inspired by conceptual work.
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... ? New Scientist : Computer model forecasts crime spreesComputer forecasts that predict where and when crimes will happen by analysing past patterns should help police channel resources where they are needed most. The technique, now under trial in the US, could be available for routine use within a year.
... ? Kansas City Star | 08/15/2003 | Hollywood, my lipstick is not a cameraBasically, it's time to live in the real world. You're not going to stop your films from getting on the Internet. Most of the copying isn't costing you money. When it is, the culprits are probably people who work for you, not some guy who won passes from a radio station or a critic whose career depends on not ticking you off. So get over it. And stop going through my purse.
... ? Guardian Unlimited | Arts features | Paul Bailey: Dealing with a homophobic pest'Tracey Emin is innocent' - Britart's leading lady has been accused by the writer Philip Hensher of stalking him in revenge for a bad review. But Paul Bailey knows it isn't her - because the same homophobe is stalking him
... ? BBC NEWS | Health | Doctor slang is a dying artThe inventive language created by doctors the world over to insult their patients - or each other - is in danger of becoming extinct.
... ? We're number one! We're number one! | Metafilter"In a privatized probation program, the offender is required to pay a weekly fee (between $100 and $300) for his 'services.' This is not waived if they don't have a job, and they are forbidden from the undocumented day-labor jobs on which ex-cons often depend. The only clients I had who payed regularly with no problems were the clients who were originally setenced for selling drugs (hmm...). I quit the day that I sent my 20th person to prison for not paying my company hundreds of dollars. This, combined with my employer's plan (now in effect, I believe) to actually use a commission-based model for paying case managers, killed any sense that I was helping people to sort out their lives or helping society to re-accept past offenders. The only thing more disheartening than that was the fact that these programs are spreading to all 50 states."
... ? Diary: A Novel - Reviewed by Kevin McGowin - Eclectica Magazine v7n3Chuck Palahniuk's Diary is, at its surface, the strange, compelling, and by turns unsettling and absurdly hilarious story of Misty Marie Wilmot, a reluctant painter and "poisoned drug addict possessed by the devil, Carl Jung, and Stanislavski." But it's also multi-layered and then some, and in one of those layers, perhaps the most poignant, the novel is or rather becomes more than Misty's account—it is the diary of Chuck Palahniuk, recording sapient insights into the plight of the successful or would-be successful Artist in Society.
... ? :: New Statesman - BooksThe ideas of Michel Foucault have now permeated so many academic disciplines, from international relations to 'queer theory', that it is easy to forget that Foucault's influence stems from a simple but penetrating insight, developed early in his career: that the history of western civilisation is also the history of what that civilisation despises and excludes. Foucault was far from being the first historian to realise this, or to construct a version of the past upon it. But he was a leading figure in the generation that, in the wake of the convulsions of May 1968, sought to change contemporary society by interrogating it as 'a construction'.
... ? Guardian Unlimited | Arts galleries | Hans Holbein indexThe Hague's Mauritshuis museum is devoting an exhibition to the portraiture of Hans Holbein the Younger. More than 20 portraits, 15 drawn studies and several miniatures have been lent from international collections.
... ? OJR article: News Sites Still Figuring Out What to Do With Online CommunitiesAlthough small in numbers, these discussion group members carry a lot of weight with site bosses who appreciate their passion ... and their page views.
... ? Guardian Unlimited | Arts news | Music sales defy the doomsayersMusic album sales in the United Kingdom have defied the industry's alarm calls about piracy, shrugging off the world of CD burning and internet file sharing to reach a record high. After a dip in the first quarter of the year, sales hit a new peak of 228.3m at the end of June, almost 3% up on last year.
... ? Amazon.com: Music: The String Quartet Tribute to the SmithsOne of America's finest string quartets, The Section, interpret the crooning vocals of Morrissey and the genius of guitarist Johnny Marr, performing such classics as 'This Charming Man' & 'How Soon Is Now' this tribute brings a new dimension to the influential sound of The Smiths. Vitamin Records. 2003.
... ? New Scientist : Parkinson's drugs linked to heavy gamblingThe researchers examined the medical records of 1884 patients seen over one year and found nine who had developed gambling behaviour severe enough to cause financial hardship. All the patients were taking levodopa - which transforms into a crucial neurotransmitter called dopamine in the brain. But their new gambling habits appeared to be associated with another drug they were taking, a dopamine agonist. These activate the dopamine receptors in the brain.
... ? The Observer | Comment | Dog's day?Once the enfant terrible of British literature, he is now simply terrible, say his critics. But his latest novel, Yellow Dog, out next month, has put him on the Booker prize long list for the first time
... ? The Observer | UK News | The artist, the critic and a war of words2003-08-16Tracey Emin is threatening critic Philip Hensher with the courts after their slanging match took another twist. Amelia Hill reports on a very public row
... ? The Mushrooms of Languagefrom: Hallucinogens and Shamanism, Michael J. Harner, ed., ©1973, Oxford University Press
... ? BBC - London - Entertainment - Music - Exclusive Kraftwerk interview:Ralf Hutter from electronic legends Kraftwerk joined Gary Crowley for an exclusive one hour special on the band.
... ? :::: KRAFTWERK.TECHNOPOP.COM.BR - LIFE - INTERVIEWS - DER SPIEGEL - RALF HÜTTER - JULY 2003 - 2003-AUG-16 ::::
... ? :::: KRAFTWERK.TECHNOPOP.COM.BR - LIFE - INTERVIEWS - SONNTAGSZEITUNG NEWSPAPER - RALF HÜTTER - AUGUST 2003 - 2003-AUG-16 ::::Ralf Hütter: Our Klingklang-Studio used to weigh several tons. In 1998 we travelled round the world with it. We have now reduced it to a digital platform. We can practically carry our studio as hand baggage. And it functions all right in the different climatic zones. We performed in Japan in very cold weather and in the heat of Australia. It was fantastic.
... ? BBC - collective - A Forum Conversation : Should the Kraftwerk name stay 'gracefully retired'?
... ? BBC NEWS | England | Manchester | Books left on street to swapHundreds of books are being left in the streets of Manchester as part of a growing international swapping project. People who find the books in the city are encouraged to read them and then release them back 'into the wild' for others to pick up, read and pass on. Known as Bookcrossing, the idea has already been introduced to the cities of Melbourne, Shanghai, Oslo, Montreal and Hong Kong
... ? BBC NEWS | World | Americas | Inquiry hunts origin of blackoutsThe United States and Canada are setting up a joint taskforce to try to find out what caused the worst power cuts in North American history. The cascading blackout affected 50 million people in the US cities of New York, Detroit and Cleveland, as well as the Canadian cities of Toronto and Ottawa.
... ? Arisesoft Color Set - Color Your Website Yourself!Color Set utilizes an elegant-looking interface to help you choose the best color scheme for your website. A small preview window lets you see a mock-up of your page background, table borders, text colors, and more.
... ? Personal Technology -- Personal Technology from The Wall Street Journal. -Slick New Hand-Held Looks Like A Laptop -- With a Price to MatchThe most radical difference between the UX50 and most other PDAs is the overall design. Instead of adopting the traditional vertical format, the new Clie is aligned horizontally, like a laptop. It apes a laptop's clamshell design, in which the top is a lid that contains the screen and the bottom is a keyboard. It's still small and light enough to travel in a pocket or small purse, but it looks and feels like a little laptop.
... ? The Atlantic | April 2002 sidebar | Rauch animationsArtificial Society Animations for 'Seeing Around Corners'
... ? The Atlantic | April 2002 | Seeing Around Corners | RauchThe new science of artificial societies suggests that real ones are both more predictable and more surprising than we thought. Growing long-vanished civilizations and modern-day genocides on computers will probably never enable us to foresee the future in detail—but we might learn to anticipate the kinds of events that lie ahead, and where to look for interventions that might work
... ? Guardian Unlimited | Economic dispatch | Changes of note2003-08-14As the internet revolutionises the ways in which songs can be distributed, the music industry must adapt or fade away, says Victor Keegan
... ? Guardian Unlimited | Online | On the road to blog nirvanaI tell you this because I'm about to give their new product - a much awaited hosted weblogging service called TypePad - such a glowing review, that you will probably think: a) I am either related to them or, at least, a life-long friend; b) they have recently bestowed on me gold, frankincense, myrrh and other assorted gifts; or c) they know some dark secret about my past, and have threatened to reveal it unless I'm extremely kind about them.
... ? PIXELSURGEON | Interviews | Design | PleixPleix is a Paris-based group of digital artists who shot to the World's attention when they produced the imaginative video for Plaid's track Itsu, in response to a Creative Review/Warp Records competition.
... ? WARP RECORDS | WARPNEWS : LFO - SheathThe long awaited new album from LFO is here. Sheath is released on 22nd September 2003, preceded by a single in August that will make you freak. All design is by the Designers Republic. This is the first LFO record since 1996's 'Advance', and reflects what Mark Bell has been up to in the intervening years.
... ? Guerrilla NewsVideo: IBM and the HolocaustThe book, which documents IBM's direct links to Hilter and his so-called 'Final Solution' by providing the Third Reich with census machines and punch card technology, caused IBM to issue a formal statement claiming that the Nazis controlled the operations of IBM Germany during the war. But Edwin's research shows that Thomas J. Watson, founder and president of IBM during the company's financial relationship with the Nazis, exercised more hands-on control of the operation than they care to admit.
... ? Guardian Unlimited | Special reports | Study of Bush's psyche touches a nerve2003-08-13The authors also peer into the psyche of President George Bush, who turns out to be a textbook case. The telltale signs are his preference for moral certainty and frequently expressed dislike of nuance. 'This intolerance of ambiguity can lead people to cling to the familiar, to arrive at premature conclusions, and to impose simplistic cliches and stereotypes,' the authors argue in the Psychological Bulletin.
... ? Tech News - CNET.com - A Webmaster's 25th hourThe fact that bomb-making information is readily available on the Internet doesn't concern the feds. If someone were to use a bomb to do something illegal, there's plenty of information out there, including in libraries. The only reason they went after my site is because it was getting more popular and was promoting autonomous organizing. It was promoting not just that, but autonomous thinking--people going out in their local communities and taking the initiative. That started happening. Raisethefist.com wasn't just a Web site but was developing into a direct action network.
... ? CNN.com - School district installs cameras in every class, hall - Aug. 13, 2003Students in Biloxi public schools started classes this week under the watchful eye of Webcams that will keep track of every classroom and hallway.
... ? Northwest Indiana News: nwitimes.com - News - British artists grow green art - Grass becomes photographic and sculptural medium
... ? IBM Takes Search to New HeightsOfficials at IBM's T.J. Watson Research Center here discussed with eWEEK this month how it is tackling the problem of understanding unstructured data. Using a combination of artificial intelligence techniques, IBM's UIMA (Unstructured Information Management Architecture) is the foundation for what Paul Horn, IBM senior vice president and director of research, calls 'Google on steroids.'
... ? Wired 11.09: The New Diamond AgeWeingarten shifts uncomfortably in his chair and stares at the glittering gems on his dining room table. 'Unless they can be detected,' he says, 'these stones will bankrupt the industry.'
... ? TRON - 6 of the best2003-08-12Tron 2.0 the game - http://www.tron20.net The 1982 movie - http://www.tron-sector.com The band - http://www.ladytron.com The original trailer - http://us.imdb.com/Trailers?0084827 Play the arcade game - http://www.csh.rit.edu/~jerry/arcade/tron The Tron community - http://www.tron-sector.com^ Many Thanks for these links, Dan....... I so want this book...Hunted endlessly but can't locate anywhere...:(...anyone got any ideas?...
... ? The RegisterA Slovenian hacker who ran into legal conflict with one of the country's leading banks over an alleged security weakness was found dead last week.
... ? Popular Science | The Man Who Mistook His Girlfriend for a RobotWhen David Hanson set out to build a robotic head, he saw no reason not to make it look just like a human. Then he stumbled into the Uncanny Valley.
... ? xltronic.com | discography selection YAY!!!!!!!......well done to the crew at XLT....
... ? moss - Buildings of Disaster miniature replica of the dakotaSouvenirs are important cultural objects which can store and communicate memories, emotions and desires. Buildings of Disaster are miniature replicas of famous structures where some tragic or terrible events happened to take place. The images of burning or exploded buildings make a different, populist history of architecture, one based on emotional involvement rather than scholarly appreciation. In a media-saturated time, world disasters stand as people’s measure of history, and the sites of tragic events often become involuntary tourists destinations. Limited edition.
... ? Colours of NumbersI discovered a way of colouring the natural numbers that I have found very fascinating. I use following eight colours: black, red, green, yellow, blue, magenta, cyan and white. (Before printing this page on a colour printer see the note at the bottom.)
... ? Scientific American: Taming Stress -- [ NEUROCHEMISTRY ] -- An emerging understanding of the brain's stress pathways points toward treatments for anxiety and depression beyond Valium and Prozac2003-08-11
... ? 21C MagazinePainful but Fabulous: An Interview on the Dematerialization of Identity An Interview with Genesis P-Orridge by Carol Tessitore
... ? Earplug :: electronic music newsletterEarplug is an email newsletter dedicated to electronic music and its many dynamic styles and influences. Every two weeks a new issue features a hand-picked selection of music news, cultural spotlights, tip sheets, CD reviews, and original features, as well as previews and reviews of important festivals and live events across the globe.
... ? Telegraph | Connected | QED: Boring plodders have sometimes made historyFollowing the fall of the Shah of Iran in 1979, fundamentalist students broke into the US Embassy in Teheran and seized a vast archive of secret intelligence material. The Embassy's staff had managed to shred many of the most sensitive documents, but they need not have bothered. The students simply gathered it all up and set about the mind-numbing job of piecing the documents together again.
... ? CNN.com - Confessions of a help desk tech - Aug. 8, 2003Editor's Note: Joseph Rudd, 25, of Carrabelle, Florida, works in tech support for a real estate company. In 2001, he worked briefly as a phone help desk technician for an Internet service provider. He wrote about his experiences as a tech.
... ? FT.com /Arts & Weekend/Books - The Music of the Primes by Marcus du Sautoy - Fourth Estate £18.99, 352 pages
... ? Guardian Unlimited | Special reports | 'Bring us home': GIs flood US with war-weary emailsAn unprecedented internet campaign waged on the frontline and in the US is exposing the real risks for troops in Iraq. Paul Harris and Jonathan Franklin report on rising fears that the conflict is now a desert Vietnam
... ? News - Higher Folate Levels Correlate with Improved Outcome for SSRI-Treated Geriatric Patients
... ? Sonar Festival 2003 | Overload Media | electronic music and wired cultureThankfully Aphex Twin hit the mark, for me at least. Initial thoughts were that he might let rip with a So Solid pastiche, but instead the Twin eased the crowd into a steady groove with a techno-tinged selection - sounding a little pedestrian at times - before bolting through harder loops, rugged breaks and broken electro terrain. Midway through, his set broke down into five or so minutes of pure, undulating bass tones, creating what was perhaps the most intense bottom-end experience I’ve ever had the pleasure of damaging my ears to. When he then dropped a jungle bomb the whole arena went nuts. True to form, following an old skool-meets-new school junglist tumult, the conceited Cornishman descended into an edgy gabba/pop/noise mashup that made Hellfish sound like a DJ at the waltzers. We left, unable to talk properly for about half an hour.
... ? Flashmob-dev Info PageDiscussion and brainstorming of what interfaces, methods, development techniques, and marketing will make flashmob.com a useful and successful website.
... ? The Seattle Times: Business & Technology: Too much technology diminishes work relationships, author says'I saw a paradox,' he said, 'a world of community with loneliness.'
... ? The Observer | UK News | Robber cleared by drug defenceCharges dropped after report links Seroxat to threatening behaviour
... ? BBC NEWS | Science/Nature | Robot insect walks on waterYou basically sprinkle dye or tiny particles into the water and record what happens with a high-speed camera.' Dr Bush and his collaborators, David Hu and Brian Chan, discovered that the secret to the water strider's locomotion is that it rows across the water without penetrating the surface.
... ? Wired News: Computer Groupthink Under FireClusters are cool, and grids are great, but neither one can replace a real supercomputer.
... ? alt.sense[...]Sorry for the silence and the confusion it caused. Since altsense.net went live in 1999, much has changed and it became increasingly clear that most of site's programming is unable to sustain the amount of visitors and data. More importantly, we need to improve the interaction between users of the site with the valuable (and personal) content we share with each other.
... ? Wired News: Claim: RFID Will Stop TerroristsFacing increasing resistance and concerns about privacy, the United States' largest food companies and retailers will try to win consumer approval for radio identification devices by portraying the technology as an essential tool for keeping the nation's food supply safe from terrorists.
... ? Former Vice President Al GoreYet far from uniting the people, the president's ideologically narrow agenda has seriously divided America. His most partisan supporters have launched a kind of 'civil cold war' against those with whom they disagree.
... ? ActionScript Cookbook - Solutions and Examples for Flash MX DevelopersActionScript's sheer volume of capabilities can be daunting. The ActionScript Cookbook breaks it all down into tasks that are relevant, practical, and insightful. On top of hundreds of atomic recipes, it offers seven full chapters of larger sample applications. Appealing to all levels of ActionScript coders, this book offers concrete solutions to the most common ActionScript needs and problems. The ActionScript Cookbook is for people who want to hit the ground running.
... ? Guardian Unlimited | Online | Making the web payBen Hammersley reports on the writers and artists who are earning money through the internet with micropayments
... ? New nerves may fight depression: Prozac and other antidepressants may boost brain-cell birth.Common antidepressants such as Prozac lift mood by spawning new brain cells, suggests a new study. The finding might give rise to more potent drugs that directly boost nerve production. The report attempts to solve a conundrum: why many antidepressants take several weeks to take effect despite boosting brain chemicals within days. This applies to selective serotonin re-uptake inhibitors (SSRIs), which raise available levels of the nerve-to-nerve signal serotonin, and tricyclic antidepressants, which bump up norepinephrine levels.
... ? The police stateOn the surface, beehives and ant nests seem to be model societies, with each individual striving for the common good. But maintaining this social order sometimes calls for brutal tactics.
... ? STUFF: NATIONAL NEWS : Scientist to use scent to attract sex-crazed giant squid"'It's not very bright and it is trying to coordinate a metre-long penis. He's going to get a bit confused.' "
... ? The Origin of Religions, - www.ezboard.comDr. David Sloan Wilson : The Origin of Religions, From a Distinctly Darwinian View
... ? OpsoundOpsound is a record label using an open source, copyleft model, an experiment in practical gift economics, a laboratory for new ways of releasing music.
... ? Columbus: An Analysis Beyond the Rhetoric: "Columbus: An Analysis Beyond the Rhetoric"
... ? Tit for TatThe importance of TIT FOR TAT to the evolution of co-operative behaviour was discovered in a very unusual way, through a worldwide computer competition to find the winning strategy for the well known paradox 'The Prisoner's Dilemma'. In 1981 TIT FOR TAT won that competition, and ever since then it has grown in stature to where it now dominates our thinking about the evolution of co-operative behaviour in animal and human societies.
... ? BBC NEWS | Technology | Stopping the pop-swappersThey used to say 'home taping' was killing music, now it's meant to be internet downloaders. But the real pirates these days are crime bosses - and the rewards are plentiful.
... ? BBC NEWS | Magazine | 'Move over Segway, I'm planning the C6'Sir Clive Sinclair, inventor of the fabled C5 electric tricycle, road tests the revolutionary Segway scooter... and announces secret plans for another pioneering new personal transporter.
... ? Newsday.com - Nuremberg Papers to Be on WebHarvard Law School is planning to put more than a million documents from the Nuremberg trials on the Internet, allowing ready access to records of hearings into the war crimes of Adolf Hitler's Third Reich.
... ? CopyShopThe story of a man who works in a copy shop and copies himself until he fills the whole world. The film “Copy Shop” actually consists of nearly 18,000 photocopied digital frames, which are animated and filmed with a 35mm camera.
... ? EducationGuardian.co.uk | Schools | Lord of the ring road2003-08-04Chris Arnot joins a tour party looking for evidence of JRR Tolkien among the satellite dishes and net curtains of Birmingham
... ? Schematic news3SCH037/SCH038 - Shapeshifter - Reticulum Flux Trash compacted & recycled compendium of enigma Malcolm Goodman's sound scraps Format:CD & selected tracks on EP Release date: TBA (Hear Shapeshifter at Praystation.com )3SCH023 - Richard Devine - Asect:Dsect The synapse-rattling 24-bit 96khz Stereo evolution of Devine's work,a throbbing and vicious animal product... Format:CD & selected tracks on EP Release date: TBA
... ? Guardian Unlimited | Special reports | Jailed Green calls for cannabis cafesHe said: 'We need legal and regulated cannabis cafes to separate cannabis supply from crack and smack, which are the real problem drugs in society.'
... ? Pulp.netThis month sees the launch of the Douglas Coupland 1000 word short story competition. Subscribe to stay in the know
... ? Telegraph | News | Code team cracked Soviet's ciphersThe codebreakers of Bletchley Park not only broke into the secrets of the German Enigma machine, but also succeeded in cracking the main Russian machine ciphers. The success of British cryptanalysts during the Second World War in cracking the German machine is well known, but their work on Soviet machines has remained secret.
... ? Cylobotnia cat 144International DJ and composer of gay porn soundtracks, Cylob aka Chris Jeffs is a member of Rephlex’s old guard, an incredibly versatile and imaginative musician who has released everything from 1991’s Bell suite “ Mood Bells” to the groundbreaking computer rap “Rewind”, through to mind-war techno. Astrobotnia / Ovuca is Finnish ex-porn star Aleksi Perala, who creates deep dreamy tracks made from warm blankets of chords and toasted breaks with oodles of detail you’ll miss if you don’t listen carefully, so take the time to enjoy it because it’s worth it. It was during a 2-week tour of America last year that they decided to work together, and after much long distance file swapping this 8-track e.p. came into focus.
... ? GigantoidMy name is Chris Brown and I am a graphic designer based in Atlanta Georgia. I'm highly interested and involved in technology as well as net culture and the social aspects of those for the future. Here I try to talk about such things as graphic design, typography, futurism, innovative media and more.
... ? EnjoymentTerry Hall was a Fun Boy; Mushtaq was a member of Fun-Da-Mental. Now, they tell Nick Hasted, while they may not be smiling, their new, pain-filled album is making them much happier
... ? The Ray Kurzweil ReaderThe Ray Kurzweil Reader is a collection of essays by Ray Kurzweil on virtual reality, artificial intelligence, radical life extension, conscious machines, the promise and peril of technology, and other aspects of our future world. These essays, all published on KurzweilAI.net from 2001 to 2003, are now available as a PDF document for convenient downloading and offline reading. The 30 essays, organized in seven memes (such as 'How to Build a Brain'), cover subjects ranging from a review of Matrix Reloaded to 'The Coming Merging of Mind and Machine' and 'Human Body Version 2.0.'
... ? Kraftwerk's CGIIn 1972 (14 years before Electric Cafe was released) two men, Fred Parke and Ed Catmull, at the university of Utah were working on the very first three-dimensional computer animations. Ed Catmull claims that this was never done before, so he wrote a paper on these experiments. It started with "a computer animated hand" followed by "computer generated faces" and "smooth shaded face animated using cosine interpolation". These animations were shot in black and white. They show astounding similarities with the faces on the sleeve of Electric Cafe and the clip of Musique Non Stop.
... ? Telegraph | Arts | CD of the week: pop banality and classical grandeurDon't be misled by the title. This is not a bets-hedging soundtrack album, but a full collection of songs, and a heart-stopping event for fans who have been waiting for such a thing since 1986's Electric Café. In the meantime, of course, their eccentric marriage of art and science has turned into techno, a dreadfully over-populated genre made by any no-hoper with a laptop, a keyboard and some off-the-peg software.
... ? Yahoo! News - Hippie Capitalism Keeps Commune GoingThree decades after the golden age of the hippie, about 200 of them are still thriving in a self-supporting commune some three hours east of glitzy Graceland.
... ? Guardian Unlimited | Arts news | So you think you've had it up to ear with modern art...2003-08-02An artist has caused outrage by planning to graft a biotech ear on to his arm
... ? Everything isn't Under Control - Dreaded Rear Admiral Poindexter quits after "Terror Futures" market proposal.
... ? Guardian Unlimited Books | Special Reports | Something Might Plummet. Something Might Soar by Dave Eggers
... ? Guardian Unlimited | Arts Friday Review | The magic circlesFirst they killed off vinyl 45s. Now even the days of CD singles are numbered. In the future, laments Paul Morley, pop fans will collect nothing but lists in cyberspace
... ? Rip Rowan: Over the LimitOver the past few years, record labels have increasingly attempted to dictate to the artist and producer the target volume level of the CD. For some reason, record labels have it in their head that “LOUD” equals good, and therefore, “LOUDER” equals better. Not caring to understand even the basics of audio, these morons simply demand more volume (typically from the mastering engineer) and really don’t understand – or care – about the consequences of their demands.
... ? Guardian Unlimited Politics | Special Reports | From dossier to death - the key moments, the key people2003-08-01
... ? TASCHEN Books: Film - Reading Room - The Cinema of Surfaces (1)A city spews fire. The black sky above Los Angeles is rocked by countless explosions. Fireballs erupt from factory smokestacks, the air itself seems to shudder and groan; futuristic flying machines swoop through the city, and a bolt of lightning slashes the horizon. So much light... and yet the darkness seems immune, unscathed, impenetrable.
... ? Open content and value creationWhich are the driving forces for the cooperation between players that work with open content? This knowledge could be essential in order to understand the dynamics of business development, technical design and legal aspects in this field. In this paper I focus on these driving forces and the relationships between these players.
... ? BBC : Why 'Terrordaq' will come - if the Pentagon likes it or notPlans to set up a stock market for tip-offs about terrorism have been shelved by the US Government. But that won't stop someone else setting it up - and may not even stop Osama bin Laden being able to make cash out of betting on his own whereabouts.
... ? BECTA: ICT Research - Virtual Learning Environments (VLEs)This report examines the evidence of where Managed Learning Environments and Virtual Learning Environments (and their constituent tools) are being used, and the potential benefits which are being claimed. It looks across all sectors, and takes an international as well as a UK perspective. It also considers the potential implications for the UK schools sector - what can be learnt that is transferable to practice in schools?
... ? BBC NEWS | World | Americas | US expert promises WMD 'surprises'The top US weapons inspector in Iraq has hinted to Congress that 'surprises' lie ahead.