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I wanna die just like Jesus Christ... with the radio on
Sunday, November 03, 2002
Thursday, October 24, 2002
Monday, October 14, 2002
I'm with that. We have enemies, even I know that, and they are not the people who write to or for the Herald. They're not placing bombs outside packed nightclubs.
Tim Blair links to this story by Dewi Anggraeni, who says this:
I actually agree with that. This bomb was not placed to specifically target Australians; it was placed to target Westerners (frankly, the explosion of the first bomb at the US Consulate should indicate as much). By the same token, though, it was not placed by Indonesians as such; it was placed by terrorists (who probably were Indonesian, to be sure, but this is not an Indonesian issue we're dealing with). Blair uses this latter statement, nonetheless, as justification for refusing to contemplate the idea proposed by the Herald letter and editorial writers who he so venomously loathes that our government's support for the War On Terror™ had something to do with the attack (without really providing any other explanation that I can see for why it happened). Tim D, though, reckons Tim B
Tim B's right on one count: those people arguing we should keep out of things are wrong. Whether or not Australians were specifically targeted in this attack, Australians were killed in it. Some sort of action has to be taken... I just don't know what. Tim D reproduces a pretty scathing editorial on the matter from Crikey doubting our ability to do anything. And I'm not really convinced the US will be much help either. W. is presently girding his loins for war in Iraq anyway, but apart from that I seem to recall Australia being left to lead the proceedings in East Timor when shit blew up there three years ago:
So I'm afraid I'm not terribly confident that the US will make too great an effort in Indonesia either. The only thing that gives me much cause for hope is that their consulate was attacked, even without casualties arising. It's a hideous situation whichever way you look at it, complicated by the fact that as yet we still don't know who was actually responsible (the JI group are being widely credited, but I don't know if there's any specific proof yet), and I don't see it being resolved easily even when we do know who we're after. Christ, it's no wonder I hate humanity as much and as often as I do...
Sunday, October 13, 2002
Slight bit of tweakage to the Celluloid Dreams ad... had it at the top of the page, but have now moved it into the column at right. Don't forget to listen in.
OY. I don't know what the fuck was up Blogger's arse there, but that's the first I've been able to update the site in five hours. I've posted, and Blogger's insisted it was publishing the changes, but this is the first (at about 10.20pm) that they've actually appeared on the page. I have SO got to get webspace where I can install Movable Type...
All right, Blogger, you cunting piece of shit, why has my blog page not been updated for the last hour and a half?
Multibabel! A fantastic new way to mangle the English language. I processed my post on Enter The Dragon (below) and got this:
BOLOGNA????? Where the hell did Bologna come into it?
Yeah, the soft drink manufacturers of the Western world must be crying into their Cokes over the loss of all this revenue. They'll just have to hope all those tens of millions of people in non-Islamic states who consume their products will be enough to tide them over.
I don't know what to say to that except "whoa". I still don't quite understand how one disease can be turned around to fight another like that, but I'm sure they know what they're up to...
Ye Gods. Look, Jacko is weird but that just seems to me to be beyond the pale even for him. I just wonder what corroborating evidence brother Gordon intends produce to support himself, or is he just relying on the innate desire people seem to have to believe the worst about a person without caring about the truth or likelihood of the story...
Actually, several thousand photographs of John F. Kennedy and his family were destroyed in the WTC attack, or rather their negatives were. Of the 40,000 negatives stored in the vault at the WTC, only three or four hundred were printed. Those negatives may not be as old as some of the manuscripts and things in the Bosnian Library, and their loss may not have been deliberately planned like the attack on the latter, but I daresay it would be considered by many to be a similarly irreperable piece of cultural vandalism. That aside, Marchand has some good points, and it's worth reading.
In other words, all they've done is remove the cows to another council-owned area where they'll still have to clean up the mess anyway. Can we say "pointless waste of time"? And what about the two unaccounted-for bovines?
Of course this just means Australia's usual arrogance about the greatness of its international sportsmen will be worse than ever. I'm really not looking forward to this year's cricket season.
How exactly are they going to police that? Go round and talk to everyone at the auction? "Excuse me, sir, have you been planted here by the agent to call out and jack up the price? No? OK, then, sorry to have troubled you..."
Enter The Dragon is on TV at the moment. Holy hell but Bruce Lee could produce some remarkable noises. Just watch some of those facial expressions too, particularly about midway through the film where he kills O'Hara by jumping on his chest and the camera just takes a close-up of his face while he does it.
Fancy a free copy of Glenn Gould playing Bach's English Suites? I have one already, otherwise I'd find this tempting.
Illegal Art : Freedom of Expression in the Corporate Age. At a time when copyright and intellectual property laws are being argued in court, here comes a great looking exhibition defying them. If you can't attend the festival you can watch the film component online. There's a CD available too, freely downloadable from the site in mp3 form so you can burn it yourself; hilariously, many of the tracks are used without their creators' permission. Best of all, it restores Buchanan & Goodman's "Flying Saucer" to circulation, the original and still rather marvellous sample epic; if you allow for the fact that it was made in 1956, it's a remarkable piece of work. I'd heard of it before but never actually heard it, so was surprised at how advanced it was.
What the hell else would an email reader be configured for? Making toast?
Saturday, October 12, 2002
5:31 PM | link
Er... it's not a matter of him going off when he wants, I don't think, Julie. Nice way to give that famous Australian reputation for tolerance a serve. Even the not especially Muslim-friendly folks at Silent Running are disgusted, as they should be.
The mystery of the NZSO porn CD explained. It's actually not half as fun as I'd thought. I was under the impression someone had put pornographic stuff on the disc itself, but no, 'twas just the titles that were rude when they appeared in computer-based media players.
Politician quits after TV ad makes him look like a "gay hairdresser". Would he be complaining as much if it made him look like a straight hairdresser instead? Ted Barlow had a pretty good post on this the other day from both sides; neither Democrats nor Republicans come away untouched. Like he says, "Is there any wonder that people hate politics?"
I'm surprised they didn't try to ban the use of hands while they were at it...
HA! "To someone, somewhere, oh yeah, Steven Patrick matters in mind, body and soul, part and in whole..."
Nice work, fuckwit. You've just given ammunition to wowsers and hysterics everywhere who are convinced entertainment is sending the world to hell in a handbag and inspiring idiots like the Washington sniper.
I don't think it's unfilmable. I just don't think it'll make the sort of film Hollywood likes. The book is too episodically structured, and I have this terrible fear it'll just get shoehorned into a coherent plot and narrative that simply isn't there in the text. Apart from which, it's quite possibly several decades too late for it. I daresay that had it been filmed around the end of the 1950s (as Kerouac's other book The Subterraneans was) it would likely have ended up a pretty bad film (as The Subterraneans apparently is, I've not seen it), but it would at least have been made at the proper time. I don't know if the 21st century is really the time for it... and then there's this:
Oh God no.
So Jimmy Carter got the Nobel Peace Prize. Predictably enough, not everyone is happy with the decision. Perhaps they would've preferred Yasser Arafat to win again? Or Kofi Annan and the UN? I think politicising the award as they did was unwise on the Nobel committee's part, but surely there's a lot of stupider choices that could've been made as the recipient...
As I said yesterday, "If you are reading this message, CONGRATULATIONS!!!!! It means you have clearly visited this website at a time when it's actually been accessible!" Fucking ANS server wasn't responding for SEVEN HOURS there. And that was as well as the three or four hours it appears to have been down overnight too. I'm getting pretty fucking sick of this.
Friday, October 11, 2002
I'm taking the advice Peter Kerr offered to advertise that radio show I co-host which I glancingly allude to here from time to time. Not so sure about adding the naked woman (none of the naked women I have on my hard drive are really suitable for a family-oriented blog such as this) (family-oriented? Which family is it oriented towards, the Manson family?) (oh, piss off) but I've wired the ad into the top of the page. Do tune in.
There's numerous other interesting things in the interview. Looks like I might need to keep an eye out for the book.
Ideological clashes over at Silent Running? Murray Hill bows out as cryptically as his brother Bruce:
I'm just wondering what Murray could've done to merit such an accusation, apart from evidently thinking for himself...
May I direct your attention to this site? I found Jeff Cooper's site the other day on my regular rounds, someone (I forget who) had linked to this post of his called "Off the deep end". I had one of those "My God, he speaks the truth" moments when I read it. It articulated the same sort of things I was vaguely pissing and moaning about this time last week, only somewhat more clearly. Jeff has since followed that with a longer post. I've added his blog to the links over there, but thought I'd give him the additional plug as well.
Erik Tarloff on Glenn Gould's two Goldberg Variations. The 1955 and 1981 recordings have been boxed together with one of Gould's infamous interviews. This annoys the hell out of me (as does Tarloff's assertion that the 1981 Goldberg was Gould's last recording; for that, see his Siegfried-Idyll recorded about 15 months later) since I already have both recordings, although apparently both are spruced up fantastically for this new release. It's tempting, though. This paragraph sums up everything:
If you only have one Glenn Gould album then it should almost certainly be the Goldberg Variations. This sounds like a set worth investing in if you don't already own it.
I'm still waiting for the bit where I wake up and find the above bit of news was just a dream.
Kenan Hebert's not convinced by the new Wilco movie. I'm not convinced by the album, so not sure how I'll like the film. I'll give it a go if it ever screens here, but I'm not hearing great things.
Via John Quiggin: William Safire blasts the polygraph. One of the great arguments I heard against lie detectors was when they tested one on a mental patient labouring under the delusion that he was Napoleon or something. The doctors wired him up and asked him, was he Napoleon. The patient replied no. The polygraph indicated that the patient was lying.
Via Jason Soon: Andrew Sullivan on why we need less self-esteem. Like Jason says, there is an at least slight irony at work there; Sullivan's own self-image is apparently strong enough that he believes people will readily contribute money to him if he puts in a "tipping point" and "buy my books" bit. Still, his point about making sure we don't let feelings of self-worth get out of kilter with reality is not a bad one.
Should the Victorian government be subsidising Paul McCartney's concert there? This sounds a bit suss to me. I heard about the forthcoming McCartney show here and was frankly bewildered as to why he was only doing one show in Melbourne; why not make the expense of the trip worthwhile and do the other capitals too? It would seem this is why...
If you are reading this message, CONGRATULATIONS!!!!! It means you have clearly visited this website at a time when it's actually been accessible! Godfucking damn ISP's servers were having trouble yesterday and it looks like more trouble ahead today. I am really unimpressed. However, at least I can still blog, even if you can't read it and I have to make test messages just to get the fucking thing to load properly on my own screen...
Thursday, October 10, 2002
What should the first words from Mars be? I suggest two options:
1) "HOLY LIVING FUCK!!!!!"—the words actually uttered by Neil Armstrong, according to The Onion's Our Dumb Century, or
Leonard Nimoy publishes new book. To be called Actually I Take That Back, I'm Not Spock After All... oh all right, no it isn't. Possibly just as well, too, cos with this picture on the cover you could frighten people off:
Consumption of cats and dogs finally made illegal in Victoria. This story is absolutely jaw-dropping.
Presumably no one was game enough to ask whether he meant the monkeys or Mr Cusack's testicles...
Dave Tepper coins a marvellous new word. Here's the definition he provides, from an earlier post:
Spot on. "Apatheist" is now part of my vocabulary.
Canadian fisherman lucky to be alive after discovering giant Alka-Seltzer. There are only two words I can say about this item: "idiot fish"?
I've never thought about what I'd like my last words to be, but I hope they'll be slightly less strange than that.
There was a discussion of the possibility of Chapman going free on the Mojo music boards, and I seem to recall someone saying Chapman doesn't want to go free because he knows there'd be too many people gunning for him (literally) once he was past the prison gate. Me, I just think if the prisoner himself doesn't want to seek parole and probably still won't want it the next time his appeal comes round, why make him reapply for it...
This detail, though, further down the page, is staggering:
Plywood? And hollow? What the fuck were these people thinking, leaving a marble statue of that size on a hollow base?
Romanian man fed up with democracy applies for asylum in Iraq. Yow. I know that right-wing demagogues like to say things like "if you like the other side so much, why don't you move there", but this is a bit silly...
Mr Das did not say whether he would be trying to find out precisely why over six hundred students all chose to crash and burn in this manner. For his sake that better also be a "new feature".
Sure enough, hell hath no fury like a woman scorned. Although compared to the immortal J.W. Bobbitt, this guy got off lightly.
Ken Parish advises of the return of Stephen Hill, an OzBlogger I hadn't previously known (and who, until the other day, hadn't posted since August). Could be a good one for the blogroll.
Tim Dunlop continues to post about the latest bout of shooting madness in the US. In another post he ruminates upon the terrorist connection quite a few commentators seem keen to draw:
I agree. Consider this comment from Andrea:
I'm still not convinced that we have to automatically speculate that they are. It could well be some Muslim idiot with a gun. It could equally well be some non-Muslim idiot with a gun. In all of America's fine history of mass murders and serial killings, how many of them have been the result of Islamic terrorist plots?
I am this close to putting a bomb under my ISP at the moment too. The site was down for a couple of hours overnight, it's down again as I type this and the mail server was inaccessible for a few hours too. It doesn't happen very often, I'll give them credit for that, but when it does happen it gets fucking old very quickly.
Can I possibly be the only person having unspeakable issues with Yahoo mail at the moment? Seems that every other time I try to log in to check it, it freezes my browser and at least twice now it's given me the Blue Screen of Death as a result. Even having switched back to the old version of the mail site from the new beta design (which I thought was what was fucking things up for me, as the old version never gave me such problems) isn't helping.
Not that quickly, though. In 1995 I was doing a class with Ross Harley called Global Grooves (all about new media and shit like that), and I remember him opening one class with the words "Pop culture quiz! Who's Gillian Anderson?" No one in the class knew. When he mentioned The X-Files there was a collective "oh yeah, that" from the class... we knew the show, but I don't think Gillian Anderson still quite registered with us...
So successful were these efforts, of course, that the Australian media were able to report them on the other side of the world. Let's see how long this evidence remains secret.
4:22 PM | link
Peter Kerr of the Bitchin' Monaro Guide has a long post here on the subject of community radio in response to Scott Wickstein's praise of the ABC. Given that I work in community radio myself (as Peter notes, 2SER keeps me off the streets and has done for nearly three years), this obviously interested me, so here's my own response. And I advise you, this is going to be a long one.
Peter starts by mentioning 2MBS, which is based around classical music much like the ABC's Classic FM; regarding which, he makes this comment:
Peter would probably be interested to know that MBS actually already is that network (of sorts) that he postulates. I believe ArtSound FM in Canberra has or had some connection with them, though to be sure I can't find any reference on the site. Either that or I'm getting them confused with another station in Canberra. But there's 3MBS in Melbourne, 4MBS in Brisbane, and 5MBS in Adelaide (no website). Although each of these operates separately in different states, they are all affiliated with each other as the Fine Music Network.
Peter then mentions FBi, which he hopes will also give the ABC's Triple J a run for its money. I'm hoping it does, too; actually 2SER are kind of nervous about FBi as well (to the point where there was a semi-official directive ordering 2SER volunteers not to present on FBi as well as 2SER; an outrageous statement, but let's not go into that here). I enjoyed the test broadcast I heard and I think it has the potential to be the sort of station Triple J used to be before it went national at the end of the 1980s. Indeed, I was hugely excited when I heard they'd got the permanent license in May last year, signed on as a member, even planned a music show... sadly, though, that enthusiasm has cooled quite severely.
I'm not going to go into the details of the community radio licence battles. Here's the Australian Broadcasting Authority's report on the licence allocations, outlining why they gave out the licences they did and also why the other applicants failed, particularly Wild FM. That was May. I applied for membership around the beginning of June, just after the licence was awarded to FBi. According to my journal from last year, my membership card finally arrived on December the 5th. The card itself was dated October 22nd. Meaning that 1) it took them nearly four months to process my twenty dollar cheque for membership and 2) it took over a month to actually send the thing. In the intervening time, I'd had exactly one communication from them; the week before getting the card, I got a letter announcing their AGM was happening on December 19th. The website had been down for months. When the site finally returned, there was bugger all on it.
I went to the AGM, where we heard the station's tales of woe with the people from Wild FM. I won't go into detail because I don't know the legalities of the situation, but let's just say Anthony Gherghetta from Wild wasn't taking defeat lying down and had actually tried to get an injunction against the AGM taking place. Obviously it did take place so he must've failed. So we heard about all this, and I gathered that FBi hadn't exactly been bludging all that time, although it still didn't explain the non-communication... and no other explanation was offered, so I left the meeting highly dissatisfied. Since that time, I think I've received two email updates to let me know what's going on. And what's going on? Near as I can tell, nothing. Last I heard they were moving to new premises in Alexandria. They seem to have let the fbiradio.org.au domain lapse, and the site hasn't been updated in months.
The station should've been on the air at the start of last June under the terms of the licence, though I gather they got a special dispensation from the ABA to extend those terms. Apparently FBi should be up and running late this year. It's now October. My membership lapses in a fortnight, and I'm not yet convinced as to how worthwhile it'd be to renew it. Don't get me wrong, I want FBi to do well, even though in some ways they're competition for the station I'm currently with. But my enthusiasm for them is not what it once was.
Finally, Peter says this:
Sadly there isn't enough room for everyone, and there are in fact a very limited number of viable spaces on the radio band. Every radio station has its own footprint, or geographical reach. Commercial networks tend to blast out high-powered signals that cover an entire city area. Community broadcasters have weaker, more geographically circumscribed signals. For comparison: the ABA guide informs me that 2DAY and Triple M and Nova (commercial Sydney FM stations) all broadcast on 150 kilowatts of power. The ABC and Triple J and SBS radio run on 60kw. 2MBS runs on 50kw. 2SER runs on 14kw. Most of the AM radio stations here seem to broadcast on 5kw. 2RSR broadcasts on a mere 200 watts, which explains why you probably can't pick it up more than a few feet from the station.
All fine and well. Now, in Sydney Triple J broadcasts on 105.7 MHz. In Newcastle they broadcast on 102.1. BUT... just as you can sometimes pick up the TV signals from Wollongong on the box, you can still pick up a trace of the Newcastle signal here in Sydney. So that rules out that frequency for use by a station based in Sydney because the signals would clash. Plus radio signals tend to smear a bit along the band. 2SER broadcasts on 107.3 MHz, and that's the point on the band where the signal is clearest. But I can still pick up traces of the 2SER signal all the way up to 107.0 at one end and 107.6 at the other. At the latter point it begins to clash with whatever the hell station it is I'm picking up at 107.7.
So the footprint of a given station has to be taken into account whenever a frequency is allocated for use on the radio band. The ABA has to decide where on the band they can let a station broadcast, and also how powerful its signal can be so that it doesn't clash with anyone else. In an ideal world 2SER would be receivable only on 107.3 MHz, which would let another station broadcast on 107.2 and another on 107.4. Unfortunately the technology as it stands doesn't let us do that.
Peter then goes on to mention TV, but I've talked long enough here as it is so I'll shut up. (Did I just hear a cry of "Yay!" go out across the world?)
This confuses me. Does the searcher think Islam is full or shit, or Jerry Falwell is full of shit? I'm betting on the latter, though.
I don't have any of these. Will live ones do instead?