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I wanna die just like Jesus Christ... with the radio on
Saturday, October 12, 2002
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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.
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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?
Wednesday, October 09, 2002
Thanks to Michelis Jannis for sending this excellent story. Like the author of the article, I'm a bit bemused by the idea of a "trainee dishwasher".
I thought the problem with depression was that you can't actually get motivated to do anything. Clearly I've been approaching it the wrong way, cos it seems to have worked (until recently at least) for our Abe, and I need to get depressed more often...
Vintage Onion goodness. Read now.
"Hot Buttered Death is a spanner that hangs upside-down from the ceiling, runs on tapwater and dissolves dirt." Er... OK. The Prior-Art-O-Matic also has this to say about the OzBlogocracy:
I'll let the individuals named above decide just how accurate those descriptions of them are.
Hello to anyone who may be visiting from John Jay Ray's site. He doesn't like me very much and I daresay you won't either. The only reason I have bothered to look at his site again is because I found it in my referrers this morning and guessed he must've seen my not terribly amused reaction to his Hitler-as-leftist theory from the other day. Indeed, he found said reaction to be "abusive", which interested me as I thought I actually hadn't been too rude to him... if I'd called him a blind, bigoted, Left-hating arseclown or a demagogic right-wing turd, THAT would've been abusive. I only wish to take further issue with this comment of his in response to my post:
Look a bit closer, if you can stand it, and you may notice I never even touched upon the issue of the Left and racism. I never said the Left either was or wasn't or could or couldn't be racist. Leftist racism seems to be YOUR bugbear, not mine. To reuse and rework something I also said the other day, what really matters to you? Attacking leftism, or attacking racism? What I objected, and object, to was the attempt to smear the Left by the association with Hitler, one of the vilest human beings to plague the Earth in the last century and quite possibly ever. You cannot tell me you didn't know what you were doing when you threw Hitler into the ring like that. Despite what you seem to think, I actually did study history at school and university, one of the subjects we did was Hitler and Nazi Germany, and I've since read William Shirer's Rise and Fall of the Third Reich (all 1400-odd pages of it) as well. I understand the magnitude of his evil adequately, thank you very much.
Finally, I will not be reading Mr Ray's full paper on the subject when it appears because I can already guess what he's going to say in it. Indeed, I will not be giving Mr Ray any further attention whatsoever, and I daresay he'll be glad to hear that.
Tuesday, October 08, 2002
Great, bushfire season's started early. Weather was horrific today, 34 degrees in the city (12 above average for this time of year), and as a result there's nearly a hundred fires burning around the state with three fires just in Engadine. Wonder how long it'll take the stupid bastards to come out and start lighting them deliberately. This looks like being a great summer when the REAL hot weather arrives. As an indicator of how twisted the weather here can be. it's forecast to be only 21 degrees tomorrow, or in other words almost what it should've been today.
Ooh, bitch. I don't know, though, is there much point complaining about a Glass opera being bad when minimalism as a musical form is pretty much antithetical to opera, or indeed vocal music generally, as a musical form?
So if red is the colour of Communism, does this mean blue-grey will become the colour of Libertarianism? Have a look at the photo, too... doesn't look too ghastly there, but apparently if you put him up against a person with normal skin it's really noticeable.
Ink Syndicate have rock review robots too:
Hard to argue with that...
The conservative Top 40. Can't remember how I found this (it was a few days ago, might've been through Metafilter), but it's vaguely interesting, if prone to bits of stupidity... Mr Bartlett clearly has no idea that John Lennon was opposed only to violent revolution, not change per se; and can liberals not also possess religious and/or patriotic feelings, or are only conservatives capable of loving God and country? It also annoys the hell out of me in the same way I used to get annoyed at the likes of the Brothers Judd "best conservative films" list, because frankly I don't see how they help. If someone out there is so determined to live their political ideology to the point that they'll let it dictate whether or not they like a movie, song, book, etc, then I'm sorry but I find that plain and simply idiotic.
For example, Eve Tushnet's list of her favourite conservative movies lists Ernst Lubitsch's Ninotchka, describing it as a "really sweet, funny, very anti-Communist comedy". As a counterweight to that, let me introduce you to Lev Kuleshov's The Extraordinary Adventures of Mr West in the Land of the Bolsheviks, which I would describe as being really sweet, funny, but pro-Communist. Ask yourself which you consider to be the most important part of those descriptions. If you're more interested in watching Ninotchka now because it takes some considerable swipes at Communism, then go away now. And similarly if you want to see the Kuleshov film cos it's pro-Communist. If you want to see either or both of those films because they're both funny, then great. You and I can be friends. But if you're only interested in something because it reinforces your political beliefs irrespective of its actual quality, then I'm not interested in you.
World-sized object discovered beyond Pluto. We truly are living in a fine age for astronomy. They're not calling it an actual planet as such, but it's the largest thing to be discovered in the Solar System since Pluto. There's already a FAQ available from one of the discoverers.
Next: Ruddock pauses, thinks to self "Hang on... I actually let someone into the country?", and moves hastily to correct that little problem.
Yeah, same here. My life is being locked inside a closed set on the Gold Coast with a dozen other people and cameras recording us 24 hours a day, with someone being ordered out of the house every Sunday night too.
And for some reason they think a 20 years later followup won't do the same thing?
George Palathingal doesn't seem to have been too impressed by M-One. For some reason, the SMH article entirely neglects the fact that over 100 people apparently got hurt at the event...
Meanwhile Abbas Kiarostami still can't get a visa to enter the US. Funny how no one in Hollywood is rushing to help him.
I got the following virus alert by email today:
"I have received an email warning that a virus may have been sent to me through a contact's address book. The virus (called jdbgmgr.exe) is not detected by Norton or McAfee anti-virus systems. The virus sits quietly for 14 days before damaging the system. It's sent automatically by messenger and by the Address Book whether or not you sent emails to your contacts."
There were instructions after that for how to see if the thing is on your machine, so I immediately searched my system and was somewhat alarmed to indeed find the file in my System folder. However, the file was described as "Last updated 8 May 2000", which did not square with the reference to it lying dormant for 14 days.
Suspecting this might be a hoax along the lines of previous virus warnings telling you to delete some file that was actually an important part of the OS, I did a bit of Google searching and discovered this page. The file is a common Microsoft file (Java debugging registrar). Symantec advise that it can become infected by viruses like any file (there is a particular virus that targets it, which Norton have protection against), but is not a virus itself. The jdbgmgr.exe file is described as "not a critical system file", although without it some Java applets may not run properly. There are instructions for re-installation if you did delete it.
So if you receive this virus warning yourself, don't panic, and just forward the above info to anyone you receive the email from (or indeed anyone you may have already passed it on to).
Oh, and I got my first non-porn search request from an Arab nation today... normally any time I see the domains for Saudi Arabia and the UAE in my referrers I automatically assume they've been looking for porn of some sort and I'm always right... and while it's nice to know that a good number of people out in the Persian Gulf area of the world are no different from a large number of Western Net surfers in that respect, it does get predictable. So it was kind of nice to be proven wrong for once. Or rather it would have been had they not actually been looking for this...
RIP Arts & Letters Daily. I stopped linking them a while ago cos the page was getting too big to load up every week (did they really need to archive months of stuff on one page like that?), but never realised they were actually in such dire straits. However, there's a partial resurrection going on here; looks like having similar archival problems eventually, but there's stuff there already I'm going to have to read...
Monday, October 07, 2002
White supremacist prevented from going nuts. Truly this man was a complete idiot:
As long as you can convince yourself, mate, that's half the battle. Unfortunately the other half of the battle where you have to convince others could be trickier...
"Love Me Do" celebrates 40th anniversary. My god but I feel old for some reason, even though that song is twelve years my senior. I think it's just that the further back in time the Beatles move, the older I must be getting, so to realise how long it's actually been (nearly half a century since the band first came together; now THERE's a scary figure) makes me realise how old I'm getting. Is it right for a guy who's nearly 28 to feel quite as old as I do?
I had a feeling his lordship would try and spin his prison experiences into book form, but I wasn't expecting him to do it quite so quickly...
Bastards. I visited the MOMI back in 1996 when I was in London, and thought it was a great thing; I was only sorry that I did it on our last day there and consequently didn't get as long to look around as I'd have liked.
The phenomenon of the US state Poet Laureate. Like apparently many people, I was somewhat startled to discover most US states has their own Poet Laureate (how British of them), and probably would not have done so had the fuss surround Amiri Baraka (referred to in the article) not arisen.
Charles Rosen on T.W. Adorno. Interesting stuff. On those rare occasions when I visit the UNSW bookshop I see books by Adorno for sale there and on occasion I've been tempted, though the price of them has always acted as a deterrent. I'm not so sure now, though, after reading Rosen's article. Interesting, too, to see that Schoenberg was not impressed by Adorno's attempt to boil down the divergent strands of 20th century music to himself and Stravinsky, and that he found Adorno's denigration of the latter "disgusting"...
Saddam would be quite welcome to have her, I daresay...
Tim Dunlop is in the middle of that ugly shooting business in the US at the moment. He's providing ongoing commentary (also this forthright pot-shot at gun culture).
Robert Corr follows the story with a bit more detail here, it seems to be not quite as simple as that. I understand why Tex's knickers are in a knot—we don't like our boys to be accused of this sort of thing because we don't like to think our boys might actually do this sort of thing—but I'm more inclined to what Rob says in his previous post. We don't have any inherent immunity from investigation, and if the allegation's being made I'd personally be more disturbed if the UN didn't do anything. If the guys didn't do anything wrong, and they probably didn't, then they get off and there's no need for fuss...
The world's funniest joke thing has already been adequately covered elsewhere in Blogland. I just thought I'd pass on a favourite of mine.
Those words of wisdom were actually uttered by no less an MOR tantric sex addicted former white reggae boy superstar than Sting. You know, the artist formerly known as Gordon Sumner. I read that in an interview with him and the two other blokes from The Police once. Regrettably, the author of that article did not indicate whether or not Stewart Copeland's sides split with hilarity at those words.
This is vomitous rubbish and I'd like to say Ray knows it, but somehow I don't think he does (or if he does I doubt that he cares). Speech of May 1, 1927, eh? Great. That was back in the days when Hitler was just theory. What about what he did after January 30, 1933, when he moved from theory to practice? The Third Reich may have abandoned the "unseemly evaluation of a human being according to wealth and property" (I don't know whether or not it actually did; those more familiar with the economic practice of Nazi Germany than I am may be able to tell), but all it did was replace it with the even less seemly evaluation of a human being according to ethnic heritage and religion, or had we forgotten that? I'd introduce Ray to the concept of Godwin's Law, except I don't think there'd be any point.
Oh yes, and Archie used the verb "Fisked" on the alt.movies.silent newsgroup (which is where I know him from previously; I'll post the link when fucking Google Groups actually catch up with it), a verb which I'm sure most punditbloggers will be familiar with. The blogosphere is moving beyond the WWW to Usenet, folks, and if there is a god may he she or it have mercy on us...
Thanks to Archie Waugh for sending me this article by Mark Steyn. I know John Quiggin has called Steyn in the past over what he sees as historical inaccuracies and borrowing with misquotations and other things. He's evidently more familiar with Steyn than I am, so I'll let him pick this one apart in detail if he wants. What intrigued me in the article was this comment:
What exactly is that supposed to mean? That it's OK for the US to go to war cos only the other side will get killed? That the other side isn't human? Steyn's point about the attitudes of the anti-Americans may be well made, but if I'm reading him correctly his own attitude doesn't entirely fill me with hope.
Thanks also to Ian Clark for sending me this article by John Pilger (who went to Sydney Boys High School just like I did, as it happens) on Israel's nuclear capacity. Ian's worried about how long it'll be before the nukes get pulled out in the current crisis, though I'm actually not quite so worried... when opposing sides have nukes they're both a worry, but they seem to both become too afraid to actually use them. I think if Israel was going to use nukes against the Arab nations, they'd probably have done it years ago... which is not to say some idiot won't come along that's not afraid to use them, but for now I don't think we need to worry too much about that. Of course, as I said in my email to Ian, I could be talking out of my arse, and knowing me I probably am...
Sunday, October 06, 2002
To the person looking for this: yes, I suppose being crushed under a glacier is a kind of hardcore death, you fucking weirdo...
To the person looking for this: I've seen them, they're not that hard to find, and as with KISS I suspect the disguised versions are an improvement.
As for the person in search of this...
...will this charming portrait of Alan Jones do? (Thanks to Gareth Parker for that one.)