March 30, 2000
[quote] “What’ll it be next? Choice extracts from the Oxford Dictionary of Quotations? Trotting out the Nietzsche and the Shelley to dignify some old costumed claptrap? Probably. Sometimes you wonder, in an interconnected universe, who’s dreaming who?” — Grant Morrison (1989)
[tech] Fuck Outlook Express! I hate it… I’m going back to my roots and downloading Peagsus Mail for Windows!
[tech] BT and Amstrad release e-m@iler — a telephone that allows pay-as-you-go access to email without a computer. Here’s a BBC News report.
March 29, 2000
[music] Mick Jagger’s schooldays sound just as pointlessly violent and stupid as mine. “The most damaging revelation comes from friend and classmate Dick Taylor who dents his later hellraising image. “He wasn’t a rebel in any way, shape or form. He was one of the best-spoken people there, ” he said.”
[movies] Interview in the Guardian with Oliver Stone.“There’s a few things I’ve been. Hedonist. Moralist. Conspiracist. Misogynist – which I hate because, God, I love women.” Here’s a list of Mr Stone’s Films. Great stuff — my personal favourite is JFK, by the way. However, I don’t believe in any of the conspiracy theories! Okay?
[Mac] Microsoft releases IE 5 for Macintosh. There also a beta version of Media Player available. Here’s a review of IE5.
March 28, 2000
[Mayor for London] Norris proposes 24hr Tube on Friday and Saturday. I’m surprised nobody else thought of this — but I’d always assumed it was not possible to run a 24hr tube in London due to technical reasons? More reports of fresh allegations against Livingstone regarding his financial affairs.
[just plain weird] The story of Sealand as reported by the Guardian. Basic ingredients: two websites [#1] [#2], an offshore gun-tower seven miles of the Suffolk coast, an eccentric English couple and an international smuggling ring!
[Comics] Interview with Grant Morrison in ifuse. Nice review of Morrison’s Kissing Mr Quimper in The Independent. [via The Invisibles Mailing List]
March 27, 2000
March 25, 2000
I am off to King’s Lynn in Norfolk for the weekend. There are no pay-as-you-surf internet shops in Lynn so the chances of updates this weekend are about the same as something interesting happening at the King’s Literary Festival [Text-only Link].
March 24, 2000
[Movies] I enjoyed A Clockwork Orange but was amazed by the entrance, I said, the entrance of Weatherfields favorite butcher Fred Elliot halfway through the film!
Great day for Cartoons in the Guardian — Steve Bell does a stormer on the Blair Baby/paternity leave story. Doonesbury has Uncle Duke doing a campaign ad for the iMac…
March 23, 2000
[Movies] I’m off to see Clockwork Orange….
[MP3] “Napster? Never heard of it mate” — UK reaction to Napster/MP3. It’s not an issue in the UK because nobody can afford to download MP3’s anyway. I reckon students are probably starting to get interested in it but you need free networking to make it fly like it is in the States — especially at American universities.
[Link for a Friend!] The Official Dirty Dancing Web Site. “Nobody puts Baby in a corner.”
[tech] Nice overview of why text created on Windows PC’s looks tiny on Macintoshes….
[Personal Shite] Busy, Busy, Busy….
March 22, 2000
[tech] Useful article on which MP3 encoder is the best.
[random] I would have thought that the phrase “The revolution will be netcast!” would be on a lot more sites than it actually is. Interesting…
“How Madonna became one of us” [NewsUnlimited]
March 21, 2000
[Mayor for London] Beardy does not like redheads!
[I seem to be doing a lot of links about hair — Beckham, Dobson and Evans… I wish I could explain why but as always my motivations remain hidden from me. What the hell was I thinking of when I linked to a Ralph Wiggum quote straight after an interesting article about the media during Kosovo?]
March 20, 2000
Frightening article about war correspondents during the Kosovo conflict.
“One difficulty is that the media have little or no memory. War correspondents have short working lives and there is no tradition or means for passing on their knowledge and experience. The military, on the other hand, is an institution and goes on forever. The military learned a lot from Vietnam and these days plans its media strategy with as much attention as its military strategy.”