Tuesday, December 28, 2004
Tuesday, December 21, 2004
Friday, December 17, 2004
1) US elections
2) Madrid bombing
3) Iraq war
4) Death of John Peel
5) Russia school massacre
6) Polar ice cap melts
7) Death of John Maynard Smith
1) Mark Thatcher arrested
2) Fitzrovian Tuesday launched
er, any others..
Thursday, December 16, 2004
Wednesday, December 15, 2004
Tuesday, December 14, 2004
Sunday, December 12, 2004
Friday, December 10, 2004
I was a bit disappointed to find it wasn't Manda Rin out of Bis making the damning indictment though...
Wednesday, December 08, 2004
Monday, December 06, 2004
Saturday, December 04, 2004
Wednesday, December 01, 2004
Tuesday, November 30, 2004
Monday, November 29, 2004
Saturday, November 27, 2004
Friday, November 26, 2004
Thursday, November 25, 2004
Wednesday, November 24, 2004
Tuesday, November 23, 2004
Monday, November 22, 2004
Sunday, November 21, 2004
Friday, November 19, 2004
Thursday, November 18, 2004
Tuesday, November 16, 2004
Wednesday, November 03, 2004
Monday, November 01, 2004
Also, my Neal Stephenson posting spurred me toward buying "Quicksilver." Amazon delivered end of last week - started reading it immediately and it is astoundingly good, can't recommend it highly enough etc.
Wednesday, October 27, 2004
Tuesday, October 26, 2004
Monday, October 25, 2004
Saturday, October 23, 2004
When young Bush was at Yale in the Sixties, he told the same joke over and over again for two years, according to some of his classmates. One of them still remembers it:
There was a young man named Green
Who invented a jack-off machine
On the twenty-third stroke
The damn thing broke
And churned his nuts into cream.
"It was horrible to hear him tell it," said the classmate, who spoke only on condition of anonymity. He lifted his shirt and showed me a scar on his back put there by young George. "He burned this into my flesh with a red-hot poker," he said solemnly, "and I have hated him ever since. That jackass was born cruel. He burned me in the back while I was blindfolded. This scar will be with me forever."
There is nothing new or secret about that story. It ran on the front page of the Yale Daily News and caused a nasty scandal for a few weeks, but nobody was ever expelled for it. George did his first cover-up job. And he liked it...
KERRY WINS GONZO ENDORSMENT; DR. THOMPSON JOINS DEMOCRAT IN CALLING BUSH "THE SYPHILLIS PRESIDENT"
"Four more years of George Bush will be like four more years of syphilis," the famed author said yesterday at a hastily called press conference near his home in Woody Creek, Colorado. "Only a fool or a sucker would vote for a dangerous loser like Bush," Dr. Thompson warned. "He hates everything we stand for, and he knows we will vote against him in November."
Thompson, long known for the eerie accuracy of his political instincts, went on to denounce Ralph Nader as "a worthless Judas Goat with no moral compass."
"I endorsed John Kerry a long time ago," he said, "and I will do everything in my power, short of roaming the streets with a meat hammer, to help him be the next President of the United States."
Thursday, October 21, 2004
Wednesday, October 20, 2004
Wed 20 Oct, 9:00 pm - 10:00 pm 60mins
Baby It's Cold Outside
In the past our politicians offered us dreams of a better world. Now they promise to protect us from nightmares. The most frightening of these is the threat of an international terror network. But just as the dreams weren't true, neither are these nightmares.
This series shows dramatically how the idea that we are threatened by a hidden and organised terrorist network is an illusion. It is a myth that has spread unquestioned through politics, the security services and the international media. At the heart of the story are two groups: the American neoconservatives and the radical Islamists. Both were idealists who were born out of the failure of the liberal dream to build a better world. These two groups have changed the world but not in the way either intended. Together they created today's nightmare vision of an organised terror network. A fantasy that politicians then found restored their power and authority in a disillusioned age. Those with the darkest fears became the most powerful.
The rise of the Politics of Fear begins in 1949 with two men whose radical ideas would inspire the attack of 9/11 and influence the neoconservative movement that dominates Washington. Both these men believed that modern liberal freedoms were eroding the bonds that held society together. The two movements they inspired set out, in their different ways, to rescue their societies from this decay. But in an age of growing disillusion with politics, the neoconservatives turned to fear in order to pursue their vision. They would create a hidden network of evil run by the Soviet Union that only they could see. The Islamists were faced by the refusal of the masses to follow their dream and began to turn to terror to force the people to 'see the truth'.
Tuesday, October 19, 2004
Saturday, October 16, 2004
Thursday, October 14, 2004
Wednesday, October 13, 2004
Friday, October 08, 2004
Actually, I had to get Quicktime to play this, and realised how much I hated the damn program. So, if you're sick of Quicktime and Realplayer being just generally crap, go to this site and get Real Alternative and Quicktime Alternative. You won't regret it (this is assuming you've got Windows).
Thursday, October 07, 2004
Tuesday, October 05, 2004
Monday, October 04, 2004
Sunday, October 03, 2004
Saturday, October 02, 2004
Friday, October 01, 2004
Shameless lift from the popbitch mailout. Definitely worth watching though - I deliberately avoided the drama thing last week...
Radiation bombs are a government fantasy
Last week’s BBC drama about a dirty
bomb in London has helped keep everyone
terrified about terrorism.
But a forthcoming documentary shows that
dirty bombs are actually a fantasy. The
Americans should know: the CIA tried for
years to make one, before realising that
blowing up radioactive material won't hurt
anyone. Radioactive dust disperses so
quickly you'd need to be exposed to it
for about a year before any real
The documentary, The Power Of Nightmares,
shows how politicians are using fake stories
like the dirty bomb to keep people scared,
and themselves in power. It also demonstrates
that the claim that Al-Qaeda is a global,
hidden, terror network is also a myth.
So what channel is this BBC-debunking
documentary showing on? Er, BBC2.
The Power Of Nightmares. BBC2, 20th October, 9pm.
Thursday, September 30, 2004
Tuesday, September 28, 2004
Sunday, September 26, 2004
Saturday, September 25, 2004
Friday, September 24, 2004
least likely to succeed. They drink more alcohol than any other
15-year-olds on the face of the globe. They are the world's third
largest dope smokers, the fourth most obese and the fifth best at
Makes you proud...
Wednesday, September 22, 2004
Thursday, September 16, 2004
Wednesday, September 15, 2004
Tuesday, September 14, 2004
Monday, September 13, 2004
Sunday, September 12, 2004
Saturday, September 11, 2004
Friday, September 10, 2004
Thursday, September 09, 2004
Wednesday, September 08, 2004
Tuesday, September 07, 2004
Monday, September 06, 2004
However, I can't make it - going to the cinema. In fact, all of this week and next week don't look too good for me. So either go ahead without me, or can we reschedule?
How was holiday John?
Sunday, September 05, 2004
Thursday, September 02, 2004
Wednesday, September 01, 2004
How To Get Published - September 15
Colin and I have been involved in putting it together, and could do with all the support we can get. It should be a genuinely decent event, with food and drink and literary chat. You don't have to come for the whole afternoon, but the evening networking should be good.
Tuesday, August 31, 2004
Friday, August 27, 2004
Locking down security is progressing well - should be internet ready by end of the bank holiday if I can devote a few more hours to it.
Next steps will be to setup user accounts and access rights for individual users (if anyone is interested). Can then offer free webhosting plus PHP and MySQL access, and start thinking about setting up a more sophisticated blog.
Could also start thinking about acquiring a proper domain name - I reckon fitzroviantuesdays.com will come in at ~ $25 per year. This would allow me to set up a mail server on another machine for firstname.lastname@example.org addresses...
My friend's doing the marketing for this great ormond street fundraising campaign. They hope the webpage will spread virally - but it revolves around people getting sponsored to wear jeans to work (?!?) - and most people I know can do that anyway. Most of their supporters are middle aged women, so if you know anyone suitable, please visit the page and forward on the link. Ta.
Thursday, August 26, 2004
Have taken fitzroytuesday.homelinux.net offline for the time being as want to ensure the security is locked down properly.
Once I've done this the next thing will be to think of something to do with it - has anyone got some ideas?
It will be straightforward to register a proper domain name (fitzroviantuesdays.com!) to point at the machine - in fact it shouldn't be *too* difficult to have the apache server running multiple websites on multiple domain names, if anyone has any pet projects...
Wednesday, August 25, 2004
wish i'd thought to scan mine...
Thursday, August 19, 2004
Here's a picture of it running, and another which shows what it looks like just with a different stylesheet (or "skin").
Wednesday, August 18, 2004
George Bush, in his wisdom, promotes hydrogen power as an alternative to oil. Hydrogen power is non-polluting and easier than invasion!
I've still got loads of Gmail invites....anyone know anyone who wants one?
Talking of tea, I take it you've all seen nice cup of tea and a sit down?
Thursday, August 12, 2004
OK - suggest next Tuesday (17th) in the Princess Louise (just near Holborn Tube) from 7pm. Who's with me?
Wednesday, August 11, 2004
Anyone up for a Fitzroy gathering at some stage? Been a while now...
Tuesday, August 10, 2004
Monday, August 09, 2004
Friday, August 06, 2004
Am going to try again with Gentoo 20004.2... Does this sound sensible or is there a better distro for low end machines (Seumas)?
Thursday, August 05, 2004
First off, "Hear my Name" by Armand Van Helden. Absolutely superb house track. The video is quite good as well.
I've been playing a downloadable game thingy while on the bus which I can reccomend - Ancient Empires by Macrospace. Very similar to the legendary Advance Wars.
On the project front, I've realised that my broadband router supports Dynamic DNS which means that I will be able to host an (internet visible) webserver. To this end I'm looking at setting up a low end end machine running linux and apache. Not sure when I'll get round to doing this but once its in place it could be a new home for Fitzrovian Tuesdays (fitzroviantuesdays.com anyone?)
Tuesday, August 03, 2004
is next week. Anyone up for Fitzroy-ing?
Tuesday, July 27, 2004
Friday, July 23, 2004
'NEWSWEEK reports that President Bush, appearing before a right-to-life rally in Tampa, Florida, on June 17,'04, stated: "We must always remember that all human beings begin life as a feces. A Feces is a living being in the eyes of God, who has endowed that feces with all of the rights and God- given blessings of any other human being." The audience listened in disbelief as the President repeated his error at least a dozen times, before realizing that he had used the word 'feces" when he meant to say "fetus." '
Thursday, July 22, 2004
One think always puzzled me about Stephen Hawking Is he a genius whose work will go down in history (e.g. like Bohr, Heisinger, Einsten, Schroeder etc) or is he just one of a thousand or so leading contemporary theoretical physicists who happens to go round in a wheel chair?
Monday, July 19, 2004
Friday, July 16, 2004
Thursday, July 15, 2004
Friday, July 09, 2004
Thursday, July 08, 2004
Tuesday, July 06, 2004
Friday, July 02, 2004
How cool is this? I'm amazed it's not bigger news as the implications are pretty stupendous ie "The discovery will lend support to the idea that almost every sunlike star in our galaxy, and probably the Universe, is accompanied by planets."
Wednesday, June 30, 2004
Monday, June 28, 2004
Friday, June 25, 2004
Wednesday, June 23, 2004
Friday, June 18, 2004
Thursday, June 17, 2004
Wednesday, June 16, 2004
Wednesday, June 09, 2004
Tuesday, June 08, 2004
Thursday, June 03, 2004
Tuesday, June 01, 2004
Monday, May 31, 2004
There seems to be a bit of a windmill backlash building from unexpected sources. A lot of people (including alternative energy types) are saying that they'll never generate enough power. I was thinking about this stuff the other day, and it occured to me that we should be investing loads in providing solar power in Africa -- doing our R&D there and basically giving it away to them in vast quantities. Also, I still think they should add dynamos to treadmills and exercise bikes in gyms across the world...
Friday, May 28, 2004
Thursday, May 27, 2004
Wednesday, May 26, 2004
Tuesday, May 25, 2004
Neither John nor myself will be able to make this Second Tuesday. He's off to the sunshine and I'm off to the cold. Anyway, we thought maybe a Final Thursday might do the trick if you're available for that? Thoughts?
Monday, May 24, 2004
Thursday, May 20, 2004
Wednesday, May 19, 2004
Monday, May 17, 2004
Friday, May 14, 2004
Wednesday, May 12, 2004
Coming to terms with the absence of free will
A collective bout of "we told you so" about Iraq, tempered by total despair over the situation
John's Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
Tuesday, May 11, 2004
Monday, May 10, 2004
Sunday, May 09, 2004
Friday, May 07, 2004
Sorry, I've managed to double-book myself. Perhaps we can hold an extra session later in the month? Apart from general socialising, I was hoping to pick your brains about Linux...
Apologies for the lack of promised photoblogging action - I didn't bring my laptop so can't transfer pictures from digital camera to interweb. I've also not taken very many pictures though will try and post a panoramic shot of the East Lothian coast from the hills above Musselburgh (just what this blog needs) when I get back to London.
Tuesday, May 04, 2004
I saw this horrible video of an Apache helicopter shooting Iraqis a few months ago. Something about it didn't seem right - surely it couldn't be real - and I decided that it must be some kind of sick simulation.
In light of all the torture pictures and videos that have come to light in the last couple of weeks, this has been checked out, and apparently it's genuine. My sources tell me it might turn up on the news this week...
Friday, April 30, 2004
Claire, Jenny-pops and I are heading north for a week in Scotland. Will attempt to do some photoblogging of our North British sojourn.
Thursday, April 29, 2004
Wednesday, April 28, 2004
As penance for the recent frivolity of my posts, here's an interesting piece by Dick Morris in today's Times about the Bush/Kerry election prospects. More equivocal than his article in the NY Post that I posted the other week, and thus slightly more hopeful for liberals.
Essentially, he says that if terrorism is the main election issue Bush will scrape it, but if the economy or anything else is Kerry should sneak in. The problem is that when something like Faluja is going on, the US electorate get more gung-ho about terrorism, even though Bush actually created the situation in the first place. Thus you get republicans denigrating Kerry because he voted against purchasing the arms which US marines are now using in Iraq -- yet if Bush had never started the bloody war in the first place, they wouldn't need the arms. It's so frustrating how war and jingoism seem to short-circuit people's sense of reason.
Sunday, April 25, 2004
Saturday, April 24, 2004
Friday, April 23, 2004
Thursday, April 22, 2004
Wednesday, April 21, 2004
Tuesday, April 20, 2004
Haven't been any pictures for a while, so thought I'd subject you all to these photos of Maradonna:
(Aged 43, 39 and 25.)
Monday, April 19, 2004
Sunday, April 18, 2004
I just received a spam email with the following subject line and body copy (plus a hyperlink, which I've removed); it's like trying to read Finnegan's Wake:
Subject: craig ambassador parody bent haddock carburetor epsom jiffy retract abed fullback acadia churchgo criminal
Out of energy...if so, I think I've found the answer
[link was here]
datum holt areaway carolyn hanover declivity bengal brevet rhine indispensable sealant caribbean
indigo elizabeth penalty adaptation alienate hampshire biggs efficacy aftereffect centrifugate histamine infantrymen proffer away checklist compare alp eclipse ftc audible bloc indoor clark magi homebuilding consignee algal dc orthant guyana homologue equinox bryozoa bullfrog infrequent patrolmen carrion christ
Wednesday, April 14, 2004
Meanwhile the MP3 generation is still in full swing. Just get proper software like CDex.
Devon: The villages of Lynton and Lynmouth are connected with a really cool water powered railway. Lots of details at this site. This is a Must See if you are ever passing that way...
Not talked about, but since I didn't sleep again last night (arghh!) I watched early morning cartoons and....Trap Door is back!!! You remember Trap Door surely? Go here and choose it from the side menu. You know you want to.
High tech band have high tech website. Thank you, John, for bring that into my life...
That's all I remember....
Good to see everyone last night
Topics I recall include: tanning/libido/weight-loss drugs; mp3 rippers and alternative audio compression software; Devonian water-powered gravity trains; running linux OS from CD-ROM; Richard Herring's number plate game; Stephen Hawking; investing in the Computing 30; The Fog of War; Kill Bill as computer game; Thalidomide; narcolepsy; oh, and incorrect table numbering.
Saturday, April 10, 2004
Thursday, April 08, 2004
Friday, April 02, 2004
Wednesday, March 31, 2004
Tuesday, March 30, 2004
Monday, March 29, 2004
Friday, March 26, 2004
Thursday, March 25, 2004
Wednesday, March 24, 2004
"A world of outsiders, down-and-outs, drunks, sensualists, homosexuals and eccentrics"
Times Literary Supplement, 1958
I just got a spam email advertising a new niche genre - goth porn. The strapline was 'You won't get any mercy from these sisters'. Whatever next?
I had hidden that button on mine - now prepare to be bombarded with lots of random boring links.
Er, like this one that I happened to have open, about how Sun will sell software to governments: Sun bases prices on countries' populations.
Tuesday, March 23, 2004
Monday, March 22, 2004
Saturday, March 20, 2004
Friday, March 19, 2004
Thursday, March 18, 2004
And why does he spurn our blog so?
Wednesday, March 17, 2004
Tuesday, March 16, 2004
Monday, March 15, 2004
Sunday, March 14, 2004
Friday, March 12, 2004
Thursday, March 11, 2004
Basically i think if you run a big budget deficit, the fact that you have to service the debt by borrowing from banks, issuing bonds etc means that investment funds for more productive economic activity get crowded out, and the economy as a whole suffers.
Right, lets get back to XY women ;-)
$500 billion is the figure I see, but I think there's a distinction between deficit and national debt. Deficit is the annual budget over-spend (i.e difference between tax revenues and expenditure). National debt is the aggregate of budget deficits and all the government's other long-term debts, such as war bonds, accrued over years and years.
If you go here, you can make a contribution to paying off the US National Debt!!
Wednesday, March 10, 2004
Sharjah International Airport .
Still not sure what effect the US National Debt is supposed to have (is it the cause of the low value of the dollar?), but the big numbers are cool.
We didn't chat about this, but you have not lived till you've heard William Shatner sing Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds.
From previous Tuesdays...
Mozilla Firefox web browser