Tuesday, January 31, 2012
Monday, January 30, 2012
Sunday, January 29, 2012
On Twitter, with its 140-character limit, there's little focus to the discussion about the new filitering they just announced. Here are some of my comments, in bullet form, hopefully to add some more substance to the discussion..
Thursday, January 26, 2012
Wednesday, January 25, 2012
Gareth and Catherine Bull, from Mansfield in Nottinghamshire, won £40,627,241 with lucky dip ticket
A self-employed builder and his wife who won a lottery jackpot of nearly £41m plan to splash out on an executive box at Manchester United – and a new carpet.
Gareth and Catherine Bull banked £40,627,241 after matching the numbers from a lucky dip ticket on the EuroMillions draw on 20 January.
Mr Bull, 40, bought the ticket on a whim after he was unable to start work one day because it was raining.
The couple, from Mansfield in Nottinghamshire, said they wanted to take their two sons to Disneyland, Florida, but the most pressing matter on 35-year-old Mrs Bull's mind was the carpet on their landing.
Explaining how she would spend the jackpot, she told a press conference at Nottingham's Eastwood Hall: "I did say a carpet for my landing because it's terrible. Nobody's allowed upstairs.
"It bothers me. I get to the top of the stairs every day and I'm like: 'I hate that carpet.'"
Mrs Bull said of the moment they realised they had won: "You're rubbing your eyes, you're looking at the numbers and you're trying to comprehend things. Thinking it must be four million maybe and they've got the dots and the dashes in the wrong places – there's got to be some pence somewhere."
They said they put the win to the back of their minds at first because they had to take their sons, aged nine and 10, to a football match, had a children's sleepover planned and had friends coming round in the evening.
Mr Bull, who works with a team of two or three other builders, said they did not plan to leave Mansfield or buy a glamorous mansion.
"All of this has happened at a crazy fast speed since Saturday and it is hard to keep up," he said. "We have our dream home which we built from scratch and it is impossible to think about what we are going to do next yet.
"We have only told a few people so far so it will be exciting to sit down together as a family and work out plans for the future."
Mr Bull said he would like splash out on a box at Old Trafford to watch Manchester United. His wife, who works in health insurance, said she might go back to work. "I'll go out of my mind at home," she said.
This is what I see.
Iran has no nuclear weapons. Iran has oil
The West in an oil guzzler.
The West needs all the oil it can get. One way or the other.
Saudi, UAE, Iraq, Libya. Nigeria. Check.
Iran. Venezuela... hmmm.
the US imposes sanctions & says we don't need your oil.
The All-lies nod their heads & wag their tails & say ditto.
Europe is a financial basket case. So is US.
Jobs being lost every day.
No sign of recovery in sight.
Great way to shoot yourself in the foot. Go All-lies!
Japan, China, Russia, Brazil & India have agreed with Iran to settle their oil bill in their own currencies, rather than the Humpty-Dumpty US Dollar.
Australia, another subservient spineless All-lie, who doesn't realise (or maybe doesn't care) that its mineral resources will soon run out.
Tuesday, January 24, 2012
Sunday, January 22, 2012
Saturday, January 21, 2012
Poor things, they must be having it really hard
What the government doesn't tell you about cannabis: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cannabis
What the plant really is: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hemp
What the US government (through the USDA produced movie) said during WWII: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hemp_for_Victory;
What the government tells you now:
PS: I have not, & do not, use any drug, pharmaceutical or natural.
Thursday, January 19, 2012
Other than the one page ad in the NYT in November, no news from facebook or Zuckerberg until well after the blackout was underway on Wednesday.
What are SOPA and PIPA in general?
Why is everyone so upset?
What is the argument for these bills?
Where can I learn more?
Wednesday, January 18, 2012
Tuesday, January 17, 2012
An unbelievable question in the NYTimes - Should the Times be a Truth Vigilante?
I'm amazed that Arthur S. Brisbane even had to ask this question: "Do you want us to cross-check "facts" that are claimed as truth by various figures in the public space?"
But then again, knowing the crap that's hoisted on its 'readership', by this & most other mainstream media, it's no surprise, is it?
Check out the comments to this Oped.. scathing in the least...Also leaves me to wonder, if so many people are so disillusioned with mainstream media (myself included), why do we still read/ follow the garbage they spew out???
Monday, January 16, 2012
Flimsily categorised as "financial advice", this advertisement for credit cards will probably be bought into by quite a large (financially) illiterate populace.
He seems intent to protect his flailing empire from inevitable (nothing wrong with this), & take every last vestige of internet freedom with it (everything wrong with this).
Sunday, January 15, 2012
Friday, January 13, 2012
Could very easily replace Germany of the 1930's USofA - & the viewer would get a fairly identical repetition of history. The protagonists might be different, but the story (political, economic & social) remains nearly identical.
Man Charged With Sex With North Carolina Neighbor's Dog
Sex with an animal is offensive to one's sensibilities. Also, per law of that land, "Crime against Nature is a felony".
Oil spills, Whale Hunting, & other destruction of Nature, apparently don't fall in that category.
Where it's okay for the government to order its men to shoot & kill another human.
But it's not okay to drink without permission.
Diggers caught drinking sent back to Afghanistan [via abc.net.au]
Thursday, January 12, 2012
― Robert Fulghum, All I Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten
Credit Card Debt Swells to $50b ($36b of that is interest!!)
Agents accused over mistreatment of British detainees like Binyam Mohamed who ended up in Guantánamo Bay
Illegal detention, torture, injustice, & denial are a hallmark of the powers that be, behind the mask of goodness & liberty.
This sickening video of US Marines, urinating on dead Afghan men is another demonstration of the perverse "justice" that the US & it's All-Lies seem intent on distributing to anyone who's unwilling to toe their corporatist agenda.
It is the antipodal of a resolution that was made many many moons ago, when I was a student at school. It was a resolution firmly based in ignorance, that I'd never need to learn about/ to use computers, forget to code. It was 1992, & computers then probably cost the school a fortune. There were fewer than 2 places which had computers - those big machines which needed a home in a frigid room (a difficult venture considering power supply of about 8 hours a day, with arbitrary power cuts by the powers-that-be). I was one of two idiots (as I see the decision now) who refused to have anything to do with those beastly machines, or to get into the cold, hallowed chambers where those machines & their juice-supplying brethren were grandly housed!
For over 9 years after that, I had very little to do with computers (why would I when they looked something like this ugly beast??), save a boneheaded decision to type del* in DOS at the behest of some learned companion on a prized possession of a pompous-ass rich-dad brat [another story best forgotten, several lessons very well learnt].
Story made short, my re-vocation in accounting & finance made it absolutely imperative to learn to locate the power-on switch on the wretched x386 (no mean feat for me, made horribly worse that I would usually be the one to open up the office), get familiar with MS Excel (the glue that holds most firms together, despite claims by more sophisticated applications to be otherwise), patch up a network, connect & install printers, build & rebuild computers (Good heavens, how do I open this box???), install accounting applications, then other applications, train people less familiar than I was to use computers (found out that such a breed does exist! I was one too!!!) etc etc etc.
I looked on enviously as colleagues, friends etc did magic with their programming skills, finishing work quicker & having enough time to have a beer/ coffee/ smoke, while my longhand way of working meant I had no time for any of those vices - or a life outside of those long hours at work.
I've been teaching myself some VBA programming, getting help from some of the best in the Excel VBA business ( MVP's all.. Dick Kusleika, Chandoo, John Walkenbach, Debra Dalgleish, Bill Jelen, Mike Alexander, Jon Peltier via their books/ websites/ blogs/ podcasts etc) for a couple of years now, hacking/ copy-pasting together enough code to allow me to hasten the delivery of the reports-that-no-one-needs-or-reads-but-must-be-on-my-desk-in-20-minutes & get out of the cell (pun intended) of work in time to see the sunset or walk on the beach or to play with my kids.
When Fred Wilson posted this on his site as his New Year's resolution, I jumped at the opportunity to learn another languages, just to keep the grey cells grey; registered for this course, & am on my way to confound the daylights out of me. But I'm making some progress, or so I think.
Program or be programmed.
I choose the former.
Good luck to me.
Wednesday, January 11, 2012
Iran car explosion 'kills nuclear scientist' in Tehran [via BBC]
Tuesday, January 10, 2012
I am the judge, the jury, the accused & the victim. Justice is always served. Bravo!
Pontiff uses Vatican reception for diplomats to highlight attacks on Christians, citing recent killings in Nigeria and Pakistan
Pope Benedict XVI has made a fervent appeal for religious tolerance and an end to discrimination against Christians, two weeks after the lethal Christmas Day bombing of a church in Nigeria.
On a more serious note, however, the West's vested interests do not exist in Mugabe's Zimbabwe, so it collectively turns a blind eye to the human rights violations there.
& the local propaganda machine spews this editorial.
Not so long ago, it was the man-made Church that was THE threat to the future of Humanity.
Monday, January 9, 2012
The information that Wikileaks leaked shed more light on the corruption behind the "security" facade, & probably is the reason for the vendetta sought against Assange.. lock him up in the hope no others will follow his lead..
In a leaked letter sent to Spain’s outgoing President, the US ambassador to the country warned that as punishment for not passing a SOPA-style file-sharing site blocking law, Spain risked being put on a United States trade blacklist . Inclusion would have left Spain open to a range of “retaliatory options” but already the US was working with the incoming government to reach its goals.
Sunday, January 8, 2012
Friday, January 6, 2012
Thursday, January 5, 2012
With deep pockets, you can afford to contradict yourself, move the fight to wherever you think you have a better chance of getting your way & disregard everything else.
Britain, France, Spain, ...all have laws supporting a dying business model of the entertainment industry that are pushed through an ignorant political leadership.
Just the support the USA needs to push through SOPA????
A worthwhile read, & food for thought.
A thesis from Prison - Arun Ferreira
Britain and US to scale down military capability due to debt crisis:
UK defence secretary to say global economic slump is 'greatest strategic threat to future security' of transatlantic allies
Britain and the US, close allies who are both victims of the debt crisis, will today agree to scale down their military capability and back away from the kind of armed intervention they have enthusiastically supported in recent decades.
That will be the clear message from the first meeting between Philip Hammond, the UK's new defence secretary, and Leon Panetta, his opposite number in the Pentagon, officials say. The Washington meeting will also be the first opportunity for Hammond to confront the US over particular British concerns, notably the availability and soaring cost of the US-made joint strike fighters destined for Britain's new aircraft carrier, HMS Prince of Wales.
Dear Photograph started off as a nice nostalgic blog with six pictures of old family snaps lined up in their original setting. Then it went viral
Last May, Taylor Jones was sitting with his family in Ontario when his mother pulled out an old photo album. Among the hundreds of shots was one of Jones's younger brother at his third birthday party. "He was sitting in front of his Winnie-the-Pooh birthday cake," Jones recalls. "It was weird – because my brother was there, in the exact spot he was sitting in in the photograph."
Jones grabbed his camera and took a shot of the old photograph lined up to match its original location. He posted it and six others on a blog. Within days, the blog, which he later named Dear Photograph, had gone viral. Today, eight months on, Dear Photograph has had 10m hits, and been named one of Time magazine's 10 best sites. It now gets 20,000 hits a day.
The success has enabled Jones to leave his job in Ontario with RIM, makers of BlackBerrys, where he worked as a social media specialist. He recently spent time in LA, finishing a book inspired by Dear Photograph that will feature stories to go with some shots. He has also met film and TV executives to discuss projects based on the site such as a screenplay a friend wrote about using photographs to travel into the past.
Like the resurgence of Super 8 and the rebirth of the Polaroid instant camera, the success of Dear Photograph has its roots in our nostalgia for pre-digital technology: there is a crudeness to holding a picture in one hand and photographing it with the other, yet the final image has a potency that cannot be bestowed by Photoshop.
The site receives around 20 entries a day but only one is uploaded. "The photo is usually chosen depending on [what's] going on around the world," says Jones. During the holiday season, he adds, they might "post holiday photos, but it sometimes depends just on how I'm feeling. If I'm feeling great, I'm going to post a fun photo."
Scrolling through the 200 or so images currently on the site, it quickly becomes clear how much resonance the accompanying texts provide. The big themes are longing and regret. Time and again, a photograph will radiate a sadness about what has been lost: children missing their parents, parents missing their childhood.
"It's hard to see the magic through grownup glasses," runs one entry, with a shot of children in Halloween costumes. Another shows two children standing in a field of long grass, the present-day shot revealing that it has been shorn. "How I long for the days of make-believe adventures in the forest," reads the caption. "Now it's just a lawn that needs mowing." The power comes from what's been lost in the space between the old photo and the new. A proud mother holds her baby son in front of a white clapboard house. "It's nice to know that we loved each other once upon a time," reads the text.
The basic concept behind Dear Photograph is not, Jones acknowledges, all that original: sleeveface.com, (2) Irina Werning's Back to the Future series, and Ze Frank's Young Me, Now Me have explored similar territory, often revealing the passage of time by replicating old photographs using the subjects as they are today. But Jones's innovation was to allow the space to seem to talk to the photograph.
There is an irony, Jones admits, in a 22-year-old creating a site so themed around nostalgia for a vanished past. "It is a little crazy," he says, "but seeing all these photographs, and reading the stories, has given me a perspective on life. My parents are still around and I have grown a lot closer to them." Jones has resisted taking advertising, which could have made him a substantial sum; the book deal with HarperCollins has allowed him to remain financially stable. "The website is for the photographs," he says. "I don't want anything that takes the focus away from them."
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