The Null Device
I just bought one of those Optus Pre-paid Internet account cards, for use when the network I usually use is munged. Officially they only support Windows and MacOS (the CD with the card contains a program which sets up the account), though if you (like me) use Linux, you can get tech support to do the setup for you and just connect to it as to any other PPP dialup. I'm posting it through the account now, and it seems to work quite well.
Paranoia corner: According to Ananova, train company Connex (presumably the same one that's running half of the services in Melbourne) is owned by Vivendi, who recently bought media behemoth Universal. Wonder how much of my train fare goes towards Universal's war on anonymity on the Internet.
John Safran has written a pretty savvy piece on political cream-pie throwing, its long and honourable history and trends for the future.
"Le Pieman" wasn't trying to smash the state, just prick the bubble of pretension. Arthouse director Jean-Luc Godard. Splat! Philosopher Bernard-Henri Levy. Bam! Choreographer Maurice Bejart. Pif! Like some sort of psychoyobbo at a arthouse festival, Godin went after anything in a beret.
This new pie war seems to be riding the same wave as other sorts of culturejamming - like parodies of multinational websites - which attempt to put new variations on Yippiestyle stunts.
The Top 136 Albums of the 1990s, according to some chap named Ned Raggett. He seems to have quite good taste; there's no lowest-common-denominator baby-boomer-rock-and-multiplatinum-alternative bias here (unlike some top-N lists seen in the music press). (via VM)