The Null Device
A good piece on Noam Chomsky, the linguistic genius and political gadfly.
They're making a film about Manchester's Factory Records, with actors playing members of New Order. This should be interesting.
Tonight (well, last night, to be technical), I went to a Burmese restaurant in St. Georges Rd. for dinner. On a ledge above the front window was a bookshelf-sized stereo speaker, from which played music, apparently of a traditional Burmese genre. The music consisted of a flutelike instrument of some sort, playing a sequence of notes (seemingly random, though not dissonant), and alternately speeding up and slowing down. For a moment I thought it was some sort of minimal electronica, possibly on Warp or from some small German label.
Yet more hackers, this time from France, have cracked SDMI, and this time done what legitimate academics in the U.S. wouldn't dare; namely published a report, giving the technical details. Get it before the Men In Black are sent in.
Slouching towards Gilead: Seemingly buoyed by the religious-Right's bloodless coup d'etat in the U.S., and the inauguration of George W. "pro-life unless they've already been born" Bush, members of the British Conservative shadow cabinet are calling for a ban on abortion; seemingly in the hope that the local fundamentalist vote will help them win power.
New Onion: Vacationing Woman Thinks Cats Miss Her:
Hoping to ease the pain and loneliness of her asocial, predatory pets, Davrian has left numerous long messages on her answering machine, claiming that the cats will appreciate hearing her voice. She also wrapped one of her sweaters around a pillow before leaving so Buttons and Bonkers would 'have a bit of me to snuggle with,' unaware that the cats' motivation for 'snuggling' is to maintain body temperature, not to feel emotionally connected to their food provider.
Only in America, where Christianity and Consumerism collide head-on, spawning numerous mutant offspring, could there possibly be something called the Golgotha Fun Park. (via Hobbsblog II)