The Null Device

2001/2/2

For those of you in Melbourne, next Monday at 9pm, there will be a screening of a number of films, including the silent horror classic Nosferatu, at Splodge, at the Empress Hotel in Fitzroy North. It starts at 9pm, and admission is free for casual visitors.

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Uses of technology: I finally found out what a song I heard on the radio last year was; I heard bits of it in passing a few times last year, when commercial radio was playing it in between boybands and pretty-girl R&B, and it reminded me of Curve circa Doppelgänger, though I never got the name. Today I was in Coles Express and it was playing on the PA. I got out the Pilot and jotted down a few fragments of lyrics, which I entered into Google when I next got online. Google took me to a now-gone lyrics page, though the cached copy of the page revealed that the song was "Deeper Water" by Deadstar. (It wasn't by manufactured alternapop band Killing Heidi, as some suggested.)

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Smashing Peanuts, or the story of heroin-pop band Smashing Pumpkins told as a Charlie Brown comic strip. Amusing even if you don't own a single Smashing Pumpkins CD.

"And there was, across this country in the late 80s, bad pop music like Milli Vanilli. And lo, an angel of indie appeared before the mainstream and said unto them, fear not: for behold, I bring to you tidings of great joy, which shall be marketed to all people: alternative rock!"

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The future of law enforcement: As American football fans filed into the stadium for the Super Bowl, cameras positioned above the turnstiles relayed their images to computers running face-recognition software, which compared them with images of criminals. (via Unknown News)

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It's official: if you're Catholic and allergic to wheat, there's no salvation for you. (via Unknown News)

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After one of the two Libyans was found guilty of the Lockerbie bombing, Bush has gone on the warpath, keeping sanctions imposed until more demands are met. The U.S. stands alone in this, with Britain and Europe eager to do business with the oil-rich terrorist state. Sending in Delta Force to abduct Gaddafi to face trial (in the U.S.) for crimes against humanity would probably not work. Maybe if Bush needs a publicity coup and/or a Gulf-scale war to unite America, we can expect to see Tomahawks over Tripoli soon?

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Pyra... FALCO!

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The first penguinhead cult movie: Independent filmmaker J.T.S. Moore has made a documentary on the open source movement. The film, Revolution O.S. covers Linux, the FSF, Refund Day marches and Installfests, among other things, and will screen at the SXSW film festival. No release is planned, though Moore advises fanatical penguinheads to pester film distributors to pick it up.

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