The Null Device
Rumour of the day: Post-ironic slacker pop star Beck joins the Church of Scientology. The question is: if this is true, is he doing it sincerely or ironically?
A BBC piece about UNIX' one billionth second, and the elaborate parties the Penguinheads are planning to mark the occassion.
International Smash Shit Up Day: Contradictory reports about the anti-capitalist rallies in Melbourne; a 3RRR announcer this morning, quoting International Socialist/M1 officials, has painted a picture of a sea of red flags, and about 10,000 people attending; meanwhile, the PM edition of the Herald-Scum (the local Murdoch) said it was an abject failure, with only 300 people attending and no protests outside the Nike store. (I walked past the Nike store; it was closed and boarded up, with a phalanx of police out the front, presumably to ensure that protesters don't graffiti the boards.) Meanwhile, the wheels of capitalism keep turning as the stock exchange trades as normal.
That's right; Strider. (I'd have linked to mame.dk here, except that it's dead.) (Were you expecting Tetris perhaps?) Anyway, hope everyone has had a good Walpurgisnacht.
The entrepreneurial spirit: In the UK, university students are turning to prostitution to pay for their studies, with 60% of the prostitutes in some parts of the country being hard-up university students, and brothels advertising for workers in student newspapers.
Sarah, a 20 year old from Edinburgh studying business studies, is typical. Forced by debt into prostitution, Sarah's services are advertised on the internet by the escort company she works for.
Business studies? I suppose one could argue, though, that working in prostitution to get through university could be useful career experience for the ruthless world of making a buck.
Graham Scum's usually insightful take on the globalisation/M1/Nu Marxism thing.