The Null Device
I just watched the season 3 finale of Spooks. Quite tense and topical, and once again showing that no character's too important to be killed off (literally, metaphorically, or by having their head deep-fried, as the case may be). It tied into the whole idea of the terrorist as auteur, though I won't say any more about it for the benefit of those not in the UK.
It wasn't a cliffhanger, though. I wonder if this means that there won't be another season.
Update: One of the BBC digital channels just aired a making-of documentary on season 3; for the most part, it was an excuse to recut highlights from the past season with Franz Ferdinand and the Scissor Sisters in the background, interspersed with interviews with cast members talking about how they see their characters and actual former MI5 agents (including David Shayler) talking about how inaccurate the depiction of their former occupations is. According to it, season 4 is being filmed now.
The New York Times Magazine has an alphabetical list of the key ideas of 2004. They make for interesting reading, with items like Genetic Family Values, Wal-Mart Sovereignty, Democratic Providentialism, The Acceptable Knock-off, Kill Midlevel Terrorists, Feral Cities and Psychopathic CEOs, and more. (via worldchanging)
Site of the day: miniorgan.com, an online museum of toy electronic musical instruments from the 1970s and 1980s, including Stylophones, toy organs from Yamaha, Realistic and Casio (and one "Cesio"), and oddities like the Mattel Bee Gees Rhythm Machine. Some of the devices are said to sound brilliant (the Mego Muson, after which the glitch label was undoubtedly named, is described as "kind of a Roland TB-303 but much cooler & cheaper"); alas, there aren't any sound samples provided. (via MusicThing)