01-15 September, 2003

This entry was posted on
Monday, September 1st, 2003
at
9:13 am and is filed
under Uncategorized.

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Date
20030901

Time
09:13
Fight the battle against head lice with Lice Rid Man!

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Date
20030901
The Californian Recall
Time
09:13
Arnie refuses to take part in candidate debate. Of course he does. He’s leading in the polls and doesn’t want to screw it up by opening his big fat mouth.

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Date
20030901
Tony Blair’s Email: News and Linkage
Time
09:15
Finally! Recognition in Britain and Iran.

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Date
20030901
Does What It Says On The Tin
Time
09:20
Have you spilled precious blood lately? Upload your injury to woundgallery.com and share your shameful disfigurement (careful @ lunch).

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Date
20030901

Time
09:27
Read reactions to Alastair Campbell’s resignation. He will be sadly missed.

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Date
20030901

Time
09:30
‘Time Travel’ spam tracked to source. The Massachusetts attorney general got on his case and the spammer – one Robby Todino – agreed to pay a $5,000 fine and halt ‘misleading and deceptive’ spamming practices.

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Date
20030901

Time
09:33
A rapping juggernaut born on ‘the harsh and unforgiving streets of New York City’s Chinatown.’ Behold The Notorious MSG (link via TTR2).

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Date
20030901
Summertime News
Time
09:38
An excellent rundown of what’s been a very busy silly season.

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Date
20030901

Time
09:41
You may scoff when I write stuff like this, but I hope the following provides pause for thought:

Laurel Wellman writes: ‘the whole Internet thing has been a grand experiment, but an experiment that’s failed.’ Oh, really? Well, I’d best just lock up my webshed and go home, then.

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Date
20030901

Time
09:47
Over 900 copies of the SoBig virus in my Inbox from this latest mutation. I’m genuinely hoping for a public stoning on this one.

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Date
20030901

Time
09:49
Cow without tail fitted with flyswatter. Yes, there’s a picture.

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Date
20030901
Conspiracy Theories
Time
09:50
Military helicopters study crop formations and the top ten conspiracy theories of 2002.

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Date
20030901
Anyone but George
Time
09:53
Howard Dean flip-flopping and nobody seems to care about the Democratic presidential race. You better start caring real soon, people. Allowing Dubya a second term borders on criminal negligence.

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Date
20030901
Riding High on Blogdex
Time
09:58
Is your boss an idiot?

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Date
20030901
Flash Games
Time
09:59
Bring peace to your little patch of desert. With bombs and heat seeking missiles, of course. (Link via FunJunkie.)

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Date
20030901

Time
10:03
Did FDR end the depression or prolong it? A scholar is claiming that he kept it ticking along nicely until the Japanese kicked the war machine into life.

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Date
20030901

Time
10:05
Child cyclist to stand trial for ‘falling off bike.’ He’s lucky the Greek authorities recently did away with the death penalty for wearing stupid shorts.

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Date
20030901

Time
11:17
Could anything be more cringeworthy than The Star Wars Holiday Special? Yes: C3PO busts R2D2 in this classic anti-smoking ad. Now to find a video of this sucker…

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Date
20030901

Time
16:54
I must admit to watching the car crash that is Poop Idol over the weekend. These jokers wasted money on an ad during the programme, telling viewers that they could help make them famous:

http://www.worldbeautysearch.com/

(You’ll have to copy and paste the URL, because I’ll be damned if I’ve going to give them any Google-juice.)

They’re touting themselves as ‘Licensed Talent Scouts’ or ‘Personal Marketing Consultants’ and offer an exclusive and unique way to helping you to make your dreams come true.

Yes, folks at home, success can be yours with the Diamond Kit from World Beauty Search!

Why is this ‘groundbreaking promotional tool’ known as the ‘Diamond’ Kit?

Well… it’s a Direct Integrated Automated Marketing Online Networking Device.

A web page, in other words. For only £200 a year.

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Date
20030901
OMG!
Time
17:18
I tripped over Dit net wel in my referral logs and found the most incredible website as a result.

Remember Peter Pan of Pixyland? Well, I think I may very well have just found his soul mate.

(WARNING: Watch out for NSFW pop-ups on this site!)

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Date
20030902
Does What It Says On The Tin
Time
08:41
Trigger your inner epileptic with seizurerobots.com (link via ultimateinsult.net).

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Date
20030902

Time
08:43
A giant lizard terrorised Beirut and I wasn’t informed?

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Date
20030902

Time
08:44
Boozeking.com offers the following hangover prevention technique but the reader-submitted preventions and cures at HairyTongue.com are far more comprenhesive and useful. Pity the same can’t be said for this collection of masturbation prevention techniques.

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Date
20030902
Flash Music Video
Time
08:51
Visually, it’s very professional – but the song would be lost without puerile humour. Still… not a bad punchline. Check out The Prison Bitch Song (link via TTR2).

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Date
20030902
Riding High on Blogdex
Time
08:55
This article about Saudi ties to terrorists and alleged involvement in 11/9 (please note correct date formatting) is ruffling a few feathers, but quite a few people are taking time out to enjoy the simple pleasures of watching George Bush drop his dog Barney. Myself, I’m opting for the simple pleasures. The Ministry of Truth is sure to let us know if there’s going to be a war – illegal, misguided or otherwise.

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Date
20030902

Time
09:06
Flotilla of rubber duckies threatens east coast of U.S. Ernie denies involvement.

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Date
20030902

Time
09:08
Atlanta Journal-Constitution apologises to readers for using picture of Britney Spears kissing Madonna on front page. Surprise, surprise, the editor realised – after a deluge of complaints – that it wasn’t newsworthy.

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Date
20030902
The Californian Recall
Time
09:11
Arniew bows to public pressure and agrees to one debate. But he gets to be on top.

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Date
20030902

Time
09:12
David Blaine is doing his best to freak out journalists again. THis time he pretended to cut off an ear during a press conference. “A quick warning to the folks in the front row…”

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Date
20030902

Time
09:14
A quick overview of Buddhism from Kuro5hin. Do take time to review the comments.

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Date
20030902

Time
09:17
Forget crabs. It’s lobster herpes that you’ll want to worry about.

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Date
20030902

Time
09:19
Boy hitchhikes 1,250 miles to Swedish girl he fell in love with on holiday. He arrived to find out that he was yesterday’s news.

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Date
20030902

Time
09:22
So this is it – we’re all going to die. (#12,623 in a series.)

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Date
20030902

Time
09:33
ScaryDuck on the value of the BBC.

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Date
20030902
Tony Blair’s Email: News and Linkage
Time
09:37
Internet Magazine:

Now you can email Tony Blair
.

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Date
20030902
Pauline Hanson
Time
09:39
After getting over the initial (and considerable) feelings of jubilation, I’m starting to have some serious doubts about the way this whole Pauline Hanson thing was handled.

Please Explain…?

I’m not entirely sure that the end justified the means. In fact, I’m of the opinion that the means will lead to a rather sticky end.

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Date
20030902
Can Weblogs…?
Time
21:41

I know what we need to do.

It’s a quick win; it’s a decisive win – and it involves bloggers from both sides of the Atlantic.

Bush The Pretender has timed his visit to this country very carefully.

We’re about to teach him that timing is not everything.

The next project will be: Can Weblogs Chase Bush Out Of Britain?

This has been a media war from start to finish. We, the proponents of the New Meedja, should stand ready to teach him a Very Old Lesson.

We need:

- Resources

- Link support

- Bodies on the ground

Media coverage can either reflect what the media wants us to know, or What Cannot Be Ignored.

Personally, I want to rob this throwback redneck of every photo opportunity he would otherwise take for granted – in the finest British tradition, of course.

What do you think?

Emails to the usual address.

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Date
20030903

Time
09:06
Still getting over Madonna and Missy Elliot’s corporate whoring? Try this:Justin Timberlake is going to rap for McDonald’s.

I went to the Gap website yesterday and searched for ‘jaynz.’ They didn’t have any.

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Date
20030903

Time
09:12
A fantastic find from Joe Smith: these are quite possibly the bestest products in the whole wide world.

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Date
20030903
Riding High on Blogdex
Time
09:16
Psychologist Oliver James analyses the behaviour of the American president. The man has issues.

Also: Which president told the biggest whoppers? You get to decide.

On the subject of Can Weblogs Chase Bush Out Of Britain? I’m still have a quiet think about the best tools and methods to use to make the man feel decidely unwelcome before he even arrives. I’d love for this to happen again.

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Date
20030903

Time
09:21
Plumber goes down for wrecking house of client who criticised his work. He’s been sentenced to do 100 hours of community service work – and the judge told him that he had better do a bloody good job of it.

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Date
20030903

Time
09:26
Study ties IQ closely with social class. Basically, if you’re poor, you suffer because of a lack of quality input.

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Date
20030903

Time
09:28
Spammers band together for emotional support. Group hug! Group hug!

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Date
20030903

Time
09:29
Issue Zero of The London News Review has just sold out before even going to print. FunJunkie acknowledge their place on the ‘too slow’ list with this post.

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Date
20030903

Time
09:36
Lonnie Boyd got hit by lightning and now he wants a lightning bolt tattoo. Tyler Weikel wanted a tattoo, but felt that he lacked a suitable traumatic incident in his life. So he decided to stage one by jumping out of moving car. He’s dead.

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Date
20030903

Time
09:41
There’s still one day of school holidays left for a lot of youngsters, so today is your last chance to treat them to a visit to the British Lawnmower Museum. Adults get in for a quid, and kids are only 50p. Bargain!

On show are lawnmowers of the rich and famous (including the lawnmower of Lady Di) and the fastest lawnmowers in the world ‘as seen on TV.’

If you do go and visit, please do take some pictures and send them in. I’d love to see what the place looks like, and their photo gallery is mostly full of pictures of lawnmower manuals.

Oh, and get me something from the gift shop too, OK? Nothing fancy, just a lawnmower key ring or a postcard will do.

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Date
20030903

Time
11:43
Money a problem? Debt got you down? Cheer up! This site lets you see how well-off you really are.

Erm, and then asks for money.

Hang on, how does debt figure into this equation? If I owe money, don’t I actually have less than someone who has nothing?

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Date
20030903

Time
15:35
Hey, everybody! Al’s back!

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Date
20030903
Can Weblogs…?
Time
15:35
OK, the next experiment is live and ready to roll.

Heads up and trousers down, people. It’s time to bare your bum at George W Bush!

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Date
20030904

Time
09:05
The Sun discovers blogs. They interviewed me, but I failed to get a mention. Is it because I is a Guardianista?

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Date
20030904
The Political Weblog Movement
Time
09:06
Dave Winer’s tips for successful political weblogging. Some good advice in there, be he’s still recommending that politicians have others blog on their behalf. How can you have a decent conversation by proxy?

Also, check out the new superblog: Open Source Politics.

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Date
20030904

Time
09:11
Britney discusses that kiss. She also has some interesting thoughts on politics:

“Honestly, I think we should just trust our president in every decision that he makes and we should just support that.”

You may well prefer Johnny Depp’s thoughts:

“America is dumb, it’s like a dumb puppy that has big teeth that can bite and hurt you.”

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Date
20030904

Time
09:13
Terrorists recruiting zombie army to invade U.S. They want to feast on your decadent western brains.

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Date
20030904
The Californian Recall
Time
09:14
Arnie gets egged after he opts out of debate.

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Date
20030904
Christianity Watch
Time
09:16
This excellent piece on Paul Hill over at Hanging Day inspired me.

Their posthumorous follow-up is also quite fabulous.

While we’re up in the clouds gabbing with God, take a few moments to check out The Christian Skydivers Association. Their motto: AirBornAgain.

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Date
20030904

Time
09:24
Spammers turn to chain letters to harvest email addresses.

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Date
20030904
Can Weblogs…? – Baring Your Bum at Bush
Time
09:42
Well, Mum’s already been in touch, begging me not to stir up the lunatic fringe. Actually, I see us as more of a discontented mullet. Rather silly and oft-mocked, but we do help to keep the sun off your neck, if you get my drift.

Link support and campaign commitment is coming in from Bar Room Philosophy, BingoBowden, Greenfairy , the Kurry Kings and TTR2.

There’s also this email from Thomas (who has just been offered two Atari games of his choice in exchange for his domain name):

“I like this idea. I like it a lot. Even if I have to cycle my sodding bike all the way to Heathrow, Bush *SHALL* get a good look at my fat hairy arse.”

Do be careful, Tom. After an hour or so on that bicycle seat, your arse could very well be classified as a biological weapon.

For those who are wondering, yes, I will be making a concerted effort to bare my arse at Bush. ScaryDuck pointed out by email that the one venue we could be sure of was an address by Bush to the House of Lords.

What say you to a group buttock-baring for the benefit of attending press? Just like a Flashmob, but this time with a point to the entire exercise.

With regards to the risk of a charge of indecent exposure, a fine suggestion of flesh-colured body-stockings (with cracks painted on, or course) has been posted over at the B3ta boards. A good solution for some, but I quite like the feel of a fresh breeze on my buttocks.

A further suggestion of ‘complete flesh coloured body suits with unrealistically large appendages attached’ was dismissed out of hand.

UPDATE – A fine entry, rich in persuasive juices, over at ScaryDuck and an equally compelling call-to-action over at FunJunkie. It looks like there’ll be bare arses across Britain come autumn.

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Date
20030904

Time
09:54
This JPEG Baby linkage led me to an classic post in this same forum:

15 Things to do at WalMart.

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Date
20030904

Time
11:17
Longtime lurker Andrew Hewitt has finally spoken up and sent in a link to hangman for the inept and addled of mind. I must admit to running through the vowels before twigging.

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Date
20030904
Can Weblogs…? – Baring Your Bum at Bush
Time
11:57
A fine post by the Soliloquist. The following blogs also join the Bogroll of Honour:

ChaChaCha | Cloud23 | Dearie Me | Jezblog | Reblog | Ramblings and Revelations

I thank you one and all. Right now I’m busy drafting my letter to local and foreign press. Oh, and doing some work, of course.

UPDATE – 22nd on Blogdex. This could well turn into an international sport. Good thing, too. George Bush has a new and disturbing secret weapon.

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Date
20030904

Time
14:55
Ahahahahahahaha! ScaryDuck points out that in the new movie about the president’s whereabouts in the days following 11/9 (please note, as ever, the correct date formatting) the role of George W Bush will be played by… Timothy Bottoms.

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Date
20030904
Greetings, New Readers!
Time
18:19
Ooh, look at that: this looks due to appear in The Sun tomorrow, but it’s live on the site now.

Many new visitors already as a result (BTW, the official stats for this site are 1200-1500 readers a day, not 12,000-15,000), so I thought some short introductions would be in order.

Welcome to you, reader of The Sun. May I interest you in the following subversive image?

No?

Then perhaps you’d care to bare your bum at George W Bush.

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Date
20030904
Bumming Bush
Time
21:57
Heh. A sincere display of cynicism has resulted from this post at Metafilter. Apparently I’m not the first person to think of showing their arse to George W. Bush.

Doesn’t surprise me.

Also, something about me bugs Andrew.

Andrew, you’re not the first, and you won’t be the last. When in doubt about a new blogger, do what I do. Use the bloody archives. If you’re still in some doubt, use Technorati.

/sothere

I have to go now. The weather’s turned cold all of a sudden, and our hedgehog regular has returned. We must build a shelter! Please send cheques or money orders to the following address….

UPDATE – I always, always get a kick out of cracking the language barrier. You’ll probably have to View- –>Source to find the link, but it’s there.

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Date
20030905

Time
08:38
Play keepy-uppy with your cursor (link via Ickle, whose URL I appear to have mislaid).

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Date
20030905

Time
08:40
Downing St website target of virus-borne DoS attack.

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Date
20030905

Time
08:41
How can you possibly say no to a one-stop shop for limp-wristed sperm? I’ll have a large protein-slurpee to go, thanks.

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Date
20030905

Time
08:47
Laxative-laced brownie prank leads to the expulsion of three students. One of them was lucky enough to have her expulsion cancelled by a judge because she opted out at the last minute. There’s one for the permanent record. (Hmmm. I wonder what happened to mine. It must be eating up valuable storage space somewhere…)

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Date
20030905

Time
08:53
Enrich your inner geek with Star Trek on Ice (link via TTR2).

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Date
20030905

Time
08:55
The print version of this Sun article appears to have been bumped. Ah well. Outrage at sex monsters must come first, I suppose.

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Date
20030905
Photoshopping
Time
08:57
WARNING: photoshopping kittens may very well lead to psychotic decline.

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Date
20030905
Flash Games
Time
09:01
Catch flies with chopsticks! (link via FunJunkie).

The increasingly cold weather is driving more and more flies into the office. My flyswatter is looking decidely ragged around the edges, but it’s still doing a bloody good job. Blogging has been slow this morning because I’ve been busy swatting between posts. Close to a dozen of the buggers have met their maker so far. It’s satisfying work, but very, very distracting.

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Date
20030905

Time
09:08
We’ve discussed water intake as a hangover prevention method before, now New Scientist is on the case.

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Date
20030905

Time
09:11
See video footage of Arnie being egged.

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Date
20030905
Tony Blair’s Email: News and Linkage
Time
09:15
The invoicing of Tony Blair has just been covered by my local paper The Surrey Advertiser. I am now officially world-famous in Cranleigh.

The important thing about this article (sorry there’s no linkage, there’s a fabbo picture in there of me pretending to use a laptop) is that the journalist has managed to get a statement from Downing St. They have said that they do not recognise the claim.

I’m lacing up my arse-kicking boots…

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Date
20030905

Time
09:21
This database of Japanese Holdouts is attempting to list (and verify) sightings of soliders who refused to believe that WWII was over. Do pop out and check the garden shed when you have a few minutes. Just in case.

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Date
20030905
Can Weblogs…? – Baring Your Bum at Bush
Time
09:49
Well, the blog world knows about it. The campaign appears to have peaked at No. 2 at Blogdex, and also gets a plug today over at MSNBC’s Weblog Central.

Now we find out if people are actually willing to act on it, and if this action has any effect.

Added to the bogroll of honour today:

100% Proof | Feck | Follow Me Here | Hot Buttered Death | Ionica | The Last Word | Mad Musings of Me | The Partially Clothed Civil Servant | Pigs In Lipstick | Somewhat, Mulchy | TheOneEyedMan | timeformetofly | Wingardium Leviosa

Thank you, one and all. If I’ve missed anyone, drop me a line.

We also managed to crack the language barrier at smoel.nl, Ponto Media and now dardesar.

Heh. You know I never fail get a kick out of that.

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Date
20030905

Time
09:55
A compendium of crazy fads from the 20’s to the 90’s. Nothing from the noughties. Yet.

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Date
20030905
Anyone but George
Time
10:23
Countdown to Election Day: 525 Reasons to Dump Bush

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Date
20030905

Time
13:49
Johnny Depp realises that some of the people who pay to see his movies are American.

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Date
20030905
Photoshopping
Time
15:14
The Bare Your Bum at Bush campaign has rated mention in the B3ta newsletter. (A good thing, then, that I’ve taken a step forward with a planned mass mooning and a song to back it.)

This week’s Photoshopping Challenge theme is vikings. Again, it’s a busy friday, so I only have time for one entry. You can click here to see a large version.

UPDATE – Oh, and The Lycos ‘Viral’ Chart has finally featured a link to the Tony Blair email campaign.

Tch! Where were they when I needed them?

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Date
20030906

Time
13:11
We have a hedgehog that hibernates in our garden each winter. He’s returned during the sudden cold snap (we spotted him ambling about the night before last), so this afternoon I’m going to finally get off my arse and build the little fella a shelter.

This page by Epping Forest Hedgehog Rescue has some good tips. We’re going to use an old chest of drawers that would otherwise be destined for the tip and cannibalise it for parts.

If I’m not too embarrassed about the result of my often-bodgy D.I.Y. skills, I may even post a picture of the finished product.

There. Now you really have something to look forward to.

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Date
20030908

Time
08:49
Shock! Horror! Happier animals result in tastier food! I know of a certain sheep that must have been decidedly unhappy (latter link contains some dang-doodle cusswords).

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Date
20030908

Time
08:53
Happy birthday (+1) to you,

Happy birthday (+1) to you,

Happy birthday dear Gooooogle,

Happy birthday (+1) tooooo yooooooooou!

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Date
20030908

Time
08:55
Snopes not entirely infallible. This be that fact-checking aspect we blogfolk talk about sometimes.

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Date
20030908

Time
08:57
Man has gun permit suspended after trying to kill his brother’s car.

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Date
20030908

Time
08:59
Spammers in Italy now risk fines of up to 90,000 euros and between six months and three years in prison. Good.

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Date
20030908

Time
09:01
Doonesbury ‘self-dating prevents cancer’ strip censored. It’s based on research results suggesting that masturbation can lower the likelihood of prostate cancer.

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Date
20030908
Christianity Watch
Time
09:04
Museum removes ‘killer’ Christ icon. An ‘energy field’ (or, to be more specific, a ‘negative bio-field’) at the centre of the painting has reportedly killed several staff members.

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Date
20030908

Time
09:08
Clay Shirky on the future of micropayment. He doesn’t see one.

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Date
20030908
Video
Time
09:09
I like this. I like this very, very muchly:

Stealthdisco.com will make you laugh like a drain – and may very well inspire you to engage in equally foolish behaviour at your place of work.

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Date
20030908
Does What It Says On The Tin
Time
09:11
A useful link from TTR2:

Oldversion.com is an archived collection of old versions of software (for when the software no longer exists or when the new versions are bloated beyond all recognition, bundled with spyware, etc. etc. etc.)

Bookmark it (you’ll probably need it one day, as I have). Also, have a poke around your downloads folder and see if you have anything useful they might need. I’m planning on donating an old version of Animagic I have laying around at home.

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Date
20030908
Can Weblogs…? – Baring Your Bum at Bush
Time
09:29
With 7 out of 10 Americans believing that Saddam Hussein had a role in the Sept. 11 attacks you can’t really blame Bush for including as the central thrust of his address to the nation the assertion that ‘Iraq is now the central front’ in the perpetual war on terror.

If it is, it’s only because he made it that way (UPDATE: ooh, look – Howard Dean agrees). Such bare-faced cheek is the central inspiration behind the Bare You Bum at Bush campaign, and it’s growing and growing and growing.

The prospect of a mass-mooning has quite a few people excited. Not least the many Australians who emailed to inform me that Bush is visiting their neck of the woods, too (thanks especially to Peter V and Whitey, who were first in with the news and linkage respectively).

If you run a solid blog in Australia and/or live in Sydney or Canberra and want to organise a mass-mooning there, do get in touch. A sister campaign would be welcomed.

One thing that gives me hope is the massive number of Americans not only linking to this campaign, but also sending emails of support. The best one came from housebound, who said:

I just gotta thank you. Being an American and reading this sentence: “George Bush is unlikely to walk around the streets kissing babies because of the large number of people that wish to blow him up.” Well, it was fun. Everyone is so damn touchy in this country. I wish they would wake up and smell the blood on their hands.

Good to know that not everybody is buying this long line of bullshit. It means that I can put off plans to leave the planet (at least in the short term).

Bless my soul (currently valued at £8582), it warms the heart to see that so many sensible people are willing to get silly for the cause (even though some may have their doubts).

The following sites and weblogs have joined our growing bogroll of honour:

Off On A Tangent | Idle Type | Ben’s Blog | Diversionz | You Know You Love It | Weird Ass Shit | Storm Warning | The Meandering Mind of Mad Mitch | Gene Eric’s Weblog | Nick’s Rants | Quaequam Blog | Pete Ashton’s Weblog | What You Can Get Away With | Ariped | Uncle Scoopy’s Other Crap | Baron’s Bollocks | Everything I Read I Blog | Chuck’s Blogumentary | Caleb Walker | Today I blog, tomorrow I sleep | The Last Minute | Chapel Perilous | Jetcloud | Brain Off | Cherry Hinton Blues | Casino Avenue | sTaRe | A day in the life of a Middle Manager | we are the bean robi | Rands in Repose | BigDaddyBlog | Perfect Duluth Day | Lemonpillows | i am a donut | Meeting Space | The Daily Dave | Internet Weekly | Voxpolitics

And, last but by no means least (as is said) Anyhoo, who wonders if the moonfest will go international.

Well, there’s at least one Canadian in amongst that lot proposing some local action and, as I mentioned, many, many Americans.

A mass mooning in Washington? I have the feeling that authorities will do their best to crack down on that (sorry) but do have a think about it while you check out this excellent Quicktime movie (if this doesn’t get you in the mood to bare your bum, nothing will).

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Date
20030908

Time
11:25
Quack! Quackquackquackquack…

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Date
20030908
Only Interesting to Bloggers
Time
11:29
Emerging Alternatives: Blogworld

See? We’re not only becoming increasingly useful, we’re having fun doing it. We are having fun, right? Uh, guys…? (Link via Chuck’s Blogumentary.)

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Date
20030908

Time
11:35
I just went looking in Google Images for a picture of George W Bush playing dress-up in his favourite flight suit. No joy.

What? You’re kidding, right? I suspect that Warbaby may just be onto something here.

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Date
20030908
How Weblogs Work
Time
14:34
Did you arrive here via the article in The Sun? Good-oh, then you may wish to read the reactions to this article from meish.org and Wherever You Are. Do take the time to read the comments. Oh, and so things remain fair and balanced, here’s a list of every blog who commented on this article.

This entry from Gert deserves special mention in the category of Most Effective Use of a Stereotype.

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Date
20030908
It’s War! And Somebody’s Telling Porkies!
Time
16:38
Michael Meacher: This war on terrorism is bogus!

You’ll want to be reading the resulting letters and the link cosmos, just to know that you’re not alone.

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Date
20030908

Time
16:45
I’ll be giving my first search engine seminar tomorrow, so there probably won’t be any bloggage until late afternoon. Sorry about that.

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Date
20030909
Search Engine Optimisation
Time
09:30
Well, the seminar is all set up and ready to roll. Everybody is upstairs registering and networking. I’m hiding down here in the basement. Blogging. I think it’s time to admit that I may just have a problem.

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Date
20030910

Time
09:04
Goodbye Warren Zevon. You’ll be missed.

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Date
20030910

Time
09:05
Inmate falls through ceiling tiles in front of judge.

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Date
20030910
Yet Another Lame Quiz
Time
09:05
Which breed of dog are you? Vague result, no link mechanism. *sigh*

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Date
20030910
Video
Time
09:07
Now you can download all the amazing ads for Family Auto Mart and enjoy them in the privacy of you own home (or take them to the office along with your wicked, wicked ways).

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Date
20030910

Time
09:10
Church of Scientology loses copyright case. They’ve got some nerve those people, especially after shamelessly ripping off other people’s sites.

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Date
20030910
Riding High on Blogdex
Time
09:14
12-year-old girl sued for downloading music. RIAA are weighing in with a suit that could mean penalties as high as $150,000 per song, but they’ve kindly offered evil illegal downloaders amnesty if they turn themselves in and promise to never, ever do it again. Of course, if you’ve already been sued, it’s tough titties.

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Date
20030910
Flash Games
Time
09:18
Lego Treasure Hunt! Rough around the edges, but loaded with detail. Leave it for lunchtime.

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Date
20030910

Time
09:23
My eyes! The goggles, they do nothing!

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Date
20030910

Time
09:24
Mystery tiles spread mystery message around the world.

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Date
20030910

Time
09:28
Judge Allows Sept. 11 Suits Against Airlines. Here’s where it starts. Also, keep an eye out for the first asbestos-related cases from deceived New Yorkers.

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Date
20030910

Time
09:34
Librarians make stern faces over ‘shushing’ action figure.

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Date
20030910
Can Weblogs…? – Baring Your Bum at Bush
Time
09:56
Donald Rumsfeld: Opposition to George W. Bush is encouraging Washington’s enemies and hindering his ‘war against terrorism’ Well, you’d best avoid this point-by-point of his recent speech, then. You don’t want to hinder George’s noble cause, now do you?

You certainly don’t want to attend this rally in Trafalgar Square on the 22nd of October and you almost definitely should never, ever, dare to Bare Your Bum at Bush.

Plans for the mass mooning in the UK are ticking along, and the campaign song will (I hope) be ready to roll soon.

Added to the bogroll of honour today:

iCandy | Will Burnham | The Daily Post | Bumptious | NomadChick | CheeseDog | ambivalent imbroglio | Carlton Hibbert’s Illustration Blog | Nick Denny | melancholic in mid Glamorgan

Language barrier cracked today courtesy of Sargasso and Vouich.com

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Date
20030910
OK, So I’m a Star Wars Geek
Time
09:57
I can be a mite obsessive at times, but at least I’m not this far gone. (Cheers to Steve for the heads-up.)

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Date
20030910
Search Engine Optimisation
Time
10:33
Thanks to everybody who emailed and wished me well for the search engine seminar yesterday. I had no idea you guys cared so much (but please do stop, it’s making me blush).

I was worried that nerves would hit me at the last minute, but this didn’t happen and the whole presentation went very, very smoothly.

I started out by outlining basic principles of keywords, search engines and directories (a lot of people were surprised at just how important a simple listing in the Open Directory Project is).

I also outlined the importance of human response, not just now with Google, but almost certainly in the future with databases being developed by MSN and Yahoo!

Along the way, there were case studies of a few things you may already be familiar with (peeking as you do into my daily dealings in the petri dish) including Lugjam, The Star Wars Photoshopping Project, The Universal Church of the Interactive Network and Tom’s Teens! page.

I only got to glance at the comment forms this morning (someone, somewhere, is typing like mad right now) but the words that kept popping up again and again were ‘very useful,’ ‘informative,’ and ‘great’ – which pleased me no end.

Russ Hirst happened by the blog as a result, and made his way past the spamblock to say:

“Cracking seminar this morning, excellent content and good delivery style!”

The boss even dropped by my desk with a bottle of bubbly this morning (I’m not sure if this was meant to be a gesture of thanks or contra payment in lieu of a raise, but perhaps if I cash it in at the local off-license it can be both).

The one thing I didn’t do was factor in the need for handouts (some parts were pretty technical), so for the rest of the day I’ll be busy creating a summary document.

Roll on, October 17th.

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Date
20030910
Flash Games
Time
11:15
Defend yourself against the evil Mutant Dictator Clones! (You’ll need a fast machine and a zippy connection for this one – and do watch out for ghosts of past evil dictators.)

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Date
20030910

Time
11:25
I had a little difficulty with a certain anniversary last year and I’m sure that this year will be no different.

Well, a bit different. The Bush administration is becoming increasingly shameless in their use of September 11th as an offensive weapon.

Over 3,000 innocent Americans have died. That’s a tragedy.

But over 6,000 innocent Iraqis have died as a result of this tragedy being used as a successful propaganda device. That is an outrage.

If I do have a moment of quiet reflection tomorrow, it’s going to start here.

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Date
20030910

Time
15:56
Isn’t in wonderful that the London Metropolitan police are working so hard to keep the world safe for arms dealers?

Absolute gents, they are, each and every last one of them.

I doff my cap to David Blunkett. It was an inspired move to give police permission to use anti-terrorism powers against protesters.

Such irony is delicious – and such responsibility couldn’t be in better hands.

UPDATE – BTW, it occurred to me last night how talented the London Met are (after years of experience) at monitoring websites and discussion groups, planting undercover officers and disrupting legitimate protests. During the last peace march, ours was the only country in the world not to stage a protest outside the U.S. embassy. Well done, the Met! I’ll be thinking very carefully about their way of doing things as the mass-mooning comes together.

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Date
20030911

Time
09:06
Windoze is about as useful as a concrete submarine with screen doors. Just as SoBig is timing out, there’s a new vulnerability alert and a new patch to download. Please do download and restart before doing anything else today. My wings were like a shield of steel throughout SoBig, but I really could have done without the 35,000+ versions of it on my mailserver at 100K a time.

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Date
20030911

Time
09:10
Wordblog sets a different scrabble conundrum each day. There aren’t any prizes, but today if you can make a word out of PEGCMAW and score higher than 24, at least you can walk away with an air of superiority.

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Date
20030911

Time
09:14
Hanging Day on police use of anti-terrorism legislation against protestors at the DSEi arms fair. I can’t wait for these guys to get into print.

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Date
20030911
Christianity Watch
Time
09:17
Take the kids out for a fun and educational day at the Creation Museum and Family Discovery Centre! When they’ve finished building it, that is. They’ve only just got the roof on and the Lakeside Adventure Trail isn’t entirely complete (I can only assume that what’s missing is life-size models of humans walking side-by-side with dinosaurs). Still, with your help they just may complete the project before the rapture.

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Date
20030911

Time
09:22
15-year-old dies after coaxing his friend to hit him in the head with a skateboard.

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Date
20030911
Riding High on Blogdex
Time
09:25
Everybody’s buzzing about the 12-year-old girl being sued by the RIAA. The case has been hurriedly settle to the tune of $2,000. The Register, Wired and Yahoo are all carrying stories.

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Date
20030911
Yet Another Lame Quiz
Time
09:30
How Old is Your Inner Child? Mine is 6, as you can probably tell from the way I stamp my little feet. (Link now fixed. Cheers, Andy.)

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Date
20030911
Spam
Time
09:33
Spammers facing lawsuit from anti-spam groups wave white flag. Sorry, it’s not as simple as unsubscribing, as you should well know.

Also, a bold prediction: Why RSS Will Kill E-mail Publishing.

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Date
20030911

Time
09:37
Larry Hovis (who did much more than just appear as Sgt. Carter in Hogan’s Heroes) has died aged 67.

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Date
20030911

Time
09:51
The FBI wants to know how a man manged to ship himself from New York to Dallas in a crate. You just want to know what the hell he was thinking. As it turns out, he could have flown first class for the same price.

Speaking of idiots locking themselves in boxes, here’s a sample of what Brits think of David Blaine’s latest stunt and here’s a new report about police question Blaine-botherers armed with laser pens.

OK, let me see if I’ve got this straight….

You can hurl insults, throw eggs, aim your bare breasts and hit golf balls at him, but you can’t point a beam of light at him. Erm, because sometimes lasers are attached to guns. In the movies.

A few days ago, I considered getting people to practice their bum-baring techniques on Mr Blaine, but he’s just not worth the effort.

UPDATE – Laser-weilding flashmob due to descend on Blaine tomorrow evening. I prefer the mirror idea, myself.

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Date
20030911
11/9 (please note correct formatting of date)
Time
10:01
Well, here we are. Two years on. I don’t know about you, but it feels like a heck of a lot longer to me. The world has changed a lot, not for the better, and not entirely because of the acts of terrorists.

Chemical weapons ready to fire in 45 minutes? Impressive, if not at all true. I’m willing to bet that a certain blood-hungry halfwit could deploy nuclear weapons in 10.

George W. Bush is an idiot.

His administration is incompetent.

Rupert ‘The Evil One’ Murdoch is doing what he can to help…

…but they can’t hide everything.

BTW, considering how quickly such draconian laws were exploited here in the UK (and who they were used to control) you folks in the U.S. should be very worried about this.

UPDATE – You can now see an animated version of today’s picture over at B3ta.

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Date
20030911

Time
10:21
Two tots crash family car on unauthorised McDonald’s run.

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Date
20030911
Can Weblogs…?
Time
10:22
Well, Lidl have yet to be completely Watsoned, but it’s nice to know that someone is paying attention.

BTW, I know what the next ‘Can Weblogs…?’ project is going to be. It doesn’t involve politicians (well, not entirely) and it doesn’t involve nudity. You’ll love it. Trust me.

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Date
20030911
Viral Marketing
Time
15:20
Xiao Xiao goes commercial! This one is so tasty, it may even take that bad taste out of your mouth. Cheers to Tim Howell for the heads-up.

UPDATE – Check out the international coverage on this. Heineken must be chuffed.

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Date
20030912
How Weblogs Work
Time
09:23
It had to happen: Weblog raises money for 12-year-old girl sued by the RIAA. Like the Star Wars Kids fund, this isn’t endorsed by the victim, so pride could get in the way of things. Still, they’ve taken this into account. The link will probably top Blogdex before the day is out.

UPDATE – Andrew Hewitt has written in to point out that Wayne Rosso, president of P2P software development company Grokster, has also offered to pay the fine in full on her behalf.

OK, that’s the 12-year-old girl sorted. Can we maybe send something useful to Iraq now? Besides troops, I mean.

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Date
20030912
Riding High on Blogdex
Time
09:25
I heard about this late yesterday via UKB and it’s already in the news. Blogger Pro features are now being integrated into the free version. Now all Typepad has going for it is sheer superiority – but that didn’t help the Beta format, now did it?

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Date
20030912

Time
09:33
New UK law could see teenagers imprisoned for heavy petting. Parents who ‘endorse’ such activity by, say, letting teenagers out of their sight for more than a few minutes, also face a 14-year jail term.

Perhaps AOL can help out with a bit of part-time child-minding.

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Date
20030912
Christianity Watch
Time
09:44
At last! Undeniable proof that God exists! Sadly, without faith, he is nothing. Aaaand cue puff of smoke.

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Date
20030912
Spam
Time
09:47
Former Microsoft programmer wins $250,000 judgment against spammers.

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Date
20030912

Time
09:49
Sadly, I am unable to nip into a phone box and transform into Paperbaghead. Alls we got around here are plastic bags. Unless you buy a Happy Meal, I suppose.

Incidentally, McDonald’s caved into pressure from environmental lobbyists in Australia over a decade ago and now have more environmentally friendly packaging. In Australia. On a recent trip to the U.S. I noticed they’d finally made some positive changes there, too. So why no significant change here in the UK? Simple. They just don’t feel that they have to.

Perhaps someone with less on their plate would like to keep that in mind.

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Date
20030912

Time
09:54
I think I’ve just found a viable alternative to my trusty Converse All-Stars (Converse were recently bought by Nike, so I won’t be buying them anymore).

Introducing the blackspot Sneaker.

I’ll be sending my support and a few design requests later today.

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Date
20030912
11/9 (please note correct formatting of date)
Time
10:20
I did a little more WTC-inspired work late yesterday, but an FTP snafu stopped me from uploading a blog-friendly version – so here it is today.

You can see the big version (released last night) over at this thread at B3ta.

Blogdex is lousy with Sept. 11 linkage this morning, so please excuse me while I do a quick rundown for the record:

The The September 11 Digital Archive was extremely well-linked, as was the tale of the falling man, but this collection of personal stories has more meat on its bones, as does this year-old collection of untoward feelings, which enjoyed a revival of sorts.

Many folks sent in a link to a photo-mosaic of George W Bush which they thought tied in neatly with the Bare Your Bum at Bush campaign. I wasn’t going to blog it, but as we’re all grown-ups here and it’s charting well at Blogdex anyway:

See a picture of George Bush made up of a variety of sphincters. In varying states of health (careful @ work, avoid @ lunch).

Incidentally, George couldn’t resist feeding off the terrorists yesterday, but finally the backlash has started. In fact, people are starting to ask all sorts of awkward questions.

Anyway, that’s it for the rundown. The anniversary has come and gone and we (mostly) survived unscathed. Perhaps now we can look forward to happier times, such as International Talk Like a Pirate Day, scheduled to take place next Friday.

UPDATE – The UK headquarters be here. Arrrrrr.

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Date
20030912

Time
10:22
Tommy Chong has been sentenced to nine months in federal prison and fined $20,000 for selling drug paraphernalia over the Interwebnet. Replying “Dave’s not here, man!” failed to prevent a raid by the DEA.

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Date
20030912
Flash Games
Time
10:30
You’re a rabbit. Some damn fool has given you a gun. Your choice is clear. (Link via FunJunkie, who boast the usual collection of Friday games today.)

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Date
20030912

Time
10:32
Monty Python: The Musical! The end days are upon us, etc. etc.

Oh, while we’re on the subject, Joe Smith has emailed the following:

Yes! We’re all individuals! Is someone illegally cloning corporate-speak?

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Date
20030912

Time
10:37
Planned Blaine-lasering reaches mainstream media. Police are sure to be aware by now, so do watch your step and be prepared for a damp squib.

Incidentally, the mass-mooning of Bush will most probably have no timetable, no staging area, and no organisers. Just a lot of people up and down the country with their necessary equipment on stand-by.

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Date
20030912

Time
10:41
Mmmm, some tasty links today. What flavour would you like – news censorship or social hygiene?

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Date
20030912
Doing The Rounds
Time
17:17
You’re bound to get a copy of this by email (assuming you haven’t already):

Aoccdrnig to a rscheearch at an Elingsh uinervtisy, it deosn’t mttaer in waht oredr the ltteers in a wrod are, the olny iprmoetnt tihng is taht frist and lsat ltteer is at the rghit pclae. The rset can be a toatl mses and you can sitll raed it wouthit porbelm. Tihs is bcuseae we do not raed ervey lteter by it slef but the wrod as a wlohe.

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Date
20030913

Time
14:36
Christian advertising with hilarious results – or a silly own goal? This story had me smiling all the way through breakfast, even thought I did have other things on my mind.

Dead police, dangerous rumours, U.S. denials and missing bodies? This massacre is going to be very hard to explain away, but Paul Krugman thinks that this administration’s infallibility complex is going to lead to much, much worse in the future.

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Date
20030914
Can Weblogs…? – Bare Your Bum at Bush!
Time
09:20
Scotland’s Sunday Herald reports on the Bare Your Bum at Bush campaign. Cheers to Stephen Naysmith for a cracking article and some serious coverage. I’m quite tickled that the Foreign Office declined to comment.

UPDATE – Public Support Wanes for Bush Foreign Policy. Oh dear, how can that be?

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Date
20030915
Lettters
Time
09:27
Just thought I’d share a glimpse or two of some recent email on this fine and sunny Monday morning…

Russell attended my recent search engine seminar. I’ve already found his new blog (I’m ever so sneaky) but I won’t be linking to it until he has a chance to play around and flesh it out a bit. I found this letter to be quite heartening, as it shows the pronounced effect weblogs can have when they bypass mainstream media and/or give access to a wider variety of same:

The link to the chap in Iraq is illuminating, to say the least and has helped to change

my perspective on the world generally, since I started to read all the blogs – cracking stuff!! I am desperate to start my own weblog and start getting actively involved in blogging, but am treading carefully, so as not to end up in a corner on my own!! You know, I never had a particularly strong view of Bush until this week, now I think he is a complete c… and a w….r !!!

As you know, I had some misgivings about what to say (and what not to say) about Sept. 11th. It looks like I found the right balance, at least at far as Y. Bee Normal is concerned:

Thanks for not being an asshole about 9/11. You just say the government is full of crap. You never said the people in there deserved it or minimized what they went through… I just get so angry when people say we deserved it. I know the people in Iraq didn’t deserve it and neither did we.

It seems like you are more interested in actually getting some stuff to change rather than laughing at other people’s suffering. I always read with interest what you have to say and will treat it seriously because I know this.

Sadly, I failed to reach everybody. Patrick McGuinness emailed in with a word or two from Texas. It was a long email, but here’s the guts of it:

Bush is the Churchill of the War of Terror. He will do what is right no matter what ignorant nay-sayers say, because this fight is too important not to win.

I for one am grateful that your PM Tony Blair “get’s it”, even if many of his fellow UK citizens do not. If you dont “get it”, keep your pants on, sit down and *watch* and *listen*, you might actually learn something from your betters.

The last word, however, must go to Jon Peace:

As an American citizen, I have just one thing to say about this…if he comes over to England, would you keep him…please!?

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Date
20030915

Time
09:29
The flashmob/lasering of David Blaine didn’t amount to much and there’s some rather unkind discussion about it over at Fark. I’ll keep my eye out for other reports today (if, indeed, there are any to be found – it sounds like no-one turned up). Me, I’m happy to go it alone, mono e mirror.

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Date
20030915

Time
09:37
Behold the Pieces of Eight All Amputee Skydiving Team as they embrace gravity! The site is sadly short on copy, but it does take a moment to say: ‘These guys are not handicapped, they just come with some assembly required!’

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Date
20030915

Time
09:41
Next month is National Novel Writing Month. Apparently. I won’t be playing, but the FAQ may tickle you, advising as it does that this is a good idea because ‘if you don’t do it now, you probably never will’ and ‘aiming low is the best way to succeed’. Words to live by.

And no, I haven’t typed a bloody thing since my Dead Blog Holiday, but the opening chapter is an unrivalled work of art that I’m still happy to admire privately.

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Date
20030915

Time
09:48
The Different Methods of Defending Oneself with a Walking-Stick or Umbrella when Attacked under Unequal Conditions (PartI) Sorry, it has no bananas. (Link via TTR2.)

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Date
20030915

Time
09:50
My Reference links folder just grew by one with the inclusion of the Historical Atlas of the Twentieth Century. Cheers, Scott.

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Date
20030915
It’s War! And Things Is Getting Ridiculous!
Time
09:52
The Onion’s still on the money: Saddam Proud He Still Killed More Iraqi Civilians Than U.S.

So far….

On that note, Hanging Day has a nice piece on recent happenings. Oh well. Omelettes, eggs and all that. At least they’ve returned the bodies and said ‘sorry’. That makes everything OK, right?

(Well, I can think of at least one blogger that may disagree…)

BTW, Bush is trying to keep an eye on the budget. Wounded U.S. soldiers have to pay for their own food.

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Date
20030915
Micropayment
Time
10:04
Scott McCloud responds to Clay Shirky’s negative spin on micropayment. Sorry if this stuff bores you, but I’ve been thinking about it a lot lately.

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Date
20030915

Time
10:12
Dodgy George W. Bush $200 bill successfully passed in North Carolina.

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Date
20030915
Riding High on Blogdex
Time
10:13
Technology has us in its thrall this morning: Mobile telephones could cause an entire generation to go prematurely senile, but at least we can all ride escalators into orbit. Now we just have to remember not to spit over the side.

Also getting a fair amount of attention is the RIAA petition which claims, quite rightly, that this strong-arm action is actually doing very little to benefit artists. The final word on this goes to Deadbrain.

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Date
20030915

Time
10:20
Australia: home of the Big (insert object here).

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Date
20030915
Can Weblogs…? – Baring Your Bum at Bush
Time
10:22
For those who missed it, here’s yesterday’s article on bum-baring from Scotland’s Sunday Herald. Also, the Washington Post has some serious points for you to ponder on the subject of dwindling liberty.

And *ahem* this is a little bit embarrassing, but Koit has gone all-out to finish a music track in good time for the Bare Your Bum at Bush campaign, but I’ve just arrived at work to find a mountain of must-dos waiting for me. I don’t suppose there’s a stray flash developer out there who wants to make a nifty show to go with this? I won’t have time to do much more than scratch my left buttock before Thursday at the earliest.

UPDATE – George really must be more careful with his hand gestures. This one damn near gives the game away.








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