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Posted by Tim Ireland at 30 March 2005

Category: Inneresting

I’d like to introduce you chaps and chapettes to a site I’ve been involved with on and off for a while now… StoryCode.

What this site does is make book recommendations based not on genre or buying preferences, but on actual content. You may want to poke around the recommendations feature and get a taste for this, but what I’d really like you to do is choose a few of your favourite books and code them. (You can register before you do this, or not. Your call.)

Some test coders have been at work on this over the last few weeks, but the more people who code stories, the more effective the engine is.

If you have the time, it would be appreciated.

Cheers all.








Yes. Two in a row. Deal with it.

Climate change: Someone’s blowing smoke to hide or compromise the science.

Bush to Putin: “…the Russian government must renew a commitment to democracy and the rule of law.”

Don’t say “Pffft!” yet…. you may want to reserve some of your morning quota for this.

Ever watch those Funny Home Video shows where children are falling over or being mauled by pets, and yet their parents think it’s more important to keep the camera rolling? That’s all I have to say about this.

UK: British soldiers found guilty of abuse
UK: Four face jail after guilty verdicts in Iraqi prisoner abuse court martial
US army conducting 100+ criminal investigations into claims of detainee abuse in Iraq, Afghanistan and Guantanamo Bay

Meanwhile…

Majority halved for Clarke’s terror law
Anti-terror Bill wins second reading after Clarke warns of ‘Madrid attack’

Yes, the threat will be greater during the election campaign. That’s been my opinion for quite some time. But I also believe that the threat is greatly exacerbated when politicians manipulate that threat or the public’s perception of it. It compromises readiness, and it encourages the terrorists. After all, Madrid was a big win for the terrorists, but only because Aznar tried to play games with the atrocity.

(UPDATE – BBC – Election ‘could be terror target’)

Speaking of manipulating the terrorist threat for political gain…

UK govt feared Iraq war illegal

Guardian – Transcripts show No 10’s hand in war legal advice: Transcripts of evidence given in private by the attorney general, Lord Goldsmith, to an official inquiry suggest that the crucial advice on the legality of war, presented to parliament in his name, was written for him by two of Tony Blair’s closest allies.

So that’s ‘independent’ intelligence backed up by ‘independent’ legal advice. Well, I feel better.

UPDATE – Chicken Yoghurt: Being a novice at Doublethink I’m struggling somewhat with these two statements from the Attorney General over whether he equivocated over his legal advice with regard to the Iraq war and whether his subsequent summary of that advice given in an answer to a parliamentary question was in fact written by Number 10.








Posted by Tim Ireland at 23 February 2005

Category: Inneresting

Something to care about:
Global blogger action day called
Committee to Protect Bloggers

Something to wish for:
Doing kottke.org as a full-time job

Something to not worry too much about:
How to destroy the Earth

Something to get worked up about:
Stephen Green is at it again. We have Scaryduck to thank for this fine Metafilter link and Media Watch Watch caught the report on the Today programme.

(UPDATE – More from this arrogant tosspot here. Cheers BigDaddyMerk.)

(UPDATE – Yet more on Stephen ‘John the Baptist’ Greenhere and here.)

Something to cheer you up:
I’d give it all up to live on a pig farm.

Something to listen to:
Country Phil rocks! (It says so on his website.) How can one not appreciate this level of talent and genius?

Something to watch:
Natalie Imbruglia’s Torn interpreted in sign.

(You’ll like that last link, you really will. The video may hiccup, but show patience and you’ll be rewarded.)








Posted by Tim Ireland at 15 February 2005

Category: Inneresting

Alternative V-day cards. Sorry they’re late. These coupons are late, too. Shoot me.


Why London’s iron railings are painted black.

The pigs is still there.

Now why would he do this, do you think?

Guns and alcohol. If they could figure out a way to work in night-swimming, the bill would be a shoe-in.

Go here. Click ‘filmpjes’ and enjoy.

Damn, you’ve spoiled the ending for me now. I’ll get you back one day, yes I will.








Posted by Tim Ireland at 15 February 2005

Category: Inneresting

I just caught a fabulous profile of – and interview with – Norman Gunston on Radio 4. You chaps need to find out more about Norman Gunston, yes you do. Start here and follow your nose.

Another interesting and not totally unrelated trail begins here in the pursuit of more information about a man by the name of John Safran.

John once noticed that the It’s a Small World ride at Disneyworld didn’t include any representatives from Iraq. His solution (after he showed viewers how to break into the theme park without paying) was to plant a little Saddam Hussein doll in amongst the figures. He also took the time to erect a special plaque in the room dedicated to Walt Disney that claimed in quiet, matter-of-fact way that good ol’ Walt was a Nazi sympathiser.








Posted by Tim Ireland at 11 February 2005

Category: Inneresting

These will cheer you up no end.

This is the best thing ever.

[edit – site was moved, links have been updated.]








Posted by Tim Ireland at 21 January 2005

Category: Inneresting

This is a lovely round-up of events:
Slugger O’Toole – Northern Bank raid and political fallout, so far

Oh, and – if you’re interested – here’s the design of the new banknotes.








Posted by Tim Ireland at 5 January 2005

Category: Inneresting

One list from the left and one list from the right.








Posted by Tim Ireland at 22 December 2004

Category: Inneresting

Santa! I want!

Santa? (gulp)

Here’s a top-notch Matrix animation, a lovely message from Dave, a page by someone who’s Proud to be an American, some classic tobacco ads and a bunch of cool portraits (click on any location to hit the mother lode).

All done? Good. Then let’s go outside and write our names in the snow.








Posted by Tim Ireland at 15 December 2004

Category: Inneresting

… but it’s yet to take place, so that’s OK.

Famous Trials (link via The Ultimate Insult).








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