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Posted by Tim Ireland at November 22, 2005

Category: Flash Music Video, Games and Objects, Tony 'King Blair

Leo Blair screengrabAs I mentioned here, on the day after this specific project started, I often get good ideas for creative projects while working on other creative projects (related or otherwise). If I exercise the right part of my mind, I actually sweat useful material. Interesting, no?

No?

OK, anyway, on that day I made a promise, and it was as follows:

There is a new animation on the way. Totally new. You will be struck by its newness.

And here is that animation:

Backing Blair VII – The World According to Leo Blair

It’s 4.8Mb, so patience is required… but the impression will be lasting, I can assure you.

Now, let’s get back to the boring bits…

On the day the project was born, I’d just heard back from a guy by the name of Brook Adams after asking permission to use some of his great ukulele stuff in a Flash animation. Three songs were rattling around in my head that day; Anarchy In The UK, The Star-Spangled Banner and Live & Let Die.

On that same day, as I wrestled with my Blair/Guy and answered yet more awkward questions from my curious kiddies, I hit pay-dirt when the following thought occurred:

What does Tony Blair tell little Leo when his son asks questions about what’s going on in the world?

I started to imagine what Tony would tell him and how Leo would interpret this – and how he would balance it with whatever he picked up from snippets of broadcasted news and hushed/hurried conversations behind the door of 10 Downing St.

This animation is what I imagine would be going on in Leo’s mind right now if he were aware of the gruesome details of the invasion and ‘liberation’ of Iraq and the ‘war’ on terror… if those details were primarily presented from his father’s point of view.

It’s also meant to address the primitive parts of our own minds that readily accept carefully-crafted lies/summaries (e.g. ‘but then Saddam bombed 911…’) because the details are too hard to face. This is why the details (distressing as they are) are in there. Some horrible truths need to be faced – and addressed – before our complacency breeds something much, much worse.

UPDATE – Hahahaha! Oops: Chicken Yoghurt had a visitor today from someone googling ‘tim ireland bottle uzbekistan’. You’ll know why after watching the movie.

I’d best add this (and the word ‘bottling’) to the post just in case Google falls short – and so my own search engine knows just what the hell is going on.

Attention, strangers and newcomers! If you want to know more about Uzbekistan, then Craig Murray (former British Ambassador to Uzbekistan) is your man. Start there. Oh, and there’s plenty more here.

Independent – Craig Murray: The reality of Britain’s reliance on torture: So the UK receives this intelligence material not occasionally, not fortuitously, but in connection with a regular programme of torture with which we are intimately associated. Uzbekistan is one of those security services from whose “friendly liaison” services we obtained information. And I will tell you what torture means. It means the woman who was raped with a broken bottle in both vagina and anus, and who died after ten days of agony. It means the old man suspended by wrist shackles from the ceiling while his children were beaten to a pulp before his eyes. It means the man whose fingernails were pulled before his face was beaten and he was immersed to his armpits in boiling liquid. It means the 18-year-old whose knees and elbows were smashed, his hand immersed in boiling liquid until the skin came away and the flesh started to peel from the bone, before the back of his skull was stove in. These are all real cases from the Uzbek security services which we viewed as friendly liaison, and from which we obtained regular intelligence, in the Uzbek case via the CIA. A month ago, that liaison relationship was stopped – not by us, but by the Uzbeks.

AlterNet – Rights and Liberties – Why Torture Doesn’t Work: No one has yet offered any validated evidence that torture produces reliable intelligence. While torture apologists frequently make the claim that torture saves lives, that assertion is directly contradicted by many Army, FBI, and CIA professionals who have actually interrogated al Qaeda captives.








Posted by Tim Ireland at July 19, 2005

Category: Flash Music Video, Games and Objects

Flip out like a ninja!








Posted by Tim Ireland at July 7, 2005

Category: Flash Music Video, Games and Objects

This should keep you busy for a while.








Posted by Tim Ireland at June 16, 2005

Category: Flash Music Video, Games and Objects

the very model of a modern labour minister : a tribute to charles clarke and his id cards

This link comes to you via Perfect. As do these:

Identity cards: nothing to hide, nothing to fear?
ID cards losing support as rising costs deter public

If you haven’t done so already, I urge you to consider signing this pledge.








Posted by Tim Ireland at June 6, 2005

Category: Flash Music Video, Games and Objects, Rupert 'The Evil One' Murdoch

For over 12 months now, I’ve been promising Something Wonderful (and not too political)…

1 year, 25 days, 20 hours, 41 minutes. That’s how long it took for me to finally get around to finishing this once I’d started it. It spent a lot of time on the back-burner, but now it’s ready:

Star Wars: A Musical Tribute*

There’s an important message for George Lucas contained in the show. The more people who see it, the more likely he is to read it.

Let me know what you think.

PS – As with many other Flash shows I’ve made, this one includes a bitchin’ guitar solo. Prepare yourselves.

[*UPDATE (Aug 2008) – Link updated. Video is now only available at YouTube.]








Posted by Tim Ireland at May 31, 2005

Category: Flash Music Video, Games and Objects, Uzbekistan

Cool game: Buzz around Brighton avoiding the law.

How to Perform Strong Man Stunts (link via latest B3ta newsletter – also see B3ta explained by answers.com)

The best website for a musical artist that I’ve seen in a very long time.

Steve Irwin is a nitwit. Alby Mangels, on the other hand, is a living god.

Via Peter Gasston: Pledgebank offers you a chance to say “I will do xxxx if xx other people do the same.” Here’s an ambitious example: “I will refuse to register for an ID card but only if 3,000,000 people will sign up.”

Bing-ding-ding-dingdingWatch it fade away as the so-called defenders of democracy quietly allow Karimov to bluff his way through:
BBC – US senators push for Uzbek probe
New York Times – 3 U.S. Senators Seek Inquiry Into Killings in Uzbekistan

I hope that someone gets my… I hope that someone gets my…

Carnival of Chaos cries “Foul!”

Strange that Pervert – The Movie should not warrant a review on capalert.com (incidentally, the CAP Ministry wishes to advise you that The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy contains “destruction of the Earth”, “parasite penetration into a human head” a “tale of man not being the most intelligent life on Earth” and “claims that man is an ape descendant, repeatedly”).

Coca-Cola and sport: the key to global harmony.

I blogged this ages ago, but the file disappeared for a while. Now it’s back: Posting And You

Safety at Work (link via The Ultimate Insult)

UPDATE – Image (to right) posted to B3ta

UPDATE – Another image (that will make you feel *so* much better) posted to B3ta

UPDATE – Oh, go on… have another

UPDATE – And another








Posted by Tim Ireland at May 10, 2005

Category: Flash Music Video, Games and Objects

I was introduced to the glorious mash-up Suicide Fever (Suicide is Painless vs Pac Man Fever) by a late-night post on the B3ta messageboard, and didn’t get much work done after that.

I must have played it (on loop) about 50 times. I’m still playing it now, FFS…

I kept wondering what use of Flash would best represent this work of genius, and found myself cruising a variety of M*A*S*H sites for the first time in a long time. (Bloggerheads has featured M*A*S*Hness before; see The M*A*S*H Quiz and The 4007th Project.)

On this little journey, I found the new-and-improved Finest Kind, which repeats a lot of information you’ll see elsewhere, but is very well-organised and contains gems such as this…

I was already familiar with the disaster that was AfterM*A*S*H, but didn’t know about the failed pilot W*A*L*T*E*R.

‘Radar’ O’Reilly joins the police force! Genius!

Direction by Bill ‘Hulk’ Bixby! More! More!

Heh. My day is made. I’m in geek heaven.

Read more about W*A*L*T*E*R at Finest Kind.

Then play Pac-Man.

Oh, and the Flash show? I think you can safely file it under ‘forever crowding the back burner’… but do try to imagine how wonderful it would have been.








Posted by Tim Ireland at May 9, 2005

Category: Flash Music Video, Games and Objects

Flash: The Library. S’cool.

Video: Men in Coats in action. Prepare to laugh like a drain.

Quiz: Which Monopoly Game Token Are You?

Art: Lots and lots and lots of political posters.

Game: Starfighter! Another nice find from The Ultimate Insult.








Posted by Tim Ireland at May 3, 2005

Category: Flash Music Video, Games and Objects

The September vid (which is pretty much this issue set to music) just isn’t going to come off in time, folks. Sorry about that.

Still, I do have one final video for you to share and enjoy:
The Iraq War in 30 Seconds.

You’ll need sound. The music is integral.








Posted by Tim Ireland at April 22, 2005

Category: Flash Music Video, Games and Objects

Kittens! Bouncing! Blood and gore!

Indiana Jones! Adventure! Aliens!

Who Wants To Be A Millionaire? Election stylee!








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