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Posted by Tim Ireland at February 18, 2008

Category: Teh Interwebs, The Political Weblog Movement

As I noted on Thursday, yes, there was some hostility in the many, many responses to the first and only entry in Max Gogerty’s short-lived travel blog for the Guardian… but reading Andy Pietrasik’s response and this editorial follow-up from Caroline Davies in the sisterly Observer, one might get the impression that there was only hostility aimed only at Max… and with no good reason.

This is a shoddy and pathetic tactic; what you’re seeing here is a bunch of adults putting the spotlight on a teenage boy because they daren’t accept responsibility for their own poor judgement… by pretending that those who are criticising their poor judgement are instead picking on that same teenage boy!

And take a look at this…

Caroline Davies – Hate mail hell of a gap-year blogger (Cyber-bullies who attacked young author are accused of class hatred): Max… was last night alone in India at the beginning of his trip, while his father accused his detractors of class hatred and envy… Some contributors were uneasy over the tone of many comments. One wrote: ‘The amount of hate, envy and hypocrisy that’s been on display here is shocking.’

Let’s take a look at the contributors Caroline uses to justify her ‘accusations of class hatred’ sub-header:

1. Max’s Dad.

2. Some guy called ‘Eleutherios’ who, to date, has only made a single comment on the Guardian website (and just happens to agree 100% with ‘Maxdad’).

I smell a sock-puppet… and I think it stinks that Caroline Davies uses one to support her dishonest argument.

Oh… wait… I think some blind hatred might have sneaked in there. Let me tone it down for you so no-one thinks I’m picking on poor Max Caroline without good reason:

I think it’s a pity that Caroline couldn’t find the time to consider or include this direct response to ‘Eleutherios’ from ‘Fulmerford’ (who, BTW, has contributed to over 40 threads on the Guardian website) in her opinion piece:

Eleutherios, let’s see if you can ‘liberate’ some sense out of this: responding to someone’s comments not with a counter-argument but just by decrying their presumed motivation is a, well, a really shoddy way to debate.

I mean come on! It’s like going: “Smack is bad.” “No it’s not.” “No it is, here’s the reasons.” “Oh you’re just saying that because [you’re] bitter that you don’t take smack.”

Is ‘ad hominem’ just Latin to you?

If you recall, Nadine Dorries played a similar game, by portraying all negative responses to a personal attack of her own as a series of personal attacks.

What ‘Eleutherios’, Andy Pietrasik, Caroline Davies and Paul Gogarty are guilty of is playing the man by pretending that everyone else is playing the man in an effort to stop anyone from looking sideways at the ball.

And in doing so, they put more weight on the shoulders of Max – the boy they’ve strategically cast as a victim and claim to be defending.

Yes, there was a fair degree of trolling and abuse in the original thread. Though the thread was totally out of control by the time I got there, I didn’t regard that abuse to be helpful… but I also think it’s less than helpful when certain parties seek to exploit the abuse that was there, and use it to draw attention away from valid questions and objections.

This defensive play is not designed to protect a teenager… it is designed to protect the reputations of adults who should know better.

Personally, I think it sucks. But I’m obviously a hate-filled lynch-mobbing cyber-bully, so please feel free to ignore me.

Posted by Tim Ireland at February 14, 2008

Category: Teh Interwebs, The Political Weblog Movement

Max, 19, hits the road. Web users, of varied age, hit Max. (via)

Check the comments. It’s his first day out and it’s all over.

UPDATE (18 Feb) – Get your Monday-morning update, people.

Posted by Tim Ireland at February 14, 2008

Category: Teh Interwebs

WJZ Baltimore – Officer Suspended After Appearing In YouTube Video: A 17-year veteran of the Baltimore police force has been suspended with pay pending an internal investigation of his actions involving a 14-year-old skateboarder at Baltimore’s Inner Harbor.

Baltimore Sun – Inner Harbor incident hits Internet: A Baltimore police officer was suspended yesterday after a YouTube video surfaced on the Internet showing him berating and manhandling a teenage skateboarder at the Inner Harbor. On the video, the officer, Salvatore Rivieri, puts the boy in a headlock, pushes him to the ground, questions his upbringing, threatens to “smack” him and repeatedly accuses the youngster of showing disrespect because the youth refers to the officer as “man” and “dude.”

And you can watch the relevant video right here. Dudes.

UPDATE – Hahahahahaha! Check out the last words spoken by the police officer just before the video stops.

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Posted by Tim Ireland at December 4, 2007

Category: Teh Interwebs

What are the odds, do you think, of this Blogger profile being the work of someone in the PR industry?

Posted by Tim Ireland at December 3, 2007

Category: Teh Interwebs

Why? Because Greenpeace has a whale-naming competition and ‘Muhammad’ isn’t an option.

UPDATE – Hahahahaha! Having just voted, I can now see that ‘Mr Splashy Pants’ in waaaaay out in front with 73% of the vote.

Posted by Tim Ireland at November 12, 2007

Category: Teh Interwebs

If you ever encounter a profile in Facebook using the name ‘Tim Ireland’, it’s not mine.

In a measure that’s long overdue (and prompted by Justin’s decision) I’m parting company with Facebook today.

Originally, it was one of the most annoying things about Facebook that made me join it; referral links were coming in to the Anne Milton weblog from a Facebook-based group of local Tories, and the only way to view what had been said in this supposedly public discussion was to sign up.

And since signing up, I’ve been pestered, prodded and poked by some people who I do want to network with – and many more that I don’t.

I have email. I have a website with networking capabilities.

I do not need to be lumbered with this pester-tech.

I have no wish to be alerted by email that a text-based message (that they could have delivered in the first fucking place via email) is awaiting me at Facebook.

I certainly have no desire to put a begging button on my site in search of what they laughingly classify as ‘friendship’.

I no longer wish to use Facebook, or be associated with it in any way.

And, as a true show of friendship, as my last act on Facebook, I’ll be messaging all of those people whose invites I did accept (in moments of weakness) and warn them via a short message and a link to this post that they are victims of a particularly nasty social disease and invited to join me for the only cure.

I will then be deactivating my account.

Hello, friends.

Fuck off, Facebook.

Posted by Tim Ireland at November 6, 2007

Category: Teh Interwebs


It had to happen; goatse and other shock sites have lost their shock value.

Instead, people are now flocking to a shockingly shocking shocker of a shock site that goes by the name ‘2girls1cup’. It’s hosted at (and recently has been mirrored by a [adjectives fail me] entrepreneur at but for pity’s sake do NOT feel that your life will be enriched by watching the video; these URLs are here for reference purposes only.

If I leave it at that, some people are still going to visit, so allow me to expand on my point:

You don’t need to see 2girls1cup to understand/appreciate the growing meme activity surrounding it. If you let your curiosity get the better of you, you will need a serious dose of mind-bleach to wash the stains away. Seriously. Hell, I’m even going to warn you to not go poking around too many ‘reactions’ videos (the primary subject of this post), as the majority of them contain repeated gagging, retching and/or outright vomiting. I’m a sympathy-hurler from way back and have no wish to subject others to something I myself can’t watch without discomfort.

OK, are we clear and agreed? You’re to look at the recommended links only and explore no further? Good-oh. On we go…

You may have noticed that YouTube features an alarming number of webcam videos that basically involve a person delivering a monologue to camera, or ‘hilariously’ lip-synching to one song or another. What has emerged from 2girls1cup is a sport that generates videos with the kind of spontaneity and raw emotion that is usually lacking in videos of this type.

It basically involves sitting a victim (or victims) in front of the 2girls1cup video and recording their reactions, or recording your own reaction to a first viewing. It is, essentially, a video version of My First Goatse (see also).

Please remember that I’ve tried to choose examples that are typical in every way bar the inclusion of gagging, retching and/or outright vomiting, *but* you should also be aware that some NSFW audio will be involved throughout:

Here is a typical ‘self-inflicted on webcam’ reaction.

Here is a typical ‘sharing 2girls1cup with friends on webcam’ reaction.

Here is a typical collection of 2girls1cup reactions.

Here’s a kindly chap who showed 2girls1cup to his mother on her birthday.

Here’s the 2girls1cup meme reaching Spain.

OK, all done? Curiosity aroused but (hopefully) held safely at bay?

Good, because I have a special reward for you.

If you find yourself wondering exactly what’s in the 2girls1cup video and/or sneering at the low-rent entertainment of the ‘reactions’ videos, then this very special music video with admirably high production values should see you right. Again, be aware that NSFW audio is involved:

The 2 Girls 1 Cup Song by Jon Lajoie

A FINAL WORD – I’m really trying to do you a favour here, so let me spell it out for you so there’s no confusion…

There are many ways for you to challenge yourself in this life; you do not need to subject yourself to coprophilia, coprophagia, emetophilia, vomerophilia, and this unique combination of all four to become a better person.

You do, however, need to be aware of this meme, because there is now a very good chance that at least one of you will soon be invited by a ‘friend’ to spend one short minute watching a video while they record your reaction.

UPDATE (12 Dec) – Comments and Trackback have been disabled on this entry, due to repeated spamming attempts by yet more entrepreneurs chasing the gold at the end of the cupchick rainbow.

Posted by Tim Ireland at October 30, 2007

Category: Teh Interwebs

Just when you thought that no-one could possibly compete with Grant Shapps in the ‘most excruciating online foul-up followed by poorest excuse’ category…

Ladies and gentlemen, we have a wiener!

Herald Sun – Family First reels over porn scandal: Andrew Quah was disendorsed as a candidate and expelled from Victorian Senator Steve Fielding’s pro-family party yesterday after the Sunday Herald Sun uncovered his indiscretions. Mr Quah, 22, had earlier admitted to posing for two images, one partly undressed and the other clutching his private parts, attached to an email circulating across the country. He said he could not rule out being responsible for producing a third image attached to the email featuring graphic shots of a man’s genitalia. Mr Quah yesterday said he did not create the email nor had he written the text in it. He believed he had been set up by political opponents.

SMH – Meet Family First’s member for nowhere: If you thought John Howard was having a bad election campaign, spare a thought for Andrew Quah, a candidate for the Family First Party. He has been dumped as its candidate for the western Sydney seat of Reid after photos of him parading his private parts appeared on gay websites and were emailed around the country. Mr Quah, 21, has also admitted to looking at porn websites in the past two weeks, which made his position untenable given his party’s strong commitment to protect children by making porn harder to access on the internet. Mr Quah told the Herald yesterday he thought it was possible that he had posed for the compromising photographs. “I might have been drunk off my face or my political enemies might have drugged me.” … One photo shows him exposing his private parts as he takes a picture of himself in a mirror. “But that’s not my penis,” he said. So whose was it? “Look, maybe somebody photoshopped it, and put another one on the photo,” he said. “I can tell you, it’s not me. I know these things. But really, I can’t remember … All I know, I have been humiliated.”

Andrew Landeryou’s weblog The Other Cheek has a breakdown of his excuses, a shedload of detail including those pictures of Quah’s penis I know you’re just dying to see (SFW until your curiosity gets the better of you)…. and details of rather familiar legal techniques being used to attempt removal of dick-related data.

(Note – Andrew Quah’s weblog has sat neglected for nearly a year, but there’s a very good chance that it could be brought back into service over this… or suddenly withdrawn on the advice of his lawyers.)

UPDATE – Andrew does appear to have been screwed over, but not by political opponents. Instead, he appears to have been screwed over by fellow former students who baited him via MSN Messenger. Belligerent and Numerous has the story, including what they claim to be log files of the alleged baiting, and a promise of; “more photos of the disgraced Mr Quah that prove the validity of the third picture he is so desperately protesting.”


UPDATE – A Wikipedia entry is born.

UPDATE – This discussion at Andrew Quah’s former stomping grounds makes it clear that Quah knew that these photos were out there and in the hands of multiple web users who would most likely be less than impressed by his standing as a wowser.

Stupid. Stupid. Stupid.

The author of Belligerent and Numerous is a board member, and taking part in the discussion. A fellow board member and non-fan of Quah has claimed here that the log files published by Belligerent and Numerous are genuine

Some elements of the discussion (recalling previous bait-pwnage on the board) also reinforce material posted by Belligerent and Numerous suggesting that – at the time – Quah was under the impression that he was sending naked pictures of himself to girls he knew to be under the age of consent.

Also, (and do correct me if I’m wrong) but this discussion appears to include the first instance of someone with a semi-verifiable identity seriously airing the notion that Quah might kill himself if people keep pointing and laughing. Previous to this, all such comments were of the anonymous variety (example). I think there’s a very good chance that these messages come from Quah himself… and not in a ‘cry for help’ sense.

UPDATE – The Register also has the story.

Posted by Tim Ireland at October 29, 2007

Category: Teh Interwebs, Video

Crazy Indian Video… Buffalaxed! (link via)

The original is Kalluri Vaanil by Prabhu Deva Sundaram. An actual video-based translation complete with links to MP3s (warning:untested) can be found here.

And now, in the interests of cultural balance, I demand that someone immediately produce a non-English translation of Don’t It Make You Feel Good by Stefan Dennis.

Posted by Tim Ireland at September 19, 2007

Category: Teh Interwebs

BBC – Stun gun used during Kerry debate: University of Florida police used a stun gun on a student taking part in a forum with former presidential candidate John Kerry. Andrew Meyer was questioning Senator Kerry on why he did not contest the results of the 2004 election. University officials said he exceeded his allotted time and became disruptive after his microphone was cut off. Video footage shows police pulling Mr Meyer from the audience and pinning him to the ground before stunning him. The 21-year-old student can be heard screaming for help as the stun gun is administered.

Video footage of the incident is available on YouTube.

The most popular one can be found here:
University of Florida student Tasered at Kerry forum

But a far more complete one can be found here:
UF student Tasered at Kerry forum (new, complete)

I think the use of the Taser was excessive and grossly insensitive given the circumstances. On the latter point; the University police, if they had an interest in public order, should at the very least have considered how the act would have been interpreted, both immediately and in the following days. It was also OTT of them to initially detain Meyer for ‘inciting a riot’.

However, it needs to be pointed out that Andrew Meyer was ‘drive stunned’. This does not amount to a full deployment of a Taser as most people understand it.

I’ll link to the relevant Wikipedia entry here, because the Taser brochure it refers to is quite large and likely to cause browser droop; Some TASER devices, particularly those used by police departments, also have a “Drive Stun” capability, where the taser is held against the target without firing barbs and is intended to cause pain without incapacitating the target. TASER defines “Drive Stun” as “the process of using the EMD weapon as a pain compliance technique. This is done by activating the EMD and placing it against an individual’s body. This can be done without an air cartridge in place or after an air cartridge has been deployed.”

I think it’s important that the limited use of this weapon (in what is charmingly referred to as a ‘pain compliance technique’) be considered in light of Andrew Meyer’s reaction to its application (“OW! OW! OW!” and the instant classic “Don’t Tase me, Bro!”) and the response this has initiated in some quarters because:

Eyewitness report: This is probably the most important piece that the video did not cover. While Senator Kerry was answering a student’s question about Iraq, Meyer rushed to the microphone with cops in tail. No one knew what was going on at that point and I’m sure the cops were looking at the worst case scenario.

He’s already offside, even before he uses the term ‘blow job’ and asks his third and most ridiculous question:

The Register: As you can see, Andrew Meyer, 21, was pretty determined to quiz Kerry on the possible impeachment of President Bush, and indeed, “whether he and Bush were both members of the secret society Skull and Bones at Yale University”, although his impertinence was not actually the cause of his electric exit from the proceedings.

Of course, watching the most popular version of this on YouTube alone, and one might get the impression that the authorities are watching anybody who dares to ask a question very closely and took Meyer down for mentioning a dreaded and all-powerful secret society.

In fact, it seems increasingly likely that this (minus the jolt of electricity) was Meyer’s intention all along:

Washington Post: This was not Meyer’s first escapade as a provocateur, but it may be his most physically punishing. As a freshman his weekly columns for the Alligator, the campus newspaper, regularly prompted debate. “He would take an idea such as a fundraiser for cancer research, and would bash the way the whole event would go down,” wrote Meyer’s friend Brandon Crone in an e-mail, noting that some of Meyer’s articles were rejected for publication because of their incendiary material. Some have speculated that his penchant for attention (his e-mail handle is “famouswriterman”) led him to stage the outburst to draw traffic to his Web site,, a mishmash of political commentary, sketch comedy and filmed practical jokes.

WTOPNews: Meyer, a senior telecommunications major from the Fort Lauderdale suburb of Weston, has a Web site featuring several homemade videos. In one, he stands in a street with a sign that says “Harry Dies” after the latest Harry Potter book was released. In another, he acts like a drunk in a bar while trying to pick up a man dressed in drag.

Meyer’s partner in one such ‘funny’ video (which appears to have replaced the Harry Potter one, which has been removed from Meyer’s site for some reason) has since released a comical remix of the arrest footage in an effort to promote the sale of “Don’t Tase Me, Bro” t-shirts.

Further, we also have this:

University of Florida Offense Report: Before I returned to my post I observed Meyer hand a digital hand-held camera to white female he was present with, and it appeared that he instructed her to film his interaction… As the man was escorted down stairs with no cameras in sight, he remained quiet, but once the cameras made their way down stairs he started screaming and yelling again. Some of the comments that the man made were “You can’t kill me.”, “They are giving me to the government.” and “They are going to kill me.” Meyer stated, on the way to the jail, “I am not mad at you guys, you didn’t do anything wrong, you were just trying to do your job.” Meyer was laughing and being lighthearted in the car, his demeanor completely changed once the cameras were not in sight. Meyer did ask, at one point, if the cameras were going to be at the jail….

Just in case you’re not willing to take that at face value…

From 2:30 right here, you can see Andrew Meyer in custody saying: “There are people that know I’m here. You can’t like, kill me…. Oh my god, they’re giving me to the government. They’re giving me to the government. They’re giving me to the government. They’re giving me to the government… Everyone that was here to day please call the police station. Ask them, ask them ‘Where’s the guy that was arrested at the protest?’ Ask them ‘Where’s the guy that was arrested at the John Kerry rally?’ OK? Ask them. Ask them where I am, because they are going to try and kill me. They are going to try and kill me.”

At 03:50, right here, you can see Andrew Meyer in custody saying: “Anybody? Anybody want to follow along, just come with us? And make sure they don’t kill me? Anybody?”

Mark Thomas he is not.

In fact, Teh Interwebs being what it is, you should probably keep a sharp eye out for the first headline or video remix of the event using/referencing this famous advert.

And, despite many people objecting to the use of force in this way, a website and petition in support of Meyer that describes him as “martyr for humanity and freedom of speech” has so far drawn only 8 signatures.

Additionally, it’s reported here that: Thanks to Facebook, we know that about 5,000 students were invited to the protest today. So far, 184 “might show up” and 936 have declined.

All of this will bear watching over the coming days, as will the inevitable bunfight over this new Wikipedia entry.

[Psst! On that last point, I found this on my travels… Wikirage “lists the pages in Wikipedia which are receiving the most edits per unique editor over various periods of time.”]

UPDATE – I went hunting for the ‘Harry Potter spoiler’ video mentioned above, and not only has the embedding code been removed from Andrew Meyer’s website, but the entire video has been removed from YouTube. It was posted using this account (where you can see a duplicated comment posted 18 September 2007 saying “pleaze bring back the harry dies prank”), the URL of the removed file is and you can see the stunt/video described here, here, here and, apparently by Meyer himself, here. Would it be unreasonable to suggest that the video was removed because Meyer was concerned about possible PR implications?

UPDATE – Another useful tool found on my travels; Delutube allows you to watch videos that have been deleted from YouTube… not this one, though.

UPDATE – Some related bloggage raising similar points:

Attytood – UPDATED: Meet the future savior of journalism
Gary Bourgeault – Andrew Meyer and the New, Dangerous Media World

And, lest we forget the inappropriate level of force used against this dickhead, this comment from ‘a former Federal law enforcement officer’ under this DailyKos post: The police should have had no part in this situation. Whoever set them on the kid deserves the blame. And the officers who escalated force needlessly deserve to be fired. They are not suitable for their job.

UPDATE – Footage of the resulting protests here and here.

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