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Posted by Tim Ireland at September 11, 2007

Category: Teh Interwebs

Craig Murray – Usmanov Bluster: Usmanov’s lawyers are now blustering that the coverage of Usmanov in Murder in Samarkand is libellous. Given that he has such hyperactive lawyers, is it not strange that the book has been out for over a year, but they have made no move to sue for libel?

Well, there’s a potential defence, right there… should it ever go to court.

Moving on to the relevant Times article:

Times – Arsenal tycoon fury at web ‘smears’: Last week, Usmanov’s lawyers were forced to write to the internet service provider which hosts Murray’s website demanding that it take down a posting referring to Usmanov’s business and personal life. In a letter his lawyers said: “Murray clearly has an axe to grind. [He] has made a number of grossly defamatory and completely unsubstantiated allegations about our client in his book Murder in Samarkand and on his website.

Heh. It’s always fun to watch people crying ‘smear’ play the man and not the ball, isn’t it?

Septicisle – Anyone got a Schilling update: Schillings have finally this afternoon deigned to reply to my two messages sent on Thursday evening. They requested that I remove their “copyrighted” letter…

Copyrighted? Ahahahahahahahahahaha!

They’ll be after the Times next for daring to quote from one of their original works.

Dare I suggest that Schillings are rather reluctant to have their threats made public because they are somehow flawed and/or difficult to recycle?

(Let’s just quietly leave to one side the fact that copyright is normally understood to apply to – *ahem* – your more creative works. One would expect a letter of this type to rely more on fact and data, not imagination.)

Posted by Tim Ireland at September 7, 2007

Category: Teh Interwebs

[EDIT: The body of this post has been removed pending legal advice. I’ve been given less than an hour’s notice on this, so there’s no time to determine exactly what content Usmanov’s ever-vigilant lawyers object to. For this reason, all text from the original post has been removed as a temporary precaution.]

Posted by Tim Ireland at August 26, 2007

Category: Teh Interwebs

AP – Finnish Boy Fined for YouTube Video: HELSINKI, Finland – A 15-year-old schoolboy was fined Friday for posting a video on YouTube showing a karaoke performance of his teacher and for claiming she was a lunatic.

And by the looks of it, more for the latter than the former.

The relevant Fark thread brings us bad singing of the fun and excruciating kind and reminds me of the joys of rickrolling, the gift that just keeps on giving.

(Fresh rickrolls involving varying levels of effort are still turning up. Even the spammers haven’t killed it. Oh, and this fad has a lot in common with the whole goaste thing, so I’d just like to say congratulations to Pete Waterman for creating the PG version of a man’s gaping anus. )

Posted by Tim Ireland at January 23, 2007

Category: Teh Interwebs

The Register – B3ta man victorious over Coca-Cola in music dispute: Coca-Cola has agreed to settle with an unsigned London band over a dispute that the soft drink’s Argentinian subsidiary ripped off one of their songs and animated videos.

BBC – Ninja kitten band win Coke battle: The band, 7 Seconds of Love, argued that Coke used their song Ninja and its distinctive kitten-filled video without permission in a South American advert. After talks, Coke agreed to an out of court settlement of an undisclosed sum.

Posted by Tim Ireland at March 16, 2006

Category: Teh Interwebs

Scotsman – Gawker ‘stalker map’ tracks celebs: A row is brewing in New York over a new website that can publish details of celebrity sightings in the city within minutes – complete with a map pinpointing exactly where the star was spotted. Popular gossip site’s “stalker map” uses the Google map service to plot the location of the famous face as soon as possible after the tip comes in. Some readers even send in their spots straight away from their BlackBerry email devices and two interns have been employed to sift through the messages, so close to real-time tracking movie stars, such as Julia Roberts, is possible.

This post contains a typical explanation/disclaimer from Sightings are sent in by readers and fact-checked by no one. Some may, yes, be fabricated – it’s up to you to smell a rat. A reminder: Mapped pinpoints are posted anywhere from 15 minutes to a couple of hours from when readers first send them in, which provides an ample window for celebrities to move about before facing certain death exacted by their violently obsessive fans.

I’d like to think that there’s a clear difference between this and keeping a ruthless, sadistic maniac off the streets…. but do correct me if I’m wrong.

Posted by Tim Ireland at March 2, 2006

Category: Teh Interwebs

Private Eye bit into the fruit too early and have been shy of Teh Interwebs ever since. But stuff like this needs to be online:

Craig appears to be on the money.

The Eye could benefit greatly from a strategic release of their material online… as I’ve been saying to them privately – and publicly – for years now.

There’s also a lot that I’ve been holding in reserve.

Lunch. Hislop.

Who will help me to bake this bread?

(Incidentally, the cartoon this snippet refers to can be seen here.)

PS – While I’m asking; I would also like a windmill, please.

UPDATE – BlairWatch picks up on the Guardian picking up on yet more ammo from Private Eye

Posted by Tim Ireland at February 26, 2006

Category: Teh Interwebs

Slugger O’Toole has an excellent round-up of eyewitness accounts, and is bound to follow with some excellent analysis.

Posted by Tim Ireland at February 14, 2006

Category: BlogCode, Teh Interwebs

When first launched, we watched early matches with great interest. We were on the lookout for the quality matches and the quirky ones (one of the most interesting early matches was Animal Farm and A Christmas Carol).

So, today, I’m keeping a close eye on new and existing entries on BlogCode (and also making notes of any duplicate entries for manual correction while we work on the duplication-prevention issue).

This is one of the best matches I’ve seen so far…
Take a look at how closely the Impeach Bush Coalition matches with BlairWatch.

That’s a little bit spooky, that is.

Drop me a line if you see/notice anything interesting yourself

Also, you may have spotted a few references to ‘evil twins’ on other blogs. This is my fault. When sending word out to Alpha-testers, I had this to say:

Once we have a rich enough database, you stand a very good chance of locating your evil twin… because the chances are he/she runs a very similar weblog to your own, only from a very different viewpoint.

In other words, the database allows a very good chance of finding someone who blogs/writes in much the same way you do, with the only thing that differs significantly being your political view(s).

Looking at the recommendations for a few days ago, my best candidate for my Evil Twin looked to be that Guido fellow, and this still appears to be the case.

New on my recommendations list is a blog I’d not seen previously… Balrog. There’s lots to read there, but what really caught my eye was this post on free speech highlighting the difference between these two Google Image searches:

Google worldwide
Google in China

PS – Happy Valentines Day. Those who hold a special place in my heart may wish to get in touch today for a sneak-preview of something wonderful.

Posted by Tim Ireland at February 13, 2006

Category: BlogCode, Teh Interwebs

OK folks, here it is… the Big Shiny New Thing I’ve been promising: – the weblog directory and recommendation tool is an initiative of StoryCode, the book-comparison project in which I have been proud to play a small role. The idea for BlogCode was cooked up by myself and Steve Johnston, and made real largely thanks to the excellent work of StoryCode’s lead developer Chris Russell., not unlike its parent site, is designed to provide reading recommendations based on aspects such as style, delivery and content. We have, however, taken great care to make the coding process specific to weblogs, but universal enough to cover the typical aspects of most weblogs.

The result is a blog directory that lets you find blogs similar to the one(s) you enjoy, without limiting yourself to subject-based searches on Technorati or endless journeys through blogroll after blogroll.

Basically, it provides anyone who enjoys weblogs with a fast-track to similar reading experiences. It will also be useful to bloggers themselves, by helping them to attract a suitable readership and/or helping them to find other bloggers that they may wish to network with.

Take the excellent weblog Chicken Yoghurt as an example; over the past year or so I’ve found myself linking to what this blogger writes about on more key issues than any other blogger, as we have similar views and similar writing styles.

It took months – years, even – to establish this relationship and the synchronicity between our weblogs, but BlogCode established an 84% match within minutes:
Recommendations for Bloggerheads

How the system works

– The reader of any given blog evaluates that weblog at

– 27 metrics allow for intuitive response via the use of sliders

– One code/evaluation is enough to kick things off, but the more people who code a weblog, the more reliable this collaborative evaluation becomes

– These 27 metrics intersect in what can best be described as a sphere; and where any given weblog is in this sphere is determined by the combined gravitational forces of all metrics

– Other blogs that are closest in proximity to this weblog within this imaginary 3-dimensional space are judged to be a good match (the strength of which is determined by a simple percentage… anything over 80% is a bloody good match)

How it can be used

As a reader: If you discover a blog that you love, you simply look it up at BlogCode to find others like it (and if that blog isn’t in the database, you simply create an entry and code it)

As a blogger: You can use BlogCode to find other people to network with and/or beef up your blogroll – there’s even a special tool available via the site that allows you to display a feed of current matches on your weblog (kind of like a miniature dynamic blogroll).

Beta-testing begins now

So, go forth, play, do and enjoy. Remember; the more blogs we have in the system and the more evaluations we have of each weblog, the better the system works.


Warm and fuzzy feelings of gratitude go out to all those who chipped in on the Alpha-testing and – in doing so – helped to build our initial weblog database:

Nick Barlow
Beau Bo D’Or
Toby Bryans
Chicken Yoghurt
Alan Connor
Carl Eve
Peter Gasston
Guy Gooberman
Martin Lloyd
Shane McCracken
Annie Mole
Rachel North
Andrew Seal
Dave Weeden
Tim Worstall
Richard Wilson

Posted by Tim Ireland at February 13, 2006

Category: Teh Interwebs

Working like mad to make it happen by this afternoon, folks… we’re adding a special Very Useful Tool before we go BETA.

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