I may be late to this, but the intense work and effort that went together into the rx "Party Party" release is nothing short of astounding.
Certainly with computers this all is easier. But it is still an effort to get things like this to line up just SO well.
Bush. Samples. Lou Reed. U2. Sacrilege. Kerry. Brilliance.
Beware the inevitable Slashdotting...
Now available, a calendar of local Chicago Computing Events . Includes handy RSS feed, so you don't have to leave the comfort of your own aggregator.
All it needs next is iCal export (or enclosures, if you swing that way...)
When I heard about it yesterday, the death of John Peel came as a shock. I was taken aback at the loss, gutted as so many people have put it.
Looking down at my iPod, I knew it had hours of his programs ripped to it, but I also knew that if I gave in and started listening to some of them I'd become more of a wreck than I immediately felt, unable to get even a minimal amount of work done. So I proceeded apace, somewhat damp eyed but keeping it together. Periodically I'd dip into the news postings, the Peel list, and Barbelith, looking for a bit of community to hang my sad hat with.
Today I gave in and listened to Steve Lamacq's covering of John's shift, playing a selection of sessions recorded for Peel over the years (from the Faces to Smashing Pumpkins to Hefner and PJ Harvey, et al.), interspersed with readings from letters and messages sent in by listeners. Not a word from the man himself, just his influence playing out on the airwaves.
And somewhere in this process is where I stopped keeping it together so well. Tears seeped out, quietly. And though I couldn't explain my eye wiping to my coworker who stopped by to ask me a question, it was still OK.
It helped somehow, knowing that Peel regularly described himself as a weepy person (crying in the back rows of a movie theatre, for example, or listening to Eddie Jefferson's "When You Look in the Mirror").
The loss of Peel is a huge loss; Peel was a mensch in the meaning of the word as I have it - he gave, he was self-effacing, and he cared. He leaves behind a legacy that to my mind ranks among the best.
Where words seemed never to fail him on air (unlike the equipment perhaps), they fail me now.
And as a bonus - a possible reuse for those old Quadras in the basement!
Audi industrial design (often good)
Quicktime Movie combining the two in an advertisement - Good.
Post-debate spin alley: bad.
Inappropriate dog making jokes at expense of denizens of spin-alley: good.
Again, me with the videos. Thanks to a mention on BoingBoing again - Pirates & Emperors is a slick little animated video, an anti-imperialist version of the old Saturday educational cartoons. Fun.
When we were in London last month, one of the things AZ and I did was go to see the Pet Shop Boys accompanying that astounding work of Social Agitprop, Eisenstein's Battleship Potemkin.
It was a fine performance in the rain, and much enjoyed by us.
Prior to the performance, there was a nicely produced socialist history of Trafalgar, working backwards through the anti-war protests, the more anti-war protests, the union protests, the anti-poll-tax protests, all the way back to the first worker's protests in the 19th century on that site.
If I'm not mistaken, the same narrator is provides the measured tones in this amazingly well crafted piece of slightly-paranoid agitprop about the Project for the New American Century. I'd be interested to confirm this fact, if I could only find more information on the pre-Potemkin work...
In the mail today is the most recent issue of McSweeney's.
If you don't have time to read the full document, it's still worth the time to read the 19 page "Key Findings" (PDF, 304KB) of the
CIA Comprehensive Report of the Special Advisor to the DCI on Iraq's Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD).
It's a punchy and intriguing document that the Iraq Survey Group has provided. And there's something for everyone in it, pro-intervention-now and anti-intervention-now.
The core of the findings, in my own quick takeaway, are that.
A lot of facts in this summary are cleanly expressed, but there is a lot of soft language for the Iraqi programs "desired," "plans or designs," "intended to reconstitute," "ambitions," "intent," "intentions," or "intended to preserve."
The programs in chemical and biologic weapons (which we looked away from in the Iran/Iraq conflict, of course) appear to have stayed intellectually closest to the surface, and would probably have resurrected most quickly in a post-sanctions Iraq (though not for a period of years, most likely). Even those programs the ISG expresses a number of doubts about.
It's entertaining, but it's also cheap shots. Though often inarticulate or inexpressive of any internal questioning, piecing together the worst bits of his ~40 minutes of speaking into a ~4:54 audio track isn't entirely fair.
Well, actually, that's ~10%, isn't it, unless one performs deduping. Google, fetch me information on the percentage of any adult's vocabulary which is flavoring phonemes!
There's some belief (full article behind Nature's subscription wall, but summarized at yaelf.com that Uh and Um are more wordlike than not, and actually aid the comprehension of the listener... But no percentage listed there.
Any linguistics geeks in the audience? I've found various references that use large corpi of data, but I can't read the academic niche language to decipher if they approach my question...
Some quick pickhits from recent days, though not by any means a catchup for the missing weeks.
Andy Lester has a fliparound essay on Bush as Programming Project Leader up at OReillyNet. I'm not sure I buy all of it, but I do buy a lot of it.
I've been loading my iPod recently with bits and pieces from ITConversations and more recently with stuff dumping in from IPodderX (so RSS 2.0 Enclosures feeding from Curry et al). IPodderX has issues still - I'm not sure I would have made it a 1.0 just yet (for example, file management is still crufty, silent modifications to your crontab is a bit squicky, feedback and progress isn't very granular yet). Thanks to katkins for pointing my toward the tool.
And like everyone else, I'm reading 43Folders every day...