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Interesting words from Dave Winer

Sunday, August 27th, 2006

The quote below from Dave Winer sums up most of the latest tech fads too:

We were excited about WAP in January 2000, and we (UserLand) made it so Manila automatically generated WAP and WML from each site’s home page. Where did that go? Nowhere, because no one was using mobile stuff then, they were just having conferences about it.

El Fluffo linkos – Sat August 26th

Saturday, August 26th, 2006

They’ve turned Megatron into the Shrike.

Durex ads are always fun.

Sebastien Schuller – Go listen to his stuff. Weeping Willow is a beautiful song.

How firefox prevents websites sneakily installing malicious software on your machine.

540 degree slam dunk:

It may be a BMW ad but the artist and his kinetic piece of art are worth watching:

Has Jarvis Cocker been writing songs with Twenty Major? – Cunts are still running the world

Friday, August 25th, 2006

Jarvis Cocker – Cunts are still running the world. Give the video a chance. There’s 3-4 false starts before he launches into a working version of the song. The start of this song is kind of dodgy but ends really well. You can also hear the song on Jarvis’s MySpace.

Here are the lyrics:

Well did you hear, there’s a natural order.
Those most deserving will end up with the most.
That the cream cannot help but always rise up to the top,
Well I say: Shit floats.
If you thought things had changed,
Friend you’d better think again,
Bluntly put in the fewest of words,
Cunts are still running the world,
Cunts are still running the world.

Now the working classes are obsolete,
They are surplus to societies needs,
So let ‘em all kill each other,
And get it made overseas.
That’s the word don’t you know,
From the guys thats running the show,
Lets be perfectly clear boys and girls,
Cunts are still running the world,
Cunts are still running the world.

Oh feed your children on Cray fish and Lobster tails,
Find a school near the top of the league,
In theory I respect your right to exist,
I will kill ya if you move in next to me,
Ah it stinks, it sucks, it’s anthropologically unjust,
But the takings are up by a third, Oh So
Cunts are still running the world,
Cunts are still running the world.

Your free market is perfectly natural,
Or do you think that I’m some kind of dummy,
It’s the ideal way to order the world,
Fuck the morals, does it make any money?
And if you don’t like it? Then leave.
Or use your right to protest on the street,
Yeah, use your rights but don’t imagine that it’s heard, Oh no no,
Cunts are still running the world,
Cunts are still running the world.

Open letter to the Gordon coming from web address mail.orourkereid.com

Friday, August 25th, 2006

Hi Gordon,

re: your comment

you’re one sad git. You obviously have little else to be doing.

You’d be wrong. I have a lot more to do, I have a very busy day each and every day and don’t like it when I have to take the time out to read emails I did not ask for and then after that I have to go and ask for these emails to be stopped. Then the same happens again and again.

I also do not like having to take the time to fill out a report to the Data Protection Commissioner but there is a law and I am allowed exercise my duty to have this breach investigated. Would you say nothing if someone constantly started dumping rubbish bags into your front garden? I wouldn’t.

Justin Mason got married

Friday, August 25th, 2006

Via Adam’s not a blog is news that Justin Mason is now a married man. Congrats to yourself and the wife. Big extra coolness points go to Justin for linking to the below video on his blog post announcing his marriage. Via le liga!

Lunch – You can hate me now. Or moreso.

Friday, August 25th, 2006

Chargrilled red snapper, green ratatouille , balsamic & roast pepper crispy leaves. €5.50.

Lunch

Motherfluffing links on a motherfluffy blog – Fluffy links 25th August 2006

Friday, August 25th, 2006

Test your trivia knowledge with Blufr. A new site from Answers.com Handy resource for pub quizes.

America’s drunkest cities. I love this quote:

more than 70% of adult Milwaukeeans reported that they had had at least one alcoholic drink within the past 30 days–the highest percentage on our list. Twenty-two percent of Milwaukee respondents confessed to binge drinking, or having five or more drinks on one occasion–also the highest on our list.

They’d best not come to Ireland then. Which Irish cities are the drunkest? Where could one get these facts? CSO? JNLR?

Create ipod readable documents with this site. Could prove very useful as a way of storing todo lists or even reading mobile version of websites.

The Bacon Wallet. Mmmm rashers.

iScorch – save your lighters. No need to bring lighters to a concert with this. Now bring your iPod and have a flame flickering on the screen. Will they do what that TV station in the states did and have a video of a fire lighting too?

A nice PR person sent me this link to the Bad Pitch Blog where PR people point out what not to do as well as what to do as a PR person. The 10 tips on how to work with journalists is quite useful for anyone that wants to pitch stories to the press and doesn’t know how. Equally valid for not PR people.

God does play dice with the universe. You just can’t see the dice because they’re so small.

Kevin Burton points out that there is now an app you can use as a lie detector for skype calls. Brilliant. Tom should use this for his podleader interviews. 🙂

One lucky helicopter pilot and passenger. Newschopper gets into difficulty and crashes in a dense residential area. Note to the UPS helicopter pilot who flew very close to my office yesterday: It’s not very bright to have your helicopter fly within ten feet of overhead powerlines. Cop the fuck on, you’re not in Airwolf.

Let’s get, let’s get, let’s get, let’s get locked

Thursday, August 24th, 2006

Julian is considering inviting bloggers to a wine tasting event. Now I’m sure it’s not a chance to get locked but it’s good to see companies consider bloggers. Now if there were only an ice cream tasting event… or smoked salmon and eel … or ducati road testing events…

Post title is inspired by a line from Def Leppard – Let’s get rocked. Hairspray and big hair is optional for this Bubble Brothers event I should think.

French Political Party offers free blogs to all members and free blog training

Thursday, August 24th, 2006

This is what I’m talking about. Via Loic is news that Nicolas Sarkozy’s right wing party UMP is giving away Tyepad blogs to all members for a year and they will also provide training on how to blog. They also have an initiative for podcasting. Very clever.

The only Irish political party that seems to have a HQ approved blogging programme is Labour. (Who must really love my tough love attitude towards them. No coloured garments will be mentioned in this post.) Still, it seems to be in beta at the moment and it’s mostly councillors that are blogging but thank goodness they are genuine in their messages. There are a few other politicians from other parties who blog but I don’t think it is due to encouragement from the core. I have to say well done to them for their fresh thinking and reaching out to web users. Wouldn’t it be nice if a political party encouraged their members to blog by providing blog space?

It would be great of some blogging company had an Irish representative who’d set up the blogs for all these members. Or set up special blogs for this party so that the template would have links back to the party blogs on the sidebar. Anyone know of such a person? 🙂 Once the blogs are set up then it’s a matter of training. There are a few people training people to blog around the country. Why not have classes in various catchment areas. Hell, I’m happy to provide training to people in the Cork area if the party provides a space to do it.

What’s the selling point? Well, with all your members blogging it means the web is going to be awash with political opinion guided by your ideals. Because they’re blogs and they all have their own unique audiences it will have wider reach into a non-poltics obsessed audience. The key I guess is not to force all members to just discuss party issues. Blogs will encourage all members to share their opinion and put their thoughts down into written form, allowing them, in a sense, to polish up their own beliefs. It can also be a great way of fact-checking the opposition and guiding new party policies.

How far away are we in Ireland to see this happening or will it ever happen? Maybe it’ll be superceded by something else?

Uh and oooh

Wednesday, August 23rd, 2006

Uh: What the fuck like?

Oooh: Nice one.