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Thursday, October 2nd, 2003

My blog has started to get spammed. I’m in shock since I get so little traffic. Anyways a kind gentlemen of the net has created a little bit of code to get the spammers to piss off.

Pinging Elegant Hack too as thats where I found the info.

What a load of pants..

Thursday, October 2nd, 2003

picture of an underpants

I’m going to buy one from here.

Driving test tomorrow. Should be okay. Neck is still stiff and sore though. Pretty damaged it seems. After the test I should have free time again and so I’ll finish the Mulley Genealogy Website

Lies lies

Wednesday, October 1st, 2003

A history of the Iraq war, told entirely in lies All text is from the Bush regime. And its all lies.

Why my Postman hates me

Wednesday, October 1st, 2003

Got 5 cds from CD Wow yesterday.
Johnny Cash – American IV ,
Perfect Circle – 13 (and they boast that its copy protected, I think I’ll send this back as I’ll be fucked that some record company can tell me how I listen to my music. )
Snow Patrol – Last Straw ,
Spiritualized – Amazing Grace
and N.E.R.D. – Clones.

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Then today I got the following:

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17 cds (albums and singles)

The Pale – Lonely Space Age
David Kitt – Square 1
Live – Birds of Pray
Bell X1 – Music In Mouth
The Coral – Magic and the Medicine
Acoustic 3 – Various Acoustic Songs
Ruby Sessions – Various Irish Artists
Paddy Casey – Saints and Sinners (single)
The Crayonz – Nena
Turinbrakes – 5 Mile (2 singles)
Evanescene – Going Under (single)
Alkaline Trio – All on Black (single)
The Thorns
Nickelback – The Long Road
Goldfish Memory Soundtrack – Various
Manic Street Preachers – Lipstick Traces

and a book on the ancient chinese game of go: View image

Funny

Wednesday, October 1st, 2003

Must send this to my friend Allan.

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Fire in the sky

Wednesday, October 1st, 2003

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Interesting image here. Got this link via Donncha O’Cs blog.

See, told you I’d have some pics.

On the Edge

Tuesday, September 30th, 2003

Nice Article reproduced on a mailing list here

Its about Pirate radio stations and how popular they are. A cool lil thing is how listeners ring the stations mobile and hang up while some song they like is playing. It gets logged as a missed call. This missed call is a way for the kids listening in to say they like that song without paying money to tell them. Cheap and handy. The station gets to see which songs are popular and so can stick em on a heavier rotation.

Major labels know that if they sign an artist that is big on pirate radio,
they also acquire a guaranteed fan base. BMG, whose roster includes the
urban superstars the Neptunes and Whitney Houston, has courted pirate
stations for 10 years. “We were among the first to set up ‘street teams’,
whose job is to find out what is going on on pirate radio,” explains Mervyn
Lyn, BMG vice-president of European marketing and promotion. “Now all the
majors do the same. Pirates are simply too influential to ignore.”

Find this pretty fucking Ironic (yes thats a big I ) that the major record labels who sue 12 year old girls and 80 yer old grannies over file-sharing and take all the money off college students who share music so that they end up not being able to finish their course and they are the same ones that are sucking down all this information as to what the kids really want.

“We switch on and we hear the nucleus of what black Britain has to offer,”
he says. “And it will remain that way until we are properly included. It
will end when the BBC has black people in positions of power and when
record companies and mainstream organisations have enough black people in
place. Until then, there will always be pirate radio.”

Jazzy B (Soul II Soul dude ) said that and he is wrong. Theres always going to be an underground. Be it in radio, television, writing, music, art or… Theres going to be the most popular thing almost force fed to us nowadays and people will happily go along with this like sheep until interest wanes and then the marketing giants will find out what will appeal to the masses next and give us that.

Some people will not want to be associated with that which is bland and mainstream and they will seek out something on the edges, something underground and all along they probably hope it will be the next big thing so they can say “ahh yeah sure I read his work years before it was popular” or ” ah I heard her when she was underground”

We’ll get status in our community for being someone that can spot future trends and we’ll be happy but this will fade when we realise that the beautiful thing we thought we discovered becomes over-played and too common and cheapens and will be tarnished for life. So we’ll move on to something else and find another up and coming trend.

Theres people that do this a lot and theres people that hunt these people down and watch them and see how they can define cool.

It’d be cool to be on the edge though all the time. High entropy and constant churn. Possibly tiring too but never bland and never the same. I started this post with the intention of thinking out loud why we take stuff from the edge and make it mainstream and how the people that can do that are very powerful. But I’m not sure is that the point I made.

haha Brian !

Tuesday, September 30th, 2003

2003.09.29 23:40:53 213.202.165.102 Search: query for damien milk tray man *cough*

Yeah yeah. Funny.

Things are going to change I can feel it …

Tuesday, September 30th, 2003

Grassroots Politics. Mob spots..

Steven Johnson writes about people creating their own campaign ads. These ads can become with group involvement very polished and popular. I’m just thinking about all those internet jokes and phenomena that start off on blogs and slowly filter up to mainstream news in papers and on TV. The web is the source/momentum for more and more mainstream ads. Fucks sake I saw an article in the Examiner that was practically lifted word from word from Aint It Cool News.

Now I’ve also been reading about Emergent Democracy , Liquid Democracy and Open Source Democracy and they all seem to mention how online collaboration will change the face of democracy and maybe empower the people more. ( I do need to read some of the docs on these more though)

Reading about these and things like the Howard Dean campaign give me that feeling I used to have years ago as a kid where I thought I had the power to change the world. I think we can create some sort of Hybrid version of this for Ireland.

Get some of those kiddies off boards (and by kiddies I mean anyone since we are all kids at heart. Immature is what I really mean. ) get people to come up with anti-ff, anti-fg or anti-labour or whoever the hell else and get them to come up with some good ads. Theres bound to be some good video makers about too who could help out. With the upsurge of broadband and people emailing bigger and bigger files via email in work daily, the vids and pics will easily get circulated at a lightning speed throughout the country and the world. Couple that with an online archive and central core where people can discuss and contribute and you can start allowing people to become more empowered.

You’d be surprised that once people get the feeling that they can make an impact you’ll have some pretty motivated people. .. Or am I just ranting.

As a sidenote I have to sya the net is great. Reading Stevens site I’m thinking “this guy is making lots of sense I’m adding him to my aggregator” and I realise he is the same guy that has a book published that I wanted to read. Billions of webpages online and the some six degrees thing is still in effect.

In my next post I’ll add some picture to keep people happy. 🙂

Edit: Jason has more of the same idea here.

logs logs logs

Monday, September 29th, 2003

I was alerted to these in my blog logs. See anytime you do a search for something it gets put into a log file on the server.

excerpt:

2003.09.26 18:22:35 143.239.128.38 Search: query for ‘***’
2003.09.26 18:22:51 143.239.128.38 Search: query for ‘***’
2003.09.26 18:23:05 143.239.128.38 Search: query for ‘***’
2003.09.26 18:23:09 143.239.128.38 Search: query for ‘***’
2003.09.26 18:23:13 143.239.128.38 Search: query for ‘***’
2003.09.26 18:23:20 143.239.128.38 Search: query for ‘boyfriend’

Hermes2.ucc.ie webproxy, so someone from the open access labs was doing a search for his name and name variations or the name of someone I used to date.

Anything you do online is logged. EVERYTHING. Its a little scary. A friend thats going to college in Dublin was telling me the computers in the labs even have keyloggers installed so they record what you do. I think thats just FUD they’re telling the freshers to keep them on their feet. Bloody great rumour to spread though.


Even if you use google to get here I know which search query was used in google or any other search engine to reach me. Its well fun to see how people happen upon here.