It’s a fishing rod, not a chain – Links for Mon 24th April 2006

Russell Beattie is now poisoning his blog feed with a really annoying flashing graphic. He wants people to unsubscribe. Currently there are 3315 subscribers via bloglines. Lets see how that decreases over time. More ads like that or a goatse and it’ll plummet.

Nice comment on Usenet by Rob:

In fact, there are as many as 15 people who use USENET for purposes which don’t involve large illegal files. You learn something new every day.

Blog post of the year so far. Treasa on beauty and appearances. The title of this post is taken from her post.

The one thing I do know, contrary enough as I am, is that if I read anyone talking about how all women hate their bodies, or their breasts, or their hair, or their eyes, I instantly resolve to love mine. … it’s a fishing rod, not a chain, in other words.

Theatre of noise on Véronique.

All of you who loved the stunning Trois couleurs films now have a fourth colour in which to revel.

That’s me sold then.

Genesis Europe rises from the ashes, sorta. Electric news reports on a combi gsm/wifi/satellite phone from the guy that was behind Genesis Europe – the company that was going to bring VDSL to the masses in 1999.

6 Responses to “It’s a fishing rod, not a chain – Links for Mon 24th April 2006”

  1. Rob says:

    Er, Russell Beattie would appear to have given up the ghost…

  2. Damien says:

    Indeed he has and after his final speech he is turning on the fire alarm and sprinklers to make people leave the auditorium.

  3. Feed readers that strip graphics don’t get the flasher that you’re talking about. There’s just plain text when I use FreeNews to read blogs, with a picture of Russ and his “please unsubscribe from this feed” message from Monday, 24 April. He must need to reduce the data transfer flow from his web server. He’s had a good run and hasn’t stopped chatting in the mobile channels.

  4. robin says:

    Some reviewers actually prefer The Double Life of Veronique to Blue/White/Red. Certainly it fits better with the luxurious aesthetic of these films than it does with Kieslowski’s earlier more austere (though still great) films.

    Thanks for the mention.

  5. Treasa says:


    I might change the byline on my blog to that fishing rod/chain quote. It’s a bit more memorable…

  6. Liam says:

    I think its really rude of him to use that in his feed, granted hes trying to get people to un-subscribe but what about people who have epilepsy, even my eyes are still blurry after seeing it.