Wednesday, August 30, 2006
You might have heard about this mess-up at CNN today: they left the microphone of the news anchor on while she took a toilet break during a speech by the President. She must be mortified that half the world now knows that she thinks that her sister-in-law is a control freak.
Tuesday, August 29, 2006
Come to daddy
Possibly the best music video ever, and certainly one of the freakiest: come to daddy by Aphex Twin, directed by Chris Cunningham.
Hold the front page
Newseum is a nice site: the front pages of 526 different newspapers, updated daily. Tune in on Mondays for the latest Diana news.
Geotags on flickr
Flickr has just added an excellent new feature: geotags. You can specify (on an interactive map) where your photos were taken, and then browse your (or other peoples) pictures by location. Here is my map, and here is the map of everyone's pictures. The closer you zoom in, the more the detail level increases. Flickr has to be one of the best sites on the internet.
Tuesday, August 22, 2006
Hell on Earth
Maybe the internet isn't that great after all. Some Web 2.0 arsehole had the idea to mix YouTube (good) with karaoke (bad). SingShot (cringe) allows you to record versions of your favourite songs, and then allow other prople to hear them. Like X Factor without the comedy. Or high production values. Or commercial viability. Or talent. Here's an example: a girl kills Somebody to Love by Queen through being utterly average. Here an old man murders Earth Song. Awful.
Sunday, August 20, 2006
In the shadows
No Oliver Reed?
The 5 most obviously drug-fueled TV appearanxes ever. I suppose Reed was an alkie rather than a druggie. My favourite is the James Brown one.
Saturday, August 19, 2006
Friday, August 18, 2006
Film review: Snakes on a Plane
Thursday, August 17, 2006
Still not as bad as Blunt
Nice idea, terrible execution: eClips makes personalised songs for you or your loved ones. Choose an occasion (from an exhaustive list including birthday, Chinese New Year, and Earth Day), choose the name of the person the song is for, add some details, and voila! the song is ready. And if you like it, you only have to pay $5 to keep it forever! Excruciating.
A capital idea
Tuesday, August 15, 2006
This is fun. Likebetter is a website where you have to choose one of a pair of photos that you prefer. After a while, the brain below goes pink, and will try and guess some things about you. Some of them can be a bit vague and cold-reading-ish ("you prefer clear information and hard facts"), while some are quite specific ("you prefer boxers to briefs"). Via Arbroath.
EDIT: how well do you know me?
Wiki Wiki Wah
I love Wikipedia, and I love the fact that you can change pretty much any entry as you see fit. Earlier this month, someone changed the entry for Caprice so that she was born in 1917. Here are the original and vandalised versions. Anyway, here is an interesting article on the history of Wikipedia, including the politics of the seemingly-efficient "mob rule".
Do you have "The Only Way is Up" by Yazz?
Apparently anyone can DJ. According to this article, anyway, it's just a few tricks that look impressive but are actually easy. I am sure that a DJ set by me would be an utter farce, though.
Monday, August 14, 2006
The missing link
As a quick addition to the post below on evolution vs ID, here are the results of a survey that show the US is lagging the world in accepting evolution. 25% of Turks believe in evolution, compared to 40% of Americans and 80% of those in Iceland, Sweden, Denmark and France. An interesting article, and check out the gold-coloured sidebar under the Darwin picture for an exhaustive and excellent (if very partisan) series of articles on the subject.
This blog entry eloquently satirises the fact that the UK and US governments have deemed that an entire state of matter (one of only 3 main states of being)is a security risk. This security blog makes the interesting point that the current situation is "security theatre": it gives us the impression that we are safer without actually making us safer. Targeting the tactics rather than the organisation means that all the turrrrrists have to do now is switch away from liquid explosives, and they will have caused uproar and cost us a lot of money. His advice: don’t be terrorised.
How not to release a leopard
This site is just plain weird. Jowlers are photos taken while people are violently shaking their head, so that their jowls go all wobbly. We can't be far off the point where every possible new thing has been thought of already.
Sunday, August 13, 2006
World Cup photos
I've finally managed to get my ass in gear and upload my World Cup photos to flickr. Well here they are.
Saturday, August 12, 2006
Bo He-man Rhapsody
Friday, August 11, 2006
In for a penny...
Well, seeing as I'm doing religious controversy today, lets go on to atheism. This site is an FAQ about atheism, written by an atheist in a blunt style. Worth reading for the theological and philisophical arguments even if you think that atheism is soulless. It answers the question "Hitler was an atheist! See what he did!" by saying "Adolf Hitler was a self‐proclaimed Catholic, who probably believed he was acting under orders from God to wipe out Jewish vermin. He was also a vegetarian, a health‐nut, a violent anti‐tobacconist and quite possibly a meth addict. Go figure."
A big guy did it and ran away
With all the controversy about creationism/intelligent design (wikipedia article) being taught in some British science lessons, here are some useful sites about evolution. This one covers the main myths about evolution, which are usually the arguments used by the ill-informed. From the same site, this page is more dense and scientific, but has some excellent stuff and explodes received facts/myths. Did you know that your lungs are perfectly capable of breathing underwater? It's just your diaphragm that can't cope. Finally, this site is an exhaustive rebuttal of creationist claims.
Thursday, August 10, 2006
It's all a big conspiracy, man
More Middle-East stuff, this time Reuters being cuaght out publishing doctored photos that have obviously been photoshopped. Tut Tut.
Polish film posters
This site is almost impossible to take your eyes off. Updated in real-time, it displays the songs that are being played (as they begin playing) on all the US commercial radio stations.
Wednesday, August 09, 2006
How to tell if someone deserves a kicking, part 2
Watching Beirut Die
Here's a story by a top author, Anthony Bourdain. Usually he is writing about food, but here he is on Beirut being blown up in front of him while he was making a travel documentary. To read the whole article, you have to click on and watch an advert that lasts about 10-20 seconds. It is definitely worth it, though.
I'm back. I've been lazy. I can live with that. Anyway, here's something that Niall and Simon will probably like: a site that lets you tell it the countries that you have visited, and then generates a map with those countries couloured-in for you. Here's mine: