shigella: EXTERMINATE!

shigella: EXTERMINATE!

Thanks to Rakka for letting me know about this.

David Lynch - "One the Air" Episode Guide

David Lynch - "One the Air" Episode Guide
I only saw this series once it was on BBC2 sometime - and I've always remembered it. I wish I could getr hold of the episodes. I wish someone like the Comedy Channel would show it. *Sighs*

WIRED Blogs: Beyond the Beyond

WIRED Blogs: Beyond the Beyond: "56 per cent" -blimey - as high as that still?

When is the US due for another general election anyway?

MQFF07 Launch 93

MQFF07 Launch 93
Originally uploaded by MQFF.
mmmm hello there
Funniest episode of 'Never mind the Buzzcocks' ever.
Can "Lost" survive its confusing plots?

Well I'm still there. I'm still watching it. Even though I am continually desperately frustrated and annoyed at it -as the creators still haven't learnt their lesson and continue to layer mystery upon unsolved enigma upon more mystery - forever dangling that carrot in front of my nose - even though that carrot keeps moving further and further away and now I'm starting to get eyestrain trying to see even if there's even a carrot still there. But I know having come this far I'll watch it through to the bitter end, hoping it doesn't get cancelled prematurely. Now that would be so maddenly frustrating ABC might have to wiped off the face of the planet.
The UK is a depressing place - no, really it is.

Al Aynsley-Green has got it right. There is a crisis at the heart of our society. The children's commissioner was responding to the publication yesterday of Unicef's report on the well-being of children and adolescents in wealthy countries. Its results are devastating. Overall, this country ranks last, making it the worst place to grow up in the developed world.

After the long, long dark years of Thatcherism and then after her ousting the following years of sleaze and corruption of a decaying Tory party (then still packed full of insanely greedy party members)- there came **new** improved Labour. Promising much and delivering very little - it was really just more Thatcherite-style Tory policies in disguise. A leader so unsure of himself and his position in the world he willingly let himself become a lap-dog to one of the most stupid, most vain-glorious, misguided, mis-directed, clueless, disconnected American Presidents the world has ever seen.

Nowadays we're seeing the Labour party starting to repeatedly target, blame and demonize a lot of the same helpless victims the old Tory party used to... the long term unemployed, the long term sick and disabled, the single parent, the immigrant. Blaming them for what are really the failures of government policy, of industry, of businesses, of educational institutions, of local governments and local communities.

And of course they keep dodging the real issue at the heart of this whole sorry mess - the plain and simple fact that there are far more people than there are jobs... heck, there's a lot of a certain type of jobs which because of globalisation keep moving to China, to India, etc.

There's one simple thing which would really going some way to help this but no one even considers because of the controversy (among industry) it would cause - is to strictly limit the working hours people are legally allowed to work down to something like four or even three days a week. Y'know something that would really address the life-work balance head on. Something that would actually help generate more jobs as the extra leisure time will need more employees in related sectors. But nah, something like that will never be considered, because we're so wedded (read: brainwashed) into the whole puritan work ethic thing. No matter how miserable and dysfunctional it's actually making most of society. (Consider the prescription for Prozac and it's similar drugs) If you aren't in paid employment -you're scum. And we're going to punish you for it. That's Hutton's real message. It might win him a few Daily mail/Daily Telegraph readers (that'll be people in good jobs and low on empathy, and good sense, but high on intolerance and mean-spiritness) approval - but it does precious little to address any of the real long term standing problems in UK society. That's far more of a up-hill struggle than lazy politicians with their eye on the next election are ever going to dare take on.
Baby dies following circumcision.

I don't think I've ever mentioned before how barbaric I think circumcision is. I think it's criminal to inflict such a totally pointless and unnecessary disfiguring surgical procedure on someone who can't give their consent.

BBC NEWS | Entertainment | Wonder Woman film director quits

Wonder Woman film director quits.

Uh-uh. So it looks like Joel Silver is all set to make yet another rubbish superhero film then.

Maine rejects Real ID Act | CNET

Maine rejects Real ID Act | CNET

Mmmm - and if the Americans end up refusing to have ID cards... will the UK still insist on having them too?

Got to love this bit:

"Real ID is needed to protect the American people from terrorists who use drivers licenses to board planes, get jobs and move around the country as the 9/11 terrorists did," Texas Rep. Lamar Smith, the top Republican on the House Judiciary Committee, said in an e-mailed statement.

Err... I'm pretty sure the terrorists were carrying legit drivers licences and passports and what-not. It stands to reason that they'd also have legit ID cards too. Having legit ID doesn't stop anyone from being a terrorist. The people who are still all for ID cards must believe they're magic or something.

Nokia N800 internet tablet | Reg Hardware

Nokia N800 internet tablet | Reg Hardware

I waaaaaant one.
Yet more Yahoo/Flickr stuff.

People who are writing about the issues much better than I can...

Steve O'Hear.

Yahoo/Flickr get the bullyboy tactics out.

Bad flickr no donut for you.
This is about a clash of brands, for one. Flickr is, to me, everything Yahoo! is not: warm, friendly, personal, trustworthy, reliable, fun, playful, cutting edge, exciting, and user-centred. Yahoo! is impersonal, corporate, faceless, uncommunicative, clunky, icky, killjoy, untrustworthy. And these aren't all irrational reactions - people have real reasons for feeling like this, based on their past experiences of Yahoo!, from shoddy marketing practises to the impossibility of getting hold of Yahoo! customer services.

Actually I'm surprised by just how venomously Yahoo is hated by lots of people. It seems ironic that they're all out to invent these new 'Brand Universives/Portals' while being totally ignorant of how damaged their own Brand image is. It might go some way to help themselves if they took notice and started to do some damage limitation and started to correct a few of the things being complained about. Instead they have a history of hiding behind their lawyers, or just not responding at all.
More Flickr/Yahoo stuff

BBC news: Flickr to require Yahoo usernames

Bruce Sterling's take on it: Meanwhile, in Privacy Invasion Land.

Of course there's a lot of stuff floating around where a lot of noobs can't see what the fuss is about. 'Oh it's just a log in - it doesn't matter - get over it'. Well actually it's more insidious than that - it's a whole change of ethos.

Flickr was built on good will, sharing and community. It was about interaction and comments - in short it relied on the users. It's that which made it a service worth paying for. Now Yahoo on the other hand... their bottom line is advertisers - their users are generally seen as eyeballs for banner adverts, and they happily, sneakily track their users movements on the web - collect and sell on that information. They have 'web beacons'-in other parlance that sort of thing is known as 'spyware'. (Up until now being 'old skool' and not using a yahoo ID to sign in with I've been spared that. But once I've been forced to change over - I'll have yahoo tracking me even after I move off the Flickr site and onto other sites. Lovely. Part of the whole Flickr PRO deal is to not be shown adverts on Flickr but I'm guessing Yahoo will still be collecting info on me to know what adverts to show me next as soon as i move off the Flickr site. I'm sure this is the real reason why they're insisting on an Yahoo ID. They won't know that it's utterly pointless because I use Adblock. Even so the reason I stopped using much Yahoo stuff was because of the incessant and intrusive advertising.)

The Flickr acquisition was supposed to mark a sea-change in that whole staid corporate attitude Yahoo has - after botching up eGroups and Geocities, they set their sights on the community buzz they saw around Flickr. Unfortunately they haven't learnt much - they're still good at pissing people off.
Interview with P J hammond in Dreamwatch.
I just don't like Yahoo.

In many ways I've found them to be a bit clueless, that's when they're not being downright evil.

Flickr terms of service:

7. Flickr is intended for personal use and is not a generic image hosting service. Professional or corporate uses of Flickr are prohibited.

but then in Yahoo! TOS:
Well, it's long badly written legalese but pretty much amounts to something like 'we can do what we like, we're always right - you're always wrong. So ner.'

Hence where they're using pictures from Flickrites tagged with wii -as if they were stock images, here being used for a Professional/corporate purpose - advertising/promoting the wii game machine -as part of their new bright idea of
'brand universes'.

(I seem to remember a while back now, griping about Yahoo trying to encourage everyone to tag everything for them, with the only benefit I could see being Yahoo's - so they could then sell that information on to advertisers, and this was before they had bought out del.ici.ous...)

No doubt someone at Yahoo! thought -'wow this is a cool idea - so web 2.0' let's go for it. But Yahoo! -as ever, don't know cool from their elbow.

Isn't there a rule that in business that one of the last things you should ever do is piss off paying customers? Especially when this is a business that's built around social interaction and communities.

Mmmm - brand universe.

Forum: Flickr photos being joined to advertising -- without consent.