Friday, December 15, 2006

friday random ten

Photo by Ryan McManus

friday random ten (15/12/2006)

The Art of Noise - Into Battle with the Art of Noise
1. "Beat Box" - Art of Noise [Into Battle With the Art of Noise]

OOIOO - Taiga
2. "UJA" - OOIOO [Taiga]

Various Artists - Film Soundtracks 1995-99 - Romeo + Juliet
3. "Talk Show Host" - Radiohead [Romeo + Juliet Soundtrack]

Manitoba - Up in Flames
4. "Skunks" - Manitoba [Up In Flames]

The Thought Criminals - Chrono-Logical
5. "New Toys" - The Thought Criminals [Chrono-Logical]

Mazzy Star - She Hangs Brightly
6. "Be My Angel" - Mazzy Star - [She Hangs Brightly]

Monks - Black Monk Time
7. "That's My Girl" - Monks [Black Monk Time]

Nick Cave
8. "Do You Love Me?" - Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds [Live On MarknRadcliffe's Radio One Shown(14/3/1994)]

The Smiths - The Queen Is Dead
9. "Vicar in a Tutu" - The Smiths [The Queen Is Dead]

Vervein - The Weather Inside
10. "Nothing" - Vervein [The Weather Inside]

Bonus #11: "Highway Star" - Bugotak

friday random ten (15/12/2006)

Thursday, December 14, 2006

John McCain’s War On Blogs

Think Progress:

John McCain has made clear that he doesn’t like the blogosphere.

Now he has introduced legislation that would treat blogs like Internet service providers and hold them responsible for all activity in the comments sections and user profiles. Some highlights of the legislation:

– Commercial websites and personal blogs “would be required to report illegal images or videos posted by their users or pay fines of up to $300,000.”

– Internet service providers (ISPs) are already required to issue such reports, but under McCain’s legislation, bloggers with comment sections may face “even stiffer penalties” than ISPs.

Join the Electronic Frontier Foundation

Wednesday, December 13, 2006

Regret the Error: Crunks ’06: The Year in Media Errors and Corrections

Gather ’round for our annual collection of the funny, shocking, sad and disturbing media errors and corrections from the past year. From typos that celebrate Queen Elizabeth and her remarkable egg-laying abilities, to media hoaxes, unreliable sources, the Sago disaster and apologies for mistakes nearly 120 years ago, it was a good year for Regret. Though not a banner one for our media brethren.

We dubbed 2005 the Year of Consequences. This latest was the Year of the Belated Apology. Read on for the details and, in our vernacular, The Crunks.

Tuesday, December 12, 2006

Experts warn North Pole will be 'ice free' by 2040

Times (UK)

Ice is melting so fast in the Arctic that the North Pole will be in the open sea in 30 years, according to a team of leading climatologists.

Ships will be able to sail over the top of the world and tourists will be able visit what was, until climate change, one of planet’s most inaccessible landscapes.

Researchers assessing the impact of carbon emissions on the world’s climate have calculated that late summer in the Arctic will be ice-free by 2040 or earlier - well within a lifetime.

Some ice would still be found on coastlines, notably Greenland and Ellesmere Island, but the rest of the Arctic Ocean, including the pole, would be open water.

The Nasa-funded US team of researchers said the ice retreat is likely to remain fairly constant until 2024 when there will be a sudden speeding up of the process.

In between 30 and 50 years, they concluded, summer sea ice will have vanished from almost the entire Arctic region.

Their finding may, however, already be out of date and something of an over-optimistic forecast, said Professor Chris Rapley, head of the British Antarctic Survey.

Monday, December 11, 2006

Don't Ask - Don't E-mail

Vanity Fair on Mark Foley's half-open closet:

Everyone knew Mark Foley was gay. Everyone. And everyone who had a stake in his success—party, press, parents, staff, supporters, and pages—conspired for their own purposes to keep the closet half closed.