The Swedish authorities have seized the servers for The Pirate Bay torrent site to see whether or not they have broken copyright law. And there we were, thinking it would be our last port in the storm. Chances are this will turn out OK, but the logic and sensibility of us internet folk never seems to translate well in 'real life'.
Today's media is up in arms about a 29 year old Bristol man who got stabbed in Knowle-West via some mentally challenged conflict. Let's put a few things straight: Knowle-West is the city's white ghetto. It's a shithole: it's where the council stick the white trash and no one actively chooses to live there unless they really have to. Over the last few years there has been a goodhearted attempt to create a community spirit, improve crime, reduce drug use et al... but when it boils down to reality, it's still a violent, dangerous shithole. That's South Bristol for you.
Nobody who knows Knowle-West can be the least bit surprised at this news story - in fact, people get stabbed in this city all the bloody time. As a friend of mine put it earlier: this is just a case they've chosen to highlight in order to humiliate the government's doomed-to-fail knife amnesty. Instead of tackling knife crime, why not tackle the causes of the violence?
- - BBC News: The uprise of Supermarket Fashion. I find most of my work friendly clothes at Sainsbury's these days... although their labelling of sizes needs a drastic overhaul.
- - I EAT TAPES. Collection of funny irc quotes from #tapes @ irc.ieattapes.com. I accidentally clicked into their channel the other day and they are a lovely bunch of people.
- - YouTube: Gnarls Barkley on Conan O'Brien. Ceelo's voice is suffering from the longterm tour effect.
- - Clerks 2 gets an 8 minute standing ovation at Cannes. Released July 21st, while I'm in the US. Woohoo!
Friday evening I went out with my co-workers, drank a little too much and fell over on my ass - tearing up my knee in the process. The two hours in Casualty were... fun? Slightly drunken? Shared with drugged/bleeding people anyway. I had an X-ray, and while there's no definitive diagnosis because of the swelling, they think I've torn something akin to a ligament and will be in pain for the next three weeks. I have an outpatients appointment with a consultant on Thursday, and probably won't be at work for at least a week. Here's hoping there's no long term damage, because I'm heading back San Diego in July and a damaged knee is really going to mess with my plans, not to mention my commission at work.
- - A school in Kobe, Japan is recognising a seven year old's gender identity disorder: "The school agreed to enroll him as a girl after consulting his parents and doctors ... he will be allowed to use the girls' bathrooms and changing facilities, and to wear girls PE kit. Only his teachers have been informed of his condition."
- - Across the great divide by Gary Younge: "I have always found America exciting; but, for better or worse, never exceptional. Its efforts at global domination seemed like a plot development in the narrative of European empire rather than a break from it."
- - Bristol-centric news: tourism boosted by new BRS-NY flights/hidden tunnel found between Clifton and Hotwells
- - I really need some cordless straighteners for when I go holiday to San Diego in July, but they seem to be rather elusive.
Oh wow. Stadium rock/heavy metal band Lordi actually won the Eurovision song contest, a show usually dominated by unbearably cheesy pop music. This is absolutely revolutionary - check their fantastic performance. I've been cheering them on for the last 3 hours! God bless every single Finnish person who got off their arse to make this happen.
- - NBC scraps Joey. I can't believe it took them this long, especially considering the rate that American TV stations cancel good shows.
- - Plasticbag: On the perception of the colours of Mars...
- - An Entirely Other Day: You cannot mock my meek conformity with hair products
- - BBCNews: in response to the junk food ban, UK kids are now smuggling junk food into schools. And that is how it should be.
- - GoNintendo has Final Fantasy III DS scans. This is one game I will be buying. Nothing can beat the combination of SquareEnix + Nintendo. T'is the holy grail of gaming.
- - BBCNews: UK police discover voluntary slave cult. "The group, called Kaotians, follow the Chronicles of Gor novels which depict a society where women are dominated."
The Flickr redesign went live this afternoon while I was at work. While I hate that Apple/the iPod has had such an influence on current webdesign, I think I like the new look of the site - it's like someone erased all the pencil drafting and we're left with this... borderless wonder. Still minimal, still colourful - and thanks to the lack of fuss, the photography itself is now accentuated even more than before. Quite useable, all in all.
- - The Best & the Interesting by Jason Scott. Interesting piece about high levels of skill and hoarding.
- - GapingVoid: Just because this is Art...
- - YouTube: the Tauren Brothers. I don't even play WoW and I think it's awesome.
- - Google Video: A Chink in the Armour. Hilarious short film about Asian stereotypes in North America.
- - My Autobiography by Jade Goody. "Of course, my mum wasn't always a lesbian and she tells me she never goes down on women herself, she just likes having it done to her. She says her arm got paralysed when she had an accident on the back of my uncle Budgie's motorbike. When we got compensation from the council, we got loads more friends and even went to Egypt, which was minging because there was too much sand."
- - Jonathan Ross sounds like the only film fan/critic in the country that gives a shit about British cinema. I often get the feeling that the Bond/HP movies are probably what's killing the industry more than anything. More emphasis needs to be placed on the filmmakers producing films about everyday British life - and I'm talking Mike Leigh, not Guy Ritchie.
- - Lifehacker: How I Work - Matt Haughey. I'm a big big fan of Matt Haughey, I actually read his blog and Metafilter separately before realising they were by the same person.
- - A Spanish university is testing an anonymous man's claim that he is related to both Hitler and Himmler: "Should DNA tests validate his claims, he hopes to demonstrate that high-ranking Nazis and their families did more than simply pass through Spain on route to havens in Latin American."
- - Public opinion states that the UK has the antisocial behaviour problem in Europe.
- - GapingVoid: It was not enough to see the stars...
- - Flickr is going to have a navigation (et al) upheaval soon. It's a great site, I think everyone should use it, and improvements are always welcome.
- - The only part of the Daily Show that I really truly find funny (aside from the recent appearances by Dave Gorman) is when Jon Stewart pwns Bush. Here he is pwning Bush for using a recycled speech to introduce the new CIA leader guy. I LOL'd.
The last hour of work tonight was punctuated by a resoundingly awesome, and very unexpected thunderstorm. Not much rain, but the thunder and lightning was absolutely evil - even cut a few of my calls off. It's in the process of rolling away now, just a few flickers of electricity now, but walking home felt like strolling through an impending apocalypse.