Link Dump 30/06/06

  • - YouTube: Snoop Dogg ft. Pharrell Williams Drop it Like it's Hot. Ok, so it's not new, but it's a sexy funny video, and the song is impressively simple.


Rock and Roll

Rock and Roll
Originally uploaded by _saturnine.


Into my world

Into my world
Originally uploaded by _saturnine.


1900 Engineers

1900 Engineers
Originally uploaded by _saturnine.


Link Dump 24/06/06

  • - Technobile by Kim Thomas: "I cannot quite believe the quantity of this kind of stuff that pours into my inbox - mostly from friends who in all other respects are smart, thoughtful and on the ball. It's just that when they see the words "IMPORTANT - PLEASE FORWARD" on an email, they suspend all critical judgment."
  • - Random Acts: Community Care: "One of the things that the newspapers seem to like to do is to stir up trouble between different racial groups..."
  • - Outcast of Originality by Chip Simons. Some interesting creative advice, focused around photography but could be applied to anything really.
  • - Review of the Creative Zen V Plus (check out the video in particular). Looking at this makes me want to upgrade my 8 month old Creative Micro... it's as cute as a button!


Thoughts on WoW

So I've been playing a lot of World of Warcraft. In the last 2 and a half weeks, I've created a Level 17 (close to 18 now) Tauren Warrior, and I'm currently hanging out between the Crossroads/the Barrens on the Kilrogg realm. It's a fairly new server (according to chat about 2 months old), not overcrowded, and I've met someone I like to hang out with on there (Tauren Shamen from oop north) who will help me with quests should I need it.

I was quite surprised to get it going on this computer, but it's a damn good game to play with many different methods of playing within the structure. My choice method right now is to run around completing quests that involve non-stressful confrontations, discovering new places, levelling up, collecting armour, learning my trades (skinning and now herbalism) and generally having a good time on the field. But you can also jump straight into the social gaming aspect - joining guilds, grouping up to complete larger quests et al. I think this diversity is what makes it so attractive to everyone: it's not just about completing set tasks. You can do whatever the hell you want, as long as you don't break the rules.

After playing it nearly every day, I've yet to get a grasp on everything that goes on within the game. Raids are pretty spectacular to watch (being too low level to help defend the attacked location, watching is all I can do), especially when the realisation hits that you're not watching a computer attack/defend the area... those are REAL PEOPLE leading and organising the action. Blizzard have laid a thorough ground for folks to use - but the shine on the breastplate, so to speak, comes from the individuals around you, completing and planning their own paths to reaching the top. My only problem is finding time to play!


Weekend Miscellania

You're making a right Pig's Ear out of thisShe's Electric (detail)
Stuck in the worst place imaginableClamped

Cooking Logic

meat + noodles + steamed vegetables + soy sauce = meal


Happy B-day Kayleigh (detail)

Happy B-day Kayleigh (detail)
Originally uploaded by _saturnine.


Link Dump 18/06/06

  • - The current series of Doctor Who will be Billie Piper's last. Noooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo!!! How can they replace her! Oh how my heart aches for the first new series.
  • - Joystiq: Wii IM? It would be more impressive if this was an aspect of both the DS and the Wii.
  • - The Long Fight, an interview with Jung Chang by Maya Jaggi: "Chang blamed only those around Mao until 1974, when she read a smuggled copy of Newsweek that described Madame Mao as her husband's "eyes and ears". She says, "it spelled out Mao's responsibility. A window opened in my mind, and light came in. I can see how powerful the brainwashing and indoctrination were; I was reasonably intelligent, but it took me eight years.""


What Collective?

I had the fortune to come across the What Collective painting a wall in Dame Emily Park this afternoon, and sat around for an hour or two until they finished to get some pictures.

Freshly WhatFree Alan!A wink and a tip of the hat
Alan EscapesDots Dots DotsThe What Collective




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Ergo Proxy (episode 10)

Ergo Proxy (episode 10)
Ergo Proxy (episode 10)


Ergo Proxy now has a Wikipedia Entry.


Link Dump 13/06/06

  • - I quite like Saatchi's Your Gallery, designed to allow new artists promotional space for their work. Already recommended it to Alex and Amy, two superbly talented friends of mine. You can have a quick browse and, thanks to thumbnails on the list of names, usually find a few things you like... eg: JP Breakner is quite interesting.
  • - William Gibson: Gray's Papaya. Another new sliver of writing below that, but I can't remember the title he gave it (which only shows up in the RSS feeds for some reason). I REALLY HOPE THERE IS A NEW BOOK COMING SOON MR. GIBSON.
  • - Flickr: tetheredtothesun. NSFW, lots of arched, sensuous, textured, sweet, beautiful partially (or further) clothed women.


The Guardian & the Internet

From Technology Guardian:

"We have come to one of those forks in the road that affect the direction of the entire newspaper industry. From tomorrow, the Guardian will publish stories first to the web, ending the primacy of the printed newspaper."

One of the things that makes the Guardian my favorite newspaper is that it's the only exterior physical news source that has accurately merged/reported with the co-operation of the internet. All it's news pieces are permanently archived on the internet, and the internet gets it's fair share of attention in print. Since the uprising of people spouting their own opinions in the own netspaces, external media has realised that... well, contrary to the real world, where you need money and influence to gain an audience and make money, on the internet everyone is equal. There were a lot of media people going out of their way to discredit anyone who gained a popular readership to their weblogs. Since picking up the Guardian 13 months ago that was a viewpoint I didn't see, and since then their recognition of the internet as a viable platform for their news stories has grown.

Funnily enough, last week I decided that I just didn't have the time to read their newspaper every day and I cancelled my weekday delivery to switch to weekends only (+ their sister paper The Observer for Sundays). Their online service was already enough, but now it's even better.


Anti-slavery malarky

From BBC News:

"Former Bristol South-East MP Tony Benn says the city [of Bristol] does not need to apologise for its role in the historic slave trade. The veteran campaigner told BBC Radio Bristol nobody alive today could be held responsible for the practice. He told the radio station, it would be more appropriate to work towards writing-off debt in African countries."

I've been meaning to comment on this since the issue came up a month ago but it seemed to submerge itself pretty quickly, so I didn't get the chance.

I don't think the city should apologise, and the idea of doing so strikes me as being the definition of backwards. To begin with, who actively celebrates the slave/merchant trade that passed through the docks? It's an interesting aspect of our history but it's not something that, once passed, is anything to be proud of. Secondly, who would it be apologising to? Descendants... who have lived here their whole lives and aren't separate in anyway from anyone else as a fellow Bristolian? So the city of Bristol would be apologising to... itself?

In making an apology in this day and age, we'd only be alienating the multicultural aspect of this city - and if we did that, we might as well cut our losses and burn this place to the ground. Better to come up with a more productive solution to repairing society than stirring up an old pot of conflict.


All you need is money

All you need is money
Originally uploaded by stringberd.

We're one day into the World Cup, and I've already had enough of this mindless crap. May the universe bless the Bristol graf artists in all their glory, because without this picture, I might just have lost hope for the future and killed someone.


Link Dump 09/06/06

  • - Tony Blair proves once more that he has no idea who British people are. Because if evicting people from their homes doesn't work, surely taking away the resources they need to live is the solution! It would be far more productive to round them up, stick them on a bloody island and leave them there.
  • - Those cordless hair straighteners I was talking about cost £100. I think I'll go with the inspired thought (courtesy of le Morm) and just buy some cheapies while I'm in the US.

Having Drinks (detail)

Having Drinks (detail)
Originally uploaded by _saturnine.


From When I could Walk

Green WhirlGrainy Distant SunsetCoz Mr Ded Posh Sed So
I know my SumsCheerleadersZing strikes again


Link Dump 05/06/06

  • - Every Day is Sunday Here by Michele Hanson: "On a sunny May afternoon it is almost a still photograph, the central mansion and surrounding houses and flats silent, the sweeping green lawns smooth and faultless, the flowerbeds and shrubberies healthy and weed-free. The speed limit is 10mph, and there is not a single dog-end or speck of graffiti in the bus stop."
  • - PingMag interview Gez Fry, who decided he wanted to make a living from Japanese-style animation... despite having no formal training. Absolutely fascinating.
  • - Legend of Zelda character Link, is a gay icon. I've had a crush on him since I was 11. The first time you see him transform into an Adult in Ocarina of Time is hot.
  • - Oh Blimey! by Jon Ronson: "Mike the drummer came over to explain that when Chris puts on the head, Chris ceases to be. And sure enough, during the years that followed, I never heard him respond to the name Chris while dressed as Frank. I discovered why he was in the head hours before the show: he'd been doing an event at a record shop earlier that afternoon, and his habit - in situations like that - was just to stay being Frank."


Demanding a Close up

Eddie (close up)


Pirate Bay is back!

Hoorah! Renamed "The Police Bay" and with a spiffy new logo. In your face misguided authorities!


Link Dump 02/06/06

  • - YouTube: Fast Food Nation trailer. Reminds me of Clerks/Waiting. Is it meant to be like that? I haven't read the book.
  • - Generation Next an interview with Douglas Coupland by Euan Ferguson. Jpod is out about now: "JPod is described as 'Microserfs for the age of Google', and it delivers pretty much that: capturing the mix of technological mastery and unmanageable life crises which so many have become used to 10 years after the dawn of the internet. It's also funny; in places, very much so. There are a myriad geeky in-jokes, the quizzes and ruses and conundrums the pod workers invent to fill down-time: tiny spod tricks such as prising off then switching the 'm' and 'n' on a co-worker's keyboard and watching nayhen emsue."
  • - The Guardian profiles Paul Anderson who has been an extra on Bristol-based hospital drama Casualty for 20 years. Bristol Massiiiiive represent.

New Gibson Post

"What good would it be to be Charlie Manson in a whole society of serial killers and rapists, each one convinced that he or she was directly manifesting the Holy Spirit? Who’d have the time to pay you any attention?"

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King Ponk

King Ponk