I've decided to stop wrangling with the rigid posting methods of Blogger, and move my bits&pieces style of blogging to Tumblr. My photoblog is still here. It's been a pretty hard to decision to make, just because I've used this blog over several years and it's fairly established. But the simple fact is, I don't write much and Tumblr provides a more interesting and interactive platform for blogging odds and ends. Sometimes you have to move with the times. So if on the offchance there's anyone out there passing by or following this blog on RSS feeds, please take a look & rebookmark!
Ultra-violet light is being used by Cumbria Police as the latest weapon in the battle against illegal drugs use. Police have distributed ten "cocaine torches" to neighbourhood policing teams and drug squads in the west of the county.[BBC News]
Shone on noses and mouths, they show minute traces of cocaine which might be invisible to the naked eye. Anyone suspected of using the drug will be searched by officers and prosecuted if necessary.
"When you don’t support access to a safe and legal abortion, you are telling women they are not the most able to decide what to do with their bodies. When you advocate against abortion, when you clearly state you want it outlawed, you are showing a total lack of information and knowledge of women’s reproductive health, social problems, and the horrifying time before roe v wade made abortion legal. Obviously, having an abortion is an incomprehensibly difficult decision (for most, though probably not all women) and to uniformly oppose it shows a complete and total disconnect from women’s health and needs.
And let me just say this, you are either part of the solution, of encouraging elected officials to support a women’s right to choose or you are a apart of the antiquated group who would like to go back to the days where women shove coat hangers in their vaginas or take dangerous concoctions of medicines. Because abortion will never be unnecessary, because there will always be gaps in sexual education, rapes, and unwanted, unplanned pregnancies, I will always trust women and support their right to choose."
I would embed this video, but either the person running The Offspring's YouTube account are idiots or Sony BMG are control freaks (guessing the latter). Aren't record companies dead yet? Anyway, the reason for posting this is a) this song has become oddly classic in my mind, reminding me of the last year of school and soft American punk bands blowing up big in the mainstream and b) that was in 1998. 11 years ago. Christ.
Responding to the report in The Telegraph, White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs said, "If I wanted to read a write-up of how Manchester United fared last night in the Champions League Cup, I'd might open up a British newspaper. If I was looking for something that bordered on truthful news, I'm not entirely sure it'd be the first pack of clips I'd pick up."
...and this is why the rest of the world hates you America. This is why. I thought the Obama administration was supposed to be working on foreign reputation? Robert Gibbs, you are a stupid asshole, take your crappy American media and your spin and GTFO.
"The Church of Scientology has gone on trial in the French capital, Paris, accused of organised fraud.[BBC News]
The case centres on a complaint by a woman who says she was pressured into paying large sums of money after being offered a free personality test. The church, which is fighting the charges, denies that any mental manipulation took place. France regards Scientology as a sect, not a religion, and the organisation could be banned if it loses the case."
"President Barack Obama bends over so the son of a White House staff member can pat his head during a family visit to the Oval Office May 8, 2009. The youngster wanted to see if the President's haircut felt like his own."
- 2009 is a blog by David Horvitz filled with suggestions for livening up your day and making it more meaningful. An example and it's end result. I have some others saved in Google Reader to try in the future.
- Beauty Icons by Tavi. It's been a while since I've posted a link dump, so I'm not sure if this is a repeat, but let me just say this: if Tavi and her friends are the future, we're all going to be just fine.
- AskMefi: Enemy Inspired Art
- BBCNews: Crucified Nun dies in exorcism: "I don't understand why journalists are making such a fuss about this. Exorcism is a common practice in the heart of the Romanian Orthodox church and my methods are not at all unknown to other priests"
- Look upon this $8000 house and weep with envy. What an amazing bargain, it's obviously going to cost a lot more in repairs, but the end result? Goosepimplingly awesome.
- Over a month later I read this: Happy 20th Birthday Game Boy: here are 6 reasons you're #1!
"The Jonas Brothers are a flagship weapon in the culture wars. They feign conservative social values while romping around the bizarre hyper-sexual Disney meta-verse where young kids dress like Madonna and Mick Jagger and live the rock n' roll lifestyle, promising to America's young, malleable minds a life of glamor and cool that can never be obtained, while diverting these child automatons from healthy creative engagement, imaginative play, and intelligent thought."
- Regarding the Jonas Brothers, and absolutely epic analysis/rant. [via]
"Advice to fashion models: if you have backwards opinions keep them to yourself, especially if you’re stiff as a board, prudish, and have skin that’s so jacked-up it’ll cost me an extra two hours in post production. Photographers book you for work, don’t insult us."- Clayton Cubitt (the resulting picture was still kickass)
"Pirate Bay administrators Fredrik Neij, Gottfrid Svartholm Warg and Peter Sunde were found guilty in the case, along with Carl Lundström, who was accused of funding the five-year-old operation.From The Pirate Bay page:
In addition to jail time, the defendants were ordered to pay damages of 30 million kronor ($3.6 million) to a handful of entertainment companies, including Sony Music Entertainment, Warner Bros, EMI and Columbia Pictures, for the infringement of 33 specific movie and music properties tracked by industry investigators.
Sunde, The Pirate Bay's spokesman, announced the news over Twitter Friday morning before the verdict was official. He remained defiant, and offered comfort to supporters. "Stay calm — Nothing will happen to TPB, us personally or file sharing whatsoever. This is just a theater for the media."
"But as in all good movies, the heroes lose in the beginning but have an epic victory in the end anyhow. That's the only thing hollywood ever taught us."
"Charity shops are thrilling places: a vintage dress found for mere pence; the smell of a hundred other people's washing detergents; a single item of junk that can spark a rush of memories. For a snoop like me, even the most banal cast-offs are fascinating, a window into another world."- Rags to Riches? by Emine Saner.
"How to deal with a child having a tantrum in the car park of a petrol station. The options are limited - you can either pick the angry child up - or pick it up. There is probably a hippy injunction somewhere about not invading their personal space in moments of high tension, but when you are haphazardly parked because you only stopped in the first place to poke a cat, and the likelihood of incoming traffic is high because you're in a petrol station, then you pick it up, the angry elf."
from Anti-natal by Zoe Williams.
A bearded Kasab smiled and looked composed when the judge asked him whether he had received a copy of the charges and if he wanted an attorney, a government lawyer said.
"I don't have a lawyer," special public prosecutor Ujjwal Nikam quoted him as telling the judge.
"He was smiling throughout and said that he was from Faridkot in Pakistan," Nikam said. "He started laughing when the judge asked him if he understood everything in the charge sheet."
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It's not very often I reblog a photo (some Flickr-ites don't like it), but this is an absolute stunner from mings on Flickr. I have a real thing for 3 portion photographs, and this outdoes everything I've tried for miles and miles and miles.
Google Street View is live for Bristol, and after looking at my house, I went to see who got immortalised via the bottom wall down the Deaner. Not only was it Cheo, but the flippin' face recognition machine went and buffed the face on his character!
"Israel's 22-day offensive in the Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip killed 1,434 people, including 960 civilians, 239 police officers and 235 fighters, a Palestinian human rights group said Thursday.
Israel carried out attacks by air, land and sea from December 27 to January 18 in a bid, it said, to force Hamas and other militant Islamist groups to stop firing rockets and mortars at southern Israeli towns across their border.
288 children were among civilians killed in the bombing and shelling.
13 Israelis were killed, including 3 by rockets fired into Israel."
Since moving to the US a month ago, I've separated my photography from here and started Drive-Thru-Mall, an almost-one-photo-per-day blog of my new life as an immigrant in San Diego. I think I can now officially state that it will not be abandoned. So if you've enjoyed my photography over the last few years, please take a look, add it to your RSS feed, etc. I'm intending to add photography back here in some other facility, I'm just not sure how.
"People in Bristol have been invited to help themselves to free books at a warehouse which were left behind when the owners left the site. Bookbarn's lease on the premises in Arnos Vale recently expired and when the firm moved out it left behind thousands of books.- BBC News
Managers of the Paintworks site have invited people to help themselves."
Photos from the brilliant Aztec West:
Absolutely heartbreaking. And I am so jealous. I am hoping that people are going and pulling out any children's books for their local schools, and something for our local libraries. Rotting books are an absolute tragedy.
"My parents don't remember their earliest conversation. What was said when, who spoke first and why - these are details more than 40 years gone. All my father can tell me is that he met my mother in his storefront ministry centre in 1968, in a section of Boston known as "The Gut" because it had the highest incidence of stabbings in the city. At the time, he was a Catholic priest wearing a white plastic collar like a lock around his neck. She was a nun in a virgin's black veil."- Unholy Matrimony by Peter Manseau
- Pictures of Milla Jovovich from 1986 to 2008 (some NSFW, rest of site extremely NSFW)
- The University of Surrey has proclaimed there is no health risk from eating as many chicken eggs as you want. Hooray! I love eggs.
- The Guardian profiles Rachel Maddow...
- Muxtape is back! Yay! But it's legal. Boo. Which means that unless decent bands volunteer for their material to be available, is there any point in going back?
- Delta of Venus by Anais Nin in it's entirety. Brilliant writing, excellent erotica.
- The Porno Theater Usher by Will Steacy: "The boss didn't come, nor did the police, but two creepy guys did and they bought tickets with quick movements and looked around after they got their ticket to see if anyone was watching them. I was."
"I had a hillbilly neighbor once who didn't pay his electric bill. When they shut off his power he pulled his meter, did something, replaced his meter and restored his power. The power company shut off his power at the pole. He shimmied up the pole and re-set the breaker. The power company took his meter. He stole mine. I called the power company, they called the sheriff. When he got out of jail he apologized and gave me a pig."- Floydd of Metafilter, on stolen electricity meters.
- Zoriah: Thailand, then and now
- The Kingdom Series by Christopher Hewitt
- When trawling fashion photography sites, you don't expect to see a teenager making an (accidental???) parody of THAT Iraq torture photo. Blew me away.
- One of Etsuko Miura’s Sick Children - NSFW WARNING, especially if you're in a culture that is sensitive about nudity and children.
- The UK's alcohol problem is getting worse. Not surprising. Liver disease is going to be a massive problem in 20 years, if not sooner.
- I'm a successful Somali Pirate: "I've received more money than I ever thought I would see. In one incident, I got $250,000, so my life has changed completely."
"The French president Nicolas Sarkozy today announced €600m (£565m) in emergency aid for his country's troubled newspaper industry and declared that every 18-year-old in France would get a year's free subscription to the paper of their choice to boost reading habits."- Sarkozy pledges €600m to French newspapers
"President Obama will end the 15-year-old "don't ask, don't tell" policy that has prevented homosexual and bisexual men and women from serving openly within the U.S. military"
(At 4:25 if you want to skip the other questions)
And the Obama team renews my faith in the future.
- Must make mustard roasted potatoes in the near future.
- The world is so large that you can abandon a plane in the woods and never return.
- Tokyo Times: Notes from a small group of Japanese Islands - there are more than enough Japanese culture blogs, but I love love love the quality of the photography here.
- I have no idea why I bookmarked this link.
- Tips for clueless people who get mugged: "In conclusion: Don't be stupid, pay attention, call the cops, and don't be a dick."
- Death All Around, a report from the Congo by Reuter's photographer Finbarr O'Reilly. Everyone focused on the photo of the dead soldier from this report, but it was the image of the father and son that will stay with me for a long time.
- The Big Picture is consistently good, but their Green Sahara set took my break away. Big bones and 8000 year old petroglyphs? Yes please.
- PingMag may now be closed for business, but their archives are still up. Check out Masata Seto's Betel Nut Girls.