5/8/2004

Scotland is an island off the coast of Spain @ 8:20 am

I was going to post about the excellent George Says a brilliant little site which lets you put words into George Bush’s mouth but instead I came across this last night which give me a quick chortle.

Geography was never one of my best subjects, I can tell you how waterfalls make plunge pools, and how ox bowl lakes are formed but ask me to point to Thailand say (sorry Wanpen) and I would have a vague clue but couldn’t tell you exactly. In a brilliant bit of inspiration some folk have set up the Global participatory “Fool’s World Map” project

Basically it is made up of where people think countries are in the world rather than their actual locations – personally I was a bit shocked to find that Scotland is an Island off the coast of Spain which is in South America (I wonder why I can’t get a bloody tan??)

The Map is funny but I loved the comments about why things are where they are on the map for instance…

Due to a Texan who thinks “Japan is accessible from Texas by car”, Japan and Texas are land-attached.

and…

The upper right side of Germany became Australia due to a posting by another stupid American thinking “Australia is beside Germany”

I’m also worried about Americans understanding of politics outside the US with Russia and Soviet next door to one another hmmmm….

All this reminds me of the bloke in a chip shop in Bristol I talked to once who asked me where I was from, when I replied that I was from Edinburgh quite excitedly he asked “ohh thats next to essex isn’t it”…..err not quite …. 🙂

15/6/2004

Strange few days & Version 2 @ 8:48 pm

My PC’s back up and running – shiny new power supply unit did the trick – thank god. There was a moment there where I was shitting myself – i put the PSU into my computer attached all the wires and flicked to computer on switch and nothing happened – so undid all the wires and reconnected the motherboard only and tried again – still nothing – Starting to panic now I’m almost ready to throw the thing out the window when it dawns on me that unlike my old PSU this one has its own power switch DOH!!!!!!!!!!! As if by magic upon flicking this new magic button my PC burst into life again … Now you may be thinking what sort of dumb ass am I ? and your probably right.

Grabbed a quick game of chess with Ex flatmate Greg using the magical tool that is Yahoo online gaming and caught up with all the Stateside news. And incase your wondering Greg is quite good at the old chess and hammered me quite decisively 🙁

Being without my thesis gave me a few days to finish a couple of entries to this months Version2 competition….

Macedition entry 1

Macedition entry 2

I probably don’t stand a chance but well see….

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Update…
Macedition entry 3

9/5/2004

Out with the blue… @ 12:12 am

…and in with the red white and grey. Yes, I’ve just spent the last couple of hours with my overalls on, a big brush and some dust sheets getting rid of the old blue blobby theme to this site to the new quite minimalistic theme (if I do say so myself).

Please tell me if you love it or hate it, or are quite apathetic…comments are more than welcome. Also if you come across any problems with the site please let me know.

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In other news I’ve just seen for the second time in two days the rather lovely but rather vacuous Claudia Winkleman….any women that suggests fellatio as an Olympic event is well worth every mans respect.

23/1/2004

CD Wow @ 11:13 am

I just recieved my mailing from CD-WOW to explain that basically because they aren’t allowed to import CD’s from outwith the EU they now have to charge a ?2.00 surchage to all EU based buyers.

Its the absurd situation that the British Phonographic Industry (BPI), the British equivalent of RIAA, forces one of the few retailers which actually sells and distributes “reasonably” priced CD’s to pour more profit into the coffers of the record industry. Allegedly CD-WOW was breaching the copyright of the BPI’s members by sourcing its goods from outside Europe .

The music industry has been ripping customers off for years – but still the UK/EU and US governments have sought to further the monopolistic attitude to the European and US markets. This is the same industry found guilty (in courts in both Europe and the US) of wide spread price fixing and profitering and yet with the same breath the courts obstruct the free and open market economy that could really affect CD prices to consumers.

Of course the music industry bleats about how CD profits pay for the introduction of new artists and music blah de blah and how low cost CD’s are damaging to the industry – but quite frankly thats bollocks – we’ve seen that album sales have actually risen, that CD distribution and production costs have fallen and the profits of the big record companies have increased. However, in turn the record companies are only promoting “sure fire hits” – in other words the constant stream of pap from pop idol, or whatever other reality tv show you want to pick – or from existing artists with an existing strong fan base.

So Record companies make more money, sell more albums and get a higher profile in the media but still choose to produce fewer artists – and yet its our fault because we choose not to be ripped off by CD’s which are probably manufactured in the same place but which are distributed to asia rather than the EU…once again the british consumers get screwed whilst the record companies make more profit – and at the same time continue to raise the cost of entry into this exclusive boys club of record companies in turn continually squeezing out the small and medium sized record companies and independant labels – and in so irreparably damaging the originality of music that we hear on our radios….personally I don’t look forward to hearing Unchained Melodies by Pop Stars the Rival Idols 2057 (it’ll probably sound a bit like Gareth Gates)

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One for killing a bit of time….and a few penguins

3/12/2003

Miserable failure @ 4:56 pm

Found on http://www.pixelsurgeon.com/ Go to Google, type in “miserable failure” and press “I’m feeling lucky”! I had a good we chortle at that one I have to say…

Strangely neither ‘Miserable’ or ‘failure’ appear on the page or source which makes me think someone at Google’s having a laugh.

You can also see how the wanker Micheal Jackson would look without cosmetic surgery care of the ABC News Network.

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