Archive for March, 2008

Chill Out
March 22, 2008

On my trip I happened to find KLF:s Chill Out in a local library. Too bad my mp3-player didn’t work with my host’s laptop and for some weird reason I didn’t even carry my memory stick with me.

The album was even better than I thought it might be. Here’s a snippet with a nice video someone made for it.

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Stumbleupon
March 18, 2008

Today I joined Stumbleupon.

The first impression was like watching the TV. Leaning back pressing the stumble button and waiting for what comes next.

The thumbs up/down thing reminded me of being a watcher in Roman Circus.

Wow, I’m going back from an agile web activist to couch potato. And I’m enjoying every bit of it. Blogging is so quaint. All those useless opinions. Time to move on.

Negative world
March 17, 2008

By painting life in terms of its oddities, journalism yields not a snapshot of your world, but something closer to a photographic negative.

How broadcast journalism is flawed in such a fundamental way that its utility as a tool for informing viewers is almost nil.

Nice to know
March 17, 2008

I quit smoking yesterday.

Miscellaneous links
March 17, 2008

Ramones: Chasing the night
March 17, 2008

This song has it all.

Around the world
March 16, 2008

Around the world for twelve months reminds me of my friend saying that technology is the only really global culture.

Philosophers and social scientists have tried to find the common basis or denominator for the wildly differing religions, habits, styles and moralities for centuries. With no indisputable results.

People around the globe do things a bit differently, but all base their technology on the laws of physics. You don’t find cultures that don’t believe in, say, friction or inertia. That’s why the dashboards are roughly identical.

Reasons I don’t read your blog
March 16, 2008

Of Ten reasons I don’t read your blog my favourite is number ten:

10. You think blogging is too important. You talk about the “blogosphere” like it’s the real world.

Suddenly (reason 3: your blog is an echo chamber) I feel obliged to add at least one of my own.

11. You are illogical. You draw implications, analogies and conclusions out of thin air. You generalize wildly (Russians are… The Industrial Revolution was… etc.) You are vague. You write about the names and concepts, not about the actual things or events. Your opinions are based on feelings, not facts. You think presenting an anecdote counts as an argument.

Actually this might be seen as a combination of reasons 3 (you don’t know your stuff) and 7 (you waste my time), but I just wanted to let it out. To be honest I needed to let it out. Thank you for your time.

MG-TC
March 15, 2008

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[T]hese were very “foreign” cars to a people weaned on big engines, futuristic styling, and gee-whiz technology, and the TC was a frank anachronism with its flexible ladder-type chassis, crude solid-axle suspension, floor-shift gearbox and tiny (but tough) four-cylinder engine. Yet like Ford’s Model T, Americans loved this MG in spite of its faults, maybe even because of them.

As Road & Track founder John Bond wrote in 1956: “For a comfort-loving public [it] was wretchedly impractical; your spine was jolted, your knees bumped, you were hot in the sun and wet in the rain, you had no luggage space and only 54 hp –but for the first time in many a year you were driving a car. A person felt it was part of him, as quick and responsive to commands as a well trained mare, and for many a U.S. driver this was something new and wonderful.” And, of course, it looked terrific: classically “correct,” rakish yet elegant — English decorum with wire wheels and cutaway doors.

How stuff works on MG TC, maybe the coolest car ever built.

The pros and cons of photoshopping
March 15, 2008

It is amazing what you can do with Photoshop these days. However, it doesn’t always go right.