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Oct. 7th, 2011

Crediting Steve Jobs for true innovation is like crediting the CEO of Capital Records for all those Beatles albums.

Steve Jobs was a visionary. He was also a ruthless opportunist who backstabbed those who trusted him and ignored his illegitimate daughter.

I celebrate Johnathan Ive- the brilliant man who actually designed ALL of Apple's best products.

I do think that Jobs was the Thomas Edison of his time. For all that implies.

Seriously: Watch this video

Important: Move the slider to "22:00" first!

This ties into my recent busy and I hope to have a post up this week. In the meantime, please watch this presentation by Lawrence Lessig at this week's NetHui event. Especially if you are:
A) A New Zealander
B) An internet user
C) Anyone else.


If you can't see the embed, click through here!

What are you watching?

I'm watching a Norwegian hip hop duo rapping an old spiritual in English while one of them, dressed as the Grim Reaper, rides a kids tricycle.

OK, gang, lay it on me.

What is actually up with lj

Just in case anyone thinks LJ's downtime is just TPTB being incompetent, read this:
Grabbed from , seen a few places:

LiveJournal, Russia's blogging platform of choice, is sustaining biggest cyberattack attack in its history. Bloggers say the Kremlin wants to crack down on political discussion.

"LiveJournal, Russia’s most popular blogging platform, has been under a massive DDoS attack for the past few days. The attack has effectively wiped out Russia’s main refuge for unbridled political discussion, a hugely lively and extensive domain frequented by politicians, opposition activists and social commentators alike...

“The reason for attack is more than clear in this case — someone wants LiveJournal to disappear as a platform,” Ilya Dronov, development director at SUP, wrote in a post on his LiveJournal blog earlier this week. He said the hackers were hoping to push bloggers from LJ to social networks where “it's easier to fight individual users.”"
The biggest US e-mail advertising company has been hacked- their clients include most US credit card companies and nearly every major website, including Amazon.

Given the Epsilon breach, be very mindful of what we call "phishing attacks"- attempts to get you to take an action online via an e-mail.

Legitimate companies never collect private or account information from you via email. Given what I know about this breach and the next generation of attacks, I recommend NOT clicking links in legit-seeming email as well. If you have business to do or want to follow a link from an e-mail, open a window and type it in manually. Rally.

Avoid the shortcuts in email you may receive as though they may LOOK legitimate, it is easy to fake those.

Please take this seriously- it is going to be a nasty year in personal computer security.


This is some seriously important geekery on the future of mobile communications: The Serval Project.


CNN: "There is nothing to indicate this is terrorism."

NEWS FLASH to CNN: Assassins are terrorists even if they're white!

Dec. 11th, 2010

This makes me happy:

danjite's little instruction guide to life.

OK, fuckers, I don't do eulogies.

That said, I do rant:

Love fiercely.

Love unambiguously.

TELL people you love them.

TELL people they matter.

Honour your fear- your fear of looking silly, your fear of being judged, your fear of being rejected - all those fears that stop you from acting.


There are no do overs.
Originally posted by trixieleitz at PSA: Change to recent announcement re: purging inactive accounts
A correction has been posted to the recent [info]news post regarding deleting inactive accounts. It now reads:
A journal is defined as inactive if it has not been logged into for 24 consecutive months and has only one post (i.e., the welcome post). A community is defined as inactive if has not been updated for 24 consecutive months and has only one entry and no comments.
This means that LJ will not be deleting accounts which contain any content.

OK, OK, so the aisle wasn't labeled as "ethnic foods" per se... but it did give that impression!

That said through the delightful tyellas I now have access to canned Ortega green chilis here in Kiwiland. This makes a grand life even better!

Hat tip to shelly_rae

Hey: Librarians!


Yeah, I post a version every year. Yeah, I cry every single time I hear the song and always have.

Wars. The application of military force for a variety of reasons, but typically older, wealthier people sending younger, poorer people to die in the interest of greed, sometimes protection, sometimes principle.

I am not saying that some wars aren't necessary. I am saying they are all terrible.

List of current worldwide "conflicts".


Translator hacking comes up pants.

Brilliant fun from timberwoof. is a web page that uses the API to Google translator to translate some text into various foreign languages and back, 10, 25, and max times. I submitted:

"Is that an angry chicken in your pants or are you just thrilled to see me?"

After 10 translations, it came back: "This is your pants or happy to see that vicious circle?"

After 25 translations, it came back: "This is a pair of pants, or glad that it is a vicious circle?"

After "max" translations, it came back: "The problem is circular Reasoning or: pants.".

Try your own phrase in your own blog.

Meme this into silliness, people!

Added bonus: In 54 rounds from: "If I told you you have a beautiful body, would you hold it against me?" to
"Why are you together?"

Hey USians- watch this:

George Takei and his ever charming husband Brad Altman want to talk to you about the US Census:

(Via: tempested_bird)

BTW, anybody have a copy of that great video George did in response to that Basketball player some years back?

Worth clicking

The amazing wee world of Japanese Garden Railways: Mori Hiroshi's Floating Factory Model Railroad Workshop.

Me? I got nothing else to say.

Busy, well, tired, bye.


'Tis the season

Happy holidaze.

Condolences to all those who mourn

Today, three different folks on my friends list finally lost loved ones to agonising and slow cigarette smoking related deaths.

To quote one of them: "As before, I implore any of you who still smoke or who have partners, friends or relatives that smoke - please know that emphysema is not a nice way to die, and you will lose 20 or 30 years off what you would probably otherwise have."

Sand Animation: Watch it. All of it.

I, people, am amazed.

The speed, the skill, the precision, the foresight....


Thee Michelle Gun Elephant

Not much out of me lately.

Oh sure, lots going on, but just not feeling like journalling.

Unrelated to any of that, my favourite (then) living hard rock guitarist died last month.

I suspect just one of you has even heard of him.

Futoshi Abe was guitarist for the long defunct Thee Michelle Gun Elephant - one of Japan's crunchiest hard rock bands ever. He apparently died unglamourously of an acute epidural hematoma at the ripe old age of 43.

Hey- that is my age.


Taste the power:

Again, this time live:

Either you hear what I hear or you don't.

When it comes to mastery of the Telecaster, the guy ripped.


Yeah- a cheap shot.

Funny, tho.

Cool stuff. I say so.

The amazing DJ Earworm mashes up the Billboard Top 25 of 2008 into about 5 minutes of video.

I far prefer his production & editing work to most-or-all of the underlying compositions.

Good thing there are Fair Use laws...

Then there is this wonderful ten-minute piece of history: ABC News' show 20/20 doing a story on that new genre of music called "Rap"- which aired in 1981:

Part 2:

"Rap is likely to be with us for many years to come."

Damn, this shit is dope.



Here is a really great ASL translation translator performance of Marilyn Manson's "The New Shit". It makes me happy, it makes me sad, it makes me want to fund a whole bunch of work like it.

No new news on me- the job hunt is looking good, but nothing in hand yet.


Tough days.

How do you fight depression?

TMBG is always a win.
Warren Zevon jamming on "Boom Boom Mancini" in Boston's South (Train) Station in 1995. I don't know if he was busking. Wouldn't surprise me.

Dang that man could play geetar. Oh, and write.

Now here is some just straight up show off stuff: The Chester & Lester show- Chet Atkins & Les Paul.

There is some wacky music for sale on DVD at if you just scroll down a bit.



Director Kevin Smith on the Superman movie he didn't get hired to write. Among other things, the producer wanted a black, gay R2D2 and a "Giant goddamn spider..."

Check it out:

May. 3rd, 2009

Sigh... Does anyone in Wellington have a spare, older style, non-magnetic Powerbook AC adaptor?
Which is ironic- as I point out every year- as the origin of May first as International Workers day lay in the fact the labour movement as it is now recognised "coalesced" in Chicago.

Go read details here if'n you haven't before or need a reminder.

Y'know folks... as I am now a resident of New Zealand, I think this may be my last time posting that one.

I am not sure I'll stop commemorating the about May 4th (1970) Massacre, though. I think that one impacted my early peace freak brain too heavily.
MSNBC is blocking the link, please go here:

Did I laugh out loud? Well... not precisely. But I smirked audibly.

Sometimes weird measures are called for

'Cos I like Sci Fi Rock!

Klaatu... Check out more of their Scifiprogaliciousness.

See, the thing is Brian May of Queen really is an astrophysicist, thus they can have a correct cool-sad-sentimental song about the effects of relativity.

Sad lyrics behind cutCollapse )
Anybody out there got any other favourite Science Fiction rock?


I am getting a bit tired of over use of "apocalypse" to describe the current economy.

It is a "depression". It is not an "apocalypse".

If we get to the point of financial "apocalypse"- as almost happend back on September 20th- you'll know. Really.

Besides, technically, an "apocalypse" (אַחֲרִית הַיָמִים) is a cataclysm where "God" destroys the ruling powers of evil.

I, for one, feel that massive cash bailouts are in fact somewhat different than total annihilation from on High.


If you run a Windows machine with ANY browser- not just Internet Explorer- and you can read this post, but you cannot get to, or (home of AVG antivirus), or Trend Micro, or Sophos, McAfee or Kaspersky or any other antivirus site, assume you are already infected with ConFicker. Take your computer offline and seek professional assistance to get it disinfected and patched.

For more of the gory details, go read this over at databeast's page.

This is serious folks. Serious as can be. Expect the possibility that the whole damn internet may have issues April first.

Repost. E-mail to people who aren't on LJ.

Welcome to the working week.

Live at the Nashville Rooms 1977, first ever performance as Elvis Costello & The Attractions. With Intro by Dave Robinson.

Which gets me thinking about how utterly amazing the line up on Stiff Records was back in the alleged day.

Have another Stiffy:

In my very unhumble opinion I consider Stiff to be the most important record label of the post disco era. Well, actually, really of post 1958. They have- for my tastes- the highest "hit-to-flop" ratio of any label, anywhere.

For my personal value of "hit"!

Bands included (I am excerpting from Wikipedia here):
The Belle Stars, Joe "King" Carrasco, Elvis Costello, Devo, The Damned, Ian Dury and the Blockheads, Dave Edmunds, The Feelies, Richard Hell and The Voidoids, Lene Lovich, Nick Lowe, Madness, Kirsty MacColl, Motörhead, Graham Parker and The Rumour, Pink Fairies, Plasmatics, The Pogues, Tenpole Tudor, Tracey Ullman, Wreckless Eric, Yello and a ton of others.

Styles all over the map from rockabilly to punk to early electronica to ska, to...

I try to limit myself to posting two vids at a time. Go look at some of these for yourselves if you have time.

The 1966 Stax-Volt European Tour

Amazing, 7 minute and fifteen second, live version of "Hold On, I'm Coming". Sam & Dave backed by Booker T & the MGs (& the MarKays horns if I'm not mistaken.)


Yes- that is the same Donald Duck Dunn and Steve Cropper that were later in the Blues Brothers.

Green Onions bonus round:

Were Booker T and the MGs the first major integrated rock band? I think Goodman's band was integrated by 1933, but rock was a different hurdle. Or was it?
AllRoy Sez:

I was in the studio consulting on the knob twiddling when the studio version of this was being recorded. It is in fact possible that I produced and ran the show this clip was recorded at. It was a long time ago, though and I would need to know who opened to be sure.

As the guy from the record label who oversaw the creation of the album this was on, I should technically have gotten an executive producer credit for booking the studio, making sure the bills were paid and the tapes ( we used tapes back then) got to the mix down and thence to the pressing plant.

Alas, SST didn't work that way. Greg didn't want people getting credit and even bitched when the artists who did the album covers got acknowledged.

Not bitter now and was only faintly so then- Greg was a legendary dick and I choose to put up with it.

For those of you who are or were All fans, Bill and the girlfriend this was about got back together just after it was recorded. No, I don't know if they are stil together.


Chet Atkins & Les Paul

OK. Monday morning and a busy one at that.

Had a nice time showing friends from Thailand around over the weekend and also went to two nice housewarmings- but now for me to be off to work.

Party on, LJ.

Thanks, Bro.

My big brother had some major influences on me.

See, he is eight years older than I. Being the little brother, I wanted to do things with him and be like him- including following his footsteps in choosing the tuba as my instrument in band- even though I was the smallest kid in school!

Now, it is very much in the nature of the inquisitive, obnoxious, overly verbal 12 year old little brother to want to visit and hang out with his 20 year old cool big brother at said Big Brother's dorm room half an hour by train from home. It was- I later realised- very atypical that he let me visit him at the dorms and hang out with his friends.

If I never said it before- Thanks, Dude!

Happy early birthday, too!

As a result of his influence I became much of who I am today. He got me into science fiction, weird foods, gaming, hiking, computers (getting me access to the mainframes at his Uni when I was 12!) and bluegrass music.

The performer who I have seen more than any others- and I saw the Grateful Dead at least a dozen times- is David Bromberg- whom I learned about from my Bro- for he took me to see Bromberg the first time when I was, oh, call it 13. (He also let me tag along to Atlantic City with his buddies and let me use his ID to get into the casinos when I was 14- before driver's licences had pictures!) Together we have seen David Bromberg solo, the David Bromberg Big Band and the The David Bromberg Quintet and I have also managed to see The David Bromberg Angel Band, The David Bromberg Little Big Band, The David Bromberg Quartet and about five other different variations.

I don't like much of the Bromberg I have found online, but this 20 years ago incarnation of an electric Bromberg brings across his stage presence well enough:

Ah- here he is soloing on six-string with slide:

Good times.


Mar. 8th, 2009

A whole bunch of you need to see the story on translucent concrete. {Thanks to jaylake}

As is so often the case, from BoingBoing

I think this is beautiful.

Someone asked to put their running video camera on a sushi conveyor at a restaurant in Japan. We get a glimpse of people dining, also realising that they are being recorded.

As for me... well, I will write soon.

Busy is good, right?


Ganesha on drums
When life gives you lemmings...
Traife Buffet Haute Biblio

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