Monthly Archives: April, 2007

New – weekly Banksy homage!



Banksy is a graffiti artist. This is his manifesto:

An extract from the diary of Lieutenant Colonel Mervin Willett Gonin DSO who was
among the first British soldiers to liberate
Bergen-Belsen in 1945.

I can give no adequate description of the Horror Camp in which my men and myself were to spend the next month of our lives. It was just a barren wilderness, as bare as a chicken run. Corpses lay everywhere, some in huge piles, sometimes they lay singly or in pairs where they had fallen. It took a little time to get used to seeing men women and children collapse as you walked by them and to restrain oneself from going to their assistance. One had to get used early to the idea that the individual just did not count. One knew that five hundred a day were dying and that five hundred a day were going on dying for weeks before anything we could do would have the slightest effect. It was, however, not easy to watch a child choking to death from diptheria when you knew a tracheotomy and nursing would save it, one saw women drowning in their own vomit because they were too weak to turn over, and men eating worms as they clutched a half loaf of bread purely because they had to eat worms to live and now could scarcely tell the difference. Piles of corpses, naked and obscene, with a woman too weak to stand proping herself against them as she cooked the food we had given her over an open fire; men and women crouching down just anywhere in the open relieving themselves of the dysentary which was scouring their bowels, a woman standing stark naked washing herself with some issue soap in water from a tank in which the remains of a child floated. It was shortly after the British Red Cross arrived, though it may have no connection, that a very large quantity of lipstick arrived. This was not at all what we men wanted, we were screaming for hundreds and thousands of other things and I don’t know who asked for lipstick. I wish so much that I could discover who did it, it was the action of genius, sheer unadulterated brilliance. I believe nothing did more for these internees than the lipstick. Women lay in bed with no sheets and no nightie but with scarlet red lips, you saw them wandering about with nothing but a blanket over their shoulders, but with scarlet red lips. I saw a woman dead on the post mortem table and clutched in her hand was a piece of lipstick. At last someone had done something to make them individuals again, they were someone, no longer merely the number tatooed on the arm. At last they could take an interest in their appearance. That lipstick started to give them back their humanity.

Source: Imperial War museum

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Ohio University bans P2P clients.

Ohio University has banned Peer-to-Peer clients from the campus network.

 Their rationale:

“Although P2P file-sharing can sometimes be used for legitimate reasons, any use of P2P software on the campus network may result in Internet access being disabled under this new policy. Individuals who need to use P2P software for legitimate purposes can discuss their needs with the IT Service Desk.

In addition to consuming bandwidth and technological resources, P2P file-sharing also exposes the university network to viruses, spyware and other attacks. It also is frequently used for illegally distributing copyrighted works.

Today’s announcement follows the recent crackdown by the Recording Industry Association of America on illegal music downloading. The RIAA sent more than 1,200 prelitigation letters to colleges and universities, including 100 to Ohio University. It also initiated “John Doe” lawsuits against users of computers on Ohio University’s network. The university estimates staff members have spent nearly 120 hours dealing with the prelitigation letters from the RIAA.”

3 points:

1. “Although P2P file-sharing can sometimes be used for legitimate reasons…” – the same can be said for and against email/web browsing/ftp/newsgroups/etc.

2. “…exposes the university network to viruses, spyware and other attacks.” – surely the answer then is to disconnect from the Internet.

3. “It (the RIAA) also initiated “John Doe” lawsuits against users of computers on Ohio University’s network.” – by following this logic, the RIAA should just initiate a class-action lawsuit against the people of the United States and then declare victory in the war against file-sharing.

YouTube Fest – Part V

Double header from Arlo Guthrie – no embedding unfortunately:

The Motorcycle Song

Alice’s Restaurant

YouTube Fest – Part IV

YouTube Fest – Part III

YouTube Fest – Part II

YouTube Fest – Part I


Wonderful article on the Washington Post site.

Found via: tingilinde

Aspect ratio anyone? – Part II

Same clip as previously – but this time uploaded by Baby Cow Productions, the independent producers of the tv series Ideal, and they also have a YouTube Channel.

 Note  – proper aspect ratio and allows embedding!

Now, I was assuming that the BBC was preventing embedding of their content – as it tries to restrict the YouTube BBC channel to UK only viewers – but this just makes a mockery of that!

Oh, and by the way, it also makes the BBC look completely stupid as well – not only can the BBC not do the aspect ratio properly but they also unnecessarily prevent people from embedding (which in this inept instance might be a good thing) the clip which was on YouTube 5 days before the BBC uploaded it.

I am embarrassed to work for this company!

Aspect ratio anyone?

From the BBC’s official YouTube Channel – can the BBC figure out 16:9?

Oh – and btw – disabling embedding on the YouTube page  – WTF!

Get the finger out Google!

The Google Page Creator application doesn’t support Opera as a browser!

Grrrrrr!!!! Google – Sort it! Now!

Google Unsupported Browser error page

Must try it with Safari tomorrow.

EMI ditches DRM (kinda). iTunes the first to sell the same thing twice.


From EMI: 

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From the BBC:

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From Jupiter Research: 

From Engadget:

(Read the comments – they are brilliant!)


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Musical Myopia, Digital Dystopia: New Media and Copyright Reform

McGill University’s Centre for Intellectual Property Policy and the Schulich School of Music hosted a one-day copyright conference entitled “Musical Myopia, Digital Dystopia: New Media and Copyright Reform”.

Webcast of it here – with good quality video (Windows Media) and slides.

Video.Google upload:

The video is 3 1/2 hours long – so here’s the running order on the day:

9:00 – 9:15 DEANS’ WELCOME (Don McLean, Dean of Music – Nicholas Kasirer, Dean of Law)


– David Lametti, McGill Faculty of Law (moderator)
– Bruce Lehman, International Intellectual Property Institute
– Ann Chaitovitz, US Patent and Trademark Office
– Michael Geist, University of Ottawa Faculty of Law
– Terry Fisher, Harvard University

10:45 – 11:00 Break


– Sunny Handa, Blakes / McGill Faculty of Law (moderator)
– Charlie Angus, NDP
– Charles Morgan, McCarthy Tétrault
– Sandy Pearlman, McGill Faculty of Music

Found via Derek Slater’s blog entry and Michael Geist’s blog entry.