The Top 6 Game-Changing Features of Google Wave

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The Top 6 Game-Changing Features of Google Wave

Starting to post links to all …

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Starting to post links to all my art clippings on the tumblelog. Big archive box full of them.

Been through 122 of the SXSW f…

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Been through 122 of the SXSW free torrent MP3s now. Not found a single tune worth keeping yet. Worst yield ever so far.

BBC – The Culture Show – Picasso: Extra

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BBC - The Culture Show - Picasso: Extra

Playboy raises his Standard (Lebedev reveals his plans for London’s Evening Standard)- Times Online

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His role may be hazy but his objectives are clear. The paper has to break even in three years. Any hopes that the Russians were coming with bags of money were quickly dashed. With only £25m of capital committed for that time period, the new management immediately launched a deep cost-cutting drive. Already some of the paper’s biggest names, including the film and theatre critics, have been axed.

Playboy raises his Standard (Lebedev reveals his plans for London’s Evening Standard)- Times Online

Saatchi Gallery’s abstract American show ((Januszczak) – Times Online

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So much of the imagery here is so blatantly figurative that my advice to you it is to forget entirely the fact that the show is called Abstract America and to view it instead as a random gathering of fresh-to-the-market American artists who took Charles Saatchi’s fancy.
Saatchi Gallery’s abstract American show - Times Online (Januszczak)

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Art and the CIA (Pollocks vs Russia) – Lew Rockwell

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The more Greenberg wrote in promotion of the Abstract Expressionists, and particularly Pollock’s “action painting,” which involved dripping paint on the canvas, the more he collected them at minimal prices before he had made them famous. And as he increased his own power and influence, the more people wanted to buy these paintings, which served Greenberg’s real personal objective; to make himself rich.

Fortunately for him, like the military industrial complex, he had a helping hand in the federal government. As Frances Stoner Saunders explains in her brilliant book, Who Paid the Piper – The CIA and the Cultural Cold War, the CIA covertly supported the Abstract Expressionist movement by funding exhibits all over the world in promotion of the idea that the culture of freedom was superior to the culture of slavery, and by covertly promoting the purchasing of works by various private collections. Indeed, the CIA named its biggest front in Europe the Congress for Cultural Freedom. It worked. Soviet art became a laughing stock, and New York became the center of the art world, not Paris, where Picasso, a long-time member of the Communist party and winner of the Stalin Peace Prize (who can forget his doves of peace?), still reigned supreme.
Art and the CIA (Pollocks vs Russia) - Lew Rockwell

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YouTube – Sutra – Sidi Larbi & Antony Gormley with the Shaolin Monks

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YouTube - Sutra - Sidi Larbi & Antony Gormley with the Shaolin Monks

Tracey Emin’s really done it this time (Ben Lewis, This is London)

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Monoprints, feminism, banality and what looks to be an exciting short film. Will go in the next few weeks.

Tracey Emin’s really done it this time ( (Ben Lewis, This is London)

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Frail, cowardly Winston saved us (Robert Harris on 1984) – Times Online

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Working on the Scottish island of Jura in the cold and damp, the worst possible climate for tuberculosis, Orwell had produced a manuscript illegible to anyone save its author. There was no point in sending it to London as no one could decipher it. Unable to find a local secretary, barely able to walk, sensing that his time was running out, he was therefore obliged to type it himself – 4,000 words a day, seven days a week – mostly done propped up in bed. The effort produced excruciating pain and high temperatures.

“It’s a ghastly mess now,” he moaned to another friend, “a good idea ruined.”

A week before he finished typing he was still unsure what to put on the title page: “I am hesitating between Nineteen Eighty-Four and The Last Man in Europe.”

Frail, cowardly Winston saved us (Robert Harris on 1984) - Times Online

Words used in English that I have to look up: Samizdat

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As used in a piece on Orwell in today’s Sunday Times

Samizdat (Russian: самиздат) was a key form of dissident activity across the Soviet-bloc; individuals reproduced uncensored publications by hand and passed the documents from reader to reader, thus building a foundation for the successful resistance of the 1980s.
Words used in English that I have to look up: Samizdat

Amateurs use Google Earth to uncover Kim’s sinister secrets – Times Online

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Amateurs use Google Earth to uncover Kim’s sinister secrets - Times Online

Video: Tracey Emin gives guided tour round her new White Cube show – Times Online

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Video: Tracey Emin gives guided tour round her new White Cube show - Times Online

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Susan Hiller – Dream Screens (1996 web art)

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Susan Hiller - Dream Screens (1996 web art)

BBC NEWS | Business | Dubai property prices ‘fall 41%’

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BBC NEWS | Business | Dubai property prices ‘fall 41%’

Sarah Waters’s Top Ten Ghost Stories

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Sarah Waters’s Top Ten Ghost Stories

Peter Washington’s top 10 ghost stories | Books | guardian.co.uk

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Peter Washington’s top 10 ghost stories | Books | guardian.co.uk

Rosa DeMauro’s Craps Record of 154 Straight Rolls – The Numbers Guy – WSJ

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Third, and hopefully last, update: Crank re-ran the simulation, fixing an error, and found a probability of 1 in 5.6 billion.
Rosa DeMauro’s Craps Record of 154 Straight Rolls - The Numbers Guy - WSJ

Origin of the Specious, on the fossil Ida hype – Times Online

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For the rest of us, however, her significance is rather more puzzling.

Christophe Soligo, a specialist in early primate evolution at University College London, is an admirer of Ida – but concerned over what he fears may be hype.

“This is an absolutely amazing fossil,” he said. “But to suggest she might be the missing link in human evolution is simply too much. There is a great risk of discovery bias, where we read too much into a good fossil just because we have it available.”

Robert Foley, professor of human evolution at Cambridge University, believes many people misunderstand the huge timescales involved in assessing fossils.

“This animal lived around 47m years ago but human-like creatures only appeared in the last 2m years,” he said. “That’s a gap of around 45m years with many other species lying between us and that era. Any one of them could be called a missing link. Really, the term is meaningless.”

Origin of the Specious, on the fossil Ida hype - Times Online

The Eighties artists are back for Here and Now (and some cash) – Times Online

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I have half-wondered why Heaven 17 might be on the same bill as Rick Astley and Howard Jones. This article in The Times a week ago explains it quite nicely. A few beers with other acts from back in the day and a nice bit of wonga,

Denton says he rewards his acts handsomely, and there is a general consensus from managers that each act could reasonably expect £100,000 for between 8 and 10 dates on the UK tour. Not bad for 15 minutes’ work each night.

The Eighties artists are back for Here and Now (and some cash) - Times Online

Tesco: I fought the store and the law won | Money | The Guardian

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After 18 months, Peter Ward’s TV broke down and Tesco refused to repair it. But, as Miles Brignall reports, EU rules give you two-year replacement rights, not one
Tesco: I fought the store and the law won | Money | The Guardian

Is there a twitter critic site…

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Is there a twitter critic site or WordPress plugin? Write a short review (-le 140), star it from 0-5 and make it appear on the/your site.

AudioBoo is new talk of the net | Media | guardian.co.uk

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Less than three months since its launch, the sound-sharing website AudioBoo, is well on the way to becoming the YouTube of the spoken word.

Its success has prompted media companies to incorporate it into coverage of this summer’s festivals and sporting events. ITV’s coverage of the FA Cup later this month, for example, will hear fans’ views of the game and armchair commentaries via AudioBoo on their mobile phones. And the British Library wants to use it to capture dialects, accents, oral histories and neighbourhood soundscapes.

AudioBoo is new talk of the net | Media | guardian.co.uk

Doug Pray’s Surfwise – Channel 4

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Intriguing documentary about a well-educated man wanting to keep his big family close, but failing quite badly. Lessons for us all: make sure your kids get some kind of education, don’t hit them and when the time comes let them go. Surfer’s paradise, turned sour.

And big apes peel their apples, so so did the Paskowitzes.

Doug Pray’s film is a fascinating portrait of Dorian ‘Doc’ Paskowitz, a surfing guru whose clean-living image is rebutted by some of his nine children, who shared his itinerant life.

After introducing surfing to Israel, Paskowitz lived in a camper van on the San Diego coast with his wife Juliette and their nine-strong family. Here, he set up a surfing school, living the nomadic surfing life to the full.

Now in his mid-eighties, Paskowitz is the physical embodiment of healthy living - fit, tanned, full of life. But Pray has tracked down the nine children, who have all left ‘home’ and hears from them a very different story.

Doug Pray’s Surfwise - Channel 4

Started the annual slog throug…

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Started the annual slog through the SXSW torrent. 66 tracks so far, not one MP3 worth keeping in that first lot.

Words used in English that I have to look up: Haar

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Haar: as used in a piece on artist Richard Long in today’s Guardian,

In Scotland in 1986, during a thick haar, he tramped a circle into wet grass.

The Pens 2*, Ungdomskulen 4*, …

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The Pens 2*, Ungdomskulen 4*, Jesca Hoop 3*, Lemonade 1*, White Denim 5*, Let’s Wrestle 3*. That was the #Stag&Dagger 2009.

Excellent set by Ungdomskulen….

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Excellent set by Ungdomskulen. The evening is already saved. Kjæmpemæssig.

#stag&dagger The Pens just fin…

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#stag&dagger The Pens just finished. OK. Next Ungdomsskulen

Spotify 0.3.15 adds label search – Spotify

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Does not seem to work 100%, so I’ve added a comment to that post. Still it is nice to search for labels like Rune Grammofon.

Spotify 0.3.15 adds label search - Spotify

HubLog: Festive 50 Spotify Playlists

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Once I can get the despotify gateway working (it’s not accepting the session IDs at the moment), it should be possible to resolve the tracks to Spotify track IDs and create Spotify playlists automatically. Update: I got the Python bindings installed, but it’s apparently not possible to get a track’s Spotify URI this way, only the relative track number within a playlist or list of search results.

Here are XSPF versions of the tracklists, for use with Last.fm’s Boffin (if you have the audio files locally). Ideally Spotify would read XSPF playlists and resolve them itself.

HubLog: Festive 50 Spotify Playlists

Three pints of Amstel. No food…

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Three pints of Amstel. No food, empty stomach. Lee Scratch Perry on the headphones, heading home to Croydon. Hello Mr Ticket Inspector.

#green man in soho. And those …

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#green man in soho. And those are the prices for a pint. http://twitpic.com/5i3uv

Fiio E5 headphone amplifier – SlashGear

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Fiio E5 headphone amplifier - SlashGear

Review: Interactive London Audio Guide – Londonist: London News, Food, Arts & Events

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Review: Interactive London Audio Guide - Londonist: London News, Food, Arts & Events

Walking down Savile Row in my …

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Walking down Savile Row in my 28 quid Primark suit. Standing outside the police station. Will I be arrested by the fashion police?

Busnel sweaters (Kontainer.no)

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A popular brand in Norway back in the day (I shrank my sister’s Busnel back in 83 or so trying to be helpful with the washing). The brand is due a comeback (never seems to have made it to the UK though, but they are selling Sperry Top-Siders at Urban Outfitters and this spring they had Fjallraven, so there might be a chance of Busnel next?).

Busnel sweaters (Kontainer.no)

Poker finances 2009, update 19 May.

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No result in the £30 Round-of-each (PLO/NLHE) I played tonight. I played well before the break (up to 11K from my 3K starting stack). I got involved in two big Omaha pots soon after the break (lost them both). The biggest one I was 65% to win according to twodimes.net, so I did the right thing (holding 6d8d9cAd on a flop of 7d7cTd versus KKxx. K on the turn killed the pot). I’ve also dumped a few quid on Pokerstars (normal river stories from Pokerstars apply).

I might play the £100 NLHE at The International over the weekend as I need to work on my Hold’Em.

As of Friday 27 April 2009.

  • Live Tournaments. Winnings: £2155. Entrance fees: £637. Tips: £105. Overall: +£1413
  • Live Cash. £0
  • Online. Cashouts:£103. Deposits: £76. Overall: +£27
  • Bottom line: +£1440

Tfl route planner should have …

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Tfl route planner should have an option for ticking off lines that are shut or that has severe delays

Dropped to 11th on Google sear…

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Dropped to 11th on Google search for “halvorsen”, gotta sort out Halvorsen.org to stop the rot