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dancing with prunes
We're still on holiday, and as is traditional with our
holidays, our server has decided to commit suicide (see
alt.suicide.holiday for why this happens). This has left us
with a subs list, but no mailing list server to send out any
mail. Therefore we have had to type each of these emails
individually and send them by hand. Yes, $USER_NAME of
$DOMAIN, we really did. On our holiday, too.
With the long summer holidays dragging out before you, no
15000 list of your own to manually contact, and our
subscribe/unsubscribe "feature" temporarily disabled, what
other ways are their to waste your time? We have a few
If you're still worried about the EUCD (and do try to save
your energy, because we'll still be banging on about it when
we get back), Chris Lightfoot has suggested you write to
Patricia Hewitt, noting your displeasure.
- some talking points
- where she lives
- annoyingly hard questions to answer
- annoyingly good advice from kieran
If you're a graduate in one of those scribble-scribble
subjects, like economics or sociology, why not consider
adopting as your thesis some study of the societal effects
and costs of current and proposed copyright regimes? That
way, we can use it, Iraqi dossier-like, to help argue the
liberal copyright regime with They Who Rule. (We're serious
- this would be really handy). Or alternatively, you could
port the Government Information Awareness project to the UK.
We note that there's already a parliament.csv file in there.
- the imdb for government
Will we be doing any of these things? Of course not. We are
on holiday. We will be getting drunk. If you're at the Open
Source Conference in Portland, Oregon, United States of La
La La America, you can get drunk too: either alone in your
hotel room, as usual, or with me somewhere even less
salubrious. Mail email@example.com and we'll sort something out.
- lurching from one o'reilly conference to the next
>> ANTI-NEWS <<
berating the obvious
secret life of Barrysworld icon: http://www.barrysworld.com vs
http://www.easysexshop.co.uk/ ... for our blind visitors with
philosophy degrees: http://www.ntk.net/2003/07/04/dohdogs.gif
... "Wayne's World" sarcastic catchphrase alive and well:
http://www.ntk.net/2003/07/04/dohnot.gif ... truth in
advertising?: http://www.ntk.net/2003/07/04/dohdef.gif ...
... Caprice smashes myth that blondes, models are "mimbos":
... http://www.ecmayo.ie/cgi-bin/faq/faq.cgi?faqname=ict ,
"the PC is appropriate as a single home entertainment unit",
reveals - poll of "around a thousand (985) home PC users":
>> EVENT QUEUE <<
goto's considered non-harmful
The holiday mood continues at this weekend's AMIGA ALPE ADRIA
(starts tonight, Fri 2003-07-04, Udine, Italy, free), a
mountainside sanctuary euphemistically celebrating the
"friendship and diversity" of what's left of the Amiga scene,
and whose site - if you don't read it too carefully - gives
the impression that the occasion will incorporate "cultural
events" by noted Workbench enthusiasts such as James Galway,
Moby, Vasily Kandinsky and Jethro Tull. Back in the UK, the
endearingly misplaced retro-optimism lives on at THE BRITISH
FESTIVAL OF SPACE (from next Thu, 2003-07-10, University of
Surrey, Guilford, event prices vary), promising a debate on
Britain's future in Space, a Space Ball (featuring "after
dinner speech with Astronaut"), and no doubt plenty of
opportunities to try on a Space Suit and eat some Space Food.
But after that, what could be more down to Earth than the
gritty practicalities of YET ANOTHER PERL CONFERENCE:: EUROPE
(from Wed 2003-07-23, the "majestic" Conservatoire National
des Arts et Metiers, Paris, France, EUR99 for all 3 days) - a
country where even the phrase "Perl monger" sounds indefinably
sexier, dans la international programming language d'amour.
- see also under "Products/ Legacy Support"
- sounds like the start of a Quatermass story
- Mais non Madame, je suis un perl... mongueur
>> MEMEPOOL <<
ceci n'est pas une http://www.gagpipe.com/ muggle cgi humour http://www.martian.fm/harrypotter.htm
... STEPHENSON novel appears to be scene-setting intro
to AD&D module: http://www.baroquecycle.com/preview.htm ...
talking of which, BOFH opens game shop http://www.actsofgord.com/
... possible pitfalls of internet research: getting found
out via google: http://www.artimaze.34sp.com/research/pitfalls.htm
... overly-complicated jokes for anime lovers:
vs https://sourceforge.jp/projects/hos/ ... solely justifying
http://perversiontracker.com/ : http://www.wunderbear.com/cuppa/
... robots.txt humour: http://www.crummy.com/robots.txt ...
presenting: cthulhu-in-a-bun: http://www.octodog.net/ ...
>> GEEK MEDIA <<
get out less
FILM>> there seems to be some sort of limited-release going on
for no-doubt-DVD-bound subtitled sci-fi anime cause celebre
COWBOY BEBOP ( http://www.bbfc.co.uk/ : contains moderate
violence)... otherwise both Bill Murray and Tom Green are
replaced by the dubious comic stylings of Demi Moore, Bruce
Willis and John Cleese in CHARLIE'S ANGELS: FULL THROTTLE
genital talk; murder by competition violence; calf birth
procedure with arms up the cow and slinging afterbirth on
people; playing with bird poop; woman in men's room; every
time the name Zaas was spoken to take advantage of its
plurality phonetic equivalence, I counted it as a use of a
foul word; excessive cleavage, repeatedly)...
>> SMALL PRINT <<
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