Posts from 18th November 2004

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Nov 04

ALL DIEBOLD ALL THE TIME

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ALL DIEBOLD ALL THE TIME:

Microsoft: “We think our software is far more secure than open-source software. It is more secure because we stand behind it, we fixed it, because we built it. Nobody ever knows who built open-source software,” he said.

Walter Benjamin called this quality of the work – in which provenance and bloodline stood for so much more than the content of useability – its aura. In art it really only operates in a fairly matey and teasable way these days*: in the marketing of technology, it grinds on…

*(ie i know someone who owns a painting by PAUL SIMONON: and yr reaction just there proves my point i think)

A FRIEND OF FT WRITES:

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A FRIEND OF FT WRITES:

“Some of you may have missed this unbeatable 1-2 of stories (persevere if you find the first story boring)
FIRST STORY (Monday 15th November)
SECOND STORY (Thursday 18th November)”

I’m closer to ‘unbearable’ than ‘unbeatable’ on this one, but then I’m soft. Thanks!

ROBOT ART 10 – NON-ROBOT ART nil

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ROBOT ART 10 – NON-ROBOT ART nil:

To: Mark [mark@xxx.co.uk]
From: Imperialism P. Brotherhood [capitalizes@okfa.hu]
Subject: I’ve heard a lot about you

Hello, playmates! :)
Do not accustom yourself to consider debt only as an inconvenience.
You will find it a calamity.
Kashilwepo nawa

KitKats

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47 KitKats are eaten every second in the UK and ex-Bond heartthrob Pierce Brosnan is a ‘big fan’.

Not everyone is on message, though. From the Guardian (natch):
KitKat is my favourite bar, but I have not bought one since Nestle tried to extort “compensation” payments from Ethiopia. Lemon cheesecake flavoured KitKats won’t win me back – a commitment to fair trade might. Helen Colley, Manchester

I remember people like you from university, Helen. This is what you’re missing, dear:

Original KitKat: Boring, but popular. Dungaish.
Blood Orange: Strange one. Socrates.
Orange: Running down my chin like a young Jairzinho.
Caramel: Tasty. Reminds me of Ronaldinho, that blind pass he keeps doing.
White chocolate: Yeah, you know what you’re getting with this: Tafarell
Lime and yoghurt: Foul, a mistake. Who’s that bloke used to play for Sheffield United?

KEEP WATCHING THE SKIES

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KEEP WATCHING THE SKIES!!

i used to get v.worked up when small abt the bright green meteor shower in the day of the triffids

i. wd i have watched it? ans=yes
ii. wd i now be purblind triffid-bait? ans=yes


(warning: they probbly don’t look like this without you haf long-exposure eyeballs)

DEAR SANTA

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DEAR SANTA

CURRENT GAMES I WANT FOR MY GAMECUBE PLEASE:

1. Donkey Konga
2. Pokemon Colosseum
3. Paper Mario 2
4. Sonic Mega Collection
5. Phantasy Star Chronicles
6. Animal Crossing
7. Wario Ware Inc
8. Viewtiful Joe
9. Capcom vs SNK
10. Tales of Symphonia – out tomorrow, interested readers!!

For some time

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For some time, Tayyabs has been my favourite curry house in the world. I haven’t been to them all, sure, but the quality at Tayyabs is so high, and the price so low that I find it difficult now to go anywhere else.

So far, so un-news. Except today I have two things to report.

FIRST: last night I had one of their shami kebabs. I have been asking for these for something like three years. In the last menu-revamp they labelled them Wednesday Only. Last couple of Wednesdays I’ve visited, I’ve been told that they had all gone. I can report their shami kebabs are a marvel. The shamis I’m used to having are lamb/lentil/coriander comfort food, and while Tayyabs’s are similarly stodgy they’re very heavy on the cinnamon and just that touch spicier than the normal. A taste sensation.

SECOND: Tayyabs is changing. In the old days it used to be: restaurant premises in the old pub (incl. the covered driveway); sweet shop in a shop premises; daytime cafe in another shop. The latter two are currently gutted: it looks as though they’re knocking through and changing things about.

I don’t know what they’re planning. I don’t know whether the kitchens will be able to cope with the changes: knowing the accent on food quality throughout the place, there’s no reason to assume things will decline. Even so, if you haven’t been there before I’d get along soon, just in case. Have the masala fish. And the dry meat. And the Karahi ckicken keema. And the tinda masala (baby pumpkin). And…

INVENT TO PREVAIL

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INVENT TO PREVAIL: aka the Lemony Snicket’s: A Series of Unfortunate Events video game, out for GameCube on 26 November. However there’s a distinct lack of any reviews or further information apart from the fact that it’s produced by Activision so the jury is out on whether this will be a gleefully macabre lose-lose situation or some RUB aimed at edumacating the TEENIES I do not kno!

CLIFF RICHARD AND THE SHADOWS – “Summer Holiday”

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#148, 16th March 1963

I’m writing this on one of the dampest, greyest, most uninspiring days of the year; the kind of day people imagine when they think of “British weather”. I don’t imagine February 1963 was much nicer: a canny release date choice for Cliff and company, making this dandelion-light song sound wistful and hopeful.

In ’63 the concept of a “Summer Holiday” abroad (let alone driving around Europe in a customised bus, like Cliff does in the film) was slowly turning from jet set dream to mass-market reality. “We’ve seen it in the movies / Now let’s see if it’s true” – this is a song about new prosperity, new possibilities. That’s why it struck such a chord, and that’s probably why it endures as one of Cliff’s signature tracks.

Of course it doesn’t hurt that it’s one of the songs where his matey big brother persona grates least. I’ve been generally harsh on Cliff Richard because (especially in his ‘romantic’ singles) he often turns the winsome knob way too high, but with the harmless breeziness of the early 60s about to be shunted mostly to one side I can afford a little generosity.