31 December 2007

Happy New Year from MLVTJ


Pretty awful effort I'm afraid but a late night job. Better will follow.

Posting 364

Happy New Year to both of my readers. I shall try and scrape together another picture to end 2007 with to take the total number of posts to 365. Down on previous years, but one-a-day is at least a neat number to end on. See you after the jump.

17 December 2007

Every now and again the internet makes you go "wow" - this is another one of those times.

Just had a bit of a (albeit rather one-sided!) conversation with Robert Scoble via Qik, a service that enables you to stream video from your phone to the web. Very freaky, and very cool. Difficult to describe it here but imagine what this is going to go do to the news, TV, film... fantastic.

Petitioning the Gov.

Ian Cuddy has set up a petition to try and ensure that the Government and it's various representative bodies around the country have to notify you in the event of your data getting "lost":

The UK Government waited more than 10 days before telling Parliament and the Public it has accidentally lost sensitive personal details of 25 million individuals.

Under current US laws, the Government would have had to notify immediately.

The petition calls on the Prime Minister to place a legal duty on public and private sector organisations, so that affected customers are informed immediately if the security of their personal data has been compromised.

Individuals have a right to know straight away when this has occurred to protect against identify theft.

Mandatory notification would make organisations more careful and more accountable for the use of personal information.


I'm not sure about immediate notification - in the case of the 25 million records (!) from the CB office I think the Goverment was right to warn banks first so they could put extra measures in place. However, the idea of the data actually being yours in the first place, rather than the Government's, makes this a petition to support.

Want to know what the middle ages were like? Why not pop off to the middle east....


He's all heart!
How I'd love to live in Saudi: Prince Abdullah has graciously "pardoned" an 18 year old woman who was gang raped after being found in a car with a man who was not her relative. Subsequent to the gamg rape she was up in court:

In October 2006, a judge sentenced her to 90 lashes for being with the man -- a taboo in the conservative Muslim kingdom which imposes segregation of the sexes.

She appealed against the sentence but despite her ordeal the court ruled that her punishment should be increased to 200 lashes and a six-month jail term for reportedly speaking out about her case to the media.


Ah doesn't that make you glad to be British? We only honour this desolate, desperate disgusting kingdom by having her leaders to visit the Queen. Oil and armaments have nothing to do with it of course, we are simply friendly to them in the same way that we are to, say, Rwanda or Guatemala.

15 December 2007

More Music

You lucky monkeys! The Partridge is proud to present the future smash hit (once it has been slowed down a bit) "Madame Bovary". Enjoy.

13 December 2007

Death becomes us. Apparently.

Stone a man to death? Oh it doesn't matter, not if you live in the UK.

Up, down, round and round

Back-up hard drive dead (oh lordy, and all files in a mess - ah well). BUT allofmp3 back as mp3sparks.com (rubbish name but best site on the web virtually*) and now, BBC iPlayer (rubbish name etc). The latter first told me that it wouldn't play nicely with Firefox but, after going to read the pathetic excuse for why this was, I came back to the programme I wanted to watch (doc about George Melly) and bingo, the programme was running. And thus the web continues to surprise and entertain. Mind you, having said all that and other cliches, I'm not sure I'm going to go so far as to watch "Can Fat Teens Hunt?", although as tv programme titles go this is a goody.
Now, tomorrow, that is a different story - gas man allegedly coming between 8 and 1. I will give you 10-1 that he won't appear despite reassurances from the poor call centre serf.

*Although this doesn't stop one buying perhaps the worst album in a decade, LCD Soundsystem's Sound of S^^^e

10 December 2007

Pas de merde, Sherlock

Old polar bear found. Or rather, remains of polar bear that lived a while ago. And guess what, it was "possibly female" according to a Professor Ingolfsonn. Mm hmm. Thanks Prof - if not female, what do you think, possibly male?

1 December 2007

22 November 2007

No news would be better news

Why is the Kindle selling out news? Of course it has sold out - Amazon will have made sure of that by having less than ten available across America. Or thereabouts. Why oh why the BBC etc etc. We've been here a million times of course, but the corporation does seem to like a bit of product placement from time to time.

21 November 2007

You think you had a bad day at work?

23 years old and allowed to burn the personal details of 25 million people onto a couple of disks. He resigned today. Poor guy, what were his managers thinking allowing him that sort of data access in the first place?

19 November 2007

Photos shmotos

Poor weather, I'm afraid, dictates that you are to be disappointed if you are here for the World Press Photo of the Year contenders that I normally post. Maybe if the snow comes south....

Smartlinks #2

So, what exactly are smartlinks? I've no idea but they seem to require effort so I shall henceforth give up expecting anything from them. I suggest you do the same.

Atheism with a side order of safety net

If you don't believe in the big white beard in the sky BUT you believe the world is going down the pan because of man's inhumanity to man, does this mean that, on dying, God might take pity on you and open the pearlies a chink? I think not, but it is a thought.

10 November 2007

Old Gormley

Exotic Meat Night

So, fireworks with lilbro and the nephlets at the Boot, Chipperfield, tonight. Fire engine, stray rockets bouncing off the garden fences, an elderly couple falling off a table onto wet grass, and a fox in the road. All good, as people seem to say now. As for the Exotic Meat Night, possibly one I shall miss - roo steak? That'll be a pass.

6 November 2007

07951....

"Welcome to T-Mobile. The person you are calling isn't able to take your call at the moment. At the tone, you may leave a message. When you have finished, you may hang up (you know, that action you have done ever since you first used a phone but hadn't realised until now you needed reminding about every time you rang anyone? Come to that, we're surprised you've been able to operate a phone at all given that you are so obviously hard of thinking. While we're talking, and racking up your charges in a deceitful manner you are clearly too thick to notice, here's a few other pointers you might like to bear in mind: When leaving your message, try opening your mouth and making some noises - this is called language. It helps if the language you use is the same as the person for whom you are leaving a message, although of course it doesn't have to be their first language. When considering what to say, you will find that you can leave messages about many different things - press 9 to hear a list of suggestions). If you wish to change your message at any time, press 1 and we will keep you online for another forty five seconds or so before you are put through to the call answering service again. Thank you for your money. Beeeeep!

5 November 2007

Blimey! Google blogspot buggered!

Not sure what is going on but can't leave comments on my own blog (no, not in an attempt to make it appear more hugely popular that it obviously already is - one comment every 3 weeks currently - wahey! Eat your heart out BBC! - but in order to respond to the few comments that are actually left). It's always been a pain in the jacuzzi what with the choice of sign in methods, re-entering my blogger ID and password da da da ... on and on on I'm going. I shall shut up and go and watch some fireworks. Before I go, however, if you are the guy who left the comment for Oliver on my Bluepulse post (see, even the comments that are left are in the wrong place!), what I was going to say was "don't mention it".

31 October 2007

Italy: Some older pics 2


Actually I think I may have posted this one before. However, I like it so, for the time being, it's staying.

Italy: Some older pics


Yes, this too has been posted previously, but this is a slightly different version with a little gaussian blur added to one layer and then overlaid on another. Layers, I hear you say, am I getting the hang of them? Still, I'm afraid, the answer is no.

29 October 2007

Shahid Malik: Hypocrisy Incarnate

Wahey, in a close field, Tony Blair, Diane Abbot, Jack Straw, Clare Short and George Bush have been pipped at the post for the award of Most Odious Politician of the Year by one Shahid Malik, Lab. Dewsbury. Let's have a look at his voting record (from theyworkforyou.com):

* Has never voted on a transparent Parliament.
* Voted strongly for introducing ID cards.
* Voted very strongly for Labour's anti-terrorism laws.
* Voted very strongly against investigating the Iraq war.

Why the odiousness, you ask? Well, this is apparently the self-same MP who has been complaining at being detained by US customs officers. Yes, one of the men responsible for making everyone else's life a misery when flying has been subject to the same experience. Welcome to the real world Shahid. Next time I hope you are Extraordinarily Renditioned you disgusting hypocritical Yes man.

In the Woods