Saturday, November 10, 2001
Now these trading cards are more like it: “President Bush tried his bestest to simplify the picture as Good vs. Evil, but it’s still a jumble! Who knew all those crazy Dorkistan countries even existed?! Now The Infinite Jest rides to the rescue with a set of educational trading cards.” (via a random email from the creator of the cards).
Thursday, November 08, 2001
Spaced Penguin – fun with physics (via loads of people). I just scored almost four million by getting into a very close to circular orbit on the final level, but the high scores are down. – spelling it out for you since 1996. “After installation and setup, text in every web page you visit will be scanned by the artificial intelligence routines contained within IronyPlugin. The program then automatically highlights ironic and sarcastic phrases, or paragraphs involving irony or sarcasm.”

Sadly it wouldn’t find any intentional irony in this page. “Kids need to understand that the President (and his team) will keep them safe and that evil-doers will be punished… ENDURING FREEDOM PICTURE CARDS presents the New War on Terrorism in a format that children understand. Not included are the disturbing images shown repeatedly on national newscasts.”
Tuesday, November 06, 2001
Playlist from Monday’s radio show (real audio stream available here):
Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry – Soul Fire
Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy – something from Ease Down The Road
Jim White – The Wound That Never Heals
Lemonheads – Big Gay Heart
Godspeed You Black Emperor! – The Dead Flag Blues
Readymade – So Hard
Belle & Sebastian – I’m Waking Up To Us
Flaming Lips – Waiting For Superman
Yo La Tengo – Autumn Sweater
The White Stripes – Dead Leaves And The Dirty Ground
Pavement – Father To A Sister Of Thought
Elliot Smith – Miss Misery
Jesus And Mary Chain – Some Candy Talking
Eek, it’s been a busy few days, here comes another splurge. Tuesday was my birthday (which I discovered that I share with Katy Kitschbitch), and the scholars’ dinner in the evening – classic Cambridge extravagance with five courses, ’77 port etc. Saw Legally Blonde on Wednesday, which wasn’t nearly as bad as it could have been, largely thanks to the wonderful Reese Witherspoon. Then Six By Seven live on Thursday – impressive, loud and terribly bitter – the encore was an absolutely scathing Overnight Success. Birthday party on Friday, and mini blog-meet with the fneh boys and Edith in attendance. Much fun was had and photos are on display here and here. Lots of lovely presents – new Eels album, Low’s Secret Name, Simon Armitage’s novel, TV Go Home book, table tennis bat, magic frisbee and more. Another party on Saturday, complete with 72-pint barrel of beer, day trip to my granny’s in Norfolk on Sunday and then Captain Corelli’s Mandolin in the evening. Generally people who haven’t read the book seemed to think it was OK. I have, so I thought it was rubbish. It’s impossible to judge it independently of the book, the closest I can get to being objective is to say that the book made me laugh out loud frequently, as well as bringing me close to tears. The film did neither, and hence was a failure. Last night was the big Cambridge fireworks display and that brings you up to speed.