Tag Archive: UK
Feel free to go fuck the questionaire this animated gif originally led to.
A delightful bed time story for you. Loves that sample!
Black Forest Orchestra were put together to perform at the Woodland Gathering Festival in July 2011. This is their only performance so far. Wooodland Gathering was an event staged by Radio Black Forest in Fellfoot Wood, Cumbria UK.
Black Forest Orchestra
Shaun Blezard – electronics / laptop
Glenn Boulter – bowed guitars
Simon Jones – electronics / objects
Ian Simpson – electronics
The recording was very kindly and wonderfully made by Kevin Busby of Phantom Circuit.
Artwork is by Ian Simpson (copyright 2011)
Black Forest Orchestra over at archive.org for the downloadinz.
Having a large head
And on and on it goes. Facebook group with links to the articles at the dailymail website.
Moral of the story? The Daily Mail uses fear and paranoia to sell newspapers but then we knew that already, didn’t we?
And for those not in the uk now you know that too!
So, this guy is arguing that there is a class pyramid in british literature, highlighting crime fiction as a case in point. I’m not aruging that there isn’t a class thing with fiction, although whether or not it is a pyramid is a matter of debate, but i think he’s wrong to say that it’s a purely british thing and also to say that poets are on the top.
Getting poetry published, at least in the uk, is alot about politics – is your poetry a reflection of what is deemed to be good poetry at the time? This is usually dictated by the editors of poetry journals and the such, usually on their paticular taste and whims. I would argue that poetry belongs somewhere near the bottom of the pyramid as very few people care about it or give it any respect and the ones that do? Well, you have to question how hung up they are on, say, the romantics. Do they really care for contemporary poetry or are they merely trapped in an ideolised past tense?
In the past i have been to/read at a good few poetry readings and I would be to remiss to argue that there is a predominantly middle class crowd. You have to consider why they are there. Are they just doing that middle class thing of pursuing what they deem to be ‘culture’ because they feel that is an important part of who they think they are?
As I have said, that was in the past. I cannot provide a true reflection of such audiences, merely an inkling. Anyone else wanna throw down on this?
As such an idea being purely a british thing – I think that is bullshit. Genre fiction has always suffered at the hands of the literati and the people who hang on their every word, whether here or the states. As if to say that using the hooks of a paticular genre automatically excludes you from creating anything that can approach art. One ofthe problems with the idea of genre is that it gives people the opportunity to be lazy in their snobbish judgements, to tarnish everything with the same brush.
What exactly is it that defines something as ‘literary’? It’s a vague term to be sure and a genre on to itself. Is it realism, social or otherwise? Is it a concern with things that are considered ‘highbrow’? Is it the highlighting of the plights of downtrodden people? For me, the badge of literature is something that is earnt through time not through marketing to certain niches.
Wow, that went on alot longer than i thought it would.
Ken Russell was the reigning champion of cinema controversy in the uk during the 70s. He put many a nose out of joint. He also kinda hipped celebrated artist and film maker Derek Jarman to the joys of film-making after giving him a job on The Devils, which existed on video in various butchered forms due to ridiculous censorship, although it is now available uncut.
I met Ken Russell once, whilst at film school. He was delightfully eccentric. I think he kinda took a shine to me after realising that i may be as mad as he. For the rest of the year our production group took to saying his name in a variety of weird accents at random moments.
In the 50s he worked as a photographer for a bit. The observer have a gallery of some of his work from that decade (the above being an example) so go feast yr eyes. Be sure to read the descriptions of each picture as they are really quite interesting.
via the rumpus
So, i wake from my slumber and go online to discover either/or/bored has had 55 hits already today. Then I remember it was the oscars last night (see the results here) and it seems the oscar nominated animated short film logorama that i blogged about a while back is now an oscar winning animated short film. So, well done to François Alaux, Herve de Crecy & Ludovic Houplain!
I have a few things to sort out today. I have a dentist appointment at 12:20, a package needs picking up from the postal depot and some guys are coming to measure our doors for they are to be replaced with shiny new doors! I also need a shower and a shave but fear that if I go and take one these measuring tape weilding individuals will turn up and I will have to answer the door in a towel and dripping everywhere. Yeesh.
So, with such a packaged schedule policing my time what better way to start than with some videos demonstrating how to deal with the police when they try and pull a terror search on you? Brought to you by The Love Police:
Part the First
Part the Second
In fact, why not stop by The Love Police website for more guerilla ontology/situationistesque/dichotomy evaporating/reality subverting antics as well as the touching story of the philosophy student who became an office wage slave for seven years before being liberated by the economic apochalypse?
the UK is on the eve of turning into a facist digital wasteland. Where the fuck do i live, china?
I just got done using a web-locker yesterday to recieve a bunch of a friend’s music for a future post. Music he made AND OWNS.
I guess there will always be FTP but have you ever tried explaining FTP to non-computer minded people?
I mean, i don’t want to say that all politicians should be taken out onto the tundra and shot, but…
From Cory on BoingBoing:
The idea that web-lockers should be blocked nationwide by court order is a bad idea:
1. Web-lockers are useful for more than piracy. I routinely use web-lockers for my own business and personal affairs. When I need to send a large video of my daughter playing to my parents, a web-locker is the simplest way of doing this. Web-lockers are also a vital part of how I produce my audiobooks and podcasts, since they allow me to privately share large pre-release audio-files with readers, editors and publishers. Web-lockers are also how I communicate with my attorneys and accountants for transmission of sensitive documents, such as scans of my passport and bills.
2. The reason web-lockers are useful for piracy is because they support privacy. The entertainment industry’s principle objection to web-lockers is that their contents are private, and cannot be readily survielled by copyright enforcement tools. When I send a video of my daughter in the bath to her grandparents, the only people who can download that video are the people who have access to the private URL for the locker. This is the same mechanism that infringers use to avoid detection: upload an infringing file and share the URL with friends. You can’t fix the web-locker problem without attacking the right of Internet users to privately share large files with one another.
3. The establishment of a national blocklist is itself a bad idea. Creating a facility whereby ISPs can be compelled to block entire websites is a bad idea on its face. The security problems raised by such a facility are grave (a hijacker could use it to block the BBC, or Parliament, or Google), and the temptation to extend this facility for use in other civil actions, (say, libel) will be great. Also, as my friend Lilian Edwards has pointed out, the LibDem proposal does not stipulate how long sites must be blocked for, nor what the procedure is for unblocking them.
4. There is no evidence that this will work. Dedicated infringers have shown a willingness and capability to use technologies such as proxies to evade firewalls. These proxies — many of them legitimate businesses at home and abroad — are cheap and easy to use, and make it trivial to evade ISP-level filtering. However, “good guys” (small traders, individuals wishing to share private material with friends and family) should not have to bear the expense and difficulty of evading the Great Firewall of Britain to do legitimate business on the net.
5. This is bad for the nation. The only country to enact anti-web-locker legislation to date is South Korea, which brought in a similar measure to the LibDem proposal as a condition of its Free Trade Agreement with the USA, whose IP chapter focused largely on locking down the Korean Internet. In the time since the US-Korea FTA, Korea has slipped badly in the global league tables for ICT competitiveness, going from being a worldwide leader in technology to an also-ran.
I have sent a version of these comments to both of the LibDem peers using ORG’s Write to Them links. I hope you’ll get in touch with them, too. This is a grave blunder for the supposed “party of liberty,” especially on the eve of a national election.
GlennF sez, “The Digital Economy Bill in the UK that Cory has written about has a new, horrible portion that could cause many (most?) public hotspots to shut down unless run by companies large enough to handle the recordkeeping requirements. This ZDNet UK article cites legal experts who say that the penalties associated with failure to comply will make small businesses turn off hotspots. Universities and libraries may face huge liability as well.”
The Digital Economy Bill is being sold to us on the grounds that copyright infringement harms the British economy because of the importance of our entertainment industry. But while the measures in the DEB won’t stop copyright infringement (copying isn’t going to slow down — as computers and the technology they enable gets cheaper and more widely distributed, copying will continue to speed up, just as it has done since the dawn of the computer industry), they will harm British business and British families, by making the Internet generally less useful and more difficult and more expensive for honest people to use.
In other words, the Digital Economy Bill will do no good for the analogue economy industries, and will weaken the digital economy.
via Boing Boing.
Disney are planning to shorten the gap between the cinema release and DVD release of Alice in Wonderland. Something like this has been coming for a while as an attempt to curtail piracy.
UK distributors are considering a boycott of Tim Burton‘s new 3D CGI fantasy over Disney’s proposal to release the DVD within 90 days of its cinema release. Usually, there is at least a four-month window between a film’s arrival in cinemas and its debut on home video.
Now Holland’s four largest exhibitors are reportedly threatening not to show Alice In Wonderland unless Disney backs down. Together Minerva, Pathé, Wolff and Jogchems represent between 80% and 85% of all cinemas in the Netherlands.
Youry Bredewold, who represents both Pathé and Holland’s National Board of Cinema Owners, said the distributor’s decision was not one which had been taken lightly.
“We will lose money due to our decision,” he told AFP. “We expected [Alice] to become one of the most popular movies of 2010. But we decided we need to send a message to the whole industry: If you don’t accept our terms, we will never show your movies again.”
Who will win this battle? With the economic downturn going to the cinema is seen as a (fairly) cheap night out. At the same time alot of money has been spent on upgrading screens to accomodate 3D movies, money that needs to be made back else the cinema conglomerates are going to lose shitloads of cash. On the other hand DVD markets are more lucrative than theatrical box office anyway. Box Office numbers are just a rule of thumb the industry uses to proclaim success or failure.
Also, with 3D being the big thing at the moment (there is even demand for 3D indie projects – nothing like a bandwagon to inspire people) and with new-wave 3D camera & television technology in it’s infancy, aren’t Disney shooting themselves in the foot with this move? They argue that most people go and see a film at the cinema within that 3 month window anyway, but what about us for which making it it a decent cinema is a three day hike across frozen hills, where bitter winds erode our bones and wild haggis attacks have been known to wipe out entire families with one fatal chomp?
via alt film guide
Police are planning to use an anti-terror law deemed unlawful by the European Court of Human Rights across the country during the London Olympics, The Times has learnt.
Senior officers are considering using Section 44 of the Terrorism Act 2000 at every Underground and railway station nationwide.
Privacy campaigners criticised the proposal yesterday. The powers would enable police to stop and search members of the public without any suspicion that they were involved in terrorism.
The Times understands that this would be the first time that the powers would have been used across such a wide area. Police said that Section 44, which must be granted by the Home Secretary for a designated area, would be used only in the event of an escalated terror threat. Officers are being trained to use behavioural profiling to spot suspicious characters during stop- and-search operations.
Privacy experts said that the plan could heighten tensions between the public and police. Simon Davies, the director of Privacy International, said: “The history of stop and search in this country is abhorrent. I wouldn’t trust the police to make the right judgment.
Charlie Brooker has been providing scathing and satirical insights into the twisted machinations (oh, how I love that word) of the media since, well, whenever he started doing it. Below, see him lay into television news with, um, scathing and satirical insight.
( via 23narchy in the uk. )
Several dozen moons ago my friend Matt would often clue me into the latest of Mr Brooker’s brilliant Guardian column Screenburn, in which he takes a rusty hacksaw to the banality of television and dismembers it’s corpse with disturbing glee. You can find an archive of the column here.
Below, an excerpt from his latest piece where he goes to town on vapid and soul-destroying ITV dating show ‘Take Me Out’, something which I was planning to do myself, offering a poor facisimile of his writing style, after accidently catching the opening credits and first 30 seconds. Thank fuck I don’t have to now, because it would of actually involved having to watch it.
Anticipation is everything. If someone tells you to close your eyes and open your mouth while they feed you a slice of the most delicious chocolate gateau you’ll ever encounter, only to spoon a pawful of dead mashed mouldering cat on to your tongue, chances are you’ll vomit. You’d vomit anyway, of course, but the contrast between what you were expecting and what you actually got would make you spew hard enough to bring up your own kidneys.
This also works in reverse. Over the past few weeks, several people have emailed imploring me to watch Take Me Out (Sat, 8pm, ITV1), ITV’s new Saturday night dating show. They described it using the sort of damning language usually reserved for war crime tribunals at the Hague. I rubbed my hands together, like a sadist approaching a car crash, settled in to my sofa and watched an episode. And you know what? It’s not bad.
Okay, it is bad, obviously, but only if you compare it to something worthy or suave or less shrieky. On its own terms, as a raucous chunk of meaningless idiocy, it succeeds.
( read the rest of that column here )
But Brooker is no mere columnist, oh no, for surely that would be a waste of his talents. He created the brilliant zombie/big brother parody/horror/drama (the reality show, not the orwellian concept of surveillance society) Dead Set, which was screened over 5 consequitive nights on E4 in the UK. I actually tuned in eagerly for every single part, which is a rare occurance indeed. He only wrote the first episode though.
He’s also worked quite extensively with another british satirical genius Chris Morris, co-writing the absolutely hilarious satire of London media-type assholes, Nathan Barley. The show featured alot of the Mighty Boosh/IT crowd bunch and was no only insanely quotable, piss-yourself funny and largely ignored, It also managed to ring disturbingly true, as if this was what these people are like in their vapid cocoon of popular-culture and fad fed idiocracy. For weeks after seeing it on DVD I had nightmares that I would become one of these people. I still fear that I will wake up one day and, finding this to be true, ride my miniscooter screaming under a double-decker bus.
A click from episode 5 of deadset:
And the only two clips from nathan barley that I could find that hadn’t had embedding disabled by request. It’s worth a trip to youtube to check out the other stuff though. There are whole episodes to be seen in bite sized parts.