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A young man (Terence Eden) in London is stopped for a random bag search by an “Anti Terrorism Squad” in a train station, the man has a mobile phone capable of streaming live video to the Internet, he streams the search. The stream is copied to a video community web site, now people from around the world can watch and comment on the police action, critique the police behavior and discuss the effectiveness of such state action.

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Video by James Houston

Only Internet could distribute such a unique video remix of a song. No traditional medium would have touched this. Read the full accompanying text by the artist or see the original here.

James Houston the creator says:

I decided to take the piss a bit, as the contest seemed to be in that spirit.
Based on the lyric (and alternate title) “Big Ideas: Don’t get any” I grouped together a collection of old redundant hardware, and placed them in a situation where they’re trying their best to do something that they’re not exactly designed to do, and not quite getting there.
It doesn’t sound great, as it’s not supposed to.

Sinclair ZX Spectrum – Guitars (rhythm & lead)
Epson LX-81 Dot Matrix Printer – Drums
HP Scanjet 3c – Bass Guitar
Hard Drive array – Act as a collection of bad speakers – Vocals & FX

Enjoy, I did!

Thanks to Jemima Kiss for Twitting this

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Nightwaves on BBC has a one hour show devoted to Martin Amis and JG Ballard. I am familiar with Amis only by reputation. His newest book is entitled the Second Plane and it focus on the impact and meaning of 9/11. His interest seems to be sexuality, repression, and Islam criticism. I can’t comment about about Amis or his ideas, listen to him if you are interested.

jgballard JG Ballard however is one of my favorites. I grew up reading his apocalyptic novels, Drowned World, Crystal World, The Wind from No Where and others works. These novels helped shape my imagination and prepare me for this era of Global Warming and drastic change we see in our physical environment today.

Ballard talks about his life and the books he has written about his youth in Shanghai. Ballard is one of the great critics of the 20th century, the books he has written in the 1990s and the last ten years are science fiction about the present. I recommend Super Cannes . Ballard’s work shines a light on the dark side of technology and consumerism. It can be shocking and disorienting.

I found this interview via http://www.ballardian.com/ one of my favorite blogs. Photo credit belongs to Catfunkt.

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Bruce Schneier, Computer Security Expert has a very good summary of the Internet Worm know as Storm or Small.DAM, Trojan.DL and numerous other names.

Mr. Schneier voice apprehension and trepidation about what this Worm could have in store for the world.  Microsoft estimated they had removed the worm from as many as 2,574,586 PCs.

Mr. Schneier points out that so far we may have only seen the opening act for what this worm is up to.

Oddly enough, Storm isn’t doing much, so far, except gathering strength. Aside from continuing to infect other Windows machines and attacking particular sites that are attacking it, Storm has only been implicated in some pump-and-dump stock scams. There are rumors that Storm is leased out to other criminal groups. Other than that, nothing.

Personally, I’m worried about what Storm’s creators are planning for Phase II.

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Mike Davis had written a history of the car bomb.Before you dismiss this notion forthwith watch this short video clip of Mike Davis discussing the history of the car bomb on a television show.

The first recorded car bomb was actually a wagon bomb in 1920. The target was J.P. Morgan Inc on Wall Street New York . It has been estimated that 30,000 + people have died from car bomb attacks in Iraq since the American Invasion.

Buda’s Wagon: A Brief History of the Car Bomb by Mike Davis

Props to SubTopia an excellant blog on Urban issues and the Militarization of the City. Bryan Finoki pointed to this video from his blog.

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Scientists have finally exceeded the speed of light, causing a light pulse to travel hundreds of times faster than normal.

It raced so fast the pulse exited a specially-prepared chamber before it even finished entering it.

The experiment is the first-ever evidence of faster-than-light motion.  [LINK to CBC Story]

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