Friday  the Twenty-Ninth of November, 2002

"antilanguage - noun. A collection of words and phrases used to exclude outsiders from a particular group and to disguise the group's activities."
Wordspy; an unhealthy but addictive pick-and-mix of freshly evolving language, from obscure niche jargon to fatuous mayfly buzzwords.

Passing Frenzies: Urban Letterboxing - War of the Worlds - Rumble - Nation States

 Thursday  the Twenty-Eighth

"Mr. Iwanyk, 32 years old, first suspected that his TiVo thought he was gay, since it inexplicably kept recording programs with gay themes. A film studio executive in Los Angeles and the self-described 'straightest guy on earth,' he tried to tame TiVo's gay fixation by recording war movies and other 'guy stuff.'"
An odd article on Tivo and Amazon user profiling, of shadowy technology extrapolating your tastes and assuming terrible, terrible things about you. All very anthropomorphic and mediaeval, the quotes of people complaining about it; a customer is "aghast" when Amazon picks up on her taste for stupid teen movies, and when her Tivo assumes from her viewing habits that she is a tiny child. Caliban's rage at the CCTV camera.

 Wednesday  the Twenty-Seventh

Why hasn't pages from Ceefax become pages from BBCi, yet? I didn't even realise they still ran it, really, I just left a tape recording after something else the other night, and got a load of piercing-tone Mode 7 eighties-flashback at the end of the tape. It'll all be dead and forgotten when digital TV conquers the world, I suppose.
For the people who've been hassling me about it; alright, look, there, an Amazon wishlist, a list of stuff I've been meaning to buy but haven't, yet. The rest of you can consider it a list of things I probably won't be able to feign surprise for during the unwrapping of.

 Tuesday  the Twenty-Sixth

"The Disputed Territories of Morningtonia is a tiny, environmentally stunning nation, notable for its strong anti-business politics. Its hard-nosed, cynical population of 5 million are ruled with an iron fist by the dictatorship government, which ensures that no-one outside the party gets too rich. In their personal lives, however, citizens are relatively unoppressed; it remains to be seen whether this is because the government genuinely cares about its people, or if it hasn't gotten around to stamping out civil rights yet."
Nation States; a nicely pointless game of world leadership, falling somewhere between a political personality test and an ambling statecraft Nomic, with daily issues for your government to resolve. Largely frivolous and exaggerated in its brushstrokes, but still fairly thought-provoking.

As Above

Brain children. Recent or noteworthy Web offspring.

Online cliques. Trespassers may be welcome.

In the bookpile. Powered by

Incidental music. Ohrwurmen or otherwise.

Other weblogs. The ones I make a point of returning to a lot.

Supporting cast. That have Web pages. In alphabetical order.

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