Wednesday, 30 April 2008

Bit of a legend

This guy cracks me up - not that I am endorsing drink driving - but he does it with style :)

Friday, 25 April 2008

Tim Wise - The Creation of Whiteness

Hi guys,

Here's a really interesting clip from a lecturer called Tim Wise, talking about the historical context and drive behind the creation of the concept of 'whiteness' - specifically in a class context, in which race/colour was used to divide the black/white working class and indentured labourer coalitions that formed in opposition to the settler elites. Its fascinating stuff, and fully supported by a lot of the reading I've done in this area during my degree. Interestingly, it also ties in strongly with the writing of Zygmunt Bauman on the nature of racism and genocide. As ever, I'd love to hear your thoughts.

Wednesday, 23 April 2008

Hey people of earth, wake the fuck up

Nicholas Stern says climate change worse than he thought

Nicholas Stern, the British economist known for a major report in which he declared that combating climate change would cost less than ignoring it, has announced that he was wrong -- about how bad the problem is. "We badly underestimated the degree of damages and the risks of climate change" in the Oct. 2006 report, he speechified last week. "All of the links in the chain are on average worse than we thought a couple of years ago." Thawing permafrost is releasing methane, oceans are acidifying faster than expected, and carbon sinks are becoming less effective, said Stern. He urged nations to come up with a stringent global climate treaty taking food production into account, and reiterated that the world should aim to produce zero-carbon electricity by 2050 (he backs carbon sequestration, nuclear power, and renewable energy). "This is about buying down risk," Stern said. "Starting now, that means it requires at least 1 percent of world GDP. That is small relative to a planetary catastrophe

Monday, 14 April 2008

Andy McKee

Wow, just check that man out! Great sound, great to watch

Stu's awesome electronic music club #1

Hello everyone. Just a quick one. I'm always listening to dance music, chained as I am to my desk in the data design dungeon, and I thought I might share this great progressive house mix by a DJ I've just recently started listening to called Shiloh - well, enjoy, and let me know what you think!

Shiloh - Vonyc Sessions

Wednesday, 2 April 2008

Sad Wet Cat

Does exactly what it says on the tin.

Tuesday, 1 April 2008

Asking Anti-Abortion Demonstrators an Important Question

I love this video, it's fantastic how clearly, simply and honestly this interviewer draws out the narrowmindedness and failure of these people to even consider another's perspective or position. People campaigning to make abortion illegal, 'because it's murder', but they don't want to follow through the full ramifications of their position and views. Fantastically done.