Saturday, May 26, 2007

Performance instructions from gmail

Tuesday, May 22, 2007

Flickrng Bdy

Good God everythigh's a nu-piece of working progress with no end of tunnel in site 4 shore. Jesus whipped it's unlikely to Finnish but shiraz eggs is eggs I'll fuckin well triya bastrd.

In the spirit of having neglected (tried to combine knee and elected but gave up) I've decided to 'please' the unlikely blog thong with a large (currently small) web project. Lung story short. Webs are just that. Wide. Holistic. Big ol texts which internal and external each other for all the forms and languageloves. See these. They are that and they play with that so that's just why there they're.

No the links work semi so please don't be angry yet they'll work dammit gimme time.

flickrng bdy:

Link 1

Link 2

Link 3

Link 4

Thursday, May 17, 2007

On the Biography Channel

David Bowie, in concert, just said his own name. This is significant. It is pronounced BOWie, as in bow tie. Not as in the bow of a boat.

I hope this helps.



Tuesday, May 15, 2007

How the defense system works

Sunday, May 13, 2007

Last week, Charles Bernstein's blog drew attention to a breakdown of the Eclipse L=A=N=G=U=A=G=E archive, split into author contributions, making it finally browsable. This has just doubled the usefulness of an already essential resource, so check it out.



Saturday, May 12, 2007

Eurovision Express


Link to song video

How can this not be a wonderful Eurovision? (please limit your answer to 5000 words)

Friday, May 11, 2007

Goode Poetry, (terrible pun)

A few months ago, Kai and I met up for some lunch and she cheered me up with an mp3 - downloaded from Archive of the Now - of Chris Goode's Introduction to Speed Reading.

(Direct link to mp3)

More mp3s from whence this link came

This is the sort of text I love hearing read live. An introduction to speed listening as well as reading, this slapped me round the face before I had a chance to correctively interpret the previous spiel and spoil it for myself, only to have more more more doing the same. Incredibly, very real pieces of advice scream out:

Once you’ve read the words ‘Mormon’ or ‘gangbang’ once, remember them, and you’ll never have to read them again.

the text is featured in QUID 15, available for download at Barque Press's website

Thursday, May 10, 2007


WTF indeed! I really should have explained about the OPML files...

The file in the post below is simply a text file which RSS readers (such as Google Reader) translate into feeds they can read, like emails, so you can be kept informed of when people have made updates to their blogs, etc.

So, if you were to save the OPML file below to your hard drive, you'd then go into Google Reader (if you have a google account), go to import/export and browse for the OPML file. In seconds, all of my subscribed blogs will appear! Wonderful.

My idea was to have people share what wonderful blogs they enjoy. But then, maybe it's easier just to post a list. Why didn't I think of THAT EARLIER?

Tuesday, May 08, 2007

This BBC headline is false advertising


And for one blissful moment, I though they might have been referring to Michael Winner.

Monday, May 07, 2007


Let's share RSS bookmarks. If you are using an RSS reader (which you should be), you should be able to export your list as an OPML file, which is also importable in most readers. My current subscriptions can be found here (you might need to right / control click and save so you can import from your hard drive.

Why not paste a link to yours in a comment? Or email me at john at itchaway dot net and I'll host and publish it for you.

Maybe tomorrow I'll round up some good RSS clients too. Let's share the love.

Sunday, May 06, 2007

Friday, May 04, 2007

An erasure poem, test

For some time now I've been working on an idea to create a poem in HTML in which each line of text can undergo gradual erasure at the control of the user. Finally, over the past couple of weeks, I've started programming it, and thought I'd shove it up here so far.

Here's how it works. Each line has several versions, each version an edited version of the previous version. The large numbers on the side refer to which version of editing processes to trigger when the user click the corresponding ALL link. This is not the same as choosing which version to view! You can go in sequence (i.e. pressing ALL from 1 to 5 in order) to 'correctly' view each phase. Alternatively, you can choose to go by each individual edit for each phase (links 1 to 5/6 for each phase). Again this can be done in order for the conventional order.

The idea is that, once the user has got to grips with the workings of the program, he/she can then choose links out of order. This remaps the removal of letters, removing them at the 'wrong' point in the sequence. I wanted to include a controlled randomness to the manipulation.

Clicking the link you just clicked will revert. Refresh to start again.

Give it a go here!

Thursday, May 03, 2007