Lucky Soul @ The Luminaire 24/2/2007

Books Underneath Waterloo

MTV, What Have You Done To Me?

Forest! I am failing preconditions! I know I’m a filthy Mac user, but is that really so bad? :)

currently playing: Dexy’s Midnight Runners – And Yes We Must Remain The Wildhearted Outsiders

Also: Civil War #7

Wow. I don’t think I’ve read a worse comic since MyS-TECH Wars #4

currently playing: Hole – Jennifers Body

Obviously, Steve Jobs Didn't Sign The Petition

One of the lesser-publicised petitions on the rather pointless petitions.pm.gov.uk site (or: “Ask for whatever you want! Then we’ll send you a patronising email about why Uncle Tony knows best!”) was a protest against Digital Rights Management controls on digital media. The response is predictable: “Big businesses love it! Suck it up!”, but this caught my eye:

In particular, the independent Gowers Review of Intellectual Property commissioned by the Chancellor of the Exchequer, published its report on 6th December 2006 as part of the Chancellor’s Pre-Budget Report. Recommendations include introducing a limited private copying exception by 2008 for format shifting for works published after the date that the law comes into effect.

So, we’ll be able to encode the latest drivel by Razorlight, but not allowed to make copies of Technique? That seems incredibly wrong, somehow…

(The Government has yet to respond to the greatest petition currently on the site. GOLD!)

currently playing: New Young Pony Club – Ice Cream

Tori Amos: Only Missing A Pig

The publicity shot for Tori’s new album: American Doll Posse

American Doll Posse

currently playing: The Pipettes – ABC

Is It Wrong Of Me?

To think that if this does go ahead, it should really happen while Ian Paisley is still alive?

(I thought the news source was appropriate!)

(Also, if anybody does read my Brit Award report - I’m sorry about the Oasis part. I was distracted during that bit, so wasn’t able to point out just how bad they were after Liam started singing Morning Glory)

currently playing: Electrelane – Cut And Run

How To Miss The Point By A Million Miles

Tonight sees the premier episode of Fox News’s answer to The Daily Show, the Half Hour News Hour. Two clips have been leaked onto the Internet; the first is a segment on much love Barack Obama gets from the press, while the second is the programme’s opening, an imagined 2009 where Rush Limbaugh is President is President and Ann Coulter is the VP.

The Obama piece is a little odd; you wonder just how something so stilted and, well, unfunny could be considered a good idea for their first broadcast. To make it worse, it’s not even all that funny. The second clip is just horrifying. Although I did get a chuckle out of Limbaugh’s line about ‘how the country’s standing in the international community lies in ruins after two years of a Democrat Congress’, though sadly, I don’t think he was being ironic. Coulter somehow manages to be even worse.

I think the problem here is that the show’s creators, 24’s Joel Surnow and Enterprise’s Manny Coto don’t understand what The Daily Show is really about. It’s true that the show leans a little to the left, but its purpose in life is to mock the news rather than to promote any pinko-commie agenda. And to say that The Daily Show doesn’t mock Democrats shows that Surnow has never actually watched it (indeed, the recent Obanmania segments on TDS have all been much funnier than the sad attempt linked above). However, as it’s a political satire show, you do expect it to attack those who actually have power rather than those who don’t. But it spares no punches for Democrats, regularly has conservative guests on, and bears no resemblance to the show that Fox News seems to think is broadcast at 11pm on Comedy Central.

Regardless, I’ll probably watch the whole thing tomorrow on YouTube just to see how bad it was…

currently playing: All Girl Summer Fun Band – Jason Lee

This Has Sucked Up My Day

Defend!

currently playing: Grand National – Cherry Pie

Umm…

Well, I suppose that the last twenty minutes of the Brits were a good warning not to see Oasis when they next go on tour (as if most of us needed persuading…)

currently playing: Johnny Boy – Livin In The City