Microlog//2006.07

Microlog entries posted in July 2006

The Guardian has just launched its PDF news digest, G24
As previously noted here. Looks like it went live on Friday. They slipped that one out unannounced, didn’t they? Looks good so far; I may have further thoughts on it later. #   ·

HydraHead set to reissue Botch singles compilation
Something to look forward to, this. Botch were a great band while they lasted. #   ·

Associated files losses on Irish division
Considering the sheer number of people I’ve seen around Dublin reading the Irish Daily Mail — the filthy rag that it is — I’m sure they’ll make the money back soon enough. #   ·

Boing Boing post sparks grammar dispute
See if you can spot the error that Andy and Brad have made. #   ·

Wikipedia entry on the 2006 Israel-Lebanon conflict
No longer willing to fill this blog with more depressing/angering reports of continuing atrocities — such as the killing of UN peacekeepers despite numerous warnings — I’m filing this for future reference; I don’t think it’ll be beaten as a concise historial record of these recent events for some time. #   ·

Former hostage Brian Keenan gives his perspective on the current Middle East crisis
Wise words from someone who knows what he’s talking about. #   ·

Blogging From the Belly of Beirut
A good story from Wired about blogs as a meeting point for conversation between all sides of the current conflict that manages to be both positive and desparingly grim at the same time. #   ·

Independent infographic
They sure have a way with their front pages; a shame that their website isn’t up to the same standard. (See also: some more infographics on the Middle East conflict.) #   ·

Photos of Lebanon on Flickr
Disturbing, to say the least. Viewer discretion is advised [c/o del.icio.us/jack]. #   ·

Good comment on a MetaFilter thread about the current Middle East crisis
“…I think that regardless of whether the Israeli response is justified, it’s definitely downright stupid policy. I think it’s also very arguable that the response has been disproportionate at the very least, but like I said, I prefer not to take sides. Regardless, the onus of responsibility is on Israel to [stand down] — since they do have a professional army under governmental control, unlike Lebanon — and they’re doing everything but taking the high ground. They are actively discouraging the conditions necessary for peace.” Agreed. Israel is certainly in a difficult position — knowing that even if they stop, Hezbollah won’t — but you can’t fight fire with a flamethrower. And that’s my last word on the matter, because writing about the wrongs of the world makes me too angry and depressed. #   ·

Israel angry, US wary as Annan peace plan calls for ceasefire
The UN is — as it has been for the last umpteen years — hamstrung by the massive (and massively unfair) influence of the US administration; therefore the most Kofi Annan can do at this stage is talk. But while the intent might be honourable, talk is unfortunately cheap, and it’s not nearly enough to buy our way out of this mess. #   ·

Lebanon: the world dithers
Three days on, and we’re still dithering. This appeasement of Israel’s strong-arm tactics isn’t helping anyone. #   ·

Israeli terrorism in Lebanon
A Barbelith thread on the current disaster in the Middle East, to which I have been contributing intermittently. I may have gotten off on the wrong foot with my presumption that paramilitary terrorism was being ignored in favour of singly condemning ‘big bad’ Israel, but let’s not kid ourselves here: while I will never have any sympathy for the likes of Hezbollah and Hamas, I have absolute conviction that the Israeli government and the IDF are also committing acts of terrorism against the citizens of Lebanon (and, yet again, the disenfranchised people of Palestine). It’s disproportionate to a morally unjustifiable degree — and whatever way you want to dress it up, it is and will always be wrong. The cycle of violence has to be stopped. Now. #   ·

Bravo to Bravo for picking up [adult swim]
It’s on every night from midnight, hopefully a permanent fixture. First impressions? I’m loving Robot Chicken and The Brak Show, but the rest isn’t as funny as I’d been led to believe by the internets. #   ·

Guardian to launch downloadable news digest
I like it, I like it a lot. I can’t see it displacing freesheets anytime soon, but it’s a good start. #   ·

Paul Hammond’s notes on typography from @media 2006
Just to add my own note: Helvetica might be unfashionable, but it’s underappreciated. Same goes for Georgia, which actually looks just fine in print too (if you like your fonts with a little padding round the middle). The real problem as I see it is that the wrong typefaces are being used in the wrong contexts: I never, for instance, saw Comic Sans in a real world, ‘meatspace’ setting until computers exploded in popularity in the late 1990s — is it really as popular as it’s made out to be, or are people just lazy, with no conscious understanding of the message and/or sub-text that such a font conveys? #   ·

CSS resources in one handy hyperlinked PDF file
Does exactly what it says on the tin. #   ·

An Duce, RIP
I didn’t bother writing anything about Haughey’s passing, because John Naughton pretty much says it all. #   ·

Primer timeline
I think I get it now. Or maybe not. #   ·

Overlooked graphic design: European stamps
Neat. I was something of a philatelist in my youth, so these bring back some memories. #   ·

What does a website sound like?
Mine sounds a lot blander than I imagined. But I haven’t been posting much lately, which could explain it. #   ·

MetaFilter Writers Group
Jack started a group for aspiring writers/MeFites to exercise their narrative muscles. #   ·

CSS Maintenance Tip: Use a Color Glossary
Will do in future. Thanks for the tip. #   ·

iScroll2: Two-finger scrolling for pre-2005 PowerBooks and iBooks
Might try this instead of SideTrack. #   ·

The National Magazine Cover Archive
It’s not a big archive — but they’re about quality, not quantity. #   ·

Most useful CSS related resources?
Filing this for future reference. #   ·

Smultron: An open-source text editor written in Cocoa for Mac OS X
Might give this a try. #   ·

Mike Watt on Double Nickels On The Dime
The man just loves to talk! And I’ve got a whole new level of respect for him after seeing Thurston’s deleted scene on the We Jam Econo DVD. #   ·

Heavy Theater
David Byrne on seeing Sunn O))) in concert. Face it, people: metal is legitimate. #   ·

Screen Wipe gets two more series
Excellent news! Charlie Brooker is the funny; I eagerly await his return this summer. #   ·

Great Barbelith thread on scary (as distinct from horror) movies
I posted my own choices, then promptly forgot about it for a month — and look what it turned into! A great community they/we’ve got there/here. #   ·

List of problems solved by MacGyver
You won’t find this in the Encyclopaedia Britannica. That’s why Wikipedia rocks. #   ·

Dry cleaning typography in Tokyo
I think my brain would melt from wonderment if I were to visit Tokyo right now. Is there anything I can take to prevent that for when I do go? #   ·

SUPER AHHHHHHHHHHHHHH
This makes up for me neglecting to take pictures at the Boredoms gig a few weeks ago. #   ·

From a list of new Library of Congress subject headings that received Dewey Decimal numbers last year
I’m not a professional cataloguer (though I could have been) but shouldn’t the last one be ‘Video games—wrestling’? #   ·

Haruki Murakami hits out at Japanese nationalism
Just a pity he’s preaching to the choir. #   ·

This page is a reverse chronology of Microlog entries by MacDara Conroy filed under July 2006. You will find many more in the Archives.