Archive for February, 2006

Linkery Love

Sunday, February 5th, 2006

I keep forgetting to post the fav new sites that are are forwarded or ‘stumbled upon‘, as it were – maybe it’s because there’s still a part of me that instinctively pulls a pack-rat for the old ‘Broken Links’ newsletter features. Ahh…nostalgia ;)

PANDORA: you’ve either heard of this and use it religiously, or you’re about to. It’s a brilliant online radio service that you ‘train’ to your tastes (by selecting artists and music types), and it algorhythmically learns what you want to hear. I plugged in Radiohead, Peter Gabriel, Bjork, Sigur Ros, Pink Floyd, and Godspeed parameters, and it continues to spew cool tuneage and indy surprises (though for every Aphex Twin or Beta Band winner that ‘randomly’ emerges from the electric ether, there’s the odd Britney Spears and Incubus dingleberry. Forewarned is forearmed!)

ASHES and SNOW
: an old EA pal forwarded this jaw-dropping image-themed site with the following cryptic descriptives. “I was sent a link to a stunning collection of images and poetry that revolves around the relationship of animals and humans It’s dream-like while being gentle and striking at the same time – for some reason it reminded me of you.” Flattery will get you everywhere, J :D

WONDERCON & MEGACON: I tipped off the forum rats in the latest mini-mailer that BS would be making an ‘appearance’ in San Fran next week, and another in Orlando at month’s end. While the former is a teaser screening by our new distrib overlords, the latter will be a boothtastic affair with smiles ‘n’ swag ‘n’ secrets galore! More details to come in this week’s newsletter…stay tuned.

YOU TUBE: Hop on before this explodes! An easy way to post your own videos (clips, shorts, mash-ups, skits, whatev’!) and share the links with friends and fans – without the bandwidth costs! Until Internet2 forces us all to pay for content and usage, this type of the hub is the perfect model for networked video evangelism – think Newgrounds-meets-Cable-Access!

Danish Cartoon Controversy…

Saturday, February 4th, 2006

(the following was posted on the Forums by long-time contributor/poet/scribe Shai-Hulud – certainly grist for debate as this controversy continues to get media play)

“From my perspective as an American Muslim, I have a couple of things to address to my European brothers about the Danish cartoons depicting Prophet Muhammed (pbuh).

Why should Denmark be sanctioned by other nations for what an privately-owned paper published?

For all the issues you could be directing your anger toward, why this? If only I saw this much indignation over the 500 muslims detained in Guantanamo Bay.

It is not forbidden to non-muslims to portray the prophet in images. The Prophet said “Let there be no compulsion in religion(Qu, 2:256)”. Non-muslims should never be forcefully compelled to see things our way.

This summer, Fadi Abdullatif, spokesman for a Danish chapter of Hizb-ut-Tahrir, claimed that his threats against Danish politicians and Jews were protected speech. Why can’t MJ-P be allowed their protected speech?

If you really believe that Islam is compatible with democracy, who among European Muslims are willing to use democratic means to their ends. My brothers in a small college town of Houghton, MI managed to get halal foods shipped for sale at local food stores. They didn’t do this by burning flags and threatening the proprieters , but by asking(most important) and rallying support among influential townspeople.

Wouldn’t it be a good idea to boycott the newspaper, better yet, use that money that would have gone to MJ-P to support Danes who support PFLP(if that’s your thing)?”

Friday Fan Fun

Friday, February 3rd, 2006



Derrick understands

That ladies dig a shirt with

the ‘BS vulva’

;)

A Sony lot surprise… (haiku)

Thursday, February 2nd, 2006

  • Who ya’ gonna call…?Eye
  • Man on a mission

    gets a wee bit distracted

    by geek motherlode

    If you needed another reminder…

    Wednesday, February 1st, 2006




    (From hardcore saint Jonathan Meza and the Jan 6th edition of the Financial Times)

    “It is 16 years since Avelino Chicanoy was murdered in Pasto, Colombia, the first of eight union leaders killed at Coca-Cola bottling plants in the country, allegedly at the hands of right-wing paramilitaries.

    At the time, the killings attracted little attention, coming as they did amid the daily cycle of political violence in Colombia.

    But over recent years, the deaths have become an international cause celebre for labour rights groups and student activists, who accuse Coke of turning a blind eye to the murders.

    Anti-Coke campaigns have spread across more than 100 university campuses throughout the US, Canada and Europe, including the UK, where activists are pushing for a nationwide student boycott.

    This week, the University of Michigan became the 10th US college to ban Coke products from its premises, following similar decisions by New York University and Rutgers University.

    In addition to alleged labour abuses in Colombia, activists accuse Coke of damaging the environment in India by exploiting and polluting scarce water resources around its bottling plants.

    “Coke has become a whipping boy for globalisation, just as Nike and McDonald’s have been for years,” says Tom Pirko, president of BevMark, a beverage industry consultancy.

    The company vehemently denies wrongdoing in either Colombia or India and has set up a task force to make its case to student and university leaders. But the public relations offensive has so far failed to slow the campaign’s momentum.

    Loss of sales from a handful of universities will have little immediate impact on a company with annual revenues of about $22bn. But Coke says it is “very concerned” about the damage to its reputation among young consumers.

    The company sought to answer critics last year by recruiting an outside auditor to inspect its operations in Colombia. But activists said the resulting report, which found no evidence of ongoing abuse, lacked independence and failed to investigate the eight murders.

    Coke has resisted an independent investigation, arguing it could prejudice an ongoing lawsuit against its Colombian bottling partner in a Miami court.

    Mr Pirko says Coke is particularly vulnerable to attack over its ethical standards because its success has been built on positive perceptions surrounding its famous brand.

    “One of the things at the heart of the Coke brand is that it embodies goodness, fun and play,” he says. “If consumers start to associate the brand with more negative messages, that is a very big problem for Coke.
    It is impossible to over-estimate the damage caused when a brand goes from being seen as something good to something bad.”

    Coke’s brand remains the most valuable in the world, ahead of Microsoft, valued at $67.5bn, according to an annual survey by Interbrand, a brand consultancy. But its value has been edging down in recent years, following a series of blows to its reputation.

    In Europe, the company’s image was dented by a contamination scare at a bottling plant in Belgium and the botched UK launch of Dasani bottled water, which was revealed to be recycled tap water containing excessive levels of a dangerous chemical.

    But perhaps the biggest threat to Coke’s image is growing consumer concern about the role sugary fizzy drinks play in the obesity epidemic sweeping the developed world.

    US soft drink producers recently agreed to voluntary restrictions on sales in schools in response to mounting pressure on the industry from state governments, parents and health activists. Some analysts say Coke and its rivals could eventually face tobacco-style class action lawsuits from victims of obesity.

    Coke hopes that a new global advertising campaign planned for this year – using the slogan “Welcome to the Coke Side of Life” – will help generate more positive feelings towards the brand.”