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Eyes on the Prize II

Wow, just finished watching episode 14 (the final) of Eyes on the Prize. When I tell people it’s a 14 part doco they think it must be long and tedious. However is it has flown past too quickly, and I’ll be re-watching a few episodes. This series is incredible and I highly recommend it to anyone who has an interest in human rights or the civil rights movement, or social movements in general.

Notable personalities and stories in the series include:

  1. The amazing Fannie Lou Hamer
  2. Medgar Evers, helped the prosecution pursue the murderers of Emmett Till. He also helped desegregate the University of Mississippi, and was murdered by a KKK member outside his house
  3. Huey Newton, charismatic co-founder of the Black Panther Party
  4. Fred Hampton, the young Chicago Black Panther who was murdered by the police
  5. and of course, Dr King
Roseneath, Wellington, Sunday, November 30th, 2008

Bush in Tanzania

This really is one of those classic ‘caption contest’ photos:

Bush in Tanzania

(Image courtesy of the fabulous redesign of the ‘The Independent’ newspaper’s website.)

Roseneath, Wellington, Tuesday, February 19th, 2008

The HTML 5 and standards crisis

A really intriguing thread about the crisis facing the future of HTML/client-side/standards at Molly Holzschlag’s site. I don’t quite grasp what the issues are, but a lot of commentors inferred that they understood the problem/s. I guess I’ll have to do a little more homework to find out what she meant. I want to understand. She even uses the ‘F’ word. Snicker.

Joe Clark injects a little humour into the discussion and simultaneously reminds me of an hilarious Eddie Murphy gag:

What *has* Tantek Çelik done for us lately?

Zeldman has a response of sorts on his site, indicating that he’d like specifics. Do those two not get along? And speaking of people not getting along, there’s some real love, respect and admiration being shown if you scroll down the thread.

Update There’s a follow-up from Molly here.

Roseneath, Wellington, Monday, August 20th, 2007

The Free Software song

Having just watched Revolution OS for the umpteenth time, and finding that the words are freely distributable, for your reading pleasure here are the lyrics to RMS‘s Free Software Song:

[To the melody of Sadi Moma:]

Join us now and share the software;
You’ll be free, hackers, you’ll be free.

Hoarders may get piles of money,
That is true, hackers, that is true.
But they cannot help their neighbors;
That’s not good, hackers, that’s not good.

When we have enough free software
At our call, hackers, at our call,
We’ll throw out those dirty licenses
Ever more, hackers, ever more.

Join us now and share the software;
You’ll be free, hackers, you’ll be free.

You’ll find this on the Free Software Foundation’s site along with some recordings, including the obligatory death metal version.

Nudging Craig to do a recording of this.

Roseneath, Wellington, Friday, August 17th, 2007

Australians ‘are in Iraq for oil’

So says the BBC, but then those heathen pinko commies would, wouldn’t they? But seriously, high ranking government officials aren’t usually so honest about such things.

Roseneath, Wellington, Thursday, July 5th, 2007

Topless women in NYC

Found via Kottke, topless women photos in New York City. It’s not illegal for women to go topless in the city, and some of the people in the photos have quite a point to make.

Roseneath, Wellington, Sunday, February 25th, 2007

Wounded US Marine


Roseneath, Wellington, Thursday, February 15th, 2007

Wiki Magazines

From the people that brought you wikipedia, there are now three wiki-magazines. I of course went straight to the politics site to get my daily conspiracy theory fix. I can’t see the politics site working that well, already there seems to be a large proportion of emotionally charged name calling….

Roseneath, Wellington, Wednesday, February 14th, 2007

Obama 1, Howard 0

John Howard, aussie PM says in response to Barack Obama’s pledge to withdraw US troops from Iraq if he should win the Democrat nomination and then win the US Presidential election:

Mr Howard said Mr Obama’s stance on Iraq “will just encourage those who want to completely destabilise and destroy Iraq, and create chaos and a victory for the terrorists to hang on and hope for an Obama victory”.

Barack Obama fires back:

“I would also note that we have close to 140,000 troops on the ground now, and my understanding is Mr Howard has deployed 1,400, so if he is (ready) to fight the good fight in Iraq, I would suggest that he calls up another 20,000 Australians and sends them to Iraq.”

Hmmmm, something tells me John Howard wasn’t expecting a response like that. You’re not dealing with W now Johnnie Boy.

Roseneath, Wellington, Monday, February 12th, 2007

Words of wisdom from Number 43

“The world is more peaceful and more free under my leadership” – George W Bush

Roseneath, Wellington, Tuesday, June 14th, 2005


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