British Board of Film Classification RSS feeds and Movie metadata

The BBFC have several RSS feeds on their site, carrying information about their judgements on various cinematic works for a UK audience. Recent film decisions, recent adult (sex) videos and films, etc. Each entry in the feed points to a descriptive page and summarises a BBFC judgement in a simple textual description, eg. “The BFC […]

Bomb in the face.

A snowy photo from the No War on Iran scrapbook – “Thought you might like to have a look at the people your army might bomb soon in the face“, There’s also a weblog nearby. From a comment on their mission statement page, “I don’t know if it will work on everyone, but I figure […]

“Beyond blocking — U.S. and open source censorship slims the Net”, – Newsforge (May 2004)

“ Beyond blocking — U.S. and open source censorship slims the Net“, fairly interesting piece, but mostly entertaining because of the Google Ads for filtering technology that show up (at least now) while reading it. “Easily block Internet content with this new-generation content filter”, “Netmop projects families from pron. Parents too! Works with any ISP”, […]

Happy new year

This site is slowly becoming functional. I’ve upgraded the weblogging software I use here, WordPress, to the 2004-12-31 snapshot which fixes some problems I was having. Have also reinstalled Morten’s FOAF plugin (which also generates SKOS categories from this weblog). The design is the ‘Kubrick’ theme, pretty much without customisation yet. Comments are switched off, […]

Missed me, huh?

Blog was broken for weeks. Note to self for next time: Mysql password forgettage: restart it with –skip-grant-tables and run “mysql -u root mysql” Then… UPDATE user SET Password=PASSWORD(‘sekretsekret’) WHERE User=’root’; …and before all this, have backed it all up. REPAIR TABLE wordpress.wp_categories; …etc to fix up trashed tables. Then restart the mysqld with normal […]

Dublin Core “RDF idiom conversion rules” in SPARQL

This note is both an earlybird (and partial) technical review of the new SPARQL RDF query spec and a proposal to the DC-Architecture Working Group for a possible representation language that captures some rules that explain how some different forms of DC relate to each other. As a review, I have to say that I […]

Why War? Metaphor and War

Why War? Metaphor and War, by George Lakoff (AlterNet, Mar 18 2003). One of the most central metaphors in our foreign policy is that A Nation Is A Person. It is used hundreds of times a day, every time the nation of Iraq is conceptualized in terms of a single person, Saddam Hussein. The war, […]

“New Way” Arabic reader 1938

“The New Way” Arabic reader 1938. “A direct sound-method for learning to read the Arabic language for beginners.” An Arabic language reader for elementary scholl second grade. Printed in Sidon in 1938. This book was donated by Christian Awaraji in Beirut, the summer of 1997. It belonged to his aunt who used it as a […]