intoxicating liquor act in effect

as shown here. it has been pointed out that the issue of supermarket sales is already being relegated, 'to be finalised at a later date' (for instance, here). it has also been pointed out that there is to be no change to alchohol advertising, and there is no sign of a health warning on alcohol products. the act is remarkable for being simultaneously entirely cosmetic, reactionary, draconian, and culturally destructive (in terms of impacts on live music and especially clubbing, but also no doubt theatre etc.). these facts, also cited elsewhere, are interesting in considering the process by which this conflicted legislation was negotiated:
One in every three euro spent by Irish consumers on alcohol ends up in the Government's pocket.

The drinks industry says more than €2.2bn was paid in tax on alcoholic drinks in Ireland last year.

It says our excise duties on alcohol are among the highest in Europe - our beer tax is ten times that of Germany and seven times that of France.

while as of 2007:
Alcohol consumption in the Irish population has increased by 17% over the past 11 years, from 11.5 litres per adult in 1995 to 13.4 litres in 2006. This rise in consumption has led to increases in alcohol-related harm and disease, and has resulted in more than 1,775 deaths. This, in turn, has created escalating pressures on our health and hospital services.
here's the kind of carry-on these people get up to. according to comments on the indymedia page:
There is another Bill due to be published before the end of the year, a piece of codifying legislation on the 'Sale and Consumption of Alcohol' which will offer greater scope to provide for staggered closing hours. So the war may not be over just yet!! This piece of legislation will obviously reform an original Act.
i just don't understand how forcing everyone out of the pub at the same time is going to reduce public disorder on the street. i was randomly attacked by some drunk guy shortly before midnight two fridays ago (thanks to store st. garda station for, uh, whatever it is you guys do or don't do), while waiting for a bus on my way back from cardiff, and i'm all for not getting your head kicked in on the street, but i don't get how these laws are supposed to have any positive impact in this regard whatsoever.
end of rant.

boards.ie data competition

The Digital Enterprise Research Institute (DERI) at NUI Galway is running a unique competition from 1st August to 30th September 2008 in conjunction with boards.ie, Ireland's largest discussion forum site. The competition is an open contest in which entrants can win over €4000 in Amazon.com vouchers by submitting an interesting creation based on an RDF data set of discussion posts from boards.ie over the past ten years:

* The first prize is an Amazon voucher for $4000 (~€2500)
* The second prize is a voucher for $2000 (~€1250)
* The third prize is a voucher for $1000 (~€625)

Read the rules and find out more information on the contest at:


The data set (approximately 9 million documents) has been represented in the Semantically-Interlinked Online Communities (SIOC) RDF format developed by DERI, NUI Galway for expressing the information contained in social websites (forums, mailing lists, blogs, etc.). Entrants may create whatever they feel is interesting based on this data: it could be a novel web application that makes use of the data set, a report on analyses performed on the data, a tool that allows one to visualise or browse the semantic structure, or whatever else the imagination can come up with!

The data reflects ten years of Irish online life, collected between 1998 and 2008 from boards.ie. boards.ie is one of Ireland's busiest websites, with over a million unique visitors a month. The most popular discussion areas are 'after hours', soccer, motors, poker, and computers. Popular topic threads include one about a virtual pub (over 4000 pages), member discussions (2800 pages), poker stories (1800 pages), Liverpool rumours (1250 pages), recruitment in the GardaĆ­ (800 pages long), and a freebie list (250 pages).

To enter the competition, go to http://data.sioc-project.org/ to access the data sets and view the guidelines. There will be three prizes for the top entries, as judged by an independent panel of three experts. The contest is open to anyone except current / former researchers with DERI and employees of boards.ie Ltd. One person may make multiple entry submissions. The closing date is the 30th September 2008.

The purpose of this contest is to generate interesting applications or creations that make use of community data represented in the SIOC Semantic Web format. All rights to these creations will remain with the contest participants (not including the underlying data, whose copyright remains with the creators). Neither DERI nor boards.ie Ltd. will acquire any commercial rights to these applications or creations as submitted through this contest. Up until now, this data has been publicly viewable, but it was difficult to leverage it without any added semantics due to the fact that it was embedded in heavily-styled HTML pages.

(DERI is a Centre for Science, Engineering and Technology (CSET) established at NUI Galway in 2003 with funding from Science Foundation Ireland (SFI). After five years of operation, DERI has become an
internationally-recognised institute in Semantic Web research, education and technology transfer.)


igorrr: moisissure.
some of the best breakcore i've heard so far this year, and there isn't very much that sounds anything like it.


r.i.p. dj tron

dj tron died earlier this month, as described in this, from his roommate. over at grindthieves there is a mix in his honour from unibomber, as well as a collection of links to dj tron's own mixes.
r.i.p. dj tron.


more letters

uk internet service providers sign up to write strongly worded letters. also at the guardian: the plan is to cut file-sharing by 80% in the next 3 years.
according to the international herald tribune:
Under the deal drawn up by the British government, Virgin Media, British Sky Broadcasting, Carphone Warehouse, BT, Orange and Tiscali have agreed to work toward a "significant reduction" in the illegal sharing of content. They will send letters to prolific illegal downloaders each week under a three-month trial, warning them that they are being monitored. The ISPs and rights holders will then work together with the British media regulator, Ofcom, to come up with a plan on how to act if the warnings have no effect.

Options could include a three-strikes-and-you're-out warning, slowing access for those who are either illegally uploading or downloading or filtering to prevent illegal tracks from being downloaded.

The industries will also work to educate consumers about illegal downloading and develop legal services in addition to their previous approach of suing those illegally downloaded files.

i assume that the solution is to not share music covered by the bpi, if you do so. and anyway, it'd be possible to use blogs and fora etc. exclusively for getting music. it is not very clear exactly how customers are to be monitored to ensure they're not getting up to no good. it's also not yet clear how persistent downloaders are to be punished, given that disconnection no longer seems to be on the table.

completely unrelated:
russia to ban emos

also: slsk on encyclopedia dramatica, for 'the lulz'.


raggacore vs. jungle

1.Direct Feed & Ragga Scum - Another Champion
2.Bazooka - Real Bad Man
3.Giglz - Walk Wit Yah Friendz
4.Paulie Walnuts - Thanks And Praise
5.Stazma - Rudys Breacking The Dancehall
6.MadeInMade+25segments - Tournament
7.Gromov - Murderah
8.Smokah - The Prayer
9.Istari Lasterfahrer - I Toke A Policemans Girl
10.Jah Condah - Marijuana Riddim
11.The Archangel - Sign Of Four
12.Shiny McShine - Raggatron2084
13.Prodigal Son - Gwaan Farmer
14.Mikey B - ready fi mur
15.Illicit - Ganja Pipe Remix
16.LFO Animal - Deathhall
17.Moz@rt - half a me18.Unsane Virusez - Public Confusion (Amboss Remix)
19.Repeater - Collision Repair Specialist
20.Cardopusher - Caffeine rich kola nut
21.ORB - Mylove
22.Diamond Geezer - Paralyse Babylon
23.Skindred - Ruff Neck


sourced at brutallo, mixed by fredak, and hosted at ragga-jungle.com.


from the register:

perhaps the biggest losers in the survey are the anti-copyright crusaders. Some people - including tenured "Professors" and bloggers - have earned a nice living from railing against the evils of paying creators. In recent years, a mini-branch of academia has sprung up to examine copyright reform in the "digital era" - although their answer is a foregone conclusion: their copyright "reform" invariably makes creators worse off than before.
that's me told - i guess i'm a freetard, not a paytard (and while i was looking for etymologies for these terms, i found fake steve jobs).
if you prefer:
street-savvy microsoft tries to pop the pimply face of piracy



oh noes


i was interviewed last friday here for a position in relation to teaching on this course. i was enthusiastic about that, and in consequence disappointed when i learned i hadn't gotten the post, despite a good interview. but this disappointment was tempered when i found i'm to be interviewed next week here. i suspect the book helps a lot in this process, which is of course pretty competitive. the more interviews the better, but i'm eager to start somewhere new.
fingers, paws etc. crossed.


subject categories

this links to an excel spreadsheet produced by book industry communication and documenting standard subject categories under which any publication may be subsumed. although there are 2614 categories, there are some (to my mind) surprising omissions, among them ethnomusicology, and discourse analysis or discourse studies. some subjects on the other hand are exhaustively subcategorised. ethnography is unfortunately not given its own listing, but is joined with physical anthropology (jhmp). presumably the categories are formed 'objectively', as it were, on the basis of volume of books sold. the following are the categories i wish my book was listed under:

aghx erotic art
btp true stories of heroism, endurance & survival
hrqx9 satanism & demonology
jkvj street crime / gun crime
jmtk drug-induced states
vxqb ufos & extraterrestrial beings

perhaps i'll take these as my guide for the content of the next book.


an interview with miranda lehman aka korouva here.
i had never heard of velvet cacoon before, but i'm going to check them out, because shipwrecks and russian roulette (the rar password is, if requested, tar) is an excellent album.

photos of tv.


intoxicating liquor bill

from the ie-dance mailing list:

Don't give up yet.

From Eugene Regan:

Not withstanding the Government's insistence on pushing through the Intoxicating Liquor Bill without amendment, in particular Fine Gael's amendment on nightclub permits, all may not be lost.

The fact is that the Government have been rattled by the strength of opposition by Fine Gael and other parties, both in the Dail and the Seanad.

Section 15 of the Bill as enacted provides -

"This Act shall come into operation on such day or days as the Minister may fix by order, either generally or with reference to any particular purpose or provision, and different days may be so fixed for different purposes and different provisions".

It follows that notwithstanding the adoption of the Bill, the Minister for Justice has a discretion as to when he brings into operation any particular provision of the Bill. Accordingly, he can choose not to introduce the provisions on closure at 2.30 a.m. (and 1.30 a.m Sunday night/ Monday morning) if adequate pressure is brought to bear in the coming weeks.

Accordingly, you may wish to consider directing your representations to the Minister on this very point.

It is not unreasonable that the provisions relating to the early closing would be suspended over the summer months until such time as his new Alcohol Bill is published later in the year.


fucking hell.


another livejournal compiling slsk noise room extracts, the best i have seen. i think the noise room is my favourite.


intoxicating liquor bill

passed by the dail last night, as shown here and here, and here's the back-story. some useful things at indymedia also. senator alex white on what happened today in the senate. evidently going to gigs in dublin will soon be even less fun.



blue screen of death. seems chronic (bad memory).




uk file-sharers threatened with disconnection

by bt. disconnecting your customers does not seem to be a very good business model. perhaps this is why virgin favours an 'education campaign'. here's an example of the kind of letter bt customers can look forward to receiving.
cory doctorow envisions the boot on the other foot.
and here are the sorts of things the riaa is currently lobbying for in the 'anti-counterfeiting trade agreement', which is of course none of your business.


coming soon

breakcore: identity and interaction on peer-to-peer.
having an isbn number is a lot cooler than i realised it'd be.


recombinacja: sumulacja ograniczonej przewidywalnosci
more goodness from illphabetik.


scary statue, in a graveyard somewhere on the way to nenagh. i think it's saint bernadette. this statue was praying to another statue of mary, who wasn't as creepy.