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Sandi Thom, or how to get an audience of 60,000 in your bedroom

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I like the way she thinks. I also like the site design. Can’t comment on the music yet, I’m afraid. I have Tai Chi at 9. Maybe tomorrow.

Sandi will be on stage at 9pm from Tooting.
Anyone wanting to come to the venue physically and not watch it on the web, please note that the room capacity is a maximum of 10 people including the band. Tickets from info@sandithom.com.
Please bring your own refreshments.
There is a sofa bed in the living room and a blow up mattress in the basement, if anyone wants to stay over, but please bring your own sleeping bag.February 06
22nd Pocklington Arts Centre York 01759 381 547
23rd Queens Hall , Narbeth, Wales 01834 861 212
24th Sandi’s basement, Tooting Sold Out
25th Sandi’s basement, Tooting Sold Out
26th Sandi’s basement, Tooting Sold Out
27th Sandi’s basement, Tooting Sold Out
28th Sandi’s basement, Tooting Sold Out

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March 8, 2006 at 7:14 pm

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and the winner is…

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My vote for Web2.0 thingy of the decade goes to FreeCycle.org.


  1. When they say social network they mean social as in values, social as in sustainable.
  2. They didn’t create any new technology. It was all out there – just figured out how to use it right.
  3. Simple, smart, effective, cool.
  4. Damn, I wish I’d thought of that idea first.

I think, with no further ado, I’ll let them explain:


Number of Freecycle™ Communities: 3,311
Number of Freecycle™ Members: 1,907,533


The Freecycle Network™ is made up of many individual groups across the globe. It’s a grassroots movement of people who are giving (& getting) stuff for free in their own towns. Each local group is run by a local volunteer moderator (them’s good people). Membership is free. To sign up, find your community by clicking on the region on the left. You may then go directly to your local group by clicking on “Go To” or you may immediately joing by clicking on “Join.” It will generate an automatic e-mail which, when sent, will sign you up for your local group and send you a response with instructions on how it works. Can’t find a group near you? You might want to consider starting one (click on “Start a Group” for instructions). Have fun!

The Freecycle Network was started in May 2003 to promote waste reduction in Tucson’s downtown and help save desert landscape from being taken over by landfills. The Network provides individuals and non-profits an electronic forum to “recycle” unwanted items. One person’s trash can truly be another’s treasure!

How does it work?

When you want to find a new home for something — whether it’s a chair, a fax machine, piano, or an old door — you simply send an e-mail offering it to members of your Freecycle group.

Or, maybe you’re looking to acquire something yourself. Simply respond to a member’s offer, and you just might get it. After that, it’s up to the giver to decide who receives the gift and to set up a pickup time for passing on the treasure.

Our main rule: Everything posted must be free, legal, and appropriate for all ages.

Non-profit organizations also benefit from The Freecycle Network. Post the item or items you want to give away and specify that you wish the gift to go to a nonprofit cause. It’s entirey your choice! It’s a free cycle of giving.

Who can use The Freecycle Network?

Think globally, recycle locally. The Freecycle Network is open to all communities and to all individuals who want to participate. Freecycle groups are run by local volunteer moderators from across the globe who facilitate each local group – grassroots at its best!

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January 23, 2006 at 2:56 am

finally: A seach engine you can trust

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Patriot search engine

(thanks digg)

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January 20, 2006 at 3:06 am

all your base are belong to us

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The Financial times can sometimes beat the onion:

Hackers blackmail milliondollar site
By James Fontanella in London
Published: January 18 2006 02:00 | Last updated: January 18 2006 02:00

The FBI is investigating the hijacking of milliondollarhomepage.com – the website that earned $1m (£566,000) for its British creator Alex Tew by hosting micro-advertisements – by hackers who demanded a ransom to restore the site.

And if he doesn’t comply by Wednesday, they’ll start sending the site by email, one pixel at a time.

I can see Harrison Ford starring in the movie.

(thanks digg)

GIoneletter VEeUuSThEMOSegmentuntitledYyellow OLetter RuntitledOooUuntitledLNEuntitledE 019RSEEYoUrSRadio City \TE 007160_6014 AuntitledAi is for informationn

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January 18, 2006 at 3:16 pm


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I’ve been using the tag hacktivism for a while now, which I guess is pretty self explanetory. Thing is, I thought I made it up and was the only one using it. But then today when I tagged MiniMe and Mahajivana‘s RFIDZapper, del.i recommended it.

I though, either this software is getting freaky or I’m not the only one using this tag.

Relax. no emergent intelligence here (yet), as is easy to see. But then I thought, if I made it up, have I started a meme?

Well, a few clicks  gave the answer to that. not the one I wanted, but nevertheless an answer.

Which got me thinking, wouldn’t it be nice to automate this? track a tag to its root, graph how it spreads, overlay that on googlemaps? yeah. anyone looking for a project?

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January 12, 2006 at 5:47 pm


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Best product disclaimer ever:

The RFID-Zapper might cause you to feel armed against companies or gouvernments trying to compromise your privacy. You might even experience euphoria, especially when destroying RFID-Tags. This could lead to dangerous behavior, like speaking your mind, using freedom of speech, fighting for your rights, all of which are bound to ultimatley lead to the communist world revolution ;-)

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January 12, 2006 at 5:30 pm

Be finn.

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I’m seriously considering buying myself a Star Wreck T.

A full-length film hacked in a garage, and it doesn’t look like my mum’s old slipper? You gotta love them!

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November 23, 2005 at 11:12 am


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