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Archive for January, 2005

Mapping the truth
January 27th, 2005

Mapping the truth, originally uploaded by John Larkin.

Saw this map in a newspaper recently. It is so good to see the truth.

Scroogle… proxy eliminates Google adverts
January 14th, 2005

Daniel Brand has released the source code for a Google proxy. Brand has been operating this proxy for about two years. Brand is upset by the fact that Google displays adverts alongside search results. His proxy eliminates the adverts. He strongly believes that search engines should be free of adverts.

Brand has come to the attention of net watchers before due to his Google-watch site. He also facilitates a non-profit public charity known as Public Information Research.

January 11th, 2005

Floating markets in Bangkok, originally uploaded by John Larkin.

I received this poem in the mail the other day from a friend.

Wowie Zowie
January 9th, 2005

Vinyl heaven from the 1960s, originally uploaded by John Larkin.

Wowie Zowie was an album that my old brother Peter had bought about 1969. I eventually picked up a second hand copy many years later. There are some standout tracks on this compilation from Decca. The album was subtitled the “World of Progressive Music”. Many of these tracks still stand the test of time today. There is material from Savoy Brown, John Mayall, Johnny Almond, Keef Hartley Band, The Moody Blues, Touch and others. Great listening and a real trip back in time, man. Grab them while they’re hot.

David Bowie’s 58th birthday 8th January, 2005.
January 8th, 2005

David Bowie turned 58 on the 8th January. It was Elvis Presley’s birthday too. Anyway, to celebrate Bowie’s birthday I dug up some old 45RPM singles by a number of different artists including the Beatstalkers, Ronnie Hilton, Peter Noone and Oscar. Bowie had written songs for all of these performers when he was still a struggling artist trying to make ends meet. See the single labels here.