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Friday, July 4, 2008

Now that's what I call Torture.

As part of it's "War Against Terror" the US military has tortured, or had people tortured, in various countries around the world including Afganistan, Morrocco and Iraq. Water boarding is the most notorious method of torture deployed against suspected terrorists. A less well known torture that has been extensively used, more so than water boarding, is the use of painfully loud music. Subjects of this torture by music would have deafening music played in their cell 24hrs a day, sometimes for up to 20 days, sometimes longer.

Here is some of the music that was used as a method of torture.

AC/DC - Hell's Bells
AC/DC - Shoot to Thrill
Barney the Purple Dinosaur - theme tune
Bee Gees - Stayin' Alive
Britney Spears
Bruce Springsteen - Born in the USA
Christina Aguilera - Dirrty
David Gray - Babylon
Deicide - Fuck Your God
Don McLean - American Pie
Dope - Die MF Die
Dope - Take Your Best Shot
Dr. Dre
Drowning Pools - Bodies
Eminem - Kim
Eminem - Slim Shady
Eminem - White America
Li'l Kim
Limp Bizkit
Matchbox Twenty - Gold
Meat Loaf
Metallica - Enter Sandman
Neil Diamond - America
Nine Inch Nails - March of the Pigs
Nine Inch Nails - Mr. Self-Destruct
Prince - Raspberry Beret
Queen - We are The Champions
Rage Against the Machine - Killing in the Name Of
Red Hot Chilli Peppers
Saliva - Click Click Boom
Sesame Street - theme tune
Tupac - All Eyes on Me

If you are a musician whose music has been used for torture you should contact the organisation Reprieve. Reprieve believe that the US military has a case to answer under copyright law. The US military did not pay the artists concerned for public broadcast rights. Sadly their is a better chance of convicting the US Military under copyright law than there is of ever holding them to account for torture.

All musicians shocked by this situation should consider putting a clause in their contract forbidding the use of their music for the purposes of torture.

My personal view is that music is something that demonstrates culture and civilisation. For music to be twisted and used in acts of barbarity sickens me.

Further reading and links if you want to campaign against the use of music for torture.

Tuesday, July 1, 2008

Easy way to make a fantastic video to promote your blog or website.

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ANIMOTO is a free web service that creates awesome slide shows using your uploaded images. You can add your own music, or their stock music, to the slide show and ANIMOTO will add video effects in time to the music. If you sign up for the free service via the links in this post you will get a 5% discount if you ever decide to buy the all access account which allows you to produce longer videos.

You can embed the video into your website/ blog or export direct to youtube with no messing around. I'd include instructions on how to use ANIMOTO but there is no need it is incredibly easy to use and produces amazing videos.

My first effort (above) took about 10mins and I am looking forward to sorting out some better images and producing a longer video.

Why not use ANIMOTO to make a video to promote your blog or website on youtube, or showcase your blog promotional video to other bloggers at

Next I am going to make a cool slide show of my new baby son, he is gonna love it.

New: Here is my latest version of the polybore promo vid full size at youtube.

If you want to put clickable links in your video here is a link to required info.

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Monday, June 30, 2008

Expletive gets marks in an exam.

One of Britain's top exam markers has caused a bit of a stir by awarding 2 marks out of 27 for an exam paper in which the student had only written "f*ck off". Without the star of course.

You can see the story here.

And in more detail here

Now I tend to agree that these marks should have been given. I visited a friend of mine a while ago. He showed me a note that some kids in his block had shoved through his letter box. It read "f*ck of".

My friend is an educator and he was not upset by the sentiment, it was the incorrect spelling of "off" which got to him. It is a sad state of affairs when a kid can spell "f*ck" but not "off".

Bearing this in mind I think the examiner was right to award marks because at least the kid taking the exam managed to get the spelling right. And as the examiner says, if the student had just added an exclamation mark "!" then he could have had an extra mark.