Tuesday, June 01, 2004

The Carpet of Wonder - Intoduction

The Carpet of Wonder - Intoduction:

I have just finished an article on the largest carpet
in the world, The Carpet of Wonder from the Iran
carpet Company. It is an amazing rug and I hope you
enjoy reading it as I did writing it. To give you an
idea of size it is more than 70 times larger than the
Ardabil carpet in the V&A Museum . Let me know what
you think.
Best wishes,
Barry O'Connell

"If one were to make a list of the greatest carpets ever made the Carpet of Wonder in the Grand Sultan Qaboos Mosque in Muscat in the Sultanate of Oman would be in the most select group.

First of all the Carpet of Wonder is huge. Compared to the famous Ardabil Carpet now in the V& A Museum it gives us some idea of the scale of this great carpet. The Ardabil Carpet is 11.52m by 5.34 m for 61.5 square meters while the Carpet of Wonder is 60.90m by 70.50m for an amazing 4343 square meters. while the Ardabil is a large carpet it would take more than 70 of them to equal the size of the Carpet of Wonder. "

Wirefarm : Heather Mac Donald's Case Against privacy

Wirefarm : Heather Mac Donald's Case Against privacy:

"Data Mining in this sense is the computer equivalent of police racial profiling, (which, oddly enough, she tries to justify in her book Are Cops Racist?,) where the rights of an individual become secondary to a cop's 'gut instincts'. She's a favorite of law enforcement for playing the Devil's advocate in cases like the police killing of Amadou Diallo or Abner Louima, who police sodomized with a broom handle.)
The first time I became aware of the term Data Mining was around 1992. I was living in Boston's Fenway, in a neat old brownstone with iron gargoyles out front. One day, I got a letter from a bank, demanding that I pay up on an old debt of $3,000. The trouble was, the debt wasn't mine.
I called the number provided and spoke to a very insistent man who demanded I pay soon, as the debt was very old. 'How old?' I asked.
From 1969.
I explained that I was three years old in 1969 and he laughed and mentioned that this was happening a lot, ever since they were using a new 'Data Mining' program that matched up names and addresses with other databases they had access to. Had I not been three when the debt was incurred, I would have had a harder time laughing off the charges.