Nokia Madhi Riot

Some ledes, you just don’t know what to do with. Like this one from BosNewsLife, harvested by ReligionNewsBlog:

JERUSALEM, ISRAEL (BosNewsLife)- Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has called on Muslims around the world to mobilize their troops alongside Iran against Israel and the United States to prepare for the coming of the “Mahdi” seen as “the savior of Islam“.

Ayatollah Ali Khamenei urged all Islamic countries to unite in anticipation of Mahdd al-Montazar, Arabic for the “awaited one”, according to statements obtained by BosNewsLife Friday, August 28.

What do you do with that? Are BosNewsLife a gang of fiction-writing nutters like that supposed rogue journo who was writing all that mad shit at Mainichi WaiWai way back when? Has Khamenei really declared the imminence of Judgement Day? I have my doubts on all counts, but it’s an amusing little piece if you can get past the shitting fear.

Nokia Money – I’m trying to decide if this is interesting or not. On the one hand, Nokia seem to be trying to place themselves not as a bank, so much as an alternative to banking. On the other hand, I’ve been hearing about how we’re all going to buy shit with our magic mobile phones for fifteen years now, and my magic mobile phone can’t sustain a signal in the middle of the fucking Cotswolds.

It’s like… Nokia Point And Go is a terrific idea…

Simply point your phone at real life objects and quickly find relevant content and services. With automated object recognition technology, utilizing an innovative visual interface Nokia Point & Find’s unique strength is its automatic object recognition, the service also recognizes bar codes, integrates GPS

…if your Nokia phone’s GPS has ever bloody worked. Or, being kind… if it’s ever taken less than fifteen minutes to tell you where you are. I love Nokia phones, I’ve used Nokia phones for ten years, but Nokia do seem to have reached a point where the idea is much more interesting to them than it actually working. Which I realise means I won’t be getting free Nokia phones any more. It was very kind of them to gift me phones and tablets, and I owe them a lot, but the horrible truth is that they’re getting less functional all the time.

Jan Chipchase and his team have been on a research tour in Asia, and making some fascinating posts along the way. I’d catch the last three weeks’ worth if I were you, but you can start with today’s:


A young Urumqi girl checks out a poster of rioters caught after the riot between the Uighur and Han Chinese population where 146+ people died… In such a highly charged environment they’ll likely be receiving a death sentence…