Copyright Copywrongs

December 30, 2006

How the anti-copyright lobby makes big business richer

With mass rip-offs on the Web and the unit value of images crashing, photographers can no longer make a living independently from their work, and so are driven towards working for these corporations to earn a living. As digital content becomes more commodified, the more certain it is that only big business can profit from it, thanks to their economies of scale.

[…] Advocates who put out material under a “copy me” license or in the public domain usually have a day job. I don’t. My photography is my job. Authors who do this it’s usually a publicity gimmick or a loss-leader.

In reality, what is happening on the web is the transfer of the authors’ labour to large corporations for nothing. Anti-copyright lobbyists have become either unwitting allies, or shills, for big business.

A must-read. It should be clear that I am pro-Copyright but anti-CopyNazi.


December 29, 2006

That’s the sound Lurch would make in the classic 1960s TV series The Addams Family.

That’s also what my life has been like the past few days.

That move I’ve been assisting, phase one is complete. It’s been just like The Fall of Saigon. A rushed withdrawal with much left behind.

Phase two, dealing with the detritus, is Urrrrrrr.

Never buy a bagless vacuum cleaner if it will be used to suck cat litter and cat hair. I’ve been stuck with one for clean-up and its wee filter — approximately 1.5″ diameter — gets clogged every fifteen to thirty seconds! It’s like having a vacuum cleaner with the capacity of a tablespoon!


Supersize That!

December 26, 2006

Pill that tricks you into losing weight

The Boston conference heard that Excalia, being developed by the Californian company Orexigen, was given to 27 obese people for 24 weeks. Almost three quarters lost five per cent of their weight and half shed ten per cent. By 48 weeks most had lost 12 per cent of their weight.

McDonald’s, KFC, Toxic Bell, and the rest will find a way to incorporate it into their, ahem, food.

Yoto’s MP4: I Want One Too!

December 26, 2006

See? All of you laughed out of your asses when I expected a ten-buck camera to work.

Well look at what just fifty bucks will get!

Yeah, now all of you want it too!

I Ought To Make A List

December 26, 2006

You wouldn’t believe the search queries that lead people to this blog.

photos of the cane done to girls


I never take pictures!

And since returning the shit from Sakar, I can’t!

You Can’t Kill Me

December 26, 2006

Been there, done that.

The Nap & Cyc worked.

The second cold is a defeated thing whose ignominious corpses are being expelled from my nostrils.

Such flagellent imagery…

Still, go wash your hands.

Sweet Dreams Are Made Of These

December 26, 2006

HD disk format wars are over

THE NEXT GENERATION disk format has been settled once and for all. Thanks to the due diligence, hard work and unprecedented cooperation between the media companies, the hardware vendors and the OS vendor, we finally have a solution. It is quite easy, Piracy, the better choice(TM).

Oh I dream of the day when all those motherfucking attorneys and ex-Wall Street vultures are crushed out of their bloodclot jobs and there are no longer any leeches, roadblocks, or other impediments between Creators and Audience.

Get your Cardboard Box Condos ready, you no-talent bullshitting bastards.

Doing my bit to aid their future beggardom:

Illegal Video Downloads Surpass Legal Alternatives 5 to 1

According to the NPD Group, a consumer and retail information company, for every legally downloaded video file, there are five illegally downloaded ones on P2P networks and BitTorrent sites.

BitTorrent Tutorial Roundup

Here’s a roundup of some of the BitTorrent related tutorials we wrote this year. Twelve tutorials in total, so there will probably be something interesting for everyone.

Don’t Cry For The Suits.

John Scalzi

December 24, 2006

Reminding myself to read his blog more often — and his books too!

(Yeah, two posts ago I thought I’d be offline. Shut up.)

Pepper Pad 3 Update Gets More Luv

December 24, 2006

Steve at Carrypad Journal offers Pepper Desktop V3.1 released.

With a WMV9 (feh!) video too!

Ho Ho Owwwww…

December 24, 2006

On this Christmas Eve — is it still OK to use that term in this country, goddammit? — my body is a battlefield for unknown pathogens vying for supremacy — if not total victory — over my body.

Since last night: two DayQuil tablets, six Tylenol Severe Cold tablets (I’d prefer Nyquil, but it no longer contains the very useful pseudoephedrine thanks to the sons of bitches who harvest it for crystal meth — may their labs blow up and incinerate them!), one aspirin, and about 300 tissues. I’m thinking of escalating this battle by calling in one Naproxen and one Cyclobenzaprine as reinforcements just before sleepy-bye. I’ll either get a good night’s sleep or an eternal rest. The way I feel right now, one is as good as the other.

This has been a very cheery post thus far, hasn’t it?

I hope those very few of you I like get everything you want this Christmas. And for those of you I despise, I hope you get what you deserve!

See you again after the battle — or in the infinite quantum soup (where I will probably be just as cranky — so watch out!).