Making a Mockery

Thursday, March 23, 2006

What to Do with My Music?

I have been an active digital music user since 1997. I have collected literally thousands of music files through the years. During this time I have experienced some good things and some bad things.

One of the good things I experienced was the original Napster. It allowed me to search for music and download it from other users in a free format. We all know the perils of such an "evil" endeavor. Low cost music is almost as evil as mass murder. I must admit that I bought far more CD's back then than I do now. Napster allowed me to test drive new music without the fear of being stuck with a bad CD. How many one good song CD's do you own? I own several hundred. I tried to be responsible netizen and purchase CD's of the music I really liked. I understand that nobody works for free. Another feature that I loved was the ability to listen to rare music, live music and bootlegs. Some of my favorite mp3's are cover songs from other artists or different versions than the standard radio format. I have several really cool arrangements from the Howard Stern Show like live acoustic music from Foo Fighters, or AC/DC doing hit songs in a very simple acoustic guitar arrangement. I also have bootlegs from Dylan or the Barenaked Ladies doing cover songs from their live shows. These are songs that never ever get released but are cool to listen to.

The bad part of digital music is the inevitable hardware failure. I have several hard drives that I can no longer boot but I am hoping to find a method in which to recover my covers, bootlegs and other unique recordings. Recently I slipped on some ice and cracked my ipod screen while it still plays it got me thinking about what I would lose if it broke. I have tried to keep it backed up on different computers but as my collection grows it gets harder to keep track of it. Music purchased online needs to be authorized every time you move it. It is a royal pain in the butt. It took me months to digitize thousands of the CD's I own. It makes me revert to burning CD's and DVD's of music so that I don't again lose thousands of songs.

The other bad part is Digital Rights Management. Content owners are increasingly becoming more aggressive with their products. We all saw the backlash to Sony Music's Spyware. I Tunes makes you reauthorize your music purchases which can be a time killer. I find it funny that coders spend time to find new ways to protect and crackers find methods to undo the security at an even faster rate. Does this mean that I am buying the content or merely leasing or renting it? Recently Mark Cuban gave the advice to crack all the copy-protected content you own and make backup copies incase of failures. This is an interesting perspective coming from a content owner and producer. His point was that the formats will change back and forth and ownership will have more complications than current systems as the owners try to protect their digital content. It seems like we are renters vs owners of media in the digital age.

I think that soon we will see companies offering disk space much like we see web space offered. Digital files will be stored and backed up at large data warehouses. End users will simply pay a monthly fee for storage much like we see today in the web host environment.Instead of a MyDocuments Folder on your local drive it will be a web space that you log into and access your photos, documents, files, videos and music.

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What could we do with an endless supply of Legos?

Build an Aircraft Carrier that weighs almost 300 pounds
A Volvo XC90 - Click the photos for larger images.
An Air Conditioner
Homer Simpson
A Globe
The Beatles
A Piano
A Stegosaurus
Queen Amidala
A Lamborghini Diablo

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Monday, March 20, 2006

The Unflushable Turd: The Terrell Owens' Story

Terrell "Benched" Owens is writing a book entitled "Ineligible Receiver: The Real Story of My Journey from the Super Bowl to the Sidelines." It is set to release in July. Too bad this piece of trash is going to make money on this. Maybe I should sue T.O. for leaving a strong foul taste in my mouth.

"Finally, the real T.O. story can be told," Simon & Schuster executive David Rosenthal said. "It's an important chapter in the long-term struggle for players' rights in the NFL." According to the AP

I mean after Martin Luther King, Rosa Parks its Terrell Owens in the struggle for rights. I guess being an over paid over hyped lazy bastard makes one think he has been enslaved. Did you not make $3 million for sitting at home? That's 582,524.27 hours of minimum wage work for 4 months of sitting at home. That is the equivalent of 5 men working for 50 years at minimum wage and now you think you can write a book on your slavery?

This is just a sad story of a gifted athlete who has done nothing with his 15 minutes of fame... No leadership, no roll model, no charity just another selfish big mouth.

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Darwinism Making Conservatives the More Prevalent

Tired of those bleeding heart liberals blathering on about the war in Iraq well just wait a few generations and they will breed themselves out of existence. It turns out that liberal people don't have as many offspring as conservatives and are reproducing at a much slower rate. While I am no ultra liberal neither am I an ultra conservative and believe that both should exist just to keep each other in check. Too much of either is bad.

Today, fertility correlates strongly with a wide range of political, cultural and religious attitudes. In the USA, for example, 47% of people who attend church weekly say their ideal family size is three or more children. By contrast, 27% of those who seldom attend church want that many kids.

In Utah, where more than two-thirds of residents are members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 92 children are born each year for every 1,000 women, the highest fertility rate in the nation. By contrast Vermont - the first to embrace gay unions - has the nation's lowest rate, producing 51 children per 1,000 women. Read More

Not sure if you are a liberal or conservative? Here is a very interesting survey. Results were very interesting.

In all honesty I don't really care what you believe. But unless you have earned your convictions through careful study and thoughtful analyses or even personal experience I don't really think your thoughts should really count especially if you get your opinions from the only one new source, mtv or some other mind controlling device. Just please spare me your "unique views".as I suspect you probably are a sheep wandering towards a good dinner plate.

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