Increasingly, I'm finding mp3 searches that ONLY take me to MP3Panda. If you don't want to buy a physical disc, and need obscure stuff, this very well may be the way to go. DRM free mp3s @ 160-320kbps. $30 deposit required. 20 cents an mp3 on average.
This is more or less what AllOfMP3 (the legal-in-Russia mp3 site) became.
They admit it. No longer with quotes around "admit", like with their private admissions months ago.
They just don't admit it where it would get them in trouble. I assume this is new news.
Maybe the UN was hallucinating when it hit 'em. . . :)
Of course, we have 2 sides with 2 diff numbers, as always.
I tend to trust the higher number when dealing with the highest per-capita military on the planet.
Create charts and visualizations and such with this. I needed a 4-way venn diagram generator, and this worked in a pinch. Doesn't appear to be freeware, however…
More bullshit disorderly conduct charges.
"Tuma then began his chant. “I hate the police. I hate the police.” One officer took it personal.
“Hey! Hey! Who do you think you’re talking to?” Tuma recalled the officer shouting as he strode across an intersection to where Tuma was standing. “Who do you think you are to think you can talk to a police officer like that?” the police officer said, according to Luke Platzer, 30, one of Tuma’s companions.
Tuma said he responded, “It is not illegal to say I hate the police. It’s not illegal to express my opinion walking down the street.”
Well, police in the capital of the free world seem to think different. And making them pay via lawsuit is the only way to get them to "listen".
Of course, D.C. is the city who arrested people for disorderly conduct for dancing to music on their iPods at the Jfferson memorial. So who the hell knows just how blind justice is…
This is probably the best anti-Facebook rant I've ever seen. "Mosquito's precum"?!?!?! Hahaha! I even had to look up some of the names he used to verify they were real people… They were. Lol.
Yup. The record companies, in their infinite wisdom, have declared that if you buy a DRM song and the DRM stops working — too bad for you. You should just buy it again.
I remember everyone re-buying their vinyl collections on cassette, and then on CD afterward. I have multiple albums in all 3 formats.
But now that we've reached close to perfection, with near-perfect digital distribution … They don't have any way of making everyone re-buy their whole collection again.
So they want to DRM stuff, have the DRM fail, and trick you into re-buying the same perfect digital copy over and over again.
They also want to do away with fair use.
This makes Glen's landlord Cuong look civil by comparison! Too bad you have to read the posts in reverse order, though.
It's about time this happens. P2P will no be stomped out. Ever.
Tor is an important tool; very popular in Iran lately ( https://blog.torproject.org/blog/measuring-tor-and-iran ).
Assassination attempt? Religious ire? It wasn't too long ago that someone shot Larry Flynt for daring to show a naked white woman next to a naked black man. Old sentiments die hard?
July 31, 2009
July 30, 2009
Started late during this day of yardsaling… Not really getting out the door until after 11AM, when most of the good stuff is already gone.
Had a surreal conversation with an ~80-year-old man who had worked most his career at the DEA. He told me about being a thief in Chicago before working at the DEA; he told me about using marked cards to steal his friends’ money.
He talked about how he was going to open up a bar, but anti-smoking laws meant that the government would be telling him how to run his own establishment, so screw that. He talked about old ladies at the beach coughing because they saw him smoking 30 feet away, even though he was downwind from the ocean current. (I, too, have experienced people who I’ve seen not cough, then cough immediately as soon as they make visual contact with a cigarette — Melanie S’s snobby little friend who’d never drunken a glass of wine or alcohol in her whole life because she was “not interested”.) He talked about how he only has 6 or so years to go to beat how long his dad smoked — some 75 years.
He talked about how the old DEA head banned smoking, so they had to go down 2 elevators to a sub-basement parking garage and smoke in a 10×10 ft painted square… Meanwhile disel engines of cars and trucks parking there caused them to cough on some *real* pollution.
He talked how he’s been giving body parts back one at a time, listing everything he doesn’t have. And how during surgery, he wishes they could have given him 2 puffs off of a joint instead of the crazy anesthesia drugs they give him — because he knows that puts him right to sleep.
I’m not sure, but I think he was drinking Jack Daniels & Coke. I wasn’t gonna ask. He was selling a bunch of belly-dancer vinyl records that belonged to his wife or sister or something, and went on about how the covers were nice to look at. All in all a pleasant conversation — Though like most conversations with the elderly, one is quite ready to leave by the time one has left.
Anyway, it’s really hard to estimate the value of picture frames and action figures… I’m just going to estimate $5 for most of this stuff. The best item was a foldable mini tripod that fits into our camera case — $4 new on Amazon, but 5 cents at a yardsale! Almost a 99% savings :)
- $1.00 Cranium (board/party game): booster box 1 – On Ebay for $12 & $20, but $45 wrapped, and it’s selling at Amazon for a whopping $96, as it is out of print. Will call this an estimated value of $15.
- $1.00 double hinged picture frame (EV:$5)
- $0.75 wooden picture frame (EV:$5)
- $0.50 picture frame – new in packaging (EV:$2.50)
- $0.50 optical mouse ($4)
- $0.50 two large candles with holder @ $.25 ea (EV:$6)
- $0.50 5 votive candles @ $.10 ea (EV:$3.75)
- $0.50 action figure: Batman: Batgirl (EV:$5)
- $0.25 action figure: He-Man: Man-At-Arms (EV:$5)
- $0.25 action figure: Batman: Harley Quinn (EV:$5)
- $0.25 action figure: Spider-Man Venom (EV:$5)
- $0.25 action figure: Star Wars: Chewbacca (EV:$5)
- $0.25 action figure: Star Wars: Han Solo (EV:$5)
- $0.25 alcohol bottle pourers (3: 1 metal, 2 plastic) (EV:$12)
- $0.25 picture frame, large wooden (EV:$7)
- $0.25 picture frame (EV:$5)
- $0.25 picture frame (EV:$5)
- $0.10 flask, plastic (EV:$5)
- $0.10 2 extension cords, 2-pron non-polarized only @ $.05 ea (EV:$2)
- $0.05 mini tripod ($4)
- $FREE small blacklight-respondent stapler – cause Carolyn likes shiny things, and old DEA guy likes Carolyn, and it’s really worthless anyway :)
Total money spent was $7.75, counting an estimated $6 of gas (~30 miles). We didn’t *need* ANY of this stuff, but it was nice to get.
Estimated value of our take is $111.25. In total, we netted $111.25 for $7.75, a profit of $103.5, for about 2 hours work. That’s $25.87/hr per person, or $51.75/hr as a couple. Of course, a job that paid us in stuff we don’t really need probably woudn’t put food on the table. Still, we did better than 2 weeks ago. Remember: To take $111.25 (our profit) home from a job, you would have to earn about $159 before taxes. Things are so much nicer without the government stealing 1/3rd!
July 30, 2009
Tamara Vaughan asked him to put out his cigar at the community pool…. So he (allegedly) made a "racial slur and disparaging remarks about her sexual orientation", beat her, and choked her. When backup came, they saw that the girl had a swollen face with red marks on it, and recalled Keith Alfaro saying ,"I wish they'd go back to the East Side where they belong".
They then tried to arrest him, but he ran away. Because he's a cop, they left the scene and simply arrested him the next day.
Simplistic, yet funny. "Fuck", indeed. This should be an icon everyone uses in appropriate situations.
Think he really ate him? I kind of hope so. Cat > Fish.
To quote Slashdot, "One wonders when the Music Business is going to run out of feet to shoot?" and "How can reducing your customer base make any kind of business sense?"
To quote Sex Pistols from the *song* entitled EMI, "There's unlimited supply / And there is no reason why". Exactly. Then later, "They only did it 'cos of fame." Indeed. Still later, "Too many outlets in and out" — well, not quite as many outlets, now that they're "shutting down" the little guy.
To quote Nofx, "Parasitic music industry / As it destroys itself / I'm just fucking glad I'm gonna be there to watch the fall."
Well, I'm off to listen to "Professional Distribution" by Screeching Weasel… Music existed before idiotic industry began, and will continue to exist regardless of circumstance.
"Are these cookies made from real fetuses?"
this was one of the treatments I wanted to get for my plantar fasciitis… but it is never suggested, instead just physical therapy ($25 copay per session… do the math… a few weeks would be more expensive!)…. Insurance companies simply hope that I'll go elsewhere and it will be someone else's problem, and just want to stretch things out. And they're right; my insurance changes every couple years. At $2000, it's cheaper than surgery, but they'd never approve surgery for some foot pain anyway, so why should they pay $2000? Pfft.
A Baptism party?
A noise call during the day, when people can run their lawnmowers, house construction, and generally make what noise they want? Oh, lawnmowers are allowed because people want to be able to mow their own lawn. Funny how noise works not by volume, but by the type of noise.
Charged with public intoxication for being drunk in your own backyard, which is not public? WTF?
Tasing a pregnant woman? Tasing a man who is not under arrest?
Tasers are not substitutions for shooting someone to death, like they said they would be when they were deployed. They are torture devices for compliance and contempt of cop. Or if a person is deaf, or speaks another language — they are punishment for not immediately being able to understand orders given to you.
It's not like being drunk is illegal.
A private anonymous VPN, with limited use for free users. Let's hope this doesn't become 100% necessary.
July 30, 2009
[IMDB link] [Netflix link] Another Resident Evil movie? This time, animated? Sounds like an afterthought, but after watching all 4 Resident Evil movies (including Resident Evil: Apocalypse, which I recently reviewed), of course we’re going to watch this!
PEOPLE: Alison Court is the main voice — people might remember her as Jubilie from Fox’s X-Men:TAS (1990s) series. Crispin Freeman was another voice, and currently plays Electro in the now-airing Spectacular Spider-Man series (by Greg Weisman, creator of Gargoyles). Mostly, these are minor voice actors. One of them was in one episode of Lost. One of them plays BoBoBo’s dad in BoBoBo-Bo Bo-BoBo, the “Japanese Family Guy” (that’s really nothing like Family Guy). But for the most part, all these people are nobodies — even director Makoto Kamiya.
QUIRKS: First Resident Evil movie based on an actual game.
And technically — this is anime, but you’d never know. In one scene, a female laughs and covers her mouth inexplicably (this is a Japanese custom — showing your teeth is bad, probably because customs are based on ancient times when dentistry was very poor). That’s when we both said, “Ohhhhh.. This is from Japan. They just tipped their hand there.” (Of course we were right.) Otherwise, it doesn’t look or feel like anime.
VISUALS: It’s CGI, but there’s not a lot of different settings. So it is actually slightly disappointing, visual-wise.
MORALS: Politicians are assholes, but corporations are even bigger assholes.
BAD STUFF: This simply wasn’t as exciting as ANY of the last 5 or 10 zombie movies I’ve seen. It was comparable to Night Of The Living Dead (the 3-D 2006-ish remake). Yup, not that good.
RECOMMENDATION: If you watched the first 4 movies, played the video games, or love CGI-based zombie movies: see this. Otherwise: Skip it.
SIMILAR MOVIES: Obviously this is somewhat similar to the other Resident Evil movies, and to any zombie movie.
NEXT: Next up we’re going to watch a Highlander animated movie. It seems a lot of the dying franchises that have made 4+ movies can’t get funding for more real movies, but can still get funding for an animated movie. This is part of the power of animation: It allows storytellers (and moneymakers) to continue their stories/profit-schemes for a cheaper price. Often times a franchise’s “last gasp” will be an animated movie or series. (more…)
July 29, 2009
Inevitable lawsuit ensues, and yes, the government, Correctional Healthcare Management, Officer Ronald Oreskovich, Dr. Peter Elliot, and the hospital SHOULD have to pay for his care for the rest of his life. And more. This is total negligence.
Go Fairfax County police… I'm sick of tractor trailers driving shittily, threatening everybody, hit and running my friends, hitting me and giving a fake license plate and disappearing and never paying, and in general running roughshod like they own the roads.
22 out of 23 trucks pulled over were placed out of service. That probably cost somebody some money; especially if the goods were perishable. That'll teach 'em.
The death of his son may be attributed to The "Church" of Scientology, a dangerous cult. Hail Xenu!
“We’re a sue first, ask questions later kind of an organization”.
Jeffrey Michael, Horizon Realty Group
4242 N. Sheridan Rd, Ste #120
Chicago, IL 60613
Yes, an organization that is a litigious asshole.
If anyone wants to rent an apartment in Chicago, I'd suggest making sure it's not run by these douches. Rather than address problems, they seem to simply sue people who talk smack about them.
They obviously never heard of The Streisand Effect. Or maybe they're just thinking "no publicity is bad publicity"?
It's funny that they are more concerned about a tweet from someone with only 20 followers ruining their reputation… Than they are about suing someone over a tweet ruining their reputation. Dinosaurs!
July 28, 2009
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Since my new Onkyo stereo has on-screen menus, I thought it would be handy to hook it up to my TV. So I took the s-video out and attached it to my Sharp Aquos 52-inch TV’s s-video in, which I only used as a redundant connection from my computer that I could switch back and forth on to laugh at the difference between s-video and DVI/HDMI.
So guess what? The menus don’t output on s-video; only on HDMI. Nice of them not to include that!
So I order an HDMI cable and hook it up to my TV. Yay, I can see the menus now. They don’t really allow any changes that you can’t make without the screen, but it’s MUCH easier to navigate that way. Though — you can set the menu to be in 1080i, but no matter what, it’s always in 480i. Annoying, because that means waiting for everything to switch. I was hoping it would just appear on the screen instantly.
So I tried running my computer’s HDMI to the stereo, just for the hell of it. Perhaps when watching a movie, it could more correctly carry the audio to my receiver? Granted, the receiver has correctly been receiving 5.1 discrete sound; but maybe with DTS and other “weird” modes, they would work better through HDMI. Maybe, maybe not.
So I plug it in, and my computer warns me: The ATI x1950 graphics card I have only outputs video onto its HDMI. I would have had to go to the next-up graphic card at the time, which was $400 when I built my computer (I paid $215). Of course, the next-up graphic card is only $30 nowadays, and even their highest up is still only $200. So I *could* upgrade, but is there really a point? Most likely not, for 99% of the time.
Optical digital audio’s been good to me. I knew HDMI switching was not really important to me. My TV has 2 HDMI ports. One gets it directly from my computer Hades, and the other gets the output from the stereo. Carolyn’s computer also runs to the stereo — so technically I am using HDMI switching to switch between Carolyn’s computer and the stereo’s output. Of course, her computer can only output 640×480 to the HDTV, not 1920×1080 like mine. She has an even older ATI card, before they went to their “x-series” (which I got the last of, before they went to their “HD” series).
So … At least my initial suspicions about HDMI switching not being super-important to me are confirmed, even if it meant tinkering around for 30 minutes.
Now the OTHER feature not mentioned: This stereo has multi-room out. But I don’t want to send powered speaker wire to the other room; I want to send unpowered RCA cables to the other room, and amp it there. If you send powered out, you can only do 5.1 sound, not 7.1 sound. And I prefer to have an amp in each location, so I can control the volume from wherever I am. So I hook up the RCA-out, run it to the room… Nothing. Open up the manual for my stereo… OHHH, digital inputs wont be converted to analog output. Real frickin’ nice.
So Onkyo has burned me on two different outputs: Their s-video output that doesn’t output their menu, and their “zone 2” RCA outputs, that don’t output my (digital) audio. So I did what I previously did: Ran the audio from my computer. It’s what I always use anyway. But it would have been nice to have used the output to the Onkyo — because then its switching would have allowed me to switch to the other room.
I could have, for example, run *Carolyn’s computer’s* audio to the bedroom, in the event that my computer died. (Her computer also has a complete copy of our music collection, so the music can never die!) But now, I’m stuck just sending my computer there.
Time to update my internal document of what to look for in a receiver. But if they don’t advertise things they don’t do very well, I wonder how I can avoid something like this happening with my next purchase? (more…)
July 28, 2009
…And then they left him in a parking lot 6 hours later with no explanation.
Notice that they used tasers and pepper spray — so-called "non-lethal" weapons. Before the invention of those, do you think they would have shot him? Nope. This is an example of how the existence and use of tasers has allowed officers to escalate the force used against people, all in the name of saving people. (Yet, officers still shoot people to death very regularly, despite the tasers existing.)
It's funny how in the comments some people are saying that the cops did nothing wrong; he should have had his caretaker with him, and thus it was the caretaker's fault. So mentally disabled people aren't allowed to go to the bathroom alone anymore, and if they are, any violence done against them is the caretaker's fault? That's like blaming a rape victim for how she dressed! Pathetic backwater Alabama conservative logic.
They did eventually air the jew episode, however.
Will they eventually air the abortion episode?
Interesting stuff! Sounds plausible. And might help explain why camping leaves you feeling mentally refreshed — once you get over the initial physical tiredness of it all.
Yet another hypocritical religious person. Trying to force his viewpoint on the world via politics — saying gay couples should not adopt because they are not fit to raise children — while not even adhering to his own beliefs and cheating on his wife. I wonder how fit his own 2 kids think he is as a parent?
“You hypocrite! First take the log out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to take the speck out of your brother’s eye.” (Matt. 7:5) (If he did take heed to that scripture, he would probably have to sacrifice goats as well.)
Now, an atheist cheating on their wife would be a bad thing. But that atheist almost for certain will not be entering the world of politics to try to influence public policy to discriminate against other groups of people, like gays. Nor are atheists so utterly idealistic as to thing abstinence is at all a realistic policy to preach. It's amazing how much the idealism of religion perverts people's sense of practicality.
They *said* they had to tase her because she wouldn't unfasten her seatbelt, but that's not what happened. Douchebag officer Rob Zarrett tasered her for not getting off the phone.
The judge agreed that this was her principal offense for getting tasered, rejected the defendents' bid for immunity, and ruled that the tasering was illegal. Hear that, Zarrett? YOU broke the law.
Sounds like if the polie there had a the slighest clue on how to properly police, that the taxpayers would not be out a lawsuit settlement because Sandra wouldn't have called 911 in the first place.
You don't just grab someone from a vehicle, throw them against the car, and cuff them without telling them why, Rob. And now you lost in court. Haha. Bad cop, no donut.
And time for the taser rant: You think that pre-taser, they would have shot her or beaten her with a nightstick for not getting off the phone? Nope. Unlikely This is how tasers create extra violence that wouldn't have existed without them.