Tuesday, February 24, 2004
Home Taping is Killing the Music Industry
This was the rallying cry of the Music Industry in the 70s and 80s. Of course, that turned out to be a canard.
Substitute "File Sharing" for "Home Taping," and you get the exact same hyperbole from an industry as clueless today as they were 30 years ago. (When will these guys learn?)
Do yourself a favor, go over to Downhill Battle, and order a T-shirt. They are only $8 bucks.
Take a stand.
Be sure to go to GreyTuesday.org to check out why the music industry is abusing copyright laws to restrict artists freedom to create new music.
UPDATE: 02/25/04 5:53 am
Grey Tuesday was a smashing success. In addition to over 400 sites hosting the album, there was substantial mediacoverage, including the NY Times, BBC, and E!. Downhillbattle has a full post mortem.
Defiant Downloads Rise From Underground http://www.nytimes.com/2004/02/25/arts/music/25REMI.html
Beatles remix web protest
Grey Tuesday: Copyright or Wrong? http://www.eonline.com/News/Items/0,1,13563,00.html?tnews
Bill Hicks 10 Year Anniversary
This week is the 10th anniversary of the death of Bill Hicks. I had pointed to a site that had a rich collection of Bill Hicks Bootlegs.
This week, the BBC's U.K. Magazine has an article worth checking out: "Bill Hicks: Why the fuss, exactly?."
The Beeb asks the question within this context: "Bill Hicks - the anti-war, pro-smoking, corporate-bashing American comedian - died 10 years ago this week. What is it about his work that has meant his reputation has grown and grown?"
For those too lazy to point and click, here's an excerpt:
"Hicks remains popular because his comedy taps into a cynical, shoulder-shrugging attitude that is widespread today, where many believe the worst of politicians, corporations and other figures in authority, almost as a knee-jerk response.Go read the rest of the piece . . .
"The targets of his anger were exactly the right ones for his time," she says. "Like 'people who work in advertising', whom Hicks urged to kill themselves. These are not exactly difficult targets."
Fans of Hicks will disagree - though many admit that they are, indeed, drawn to Hicks for more than his funny routines.
Micah Holmquist, a 26-year-old writer from Michigan, US, says, "I listen to Hicks' recordings because they are not just funny, but also embody a lot of the rage I often feel at the world. In the days and weeks after 11 September 2001, I found myself regularly listening to Hicks as an antidote to the hegemonic opinion in the US that there could be no context for what happened that day."
For others, Hicks has become a symbol of authenticity in an era of reality TV, ready-made pop and visionless popular culture. Tom Quinn, a 27-year-old fan from Wandsworth, London, says: "Hicks didn't sell out. He didn't bow to television stations or huge sponsorship deals. And he didn't seem to care about fame and huge earnings."
Bill Hicks: Why the fuss, exactly?
By Brendan O'Neill
BBC Monday, 23 February, 2004, 16:33
Monday, February 23, 2004
An Auto-Erotic Asphixiation Circle Jerk Gone Horribly, Horribly Wrong . . .
Chopping Block is a darkly amusing comic about a serial killer (not to be confused with all the other serial killer comics out there). The author, Lee Adam Herold, notes "It is dark in here, but I have found a release valve. His name is Butch. He keeps me sane." Herold has received some terrific reviews and awards .
Here's some of that sanity:
Be sure to check out his link page. Lots of good stuff.
Sunday, February 22, 2004
Art by Giger
If you were at all an Alien fan, get over to Giger's website. He has a number of sculptures up for sale, and they are simply way cool.
Saturday, February 21, 2004
The Gay Agenda
Very funny flash cartoon by Mark Fiore, a San Francisco cartoonist and animator whose work also appears in the Washington Post, L.A. Times and other publications.
Friday, February 20, 2004
Kisses: the sexy urinal
"Kisses is always there in need and makes from a daily event a blushing experience! This is one target men will never miss!"
I do not know if this is real or not; And quite frankly, I'm not sure why peeing in someone's mouth is perceived as sexy. Yet there still is something strangely amusing about this . . .
Blinded by Science
Tom Toles hits the nail on the head again . . .
Thursday, February 19, 2004
Gallardo: A mere $160,000!
A friend of mine who lives in California just ordered the new Gallardo. It looks like a sweet ride -- all wheel drive, sleek aerodynamics, balanced, aluminum V-10 which makes 493 HP:
Considering the price -- a mere $169k -- its a fairly attractively priced set of wheels within its category. Now that Audi is Lambo's parent company, one would hope that the quality problems and maintenance issues which have plagued the Bull are behind it.
The new Lamborghini website was just rolled out, and you cna see a lot more pictures there.
Wednesday, February 18, 2004
Is Ashcroft a Fascist ?
I almost fell out of my chair when I read this story:
Department of Homeland Security Monitoring Progressive Clothing Sites
Website access logs are wonderful things. It seems the DoJ and the Department of Homeland Security has been visiting online stores which sell anti-Bush t shirts.
You read that right -- taxpayer money is being spent surfing the web for dangerous t-shirts!
"The Department of Justice and the Department of Homeland Security were looking at th "Ouspoken Clothing" site, who notes "We hope they liked the Ashcroft Fascist button!"
But when they returned, we noticed something that wasn't so funny. Website access logs track when the Department of Justice and the Department of Homeland Security stop by. We can see how they found us, what they looked at, and how many times they visited. We're watching them watching us - John Ashcroft would be proud!
At first we were amused that the Department of Justice and the Department of Homeland Security were looking at our little site. We hope they liked the Ashcroft Fascist button! But when they returned, we noticed something that wasn't so funny.
Note the lines:
n021.dhs.gov - - [26/Jan/2004:04:13:29 -0500] "GET /faq.html HTTP/1.1" 200 8215 "http://sidesearch.lycos.com/results.asp?tab=web&query=progressive%20clothing&loc=1&rf=sidesearch&" "Mozilla/4.0 (compatible; MSIE 5.5; Windows NT 5.0)"
n021.dhs.gov - - [29/Jan/2004:08:09:55 -0500] "GET / HTTP/1.1" 200 807 "http://www.altavista.com/web/results?q=progressive+clothing&avkw=aapt" "Mozilla/4.0 (compatible; MSIE 5.5; Windows NT 5.0)"
For those of you who aren't access log literate, this means that they came to Outspoken Clothing via the search engines AltaVista and Lycos, where they searched on the phrase "progressive clothing." Now, maybe there is just someone working there who wants to buy our Anyone But Bush 2004 or Gay Marriage Now merchandise, but somehow, we doubt it.
It seems that the anti-terrorist division of our government is spending its time (and our tax dollars) doing web searches on people who disagree with their politics and have the audacity to say so on t-shirts. Progressive clothing = potential terrorist? Never mind that we're three pacifists running our business out of an apartment - because we don't like Bush, we might be a threat to national security. We're interested to see what happens the next time one of us tries to get on a plane!
You can see the entire piece, along with a lot more server logs, here.
(I almost created a category for "jackasses," but it was somewhat redundant with "politics")