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Hey all... I saw a really interesting story today. Oddly enough, the French of all people have actually done something that sets a precedent for societal good! Evidently, aFrench court has banned the methods used by DVD makers to prevent copying of purchased products. The story reads:
A French court has ruled that DRM softwre preventing DVDs from being copied is illegal. A court of appeal decided that the use of the software banned owners from making copies of the products they had purchased for private use - and gave film firms a month to remove the crippleware from their discs.The case came about after a man tried to copy the film, Mulholland Drive, onto a videotape so his mother could watch it - she didn't have a DVD player. The court ruled the men was within his rights to expect he would be able to copy the disc onto a tape and pass it on as it was not being resold.The disk was labelled as copy-protected, but the court decided the label was too small to be useful. It sided with the French consumer body, the Union Fédérale des Consommateurs, against film firms Films Alain Sarde and Studio Canal in the case.
A Parisian court of appeal on Friday threw out a complaint from Films Alain Sarde and Studio Canal and sided with consumer's body.
This evening I took the "What Kind of Pirate are you?" test on okCupid.com:Here's how I fared, matey!
| William Dampier |
You are 63 %Treasurer, have 75% Seafairability, crave 47% Bloodlusting, and lust 40% in Wenchwanting!
Naturalist, Scientist, and Buccaneer, Captain Dampier you are the
gentleman of pirates! Circumnavigating the globe three times whilst
collecting treasure and anthropological data has made you a pirate of
substance and class which doesn't happen very often! You're in a league
of your own here, and while I don't neccessarily condone the lack of
wenching and bloodletting, your great passion and scientific
inquisition are well noted!
|My test tracked 4 variables How you compared to other people your age and gender:|
|Link: The What Kind of PIRATE Are You Test written by JosephineGreen on Ok Cupid|
Well, good ol' BJ replied to my last post on this topic... still not getting the point. Lets look at what he says that might further my argument.
Yeah, you have the right to criticize them for it... but acting incredulous at what they say in an email YOU signed up for is simply immature - as I was pointing out.Again, BJ: it isn't what they said that caused me to write the article. In other words, it's not necessarily that I disagree with their stances on any particular topic. What I'm "incredulous" about is the fact that they take a stance on anything despite their stated goal of inspiring others to think for themselves. Do you suggest I unsubscribe from their emails and forget about them? Personally, I think immaturity lies in being complacent with the way others think and the way things are. Thank goodness abolitionists were mature enough to denounce slavery instead of turning a blind eye to it.
As for cursing... lol. If you are that easily offended, then perhaps I should not only refrain from "swear" words, but also use smaller ones... would that help? Take a Philosophy class, take a Communications class, take a Linguistics class, whatever... but do something to help you realize that the merit of an argument is not affected by the means in which it is presented, unless acted upon by the already established bias of the reader (your aversion to swearing).
Btw, your spelling mistake ("cricize") , capitalization error ("It's" ) and general condescending tone (such as the one I am taking now) make me think you're dumb. :roll:First off, I have no aversion to swearing. I simply want to make my blog a place appropriate for all audiences. Second, if your opinion of my intelligence was determined by a single spelling error and a capitalization error, then you have other problems. Also, you said that cursing shouldn't affect the merit of an "argument". While this may be true, it seems that you have only asserted a point, ("If you don't like their stance, ignore them") and have then backed it up with well.. nothing, as far as I can see. You did throw in something about the Swift boat vets, but since two wrongs don't make a right, this seems irrelevant to me. I also find it ironic that in the same place you criticize my intelligence based on these things, that you use "lol" and "btw". I guess the fact that they're in the dictionary makes it ok (Reference). But what really amuses me is that, my debates with liberals, for the most part, always degenerate into "you're dumb!" It happened in 3rd grade and, I see, still occurs as we begin to enter the real world. Though, I guess, it doesn't stop there, as we saw it in the left's characterization of President Bush. I'm sure glad the public saw through it.
The piece says:
Sounds cool to me!
In a short but hugely impressive real-time demo, a room is almost completely demolished using a weapon that fires tennis-ball sized projectiles. In the first section of the demo, glass panels shatter realistically and fragile boxes full of objects suspended from the ceiling are smashed, leaving jagged corners hanging on ropes while the contents smash to the floor.
In another section, a tiled wall is destroyed realistically, with tiles breaking and popping off the wall when they're hit sufficiently hard, while further demonstrations of the engine's prowess include human shaped "rag doll" models in glass boxes, which react realistically to the environment around them being damaged, and most impressively of all, a completely interactive piece of cloth suspended between poles - which billows and stretches when it's shot, and can even be filled with balls like a hammock.
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WOW! 30 hits last night! (Yeah, I know... I suck at life...) Anyway, I wanna thank all who have visited (ESPECIALLY the 2 ppl that actually clicked one of my banners!), and if you were just linked here by a friend, I assume your looking for the previous posting.
If you don't like their stance... don't get the emails. It's their right to say whatever the fuck they want... be it non-partisan or not... AND they have they right to lie and call themselves non-partisan. Sucks don't it?Uhh... ok... pretty standard response to this one... Just as they have the right to say what they want, and lie to their target audience, so do I have the right to cricize them for it, and warn others not to be swayed by them, so leave me alone (or don't, It's your right!).
But don't pretend like it's purely a liberal phenomenom. The "Swift Boat Vets Against John Kerry (or whatever their official name was) claimed to be non-partisan too... :roll:
Hey guys! I just commented on the Rock The Vote blog, belonging to a "non partisan" group that, around election time was pretty much saying "GET OUT AND VOTE (for the democrat!) !". I took a screenshot of my post, in case they decide to delete it. Anyway, get over there, read it, and post your comments!
Hey all, I just set up Haloscan commenting and trackback support. As a result all your old comments have been deleted! I apologize for this, but I think trackback is really important for the future of this blog. I'm hoping to find some way to dramatically increase traffic (to try to get $ from my google adsense ads...) Anyway, i'm also going to be adding a link bar eventually, so if you have a blog of your own (or a Xanga account) please link to me. I'll be doing the same for you! :-).
Hey, all. I was feeling inspired tonight, so I wrote the following poem. I encourage comments, and you can comment without an account, but, if you do so, please put your name, so I know if anyone is actually reading this! As to the dedication of this poem... she knows who she is :-)
I think about paris when I’m high on red wine