- - BBC News: Torrentspy is fighting prosecution. Fuck You MPAA.
- - Foamy the Squirrel on CDs and why record companies make it unworthwhile to purchase them.
I've been using Google Talk for the past 2 months, as it's pretty good for covertly talking to people who are still at work (I don't however, get the internet at work, thank god - I'd never get anything done). I have but one complaint - what the hell is up with the bolding? I mean, why can't we have a toolbar (preferentially one that autohides) where we can choose to bold/italicise/underline chosen words? Why does the *star* character bold (thus making for some clumsy action words), yet the /me command does nothing? IT MAKES NO SENSE AND NEEDS FIXING.
RSS feeds are (along with the communities) one of the aspects of Livejournal that make it invaluable. Since I switched to a new LJ account a few weeks ago, I've found that my Friends Page is lacking in regular activity - so after rediscovering the list of top 1000 LJ feeds (random trivia: the NIN Hotline is on the first page), I decided to run a few feeds (mostly webcomics) through it, instead of through Sage. While Sage is useful for immediate gratification of news and information, my LJ Friends page is casual, more for fun. I think this is why I have a weblog, and a secondary LJ account - because mentally, I find it easier to deal with the two as separate entities.
The cast have been called back in for reshoots and guess what! The line "I want these motherfucking snakes off the motherfucking plane!" has (allegedly) been added! This is going to be the most torrented movie EVAR. I can't wait.
Hey. Did you all notice that The Tool Hotline launched just over a week ago? It's pretty cool.
One of the problems with bands like Nine Inch Nails and Tool, is that because the bands have been around since the 90s and only intermittently release albums, the fansites that persevere tend to be from the era in which the music first gained popularity. And unfortunately, 99% of them don't really work at full capacity any more - either they are chock full of too much irrelevent information, they aren't updated regularly, or the site design is just plain awful.
The benefits of what is now becoming the Hotline network, is that it's turned into very lean efficient way of getting information made available (and distributed, thanks to RSS). Over the last six years or so, Matt has trial and errored his way through database modifications, staff changes, and news sources to pare the system down to doing exactly what it should without any troublesome fluff. What you see right now has come from a lot of work on his behalf, and he still (rightly) won't put ads up.
At the moment, although I'm lacking time to actually contribute much in terms of news posts, I'm enjoying watching the old system transfer over to a new format and function - you never know how people will approach a new site, especially in terms of there being an existing network of fansites in place already. There's always a great danger of the roof collapsing in on the whole thing based on speculation and mistrust, no matter how awesome the reality is. I still feel quite lucky to be involved in the two Hotlines, even if they are just 'dumb fansites'.
Snakes on a Plane*, the new movie from Samuel L. Jackson. Yes, I thought this was an internet joke. No, it really is his new movie. YES, THIS IS HILARIOUSLY AWESOME.
Snakes on a motherfucking plane.
*Now a completely dead link, as YouTube have removed all traces of the trailer. Fah.
From Go Nintendo:
Nintendo of Europe: "What’s the latest on Twilight Princess?"
Shigeru Miyamoto: "I would say that we are progressing well with completing it... And one of the most important features is that, because Revolution can run GameCube software, when you play Twilight Princess on Revolution you can take advantage of the Revolution controller."
I feel like I have achieved plenty during my four day weekend. I caught up on my media reading, my gaming, and had not one, but two photo-walks. The above is from a selection I took earlier this afternoon, in which I walked around for 2 hours. Here's a fairly straightforward line through where I walked, but obviously there were detours and diversions as I went along. I only stopped at Rownham Hill because that's where the pavement randomly decided to end, which was quite annoying. I'll be posting pictures on my flickr account in fat chunks so that no one misses anything - I found some great stuff, especially rooting around beneath the Bower Ashton one way system. I tried taking scenery landscape type pictures, but it was quite overcast and everything was brown anyway. Trees, rocks, ground, buildings - all brown. That doesn't really make for good viewing when you're partnering it with technicolour graffiti. So it goes!
Livejournal are bringing in ads. Kinda. Basically, they are opening up a third level, between Free and Paid, that gives extra features in return for ads on the journal. So far this is completely optional, and an interesting way of bringing in extra revenue to the site. I personally really really hate ads (Communist!), and I am finding it hard to imagine a scenario in which I would enable them, something that I know Matt at the very least, agrees with me about. I think that making ads an option (and from the sounds of it, it could be something along the lines of Google text ads) is the only way this can possibly be tolerated by the 8 million + livejournal users, and it seems as if the Livejournal staff have thought long and hard about how to approach this change.
I do worry about how this will change what people say on their journals though - are certain topics (anorexia being the obvious one) going to be clamped down on, because the advertisers do not approve? And is this the start of a slippery slope to permanent advertising for all unpaid accounts? This issue skates on very thin ice. I'm guessing that I'll enable the ads for a day to see how they look, but I won't keep them. The extra features of LJ just aren't anything I need, despite being a habitual visitor/user.
*edit* LJ_Ads is a community that has been set up to discuss the issue.
More at Oh No!. Gross gross gross. You would have thought she would have got a clue when she heard his 'music' or noticed that he still hasn't got a regular job. Or that every single tabloid magazine and their readers are calling for her to ditch him. Srsly. Old Britney, come back! YOU ARE KILLING POP MUSIC AS WE KNOW IT.
"Peter had scored two 800s on his SATs and was recognized as a National Merit Scholar. As we spoke of his favorite high-school classes, I asked whether he had ever challenged any of his English teachers' opinions in class. Looking down at the floor, he spoke softly. "Sure, I used to disagree lots of times. I mean, there's no absolute right answer when it comes to knowing whether an author was using her own life or not as the basis for the main character, right? But every time I'd disagree with this teacher or our textbook's opinion I'd end up getting marked down for it. So I learned it's better to tell teachers what they want to hear so you'll get a better grade." Sadly, there was no anger or disappointment in his voice."