Monday, October 30, 2006

What's the difference

Between this and this?

Why did Google news give me a Telegraph headline?

Where do I begin with this?

Unknown to many, the provisions of 300-year-old laws that still govern copyright in the UK have the effect of making it illegal to "burn" tracks from compact discs on to a computer or digital music player.

Right, you don't 'burn' from a CD, you rip, you uneducated, trying to be down-with-the-kids fuckwits. A 300 year old law says it's illegal? Is that like the laws that say you have to practice archery once a week and can kill a Welshman on a Sunday in Chester? So basically pointless fucking laws that no one's been bothered to get removed from the statute book because they're not enforced. What a fucking non-story.

Labour MP Oona King said she downloaded more than 200 songs from her CD collection on to her iPod.

She may have said that, but I'm more inclined to think it was the Telegraph who thinks you can 'download' something from a CD....

Anyway, it's just pure scaremongering bollocks the lot of it. This area of copyright law is notoriously tricky and unproven in many aspects. Fair use policy exists in the US, although the RIAA is trying to skirt around it, but even if this isn't in law in the UK I'm reasonably sure that any judge in their right mind would throw out any kind of prosecution for this activity as a complete waste of time. There's even a quote in the article from John Whittingdale (chairman of the culture, media and sport select committee inquiry into digital copyright - whatever that is) -

"The music industry has said it has no intention of prosecuting anyone for transferring music they have bought on to their digital music players."

Right, so what's the point of the article then?

Sunday, October 29, 2006

Oh. My. God.

I was listening to XFM earlier and they were playing a song I hadn't heard before. I thought, 'hey, this sounds pretty good - what is it?'

Turns out it was Damian Fucking Rice.

Gaaaahh.

Saturday, October 28, 2006

Horizon

I didn't get a chance to watch it the other day (far too busy socialising) but this pretty much sums up what happens when people who don't know what they're talking about are left in charge of TV.

Thursday, October 26, 2006

Thursday, October 19, 2006

Oh my god they're out to get us!

I've swum with stingrays and they never seemed like vicious animals, but I don't know these days....

Angry

Monday, October 16, 2006

Changes are a foot

I'd forgotton how great jelly was until I made some yesterday. Fucking smashing it is, and surprisingly refreshing.

Anyway, in what must be a record we're being restructured at work for the second time in under 3 weeks. Nice. Or as Jamie would say 'who gives a fuck about your pathetic, worthless, corporate slave shenanigans?'. Although I do categorically say I've never actually heard him use the word 'shenanigans'.

But I could care less as well. Most of you already know that like a disheartened rat fleeing the fetid, sinking hull of obese consumerism and wage slavery I shall be vacating these once fair shores. Sometime in the not too distant future I shall be escaping an endless stream of above inflation price rises, council tax to pay for an Olympic games I don't want, one sodding water main burst after another and a general quality of life that is held up to be the best in the world, by everyone but those who experience it. I don't believe that going to Australia is going to be the panacea that will inspire me to continue on this great quest that we call life, but I do know that rotting away in London will most certainly do the opposite. Plus I'm planning on being out of work for at least a year, so I'll have plenty of time to sit around and think about what's important to me, and maybe even decide on a new career path. There are plenty of jobs that I would like to do, but corporate monkey is no longer one of them.

I set out into the world of work to prove to myself that I could be successful. By my own measure (and that is all that matters) I've done that, and got myself a flat to boot. But I grow weary of the shallow satisfaction that comes with a decent wage and some degree of responsibility in a faceless corporate entity. Sure, within my company what I do is considered important, but to anyone outside it? I think not. My departing managing director told me that he thought I had the best IT job in the company, and I think he's probably right, but it's only a job. And that alone is not enough to satisfy me anymore.

And so the plan is to do up the flat, sell it for a tidy (or tiny) profit (my neighbour's just put his identical, but well finished flat on the market for £60k more than I paid) and make the journey to the land down under, possibly going around Europe first for a month. Certainly I hope to be over there by this time next year. Either that or a millionaire aye Rodney...

Unveiled

This whole veil business is getting a bit out of hand isn't it?

I say people should be able to wear whatever they want but don't expect others not to make judgements about you because of it. And that includes making them uncomfortable.

But if you can't do your job because of it, then you have to choose between the offending article or your job.

Sounds pretty simple huh? And no, I'm not just talking about veils. I'm sure someone will spot something in this which means I must be a big ol' misogynist.

History

I went to see the History Boys last night. It was ok. There were some enjoyable moments, but something about it just didn't sit right with me. Why did these guys want to go to Oxford, and why was it just assumed that they did? I thought it was lazy not to explore that and the only revelation came at the end with Rudge declaring that he didn't really give a stuff. At last, there's a human being amongst them. Dakin was a great character but all in all it was very forced, very contrite, very theatrical and terribly pretentious. It didn't translate to film at all. They may as well have set up a camera to record one of the Broadway performances and saved themselves some time and effort. In a theatre you can suspend reality and they'd probably get away with it, but the same cannot be said for film. Alan Bennett's a playwright, not a screenwriter so you can't really blame him, but still. Let's just please not continue with this trend of turning plays into films, or the other way around. I should have seen Children of Men instead.

Friday, October 13, 2006

Tuesday, October 10, 2006

Some band

I like that my brother's band are getting nice reviews, but I'm still waiting for one that doesn't mention Sonic Youth...
 
I may have to go see them again sometime, but there's not really enough acoustic guitar and too many pedals for my liking. Hang on, didn't they slag off the Purple Turtle as a venue that was 'beneath' them?

Saturday, October 07, 2006

Ahh Saturday

I know I haven't written much lately, but don't expect something meaningful from me today. There's a ton of things I'd like to blog about, but I just can't get motivated. Hence I've spent all of saturday so far looking for a free download of Settlers II, and whilst doing so came across a haven of retrogaming heaven. Try out these sites:

http://www.xtcabandonware.com/ - real old games, mostly unplayable and make you wonder why you thought they were so great in the first place.
http://www.classic-gaming.net - some pretty decent stuff here
http://www.the-underdogs.info/ - they used to have Doctor Drago's Madcap Chase on this, but I can't seem to find it anymore.

Anyway, back to Dizzy.