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Friday, March 20, 2009

Two Questions Completely Unrelated to Each Other

Firstly, how do I get this on my wedding registry? Because, with the right pattern, I can see using that for any occasion.

Secondly, when someone says “DRM’ing books and knowledge is like burning the Library of Alexandria” and, apparently, means it, what is the proper response? Because I drew a blank.

Wait! Before you answer, I’m throwing in fifty percent more question. Because I love you.

Thirdly, and by way of a bonus, I’m sure that you think back on Ronald Reagan fondly and regularly as every bright American does (because only good, bright Americans read this blog). When you do remember Reagan, what speeches, what words do you remember? What is it that gets into your mind when he pops up? Or is it just a glancing, nostalgic blow that bleeds straight into memories of Red Dawn and Flock of Seagulls?

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Four words..."Tear down this wall.”

on Mar 20 2009 @ 11:43 AM

The nine most terrifying words in the English language are, ‘I’m from the government and I’m here to help.’

Also We begin bombing in 5 minutes.

I don’t know that I think back on the Reagan administration quite with fondness, though I do consider it markedly better than anything since. But wasn’t it under Reagan the the War on (Some) Drugs (TM) was greatly expanded. And then there’s the whole “Just Say No” thing, which I think contributed, uh, maybe even seeded, some of the current “zero tolerance” (meaning zero judgement) approaches to problems in schools.

I think there a lot of things we can point to as being good things coming out of Reagan’s presidency, but the ones that seem to have had some lasting power are all across the pond.

on Mar 20 2009 @ 03:09 PM

First one? Probably a bad idea. The whole mandatory-minimum sentencing and all that good crap.

Second one? Speaking as someone who is still bitter about the whole Napster thing (And still refuses to consider Lars Ulrich as anything but someone who whored himself, and his name, to the RIAA because he badly needed more funds to buy exactly what the first question was referring to after blowing it all on blow during the 80s.), I can partly see the point. Yet only partly. Information deserves to be free, but copyrighted content costs too damn much. Authors and musicians deserve to be paid for their efforts, but the distributors tack on one hell of a markup. If you can find e-books at a reasonable price, such as what the iTunes store has done for music, then it is much less of an issue. Unfortunately, most e-books that I run into, for a non-Kindle and non-iPhone user, is priced at the exact same as the print version. Even on Audible.com, the home of downloadable books-on-MP3, the price for downloading an audio book is the same as buying the physical copies on compact disc at the store.

With a good number of informational-libertarians and -anarchists out there, there will always be those who equate any restrictions on data access to the attempts to ban books in the early 20th Century. (Speaking of which, Obscene In The Extreme is a book that should be read. Consider this my obligatory random plug.) While I won’t exactly consider any attempt to put a DRM-free copy of Bold Fresh Piece of Humanity on par with James Joyce’s Ulysses (Or, for that matter, try to place Audacity of Hope on par with Mark Twain’s American Skeptic.), I will say that there is a crapload of gouging by the publishing groups going on out there, and this form of non-violent protest is a hell of a lot easier on the neighborhood than the allegedly nonviolent idiots who chase WTO meetings.

Third? Meh. My memories tend to go with a Keanu Reeves who can still act, an Ally Sheedy who looks better before she’s gussied up by Molly Ringwold, when Anthony Michael Hall and Christian Slater were gods amongst geeks, and Danny Elfman performing live on the back of a 1961 Ferrari 250GT California.

But that’s just me.

on Mar 20 2009 @ 07:42 PM

Who?  That overrated actor?

on Mar 20 2009 @ 09:34 PM

Reagan? Yeah, I remember him.  Looked exactly like this.

on Mar 22 2009 @ 09:49 AM

"I will not take advantage of my opponent’s youth and inexperience”

on Mar 22 2009 @ 07:07 PM

Cocaine is bad for you. Send any that you find to me, and I will dispose of it properly without risking your health and well-being. Because I care.

As for Reagan, dittoes on some of the ambivalence - the Drug War is/was bad, and Reagan has to take a lot of the blame for that. But “tear down this wall” makes up for a lot. (Still a hell of a great President, of course - everyone is wrong about something.)

on Mar 23 2009 @ 07:12 PM

Oh, and the proper response to the Library of Alexandria analogy is to stare blankly and then inquire “so you’re a moron, then, is what you’re saying?”

on Mar 23 2009 @ 07:13 PM

Secondly, when someone says “DRM’ing books and knowledge is like burning the Library of Alexandria” and, apparently, means it, what is the proper response? Because I drew a blank.

Say, “Comparing something bad to something else that is way badder is like murdering a pregnant nun.” Then make a strangle-y gesture, and maybe growl a little. “RRrrr!”

Or if you’re in a slightly less sarcastic mood, go into as much depth as possible with their analogy. Lay out every step. “Really? So you think that losing your copy of The Secret is similar in some way to humanity losing the only copy of a mathematical treatise by Ctesibius? Do tell.”

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on Mar 30 2009 @ 01:06 AM
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