So, heres the thing that pisses me, and a bunch of others, off. The DMCA can be used to stifle free speech, but it is almost never enforced on bogus take-down requests. Why should we respect the law when the law doesn’t respect us?
From the: CAN-YOU-READ-? Dept.
Along with millions of other people back on January 18th, I wrote letters to my Congressmen, Senators John McCain and Jon Kyle, and ‘Representative’ Paul Gossar. To date, one has responded. Mr McCain (or, more accuratly a computerized form-letter-machine) has written to address my fear of Internet Regulation, censorship, and my growing distaste for a private industry buying politicians with money and favors.
Well, kind of. It doesn’t really address anything from my letter except maybe some of the censorship stuff, but if you actually READ my letter (MCCAIN! I’m talking to YOU buddy!), you’ll see that the argument goes much deeper:
I will rebuild you. You will be stronger, faster, smarter… BETTER!
[See: Reorg. Part 1: DEMOLISH for prequel info]
Well, it’s done. Mostly. I took the box apart last week or so, reconfigured some stuff, removed and re-seated the CPU, added an older 500 gig HDD… and then, installed Mythbuntu. er… 3 times actually. Yeah, took me 3 install attempts to get it working right. Not sure exactly HOW I screwed up the first 2, but #3 was the winner by far. Here’s a sample of my progression:
Install FAILED miserably due to selecting the wrong drive. Yes folks. Instead of simply setting up a fresh install on the new 500gig HDD, for some reason i told the installer to put it on the original 750gig drive. I dunno exactly why. Something about how SATA was set up in the bios and I got a little confused. I’m really lucky that I didn’t over-wright the entire disc. Seriously, could have lost 1000 episodes of Charmed that I’ve been saving for my *ahem* daughter.
Install FTW!! yay! OS installed without a hitch [Mythbuntu 11.04], although it did hog some bandwidth with updates and such. Dylan got a little pissed because he was trying to watch something on Netflix at this time, and it kept losing the connection. 2 things got screwy on this install which is why I had to try, try again: 1) I did …something… to LIRC. Still not exactly sure, but it worked at first, except that it was reading each buttonpress twice. I checked the usual sites and forums for the answer and edited some config files, and then it completely broke, and I couldn’t get it working again. I probably could have fixed it eventually if it weren’t for 2) Frakking BOXEE. Apparently, every time Ubuntu gets upgraded to a new version something happens that breaks Boxee. The reason is almost always that Boxee is behind the times. This time around it’s a dependancie issue. Some little media player’s library was updated and most major OSs went with the NEW version, effectively dropping the OLD version from all repositories. Unfortunatly, Boxee depended on the OLD library. There was a long and convoluted way to edit the .deb file so that it would use the NEW library, but there was also something about it messing up HULU and some other stuff, so it became painfully obvious that the only solution was to:
Beautimus. Downloaded and installed Mythbuntu 10.10. Slightly older version, sure. whatev. BUT, everything fucking works out of the BOX YO! LIRC didn’t have the same duplicate button press issue, Boxee and Hulu Desktop installed without a hitch, and with 2 small copy-paste codes into the main menu file, I had a nice *working* interface. There was one little issue with the sound being incredibly low. But that was fixed easily with some careful adjustments to ALSA mixer (EVERYTHINGGOESUPTOTHEMAXIMUM!).
Yeah baby! now everything WORKS, and functions and is pretty awesome. Now I just need to find a nice, cheap little dual PCI (not e) tuner card and we’re golden. Anyways, that was over a week ago, so I’ll try to get some screen shots of the new system one of these days… maybe. Working VER HARD on secret project#2 right now.
piece, we’re OUT!
Not sure why I can’t comment on this page. so I’ll just comment on _this_ page…
If you guys really wanted Sedona to be a small rural town you wouldn’t have let the east coast mod-squad come in and incorporate the City. That was in 1988/9. I was only 14 and i thought it was a stupid idea.
But, since you have it, now you need to deal with it.
Re: the street lights… Yes,you NEED street lights.
Hi, people dart out into the damned street all the time. I hit 5 or 6 pedestrians every day driving through West Sedona and Uptown. Its ridiculous. I have spines and brain matter all up in my grill. Do you know how hard it is to clean human earwax off your hood?
If you don’t allow the street lights, then I demand that:
- ALL jaywalkers be arrested on sight.
- Use the power of citizens arrest to pull in every person who crosses at Andante, and use a night stick on the tourists who drag their children across 89a in uptown 10 feet from a legal cross walk.
- Waterboard all the people who jump in front of my car as I pass MacDonald’s or the Coffeepot Restaurant. Its become ridiculous. a freaking JOKE.
The police refuse to persecute the jaywalkers. so we need the citizens of Sedona to take matters into their own hands. But really, another stoplight and some damned street lights are not going to kill the small town feel of Sedona. That died in the 80s and its never coming back.
Now, if you have an extra 28 minutes, I really recommend listening to the podcast, its quite funny. Basically the two sides are arguing over the proper way to open a banana, the ‘usual way’ involving holding the banana by its body, and peeling down using the stem, and the ‘other way’ like a monkey, pinching the bottom and peeling open like a bag of chips. (See ‘how to peel a banana like a monkey‘) what makes it funnier, is that both of these guys are lawyers in Canada (or barristers i guess). So Hodgman pretty much makes fun of them for being Canadian through about half the show. At one point the Judge asks about the “Atheists Nightmare” (at around 13:00 in the podcast) about how the banana is absolute proof of God’s existence. Mostly due to things like shape, and the handy tab on top. He asks if one or the other of these guys is against God, and basically just mocks them more… either way…
The accompanying video, the Atheists Nightmare, was an old one that I remember with a famous actor and a famous creationist talking about how the banana is proof of God’s existence.
See it for yourself:
I won’t debate the former argument here, but I CAN absolutely refute the idea that GOD invented the banana…
This is probably what you think of when you think BANANA (as I usually do)
This, is what wild bananas look like:
This is probably the most prolific pic of the inside of a wild banana:
Seriously. Bananas have been grown and cultivated by MAN to be edible BY MAN, and for thousands of years. I have yet to find any evidence that Monkeys in the wild eat bananas even remotely similar to the Cavendish. Try it. Go to YouTube and type in “monkey eating banana.” Go ahead, I’ll wait for you… Done? ok then: what you probably saw was either a monkey in a zoo eating a long yellow banana, or monkeys in their actual habitat eating something vaguely yellow that looks more like a small football.
The Banana we are all used to simply does not exist in nature. Its a product of human cultivation and a desire to eat something that does NOT have giant seeds in the middle. Like a Watermelon. Do you think seedless watermelons are natural? well, they aren’t. How would it propagate if there are no seeds? hmmm?
And this brings me to my biggest gripe about people. There is a LOT of argument going on about ‘Genetically Modified Food.’ Basically a scientist adds or removes genes in a plant that will make that plant all around better for humans to plant, grow, harvest and eat. Which has actually been going on for a LONG time. EVERYTHING that we eat is genetically engineered. Everything.
Name me one food found in a modern mega-mart (Including so-called healthfood stores) that is NOT a product of hundreds if not thousands of years of human cultivation, influence and interference. Come on, you can do it can’t you?
Avacados: Most avocados found in markets around the world are grown from grafting. Meaning that the base plant is started, and then a stalk of another plant is grafted to it, and grows with the exact same characteristics of that plant. Basically, its a clone. And humans have been doing this for over 4,000 years. This is especially true of the Haas avocado, whose mother tree was planted in a California front yard in the 1920’s, patented and grafted into millions upon millions of trees.
Wheat: EVERY human consumed form of wheat on the planet has been bred and cultivated to be edible by humans, and to grow and breed in a manner directed by humans. There is evidence of wheat and barley cultivation as far back as 25,000 years ago in Turkey.
Domesticated animals: ALL animals grown for food purposes (and most especially the ones bred for pets) have been inter-bred and cultivated for certain characteristics that humans find desirable. MY dog, for instance, is a pure bred Beagle, whose beginnings go back to hunting dogs in Greece about 2,500 years ago. They were later brought to England and bred with other dogs with various traits that helped in hunting, tracking, obedience, etc. The Beagle did not simply sprout up like she is today. She was bred that way.
See also, This Guy’s recent post on ‘Natural vs. Artificial.’
The whole of history is about Man forming his environment around him, and creating his own sustainable (and delicious) food. We were most definetly NOT plopped down in a garden of perfect fruit, veg and meat. We made the garden.
This is why i do not understand half of the world freaking out about ‘genetically modified’ food. We’ve essentially been modifying our own food for THOUSANDS of years. TENS of THOUSANDS of years. There is no reason to all of a sudden go, “Wait! stop, it isn’t natural!!” It’s perfectly natural for humans to do this. We’ve been doing it since we decided it’s a better system than starvation.
Its simply AGRICULTURE, and it can and will continue. And its pretty awesome when you think about it, isn’t it? Man, against all odds, creates his own reality out of the raw materials he has before him. And does a damned good job of it to boot! Seriously, how awesome is it that we can do this?
(also, Dear Creationists: if you want to prove Creationism, and disprove Evolution, Do.Not.Use.Food.As.An.Example., food pretty much confirms Evolution, OK?)
Just checked the mail, and my shirt order from CafePress came in. I’m very excited. Of all the screend printed and airbrushed art shirts i’ve had over the years, i’ve never had one with one of my own designs on it.
I think they came out pretty good. The ‘rolling robot’ design needs some work. ‘Robot’s Balloons’ looks awesome though.
And they came out much clearer and BIGGER than I thought they would!
I’m getting excited again about creatung stuff. It’s one thing to say ‘yeah, I have t-shirts for sale,’ and another entirely to be holding one and know that tomorrow you’re going to wear it!
Never again shall I be an ‘Early Adopter’ of technology.
Until 2 years ago I had never been one of those first in line for an electronic gadget. I always preferred to wait, first for the technology to improve, and second for the price to drop. New gadgets are always cool, you know; new features, new hardware, software, sleek packaging etc… BUT, there are almost always issues with new tech.
Example: Windows Vista. Even before launch everyone knew that it was going to suck and you should wait for Windows 7. Certain generations of Walkmans (Walkmen?) had issues, plasma TVs still have issues, and the latest LCD TVs are priced less than a 6th of what the first gen cost….[speaking of which, if you’re planning on buying a REALLY BIG TV, check out the DLPs. They are currently running much cheaper than LCD, and most are full HD and 3D ready] the first ebook readers just sucked. Even when Netbooks were first introduced no one wanted one. But things change, 3rd party accessories become available and subsequent generations get better and better.
I’ve known this for a long time. And there have been those times when I was tempted to jump in and be an early adopter. But I always held off, waited, and was usually rewarded with either something better and cheaper, or the tech would fail, market would devour it, and I’d be glad i didn’t pony up for it. This did not work for the first Android phone, the T-Mobile G1. As soon as it was announced, I knew I would get that phone. Finally, a mass market smartphone running a Linux OS. And I’d have one! Well I won’t do that again. Hopefully.
The biggest issue I guess was that it was stuck on using the pokey-ass, incredibly awful GSM/EDGE network. (I think it was Cnet that described the t-mobile EDGE network as ‘pokey’ in a review of the newest Sidekick) And it is indeed pokey. Much slower than VZW’s regular 2G. It would have been fine if 3G were available on T-Mobile (or ATT) in my area. But for some reason T-Mobile insisted on having the smallest 3G network in the world. It only seemed to exist at the center of large cities such as Phoenix and Los Angeles (well, ok, there was some 3G in Desert Palm, CA. See my roadtrip notes from January). I had been hoping that the networks would get upgraded SOMETIME within the next 2 years, but i was wrong. Instead they decided to completely skip 3G for half of America and jump right into pretending their 4G works (it might, i don’t know or care any more).
The OTHER issue was Verizon. I did a lot of research in late 2008 early 2009 on weather VZW would get an Android phone. Could not find anything that even hinted at the coming Droid Storm. Granted, it did take a little while for Android to ramp up. But still.
Cut to a year later, January, 2010. At a small party in my house a friend shows me his Droid. HOLY CRAP. only about 100x better than my G1. It was unbelievable how much the technology had progressed in just a year. Shortly after that we saw the Droid Incredible, then the Droid X. By the end of 2010 there were too many Android powered phones for me to count.
Today: We’ve switched carriers, yet again. This time I think we’ll stick with what we know works, and hey, we even got a kick ass deal on the phones (Droid 2 Global). So, give it some time, alow the market to develop, let the tech move a bit and see what happens. Case in point: The iPad. Sheesh. I know it was hailed as the second coming, BUT, this weekend the iPad2 is out, and an army of Android tablets are converging to take down the monolith. Wait another 6 months…
…or a year.