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Tuesday, January 6th, 2009
11:50 am - 4665

I didn't even know The Onion was making videos. The quality is kind of amazing.

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Thursday, December 4th, 2008
7:59 pm - Diffuse Glow

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Tuesday, July 29th, 2008
3:27 am - Hofner
Say what you will about Paul McCartney, but he appreciates the details.

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Monday, July 28th, 2008
7:39 pm - Why So Serious?
There's an interesting story making the rounds about The Dark Knight's anti-piracy campaign. They spent six months and god knows how much money to keep the movie offline for, according to them, an extra 36 hours. They're very proud of themselves.

This is the part that caught my attention:

MPAA investigators used the lure of "The Dark Knight" to catch a suspected bootlegger in the act during a 9:40 a.m. showing in a theater in a southeast suburb of Kansas City, Mo.

A Lee's Summit Police Department spokesman said the MPAA investigators spotted the man in the back row of the theater, trying to cloak his video camera with black tarps as he allegedly made an illicit recording. A subsequent police search of the man's home turned up hundreds of DVDs that are believed to be pirated, the spokesman said. The case has been referred to the FBI.

"This wasn't necessarily one of our most covert operations," Robinson said. The investigators in the theater looked like G-men from central casting, wearing MPAA letters emblazoned on their shirts. "It was kind of brazen on this guy's part. Maybe he thought all the MPAA did was rate the movies."

WTF? It turns out that since 2005, it's been a federal crime to use or attempt to use a recording device inside a movie theater to record what's right in front of your face. Theater owners have complete immunity in "detaining" these dangerous criminals.

So in other words, if MPAA investigators detect you attempting to use your cell phone to take video of the movie screen, you can be arrested by the theater. The manager isn't actually allowed to perform a summary execution, yet - instead the real police get to search your house and send you to jail for three years (or seven, if you put that cell phone video online). Your civil liberties are now completely suspended the moment you buy your twelve dollar ticket, and it's too bad, because I really enjoyed going to see movies in the theaters.

It seems like every day they push me a little bit closer to handing out pamphlets on street corners.

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Tuesday, July 8th, 2008
5:16 am - The Magic Box
Oh. Of course.

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Saturday, May 24th, 2008
1:24 am - Pessimistic Disorder
For some reason, a kid whose symptoms seem to indicate very mild autism exacerbated by horrible parenting is Newsweek's "Growing Up Bipolar" cover story. This kind of lazy, sensationalistic mainstream science journalism isn't a new problem, but we're veering into alarming Dr. Phil territory here. It's like the print equivalent of reality television.

On the other hand, my childhood dreams of running a travelling medicine show are starting to look sort of reasonable after all.

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Sunday, May 18th, 2008
3:58 am - A Majority Held In Restraint
I was really struck by something Chief Justice Ronald M. George of California said about the gay marriage case over there, and the question of "activist judges".

Rather than ignoring voters, "what you are doing is applying the Constitution, the ultimate expression of the people's will," George said.

Sometimes people want things they can't have, things which contradict other things that they want more (or say they do). No matter how people might feel about something when they're sitting alone with their eyes closed, it's the ideas we can write down and put under glass in the daylight that represent the better angels of our nature.

It's a very Republican idea, but then, so is Chief Justice George.

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Saturday, May 17th, 2008
2:37 am - So Many Splendid Sundays
The lineup at The Middle East in Cambridge is kind of killing me here.

Sun 6/8
The Spill Canvas, Steel Train,
Ludo, Sing It Loud – All Ages - $15 – NOTE: 7pm Doors

Sun 6/22
MassConcerts presents Cute is What We Aim For,
Ace Enders & A Million Different People, Danger Radio, Powerspace – All Ages - $12adv/$14dos – NOTE: 6pm Doors – Tickets on Sale 5/9

Wed 7/9
MassConcerts presents
The Hush Sound, The Cab, The Morning Light - All Ages $14 adv / $16 DOS NOTE: 6pm doors

Geez, The Middle East. It's not like I don't have other things to do. But if The Hush Sound would like to continue coming to Boston every two months, that would be ideal. Anybody interested?

Oh yeah, and bad producer-created Donnie Darko sequel ahoy. With Ed Westwick from Gossip Girl as probably the villain. This promises to be amazing.

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Thursday, April 17th, 2008
12:51 am - Deslagrate


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Friday, April 11th, 2008
10:27 am - The Sea Is Made Of Salt
Universal Music Group (UMG) is now challenging the First Sale Doctrine. Originally established a hundred years ago by a Supreme Court ruling, and later written into the Copyright Act of 1976, the First Sale Doctrine is the right to sell or give away your personal property without consideration to copyright holders.

See, UMG mails out unsolicited promo discs to DJs and people like that. The guy they're suing has a business on Ebay, buying old promo discs in used record shops to resell to collectors. Now they're claiming that they still own these used discs, because the label says "promotional use only" and they didn't give the person they originally mailed them to permission to sell them, give them away, or throw them in the trash.

In this new RIAA fantasy world, selling used books is illegal without the permission of the copyright holder. Used record stores would be shut down. You could be sued for selling a computer, hard drive, or iPod which still contained songs you bought from iTunes. Corporate copyright and licence would become more important than your right to your own property.

Personally, I made the conscious decision never to buy another new music CD six months ago. That's when the RIAA won its first online file-sharing lawsuit and proudly announced its intention to collect a quarter of a million dollars in damages from Jammie Thomas, a single mother of two children (she was found guilty of putting 24 songs in her Kazaa upload folder). I think we've reached the point today where nobody can buy new music from the RIAA with a clean conscience. Buying CDs now funds blatant attacks on your basic civil rights, in addition to ongoing malicious lawsuits against ordinary people.

The Pirate Bay
The Hype Machine

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Sunday, March 30th, 2008
2:28 am - Glorieta De Insurgentes
So far reports are spotty, but appear reliable. Punk, Skater, and Rockabilly (Rockabilly?) kids are taking their dissatisfaction with Emo to the streets in Central and South America. The Emo Wars have turned violent.

When this stops being funny (which is to say never) there will be interesting things to say about gender roles and societal change and all that.

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Sunday, March 16th, 2008
3:13 pm - Six Degrees
From today's PostSecret -

I've been to that prison. It's Kilmainham Gaol in Dublin, where my great great uncle was executed by hanging in... 1921?

So a little startling, yeah.

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Friday, March 14th, 2008
4:42 pm - Photographic Evidence

Ohhh, look at that. It's oxygen. And it's blue.


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Monday, February 18th, 2008
12:48 am - Litigation
Prince and Village People team up with Web Sheriff to sue Pirates.

We have now achieved the perfect news headline, and can stop trying.

(They haven't heard back from ABBA yet.)

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Sunday, February 17th, 2008
3:27 am - El Angel Caido

Statue of Lucifer at a park in Madrid. So far, attempts to install a Virgin Mary statue and let them duke it out have been unsuccessful. It's over a hundred years old, and was originally intended as a museum peice. When there wasn't any room in the museum, they just said "What the hell, it will look nice in the park, maybe with some little demon fountains around it."

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Saturday, December 22nd, 2007
3:52 am - The Beautiful Lady
The first look at Henry Selick's take on Neil Gaiman's Coraline is up.

Looks good. Much more slick than Nightmare Before Christmas, and more hardcore spooky.

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Sunday, September 23rd, 2007
2:05 am - Nov 9
Southland Tales trailer, from the guy who inflicted Donnie Darko on you.

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Friday, August 31st, 2007
3:20 am - Andrew Wright Fan #105

Be sure to check out his other videos, and especially his music Myspace.

This kid must have OWNED his school talent show. That's all I can think right now. I can't even deal with this. I'm possessed with the urgent need to start a record label. I need to take these headphones off now. I'VE NEEDED TO PEE FOR THE LAST TWO HOURS.

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Saturday, August 25th, 2007
6:31 pm - Agnostic Prophet, Word Up

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Saturday, July 21st, 2007
12:38 am - Well I'll Be Transfigured
Wait, Potter is tonight? Really?


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