triadruid: A cartoon panel of Felix from the webcomic Queen of Wands, but with blond hair and a confused expression on his face. (david as felix from QOW)
They start them really young over there (hattip to [livejournal.com profile] solarbird):

My brain keeps trying to insist that it can understand this (which it can't of course, except for the loan words like "heavy metal concert"). Also, I adore that the closest related video YouTube could come up with was for "Bad Romance".
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Our iPod came up with "Roland The Headless Thompson Gunner" as a wake-up song this morning (don't ask, it's... semirandom). But I never can quite parse one of the lyrics, and my brain fills in random words/names for Roland's killer.

For some reason this morning, I filled in that blank with, "That son-of-a-bitch, Edred Thorsson, blew off Roland's head."
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Using only song names from ONE ARTIST, answer these questions. Pass it on. You can't use the artist I used. Try not to repeat a song title. Repost as "My Life According to (ARTIST NAME)".

Are you a male or female? Use The Man
Describe yourself: Family Tree
How do you feel? Addicted to Chaos
If you could go anywhere, where would you go? Washington is Next!
Your favorite form of transportation: Moto Psycho
Your best friend is: Mechanix
Your favorite color is: Blood of Heroes
What's the weather like? Elysian Fields
Favorite time of day: In My Darkest Hour
If your life was a tv show, what would it be called? Chosen Ones
What is life to you? Never Walk Alone...A Call to Arms
What are you looking for? Almost Honest
Have: Insomnia
Wouldn't mind: Five Magics
Your fear: Losing My Senses
What is the best advice you have to give? Holy Wars...The Punishment Due
If you could change your name, you would change it to: The Doctor is Calling
Thought for the Day: I Thought I Knew It All
My motto: Skin O' My Teeth
triadruid: Apollo and the Raven, c. 480 BC , Pistoxenus Painter  (Default)
C, E-flat and G go into a bar. The bartender says, "I'm sorry, but we
don't serve minors." So E-flat leaves, and C and G have an open fifth
between them. After a few drinks, the fifth is diminished, and G is out
flat. F comes in and tries to augment the situation, but is not sharp
enough.

D comes in and heads for the bathroom saying, "Excuse me. I'll just be a
second." Then A comes in, but the bartender is not convinced that this
relative of C is not a minor. Then the bartender notices B-flat hiding at
the end of the bar and says, "Get out! You're the seventh minor I've
found in this bar tonight."

E-Flat comes back the next night in a three-piece suit with nicely shined
shoes. The bartender says, "You're looking sharp tonight. Come on in, this
could be a major development." Sure enough, E-flat soon takes off his suit
and everything else, and is au natural.

Eventually, C sobers up and realizes in horror that he's under a rest. C
is brought to trial, found guilty of contributing to the diminution of a
minor, and is sentenced to 10 years of DS without Coda at an upscale
correctional facility. On appeal, however, C is found innocent of any
wrongdoing, even accidental. The judge rules that all contrary motions are
bassless.

(from pianoworld.com by way of [livejournal.com profile] ixzist)
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Courtesy of the ever-awesome [livejournal.com profile] lady_kathana.
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Last nights dreams were a mélange of the ongoing Angelic Mafia game I'm running, snippets from the 80's miniseries V, and a surreal sequence wherein I got to listen in on Mötley Crüe's explanation of how they were being so much better behaved; to wit, there had only been one sexual assault, a broken table, and a smashed keg that night, as opposed to two rapes, three hotel fires, and a couple of cases of alcohol poisoning earlier in the tour.

Yeesh.
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Today, I am happy with 61°, a strong south wind, tasty leftovers, and last.fm.
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Today's happiness is brought to you by the mad desire to filk Christmas Carols to the theme of the parlor game Mafia.

Unfortunately, most of the rewrites are chock full of in-jokes so they lose something in translation, but I'm laughing hysterically over here... I just finished "Hark, the Herald Angels Sing!"

The Twelve Days of Christmas are fairly easy to understand, though. My favorite iteration thus far is:
On Day Twelve of Christmas,
the mod revealed unto me
Twelve scummers scumming,
Eleven players posting,
Ten trackers tracking,
Nine lurkers lurking,
Eight people voting,
Seven hammers dropping,
Six goons a-swinging,
FIVE RE-PLACE-MENTS!
Four scum factions,
Three dead townies,
Two town masons,
And a cultist vigilante.
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So far today, I've come up with:
  • "Cold and Shitty", to the tune of Chamillionaire's "Ridin' (Dirty)";
  • "Too Much Salt On My Roads", to the tune of Styx' "Too Much Time On My Hands".


Whadda you got? [livejournal.com profile] featherynscale had another one this morning, but I've forgotten it now...
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Spent yesterday morning in one of those mandatory "diversity" workshops. Yawnfest, but the important thing is it kept me from clicking Refresh while LJ was being moved to Siberia Billings, Montana. Actually, I've barely been on LJ lately...

Finally closing in on the last stages of the new G.C. website. Next task there? Figure out what the hell happened to our Google Page Rank (actually, I'm pretty sure I know: Gaia Online, Gaia Community College, and Gaia.com are pretty clearly swamping us).

Finally, speaking of going down, my new guilty pleasure song is behind the cut:
'Bad Girlfriend', by Theory of a Deadman )
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What the hell? I've heard this song referenced three times this morning; once as a cover, twice in the lyrics of other songs.

What's this song all about, anyway?
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Since I've never actually listened to this band's music, I'm pretty sure this qualifies for Content-Free Friday.

Cut for large, possibly squee-inducing pictures of extremely long-haired rocker )

Hu-ha!

Apr. 29th, 2008 05:31 pm
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Through dangers untold and through hardships unnumbered, I have fought my way here to the castle beyond the goblin city...

No, wait, that's not right.

Through CD_burner errors, empty printer cartridges unnumbered, the world's slowest Post Office, and a homicidal maniac in a conversion van, I have finally mailed out the long-distance selections of the CD-Swap project. Local folks that I haven't seen yet should expect one in their hot little hands Real Soon Now... Playlists will follow after I think they've arrived, to give the actual recipients something to be surprised about.

Also, I have replaced the Recycling Bin which disappeared last Friday. That only took three stops, as the first two stores didn't have any. Fockers.
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It's amazing: after nearly ten years away from active coding there, certain music I used to use as accompaniment to LPC coding on Ancient Anguish still makes my brain (and fingers!) recall the process all too well. That's what comes of logging something like 250 days online there during and after college...

I dropped in last night during my evening off, and found it easier to fix an error in the mudlib than remember how to send mail within the system... I'm sure that's indicative of something, but I'm not wholly sure what.

In other news, part of what got me to drop by there yesterday was a serendipitous bit of trivia I came across a few days ago. See, there was/is a part of the game where you can pick up bounties on certain NPCs, then go out and hunt them down, knock them unconscious, and return them for more reward than you would strictly get for killing them. One of them was called "Agrajag the Assassin", which I thought was just the output of one of those D&D name generators. Little did I know he had a previous life as a flowerpot...
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Today's XKCD seemed especially appropriate to pass on as a warning:


In other image news, the deities who rule Google Seppuku are not those you might expect. Aphrodite? page 16 before porn. Guinevere? 1st page. But Lilith rings in with Image 2, so that restores some balance to the universe, I'm sure.
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Almost completed the Great Music Acquisition Project of 2008. A few more CDs to rip and then I'll finally be able to make mine for the CD Swap project initiated by [livejournal.com profile] featherynscale.

A few pieces were remarkably difficult to find through online filesharing, though:
  • Guns 'n' Roses, selected discography (stalled for a week at 93% for some reason, can probably find another version)
  • Child's Play's Rat Race is only available on a private torrent, which I can't seem to get to.
  • Testament's Souls of Black is not available at all for some reason... (I didn't think it was that bad)
  • A collection titled "Best of Scorpions" is similarly unavailable, and trying to re-create it from other albums has been difficult, to say the least. This is a WEIRD collection of old Scorpions, like "Dark Lady", "Hell Cat", and "Steamrock Fever". May need to search again on this one...
  • KISS, "Double Platinum" - stalled? No results? What the hell?!?
On the other hand, Amazon's MP3 downloading store is likely to be very useful, and means I don't have to join the Cult of iTunes... and their store works with Linux, if not Windows 2000, perversely. I just have to find a portable audio player that accepts Ogg Vorbis, MP3, and .FLAC (that was a new one on me, and I can probably convert them if need be).
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So after my multi-day snooze-fest while fighting off the superflu, I managed to jack up my circadian rhythms enough that I could NOT get to sleep last night all the little plastic toys in China (the coughing whenever I laid down wasn't helping). So instead I stayed up on the couch, finished my second book in two days (popcorn books, of course; A.C. Crispin and John Ringo), had some minor waking dreams/hallucinations, and waited for the sun to come up.

But anyway. That's neither important enough nor unusual enough (well, except for the hallucinations part) to warrant an actual post. What is interesting to me is the way my brain started to synthesize together several books and concepts I've come across lately:
  1. Intellectual Property protection is broken. Even I, who try to avoid piracy whenever possible, can recognize that. There's just no way to put the genie back in the bottle, and with recent changes to copyright law in the U.S. and the ability to patent "ways to amuse a cat (or other animal with a chase instinct) with a laser pointer", maybe little reason to want to do so. Many publishers appear to be acting from a pure profit motive, not the original protection-and-promotion-of-creative-works standard.
  2. At the same time, remuneration of creators for their work is important to encourage further creation. The dirty little secret of Open Source Software is that a lot of it is done on "company time" or "when I get around to it". That's not a terribly productive model for encouraging future output, quality assurance, or continued employment at said company. But as copyright infringement and unauthorized distribution continue to outpace protection schemes (similarly to the War on Drugs and other failed "Ideological battles"), at some point either a paradigm shift or system collapse seems inevitable. Bruce Sterling's Distraction touches on one simple way to do this; in an economic 'war', broad distribution of all English-language intellectual property on the 'Net by China brings about the essential collapse of the American economy.
  3. The recent strike by the Writer's Guild of America and the ongoing dramatics regarding royalties paid to musicians, for example, seems indicative that something is off-balance (this is, of course, debatable, as I don't have full facts to hand) between publishers and producers.
  4. In addition to #3, I'm aware that there's a dynamic tension between the ecological/economic (econological?) benefits of such institutions as the used bookstore and the public library, and my native desire (which you are welcome not to share, or argue) to remunerate the creator directly. Needless to say, it's a little difficult to track down a way to send 6% or whatever to every author whose work you like... but then last year I read something by Lawrence Watt-Evans (which wasn't all that good, truth be told), but it eventually led to a page on his website describing an adaptation of the Street Performer Protocol to allow fans of his Ethshar series to fund the writing of another novel in the series, after his publishers discontinued support for it after lackluster sales. The experiment worked, twice even, which I find interesting. Webcomics seem to be another example of this... on the other hand, both Stephen King and Jason Kottke failed to make a sustainable wage with this type of 'micropatronage', although that could be for any number of reasons.
  5. Copy-editing, as you've no doubt heard from both [livejournal.com profile] featherynscale, [livejournal.com profile] fionnabhar, or myself, is a Dead Damn Art. Nobody seems to want to pay/expend the energy for anything beyond the Microsoft Office Spell/Grammar Check, so you get things like "imbedding" on the first page of a recent book I read. First page! At the same time, many fans of particular authors/creators are ready and willing to stand in the rain, freezing wind, and what have you for the first chance to gain access to early/first releases; even Microsoft has been leveraging that for years with the way they utilize the pre-Service Pack 1 release as an "open beta" (in practice, if not in name).
  6. So I have to wonder if there would be some sort of 'trust network' or patronage setup that would allow writers (in particular) to release drafts to a small set of loyal readers, wherein they could catch some of the grammatical/logical/ideological flaws in the manuscript (similar to how Wikipedia does a good job with fixing minor details in copy). That may be incompatible with my statements earlier about IP being broken, but I'm sure there's someone more clever than I out there thinking about this...
Anyway, that's what I got. Thanks for listening.
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