blame canada

April 27th, 2006

Or, at least, their musicians, for protesting againts DRM and such. What, do they pirate music?

Update: other singers seem to take some stance, although on a more self-profit level. One interesting part is that Sony charges them 20+15=35% for packaging and breakage… isn’t that a bit high? About 4$ for the damned cd?

The Corporation

April 23rd, 2006

The Corporation (2003, Jennifer Abbott & Mark Achbar). See it!

(Producer: Bart Simpson. Do you see the connection with the previous post? Way to go, Turing!)

Futile connections

April 23rd, 2006

…or possibly not? So, here’s a short list of my all-time favourites, somewhat misteriously connected.

Kamran Ince, my favourite composer, told me he’s related to Clint Bajakian, who composed the music for Monkey Island, in which Rob Paulsen (“His name is Robert Paulsen!”) plays various voices. Rob Paulsen also plays some voices in 2 Stupid Dogs, as well as Nancy Cartwright does. From Nancy Cartwright to Bart Simpson, Matt Groening, and obviously Futurama the connections are pretty obvious.

So, DaVinci dude, stfu. I can do better than you, if I did this in less than half an hour. You invented a puzzle? Excellent, apply for a job at LucasArts; I miss their adventure games. You solved a puzzle? Excellent, maybe you should consider applying for college! You invented a puzzle that you solved yourself? Well…

uite ca se poate

April 20th, 2006

Fara reguli, dar fara cozi si injuraturi: trafic in India.

Incidentul cu veverita de pe stadion ma face sa ma gindesc (!) ca, desi e bine si frumos sa admiram aceste minunate creaturi ale naturii si ma-sii lor, treaba asta e cam intoarsa pe dos. Adica, atunci cind bestiile cutreierau padurile virgine (padurile, nu veveritele) nu ne interesau decit ca hrana. Acum bla-bla-bla, le-am darimat habitatele si-am construit stadioane pe care sa zburde. Pai de ce? Ca sa ne auto-sensibilizam la natura, logic!

Apropo, nu creaza careva si o categorie de “cugetari ale lui Gîgă”?

How about some more anti-corporatism?

You’d expect that big companies really respect “intellectual property”. Au contraire, mon cher ami. The Danish company KiSS, now Cisco, simply “used” MPlayer’s GPLed code. Without honoring the license, that is. Their comment: “but it is clear that as a commercial company living off selling its product, can not and will not release its proprietary code” and “there is no place in the world that I know of where the GPL has been tested in court, so from a business perspective I would say that the license is relatively weak”.
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It seems that the lawlessness we find outselves in has no limits. The large corporations rule our lives, instead of the governments we’ve elected.

[UPDATE from Zeus: Old, but still good: Micro$oft’s dirty tricks.]

Calcule complicate

April 19th, 2006

ZIUA incearca sa ne deschida ochii asupra unor lucruri la care prea putin ne gândim: Daca vârsta de pensionare “de vârsta” este 65 de ani, dupa o vechime minima de 35 de ani (pentru barbati), iar media de viata la barbati este de 67,74 ani, rezulta cam circa aproximativ doi ani jum’ate de pensie pentru subsemnatul. Care pensie, daca ar fi sa primesc inapoi banii pe care eu si angajatorul meu i-am plasat la fondul de pensii (fara dobanda pe cei 35 de ani) ar trebui sa fie cel putin imensa, nu vad de ce as iesi la cersit sau de ce ar trebui sa stau sa-mi iau medicamente compensate. Nu?

Nu numai in România

April 13th, 2006

Evenimentul Zilei Online ne prezinta topul escrocilor internationali – o lista cu cei mai celebri smekerasi. Nu clime bizonice, nu terenuri concesionate de stat. Sa vinzi turnul Eiffel, si nu o data, ci de doua ori…

Merita sa cititi auto-pupincurismul (cite coaste lipsa trebuie sa ai ca sa te poti pupa singur in cur? sau e lipsa de sira spinarii?) lui Nicolaescu din interviul cu Cristina Iordan.

Regizorul Nicolaescu ne-a povestit ca ultimele filme aparute in Romania sugereaza ca tot ce s-a invatat pana acum, la noi, despre cinematografie, a fost sters cu buretele. Si ca regizorii reinvata ce inseamna regie de film. Ceea ce nu are cum sa fie un lucru bun.

Da, maestre, asa e. Hai, pastilutele, proteza in pahar, si la somnic!

Huidu, invins de Becali

April 11th, 2006

Poporul roman sufera probabil de amnezie anterograda. Razboinicul luminii apare tot mai des pe la TV (chiar in fiecare seara), si imaginea lui e tot mai curata — sau cel putin din ce in ce mai simpatica. Asta nu-nseamna deloc ca e in fond alta lichea decit a fost el vreodata.

Dupa ce l-a scuipat pe Huidu si i-a turnat un pahar in cap, ghici cine-a iesit basma curata? E fara suspans, scrie-n titlul postului. Articolul integral se gaseste pe HotNews.

Parerea mea e ca Huidu n-ar trebui doar sa dea tircoale ambasadei. La fel, nici Gainusa. Si nici eu.