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Cheney = Liar

“I’m the president of the Senate. I’ve been to many sessions…the first time I met you was on this stage tonight.”
Dick Cheney, VP Debate, Oct 6, 2004


Cheney meeting Edwards, 2001
“Thank you. Thank you very much. Congressman Watts, Senator Edwards, friends from across America and distinguished visitors to our country from all over the world, Lynne and I honored to be with you all this morning.” [FDCH Political Transcripts, Cheney Remarks at the National Prayer Breakfast, 2/1/01]

Not to mention the fact that according to Senator Leahy, Dick only meets with the Republican Party members when he attends Congress. I think Lewis Black again said it best: “Dick Cheney…I’ve met Dick Cheney. I’ve never stood so close to evil.”

The Official Kerry/Edwards Blog has a good list of news reactions to Cheney’s lies, including his boldfaced lie that he had never drawn a connection between Iraq/Saddam and 9.11.

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SpaceShipOne lands safely!

From CNN:

“Onlookers held their breath as the manned SpaceShipOne performed unexpected but spectacular acrobatics on its way into space, the first step toward winning the Ansari X Prize on Wednesday.”

I think this is the most significant space flight since the US landed on the moon…at least as significant as the Shuttle program. The first private spaceflight in history should go up there with the Wright Brothers, the Apollo missions, the Concord and the US Shuttle program as a milestone in aeronautics.

This is a HUGE month for space…Richard Branson announced that Virgin Atlantic was going to try to be Virgin Galactic and offer spaceflight, and Xeni of BoingBoing went weightless with the first commercial company licensed to operate zero-g flights in the US.

I’ll just say, as someone who visited NASA at the age of 9 or 10 and has been a sci-fi freak his entire life, this stuff is incredibly exciting. Space tourism = sign me up. I’m looking at the cost of the zero-g flights ($2950) and going “that’s not too bad…” ๐Ÿ™‚

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I give you…

…the Ten Worst Black Metal Photos of All Time.

My personal fav:


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Good news on the DMCA front

The Internet Archive (one of the coolest sites on the ‘net, if you haven’t checked it out) has recieved an exception to the DMCA for the purposes of archiving:

# Computer programs protected by dongles that prevent access due to malfunction or damage and which are obsolete.
# Computer programs and video games distributed in formats that have become obsolete and which require the original media or hardware as a condition of access.

So some of the early copy-protection schemes can indeed be legally bypassed in order to preserve them. It’s a small victory, but any victory is good with the DMCA.

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Example of the ridiculousness of copyright clearance

Story originally from Lessig Blog and the BBC.

At the Cannes Film Festival, a film named Tarnation is wowing the critics and crowds…impressing Gus Van Sant and John Cameron Mitchell to sign on as producers and attempt to get the film a distributor. It’s the story told via a series of filmed narratives of the director and subject since he was 11, as he deals with his mother’s mental illness.

The copyright problem here is this: the director/star/subject (Jonathan Caouette) estimates that the film cost a total of $218 to make. That’s the cost of the videotapes, and the one prop he purchased solely for the film (a pair of angels wings).

Cost to clear the rights to the images/music that he used in editting the film together?


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Yet another senseless “Who are you?” quiz…

This time, from one of the funniest movies evar, Office Space. The result scares me a little. ๐Ÿ™‚


What Office Space character are you?

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P2P ruled legal in Canada

A Canadian Federal Court ruled today that file-sharing via shared directories (a la P2P software) is perfectly legal and does not violate Canadian copyright law.

Story here.

Allow me to reiterate: “Screw you, RIAA CRIA, you bunch of money grubbing litigious jerkwads.”

Update: link to decision here.

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P2P research right here at Carolina…

From BoingBoing, a story about an economics professor here at UNC that’s come to the conclusion that (*gasp, shock*) illegal downloading of music doesn’t actually affect album sales.

A quote from the paper: “Even in the most pessimistic specification, five thousand downloads are needed to displace a single album sale…high selling albums actually benefit from file sharing. ”

Allow me to translate the gist of the paper to non-academic speak for those not at a University:

“Screw you, RIAA, you bunch of money grubbing litigious jerkwads.”

Media The Living Dead

Yet more zombie stuff

I swear I think I’m going to have to change the title of this blog to “Bring Out Your Dead” given all the zombie posts. But this one was too funny not to include.

I give you: SHAUN OF THE DEAD!

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And speaking of zombies…

According to BoingBoing and the Internet Archive the copyright on the original Night of the Living Dead has expired, and the whole freaking movie is available for download.

Now my question is: how can this POSSIBLY be in the public domain? It was made in 1968. Did the copyright owner release it? Anyone have any idea?