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meantime

Bad Omen

I just found out the Alabanana 2006 Gubernatorial Primary Election takes place on 06/06/06.

Damn you beast! Why must you eat our souls?!

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meantime

Right to Left

Nothing much on a Sunday happens, but here’s a bunch of news for the hell of it.

For starters: AIDS money going to religious/conservative groups.

Conservative Christian allies of the president are pressing the U.S. foreign aid agency to give fewer dollars to groups that distribute condoms or work with prostitutes. The Bush administration provided more than 560 million condoms abroad last year, compared with some 350 million in 2001.

Cindy Sheehan certainly is doing her part to make a change. She has met with the Venezuelan president, plans to protest at the US president’s Crawford Texas ranch during holy week, and may even run for the US Senate.

Libya has closed its embassy in Denmark. Just one of many actions coming down against Denmark due to a set of portraits depicting the Islamic prophet. To wit:

Saudi Arabia recalled its ambassador to Denmark last week and Saudi citizens were boycotting Danish goods. Kuwait’s state-supported supermarkets have announced a similar boycott and the government summoned a regional Danish ambassador to complain.

Egypt’s parliament demanded that Egypt recall its ambassadors to Denmark and Norway, where a newspaper reprinted the cartoons. The opposition Muslim Brotherhood demanded a boycott of products from the two countries.

Daily Kos is running a story about how the Democrats ought to proceed regarding the filibuster.

A newsblip on Kuro5hin led me to examine the blog of a deceased man, who apparently posted suicide notes on his blog and some public forum prior to his death. The forum was shut down permanently, but I found an article in his blog from June of last year that was quite interesting.

If you’ve finished reading the draft of The War Room you can see some interesting connections between this and that.

The Drudge Report is carrying a transcript of Al Gore’s speech at Constitution Hall on January 16th (Martin Luther King day). It is a fairly good detail of why the DomSpy scandal matters, and why we have a duty to do something about it. Alternatively the video is available through Google.

New Scientist: Most stars form solitary, this is good for prospects of alien life.

And finally, the Republicans are asking President Bush to make the information dealing with Jack Abramoff public. New York Times requires site registration.

Senator John Thune of South Dakota and Representative Mike Pence of Indiana, both Republicans, echoed that thought. “More is better, in terms of disclosure and transparency,” Mr. Thune said on Fox.

That’s all I have at the moment. Peace.

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meantime

Another example of absurdity in the law?

Well, I suppose it would be appropriate to include the primary example if I’m going to discuss another one.

Scenario 1:
Part 1:
You download a particular piece of software, the company who owns the intellectual rights to it requires that you do not distribute the file, although it is freely available and no registration is required. This is legitimate.

Part 2:
Your friend who does not have internet access utilizes your computer to download said file, puts it on a cd to take to their home, and install. This is also legitimate.

Part 3:
You download the file, and put it on a cd, for the friend to take home nad put on their computer. This is technically in violation of the licensing of the file, although it is really not different than Part 2.

The new scenario relates to an argument the RIAA has apparently made in one of their legal cases. Their claim is that merely having a copyrighted file in a shared directory constitutes a violation of the copyright law.

Scenario 2:
Part 1:
You have a copyrighted file that you own a copy of/have a license to possess. It is in your /pub directory on your ftp site, available to the public via l/p anonymous/email login. This constitutes a violation under the above argument.

Part 2:
Same as above, yet the file is encrypted. It is unclear whether this would constitute a violation, but it is likely it would not.*

Part 3:
Same as Part 1, but the file is on a webserver, in a public directory, but one which is unlinked to, and not available through any public directory listing. Example: http://www.dogspace.co.za/~user/ goes to an index.html file, rather than a directory listing, and the file is in:
http://www.dogspace.co.za/~user/mvemjsunp/Metallica/album.tar.gz
This is probably a violation under the argument.*

Part 4:
Same as Part 1, but the file is named something that gives no indication that the file is any sort of meaningful content. Example: file is named The_Bible.txt

*It is an interesting thought experiment to consider what exactly can be considered a barrier/form of encryption.

Anyway, the meat of this post is to get you to consider the reality of the law, and how two actions with no difference in intention, and very little difference in circumstance can result in one of the actions being fine, while the other one is at least technically a violation of the law (either criminal or civil).

Also, as someone kindly pointed out, I had moderation for comments turned on. Damn me. Fixed.

And, I’ll probably scan this rather plain drawing I’ve been working on later today – “so you can see what a waste of time looks like.”

peace.

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Auricle

(Note: I’ve added a link to a live review I found, as well as lyrics in this post)
Butcher is Sasha Popovic, Camella Grace, and Alex Menck. Their first album, Auricle just came out a few weeks ago on Air in Motion Records. In addition to the five tracks they wrote, it also offers a pair of songs written by Blair MacKenzie Blake, and a video for Elements of Turandot directed by Camella Grace.

This is something like a review of Auricle.

First and foremost this album has a proper original feel to it, spit and polished it erupts at times, and then pulls back to give you a chance to recover, this is sometimes called a game of cat and mouse. The artwork, as should be expected from the artists involved, provokes hesitation in me. It is confrontational, but also very serene, very matter of fact, calming, and accepting.

Black Dahlia >> This is the longest track to be found on Auricle. It is a very emotional (not emo) song involving beautiful pianos and powerful lyrics that are directed at a murder, of which “Black Dahlia” is the victim. “Black Dahlia” (Elizabeth Short) was murdered, cut in half and mutilated, and found on January 15, 1947 in Hollywood where she was visiting at the time. The murder was never solved, but certain aspects of her life and death contribute to Los Angeles’ reputation as a failed, broken, sick excuse for the American Dream. In a particular sense, the explication of this song might lead one to believe it is also a metaphor for the dreams of individuals who venture to that altar in search of the grail of fame and fortune in the entertainment industry.

Elements of Turandot >> Again, beautiful sounds grace us with this song, but it stands out for its juxtaposition of the song with faint whispers, and at a few points coincide with the lyrics being sung. There is a video included on the CD for this track. It is, again, directed by Camella Grace. Given her experience in film, she sets a beautiful watermark for her future efforts with this. I am not familiar with the opera by the title Turandot but it would stand to reason this song relates to it.

Cold >> This track is not listed on the back of the album, nor are the lyrics included (the other songs do have their lyrics included); the credits are, however, included in the liner notes. A long instrumental build up for about the first five minutes of the song deliver us to a fitful end of the album. The lyrical focus seems to be on a death, possibly the Black Dahlia murder from the first track. Cold also utilizes justaposition, this time between the long instrumental march to the lyrical segment that ends it, as well as soft-sung lyrics broken up by high, long-held banshee wails (okay, anachronistic banshee wails).

I feel very glad to have heard this album. It is such a joyful departure from what you inheret from the mainstream, that its morose lyrics are not seen as despair, but instead a charged expression of remorse with the intent of action to reclaim the fallen, in spirit anyway.