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My Deviantart Page (top 12 on that page, starting with bottom right)

It’s annoying that deviantart doesn’t have a better deviation structure set up. This is really not the optimal way to view this.
I have a .pdf output of it, but it’s 24 megabytes, which is rather large to post here…so if you’d like me to send you a copy, drop me an e-mail.

Google: Windows Users are Secondclass Netizens.

If you’ve ever been to Google Video, you may have tried to download the video onto your computer. If you do this with Windows, however, Google tries to force you to download their player, and the video in what’s either .gvp or .gvi format. These are formats that actually just link their player to the video stored on their servers.

If you use linux, however, they will gladly give you access directly to the .avi format of the video. Straight to your hard drive.

Why the discrepancy and how can you combat it?

First the latter: change/”spoof” your User Agent string in your browser. Basically, you want your browser to report itself as a non-Windows operating system. That is the sole determination of how Google formats its links. That is why it’s sending you the player and the bogus format.

I’m assuming you use Firefox or another sane browser. Opera likely has a method for changing the useragent. Via Firefox you’ll want to use an extension (User Agent Switcher) and have it be a linux-based useragent. (google is your friend, and I’m too lazy to give complete instructions) The temporary-switch is superior to using the Firefox built-in “general.useragent.override” option, as it changes the useragent on startup and can cause some problems with the HTTP headers with some extensions.

Now why does Google do this? The best guess I’ve got is usage data. The majority of computers are windows, and thus they are a primary advertising audience. By getting the player downloaded, they may be able to gather statistics on how often you watch the content and what content you watch. Apparently the .gvp/.gvi format is a symbolic/metafile sort of like a .torrent file. It stores the info of what content you’ll want if you access it. The player then downloads the content. It’ll probably cache a copy for a limited time, but provided you go back to that video in the future it will likely redownload it.

That’s my best guess. The other plausible explanation is that they are “ensuring availability” of the video via having a player for you. Maybe some people don’t have a player for .avi files.

And of course, it helps them spread their brand. More software on your computer by Google leads to more trust and familiarity with the brand leads to future opportunities and greater revenues.

Peace.

Been Awhile…

So here’s a poem, since it’s been awhile. I guess we can call it The Children.

The Children said “No Thank You Ma’am”
The Children said, The Children said;
The Father said “I Have a Plan”
No Thank You Man, No Thank You Man;

“The Children Are Not Up For Sale,”
The Wise One said and Took My Hand;

“The Children Are All We Have Left,
Now That the Veil Has Touched the Sand;”

“The Wise One Cannot Sleep To-day,”
The Children said, The Children said;

“He Must Remain Awake to Play,”
The Children Pled With Certain Dread;

“And Then To-night I Will Remain,”
The One Wise One Affirmed the Claim;

“Remain to Banish Father’s Fame,”
The Wise One Spoke With His Gaze Trained;

“To Discard the Switch And Light the Den,”
I Said to Him with Mighty Grin;

The Dusty Father Came to Get,
The Wise One Watched Him Throw a Fit,
He Tackled Father to the Ground,
And Said to Him Without a Sound,
“Be Gone So That the Children Play,
Or You’ll Drive Yourself to the Grave;”

Father Nodded And Gave His Wave,
Turned to Look In the Wise One’s Eyes,
Father Said “I Apologize,
Play My Children, Enjoy Your Youth;”

The Father Left Us Alone Then,
But Mother Came to Call Us In;

The Children said “No Thank You Ma’am,”
The Children said, The Children said.

Major League

I feel like Randy Quaid in Major Lague for saying this, but it’s how I feel.

Right now, the Democrats have what looks like an easy enough mid-term election ahead of them. The GOP is crouched and ailing from scandal and failed policy. Bush is at his lowest approval of his presidency.

Hell, the Democrats are even starting to show their teeth a little and seem to be uniting. They are endeavoring to outline plans for national security among other changes; they are starting to move on the offensive.

But I’ve got no confidence in them. They couldn’t run a strong candidate in 2000 or 2004, and as a result allowed both elections to narrowly go to Bush. They lost two senate seats in 2002 and four in 2004. Seven house seats in ’02, three in ’04.

This year the House and one-third of the Senate are up for election. And it just looks too good to be true.

And despite my optimism, that the Democrats might prevail, and that they would then actually do the right things, I have this nagging need to cry out, like Randy Quaid’s character.

As a side note, apparently he was not credited in either Major League or Major League II for his role.

Article I Section VI

They shall in all Cases, except Treason, Felony and Breach of the Peace, be privileged from Arrest during their Attendance at the Session of their respective Houses, and in going to and returning from the same; and for any Speech or Debate in either House, they shall not be questioned in any other Place.

I do not know the whole story regarding the Cynthia McKinney case. I do not know in what fashion she struck the officer. I do not know where she was going at the time. It could very well be that she deserves to face charges.

On the other hand, I do know that under certain circumstances she had every right not to be stopped.
And I know that the comments by many of the GOP are flat out wrong in that context. I know that the Congressional Representatives and Senators are exempt from these checkpoints under the US Constitution; I know the only way to change that is to amend that document.