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Thursday, July 3rd, 2008
8:05 pm
New Video: Meds by Placebo
After a long hiatus I made another video. You can find it here .
The video is licenced Creative Commons
Attribution-Noncommercial-Share Alike 3.0

Thank you to everyone who posted his photo on flickr
under a Creative Commons licence.
You are the ones who made this possible.
Special thanks to bukutgirl and jstar.
If for any reason you don't want your photo to appear in this video,
just drop me a line. I'll be swift to remove it.

Photo Credit (in order of appearence):

Verse 1:
Anniversary - http://flickr.com/photos/jstar/170973096/
Free Falling/Weightless - http://flickr.com/photos/georgiesharp/165509531/
We - http://flickr.com/photos/lst1984/482631954/
The Key of my mind - http://flickr.com/photos/ul_marga/755378645/
Hi-Viz - http://flickr.com/photos/publicenergy/415728025/

Refrain 1:
Street Portraits - Julianne - Liverpool St - http://flickr.com/photos/

a girl from Temi tea garden - http://flickr.com/photos/sukanto_debnath/

Verse 2:
Lonely bench - http://www.flickr.com/photos/mrhappy8/1848218712/
Parkdale living - http://www.flickr.com/photos/deneyterrio/283941195/
[5] The city was sticky and cruel - http://www.flickr.com/photos/jstar/

Happy Day - http://www.flickr.com/photos/fotex/303070191/
Keeper of Dragon Secrets - http://flickr.com/photos/jstar/2234537259/in/

Sniffing - http://www.flickr.com/photos/spone/319565261/
Huddled up - http://www.flickr.com/photos/spone/319565266/in/photostream
the erection shoes - http://www.flickr.com/photos/alltheaces/308033344/
Bring Me The Horizon 5 - http://www.flickr.com/photos/alextakesphotos/

Refrain 2:
Self Portrait - http://flickr.com/photos/millylillyrose/342634620/
Marebear - http://flickr.com/photos/jbird/34734094/
è chiaro. #1 - http://flickr.com/photos/ilriccio/189495951/
A little girl from Kaluk Bazaar - http://flickr.com/photos/sukanto_debnath/

I - http://flickr.com/photos/jillhudgins/371898839/
May I ? - http://flickr.com/photos/hamed/1397908275/
#225 Oct 1st - http://flickr.com/photos/70936800@N00/1463788571/
Alive - http://flickr.com/photos/thomashawk/150268856/

A Cigarette, Platform Shoes and a Finger - http://www.flickr.com/photos/

La droga - http://www.flickr.com/photos/julianrod/147670754/
puzzle - http://www.flickr.com/photos/_boris/2406608333/
Doll at Dump - http://www.flickr.com/photos/maisonbisson/982365/
Paff, paff, pass it! - http://www.flickr.com/photos/almereyda/57380828/
The Blood Tree - http://www.flickr.com/photos/ksaad/423563610/
Men like it. - http://www.flickr.com/photos/pinkspleen/1360005037/
teenager-drug addicts - http://www.flickr.com/photos/kr4gin/405528958/
Cityscape - http://www.flickr.com/photos/sparktography/385977300/
Sex Before Marriage = Hell After Death - http://www.flickr.com/photos/

IMGA3558.JPG - http://www.flickr.com/photos/skip/525059/
My heart is beating a thousand beats... - http://www.flickr.com/photos/

Refrain 3:
Prefontaine at the Ottobar - http://flickr.com/photos/bukutgirl/420996004/
You talkin' to me? You talkin' to me? - http://flickr.com/photos/

otherside - http://flickr.com/photos/bukutgirl/98335819/
Neanderthal ! - http://flickr.com/photos/hamed/463879686/
Help Me - http://flickr.com/photos/stuckincustoms/145163443/
147 of 365 - just dandy - http://flickr.com/photos/paulmoody/516553521/
293/365: SILENCE = DEATH - http://flickr.com/photos/brothaloveimages/

Eye Am Feeling Silly - http://flickr.com/photos/cayusa/1209794692/

red kiss - http://www.flickr.com/photos/44665854@N00/1140039659/
Tuesday, August 22nd, 2006
9:31 am
I posted another Jonathan Coulton video today, Curl
Again using creative commons and public domain photos.
As the others this video is licenced as Creative Commons License so do with it what you like as long as you don't sell it (good luck with that anyhow ;-)
The list of photos is at the end of this entry...
Go to Jonathans Website because he ROCKS.
And visit the Jonathan Coulton Project where my video will soon be hosted.
I used even more photos for this one so have fun scrolling down

Flickr Photo Credit

darkness - http://www.flickr.com/photos/kidv2/152701543/
skipper - http://www.flickr.com/photos/dainec/708013/
asleep - http://www.flickr.com/photos/aaronjacobs/64368770/
gold - http://www.flickr.com/photos/jordoncooper/13476609/
waking - http://www.flickr.com/photos/skip/83361657/
sunrise - http://www.flickr.com/photos/queenkv/207958989/
stay in bed - http://www.flickr.com/photos/pscafe/23256348/
cold - http://www.flickr.com/photos/smcgee/99445942/
so damn cold - http://www.flickr.com/photos/cgc/2669912/
sysyphus - http://www.flickr.com/photos/vidiot/8734016/
me - http://www.flickr.com/photos/michaelbrown/187841742/
you - http://www.flickr.com/photos/michaelbrown/187841742/
red - http://www.flickr.com/photos/piper/57009463/
white - http://www.flickr.com/photos/wurzeltod/113856169/
blue - http://www.flickr.com/photos/thomashawk/35015942/
real curling - http://www.flickr.com/photos/57537089@N00/103590216/
curling rock - http://www.flickr.com/photos/andreassolberg/118362389/
curling house - http://www.flickr.com/photos/leftovermalt/57528288/
plant curl2 - http://www.flickr.com/photos/hamed/174369514/
black baby and bathwater - http://www.flickr.com/photos/babasteve/5398572/
stonehenge - http://www.flickr.com/photos/alun/2733529/
norfolk cottage - http://www.flickr.com/photos/chylandra/81206335/in/set-1524718/
team - http://www.flickr.com/photos/sidorenko/106762078/
coffee - http://www.flickr.com/photos/jnthnhys/152013978/
breath in the air - http://www.flickr.com/photos/rangergord/113444664/
hit the ice - http://www.flickr.com/photos/maisonbisson/7681357/
no one - http://www.flickr.com/photos/samuel_k/108785075/
press or paparazzi - http://www.flickr.com/photos/hughes_leglise/119959305/
noticed - http://www.flickr.com/photos/zen/128498952/
working hard - http://www.flickr.com/photos/nukeit1/7610650/
pushing2 - http://www.flickr.com/photos/andyz/6486258/
gain ground - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Image:607221.jpg
canadians - http://www.flickr.com/photos/doctormemory/126058301/
leaf curl - http://www.flickr.com/photos/mdkdesign/208320541/
sexy baby - http://www.flickr.com/photos/goodbooy/165338933/
standard rock - http://www.flickr.com/photos/17989497@N00/9935364/
new york house - http://www.flickr.com/photos/82705724@N00/158240388/
curl of datasmoke - http://www.flickr.com/photos/zen/991095/
pregnancy - http://www.flickr.com/photos/hummanna/62926078/
rock wall - http://www.flickr.com/photos/grendelkhan/203698955/
skyscraper - http://www.flickr.com/photos/16687586@N00/205086285/
too cute baby - http://www.flickr.com/photos/benmcleod/2664929/
watery rock - http://www.flickr.com/photos/strandloper/166690117/
white house - http://www.flickr.com/photos/angelslens/102334581/
baby cat - http://www.flickr.com/photos/azadam/176708061/in/photostream/
rock music - http://www.flickr.com/photos/chelseagirlphotos/176443427/
puppet house - http://www.flickr.com/photos/redjar/113921941/
vietnamese baby - http://www.flickr.com/photos/dey/3983604/
ice cube - http://www.flickr.com/photos/noroute/44712704/
mouse - http://www.flickr.com/photos/e3000/99284256/
live's outside - http://www.flickr.com/photos/monoglot/97840088/
give - http://www.flickr.com/photos/tnarik/75347772/
dead on their feet - http://www.flickr.com/photos/wvs/20643490/
skipper uncertain - http://www.flickr.com/photos/pigstyave/113658612/
year - http://www.flickr.com/photos/nearnearfuture/126246347/
defeat the world - http://www.flickr.com/photos/darcym/47498371/
medal - http://www.flickr.com/photo_zoom.gne?id=33411656&size=o
years away - http://www.flickr.com/photos/idiolector/141316449/
day - http://www.flickr.com/photos/lapidim/38140827/
play - http://www.flickr.com/photos/dketterick/102742768/
curled up centipede - http://www.flickr.com/photos/markvanolmen/23856542/
normal baby - http://www.flickr.com/photos/schizoo23/69281989/
matterhorn - http://www.flickr.com/photos/nelsonminar/44975432/
castle - http://www.flickr.com/photos/irisheyes/309524/
flickr curl - http://www.flickr.com/photos/gi/204556500/
zombie baby - http://www.flickr.com/photos/artoftheodd/45940519/
pebbles - http://www.flickr.com/photos/storem/107130736/
violett house - http://www.flickr.com/photos/brevity/35497233/
darkness2 - http://www.flickr.com/photos/hobo_pd/32624975/
skipper2 - http://www.flickr.com/photos/patrick/46259350/
asleep2 - http://www.flickr.com/photos/gagah/100825851/
dreaming of gold - http://www.flickr.com/photos/kevinday/38170796/

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Current Mood: awake
Monday, August 7th, 2006
10:20 am
Mandelbrot set video
I posted another Jonathan Coulton video today, Mandelbrot Set
Again using creative commons and public domain photos.
The list of photos is at the end of this entry...
Go to Jonathans Website because he ROCKS.
And visit the Jonathan Coulton Project where my video will soon be hosted.

Have fun

drummer - http://www.flickr.com/photos/ubersonic/84598195/
guitarrist - http://www.flickr.com/photos/akapea/135966220/
jonathan coultotn - http://www.flickr.com/photos/alexerde/159786623/
pathology - http://www.flickr.com/photos/estherase/198944664/
monster - http://www.flickr.com/photos/locust/122232474/
mathematician - http://www.flickr.com/photos/mscolly/145052964/
splinter - http://www.flickr.com/photos/zen/14311926/
eye - http://www.flickr.com/photos/hundreds/126495808/
cry - http://www.flickr.com/photos/worldofoddy/179936072/
mars - http://www.flickr.com/photos/andyz/88252396/
butterfly 1 - http://www.flickr.com/photos/majamarko/143860670/
wings - http://www.flickr.com/photos/elmada/150391147/
november day - http://www.flickr.com/photos/86953562@N00/62031079/
mandelbrot - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Image:Benoit_Mandelbrot.gif
born - http://www.flickr.com/photos/schizoo23/69281989/
math1 - http://www.flickr.com/photos/akash_k/125489887/
geometrical insight - http://www.flickr.com/photos/origomi/52131693/
well eqipped1 - http://www.flickr.com/photos/nukeit1/7612613/
demon - http://www.flickr.com/photos/bfraz/16259564/
infinite complexity - http://www.flickr.com/photos/spreeblick/53663851/
simple rules - http://www.flickr.com/photos/dasbuch/5166251/
giant brain - http://www.flickr.com/photos/maryhodder/16036814/
chess - http://www.flickr.com/photos/nandyssy/93559936/
storm - http://www.flickr.com/photos/jordoncooper/80530/
vision - http://www.flickr.com/photos/williac/109546770/
lightbulb - http://www.flickr.com/photos/pinano/147146154/
form - http://www.flickr.com/photos/kt/39237780/
pencil - http://www.flickr.com/photos/anspach/63118519/
secret - http://www.flickr.com/photos/winmac/126111656/
down - http://www.flickr.com/photos/swanksalot/50654289/
on fire - http://www.flickr.com/photos/acefrenzy/25259664/
pterodactyl - http://www.flickr.com/photos/sherryli/136726887/
heart shaped box - http://www.flickr.com/photos/lnx/6112705/
wire - http://www.flickr.com/photos/beneteau/1793134/
bad ass - http://www.flickr.com/photos/egoiste/160115976/
fractal - http://www.flickr.com/photos/jayqueue/155955507/
just in time - http://www.flickr.com/photos/carbonnyc/64581364/
sunrise - http://www.flickr.com/photos/kevinday/37019147/
sweeping - http://www.flickr.com/photos/a_big_big_world/87826139/
world - http://www.flickr.com/photos/djfoobarmatt/4983790/
tiny way - http://www.flickr.com/photos/starlen/112471579/
heaven - http://www.flickr.com/photos/gi/16135839/
dead - http://www.flickr.com/photos/halans/137332282/
alive - http://www.flickr.com/photos/wiedmaier/151914652/)
yale - http://www.flickr.com/photos/hapinachu/146491233/
order - http://www.flickr.com/photos/guyguy/10382565/
chaos - http://www.flickr.com/photos/daviddb/112008944/
smiling child - http://www.flickr.com/photos/37577384@N00/132069089/
slum - http://www.flickr.com/photos/dey/4144541/
geometry - http://www.flickr.com/photos/ctrlw/178058831/
failing - http://www.flickr.com/photos/zephir/157152638/
labyrinth - http://www.flickr.com/photos/taniapaz/138351019/
butterfly 2 - http://www.flickr.com/photos/jamoker/157886123/
wings2 - http://www.flickr.com/photos/missrogue/44188475/
moon - http://www.flickr.com/photos/pandiyan/35645318/
miracle - http://www.flickr.com/photos/paulosacramento/204849361/
home - http://www.flickr.com/photos/wallyg/164551808/

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Current Mood: artistic
Sunday, July 16th, 2006
11:49 am
Jonathan Coulton's "The Presidents" video
I posted a music video for "The presidents" by Jonathan Coulton on YouTube today. I used a wide array of pictures that are either in the public domain or licenced by creative commons.
Jonathan livences his works as creative commons, so everybody can use his music if he doesn't do it for commercial purposes.
My video is is also licenced as Creative Commons License.

I hope you like the video and go visit Jonathan's site. He rocks!!
Also you should visit the Jonathan Coulton Project , where there are other nifty videos in this style.

Here is the full list of creative commons pictures I used in the video. Pictures that don't appear in this list are in the public domain.

diamond - http://www.flickr.com/photos/jurvetson/156830367/
french flag - http://www.flickr.com/photos/zesmerelda/76174877/
lousiana seal - http://www.flickr.com/photos/monceau/179318744/
purchase - http://www.flickr.com/photos/sami73/38216027/
union jack - http://www.flickr.com/photos/lwr/22115932/
pants - http://www.flickr.com/photos/ghirson/146479494/
europe - http://www.flickr.com/photos/jpf/27148648/
suck it1 - http://www.flickr.com/photos/andyotto/60185286/
indian - http://www.flickr.com/photos/gablim/77936224/
grave - http://www.flickr.com/photos/grepsy/88085602/
vampire - http://www.flickr.com/photos/usonian/164867435/
texas - http://www.flickr.com/photos/guerinjeanmarc/125991562/
mexico - http://www.flickr.com/photos/antonellomusina/167427540/
boat - http://www.flickr.com/photos/doozzle/29446777/
drink - http://www.flickr.com/photos/fensterbme/93427647/
two drinks - http://www.flickr.com/photos/iam4ranny/153438533/
construction - http://www.flickr.com/photos/miskan/3314992/
chinese dragon - http://www.flickr.com/photos/dey/6871725/
railroad - http://www.flickr.com/photos/lazytom/24409959/
sherman tank - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Image:Sherman_Dresden_1.jpg
spanish flag - http://www.flickr.com/photos/o2ma/57397370/
cuban flag - http://www.flickr.com/photos/devos/21078818/
gun - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Image:Super_soaker.jpg
sumo - http://www.flickr.com/photos/quaisi/6638191/
mustache - http://www.flickr.com/photos/stevefe/88226404/
ass - http://www.flickr.com/photos/superphil/115944940/
ass ass - http://www.flickr.com/photos/rahuljyoung/22460136/
screw - http://www.flickr.com/photos/dcjohn/91530909/
hand - http://www.flickr.com/photos/bennypost/37854992/
magician - http://www.flickr.com/photos/oh_when/658920/
kids - http://www.flickr.com/photos/gagah/13622232/
sweat - http://www.flickr.com/photos/redefyne/49596171/
smiley cookie - http://www.flickr.com/photos/dtype/27399449/
in jail - http://www.flickr.com/search/?l=deriv&q=jail&m=text
peanuts - http://www.flickr.com/photos/rufino_uribe/142983393/
insane - http://www.flickr.com/photos/benchilada/828779/
cigar - http://www.flickr.com/photos/18985402@N00/118420960/
work in progress - http://www.flickr.com/photos/icathing/14101876/
freedom march - http://www.flickr.com/photos/hughes_leglise/117579343/
bell - http://www.flickr.com/photos/krotzebojer/17040701/

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Current Mood: cheerful
Friday, July 14th, 2006
10:37 pm
Hard Candy
Watched Hard Candy at the theater today.
First of all, everybody of you living in english-speaking countries are so lucky. The theater only showed it dubbed in German and dubbed badly. Few things are as anoying as badly dubbed movies, especially when it is a movie where they talk alot.
Second the movie was ... meh, not as good as I hoped. The acting is fine and the camera work is amazing, but the story really takes a turn toward the middle which makes a new and really disturbing idea into a lukewarm and pretty standard psycho-thriller.
I'm really looking forward to seeing more of Ellen Page though, I loved her in X3.

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Current Mood: annoyed
4:12 pm
another Jonathan Coulton
if you went to Jonathan's Webpage and liked his songs, you will also like this video .

If you didn't go to his page... shame on you.

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Current Mood: cheerful
3:55 pm
EscapePod / Jonathan Coultan
I've been listening to Escapepod pretty much lately and it's wonderful. Many incredible good short stories read for you. So if you have a long commute or just like good short stories and are too lazy to read them yourself, check it out.
It was on Escapepod that I discovered Jonathan Coultan. He is a musician whose song was featured on one of the pods. His music is Geek-Pop (yes, I mad that word up) and his lyrics are incredily funny and witty.
AND he releases his work on a creative-commons-licence, offers non-drm-mp3s as his downloads and gives a good portion of his stuff available for free.
The artists are getting the net, it's only the labels that are too stupid.
So listen to his music on his website and if you like it buy some of his music. People like him deserve out help.

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Current Mood: cheerful
Wednesday, July 5th, 2006
6:07 pm
Fight Club audio commentary
I watched the Fight Club audio commentary yesterday and while I am normally a sucker for audio commentary I must say ... meh

Not that it wasn't informative or fun but there were two things that spoiled a bit of it.
First there was quite a bit of movie critic bashing in it.
OK, I get that it is no fun to have your baby dissected and tossed in the trash by so called critics and Fight Club has indeed been hit pretty hard , with Kenneth Turan calling it "witless mishmash of whiny, infantile philosophizing and bone-crunching violence".
But still, director and actors ranting about the stupidity and out-of-touchness of critics on a dvd-commentary strikes me as pretty whiny, especially since the majority of the critics were rather positive .

Second thing that bugged me is the pretty anti-capitalistic tone that both Edwart Norton and Brad Pitt sported on the commentary.
Don't get me wrong, I don't have anything against people criticizing capitalism, I just don't like multi-million dollar filmstars saying how bad the commercialisation of society is when they star in films like Troy or Mr. and Mrs. Smith...

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5:32 pm
Wapsi Square
another one of the webcomics that I read regularly, but not one of my favorites,
it's black and white, I keep confusing the characters and it has a pretty complicated story (something about the aztec god of alcohol, some chimeras and an archeology major.
nevertheless this comic (plus the 2 ones that are following) is one of the cutest strips, I've ever seen. (I think the hugging one is one of the chimeras and the hugged is the archeology major but it doesn't really matter...)
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Current Mood: cheerful
Tuesday, July 4th, 2006
7:56 pm
Tuesday, June 27th, 2006
8:47 am
Perhaps they are simply stupid...
Some weeks ago I posted a rant about ITunes.

While my emotions at that front remain unchanged I have given the rational of the music companies a little thought.
The big music companies are allowing Apple (and other companies)to distribute their content yet insist on some kind of protection against copyright theft. So far so peachy. Although one can argue that Copyright protection doesn't work (which I believe) it is certainly their right to do so.
The only thing is, Apple doesn't actually provide copyright protection.
Yeah sure, the music you download is some fancy aac-format that only apple-players can read (like I complained about in my rant) but if you burn it to cd (which is as easy to do as the next thing) and rip it (which is only marginally more difficult) it reappears as a shiny normal mp3.
The question now is of course: Why do the record companies insist on copyright protection if they allow it to be circumvented by a five-year-old?
Why Apple is doing that is clear, every thing that puts a stone in the way of the customer to change to another mp3-player is good for them.
But the record companies don't seem to have any profit from it.
There are two kinds of "Pirates" that the record companies are afraid, the one that is occuring over file-sharing-networks and the classical "Hey, can you burn me this cd?" kind.

That Apples "security" doesn't do anything against the former is clear, but it doesn't even do anything against the latter. You can just burn the songs you bought on eyetunes, burn it to a cd and give it to the friend.
Furthermore the restriction does actually hurt the record companies, because there are a lot of pissed of customers who simply don't want to have to "hack" their music to use it the way they want.

So why don't the record companies just allow their content distributed as mp3-files (which seem to be the thing consumers want)?

Your guess is as good as mine...
Saturday, June 3rd, 2006
8:23 am
wikisource and copyright
I recently have found Steven Brust's "A dream of passion" somewhere on the internet (probably without permission) and thought it might be a good idea to put it on wikisource.
So I contacted Steven and like expected (he kinda is a communist) he said "Sure, go ahead".

So happily I submitted his work, along with his permission on the talk page.
Next Day the submission was blocked and I found a message on my talk page:

"Welcome Sirana,

I'm marking the Steven Brust story A dream of passion that you submitted as a possible copyright violation. Unfortunately, permission by the author to post is not enough to meet our inclusion guidelines. The author must either release the work to the public domain or release it under a GFDL license (which allows even commercial use of the work). I don't think that the e-mail from Steven Brust qualifies as either of these.

I hope this doesn't hinder your experience with Wikisource and that you will continue to contribute here. - illy 09:33, 2 June 2006 (UTC)"



After a look in the guidelines of wikisource I got that this was official policy.
I just didn't get why...

I know that a simple permission doesn't give everybody the right to do what he wants with this piece, but honestly, I don't care.
Sure, if copyright would expire in like 15 years or so, this wouldn't be aproblem.
But given the current copyright situation this story will go in public domain 80 years after the authors death, so if Steven hopefully gets to live till he's 80 it will go into public domain in 2115. I'll probably be dead by then...
So as soon as the one page that currently hosts this short story takes it down, this short story is lost for good (it was once published in a convention book, good luck finding one of those).
In principle I get, why the principle exists. Everyone should be able to use everything of wikisource as he wants. I get why this is important.
But we are simply not living in a perfect world, where we can allow ourselfs to give such a principle a higher place than the immedeate need of protecting works from oblivion.

Wednesday, May 24th, 2006
6:21 pm
ultimative photomosaic
surely everybody has seen many photomosaics over the time.

this one is a bit different

a photomosaic made out of ... photomosaics made out of ... photomosaics made out of ...

i could go one but i have better things to do...
it's quite amazing and you can go on for some time without seeing one picture more than once..

Sunday, May 21st, 2006
7:31 pm
I dipped a foot into Blender today, a free 3d modeling and rendering program.
i've never had anything to do with rendering and just wanted to try it for the heck of it, mostly because i saw elephant's dream, a new short film, that is mostly made with this programm.


what can i say, using this program for the first time one feels like beeing put in the controll room of a spaceship, without any training whatsoever. additionally the spaceship is build by aliens and the controlls are trying to bite you...

nonetheless it was really fun.
i found a pretty good tutorial regarding creating objects and a not so good one on the rendering itself, which together helped me a lot, but still, it is really difficult to use...

i made some little yellow man with hat walk, but it looks as if both his legs are broken...

the strange thing is, even though it was one of the most frustrating technical experiences, I had a blast...
Saturday, May 20th, 2006
1:45 pm
9:34 am
creative commons
yeah i know, nobody is interested if theres copyright on my blog, but there isn't. so if you want to copy, sing, print, sell or do anything with it, be my guest...

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8:40 am
reading material
according to my previous rant read read this
speech by cory doctorow about drm at microsoft.
have fun
7:33 am
rotten apple
I've always regarded Apple as a kind of likeable company, with the nice and witty commercial,the cleancut design of its products, providing a I-am-not-microsoft alternative on the computer market, beeing the first to present a legal alternative to file-sharing and whatnot.

Now this didn't mean that I bought a mac instead of a pc or a ipod instead of a zen, or buying my songs on itunes instead of buying the cds, but the name apple had a nice ring in my ear.

Like I said I've never used online music stores until now, since I like the tangible experience a cd offers and if I like a song I prefer to get the whole album instead of the song.

Nevertheless I decided to try itunes store, more to test it than because I wanted a special song, but I've heard "meds" by placebo and while I don't care to much for them I kinda liked the song.

I had registered on itunes before to download some free vids, so all I had to do was search the song, double-click it click on yes a couple of times, got my credit card lessened by 99c and like five seconds later I had it on my hard drive.
so far, so peachy...

I tried to play the file on itunes... nothing happened.
instead my itunes informed me that i had to register my pc, since it was a new one (i recently
discarded my old numbercruncher)
so itunes did this.
so far so peachy...

i tried to play the file on itunes... it worked and sounded nice.
okay, it was only 128 kb/s but i am not audiophil enough to care much about that.
so far so peachy...

then I searched the file to play it in winamp. it had a filename i hadn't come across before (m4p) but it just seemed like a new kind of mp3 to me. so I tried to open it with winamp... nothing happened... I thought maybe winamp doesn't know this fileformat... alas all my other players didn't know this format, with the exception of itunes, of course.
problem is, I don't use Itunes, I don't like Itunes as a playersoftware.

well, not that bad, I mostly listen to music on my mp3-player. oh yes the creative zen.
making half and hour spend on trying and a lot of curses short, it didn't work.

so I bought a song from itunes that I could not play in my favourite player and not in my mp3-player.
now I am aware that using some kind of restriction on the files is not apple's idea but is a must have for the content industrie, who are afraid of me giving it to someone else.
but it is apple's idea to restrict it to the itunes software player and the ipod.
and you can say what you want, this is the kind of market action that made me hate microsoft. except microsoft doesn't make it technically impossible to use winamp instead of wmp or firefox instead of ie.
the apple suddenly looks pretty rotten.

end of the song, I opened emule, searched for the song, double-klicked on it, and ten minutes later I had it on my hard drive.
i took the 224 kb/s file, copied it on my creative and added it to my winamp playlist.

if you don't want my money, hey i can get it for free...
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