I got a little wind in my sails

Kyle made a comment on a post, it was short and probably made in jest… For some reason I just needed to go off and make my feelings known. Here’s the text, be mindful that the facts are not quite right and there is a ton of opinion here. Thanks for letting me vent Kyle, don’t take it personally.

Oh I totally agree with you man, but you know from experience, how many fo them are technically apt enough to purchase one let alone actually use one? By forcing them to use the technology that they are legislating against perhaps they can gain at least some understanding of how they actions affect the rest of us.
Take this for example: If you go to a store that is broadcasting the radio over a loudspeaker, technically they are required to pay the RIAA a license fee if the music is copyrighted (all radio music is usually) in addition to the fee that radio stations pay to play the song, the RIAA is double dipping. Now I realize that the music is being played to create an atmosphere conducive to selling goods at a profit so therefore a license might be warranted, but what about non-copyrighted music?
Lets pretend that I own a music production studio, I create my own music via computers and real instruments. I also happen to own a chain or large retail outlets that collectively have about $1m per year in gross sales where I play my music for customers. Under the current rules I would still have to pay that license to the RIAA because there is a chance that RIAA (copyrighted) music could be played.
That is what I’m talking about, little rules that are out to screw just about everyone who comsumes any kind of media, whether it be the fact that recording your Tivo’d shows to DVD or making a backup copy of your own music or burning it to more than a couple mix CDs for your own personal use. All of those things are technically illegal, most are broken every day by most of us. Why can’t the laws be changed to stop favoring the companies and start giving people the benefit of the doubt? I realize piracy hurts everyone, artists included. But the $15 that I spend on a CD isn’t buying that artist a cheesebuger, it’s barely paying the tax on one.
The anti-piracy measures do one of several things, destroy the creation outside of its original form (the upgrade tax per se), like CDs that aren’t able to be copied for archive purposes (a right afforded us by US Code), or they are destructive to our property (the Sony rootkit scandal) where they install means of preventing piracy at the expense of our security and equipment’s well-being.
I’m totally against any copy protection, give people a chance, they will own up to what they should. There will always be bad elements of society but by respecting your customers and giving them what they want you will ultimately sell more product that what you are force feeding us now. I want a CD of songs I like, or at least the ability to pay for only the songs I like.

Any thoughts?

Day 2 is in the can

Well day 2 went OK I guess. A boring day at work. Nothing to do really. I went to school and hung out with Ben and the girls for a bit. We were all hyper for some reason, maybe because we had so long to wait or something. That quickly changed though since our class has the most boring professor ever. He seriously sucked the life out of me.

The good news of the day I guess would be that I signed up for Netflix today. Only $10 per month, and I figure now I’ll have more time to watch TV when I get home, might as well watch some movies here and there right? Right.

Poker with the guys after class tomorrow night. I really hope I did my marketing thing right.

Planning the fantasy; living the dream

I really must say that things all in all are pretty dang good. I’m flat broke, I’m about two shakes from leaving my job and finding something else, and school starts in about a month. Life is going well, really it is. I’m stressed, but not so much now, things are just floating along again, and that’s how I think I like them.
I spoke to Matt today, good things. Heh. He’s doing well and should be home for his R&R in about 7 weeks. I’m excited to see him and catch up on some “garage time”. He’s been talking to Ali a lot lately, so I think that’s keeping him sane. It’s good.
Erin and I had a great weekend really, for having a bad day, it went pretty well really. Friday we just chilled out, made a Papa Murphy’s pizza and just watched movies. Good things. Papa Murphy’s has great pizza, if there is one near you be sure to check it out.  On Saturday we started out going to the Butterfly Gardens in Indy at the Zoo. That didn’t happen, it looked like rain and I just don’t think that either one of us were really in the mood. We went to Broad Ripple and then over to the Fashion Mall, good things. The only thing I bought was a new shirt for church that night, since I had something on mine from lunch/breakfast/the day before. We got back to her house and crashed for a bit, then off to church. I’m kind of starting to like her church, but the sheer size of it is still a bit intimidating for me really. I’ll get used to it.
After that we headed to Street Dance. Quite possibly the coolest thing I’ve seen done in a smallish city in a long time. Kokomo has Ribfest, but I think this is better. We had fun, did a little dancing, ate a ton of food. Good things.
Yesterday was the first day of my boss being gone for 3-4 months at a contract site, this means that basically everything falls on me now. I’m the main point of contact for just about everything, it’s cool I guess to have the responsibility but I don’t’ know if I really want to have the stress and whatnot. We’ll see how it goes.
Tonight it’s off to the circus in Peru… Jake has a gig on the courthouse steps; Erin and I are heading up to see him and just chill for a bit… I gotta get back in my workout routine…
Anyways, time for lunch… catch you all later

The girls of Sociology

I’m at school… What more is there to say really other than the fact that I’m bored out of my mind. I just got done eating some BK and going over my L201 stuff. Business Law, what fun! :-/ I just wanted to write a few things in here and I’ll get as many as I can before I have to go to class at 7. First of, entitled “the Girls of Soc.” There 35 people in my soc. class, 30 of them are girls. Being that IUK has a 3:1 ratio, this is nothing new. But since this class started and since I don’t’ pay attention that well in class I have made a few observations about the girls in my class. First of, there’s H, she’s a typical college student, 19, somewhat pretty and slightly on the shy side. She seems nice enough but totally reminds me of Emmy, both in looks and in demeanor. There’s not a lot to say about her other than that really. The other girl that I have noticed, K, she’s a bit different. She’s 21 and from the Tipton area I believe. She is nearly married and has a baby. She doesn’t seem like the typical college student in that sense or because of the fact that Tuesday was her first day of college, ever. She also has this thing with noticing the way people act and dress. She seems very naive for her age and just seems like she has lived a sheltered life at least in the past few years. She made a huge fuss about the girl who wore a mid-riff revealing shirt to class, “Why is she wearing that, doesn’t she realize her belly is showing?” The girl wearing the shirt was perfectly suited to wearing the shirt, albeit a little cold out to wear such a garment. K also has a slight tomboyish quality to her, she wears boots, not black heeled boots but work boots all the time. An interesting person for sure. I’m sure there will be more stories to tell about them both as the semester drags on.
The other thing I wanted to write about was last night. I was supposed to be studying but instead, I talked to Emmy from about 11 til 2ish I think. We had a very good conversation. She made her “5 year old voice” and I was putty in her hands. We talked about us and where we’re going and what we’re doing. I’m encouraged but still waiting on a definitive answer. Only time will tell.
This weekend promises to be both exciting and dull at the same time. I am going to work on a computer for a friend on Saturday, then out to the movies with the gang I think, and finally to see some people sing Karoke at around midnight. Then on Sunday is the AFC Championship game. Of course I’ll be watching that. I should probably get to class now cause this post is probably getting longer than I intended it to be.
Can’t wait to see my surprise tonight! 🙂

End of the year

Hey all. Today promises to be dull again. what is with me? For like the last week I’ve had the most boring time ever. I don’t’ know why, nothing has changed really. Oh well So I have an exciting weekend coming up I hope. Emmy is coming over for movies probably and who knows what Saturday will bring. Sunday is our 17 month anniversary. cool huh? it doesn’t seem like it’s been that long at all but I’ve enjoyed every minute of it. I got a 95% on my lab from last week! I’m so exciting, I’m passing almost everything now. in a week or so I should be passing everything. school is winding down now, lots of big projects and papers are due soon, why do they always assign all thee big projects at the end. so poor college students can run like mad for the last 3 weeks of school or what? it’s just dumb they always have all their tests on the same week and their projects are usually due the same week too. it’s a conspiracy I tell you.