I'm still getting good with Vega, but a decent match I think. :P

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Holy hell. Woman still has it, alright.


Buying the vinyl ASAP. Zack, you beautiful, beautiful man.

Here's another opportunity for you to get the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) to hear your thoughts on digital rights management (DRM) and now end-user license agreements (EULAs), courtesy of the fabulous Entertainment Consumers Association.

The short version of it is if you would like less restrictions (some very invasive) on your PC games, and would like to actually own them instead of buying a license for them upon purchasing, then you should tell the FTC these things and explain why you feel this way. If you don't play PC games but feel this way about other media such as DVDs and music, I still recommend contacting them as I expect a ripple effect should the FTC facilitate change with these forums. You can do so with this link.

Here is the message I sent, if you care to read:

"Obviously I understand why publishers would want to protect their games, and to some extent (serial keys, disk checks, etc.) I've been fine with this for ages. But online activation, invasive products like SecuROM, and limited installs are just plain insulting and disrespectful to anyone who plays games seriously (upgrades their hardware/formats regularly, for example), and are certainly bound to even hurt at least some "casual" gamers. And to the publishers who feel gamers who, upon running out of activations/installations should re-buy the game -- you obviously don't play games. Please listen to your customers and incorporate what they have to say in your methods or leave the industry.

Actual investigations from developers [1,2] (whom I respect for actually looking into this) and outlets like Tweakguides show there's no real effect on sales whether DRM is included or not, so I'm not sure where this kneejerk reaction comes from. It's very disconcerting. As a gamer, I avoid anything with DRM beyond disk checks, serial keys, and disk protection. Ideally, we'd be forever free even of those methods, but I'm willing to compromise. I also go out of my way to buy games that do not have DRM, some of which I normally wouldn't have bought. Not in all cases as I'm on a budget like anyone, but certainly some, and I'm very happy to do this.

Logos and such on the front of game boxes for DRM implementations should be mandatory. I'm shocked they aren't already -- this says to me developers, in most cases, know they're doing something they shouldn't be. If it's so perfectly fine, why aren't you open about it?

EULAs are long outdated, and yes, should be uniform -- this would solve the problem of customers not knowing what they're buying and would also put everyone's minds at ease. The part of course which is of particular concern is "owning" vs. "licensing". This language desperately needs to be revised -- of course no one is asking for the licensing rights for a game when they purchase it, but they are asking to own it, as they are for anything else in life they buy. The creation itself forever belongs to the creator, but copies of said creation, sold to the public, belong to the public, and the new standard EULA should definitely reflect this.

Thank you for your time and for choosing to listen to the public on these issues. I hope together we manage to find a means by which to make at least most people in the gaming industry happy on these matters."

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I saw Tricky live last night, and I have a couple of things to say about it.

First, it's undoubtedly going to be one of the best shows I will ever see. Another artist I'd love to go see every week forever..I would not get tired of it. The man puts off just an incredible *bleep*ing show..just go see him yourself, cause words are useless. Tracks for the new album sounded amazing, too (I like to hear new songs in concert before from a record if at all possible).

Second is this idol worship thing. One of the things which was both amazing and terrible about the show was when he went into the crowd at the end, still singing, eventually leaving through the same door everyone else was. The band kept playing while he was hugging fans, signing autographs, getting pictures taken with people, etc. At first he seemed pretty happy to do this, but by the end overtly uncomfortable and...sad. No one else seemed to notice though..everyone was grinning, crowded around him, asking for autographs, etc.

I'm ashamed to say I took a picture during this commotion. Security had said before we went in cameras were not allowed..not sure if this was on Tricky's request or not, but I decided I would respect it either way and left my camera during the show in my jacket at my seat, before I joined the crowd at the front of the stage. Anyway, grabbed my coat during all this, on my way out, behind him and everyone else..took a picture. I've since deleted it because I feel horrible about being part of the frenzy it was..and based on what, really? The music was amazing -- that was all I needed. I wanted to get a hug from him as that is a personal thing but by the end I was just sad too and said *bleep* it and left instead of waiting around. I could see it easily on his face..I don't understand why everyone else couldn't too and couldn't just leave him be...

I've since read he's uncomfortable with fame, which was rather cathartic to learn. A kindred spirit. I don't need a *bleep*ing picture taken with him.

"Don't be in love with the autograph, just be in love when you scream that song.."

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Just wanted to tell everyone if you haven't heard the song "Pushit" by Tool, particularly the version from their album "Salival", you haven't yet fully lived. Not everyone can get into it I'm sure and that is wonderful but if you would try, that would be so lovely....

Been listening to it for about eight years now and it blows me away every time..the whole album is essential for anyone that can dig it I think.

Okay, peace. :)


Yer gonna be seeing a lot of videos here from me by the way..Im kind of a junkie. :P

One of the most amazing performances of all time in my opinion. If you can dig it, full screen it (click on the video to go to the source first), blast it. I'm not into bootlegs..but I'm downloading a few of theirs today. Binge binge binge. Must see live! If not rage, ODAAL will do. :)


My new favourite website:


Great way to spend a saturday or sunday, no? They've got a ton of game footage and stuff..a guy from the Good Old Games forums says they have lots of interesting war footage too:

The WW1&2/communism/cold-war footage is rather interesting. I believe the old Warner-Brothers cartoons on the subject and of the era are there as well. And while many are unavailable without subtitles, you can find footage from Germany and the Russia/USSR(?) did in response to the 'allies'
Watching 'Sex Madness' at the moment, here's the description:

This is a typical sex exploitation film from the early 1930s - complete with wild parties, sex out of wedlock, lesbianism, etc. A chorus girl's exposure to the "casting couch" also exposes her to syphilis.

Exploitation filmmakers hoped to capitalize on the taboo subjects of venereal disease, sex before marriage, lesbianism, etc. while skirting the Motion Picture Production Code of 1930 which forbade a film from containing such content. Films like this would tour the United States for years - mostly being shown in rundown, skid row theaters. This film has been re-edited and re-titled ("Human Wreckage", "They Must Be Told", "Trial Marriage", "About Trial Marriage") many times to attract the same audience to film, to take advantage of a taboo subject which may have gotten press recently or to appease local censors who disapproved of the film's content.
How cool is that? Kinda makes me wish I was born in 1910.

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