Friday, May 14, 2004
And on another note: I noticed that out of my glorious three previous postings I have mentioned my (perhaps) more than slightly inebriated state a couple of times.
I wouldn't want anyone to get the wrong idea.
I spend a considerable amount of my free time at least slightly intoxicated. If I know that I have no commitments for a set amount of time in the following 18 or more hours, I may choose to spend that time in a more than slightly inebriated condition. This is mitigated mainly by the time of day, and whether or not the weather is good enough to go fishing, in which case I keep well inside the limits for driving. (I live in Eugene, OR. By my standards, it has to be WET by western Oregon standards before I won't go, and then only if I think it's raining too hard for the fish to find my bait. Gore-tex is your friend.)
So, to sum it up:
No, I'm not an alcoholic. My stomach, my liver, my wallet and my desire to fish in an occasionally really hairy to get to backwoods place - keep me from pursuing a dedicated lifestyle of alcoholic debauchery.
But I have hopes upon retirement. It might all come together then.
# As posted on Slashdot reguarding article "RIAA Loss Report Contradicts Nielsen Sales Record"#
I have read through the posts so far, and a considerble number of the posts made on the subject before and a lot of the analogies come close, but don't hit the heart of it for me.
Here is the way it is for me.
Many years ago (I don't know how many - google it yourself if you're interested), Natalie Imbruglia came out with a song called Torn. I have listened to this song so many times I can almost repeat every note she sings, AND every note the rest of the band plays.
This song ranks among my top 10 all-time favorite songs. It fucking gives me goose bumps on occasion when I listen to it, just because of the way she uses her voice. On the basis of this one song, I am ready to claim that she has a vocal talent worthy of note (even if....(see rest of post)).
So, when all these p2p networks started springing up, I checked into them, in the interest of deciding which CD's would be worthy of MY hard earned dollars. Natalie was my first test case.
My purpose for this was not to download mp3's (at least in the final stage). I happen to like a lot of music where even the tinniest ear can detect the difference between formats. I certainly can. My purpose (as far as Natilie was concerned) was to see if there was enough of her other stuff I liked to purchase a CD of hers. This was the first time I used a P2P network. (I get my porn elsewhere.....tttthhhhhuuuuuppppppttttt).
Not a chance (so far..... I understand she is working on a third alblum).
She seems to be techno-pop, a genre I'm not all that interested in, but I downloaded all of the songs off of the two released CD's I could find of her for sampling.
Conclusion: I still think Torn may be one of the best songs ever written - as it was performed by Natalie. One of these days I will get around to seeing if she wrote it, or it was done by committee and she was only the performing artist. It doesn't really matter to me.
BECAUSE: I found (so far at least) that this is the only song of hers I like. I don't know if the one song was in line with her normal fare and I just can't appreciate the rest of her music - or this is a fluke and the only good song she did.
For the purpose of discussion, it doesn't really matter. What mattered to me was with the availabilty of downloadable mp3's, I SAVED at least 20 dollars because I didn't buy either of her CD's for ONE FUCKING SONG.
I've got more than a few years in me still but I ain't exactly young. Like many, over those years I have purchased LP's, 8-tracks, and cassettes of whole alblums because there was one or two songs on it I liked.
Those days ended long ago.
(okay, about 1975, when I had to start earning my own money).
In the last five years I have purchased two CD's. Alice Cooper - Welcome to My Nightmare, and Black Sabbath - We Sold our Soul for Rock and Roll. As you can see, Natalie isn't exactly my normal fare. For these two CD's I payed what I considered to be an equitable price. $7.99 and $5.99 respectively.
So maybe the RIAA counts the two Natalie Imbruglia CD's as lost sales, because I didn't buy at that time without listening to them first. If so, well.... everyone else has expressed an opinion on this many times that pretty much coincides with mine, but maybe for different reasons.
I don't buy ANYTHING now without listening to it first. Either I listen to it at the local library, the local Borders, or borrow it from someone I know who has it. If I don't like more than one or two songs on a CD, then there isn't a chance in hell I will buy it. If there is a song I really like, I may rip a copy of it off a friends CD, but this is not a lost sale, because I WILL NEVER BUY THE FUCKING CD AT FULL PRICE to begin with. I will wait until I can get it at the local Salvation Army for $0.25.
And that's the way it is.
To the RIAA: Deal with it fuckers. In the last 10 years you've managed to produce about 6 songs I like. Not exactly an exemplary sales position, is it.
If the RIAA should be so silly to come storming down my door to try to make an example of me, (highly unlikely), they would find not a single mp3 on my system that didn't come with the opereating system. Nor would they find any burnt to CD. As I said previously, I don't like the mp3 format. It sucks. (obligatory IMHO).
To the RIAA: Your business model has become untenable in my lifetime (fuck you all, it's MY lifetime that matters.) I have went from being a frivolously spending teenager, to a considering and judgemental adult. If you want my money, you have to make it worth MY (I repeat, "MY") time. If you can't come up with something I LIKE, when I've heard it BEFORE I buy it - well, you just ain't going to get my money. That's it. It's my money. You can't have it if you don't produce a viable (for me) product. And if you don't like it.....Fuck you.
And I think that will be enough typing tonight without a sobriety break, which ain't gonna happen till monday (God, I love three day weekends), cause I suspect I'm soon to fall out of my chair. Wish I could use my computer from my bed.
(The rest of this rant can be found at sacmog.blogspot.com.)
When I get to it.
[this would be posted from an actual account (my third, wish I could remember the passwords for the other two) instead of as an AC if the fucking /. serviers would ever email me my password.]
Monday, May 10, 2004
Well, I just answered the question once again, on the need for Open Office.
A friend called about 9:30p, frantic because MSWord was refusing to open an important file on a floppy, telling her it was corrupt.
So I go over, and sure enough, MSWord has pulled the old "This file is corrupt, unable to open it...etc, yadayada."
When I installed her system for her last year, I put OOo on her system so her kids could use Draw. Now I fired up Writer, opened the file and saved it back to her hard drive, in doc format, and lost only the last two lines. Not bad. Word was ready to kill the whole file, that it failed to save correctly in the first place.
And that is the upteenth time I have used OOo for this kind of save. This was the only time I didn't recover the whole file, previously I have always recovered the complete file, and Word couldn't recover any of it.
I think Open Office is on my machines to stay.
Sunday, May 02, 2004
Went fishing today. Then came home and started on a good drunk. Read about this place on Slashdot, in all the comments on GMail. Just buzzed enough to give it a try.