Doctorow, MS and DRM

Cory Doctorow, author of Down and Out in the Magic Kingdom and Boing Boing Blog recently gave a speech to Microsoft about digital rights management (DRM). DRM is the little bits of tech that keep you from copying DVDs, moving ripped music to several computers and changing the format of eBooks. Tampering with DRM is illegal, even if you're doing it to make a legal copy of a product you own (like backing up a DVD or printing off an eBook that you bought.) Doctorow's speech does a good job of explaining the problems with DRM, to a company that needs to hear it. MS is planning on making an mp3 player soon and their WMA format has some of the most restrictive DRM there is.

Down and Out in the Magic Kingdom

I recently read another book on my PDA. A few weeks ago I told you about Free Culture. I enjoyed reading that one, I enjoyed the fact that it was free, I recommended it to people and I ended up buying a hard copy. In what I hope becomes a major trend, sci-fi author and author Cory Doctorow released his novel for free online. You can still buy a copy of the book, but this lets you at least check it out for free (and read the whole thing if your eyes can stand it). The book is called Down and Out in the Magic Kingdom. I liked it. It's set in the not-so-distant future, when the human consciousness has been ported to the computer so that if you die, you only have to restore from your latest back-up. I probably would have liked the book better if I knew anything about Disney World, since a lot of the story revolves around the changes that the tech brings to the Magic Kingdom. It looks like Doctorow has recently released his second novel Eastern Standard Tribe. I may have to download that and give it a try. If you know of any other good books that are being published this way, let me know.

Gmail invites

I just got some Gmail invites. If anyone wants a Gmail account, email me.

Jr. high camp

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It's Monday night of my second week of camp. I'm staying up playing Risk with some of the camp faculty. Camp has been fun so far. I've been playing drums in the praise band here and otherwise just trying to do what I can to help. We've played some fun games with the kids (see photo) and since I'm co-dean of the camp, I haven't had to mess with trying to get them to shut up and go to sleep.

Gmail

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I'm enjoying my two days home from camp. Thanks to Brendan for the Gmail invite. Gmail is Google's new email service and it's in beta testing, so accounts aren't available to the public yet. I redeemed Brendan's invite and so far I really like it. It works a lot better than hotmail, and it gives you 500 times the storage space. I really like the way it keeps your exchanges with a person all together so you can see the conversation at a glance. Once this is public, I would recommend switching to this if you're still using Hotmail.

My TSS episode airs tonight

This post was written before I became an atheist and does not represent my current views. You can find more up-to-date posts on religion in my faith/skepticism category.

Hello! I'm back from my first week at church camp. I had a good time, but I was starting to really miss my family. I wanted to post to let you know that the episode of the Screen Savers that I called in on will air tonight at 6:00 on G4TechTV. If you have cable, tune in. I'm on about 40 minutes into the show. If you don't have cable, but you do have broadband, check back here and I'll have the segment digitized and posted (though it may not be until after my second week of camp.) I finally got my free TSS t-shirt, too. Huzzah!

Update: Well, they're showing an old episode now, so I guess mine won't be on today. I might email them to see what's up and when it will be on. I just hope I haven't missed it.

Top 5 misheard song lyrics

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As promised, here is a list of misheard lyrics. I tried to pick the most recent revelations because my mother has already pointed out some of my earlier transgressions. (See MeMe's comment)

1. Toad the Wet Sprocket    Walk on the Ocean
Real lyrics: "Walk on the ocean/Step on the stones/Flesh becomes water/Wood becomes bone"
What I thought: "Walk on the ocean/step on the shore/touch the ghost water/what becomes more?"
Revelation hit: Two weeks ago when Danny's brother sang the song at a concert.

2. Jimmy Buffet    Margaritaville
Real lyrics: "Wasting away again in Margaritaville/searching for my lost shaker of salt"
What I thought: "Wasting away again in Margaritaville/searching for my lost ticker and saw"
Revelation hit: In college, when my sorority had its annual "Margaritaville" dance and we all sang the song together. (Salt, salt…)

3. John Mellencamp   Authority Song
Real: "I fight authority, authority always wins"
What I thought: "I finally thought and thought I always will"
Revelation hit: While I was working with a Physical Plant painter and another student painter at Truman, I heard them sing the real lyrics and thought, "Wow, I'm so glad I wasn't singing aloud."

4. Smashing Pumpkins    Bullet With Butterfly Wings
Real: "Even though I know/I suppose I'll show/All my cool and cold-like old job"
What I thought: "Even though I know/I suppose I'm sure/I'm all cool and cold/Like a drug"
Revelation hit: Just now, when I was looking up the lyrics because I knew I never had them right.

5. Pearl Jam Yellow Ledbetter
Real: "I said, 'I don't know whether I'm the boxer or the bag'
What I thought: "I said, 'I don't know where there's a box -oh- in the back'
Revelation: Come on, like anyone knows the lyrics to this song. I love Pearl Jam, but Eddie mumbles a bit more than usual on this one.

As with the last self-deprecating post, the floor is open…Please don't let me down.

Something to ponder

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I have read this essay (written by e.e. cummings to introduce an exhibition of his paintings) several times in the past two days, and wanted to share. I'm not sure where I stand on his art vs. intellect debate, but I have enjoyed reading nonetheless.

Simple people, people who don't exist, prefer things which don't exist, simple things.

"Good" and "bad" are simple things. You bomb me= "bad." I bomb you= "good." Simple people(who, incidentally, run this socalled world) know this (they know everything) whereas complex people--people who feel something--are very, very ignorant and really don't know anything.

Nothing, for simple knowing people, is more dangerous than ignorance. Why?

Because to feel something is to be alive.

"War" and "peace" are not dangerous or alive: far from it. "Peace" is the inefficiency of science. "War" is the science of inefficiency. And science is knowing and knowing is measuring.

Ignorant people really must be educated; that is, they must be made to stop feeling something, and compelled to begin knowing or measuring everything. Then (then only) they won't threaten the very nonexistence of what all simple people call civilization.

Very luckily for you and me, the uncivilized sun mysteriously shines on "good" and "bad" alike. He is an artist.

Art is a mystery.

A mystery is something immeasurable.

In so far as every child and woman and man may be immeasurable, art is the mystery of every man and woman and child. In so far as a human being is an artist, skies and mountains and oceans and thunderbolts and butterflies are immeasurable; and art is every mystery of nature. Nothing measurable can be alive; nothing which is not alive can be art; nothing which cannot be art is ture: and everything untrue doesn't matter...

Where's Danny?

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For those concerned few (and I do mean few) who are wondering who has kidnapped Danny and forced him to stay away from the blog for almost a week, worry no more. In a fit of madness, he volunteered to serve at two weeks of summer camp, one high school and one (gulp) junior high. He told me to post in his absence, but my bloglines account isn't working and I can't figure it out. Translation: I'm not Danny.

Emma and I went to visit him at West Central Christian Service Camp in LaMonte, MO today. On the way, I listened to my "new" Counting Crows CD (August and Everything After--my absolute favorite--its tape form was borrowed and never returned) which we downloaded from allofmp3.com. As far as we know, this site is completely legal, and oh so cheap. If I had owned this CD at the time of my CDs I can play without skipping a song post, it would have definitely made the list.

Duck and Cover

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Public Domain movie of the day: Duck and Cover

This makes today's terror alert paranoia look like nothing.

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