Darren Barefoot
Darren Barefoot


Thinking Chaos, Thinking Fences

This is for those who descend into the code
and make their room a fridge for Superman

August 3, 2003

While attending the mindless but enjoyable American Wedding, I was forced to sit through the latest round of anti-piracy propaganda from the MPAA. It's an ad featuring a bushy-bearded veteran set designer explaining how his career gets hurt by movie piracy. You can watch the load of bollocks here (I know, the interface confused me too).

This was just offensive on all sorts of levels. I almost got up, threw my Junior Mints at the screen and walked out of the theatre right there. It's one thing to have to watch all that advertising before a film, but another to be lectured to by some unionized set jockey. What the hell does he care about piracy? He's been working on feature films since The Big Chill--I'd say his position is pretty secure. And it's not like his wage is going to change because the Studios make a little less (or more) money. He's in a frickin' union! Has the MPAA been living in a cave for the past five years? Have they not watched the RIAA screw up this issue? Apparently all the MPAA has learned is to antagonize its customers. Tomorrow I'm writing to Canada's film distributors and the manager at the Granville cinema to explain the load of crap they're foisting on their customers.

It's notable that the MPAA has not used movie stars to caution viewers, the way the RIAA did. In truth, it's the stars who have more to lose. After all, if the studios have less money, then they're only going to pay Harrison Ford 15 million instead of 20 for his next movie. That's a serious pay cut.

By the way, on the MPAA's fear-mongering respectcopyrights.org, they offer their explanation of copyright. It's striking that (despite the fact they quote the relavent part of the constitution), they don't mention that copyright is only to be applied for 'limited times.'

Slashdot discusses this subject...that's what reminded me of the fiasco.

11:39:18 PM  Permanent link to this entry    Trackback []    Movies The Commons

ErosBlog (not safe for work) offers this excellent new term:

Porn Shui: noun, refers to the art of positioning oneself in one's office or cubicle so that one can surf porn undetected. Usage: "I have great porn shui- I face the hallway and the desk behind me is vacant."

Tell your friends. And by the way, nobody's said moose-tickler to me, so I guess it still awaits broad acceptance.

11:26:34 PM  Permanent link to this entry    Trackback []    Words

I took the new digital camera for its first outing today. We went hiking on a section of the Baden-Powell trail in idyllic Deep Cove (as the Web site indicates, 'a cottage community, a people place').

I'm seeking some nifty image management/photo gallery software that will automagically organize images and, ideally, upload them to a section of my site. A while back (I think it was her) Arwen recommended Gallery, but I may have some technical barriers to using that one. So, I'm open to suggestions. In the meantime, we're going decidedly low tech. There are some hiking photos, and a few from around town yesterday:



I wonder what the deal is with the sign in the last photo. Is somebody foaming at the mouth?

I'm also open to suggestions on optimizing my camera. Any digital photography tips are welcome. I'm an experienced analog photography, but unsure on the digital end of things.

11:22:44 PM  Permanent link to this entry    Trackback []    Photography