Saturday, April 26, 2008
I Can Has Cheezburger has become the eBaums of Caturday.
Once again, greedy dot-commers make a goddamn fortune off of taking and hosting other people's content that they don't even have to pay for or have rights to, complete with a fagtacular Eric Bauman style watermark. Thanks a lot you Starbucks guzzling dick polishers, like I fucking needed to know where these images actually came from.
It's this kind of shit that makes me really fucking angry. Let's see here, not only are they taking content they don't own and rebranding it regardless of whether or not it was actually public domain, harvesting and hosting it for a profit even though they didn't make a single lick of it, and now they're TAKING CREDIT FOR THE WHOLE FUCKING IDEA. It's sad, but one of the people commenting has a good point; These days, with all these money grubbing Eric Bauman wannabes and work shy dot-commers looking for a quick buck, you absolutely have to keep track of everything you make.
Will we one day have to declare that original works posted on our image boards are subject to a collective license to protect our 'memes' from becoming someone else's million dollar products? Maybe an Anonymous Content Protection group? After seeing some of my shit hustled around the web to sites like eBaums, I began considering digital watermarking so if any of these assholes got class actioned I'd have proof for my case. Sadly even that's in vain, because Anonymous doesn't have the balls or the capital to take someone like Huh or Bauman to court and win. (The flip side to the, "That's capitalism, protect your shit or go home broke," argument. Protecting your intellectual property is an extremely costly affair, and when someone's making loads off of public domain works you made while you barely have a five figure income, how are you supposed to lawyer up against them?)
Thursday, April 24, 2008
Tuesday, April 22, 2008
I am the very model of an internet anonymous,
I regurgitate old jokes and spew forth stupid memes voluminous.
The chans provide me with a place were I feel false fraternity,
But all it does is cripple me, a virgin for eternity.
Your hours I will fritter with my whining and my sniveling,
And you're the one who pays for it, responding to my driveling.
My life's a mess and have no friends, yet still I am superior,
To challenge this belief will leave you nothing but the wearier.
I dwell in basements fantasizing sexual acts quite devious,
I download porn and fap to men and women nigh androgynous.
My learning is extensive but consists of mindless trivia,
Designed to fan my ego, which is larger than Bolivia.
The comments that I vomit forth, disguised as jest and drollery,
Are really just an exercise in unremitting trollery.
I say I'm plain and simple, but that's merely lies and vanity,
The gibberings of one who's at the limits of his sanity.
If only I could get a life, as many people tell me to;
If only IRL you knew, an asylum you would send me to;
If I were good at writing shit this might have better syllables;
If I could I would replace these lines with something more comfortable;
If I survive to twenty, which is somewhat problematical;
If what I post was more mature, or slightly more grammatical;
If I could learn to spell a bit, and maybe even punctuate;
Would I still be effective in my trolling with my faceless bait?
To stick me in Old Sparky and turn on the electricity
Would be a fitting punishment for all my plain stupidity.
But still I post the ancient jokes and spout the memes voluminous,
For I'm the very model of an internet anonymous.
Saturday, April 19, 2008
Rabble News has some interesting words to say about Project Chanology.
Regardless of what one might think of their cause, Anonymous will go down in Internet history as one of the first activist campaigns to successfully use web video to generate a ripple in the consciousness of the digerati, mobilizing hundreds of new activists.
For the first time in its existence, the Church of Scientology has met a formidable PR challenge that cannot be easily squashed in the courts. It will be interesting to watch, here from the sidelines, what happens next.
Interesting take. Don't let up.
Friday, April 18, 2008
Copy of letter:
Many say the email just gets bounced by spam filters. You may want to modify, or write your own email (feel free to use this as a template though!).
-Best wishes, TFoot
You may also be interested to know that the Scientology Office of Special Affairs (their secret police, ya go figure, what sort of religion has a secret police force) has been gloating about this:
Claiming that Mark Bunker represent 'hate speech'. The interesting irony is the Scientologist account has the motto
'WE ARE OSA. WE ARE LITIGIOUS! EXPECT US!'
If they seriously think that they can abolish free speech by branding anything critical of them as 'hate speech', they are sorely mistaken.
The above was written on the evening of Apr 17 2008 (Yesterday). Today the this account (torymagoo69) has been suspended. I assume this is merely the prelude to xenutv1 getting reinstated.
I DLed their video and took screenshots of their account. They will have their asses handed to them over this.
Its arguable where this should be emailed to.
I write to complain about the suspension of the account of Xenutv1. This account did not violate any copyright or contain any offensive material. This appears to be a barely concealed effort by Scientology to censor their critics by an abuse of the flagging system. Indeed it is difficult to contrive that this action could have been taken by anyone other than a Scientology 'moderator', or one coerced by Scientology.
I sincerely hope that you will see fit to reinstate this account, as the presence of an Emmy Award winning journalists such as Mark Bunker (Xenutv1) significantly increase the color and depth of the Youtube experience.
It would also show a distinct lack of character for Youtube to not stand up for the free speech of the 'little man' given that the core of the Youtube's business model is that media is provided by the free speech of the 'little man'.
Saturday, April 12, 2008
Friday, April 11, 2008
Tuesday, April 8, 2008
Nowdays I have a small social circle. My proper friends all went away to uni, they come back occasionally and I see them. Otherwise Im left with a couple of stoners who aren't particualr fun so I choose to avoid them when possible.
But the thing is, say a friend who is at uni comes up it's just the same thing every time. We go to my room, talk about what each other has been doing. Usally nothing interesting comes up. Discuss some other shit. Then it get's awkward, I just want to get back on the computer and browse /b/ or something, but they're still in my room so I cant. I mean, whats the fucking point. Unless my friends offer me something that I cannot do by myself then why bother having them come over. The conversations are never stimulating. I have yet to meet someone who is like me and have conversations about the kind of stuff I am into. I might be invinting one over to have a few quiet drinks with later this week, dunno why, I would rather have them by myself, but something is nagging at me to let him come over. Back in the day it was all fun and games, now it's just disscussion and possibly drinks. Nothing fun, anymore.
Monday, April 7, 2008
HELP PARTICIPATE IN THE BIGGEST RICK ROLL EVER! The NY Mets are having a vote to see what song they should sing during the 8th inning of their final season at Shea. Obviously, the logical choice if for everybody to choose Other and add Rick Astley - Never Gonna Give You Up. VOTE HERE.
Saturday, April 5, 2008
Chris Landers, the writer of this piece at City Paper Online as definitely lurked moar. Included are some interviews with someone ideological newfags:
Across the street, a man in a green eyeless mask says his name is "David." He traveled "many hours" to be here and is staying in a hotel. He puts it this way: "Am I here for the lulz? Oh, fuck yeah. Without /b/, you don't get the spectacle, and without the spectacle, nobody cares. These poor guys, Arnie [Lerma] and Mark Bunker and those guys, they've been doing it for years, but without the spectacle, nobody pays attention. You wouldn't have any fun. That's what /b/'s brought--it's brought some youth, it's brought some energy."
It's amazing to read an article about Chanology that 1) Understands Anonymous and 2) Brings something interesting to the table.
Friday, April 4, 2008
Wednesday, April 2, 2008
Tuesday, April 1, 2008
Takes the whole fun out of pranks if you can be sure that everything funny or weird you see on this day of pink that it's just a holiday sanctioned cute joke. Some news are easily recognizable hoaxes (like the thing with the ipod video player), others are less clear, but it doesn't matter. Everyone will doubt it anyway. The whole day everyone walks around with their hands covering their ears. You know what would be a good prank, if the shit going down at http://www.newgrounds.com/ was not a joke. If they saved it for April 1st, but then never went back to normal. People would be confused for weeks.
I suppose the RickRolling at youtube.com amuses me slighty, but it also annoys me. Is 4chan the only source of humorous original content on the internet? Or is referencing it show some sort of internet cred?
Scott at VGCats at least used the day to deliver a stinging burn to everyone's favorite webcomic idiot: