“If a Sith lord really wanted to mess with people he’d call himself Darth Fruitbasket or something. Then when he shows up with the planet killer gun everyone would be like like “Whoa, what!?”.”—Mike Krahulik (Penny Arcade)
I didn’t intend this to be SOPA day, it just kind of happened. You should read the statement by Vox Media. The whole thing.
Copyright law in the United States hasn’t been seriously rethought since 1998 — before Google was really even a company, let alone before social networks like Twitter and Facebook and services like YouTube built empires out of regular people sharing content with each other. It’s no wonder the law feels out of touch with reality, and SOPA is so rooted in that obsolete model that it’s almost offensive to anyone who’s been paying attention.
Here is my not-at-all-anticipated top 5 games of 2011.
Batman: Arkham City
Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword (unfinished because I’m moving, but so damn charming)
Gears of War 3
Two notes. I haven’t found the time to play Mario Land 3D or Mario Kart 7 but I’d bet one of them would have made this list if I did. I also didn’t play Skyrim because Elder Scrolls just isn’t for me. Sorry.
As I said last year if you have a problem with this list you can take some solace in knowing that it effects absolutely no one. If you really want you can email NerdologyProject(at)gmail(dot)com and we can fight about it.
Go a head and laugh, the people at my new job certainly are. A 7 inch tablet running Android 2.3? That’s the thing you like best in this world of iPads and Ice Cream Sandwich? Yes. Mock me if you want, but the preloaded Notes app with great stylus integration coupled with Evernote syncing has made the Flyer indispensable to me for work. So laugh if you want, but I like it just fine.
SOPA and PIPA are the effective equivalent of blowing up every road, bridge, and tunnel in New York to keep people from getting to one bootleg stand in Union Square — but leaving the stand itself alone.
… at its simplest level, SOPA is a kneejerk reaction to the fundamental nature of the internet, which was explicitly designed to ignore outmoded and inconvenient concepts like the continuing existence of the United States. Because US copyright holders generally can’t drag a foreign web site into US courts to get them to stop stealing and distributing their work, SOPA allows them to go after the ISPs, ad networks, and payment processors that are in the United States. It is a law borne of the blind logic of revenge: the movie studios can’t punish the real pirates, so they are attacking the network instead.
"One officer was able to hit the man with his Taser, but the suspect then broke the Taser wire with his light saber"
Seriously though, LA Times, lightsaber is one word. The word is so mainstream it isn’t even underlined in red as I type this post. Also the quickest Google search of “light saber” yields the Wikipedia entry for “Lightsaber.” One word.
It would be great if there was a button on Tumblr that could add the music in my dashboard to my Rdio/Spotify/iTunes library. That way I could listen to the days music together on my way home from work, or over the weekend.
I’d even settle for a way to sort my dashboard by kind of update. So I could see all the music or videos that my friends are posting.