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CASIO KEYBOARD with STAND – $150

Posted in Fun with Craigslist by admin on the April 15th, 2011

This is funny enough…

THIS HAS NEVER BEEN PLAYED AS A KEYBOARD.

It’s never been played as a keyboard? Well, then what has it been played as?

The answer:

MY MOTHER IN-LAW PURCHASED IT THROUGH QVC FOR $359 JUST SO SHE COULD LISTEN TO THE PRE-RECORDED SONGS… I KNOW : )

MILs, got to love ‘em.

Google moves to compete with cable TV

Posted in General,internet by admin on the April 8th, 2011

Last year I predicted that Google would eventually turn YouTube into its own virtual TV network. It looks like my prediction was right. Google plans on spending 100 million bucks to get original online programing.

The main stumbling block for Google is that the cable companies own most of the pipes to our homes. That’s why they’re putting up bandwidth restrictions. To keep us from dumping high-priced, but increasingly unnecessary, cable TV and watching everything online.

Maybe that’s why Google bought up all that dark fiber?

Gee, I’d hate to own a major music label nowadays

Posted in Copyright,Music by admin on the April 5th, 2011

Gee, I’d hate to own a major music label right now. As I’ve written about previously, song writers and recording artists are going to be able to start getting back their copyrights in 2013. That means the labels might lose control over a huge backlog of music.

If that’s not bad enough, the labels might owe billions of dollars to artists for the digital licensing of their music, e.g., music “sold” on iTunes and Amazon.

And not to mention that Rebecca Black was able to get a top ten single without any label support. If a no-talent nobody can do it and get to keep most of the money and the copyright for herself, why would anyone sign to a label? Especially established artists.

These problems make the loss of sales to P2P look mighty insignificant in comparison.

First Amendment Right to Totally Make Stuff Up

Posted in Copyright,General by admin on the April 5th, 2011

Sometimes we take our Constitution for granted in the US. It’s hard for us to even imagine a society that does not provide a right to free speech or the right to practice the religion of our choice. (Or to not practice a religion, in some cases.)

Case in point: China’s General Bureau of Radio, Film and Television is banning time travel movies and shows. Specifically, situations where people travel back into time.

Why? Well, the Bureau feels that these shows disrespect history. And even worse, “many” of the “stories are totally made-up.” (God, the horror! Is there anything more insidious than historical fiction?)

Also in the same blog post we learn the same Bureau is banning any filmed remakes of the Four Great Classical Novels of China. The problem with these modern remakes is that they’re rushed “with lots of changes of the original stories.”

In our country, someone can add vampires to Lincoln’s story and those who like it can enjoy it, while those who feel disrespected are free to feel so.

Well, unless there are copyrights to protect. Then it’s perfectly legal to ban books.

Update – April 7, 2011

Mike over at Techdirt.com has written this up also.

The Pen is Mightier than the Printer

Posted in Courtroom Conversations by admin on the April 5th, 2011

I’m the dummy in this conversation. We lost power this morning at work and a co-worker was talking about how she put up some notes to let people know we were closed. I asked,

How were you able to print out notes without a computer or printer?

She looked at me like I was stupid, rightfully so.

What a great scam…

Posted in Music by admin on the April 5th, 2011

Sometime ago Madonna (the singer) decided to build school in Africa for poor girls. She raised 18 million dollars in donations to build that school. (God, can you imagine the awesome school you could build in the third world for 18 million bucks?!)

Anyway, people are now noticing that nothing is being done with the millions and millions of dollars she’s collected. There are no current plans to build any school in Africa or anywhere else.

Instead of rolling up her sleeves and getting to work getting the school built…. (Seriously how hard would it be to have a school built?! The hard part is getting the money to build it. After that you just hire some people and it’s built. What’s taking so fricken long?!)…. Madonna has taken a different approach.

Instead of using the 18 million she’s currently raised, she wants to raise even more and build an even bigger school.

“I realize that the plans we had in place for the Raising Malawi Academy for Girls simply would not serve enough children. My original vision is now on a much bigger scale. I want to reach thousands not hundreds of girls. I want to do more and I want to do it better.”

So what happens when she gets enough money to build a school for thousands of girls?! Will Madonna suddenly decide she wants even more money to build a school for millions of African girls?

What a fricken scam. Get people to give you money. Spend it. When those charitable souls complain about you not spending the money as you promised, hit them up for more!

Madonna may suck as a musician, but she’s got the business world down cold.

I think I touched a nerve…

Posted in Fun with Craigslist,Logic by admin on the April 4th, 2011

Some guy was selling a used amp on Craig’s List for hundreds more than you can buy new. Some other guy pointed it out. The first guy got mad and made fun of the “CL Cop.” He called him pathetic, claimed he still lived at home, never got laid, etc.

I had to respond:

Think how pathetic a person has to be to police peoples ads everyday

I agree. Guys that police CL are pretty pathetic. But you know who’s worse? Guys who try to sell used equipment for hundreds more than you can buy it new.

The CL cop may be pathetic. But the other guy is a crook, in my humble and subjective opinion.

If you’re tired of CL cops flagging your stuff, stop trying to rip people off. Problem solved. No more CL cop, and no more crook.

He didn’t like that one bit, here’s his response:

CRAIGLIST CAN DO WITHOUT ANY OF U BONEHEADS. LET PPL MAKE THEIR OWN CHOICE. BUNCH OF BITCHY DEMOCRATS.
WE DONT NEED ANY OF U TO HELP US MAKE CHOICES. THIS IS AMERICA. ANYONE CAN SELL ANYTHING AT ANYTIME. IF U DONT LIKE IT….BRACE YOURSELF…
DONT BUY IT. WOW THERES SOME REVOLATION FOR ALL U FOOLS.

Here’s my response back:

BUNCH OF BITCHY DEMOCRATS

So you’re a Republican? Gee, I thought Republicans were in favor of law and order, high moral standards, believing in God, the Golden Rule, and all that stuff they taught us in sunday school? But yet you want the right to rip people off? Apparently, Republicans only get upset about crime when they’re the victims .

THIS IS AMERICA. ANYONE CAN SELL ANYTHING AT ANYTIME. IF U DONT LIKE IT….BRACE YOURSELF…DONT BUY IT

I also thought that we had a right to free speech in America? You know, that little document called the US Constitution? But yet you want people to shut up. So do you support our Constitution or do you want to burn it like a commie?

Anyway, what’s with all the anger? Maybe you should go and take a nap.

I don’t think he’s gonna like that one bit. Stay tuned…

Who owns Friday?

Posted in Copyright,General,Music by admin on the April 4th, 2011

I was going to spend a lot of time writing about the copyright intricacies involved in the awesome Rebecca Black song Friday.

The issue is interesting (well, at least to me) because Miss Black is not signed to a label. Usually, i.e., always and forever, the label holds the copyright to the music and collects all the money while the artists get paid in peanuts.

However, the song Friday was released by Ark Music Factory, which is not a music label. That company will write and record songs and videos for kids whose parents are rich enough to pay. Apparently, Black’s mom paid 4 grand for the song and video of Friday.

Well, legal blogger Aaron Moss already beat me to it. He wrote a very thorough over-view of the legal issues at play here. Check it out.