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Topic :
Site Updates
Importance to Humankind:
It's All That, and a Bag of Chips
Date:
Thu Aug 8 08:51:43 2002
Posted By
Ian

Finishing up some of the "site architecture" this morning. Let me know if there are any broken links or really stupid things going on. I'll be archiving this diablog page so the content will be fresh with our launch this weekend.

One of the only remaining concerns I have is that these people don't link to us...


Topic :
Job Hunting In Capetown
Importance to Humankind:
Depends on Where You Keep the Family Jewels
Date:
Tue Aug 6 23:16:30 2002
Posted By
Ian

Hmmmm. Looks like Michael Moore has been reading my parody news, The Liberal Elitist. He's formed his own Office of Homeland Security. By the way, if you visit that Liberal Elitist link, make sure to take the Iraq Attack poll. It's been up for months, and suddenly it makes sense again, if you've been reading the news.

Speaking of news, this strange job-hunting tale clearly takes the cake for today.

And Terry - I know you have some strong feelings about what to do in honour of September 11. Why don't you share them with CNN?


Topic :
Updates & Droplifting
Importance to Humankind:
Z-z-z-z-z-z-z
Date:
Mon Aug 5 23:17:24 2002
Posted By
Ian
A little behind on re-design & updates. These icon thingies take forever to design & resize, and when you're done, it doesn't look like you did anything. I also spent sometime downloading these audio files from www.droplift.org after reading about them at Adbusters . The idea behind their project is hilarious. Go read about it. I'm still in the middle of things, but take a look at the progress here . I don't think I'll finish tonight, but I'll keep plugging away.

Topic :
Can't wait for your retort and updates
Importance to Humankind:
holding my breath in anticipation for updates
Date:
Mon Aug 5 19:54:43 2002
Posted By
Terry
Ian, you rock....Thought someone should tell you. By the way, Moby wasn't naked in the video, but he was rocking my world. I want a streambox vcr and a partridge in a pear tree. More soon.
Topic :
Nude Moby Videos
Importance to Humankind:
The Will Run Like Lemmings
Date:
Sun Aug 4 22:56:05 2002
Posted By
Ian

Okay, if I understand what you're saying, you were downloading nude videos of Moby? Jeez, if I were your media player, I'd sputter too. I might even go a little further and crash your system....

Speaking of capturing video streams, there are lots of links to Streambox VCR, (why, there's one now!) and not much info about if it's okay to use it, just info about how Streambox (The Company) was sued by Real and stopped making the software. That's pretty funny, because (as stated on Real's own web site):

Prior to founding RealNetworks, Mr. Glaser worked for Microsoft from 1983 and 1993 in a number of executive positions, including Vice President of Multimedia and Consumer Systems.

And now they're in constant skirmishes with Microsoft over licensing and bundling issues, and competing head-to-head for the same market. Lucky, I guess, for Glaser that no-one squished him like a bug at the outset, like his Microsoft-inspired company does (or tries to do) on a regular basis to smaller innovators.. I downloaded RealPlayer 8 awhile back (10 megs over a dial-up, yikes) and not only did it have a War & Peace length EULA (click here), it regularly tried to dial out when I was't using it, and crashed more than any app I've installed in quite a while.


Topic :
ifilm, windows media player, movies on the net
Importance to Humankind:
in line
Date:
Sun Aug 4 08:56:15 2002
Posted By
Terry
Ian, this is an interesting subject. I have long been a visitor to ifilm, but hate watching movies on the net when they buffer and stop, sputter and skip. I usually end up just quitting. I watched a Moby video over their this morning and didn't have much problem with it, but that is rare. (Obviously my favorites are the clips with the nude celebs.)I read the link on Streambox and would love one of their VCRs. That sounds cool. I don't know much about this issue, but I think it would be good to cover it on our message boards. In some way it all links to DVD players and region restrictions and copying issues for home use. I think greed is the main motivator over the need to stop piracy. Lets get some discussion going on this in the message boards. I just woke up so I am going to check out what you have been up to.
Topic :
A lung for a lung
Importance to Humankind:
No Sleep Lost
Date:
Sat Aug 3 22:46:14 2002
Posted By
Ian

I guess that's one crime where "an eye for an eye" wouldn't work so well. Just spent some time at ifilm.com, downloading trailers, which they make nearly impossible. Got me thinking about a couple of things:

1.) Terry- have you ever browsed their site or thought of distributing trailers/small projects there?

2.) How does one make the distinction between "streaming" and "downloading"? If a file is "streaming" in my media player, there's no argument, it quite simply is in my computer as data. If I have a glitchy connection and use a download assistant like Streambox to temporarily download for offline viewing, how can a company like Real Networks claim it's illegal?

I think I might pursue this as a board topic. Which reminds me - I'll be re-designing those top-level pages tonight & tomorrow, as we discussed.


Topic :
Vampire Killer
Importance to Humankind:
go ahead, bite!
Date:
Sat Aug 3 12:31:45 2002
Posted By
Terry
The courts will have to decide a fit punishment and are torn between sinking the accussed in a tub of holy water, placing him in the town square at daybreak or allowing him to fight his way out of a sealed coffin with the "cannibal rapper."
Topic :
What Visitors?
Importance to Humankind:
Downgrade To Yellow
Date:
Sat Aug 3 12:16:03 2002
Posted By
Ian

Oh Boy! Another epidemic for CNN to talk about!

That part about "helping people find the things that entertain them and bring them small comfort" sounds dirty! I'll send you an email explaining how to insert images.


Topic :
Saturday
Importance to Humankind:
Red Alert
Date:
Sat Aug 3 09:16:56 2002
Posted By
Terry
Ian, I survived my first day back in the world of retail and enjoyed it very much. I enjoy helping people find the things that entertain them and bring them small comfort. I guess that explains why I am enjoying our site so much. It feels good to share with people the crazy things I love. How can I insert pictures into these blogs?Curious...I am going to see "Signs" tonight. Review coming soon.I hope people visiting realize that my reviews are not typical of other critics or sites. My aim is to only give a brief explanation of why a movie is great. I am not a film critic. There are other books and sites devoted to analysis. I'm just here to tell people about stuff that they might not have heard of and what I liked about it. It's purely subjective. This site is really shaping up. I hope visitors are enjoying it as much as I am.
Topic :
Are You What You Eat?
Importance to Humankind:
Pretty High, if this guy stays hungry....
Date:
Fri Aug 2 15:35:51 2002
Posted By
Ian
You think CNN's been bad, check out BET.com - Cannibal Rap. YIKES. I think I might need to unplug from the media for awhile...
Topic :
Why Johnny Can't Blog
Importance to Humankind:
Non-critical
Date:
Fri Aug 2 09:51:15 2002
Posted By
Ian
Terry- sorry to hear you had trouble posting here. As you can see, it's working, you just have to go to the re-located admin page. I'll re-send the location and passwords later.
Topic :
Some New Stuff
Importance to Humankind:
Well, Terry Slept Through It...
Date:
Fri Aug 2 00:05:58 2002
Posted By
Ian

Made a fair number of changes, especially the echobio page, the Diablog page, and the main page . I archived the blog because it gets kind of long, and slow loading pretty quickly. I'll keep tweaking the boards Friday, and upload some content in the books, music, and politics section. I think we can then apply for some of those programs, and invite some visitors to the boards. I think I'll re-publish "Fight Clubiminal", that thing with the screen grabs, and I have some new stuff.