May 2007 Archives

ITunes Now WIthout DRM

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On a limited selection of songs.

Today they finally flipped the switch and put up the option to download non-DRMed versions of songs from EMI. Because of this I feel like I should show some support and go buy a few albums. This is the first time I have ever used the ITunes music store and I have to say; boy does the interface completely suck, at least if you are only interested in non-DRMed music.

While they have a pretty efficient browser interface that I would really like to use, it appears that there is no way to filter it to only show non-DRMed music. The only way that you can view only non-DRMed music is by selecting the "ITunes Plus" link, and then browsing through graphics heavy pages, with entires that can be sorted by release date, album name, or "featuredness" (whatever the hell that is) but not by artist, the only thing I am actually interested in sorting by.


However, I will still put in the time it takes to buy a couple of albums to reward EMI for making this extremely reasonable concession to what their customers want and deserve...

Updated - Oh crap. You can't even get all of the non-DRMed stuff in one set of browsable pages - you have to request it by genre first. This is just freaking stupid. And it looks like it only gives you five pages in each category, not all of the available music (unless by some weird coincidence there happen to be exactly five pages in each category - because I am sure EMI has just as much Latino Music as it does Rock.

Better Hope There Is No Hell...

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Jerry Falwell: Jackass, inhumanitarian, dead guy.

"I really believe that the pagans, and the abortionists, and the feminists, and the gays and the lesbians who are actively trying to make that an alternative lifestyle, the ACLU, People For the American Way, all of them who have tried to secularize America. I point the finger in their face and say 'you helped this happen.'"

"I hope I live to see the day when, as in the early days of our country, we won't have any public schools. The churches will have taken them over again and Christians will be running them."

Sorry I can't say anything nice about him. In fact, I should probably shut up before I let slip a "good riddence" or "about freaking time". Aw crap - too late.

So, over the last week music games have invaded the house. First it was the usual Dance Dance Revolution, nothing really special there. Then came Karaoke Revolution Presents: America Idol, which lets you make a fool of yourself and be mercilessly derided by the judges, including a very creepy 3D Simon. Turns out I do a pretty serviceable "Proud Mary", while Sara can kick ass on almost anything; she actually has a great voice. Finally Guitar Hero made its way in, tempting us with awful top 40 rock songs that we barely know. Sara, of course, rocks on it...I watch her play and advise (harass) from the peanut gallery. I do an alright "Shout at the Devil", but that's about it. In any case we are now going to go out in search of all the old versions of these games games - they have to be available used and the original Guitar Hero has ACE OF SPADES!!!!!!

I Can't Not Comment

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What a man reads, or even claims to read, speaks volumes about him. George Bush claims to be a fan of novels about remorseless arab killers, for example. Mitt Romney, on the other hand, is a fan of Battlefield Earth; possibly the most illiterate work of fiction ever published.

I could understand if Mitt was a Scientologist and had been brainwashed to like crappy scifi and Tom Cruise movies, but he's not; he's a Mormon who has been brainwashed to believe the writings of noted crackpot and polyamour Joseph Smith.

So this make no sense unless Mitt Romney really is just a pretty dumb guy that likes terrible books and doesn't understand that associating himself with L. Ron Hubbard and Scientology, however remotely, is a bad idea. If that's the case, this guy might actually be dumb enough to be president.

An Open Call for Fascism

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Today the Wall Street Journal is carrying an opinion piece by Professor Harvey Mansfield (author of last year's homoerotic, misogynistic screed "Manliness") that argues that the president should be above the law when it is convenient for him to be so.

I really wish that I could link to it, but it's behind a paywall, so you will have to find a copy yourself. A few choice quotes include:

"Much present-day thinking puts civil liberties and the rule of law to the fore and forgets to consider emergencies when liberties are dangerous and law does not apply. "

"A free government should show its respect for freedom even when it has to take it away."

If this was just a lone nutjob it would not be troubling. However, what Mansfield isdoing is simply laying out the case for a "strong Executive" that has been the foundation of the Bush administration. And he is doing it on the opinion page of the freaking Wall Street Journal, which more than implies that the conservative establishment approves of and encourages this kind of anti-american thinking.

Looking at today's news all I see are articles about the Newscorp buyout offer of the Wall Street Journal with lots of handwringing about the impact of having such an influential paper become part of the Fox News empire. Apparently people are blind to the fact that it's already publishing this modern Joseph Goebbels. (Oh dammit, here I had this great, thoughtful article and I had to go and spoil it by bringing up Nazis. Crap.)

Oh well. Thank god that I am a white male. I'll be fine until they come for the athiests and people who don't think gays should be killed.

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