Sunday, November 28, 2010

US Government Seizure of 76 Websites

Not even a week after discussing the closure of Limewire, another article arises about government control of the internet.  Here's a great article from about how the DHS (Department of Homeland Security) is seizing websites, some unwarranted for copyright infringements.  Does it seem odd that Homeland Security is concerned about copyright laws?  Is this the response to eventually controlling Wikileaks?  Sure they are closing down the pornography sites little by little and such but come on doesn't big government have larger concerns at this point.

Is this truly where are resources and funds are being centralized for?  The picture left is from concerning Congress's lame-duck session, where Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-VT) introduced the bill for Combating Online Infringement and Counterfeits Act (COICA).  Critics state the bill is too broad in giving government control to block access to any Web domain that hosts copyrighted material without permission.  Opponents of this bill express concerns of global internet freedom and first amendment right to free speech.  The Electronic Frontier Foundation has compiled a list of possible sites targeted for closure.

The United States Constitution was created for the people, by the people and of the people to safeguard totalitarian waste of resources, and as world leader's, the U.S. has been setting some poor examples.

Friday, November 26, 2010

The Schematic Touchscreen

We are on the outer edge of the future with the aid of technology.  The visual world has shifted beyond any scope prior to any generation. The Cannes Lions, trade show for the advertising industry exhibited the LA agency's Schematic, which a multi-touch, mult-user interface screen that recognized identification users using RFID badges.

According to Serge Jesper's site, Webkitchen:
"The massive display gives attendees instant access to the complete festival program, 3D maps of the event and surrounding area, and information on local restaurants and bars. The Touchwall also helps delegates schedule meetings with each other and trade contact information via email. The presentation layer is built with the Flex 4 framework and runs on Flash Player 10."

The concept, hopefully will bring people closer via proximity and in conjunctive collaboration by just standing next to each other and interacting in front of the giant screen.  While Hollywood has used the concept in movies like Minority Report and television shows, like CSI Miami and NCIS Los Angeles has duplicated the crafted technology for real time usage in information retrieval.  The future is here rather than at the cusp of civilization.

Everything's Big in Texas/The Cowboys Jumbotron
Guinness Book of World Records Largest Monitor:

Thursday, November 25, 2010

The End Of Limewire and Our Rights to Freedom in Music

The orgasmic climatic end is here.  I admit, I did it and without regret.  The world wide web assisted my compulsion to possess music without payment.  On occasion, downloads were interrupted with viral ads but I had an ad hoc agenda.  The internet changed the way we live in more ways than one, in fact more than 2 million reasons as Google searches has per day.  While my current life balances between lawful and unlawful behavior as I monitor our own government's purpose in enforcement with proclivity for due diligence to honor and respect principles for the welfare of society, I find downloads through Limewire relatively indulgent but a form of resistance from corporate entities intruding on our rights to freedom.  The technology exists and now existed for masses to find the soul within with the aid of music.

The exodus occurred within a decade as support networks, like Limewire allowed substance for our mass consumption for it's value was a rarity in the free gratuity of the internet.  The release of sound confined by corporate and industry magnets, who priced a song, artist, venue and image for each nickel and dime had cease shortly to exist. Although, the world wide web, alias for the Wild Wild West had allowed our freedom to reign as music reached avenues beyond mass media but into the very frame of a computer monitor at home. The shift in thought occurred with the multitude of expressive generosities found in music.

The relative new commodity of music is truly only 50 to 60 years ripe, with the sounds of television jingles mingling in our minds reminding us of products to buy.  There were no commercial jingles of what to buy or what to follow with Limewire, all we had to do was "squeeze the limes."  We had freedom to explore every memory, every notion and every curiosity with the help of programs like it.  What is that saying that when life hand you lemons, make lemonade?  Well, when life hands you limes and then takes them away, there's only a sour taste left.  The fear is that the internet will replicate the greed with restrictions in all aspects.  "He who controls the past controls the future, and he who controls the future controls the past." - George Orwell's 1984

Music is a conduit for us all to go into the past and future and now it has been placed with a price tag.  So with the end of Limewire, I bid adeiu and it's bittersweet as a believer in music's ability to heal, I see many of us are going to need more band-aids in the times to come.

The removal of Limewire is the equivalent of George Orwell's 1984, Chapter 3
and if we must live in silent times, we must read once more

"We shall abolish the orgasm. Our neurologists are at work upon it now. There will be no loyalty, except loyalty towards the Party. There will be no love, except the love of Big Brother. There will be no laughter, except the laugh of triumph over a defeated enemy. There will be no art, no literature, no science. When we are omnipotent there will be no need of science. There will be no distinction between beauty and ugliness. There will be no curiosity, no enjoyment of the process of life. All competing pleasures will be destroyed. But always—do not forget this Winston—always there will be the intoxication of power, constantly increasing and constantly growing subtler. Always, at every moment, there will be the thrill of victory, the sensation of trampling on an enemy who is helpless. If you want a picture of the future, imagine a boot stamping on a human face—forever." - 1984

Sound Off
A rolling stone fell on a babylon system as the riders of the storm discovered that the sound remains the same as we were 2,000 light years away, an american idiot gives an american eulogy for a green day when we all said, give peace a chance because there ain't no mountain high enough, but we returned to be a smooth criminal, as you are not alone to scream mercy, mercy me.  The material girl was hungry like the wolf cause I got a feeling I can't be tamed because I walk the line back to my roots.  Today it's just a bad romance because we can't be friends, you ridin solo and I love the way you lie but I'm not afraid and I'm right above it, living a teenage dream.  So go ahead, be cooler than me and know I love you just the way you are. 

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

To Draw or Not to Scrawl

The most amazing things can occur in today's day and age with the onset of technology.  From public access, the creative engines fuels the need to create, ruminate or investigate wonders of the world, the ideas keep building small communities that never existed prior to the internet or world wide web.  It goes beyond the imagination although many minds are finding time, energy and happiness in the pursuit.  One very prime example is and is an unique site not acknowledge on Wikipedia, although masses group together to be joint collaborators for visual art in the form of web graffiti.  It is often a competition or global challenge and victors show evidence of their abilities to unite as well as create.  The beauty and subversiveness of the site is that is relatively anonymous, much like real tagging or graffiti.  The everchanging Macroflash project is phenomenal.

One blogger, Crissxcross who's used the program for her artistic venture has a more concise outlook on the purpose, methods and history of the site.

Essentially its for the artistic internet geek that looks to flex some muscles and often does so in elegance.  It seems as the second drawball is able to protect some notable pieces of work more than the first one.  The concept is fantastic and the obscurity of the program and everything about it is one the last frontiers in creative expression.  As for capitalists gain, Drawball is removed from such monetary domination as it's unknown qualities attracts the clever and gifted to a virtual pen and round space.