Thursday, January 19, 2012

Who REALLY loses to “Piracy”? An open letter to all media moguls.


I’m sure my little rant here will amount to nothing in the big picture, but as a former “pirate” I think I have an opinion on the subject.

I used to pirate everything. Software, music, movies, you name it. It was all stuff that I would NEVER buy otherwise, regardless of price, but I downloaded it anyway just to see what it was. And then, wouldn’t you know it. I found I actually LIKED and USED some of the stuff I downloaded. I deleted the rest.

Finding something nice, and/or useful in the pile of what was basically trash caused me to actually go out and BUY said software, music, and movies. Piracy has not cost you a cent, however it has GAINED you hundreds of dollars which I otherwise would not have spent. Now I am running my machines on 100% “legal, purchased” software. This same story can be retold by hundreds of thousands of people on the internet. Another DJ friend of mine who shall remain nameless did not like Lady GaGa until she downloaded one of her albums and gave it a listen. She is now a self-proclaimed “Little Monster” and has purchased many of her albums (which she otherwise would NOT have purchased). I have more personal examples, but will not list them all here.

My point is, and all you “old school” types who worry about your “lost profits” due to piracy, Piracy does NOT actually cost you a damn penny. It only serves to get your product out to more eyes than would otherwise see it. In return, your get SALES that you otherwise would NOT have seen. So, how can you say you are losing money, when in fact, you are GAINING!

Even pirates realize that the only way to get more and better software, games, and movies is to support the artists and companies which produce said media. This means they need money. So, if you give us something WORTH our money, you WILL GET our money.

You may not make “as much” as you’re used to, as the entire distribution method is changing. This is what really scares you. No more CD’s, and little other physical media. Everything is going digital. We are also willing to pay to download. So you profit margin is actually HIGHER per lower cost sale due to not having to produce and market the physical media. For a great example of someone giving away their stuff, encouraging piracy, and still doing quite well look up Jonathan Coulton, MC Lars, The FuMP, and many other musical acts making money from giving their stuff away.

Instead of worrying about someone stealing your crap, how about putting out some content that we would say outright – I want that! And then pay for it.

I can’t promise I won’t pirate something again. Every now and then I see a piece of software I think I could use/need, but the trial version is usually crippled in some way and I can’t see if it’s really what I want. So, I “pirate” it and test it. If I like it, I buy it. If I don’t like it, it gets uninstalled and deleted. Nobody lost a thing, and there was a possibility for you to make some cash.

Now, I know your greedy lawyers would never see this side of the argument, but if anyone with a clear, common sense head on their shoulders would just THINK about this side of the issue, maybe, just maybe, you could relax a little. Maybe work WITH the internet to find new avenues of distribution/access/income to meet the 21st century head on, instead of holding on so tight to the 80’s….

Give in a little to parody and “fair use” (protected by law, btw). The more eyes that see your stuff, that otherwise wouldn’t could only lead to more sales, and it didn’t cost you a cent in advertising or promotion. Sharing and word of mouth work a lot better than pop-up ads and outrageous lawsuits for downloading a song.

We’ve been through this before with cassette tapes. You fought, you lost. You tried it with CD’s, you fought, you lost. You will lose this one too. The only thing all these “anti-piracy” acts, protections, etc. do is to stop an otherwise honest person from ‘stealing’. The ‘real’ pirates will still know how to get around you and any blocks you attempt to put up. There is a ‘dark side’ to the web unknown to most, where ANYTHING can be found and shared.

And, to bring this rant up to date, it seems Anonymous is taking a strike back tonight on some of the major players in this latest debacle.

Learn to let the internet BE the internet. Learn to USE it, not fight it. We WILL pay you for content worth paying for. That in itself will solve your “piracy problem”.

Now, I’m going watch my rented (not purchased yet however) copy of Avatar on blu-ray. If it’s worth it, I’ll buy it to replace the DVD copy I bought. All because I downloaded a torrent of the movie and liked it. Do the math. That’s TWO sales due to ONE act of “piracy”.


Friday, December 30, 2011

Happy New Year!

As this year finally draws to a close, it is a bittersweet ending. Once again it’s been a year of ups and downs. The good news is that’s ending on a good note.

I have made and/or solidified some friendships, got a job I can do and enjoy to eventually get off disability and become a ‘contributing member’ of society again. With all that went wrong, Grandma is still hanging in there and still with us to celebrate ANOTHER new year (this will be her 97th). So, overall, not a bad year after all.

Looking forward to 2012 – assuming the interpretation of the Mayan calendar is wrong – I have a few new video projects in the works, job is going to go to full-time w/benefits, and who knows what else is in store. For once, I’m going into this new year with a positive outlook and hope I’m not disappointed.

I wish you all, dear friends and readers, the happiest of new years, and hope all goes as well as can be expected in your lives. There will be happiness, there will be sadness and loss. This is life. But overall, may your year be blessed (by whatever you hold to be sacred).

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Sunday, December 25, 2011

Merry Christmas!

Ruminations and requests:

Dear friends and readers,

If you are reading we have made it through another bittersweet year. Some have gained, some have lost, and life goes on. Take time during these holidays (whatever one you celebrate) to enjoy and appreciate all the people and things you do have in your life. A good example would be just the ability to be reading this makes you a part of the small percentage of the world that CAN. #FirstWorldProblems

Whether we are friends online or in meatspace (or both) know that you are all in my thoughts today especially. Being bi-polar, single, lower-income, living with mom and grandma as (excuse the language) “house nigger”, and not seeing my daughter for the last 20 something years, the holidays can be a very trying and depressing time for me. Over the years I have grown lonely and bitter. But now, having a big, basically loving family, and many, many, various online friends, I am no longer so bitter and lonely. Through years of therapy and medication I have learned how to handle the mood swings reasonably well. So thank you to you all for looking past the BS and still being my friends.

I hope you all are enjoying your holiday and that life treats you well. If you wanted something, I hope you got it.

For the new year, I promise to be the same smart-assed, friendly, filthy, offensive, disgusting Doctor you have grown to know and love. If not more so. Please use the comments section here, or contact me via email with your questions about men, women, relationships, well, basically ANYTHING, and I will post NO BULLSHIT, UGLY TRUTH, answers here.  Keep in mind that nothing will be meant personally and sometimes will be said jokingly, but will always be HONEST. I have 53 years of experience to share with those who want to know what to really expect out of life. I’ve had more jobs, and more ups n downs than most people, and can offer my ‘unique’ perspective on life. I think this could be a fun thing to do, and make for a very interesting blog, so please contribute and share.

All I want for Christmas is for you to watch my video, give it a thumbs up and/or comment, and maybe even subscribe to my channel as I have more videos in the works as I type this. My channel is

Now, watch and enjoy!

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Bit off more than I can chew?….

   I can’t say a lot about what’s going on, but I got myself involved in a project that has ended up driving me nuts! All I can say is I’m making a video. Program has crashed twice doing simple procedure and getting it working again properly is proving almost impossible. Which is strange, as this is professional level editing software. Luckily, I also have the prior (not as advanced) version of the program and it seems to handle to process flawlessly.

     The problem is that I am QUICKLY running out of time. Gathering the required clips, editing them down, then finding the right transitions and effects to use, not normally a problem, but this damn “work” thing is really getting in the way. Not to mention 2 MANDATORY Christmas parties to show up at.

To the person in charge of this project: If you are reading this, don’t worry, I made a promise and I intend to keep it, but I have a few minutes here to blow off a little steam while waiting on a conversion….

On the plus side, I’m too fucking busy to get depressed over the holidays this year!!!

Friday, December 9, 2011

Gimme my 4G dammit!

Okay, I'm giving in. I love Sprint, don't get me wrong, but they STILL aren't even close to giving me 4G in this area. I'm not going to pay what they want to buy a mobile hotspot and it's associated fees and caps. And, turning my phone into hotspot is same limitations in speed and data caps.

So, long story short, I looked into T-Mobile's 4G coverage in my area (great), and plan pricing (fair, unlimited with throttle after 3GB but that's okay). I got myself mobile hotspot and plan - we shall see how 4G actually compares to 3G for loading my maps and stuff during the day. It comes tomorrow, so report will arrive soon.

Saturday, December 3, 2011

It’s Friday! Is it really? Because it sure doesn’t feel like it…

It’s been one of those days…

Not a bad day out driving. The sun was shining through the clouds and the traffic actually wasn’t too bad for a Friday (as long as I stayed away from the malls). But the problems started after work. Went through hell trying to get clients karaoke database restored and working. Then when I come home, I find out MY computer decides its doesn’t want to connect to my network printer anymore. I uninstalled some shit, then reinstalled the printer and it seems to be working, but I’m a little concerned. Was there a corrupted driver, or did that virtual machine I installed have something to do with it?

I’m thinking I may spend the weekend doing a wipe/reinstall, just for the hell of it as I have been doing a LOT of experimenting with software and settings and may have inadvertently frakked it up myself. Also, now that I have decided to make this my “main” computer, and the desktop my “powerhouse” work machine I want to redo the setup and possibly the OS anyway. And it will give me an excuse to ‘be busy’ and unavailable for mom’s little shit. In fact as I write this entry, my mind is getting made up. Now the question becomes whether to start tonight and pull an all-nighter, or go to bed and start in the morning.

I haven’t seen any comments or questions yet, so I don’t really have a topic for today. Guess I’ll just have to come up with some rants and see what happens. Do you have any burning questions about life, relationships, or really just about anything. I guarantee I have an opinion. Just leave any comments and/or questions in the comments section or email me direct if you have it.

Good weekend everyone.

Thursday, December 1, 2011

December 1st 2011

It’s been a long day. Did quite a bit of driving, long runs. I like it that way. It gives me lots of time to listen to my podcasts and stuff. It’s really nice to have a job where I just get instructions of what needs to be done and then I’m just ‘let loose’ to get it done. No one looking over my shoulder all day, no pressures, just have to deal with all the other ‘idiots’ on the road – especially in bad weather. Today however, was a beautiful day and traffic wasn’t too bad.
What also is nice is that the boss is constantly being surprised by what I actually am capable of doing. After working for him for almost a year, he just now realized that I have a chauffer’s license! Or that I knew how to work a power saw. I literally had to pull him aside and say “I’m 53 years old, bi-polar, job-hopper. There isn’t much in this world that I DON’T know how to do (or can learn quickly).” From what I understand, he’s just not used to someone with an actual brain in their head. <insert chuckle here>
Right at this moment I am testing two things. 1. Testing the setup of Live Writer interface with Blogger. 2. Testing the tether to my phone now that I have it rooted and don’t have pay to my un-named cellular carrier even MORE money for “unlimited” data. So far, both seem to work fine.
Now, it is late. I think I shall call it a day. Nothing really exciting happened today, but need to make notations anyway.
Thanks for reading.