Category Archives: General ranting and/or raving

My Problems with The Wheel of Time

I’m about halfway through Towers of Midnight: Book 13 of The Wheel of Time by Robert Jordan and Brandon Sanderson. It’s not a typo; this is the 13th 1,000-page book about the same exact people doing the same exact things. It has two authors. I am 25 years old; someone could write a book about my entire life, and it would be about 15 pages long. Even then, it might drag in some parts. The whole Wheel of Time series takes place over about 2-3 years. I can’t be specific because people magically teleport all over the place, so there is no reliable benchmark for time passing save when the author explicitly states “time has passed.” I am fairly confident it has been about 2 or 3 years since the beginning. I need to stop now, since I’m launching into my diatribe already, and I need to introduce the premise of this piece first. So, I’m reading the book now, and I decided to voice my complaints with the series instead of suffering in silence, which is not something I do usually. Suffering in silence, that is. I have set this up with numbers and topics.

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Watching Our Backs

A universally accepted indicator of economic prosperity is whoring your dog up to look like something it’s not. A clown, a policeman, a baby sheep. The possibilities are endless. According to this CNN article, the Chinese have started painting their pets to look like pandas and tigers. Judging by the pictures, the results are adorable. It seems like just yesterday dogs were a delicacy in a generally poor diet, and yet now they are a cherished part of the family. Cherished so much they need to be physically altered to resemble animals that weren’t regularly eaten until last year.

China, welcome to being the world’s #2 economy.

Later days,
Sagramore

8.9

As everyone most likely knows by now, Northern Japan was struck by recorded history’s 5th strongest earthquake Friday, March 11th. The death toll sits at about 4,000 right now, and is growing by the hour. The Fukushima Dai-ichi Nuclear Power Plant is losing reactors by the day, and power outages are affecting all of Eastern Japan. If you’d like to help, and do more than just read depressing facts online, please follow the links below to a few relief effort/donation sites.

Praying and wishing are great, but they don’t feed hungry mouths or build shelters.

The Salvation Army has a strong presence in Japan, and is a great point of contact.

All Hands is a smaller, but no less reputable, organization.

This is a Huffington post article with all sorts of links. I apologize for referencing the Huffington Post, but desperate times call for hyper-left wing blogs.

Later days,

Sagramore

Just Jeans

In a recent episode of the Colbert Report, Steven railed on Levi’s because of this little gem of a new product. Please see the picture to the left for a clarification; behold the Ex-Girlfriend jean! I’m assuming they are called that because your girlfriend would dump you after discovering you stole a pair of jeans too tight for her.  No, that’s not weird looking paint on the guy’s legs; it’s an actual pair of hyper-tight jeans. Just today another friend of mine, who shall remain nameless (Gary Wilson of Snellville, GA) linked me to the site and also ridiculed the product and attacked Levi’s for marketing it. Let’s get something straight here; they’re just jeans.

Do they look ridiculous? Yes. Would I be caught dead in them? Well, if I were dead I guess it would be up to whomever is dressing me up…but no, if I had a say in the matter, no. And this is coming from someone who also wears pretty damn tight jeans, but tight within reason. I have the legs for it, OK? But so what? If someone wants to wear these fashion grenades, why not?

Now, I’ve heard the jeans described as “all kinds of gay.” First of all, gays have pretty good fashion sense, and I’m fairly certain they wouldn’t be caught dead in those, either, unless someone else was dressing them up, of course. No, the Levi’s Ex-Girlfriend jeans are more tailored to the tastes of emo-hipster p♥♥♥ ies with thighs too thick to really make them work. You know,  Apple users. They provide good balance to thick rimmed glasses and stained, Marvel superhero T-shirts.  My nameless friend also rhetorically asked me “how does [someone] wear those?” My initial guess was “with pliers and impressive arm strength,” but then I realized he was asking the question in a more conceptual vein. But you know what? How does someone name their only son Kiefer? Some people make weird decisions; that’s life. Do we need to attack the Levi’s corporation because of it?

I then received a follow up rhetorical question: “Why do some women find that attractive?” In general I’m not so sure Levi’s selling a style of jean is necessarily indicative of women finding the said style attractive. But again, some women enjoy being lathered in 1,000 Island dressing while getting spanked by cricket bats. Are those women representative of general female-kind? If only! Am, I right? …ahem, moving on…Anyway, I really don’t know what percentage of women would find that style of jean attractive, but my guess is it would be less than the percentage who tolerate their boyfriends’ horrible fashion sense because they can talk about Jack Kerouac together over a Starbucks Latte.

So, people, let’s relax about all this, and cut Levi’s some slack. I mean, in the 80’s people wore white-washed jeans with elastic ankle cuffs; did the world end? No, that’s scheduled to happen in 2012.

Later days,

Sagramore

Open Letter

I ran across this article earlier today. It’s in Japanese, but I think you get the picture. Pair it up with the Samsung Galaxy tab they’re been advertising all over the place, and the signs are clear; it has begun. The race against the iPad is unfortunately well underway. I have some thoughts I’d like to share with Panasonic and other electronics companies.

Dear Panasonic, SONY, Samsung, et al.,

What are you doing? Why are you flooding the market with smaller, awkwardly-rectangular shaped iPad copies that employ a clunkier OS? Whose idea was this? Do your shareholders know you’re paying people to come up with this crap? Don’t you see that you’re playing right into Apple, that god damned evil empire’s hands?

You will not win this battle. That god damned evil empire Apple’s main strength is to invent random-ass gadgets people don’t need, and convince them they do need it. Then you all play right into their hands by copying them within a year. The minute a less-appealing, shitty version of that god damned evil empire Apple’s gadget comes out, it legitimizes that very gadget’s existence in the market. I mean, here’s what consumers thought in 2010: “Oh, the iPad. That may be interesting, but it doesn’t even have wifi or flash support…” Here’s what they think now: “since there’s 28 different versions of the iPad, then it must be a real thing, and something I should buy. But I will buy the actual original better version, and not some crappy copy with Google’s OS  casually shoved inside it like stuffing into a turkey’s ass.”

Conceptual arguments aside, your products cannot beat that god damned evil empire Apple’s. Why? Because they make  stuff better than you do. Trust me. I have an Android smart phone. It is exactly like an iPhone, but with a smaller screen and an OS as rigid as a Catholic school nun. The iPhone is way cooler, and functionally better. But I’m ok with it; I want my electronics like my women, cold and inaccessible. Hell, I’d still use DOS if I had my way. But then here comes that god damned evil empire Apple, with their pretentious stores, perpetually flooded with mobs of tech-fiend consumers, trying to get their fix on the shiny new toys. But you let them get away with it. Call them out on it! Macs are great for that dude in the turtle neck editing his black-and-white photo set at a Starbucks. But for those of us who don’t wear thick-rimmed emo glasses or pretend to like Bukowski, PC’s are the answer. You know, people who do real things with their computer, like check Facebook and play shooting games. Not to mention, their shit is expensive, yo. Their pricing strategy is basically taking the price of an equivalent PC and tripling it. Use that fact against that god damned evil empire Apple! But you don’t. You let them innovate, and introduce really cool shit, and then play catch up…incompetently.

Which brings us to another point…why is your stuff worse? The iPad has been out for 1 year; don’t release a smaller, less functional version of it! The iPod has been out for ever, and the mp3 player (what the category was called before the iPod) has been around even longer. Why do you sit at your desks with your dicks in your hands doing nothing, and let them invent touch screens and overpriced digital music stores?

But here’s the main reason you are losing. You merely create products; that god damned evil empire Apple manufactures categories. When you follow suit and dump your reverse-engineered copy onto the market, you’re forced to play their game, by their rules, and you make them look good! Dammit! For example, just look at the iPad. I’m serious, look at one. It’s a larger, non-portable iPod touch. That’s it. By normal electronic evolution standards, that should have come out first. They just lazily took the tech they already had and made it a size you can’t fit in your pocket. But they didn’t call it the iLargerPod, did they? No, they invented the whole new “pad” or “tablet” category or whatever. That shouldn’t have worked, but fast forward to today, and everyone and their grandmother owns an iPad, and has the heart-monitor App installed.

Not to mention, last Fall’s big announcement was the Beatles on iTunes. The Beatles! They’ve been around since the 60’s, and being able to download them for $1 a song is news? Raise the stock price a couple bucks and call it a day. Ridiculous.

Why do none of you see this? I don’t have any kind of business degree; I’ve never taken a marketing class. Yet I know these things. Here’s some individual advice.

SONY: Just stop copying people in general. Why are you spending billions in R&D to create a bad Wiimote controller for the PS3? The R&D has already been done!  Also, don’t price your products at twice the market average. Why does a Walkman with no touch sensitivity cost two iPods? (Post Edit: SONY recently revealed their upcoming 3-D tablet device…)

Panasonic: You copy everyone, even SONY, and they’re doing badly. Stop all this late-to-the-party crap with shoving blu-ray players and iPads onto the market, and come up with something of your own. Not to mention, your pricing strategy is the same as SONY’s, but for $10 less. You do use attractive women in your commercials and ads though; that’s appreciated.

Toshiba: You’re blander than a wooden fence. You have no personality. The only reason people buy your stuff is you’re the only half-way affordable Japanese electronics manufacturer. Come up with a colorful mascot or something, and try advertising.

Samsung: You’re actually doing ok. You provide quality, reliable products at very affordable prices. But don’t make iPad copies, please. Have you even seen your own pad? It’s just big enough to not be pocket size, but still to small to serve anyone’s possible needs.

American Electronics Manufacturers: Exist! Where the hell are you? GE? Other than run NBC and financial investment companies, what do you do anymore? Zenith, RCA? And we wonder why the economy is crap…we don’t have industry! Our super power status is based on managing finance and owning the world strongest armed forces. Well, I guess as long as the latter is true, we’re ok…

Indian Electronics Manufacturers: Hmm…I don’t think you do much internationally, but if you can provide us with cheap, innovative products, welcome to the Free Market!

Chinese Electronics Manufacturers: I just don’t trust you. You make everything for everyone else already, anyway.

African Electronics manufacturers: I don’t know anything about you, but I know Africa does have at least one computer since I get emails from Nigerian royal family members daily. Can’t wait for my investment to pay off!

I hope I didn’t leave anyone out unintentionally. I said nothing about Europe by design. Anyway, world’s electronics makers, please get pull yourself together, and don’t let that god damned evil empire Apple succeed anymore.

Sincerely,

Sagramore

Lessons in Chauvinism

We had a meeting in the office today, which isn’t so surprising in and of itself. That’s what we do here, is have meetings. It helps make work less efficient and last longer, so people can have an extra excuse or two to justify staying at their desk until 10 pm.

The meeting was a GOLF event (gentleman only, ladies forbidden). Or sausage fest, whichever term you prefer. I, personally, am partial to the one  that doesn’t inspire images of gay Germans. The meeting ran long, of course, there’s just so much to talk about. After about an hour, with no end in sight, or even within the realm of hypothetical consideration, people got thirsty. One of the managers decided it was time for everyone to have some tea. However, there were no women in the room. What to do? After about 10 seconds, the same manager turned to me and asked me to go out and get some tea for everyone. I didn’t want to because, you see, getting tea is woman’s work. It would set a bad precedent.

I said, “No; I’m not your waiter.”

You know how in anime, when something embarrassing or unexpected happens, people suddenly flip over upside down and fall? That basically happened in real life. After everyone regained their composure, re-got their shit together, the manager explained to me that since I was the youngest, it was my role to get tea for everyone. It is the Japanese way. By the by, I have discovered the best way to explain a concept that has no rational explanation is to dub it a “Japanese custom.” It’s like,  just being part of Japanese culture automatically makes something timeless and incomprehensible and magical: a rule that must be followed without question or consideration.

Anyway, I got up from my chair and walked over to the phone in the corner of the room, and dialed the accounting department. 5 minutes later, a 20-something girl walked into the room carrying a tray with 8 tea glasses and carefully set them in front of everyone.

When she was done, I looked at the manager and said “Actually, that’s the Japanese way.”

Everyone laughed, including the accounting lady, whom I had just humiliated. She only laughed because everyone else did; I doubt she actually found humor in the situation. She was out of the room for most of it, but i think she understood the joke, or at least its implications. But she smiled anyway.

She left the room, and presumably went back to her desk, where she continued doing her job as usual, no doubt taking a few more breaks during the day to get some older guy tea or coffee.  Did she think about what happened in that meeting today? Or was it just standard procedure? I had already left the office by then, but at 8 or 9 pm, she most likely clocked out and headed home. After 1 or 2 hours of crowded trains and slow buses, getting home was probably a relief. Whether she lives alone, in a small one-room apartment, or still inhabits her childhood bedroom at her parents’ house, I’m sure home provides some measure of escape and relaxation after her workday. Does she watch TV? Does she read? I don’t know how she spends her time off of work. She probably hangs out with friends, or goes out on dates. I wonder how much time she spends thinking about marriage and children? How long she thinks about her advancing age? Does she text friends a lot? Does she browse fashion magazines? Maybe she worries about her parents’ health. I don’t know.

However, I do know she doesn’t spend her time planning a career path, thinking about her possibilities for advancement. I know she doesn’t plan future vacations based upon higher wages. And I know she doesn’t dream about becoming a manager, leading her team to success, and navigating the corporate world. I know she spends zero time out of her day considering her myriad career options and future wealth and success.

And if you don’t understand why, I suggest you sit in on a management meeting sometime.

The Fair-Weather Bigot

I’m going to get a little political here, and I don’t know that much about law and politics, so I apologize, but I’m going to do it anyway. Also, please keep in mind I live in Japan, so my news is on a 3-5 day delay unless it involves sumo scandals or former J-pop stars caught with drugs.

So it seems a week or 2 ago a Florida pastor named Terry Jones organized and advertised a proposed Koran burning on September 11. I don’t know the details, but September 11 passed by without any Koran burning in Southern Florida. The good pastor canceled the event. There are 2 possible explanation. Either Pastor Jones got scared because the backlash and negative public pressure, or he never planned to do it from the beginning and just used it as a publicity stunt. For the rest of the article I’m going to assume the former is the case, since the latter is a fairly poorly planned marketing campaign. Any extra parishioners attracted by a promised Koran burning would probably be promptly disillusioned by the event’s cancellation. It is also conceivable the pastor had a change of heart, but I’m a pessimist so let’s not even entertain that thought.

Assuming Pastor Terry Jones genuinely planned and wanted to burn Korans, but canceled the party due to public pressure, I’d like to say something. Burning the Koran is a bad thing. No question. But deciding not to burn a Koran due to public pressure is even worse. All it does is reveal you to be a fair-weather bigot with paper-thin ideals. If you believe in something, do it. You’re allowed to demonstrate your beliefs in America. Show the world how narrow-minded and stupid you are! No need to hide.

What we have here is an opportunistic sectarian, who probably watched too much FOX news coverage concerning certain NYC mosque zoning plans, and got the mistaken idea unabashed Islam hating was en vogue.  Unfortunately, he jumped on the bandwagon a little too late, when the anti-NYC-mosque fervor had already died down. But there’s more. Pastor Jones’ big mistake was he didn’t realize there are degrees to bigotry. Devoting whole hours of negative news coverage to a proposed Muslim community 5 subway stops from the site of the World Trade Center is ok. After all, they can still worship Allah anywhere else, we’re not infringing on any existing right.  We’re just stopping them from building this specific mosque in this specific location. Exception to every rule, right? Makes perfect sense if you’re white and racist. But burning a religion’s holy book?! Totally different. Hard to argue you still respect Islam, and have nothing against Muslims in general etc. if you’re burning the Koran, is it? Plus, who hasn’t been involved in zoning disputes? Blocking a proposed mosque is really no different than stopping your neighbor from erecting that 12 foot tall fence that infringes on your property line. It would lower your home’s value by at least 12%! But book burning? No points of reference for that, unless you’re German and in your 70’s.

Which brings us to today’s theme: the low-calorie bigot, a phenomenon Pastor Jones failed to take into account when he tried to schedule a Koran burning. The no caffeine added racist likes to keep his true feelings to himself. He doesn’t act on his ignorance because he doesn’t want to be thought of as a bad person. But when easy, indirect opportunities to display hatred present themselves, he takes them. He renames French fries “Freedom Fries” when French people don’t want to support our manufactured wars. He votes to allow police forces to racially profile Latino immigrants (not on the same day he pays them $50 to landscape his 2.5-acre lawn, of course). He votes to ban gay marriage in California because being gay is totally cool and fine, yo. He probably has several gay friends, in fact. Just as long as they keep it to themselves. And when he sees a news story about  a Muslim **** build*****near*****World Trade Center*****. He gets mad, and protests. Why? Because all the above provide easy, anonymous avenues to act upon his true feelings. But lining up outside a church in Florida, no doubt with news vans nearby, and burning a Koran? The fair-weather bigot tucks his tail between his legs and stays home.

I’m not addressing the news and political figures who manufacture the above situations. They have their own set of incentives, and that’s a whole different discussion. But the target audience of news stories that feed upon uninformed patriotism is made up of people like Pastor Terry Jones. People who get on their podium, whether it be a pulpit or the family couch holding a beer, and proclaim the superiority and righteousness of their own ideals over others’, while never actually acting on those sentiments. To be clear, I do not support book burning, nor do I wish Pastor Terry Jones had gone through on his plans to burn the Koran. Honestly, I wish he had just shut up to begin with. But if Terry Jones does truly believe Jesus himself would have burned a Koran, and that Islam is such a terrible institution, then by all means burn that book. Hold your protests. Grow some balls, and act on your ideals. You are allowed to, as long as your actions do no break state and federal laws.

Wrong Number

So a few nights ago I got a strange call from a creepy old guy. Below is a transcript of the conversation translated in English:

Me: Hello (In English).

Creepy old man: Hello? (In Japanese)

Me: Yes, hello? (In Japanese)

Creepy old Guy: Aya-chan?

Me: No.

Creepy Old Guy: What do you mean, “no”? …so what’s up?

Me: I’m pretty sure you have the wrong number.

Creepy Old Guy: Don’t tease me you, bully.

Me: No, I really think you have the wrong number. I am not Aya-chan. I am a male foreigner. My name is—never mind, I don’t want to tell you my na-

Creepy Old Guy: Stop playing games! I love you!

I hung up at that point. Maybe living in Japan isn’t so great…

Downloading Media for Free is Theft

My partner Deprava, from the podcast not life, recently had an argument with certain people, who won’t be named (John Green, Zurabi Lominadze), about the legality/morality of downloading media for free. So I thought I’d give my 2 cents on the subject, unless someone takes the information from me for free, and then no one gets any cents. First of all, let me say I won’t argue the legality of downloading media for free because it is not legal. That is a fact. It’s written in legal codes and shit. If you try to argue otherwise you’re a moron. I’m going to address the ethical aspect.

In the interest of full disclosure, let me say that I do download TV shows, music, and movies for free. I’d like to say it has to do with me living in Japan and not having normal access to that media…but really, I do it because it’s free. However, what I do not do is invent fantasies or excuses for those actions. When I download the latest episode of True Blood, I am fully aware what I am doing is theft.

I’m not sure where the term “piracy” originated in the stealing media context, but it seems to be giving a lot of people a lot of wrong ideas about what it means to take a CD for free. Internet downloaders, make no mistake, you are not pirates. You are not swashbuckling romantic figures middle-aged housewives want to fuck, you are greedy, pimply introverts with too many computers and too much time on your hands, taking someone’s hard work for nothing. And yes, you’re taking someone’s hard work. Just because a CD says “Sony Music” on the packaging, doesn’t mean a group of 4 dudes with instruments who probably went through a lot of shit and tough times to get their big break and record with SONY music, didn’t put a lot of hard work into that cd.

“But I don’t want to pay $15.99 for a CD, because it only costs cents to make.”

Fuck you, and stop oversimplifying. First of all, when has a CD ever been $15.99 in the past 15 years? I remember buying CD’s at Media Play (may its soul rest in peace) in Middle School for $12.99 and under. You can buy CD’s on Amazon for like $10, and on iTunes they’re $9.99 ( I know iTunes is only a digital copy, but the point is still he same that you can get music for less than $15.99). So stop saying CD’s cost $15.99! Unless you live in Japan, where CD’s cost $30. Second, manufacturing a single CD costs less than 2 cents. But what good is a single CD? You need to package it, market it, distribute it, oh, and put music on it. Also, record companies don’t grab music for free out of a unicorn’s ass. Recording studios and developing talent also costs time and money. Now, all told, does a CD cost significantly less than $12.99 to produce? I’m sure it does. But record companies are a business, and they manufacture products for our consumption and their profit. Hollywood companies don’t spend $400 million making James Cameron movies for the good of the Earth. Or Pandora.

“Well, companies outsource now, so production costs have gone down, yet cd and DVD prices have remained constant.”

You’re totally right. Completely. Because all other production costs except labor always stay equal through time. And every single company on the planet produces its goods in Malaysia. And inflation doesn’t exist at all, and BOOM! (that’s my head exploding).

“Record companies should sell music like Radiohead did with In Rainbows and have people pay what they want.”

What is wrong with you?! How does this make sense? Just in principle, what gives consumers the right to decide how much they should pay for something? Companies have figured out a CD should be sold for $12.99. I don’t know if they have formulas or a bunch of wizards in a room or what, but they add up production costs, assess risks, and have profit targets and that all goes into the final price. If you don’t want to pay for it, then guess what? Don’t listen to it. I doubt your life will be worse off for not owning the Lady Antebellum CD. But in what world do you have the right to tell that company what you want to pay? Lenin couldn’t come up with this crap in his steamiest proletariat wet dreams. And why only music? Why couldn’t I walk into a Maseratti dealership and demand the salesman pay me to drive away in a 2011 Gran Turismo? Why can’t I buy an ice cream cone and spit into the cash register as payment? Oh right, because everything we’ve ever known would crumble to nothing if we used that as an economic model.

And the Radiohead CD….You know they actually lost money doing that, right? You realize the recording, production, and marketing costs exceeded their profit, right? And you know why? Because 90% of people “chose” to pay nothing. And the other 10% paid like $.10. In fact, Radiohead ended up re-releasing the album later through a record company. Is that because of evil record companies? No, it’s because of cheap, greedy internet pirates. (Editor’s note: All the numbers and percentages stated above are invented. I have no idea how well the in Rainbows experiment worked. I’m just assuming it failed terribly because I know how people are and I myself downloaded it for free. I’m writing this now, so that you can’t call me a liar later.) (Deprava Edit: According to Wikipedia, the most reliable of internet sources, about 1/3 of the people who digitally bought the album paid nothing for it, while the rest paid an average of 4 pounds. What this figure does not represent, however, is the number of people who downloaded the album through torrents or other sites not linked to the official release, so the reality is that more than 1/3 of the people who listened to the album refused to pay for it. Also, the album was a “success” due to sales of the physical copies, which had a set price, NOT the digital “whatever you want to pay” version. Thus you cannot say that business model was successful, and in fact the real conclusion is that it is more profitable for the distributor to set the price than to let the consumer pay whatever.)

This brings up to another point. Most people will never pay anything, not even $.01, if they can get the same thing for free. This has nothing to do with excessive prices for media, and everything to do with the fact no one wants to spend anything if they can get it for free.  Lots of people fault record companies for not embracing digital distribution and embracing this new age etc., but the truth is, they can’t. Even if Virgin records started a site where for $10 a year you get all the music you want, people would still download the albums for free from torrents. Apart from the fact that $10 a year from people couldn’t support a record company and its operations…or the artists who make the music. And I know copy protection and region codes suck and are annoying, but you think record companies would spend the extra money to put in all those security measures if people weren’t raping and pillaging their products? The only reason record companies are still around today are old people who don’t know how to download music, and buy Susan Boyle CD’s. And the companies know it!

I think the main issue here, aside from selfish, greedy criminals inventing ridiculous excuses to justify their illegal practices, is that a lot of people live under the false impression that music, movies, and games are a natural gift. And that big evil corporations are are infringing on a human being’s inherent right to experience media for free. Oh, and they’re also enslaving aspiring artists and turning them into cogs in their unholy money-making machine. This is bullshit. Where in the bible does it say it’s our natural right to view movies, listen to music, and play games for free? God himself charges you 20 EUROS to see the Vatican museum! I doubt he’d begrudge Universal Studios $14.99 for their Blu-Rays. That’s right, kids. The world doesn’t owe you shit, especially not the Dragon Age Origins expansion pack. So pay for it.

Media is a manufactured and marketed product, and the company responsible for the initial investment has a right to charge whatever they want for that product, especially considering this specific item is one of leisure. And you know what? That’s how it’s always been. Did Mozart play his clavichord in the middle of town squares? No, rich effete Austrians paid him tons of money and supported his irresponsible Bohemian lifestyle to create music for them. And they didn’t even like it; they preferred F. Murray Abraham’s uninspired operas, but they still paid Mozart anyway! And don’t start with semantics or any crap about art and human nature and cave paintings or something. I’ll bet Konga charged people nuts and berries or a night with their wives or something to see his finger painting of a buffalo in Southern France. And if he didn’t, he was just a poor businessman.

Another point that seems to get ignored frequently, is that not all that money goes into rich Hollywood Jews’ pockets. Some of it goes to the people who made the music, movie, or game. And guess what? Those pure “artists” enjoy making money, too. There’s plenty of indie game developers willing to start out the hard way and sell their creations for cheap or free, but you know what? That’s just a means to an end. You think any one of them dreams of making World of Goo and selling it for $2.99 on Steam? No, they want to make Modern Warfare 2 and earn billions, then get fired by Activision and sue them for even more millions. That’s true. Deprava and myself do blogs and podcasts for free because we enjoy it, have the time, and our product is so shitty and unpolished even we wouldn’t pay for it. But the first chance we get to earn half a buck on this shit, we’re jumping on that boat. Believe it. And if, I mean IF, we ever hit it big, and you download our podcast for free instead of paying the $1.99 to iTunes, then I promise you an angel will lose its wings. And then punch a baby, that’s choking a kitten, that’s directing another Lady Gaga Video. Oh, and more oil will pour into the Gulf.

I’m really starting to ramble, so I’ll just draw everything to a close right here. I don’t mean to paint record, movie, and game companies as saints or victims, but the fact is these companies put up often large initial investments into these projects, and they have every right to charge you $12.99 for that CD. Just as you have the ability to shit in their face and download it for free. However, that makes you a criminal, not a freedom fighter combating GloboCorp’s evil reign.