May 10th, 2007


After A Long, Hard Day Being Nice To People...

I *really* am in the mood for ranting. Move along if you're not interested.

It's been quite some time since we've ha any real candidates for "biggest assholes on the 'Net" since that darned "reality" thing collided with SCO head first.  Just as SCO prepares for one last gasp  pump and dump via spambot zombie armies, we see this insane Press release from Media Rights Technologies (MRT). The money quote:
"Media Rights Technologies (MRT) and have issued cease and desist letters to Microsoft, Adobe, Real Networks and Apple with respect to the production or sale of such products as the Vista OS, Adobe Flash Player, Real Player, Apple iTunes and iPod. MRT asserts Apple, Microsoft, Real and Adobe have produced billions of these products without regard for the DMCA or the rights of American Intellectual Property owners, actively avoiding the use of MRT's technologies. Failure to comply with this demand could result in a federal court injunction to any of the above named parties to cease production or sale of their products and/or the imposition of statutory damages of at least $200 to $2500 for each product distributed or sold."
Translation: They aren't using our consumer criminalization DRM method, so we'll sue them into submission. This is right up there with the Diebald [sic] lawsuit against a state election commission for choosing a competitor because the election commission, without breaking the law or committing malfeasance of any kind, was "mistaken" in it's decision.

In this case this company has the balls to ask for... well, suppose we're talking about "billions". Call it 3 billion. AT MINIMUM, we're talking 600,000,000,000 dollars, or as much as 9,000,000,000,000 dollars.

That's 9 *trillion* dollars to us american types.

Bluntly, I've had it with dickheads like this. I suggest that the EFF or other like minded group press a class action lawsuit against them for hindering law abiding American's from exercising their fair use rights under copyright. Let's see, 350 million people could demand a dollar per citizen for each product containing their technology sold.

Wouldn't THAT just chap their hides?

And don't even get me started on that moron bush claiming that allowing for "benchmarks" in Iraq is a "compromise".


Benchmarks are easy to fake, or otherwise spin. Much like the neocons still deluded to think that clapping louder will do the job think that not counting Iraqi civilian casualty rates mean that the surge is working, or that Alberto Gonzales will still have his job in June, or that impeachment is off the table.

Bush has had his Nixon moment when those 11 republicrap senators called him to task like the petulant little infant he is -- doesn't he realize they have elections to win?

Never mind that it's our brave men and women gamely trying to pull this off who are being turned into hamburger meat, basket cases, and psychopaths as our domestic needs (cough*kansas*cough) go wanting. Think the tornadoes were bad? They just named the first storm of the season, and when that next big storm hits the coast it may only be the National Guard and the Secret Service standing between Bush and hoards of angry citizens carrying pitchforks and torches.

Oh wait...
Yo Maniacal Tang

Because No One Dotes on Uncles...

Okay, now that's off my chest, here's an antidote for my rather surly previous posting:

Check out "Templar, Arizona" A twisted alternate reality slice of life comic that's NSFW and has a cute chubby major character and a bizarre take on popular culture (and just how whacked it could be).

Also, a comic that I caught on to WAY too late in its (dare not use "it's" instead of "its" lest you incur the grammatically correct wrath of ANTONIO SMITH, FORENSIC LINGUIST!) run is "Narbonic". I admit I'm actually enjoying "Narbonic: The Director's Cut". Essentially it's a complete set of re-runs of the original 5 year series with a DVD commentary that actually adds to the original story line. It also has a cute chubby character that sorta kinda attracted me to the strip, but despite the artists protestations it was the wildly bizarre mad-science based storylines that kept me reading. The eye candy was gravy.

(Gravy flavored candy? Ewww... now THAT'S evil!)

Bear with the art, it get's better. And I have to ponder the inscrutable philosophical question: Who would win in a head to head battle, Mel, or "Hothead Paisan, Homicidal Lesbian Terrorist"?

Okay, the idea was to talk about cheerful, funny web-comics. Looking at this list, I've managed to pick three examples of anarchy and mayhem both justified and not. What the HELL is going on in my sub-conscious these days?

(And why isn't "Paisan" in the FireFox spell check dictionary? I mean, if not for the Godfather movies, what about The Sopranos?)
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