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Friday, November 18, 2011

Stop SOPA

I meant to post this Wednesday, but din'na.  I just then learned about the controversial SOPA, or Stop Online Piracy Act.  What it intends to do is stop piracy, in the name of movies and music which suffers from it.

However, the finer print of this bill is lose enough that it could ruin the internet as we know it!  The bill implies that any website that has any kind of copyrighted material on it could be blacklisted and it's ip address blocked off.  This is a death hold on sites ranging from blogs to big sites like Tumblr, FaceBook, YouTube, and more! 

The idea that a site can be taken down if a company thinks you displaying an image of their property is ludicrous, as it flies in the face of the First Amendment and Fair Use.  And what about millions of videos on YouTube which use such material, in part and in whole?  All of that could be gone!  Blogs which aren't even pirating this material, merely using it for commentary and reference?  Gone!

10 Years of GameCube

Sorry for not posting anything...for like...so long!  It's freaking hard to write-up these days, when there's so much work to do!

2011 seems to have alot of anniversaries in the name of pop culture, I found.  Some are celebrated by the property holders and the public, others are not.  Before I get to the meat of this post, let's recap:

25 Years of The Legend of Zelda, 15 years of animated flick I adored as a kid Space Jam, 10 years of animated film Shrek (which was huge and ignored this year), Xbox, Monster's Inc. from Pixar, the iPod, the 9/11 incident (sadly), Game Boy Advance; and 5 years since the launches of game platforms Playstation 3 and Wii.

Today, I wanted to talk about GameCube's 10'th anniversary, and the memories I hold of the platform and it's software.  And the reason I have to nerd out here is because I can't log into another blog where I could've talked about it.

GameCube was the first console I followed from beginning to the end of its life cycle.