Random Stuff, Part 31

* 50% of the OSNews readers (ok, it might be close to 80%) hate my guts thinking that I dislike open source (based on some old Linux distro reviews I wrote). Of course, this is misguided. What I hate is half-assed jobs, not open source as an idea. I am a perfectionist, not an OSS hater. In fact, my older software releases were usually under the BSD license, my current videos are under the liberal Creative Commons “Attribution” license too, I write tutorials, and I spend the best part of the day answering questions on a multitude of video forums. What’s driving me to do all that is because I occasionally think of myself in the death bed. And when that depressing thought appears in my head, the only question I seem to ask is “did I do enough for the world? did I give enough back? did I matter?“. My health doesn’t allow me to go out and work for Unicef or anything like that, so I try to help from the compounds of my office, in the fields that I also enjoy.

* I need to put a break on my iTunes purchases. I spent $90 this week. I don’t know if I give enough “to the world”, but I definitely give enough to Apple.

* I am floored by the Capital Lights. The whole album is really good, with “Mile away” being the best song in it, and “Work it out” being second best. I bought the album immediately after previewing it, it has very catchy tunes!

* Some other great releases: Music for Animals‘ “If Looks Could Kill” and Dizzy Ballooon‘s “Raise a glass”. I also can’t wait for Drist‘s third album in a few weeks. All local Bay Area bands.

* I am taking care of JBQ’s iPod, updating it and such (he doesn’t seem to bother). Of course, every song is legal in our players. We are also careful about the free songs that labels/bands have given away overtime as promotional material. I have updated the metadata of these downloaded songs to incorporate the information where they were downloaded from. With these new international laws about having to potentially justify your music ownership in an airport, it’s becoming important that freely downloaded indie songs have some sort of information in them about where they were acquired from.

* Adam Lambert is the real deal this year on “American Idol”. Amazing talent, a true rock star/actor. If this guy doesn’t win, then it’s the best example of democracy not working.

* My love for “Lost” has nearly eclipsed. Too many errors in it, and also it’s like the scripts don’t have enough detail in them for the actors to show emotion. The right words about the Lost situation are “I am not feeling it”.


Soulbender wrote on April 15th, 2009 at 7:50 AM PST:

“With these new international laws about having to potentially justify your music ownership in an airport,”

WTF? That’s amazingly retarded. How the hell would I do that? Bring my entire CD collection with me? Carry all the receipt from all the CD’s I ever purchased? 1984 isn’t that far away, apparently.
What god-forsaken backwater country is actually wanting to do this?

Jacob Munoz wrote on April 15th, 2009 at 11:02 AM PST:


We don’t hate your guts. Its just that idiots make up about 80% of society…

Bob C wrote on April 15th, 2009 at 4:18 PM PST:

re: opensource half assed stuff… I hear ya. I have played with many of the XX-wrt’s. Fix one bug, introduce two more. You won’t find any on my network.

re idol: lambert and gokey in the final. You heard it here

re lost: I hope the show reverts back to Jack being the main character asap. I like all the characters, but really miss Jack being the main character this season.

Ludovic wrote on April 16th, 2009 at 5:10 AM PST:

Eugenia, have you ever considered spending time on projects like musicbrainz ?

This is the admin speaking...
Eugenia wrote on April 16th, 2009 at 2:13 PM PST:

I am afraid that musicbrainz feels like a clerk’s work to me. I’ve done my part as a data entry worker back in the day, no more. 😉

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