Random stuff

* Near our home there is this place where it’s perfect for kite-surfers, so today we went there and shot some pictures and video. JBQ got some amazing pictures with his Canon 5D and I shot some 480p video with our Panasonic Lumix LX-2 which I later re-encoded it in h.264 format for the Sony PSP. Click through to view the video (700 KB).

* We are having some family problems in Europe, so my self-esteem is low currently. I feel seriously depressed today. I stopped my diet as a result of this, as I don’t have the strength to go on right now.

* Here is a real rip-off of one of Apple’s iPod commercials. We discussed with JBQ why piracy and copy-cat’ing is so prominent in the poor countries, and apparently lack of money is only one part of the story. The other part is that in these countries people don’t actually own any copyrights and the few companies or artists who do, don’t really enforce it. Copyrights are not a strong notion there.

* Locke is not dead. His missing kidney saved him.


mikesum32 wrote on May 15th, 2007 at 2:44 AM PST:

Um, Apple didn’t invent the colored silhouette commercial, just made it popular.

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Eugenia wrote on May 15th, 2007 at 3:23 AM PST:

The soccer ad is a ripoff. It is not about inventing, it is about making something so similar. Even the soccer song at the end goes “lalalala”, just like the Fratellis song does in the Apple commercial.

JP wrote on May 16th, 2007 at 4:39 AM PST:

An ad inspired in another one. And because of that you think those savages europeans doesn’t have a “strong notion of copyrights”?

Maybe is true. I want to believe it. And I’m happy that, back in the eightys, Xerox do not enforced they copyrights about mouse, graphic interfaces, etc.

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Eugenia wrote on May 16th, 2007 at 7:58 AM PST:

JP, you are angering me with your post. In eastern european countries the notion of copyright is NOT strong, you like it or not or you believe it or not. There are very few people who own anything under the copyright law, and as a consequence their societies are not built towards respecting copyright. It has nothing to do with being a savage, it has to do with the reality of things. Greece, my own country, is one of these countries and the vast majority of its citizens don’t respect the copyright law at all. Same goes for countries like Ukraine. And that’s the truth of it.

p wrote on May 17th, 2007 at 6:13 AM PST:

So you meant Ukraine (Eastern Europe) and not Poland (Central Europe).


Piracy rate:
Poland – 57%
Ukraine – 84%
Greece – 61%


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