Monthly Archive for November, 2005

Finland – the air guitar champions of the world

Check out this awesome Virtual Air Guitar project that enhances the art of air guitaring by having a computer analyze the air guitaring in real time to add riffs and licks fed into a speaker system. Your air guitaring has never sounded so good!

The Air Guitar World Championships are held in Oulu, Finland every year.

Party on Wayne!


It’s a good start, now get the rest of them

One down, several more to go.


The cause of the French riots? Rap music!

Apparently rap music is the root of all evil, at least in France.

200 French politicians have backed a petition from one of the country’s MPs calling for legal action against seven rappers and bands which he claims have fueled the recent riots that have taken place around the country.

Straight from the Deflect Blame 101 playbook.


Couldn’t have said it better myself

Rosa Merilainen, a Finnish Member of Parliament, maintains a blog she updates every week.

She was recently involved with voting for a new copyright law in Finland, one which was opposed by 98% of Finnish citizens, but promoted heavily by the entertainment industry lobbyists. The bill caused an unprecedented uproar in Finland before it was passed, and the controversy has not lessened since. Ms. Merilainen was one of the many MPs who voted for the law, and has been critized severely by her constituents ever since.

The entry for week 45 on her blog has an interesting confessional from Ms. Merilainen. While having a rather unsuccessful attempt of doing any work during Thursday of that week, she was nevertheless in a happy mood, because she was heading to the Christmas season opening event of Gramex. Gramex is an organization protecting the interests of performing artists and publishers and also collects copyright related renumerations in behalf of them.

Turns out Ms. Merilainen was looking forward to the event, because she had had such a rough time with the new copyright law, she was trolling for praise from the “wonderful men” (her words) of Gramex.

It’s good to know Ms. Merilainen is working hard to please her constituents, or at least 2% of them.


William Gibson is in the house!

William Gibson arrived into our household on Saturday. Our old cat, Leo, doesn’t seem to be too happy about it.

William Gibson is extremely sweet. He likes to climb on top of you and burrow his head onto you and then purr real loud. He also does what can only be described as a happy dance on top of you any time you let him. He also likes to be held, unlike Leo, who will only withstand being held for about 20 seconds.

Let’s see what happens in the next few months. Leo is a big cat, not fat, but just really big. He’s only two years old but weighs over 15 pounds. William Gibson is really tiny. He’s about 7 months, not quite 6 pounds yet, very slim and scrappy. He kinda dances around the apartment, sidestepping at every opportunity to jump on a table or whatever. Leo goes in a straight line from A to B and does not stray in his quest to get to where he wants to go. It looks like the cats couldn’t be any more different. William Gibson is holding his own though. He’s got a mean jab, one which Leo seemingly wants to avoid.


Up yours, spammer scum, yet again

Another spammer lands in jail for being a dick. Peter Moshou gets 12 months for violating the CAN-SPAM law.



I’m going on vacation abroad in a few weeks. The reservation at the resort we’re going to was made in USD.

Today I’m checking my MBNA credit card statement. There’s a 3% foreign transaction fee tacked onto that “foreign” transaction. MBNA is charging me 3% to convert my “foreign” transaction to USD. Only one problem with that…THE TRANSACTION WAS MADE IN USD YOU SONS OF BITCHES!

Fuck you MBNA, I’m not using your credit card EVER for any foreign purchase. Being a foreigner I tend to travel quite a bit. Your fucking loss you fucking greedy bastards.

Goddamn it!


OGHC – word to yo grandma! um, what!?

Check out Old Grandma Hardcore, an elderly gamer from Cleveland. She’s over 50, and she kicks ass!

She got profiled on MTV recently, check out the video clip of the profile. Much carnage, cussing and trash talking ensues.


Up yours, spammer scum, pt erm

Peter Francis-Macrae aka Weaselboy was just convicted to 6 years in prison for fraud, making death threats, making threats to destroy or damage property, concealing criminal property and blackmail.

I’ve written about Weaselboy before.

It’s amazing how many spammers have criminal records.

More links about Weaselboy’s sentence:

Peterbourough Today
The Register
Times Online


Sony pirating software

Apparently Sony’s rootkit DRM software contains a statically linked version of the lame mp3 decoder. Lame is licensed under the LGPL license, which would typically only allow this sort of reuse if the application using lame would also be released under LGPL, or Sony bought a non-LGPL license from the authors of lame.

It’s highly unlikely Sony did either.

So here we have a company trying to protect their products from being pirated using pirated software. Oh the irony!