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Sunday, June 29, 2008

Can't the World just Go Away for Awhile?

I'm not a huge fan of holidays... not sure why, maybe it's some weird family tradition. It always seems holidays make life at our house extremely hectic. This weekend, of course, happens to be a kind of holiday... Canada Day is coming up on Tuesday, so this is basically the holiday weekend - if only because I don't start working until Wednesday.

Between house cleaning and running around and what not, I haven't really had much time to sit down and think, let alone write... which is driving me around the bend. We all need "me" time, just, some people need a bit more than others; some people are borderline hermits, and I just happen to be one of those people.

Also, I just finished the best book I read in a little awhile, which leaves me feeling like I've died a little inside. To me, finishing a great book is akin to bidding an old friend aideu... as though you somehow wish the novel would continue, following the protagonist through their entire life. The book I just finished is "American Gods", by Neil Gaiman. Aside from the rather whimsical nicknames assigned to many of the characters (the main character is actually called Shadow. I mean, who would call themselves 'Shadow'?), this novel kept me on the edge of my seat (to use a tired cliché), giving serious thought to anicent religions and mythologies we've, long ago, abandoned.

I'm reading another book right now, "The Alphabet Versus the Goddess", by Leonard Shlain, and it's a great book with some interesting arguments about the effects of written word, but it is not (nor is it meant to be) entertaining, in any way.

And, after writing the last four paragraphs, I still feel brain-dead. In fact, I'm more than certain I'll forget just about every word I wrote by the time I exit this page. But, I've got good news:

Shadow's Far-Out Corner of the Web has been accepted at Humor-Blogs.com!

So, every time you (the reader) clicks the link for Humor-Blogs.com on my blog, you will be casting a vote for my blog. If you like my blog, I'd like to see the love.
So, please visit www.humor-blogs.com

(and yeah, I just had to re-type "humour" each time I wrote it... I think I'm going to have to learn to 'type American')

Friday, June 27, 2008

Free 'n' Easy - uTorrent

I, like many others, never understood the whole "bittorrent" thing. I was told, many times, how bittorrents are much safer than downloading programs, such as Kazaa or LimeWire, but whenever I tried to find out more, I just walked away frustrated and confused.

Then, I found uTorrent.

uTorrent is great for anyone who is familiar with the likes of LimeWire, or other P2P file sharing applications. You simply download uTorrent from their website (no registration or payment required), install it, and you're ready to go.

So, how do you download bittorrents now that you've got uTorrent?

Simple. Run a search on roughly any search engine for the file you're looking for, plus "bittorrent". For example, if I wanted to download something by Stevie Nicks, I would go to Google and type in "Stevie Nicks bittorrent"... and end up with something like this:
Or, an even easier way, if you want to take my word for it, would be to visit MiniNova, which is somewhat like a Google for bittorrents. The same search I did in Google, shows up like this in MiniNova:
Once you find the file you're looking for, click it... like this:Then... choose your folder (top yellow circle), and click "OK":Voila, you're finished (well, you've got to wait for your files to download, but that's it)
Have fun downloading... and, if anyone asks, I told ya not to download anything illegal.

Thursday, June 26, 2008

Yummy Summer Treat

I thought I'd just share a random awesome recipe:

Take a scoop of French vanilla ice cream (I used Nestle Real Dairy)
Then fill a cap of Crown Royal and drizzle it over the ice cream...Then drizzle some chocolate syrup (I used Hershey's)Enjoy!(none of these pictures are mine - they were taken from Google Images)

Tag, I'm it!

I was tagged by Ivyology ! (which works out great, 'cause I also didn't have an artist post prepared for today... this week has been hectic, rushing back and forth getting ready to go back to work)

So, I'm going to answer the questions and pass it on to you guys.

5 things found in my purse: (one of my super-cool purses... with a pom-pom I learned to make while reading Ivyology!

1. A little mini-sized bottle of Sweet Spot body lotion by SudsMuffin
2. Cuke and Melon lip balm by SudsMuffin (they're a local store, but I think they ship worldwide... they are one of the best stores EVER)
3. Wallet with some random lip balm and a bunch of other keychains hanging from it.
4. A half ton of tissue, toilet paper, and anything else I can wipe my nose on (yeah, gross, but I have major allergies, so deal with it :-P)
5. A maxi pad?

5 things found in my wallet:

1. Pictures
2. Cards (debit, library, etc)
3. Money (not a whole hell of a lot)
4. Stamp cards from various places that never get filled out since I rarely shop. :-P
5. Identification/birth certificate

5 favourite things in my room:

1. Books
2. CDs
3. Clothes
4. My (crappy) artwork
5. My huge-ass collection of incense and candles (I'll post a pic for the weekly feature)

5 things I’ve always wanted to do:

1. Travel the world
2. Win the lottery so I can become a professional student (I'd love to study every non-math/heavy science course available)
3. See Fleetwood Mac in concert
4. Write a novel
5. Act :-P

5 things I’m currently into:

1. Blogging
2. Lazing in the sun with a good book (and strong sunglasses so as not to be blinded by the white pages :-P)
3. Ink drawings
4. Nature walks
5. Writing long blurts of nothing that no one will ever see.

5 impressions of my tagger:

1. An AMAZING blogger
2. Extremely creative
3. Compassionate & passionate
4. Organised
5. Fun-loving

Who I’m tagging:

I'm not... Ivyology is one of the only bloggers I talk to who I think would have a purse... and I don't want to scare people away. So, if you liked this, please fill it out and send me the link so I can go read it!

Wednesday, June 25, 2008

iTunes Shuffle Game (The Soundtrack of My Life)

My knocking-out knick-knacks post has been post-poned until the weekend or next week... the room is just about done, but it's working out in a way that I can't really post any pictures without giving away the final product, since everything kind of gets junked together.

So, I'm writing this post instead... it's a game I saw on someone's Facebook, and it's a lot of fun. I'm on my laptop, so I don't have much on iTunes here... so, I'll use the playlist from this page.

So, here's how it works:
1. Open your library (iTunes, Winamp, Media Player, iPod, etc)
2. Put it on shuffle
3. Press play
4. For every question, type the song that's playing
5. When you go to a new question, press the next button
6. Don't lie and try to pretend you're cool... and alot of the songs fit with the setting

Opening Credits:
Hurt (Johnny Cash)

Waking Up:
In Liverpool (Suzanne Vega)


First Day At School:
Ballad of the Broken Seas (Mark Lanegan & Isobel Campbell)

Falling In Love:
Both Hands (Ani DiFranco)

Fight Song:
Eleanor Rigby (Beatles)

Breaking Up:
The Wrong Band (Tori Amos)

Prom:
Anchorage (Michelle Shocked)

Life:
Spaceman (4 Non Blondes)

Mental Breakdown:
Stand Back (Stevie Nicks) LOL

Driving:
Cornflake Girl (Tori Amos)

Flashback:
Sad Lisa (Cat Stevens)

Getting back together:
Time in a Bottle (Jim Croce)

Wedding:
Tango to Evora (Loreena McKennitt)

Birth of Child:
Hallelujah (Leonard Cohen)

Final Battle:
Winter Light (Sarah Brightman)

Death Scene:
Leather (Tori Amos)

Funeral Song:
Happy Phantom (Tori Amos) Right on!

End Credits:
Not A Pretty Girl (Ani DiFranco)

Now, I'm not going to tag anyone... I know a lot of people hate it... but, if you thought this was neat, I'd love to see you do it yourself and send me the link!

Tuesday, June 24, 2008

"EAT MY CARTOONS!!!!!" Okay...well, not mine.

"EAT MY CARTOONS!!!!!" is just one of the works in a growing collection of flash animations from Rob Yulfo. It's fun, it's freaky, and it's starting now: (or at least when you click the little play button)



If you like what you just watched, please visit Rob at either his YouTube or MySpace page (warning: the MySpace page is, like MySpace, full of stuff and will freeze up a couple of times while loading)

Monday, June 23, 2008

George Carlin, we'll miss you.

I was planning on writing a rant and a fake news story, to catch up since I've been away from my blog for a few days. But, when I was surfing one of my favourite blogs (Letters Home), I found something that just made my stomach turn... so, this little tribute here will be taking the space of those two posts.

George Carlin, world's greatest comedian, passed away Sunday, June 22nd from heart failure.


I've never been 'touched' by the death of a celebrity, but you can bloody well gaurantee I shed tears upon reading those words. George Carlin always has been, and always will be, my biggest inspiration for humour writing.


I can't think of anything I could say to pay proper tribute to the funniest man who once lived. So, I will leave you with his ramblings on the subject of death - a little hard to watch right now, but most certainly appropriate. Thank you to "boyhowdypro", who uploaded this on YouTube.

Lemony Snicket: An Unfortunate Film


Based on the high-selling childrens books "Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events" and released in 2004, this movie is a huge let-down. A friend of mine gave me three of the books in the series of 13 books - very early in the series. I read them, and even though they are written for prepubescent kids, I was taken in - the books are really cute (although I'm in no hurry to run out and buy the other 10). The movie, however, covered less material than I read in the 3 books I was given (which was a let down since I was looking forward to watching the movie to see what happened in the rest of the books). Perhaps there will be a sequel? I almost hope not.

The movie follows the Baudelaire children and their experiences after their parents die in a house fire, leaving the children as orphans. The Baudelaires travel from home to home, trying to escape the miserable Count Olaf who is out for their fortune, all the while experiencing a series of unfortunate events (such as murder, unwanted/underage marriage, and atrocious acting - all brought about by Count Olaf)... and that's it. Seriously.

Starring Jim Carrey as "Count Olaf", Jude Law as the voice of "Lemony Snicket", Billy Connolly as "Uncle Monty", Emily Browning as "Violet", Catherine O'Hara as "Justice Strauss", and Meryl Streep as "Aunt Josephine", "Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events" has a strong cast. I was even pleased to see one of my favourite "lesser" actresses (Jennifer Coolidge) as a background character in this movie. You can only act with the script you're given, so I won't hold the poor quality of the movie against the cast (except for Jim Carrey, who never fails to raise my blood pressure). No, the cast was the only redeeming feature (especially Kara and Shelby Hoffman, who played the adorable little biter: "Sunny" - another set of Olsen twins coming up here?).


The movie will make you laugh, smile, and shudder... just... don't expect it to go anywhere.

Cooking by Numbers? Right on... or is it?

I am a big fan of StumbleUpon (which I will review sometime in the near future). So, one day while I was happily stumbling along, I StumbledUpon this:

Yep... you read it right: Cooking by Numbers. I thought "if this works, this has to be one of the coolest websites ever!"

And... it works! Somewhat...

The idea is that you click on the boxes beside the food items you have in your cupboards or refrigerator. For my first try, I clicked "apples, mushrooms, onions, milk, herbs & spices, and rice. It then gave me a list of recipes, as well as the number of ingredients I needed (by telling me what percentage I already had). The results I was given were:So... as you can see, it's a bit generalised... plus... if, like me, you're a vegetarian... there are a number of items you have to scroll through.

I then narrowed it down to simply "onions" and "chocolate", just to see what would come up:Right...

So... I still think this is a fairly cool page (if you're bored as hell), but I wouldn't use it to prepare dinner.

Luis Royo (Artist of the Week)

Born during the year of 1954 in Olalla, Spain, Luis Royo is a brilliantly talented artist.

I was first exposed to Luis Royo's art when I was a teenager, floating around a chatroom called "Virtual Places" (it used to be owned by Excite... it is now owned by Halsoft and costs $10 a month, which simply isn't worth it. Seriously... who pays money to chat?). Everyone who was anyone had a Luis Royo avatar (one of his paintings cropped and scaled down to 116x102 pixels). Well, your art has to be pretty amazing if people are going to chose to use one of your paintings as their avatar (instead of a half naked Hollywood superstar).

Today, I share with you, some of my favourite images by Luis Royo. I am sure you'll enjoy his work as much as I do.


Trust me, it was really hard to narrow his work down to five paintings to be displayed here.
Luis Royo's work cannot be confined to one medium (he also produces art for video games, comic books, CD's, and tarot cards). And, his portfolio cannot be confined to my one blog post.

...which is why I want you to click here and visit Luis Royo's website...
Because his official website is in Spanish, you can also click here to visit his page on "Artcylopedia", an online guide to art.

Banishing Boxes and Books

The pile of boxes you see above is one of the biggest things that was taking over my bedroom floor. Keep in mind, each box was full (of junk)... three boxes I didn't bother photographing, since they're filled with childrens books and staying in my room for roughly another week (I am donating the books to my new employer and I don't start until next week).

I was rather amused when I found an old cigarette package in these boxes... since it's been nearly 5 months since I've quit smoking. I miss my "sexy smoker" pose (as if there's anything sexy about smoking).

I was further amused when I found this:

... a bottle of echinacea pills. I don't remember when I bought them, but I'm guessing it would have been some time in 2003 or 2004. Sadly, most of the pills were still in the bottle (I hate waste and actually debated with myself about whether or not they'd still be 'okay', before deciding to throw them out).

So, I found a bunch of weird and wonderful stuff... mostly more knick-knacks, which makes next week's work load a lot heavier, but I also freed a ton of floor-space by getting rid of all these boxes. And, as you can see below, my books are finally in their proper homes (a lot of my books got displaced since I ended up sacrificing most of my bookshelf for childrens books when I used to work in childcare).
(Forgive the sloppy clone-job done on the bottom row of books - there was a basket in front of the shelf)(There is more to this bookshelf, but I had to crop the picture so I don't "give away" what's happening with the rest of my room... don't want to ruin any 'surpirses' :-P
Also, yes, a couple of those books are distorted... they're yearbooks, and I didn't feel like sharing the name of my high schools)

So, there you have it: my space is over halfway finished. Check back next week, we will be knocking out knick-knacks!

Friday, June 20, 2008

Busy, busy, busy

Hello everyone,
I have not deserted my blog... I will be back... hopefully tonight; possibly tomorrow; at the very latest, Sunday. I will also post the previously promised: "Banishing Boxes and Books", "Artist of the Week", and "Gotta-Get it-Gadget" (as well as the movie review and rant if it ends up being that long before I have a few minutes). From now on, none of this nonsense will happen - I will be preparing my posts a wee bit in advance.
Why am I suddenly going to become organised? Well...

I GOT A JOB!

Yep... finally got a job to keep me busy and sane through the summer! I'll still blog daily... but, I'll be making use of my option to schedule posts, so the writing will be done in advance (lucky for you guys - that means it will be more organised!)

Sorry I haven't been around the past couple of days... but, with that job interview (yeah... I applied for the job, got called in 10 minutes, went to the interview, was hired within 2 and a half hours of applying - SWEET!), as well as a bunch of other running around I had to do (getting information for a human rights battle against my old employer... the battle has been going for nearly 10 months). Trust me... getting information from doctors/clinics/emergency rooms is like pulling teeth. Actually, pulling teeth is probably much easier (I was fired from my last job for having an asthma attack. They (bosses) sent me to the hospital, FROM work, with a severe asthma attack - I couldn't go in the next day 'cause I still couldn't breathe, so they fired me... now I have been gathering the same information (basically my entire medical file from the time I was hired until the time I was fired) for human rights, over and over, for the past 10 months (in other words, my medical info. has been floating around the human rights department here, since I've hunted out and sent in the exact same information about a half dozen times [I'm not exaggerating... I'm probably underestimating]).

So, today I've got a wee bit more running to do for those people, then I have some much needed shopping to get done. Tomorrow I'm going out with dad, as we do every Saturday, but I'm also on a mission - several places in my city have been selling things made with real dog fur. Yep, dog fur. So, I've got some consumer-bitching to do towards these store-owners... and Sunday, I've got to meet some people... hopefully you guys won't be kept waiting that long.

Thank you so much for your readership and your loyalty. In the mean time, I recommend visiting some of the blogs I can't get enough of:
Read a lot and leave plenty of comments... trust me, these blogs ROCK:

Tuesday, June 17, 2008

The Journey by Anis Azzoug

Since the last flash animation I shared with you all was much more freaky than fun, this week's animation is much more fun than freaky - I strive for balance here, sometimes.

Surfing YouTube, trying to find a reasonably good video, I found this:

The Journey (a no-blood flash animation)


Anis Azzoug only has a few videos posted on YouTube so far, but I look forward to seeing more work from this amazing soul. To see the other three videos, click here for the YouTube site hosting them.

Monday, June 16, 2008

Disgruntled Good Guys gone Bad - or - Cops Gone Outta Control!

Groups of former police officers from all around the nation have been violently banding together, after being discharged from their former positions. Due to new legislation, a weight restriction has been placed on public service workers, forcing plus-sized patrolmen to shape up or ship out. In response to these regulations, former law-men have been performing illegal acts, protesting the laws they once enforced - they call themselves the "Porky Pigs".We were able to reach Constable Jim Jackoff for questions. Constable Jackoff, who once worked closely with some of the members of the now "Porky Pigs", told us: "I understand where these people are coming from, and they have my sympathies. These people are rebelling because they feel they have been discriminated against, but what they fail to realise is that they were given their jobs with the commitment to protect and to serve. Unfortunately, their weight was prohibiting them from fulfilling their commitment."

Jonathan Joker, however, a former Sheriff in Dinglebat Grove and current member of the "Porky Pigs", claims his dismissal, as well as the dismissal of other peace officers, was purely discriminatory. Mr. Joker also told us Constable Jim Jackoff was "lyin' through his teeth", informing us of the fact that he was the greatest Sheriff in his jurisdiction, "having caught twice as many criminals in one day as the new kid they got in there catches in a month". We were told, however, that the "Porky Pigs" would dis-band if all members were offered a public apology, as well as the return of their jobs. Of course, in this nation, we know the higher-ups will never admit error or defeat.

If there's one thing everyone agrees on, current and former police officers, the "Porky Pigs" will be around for quite some time - after all, they know the tricks of the law.

This has been a public service announcement brought to you by R.A.N.G.E (Raving About Nothing Good... Ever)

Sunday, June 15, 2008

Atrocious Advertising: A Rant

When I watch television (which is not very often), there is a commercial that never fails to raise my blood pressure - a commercial that would be spot on and extremely effective, if only it was advertising the right product. What commercial do I speak of? I speak of the commercial for Monistat (I think) - you know - the commercial where some sorry fool stands there looking in the mirror at a storm-cloud floating over her nether region, then takes this medication and prepares a cup of joe while the sun shines over her ovaries and birds chirp out her ass. If you don't know what commercial I'm talking about, I apologise... I can't find a clip online.

Now, the clouds and chirping birds are not what I find irritating about this commercial. No, what I find irritating about this commercial is the fact that it is advertising a product for yeast infections, when really, it would be a perfect commercial for pre-menstrual syndrome (PMS). At least, that's the thought that occurred to me while I was doubled over in pain, envisioning dark gray funnel clouds wreaking havoc in my uterus and little lightning bolts blasting my ovaries to tiny bits (not to mention, thunder booming through my bowels, as I'm sure most women will agree).

I mean, I've (thankfully) never had a yeast infection, but isn't that more of a itchy, sticky, stinky sort of thing? As an advertisement for Monistat, I think the commercial would be much more accurate if the woman was shown standing in the middle of a room, with everyone around her standing back a safe distance. Or, maybe the woman could be shown fidgeting in her office chair, trying not to draw attention to the serious clam-digging taking place.

In fact, this commercial could even end with the woman praising Monistat, giving thanks she no longer has to deal with messy, time-consuming 'alternatives'.

In fact, this post could even end right now.

Magical Movie Reviews

Hello everyone... this week I send you to someone else's website. I haven't stopped making movie reviews for this blog, but I wanted to direct your attention to another excellent blog by a friend I met through Facebook... and, since today's post should be a movie review, I couldn't think of a better time to send you to his website.

I present to you, the fabulous:
"Nick Turk - My Life in Pictures"

Friday, June 13, 2008

Cat got your tongue?

Searching eBay, I somehow found this:


That is a Bandai Nekonyanbou retractable cat-paw. Yep, you read that right. With a click of a button, your paw is equipped and ready to claw.



So, what's the purpose? Why would someone want a retractable paw? I think the better question here is: why wouldn't someone want a retractable paw? Seriously, you can use it scratch your back, reach something that's 16cm or less out of reach, or... well, you can use it to scratch your back!



I've really nothing left to say about this... it pretty much speaks for itself. From the picture below, it looks like it may have multiple purposes.


I'm not going to post the link to the eBay listing on here, because when this auction is over, it would just be a dead link. So, if you're interested in getting yourself one of these - visit Google (or whatever search engine you prefer... or eBay) and type in "Bandai cat".

Meow

Thursday, June 12, 2008

Jessica Larsen - Photographer & Poet

Born and raised in Saint John, New Brunswick (Canada), Jessica Larsen has been practising photography since she could snap the button on the camera. Jess has an eye for beauty and simplicity, which is highly apparent in her work – she captures natural images many of us would fail to even notice.

Jess leaves editing to a minimum, so her work shows the natural beauty it was intended to capture.

I don't feel the need to add a little write-up to each and every picture here – the simplicity of style speaks for itself. So, enjoy a sampling of Jessica's work:

Also, Jess has a passion for poetry – I cannot think of a much better combination than photography and poetry – so, I leave you all with one of my favourite poems by Jess.

“The cheap thrills of more than just lust,

The pain that kills. Everything turning to dust,


The hurting; the yearning; the twisting; the turning... of the heart.

The bleeding; the breaking; the aching; the cracking... of the soul.

The faking; the shaking; the making; the taking... of the body.

The crave; the fade; the shade; the jade... of whom you used to be.

The daze; the faze; the craze; the maze... of Love.


Confused. Misused,

Mislead,

Tears shed,

is what is left

of little

free

me”


If you like what you see, please drop by Jessica's site to pay her a visit.


Cutting Clothing Clutter

Today I feel like I've gotten past the hardest part of organising my space: cutting clothing clutter.

Last week, I shamefully revealed my sinful selection of shoes – as you all could see, I have a bit of a thing for shoes. This week, as well, you can see I have a bit of a thing for clothing – I wouldn't even try take a picture of each individual item.

The goal this week was to take everything you see in the above picture, sort it, wash it and store it – either in one of two closets, or my dresser (yes, I wash my clothes regularly, but since they were all piled together, I thought I'd better do it again).

As a side note... I finally threw out my favourite (most comfortable) pair of jeans. :-(

But, I found a super-cool bra I forgot I had!

So, after filling two garbage bags with clothing to be thrown out because it's simply too worn out, and, after filling a garbage bag with clothing to be donated ('cause it's simply too big now – YAY!), I reached my goal (which wasn't really easy... I had 5 garbage bags full of clothing to keep)... as you can see below:

I think that looks a lot nicer than the first picture, no?

Check back next week when I banish boxes and books (knocking out knick-knacks has been postponed, as I want to highlight this in the order it was done – the boxes and books have been in my way since the beginning of this feature... the knick-knacks can wait).

Tuesday, June 10, 2008

Fresh Phone-Popped Popcorn

***UPDATE*** - One of my awesome readers (Dave) has debunked this... so, your phones won't make your popcorn go *pop* (unfortunately). Anyway, have fun watching a video that scared the heck out of me :-P)
Alright... this isn't flash. But, it's fun 'n' freaky. Watch this video and tell me if you still want that mobile phone sitting in your pocket all day
(probably more dangerous for men since these waves are likely affecting their baby-juice)


Monday, June 9, 2008

Igloos melting all over the place...

Well, it's nearly 90 degrees fahrenheit here(had to convert the temperature, since I realise the majority of you are from the U.S.)... for those of us who use the proper system (metric), it is 25 degrees celsius, feeling like 31 (I swear it feels hotter)...
So... this weather, this early in June, in Canada is a fabulous and fantastical sounding story on its own!

So, now I'm off to worship the sun... or seek relief by swimming... maybe... water's probably still too cold.

Have a lovely day... and remember... we gals don't sweat - we glow!

Sunday, June 8, 2008

Media Musings

I believe people should be given proper credit where credit is due.

I believe artists, of any kind, should receive proper recognition and remuneration for their work.

I also believe the people behind the artist (e.g., producers) should receive fair compensation for their labour.

So, this may surprise you, but…

I believe unauthorised file-sharing should not be illegal.

Yes, most file-sharing is criminal, but it is not immoral – it is simply illegal. In North America (and likely the rest of the world too, but I don’t make assumptions), our government spends a small fortune on creating advertisements, generally targeted to adolescents, designed to make anyone who downloads anything (unauthorised) look like a hard criminal. The advertisement at the end of the post claims “piracy is stealing” and states “stealing is a crime”. I do not deny that stealing is a crime. I do, however, question the logic of the entire argument presented through the advertisement. I believe the comparisons used are inappropriate – downloading a song (or movie, as described in the ad.) is hardly equivalent to stealing a car, or someone’s handbag.

The majority of people who download music or videos/movies from the internet are people who will go out and buy the exact (or similar) product. Or, quite often, someone is just sampling a song before putting a tidy sum of money out for a C.D. Sometimes, depending on where the person lives, the person simply can’t find the artist’s work. Generally, unauthorised downloading will build up an audience for the artist, which makes it likely the artist will bring in more revenue.

The producer, however, will bring in less revenue… so, why do I think that’s fine? Well, the recording and film industries make a fortune while the artists receive a very small amount of the profits; the industries seem to forget they have nothing to sell if they have no artists, but they put their own interests before the interests of the artists.

I believe if anything about this should be illegal, it should be the crime committed by the entertainment industries. We often forget the definition of “crime” includes offence against morality… and I believe it is immoral for huge corporations to make large sums of money off hard-working artists and their fans. I also believe it is immoral to take legal action against a low-wage, hard-working citizen simply because they shared a file (although I, thankfully, don’t know anyone to whom this happened).

So… why is it that the bigger, richer, and more influential you are, the more you’re allowed to legally commit crimes?

Ghost World

Based on the graphic novel by Daniel Clowes, the movie “Ghost World” was directed by Terry Zwigoff and released in 2001.

”Ghost World” stars Thora Birch as Enid and Scarlett Johansson as Rebecca, two outsiders who just graduated, entering the ‘real world’. Enid and Rebecca, who enjoy making fun of random strangers and bothering their pseudo-crush, Josh (the late Brad Renfro), slowly drift apart as Enid is involved with summer school, while Rebecca focuses more on ‘growing up’ – getting an apartment and a secure and stable job.

As the result of a prank, Enid and Rebecca meet Seymour (Steve Buscemi), a middle-aged psoriasis sufferer of whom they enjoy poking fun. Enid, however, develops a close friendship with Seymour after she is exposed to his collection of music and art (the soundtrack for this rocks)

(Thora Birch as Enid and Steve Buscemi as Seymour)

This film is packed with emotion, but it will make you smile (and possibly will even make you want to dance) as you watch some silly shenanigans, or Enid’s attempt at finding (and keeping) a job.

The entire film (almost) is actually available on YouTube, but the person who posted them never posted the very last part of the movie… so, fair warning, the end is not there.


Links below:

Part 1 Part 2 Part 3 Part 4 Part 5 Part 6 Part 7 Part 8 Part 9 Part 10 Part 11 Part 12 Part 13