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by Anthony Ravenscroft
Mon Mar 05, 2012 9:24 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Social Insecurity
Replies: 16
Views: 8498

Re: Social Insecurity

Pretty much every day at work, I find myslf returning to the mantra: "Never attribute to malice that which is adequately explained by stupidity." (Known as Hanlon's Razor , the sole contribution of one Robert J. Hanlon.) However, there DOES appear to be a chimp-creation factor in managemen...
by Anthony Ravenscroft
Sat Feb 25, 2012 2:18 am
Forum: Pop Culture
Topic: Copyright vs Copywrong
Replies: 1250
Views: 283917

Re: Copyright vs Copywrong

I'm gonna wedge in here for just a second. I have complaints that copyright law has been tweaked overmuch in recent decades, clearly (IMO) to lock down IP for corporate megaliths that really don't need yet-more government assistance. That said, I support copyright law, period. While I wish that the ...
by Anthony Ravenscroft
Mon Feb 20, 2012 11:53 pm
Forum: Pop Culture
Topic: Orson Scott Card
Replies: 3
Views: 8489

Orson Scott Card

As much as I criticise people-as-a-group, I'm a social animal. I count among my close friends people with whom I actively avoid discussing stuff like politics or religion, because other than being narrow-minded idjits in rather specific regions of thought, they're lovely people. I stopped reading Ca...
by Anthony Ravenscroft
Sat Feb 11, 2012 10:18 am
Forum: Pop Culture
Topic: Copyright vs Copywrong
Replies: 1250
Views: 283917

Re: Copyright vs Copywrong

The Internet has revived Gresham's Law in a big way:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gresham%27s_law

I just assume that everyone knows this stuff... :lol:
by Anthony Ravenscroft
Thu Feb 02, 2012 10:35 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Depression
Replies: 667
Views: 190632

Re: Depression

Lori, it feels like we're on the verge of having a non-argument. :? I've studied the literature enough to be confident that I'm a raving nutball. I'm a high-functioner, sure, but with potentially more flaws than most. Being hyperaware makes me a bit high-strung, what with all the sensory input bomba...
by Anthony Ravenscroft
Thu Feb 02, 2012 11:56 am
Forum: General
Topic: Frank Church's news corner, the sequel.
Replies: 11791
Views: 890060

Re: Frank Church's news corner, the sequel.

Per Microsoft: there was some "guest worker" program designed under Bush II, where companies would be able to import employees, pay them on the basis of their home country (a few dollars a day), & keep 'em sequestered in locked residences -- essentially a company town / internment camp...
by Anthony Ravenscroft
Thu Feb 02, 2012 11:22 am
Forum: General
Topic: Depression
Replies: 667
Views: 190632

Re: Depression

I tried to stay out of the "muttering idiots" tossup, because I'm one of 'em... albeit fully employed & properly housed. A combination of bad habits & "a touch of" ADHD. When I was doing college radio, I had to keep my vocal cords clear during off-mike moments or I'd chok...
by Anthony Ravenscroft
Thu Jan 26, 2012 10:47 pm
Forum: Pop Culture
Topic: Copyright vs Copywrong
Replies: 1250
Views: 283917

Re: Copyright vs Copywrong

Litigation is a major sticking point. Deep-pocket companies can afford to have full-time lawyers going after infringers, without hope to actually recover losses, much less damages. Not so for individual artists; unless there's some Indonesian site making plenty of buckage from my photos or music or ...
by Anthony Ravenscroft
Wed Jan 25, 2012 10:18 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Working Through the Process of Grief
Replies: 46
Views: 20211

Re: Working Through the Process of Grief

My sister-in-law is dying. Good heavens, 54!!! The cancer was beaten back for a couple of years... Please: no condolences. I've just been rereading the thread, & I want to thank you galuts for an overall sense of calm realistic introspection. But you could do me a favor. Go walk your dog. Talk t...
by Anthony Ravenscroft
Wed Jan 25, 2012 10:07 pm
Forum: Pop Culture
Topic: Copyright vs Copywrong
Replies: 1250
Views: 283917

Re: Copyright vs Copywrong

You're the person who keeps dragging the topic into other areas. Well, to be fair, I'm also a culprit... but TRYING to focus despite the Nyquil. :oops: Okay, let me dust off a few neurons from my days as a social-psychology wonk. What we're seeing in the whole download mess is (IMO) a variant of th...
by Anthony Ravenscroft
Mon Jan 23, 2012 12:06 am
Forum: Pop Culture
Topic: Copyright vs Copywrong
Replies: 1250
Views: 283917

Re: Copyright vs Copywrong

Sorry -- not meaning to even LOOK like I'm disagreeing with ya. Theft is theft, period. I guess my point in bringing that up is that the "old model" has had plenty of buccaneering already well-entrenched. The "new model" is a half-arsed attempt to graft all that crap into the dig...
by Anthony Ravenscroft
Sun Jan 22, 2012 12:59 pm
Forum: Pop Culture
Topic: Copyright vs Copywrong
Replies: 1250
Views: 283917

Re: Copyright vs Copywrong

BARBER -- on another site (maybe SoundOnSound.com), a poster who'd done gruntwork for a Jan Akkerman tour of Europe said the guy made far more from back-of-house sales (CD & merch) than from actually playing. This kinda takes advantage of the old industry shell-game of "what's paying for wh...
by Anthony Ravenscroft
Wed Dec 28, 2011 11:18 am
Forum: Pop Culture
Topic: Wathcya watchin'?
Replies: 1642
Views: 309936

Re: Wathcya watchin'?

by Anthony Ravenscroft
Wed Dec 28, 2011 11:14 am
Forum: Pop Culture
Topic: Wathcya watchin'?
Replies: 1642
Views: 309936

Re: Wathcya watchin'?

As a tyke, I was fascinated with Secret Agent . It just grabbed me in a way the "James Bond" property never has (& I'm a HUGE fan of Connery). So when The Prisoner debuted, I was glued to the set, & saw most the episodes first-time-around. There were many missteps & awkwardness...
by Anthony Ravenscroft
Mon Dec 26, 2011 10:15 pm
Forum: Pop Culture
Topic: Sounds of Evil: the Metal Thread
Replies: 699
Views: 135473

Re: Sounds of Evil: the Metal Thread

In future, I can envision where the mark of True Coolth is available only to those able to hunt out actual physical copies, where any dabbling schmuck can download (legally or otherwise). Until a decade ago, it was t'other way 'round, & I think it's now done the 180. In 1998, Boiled in Lead (a M...

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