4/30/2005 03:33:00 PM|W|P|Mike|W|P|Privacy.org - The Source for News, Information, and Action|W|P|111490042042360240|W|P|Privacy.org - The Source for News, Information, and Action|W|P|4/30/2005 03:25:00 PM|W|P|Mike|W|P|Vintage Vinyl:Steal This Book|W|P|111489995082521169|W|P|Steal This (on-line) Book|W|P|4/30/2005 03:18:00 PM|W|P|Mike|W|P|PostSecret|W|P|111489951626826520|W|P|We all have them...|W|P|4/29/2005 08:22:00 AM|W|P|Mike|W|P|

No that's not some weird GATTAGA thing. It stands, of course, for The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, the most useful and most wildly successful book ever to come out of the great publishing companies of Ursa Minor.

Ahem, sorry. A friend from work gave me some advance screening passes, and on Wednesday night we went to see this wholly remarkable, and actually quite entertaining movie.

Oh. My. God. It's a lot different from the books, but very true to the main plot. A few new characters, a few new toys, lots of new laughs and some good surprises which, unlike every other review I've read, I won't spoil.

All I can suggest is that everyone goes to see this movie, even if your not a rabid, dyed in the wool verging on the psychotic level fan like me, it's still a good movie, if a little hard to follow and a little weird (dolphins can't leave the planet by swimming really fast and jumping into space, can they?)

On Saturday or Sunday I'll write something a little more in-depth so that everyone can go see the movie and can understand what I'm talking about.


|W|P|111478815206525682|W|P|HHGTTG|W|P|4/24/2005 07:45:00 PM|W|P|Mike|W|P|Grey's Anatomy - TV Series - TV Tome So a couple of weeks ago I dl'ed the episodes of this show which I hadn't seen. Which was all of them. Now, a bottle and a half of Trebbiano in me and a couple of plates of good Chinese take-out, I'm diggin' it.|W|P|111439713999122754|W|P|Grey's Anatomy|W|P|4/17/2005 01:56:00 PM|W|P|Mike|W|P|Piercing the peer–to–peer myths: An examination of the Canadian experience So I finally finished this tome of legalese and endnotes. I must say, the sources seem reputable and the reference are accurate. Needless to say I agree with what has been said, I knew that before reading the thing. But I wanted to make sure it wasn't some crazy talkin' about solving the world's problems. I think the single most important part of the whole article is right here: "The levy represents an effective, if controversial, means to compensate artists. The Copyright Act includes a private copying exception that grants Canadians the right to make personal, non–commercial copies of music without requiring permission from the copyright holder. Both the Copyright Board of Canada and the Federal Court of Canada have ruled that private copying may include peer–to–peer music downloads [24]. This interpretation is consistent with both the technologically neutral language found in the legislation as well as with many similar private copying systems in Europe." That pretty much says it all. Now if only Telus would get back to me with a signed copy of my bandwidth agreement, everything would be great in the Mikeverse.|W|P|111377136252826734|W|P|Piercing the peer–to–peer myths: An examination of the Canadian experience - Repost and Conclusion|W|P|4/22/2005 01:21:00 PM|W|P|Blogger Joanna|W|P|pooh on Telus. Stick it to the man!4/17/2005 01:46:00 PM|W|P|Mike|W|P|Welcome To Colorware - Computers in Color Personally I'm saving up for the 12" iBook in Ferrari Red or Envy Green.|W|P|111377077099471208|W|P|Welcome To Colorware - Computers in Color|W|P|4/10/2005 01:35:00 PM|W|P|Mike|W|P|Free PDF Converter - create high-quality PDF from any printable file type For those of you who don't have Adode Professional.|W|P|111316530130919415|W|P|Free PDF Converter - create high-quality PDF from any printable file type|W|P|4/10/2005 11:45:00 AM|W|P|Mike|W|P|

Word of the Day for Sunday April 10, 2005

hagiography \hag-ee-OG-ruh-fee; hay-jee-\, noun: 1. Biography of saints. 2. Idealizing or idolizing biography.

She fit a type easily recognized in the annals of hagiography, and it was on that basis that claims for sainthood were made. --Lawrence S. Cunningham, "The Voices of Gemma Galgani," [1]Commonweal, June 6, 2003

Pearce seems to believe he needs to show us that the man was something like a saint. This turns his book into something like hagiography. --Francis Beckett, "G K and A K," [2]New Statesman, February 28, 1997

It is by no means a hagiography -- he is alert to, and unsparing of, Bellow's many failings as a man, a friend, a husband and a father. --Robert Winder, "The slave of unknown masters," [3]New Statesman, October 23, 2000 _________________________________________________________

Hagiography comes from Greek hagios, "holy" + -graphia, from graphein, "to write."


1. http://www.commonwealmagazine.org/ 2. http://www.newstatesman.com/ 3. http://www.newstatesman.com/

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|W|P|111315873041008566|W|P|Kool. Should be One Out Soon!|W|P|4/10/2005 11:40:00 AM|W|P|Mike|W|P|Piercing the peer–to–peer myths: An examination of the Canadian experience I'm still trying to get my head around al lthese large numbers. Once I finish this, I'll write more about it!|W|P|111315844515038548|W|P|Piercing the peer–to–peer myths in Canada|W|P|4/10/2005 11:28:00 AM|W|P|Mike|W|P|CBC News: Canada mishandling Kazemi issue: Iranian official What the blue hell do they mean by we're mishandling the investigation? If they hadn't tortured and murdered this talented photojournalist, none of this would be happening! If the Iranian government didn't put four or five guys into a room with a tiny woman and told them to beat her up like its recess on the playground, we wouldn't be having this situation, would we? If these "brave patriots" hadn't tortured and murdered a Canadian citizen, things might still be chummy between our two nations. Instead, they are accusing us on mishandling an investigation into the murder of one of our citizens by their security forces. What a load of shit. |W|P|111315772569193686|W|P|Canada mishandling Kazemi issue??|W|P|4/08/2005 03:47:00 PM|W|P|Mike|W|P|Petition for Users' Rights Those of you who know will know that this last few sites mentioned deal with something close to my heart: user rights. Basically, I do not believe that copyright holders have the ability, nor the authority, to dictate what should and should not be illegal. Just because these organizations are facing competition from a group of people that will not tolerate the status quo, who will not tolerate paying inflated prices for inferior product, a group of people who embrace technology and the means by which we rebel against a system that is inherently flawed, they feel that they are being treated unjustly. We are the ones who are being treated unjustly. We are the ones who are paying money, hard-earned and well-deserved money, on media that is barely worth the plastic its made of. I find it hard-nigh-impossible to swallow that the record companies are "hurting" because there are over 2 millions songs a day being traded on-line. Nick and Jessica seem happy enough in their half-mil home. Britney can afford all her toys and tabloids and moronic-message sending hyper-whore music videos. Even traditional sources of rebellion, such as the venerable Metallica have attacked fans with such vigor one would think we had just charged them inflated, artificially created prices for sub-standard services. No, sorry, that's Sony/Columbia/Universal et al. I have to admit, the fact that this list is very long makes me shed a tear. If they insist on calling themselves artists, should it not be about the ART? I am a card-carrying member of the EFF. I run Linux at home. I am educated, opinionated, and a white-male between the ages of 18 and 35. And I have close to a billion friends, from all walks of life who think the same way. I do not "target" record labels. I don't download to hurt people. My downloading doesn't hurt people. I support artists whom I believe deserve my support, and I refuse to ever, EVER think "I wish I hadn't paid $25 for this piece of shit" again. My money, and more importantly my patronage, should and will forever, only go to those who I think deserve it. And it sure as shit isn't Britney and the whore-master she serves. From Planet Earth, this is Mike, blogging live.|W|P|111300045481778046|W|P|Petition for Users' Rights|W|P|4/08/2005 02:52:00 PM|W|P|Mike|W|P|Jem Berkes: proposed changes to Canadian copyright law|W|P|111299712337193563|W|P|Jem Berkes: proposed changes to Canadian copyright law|W|P|4/08/2005 02:51:00 PM|W|P|Mike|W|P|- INTERIM REPORT ON COPYRIGHT REFORM|W|P|111299707352617550|W|P|INTERIM REPORT ON COPYRIGHT REFORM|W|P|4/01/2005 06:30:00 PM|W|P|Mike|W|P|

-------- Original Message -------- Subject: Your high speed usage exceeds your limit Date: Fri, 1 Apr 2005 17:15:05 -0800 (PST) From: TELUS Reply-To: internet.usage@telus.com To: Mike

As a TELUS high speed customer, you have usage limits associated with your high speed plan. As of April 1, your downloads and uploads exceed 100 GB per month, which is significantly over your limit. Continued excess usage may result in suspension of your TELUS Internet service, as outlined in the TELUS Internet Services Account Agreement under General Practices and Limits, Section 18.

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**********Mike Says:**********

If you're going to accuse me of something like this, at least make an effort to allow me to verify it myself. Otherwise, you just look like a buncha morons.