War on music piracy. Yaar!

February 19, 2008

Avast maties! Thar be poi-rats on them thar inter-toobs! Yar-har!

AS THE internet threatens to kill the established music industry, the Rudd Government is considering a three-strikes policy against computer users who download songs illegally.

The Government will examine new legislative proposals being unveiled in Britain this week to target people who download films and music illegally. Internet service providers (ISPs) there might be legally required to take action against users who access pirated

Interesting. I wonder how are they planning to approach it this time?

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A Geologic Fancast

February 13, 2008

Fancast coverartGeorge has very kindly posted the fancast that I mentioned earlier on his regular podcast feed.

My part in the production was very small, with that dynamo of niceness, the lovely CarrieP the main creative force behind it all, and a whole lot of content from a bunch of people with more creativity and skill than you could fit in a telephone booth. A big one.

It might not make much sense unless you are a listener of the Geologic Podcast. So if you’re not then then you should ignore this bloody well subscribe and then download the fancast.

You don’t get off the hook that easily.

First Impressions

February 13, 2008

225px-cameron_phillips_in_tscc.jpgLast night I caught the Australian premiere of the new Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles pilot, and to be honest I’ve got mixed feelings about it.

When I saw the first episode of Serenity for instance, it had me absolutely enthralled. I mean it was just ridiculous. I just kept watching it over and over. And over.

To be fair Serenity was an entirely new concept, so there was a certain amount of surprise value. You know, like that movie your significant other has been bugging you to see, but you’ve put off because you didn’t think you’d like it, but when you finally do see it you are so pleasantly surprised that you drive everyone insane constantly trying to describe how amazed you were by how good it was. Or maybe that’s just me.

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It looks like there might be an end in sight to the Writers Guild of America strike. Yay!

I hope the writers got what they wanted, because if we have learned nothing else from this we have learned that in the absence of intelligent (or for that matter bone stupid) writing, TV loses almost all redeeming qualities, other than the incidental provision of light. Hopefully new episodes of Battlestar and Heroes will save us the nerdier amongst us from the increasingly desperate wave of manifestly writer free reality TV.

I might even feel safe enough to turn the volume back on. Eventually.

Paul just sent me a link to the Brick Testament*, which appears to be a version of the Christian Bible comprehensively illustrated with Lego.


* Warning: Site include NSFW images of of Lego Nudity, Lego Violence, and Lego sexual themes.

linux.conf.au on $0 a day

February 1, 2008


Linux Conf is back in Melbourne.

I live here and I couldn’t even get within sniffing distance of tickets, so if like me you’re hungry to get your nerd on, they are posting video and slide files on the website as the presentations take place. Yum.

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Wil Wheaton audio

January 30, 2008


I think I now understand Phil Plait’s man crush. Wil Wheaton was just at the Pheonix Comicon and there is some audio of him performing an excerpt from his book Happiest Days of Our Lives, and his review of the Star Trek Next Generation episode Justice from TV Squad.

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