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    • Here's the thing... Home entertainment

      7 years ago

      datalaughing Always Right

      So I own a lot of DVDs and Blurays. It's like an addiction, but I guess that's better than if it was black tar heroine or something. For some time, though, I've been thinking about where things are going from here. When Bluray and HDDVD hit I was sure, whichever won, it wouldn't be long-lived. High def discs, I said, aren't nearly a big enough step beyond DVD to replace the format. To some extent I was right. It's not like the move from VHS to DVD. Bluray isn't replacing DVD as much as its augmenting it. But here's the thing, it seems like we may already be moving past both.

      Streaming services like Netflix are already doing crazy things to the home entertainment market. And buying purely data versions of video from itunes and amazon and places like that must already be having some sort of impact. I mean, they even include digital copies with blurays and dvds. It's already pretty much taken over the music industry, at least from my perspective. I haven't bought a physical album in years. Is video going the same way?

      I mean there are obvious benefits. Takes a lot less room to hold a collection of bytes than a collection of blurays. Not to mention that you don't have to even leave your house to make the purchase. The creators could, theoretically sell for less and still make more profit by eliminating major retailers and not having to worry about creating discs and boxes and what-have-you. And with a little work data is compatible with pretty much anything. You could theoretically watch the same video file on your PC, Mac, laptop, mobile device, television, wherever. No need to specialized players for your blurays or dvds or vhs tapes or whatever you've got. Even the difference between SD, HD, 3D, etc. wouldn't mean any difference except for file size.

      On the flip side, of course, there's a lot of potential problems. For one thing as piss scared as they are about piracy, there would be DRM issues up the wazoo. With our luck they would sell specialized hardware so that the movies you buy from one person would only be watchable on or through their devices. And of course it wouldn't help because pirates are just as clever as the people making this shit and a lot quicker and more adaptable. Also the middlemen don't like being cut out. Major retailers would throw a fit, and no one really wants to take on a corporation like Walmart. They've got enough money to cause a whole lot of trouble if you piss them off. I mean, I guess they could start selling flash drives with movies on them, but that would sort of defeat the point.

      The main problem that I see, though, is tied up with the whole net neutrality, data caps, series of tubes shit. I mean, if your internet provider is capping how much information you can send/receive, then downloading or streaming all your entertainment is going to be something you're not going to be thrilled about. People are already screaming bloody murder about the tubes being clogged up by people streaming shit. So, barring a complete shift in the direction we've been heading on those issues, moving from hard copied to all digital seems like a problematic idea.

      So is that where we're headed? Would it even be feasible? What pros and cons do you see that I didn't mention?

    • Here's the thing... History

      7 years ago

      datalaughing Always Right

      EDIT: Wrote most of this out last night, then got distracted by TV and fell asleep. So daily fail already. Oh well.

      So I'm reading Timeline again, and it got me thinking about history and whether, as a discipline it's even worthwhile. Don't get me wrong, I love history. I got my minor in history, but here's the thing, it's ridiculously difficult to be assured that any sort of history you're learning is actually accurate. I don't mean just because of history is written by the winner type of stuff, though that certainly is a good example. I mean, how much faith can you really put in anything recorded under circumstances like that?

      Not only that, but history also tends to get written by the guy with the biggest mouth. I mean, Herodotus is one of the most famous historians ever. Because his historical records are so accurate? Ha! In some circles they call him "The father of lies" because of his tendency to report mythology and fantasy as historical fact. He's a famous historian only because he got his stuff out there and made it stick the longest. So history as recorded by the guy who can yell the loudest and most obnoxiously. Imagine people looking back in 1000 years and seeing Michael Moore as the most respected historian of our time. *shudder*

      And on top of all that, even perfectly normal people with no interest in BSing anyone and no bias about a historical event have problems remembering a thing accurately only a couple of years later, and since history is rarely recorded on the spot but usually after the fact, it brings into question if we even have the ability to do it accurately.

      There was a study not that long ago that I read about. See, once upon a time the Kennedy assassination was supposed to be like the biggest most memorable moment in the lives of people who were around at the time. Everyone supposedly remembered where they were when it happened. Only someone noticed that over a period of years people's stories about where they had been seemed to change. Then 9/11 happened and someone saw an opportunity to study this. They asked a bunch of people where they were and what they were doing when they heard about it. Then a couple years later they came back and asked them again, and the stories had changed. It's not that people were lying, that they'd purposefully changed their stories. It's just that our memories are so malleable that we can replace reality with fiction or simply conflate different times of the day, even when talking about what is supposedly one of the biggest most memorable events of this generation. Maybe you were in your car driving to work when you heard, but you were thinking about being with your wife and her reaction, and the thought was so strong in your mind that 2 years later you believe you were with your wife seeing her reaction. Or maybe it was so talked about later that day at work that those are the memories more strongly associated with the day, so instead of being in your car when you found out, you believe you were with your co-workers when you found out. It's not about falsifying the information, it's about our brains being relatively unreliable later on. And if only a couple of years can serve to make us honestly believe something completely false about such an important personal thing only a couple of years later, how can we hope that there's ever been any kind of accuracy to historical records, unless someone was sitting there writing them down as it happened, which still beings up an issue or perspective.

      The point is, if we can't really be sure about most of the stuff we're learning in history, is it really worthwhile? I dunno, still fun for me, I guess.

    • Here's the thing... Murder

      7 years ago

      datalaughing Always Right

      So I decided "Data's thought of the day" was too lame a title for anything, even a semi-sensical rant. So the title is now, "Here's the thing..." followed by the topic.

      So have you ever thought about how to get away with murder? I'm not talking about, "I really hate that bitch in the next cube, I wonder where I could hide the body." I mean looked at the idea from an academic standpoint. Because here's the thing, it's basically like a really high-stakes logic puzzle, isn't it?

      I admit to having contemplated this question on occasion. I mean, you watch enough TV, and they're basically trying to give you lessons. They want you thinking about this. Maybe there's a connection between prevalence/popularity of police shows and the rate of violent crimes. Hmm. But I guess that's rather beside the point. As I see it, pulling this off comes down to a few key issues. The first is the issue of emotionality (that's a word now, add it to your word-a-day calendars. You can scratch out "procumbent" and put this in instead. Procumbent is a stupid word anyway).

      Most murders are emotional acts, the killer is really angry at someone, or they hate them, or the other person has something they want, which I guess would be avarice if we're matching up emotions. But when you're emotionally involved in a thing, it makes it way easier to trace back to you. If you hate the dead guy, it kind of makes you a pretty good suspect. So the best approach, from a neutral perspective, would be to kill someone you have no emotional ties with (or any connection to whatsoever, for that matter). But that means finding a total stranger, and who wants to kill a total stranger, except maybe a serial killer or just like the biggest dick ever. Maybe that's one of the main reasons some serial killers can get away with it for so long.

      Then there's more practical issues. Method is a big one. If you can get a good method, you know, make it look like an accident, or use an undetectable poison that simulates natural causes or something, that's got you most of the way there on its own. The chemistry bit is rather outside my area of expertise, but presumably if there's stuff that can work like that, they probably keep a close eye on who has it for just that reason. Which brings us to another big issue, that of covering your tracks.

      Here's where those cop shows really stick it to you, because most of each episode is spent coming from the other end of this. It's hard to tell what's real and what's not with this. Because they seem to want you to believe that technology is basically composed of crime-catching magical pixies. Not only is there a camera on every corner and in every building, but you can magnify a picture like 5 bajillion times and get a perfect look at anyone's face. I need one of those, "add resolution" buttons on my photo editing software. I think extensive planning is probably necessary to make sure about what is in place and what isn't. Then again, Dexter just grabs people off the street and chops them up. Dude makes it look pretty easy. So maybe I'm being unfair.

      Anyway, my free-writing on this thought is beginning to meander. So I guess that's it for now. What do you guys think?

    • New journal policy

      7 years ago

      datalaughing Always Right

      Ok, so once upon a time my journals had games and shit I'd written and random crap on an almost daily basis, sometimes more than once a day. I've realized that I have completely fallen off on all of that. I got distracted by getting a job and going on trips and moving and whatever else, and it's become downright boring in here. So starting today I move toward changing that.

      The most creative thing I've done in like a year is making 25 pony avatars for an elaborate joke, and I miss thinking on things, being at least as creative as I have to be to write a fantasy fight or something. So I'm going to try and move that direction again. Starting slow, though. Eventually we may revive some journal games and shit. For a start I'm going to strive to make a journal entry a day with at the very least something like Data's thought of the day, which might be something short and completely random or insane, or it might be some long, winding explanation of some thought that's occured to me. Just putting what's going through my head out there and inviting comment from the watchers. Maybe thoughts on a book, movie, or sandwich that I've recently read, seen, or eaten, just something I'll have to put some creative energy into to think about and write down. We'll see if I can maintain something simple and work our way up to more fun levels of creativity.

      I say all that to say this, be warned, journal alerts from me will be on the rise. If you're not interested in the ramblings of a diseased mind, I don't know why you've held out this long, but now could be the time to jump ship. The warning has been given.

      Also, this doesn't count. The official beginning of this new enterprise will be later today. Because typing from my phone takes too damn long. It probably took me 15 minutes to type all this out. smiley3.gif

    • 7 years ago

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    • Thank you time

      7 years ago

      datalaughing Always Right

      I just want to say a quick thanks to all the people who got a crazy PM from me and immediately responded, "This is completely insane, but I'm in." That is why I love you guys. And I think the whole thing developed a few very amusing results. I mean, I'm not the only one who saw the guy post this to prove that he could be gayer than everyone else, right? That made me laugh a lot.

    • 7 years ago

      datalaughing Always Right
    • Anyone else have this problem?

      7 years ago

      datalaughing Always Right

      I hate going to get my hair cut because every so often I run into someone who thinks that their opinion on how my hair should look is way more important than mine. Mostly it's women, though I did once go to a supercuts or some such thing somewhere where a flamingly gay guy cut my hair, promptly ignoring everything I said I wanted, and then charged me $15.

      So yesterday I go to this place near my house that I've used the last couple times. Lady asks me what I want. Thing about my hair is, what I want is nice and simple. Basically I want it pretty short so that it's out of the way and it can go the longest possible time without needing to be cut again (but not like buzzed cause that would look odd on me). So I say, I want you to leave an inch on top and use a 3 guard on the sides. In fact you can take an 8 (which is exactly an inch) to the whole thing and then just even out the front a little afterwards if that's easier.

      So what does she do? She takes a 4 and does the sides (I can tell cause she's got all the guards neatly laid out on the table). Then she uses the scissors on to, leaving like an inch and a third and over an inch and a half in front. So it's got this odd look (to me at least) where it's short on the sides but way long on top and down into the front, I don't even really know how to describe it. Felt almost like an emo look instead of the short and neat look I like. So she's like how is that? And I'm like, shorter on the top and especially in the front, like 2/3 as long in the front. She proceeds to trim a tiny tiny bit off the front and nothing off the top and then asks again. By this point I'm getting a little frustrated. Shorter I say. She takes another 30 seconds to trim the front, though I would swear she was only pretending to cut that tine and didn't actually shorten a single hair. Then she proceeds to tell je that she thinks it looks good now.

      I just want to yell, like, bitch, I'm not paying you for your opinion. I don't want my hair to look your husband's or that guy you like from that band or in the movie you watched last night (Spiderman 3?). I want it to look like my hair! But arguing with the person holding something sharp is probably a losing proposition. So I just paid and left. So now I'm either going to have to live with it (I think if I trim it a little in the front myself it'll look ok), or I'll have to pay someone else to fix it. Probably go the cheaper route.

      I need to find like a barbershop or something with a man's man cutting hair that'll just do what I ask for, take the money and try to talk about football or something. Until earlier this year I went to a guy who had a little shop out behind his house, used to cut hair in the army. He charged $5, cut it just like I wanted and did all his work with clippers that had a vacuum cleaner hose duct taped to them so that you didn't get little hair clippings all down tour neck. Wish he was still there.

    • You ever think of a great line?

      7 years ago

      datalaughing Always Right

      Like a terrific line that just works perfectly, sounds amazing, and yet you have nowhere to put it? You ever have that happen? Seems to happen to me a lot. It's irritating as hell. I have a whole slew of terrific lines or even paragraphs just waiting for a story they fit into. Bah!

    • 7 years ago

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  • Comments (1829)

    • film_geek

      12 years ago

      Yeah, Beast Wars and Batman the animated series and the only ones that come to mind.

      But... I can't find some of the other ones on DVD. So who knows.

      By the way, I'm talking about children's shows that are still good.

    • chris_harry

      12 years ago

      And by "hardly in the movie," you of course mean "not in the movie at all." Right? If you read the comic books it explains what happened to them.

      there are commic books?!?!?! WHERE!!!

    • ACDCROCKER

      12 years ago

      Alright, since I'm pretty sure that one of your favorite movies is of course, Pulp Fiction, I was wondering if you recognized this song. I'm pretty sure its in the movie, but its not on the official soundtrack. So I was wondering if you could confirm my suspicions? The song title is "Like a Drug," the band is "The Desert Sessions." I can link you the song but unfortunatley its Myspace

    • RoadBlock FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold DONGS

      12 years ago

      Watchmen is now my favorite book. Not my favorite comic, mind you. My favorite book period. That was fucking amazing.

    • Megan327

      12 years ago

      HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!

      Post edited 7/27/06 11:26AM

    • USSArizona

      12 years ago

      lol
      Yes, I am very subtle.
      smiley8.gif
      And thanks for the correction, btw.

    • wizardmon5

      12 years ago

      Rightio, no problem. smiley1.gif

    • wizardmon5

      12 years ago

      Any chance you could record a line for RvB TV right now? You'd have to yell it.

    • MagusX303

      13 years ago

      of course

    • wizardmon5

      13 years ago

      So what if it's your 666th journal? That doesn't mean you're the son of Satan or something... does it?


      It is... But, hopefully, it doesn't. smiley1.gif

    • canon_fodder FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

      13 years ago

      Data i have decided i am your direct opposite, i am always wrong.

      If this annoys you please don't kill me but kindly hit me a few times to warn me to lose the wrongness

    • Javinova

      13 years ago

      Haha yeah, i just noticed your image about the contest voting and stuff. I always do a quick glance through peoples profiles for any writing saying "dont' ask me to vote" or other things like that. I seem to always forget to look at the images too though so thanx for voting for me anyways!

    • datalaughing FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Always Right

      13 years ago

      Caught me in a good mood.

    • Javinova

      13 years ago

      Thanx a lot for doing that!!! :)

    • Javinova

      13 years ago

      (Not Mod Contest) Im sorry i know this is random, but would you mind voting for Javinova Here? It is not some mod contest, this is a sponsorship contest. Ive been with the site for 8 months now and I really want to become a sponsor but have no way to get it through my own means. Thanx a bunch!

    • ACDCROCKER

      13 years ago

      I highley disagree with your music section in your about. System of a down isn't like that (the whole hammer thing). System of a Down is one of the few metal bands I can stand because they actually play some beautiful riffs. Hypnotize and ATWA are two very good examples. But I won't be some dumbass and make fun of you for your view on things. I do like your movie site, some pretty good reviews, although I don't see how you like "Dude, were's my car?" more then "Napoleon Dynomite" In my personal oppinion they were equally crappy.

    • spargmeister

      13 years ago

      Is this any bigger, Data?
      You can click the poster to see it way bigger than that.

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      Post edited 6/29/06 8:03PM

    • FlotingAxhed

      13 years ago

      All the history books I've been reading are WWII era. You've inspired me to probe deeper into our country's past.

    • Zaeon Ooooold

      13 years ago

      *cough* 11 days

    • RocketJones

      13 years ago

      i got a 28 on my ACT.....

    • RocketJones

      13 years ago

      i love leaving people hanging. that way, theyll come back for the sequel.

    • Zaeon Ooooold

      13 years ago

      Ahem,
      *pokes with stick*
      its been 9 days you slacker, your fans fan is waiting

    • Drums888

      13 years ago

      Since people rarely actually check back on image comments to see if questions are answered, I figured I'd just answer you here. Firstly, a bigger version of the image:

      mka_wallpaper01.jpg

      Secondly, the guy in the back is Blaze. He's the boss of the game and has apparently beefed up a bit since Deadly Alliance (I loved him in DA, but he had nothing on Nitara smiley8.gif ). So that accounts for him missing. Also, Mokap is in there. He's in front of the Dragon King and Kintaro.

      As for having both the Dragon King and Reptile.... I wondered the same thing. We'll see how they deal with that.

    • MagusX303

      13 years ago

      remind me later on to read your stories

    • TNAI

      13 years ago

      Wait.....your Spanish.... OMG..... I love spanish men..... smiley8.gif

    • Kill_Hannah

      13 years ago

      I'm guessing this is where he reveals to the team his role in the slaughter of the morlocks and they leave him stranded in the arctic. I never read the comics, but I know the general story. I can't believe the X-Men, especially Rogue, would do that to him.

      Correct. And like you, I can't believe it either. But I guess at the time she was ... well.. yeah. Plus, I think it was the whole "Magneto attraction deal." Cuz she can touch him for some odd reason. Something that has to do with his powers and what not. But you gotta love Remy.

    • Kill_Hannah

      13 years ago

      That is a beautiful Battlestar. Great picture. Where'd you get it, and are there more?

      If only. I found it while I was surfing. Just happened to come across it and thought "well that's MINE!" But only the picture, not the drawing. I have nothing to do with the drawing. I think I just googled it or something.

      Gambit is my all-time favorite X-Man, which is why I started the X3 thread just to complain about him not being in it. I don't have any opinion on how "hot" he is, but he definately kicks ass.

      Well I haven't gotten caught up in the whole of the X thread, but I'm guessing that was one of the major topics covered, other than the fact that Kelsey Grammar is the Beast. And what's wrong with considering a man's hotness? Are you not comfortable enough in your own right to discuss that? If not, no biggie. Some gusy aren't, others are.

    • TNAI

      13 years ago

      Oh Data.......you have NO idea what
      I go thru with that boy...I know it's going to be a rocky teen life
      for me that is....But I'm always impressed by his ingenuity

    • RocketJones

      13 years ago

      just read a bit of your first chapter. youve got the dialogue down perfect! story seems scientifically accurate too....well, as much as scifi can be anyway....keep it up!

    • TNAI

      13 years ago

      Data...love the post you did for Rush... LMAO

    • RUSH2112

      13 years ago

      NINJA MOD SPREE!!!

    • Flea_girl

      13 years ago

      To beat ruby weapon use that stupid little battle item called "dazers" they actually work on him and inflict stop.

    • Zaeon Ooooold

      13 years ago

      oh and congrats on gradutating by 20, thats fast man

    • Zaeon Ooooold

      13 years ago

      Movie man! I've got a date tonight but nothing really looks good, what should we go see?

    • USSArizona

      13 years ago

      Order of the Stick #311.

    • canon_fodder FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

      13 years ago

      Also congrads on the loving of serenity...watching Firefly right now...

      Jaynestown

    • Lonewolf90

      13 years ago

      for the best fleet combo after you've conquered a lot of planets. just have as much reman warbirds and send them to klingon space. also another handy thing. the klingons will declare war on your planets, make sure to fortify key areas at romulus and remus such as the reman starbase that makes the reamn warbirds. I lost that and i was so damn pissed.

    • Lonewolf90

      13 years ago

      damn if you need anymore advice on the game just im me or send me a message. that forum post really tired me out. whew

    • Jonus

      13 years ago

      I was surprised at the wieght of The Sword of the Daywalker when I first got it. I took that one out with me last night because I thought it would the most reliable one I have. I've got a few katanas, but Blade's makes me feel a lot more safe.

    • AZX3RIC

      13 years ago

      i'm totally with you on the lacey chabert thing...lost in space made me fall in love with her too.

    • nasafreak87

      13 years ago

      You changed your avatar!


      Post edited 4/12/06 3:07PM

    • johnnyricoMC

      13 years ago

      great picture to tell people to buzz off if they just wanna ask you to vote in a contest, damn funny as hell and still über effective.
      I salute you, for thinking the same way as I do about these contests.

    • SenninTakumi

      13 years ago

      I like Wisdom Form, cause the blue flames just look bad ass lol

    • RUSH2112

      13 years ago

      I didn't ask them to. I made the journal in the hopes that the person who was neg modding me would take credit for it.

    • MTabek

      13 years ago

      Very True!

      And I'll get that review interview to you later today. Unfortunately I'm stuck in class for a few more hours >.<

    • Jonus

      13 years ago

      "4 New Journal Entries" over night... you mad man.

    • RocketJones

      13 years ago

      might be a stupid question, but i have to ask: have you seen Gus's new avatar with Lee Harvey Oswald singing in it? its hilarious, and made me think of you.

    • Zaeon Ooooold

      13 years ago

      so....*cough*, whats your name?

    • Impavide117

      13 years ago

      datalaughing,

      You are hereby awarded your Viper wing for valor in support of the Battlestar Galactica. Now suit up pilot and roast some toasters!

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      Imp

      P.S. Dude, you have to add BSG to your Favorite TV block, spread the word! Also, like all the Trek stuff. I used to be hard core now I'm a closet Trekkie.

    • wizardmon5

      13 years ago

      I was looking through your profile, looking for your name (which I failed at), and I noticed you liked "other Douglas Adams books". Have you read Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency?

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