Megaupload is Just The Beginning?Here's a little bit of a worrisome discovery.
Megaupload, a file sharing website, is completely gone. If you go to that domain its entirely blank.
But here's the thing...the FBI destroyed it.
The main offices of this site were located in New Zealand, but there were other smaller offices in the US. The Federal Government literally hunted down the representatives of this webpage and arrested them in two countries, then erased it from existence!
But not before they seized all the records of anyone who ever used the site as evidence.
If you or anyone else has used Megaupload illegally, this will probably be very disturbing.
Why? Because their site was distributing copy-write infringing uploads.
So those who claim SOPA and PIPA will do nothing, take a good look into the black hole of Megaupload. The FBI can track you down and throw you in prison and then track all your constituents ALREADY.
But the reach of this is even wider.
A british college student Richard O'Dwyer is facing extradition,
Common Myths About HistoryWhen I was growing up I learned the same well-known oft repeated facts about the history of my nation and the world as most people do. I didn't question what I read on the page or what I was told to believe from the front of the class and in all the television shows, movies, video games and modern novels the same ideas of what happened and why persisted.Common Myths About History3 years ago in Personal More Like This
But then I went to college. The same narrative continued oftentimes, but bizarrely my teachers started to disagree with the texts they were assigned. Their own experiences as professional historians led them to different conclusions then the popular perception would have it, and from that moment on I drew in my mind a disconnect between what the curriculum said was true and what actual recorded history revealed.
This disconnect grew stronger the more I began to read and research on my own.
I discovered to my amazement that those moments so fixated in the public consciousness, recreated in so many medias, and repeated by so many as unqu
On Dark AdaptationsKilling Dreams or Nurturing Them?On Dark Adaptations4 years ago in Editorial More Like This
I've been accused in several instances now of ruining or killing childhoods through my proposed reimaginings of classic shows and franchises as well as my interest in 'darker' versions of the same. It's a concern that has dogged me for some time as I try to strike a balance between darkening and deepening a concept without destroying the fundamental enjoyment of it or making it morbid.
Here I'll try to describe my thoughts on the matter, why I make reimaginings the way I do, and why I feel I'm attempting to nurture dreams, not kill them.
This is not meant as an attack and I'll alter it if I learn otherwise, but this is my explanation for now.
1: My Stories are still Dreams
When I reimagine Sonic say or when I support wholeheartedly American McGee's reimagining of Alice in Wonderland this is because these tales are still essentially dreams. Regardless of how dark a story becomes it remains quintessentially a dream; a looking glass land to inspire the im
Alice 2: Part 1Alice 2: Part 17 years ago in Horror More Like This
Written by Dan Oles
Based on the video game by American Mcgee
In a frenzied instant, a cankered feline pounced on Alice while she was about
to be carried inside. Startled by the cat's yowl, the bearers lost their grip
and dropped the wretched girl to the ground. Most curious to behold, the cat
stood atop Alice as if claiming territorial right, or as if defending a rodent
captured in the day's hunt from other hungry predators. Only when an orderly
threatened it with a stick did the creature scamper into a nearby hedge. Even
then the cat crouched beneath the shrubbery. With eyes agape, it fixed on
Alice as if it had some vital interest in our proceedings.
It pays to heed the felinesomething Ive learned over the years.
From the papers of Nurse Madeline Sharpe: 21/10/73
Part 1: Pictures and Conversations
My little sister was trundled on a metal trolley into that dark and dingy place I hate with all my heart.
I wondered wh
Female Roles or Sterotypes?For all its hoopla about racism and sexism, Hollywood is without exception the single biggest practitioner of both.Female Roles or Sterotypes?1 year ago in Personal More Like This
Why are there not very many minority actors? Not because people don't want to see them, but because Hollywood won't hire them. Why are there so few woman directors or actors playing anything but pretty distractions and generic roles? Not because there's no public demand for better female characters, but because Hollywood sees no reason to spend the time writing any.
Female roles especially fall into one of two subgroups most often...
1: The superfluous, amiable damsel in distress there to look pretty and be rescued.
2: The grouchy, superior, businesslike, alpha-female archetype.
And these two can blend or even replace one another as time goes, but this seems to be the norm unfortunately in most major productions. Woman it seems can't play characters, can be PEOPLE they have to represent something, either a male or female power fantasy. Men sometimes have this
Sonic FF Wrap UpSonic FF Wrap Up4 years ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
Sonic Freedom Fighters Wrap Up
There comes a day when Dr. Robotnik, having finally gathered enough Chaos Emeralds to power his generators, executes his master plan a stratagem he has statistically proven impossible to overcome. Stage one is to send several autonomously powered Doom Bots to hover over Knothole Camp firing newly designed Robotization ray weapons.
The attack is devastating, destroying the camp and forcing what Freedom Fighters can escape to flee deeper inland.
Sadly Bunnie Rabbot, Antoine Décolleté, and Kit the cub are among the victims to be Robotisized from the air; Bunnie and Antoine taken when both refused to leave the other's side after Antoine broke his ankle and Kit captured for going back to rescue both.
Sally's general Bruin loses his life in the follow up attack by human soldiers Robotnik has been training to do what his Swatbots cannot. His final action is to rush the line giving the others a chance to escape.
The Robotisized a
Grey Doesn't Mean No Black or WhiteBruce Wayne: Criminals aren't complicated, Alfred. I Just have to figure out what he's after.Grey Doesn't Mean No Black or White2 years ago in Personal More Like This
Alfred: With respect Master Wayne, perhaps this is a man that you don't fully understand, either...Because some men aren't looking for anything logical, like money. They can't be bought, bullied, reasoned, or negotiated with. Some men just want to watch the world burn.
-The Dark Knight
In my recent appeal for an attempt to return to more uplifting cinema there was a bit of confusion about whether I meant to say that all productions with darker elements/morally questionable characters were inferior to productions that made a conscious effort to be edifying and upbeat. Another thing that happened was a lot of people agreed with my position, but felt that I was suggesting that stories with cruel characters and harrowing moments should be dismissed.
I need to clarify myself here
One of my favorite movies is The Godfather: a production in essence about a good-hearted man who is corrupted an
How to Give Conflict Value'Is this the best I could aspire to?'How to Give Conflict Value1 year ago in Personal More Like This
-Dying words of a boss character in Fire Emblem
MIGHT INCLUDE SOME SPOILERS
A LOT of movies end up nowadays with a wizz-bang finale featuring the protagonists and their often innumerable allies fending off waves of foes with much explosions, sweeping camera angles, elaborate choreography, stunning computer generated effects, and pounding musical accompaniment to encourage the audience in believing that this conflict is momentous and important.
Why then do so many of these, no matter how much is packed onto the screen for our consideration, oftentimes leave the audience feeling a bit cold about the whole thing?
If not cold another commonality is detached enjoyment. People are quick to say things like 'turn off your brain' and 'big, dumb action movie' and 'it sure was exciting' to excuse the strange mingling of enjoyment of the spectacle, but a hollowness to the experience that comes with it.
Even if it's not a big conclusion that s
The Enemy of my EnemyGood versus Evil.The Enemy of my Enemy2 years ago in Personal More Like This
The idea is as old as humanity itself and still the most popular theme (at least in theory) in universal storytelling. Initially the moral concept was the ideals of justice and mercy in contention with the vices of selfishness and cruelty. In our earliest legends these two perspectives are usually defined by metaphorical constructs: the ravening dragon as a symbol of evil and the stalwart warrior rescuing the princess representing good. It's a simplistic approach to a fundamental concern, but introduces the conflict between good and bad influences early in life and at least at first encouraged one and rebuked the other.
Nowadays good and evil are not so much ideals as they are disparate factions. The evil East India Trading Company is fighting the good Pirates in the Pirates of the Caribbean series. Why is the trading company evil despite them keeping order and the pirates good despite the fact they murder and pillage?
Because the films have designated one side good a