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
Story Concept: ConclaveStory Concept: Conclave4 years ago in Sci-Fi More Like This
Story Concept: Conclave
Collectively it is called The Magnavox.
It is everything there is: galaxies, suns, planets, moons, the history and the past. From the times lost to history of lone wanderers and ancient magic, to the present of bold struggle against oppressive regimes, to the grim future of stalwart survivors against incredible odds. The threads of legend and destiny unite every warrior, soldier, humble hero, wizard and rebel who has ever lived.
This is one of a thousand tales, a thousand tales contained in its telling. For no life, good or ill, exists without affecting the paths of others.
These are the tales of The Conclave.
They came from the depths of the void.
In the years following humankind's discovery of The Chaos Emeralds, a source of unlimited power, the species experienced a scientific golden age in which is was discovered that the principal of the universe was energy, not physical laws. With no constraints to advancement they crafted a worldwide utopia of technology&
Seven Lessons Hollywood Could Stand to LearnSeveral of my friends are reviewing my old journal entries, so I figured I'd make a new oneSeven Lessons Hollywood Could Stand to Learn3 years ago in Personal More Like This
Bear in mind that I am not trying to show how awesome and flawless and what not I am by providing some things Hollywood continually forgets to capitalize on. Quite the opposite. If a guy whose only made real movies in film school can see these simple things are missing for a lot of modern films out of Tinseltown chances are good that they are blatantly lacking.
Hollywood has a lot of hits, but below are some of the ways their misses could be salvaged perhaps.
Seven Lessons Hollywood Could Learn From (in order of least importance to most)
7: CGI Doesn't Make a Movie
CGI is a tool, its not caulking for plot holes or a substitute for good writing and performances and it is certainly not a good way to draw out the run time. If you go back and watch the movie Aliens you'll see a sobering reminder of what CGI will be in a few years only. In one sequence which is WAY too long a model spacecraft s
Whatever Happened to World Building?I recently won an Ebay auction for two new additions to my action figures collection, both based on the video game Quake 2. They're well crafted and nicely painted: both various enemies from the game of the alien Strogg menace: a hulking Tank and the grotesque but strangely graceful appearing Iron Maiden. What particularly interested me about these was that at the time the graphics engine for the game was not what could be described even charitably as 'well detailed' since it was an early example of three dimensional graphics. The figures on the other hand are exquisitely detailed with extrapolated ideas beyond what the game's graphics were capable of. In fact the first Quake figure I acquired in the line was a female marine which to my knowledge doesn't show up in the game at all, but seems at home with the idea of the story for the game since it's about a mass-scale retaliatory invasion by Earth of the alien's desolate home world. Despite the game featuring only a first person perspeWhatever Happened to World Building?1 year ago in Personal More Like This
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
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
Do You Want a Franchise, or a World?There's a difference between a franchise and a fictive universe.Do You Want a Franchise, or a World?1 year ago in Personal More Like This
When George Lucas dreamed up Star Wars, when Tolkien devised Lord of the Rings, when Roddenberry conjured Star Trek, and numerous other visionaries lay pen to paper or started the reel on a camera their initial thought was not 'I can probably make a lot of money off of this idea by selling merchandise.'
To clarify Lucas thought his strange throwback experiment movie would make so little money he bet Steven Spielberg a portion of the merchandising rights to his impending flop in favor of an investment in the clearly about to be more successful film Close Encounters of the Third Kind. As for Tolkien he barely intended to publish his private writings made principally to test out a language he had invented, and Roddenberry thought after his original Trek show was canceled following lackluster initial impact that that was the end of that.
To each of these people the world was crafted before the franchise because the fran
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