One of the more interesting debates currently raging on in the Piracy vs. The Recording Industry saga is the discussion of content and ideas as property. Some groups of people argue that all media should be free, and distributed all over the world-wide-web for any individual to peruse. Other groups argue that even though digital media itself is an intangible concept that cannot be stolen necessarily, a digital file represents intellectual property to the fullest, and those that cut into their profits should still be treated as thieves. To a degree, both groups bring up interesting points about what it means to “own” content. I’m not sure that it really matters either way, and here’s why.
Haha, thanks. It’s from some crazy unfinished story I originally intended to write for NaNoWriMo. It’s kind of ridiculous, but if you’re interested, I can put up a link for everyone to read what I had at least gotten done.
"This was no ordinary zombie, this was an asshole philosopher zombie. Probably the type that smokes weed all day and comes up with excuses for eating people, no doubt." -From an unfinished story I was writing.
Been a while since I’ve last blogged, so I think it’s time for a little bit of good discourse. It’s a nice change of pace from the huge amounts of fandom I see on Tumblr.
We focus so heavily on self-definition that I think sometimes it destroys an aspect of our own humanity. We’re so hard and analytical when it comes to the pursuit of knowledge that I think we fail to stop and enjoy the potential in the things that we experience.
You can look at science as a prime example of this, in one of two different ways: you can see it as a system that constantly corrects itself and is a vehicle of new and exciting discoveries about our understanding of how things work together, or you can view science as this cold, inefficient system. You could argue that because of this self-correcting system that we don’t actually know anything about anything. Science rewrites itself all the time. And why is this?
There is no objective truth in this world. Truth is merely a construct of language, and as such, there can only ever be things that can be deemed to be “true enough”, aside from logical constructs and hard numbers.
My question is, is it such a bad thing that we don’t know these things? As far as I’m concerned, this sort of uncertainty is merely mystery, and adds to the spice of life. We fear the unknown, and we find ourselves surrounded by variables we can’t even confirm to be true, but that doesn’t mean we can’t find enjoyment out of life out of our personal experiences.
The same goes for the concept of fate. So many people are focused on how we got here, or whether there’s a grand scheme for our existence. But you know, I think that’s entirely the wrong way of going about it. I don’t think we need a defined purpose in life by any higher power. Our only purpose in life is to find and define our own purpose in any way that we can.
To once again quote one of my favorite films, “There is a Fate. It’s what you create.”, and I certainly see this as being applicable to the nature of the reality we live in. You can’t possibly know a fraction of anything for absolute certain, but that doesn’t mean you can’t revel in the enjoyment of gaining new information based on what you observe. Like I said, that’s the spice of life right there.
Who cares what anyone else thinks about you. No, seriously. It’s not anyone’s business but your own as to what you do, what your passions are, and how you define yourself. No one should have that power over another human being, because frankly that kind of power is a degradation to your own human potential. It is a disservice to the human experience.
So go out. Live. Observe life, and try to find the joy in your findings. You may not change the world, but that doesn’t mean you can’t touch the lives of everyone around you, and to me, that’s a far more human pursuit than anything else. To me, it’s worth doing, and it’s worth living for.
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I do not doubt for a second that those involved in KONY 2012 have great intentions, nor do I doubt for a second that Joseph Kony is a very evil man. But despite this, I’m strongly opposed to supporting the KONY 2012…
Saw this in my Twitter stream earlier today at random. Tried sharing a link to it on Facebook. They blocked it.
So, the other day, I decided that I was interested in getting into Rails development. I’ve dabbled in PHP stuff for some time now, especially with CMS’es and custom modules, so I feel that the next logical step is to teach myself a reliable framework and start writing things from scratch.
Ruby on Rails seems like a tried-and-true approach for this. From what I’ve read on it so far, it’s relatively easy to learn. The language and syntax seems very simple, and I’ve decided to take on a pet project.
That project is a super-simplistic blogging platform I plan on writing called Bloggie. At the moment, Bloggie has almost no features to speak of. You can post blogs. There isn’t even user authentication yet. Here’s what I’ve gotten to work so far:
-A basic homepage, yay! I’m looking at writing it in HAML, although I’m currently banging my head against the wall trying to figure out how to translate blog template variables from ERB to HAML itself. There aren’t any really great guides, and so at the moment, there are some substantial errors that I have to figure out. I just want to put the index of latest blog posts on the front page.
-Well, posting works at least. It’s incredibly basic, perhaps laughably so, but you can indeed create new blog posts.
Pet projects are a lot of fun though, and I think this will be an exciting opportunity to really dive into learning Rails. Who knows, I might end up learning a lot and get pretty good at it. :)
(Once Bloggie doesn’t suck enough, I’ll probably make a GitHub repo for it)
DIASPORA* is a social network that basically wants to give users their privacy and freedom and all that other jazz, and you can even set up your own social network with it on your own server and do things the way you want. It’s also open source, meaning anybody can make modifications to it if they want. I work for them. :) Check it out here.
Edit: probably the easiest one to get started with would be diasp.org, but there’s tons of other servers too, all run by different people. The different servers talk to one another to create one seamless network that can’t be controlled by any one group of people.
One of the great things about Tumblr is that people use it for just about every conceivable kind of expression. People being people, though, that means that Tumblr sometimes gets used for things that are just wrong. We are deeply committed to supporting and defending our users’ freedom of speech,…
Although I like the second option somewhat, what Tumblr is advocating is censorship. They’re completely turning down certain ideals of self-harm, such as branding, scarification, and certain practices that actually lead well into the DIY body-modification community. This potentially could fuck over:
People that pierce their own body parts without “professional” training.
Those that involve themselves in scarification. My best friend was involved in it for some time, and he swears to this day that it was one of the most invigorating set of experiences in his life.
Other groups involved in the body modification community in general. It seems the idea of cutting yourself open and modifying your body, the one thing you truly own, could be frowned upon here as a “harmful ideology”.
Basically anyone that embraces the ideologies of pain. While Tumblr seems to be mainly looking out for anyone that could kill themselves, this is a really slippery slope.
People involved in ritual self-branding, or branding for sentimental reasons.
The problem is that things linked to these could potentially be censored. First, Facebook started censoring their users. Then, Twitter did it. Now, Tumblr’s thinking about it, and on the fence. In order to truly support free speech, you need to support all of it, or things are going to Hell quickly.
And really, if they’re doing a “cleansing” of ideologies they don’t like, who else are they going to target?
People with extremely controversial beliefs
Anything to do with Anonymous.
Call me crazy, but it’s already happening with Facebook and Twitter. It’s not that much of a leap to say that Tumblr could start doing this too, if they do in fact employ censorship tactics.