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I have stumbled upon quite a… bizare … site. An American student (?) puts himself live on the internet 24-7. Quote “even in the bathroom” :-o. You can find it at Justin.tv.

This reminds me of the Truman Show – where Jim Carrey unwittingly lives inside a fake world created around him just so that he could be filmed and broadcast live to millions of TV viewers.

Truman Show

Well… not quite, this guy knows about it and carries the camera itself. I have no idea how, or why, anyone would do this and why people would flock to see him… live his ordinary-Joe life!!!

Honestly I think this won’t last very long. How long can someone carry on being filmed for so long without having some sort of a break down? If not him personally, I can’t understand how the people around him would cope even just talking to him knowing that there are 30 or so strangers watching and listening to them at the same time! I certainly would not be too comfortable talking to someone like that for too long.

Justin will wear the camera until the day he dies. By which we mean if he takes it off, we’ll kill him.

Well… good luck Justin… I guess 😯

A few things that I’ve been thinking about is – is blogging going to stay relevant for long? I mean internet access has been becoming cheaper and faster across the developed world which makes things like video blogging (such as on YouTube) and podcasting more readily available. Yet those are still lagging far behind and text blogging is much more predominant. My own reason for text blogging is that I can write what I want at a slower pace, having more time to think and re-edit everything, which is something you don’t get with video or voice blogging – you have to just… talk. I talk to people every day, with perfect quality video and audio that the internet cannot achieve, and there is no point for me to do so on the internet 😀

So yes, I haven’t blogged in a loooong while. In fact this blog has been sort of abandoned – I think I will get back into blogging and change that 😀 I’ve had a more active blog a few months before this one, but I closed it down due to some privacy concerns (which are no longer relevant, but oh well). There I was writing more on my own life with the hope of keeping up with some friends. But it turns out that most of them are technologically retarded (as I call it 😉 ) and do not understand words such as “RSS”.  One friend who even had his own blog was shocked in horror when the day after he made a post I mentioned it to him in person – he could not understand how after weeks of inactivity I could know about him making a blog post.  So even my friends who are bloggers don’t know about the wonders of RSS!!!  The horror!

But blogging is a very strange phenomenon.  While I was writing blogs for the limited target audience that was not reading them, I was getting hundreds of hits per blog from total strangers!!! That’s amazing and I don’t quite understand why.

Anyway, so I’ve given up on picking an audience and I will just rant about what I feel like :mrgreen:

I have spotted something interesting happening on YouTube – there is a sort of an activist movement to get out of Iraq, and 5 days on it is becoming quite big in the world of YouTube.  It was started by a single video blog requesting viewers to post video responses saying “get out of Iraq”.  And so they did, currently there are 168 video responses to the original video, almost all supporting his message, and if you watch some of the responses there are responses to responses also  (not to mention the tens of thousands of supporting text comments).  And a lot of these videos are getting quite a lot of views (16,735 on the original post at the time of writing) 😯

I personally don’t agree with a withdrawal from Iraq at this stage – as wrong as the initial invasion was, leaving it now could just plunge the country into civil war. If you make a mess you better at least try cleaning it up, though they have not done a good job so far 😦 it looks to me like withdrawal will only make things worse. But nonetheless, this is quite interesting – in just 5 days, by doing nothing more but posting one short 3 minute video of himself talking, this 26yo Briton has reached tens of thousands of viewers, and has attracted over a hundred of supporters to post a video with the same message as him! This could not have been done so easily, and in so little time, with a traditional march-down-the-streets-with-billboards-saying-Get-out-of-Iraq sort of protest.

Here is one of the videos below:

In general, I think that as internet becomes faster, cheaper, and more widely available, more and more people would turn to video blogging rather than text (what I am doing now…) Rather than the more detached and impersonal text you can see people live delivering their message, with a live face to the message, with a voice, accent and emotion. This is already catching on at sites like YouTube.

Yes, it is true. You, right now, are poluting the planet.

According to a New Scientist article someone gave to me: “creation , packaging, storage and movement of just 10 megabytes of data – from the making of the hardware to the running of the system that delivers it to you – requires the energy equivalent of burning 900 grams of coal“. And furthermore they say that computers use 10% of electricity generated in the US.

Of course if you are reading this your hardware has already been created, but there are still the transfer costs, the server running costs and the electricity you are using for your PC – so you, right now, are harming our planet! 👿

Global warming map

Picture credit: Wikipedia

If anyone is interested, the article is “The waste at the heart of the web” which is in the 16th of December New Scientist issue. Here is a link to an incomplete version of it on their website

Oh whoopie doo, did you know that sharing music is a horrible heinous crime against humanity?

Well it truly is. That’s nothing new. There is a wonderful association called RIAA (Recording Industry Association of America), centred in the land of the brave, has even been suing 12yo girls for $1000s of dollars. That will show those evil file sharers! Everyone downloads music illegally, but lets just pick a 12yo, sue her ass and show them who is boss! In the end, the RIAA was very very kind and generous and settled for just $2000. In another incident the RIAA sued a dead man for his estate, but come on, they’re not that mean, they allowed the family a 60 day grieving period.

Of course that is old news, now we are getting more and more excitement like legal music downloads from places like iTunes, which do their best to put so much DRM crap into their music that you get a track that even you can barely use whenever you want. iTunes is pretty much for iPod only, lots of other sites are not even iPod compatible. I have an iRiver (competitor of iPod) and I doubt that too much of this “legal” music will play on it.

There are free (but oh so illegal) options available to get all the music that you want, without the putting an evil piece of software into your PC that you can’t control and that won’t let you listen to your own damn music in whatever way you like – so how do these people expect us to pay them money for the extra inconvinience!

They preach bullshit about poor artists not being able to earn money off music if it is shared illegally… Have you seen Michael Jackson’s ranch??? 😀 Oh poor, poor artists! How will they eat! You know, even if they officially gave away all their music for free, they would make more money than most of us could ever dream of! If you’ve ever been to a concert you’d see how many people there are and how much they pay for entrance each! Not to mention things like MTV, radio channels, movies, etc that pay them big $$$ for the rights their music.

After reading about law suits against kids and dead people, I’m not sure that I even want to support these guys even if they didn’t want to enslave my music!