Thursday, January 26, 2006

Music Downloading Is Not the End of the World

I have for years been a firm supporter of the music industry. Well I suppose that is only in the sense that I continued to buy CDs from my favorite artists. I have been on the music downloading bandwagon since day one, blowing through such great programs as Napster, Kazaa, Limewire, and more. I stopped impulse buying of CDs before I heard them. That probably cost the music industry an easy $50 a month. I have listened to the industry talk about how all this downloading and file sharing is ruining them. But I am here today to tell them the truth.

Downloading doesn't hurt you. Offering a sub par product does.

I am a music whore. I can't get enough music in my life. My CD collection is massive. My MP3 collection is massive. My Ipod is maxed out. Nothing is more frustrating then running out and getting the newest CD from your favorite band just to get it home and discover that at best there are two good songs. Case in point, the new System of a Down CD, Hypnotize. I am a big fan of SOAD. But this latest CD is a let down. I think that it might have been a better decision to take the 12 best songs off of their 2 CD output this year and just put out one. But no, the money that would be lost on such an endeavor is scary. Like any corporation the music industry only cares about money. They do not care about what you like. Do not care if they ruin their artists. And most importantly the industry does not care about you. They care about making you like what they want you to like. It's more about getting you to spend your hard earned money on the newest fart in a can CD from Beyonce then it is on developing quality artists. How many of the same sounding bands can be shoved down your throat? Nickleback? Nicklecreek? Nickledimepenny? I can't tell one from the other and honestly I don't want to.

So here is what I say to the industry. You want my money then you need to do one of two things. Make the product worth the $12-$15 you want me to pay for it. Or reduce the price to under $8 and offer a money back guarantee on garbage. There is more quality and talent on independent music labels then anywhere else. But those labels lack the true money and backing to really market their artists correctly. So unless you pay close attention and read underground magazines you are going to miss out. I dont bother to pay attention to reviews of CDs in major music magazines like Rolling Stone simply because their reviewers dont give honest reviews. How can you give 5 stars to a CD that sounds identical to another band. Its a money driven business that we the consumer are stuck in the middle of. I always thought that Payola was illegal but anyone with some sense can see how backwards the whole industry is. The only way the consumer can feel safe is to hear the music before buying it.

For me and most of the people in this country downloading is the only way to protect ourselves. I am not looking to destroy artists or ruin anyone. I am just trying to spend my money on something worth while. I still buy CDs when I think they are worth it. Places like Itunes and other pay to download sites are fine, but their selection is minimal. You can't take someone so immersed in the subculture and try to sell them some watered down version of the real thing. Until then I think I'll be ok. Just don't shut anymore of my sites down!!

Tuesday, January 24, 2006

You Know You're a Pothead...

It started as a joke, and now has become a blog!!!!
Some of these will most certainly apply to you! Feel free to comment some other ones too, maybe this will make it as one of those reposted lists?? haha we will see...You've been a Pot Head if...
You've ever said pack the bowl again
You think "puff puff pass" or "puff puff give" has a nice ring to it
You can smell it 100 yards away in a concert
You have multiple bottles of visene in various locations "just in case"
You can't believe someone "smoked without you"
You know "Wake and Bake" isn't about cooking
You know cigars as "Philly's" and it's a hassle that they come with tobacco inside
You know that if you are desperate you can always find a "nug in your rug"
You can make a bong out of a juice bottle, a tube, and duck tape
You have named anything you have ever smoked out of (King Bong, Chibus)
You know the difference between "Schwag, Beezers, KB, and Dank" by appearance and smell
Purple Haze is much more than a Hendrix song
You know that "Hydro" isn't just a comic book character
You have a "friend" that you only talk to because they always have herb
You have a nickname for it (Herbal Excellence, Big Tom Cruise, Silly Willy Schwage a Dilly)
You fully understand why it should be legalized
You hear things in your favorite songs that you never realized were there before
You have "rules" (rule #3 when you say you've had enough, you take one more hit. And then that's enough)
You have ever watched a movie then forgot what it was about
You ate a whole pint of ice cream and then followed it up with pretzels, a bowl of cereal, and hot pockets.
You can easily quote lines from "Dazed and Confused" or "Half Baked"
The inside of your car is always dirty
You have a legitimate argument about why you're not 'addicted'
You belong to the ˜Find a lighter, pick it up, and all day long you'll have good luck" klepto club
People are looking at me. They know man, they know.
You've ever had to abandon your shopping cart in a department store and leave because you were "getting bugged out".
Every idea you ever have you need to write down
You forget to write down every idea you ever have
You lived the words to ˜Sweet Leaf"
You begin to explain something to a friend and go on a tirade about something random. Then you forget what it was you were trying to explain in the 1st place.
You are such a vet that you can do ˜anything" stoned, and do it better
You wish you lived in Canada, Amsterdam, or Nevada
Your idea of an ideal vacation is Amsterdam (They have a lot of culture)
You can accurately portray a stoner (and do a fine impression man)
You have a personal preference between Duchies, Spliffs, Blunt, and Joints
You know how to roll.
You shed a tear when you see the police burning crops on the news.
You buy gum or altoids by the case
420 is a holiday
2 words - Cannabis Culture
You know 10-50 different words to describe ganjah. (Pot, Hemp, Bhang, Marijuana, Joint, Reefer, Dope, Ganja, Smoke, Weed, Herb, Marihuana, Hash, Sensemilla, Green, Greenbud, Thai-stick, Green-sticky, Dirtweed, Shake, Indian Canamo, Huang Ma, Mary Jane, grass, Ace, Aunt Mary, Bales, Boo Boo Bama, Buddha, Bush, Buzz, Cheeba Cheeba, Chronic, Dank, Doobie, homegrown, Maui-Wowie, MJ, Puff, Rasta, Reefer, Skunk, Smoke, Spliff, Trees, twigs, Whacktabacky, Whackyweed, Sweet Lucy, Stick, Stack, Shwag, Nuggets, Ragweed)

Thursday, January 19, 2006

Spam Mail

After years of having an AOL email address I am finally growing up and riding myself of the American Online burden . My email addresses have become a haven for trash and junk and all kinds of shit that I don't care about.
So I decided to work my way away from AOL. Set up my @comcast email and started fresh. Within three days of having this new email address I already started to receive spam. Hot Stocks, Canadian Drugs, so and so wants me to confirm my email address to receive a free gift, and huge cock pills began to fill my email box.
My question is this. How do they get my email address?
I set up a secondary email account and started using that one. Figuring that maybe because it was my main identity with comcast maybe it was sold to 3rd parties. Whatever.
But nope. The new one has almost just as much junk email. And the worst part? I haven't used it. It's set up for nothing. I have been using the @chaosnj address and that has worked so far. Well so far until this morning. I had a hot stock tip.
Which leads me to my next question. Who actually takes these tips?
At this point although owning some stock would be a good thing, the price of gas has driven up my heating bill to near record cost. What does that mean? No extra income to say, invest in my future. Not that I would take this email stock tip in the 1st place. But I guess someone somewhere thinks that the hottest stock around (available only to insiders) just amazingly (due to some email fauxpau) dropped into their lap (only you and top level CEO's were informed). That is frikin' amazing. Bottom line? You are stupid.
I just want to sign online without worrying that someone wants all my personal information to run some crazy pyramid identity theft scheme. I don't want pop-ups for cialisI don't want to help a doctor in Rwanda with his financesI don't want to gamble at the hottest online casino out there. I don't need a cyber blow job (nor do I want one)I don't think that I have won something every time something says "click here, you're a winner"
At the end of the day I just want to read my email (please please please send me some, I am soooo rone-ree) and check out some news. Why do these people insist on bothering me? I want to see legislation that makes it a crime to spam just like its a crime to call someone on the do not call list. I want a do not spam list. Sign me the fuck up.

People don't know how to drive

I know that I drive a little faster than the rest of the population. I also know that some people would say I drive "crazy" or "like a maniac" but honestly I don't see what the hell you are talking about. Just because I know how to drive doesn't mean I drive like a nut job. I just want to get where I am going.
Case in point: how many times have you been stuck behind the person going slow in the left lane? This moron has got to be able to tell that there is a line of cars directly behind them. If you are in the left lane and you are going under the speed limit then guess what? YOU DON'T KNOW HOW TO DRIVE. The left lane is for passing slower traffic (which stays in the right lane). Hence the "slower moving traffic keep right signs".It's not for Sunday drivers or for when you are turning left 6 miles ahead. You will have plenty of time to get into the left lane when you get near your turn. A lot of times you are the reason that there is a traffic build up. I can't tell you how many times I am driving to or from work and get stuck behind someone going the same speed or less than the cars in the right lane. If you are neck and neck with the car next to you then get the fuck behind them. You are obviously not going to win the race.
another annoyance is the "slow turner", this guy isn't sure enough about where he is going or how he is going to get there. He makes his turn like he wants to make sure his car actually can turn. If you want to get into the Rite Aid then by all means. turn the fuck in. Don't dilly dally like you want to make sure there is really a parking lot and not a hole into the center of the earth. It's really there, I am almost 100 positive it is not an optical illusion. So get in there. Make your turn and mean it. Don't you want to get where you are going? Think about the people behind you who want to keep going. Parking lots are big just so that it's easy to get into them.
And people who slow down everytime something is going down on the side of the road. IE: construction, someone changing a tire, something bright and shiny, etc. What are you looking at? And why the hell are you slowing down? Why, on a two sided, double split roadway, would you need to slow down when there is something going on way across the street. Hey jack-off it has nothing to do with you. Either mind your own buisness and keep going, or get the hell out of the way. I don't care if you pull over, get out of the car, and go check it out. If that's your thing then indulge yourself. Also you don't need to slow down to under the speed limit because a cop has someone pulled over. Hello, he's already pulled someone over, you're safe. I'm not saying wizz by and knock his Tropper hat off, but geeze do you need to drop below 40? Come on...
Also maybe its time we raise the driving age. I mean I'm not saying that all 17 and 18 years old can't drive, but I have seen quite a few that certainly shouldn't be behind a wheel. Maybe we just need to make the test more difficult or something. I work with some younger kids and honestly they are absolutely terrible drivers. The one young girl has already had two accidents. How does that happen? Well lets see. She isn't coordinated, isn't even mildly alert, about as bright as a 10 watt bulb, and has as much sense as a rock. The driving test is a joke. It certainly doesn't teach any defensive driving techniques or even real situations. The test is more like a how to park class. At least take them out on the road or something. I don't ever worry about my driving, I always worry about other peoples driving. These girls don't even understand basic laws like Who gets to turn 1st at an intersection, yeilding, and passing.
Also I am a firm believer that you should have to retake your drivers test at certain times of your life. When you are too old to walk, you shouldn't drive. If you don't have good motor skills then maybe you shouldn't be driving a motor vehicle. I think if you retire you should have to retake the test. I mean there are people driving who are legally blind. How does that happen? I don't want to take everyone's license away when they get to 65, but have you ever driven behind a senior citizen or watched them manuver through traffic? It's freakin scary man. Plus if they can't remember the date how are they going to remember how to drive? Their coordination is shot by that age. Plus they nod off a lot....
I am sure that there are a million people who will have the opposite opinion, but I just wanted to put it out there. I was once told that no matter how much I thought I was going to love to drive, that when I got older I would grow to hate it. Well I don't hate it at all, but I do hate other drivers.